Introductory word

Dear colleagues, dear students,

allow me to thank you all for the work you have done in 2020. Even though a lot of activities were affected by this year´s coronavirus pandemic, I am glad that we have managed to teach through these tough times. I wish you and your loved ones plenty of Christmas joy, and good health, lots of courage to implement new ideas and lots of work, study and personal achievements in the New year.

Martin Kubala

Science and research

Forms of partial and final reports
Partial and final report forms have been made available in the grant project submission and management application (GRIS).

• The deadline for submitting partial reports is January 18, 2021 - faculty deadline: January 14, 2021 by 12:00

• The deadline for submitting of final reports is February 1, 2021 - faculty deadline: January 28, 2021 by 12:00

• The deadline for submitting partial financial reports for EXPRO grants is February 1, 2021 - faculty deadline: January 28, 2021 by 12:00

More information here. Contact person: Ing. Ivana Saitzová (, tel. 585 634 065.

Dean's Excellence Award 2020
Also this year, the Dean of the Faculty of Science awarded all authors of educational, monographs and scientific publications who entered their publications in the competition and met the required criteria. Five members of the academia have received Dean´s Excellence Award for outstranding educational activity. We would like to thank all students for voting. An overview of awarded employees and publications can be found here.

International and non-university matters

Barrande Fellowship Program
The French Institute in Prague and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS) offer an exchange mobility program for Ph.D. students between the Czech Republic and France - Barrande Fellowship Program.

The program offers scholarships to support so-called cotutelles and short-term research stays. Students must be registered either at a Czech university (for mobility to France) or at a French university (for mobility to the Czech Republic). The aim of the program is to strengthen the international exchange of education and support scientific cooperation between French and Czech research teams. The application deadline is February 26, 2021. All information about the program and the application process can be found in the instructions on our website.

To learn more about the program, register for events organized jointly by the French Embassy in the Czech Republic and House of International Services. The events will take place online via Zoom at two times: December 15 from 11:00 to 12:00 for students and academics from the Czech Republic; December 16 from 4:30 to 5:30 for students and academics from France. Please register here.

Academic Senate

The meeting of the Academic Senate of the UP Faculty of Science will take place on December 16 at 1:00 p.m. As part of anti-epidemic measures, the Senate will hold an online meeting via Zoom. Senators and the management of the Faculty will receive login details by e-mail. Other interested parties who want to follow the meeting of the Academic Senate of the Faculty of Science of UP must contact the chairman of the AS of the Faculty of Science, prof. Tomáš Opatrný by e-mail:

Study matters

Opening hours of the Study department
Study department has fully re-opened according to its standard opening hours. It will however be closed during the Christmas holidays from December 22, 2020 to January 3, 2021. Starting January 4, 2021, normal opening hours apply.

Study plans for academic year 2020/2021
Lists of lectures (study plans) for academic year 2020/2021 are available at

Final state examination and defense of final theses
We ask students who want to take final state examination or defend their final thesis in January (February 2021 to come to the study department no later than three weeks before the exam) defense deadline and at the same time apply through STAG for a specific date.

Applications for credit recognition
Applications for recognition of subjects, duly completed and confirmed by the department, must be submitted to the study department by the end of December.

Do not forget to submit the scholarships to be paid out in January 2021 during December 2020. These scholarships will be recognized next year.

Graduation ceremonies of Bachelor and Master study programs
Graduations of Bachelor and follow-up Master studies have been canceled for the time being, but it is planned that they will take place in February, resp. July term (depending on the epidemiological situation). Applicants who have previously registered for the graduation will be informed by e-mail. Graduates can pick up their diplomas at the study department (contact your study assistant by e-mail).

Until February 12, 2021, it is possible to evaluate the performance of your teachers from winter semester at

What is it about and who evaluates?

Currently, the evaluation has four stages. First, the subjects are evaluated by students. Then the guarantors of the subjects comment on the student comments. Based on this evaluation of individual subjects, guarantors of study programmes and heads of relevant departments may react to the implementation of study programmes.

