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Student influence

Student unions

Students at all levels have the opportunity to get involved in student union work and thereby exercise student influence in matters concerning education or the students’ situation. Within the Faculty of Science, the doctoral students are organised through the Science Doctoral Student Council (NDR), which is one of six doctoral student unions under Lund’s Doctoral Student Union.

Contact information

Become involved as a doctoral student representative

If you are interested in getting involved as a doctoral student representative, contact the Science Doctoral Student Council (NDR), which through elections appoints representatives to different bodies. The list below states the decision-making or preparatory bodies at the Faculty of Science in which doctoral student representatives can be members. The list also states the approximate scope of each assignment.

As a doctoral student representative, you are compensated for the time spent performing duties, so that your third cycle studies will not suffer as a result. You can find the rules relating to the extension of study periods on the webpage Regulatory documents and forms.

Assignment and approximate scope

Faculty level

  • Faculty Board: 24 hours per year
  • Presiding Committee: 60 hours per year
  • Management Council: 60 hours per year
  • Academic Appointments Board: 80 hours per year
  • Research Programmes Board: 20 hours per year
  • Research Board: 12 hours per year
  • Library Board: 8 hours per year
  • Scholarship Committee (travel and research grants): 6 hours per year
  • Equal Opportunities Committee: 12 hours per year
  • Associate Professorship Appointments Board: 20 hours per year
  • Labour Market Council: 10 hours per year
  • Local Health and Safety Committee: 8 hours per year
  • Organisational discussion: 2 hours per year
  • Faculty nominating committee: The Nominating committees only work prior to elections. As the student representatives have a one-year term of office, it may transpire that no work at all is done during a term of office. The actual scope is therefore difficult to estimate.
  • Lund Protein Production Platform (LP3) Board: 10 hours per year
  • Lund Institute of Advanced Neutron and X-ray Science (LINXS) Board: 10 hours per year

Department level

  • Department Board: 10–20 hours per year
  • Library branch steering committee: 6–8 hours per year
  • Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities Group: 12 hours per year
  • HSE Committee: 12 hours per year
  • Department nominating committee: The Nominating committees only work prior to elections. As the student representatives have a one-year term of office, it may transpire that no work at all is done during a term of office. The actual scope is therefore difficult to estimate.

Please note that individual departments may also have established bodies at department level. These are not included in the list above.

Working groups with fixed-term mandates

In addition to the bodies defined in the Rules of Procedure (see the list above), working groups with fixed-term mandates may be established separately from the faculty. In this case, any agreement on student representation is made with the Science Doctoral Student Council (NDR). If working groups are created ad hoc within established bodies, doctoral student representation in the working group is through the doctoral student representative(s) in the body in question. Extensions are granted according to the same principles that apply to the regular body.

Requesting an extension

To obtain an extension of the programme length and employment, you must apply for an extension to your department. The application is made using a special form on the webpage Regulatory documents and forms. To obtain an extension, you must be able to verify the scope of your duties (with minutes or other documentation from the body). Doctoral students at the faculty-wide level receive a certificate of their participation when they leave the body, which states the hours involved. The certificate is valid as documentation for requesting an extension.

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Faculty of Science, Lund University
Visiting address: Sölvegatan 27, 222 62 Lund
Internal mail code: HS 39
Email: kansli [at] science [dot] lu [dot] se

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