Please follow this link to read this sobering research article from Australia where the authors “….found that 75% of students expect to experience financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. Consequently, 45% report being pushed beyond their financial capacities and expect to be forced to disengage from their research within six months. Comparative pre-COVID data from an Australian national survey, reports research student disengagement of 20% over four years. The 25% increase of expected disengagement, in a much-reduced period, signals a deeper PhD crisis. Swift intervention is required to avert substantial impacts to the pipeline of research talent.”
Please follow the link below for an in-depth view on Science Magazine of how precarious postdoc positions are, especially in view of the covid19 pandemic.
The Doctoral Committee within SFS, SFS-DK, have conducted a survey regarding the situation for doctoral students during the corona pandemic. Problems highlighted include unclear procedures regarding prolongation, increased problems with mental health, lack of sufficient work environments and more.
Follow this link for the full report (in English).
Our member ACIDUL at UniLausanne has responded to all the red-tape for prolongation requests and is clearly dissatisfied with the application process.
Please follow this link for detailed information on ACIDUL’s requests for a simplification of these procedures in support of all mid-level staff at UniLausanne.
Our member ACIDUL at UniLausanne collaborated on a concept for the management of the impact of the covid19 crisis on mid-level staff, with excellent results.
UniLausanne Rector Prof. Dr. Nouria Hernandez posted this video message on the 5th of May which is an encouraging and welcome step forward towards tackling this serious issue.
The Covid-19 crisis reveals the troubling and open wound of gender balance and equal opportunities for female academics when it comes to academic publishing.
Follow this link for an analysis
For the latest communications from swissuniversities, please see here