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

The DSS 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 working language. You do not need to be a member of OYY to join the DSS activities. 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 DSS Teams workspace to find our meeting materials. DSS teams can also be used for contacting us and other doctoral researchers. Log in with your University account to gain access.

The Doctoral Students’ 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 students, such as afterwork events, peer support seminars and workshops.

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. DSS nominates the representatives of doctoral researchers for the administrative organs, and the Board of the Student Union makes the nominations. 

DSS meetings and events serve as central forums for sharing topical issues and questions. You can contact the Chair of DSS or the committee representatives if you have a question or a concern about doctoral studies and research, or if 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 doing cooperation 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:

For more information about the committee work, see student Unions’ resources for representative work in the administrative organs: Administration Guide. You can also contact the current representatives or the DSS 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 apply via halloped.fi 


DSS representatives in the UniOGS committees 

UniOGS Management group:

The chair of DSS 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. 

Education group of UniOGS

The task of the Education Group is to evaluate and develop the general and transferrable skills courses and field-specific training at the University of Oulu. The Education groups discusses e.g. how to improve the courses of UniOGS according to feedback and what kind of new courses UniOGS could offer.

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.

DSS 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

Workshop: The Future of Doctoral Education 

DSS (Doctoral Students’ Section) organises an online workshop on the 9th of November on Developing practices of Doctoral Training in collaboration with UniOGS. The event will be organised only as an online event contrary to the preliminary information. Please register to receive the Zoom link for the workshop.

We welcome all stakeholders to the discussions: doctoral researchers, supervisors, UniOGS personnel and management group as well as other relevant stakeholders. The workshop will provide a platform to share and collect concerns and ideas on how to avoid unnecessary delays in doctoral studies, and how to support timely graduation.


Programme and speakers

14:00 Opening the workshop (Riikka Tumelius, DSS Chair)

  • Tapio Koivu, Vice-Rector for Education, University of Oulu
  • Pertti Tikkanen, Planning Director, Unit for Strategy and Science Policy 
  • Jouko Miettunen, Vice-Dean, UniOGS

15:00 Workshop discussions 

Key results of the UniOGS’ survey to doctoral researchers

  • Coordinator Maisa Niemelä, UniOGS

Work in small groups

  • Collecting ideas and concerns from all participants. there will be small groups both in English and in Finnish.

DSS will prepare a report on the results of the workshop for the use of UniOGS and the university to develop doctoral training.

To keep yourself up-to-date on our events and current topics, follow us in social media, join our Teams space DSS Teams (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 a question, a comment or a question, send us email or contact us via social media.

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

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

Riikka Tumelius
DSS chair 2020 

Namrata Baruah
DSS vice-chair 2020

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

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