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7 May 2023, 10:35  |  Čeština

Faculty Newsletter

We achieve great results in science and teaching

Dear colleagues,

We have had a month that, for most of us, has been a wild rhythm of the Hour of Truth, a campaign drawing attention to the undignified salary conditions under which many staff in the humanities and some social science faculties work. Thanks to the actions of academics and media coverage, it was incredibly successful in drawing attention to the fact that Czech higher education as a whole is significantly underfunded compared to other OECD countries. This matter needs to be addressed by the Ministry of Education and the government. Without an increase in the proportion of expenditure on higher education relative to GDP, Czech university education will continue to be dire. The political representation and the representation of universities know this and, let us hope, will deal with the situation appropriately.

However, what about financial matters if we move from higher education in general to the level of faculties? There have been various figures in the media. However, we cannot safely comment on these unless we know the calculations used to arrive at them. We should therefore confine ourselves to the area we know intimately.

The tariff salaries of all employees are the same across the university. Following an agreement with the trade union, they were increased by 10 % last year and will be increased by 5 % this year and next (the contract with the trade union was made when no one knew how high inflation was ahead). Strangely enough, the fact that the same tariffs apply to staff in all university faculties does not spread everywhere in the Czech Republic. Moreover, our alma mater has long strived to ensure that the budget methodology considers the specifics of both groups of faculties (SSH faculties - social sciences and humanities - and STM faculties - natural sciences, engineering and medicine). This methodology is then used to allocate money to the individual faculties. The sad fact for the Faculty of Arts is that the average salaries of academic staff in our country are at the lower end of the scale, although not quite at the bottom.

How is this possible? Are we worse than our colleagues in other SSH faculties at the university? A resounding "no" is the correct answer. Our faculty achieves many excellent research and teaching results, and we are unique in many ways. We've just gotten a bit lost in looking at where the university is headed and have stayed too long and stubbornly on our once-established course. However, it is now holding us back and needs to be corrected. In this regard, I firmly believe that we must first recognize that our performance is worse than other comparable faculties on some key parameters and then attempt to reset the faculty's budget criteria.

However, neither the ministry, the government, nor the university representation can help us with this. It is in our hands alone. After a busy April, we have some even more busy months ahead of us, when we will hold debates in various forums: in the Dean's Economic committee, with the heads of departments and, of course, in the Senate. The interest of all of us must be to arrive at a budget allocation methodology that will move the faculty further towards the university. In this way, we will, in time, achieve an increase in the proportion that the faculty receives from the university budget and more dignified average salaries for our faculty.

Irena Radová, Petr Dytrt, Zdeňka Jastrzembská, Tomáš Knoz, Lubomír Spurný, Zuzana Šalamounová and Josef Šaur


Linking basic and applied research is the DNA of many of our projects

Roman Švaříček about the history of the Department of Educational Sciences in Brno, the celebration of the centenary of its foundation and about the project aimed at improving dyslexia diagnostics.

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MUNI Innovation Award 2023 went to Dana Hlaváčková, Richard Holaj and Jana Horáková

They succeeded in competition with thirty-one other nominated projects from all over MU. The award ceremony took place at the end of April this year.

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Give Scala a chance, film academics urge

Pavel Skopal and Radomír Kokeš from the Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture of the Faculty of Arts MU call on Brno Mayor Markéta Vaňková to maintain the operation of the Scala University Cinema in an open letter.

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Musicologist Jiří Zahrádka won the Prestomusic Awards

Musicologist and expert on the works of Leoš Janáček, Jiří Zahrádka, has won the British Prestomusic Awards 2022 in the Book of the Year category for his narrative volume Truth, First Things First, Truth, Not Beauty — the Story of Janáček's Her Pastor.

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Let's be aware of our value, says debate assembly

The Faculty Academic Senate convened them on the occasion of the national event Hour of Truth. In an auditorium filled with academics and students, the status of the humanities and their adequate financial evaluation were discussed.

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The Faculty of Arts has left the social network TikTok

However, informative videos not only from the faculty environment will continue on Instagram.

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HR Award - The DeepL translator in the Portal will help you translate entire files

Its significant advantage is also the ability to preserve the formatting of the source file.

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HaDivadlo in Brno: Half price for employees of the Faculty of Arts

All you have to do is enter a unique password and show your Masaryk University employee card.

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Do you use a Multisport card? Experience summer in top form with it

You can visit selected Czech castles and chateaus, take advantage of the wellness package, rent a boat, or go to the nature house.

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HR Award - A questionnaire survey gauged opinion on the implementation of the new HR strategy

Employees appreciated the removal of the language barrier or the career website.

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Apply for the scholarship programme to support the use of technology in teaching

Read the terms and conditions.

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Changes to the login details of secure accounts

Learn what changes to expect if you use computer labs for exams.

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Follow the minutes of the management meetings

Mon 20 Mar 2023

Meeting of the Academic Senate 

Mon 3 Apr 2023

Minutes No. 11 from the meeting of the management of the Faculty of Arts MU 

Mon 24 Apr 2023

Dean's Board No. 10 

What awaits us in the coming months

Wed 10 May 2023

First Czechoslovaks in Tibet (CZ) 

The first Czechoslovaks to visit Tibet were director Vladimír Sís and cameraman Josef Vaniš. They kept detailed diaries and sent home reports and private and business letters. Luboš Bělka from the Department for the Study of Religions of the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University will give a lecture accompanied by film excerpts.

Fri 12 May 2023

Faculty inspiratorium: David Zbíral 

Do you want to know the faculty and academic community and make new contacts? Are you interested in what colleagues from other departments are working on, or would you like to present your projects? The Faculty Inspiratorium is just for you. David Zbíral from the Department for the Study of Religions at the Faculty of Arts MU will speak this time.

Mon 15 May 2023

100-Year Anniversary of the Department of Educational Sciences 

Opening of an exhibition from the rich history of the Institute and the launch of two books.

Wed 17 May 2023

A trip to a 14th century medical school (CZ) 

Dana Stehlíková will present the environment of a medieval medical faculty: among other things, all the primary areas of medicine, contemporary compulsory textbooks and teacher training. The lecture is part of the Open World of Humanities series.

Wed 17 May 2023

Author's reading by Ester Pučálková (CZ) 

Author's reading by Ester Pučálková from her book The Legacy of the Fathers: an Image of the Bohemian Reformation in 1918–1928, in which the author deals with the history of Protestant churches in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Thu 18 May 2023

Film work by Jan Novák (CZ) 

Rebecca Grosschmidtová from the Department of Musicology, Faculty of Arts MU, will present the film work of composer Jan Novák. She will focus on his collaboration with influential Czech directors such as Karel Kachyňa, Jiří Trnka and Karel Zeman.

Mon 22 May 2023

Start of the exam period

Mon 26 Jun 2023

Faculty to self: Afternoon matinee at the beginning of summer 

Let's get together before the summer starts and enjoy a "from us for us" event. You can look forward to refreshments or musical performances; you'll have the opportunity to try things you haven't tried before or explore places on campus you haven't visited yet. But most of all, you can meet colleagues informally.

Other events can be found in the calendar of events on the website. For all study dates, see the schedule in IS.

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Statement on the Application of Artificial Intelligence in Teaching at Masaryk University  Externí odkaz

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The next issue of the faculty newsletter will be published on 4 June. Submissions can be sent until 31 May to propagace@phil.muni.cz.

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