Work environment and equal opportunities

The Department of Medical Sciences considers the strive for equal opportunities is an important aspect of research and teaching. Therefore, everyone, employees as well as students, shall be treated with respect and given the opportunity to work and study on equal terms, free of discrimination. If you have questions or concerns about equal opportunities, you are welcome to contact someone in the Department's working group for equal opportunities.

The grounds for discrimination are:

  • gender
  • gender expression
  • ethnicity/skin colour
  • disability
  • religion
  • sexual orientation
  • age

The Gender Equality law defines sexual harassment as:

“Sexual harassment means such unwanted conduct based on sex or unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, that violates the integrity of the employee at work.”

More information on how the overall work on equal opportunities is conducted can be found on the University's equal opportunities webpage. There you can also find the University's action plan for equal opportunities as well as a program for equal opportunities. The Department of Medical Sciences also has an action plan for equal opportunities. We also have a booklet which describes how we work to prevent harassment and discrimination within the Department.

Here you can read more about the University's equal opportunities work.

The Department's group for equal opportunities

Gabriella Widerberg
Magnus Svartengren
Mårten Fryknäs
Jessica Schubert, PhD student representative
Azita Monazzam
Diem Nguyen

Harassement – contact person for equal opportunities

Each of us has the potential to thrive and excel in an environment where respect and tolerance are prioritized. But a good and enjoyable workplace cannot create itself. It is dependent on the premise that all – co-workers and management, contribute actively. The employer has the responsibility to actively prevent harassment and victimization. Our department comprises of people of different ages, nationalities, sex, faith and sexual preference. This means that everyone who work here are responsible for the working environment on a daily basis. In the ideal workplace, to understand this would suffice to prevent all problems, but in reality we need to be prepared to handle issues such as harassment and victimization. When incidents are not resolved in discussions between the involved parties, you should contact to the Head of the Department or to the Department’s HR-staff, Anna Foyer and Gabriella Widerberg.

Support for Disabled

Employees who have a disability can receive support in their work situation. If you are employed and have a disability and are in need of support in your work situation, you should first contact your nearest manager. If needed, you can also contact the Equal Condition Specialists at the Human Resources Department's HR Support Unit at:


Everyone at the University should be treated with respect. This applies to everyone at the University, employees, affiliated researchers, students, sub-contractors, visitors etc., both in formal and informal contexts (e.g. coffee breaks and department parties). More information can be found in the University's Action Plan for Equal opportunities.

What can you do if experience or observe harassment

Generally it is the victim of the harassment that determines if a behavior or an action is offensive. If you experience harassment, you should speak out and make it clear that the behavior is unwanted and that you want it to stop. If this is difficult or doesn’t give any effect, please turn to the Head of Department, to the Department's HR-function, to the Contact person for equal opportunities or another person you trust.

Last modified: 2023-05-10