This will be a quick one!
As of Jan 1, 2015, the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo has a new Dean and Faculty Board. I ran – for the first time in my career! – for faculty board as representative for fixed-term (academic) staff and was elected 1. vice representative, that means: I’m ‘on duty’ when the elected representative cannot partake in the official meetings and take a vote. Although the election period for the dean and faculty board is four years, the fixed-term staff and student representatives only sit for one year. I’m very much looking forward to working with the new faculty board – be it as an observer or (occasionally) acting representative –, and already had the pleasure of doing so at the first official meeting of the board on Feb 27, 2015.
Since I am the only Ph.D. fellow on the board, I am automatically one of the appointed representatives at the Ph.D. programme board at the Faculty of Humanities. The Ph.D. programme board is headed by the vice dean for research and consists of the heads of research of the seven departments at the faculty and two Ph.D. representatives. It’s in charge of the Faculty’s joint Ph.D. programme, the mandatory seminars and the training and career building components. Unfortunately, the Ph.D. programme board only meets a couple of times during the academic year, however, I aim for representing my peer group and their needs, wants, and suggestions for improvement as good and as considerate as possible!