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.

Manifestation på Götaplatsen i Göteborg

Academics demonstrated against the Aliens Act

Law A couple of hundred people gathered on Götaplatsen in Gothenburg to protest against the new Aliens Act. “The changes have created extreme uncertainty for doctoral candidates from countries outside the EU,” said Elin Malmgren, Chair of the Doctoral Candidate Section at Chalmers Student Union.

New proposal regarding residence permits

Research The Government proposes that foreign citizens with a residence permit for work be able to apply for a residence permit for doctoral studies without leaving the country.

Researchers forced abroad for newborn children’s residence permits

Law Foreign researchers whose children are born in Sweden must return to their home country to apply for a residence permit for the child – a costly process in terms of both time and money. Universitetsläraren has talked to some researchers who have been affected.

Researcher had to pay environmental fine out of his own pocket

Law Department head Stefan Jansson was sentenced to a fine of SEK 24,300 for environmental crimes when he failed to cut down genetically modified trees in his research project at Umeå University. The employer provided neither financial nor legal support.

Open research data could be a nail-biter

Research The vision is that open research data will lead to better research quality and more efficient science. But at an online seminar on open research data, insights into potential difficulties seemed to dominate.

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.

Umeå University wants
to own researchers’ data

Conditions Umeå University claims it owns the research data that the university's researchers produce. SULF believes that the university has no right of ownership of the data. The matter was the subject of a central negotiation, which has ended in disagreement.