The award committee has chosen to grant Christian Fager the award for his constant work on refining his supervision skills for his many PhD students. With his high receptivity, individualized supervisor style and research advice, Christian offers significant support to his PhD students' personal development. In addition, he supports the PhD students in their career opportunities and in dealing with obstacles that may occur in other parts of their postgraduate work. His efforts have been noted by both PhD students who have experienced the positive results of his tutoring, and by colleagues within and outside of the department.
The evaluation procedure
The Doctoral Students Board Committee for the Supervisor of the Year award, selected the winner after a competitive process. Eight high quality nominations were signed by 30 PhD students. After the assessment of the nomination letters, three candidates were selected for the final decision. All PhD students of these candidates were interviewed, along with the heads of research education responsible for the ISP follow-up meetings with PhD students. All additional feedback from both PhD students and senior researchers was welcomed, gathered and analysed by the Committee before the final decision.
With many commendable candidates, the decision was hard to make. The Committee would like to stress how happy we were to hear about all of the nominees and about everything that they do for our fellow PhD students.
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