1. Organization of interim assessment

Interim assessment in the spring semester of the academic year 2019/2020 is organized to be held remotely, using the technologies suggested by the directors and the deans. The same tools are used that were used for teaching online classes. More than 9,000 students have already taken their tests and exams. Only a few requests connected with organizational matters were submitted by the students via the Virtual Reception service. There were also requests related to the assessment of exam results. The Virtual Reception service did not receive any requests from either students, the teacher staff or other staff members of the University in connection with the matters of technical organization of online interim assessment.

2. On arrangements for practical training opportunities

Organizational matters in connection with arrangements for student practical training opportunities (museum practice, archaeological practice, etc.) were discussed at the meeting. A lot of practical training has already been provided or is still being provided in the online study mode (including clinical skills training). Following the proposals of some directors and deans, the Senior Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and Methodological Support has made a decision to postpone some types of practical training to August-September, including fieldwork study visits (for example, for students of the Institute of Earth Sciences and the Institute of History) and for the following academic periods (practical training in astronomy, physics, etc.), if the restrictions imposed in certain areas due to the pandemic are lifted.

3. Organization of research work under the conditions of coronavirus restrictions

In connection with the measures taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), SPbU has introduced restrictions on employee access to the premises of the University. These restrictions cannot but affect the organization of the work of SPbU researchers, and especially their use of the Research Park equipment.

The Vice-Rector for Research S.V. Mikushev informed the participants of the meeting about receiving a large number of requests from University staff members, who want to be allowed access to the premises of the University (to carry out their research work, to fulfil their obligations under current grants/agreements, etc.).

At the moment, University staff members are only allowed to enter laboratory facilities for research work if such access is necessary to maintain the uninterrupted operation of the working equipment, if it is impossible to stop a long-term experiment, or if there is a risk of an emergency or an unexpected situation.

If staff members need to access the experimental base in order to fulfil their obligations under current grants/agreements, an official memo should be sent to the Vice-Rector for Research S.V.  Mikushev, stating the reasons for the need to carry out the work connected with grant and contract obligations, and substantiating the need to carry out the work in question at this moment in time.

After the inspection of the obligations, a schedule will be created for staff members to get access to the equipment and other infrastructure. Staff members will not be allowed access to office premises; they shall continue to work remotely.

S.V. Mikushev named the main factors that are taken into account when a decision is made on granting access to the premises and the minimum requirements that the individuals who are granted access need to comply with. He also emphasized that if SPbU staff members are found to be violating the requirements, the Vice-Rector for Research or persons authorized by him shall make a decision to withdraw the permission of such individuals to access the premises, without the right of getting such access again.  S.V. Mikushev gave specific examples of such decisions.

The main factors that are taken into account when decisions are made on granting access to the premises:

the need to carry out specific experimental work using the research equipment in order to fulfil the obligations under current grants/agreements;

presentation of a precise schedule, detailing the staff members’ presence on the premises (indicating room numbers, the dates and time intervals of staff member presence);

the availability of sufficient premise space and the possibility to comply with the safety requirements when carrying out the experimental work;

the ability to get to the place of work only on private vehicles or on foot (for people living within walking distance from the place of work).

SPbU staff members who belong to the following categories shall not be allowed access to the University premises: pregnant women; women with children under 14 years old; staff members 65 years old; staff members with diseases requiring self-isolation.

The minimum requirements that the individuals who are granted access need to comply with are as follows:

SPbU staff members showing signs of infectious diseases cannot be allowed to enter SPbU premises;

Not more than two employees can be present in one laboratory room at the same time;

The employees shall air the room every two hours;

The employees are obliged to sanitize the premises with disinfectants: door handles, switches, railings, contact surfaces, etc.

4. On organizing the final state assessment

A detailed discussion of draft guidelines for participants of final state assessment took place at the meeting. The draft guidelines had been prepared by the working group, consisting of the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Economics V. O. Titov, the Chairmen of the Teaching and Methodological Committees for Legal Studies S.M. Olennikov; the Head of the General Office of Academic Affairs and Methodological Support E.A. Zeletdinova;  the Head of the Information Technology Service S.Yu. Sevryukov;  the Head of the Academic Affairs Office N.G. Boiko;  the Head of the Department of Educational Programmes M.A. Solovieva; Deputy Head of the Department of Educational Programmes E.M. Repina; Deputy Head of the Information Technology Service I.L. Sheronov. 

