As new deputy head of research at the Department of Clinical Science, will research education be something I focus on. The past years, the number of PhD thesis defences at the Faculty for Medicine has declined. While it was 98 and 97 defences in 2015 and 2016, respectively, it was only 82 in 2017. At the same time, the number of candidates taken up into the PhD programme has been quite stable between 90 and 100 per year. The numbers for the Department of Clinical Science are following a similar pattern. The number of defences has decreased from 31 in 2015 to 19 in 2017, while around 30 new PhD fellows have been taken up per year. Therefore, the leader group will give more attention to having PhD candidates finalizing their thesis and try to arrange as good as possible for this to happen. All PhD candidates and supervisors are encouraged to take contact if they encounter any problems.
In the last round of PhD positions from the Medical Faculty, the Department of Clinical Science was very successful with up to 16 new PhD candidates. That is very good news! Most of them have gotten a 4 years position with 25% obligatory duty work. As the head of research at the time, Roland Jonsson, wrote already in 2014, this is a great asset for the institute. In order to get a fair distribution of the obligatory duty work, all PhD candidates financed from the university will be contacted during the next weeks for a short meeting regarding planning of the obligatory duty work, together with representatives from the leader group, main supervisor and PhD coordinator Irene Hjelmaas.