It clearly says in the equality and human rights policy of Menntaskólinn við Sund that no student should be discriminated against because of who they are, and people who belong to minorities should be equal and have equal opportunities within the school.

University students receive queer education

Extremely important since issues relating to queer matters within Icelandic universities need to be improved, says head of Queer Student Association.

Heiðrún Fivelstad, activist and head of education at Q, wants students to be aware of queer matters. Q – Queer Student Association is an interest group within the university community. The Association organises social activities and works towards equal rights for LGBTQIA+ students as well as trying to make sure that diversity within the university community is respected.

Q – Queer Student Association together with Samtökin ’78, the National Queer Organization, have started inviting students at the University of Iceland to go on educational field trips to the headquarters of Samtökin ’78 on Suðurgata 3 in Reykjavík. There they get a chance to learn from their fellow students about queer matters in a safe and relaxed environment.
Heiðrún Fivelstad, activist and head of education at Q, wants students to be aware of queer matters, not just so queer people can feel safe and accepted within university spaces, but also acknowledged on every level within the different fields of the universities.
„We think of the field trips as a chance to educate students about what it means to be queer, all the diverse groups that belong under the queer umbrella, what the difference between gender identity, sexual orientation, sex characteristics and gender expression are (to really mess with their heads), and how they can offer a helping hand within the universities themselves,“ says Heiðrún when asked about their main focus.
„ We try to tailor every field trip to the academic field of the students so they get a chance to connect to it both on a personal and on an academic level. Within this space, where the students are surrounded by their peers and friends, they get a chance to learn, ask questions and discuss in a relaxed atmosphere,“ she adds.

„Queer people and matters are hardly ever mentioned in classrooms, in textbooks, in research or in projects and there is still a lot of discourse that excludes us. Most of the time, it’s like we don’t exist “

Asked how it came about that Q started organizing these field trips, Heiðrún says that Samtökin ’78 have offered field trips for university students before, but this semester Q decided to put more focus on education within the universities and take over the field trips for the most part. „We want to be an active voice within the universities and press for matters that we feel are important, and field trips are a great way to do so,“ she says. „When I took over as head of education at Q, I wanted to focus my attention fully on the field trips, as I am extremely passionate about increasing the dialogue on queer matters within the universities.“

Have you been surprised while working on this project?
„I am not sure what ideas I had in mind before starting, but I must say the field trips have been a great pleasure. I think the thing I least expected is the enthusiasm of university students to learn more about these matters, especially within a space that’s relaxed and understanding,“ she explains. „I have been a volunteer for ‘Jafningjafræðarar’, an educational program offered for elementary schools at Samtökin ’78, and I didn’t realise that my peers did not get the same education that Samtökin ’78 offers now. I of course knew that was the case, but I never actually thought of it,“ Heiðrún acknowledges. „I think oftentimes university students are getting this education for the first time, and to be able to offer that is really rewarding.”

How have the students reacted? Are they generally aware of queer matters?
„The reaction has been really wonderful, and I hope equally as nice for them. The discussions that follow the lectures have been really interesting and I feel that students come with a very open mind. Sometimes people open up about situations or matters that they have been wondering about, but not gotten the chance to discuss in a similar space, which is always nice,“ says Heiðrún. „I think people’s awareness varies from person to person, but the general atmosphere is that they’re willing to listen and learn. I learn equally as much from the field trips, as every discipline has a different approach to the matters we discuss, and I didn’t realize queer issues could be applied to literally every discipline before I started the field trips; there are a thousand different ways to view and discuss the subject.“

At Samtökin ’78 headquarters on Suðurgata 3 in Reykjavík students get a chance to learn from their fellow students about queer matters in a safe and relaxed environment.

Why is it important in your opinion that the students at the university are aware of queer matters?
„It is extremely important because there is still so much that needs to be improved within the universities regarding queer matters. Queer people and matters still go unnoticed within most fields at the universities, both on a social and systematic level,“ Heiðrún explains. „Queer people and matters are hardly ever mentioned in classrooms, in textbooks, in research or in projects and there is still a lot of discourse that excludes us. Most of the time, it’s like we don’t exist,“ she proclaims.

„I want students to be aware of queer matters, not just so queer people can feel safe and accepted within university spaces, but also acknowledged on every level. We need all hands on deck in order for this to be improved.“

„I want students to be aware of queer matters, not just so queer people can feel safe and accepted within university spaces, but also acknowledged on every level. We need all hands on deck in order for this to be improved.“

Does the university help you out with this project? Are you getting any grants or is it all voluntary work?
„Up until now it’s been all voluntary work for myself and the secretary of Q, Embla Orradóttir Dofradóttir, but we are hoping to get grants for the next semester. Samtökin ’78 have been wonderful with helping us out as well,“ Heiðrún says with a lot of gratitude.

The University of Iceland.

The Queer Student Association has been very active in the past year with a lot of exciting new projects. Are you changing direction? Where does this new drive come from?
„We decided to focus our attention more locally and put more emphasis on hosting fewer and better events,“ Heiðrún explains. „We want university students to know about us and queer students to join us at events, as well as educate as many people as we can. We want to become a stronger voice within university spaces to raise awareness of queer matters,“ she says. „And we’re just getting started,“ she adds.

Apart from the educating, do you have any other events coming up?
„We schedule events twice every month for queer university students to get to know each other. The events vary from time to time and anyone is more than welcome to join. Events are advertised on our Facebook page. Everybody is welcome, no matter where under the rainbow!“

How can interested university students join the association?
„Like us on Facebook, Q – Félag hinsegin stúdenta // Q – Queer Student Association and meet us at our next event! You can also shoot us a message if you have any questions,“ says Heiðrún and adds that there are events organized by Q coming up, including an event dedicated to sex education on March 16th.

