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Overview

• PhD representatives

• Student Unions

• Housing

• Healthcare and sports

• Nations

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Your representatives

Department

– Angeliki Adamaki (Geofisik)

– Kristina Conrady (Luval)

– Georgiana Maries (Geofysik)

Faculty

– Angeliki Adamaki (Geofisik)

– Kristina Konrady (Luval)

– Georgiana Maries (Geofysik)

Arbetsmiljögruppen (Work environment group) – vacant

Jämställdhetsgruppen (Equal opportunities group) – Audrey Campeau (LUVAL)

Rekryteringsgrupen (Recruitment group)

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PhD representation

Department Level Faculty Level University Level Union Level University Level

PhD Council Equal Opportunities Group

Recruitment Group

Work Environment Group

PhD Council (TNDR) → Faculty Board, Recruitment committee, Research Education Board etc...

You are here PhD Students Board (DN)

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Student representatives at Faculty &

Departments

• Elected every year by all PhD-students in the department

• PhD-representatives homepage:

http://www.geo.uu.se/education/phd-studies/phd-council

• Representing PhD-students at monthly board meetings

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Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga doktorandrådet

(TNDR)

• TNDR is the PhD students’ council of the faculty of science and technology (http://www2.teknat.uu.se/tndr/)

• Representatives from each department to TNDR are elected every year.

• Takes care of the rights and concerns of PhD students.

• Organizing social events (fika, PhD student afterwork, doktorandgasque, pub crawls, etc.)

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Student Union(s)

• Elected by students, political student parties

• Representing students in University

• Questions e.g.

– Housing

– Study loans

– UpUnet-S

– Etc.

Uppsala Student Union Phone: 018-480 31 00 Fax: 018-480 31 29 E-mail: reception@us.uu.se Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Address: Uppsala studentkår Övre slottsgatan 7 753 10 Uppsala

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Student Unions

• The situation as of July 1, 2010:

– The Swedish government has abolished compulsory student union membership. Membership is voluntary.

– Currently there are four student unions

(http://www.uu.se/en/admissions/student-life/student_unions/)

• Uppsala Student Union (will serve as union until 2014)

• Pharmaceutical Student Association

• Uppsala Union on Engineering and Science Students

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Student Union – PhD Committee

Who you can address in case of trouble

• PhD-committee

– Supervision

– Career options for PhDs

– Secure forms of employment

– Equality in the work place, i.e. the university

• PhD-ombudsman

– Problems with supervisor

– Problem with faculty or department

– Student- och doktorandombud | Student Ombudsman

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Student Housing

• There is a shortage of housing in Uppsala, so a waiting period should be expected!

• Uppsala generally uses a Queue/Waiting List system – you must sign in to a website and begin accumulating “waiting list days”. One then applies for specific

apartments/rooms, and the person with the highest number of waiting list days is granted the

apartment/room.

• Generally, the accommodation is of high quality with strict rules about cleanliness when previous tenants leave. You can accept an apartment/room without

viewing it first, because it is guaranteed to be clean and well maintained.

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Student Housing

• Check this website to get more information about housing:

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Student Housing

• To find accommodation:

– Heimstaden: No queue system, with rooms becoming available often. www.heimstaden.com

– Studentstaden: Queue system specializing in student housing. www.studentstaden.se

– Lilla Sunnersta: Newly build housing area 6km from town center with a queue system.

http://www.uaf.uu.se/index.php?pageId=29

– Uppsalahem: Queue system for Uppsala. http://www.uppsalahem.se/

– Student Nations: Check your nation for

accommodation. Fixed dates and registering required.

– Studentboet. A list of second hand rentals organized by the Student Union. http://www.studentboet.se

– Other accommodation websites advertizing rentals: www.blocket.se, www.studentlya.nu, www.casaswap.com, www.unt.se

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Housing

Buying an apartment!?

• If you know you will be in Uppsala for a few

years then buying a flat could be an option for you.

