Archive: October 2017

Uutiset @en Henna Määttä

Be the Change – apply for student representative positions!

Call for applications

The Student Union in the University of Oulu is seeking active and motivated student representatives, more commonly known as hallopeds, for the University Collegium, the Education Council, the Education Management Group, the Board of Examiners, the Teacher Training Management Group, the Teaching Development Group of the Oulu Extension School, and for the Faculty Management Groups, the Faculty Boards, and the Faculty Education Committees.

The terms for all positions start on 1/1/2018 and end on 31/12/2019. The application period for these positions ends on November 16th.

The application process will take place on halloped.fi

More detailed calls for applications are listed below 

The University Collegium

All members of the Student Union who have registered for attendance are eligible to apply for the student representative seats in the University Collegium. The tasks of the University Collegium are, for example, to select the members not part of the University Board, and to approve the University’s financial statement and annual report. As a member of the University Collegium you will be able to witness how the University functions as a whole.  The student representatives have also been able to greatly improve their recruitment skills when seeking and interviewing the members not part of the University Board. The Collegium meets about 2 to 3 times a year. The language of the meetings is Finnish.

The Student Council will elect the student representatives for the University Collegium.

Your application should include, at the least, the following information: your major subject and the state of your studies, previous experiences as a student representative in the administration, and your motivation for working in the University Collegium.

Available positions: 7 members and 7 deputy members

The Education Council

The Education Council supports the University Board of Directors and the rector in advancing education, provides initiatives regarding education policy as well as initiatives for developing teaching, and evaluates the quality of University education. The Education Council also observes the progress of education strategy projects and discusses the need to develop teaching and how the strategic money should be targeted.

Courage, desire to influence, and the readiness to familiarize yourself with current educational policy trends  is required of all student representatives. The Board of the Student Union will select the candidates presented to the rector. The candidates will be interviewed at the offices of the Student Union during week 47. The more precise timing of the interviews will be announced to those invited to an interview in the near future. Education Council works almost fully in English, so these positions very suitable for international students as well.

Your application should include, at the least, the following information: your major subject and the state of your studies, possible previous experiences on taking part in education development, and the most important themes you want to bring forward in the Education Council.

Available positions: 2 members

The Research Council

Are you interested in the research conducted in the University of Oulu, questions concerning science policy, and developing scientific research? If the answer is yes, you might be the perfect person for the student representative position in the Research Council.

The Research Council supports the University Board of Directors, the Management Group, and the rector in advancing scientific research at the University. The Council also makes proposals about policies of research and evaluates the quality of research on University level. The Council discusses, for example, new scientific directions, doctoral training, recruitment, ethical principles of research and quality assurance of research. Note that the language of the meetings is Finnish.

Available positions: 1 member

The Education Management Group

The task of the Education Management Group is to support the Vice Rector for Education and the Education Deans in the management and development of education and the implementation of the education strategy.

The Vice Rector for Education appoints the Education Management Group that consists of the Education Deans, the Vice Dean of Graduate School and of other members appointed by the Vice Rector for Education. The Vice Rector for Education appoints at least one student member, whose term is two calendar years at a time.

The Education Management Group thoroughly discusses the educational objectives of the University and education development. The Education Management Group is a straight link to the faculties’ education committees. The Board of the Student Union will select the candidates presented to the Vice Rector for Education. The candidates will be interviewed at the offices of the Student Union during week 47. The more precise timing of the interviews will be announced to those invited to an interview in the near future. Note that the language of the meetings is Finnish.

Your application should include, at the least, the following information: your major subject and the state of your studies, possible previous experiences on taking part in education development and the most important themes you want to bring forward in the Education Management Group.

Available positions: 1 member and 1 deputy member

Board of Examiners

Are you an advocate of student rights, fair, and possess strong argumentation skills? Or do you perhaps want to improve the aforementioned qualities? If that is the case, the Board of Examiners is the right place for you! The Board of Examiners deals with the requests of rectification concerning student admission, study credits and the accreditation of studies taken elsewhere. The Board of Examiners meets when needed, usually once a month.