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Á. Óskarsson offers a variety of products and services to sports centers, swimming pools, schools, kindergartens, and the general public. The company specializes in sport-related products, activity-focused games, and a wide range of solutions for sports facilities.

Á. Óskarsson has been involved in numerous big projects related to building sports facilities and has made it their benchmark to offer good quality products and equipment since the company was founded.

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Á. Óskarsson hefur komið að fjölda stórra verkefna við byggingu íþróttamannvirkja og hefur frá stofnun kappkostað að bjóða vandaðar og endingargóðar vörur.

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    Omnom Chocolate
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      Omnom Chocolate is an Icelandic craft chocolate company based in Reykjavík. We produce handcrafted chocolate from organic cacao beans sourced ethically and sustainably. We’ve developed direct relationships to create premium chocolate with fine flavor cacao beans.

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      In only a few short years, we’ve grown from our 50 sq. m. petrol station space and become an award-winning chocolate maker. Now, with our headquarters in 101 Reykjavík, our chocolate is sent out around Iceland and all over the world.

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        Blue Lagoon
        - One of the 25 Wonders of the World

        Named by National Geographic as one of the 25 Wonders of the World, the Blue Lagoon is a shimmering expanse of warmth, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Its unique geothermal seawater
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        Achieving harmony with the volcanic landscape, the lagoon and its surrounding architecture embody the unification of the man-made and the natural, and adhere to the highest principles of sustainability.

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        - leading financial institution

        Landsbankinn is a leading Icelandic financial institution. It offers a full range of financial services and is the market leader in the Icelandic financial service sector with the largest branch network.

        The present bank was established on 7 October 2008 but the history of its predecessor dates back to 1886. The bank is owned by the National Treasury of Iceland, which holds 98.2% of its share capital, and other shareholders who own 1.8%.

        Landsbankinn’s strategy is to provide comprehensive financial services that meet customer’s needs. It emphasizes providing exemplary service to customers, developing e-banking for their convenience, increasing the efficiency of support functions, modernizing its technology and ensuring effective utilization of its balance sheet.

        The bank’s vision is to be exemplary and its role is to be a trusted financial partner.

        Special emphasis is placed on promoting a performance-oriented culture in the bank. To follow up on the implementation of this strategy, the bank has defined key goals which are measured regularly to determine progress. These goals include, for example, customer satisfaction and loyalty, profitability, cost efficiency and the correlation between risk appetite and employee satisfaction.

        Landsbankinn wishes to lead the development of a sustainable society in Iceland by integrating economic, social and environmental concerns in its operations. The Bank aims to ensure that both its owners and society at large benefit from its activities.

        It intends to achieve this aim by building solid infrastructure and a strong team of 1.100 employees, by listening to its customers and by respecting and encouraging its employees to actively participate in their community. Landsbankinn was a founding member of Festa, a Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, and is a member of the UN Global Compact.

        Landsbankinn has been a proud sponsor of the Reykjavik Pride since it was first celebrated in Iceland.

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        Dohop allows people to find the cheapest flights available with just one click. Founded in Reykjavik in 2004, it is the only Icelandic company of its kind and quickly became the go-to tool for finding cheap flights among the locals. Dohop finds the best deals among hundreds of different airlines and online travel agencies, to make sure that the user is getting the cheapest price. Dohop also offers hotel and car rental search engines, so users can make all of their travel bookings from a single website.

        Dohop‘s specialty is finding so-called “self-connect” flight options, which can save travelers money by booking a ticket through two or more different airlines. The ability to look for these self-connect option is what sets Dohop apart from its competition, as it can save people hundreds of dollars on certain routes.

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        VSÓ Ráðgjöf


          VSÓ Ráðgjöf er alhliða ráðgjafar- og verkfræðifyrirtæki sem leggur áherslu á trausta og faglega þjónustu sem tryggir viðskiptavinum hagkvæmustu lausnir hverju sinni, skilar raunverulegum árangri og stuðlar að samkeppnisforskoti.  Á skrifstofum VSÓ í Reykjavík og í Noregi starfar yfir 80 manna samhentur hópur verkfræðinga og annarra tæknimenntaðra starfsmanna.

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          Ísey skyr
          - once tasted never forgotten

          Our Story
          Once upon a time, 1,100 years ago in fact, Nordic settlers began arriving in Iceland. They brought with them the skills and knowledge for producing skyr. As time passed, the know-how and recipe for this nutritious food slowly faded out elsewhere in the Nordic region. Luckily, the Icelandic skyr-making tradition continued.

          For centuries, Icelandic skyr formed a cornerstone of the national diet, helping to keep people strong in living conditions that were often harsh. On family farms countrywide, it was the women who nurtured this dairy and passing on both the recipe and the original Icelandic skyr cultures from mother to daughter.

          Ísey skyr builds on this remarkable legacy. It was some of those very same women, the recipients of their mothers’ expertise, who, around 90 years ago, taught Icelandic dairy scientists the art of skyr-making. The production process is more high-tech these days, and the quality standards more rigorous. However, the basic recipe and the use of original cultures to ferment the skimmed milk remain the same. Protein rich, fat-free, creamy and delicious – Ísey skyr is as relevant to consumers now as it was all those centuries ago.
          This is our secret and you are in on it

          You can read more about Ísey skyr on our website.

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