Supervision and the responsibilities of supervisors

Last changed: 22 September 2017

At least two supervisors are appointed for each doctoral student. One of them is nominated as the principal supervisor. Students are entitled to supervision during their studies, unless the Vice-Chancellor decides otherwise in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 6 Section 30. A student may ask to change supervisor.

 The principal supervisor is responsible for the content and quality of the education. He/she should also make sure that the content of plans and reports is well in line with the subject tradtion, and the character of the thesis work.

The supervisor and doctoral student must arrive at a common understanding of the implications of the degree outcomes for them specifically, that is they must together formulate individual learning outcomes for the programme. Together, they should continuously discuss and follow up how the education is progressing and adjust the planning accordingly. This is documented in the indivual study plan.

The principal supervisor is responsible for determining whether the student has achieved the learning outcomes related to the degree, see chapter 5.4 in the guidelines for doctoral education, and for ensuring that the thesis is of good quality according to the critera applied within the discipline.

 

Supervision policy

Supervisors should

  • guide the student in both practical and theoretical issues, and keep abreast of educational theoretical and practical advances;
  • strive to create favuorable conditions for scientific discussions between student and supervisor, and other members of faculty;
  • guide and encourage the student in terms of methodology, literature, publishing and networking;
  • have a professional approach in order to promote equality and all forms of non-discrimination;
  • not commit to more students than he/she can provide adequate supervision for;
  • be well informed about SLU's rules and policies for doctoral education.

The main supervisor is responsible for

  • the quality and of the research project, which constitute the base for the thesis work. The project should be of reasonable extent
  • that the doctoral student get adequate courses within the education
  • that follow ups of the education, including external pre-examination procedure, are conducted according to the guidelines
  • thesis defence and/or licentiate seminar is being prepared and conducted according to the guidelines
  • continuing his/her education for supervision and pedagogics with help of courses offered by for example SLU

To be qualified as principal supervisor


A principal supervisor at SLU must

1. be admitted as a docent (approx. associate professor) or professor;

2. be employed by SLU;

3. be employed at the same department as that to which the doctoral student has been admitted;

4. have documented training in supervision methodology equivalent to the training required to be admitted as a docent at SLU.

If the principal supervisor has a fixed-term position as an adjunct professor, for example, at least one of the assistant supervisors must be employed at the same department as that to which the doctoral student has been admitted, and have documented training in supervision methodology.

The faculty board may grant exemption from criterion 3 if at least one of the assistant supervisors is employed at the same department as that to which the doctoral student has been admitted.

The faculty board may grant exemption from criterion 4 provided that an education plan for a training course in supervision methodology is adopted at the same time. The education plan is to be adopted following consultation with the Division of Educational Affairs.


Contact

Directors of study at the LTV-faculty:

Helene Larsson Jönsson, Alnarp. Phone: 040-415370. 
Åsa Klintborg Ahlklo, Alnarp. Phone: 040-415421.

Directors of study at the NJ-faculty:

Elisabet Lewan, Uppsala, Phone: 018-67 26 29
Petra Fransson, Uppsala, Phone: 018-67 18 64

Directors of study at the S-faculty:

Göran Spong, Umeå. Phone: 0730-350641
Petra Fransson, Uppsala. Phone: 018-67 18 64

Director of study at the VH-faculty:

Jan Hultgren, Skara. Phone: 0511-67103

 

General information on doctoral education: Lotta HanssonLotta Jäderlund