Work environment for doctoral students
The vast majority of doctoral students are employed, either by SLU or by an external employer. This means that the head of department's responsibility for employees' work environment also applies to doctoral students. In addition, the head of department has a responsibility to ensure that even the doctoral students who are not employed by SLU are offered conditions and opportunities that as far as possible are similar to those that apply to the university's employees.
Information about terms of employment at SLU
Information about SLU´s work environment efforts
Illness and healthcare, including care of a sick child (for employed doctoral students)
Health and parental insurance for doctoral students financed with scholarship.
Equal opportunities at SLU
Equal opportunities mean that all employees, students and applicants must feel welcome and given equal conditions regardless of gender, sexual orientation, transgender identity or expression, disability, ethnic origin, religion, other beliefs or age. SLU's work with Equal opportunities shall lead to equal possibilities and rights for employees and students at work and in their studies.
SLU does not accept any form of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment or reprisals! The work with gender equality and equal opportunities (JLV) is led by the vice-chancellor, who bears the utmost responsibility. According to the Discrimination Act, employers and employees shall collaborate on active measures.
Information about SLU's work with Equal opportunities.
Information about how SLU works preventively against discrimination.
If something should happen – where can I get help?
As a doctoral student, you are usually both an employee and a student. This means that the head of department is responsible for your work environment. The head of department is also responsible for ensuring that also doctoral students who are not employed by SLU are offered conditions and opportunities that are as far as possible similar to those that apply to the university's employees. This means that if you have problems with the work environment, it is primarily your head of department, your HR specialist, the occupational health service or your safety representative at the department that you should contact.
Each manager and supervisor has a responsibility to ensure that any cases of discrimination and harassment are investigated and remedied. Every employee has a responsibility to ensure that the work and study environment is free from discrimination and harassment.
What you can do in case of harassment.
If you should encounter problems concerning your education you can turn to your principal or assistant supervisor, to the director of study/contact person for doctoral education at your department or the faculty director of study for doctoral education.
You can also always contact the doctoral student ombudsman/counsellor (Doktorandombudsmannen) for advice, regardless of the nature of your problem.
Contact information – doctoral education.
Doctoral student ombudsman/counsellor