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Staff representatives at the University of Copenhagen are worried that management is planning to abolish employees' rights to take the day off on 1 May. »This is a punch in the face to the staff that are really dedicated,« say critics.
The University of Copenhagen has bounced back on the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking to 101st spot. It thereby appears to be inching its way back up after a dramatic nosedive on the tables a few years ago following government cuts to funding.
Are you sick of not being able to squeeze the residual yoghurt out of its carton? Are you overcome with shame when you unpack three layers of cellophane from your organic vegetables? Then you will be inspired by the 31 students who met up with the purpose of innovate the hell out of three major companies in order to combat food waste.
In an email to teaching staff, the management of the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen has sent out three pieces of advice to ensure that non-binary and trans people feel included in the classrooms. One of them is to use their name rather than a pronoun when the staff member has to talk about a student in the third person.
Associate professor in Latin Christian Troelsgård would have lost his life’s work and calling if the University of Copenhagen had maintained his dismissal after almost 27 years of employment. After an unusual about-face on the part of the university, he will continue half time. This is after massive support from researchers and students. Troelsgård himself is still critical of how the process played out.
In 2018, tutors at the Faculty of Law at The University of Copenhagen were asked to drop a Mexico-themed intro party for new students after complaints of cultural insensitivity. This set off a national debate about identity politics and how to deal with offences. So what are this year's students supposed to do?
You probably know the hullabaloo: Every year, just around the start of the academic year, the traditional intro camps for freshmen are up for debate. There is too much drinking. Then it’s all about sex. Then the themes are inappropriate. But it is actually a new phenomenon that society outside the university holds an opinion at all about what happens among students.
Stories of sexism, drinking and crazy initiation rituals, a global #metoo movement and a set of guidelines on how to deal with offensive behaviour made the University of Copenhagen the centre of a stormy debate last year.
The Carlsberg Foundation will no longer dispense funding to new PhDs who want to stay in Denmark. This makes it more difficult to pursue your own ideas as a postdoc in Denmark. It will affect young researchers with families, critics say.
Student organisations are collecting signatures for new climate demands aimed at the University of Copenhagen. They include the closure of a research centre in oil and gas. University management rejects the demand with reference to the freedom of research.