Fun in the (indoor) Sun

The PhD chapter dipped our collective feet in the sand last Saturday as we hosted our first volleyball event! The florescent sun was shining and the indoor weather was perfect. What more could you ask for on a late-March-day in Sweden? We hope you can join us for some fun at our next event! 

New Unemployment Insurance Regulations for PhD Candidates

There are new important regulations regarding unemployment insurance for PhD candidates.

PhD candidates are no longer considered permanent employees of the university, and the unemployment insurance has been reduced from 300 to 44 days. 

•If you have been employed for 3 years you are entitled to 44 days unemployment insurance.

•To receive unemployment insurance you must also receive reimbursement from a-kassan.

•If you receive full reimbursement from a-kassan (680 SEK/day) the “omställningsavtal” will pay the remainder balance so you receive 80% of your previous salary.

•If you have not been a member of a-kassan for at least 12-months you will receive a basic compensation (320 SEK/day) and “omställningsavtalet” reimburses the 80% of your salary as if you would have received 680 SEK/day. “Omställningsavtalet” does not cover the money lost between 680 and 320 SEK/Day.

•The new rules went into effect January 1st 2015.

unemployment insurance


Join the 2015-2016 PhD Chapter Board

Are you interested in improving education and research quality in the PhD programs at KTH? Do you want to make a positive impact on the university? Do you want to fight for PhD candidate rights? Maybe you want to help organize more events for PhD candidates on and off campus? Then you should join the PhD chapter board! We are taking applications for the 2015-2016 board and we would love to hear from you! Please email us your:

1) Name

2) Contact information (email and phone)

3) School and department information

4) Short summary of why you would like to join the board.

5) Any previous experience with PhD representation work (i.e. PAD representative, local school PhD board member, etc.). 

Not only is working on the board rewarding, it is also a lot of fun. We hope to hear from you soon!

THS Student Union Council Elections

The nominations for next years THS Student Union Council are now open.  This is you chance to be part of the THS core, influence the organization, and represent the PhD student body at KTH. The PhD chapter has 5 allocated seats (and 5 reserves) in the council. If you are interested, please email Omar Shafqat the following information:

  1. First and last name
  2. Personal identity number (personnummer)
  3. KTH e-mail address
  4. Presentation of yourself and why you want to be a KF member, 100 words maximum (will be made public during the election)
  5. Optional: Picture of yourself (will be made public during the election)

More information can be found here.

Beach Volleyball Event

The PhD Chapter is arranging a beach volleyball event on Saturday March 28th from 1-3PM with 60% discount for PhD students who are THS members! Limited places are available (32 people). 

If you are interested in joining us, please register via the following link before 15 March 2015!!

Your registration will only be confirmed if you have made the payment. The registration is binding. 

Please sign up here http://goo.gl/forms/zsrf2jSxFy and pay 100 Kr to the PG account 71 60 82-3. DONT FORGET TO PUT YOUR NAME IN THE OCR/MESSAGE FIELD WHEN YOU MAKE THE PAYMENT.

The event is for THS Members of the Chapter (i.e. the ones who have paid the student union fee) Please bring along your THS Card with you or show it on the Mecenat app.

The event will be held at The beach in Södertälje. 

You are not allowed to bring any food stuff there but food can be purchased there.

You only need sport clothes. No shoes is required.

SFS survey about PhD education Evaluation

In the spring of 2015 the Swedish Higher Education Authority will begin conducting an evaluation on the quality of the Swedish research education. The evaluation is performed to certify that PhD students reach expected goals, that their educational environment is adequate, and to review the quality assurance effort across Swedish universities. The Doctoral Students’ Committee of the Swedish National Union of Students (SFS-DK) represent the PhD students in Sweden, and would like your opinion on how this evaluation is to be performed.

Please fill out the form regarding the upcoming evaluation and take the time to answer the questions thoroughly - the more information we have, the better the basis for our future work in this matter. Thank you for your time, and thank you in advance for your participation!

Winter Chapter Meeting

All PhD Chapter members at KTH are invited to our Christmas Party & Chapter Meeting Friday Dec. 12, 17.00. 

IMPORTANT: In order to attend the dinner please sign up on the google form. The deadline is 11th of December. Do not forget to bring your THS cards. Members can bring one personal guest as per our alcohol law.
 

Winter Chapter Meeting Information

Motions from members

Motion 1: Alternate proposal to Amendment of Statues §13.

Pedagogical Mingle: A Conversation Starter for PhD Students

Representatives from almost every school participated in the the Pedagogical Mingle on the 25th of November. On the agenda was the KTH Pedagogical Program that is currently being drafted. The program is important because:

- PhD students are at times both student and staff, learner and teacher

- Education and teaching is currently not systematized, so PhD students have challenges overlooking courses available and plans for combining pedagogical training with teaching positions

- KTH still have to develop a plan for pedagogy and education on a level with its research plan  

As a PhD student you are encouraged to read, reflect and comment on the current draft of the pedagogical program before 15th of December. Please send your comments to the PhD Chapter before the 15 of December. Use the feedback form. Imformation about the pedagogical program can be found here.

Apart from discussing how pedagogy relates to our work as PhD students, there was time also for outlining how School councils could collaborate more as well as plan future projects together. If this sounds interesting, please contact the PhD Chapter.