17 December 2019

Hans Bräuner-Osborne New Head of the Graduate School as of 1 January 2020

portrait of hans brüner-osborne

It is a scientist with a huge research capacity and many years of experience in PhD training who has been appointed Head of the Graduate School as of 1 January 2020.

From his many years as a supervisor for PhD students, as a head of a graduate programme and as a member of a European PhD training consortium, Professor Hans Bräuner-Osborne is bringing along in-depth experiences with research training.

And he has no doubts as to why he is looking forward to taking up the position as Head of the Graduate School: “I am very much looking forward to working with the PhD students, the supervisors, the Heads of the Graduate programmes, the PhD administration and all the other stakeholders to create the best possible framework for the PhD programme at SUND".

A Large and Well-Functioning Graduate School with Development Potential

SUND's more than 1,600 PhD students make the Graduate School the largest in the country. And if you dive into the latest exit survey and look more closely at how the PhD graduates experience their research training, then it shows that there is a great deal of satisfaction with both supervision, courses and administration. Most recently, the Graduate School has also gained recognition in the recent international evaluation.

The coming Head of Graduate School Hans Bräuner-Osborne finds that precisely the Graduate School's excellence and recommendations from the international evaluation are key. He emphasises that in the further development of the Graduate School – and the supervisors – attention will be given to the ongoing work aimed at equipping future researchers and experts with diverse skills and better enabling them to collaboration across different research fields:

“In my graduate programme, we have had really good experiences with collaborating with other graduate programmes on the development of transferrable skills among our PhD students and supervisors as well as continuously evaluating our activities. I see these experiences as very relevant in relation to the recent evaluation panel's recommendations and the development of the new action plan for the Graduate School".

On 1 January 2020, the newly elected VIP representatives and PhD students will likewise join SUND's PhD study board. The study board, which will distribute its posts at the first meeting in 2020, has the task of safeguarding the influence of the PhD students and the academic staff on the PhD programme, including approval of PhD courses and approval of applications for credits and dispensations. The PhD study board also advises the Head of the Graduate School on supervision, organisation and evaluation of the PhD programme.

Thomas Fahrenkrug