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The University Post spoke to university director Søren Munk Skydsgaard about the reform to the administration at the University of Copenhagen, the hiring freeze, and upcoming layoffs.
A number of researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute have signed a petition against a new, ironically phrased, campaign by the Danish intelligence agency PET. They deem the PET campaign to be racist, and to cast unnecessary suspicions on non-Danes. The intelligence agency responds that the threat to Danish research is »significant«.
To limit the number of upcoming layoffs UCPH is now imposing a so-called qualified hiring freeze on all technical/administrative staff positions.
A large group of students responsible for the start of studies in 2023 at the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (NorS) were suddenly ignored by management. Now they have got their apology. »They were justified in most of their criticism,« says the administration manager.
Putting up your own money for the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) can turn out to be costly. Postdoc Else Holmfred is now personally liable for several thousands of kroner and calls for more reimbursement transparency. According to the accounts section the amount of information is sufficient.
Female students have a harder time being perceived as talented than their male classmates by male instructors. Researchers stumble upon a subconcious bias in teaching settings at one faculty.
Luis Toledo, a highly recognised researcher at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, is rewriting his CV and orienting it towards the private sector. There is too much work pressure at university.
There have been isolated cases of discrimination on the dentistry study programme, concludes an independent inquiry. But the discrimination is neither recurring, nor clearcut. The University Post has not been allowed to see the report, but has interviewed associate dean Jørgen Kurtzhals about it.
International researchers have to teach in Danish after three to six years at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH). But the Danish students give them poor evaluations because they speak Danish as a second language. Alberte Ritchie Green has investigated what it feels like to go from being an academic expert to being a language novice.