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He can sit in a bar, but not in a reading room on campus

I want my daily life back, not a bunch of other stuff, says student politician Esben Bjørn Salmonsen. The Danish government and parliament are ignoring the loss of learning and well-being from the corona lockdowns. The University Post met up with Esben — at a bar.

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Politics

Professor »tearing his hair out« over lack of historical insight in Qatar debate

The debate over the World Cup finals in Qatar is so naïve and so simplistic, that you would think that we had never been in a similar situation. This is according to Hans Bonde, professor of sports history, who wants examples from history more prominent.

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Politics

Law professor: Myths about rape persist despite new consent law

Law professor Trine Baumbach describes the consent law as »a paradigm shift«. But she also calls rape cases the Achilles heel of the justice system in her new book. Why? Because of what we think we know about rape victims.

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Politics

Researchers: Political offensive against »pseudoresearch« is prejudiced and dangerous

Morten Messerschmidt wants the Minister of Higher Education and Science to stop one-sided, activist research in, say, gender studies and post-colonial studies. Several researchers see this as a »frightening« violation of the arm's length principle.

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Opinion

Comment: The University of Copenhagen needs to step up its commitment to minority students

The monumental Black Lives Matter movement has reached the University of Copenhagen. But serious anti-racism efforts in the university's privileged bubble are yet to be seen, writes Maria Heines, who contradicts Danish ideals of equality with the help of anecdotal evidence from two minority students.

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Politics

Too few funds, too much control. Astrophysicist lays into Danish research policy

Basic research has been under-prioritised and underfunded for a long time - and it may end up costing Denmark dearly, says Anja C. Andersen.

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Education

Treatment of Chinese student »very sad«

Disproportionate response to throw a Chinese student into prison and deportation centre, and then repatriate her, just because she did not have time to renew her residence permit, according to a legal spokesman.

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Politics

Scientists wonder why UCPH rector is on Danish Nature Fund board

Rectors nominate themselves to board positions on the Danish Nature Fund, even though they have no in-depth knowledge of nature protection and biodiversity. It is as if the nature crisis is not being taken seriously, according to two researchers. Interest group Danish Universities say that they nominated the candidates who best matched the criteria.

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Politics

Gender inequality starts with young researchers. And it is all about children

For many years, gender equality at universities has been about getting more women up to where they are fewest, namely at the professor level. And with good reason. But the problem starts somewhere else, because it is especially younger women with children that leave academia.

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Politics

Top staff representative: This university is managed as if it was a margarine factory

Cooperation, flexibility, and mutual respect. They have been replaced by top-down management, arrogance, and protocol at the University of Copenhagen. And the bad atmosphere between management and staff is approaching boiling point. According to the staff representative for the HK group Ingrid Kryhlmand, the corona crisis’ home workplaces have given many staff a much-needed breather.

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