FOR all PhD students

Actually, not all PhD students see themselves as students, but you are! As the Student Union at Linnaeus University, we do our best to help ALL students and that of course include you! Here is some information about what we can do for you, your rights as a student, as well as some other tidbits you might find useful.

Latest news, reports etc. 

PhD-related news from SFS can always be found here.
 
 

220922: Young Academy of Sweden recently published A Beginner’s Guide to Swedish Academia 

220909: SFS. Kan doktoranden må bra? Blogginlägg av SFS:s ordförande i doktorandkommittén.  

220811: SULF. Bra möte med Migrationsverket (in Swedish only)

220804: SULF. Sulf träffar Migrationsverket(in Swedish only)

220615: UKÄ. Rapport. Doktorander med bristande studieprestation. (in Swedish only)

220609: UKÄ. Doktorander och examina på forskarnivå 2021. (in Swedish only) 

220603: SULF. Information about The Aliens Act, permanent residence permit FAQ and a link to the Swedish Migration Authority’s Checklists and examples of attestation of third-cycle studies(doctoral studies)

Why not take a few minutes to find out what we are, what we do and what we can do for you?

About us

Our core values

Document of Opinions

Discounts and member benefits

Our housing agency

The Buddy programme

Job openings NEW!

Get a Welcome package (Växjö) 

Newsletters etc. 

  • PhD Newsletter – Sent once or twice a year to all PhD students at LNU to inform about news, updates and events of interest to PhD students. Let us know if you are not getting it!  
  • Das Papier – Our brief information posted inside all toilets on campus. Or read it here sitting anywhere you want 🙂 
  • We also send a monthly newsletter to all members of the Linnaeus Union with the most up-to-date information about what is happening, upcoming events, member benefits etc. Just become a member to get it.   

There is a lot of information on our Support and advice page, but you should also read the university’s Student rights and responsibilities.

Students have the right to be represented in all preparatory or decision-making organs at the university, and that is true for PhD students as well. In every faculty board there is a spot reserved for a PhD student and you also tend to have reserved spots in doctoral supervisory committees and research education councils. Of course, you can become a student representative in a university body even if there are no reserved spots for PhD students. 

You can read more about student representation here and most of what is written under “Course evaluations and getting involvedon this page also applies to you as a PhD student, but there are some exceptions…

Finally you should check what SFS’s Doctoral committee (SFS-DK) is up to and make sure to join their Facebook groups.  

Maps with buildings and rooms for Växjö and Kalmar

Find out more about a particular room

At each department (institution in Swedish) the Head of department is responsible for the work environment for all students and staff. If you have concerns about your physical or social work environment as an employee, you should contact the Head of department or one of the safety representatives at your faculty

Find out more about and LNU’s systematic work with work environment (The Swedish version of the page has a lot more information.)

At LNU, the work with gender equality, diversity, equality, accessability and equal treatment has been integrated into a whole under the term Equality of opportunity. Please read more about it here!

All forms of discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment should be reported!  

Cheating and plaiarism is not taken lightly, and it is your responsibility to know the rules. Some of these might be new to you of differ from those in other countries. Please make sure that you understand and follow them! If you have any questions related to cheating, plagiarism, academic writing or referencing, please discuss them with your supervisor or with us.  

As a PhD/staff member you can make interlibrary loans and purchase suggestions. You can typically borrow books much longer than regular students and can get reserved books and interlibrary loans sent directly to your office post box. Contact the University Library for details. The University Library also offer support to researchers and doctoral students in matters regarding scholarly publishing, bibliometrics, research data, information searching for systematic reviews, and reference management. They also  organise seminars, lectures, and workshops within the field of scholarly communication. Find out more!

See details about general service and support available at LNU, including Student services, InfoCenter, Technical support and some of the most common IT-systems you will use while at univerisity. 

A number of steering documents at LNU.

For a current list, please expand the tab “Chefer vid Linnéuniversitetet, kontaka fakulteterna” halfway down the page. (Currently only works for the Swedish version of the page.) 

If you simply want to find a particular person, use the search function at lnu.se

If you feel stressed, depressed, anxious, have relationship problems or are going through a crisis the Student Welfare Office is there for you. They work with well-being and is available in both Kalmar and Växjö for all student, including PhD students. They believe in early intervention, high availability, low thresholds and can be a great first contact if you are not well. Find out more about what they offer, or book a consultation!  

The Student Welfare Office also offer courses, group activities in Kalmar and Växjö as well as online lectures and sessions related to mindfulness, yoga, stress management and more.

