Student influence

As a student, you have the right to influence. This applies to both your studies and your situation as a student at the Swedish Defence University in general.

Students are represented in most of the university's decision-making bodies, including the board, the research and education board, and subject councils.

Student representation

The students' representatives in the university's decision-making bodies are appointed by the student union. By becoming a member of the student union, you will be involved with and pursue issues that are important to you and your fellow students.

The following principles apply to student representation at the Swedish Defence University, according to decision Ö201/2022:

  • At least two seats must be reserved for student representatives in all relevant councils unless 3 seats are required as per Chapter 2, Section 14 of the Higher Education Ordinance. If members have alternates, the student representatives shall be given alternate seats.
  • Student representatives participate on the same basis as other members and alternates in the respective councils.
  • The Student unions are responsible for agreeing on the allocation of seats. The University cannot decide who will participate in decisions on the allocation of seats. If the Student unions cannot agree, the University may, in accordance with Article 7 of the Student Union Ordinance decide how to appoint members of the council or student representatives, after consulting the Student unions.
  • Any student representative must represent also those students who are not members of a union. The student unions themselves must ensure that all perspectives are taken into account.
  • The University may indicate a preference for a specific student, for example a PhD-student, to be a student representative on a council but can never make such a decision.
  • Councils that deal only with issues relating to participants in commissioned education do not require student representation.
  • As a minimum, participants in commissioned education should be admitted to certain councils, in particular regarding core subjects and advanced command programme councils.
  • Participants in commissioned education may not hold a seat reserved for student representation.

Course evaluation

The Swedish Defence University is obliged to allow you the opportunity to express your opinions on courses you have taken through course evaluations. Course evaluations are voluntary and anonymous.

There is no set template for course evaluations, but they should always include:

  • Course goals
  • Teaching
  • Course literature
  • Summative assessment
  • Discrimination

After completing the course evaluation, the Swedish Defence University will publish the results. It should also be made clear whether the University decides to take action as a result of the course evaluations.


The Swedish Defence University has zero tolerance regarding all forms of discrimination and abusive treatment. If you require more information or need to file a report? Turn to the equal treatment page.