The commencement of a new rectoral mandate provides an opportunity to review the structure of the Management Board and also the governing team of the University, more so now that a new rector has taken up office. This new stage of our Institution is being approached with a balance between continuity and renewal, as reflected in the manifesto and proposals for action for the period 2021-2025, which have been widely endorsed with the votes of the University community.

In this sense, we must reinforce the strengths that have made Pompeu Fabra University a leading institution in our country and, in turn, incorporate the appropriate innovations and changes for an improved UPF that is for everyone. The institutional structure must serve these goals, starting with the offices of the vice-rectors and the General Secretariat.

In addition, the present and past impact of the covid-19 pandemic cannot in any way be overlooked. Despite the great difficulties caused, the resilience of the entire university community and the use of ICT have allowed activities to continue in all areas. So, without losing sight of UPF’s desire to continue essentially to implement face-to-face activities, the University requires a digital transformation plan which, along with the coordination of governance and of cross-disciplinary projects, will be one of the principal functions of the office of the vice-rector to the rector. Moreover, this vice-rectoral office will, among other things, assume the important role of strengthening participatory processes and accountability.

Meanwhile, the offices of the vice-rectors for Academic Planning and for Research, which deal with decisive functions in the mission of every university, have hardly undergone any changes compared to the predecessors. It should be noted that the language policy, for which responsibility previously lay with the office of the vice-rector for Academic Planning, now falls with the office of the vice-rector for Internationalization, precisely to meet the challenges posed to a university by the global world. Indeed, the office of the vice-rector for Internationalization, in addition to developing the University’s internationalization strategy, is to promote the EUTOPIA project under the “European Universities Initiative”, in which UPF has participated right from the first announcement, along with another five universities, which is to enter a decisive phase in the coming years.

One of the areas where there is great interest in strengthening this new stage is that of knowledge transfer. Thus, a new vice-rector’s office has been created in this area, responsible for implementing its functions, in order to ensure that the knowledge generated by the University can contribute to both the wellbeing of society and citizens and to the university community itself. 

Furthermore, the office of the vice-rector for Faculty and Community Relations has been created, which, in addition to being responsible for the policy governing teaching and research staff, is also to liaise with all bodies of the university community and, in particular, with students and alumni. A further novelty is the creation of the office of the vice-rector for Educational Transformation, Culture and Communication, tasked with promoting the renovation of the University’s educational models, projecting them to society and to the world; in addition, it is to deploy the UPF cultural programme and encourage the community to participate in it.

Despite being a cross-disciplinary action, the commitment by UPF to planetary wellbeing will, in the office of the vice-rector for Social Commitment and Sustainability, find an ideal space in which to conduct careful monitoring, in addition to acting decisively in the Agenda 2030 and the sustainable development goals (SDG). Regarding the General Secretariat, it will barely undergo any changes in the attribution of responsibilities; however, its role is underscored in relation to institutional integrity and the implementation of the actions provided for in the Code of Ethics.

One last, important innovation of the new structure is the provision for the various offices of vice-rectors to coordinate other offices that perform tasks related to their functional area. Thus, the aim is to ensure maximum coherence and efficiency in the performance of actions carried out during the tenure which, necessarily, are the result of teamwork. 

Therefore, by virtue of the powers vested in me in accordance with Articles 55.2 and 56 g) of the Statutes of Pompeu Fabra University and for the purposes of structuring the offices of the vice-rectors and of the General Secretariat and assign duties to them,

I HEREBY RESOLVE:

Article 1. General structure of the offices of vice-rectors and of the General Secretariat

  1. The structure of the offices of the vice-rectors and of the General Secretariat commissioned to undertake the management of the various areas of activity is as follows:
  • Vice-rector to the rector 
  • Vice-rector for Academic Planning
  • Vice-rector for Research
  • Vice-rector for Knowledge Transfer
  • Vice-rector for Internationalization
  • Vice-rector for Faculty Affairs and Community Relations
  • Vice-rector for Educational Transformation, Culture and Communication
  • Vice-rector for Social Commitment and Sustainability
  • General secretary
  1. It shall fall with the different vice-rectors to coordinate all offices of commissioners, delegates and advisors who may carry out tasks related to their functional area.

