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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