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Information from the new board

At the Doctoral Student Union (DSU) annual meeting, held 2017-01-27, a new board was elected. The new board consists of: Alberto Chrysoulakis (Faculty of Health and Society, HS), Alexander Engström (HS), Therese Lindgren (Faculty of Education and Society, LS), and Camilla Safrankova (LS). Marie Appelgren (HS) and Adrian Lundberg (LS) continue as board members, Marie as the Collegium Coordinator and Adrian as the Treasurer. As President, Alexander was elected, replacing Ida Runge. Camilla was elected as the Vice President, Alberto as the Communications Officer, and Therese as board member.

The new board will continue the work of the former, to monitor and strive to improve postgraduate education at Malmö University. Issues earlier raised include, for instance, ones regarding a “Doktorandombudsman”, questions of AKL- and Doctoral courses, as well as questions of lacking internationalization (e.g. language issues).

One central goal is to involve as many PhD students as possible in our work regarding their education, workplace environment, resources, etc. Through our collective organizing and your experiences we can strive to improve our education and work situation. An especially important matter in the upcoming transition to a University status.

Furthermore, if you as a PhD student at Malmö University want the opportunity not only to improve the quality of education and work environment for doctoral students, but also gain meritorious experience via insights into senior decision-making bodies in the University, do not hesitate to contact us. There are still vacant positions at local faculty boards (Fakultetsstyrelser), Boards of Research (Forskningsnämnder), and Faculty councils (Fakultetsråd/ Doktorandkollegier). This will not only give you insight where most employees do not have access, it is also paid work in the form of extension of your PhD time (see Decision Ref. no. 68-2013/106 in English, or Beslut Dnr Mahr 68-2013/106 in Swedish, for more details).

Do not forget to become a DSU member today! The fee is 120 SEK/semester (click on “Membership” for more information)!

Also, like us on Facebook (Doctoral Student Union Malmö) and follow us on Twitter (@DSU_MalmoU) for more continuous updates of our work.

We would like to thank the prior board for their work, from which we will draw experiences and inspiration for the upcoming task of improving the situation for all us PhD candidates.

Annual Meeting

To all PhD candidates at Malmö högskola

All PhDs are invited to the Doctoral Student Union breakfast and annual meeting this FridayJanuary 27th 2017, between 09:00-11:00

Our annual meeting would follow the breakfast event where the DSU board will present its Annual Report for 2016 and afterwards all members are invited to elect a new board for 2017. The meeting will be held in the K3 Studio on the 5th floor of the Niagara building, right beside the C-elevator (there will be a sign on the door).

The DSU will provide breakfast and an opportunity to mingle with PhD colleagues, to ask questions about the transition to University status and any particular issues regarding doctoral life that you would like to bring up.

Please note that the DSU is still seeking nominations for the 2017 Board! 

This is an opportunity for you PhDs who are interested in improving the quality of your PhD education and would like to have a voice on important issues related to your work and research. You are welcome to submit your nominations at indicating contact details (name, email, phone number, faculty and department). 

Working for the DSU provides an opportunity to engage with

the senior decision-making bodies in the University, and as such can be a very good and meritorious experience for those wishing to pursue further careers in academia.

All positions relating to the DSU Board are paid by Malmö University – in other words, your PhD will be extended by the amount of time you work on the Board.

Meeting Agenda, annual meeting 27 Jan 2017

1. Annual report from the current DSU board

2. Discharge for the current DSU board

3. Election of new DSU Board and electing a president for the Board!

4. Election of a nomination committee for 2017

5. Statutes for 2017 (the Statutes are at the website, and if you want to suggest a change to any of these at the meeting, please look at them)

6. Membership fees for 2017

Members are invited to send in other points to discuss at the annual meeting, please send any requests to 

All the best,

Doctoral Student Union Board Members

Barry O’Brien (PhD Career Link) shares some of the tools he uses when coaching PhDs during their transition from academia to industry


As part of the recent DSU-SULF PhD day, there was a presentation and discussion given by Barry O’Brien from PhD Career Link, during which he shared some of the tools he uses when coaching PhDs during their transition from academia to industry. Barry has helpfully provided us with the slides from his talk (which deal particularly with developing one’s LindedIn profile), as well as an introduction to useful links for PhDs looking to make this transition from academia to industry, and we are sharing Barry’s links and explanations here.


So on my site there is a tool – – you can upload your CV and also upload a job advert beside it, which will test how suitable your CV is matched compared to a job advert. This is important when trying to submit successful online applications via Applicant Tracking Systems.

CV advice –

These resources are great for people who ask – “What is that job title about?” or

This is an amazing tool that I use with clients to help them understand their transferable skills and describe what they did during their PhD:

Final thing – This is a link to our next free PhD Career Link Meetup in Stockholm on Sept 29th – limited places but sometime we also have them in other places in Sweden if other people want to run them –

Barry O’Brien – Founder
00 46 (0)7350 68683


Twitter: @phdcareerlink

Some good news from Forskarservice. If you are running out of travel budget, this might just solve your problem!

Forskarservice is announcing two travel grants each worth 25000 SEK for students with thesis work in sustainable urban development:

The grants are intended to fund the stay abroad, primarily for research or course work and secondly conference participation.

The application should be sent in as a PDF document addressed to ‘Stiftelsen för främjandet av Malmö högskolas utveckling’, then send an email to

Application deadline is August 15, 2016.

Två resestipendier à 25 000 kronor utlyses för doktorander med avhandlingsarbete inom hållbar stadsutveckling i bred bemärkelse

Stipendierna är avsedda att bekosta utlandsvistelse för i första hand forskning eller kursläsning och i andra hand konferensdeltagande.

Ansökan samlas i ett PDF-dokument, ställs till och skickas till Registrator vid Malmö högskola:

Sista ansökningsdag är den 15 augusti 2016.