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.

From civil war to life as a doctoral candidate

Profiles Mohamed Al-Sabri left his everyday life of civil war for a research scholarship in Sweden. Four years later, he is a doctoral candidate at Uppsala University and feels secure, even though the journey towards his dream of a new life is far from over.

More and more foreign doctoral candidates are remaining in Sweden

Doctoral students The proportion of foreign doctoral candidates staying in Sweden has increased steadily since 2013. The question is what will happen now that the changes to the Aliens Act make it more difficult to obtain a residence permit. “Foreign doctoral candidates are crucial for the supply of skills in higher education,” says Anna Bengtsson at the Swedish Higher Education Authority, UKÄ.

Female members of SULF paid less

Gender equality On average, male members of SULF earn more than female members. That symbolises the gender differences within higher education, says Jenny Iao-Jörgensen, Chair of the SULF Doctoral Candidate Association.

PhD graduates find jobs quickly – but usually outside higher education

Careers The level of establishment in the labour market gradually increases in the years following a doctoral qualification. One year after qualification it is 71 per cent, while after three years it is 81 per cent and after five years 85 per cent. This according to a new report from the Swedish Higher Education Authority, UKÄ, […]

Foreign doctoral candidates fall victim to political logic

Columnists Despite a stated goal of Swedish politicians to attract and retain highly qualified labour, they are now doing exactly the opposite. In July 2014, an amendment was made to the Aliens Act to make it possible for foreign doctoral candidates who have had a residence permit for four years to apply for and obtain a […]

“A lot of us doctoral candidates are talking about leaving Sweden”

Careers This summer's changes to the Aliens Act have been met with shock, dismay and concern among foreign doctoral candidates. It is not possible for doctoral candidates to fulfil the new requirements to be allowed to stay permanently in Sweden, doctoral candidates tell Universitetsläraren.