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Welcome to the web site of the Fachschaft Doktorat. We are the representation of interests of doctoral candidates at TU Wien. We act in self-governing bodies at the university. We support and advise you in your matters of studies and research. Aside from this we offer workshops and a social programme. We are very pleased about your feedback and suggestions—especially from people who go the whole hog and want to reinforce our team or introduce their issues and positions in one of our jour fixe meetings.

The next office hour is on Monday, 14 October 2019 17:30 - 18:00 in the office of the Fachschaft Doktorat (Getreidemarkt 9).
The next Jour Fixe is on Tuesday, 29 October 2019 18:00 in the office of the Fachschaft Doktorat (Getreidemarkt 9).

How to find the office of Fachschaft Doktorat, please see: Contact
 
For general information on doing a PhD at TU Wien start with Studies (and its subpoints) and after that, of course, the FAQ.

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Proficiency Evaluation Survey Results

2019-10-13

In April 2019 a survey about the PE was conducted. Doctoral students were asked to give feedback on the PE by e-mail. Some data tables are presented in the upcoming section, followed by summarized full text answers.

Data Tables

How students reported if they felt the PE was helpful

 

helpful

not helpful

passed

17

11

not attempted

22

17

 

How students, who already did the PE, reported the effort required to pass the PE

 

0-3 weeks

3-6 weeks

6-9 weeks

9-12 weeks

12+ weeks

research proposal

11

8

5

2

2

presentation

24

3

1

0

0

finding a national expert

21

2

0

1

4

finding a chair person

22

2

2

1

1

finding a date

17

5

1

2

3

 

How students, who have not attended the PE; reported their expected effort required to pass the PE

 

0-3 weeks

3-6 weeks

6-9 weeks

9-12 weeks

12+ weeks

research proposal

5

12

8

5

9

presentation

27

9

1

2

0

finding a national expert

13

9

10

2

5

finding a chair person

16

9

5

6

3

finding a date

17

13

4

4

1

 

 

How students reported how well they felt informed

 

passed

expectations

not well informed

10

17

quite ok informed

10

17

very well informed

6

5

 

How students reported the time between enrollment and submission

before 0.5 years

4

between 0.5 and 1 year

6

between 1 and 1.5 years

7

between 1.5 and 2 years

7

between 2 and 3 years

2

more than 3 years

0

 

How students reported their expected submission time from now (survey was conducted in april 2019)

before 0.5 years

8

between 0.5 and 1 year

15

between 1 and 1.5 years

3

between 1.5 and 2 years

1

between 2 and 3 years

0

more than 3 years

0

 

Who supported the students, according to their reports:

 

who supported

who does not support

peers

11

17

PostDocs

2

26

supervisor/instructor/mentor

23

5

administrative staff

2

26

deans office

2

26

others

0

0

 

 

The following paragraph summarizes common answers in the full-text answers.

What was helpful?

The research proposal for the PE helps students to focus the topic and to set up a research plan. Valuable feedback and ideas about potential pitfalls are gained from all stakeholders: the dean, a national expert and co-supervisor.

What was in the way?

Students criticize that in the early times of the PhD studies, the research plan is not totally clear. If the research afterwards is only slightly changed, PhD students are forced to repeat the evaluation. The time students need for preparing the presentation and dealing with all the administrative stuff is too much in relation to the amount and usefulness of the feedback they got. Finding a national expert with the expertise on special research fields is difficult.

For whom was the PE a negative experience?

Students, who see the PE as an unnecessary workload are mostly doing a structured study. There are doctoral schools or projects, that are fund by a research project like an EU research project, that have already defined research plans and formulated research questions. In those cases, students do not see a lot of additional benefits in the PE, on the contrary they report additional administrative workload.

For whom was the PE a positive experience?

Students, who see the PE positive have mostly no research goal defined by a doctoral school or a funding body and use the PE to get feedback. Hence, they are describing the PE as a positive experience.

