Last autumn, Stockholm University produced statistics for all teaching positions since 2011. The statistics relate to assistant professors, senior lecturers and professors. All of these positions should be fully funded, according to University guidelines.

It is most interesting to look at the last few years, as the academic world has undergone so many changes, not least in terms of internationalisation – especially in human science, writes Vice-Chancellor Astrid Söderbergh Widding on her blog.

The results differ slightly between disciplinary domains. In human science, 121 out of 222 appointed teachers received their PhD from another university, 48 of them from a foreign university. Only 87 of the 222 had Stockholm University as their previous workplace. In science, 52 out of 64 appointed teachers received their PhD from another university, 37 of them from a foreign university. Only 18 people came directly from other employment at Stockholm University. None of the nine professors appointed in the disciplinary domain of science during this time period had a PhD from Stockholm University.

Stockholm University’s policy is that teaching positions should be advertised internationally and filled in open competition with the strongest possible candidates, without giving preference to local candidates and without requiring that candidates have external funding, says Astrid Söderbergh Widding.

“This has made an impact. Of course, it is always possible to get even better, but my assessment is that internal recruitment of teachers is currently not a big problem at Stockholm University.”