As a student you can turn to the university’s Student Welfare Office for support and professional counselling free of charge, either online or in person. 

Students with disabilities have the possibility to use study support during their studies. The support is individual and planned together with you and your coordinator. Please apply as soon as possible, preferably already when you have been accepted. Find out more!

Please note that the university library also have services and resources for reading disabilities.

Studentförsäkring

Försäkrad som anställd

Försäkrad genom facket

Hemförsäkring/Hedvig

Healthcare and mental healthcare

  • In cace of emergency go to the emergency department at the hospital. If you need ambulance call 112. (Same number for police, fire department and ambulance).
  • If you can wait till the next working day call your medical center (vårdcentral). If you need medical advise no matter day or time call 1177.
 

We recommend that you create an account at the public healthcare platform 1177.se where you can keep track of all your details. At the bottom of the page you can change language.

Student Welfare Office
If you feel stressed, depressed, anxious, have relationship problems or are going through a crisis the Student Welfare Office is there for you. They work with well-being and is available in both Kalmar and Växjö for all student, including PhD students. They believe in early intervention, high availability, low thresholds and can be a great first contact if you are not well. Find out more about what they offer, or book a consultation!  

The Student Welfare Office also offer courses, group activities in Kalmar and Växjö as well as online lectures and sessions related to mindfulness, yoga, stress management and more.

As a student you can turn to the university’s Student Welfare Office for support and professional counselling free of charge, either online or in person. 


Please see further information in the similar sections under International PhD and Employed PhD if that applies to you!

For emergencies (police, ambulance, fire department) call 112. 

For all other questions related to crisis, accidents and security at the university, please see LNU’s webpage Crisis and security.

General LNU information

There is general information for researchers and research projects here, as well as research communication (only in Swedish however)

Faculty-specific information

Each faculty has their own PhD page. Find them listed here.

PhD Handbook

SFS (Swedish National Union of Students) has the online PhD Handbook – A Comprehensive Guide for Doctoral Studies in Sweden that we think is very useful, especially for international PhD students. Get it at the SFS website or directly at PhD Handbook

A world-class doctoral education

SFS also describe their views of what A world-class doctoral education should be, and it is well worth reading.

Finish on Time

Åsa Burman’s The Doctoral Student Handbook: Master Effectiveness. Reduce Stress. Finish on Time costs 250 SEK. The title pretty much lets you know what it is about. It´s also available in Swedish as Bli klar i tid och må bra på vägen : handbok för doktorander. Get it at our office in Kalmar och Växjö.

Utbildningsbevakare

Har du synpunkter på kvaliteten i undervisningen, hur kurser bedrivs, progressionen i ett program, eller dåliga processer, rutiner eller system? Kontakta våra utbildningsbevakare för att påverka och förändra dem en gång för alla! 

Linnékårens utbildningsbevakare arbetar främst med långsiktiga och övergripande kvalitetsfrågor genom att bevaka, granska och påverka beslut på institutions-, fakultets- och universitetsledningsnivå, kursplaner, utbildningsplaner, kvalitetsutvärderingar, lokala regler och policyfrågor.

Bryan Wahlgren
Utbildningsbevakare Kalmar

Arbetar bland annat med utbildningsbevakning, universitetets kvalitetsutveckling & studentrepresentation. Huvudansvarig för Fakulteten för Konst och Humaniora (FKH), Nämnden för Lärarutbildning (NLU) & Fakulteten för Teknik (FTK)

Eric Ask Josefsson
Utbildningsbevakare Växjö

Arbetar bland annat med utbildningsbevakning, universitetets kvalitetsutveckling & studentrepresentation. Treklöveransvarig. Huvudansvarig för Fakulteten för samhällsvetenskap (FSV), Fakulteten för Hälso- och Livsvetenskap (FHL) & Ekonomihögskolan (FEH)

Student- och doktorandombud

Vänd dig gärna till våra ombud om du känner dig orättvist behandlad av lärare eller personal. De besvarar dina frågor och ger råd och stöd rörande dina rättigheter och skyldigheter  som student eller doktorand.

Vanliga frågor handlar om rättigheter, examination, scheman och bemötandefrågor, men ombuden kan också hjälpa till i disciplinärenden och fall som rör diskriminering, trakasserier och sexuella trakasserier. Våra ombud arbetar under sekretess. Du kan kontakta dem anonymt och de lyfter bara ärenden vidare med ditt medgivande.  

Micha Hallberg

Student- & Doktorandombud Kalmar

Nicholas Pagden

Student- & Doktorandombud
Växjö