Doctoral Researchers’ Section

Community for all doctoral researchers at the University of Oulu

The Doctoral Researchers’ Section (DRS) is a community for all doctoral researchers at the University of Oulu. It is run for doctoral researchers by doctoral researchers. DRS was established in autumn 2013 to provide a network of peer support and advocacy for doctoral researchers.

The DRS is the official voice of the doctoral researchers across disciplines, promoting high quality doctoral studies and inspiring academic experiences. It also offers opportunities for networking with peers across disciplines. All doctoral researchers are in – no sign-up is needed! 

The section uses English as its working language. You do not need to be a member of OYY to join the activities of DRS. However, if you wish to be appointed as a representative in the administrative organs, or to work as the section chair or vice chair, the OYY membership is required. You can check the Membership pages to find out what benefits OYY offers for doctoral researchers and how much the membership fee is.

Meeting materials and documents

Join the DRS Teams workspace to find our meeting materials. DRS Teams can also be used for contacting us and other doctoral researchers. Log in with your University account to gain access.

The Doctoral Researchers’ Section gathers approximately once in 1-2 months to discuss doctoral students’ points of view concerning the development of doctoral training. The task of the student representatives is to take doctoral students’ proposals and opinions forward. The Section also organizes events for doctoral researchers, such as afterwork events, peer support seminars and workshops.

Join the DRS Teams workspace to find our meeting materials and dates.

 

The Section watches over University decision-making and doctoral training practices, proactively advocates doctoral students’ interests and well-being, and promotes doctoral students’ awareness of their rights and their ways of influencing University decision-making. DRS nominates the representatives of doctoral researchers for the administrative organs, and the Board of the Student Union makes the nominations.

DRS meetings and events serve as central forums for sharing topical issues and questions. You can contact the Chair of DRS or the committee representatives if you have a question or a concern about doctoral studies and research, or if you have a topic that you would like to be discussed in the meetings.

What does it mean to be a committee member?

Working as a committee member involves familiarizing yourself in how academic decision-making functions and cooperating with other committee members and other stakeholders. Your main task as a representative of doctoral researchers is to make sure that decisions are made on equal grounds, and to advocate for change when needed. Depending on the committee there are meetings roughly once a month. You will get the meeting materials beforehand so you will have time to go through the agenda and discuss the topics with the other representatives in the committee. You can also raise topics for discussion in the committee, for example by contacting the coordinators.

Making it visible what you have learnt during the committee work:

If you want more information about the committee work, please contact the Academic Affairs specialist of OYY (kopoasiantuntija @oyy.fi). You can also contact the current representatives or the DRS Chair for further details (see below). Please note that you need to be a member of OYY to be eligible for the representative positions.

Check open positions and current representatives here.

 

DRS representatives in the UniOGS committees 

UniOGS Management Group:

The chair of DRS is the member of the UniOGS Management Group. The task of the UniOGS Management Group is to support the Dean of UniOGS in leading and developing doctoral training and implementing the strategy of the University. The Management Group discusses e.g. the development of doctoral training processes, admission times and admission criteria and the amount of travel grants. 

Doctoral Training Committees

The decisions of the Committees have a significant impact in the lives of doctoral researchers. The Doctoral Training Committees direct, develop and evaluate the activities of the doctoral degree programs in the specific fields of the Committee. The Committees e.g. assess admission applications, doctoral training plans and final PhD theses. Additionally, the Committees are also responsible for organizing field-specific doctoral training. The Committees gather approximately once a month.

DRS representatives elsewhere in the University Administration

Research Council

The Research Council supports the University Board of Directors, Management Group and the Rector in advancing scientific research at the University. The Council also makes proposals about policies of research and evaluates the quality of research on University level. The Council discusses e.g. new scientific directions, doctoral training, recruitment, ethical principles of research and quality assurance of research.

Education Council

The Education Council supports the University Board of Directors and the Rector in advancing education, provides initiatives regarding education policy as well as initiatives for developing teaching, and evaluates the quality of University education. The chairperson of the Education Council is the Vice Rector of Education

6/2022

Biotechnology engineer and a Master of biochemistry and protein science Prateek Singh is the guest speaker of Doctoral Researchers’ Section (DRS) on 13th of June at 3 p.m. The event is open for every one and is held in English. More info here.

Prateek Singh vierailevana puhujana väitöstutkijoiden jaostossa 13.6.

