Work environment The staff at Mälardalen University have now been working in activity-based office space in Eskilstuna for a couple of years. The union was critical of the solution right from the start, and still is. “But there is a certain amount of resignation that this is now how things are,” says local SULF chair Michaël Le Duc.
Politics The new Minister for Education, Mats Persson of the Liberal Party, has announced that the new government will implement "major reforms" in higher education and research.
International The University and College Union, UCU, are taking strike actions. Around 70 000 members at 150 universities all around the UK are set to strike for three days, seeking pay rises due to the cost of living crisis.
Work environment Wellness allowances for higher education sector employees vary between SEK 0 and SEK 4,000 per year, depending on the employer. Luleå University of Technology is the only higher education institution where employees receive no wellness allowance at all.
International The University and College Union, UCU, has set off a series of strikes at universities across the UK, starting with its northwest affiliates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Conditions Temporary employment is very common in higher education. However, a report by UKÄ, the Swedish Higher Education Authority, shows that it is not as common for people to have different types of temporary contract consecutively.