The day before the meeting, draft projects were sent to all directors of institutes and deans of faculties, and many of them submitted their comments and suggestions. Some of the directors and deans had an opportunity to discuss these instructions with members of the teaching staff and student councils. During the meeting, all these proposals were discussed. Following the results of the discussion, the working group was instructed to introduce appropriate changes to the projects and send the updated guidelines to the heads of educational and research departments not later than May 17. Deans and directors are to submit their opinions not later than 16 May 2020.

5. Testing the organization of the final state assessment

The Head of the Information Technology Service S.Yu. Sevryukov presented a report on testing the proctoring system by SPbU students. From May 12 to May 14, students of the Institute of Earth Sciences, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the Institute of History, and the Institute of Philosophy (a total of 911 students) were to take part in the testing of the proctoring system. 721 students took part in the testing. 601 of them indicated in the questionnaire that their equipment fully met the requirements of the proctoring system. At the same time, everyone who had not participated in the testing was given an opportunity to do so from May 15 to May 17. As of the date of the publication of the material, 62 people took this  opportunity. Based on the results, only ten of them requested help from the support service. Attention was drawn to the fact that all students who for some reason wanted to do a retest needed to contact the educational departments for the integrated groups of main fields of studies, and in due time they would be notified about the dates and the procedure for retesting.

6. Participation of SPbU in the Competitions for Research Grants of the Ministry of Education and Science

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation has announced competitive selection for research grants in the form of subsidies for large-scale research projects in the priority areas of scientific and technological development. Only one application may be submitted from SPbU as one legal entity. At the same time, SPbU may participate as a co-executor in other applications as part of the consortia with other universities.

SPbU departments were asked to come up with proposals. The Office of the Vice-Rector for Research received 17 proposals. Eight proposals involved SPbU as a participant of different consortia, with the application being submitted by partner organizations (the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, the Institute for Problems in Mechanical Engineering of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IPME RAS), Don Technical University, the Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IEPHB RAS),  Omsk Pedagogical University, the Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology, V.A. Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute”), while nine proposals involved SPbU as the principal research organization. All the projects submitted are undoubtedly of high research merit and worthy of participation in the competition. Following the results of the internal selection of the nine projects presented, it was decided to prepare and submit an application for the proposal entitled “Developing personalized functional food products aimed at achieving active human longevity, reducing the risk of developing atherosclerosis and nervous disorders” (research work led by A.A. Frolov and E.V. Tsvetkova), with SPbU as the principal research organization.    

At the same time, SPbU may participate as co-executor in other applications as a participant of the consortia with other organizations. All such projects will be supported by SPbU, so please contact the Vice-Rector for Research or the Department of Research Projects for matters regarding the preparation of applications.

On 20 March 2020, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation announced the second stage of competitive selection for grants in the form of subsidies from the federal budget, providing state support for the establishment and development of world-class research centres to carry out research and development in the priority areas of scientific and technological development. Four applications were submitted by SPbU as part of consortia, including one initiative application from SPbU to create a world-class scientific centre “Chembiomed: Breakthrough Technologies in Medicine” (responsible researchers N.R. Skrynnikov and I.A. Balova), together with the Institute of Cytology RAS.

SPbU acts as a member of consortia in three other projects for the establishment and development of world-class research centres:

“Advanced nanotechnology of a new generation components for photonics, electronics, spintronics and sensors” (responsible researchers D.V. Dubrovsky and A.V. Kavokin), together with the project initiator the Ioffe Institute of Physics and Technology; 

“Agrotechnologies of the Future” (responsible researcher I.A. Tichonovich), together with the project initiator the Russian State Agrarian University - Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy; 

“The Centre for Atmospheric and Climate Problems” (responsible researcher Yu.M. Timofeev),  together with the project initiator A.M. Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 

The application deadline closed on 12 May 2020; the results will be announced in mid-July 2020. Based on the results of the competitive selection, grants will be awarded to provide state support for the establishment and development of at least three centres.

Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting

Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 6 November 2020

1. The conference of the work groups on ‘Politics and International Relations’ and ‘Economics, Trade and Resources’ of the KRD Forum

On 5 November 2020, a strategic conference of the work groups on ‘Politics and International Relations’ and ‘Economics, Trade and Resources’ of the Korea–Russia Dialogue Forum took place at St Petersburg University. The conference was dedicated to the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Russia. The event was held online.  