Article 2. Office of the vice-rector to the rector

The vice-rector to the rector shall, under the guidance of the rector, coordinate and oversee the following matters:

  • The coordination of governance and cross-disciplinary projects
  • Institutional planning and administrative organization
  • Material resources, information systems and e-government
  • Quality, assessment and accreditation
  • The strategy of the UPF Group: the policy on affiliation and coordination of higher education institutions
  • Participatory processes and accountability

Article 3. Office of the vice-rector for Academic Planning 

The vice-rector for Academic Planning shall, under the guidance of the rector, coordinate and oversee the following matters:

  • Official bachelor’s and university master’s degrees
  • UPF-endorsed degrees and their regulations
  • The organization of teaching
  • Academic planning
  • The promotion of official bachelor’s and master’s degree courses
  • Interdisciplinary programmes

Article 4. Office of the vice-rector for Research

The vice-rector for Research shall, under the guidance of the rector, coordinate and oversee the following matters:

  • Internal and external scientific strategy, programmes and research grants
  • Research organization (research figures) and infrastructures
  • The scientific and technical services and facilities for research
  • Liaising with CERCA centres and other scientific institutions
  • Scientific output, its assessment and the Open Science strategy
  • The doctorate, without prejudice to the competences of the director of the Doctoral School 

Article 5. Office of the vice-rector for Knowledge Transfer

The vice-rector for Knowledge Transfer shall, under the guidance of the rector, coordinate and oversee the following matters:

  • Knowledge transfer policy
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation programmes
  • Public-private partnership, business chairs and other, similar formulas for attracting public and private resources
  • UPF’s initiative to disseminate knowledge
  • Institutional relations with the ecosystem of global and local stakeholders in the aforementioned areas

Article 6. Office of the vice-rector for Internationalization

The vice-rector for Internationalization shall, under the guidance of the rector, coordinate and oversee the following matters:

  • The University’s internationalization strategy
  • International relations strategy: EUTOPIA, The Guild
  • Educational exchange and educational cooperation and mobility programmes with universities and institutions
  • International programmes and international summer schools
  • Language policy

Article 7. Office of the vice-rector for Faculty Affairs and Community Relations

The vice-rector for Faculty Affairs and Community Relations shall, under the guidance of the rector, coordinate and oversee the following matters:

  • The policy geared towards attracting and retaining talent
  • The policy concerning teaching staff access, stabilization and promotion
  • Programmes for incorporating research staff (Ramón y Cajal, Juan de la Cierva, ICREA and akin)
  • The faculty and legal regime applicable to teaching staff: dedication, leave and leave of absence
  • Relations with the university community
  • Policies and projects for the support and participation of students and alumni

Article 8. Office of the vice-rector for Educational Transformation, Culture and Communication

The vice-rector for Educational Transformation, Culture and Communication shall, under the guidance of the rector, coordinate and oversee the following matters:

  • The University’s educational project
  • Pedagogic models, teaching innovation, quality and improvement
  • Promoting communication strategies to project the UPF model to society and the world
  • The development of heritage and the cultural programme and relations with institutions in this field
  • Promoting the participation by the university community in all kinds of activities where culture is central

Article 9. Office of the vice-rector for Social Commitment and Sustainability

The vice-rector for Social Commitment and Sustainability shall, under the guidance of the rector, coordinate and oversee the following matters:

  • Development cooperation, solidarity and volunteering
  • Inclusion and equality policies
  • The promotion of health and the prevention of occupational hazards
  • Environmental sustainability strategy and Agenda 2030

Article 10. General Secretariat

The general secretary, in addition to the powers vested in him/her by Article 56 of the UPF Statutes shall, under the guidance of the rector, coordinate and oversee the following matters:

  • The implementation of the statutes and regulations
  • Institutional integrity policies and the implementation of the actions set out in the Code of Ethics
  • Liaising with the UPF ombuds officer
  • Relations between academic bodies and administrative services and the Board of Trustees, except those that fall with the rector. Also excluded are relations concerning the personnel and the budget of the Board of Trustees, which falls with the general manager
  • The coordination of the processes of creating and modifying the academic structure and the affiliation of centres
  • Transparency and the right of access to information

Additional provision 

References to the offices of the vice-rectors set out in the UPF regulations shall be understood as referring to the office of the vice-rector responsible for the matter, in accordance with this resolution.

Repeal 

The Resolution by the rector of 29 October 2019 governing the creation of offices of vice-rectors and the allocation of functions to offices of vice-rectors and to the General Secretary and any other such previous resolution whose content contradicts the content hereof are repealed.

 

Oriol Amat i Salas 

Rector

Barcelona, 28 May 2021