The University has already carried out more than 60 research, development and implementation projects, including 14 international projects with funding from, among others, the National Science Centre, the National Centre for Research and Development, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, etc., for a total subsidy of nearly PLN 25 million. It also undertakes other projects under the programmes: Horyzont 2020, Erasmus+, International Strategic Partnerships, Operational Programme Human Capital, or Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development.
The Academic Standing of the ULS
The Research Units Evaluation Committee (KEJN), as part of its evaluation of research achievements, has awarded our university a B category. This means that we have the right to run programmes preparing for the teaching profession. We run teacher training programmes in the following fields of study: pedagogy and special education, as well as a new programme in pre-school and early school education, which prepares students to work as pre-school and early school teachers (grades I-III of primary school).
The University of Lower Silesia is also the venue for numerous seminars, debates, international conferences, specialised courses and training sessions, as well as classes taught by prominent experts, practitioners and specialists cooperating with the University. So far, it has organised, among others, 170 academic conferences, including 48 of international importance and 122 of nationwide reach, 233 academic seminars, of which 151 were meetings organised on a regular basis.
Winners of Awards for Research and Teaching Achievements
The policy of the University of Lower Silesia in Wrocław on the development and support of research and teaching staff has a real impact on the achievements of its employees.
The winners of awards for academic achievements were:
- dr hab. Paweł Rudnicki, prof. DSW
The 2021 Professor Irena Lepalczyk Award for the monograph entitled "After All, We Are! Homophobic Violence in Polish Schools - Narratives of Gays and Lesbians" (2020, co-author dr Marzanna Pogorzelska)
- ddr hab. Sławomir Krzychała, prof. DSW
The 2021 Professor Roman Czernecki Award in the research category for the publication entitled "Teacher Responses to New Pedagogical Practices: A Praxeological Model for the Study of Teacher-Driven School Development" (American Educational Research Journal) (American Educational Research Journal)
- dr Anna Bilon
Minister of Science and Higher Education Award granted in 2015 for the academic achievement of the second degree, which was the basis for the conferral of the doctoral degree, in the form of a dissertation entitled. "Career Counselling in the Netherlands - Assumptions, Organisation, Prospects for Applying in Poland".
- prof. DSW dr hab. Lotar Rasiński
The Prime Minister's Award granted in 2014 for a distinguished postdoctoral dissertation “Following Marx and Wittgenstein. Social Criticism without Critical Theory”.
- dr Barbara Kutrowska
Awarded by the Minister of Education and the Mayor of Wrocław in 2012 for outstanding pedagogical achievements.
- dr Aleksandra Moroska-Bonkiewicz
Minister of Science and Higher Education Award granted in 2010 for academic achievements of the second degree which was the basis for the conferral of the doctoral degree, in the form of a dissertation entitled "Right-wing Populism and Euroscepticism. "Right-wing populism and Euroscepticism (on the Example of Pim Fortuyn's List in the Netherlands and the League of Polish Families in Poland".
Winners of awards for teaching achievements
- dr Barbara Muszyńska
Minister of Science and Higher Education Award granted in 2020 for significant achievements in the field of teaching.
Awards - What Can Researchers Apply For?
The awards acknowledge the ULS’s research and teaching staff, who contribute not only to the quality of education but also attest to the high quality of research carried out here. The awards help reinforce the reputation of talented individuals and organisations, in a way, to the reputation that the profession enjoys. Nominees are judged on their achievements, research excellence and exceptional academic performance..
The awards for which representatives of the University of Lower Silesia apply each year include:
- The Prime Minister Award
- The Minister of Science and Higher Education Award for outstanding research and research-technical achievements and scholarships for young researchers
- The Minister of Science and Higher Education Award for outstanding research achievements and achievements in research and educational supervision
- The Minister of Science and Higher Education Award for academic teachers for research, didactic, organisational and lifetime achievements
The Prime Minister Award
The Prime Minister Award has been granted since 1994 by the Prime Minister for: distinguished doctoral dissertations; highly recognised achievements serving as the basis for conferring the postdoctoral degree or the postdoctoral degree in arts.
