Doktorandbarometern 2019 will be sent out on 6 May via email to all active doctoral students at Linnaeus University, roughly 300 in number. The council for education and learning is responsible for the content and implementation of Doktorandbarometern and the study is carried out every third year as part of Linnaeus University’s systematic quality-assurance work. The results then form the basis for identifying areas of development and proposals for measures.
“It is important that we establish a routine for how we carry out follow-ups of our education on third-cycle level and Doktorandbarometern is an important part in this work. The work method with Doktorandbarometern worked well last time and it was clear to all involved parties what needed to be prioritised in the work at the faculties and within each respective third-cycle education environment”, says Niklas Ammert, deputy vice-chancellor and chairman of the Council for Education and Learning.
In the follow-up work for Doktorandbarometern 2016 four prioritised areas of development were lifted. With these areas as a basis, the faculties then worked out action plans for which follow-ups have been carried out in the education dialogue. Through Doktorandbarometern 2019, we now have the opportunity to get our doctoral students’ perspectives on these action plans.
Aim and content
The overall aim of the study is to get a picture of what our doctoral students’ everyday life look like at Linnaeus University, which, among other things, include questions concerning admission and introduction, supervision, third-cycle courses, departmental duties, work situation, and the third-cycle studies environment, but also what our doctoral students think about their future careers, the labour market, and Linnaeus University as a place of work and university. This year’s Doktorandbarometer is designed in the same way as before but following a review by the newly-established third-cycle education committee it has been strengthened with a few additional questions.
Implementation and anonymity
In order to avoid risking that answers can be linked to individuals, the questionnaire is anonymous. In the written presentation, the results will be broken down and structured in a way that ensures that anonymity is maintained also for third-cycle subjects with few doctoral students.
A high response rate is important, not least since many environments are small, in order for it to be possible to present the results on subject level and to make the study reliable and useful. Therefore, we hope that as many doctoral students as possible take the time to answer the questions!
If you have any questions concerning Doktorandbarometern 2019, you are welcome to contact Tony Wågman, executive office, tony.wagman_AT_lnu.se