A seat in the Board of Examiners is one of the most prestigious and the most important ways of influencing in the University. At the least, the following must be listed in your application: your major subject and the state of your studies, previous experiences as a student representative in the administration, and your motivation for working in the Board of Examiners. Note that the language of the meetings is Finnish.

Available positions: 1 member and 1 deputy member


The Teacher Training Management Group

Are you studying to become a subject teacher or a class teacher? Is developing teacher training of all subjects a matter of the heart for you? In that case, the Teacher Training Management Group is the place for you.

The task of the Teacher Training Management Group is to coordinate the implementation and development of teacher training in different units of the University. In order to make decisions concerning teacher training that have an effect on all faculties, the faculties and their education committees must consult the Teacher Training Management Group.

Your application should include, at the least, the following information: your major subject and the state of your studies, previous experiences as a student representative in the administration, and your motivation for developing teacher training. Note that the language of the meetings is Finnish.

Available positions: 3 members

 

The Teaching Development Group of the Oulu Extension School

Are you interested in developing language and communication training? Do you have experiences of language and communication studies that may or may not have been very successful? This is the best place to influence the development and functionality of language and communication studies in our university.

The Oulu Extension School (TOPIK) is responsible for organizing language and communication training to the degree students in the University. It is also responsible for carrying out adult education as vocational supplementary training. The unit coordinates the alumni programs at the University. Additionally, the unit supports the faculties and departments by providing skills needed in working life. As a part of the University, the Extension School promotes the achievement of the University’s core tasks, strategy and efficiency.

in the Oulu Extension School, the skills of teaching language and communication skills and developing them is combined with the skills of adult education and project management.

As a student representative in the Teaching Development Group you will get to discuss many things concerning language and communication training, such as the feedback system, course changes, and matters concerning adult education and supplementary education from the perspective of quality and functionality.

Note that the language of the meetings is Finnish.

Your application should include, at the least, the following information: your major subject and the state of your studies, previous experiences as a student representative in the administration, and your motivation for developing language and communication education.

Available positions: 1 member and 1 deputy member

Faculty Management Groups

The management group of your faculty is an ideal place for getting to know and taking part in the development and strategic leadership of your own faculty. As a student representative in the faculty management group, you will act as a specialist of the students’ views and get to work with not only the administrators of the faculty, but with the leaders of the research groups as well. The management groups are responsible for supporting the dean in leading and developing the faculty and carrying out its strategies.

Note that the language of the meetings, depending on faculty, is Finnish.

Your application should include, at the least, the following information: your major subject and the state of your studies, your own objectives for working in the faculty management group, your motivations and what, according to you, are the most important tasks of the student representatives. In order to be eligible for applying for the faculty management team, you must have the primary study right in the faculty in question.

Available positions:

Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine: 1 member and 1 deputy member

Faculty of Humanities: 1 member and 1 deputy member

Faculty of Education: 1 member and 1 deputy member

Faculty of Science: 1 member and 1 deputy member

Faculty of Medicine: 1 member and 1 deputy member

Oulu Business School: 1 member and 1 deputy member

Faculty of Technology: 1 member and 1 deputy member

Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering: 1 member and 1 deputy member

 

The Faculty Boards

Are you interested in strategic leadership or on how the finances of your faculty are guided and attended to? Do you see room for improvement in the personnel policy or the communication of your faculty? The Faculty Board is a great place to influence these matters!

The Faculty Board supports the faculty leaders by carrying out and attending to its policy program, preparing and attending to its finance, operations and staffing plans, and communicating with the faculty staff and their students.

Note that the language of the meetings, depending on faculty,  is mainly Finnish.

Your application should include, at the least, the following information: your major subject and the state of your studies, your own objectives for working in the Faculty Board, your motivations and what, according to you, are the most important tasks of the student representatives. In order to be eligible for applying for the Faculty Board, you must have the primary study right in the faculty in question. When appointing the student representatives, the Faculty Boards aim to have equal representation from as many departments as possible.

