Physical and psychosocial work environment

Decision August 21, 2001, Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy, Uppsala University.

The postgraduate programs committee for the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy has, in consultation with the Medicine and Pharmacy Postgraduate Students’ Councils, formulated this action program for doctoral students with psychosocial or physically-related work problems to support primarily doctoral students and supervisors in an effort to avoid serious work-related problems as far as is possible.

Available contact persons/equivalent for doctoral students

  1. Postgraduate coordinator at the doctoral student’s department.
  2. Director of studies for the postgraduate program at the department
  3. The coordinator for postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Pharmacy (Professor Mats Larhed), director of studies for the postgraduate program, clinical subjects, Faculty of Medicine (Professor Sten Rubertsson), director of studies for the postgraduate program, preclinical subjects, Faculty of Medicine (Professor Staffan Johansson), coordinator for postgraduate courses (Professor Ulf Eriksson)
  4. Chairperson of the department
  5. Members of the postgraduate programs committee at the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy
  6. Chair of the Postgraduate Students’ Council (Medicine) and chair of the Postgraduate Students Council (Pharmacy)
  7. Uppsala University’s occupational health service, Länshälsan Uppsala AB
  8. Doctoral student ombudsman at Uppsala Student Union

Doctoral candidates and/or supervisors should usually turn to someone on the list whom they trust and who is aware of the conditions, so that problems can be solved quickly and constructively.

At the annual follow-up of postgraduate studies, doctoral candidates and supervisors must review how work is progressing, for example in the form of a performance review.

The postgraduate programs committee also recommends that doctoral students engage an external mentor as a partner and that experienced researchers volunteer as mentors for doctoral students within and outside Uppsala University. The postgraduate programs committee presumes that new supervisors will attend the supervisor training programs that are held regularly.