In addition to supervisors, each new doctoral student will be assigned a coordinating academic (called also responsible professor or resonsible person). 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. The responsible person will be appointed at the same time as the supervisors. On the Instructions for teaching -service there is more about the role of a coordinating academic.
In the Faculty of Pharmacy, professors and associate professors may act as the responsible professor for a doctoral student.