Some final words from the Chairperson 19/20

I would like to take this opportunity to say some final words as my mandate period as the chairperson of the PhD Chapter is over very soon.

It has been a challenging and unusual year, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be the chairperson of this wonderful chapter during this period! I have been very proud to be the chairperson as when we have worked together, the PhD School Councils, PhD Chapter board, and THS Management Team. Thank you so much for all your hard work! In a pandemic, when nothing is like we are used to, the strength of joining forces and collaborating has really been shown. Student influence at the doctoral level at KTH has truly improved during the year, but the request and need for a decision regarding time-compensation due to commission of trust positions, also on the school level, will be a question I hand-over to the newly elected board.

I am very proud of the two surveys we have distributed, the broad one late last year and the one about the consequence of COVID-19, that we opened late March. I hope these will also bee useful for the coming boards of the PhD Chapter, the PhD school councils and, KTH. To me, it has been invaluable feedback that enabled me to be a better doctoral representative in the KTH central organs I have been a part of. Thank you to all of you who took the time to fill them out!

Soon, the new academic year starts with a new board and a new chairperson, Gloria Samosir. I am sure it is going to be a great year and I wish you all the best!

Enjoy the summer!

Kind regards,
Emma Riese

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Report of Survey Results

At the end of last year (November -December 2019) the PhD Chapter sent out a survey to all doctoral students at KTH who had a study activity and a valid email address registered in LADOK at that time. The PhD Chapter board now proudly presents our report on the results (from 595 respondents) along with some recommendations on how to work with the identified issues.

The data is divided per school on each of the questions, to allow for comparisons. The survey consisted of 35 questions structured into 9 sections regarding:

  1. Background of respondents
  2. Individual study plan
  3. Departmental duties
  4. Supervision
  5. Courses
  6. Stress and well-being
  7. HR and administration support
  8. Overall evaluation of doctoral studies at KTH
  9. Work of the PhD Chapter

You find the full report with results and recommendations here.

We would also once again like to thank everyone who filled out the survey and thereby contributed to valuable input to both the PhD Chapter and KTH, many thanks!

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PhD Chapter Meeting Agenda

As promised, here is the agenda for the Chapter Meeting on Wednesday 27th of May!

This meeting will be conducted entirely through Zoom. Please sign up here in order to make sure you get the Zoom-link (it can also be found in the attached agenda). In order to be allowed to vote during the meeting you need to be a THS member, which you can show by showing the THS membership card when you enter the meeting (the physical card or the one from the Mecenat App), so please have that ready. We aim to start the meeting at 17:15, but will open up the Zoom room at 17:00 to also allow some time to check the membership cards of the participants, so please Zoom in a couple of minutes early if you have the possibility to do so.

For more information about the meeting, check out our post about the call for the meeting: https://www.dr.kth.se/2020/04/27/call-for-phd-chapter-meeting-virtual-meeting-with-elections/

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Fika with the PhD Chapter

Bring your fika of choice and socialize with other PhD students! A great opportunity to ask questions to our board members if you are considering applying for any positions in the upcoming elections. Please sign up so that we can send you the Zoom-link: https://forms.gle/kGjrxjjVCG3RDpCo7

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Call for PhD Chapter meeting – Virtual Meeting with Elections


The PhD Chapter board welcomes the members of the PhD Chapter to the fourth chapter meeting of the operational year 2019/20.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this will be a virtual Chapter meeting conducted through Zoom. More technical details about the meeting will be posted together with the agenda.

It will be held Wednesday 27th of May at 17:15. Please sign up using this link: https://forms.gle/n2fAWDR8XSUp9Z5P7

During this Chapter meeting, we will have elections and by-elections for several positions on the Chapter board and Chapter functionaries:

Chapter Board:
Chairperson (board member) – July 2020 – June 2021
Webmaster (board member) – July 2020 – June 2021
Workgroups Manager (board member) – July 2020 – June 2021
Event Manager (board member) – July 2020 – June 2021
Education Manager (board member) – July 2020 – June 2021
Communication Manager (board member)* – July 2020 – December 2020 (by-election)
Council Coordinator (board member)* – July 2020 – December 2020 (by-election)

(*given resignation is approved)

Chapter Functionaries:
Master of Ceremonies (one of two positions) – July 2020 – June 2021
Nominating Committee Members (1-2 positions) – July 2020 – December 2020 (by-election)

To learn more about the roles, take a look at candidacy profiles and please apply to any position you are interested in through this link: dr.kth.se/vacancies/. The deadline to apply is Sunday 17th of May and interviews will be held May 20 – 22.

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