What students advise colleagues to do about PE

Two pieces of advice dominated. On the one hand, respondents recommend doing PE at an early stage in their studies. On the other hand, there are opinions that PE should be done at the end of studies.

Further inputs:

Students are not sure, when they should do their PE.

Most students do not feel sufficiently informed.

Students are worried that the PE has a deterrent effect on applicants for studies at the TU Wien.

 

Summerschool on scientific writing

2019-06-12

Summerschool on scientific writing:
(deadline, extended until June 18th)

Costs will be paid by the univeristy.
more infos: https://owncloud.tuwien.ac.at/index.php/s/F4K5QPRRFz2Q6zx

Grafikworkshop

2019-05-21

Sorry, this workshop is held in german!

Am Samstag 25.05.19 um 10:00 findet ein ca. 2stündiger deutschsprachiger Grafikworkshop von der Fachschaft Doktorat statt im Campus Gußhaus TU Wien (Gußhaustraße 27-29 im Raum CA0426). Erklärt werden Grafikbearbeitungen in Gimp und in Inkscape, im Anschluss können auch gerne konkrete Fragen gestellt werden. Es gibt ausreichend PCs, alternativ können auch eigene Laptops mitgenommen werden. Da ausreichend Plätze zur Verfügung stehen, können Studierende aller Studienrichtung daran teilnehmen.

Inhalte des Workshops ist Grafikbearbeitung auf Anfänger-Niveaus

  • Vektor-Rastergrafiken Unterschied
  • Gimp
    • Zauberstab
    • Transparenz
    • Auswahl (Rechteck,Lasso,Magnetische Schere)
    • Schwellwert
    • Indizierte Farben
    • Text
  • Inkscape
    • Gruppierungen
    • Farbe ändern
    • zuschneiden
    • PDF zu SVG konvertieren
    • Farbverlauf
    • Drehen/Verzerren/Verschieben/Größe ändern
    • Unterschied Klonen vs. Duplizieren
    • Rechteck/linien/Text
    • Hilfsgitter/Hilfslinien
    • Bei Pfaden Knotenpunkte einfügen/bearbeiten
    • Ausrichten
    • Rastergrafiken automatisiert vektorisieren

ÖH Wahl 2019: Election of the Student Representatives

2019-04-24

What and who can you vote for?

You can vote the representatives for the PhD Programme Representation, the Students’ Union at the TU
Wien and the Austrian Students’ Union. Further information is available in German on https://htu.at/oeh-wahl and on https://www.tuwien.at/studium/oeh-wahl-2019/uebersicht/.

PhD Programme Representation:

The PhD Programme Representation represents the interests of all PhD students at TU Wien. The election of the student representatives is an election of persons.
You may elect zero to five representatives (you may mark up to five crosses on the ballot).

More information is available in our folder!

 

 

Orientation Programme & Summer Party

2019-04-24

We cordially invite you to our orientation programme for all doctoral candidates commencing their PhD studies in the Summer term 2019.

Especially for beginners we offer a orientation programme to guide you through the first months and inform you about some peculiarities here at TU Wien.
Topics include the curriculum, guidelines for your PhD studies, funding possibilities and getting employed at TU Wien. And of course there will be plenty of time for your questions.

When: April 30th, starting at 5 pm
Where: Campus Gußhaus, Gußhausstraße 27-29, 1040 Wien, 5. floor, room number CA 0532
Slides are available for download here.

Attention there was a mistake in the e-mail: The Orientation programme starts at 5 pm.

Summer Party

How long didn't you have a nice BBQ? It is a way to long? We at Fachschaft Doktorat want to change that and open the barbeque season with our annual summer party. Thus, we cordially invite you to join us and have cold drinks while enjoying freshly grilled food on the lovely rooftop terrace of Campus Gußhaus!

When: April 30th, starting at 5 pm
Where: Campus Gußhaus, Gußhausstraße 27-29, 1040 Wien, Rooftop terrace