Foundations & Regulations
On 28 August 2004, the Vice-Chancellor of Lund University initiated an inquiry into the possibility of establishing an interdisciplinary sound environment centre at the University. The inquiry was carried out by Reader Henrik Karlsson from Uppsala University. (The inquiry/pilot study "Lyssnande Lund" (Listening Lund) published in the Sound Environment Centre’s report series.
On 3 March 2005, the Vice-Chancellor made a decision to establish the Sound Environment Centre from 3 March 2005 until 31 December 2007 with an evaluation of the operation during 2007.
1. The task of the Sound Environment Centre is to study sound as a phenomenon, soundscapes and acoustic environments from a multi- and interdisciplinary perspective. The centre shall have an anthropocentric approach rather than a technocentric approach.
2. The overall task of the centre is to be a university-wide body for education, research and engagement with society on issues concerning sound and acoustic environments. Following from this, its particular tasks within its field of activity are to:
- initiate, lead and coordinate multi-disciplinary research projects and multi-disciplinary courses at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level
- encourage a general discussion at the University with the aim of developing, renewing and promoting the University’s interaction with external stakeholders
- monitor and support the work to integrate acoustic environment aspects into syllabi and into research
- serve as the University’s face to the world and thus take responsibility for mutual contact and information exchange with public authorities, schools, the business sector and others, including receiving and assigning or carrying out external assignments, and receiving and responding to or assigning external enquiries
- providing faculty-wide courses or programmes in accordance with special provisions
3. The centre is led by a board comprising a chair and a maximum of ten other members, composed as follows:
A chair appointed by the Vice-Chancellor
Eight members appointed by the Vice-Chancellor after consultation with the faculties concerned
Two students appointed by Lund University Students’ Unions (LUS)
The term of office is usually three years; however, the student representatives are appointed for a term decided by LUS.
4. The Board has overall responsibility for the operations of the centre, issues more detailed guidelines for the centre, sets the annual budget and plan of operations and submits the annual report required of the University’s operations.
5. Under the authority of the Board, the centre is headed by a director. The director, who shall have good research and teaching expertise, is appointed by the Vice-Chancellor on the recommendation of the chair of the Board. The director is the principal rapporteur to the Board and otherwise performs the duties of a head of department which are relevant to this post. See separate regulations on departments.
6. The Sound Environment Centre is organised as part of the Faculties of Humanities and Theology. The administration for the centre is carried out by the Faculty Office. The cost of administration is covered by the funding appropriated for the centre or otherwise awarded to it.
Funding is allocated separately for each assignment.
The rest of the operations are externally funded.
7. Staff may be employed by the centre on a temporary basis for specific projects. Visiting lecturers may also be engaged at the centre.
8. The financial year for the centre is the calendar year. An annual report is submitted to the Vice-Chancellor.