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 2 November 2020

1. Organisation of the learning process

Last week, 35 enquiries from teachers as well as students and their parents including 7 enquiries on academic issues were sent to the Virtual Reception. 16 enquiries were sent to the e-mail of Senior Vice-Rector for Academic Activities and Teaching Methods including 13 enquiries on academic issues. The enquiries included requests for certificates and other documents, questions on the procedures of transfer and reinstatement, financial aid requests, etc.  

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 26 October 2020

1. The commission for discussing the suggestions offered by Dr Yury Fedotov

Dr Yury Fedotov, Senior Vice-Rector for Medical Care and Director of the Pirogov Clinic of High Medical Technologies at St Petersburg University, applied to the University's Rector to open a department of postgraduate medical education and to set up an academic council of the Pirogov Clinic. The aim is to improve the quality and efficiency of education and research carried out in the Clinic. The Clinic has 16 Doctors of Sciences and 70 Candidates of Sciences (Medicine). These suggestions were discussed by the Academic Council of the Faculty of Medicine and the Academic Council of the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Medical Technologies.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 19 October 2020

1. The University has five winners of the RSF - DFG joint competition for grants

The results of the fifth joint competition for grants from the Russian Science Foundation and German Research Foundation (DFG) have been announced. The competition was held within the priority field of research 'Fundamental Research and Exploratory Research by International Research Collaboration Teams'. Among the competition winners are 18 projects, including 5 projects proposed by scientists and scholars from the University. Three scientists work in the natural sciences and two in the humanities: A. Timoshkin, M. Vinarski, A. Saraev, L. Moskovkin, A. Filyushkin. The amount of each grant is six million roubles to be allocated annually. The implementation period of the research project is within 2021–2023 (The Russian Science Foundation will support 18 joint Russian–German projects). Our University has the best results among all research and educational institutions across Russia. No other institution has won more than one grant.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 12 October 2020

1. New members of the University Academic Council elected

On 21 September 2020, at a conference of research and teaching staff, a new University Academic Council was elected for a five-year period along with representatives of other categories of workers and students (Conference on the election of a new Academic Council of St Petersburg University).

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 5 October 2020

1. Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Taking into account the revised version of the Resolution of the Government of St Petersburg No 121 'On Measures to Counteract the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in St Petersburg' dated 13 March 2020, additional measures the University should take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 were discussed at this Rector's meeting. All University employees working under civil law contracts and not participating in the technological processes necessary for the life of the University are transferred to the online mode of work. The same mode is maintained for academic staff aged 65+ and employees with chronic diseases.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 30 September 2020

1. A representative office of St Petersburg University at the University for Foreigners of Siena

A week ago, a representative office of St Petersburg University was opened in Siena, Italy. The office is housed at the University for Foreigners of Siena, a partner of St Petersburg University. This is the sixth foreign representative office of St Petersburg University and the second in Europe. The University uses its representative offices to organise various events, such as lectures, seminars, conferences, roundtable discussions, exhibitions of students' creative works, and joint competitions. The efficiency of the representative offices is reflected in the positions occupied by the University in the rankings, especially in such an indicator as internationalisation. Therefore, it is very important to organise the activities of the representative offices by filling their work with particular content. In this regard, Sergey Andryushin, Deputy Rector for International Affairs, asked the meeting participants to submit proposals on the activities that could be organised at the new representative office in Italy.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 14 September 2020

1. Influenza vaccination campaign

This year earlier than ever St Petersburg University has started the seasonal influenza mass vaccination. Influenza vaccination is the responsibility of territorial healthcare authorities. The University Rector addressed enquiries to concerned vice-governors to deploy mobile vaccination points on University campuses in Vasileostrovsky and Petrodvortsovy districts, so that students and staff could benefit from getting a vaccine near their homes, work or study place. The enquiry is still to be considered. Without further ado, the University approved the student vaccination schedule with Outpatient Clinic No 3 and its administration; vaccination points will be set up inside University buildings at 16/18 7th Line, Vasilyevsky Island. The vaccination schedule for another point at 35 Universitetsky prospect is pending approval with St Nikolas Hospital administration. Vaccination schedules will be tailored to the academic timetable and posted on the University website.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 7 September 2020

1. The results of the meeting of the Council for Governmental Support of the Creation and Development of World-Class Research Centres carrying out research and development in the priority areas of science and technology – the world-class research centre 'Agrotechnologies of the Future'

