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Did a pipe burst somewhere? Have the lights gone out? Your key is missing? Who you gonna call? We met Claus 'Fusker' Hansen, go-to guy for students and staff at The Faculty of Health.
Professor of sociology Claire Maxwell and her family moved from England to Denmark. The workplace culture at the University of Copenhagen is very different from anything she is used to. Among other things, the sanctity of the Danish lunchbreak came as a surprise her.
The prospect of better employment contracts, regular meetings with management, increasing international cooperation, and a future postdoc-portal. This is what has come out of UCPH getting an association that advocates for the rights of temporary researchers. Representative for technical-scientific staff Dan Hirslund says that it is about countering an academic ‘precarisation’.
In a column published in the scientific journal Science, former UCPH researchers Lars Lønsmann Iversen and Mette Bendixen argue that research foundations should actively participate in improving working conditions for researchers by incorporating a code of conduct into grant applications. One fund, Villum Fonden, says it is not their responsibility.
50 employees at the University of Copenhagen have reported psychological illness as a work-related injury since 2007, but in no case has the injury been recognized. The requirements for compensation are too strict, say experts.
Staff reps at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) are preparing their colleagues for a possible strike and are calling on them to sign up to the AC union to get strike pay.
Employees with psychological health issues say they are being ill-treated by their workplaces. They have the highest risk of being fired, according to research projects from the Department of Psychology at UCPH.
It is completely normal to check work mail or have your work phone open outside normal working hours. This is according to a survey among members of the union DM, the Danish Association of Masters and PhDs.
New data shows that more than half of newly enrolled students find their study programmes more demanding than they expected.
More and more academics have to make do with short-term jobs. So many, that the temporarily hired are the largest group of researchers at the University of Copenhagen. Now they are organizing themselves, and demanding better working conditions. They say it will benefit research.