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The Doctoral Support opens this fall


When new doctoral students arrive at Malmö University in September, a Doctoral Support will open to give them a new and enhanced service. 

Christian Stråhlman, Doktorandsupporten vid Malmö högskolaThe new support function will be assisting doctoral students if problems arise, if they cannot be easily solved with their supervisor or faculty. The Doctoral Support is established following wishes from the Doctoral Student Union (Doktorandkåren, DSU) to create this function.

– All doctoral students at the university can contact the Doctoral Support when there are issues with their studies that cannot be solved locally at the department, said Christian Stråhlman, Doctoral Education and Research Officer at the University Registry.

– It doesn’t matter if you have an employment at Malmö University or elsewhere. The support should be an additional assurance to doctoral students that possible grievances will be dealt with. Doctoral students should be able to focus on their own development as researchers.

– It is additional to existing support functions at the university.

The supervisor is naturally the doctoral student’s primary resource. In addition, there is the Director for PhD studies at the faculty, who has responsibility to assist and support doctoral students. Nevertheless, it is not always straightforward for a doctoral student to ask for help at the faculty. The Doctoral Support is an additional option. It is important for the university and for maintaining high-quality education that doctoral students can claim their rights, both as students and as employees.

The university’s operational support already provides support for doctoral students. The HR-department can help with issues related to employment, and the Employee Health Care is available to assist with work-related health. Your union representatives are also available to help with issues regarding employment, salaries, safety, and more.

Different types of Doctoral Support exist at other higher education institutions, which act on behalf of doctoral students in conflicts and situations where they cannot properly claim their rights. A Doctoral Ombudsman employed by the student union exist at some institutions, but not to date at Malmö University.