Our first priority, at all times, are our students. That rings
even more true during these difficult times.
We understand that a lot of students have
concerns and questions regarding how this pandemic
will impact you, your education and your engagement with UID. We
hear those concerns and while we don't have all the answers yet we
are working with the central leadership at Umeå University to make
sure that we support the academic experience for our students while
keeping their health and safety as our top priority. The same goes
for our faculty and staff, whether they are at UID or working
To reduce the risk of spreading disease, Umeå Institute
of Design was instructed by Umeå University leadership
to conduct the teaching of the remainder of this semester
remotely, as of March 18th. This means that the school is
now closed to all students until June 7th. If you have to retrieve
personal belongings, please contact your programme director or
course responsible teacher.
We are aware that many of you will have a lot of
questions, like: "How will my courses be conducted
remotely and how will this situation affect the academic quality?
Will I be able to complete my degree project without access to UID
studios, workshops and materials? Will the Design Talks &
Degree Show (UID'20) still happen?"
Naturally, the transition towards solely digital
studies will impact the educational experience.
However, we are trying to also see this as an opportunity to create
an inspired academic environment in the digital space. That goes
for UID'20 as well. Plans are already underway to convert this
year's Design Talks & Degree Show into an online
experience that will do our extraordinary students justice.
If you are a student in need of academic
assistance related to your specific programme or
course, please do not hesitate to contact your programme director
or course responsible. If you are a student in need of
assistance or guidance relating to broader
issues surrounding Umeå University or society at
large, please contact the UMU Infocenter: www.umu.se/en/contact-us.
To keep yourself up to date with the latest developments relating
to UID and Covid-19, including guidelines for remote education,
please visit the UID Student web on a daily basis; www.umu.se/en/student/umea-institute-of-design.
To conclude, I have a lot of faith that UID
students, faculty and staff will carry on the spirit of this school
and that our collective actions will ultimately show what this
place is about; humanity, collaboration, creativity and