5/2022

Doctoral Researcher Section DRS has a guest speaker Dr Guido Giunti on the 20th of May 15:00 EET (Finland Time Zone). The event is open for every one and is held in English. More info here (https://www.oyy.fi/guest-speaker-dr-guido-giunti-at-doctoral-reseachers-section-on-20th-may/?lang=en )

4/2022

We are looking for two doctoral researcher representatives from field of ITEE and two doctoral researcher representatives from fields of technology and natural sciences for the rest of the year 2022. See details on halloped work here and apply here by the 30th of April.

 

11.4.2022

Dear doctoral researcher, Welcome to the meeting of the Doctoral Researchers’ Section (DRS)!
The section meets once a month and the meetings are open to all dissertation researchers.  The meeting will discuss current issues that have arisen in the various institutions, but it is also a place where issues that should be promoted can be raised.  The role of the section is to act both as a network and support for doctoral researchers and as a trustee.  Among other things, the section has taken forward the title issue of the doctoral researcher and the employment contract issue of grant researchers.  At the forthcoming meeting, we will discuss the results of the survey we sent you, your wishes regarding the functioning of the section and the challenges you have come to mind.  In addition, we will tell you about the renewal of the old logo.
Warm welcome!
DRS 2022
Link to meeting:
Link to agenda:

29.3.2022

Hello Doctoral Researchers!
We need you to voice your opinions for the new DRS Logo and other issues for the DRS Section.
Please click the following link and answer the polls. This will help us improve and enhance activities for YOU.
Please answer until 10th of April. 
Thank you,
Atiqul Mazumder, Saranya Muthusamy & Sari Pramila-Savukoski

25.3.2022

Dear doctoral researcher!
You are cordially invited to give your valuable opinion by participating the upcoming Doctoral Researchers’ Section (DRS) meeting to be held on 25th March 2022 at 13:00 EET (Finland Time Zone) in DRS Teams space.
Tap on the link below or copy-paste the link in a browser to join DRS 03_2022 Meeting:
Please, DONOT forget to join the Teams space with your University credentials and get access to the DRS files and folders!
What: DRS meeting 03/2022
When: 25th March 2022 Friday at 13:00 EET (Eastern European Time) = Finland Time Zone = UTC/GMT+2
Where: DRS Teams

28.2.2022

Dear doctoral researcher!

You are cordially invited to give your valuable opinion by participating the upcoming Doctoral Researchers’ Section (DRS) meeting to be held on 28th February 2022 at 13:00 EET (Finland Time Zone) in DRS Teams space.

Link to the meeting:

 Click here to join the meeting

What: DRS meeting 02/2022

When: 28th February 2022 Monday at 13:00 EET (Eastern European Time) = Finland Time Zone = UTC/GMT+2

Where: DRS Teams

 

31.1.2022

Dear doctoral researchers,

Welcome you all to our Doctoral Researchers Section, DRS meeting to be held on 31st January 2021 at 13:00 in DRS Teams space, link to the meeting:  

 Click here to join the meeting

Please, don’t forget to join the Teams space with your University credentials and get access to the DRS files and folders!

What: DRS meeting 01/2022

When: 31st January 2022 Monday at 13:00  

Where: DRS Teams 

Click here to see the meeting agenda

We hope to see many of you!

 

Best regards,

Atiqul Mazumder
Chair, DRS 2022

Saranya Muthusamy
Vice-Chair, DRS 2022

12.1.2022

New doctoral research representatives have been appointed for the year 2022. The appointed doc. researchers are:

  • UniOGS management group: Atiqul Haq Mazumder (member) and Muthusamy Saranya (deputy)
  • Doctoral Training Committee of Health and Biosciences: Atiqul Haq Mazumder (member) and Sari Pramila-Savukoski (member)
  • Doctoral Training Committee of Human Sciences: Tanja Riekkinen (member), Jarkko Impola (member), Sofia Pihlaja (deputy) and Eija Vuorenmaa (deputy)
  • Research Council: Sari Pramila-Savukoski (member)

Contact information of the representatives

To keep yourself up-to-date on our events and current topics, follow us in social media, join our Teams space (log in with your University account to gain access). We also send emails on our main events and meetings via UniOGS email list.

 If you have comments or questions, send us an email or contact us via social media.

  • Follow us in Facebook
  • Join the Facebook group
  • WhatsApp group: send email to the DRS chair to join our WhatsApp group.

You can contact us also via email (firstname.lastname AT oulu.fi)

Atiqul Haq Mazumder
DRS Chair 2022
atiqul.mazumder[at]oulu.fi, +358456943323

Muthusamy Saranya
DRS Vice-Chair 2022
muthusamy.saranya[at]oulu.fi, +358451723910

For information and contact details of current DRS representatives in the university administration, see the section on DRS Advocacy work.

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