Gender equality Having a specific unit or person responsible for working with equality or diversity has a positive impact on the proportion of female professors, a Nordic research study shows.
Union critical of Umeå University’s gig jobs
Conditions Umeå University has begun advertising what it calls intermittent employment, i.e. positions that comprise zero percent of a full-time position. SULF says this is unacceptable.
Internships give researchers new contacts outside academia
Doctoral students A month's work in the industry gave doctoral candidate Shengxin Liu new perspectives on her knowledge and competence. The internship programme at Karolinska Institutet, KI, is much appreciated by both researchers and the participating employers.
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individual concerned when a doctoral appointment is not extended even though the supervision resources have not been withdrawn, says the Swedish Higher Education Authority.
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.
Salary differences between subjects in higher education
Conditions Continued differences between subject areas - but new figures from the union show that salaries of female SULF members are approaching those of male colleagues.
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.