All individuals who start studying at the university have different conditions. For example, there are those who start studying immediately after high school, while others choose to become students at a later stage of their lives. There are many things that can affect the study environment during your studies. It could be something that’s happened in your personal life, scheduling that doesn’t work, or study spaces that aren’t up to scratch. For this reason, it is extremely important that there are people who work continuously to improve your and other students’ study environment. In addition, you as a student should have access to knowledge about what you are entitled to.
Health and Safety At Work Act
Regarding students’ rights regarding the study environment, the University is based on the Swedish Work Environment Act. According to the law, anything that can affect people in their work is part of the working environment. The criteria for a good working environment are mentioned in the second chapter of the Swedish Work Environment Act and on this basis the following requirements for a good study environment can be laid down:
- A healthy and safe environment,
- the opportunity to learn and develop;
- meaningful and engaging lectures, study and duties,
- the right to participate in the organisation and content of the studies;
- and the opportunity for own responsibility, cooperation and community with other students.
How can you improve your study environment?
In order to constantly develop Mälardalen University as a study place, it is important that we learn from events that have occurred. It is therefore important that you report and report if you experience harassment or injury during your time at college. You can also contact us if you have a proposal that can make Mälardalen University a better study place. The university has a so-called Ouch, Oops, Halloj system.
Aj! If you as a student injure yourself during your studies, you should make a report about the injury. Occupational injury means physical or psychological injury or illness that has arisen as a result of studies or study conditions. It can also be a journey accident on the way to or from university.
Oops! Oj-event is meant a physical or psychological incident where no one has been hurt but that could have led to injury. Even events dependent on psychosocial factors such as lack of respect between students can be seen as incidents.
What does the Student Union do to improve your study environment?
At MälardalenS Student Union, the vice-president with influence responsibility is the student’s safety representative. As a safety representative, the Vice-President sits in bodies and other meetings at Mälardalen University, where decisions concerning the study environment and environmental issues are made. In addition, vice-presidents participate in safety rounds and in the work on planned construction. In addition, the Vice-President will monitor and help drive study environment issues at the university. You can find contact information for the Vice-President in the side column.
Examples of study environment issues
There are a variety of study environment issues, but we have selected a few as examples of the types of questions you can highlight when studying at Mälardalen University.
Physical study environment
- Microwave ovens
Organizational and social study environment
- Group dynamic
- Defamatory discrimination