Governance and organisation

Halmstad University is lead by the University Governing Board and the Vice-Chancellor. The responsibility of the Governing Board is defined in the Higher Education Act and Higher Education Ordinance. The Vice-Chancellor is in charge of the operational management directly under the Board. The Pro Vice-Chancellor is the Vice-Chancellor’s deputy and has a specific responsibility for education. Furthermore, there is a Deputy Vice-Chancellor with specific responsibility for collaboration, innovation and internationalisation. The University’s education, research and collaboration with society – the core activities – are carried out at four schools.

University Governing Board

The University Governing Board has the ultimate responsibility for University matters.

The chairman and seven regular members are appointed by the Government. Faculty staff appoint three representatives, trade unions appoint two representatives with the student union supplying three representatives. The Vice-Chancellor is also a member of the board.

Board members

  • Harald Castler, Chair
  • Stephen Hwang, Vice-Chancellor
  • Erik Blomberg
  • Staffan Edén
  • Pia Enochsson
  • Jesper Falkheimer
  • Aida Hadzialic
  • Monica Karlsson, Vice Chair
  • Amelie von Zweigbergk

Faculty representatives

  • Svante Andersson
  • Kalle Jonasson
  • Maria Åkesson

Union representatives

  • Olov Andreasson, Saco-S
  • Camilla Soto, TCO/OFR

Student Union representatives

  • Timmie Hansson, Student Union Chair
  • Stephanie Gellberg
  • Ida Olsson

Board Secretary

  • Ann Landén


  • Pernilla Nilsson, Pro Vice-Chancellor
  • Catarina Coquand, University Director
  • Selma Sedelius, Head of Communications


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Vice-Chancellor Stephen Hwang

The Vice-Chancellor leads the daily operations of a higher education institution. Stephen Hwang is the current Vice-Chancellor of Halmstad University and assumed his position in March, 2017.

Stephen Hwang is a Professor of Physics, graduated from Chalmers University of Technology. From 2010 to 2017 he was the Vice-Chancellor of Linnaeus University in Växjö and Kalmar.

The Vice-Chancellor is appointed by the government following a proposal from the Board and is appointed for a maximum of six years. However, the position may be renewed up to two times, each for a period of three years. The Vice-Chancellor may have a deputy who has the title Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Pro Vice-Chancellor

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Pro Vice-Chancellor Pernilla Nilsson

The Pro Vice-Chancellor is the deputy of the Vice-Chancellor. Professor Pernilla Nilsson is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Halmstad University since 2018.

The appointment of Vice-Chancellor is centered around strengthening the quality of the education in different ways. Included in the assignment is also chairing the Advisory Board for Quality Assurance. 

Pernilla Nilsson is Professor of Science Education and has for a long time pursued matters regarding quality development and university pedagogy at the University, in her former role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor among other things. She also holds a number of expert assignments, for instance in the governmental school research board and the Swedish National Agency for Education advisory council.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor is a three-year appointment, with the option of being extended.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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Deputy Vice-Chancellor Anders Nelson

Anders Nelson holds the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor with specific responsibility för collaboration, internationalisation and innovation at Halmstad University since 2017.

Anders Nelson is a Senior Lecturer in Pedagogy and has during his time at Halmstad University held a number of governing positions, among other things as subject director, programme director, Deputy Dean of School and most recently Dean of the School of Health and Welfare.

The position as Deputy Vice-Chancellor is appointed by the Vice-Chancellor and is a three-year post with the option of being extended.

University Director

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University Director Catarina Coquand

The University Director is the head of the University Administrative Support at Halmstad University – all administration, support and service to the University's management, education and research.

All university-wide issues are also handled within the Administrative Support as well as anything to do with the University as a public authority.

Catarina Coquand is head of the University Administrative Support with its nine departments since 2017. Previously, she has been a lecturer and researcher in Computer Science, as well as Head of Department and Project Manager at Chalmers University of Technology, and most recently Dean at Malmö University.

University Administrative Support

The University Administrative Support provides service and support to the University's education, research, collaboration and management.

