920001J - Introduction to Doctoral Training (1 ECTS credit)

                           920001J - Introduction to Doctoral Training (1 ECTS credit)

                                                                       Dates and times:     Thursday 18th October and Friday 19th October, 2018

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Programme – Day One

Obligatory attendance for all

Lecture Hall L2, Linnanmaa

Thursday 18th October



Session 1 – Starting up


08.30 – 08.40

Opening remarks

Anthony Heape

08.40 – 08.50

Dean’s welcome – Who we are, what we do, and where we are going

Harri Oinas-Kukkonen

08.50 – 09.20

The name of the game – Key players, their roles and goals

Karita Saravesi

09.20 – 09.40

The DSS: influencing the development of the graduate school

Pauli Väisänen, Doctoral Students’ Section [DSS] of the Student Union

09.40 – 10.00

Been there, done that (part one) – How things are working out for me

Henri Pauna (Technology & Natural Sciences)





Session 2 - Cruising


10.30 – 11.00

The game plan – Rules of play

Niina Timosaari

11.00 – 11.30

Funding and mobility – Money talks

Anthony Heape


Lunch break


12.45 – 13.15

The importance of scientific communication – Spreading the news and reaping the benefits

Ville Wittenberg (University Communications Services)

13.15 – 13.35

Been there, done that (part two) – Stop, focus

Krista Juurikka (Health & Biosciences)

13.35  – 14.15

The Doctoral Programmes of UniOGS

Mirja Peltola, Riitta Kamula, Mirjami Jutila & Janne Kurtakko


Break (Coffee/Tea provided by UniOGS)



Session 3 – Keeping up with what’s next


14.45 – 15.15

Time management and motivation – Getting it together, keeping it together

Lilli Huttula

15.15 – 15.35

Been there, done that (part 3) – Time to move on

Héctor Pijeira Díaz (Human Sciences)

15.35 – 16.25

Group Discussions –  Life after graduation: planning, spotting and seizing opportunity

UniOGS Coordinators

16.25 – 16.30

Closing words for the first day

Anthony Heape

Programme – Day Two

Attendance is strongly recommended (but not obligatory) for all, and particularly for all those who have recently arrived in Oulu University

Lecture Hall L2, Linnanmaa

Friday 19th October




Session 4 – Communities & essential apps


08.30 – 09.00

Oodi and other tools

Anthony Heape 

09.00 – 09.30

Exploiting the multidisciplinary environment in Oulu

Teemu Pennanen

09.30 – 09.50

Been there, done that (part 4) – Working over boundaries

Muhammad Arif (Information Technology & Electrical Engineering)






10.20 – 10.50

IT services

Reijo Rasinkangas


10.50 – 11.10

Library and publishing services

Ursula Heinikoski & Mari Katvala



Session 5 – Wrapping it up



11.10 – 12.00

Problems & solutions, Questions & answers

UniOGS coordinators



Post-assignment of the course – Obligatory for all

Reflective Learning Diary – My doctoral training as part of my career

Analyze your expectations towards your own doctoral training and how it impacts on your future career.

  1. What expectations do you have towards the doctoral training in general? What kind of role will your attitudes have on conducting the research project?
  2. What role do you think your doctoral training will have in your future career? What actions could you take to maximize the positive outcomes? How could you use your personal competence and skills portfolio to achieve your goals?
  3. What do you consider as the most important questions at the moment related to your doctoral training process? What is getting you closer to your goals? What is standing in the way of your success? What would be important to get more information or knowledge about?
  4. What is your research environment like? How do you interact with these different groups? How do the different groups help you to become a specialist in your field?
  5. How are your own research group and principal supervisor affecting the way you do your own research?

What is a reflective learning diary?

A reflective learning diary is not an essay. In a reflective learning diary, the key factors are what you have learned and how. Reflect on what you have learned and describe what the learning process has been like for you.

Length:                           2 pages (A4, 1.5 line-spacing).

Language:                       English or Finnish

Deadline:                       Monday 5th  November 2018

Submission:                   As an e-mail attachment addressed to uniogs@oulu.fi. The subject bar of the e-mail must include only the following: “Learning diary Autumn 2018LastName, FirstName” (replace LastName, FirstName with your own name).


Last updated: 30.10.2018