On 28 August, a meeting was held of the Council for Governmental Support of the Creation and Development of World-Class Research Centres carrying out research and development in the priority areas of science and technology. It was chaired by Tatyana Golikova, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. The meeting summed up the results of the competitive selection. Valery Falkov announced that 60 applications had been received in 2020 (St Petersburg University was presented in four applications). 11 out of 60 applications were selected for face-to-face consideration featuring presentation of charts.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 24 August 2020

1. Preparation for the new academic year

This year the academic timetable is the most crucial challenge of all the preparation efforts, considering that it must comply with all the COVID-19 spread prevention measures and requirements. Currently, the timetable for the 2020/2021 academic year is 70% ready and reflects the proposals submitted by deans and directors.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 17 August 2020

1. St Petersburg University in ARWU-2020 ranking

The ARWU-2020 university ranking, that reflects statistics for 2019, has been published. St Petersburg University is the only Russian organisation recognised for in the Highly Cited Researchers criterion (Researchers from St Petersburg University are listed as the most cited scientists in the world).

In this group the University is represented by three luminary scientists: Gennady Leonov, Nikolay Kuznetsov, and Raul Gainetdinov who are registered with St Petersburg University as their primary affiliation. The University was therefore awarded an extra 12 points, which raised its ranking by dozens of positions as the common graph  shows. The University Administration is committed to seeing more high citation researchers among the University academic staff, as well as to support already employed high citation researchers.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 10 August 2020

1. Organisation of work amid measures to prevent COVID-19 spread

The University continues its operation in the existing format through 16 August 2020. Since 29 July the University Scientific Library has been open by prior registration to University visitors, teachers, research fellows, and administrative staff (Order No 6896/1 dated 24 July 2020 ‘Amendments to...’). A temporary procedure for all visitors to access the University museum collection was also approved. Now the Dmitri Mendeleev Museum and Archives and the Vladimir Nabokov Museum are operating according to a temporary timetable; the University is going to reopen access to its other collections in the near future (Museums of St Petersburg University reopen to visitors). The number of visitors inside the museum is strictly limited (5 or 10 visitors maximum depending on the museum indoor area).

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 3 August 2020

1. Admissions to degree programmes

31 July was the deadline for acceptance of documents and applications for aspirantura programmes. Compared to 2019, this year the number of applicants has grown by almost 300. At the moment, the period of admissions tests for applicants to aspirantura programmes has started.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 27 July 2020

1. Measures to prevent COVID-19 spread

From 27 July to 16 August 2020 the University continues to operate in the existing mode. Since 29 July the University Scientific Library is open by prior registration to University visitors, teachers, research fellows, and administrative staff (Order No 6896/1 dated 24 July 2020 ‘Amendments to...’). The Dmitri Mendeleev Museum and the Vladimir Nabokov Museum are reopening their doors to visitors. The number of visitors inside the museum is strictly limited (5 visitors maximum).

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 20 July 2020

1. Meeting of the St Petersburg University  Board of Trustees

On 15 July the St Petersburg University Board of Trustees held a meeting that was attended by President of the Board Dmitry Medvedev. The agenda was focused on the territorial development of St Petersburg University. Dmitry Medvedev noted that St Petersburg University has a fairly positive image in international university rankings. He highlighted that the University’s territorial development is bound to ensure future success of its students by establishing technical capacities for years to come. The full text of Dmitry Medvedev’s speech is available in the VKontakte official group of St Petersburg University.

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 13 July 2020

The Rector's meeting was held on 13 July 2020 via video conference. It addressed the following issues:

1. Admission to the academic programmes of St Petersburg University

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 6 July 2020

The Rector's meeting was held on 6 July 2020 as a video conference. It addressed the following issues:

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 29 June 2020

The meeting was conducted as a video conference, and it addressed the following issues.

1.  Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 22 June 2020

As proposed by the Rector of St Petersburg University Nikolay Korpachev, the meeting began with a moment of silence to mark the Day of Remembrance and Sorrow.

The participants of the meeting also held a moment of silence for Vataniar Saidovich Yagya, professor emeritus of St Petersburg University (https://spbu.ru/news-events/novosti/pamyati-pochetnogo-professora-spbgu-vatanyara-saidovicha-yagi) and the deceased St Petersburg University student Egor Panshin. 

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Minutes of the Rector’s Meeting dated 15 June 2020

The University Rector Nikolay Kropachev suggested observing a minute of silence in tribute to the death of Vladislav Golikov, a University student (https://spbu.ru/news-events/novosti/pamyati-vladislava-golikova).

On 15 June 2020 the Rector’s meeting was held in videoconference format. The agenda was as follows:

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