Available positions:

Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine: 2 members and 2 deputy members

Faculty of Humanities: 2 members and 2 deputy members

Faculty of Education: 2 members and 2 deputy members

Faculty of Science: 3 members and 3 deputy members

Faculty of Medicine:  2 members and 2 deputy members

Oulu Business School:  1 member and 1 deputy member

Faculty of Technology:  3 members and 3 deputy members

Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering:  2 members and 2 deputy members

 

The Faculty Education Committees

At least two student representatives are appointed to each Education Committee, so no one hast to be left to attend their matters alone. The tasks of the Faculty Education Committees include the guidance and assessment of education leading to a degree, and the collection and processing of student feedback. Due to the aforementioned task, the Education Committees play a big role in ensuring the effectiveness of student feedback.

Note that the language of the meetings, depending on faculty, is Finnish.

Your application should include, at the least, the following information: your major subject and the state of your studies, your own objectives for working in the Faculty Education Committee, your motivations and what, according to you, are the most important tasks of the student representatives. In order to be eligible for applying for the Faculty Education Committee, you must have the primary study right in the faculty in question. When appointing the student representatives, the Faculty Education Committees aim to have equal representation from as many departments as possible.

Available positions:

Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine: 2 members and 2 deputy members

Faculty of Humanities: 2 members and 2 deputy members

Faculty of Education: 2 members and 2 deputy members

Faculty of Science: 2 members and 2 deputy members

Faculty of Medicine:  2 members and 2 deputy members

Oulu Business School: 2 members and 2 deputy members

Faculty of Technology:  3 members and 3 deputy members

Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering:  3 members and 3 deputy members

If additional information is required, please contact academic affairs specialist Henna Määttä,
kopoasiantuntija@nulloyy.fi, 040 525 7821

 

 

Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

159 candidates running for the Student Council

There are 159 candidates running for the Student Council in the Studen Council elections 2017. There were 155 candidates in the 2015 elections, so the number of the candidates raised a bit.

The canditates can be found here: http://www.oyy.fi/en/oyy/the-representative-council/candidates-running-for-the-student-council-2017/

Lisätiedot/more information:

Liisa Komminaho,
Chair of the Central Election Committee
kvl@nulloyy.fi

Diana Yletyinen
Student Council election co-ordinator
diana.yletyinen@nulloyy.fi

Aino-Kaisa Manninen
Secretary General
paasihteeri@nulloyy.fi            

Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

The composition of the list of candidates will be verified on Thursday

The Central Election Committee of the Student Union was not able to verify the composition of the list of candidates for the Student Council Elections due to incompletely filled documents by the electoral lists.

The Central Election Committee asks the lists to complete their documents the 19th of October by 12 o’clock. The electoral lists concerned have been already informed. The Central Election Committee will then verify the composition of the list of candidates.

More information:

Liisa Komminaho,
Chair of the Central Election Committee
kvl@nulloyy.fi

Diana Yletyinen
Student Council Elections co-ordinator
diana.yletyinen@nulloyy.fi

Aino-Kaisa Manninen
Secretary General
paasihteeri@nulloyy.fi

Uutiset @en Henna Määttä

Call for doctoral student representatives in the Doctoral Students’ Section, the University and UniOGS

Hakukuulutus

Jatko-opiskelijaedustajien haku jatko-opiskelijajaostoon sekä yliopiston ja tutkijakoulun toimielimiin (In English below)

Haemme jatko-opiskelijaedustajia jatko-opiskelijajaostoon sekä yliopiston ja tutkijakoulun toimielimiin vuodelle 2018. Haussa ovat seuraavat opiskelijaedustajapaikat toimikaudelle 1.1.–31.12.2018 (pl. Tutkimusneuvosto, jonka kausi 1.1.2018-31.12.2019) :

Tehtävän tarjoavat erinomaisen mahdollisuuden osallistua yliopiston päätöksentekoon sekä tohtorinkoulutuksen kehittämiseen ja laadunvalvontaan. Tehtävät vaativat vastuullisuutta, hyviä vuorovaikutustaitoja ja kiinnostusta ajaa jatko-opiskelijoiden etuja. Opiskelijaedustajat tekevät yhteistyötä jatko-opiskelijajaoston kanssa, mm. tuomalla yliopiston päätöselinten ajankohtaisia asioita keskusteltavaksi jaoston kokouksissa. Jatko-opiskelijajaoston tavoitteena on vaikuttaa tohtorikoulutuksen kehittämiseen ja edistää jatko-opiskelijoiden tasa-arvoisia oikeuksia ja hyvinvointia. Jaosto kokoontuu noin kerran 1-2 kuukaudessa.

