Supervisor and the assessment committee

As a main supervisor you will be asked to submit a proposal for the composition of the assessment committee (see below) five months before the PhD student submits his/her PhD dissertation.

The proposal is approved by the PhD Committee after recommendation by the Head of Programme.

Find the requirements for the composition of the assessment committee below. Additionally, our “Guidelines for suggesting an assessment committee” will give you more information on how to submit your proposal, special rules on disqualification and the legal basis. 

Composition of the assessment committee

The requirements for the composition of the committee are as follows:

  • The assessment committee needs to consist of three renowned researchers within the academic area in question
  • The members of the committee should be at associate professor level or higher
  • One member needs to be employed at Health and act as the chair of the committee
  • Two of the members need to be employed at another institution than Aarhus University
  • At least one of the members need to be from abroad (an exemption can be granted if there are valid reasons)
  • Preferably, the members of the committee should represent both genders
  • The main supervisor assists the assessment committee without voting rights

The composition of the committee is subject to the rules on disqualification laid down in the Danish Public Adminstiration Act (forvaltningsloven). This means, for instance:

  • The members of the committee cannot be close colleagues of the main supervisor or the student
    They are also not permitted to:
    • Have previously supervised the student, for instance in connection with the Master’s degree project
    • Be co-authors of articles or manuscripts forming part of the dissertation
    • Have recently (within the last three years) published material together with the main supervisor or the student