Subject and competence development

Competence development

Umeå University offers a variety of courses and seminars for employees. See the current activites and courses here.

Pedagogical conferences

The Cumulus association arranges several conferences yearly, where design pedagogy sessions are held. See their web page for the most recent calls and previous proceedings »

The Centre for Teaching and Learning hosts biannual pedagogical conferences at Umeå University, and has a good link collection to other upcoming pedagogical conferences»

UID Pedagogical seminars

The pedagogical seminars at UID are open for all staff, inhouse and visiting.

26 Oct 2016: Competence development in pedagogics and subject development

Pedagogical seminar 27 January 2016
Sven B Ericsson, UPL, is invited to talk about rules and regulations in Swedish higher education.


23 March 2016: Workshop on structuring future design education

Rules and guidelines for education:

Regelverk för utbildning på grund- och avancerad nivå vid UmU»

Code of rules for education at UmU »  (less extensive than the Swedish version)

Study year and term dates at UmU»

Legal framework at UmU»

Etiska riktlinjer för universitetslärare» (antogs av SULF:s kongress 2004)

Ethical guidelines for university teachers»  (adopted by the Swedish Association of University Teachers and Researchers, SULF, in 2004)  


Wednesday lectures

Wednesday lectures are arranged to give input for disucssion on subject development issues in the field of design amongst UID staff. The Wednesday lectures are also open for UID students and other staff and students at the Arts campus and Umeå university.

The complete list of Wednesday lectures»


Resources and links

UPC pedagogical courses»

UPC workshops and seminars »

HUMlab courses »

HUMlab seminars »

Qualitative Methods Network at UmU »

DRS Design Pedagogy Special Interest Group »

Transitions: Exploring the Futures of Industrial Design Education »





  • Apply for artistic development work/travel funding

    UID staff can apply for funding for artistic development work projects, for collecting or producing materials for research, and travel funding for conferences.

    Deadlines for application are: 
    January 10
    May 10
    September 10

    Applications are sent to the UID Subject development committee
    Application form (Word file)
    Policy 2016-04-13

  • Staff exchange

    Within all our current exchange agreements, at UID as well as at Umeå Universiy level, there are ample possibilities for staff exchange: from one-day study visits, to longer periods of exchange.

    UID exchange agreements
    UmU exchange agreements

    Nordiska rådet also offers exchange possibilities between state authorities (which many universities are) in the Nordic countries.

  • Design networks

    Cirrus - Nordic-Baltic Network of Art and Design Education

    Cumulus - International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

    DRS - Design Research Society

    Designfakulteten - The Swedish Faculty for Design Research and Design Education

    Nordes - Nordic Design Research

    SVID - Swedish Industrial Design Foundation