December 13, 2021

University of Iceland Appoints First Ombuds

Iceland's largest and oldest university, Háskóli Íslands, has named Sveinn Guðmundsson as its first Umboðsmaður doktorsnema. In this role, he will serve as a confident, impartial, and independent counsel for about 650 PhD students. A website for the new office explains, "The Ombudsman informs PhD students of their rights and duties, facilitates their communication with supervisors and doctoral committees, and helps them navigate the rules and procedures of PhD studies."

Guðmundsson has worked at the University of Iceland for the past four years as Equality Officer and Equal Opportunities Officer. He is also an alumnus of the university, having earned his Master's and PhD there. (University of Iceland News; LinkedIn.)

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