• It is possible for many PhD students to be elligable for a mortgage, depending on your circumstances.

• Can be a way to secure hassle free, perminant accommodation for your time in Uppsala.

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Housing

Buying an apartment!?

• What to do if you want to buy a house

1. Talk to your bank to see if they will grant you a loan guarentee.

2. Find a house/apartment you would like to buy (http://www.hemnet.se/) and investigate by attending a viewing.

3. Put in a bid on that apartment.

4. If you win the bidding process you can then meet with the bank and house/apartment owners to finalise all the agreements.

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Student Health and Sports

• Uppsala Studenthälsan – provides two services: Health Care and Exercise and Sports

Health Care is in addition to the public health care system – you can make an

appointment with a doctor, nurse, psychologist, or counselor. Studentkår membership and a receipt of payment of student fees are required.

• Check out the courses and workshops that Uppsala Studenthälsan is organizing (e.g. stress handling, concentration building, etc.)!

Feelgood is the official health-care organization for the university employees: http://www.feelgood.se/hem/

The Student Health Center is located at Övre Slottsgatan 7, 2nd floor. Telephone: 15 50 50

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Student Health and Sports

• Uppsala Studenthälsan has two sports centers: Campus 1477 Science Park and

Blåsenhus.

• They both offer aerobics, gym equipment, spinning, climbing and ball sports

• There is a membership fee to use the gyms. The

department supports sports activities financially.

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Other exercise opportunities

• There are many other non-university gyms and pools in Uppsala, including

– Actic (http://www.actic.se)

– Fyrishov (http://www.fyrishov.se)

– SATS (http://www.sats.se)

– Friskis & Svettis (http://www.uppsala.friskissvettis.se/)

• Most of these places offer student discounts on membership fees

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Social life and Student Nations

• There are 13 student nations, dating back to 17th century, forming

part of a long tradition.

• Each one is connected to a region of Sweden, however you can join any nation. You can participate in the activities of all nations once you’ve joined one.

• The cost is about 200 SEK per term, in addition to the union fee

• You can get brief info on each nation from here:

http://uppsalastudent.com/page/ nations

http://www.nationsguiden.se/

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Why join a nation?

Okay, so you want to join a nation. Here is what you get out of it:

• Your student ID card (kårleg) – needed to get into pubs, discounts when with e.g. SJ and SAS

• You can also obtain the student ID card for free if you join the Student Union

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Why join a Nation

Housing – most Nations offer housing with you can apply to (more on housing later)

Grants and scholarships – you can apply for various funding opportunities, for example to travel to a conference or do field work (more later)

Studying facilities, such as libraries, study rooms, computer facilities, etc.

Part-time employment is available at the pubs and restaurants

Different social, arts and sports activities. Clubs for any interest – orchestras, choirs, photography, wine-tasting, theatre, culture, dance, music, theology, etc.

Pubs, restaurants, cafés, and nightclubs (you MUST be a

member to get into most of these). International clubs with events organized for those students coming from abroad

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Social Life in Uppsala

• For international students especially, it can take time to build up a social network in

Uppsala

• There are many ways to meet new people in Uppsala, especially through the student

nations, as already discussed

• Take up a hobby, find some activity to meet people, go out and see what’s around you…

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Valborg

• 30 april

• Champagne breakfast

• Boat race on the river

• Drink beer in the park at Ekonomikum

• Pointless hat-waving

• Champagnegalopp

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Social Life in Uppsala

• Ways to meet people in our department include:

– T.G.I.F. (Friday pub held on a roughly monthly basis)

– the Christmas and Spring parties

– PhD students activities (organized by yours truly)

– Geologiska Sektionen

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Working environment

• The department strives to achieve a fair,

comfortable and discrimination-free working environment

• If you have problems in your workplace,

please feel free to contact any one of us for assistance

• You should keep your working hours to

approximately 40 hours per week, keep track of what you spend time on, esp. when it

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Any questions?

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