Head of department

Head of department 

  • has personnel administrative responsability for the department's supervisors and candidates employed at NIH;
  • must transfer the personnel administrative responsability to the head of another department when she/he is supervisor for a doctoral candidate;
  • will make sure that procedures and routines relevant for the doctorate student are carried out according to plans and preconditions;
  • proposes expert committee for review of applications for the PhD programme. If the candidate is employed before enrollment, the proposal shall be submitted at the start of the employment contract;
  • proposes evaluation committee in order for this to be appointed when the candidate submits the thesis. There are specific requirements for the composition and academic competence for both expert and evaluation committee, see Guidelines;
  • sets the date for public defense, after discussions with evaluation committee, the rectorate and the candidate;
  • will oversee that the relationship between candiate and supervisor works according to intentions and uncover those relationships not working well;
  • will oversee that candidate and supervisor report according to guidelines;
  • must follow up on the annual reporting and uncover lack of/delayed progress;
  • must try to find solutions in case of unforeseen delays for doctorate students.