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. The present Pro Vice-Chancellor has specific responsibility for education and quality. Furthermore, there is one Deputy Vice-Chancellor with specific responsibility for research and doctoral education. 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 all matters at the University and is accountable to the government that its tasks are fulfilled.

All members of the board must be without any political affiliations and exclusively represent the University. The chairman and seven of the regular members are appointed by the government. Faculty staff appoint three members by election and the student union appoints three members. The Vice-Chancellor is also a member of the board. The trade unions have the right to attend meetings and share their opinions.

Board members

  • Harald Castler, Chair
  • Susanna Öhman, Vice-Chancellor
  • Erik Blomberg
  • Pauline Broholm Lindberg
  • Christina von Dorrien
  • Staffan Edén
  • Pia Enochsson
  • Gunilla Nordlöf
  • Stefan Östholm

Representatives elected by the faculty/teachers

  • Vaike Fors
  • Alina Franck
  • Kalle Jonasson

Representatives elected by the Student Union

  • Linnea Håkansson, Student Union Chair
  • Felicia Jakobsson
  • Jacob Nilsson

Union representatives

  • Navid Ghannad, Saco-S
  • Camilla Soto, TCO/OFR

Board Secretary

  • Ann Landén


  • Malin Hallén, Pro Vice-Chancellor
  • Catarina Coquand, University Director
  • Selma Sedelius, Head of Communications


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Vice-Chancellor Susanna Öhman

The Vice-Chancellor leads the daily operations of a higher education institution. Susanna Öhman is the Vice-Chancellor of Halmstad University and assumed her position on March 20, 2023.

Susanna Öhman is a professor of Sociology, with most of her academic career from Mid Sweden University. As Head of the Risk and Crisis Research Centre (RCR) she has performed research about societal perspectives on risks and crises, how they are perceived by the public, and how to communicate with the public about them. At Mid Sweden University she has also held positions as, among others, acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dean, Chairman of a Faculty Board and Head of Department.

She was also previously Dean of the School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences at Halmstad University during the period 2018–2020. She has also held various external assignments, such as a member of the review group in the Swedish Higher Education Authority’s evaluation of the quality system at Örebro University, member of The Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF) working group for refugee issues in higher education and a member of the strategic group for gender mainstreaming in higher education at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research

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 must have a deputy, a Pro Vice-Chancellor, and may also have one or more Deputy Vice-Chancellors.

Pro Vice-Chancellor

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Pro Vice-Chancellor Malin Hallén

The Pro Vice-Chancellor is the deputy of the Vice-Chancellor. Malin Hallén is Pro Vice-Chancellor of Halmstad University since 1 January 2024.

Malin Hallén holds the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor with specific responsibility for education and quality. The appointment is, besides being the Vice-Chacellorsdeputy, centered around strengthening the quality of the education in different ways. Included in the assignment is also chairing the Advisory Board for Quality Assurance.

Malin Hallén is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications and has during her time at Halmstad University held a number of governing positions, among other things Chair of the Research and Education Board, subject director, programme director, Head of Department, Acting Dean of the School of Health and Welfare and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Halmstad University has a Deputy Vice-Chancellors with a specific area of responsibility. The position as Deputy Vice-Chancellor is appointed by the Vice-Chancellor and is a three-year post with the option of being extended.

Thorsteinn Rögnvaldsson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor with specific responsibility for research and doctoral education

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Deputy Vice-Chancellor Thorsteinn Rögnvaldsson

Thorsteinn Rögnvaldsson holds the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor with specific responsibility for research and doctoral education at Halmstad University since 2022.

Thorsteinn Rögnvaldsson is a professor of Computer Science and has held a number of governing positions at Halmstad University, among other things as Acting Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellor with specific responsibility for research, Programme Manager for the KK environment Research for Innovation and as chair of the Research Board.

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

  • Eva-Carin Lindgren, Chair
  • Marie Mattsson, Vice Chair
  • Linnea Gustafsson, faculty representative
  • Mikael Hindgren, faculty representative
  • Urban Johnson, faculty representative
  • Håkan Petersson, lärarfaculty representative
  • Håkan Pettersson, faculty representative
  • Frida Stranne, faculty representative
  • Pia Ulvenblad, faculty representative
  • Victoria Gerelius, student representative
  • Hilda Boman, student representative
  • Dilini Tennakoon, student representative
  • Britta Teleman, PhD student representative
  • Anna Hoffert, external representative
  • Anders Isaksson, external 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
  • Magnus Jonsson, Vice Chair
  • Åsa Andersson
  • Jonas Gabrielsson
  • Krister Hertting
  • Sara Högdin
  • Sara Karnehed, PhD student representative
  • Senad Osmanovic, PhD student representative
  • Thomas Magnusson
  • Jeanette Sjöberg
  • Håkan Pettersson 

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