Hakijan täytyy olla Oulun yliopiston tutkijakoulun opiskelija ja ilmoittautunut läsnäolevaksi alkavana lukukautena. Suomen kielen taito katsotaan eduksi. Ylioppilaskunta tarjoaa perehdytystä tehtäviin. Puheenjohtajaksi valittavan täytyy olla ylioppilaskunnan jäsen vuonna 2018.

Lisätietoa avoinna olevista paikoista löydät halloped.fi-sivuilta: https://www.halloped.fi/fi/oulu. Lähetä hakemuksesi halloped.fi-sivuilla viimeistään 16.11. Hakemuksen lähettämistä varten kirjaudu järjestelmään yliopiston tunnuksillasi. Voit hakea useaa paikkaa. Jos haet tohtorinkoulutustoimikuntaan, valitse oman alasi toimikunta.

Kerro hakemuksessasi, mikä on mielestäsi jatko-opiskelijajaoston rooli Oulun yliopistossa, miksi sinä olisit hyvä tähän tehtävään ja mitä haluaisit erityisesti kehittää tohtorinkoulutuksessa, jatko-opiskelijoiden asemassa tai jatko-opiskelijajaoston toiminnassa. Mainitse myös, mikä on pääaineesi ja missä vaiheessa jatko-opintojasi olet.

Hakemukset käsitellään jatko-opiskelijajaoston kokouksessa 24.11. klo 14.15 alkaen Telluksen Frost Clubissa. Kokoukset ovat kaikille jatko-opiskelijoille avoimia ja myös hakijat ovat tervetulleita osallistumaan.

Lisätietoa:

Jaana Isohätälä, jatko-opiskelijajaoston puheenjohtaja, jaana.isohatala@nulloulu.fi

Henna Määttä, ylioppilaskunnan koulutuspoliittinen asiantuntija, kopoasiantuntija@nulloyy.fi, 040 525 7821

http://www.oyy.fi/doctoral-students

www.facebook.com/ouludoctoralstudentssection/

www.facebook.com/groups/366950416739175/

Call for doctoral student representatives in the Doctoral Students’ Section, the University and UniOGS

The call is open for student representatives for the Doctoral Students’ Section and various administrative organs of the University and UniOGS for 2018 (NB! Research Council positions is for 1.1.2018-31.12.2019). The following positions are available:

The positions offer an excellent opportunity to participate in University decision-making and the development and quality assurance of doctoral training. The positions demand responsibility, good interaction skills and motivation towards advocating doctoral students’ interests in University decision making. Student representatives also collaborate closely with the Doctoral Students’ Section by, for example, discussing topical issues of the administrative organs of the University in the Section’s meeting. The Doctoral Students’ Section seeks to influence the development of doctoral training and promote equal rights and well-being of doctoral students. The Section meetings are held approximately once in 1-2 months.

The applicant must be a student of UniOGS and enrolled as active for the up-coming semester. Finnish skills are considered an advantage but are not obligatory. The Student Union offers training for the task.  The chair of the Doctoral Students’ Section must be a member of the Student Union in 2018.

More information about the open positions is available on the halloped.fi-pages: https://www.halloped.fi/en/oulu/calls. Submit your application on the halloped.fi-pages latest on Nov 16th. For submitting your application, log in to the system with your University credentials. You can apply for several positions. If you are applying for a Doctoral Training Committee, choose the committee of your field of studies.

In your application, please explain in your own words what is the role of the Doctoral Students’ Section at the University of Oulu, why you should be selected for the position and what you would especially like to develop in doctoral training, the position of doctoral students and the activities of the Doctoral Students’ Section. Also mention what is your major in your studies and the stage of your doctoral studies.

The applications will be discussed in the meeting of the Doctoral Students’ Section on Nov 24th at 14:15 in Tellus Frost Club. The meetings are open for all doctoral students and applicants are also welcome to join.

