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

Dates and times:     Thursday 17th October and Friday 18th October, 2019

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Programme – Day One

Obligatory attendance for all


Thursday 17th October, Kerttu Saalasti Lecture Hall, Linnanmaa



Session 1


08.30 – 08.40

Opening remarks

Teemu Pennanen

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

Heli Ruotsalainen

09.20 – 09.40

The DSS: influencing the development of the graduate school

Marian Tumanyam, 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

Emmi Kapiainen (Health & Biosciences)





Session 2


10.15 – 10.45

The game plan – Rules of play

Karita Saravesi

10.45 – 11.15

Funding and mobility – Money talks

Elina Pernu


Lunch break

After the lunch break programme continues in Lecture hall L2


12.15 – 12.45

Career services

Outi Tolonen (University Career Specialist)

12.45 – 13.15

Career discussion

UniOGS coordinators

13.15  – 13.45

Time management and motivation - getting it together, keeping it together

Hilla Marin (Study psychologist)

13.45 - 14.05

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

Michelle Francett-Hermes (Human Sciences)


Break (Coffee/Tea provided by UniOGS)



Session 3


14.35 – 15.05

Programmes of UniOGS

Mirja Peltola , Riitta Kamula , Janne Kurtakko & Mirjami Jutila

15.05 - 15.25

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

Tuula Selkälä (Technology & Natural Sciences)

15.25 -16.00

Summary and closing words for the first day

UniOGS coordinators

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 TS101, Linnanmaa

Friday 18th October




Session 4 – Systems and services


9.15 – 9.35 The support and safety offered by FUURT fro your academic career Pauli Väisänen

9.35 – 10.00

WebOodi and Personal Study Plan (PSP)


Teemu Pennanen

10.00 – 10.20

IT services


Ari-Pekka Kvist

10.25 – 10.50 Library and publishing services Ursula Heinikoski & Mari Katvala
10.50 - 11.00 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?
  6. What do you expect from UniOGS?

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 18th  November 2019

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 2019LastName, FirstName” (replace LastName, FirstName with your own name).



Last updated: 7.11.2019