Doctoral student influence
Pursuant to the Higher Education Act (Chapter 1, Section 4a), students shall be entitled to exert influence over the courses and study programmes at higher education institutions. At Lund University, this means that students sit on most committees, boards and working groups. Where first and second cycle education are also involved, student representation is shared as a rule between doctoral students and Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students. At the central level, the umbrella organisation of all Lund University Students’ Unions (LUS) is made up of representatives from the various faculty student unions for first and second cycle studies, the Engineering students’ union and Lund’s Doctoral Students’ Union (LDK). Doctoral students at the Faculty of Engineering are included as a section of the Engineering students’ union whereas doctoral students from the rest of the University are organised within the Lund Doctoral Students’ Union.
Salary-setting issues are not within the remit of the student’s unions but are dealt with by the staff organisations within SACO, such as SULF (the Swedish Association of University Teachers, including doctoral students), the Swedish Association of Professional Scientists (Naturvetarna) and the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers (Sveriges Ingenjörer). The professional organisations also monitor professional life outside the University and general labour law regulations, but do not have representatives in the University’s boards and working groups in the same way as the student unions.
Policy and regulations for student influence (pdf) (Swedish only)
Lund doctoral students’ union (LDK)
Lund Doctoral Students’ Union provides advice and information to its members and actively monitors education locally in Lund as well as on the national level. LDK has approximately 2000 members. LDK is organised with a central board and a general assembly which is mainly responsible for faculty-wide issues, whereas faculty-specific issues and election of representatives are handled by the doctoral student councils. There are five doctoral student councils: Humanities and Theology, Law, Science, Medicine and Social Sciences/Economics.
An important part of LDK’s activity is to provide advice, information and support to individual doctoral students. The main person responsible for this is the full-time salaried doctoral student ombudsman, who can also function as a mediator between a doctoral student and his or her supervisor/department if necessary.
In order to become a member of the Lund Doctoral Students’ Union, contact tr [at] ldk.lu.se. If you want to join one of Lund University’s Nations, your union membership can also be arranged through the Nation.
The council of science doctoral students (NDR)
The Council of Science Doctoral Students takes care of doctoral student issues at the Faculty of Science and carries out elections of student representatives within the faculty and its departments.
NDR safeguards the interests of the doctoral students at the faculty with regard to the quality of research studies, supervision and resources. Another important task for NDR is to ensure that relevant information reaches all doctoral students. NDR’s meetings are a forum in which doctoral students from various departments meet to discuss common and local problems and solutions. At the meetings, information is also disseminated from various boards and working groups within the faculty. If you are not on NDR’s emailing list, you can contact the chair via ndr [at] ldk.lu.se.
NDR’s working group is elected by the doctoral students and consists of a chair, a vice-chair, a secretary and members. The working group’s task is to organise the NDR meetings (around three per semester), prepare and follow up meeting decisions and ensure that the annual elections of representatives take place (to the faculty, the departments and LDK).
The employment period of doctoral students is extended (after application to the department) for assignments within the student union. The extension is normally decided according to a standard number of days for the various most common types of assignment (see section on “Extension of study period and employment”).