Coordinating academic of a doctoral candidate

According to the general guidelines for academic supervision at the University of Helsinki, all doctoral students will be assigned supervisor or supervisors and a coordinating academic. The coordinating academic is a professor of the student’s home faculty or a docent employed by the faculty with good knowledge of the requirements and practices of Doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki.

The coordinating academic’s duties do not include actual supervision responsibilities, but one of the supervisors may be assigned to be the coordinating academic, if they fulfill the above-mentioned criteria. The coordinating academic will be appointed at the same time as the supervisors.

At the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry professors and associate professors may act as the coordinating academic for a doctoral student.

Duties of the coordinating academic:

  • Signs the application to pursue a doctoral degree in UH
  • When submitting the thesis to the Faculty for pre-examination she/he proposes the pre-examiners, and later on the opponent, the custos, and other members of the grading committee (if needed)
  • Checks the plagiarism report (Ouriginal) of the thesis
  • Accepts the study modules in the doctoral study module registration form in case no other responsible person (doctoral education planning officer of the doctoral programme) has been nominated to do this

On the page Instructions for teaching -service you can find more about the role of a coordinating academic.