Introductory programme

The introductory programme gives you basic knowledge about Umeå University, from vision and values to work environment and safety. The programme consists of a digital introductory course, an in-depth seminar and a social event.



Information about the introductory programme

The introductory program consists of three parts and the content of the programme is target-oriented towards employees and scholarship holders.

The programme is available in the university's learning platform Canvas. To be able to log in and register for the course, you need an Umu-id. A link to activate your Umu-id will be sent to you on the first day of employment. If you are a scholarship holder you need help from your departments administrator to get your Umu-id.

Part one: An online programme with videos and texts

The first part is a digital programme structured into a number of modules consisting of videos and explanatory texts. This part is a summary of some of the most important things you need to know as a new employee, if you want more in-depth information, you will find this on the staff web. 

You must complete all parts of a module to continue to the next one. Completing all modules takes between two and three hours. You can choose the pace you want to complete the programme at, and pause at any time to continue later. When you have completed all modules, the registration to seminars and social event is open.

Part two: Introductory programme seminar for new researchers, teachers and doctoral students

This seminar is especially designed for new researchers, teachers and doctoral students. The main purpose of the seminar is to provide you as a participant with knowledge about career paths within academia, important things to think about in your new role and what support you can get in your work.

This seminar will give you:

  • Knowledge about career paths within academia
  • An overview of the research support from the Department of Scholarly Communication (SC) at the university library.
  • An overview of what support you can expect from Research Support Office and an introduction to research funding with a focus on the Swedish funding landscape and how to find calls.
  • An introduction to pedagogical qualification at Umeå University.
  • A short presentation in what legal areas and questions a legal officer should or must be consulted, for example, official documents, secrecy, GDPR, agreements and intellectual property rights.

The seminar will be held in English.

Tuesday 16 April 8:30 - 12:30 - link to register (closes 5 April)

Part three: Social event at Curiosum

Once per semester, we invite new employees and scholarship holders to a joint social event at Curiosum, Arts campus. During such an evening, you get to solve mathematical problems and enjoy a planetarium show in the dome theatre. A light buffet will be served. Limited seats, free of charge.

The social event will be held in English

Thursday May 23 16:00 - 18:00 - link to register 

Begin the digital introductory programme

Select a programme by clicking on the link below, log in with your Umu ID and register for the course.

You can access the programme on a computer, tablet or smartphone. To use a tablet or smartphone, you need to download the app Canvas Student. 

It is a known bug for mobiles and tablets that have the Android operating system, where it is not possible to turn on the device without being logged out of the program.

Related information

Contact information



Linda Bergéli
HR strategist 
Human Resources Office 
📞090-786 59 95



Torbjörn Forsberg
HR Strategist
Human Resources Office
📞 090-786 70 80



Jannike Hurenkamp
HR Strategist
Human Resources Office
📞 090-786 51 93

Introductory programme


Introductory programme

Scholarship holders

Caroline Henrysson