To inform and prepare the 32, externally recruited, subject panel chairs about their own and their panels role in the RQ20 project, we invited them to The Old Bishop’s House in Lund yesterday.
The gathering started off with a delicious get-to-know-each-other-lunch where Vice Chancellor Torbjörn von Schantz welcomed everyone to Lund.
Shortly thereafter, it was time to start the preparatory meeting.
To set the scene, we thought it would be a good idea to begin with some general information about the conditions under which Swedish Universities function. From there, the plan was to seamlessly move on to how the RQ20 project fit within the context of Swedish research quality evaluations.
That was the plan. But after the first hour we had completely derailed from the programme, time wise. The panel chairs indicated an extreme devotion to their task from the very start, as they posed interesting, smart and useful questions about the RQ20 procedure.
Somehow, we nevertheless managed to finish in time for dinner, five hours later. I believe this meeting was as educational for us in the RQ20-team as (we hope) it was for the Subject Panel Chairs. We bring with us a great number of thoughtful comments and inputs on how project is organised and implemented.
Thank you to all Subject Panel Chairs for your engagement in the RQ20 project, thus far. We look forward working closely with you during the next 6 months.
We also wish to thank the RQ20 Referens Group, the Faculty Deans/Representatives, the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy and Pro Vice-Chancellors for partaking in this exercise.
/Malin, Freddy and Mats