Information from the FUN-meeting 2021-03-16
Annual summary 2020
Summary in pdf-format regarding applications to FUN and research education at the VH-faculty 2020: Annual summary 2020
Information from the FUN-meeting 2021-02-16
Form that accepts digital signatures for the examining committee’s minutes
It now exist a new form that can be signed digitally for the examining committee’s minutes. This replaces the previous version and can be found among the other forms and check-lists.
Registration of Covid-19 related delays
It is important that PhD-students and their supervisors ensure that Covid-19 related delays in the research education are registered in the individual study plan.
CV and list of publications when applying for dissertation
When applying for dissertation, it is required to attach a CV and list of publications for any examining committee member who is not a docent or professor at a Swedish higher education institution. All requirements and rules can be found in the guidelines
Information from the FUN-meeting 2021-01-19
- It is still important to contact the chairman of FUN before each planned dissertation to discuss how it will be carried out during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
- Some supervisors have a difficulties with planning of dissertation webinars. Good support can usually be obtained from IT-support and it is advisable to book start-up help for the actual day.
- Make sure that all delays or changes are updated in the individual study plan (ISP) and keep extra track of the research students' well-being (and their supervisors).
The quality dialogues 2021
Quality assurance work will also be carried out in 2021, but this will not be done by sending the same questionnaire as before to the departments. Instead, it will focus on following up on the shortcomings previously discovered. There will also be a review of the quality assurance work to make necessary improvements.
Introduction for new doctoral students 13 October 2020
Coronavirus and doctoral/licentiate defence
A few pointers about PhD defenses at our faculty during the current Covid-19 outbreak.
NOTE: The information below may become outdated at any moment so the latest guidelines from SLU always take precedent over this message. Check therefore carefully and regularly: https://internt.slu.se/en/corona
The Vice Chancellor has now decided that it is permissible to depart from some of the SLU regulation regarding the physical presence of all relevant participants in a PhD defense.
This means that in exceptional circumstances even one of the committee members could participate via a link.
This increases our ability to continue with PhD defenses as long as we are allowed to that …
We ask all supervisors to consider carefully, and in discussion with the candidate whether they want to go ahead with the PhD defense or postpone.
The relevant formal information around last minute changes in a PhD defense are online at: https://internt.slu.se/stod-service/utbildning/utbildning-pa-forskarniva/disputation-och-licentiatseminarium/
It is important to discuss all last minute changes with DJ de Koning as responsible vice-dean.
While we try to be flexible, we also need to guarantee the quality of the defense and it might be worthwhile to consider postponing the defense for PhD students where there is no urgency to graduate (job and/or living situation).
Every case will be considered on its own and given the extreme circumstances no current exception can be considered as a precedent for other defenses.
Like everybody else we try to keep ourselves updated all the time and we will take more complicated cases higher up in the hierarchy and discuss them with Ylva Hillbur (Deputy vice chancellor).
The examining committee's protocol
If the persons whose signatures are required for the examining committee's protocol can’t be physically present during the public thesis defence, it is possible to individually sign identical copies of the protocol and submit them separately to FUN. You can also send scanned copies via e-mail if you need to speed up the registration of an approved dissertation in Ladok.
Information from the FUN-meeting 2020-02-25
Changed routine for admission of postgraduate research students
Application form 1 has been abolished and completely replaced by the recruitment tool ReachMee. Note that this also applies f the admission of industrial doctoral students, i.e. doctoral students who are not employed at SLU, as well as other doctoral students who are accepted without announcing the position. The Division of Planning is working on instructions that will be published on the web. Eva Borgert at the Division of Human Resources can help with registering industrial doctoral students in ReachMee if needed.
Information from the FUN-meeting 2019-05-20
Follow-up of individual study plans for third-cycle (doctoral) education 2018
According to SLU's guidelines for third-cycle (doctoral) education, the Faculty Board (in practice FUN) "must regularly follow up how follow-up and revision of the doctoral students’ individual study plans are carried out at the departments as well as which measures have been taken in cases where follow-ups indicate deficiencies in the programme". This is a compiled report (in Swedish) for 2018: [Link]