Evaluation of teaching is part of the quality management system at Palacký University. Its aim is to obtain, from as many students as possible, information about the quality of teaching, the compliance of its specific content with the content announced in the course annotation, the methods used in teaching and the approach of teachers. All this information is crucial for constant improving teaching in all these areas. The evaluation applies to all taught subjects.

Faculty Operation

Mail room
On December 22, the mail room in the main faculty building will be open from 9:00 to 10:00 and in Holice from 10:30 to 11:30. Mailboxes with ordinary and registered mail will last be checked in Envelopa at 11:45 and in Holice at 11:15. Mail delivered after this deadline will not be sent until January 4, 2021.

Operation of the Economic department
Please deliver the tax documents for advances and the final invoices to the advance invoices to the economic department immediately, no later than by Friday December 18.

Deliver cash receipts, travel orders, payments on account, etc. on an ongoing basis, but no later than by December 18. After this date, proper accounting in 2020 can no longer be guaranteed. It is also necessary to settle all advances for travel orders executed in 2020. Return any cash deposit to the cashier by Wednesday, December 16.

Unspent funds at the end of the year for ongoing projects of targeted support R&D (GA CR, TA CR)

For all projects, it is necessary to follow the contracts and tender documents for contracts. If the contracts allow it, it is possible to use the transfer to FÚUP. In the current specific situation, follow the instructions of grant providers on their website on the issue of unspent funds, information on changes and adjustments to the implementation of projects in 2020 at GAČR and TAČR can be found on Science and Research website.

HR and payroll department
The following documents must be submitted to the Faculty's HR and Payroll Department no later than by noon on Friday, December 11, 2020:

To the HR department (Mrs. Veronika Caletková, Mgr. Veronika Vašková) submit:

• proposals for employment contracts effective from January 1, 2021

• proposals for changes in job and salary classification effective from January 1, 2021 (with the exception of proposals for employees who are planned to participate in the project, for which it is expected to receive a decision on the allocation of subsidies in later days

• applications for extension of employment contracts ending in this calendar year

• DPP and DPČ effective from January 1, 2021

To the payroll department (Ms. Libuše Pěčková, Ms. Ivona Kristková) submit:

• planned holidays (assigned to SAP by the workplace), documents on support in caring for a family member

• proposals for the payment of extraordinary bonuses

• statements for the payment of DPP and DPČ for the month of December 2020! Please pay extra attention when entering, no check will be performed.

In the event of an employee's illness or taking care of a family member after December 11, report the changes to the payroll accounting office immediately, but no later than December 31, 2020. Print out attendance only after the final check and closing of attendance at the payroll accountant, i.e. on Monday 4 January 2021.

Send requests for the calculation of project payroll costs to both payroll accountants simultaneously via e-mail. Requests will be processed and submitted back for possible last adjustments by December 18. Additional wage adjustments to projects will be possible by December 21, 2020.

The HR and payroll department will be open to employees until December 22, after the New Year from January 4, 2021. If you do not need to consult anything in person and you just want to submit documents, we would very much appreciate you using the internal mailbox no. 6 on the ground floor by the reception desk to hand over documents.

Tax returns will be signed from January 13, 2021 according to the schedule that employees will receive by bulk e-mail in the Czech and English version. The Financial Administration uses exclusively tax declarations in the Czech language, foreign employees will have an English translation of the form available only for basic orientation. A personal consultation to sign the tax return in English will be provided by the personnel and payroll department within its own capacity.

Operation of the Faculty before the end of the year
The main Faculty building and the buildings in Holice campus will be closed from December 23 to January 3, 2021. The buildings will be guarded by an external security service. Report any faults and defects to its employees, who will then pass the information on to the emergency facility management.

The VLD building - 17. listopadu 50 and SLO building - 17. listpadu 50a will be closed from December 23 to January 3, 2021. Entry during this period will only be possible on employee cards.

A day off granted by the dean
The Dean of the Faculty of Science grants members of the academic community and faculty employees two days off: on December 23 and December 30. A day off granted by the rector is set for December 31 according to the schedule of the academic year.

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