Art and science meet in comics form

Methodology Communicating research through comics is a way of bringing together science and art. The idea is to reach out to the general public, says organisational researcher Anna Jonsson.

“More universities should conduct reviews”

Work environment After an external review by Karin Röding, Umeå University received 32 concrete suggestions on measures for dealing with sexual harassment. She believes that other higher education institutions could also benefit from the proposals.

Researchers impressed by what the reptilian brain can do

Research At Ystad Zoo, researchers from Lund University are studying the behaviour of six alligators in order to learn more about the dinosaur era. They have been surprised by how much the alligators can do.

Analysis shows flaw in legal process

Doctoral students It is unusual, but serious for the individual concerned when a doctoral appointment is not extended even though the supervision resources have not been withdrawn, says the Swedish Higher Education Authority.

Lottery proposals rejected by financiers

Funding Lotteries for the allocation of research funding have been tested in several countries. In Sweden, using a lottery system would save resources and increase equality, says researcher Lambros Roumbanis. Financiers that Universitetsläraren has spoken to are sceptical.

Four per cent experience sexual harassment

Work environment Women, young people and students are the groups that experience the most sexual harassment at Swedish higher education institutions, according to the first national study in the sector.

University teachers are the last occupational group to retire

Conditions University teachers is the occupational group where the average age of retirement is the highest, according to figures from the Swedish Pensions Agency. “Many university teachers are deeply committed and passionate about what they do at work,” says Gudrun Brattström, a retired member of SULF.

Chalmers’ vice-chancellor received the largest salary increase

Conditions The vice-chancellors of higher education institutions received salary increases of between 1.7 and 2.2 per cent. The exception was the vice-chancellor of Chalmers, Stefan Bengtsson, whose salary increased by 8.5 per cent compared with 2021, as he also received a new appointment.

How the political parties want to govern higher education and research

Politics What investments do the political parties want to make in higher education and research? What do they wish to prioritise? Ahead of the parliamentary election this autumn, Universitetsläraren has examined the policies of the eight parliamentary parties and interviewed each party’s higher education spokesperson.