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University director: »I acknowledge that employees will be uncertain about the future for a long period of time«

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.

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Working environment

»Does your work end up in Tehran?« Researchers say new Danish secret service campaign is racist

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«.

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Working environment

University of Copenhagen freezes all non-essential admin hiring

To limit the number of upcoming layoffs UCPH is now imposing a so-called qualified hiring freeze on all technical/administrative staff positions.

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Working environment

25 tutors sign complaint over 2023 intro week. Department managers apologize

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.

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Working environment

Else Holmfred bought a new work phone. Now she has to pay DKK 10,000 herself

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.

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Science

At the Faculty of Science, male teaching staff find it easier to spot talent among male students

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.

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Working environment

Senior scientist quits academia: He is sick of all the uncertainty

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.

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Working environment

Discrimination confirmed at dentistry department: This is what we know so far

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.

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Working environment

Academics lose status when they teach Danish with an accent

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.

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Opinion

If a scientist is posted abroad, it should be categorised as such

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