Interview with Moyra McDill, Chalmers new Doktorandsombud (DOMB)

Chalmers new DOMB, Moyra McDill, Professor Emeritus  from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and outgoing Commissioner of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission standing in front of the full-scale reactor mock-up developed by Ontario Power Generation for the purposes of training for refurbishment of four CANDU reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station.
Chalmers new DOMB, Moyra McDill, Professor Emeritus  from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and outgoing Commissioner of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission standing in front of the full-scale reactor mock-up developed by Ontario Power Generation for the purposes of training for refurbishment of four CANDU reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station.

Moyra McDill, Professor Emeritus from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, took over as the Doktorandsombud (DOMB) at Chalmers in December. Myra is continuing the work of Bengt Stebler, who retired as DOMB after 10 years of service.

The role of the DOMB is to help individual PhD students with problems that may arise in the course of their research or employment. The DOMB is employed directly by the DS board and is hence independent from the university and a neutral party for the support of PhD students. Every PhD student, both those employed by Chalmers and industrial PhD students, can seek the DOMB´s guidance with any work related problem, big or small. The DOMB´s contact information can be found on the DS webpage under “support for PhD students”. 

Here you can read our board member Ragnar Lárusson’s interview with Moyra McDill:

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Research Supervisor of the Year Award 2016

The Chalmers University of Technology Award for Research Supervisor of the Year 2016 is presented to Martin Andersson, Associate Professor at the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

As a supervisor, MMartinAnderssonartin emerges for his relation-oriented leadership that creates a dynamic and cohesive environment. He is focused on the professional and personal development of his PhDs encouraging the discussions upon all the aspects of the PhD process, and is actively seeking feedback from his students to improve his supervision. Martin facilitates students’ networking with other high-regarded research institutes, and encourages them to play a role in the international community.

In summary, Martin Andersson is a competent supervisor who leads his PhDs with dedication and enthusiasm towards high quality research. He inspires his PhD students, and we hope that with this prize, other supervisors and researches can be inspired in their role.

The full decision is available here.

Moyra McDill is Chalmers new Doktorandsombud, Bengt Stebler retires.

It is with great pleasure that the Chalmers Doctoral Student Guild presents the new Doktorandsombud (DOMB), Moyra McDill, Professor Emeritus from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Moyra has an extensive experience within research, teaching, administration, student project supervision, PhD student supervision and undergraduate student counseling. Her experience covers a vide variety of roles at Carleton, for example she was appointed Dean’s Advisor for Women in Engineering at Carleton, to address the issues of female students engineering. In her career she has had the opportunity to help undergraduate students with a wide range of challenges and the DS board believes that experience can come into good use in her work as DOMB, although the range of problems facing PhD student can indeed be different from those of undergraduate students.

Moyra moved to Sweden in January 2013 and has since been a visiting lecturer at the university in Skövde and visiting researcher at Chalmers. We in the DS board are happy she has taken on the role and look forward to our collaboration with her.

As we welcome Moyra we give thanks to our outgoing DOMB.  After 10 years of service, Bengt Stebler has retired as Chalmers Doktorandsombud.

Bengt has, along with performing his regular DOMB duties, been active within the national network of doktorandombud and has for a long time brought attention to how some groups of students have disproportionately needed to seek the DOMB’s help. We in the DS board had the opportunity in October to thank him for his excellent service over the years when we met with him at the end of our board meeting where he was greeted with flowers. Bengt in return gave the board his last report on the recent DOMB activities. We in the DS board, on behalf of PhD students of Chalmers over the last 10 years, sincerely thank him for all the work he has done to help students in need.

Bengt Stebler (prev. DOMB)
Chalmers outgoing DOMB, Bengt Stebler (center), with the DS board in October.
Chalmers new DOMB, Moyra McDill, Professor Emeritus  from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and outgoing Commissioner of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission standing in front of the full-scale reactor mock-up developed by Ontario Power Generation for the purposes of training for refurbishment of four CANDU reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station.
Chalmers new DOMB, Moyra McDill, Professor Emeritus  from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and outgoing Commissioner of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission standing in front of the full-scale reactor mock-up developed by Ontario Power Generation for the purposes of training for refurbishment of four CANDU reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station.

The new salary negotiation for doctoral candidates has been published

The new salary contract for doctoral candidates is now official and published on insidan.
The most important changes from the previous contract are:
• Salary increase with 2.5%.
• It is stressed that the negotiated salaries are minimum salaries.
• Salaries for PhD candidates can also be negotiated individually.
• If a licentiate degree is delayed due to Chalmers administration, retroactive salary increase for the inte
rmediate time should take effect.
• If the employer has accepted part-time work, the time limit for the PhD-candidate period should be prolonged with the corresponding amount of time.
• The employer stresses that the individual study plan should be designed so licentiate degree is reached after 50% of the PhD-candidate period.
• The employer and the trade unions will together analyze the PhD-salary ladders at different universities in Sweden. This analysis will serve as a basis for the negotiations in 2016.
The signed agreement can be found here:
https://document.chalmers.se/download?docid=654385289
The new salary negotiation is effective from 2016-05-01 and valid until 2017-04-30.

Nominations for the supervisor of the year award 2015/2016

It’s time for PhD students to nominate their supervisors to the honorable prize: “Supervisor of the Year“, a prize that acknowledges supervisor at Chalmers, who has shown excellent supervision qualities and a large concern towards his/her PhD students.

If you think that your supervisor deserves the prize, send us his/her name together with a motivation letter, recommended 1-3 pages. Please include all member of the group (current and graduated PhD students less than a year) standing for the nomination. Remember that the prize is assigned to main-supervisors, but if he/she co-supervise other students they can be included in the application.

Nominations are open from 13th October – 15th November 2015.

Send in your nominations to our email id: supervisor2016@dokt.chs.chalmers.se

After the deadline, all nominations will be reviewed by the Doctoral Student Guild (DS). Few applications will be selected followed by an interview of the research group. The decision of the awarded candidate will be made based on this. This academic merit awarded by DS will be handed to the ‘Supervisor of the Year’ by the rector at the promotion ceremony in May 2016.