HYVÄT and the University of Helsinki are looking for doctoral student representatives for the Doctoral Programmes and the Doctoral Schools for the term 2022-2023. There are two spots on the steering groups of each Doctoral Program and one spot on the steering groups of each Doctoral School. The results of the call will be published in December 2021.
Being a student representative is a rewarding experience on many levels and an opportunity to improve the doctoral education near you. You do not have to be a board-work professional to apply – interest and willingness are all that is required. We hope that the student representatives are available for the full term and able to attend meetings (roughly 10 per year) but do not be discouraged from applying if you can only serve for part of the term as special elections to fill the spots can always be arranged later on.
Student representatives act as a “voice of the students” in the steering groups. Although this might sound intimidating, the experience of being a doctoral student is enough experience to succeed in the role. The only qualifications are a willingness to participate in the discussion taking place during the steering group meetings. As a student representative you will be an equal member of the group but with the unique qualification of actually being a student.
The role a student representative takes in the program varies highly depending on the interests, skills, and wishes of the particular representative. In addition to representing the interests of the students in the meetings, the representatives can, for example:
- Hold events to foster community spirit within the doctoral program.
- Advocate for the students interests outside of the meetings.
- Act as link between their own doctoral program and the student representatives in other doctoral schools and programs.
- Bring forward new ideas for improving the quality of the doctoral student experience.
… but all of this is optional and merely a suggestion – you can decide for yourself what your goals and investment will be! And remember, HYVÄT is here to help you if you run into any trouble during your term!
If you are interested in being a student representative for your program, fill in the application here: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/114259/lomake.html The form closes on 26 November 2021 at 23.59, so act quickly!
You can also read about previous representatives experiences on serving as a student representative at the HYVÄT website:
For more information, please email the current HYVÄT chair Tommi Mäklin (contact information at University of Helsinki’s website: https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/persons/tommi-m%C3%A4klin)