The operational environment of professors has been changing over the years. These changes have been reflected especially in professors’ work and working environment. In the beginning of its 50th anniversary year, the Finnish Union of University Professors has published the prerequisites for good work for professors. The Union challenges the universities and research institutes to create the prerequisites for good work for its professors.
Professors work for universities and other research organisations. The Universities Act specifies the duties of professors at universities: A professor shall carry out and oversee scientific or artistic work, provide research-based tuition, follow developments in science or art, and participate in societal interaction and international cooperation in the relevant field. Professors also carry out administrative and managerial duties for universities and other research organisations. In order to ensure that a professor can perform optimally, the university/research institute in question must provide the professor with the necessary prerequisites for good work.
Possibility to focus on one’s core tasks
Resources for sustainable work
Equitable employment relationships
Good work community
Approved by the Board of the Finnish Union of University Professors on 11 December 2018
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