Awards are granted annually by the end of January for:
- distinguished doctoral theses - applications are submitted by organisational units authorised to confer the academic doctoral degree
- highly recognised achievements which are the basis for conferring the academic postdoctoral degree or the postdoctoral degree in art - applications are submitted by organisational units authorised to confer the academic postdoctoral degree
- research or artistic achievements
- research and technological achievements which have brought about measurable economic or social effects.
Applications for awards, together with attachments, should be submitted to the Award Team at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister by 30 April of each year, in the form of an electronic document bearing a qualified electronic signature or a trusted signature, to the electronic delivery box of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.
Regulation of the Prime Minister of 21 May 2019 on the criteria and procedure for awarding the prizes of the Prime Minister and the template of the application for their award pursuant to Article 364(3) of the Act of 20 July 2018. - Law on Higher Education and Science (Dz. U. [Journal of Laws] item 1668, as amended).
The Minister of Science and Higher Education Award
The Minister of Science and Higher Education Award for outstanding research achievements as well as research and technological excellence, and scholarships for young researchers
The scholarship may be awarded to a person who has the status of a young researcher on the date the scholarship is awarded.
A young researcher is a person engaged in research who:
- is a doctoral student or an academic teacher - and does not hold a doctoral degree:
- holds a doctoral degree, obtained not more than 7 years before, and is employed in an entity referred to in Article 7(1) of the aforementioned Act, i.e. a higher education institution, a federation of higher education and research institutions, Polish Academy of Sciences, a research institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences acting on the basis of the Act of 30 April 2010 on the Polish Academy of Sciences, a research institute operating on the basis of the Act of 30 April 2010 on research institutes, an international scientific institute established on the basis of separate acts operating on the territory of the Republic of Poland, the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences or another institution performing mainly research activities in an independent and continuous manner.
The granting of the Minister's scholarships for outstanding young researchers is covered by the provisions of:
Article 360, Article 361 and Article 363(1) of the Act of 20 July 2018. - Law on higher education and science (Dz. U. [Journal of Laws], item 1668, as amended) and
the Regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education of 1 April 2019 on scholarships of the Minister in charge of higher education and science for students and outstanding young researchers (Dz. U. [Journal of Laws] item 658 and 2297).
Due to the amendment of the regulation on scholarships of the minister in charge of higher education and science for students and outstanding young researchers, which entered into force on 22.11.2019, there were significant changes with respect to the previous edition of the Minister's scholarships.
The awards are granted annually in the form of a competition, in the following categories:
- basic research
- research for the development of society
- research for the development of the economy.
The Minister of Science and Higher Education Award
The Minister of Science and Higher Education Award for academic teachers for research, didactic, organisational and lifetime achievements
Academic achievement awards are granted for:
- achievements which are the basis for conferring the academic postdoctoral degree or the postdoctoral degree in arts
- achievements which are the basis for conferring the academic degree of doctor or doctor of arts.
Teaching achievement awards shall be granted for innovative teaching methods and innovative preparation of teaching materials.
Organisational achievements awards shall be granted to academic staff, in particular those acting as single-person bodies of a higher education institution, for activities which have significantly improved the quality of research and development work in the higher education institution, resulting in an increase in the academic unit's category of the quality of teaching and learning, through innovative systems for the implementation of educational quality systems and the National Qualifications Framework cooperation with the socio-economic environment, in particular with regard to conducting research and development work for the benefit of economic entities and with regard to the development of educational and in-service training programmes covering skills necessary in the labour market.
Lifetime achievement awards, including scientific, teaching and organisational achievements, are granted to academic staff holding the title of professor or the title of professor of art.
Applications can be submitted by 31 March each year.