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2017-12-11 13:43

Clarification of news article in Borås Tidning


6 December, Borås Tidning published an article about fear of cutbacks at the Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business next year. But what is really happening? Dean of Faculty, Mikael Löfström, explains:

Mikael Löfström“From the headline, it seems as if only the Swedish School of Textiles is affected. But that’s not the case; this concerns the entire faculty.”

“It’s true that we need to make savings at the faculty equivalent to SEK 10 million. But this is not a question of layoffs or making any major changes to our activities, as we believe we will be able to carry out everything according to plan. However, during 2018 we will not be able make any replacements if someone leaves their job, and most likely we will not be able to hire any of the doctoral students and professors that we planned. Previously, our staff had more time allocated for different activities, which is something that might be reduced, but this is something we have to look at individually.” 

Mikael Löfström underlines that this will not affect the students’ education.

Deficit for years

Björn BrorströmThe faculty has had a deficit for years, and the major costs are the workshops and the labs. According to the 2017 economic forecast, the deficit is approximately SEK 20 million. In order to keep it down, a deficit limit has been set at SEK 10 million for 2018.

Vice-Chancellor Björn Brorström comments on the deficit:

“I have full respect for the concern at the faculty, but my estimation is that the faculty will be able to adapt its activities with maintained quality. There is already a plan, which, among other things, concerns increasing the funding to research and finding financiers for our workshops. And we are continuously discussing with the government to receive support to develop the Swedish School of Textiles, as textile is one of the university’s strong profiles.

Magnus BergenholtzController Magnus Bergenholtz also comments:

”The University of Borås actually has quite good economic conditions for 2018, while there are structural problems expressed in negative economic results for parts of the university.”

The article in Borås Tidning is based on the risk and impact analysis conducted by the faculty, which includes reduced externally funded activities. At the same time, the appropriation of the faculty is increased by more than SEK 12 million compared to 2017. In total, the faculty receives SEK 245.4 million in government grants for 2018, compared to SEK 233.3 million for the previous year.

How does this situation impact the other faculties at the university?

“The economic situation at the Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business will not have any direct consequences for the other faculties.”

7 December, the board decided on the university’s budget for 2018-2020.

Text: Solveig Klug
Photo: Anna Sigge, Henrik Bengtsson, Ulf Nilsson, Mecka