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Reader “Work-Life Balance in higher education and research”

This website can be used as a reader by academic staff, equity officers, trade unions and every interested individual. It icompiles information about work-life balance issues and career patterns in the three countries Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom.

One aim of the partnership "Work-Life Balance and gender specific career patterns in higher education and science“ is to inform individuals, equal opportunity officers and commissioners, trade unionists and others about the situation in the three countries and the challenges concerning the different aspects of the partnership. Another aim is to develop a political strategy paper. Step by step we made an compilation of information to fulfill both aims.

This website with its compilation of information can be used as a reader about different aspects of work-life balance issues and career patterns in the three countries Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom. On the other hand, it reflects the working process of the partnership.

In the first section “Partnership Work-Life Balance” a brief description of problems in academic career patterns introduces the subjects of the partnership and gives some information on the partnership.

In the section “Synopsis/Criteria grid/Glossary” you find a survey on different criteria of work-life balance measures. We created a criteria grid to get information on working time regulations, workplace culture, personal structure, child care, study conditions, financing, national particularities, and unions and women in higher education. We publish the “Criteria grid” and the “Synopsis” with the results. The “Glossary” on work-life balance and gender in higher education and research” helps to understand the technical terms in the three languages English, Swedish and German. The sections “Germany”,  “United Kingdom”, and “Sweden” give information on the situation in the three countries and the activities of the partnership.

The sections start with a brief characterization of the trade union, give information on staff structure and publish national strategies to a better work-life balance in academia an give a few examples of good practice as far as they were presented in the workshops.