Organisational and social work environment

This seminar is a part of the Development programme for doctoral students and is aimed at all supervisors participating in the programme.

This seminar aims at providing supervisors with a basic understanding of the University's work environment efforts as well as the supervisors' role in ensuring a good organisational and social work environment for the doctoral students they work with.

Seminar content

Umeå University's work environment policy states that the University "should be a workplace that is characterised by respect for and trust in the individual, as well as being a safe and stimulating environment for staff and students. The overall goal of the University's health and safety work is to, with a good margin, meet the requirements of the legislation. The work environment efforts must provide a basis for a positive working climate and a good work and study environment. Work environment efforts must be based on trust in the individual and done in collaboration between employer and employee" (Kellerth, 1999).

The seminar consists of a combination of introductory lectures and discussions, in which the following issues will be discussed:

  • What is the current regulatory framework?
  • Who is responsible for organisational and social work environment at different levels?
  • What role and obligations do supervisors have when it comes to the doctoral students' organisational and social work environment?
  • What support is available for supervisors in situations where doctoral students have work environment-related problems?
  • And what is the role and function of the occupational health care services, Feelgood?

The seminar is organised by the Office for Human Resources and is part of a development programme for doctoral education at Umeå University, which aims, among other things, to better support admitted doctoral students to complete their doctoral education and lay a foundation for a long and sustainable working life in a competitive academic environment.

for more information, please contact

Mattias Jacobsson
+46 90-786 61 47

Interested in participating?

Submit an expression of interest to participate in the next round of the Development programme for doctoral students. Preliminary start in spring 2020.

To the application form

Mattias Jacobsson