More information:

Jaana Isohätälä, chair of the Doctoral Students’ Section, jaana.isohatala@nulloulu.fi

Henna Määttä, Educational Affairs Specialist of the Student Union, kopoasiantuntija@nulloyy.fi  040 525 7821

http://www.oyy.fi/doctoral-students

www.facebook.com/ouludoctoralstudentssection/

www.facebook.com/groups/366950416739175/

Uutiset @en Henna Määttä

Specialist’s in Academic Affairs Henna Määttä’s speech in Audit2017-info 4.10.2017

Dear chair of the audit team, vice rector of education, dear university community,

I’m the Specialist in Academic Affairs in the student union of the University of Oulu and a student in our faculty of Education.

I would refer myself as a some sort of a quality geek. Even the master thesis me and my master thesis partner did was linked to the quality assurance. Moreover on National Bachelor’s Graduate Survey (Kandipalaute) and how the universities utilise the survey’s results to improve quality of the education.

But that’s more than enough about me and my background. I’m here as the student representative of the quality assurance project group, which has been preparing our university to the audit. I’m also here to discuss about the audit process from the students’ point of view.

In this presentation I will focus mainly on three points.

  • How do we know that the education is good quality education?
  • What are the students’ expectations?
  • Audit as a possibility

The audit might seem quite a distant procedure and the difficult terminology doesn’t really help to make it very approachable. But audit and quality in the higher education is more than the specific terms and quality jargon.

As students when we come to a University the first thing we get isn’t the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area nor the University’s quality policy. And like Touko Apajalahti already said, we don’t need to know these policies by heart.

The quality of education, the quality of the processes and the quality management and assurance are in our way of doing things.

The quality comes from our responsibilities, from the everyday life. It comes from our artic attitude.

The quality thrives from the way we introduce our strategic research focus areas for the first year students in the future factory orientation week. It drives from the way we build our quality culture: from the events such as an apple for a teacher  or when we are searching the coolest teacher ever.

The quality and continuous development are strongly linked to openness to the new things. How we open-mindedly try and experiment new practices.

The new course feedback system, mobile application Tuudo and different Universitas projects are good examples of the new experiments or of the ways we do things here at the University of Oulu. And the great thing is that these improvements are usually done not only with the students but by the students.

And as a intervieew it is important that you answer to the question from your point of view: speak about your responsibilities, about your experiences. It is very important to hear does the studying here meet the expectations you had. Are there things to improve.

Don’t worry about freezing: with the arctic attitude stop for a minute, think about the question again or ask help from a friend close to you.

We will also give a vocabulary of the most important terms and words to help you.

So the students are not only customers in our University, but an essential part of it. Like it is stated in our strategy we encourage each student to achieve his/hers full academic potential.

We have many different ways to influence the decision making at the university: we can talk directly to professors and student counsellors, we can give feedback during courses, work as student representatives in different administrative organs, be active in student organisations and take part in university’s own or nation-wide surveys about our studies.

Us as students we have responsibility to say in the quality of studies: make our ideas, complaints and thoughts visible

We have whole a lot of students that have always tried to make a difference when there has been a chance, but we have to recognise that everyone is not like them: not everyone has time or will to act as a student representative or in the different student societies..

If you can’t see the consequences of your actions or feedback, there is not much motivation to take part in the system.

We already have a new tool for that since we have made possible to everyone get ects credits from being active (working in guilds or as student representative) and then again we have also have the new electronic/ online course feedback system.

Even though we have these new tools there are always things to do we can say that we are truly closing the feedback loop: showing the concrete effects of the feedback making the feedback more meaningful.

Encourage all the students to be more active within our University community.

In the end I just want to say that the audit is a great way to look into the quality system of the university. It forces us to stop and evaluate good and bad practices. It is also important that this development does not stop when the audit is done.

The audit system has no direct impact on the functioning of the university, unless the university decides to truly work hard to resolve the problems that the audit brings to light.

I expect that the audit will translate into improvements in the real daily functions at the university.

I see this as a continuous learning process, where hopefully the way of doing things will move more and more towards student-centred approach where the students are encouraged to take an active role in the learning processes.

And this is the main reason why we need to listen to the whole academic community, including students, in everything, in every choice and change.