Departments of the Administrative Support


The Chancellery is responsible for the direct support to the University Governance and University Governing Board as well as the University wide advisory boards, councils and committees. The Chancellery handles studies, administration and secretarial support, legal coordination, archive and registrator as well as questions concerning strategic collaboration and internationalisation. The University wide research support and the support for the University holding companies can also be found here.

Contact information for the Chancellery


The Finance Department deals with governance, administration and monitoring of the University’s finances including accounting, procurement and invoice processing. Some of the economists work at the Schools.

Contact information for the Finance Department

Student Affairs

The department is responsible for all educational and student support, both central and at the University Schools. At the department, everything concerning education administration and documentation can be found, such as admittance, schedules, exam coordination, crediting of previous courses/work, syllabi, course and degree certificates and degrees. It also gathers all the support functions that the University offers its students, with everything from guidance counselling and international exchange to pedagogical support and preventive healthcare and welfare. The work with providing a good study environment in a broader sense is done in collaboration with both the University Schools and Halmstad Student Union. Service Center encounters and handles questions from staff and students as well as the general public.

Contact information for Student Affairs


The department is responsible for the University's internal and external communication, which includes marketing and student recruitment. The responsibility for administering and developing the various channels and forms that are used in the communication, everything from the website and printing to exhibitions and events, can be found here.

Contact information for the Communications Department

Campus Services

The department is responsible for the University's physical environment and infrastructure. The department handles IT issues, telephones, facility management, caretakers, environmental management, security and all other premises and estate issues. Contact the department through the University helpdesk,

IT Department

The department is responsible for IT and telephone issues. The best way to contact the IT department is through the helpdesk system,

University Library

The University Library is responsible for providing information resources within the University’s education and research areas. At the University Library students, staff and others can take part of and exchange information in the form of books, media and other information resources, both physical and digital. The University Library offers guidance and support in the search for and handling of information, as well as in questions regarding scientific publication. The responsibility for the University publishing database DiVA, Halmstad University Press and the coordination of legal deposits of electronic materials also lies here.

Contact information for the University Library

Human Resources (HR)

The department is responsible for HR support and salary handling, both central and at the University Schools. The department is a support to the University governance as well as the Schools’ management in everything that concerns staff issues, from strategic skills development and leadership development to rehabilitation and recruitment. Everything that has to do with union interaction, working environment and equal opportunities, as well as handling of salaries and pensions, is processed here.

Contact information for Human Resources

Property Management Department

The Property Management Department is responsible for the University’s premises, premises planning, real estate services and security, physical security and fire safety work. The department is also responsible for the University’s environmental work and follow-up, as well as for improving the energy use of the properties.

Contact information for the Property Management Department

Research and Education Board

The Research and Education Board, is responsible for research and education at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level.


The Research and Education Board is responsible for ensuring a clear link between research and education. The board is responsible for the overall long-term strategic priorities for research and education on the basis of strategies decided by the University Board and Vice-Chancellor.

Meeting times for the Research and Education Board

Board members

  • Malin Hallén, chair
  • Marie Mattsson, vice chair
  • Johanna Sjögren Eliasson, student representative
  • William Sundén, student representative
  • Timmie Hansson, student representative
  • Ann-Mari Bartholdsson, external representative
  • Anders Isaksson, external representative
  • Urban Johnson, faculty representative
  • Lina Lundgren, faculty representative
  • Kristian Widén, faculty representative
  • Håkan Pettersson, faculty representative
  • Jeanette Sjöberg, faculty representative
  • Mikael Hindgren, faculty representative
  • Sara Högdin, faculty representative

Secretary / administrator

The Board secretary and administrator can be reached by email:

Committee for Doctoral Education

The Committee for Doctoral Education (FUU) is a committee under the Research and Education Board (FUN) at Halmstad University. Its main task is to, on behalf of the Board, follow up the doctoral level education at Halmstad University.

Meeting times for the Committee for Doctoral Education

Members of the Committee for Doctoral Education

  • Marie Mattsson, chair
  • Håkan Pettersson
  • Jonas Gabrielsson
  • Thomas Magnusson
  • Magnus Jonsson
  • Henrika Jormfeldt
  • Eva-Carin Lindgren
  • Åsa Andersson
  • Pernilla Granklint Enochson
  • Sara Karnehed, student representative

Secretary / administrator
The Board secretary and administrator can be reached by email: