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Excess workload has devastating effects, academics warn

Excessive workloads and problems with computer technology are causing staff to leave Swedish universities, participants at the country’s annual Almedalen political forum have heard.

The concerns emerged during a seminar hosted by Sulf, the trade union and professional organisation of Swedish university teachers and researchers, on the island of Gotland. According to many speakers, increasing administration and a lack of IT support have resulted in some staff being burdened with up to 30 hours of extra work a week.

Mari Willart, a Sulf delegate, said that too many university teachers and researchers were working far too many hours. “I know many who are regularly working 10 to 30 hours more than the planned working time each week,” she told colleagues.

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