New education minister promises change

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.

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individual concerned when a doctoral appointment is not extended even though the supervision resources have not been withdrawn, says the Swedish Higher Education Authority.

How the political parties want to govern higher education and research

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

Allocation of public funds reinforcing precarious conditions for researchers

Funding Since no government is ever going to do anything about uncertain employment conditions for researchers, the hope is that higher education institutions will take responsibility for creating stability, regardless of the funding system. That is the conclusion drawn by SULF in a new report presented today.

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More and more researchers
in a career dead end

Conditions A new report from SULF and the National Junior Faculty, NJF, shows that the number of researchers outside the higher education institutions' career development systems has increased dramatically in the past decade, and career paths have become increasingly unclear.