Moyra – Our new Doktorandsombud (DOMB)

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:

http://www.dokt.chs.chalmers.se/?p=1759

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Change in rebate eligibility for Västtrafik

The student discount is available on our period tickets valid for either 30 or 90 days. The discount allows students to purchase period cards for the same price as youths.

To benefit from the student discount you need to have a valid identification document along with a valid student ID from Mecenat or Studentkortet. The student ID card must show Västtrafik's, Skånetrafiken's or SL's logo on it. The student ID can be in the form of plastic cards, an app or a Mecenat SMS certificate. 

Your student ID must be valid for the entire journey where the period card is being used.

See more  : http://www.vasttrafik.se/#!/en/tickets-and-prices/student-discount/

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Everything a doctoral candidate needs to know on labor rights

What rights do you as a PhD-candidate have and what are the benefits of being member of a trade union?

The trade union confederation Saco and ST (The Union of Civil Servants), and DS (Chalmers Doctoral Student Guild) want to invite all PhD-candidates at Chalmers to a lunch seminar on labor rights.

The seminar will cover:

• Significance of trade unions and collective agreements in Sweden

• Social Security issues, such as parental leave benefit and sick pay

• Unemployment benefit, unemployment insurance and Security Foundation

• Swedish pension system

• Legal framework for doctoral candidates in higher education

• Different roles of supervisor, examiner and manager

• Difference between a salaried and a stipend-funded doctoral position

Venue: Palmstedtsalen, Chalmers kårhus, Teknologgården 2, campus Johanneberg.

Date : May 4 at 12:15.

The seminar will be held after the introduction day for new PhD-candidates is finished.

A light lunch will be provided for the first 60 participants.  

Welcome!

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Meet our DS chairman – Oskar Thulin  

What motivated you to join the DS Board? 

I was the chair of the local PhD student council at Applied Mechanics when the Chalmers Doctoral Student Guild asked me, as they wanted nominations for the chair for next year. It seemed like an interesting challenge and a very worthwhile task to represent the PhD students at Chalmers. This is now my second year as chairman and before finishing the first year I felt that it would be good for DS with some continuity in the chair role so I decided to be in for another nomination processes. It has been a lot of fun too so I should not claim that it is only for altruistic reasons.

 

What do you think has been the most interesting and surprising aspect of being in DS Board?

The most interesting aspects to me has been to try to get the team together so that the board can represent you PhD students at Chalmers the best. Moreover, also to be in Research education council and the university board where I have learnt a lot about Chalmers and have tried to take every chance possible to represent the PhD students at Chalmers the best. Most surprising aspect must be that there is a expressed need for PhD student input in so many committees around Chalmers. I feel that our ideas are often listen to and that we have a constructive dialog with the Chalmers management where we work to improve the research education at Chalmers. Even though we might have different motivational factors we usually come together and see that what is good for the doctoral students is most often good for Chalmers as a whole. Without this constructive dialog I do not think the doctoral education could have improved as much as it has been the past years. Rest assured, we will continue do everything we can to improve the doctoral education at Chalmers further and I believe that is necessary since the international academic community evolve faster and faster and we want to be even more competitive.

 

What do you take back after being a DS Boardie?

That even you might be much more junior than many of the other meeting officials, as long as you have prepared well and are sure about what to say, that true development can be helped by your initiative. One of the things I am and have been appreciating the most is to meet a lot of nice friends from different disciplines and perspectives at Chalmers. I think this is a great chance to function in an environment that is a little bit broader than the respective research group. In addition to the joy it brings I can definitely say that it also aids career development in so many various aspects. 

 

What do you like to do when you are not researching?

I like to hang out with friends like, I assume, most of us. Skiing is my very top interest and especially alpine touring in the Alps was my favorite. By the way, we just went to Hemsedal on an Applied Mechanics department PhD student trip. We were a really good group ranging from a Swiss licensed ski instructor to fellows that took their first turn on skies that all had a great time together. It was really nice to get to know some nice friends at other divisions than my own. Wouldn't be a good idea that similar trip were arranged at more departments?

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Meet our DS member – Ragnar Larusson

 

What motivated you to join the DS Board? 

I was at the general assembly, spring 2013, when they were electing a new board and it turned out they had no candidate from my department so I simply volunteered spontaneously and was elected. A decision that I do not regret. 

 

What do you think has been the most interesting and surprising aspect of being in DS Board?

Surprising to me was how much we need representation as PhD students. I used to walk around in my own little bubble thinking the world of Chalmers runs smoothly and everything is taking cared of but it turns out we really need to keep an eye out. Especially when rules within Chalmers are changed. I really think DS did a good job protecting our interest when the “arbetsordning” was changed a couple of years ago. 

The recruitment of a new DOMB was a very important and challenging task. Never would I have thought that I’d be involved in recruiting a person so much more experienced than myself. Of course it was obvious, since the DOMB needs to be someone very experienced as it can be a tough job. 

 

What do you take back after being a DS Boardie?

Working with other PhD students on matters that DS handles has been great fun. It also has taught me how PhD representation (or representation of any group) is important and together we can have true influence. This applies at local level at different departments of Universities all the way up to national and even international level. I was a member of the national PhD council, SFS-DK, and every year SFS-DK tries to send a representative to the European conference of PhD student (Eurodoc).

I have now seen first hand that any group of “ordinary” people who perhaps may not have a lot of money or great influence as individuals, truly benefit from organising to protect their collective interest. Sometimes the work within DS can be tedious or boring but in general its fun and meaningful and you need to remember the bigger picture. 

 

What do you like to do when you are not researching?

Well it depends. Often you will find me simulating a potato on the couch, eating potato chips, watching a potato documentary. You might also see me out running trying not to turn into a potato. Sometimes I play my guitar and I love snowboarding, hiking and any activity involving mountains really. When I’m really feeling good I go out with my friends and drink many beers. 

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What to be in DS Board next year?

The Doctoral Student Guild (Doktorandsektionen) is a non-profit association for doctoral students at Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers) and shall work for unity among the members of the association and their shared interests. The Doctoral Student Guild shall especially:

• through representatives in the boards and committees of Chalmers assure that the special interests of doctoral students are addressed.

• create an awareness of the situation for doctoral students at all levels at Chalmers

• provide a forum for contacts between doctoral students at Chalmers

The Board members with other PhD student meet biannually for the General Assembly and the represented Board members meet for a Board meeting 5-6 times a year. (http://www.dokt.chs.chalmers.se/public/ for more information)

As DS Board member, you will get compensation, either as remuneration from DS Board, or in form of department work hours (only if possible).

Anyone registered as a doctoral student at Chalmers and a member of Chalmers Student Union is welcome to join the Doctoral Student Guild. Besides the formal tasks you will have the informal task of being the representative of Doctoral students especially in your department. Being a representative means being visible in your department, and search out for the people you represent.

We are predominantly looking for representatives in following departments for the coming tenure (2016-17):

Signals and systems

Mathematical Sciences 

Chemistry 

Earth and Space

Computer Science and Engineering

Applied Information Technology 

Physics 

Energy and Environment

Still thinking? Do you want to meet some of us, learn more about what we do, or have a question we might be able to help you with? Or are you interested in a position in our board? We would love to meet you! 

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