Facts and figures

Last changed: 02 November 2017

Here you will find some facts and figures from SLU’s latest annual report. You can also get the leaflet About SLU etc. at the bottom of the page.

Number of staff and students

In 2016, SLU had:

  • 2 774 full-time equivalent staff
  • 3 745 full-time equivalent students
  • 604 active doctoral students

Courses and programmes at Bachelor’s level and Master's level

The courses and degree programmes offered by SLU are based on the professional qualifications that the university is licensed to issue and the research conducted at the university. The number of full-time equivalent students (FTE) has decreased during the last five years, due to a reduction of government grant 2012–2015. The Government has set a three-year FTE target for SLU (2016–2018). In order to reach that target, SLU has to increase the number of FTE with 10 per cent the two following years.

Full-time equivalents 2013–2016

Full-time equivalents 2013 2014 2015 2016
Bachelor’s level 2 639 2 601 2 542 2 494
Master's level 1 198 1 204 1 217 1 202
Courses not classified at a level* 43 33 52 50
Total 3 879 3 838 3 812 3 745

*Mainly outgoing students within exchange programmes.

Vocational education and training form the basis of the courses and programmes beginning on Bachelor’s level. Applicants per place varies between programmes. Animal-related courses and programmes receive the highest number of applicants. With only one exception are all the programmes beginning on Master's level given in English.

In 2016, a total of 851 individuals graduated at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level.

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Doctoral education

In 2016 SLU admitted 95 new doctoral students, a number that – apart from the substantially lower figure in 2015 – is in level with previous years. SLU had a total of 604 active doctoral students – 57 per cent women and 43 per cent men.

69 per cent of the active doctoral students had a doctoral studentship. The stipulated period for the degree of doctor is 8 semesters. The average actual period of study for the degree of doctor at SLU is 8,5 semesters. Given the individual nature of the courses and programmes and the risk of obstacles in research, that is a satisfactory result.

 Doctoral students 2013  2014 2015 2016
New admissions 92 102 73 95
Active doctoral students 721 710 638 604

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Research

Scientific publication at SLU increased in 2016, after two years of slight decrease. Researchers at SLU published 1 600 papers and reviews in 2016. The highest number of published papers and reviews were within Ecology, followed by Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Plant Sciences and Veterinary Sciences.

10,5 per cent of SLU’s publication is among the top 10 per cent cited (in its domain). The three most successful domains (in terms of top 10 per cent-citation) are Plant Sciences, Marine & Fresh Water Biology and Ecology.

SLU’s share of the total scientific publication in Sweden is 5,2 per cent. More than 2/3 of the publication at SLU has international co-authors. Most international co-authors have their origin in USA, followed by Germany and Great Britain.

Number of papers with at least one SLU author 2007–2016*

*The value for 2016 is an estimate based on details taken from Web of Science in January 2017 increased by 6 per cent.

The funding that is not direct government funding is called external funding. SLU’s external funding of research has increased over the last five years. Between 2012 and 2016 external funding has increased by 9 per cent. The main increase is funding from research councils and foundations. International grants have also increased.

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Environmental monitoring and assessment

SLU has a unique role among Swedish universities through its commission to perform environmental monitoring and assessment. This is based on society’s needs, as expressed in national environmental targets, international commitments and the overall objective of long-term sustainable development.

The close link to research, and the interaction this involves, are obvious reasons why environmental monitoring and assessment should be carried out at SLU. The proportion of the staff within environmental monitoring and assessment who is also active within education and/or research, increased from 24 to 37 per cent 2006–2013, but has since decreased to 28 per cent in 2016. To be active in teaching and/or research alongside environmental monitoring and assessment is more common among men than among women.

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Staff

In 2016 SLU had a staff of 2 774 full-time equivalents (FTE). The staff has decreased by 10 per cent since 2012.

There has been little change in the proportion of the staff that has teaching and researching duties; a small increase from 41.5 per cent of the total workforce in 2012 to 41.9 per cent in 2016. Almost all categories of employees have decreased. Employees in career-development posts (-45 per cent), doctoral students (-28 per cent) and professors (-11 per cent) accounted for the largest decline.

Staff (FTE) per category 2012-2016

Staff category 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Change
2012-2016
Professors 240 240 237 232 214 -11 %
Senior lecturers 121 122 123 116 118 -2 %
Career development posts 206 174 141 125 112 -45 %
Lecturers 86 78 74 82 78 -10 %
Teachers and researchers, others 623 605 631 634 639 3 %
Doctoral students 384 371 347 313 277 -28 %
Total researching and teaching staff 1 660 1 590 1 553 1 503 1 439 -13 %
Administrative staff* 532 523 523 524 532 0 %
Library staff 46 41 37 39 41 -9 %
Technical staff* 789 753 739 726 718 -9 %
Temporary staff 46 45 52 49 44 -5 %
TOTALT 3 073 2 952 2 904 2 841 2 774 - 10 %

*Administrative and Technical staff also contain staff working within Teaching, Research and Environmental monitoring and assessment. Of a total of 1 250 FTE:s in 2016, 417 were working within Teaching, Research and Environmental monitoring and assessment.

There is a trend towards a more even distribution of gender in most employment categories. The researching and teaching staff has, as a whole, an even gender balance: 47 per cent women, 53 per cent men. The proportion of women among professors has increased, from 24 per cent to 30 per cent 2011–2015, but decreased slightly in 2016 (29 per cent women).

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Finance

SLU's finances are balanced, showing a surplus of SEK 103 million for 2016. The change in capital brought forward amounts to SEK 520 million, with a closing capital of SEK 624 million. The surplus of SEK 103 million is bigger than expected, due to prolonged recruitment processes, particularly within the academic staff.

Financial performance 2016

Financial performance SEK, million
Operating revenue  
Government funding 1 732
Fees 688
Grants 927
Financial income 7
Total 3 350
Operating costs  
Staff -1 962
Premises -404
Other operating costs -736
Financial expenses -8
Depreciations -137
Total -3 246
Net surplus from operations 104
Profit/loss on holding on
subsidiary companies
-0,5
Transfers  0
Profit and loss 103

 Costs per operational area 2016

 
Costs SEK, million Percent
Courses and programmes at
Bachelor’s level and Master's level
   549 17
Research and doctoral education 2 251 70
Environmental monitoring and assessment    446 13

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