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.
Language barriers exclude English-speaking academics
Debatt Universities at all levels must be open to conducting formal just as well as informal meetings in English
Foreign backgrounds unusual in senior management at higher education institutes
Diversity In the higher education sector, 34 per cent of employees have a non-Swedish background and in Sweden's population as a whole, 31 per cent. But in the senior management teams of higher education institutions, the corresponding figure is 12 per cent, Universitetsläraren’s analysis shows.
Universities should focus on intellectual diversity
Reza Salim We should welcome critical thinkers
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.
Racism in higher education: Staff and students report incidents
Diversity Labelled as different. Not invited to join important networks. Drawn attention to in the classroom. Racism and discrimination based on ethnicity often occurs in subtle ways within higher education.
Subtitling requirement a
threat to recorded lectures
Law Recorded lectures on learning platforms must be subtitled to be more accessible. This raises fears that the legal requirement could lead to a reduction in the number of video and audio recordings.
Europe needs to cooperate to transform higher education
Opinion Public consultation will be important for the EU’s new Higher Education Transformation Agenda.