Developing a good supervisory relationship is one of the prerequisites for a successful dissertation. At the University of Lapland, the supervisor encourages the doctoral candidate in taking an active role as an acknowledged member of the academic community. In the academic community, supervising is seen as both a duty and a right of the candidate, the discipline and the academic community at large. Supervising as a process supports the doctoral candidate in building ties to the academic community while assuring quality of research.
Our supervising practices aim at creating systematic communication and co-operation between the candidate and supervisors on a regular basis. The recommendations outline responsibilities and duties at a general level to be defined more accurately by the parties involved. Supervising practices vary somewhat between faculties due to field-specific differences the working environment, for example. We gave consideration to the viewpoints of the candidate, the supervisor and the faculty when outlining these recommended practices.