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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Action Plan for Equal Opportunities and Diversity

The Action Plan for Equal Opportunities and Diversity 2022-2024 is part of the process to realise the goals of Agenda 2020-2025, and shall promote an inclusive organisational culture, as well as an inspiring working and learning environment where there is room for free speech and professional discussions.

​Download the action plan here (PDF).

PhD program - program board

The program board reports to the Vice-Rector for Education. The Vice-Rector for Education and the Vice-Rector for Research have the right to attend and speak in the program board. The program board is established and closed down by the Rector following input from the Vice-Rector for Education.

The program board is chaired by the Head of the PhD program. The program board shall report annually on the quality assurance work and on admission to the Studieutvalget (SU). All program boards across AHO meet in an annual seminar led by the Vice-Rector for Education.

The specific responsibilities of the program board are as follows:

Academic responsibility:
  • Responsibility for approving the program description of the PhD program
  • Ensure that the PhD program has an academic context, that it meets the pedagogical goals set by AHO and in national regulations for training in the third cycle, and that it meets the requirements for the various research areas at AHO.
  • Work strategically on the development of AHO's research education and ensure that quality assurance systems are in place for the PhD program
  • Monitor the organization and the pedagogical development of the program, and suggest changes if necessary

Quality assurance
  • Work strategically with the development of AHO's research education and ensure that quality assurance systems are in place for the PhD program
  • Ensure that the program follows regulations, guidelines and other decisions for AHO's education. This includes ensuring that the program follows AHO's quality assurance plan.

Research culture
  • Collaborate with the institutes, research centers, project managers and supervisors at AHO in the development of the program and to support AHO's research culture.
  • Ensure that there are structures that support the academic and social learning environment in the PhD program.
  • Contribute to the annual joint research days led by the Vice-Rector for Research.

Appointment and approval
  • Appoint the main supervisor and co-supervisor(s) for the PhD candidates in consultation with the candidate, potential supervisor and Head of the Institute in which the candidate affiliates.
  • Appoint experts for the mid-term evaluation or Reader report upon application from the main supervisor
  • Appoint an adjudication committee upon application from the main supervisor
  • Approve external courses upon application from PhD candidates

Program management - Organization and period
The program board consists of
  • Head of the PhD program
  • 3 academic staff (one representative from each institute at AHO)
  • 2 PhD candidates (preferably one from the first year and at the end of the PhD course)
  • Secretary (from the research administration, preferably PhD coordinator)

Members of the program board must cover the breadth of research at AHO.
The academic representatives are appointed by the Rector on the recommendation of the Vice-Rector for Education in collaboration with the Vice-Rector for Research. The Head of Institutes must be included in the dialogue and ensure that the election takes place through an open and broad process.

The program board’s representatives are elected for 4 years at a time and can sit for a maximum of two terms. The PhD representatives are elected by and among the PhD candidates. The program board itself elects a representative who represents the program board in the Studieutvalget (SU).

The committee's term of office is in accordance with the principal (4 years), but with start-up within six months after a new Rector enters into force. The PhD representatives are elected for one year at a time.

The Research committee

The Research Committee (FU) - guidelines

Guideline first agreed upon in the AHO Board.18.06.2004. Revised  2.11.2006, 13.02.2009, 25.09.2012, 17.06.2015 and 27.10.2021

The Research Committee, (named FU in the rest of these guidelines) shall, on the basis of strategies passed by the AHO board, suggest measures to develop research at AHO as well as quality assuring AHO’s research, research education and research recruitment. FU shall ensure the best possible conditions for research and the best possible research results.

FU has responsibility and authority within the following areas:

  • FU is a consultative body for the AHO rector in the development and quality assurance of research strategies and research priorities.
  • FU will assess the research content of calls for PhD fellowships at AHO.
  • FU responsible for the admission process to the PhD programme.
  • FU is the appointment committee for research fellows at AHO. If FU are not able to reach a unanimous decision, the case is processed by the AHO board.
  • FU shall support vice-rector for research in Open Research and Research Ethics matters.
  • FU assess applications for funds for research cooperation and recommends a resolution. Rector has decision making authority
  • FU nominates candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree to Rector.
  • FU is a consultative body for AHO’s research reporting.
  • FU assesses applications for research leave and recommends a resolution. The AHO rector has decision making authority.
  • FU assess applications for funds for scientific research trips and has the authority to make decisions in this regard.


Vice-rector for Research (leader)
Head of the Research Education
1 representative from the Institute of Architecture
1 representative from the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape architecture
1 representative from the Institute of Design
1 representative from the PhD students.


Research Administration
Head of Library
Head of UFF section

The secretary for FU must be employed in the Research Administration at AHO. The academic representative from each institute must be employed in permanent positions and are appointed by the head of each institute after an open recruitment process at the institute. The representative for the PhD students is elected among and by the PhD students themselves. The Head of FU is the Vice rector of research. 

In the composition of FU it must be ensured that the variety of research disciplines at AHO is represented and the committee as whole occupies a substantial R&D (Research and development) qualification. All representatives must have appointed deputies. 

The official language in the Research Committee is normally English. Documents and case files for FU will be written in English, but documents or case files addressed to FU in other languages will not be translated. It must be ensured that representatives and deputies from each institute in between themselves master both English and Norwegian. 

The committee members are appointed for four (4) years, but with a starting date six months after the AHO board has come into operation. FU should arrange 4-6 meetings every semester. The minutes from the meetings shall be sent to the AHO board and be made available to all employees at AHO.

Approved FU 02.06.2021. Approved by the Board 16.06.2021 and 27.10.2021


The Research Committee - Minutes

The Research committee (FU)

Members 2021-2024
Head of FU Lise Amy Hansen     
Head ph.d.-programme Tim Anstey     
Institute for architecture New member 2024    
Institutt for urbanism & landscape Peter Hemmersam    
Institute for design Josina Vink    
Ph.d-representative Nick Walkey vara Ricardo Simian  
Secretary Reserach administration  Reier Møll Schoder    


Head of  Research administration  
Head of Library   
Head of UFF section