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Teaching and supervision for doctoral research fellows with a 3-year employment contract

Doctoral research fellows with a 3-year employment contract have the opportunity to extend their employment by up to one year for completed required duties in the form of teaching and supervision. Such work must be carried out during the employment period, and the contract will be extended once per semester after the work is completed. Based on the general requirements for doctoral research fellows at the Faculty of Law, research fellows can perform up to 560 hours of teaching or supervision in order to achieve a 1-year extension. The extension can also be shorter, depending on the total number of hours.  

Procedure for teaching

1. Doctoral research fellows who believe they have the expertise to teach the faculty’s subjects should contact the department. If the department believes that the research fellow has the capacity to teach and that the teaching will not affect the progress of their thesis work, the department will recommend the research fellow to the head lecturer.

2. The head lecturer will consider:

a) the doctoral research fellow’s expertise in the subject
b) the need for teaching in the subject
c) the desirability of the doctoral research fellow to teach the subject

3. If the head lecturer deems that the research fellow should teach the subject, the lecturer or the department will notify the relevant course planner at the Student and Academic Affairs Section the semester before teaching is due to start. The Dean of Research and the department's PMR (Programme Council for Master in Law) member will also be informed.

4. The course planner registers the teaching – the subject and number of hours – in AURA.

5. The Personnel Officer at the Administration Section receives updated information from AURA once per semester and extends the doctoral research fellow’s employment period according to the teaching carried out.

Procedure for supervision

1. Doctoral research fellows who believe they have the competence to supervise students in writing their Master’s dissertation should contact the department. If the department believes that the research fellow has the capacity to teach, and that the teaching will not affect the progress of their thesis work, the department will recommend the research fellow to the Thesis Coordinator in the relevant subject area.

2. The Thesis Coordinator will assess the doctoral research fellow’s competence with a view to supervision within the subject area.

3. If the Thesis Coordinator deems that the doctoral research fellow has competence to provide supervision, the Coordinator or the department will notify the relevant supervision planner at the Examinations Section during the semester before supervision is due to take place. The Dean of Research and the head of 5th year studies will also be informed.

4. The supervision planner registers the supervision – the subject and number of hours – in AURA.

5. The Personnel Officer at the Administration Section receives updated information from AURA once per semester, and extends the research fellow’s employment period in accordance with the supervision performed.


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The procedure was approved by the Dean on 5 September 2014 and revised in spring 2015.

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Published Oct. 8, 2015 2:35 PM - Last modified Feb. 7, 2017 11:24 AM