Category: Uutiset @en

Uutiset @en Oulun yliopiston ylioppilaskunnan hallitus

OYY rewards students who have been active in student guilds

Do you know a person who is always active in your student guild or association? Is he or she an especially active in taking part in discussion or has he or she developed cooperation with other organisations? Or can you come up with another reason why this person would earn an award for the work he/she has done? In other words, do you know a person who is a real hero in an association?

The Student Union wants to thank those students who are doing remarkable work in student societies. This work can be small or big – the only requirement is that you think the person has done significant work which should be noted somehow.

You can notify about an active student by the 28th of October with this sign-up form. We award those students a diploma for their remarkable work. The diplomas are awarded in a gala on Friday the 11th of November.


For more information: Tiina Strand, 0504078451,


Uutiset @en Muusa Jyrkinen

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 2017. The following positions are available:

  • 1 chair of the Doctoral Students’ Section, member in the UniOGS Management Group
  • 1 vice-chair of the Doctoral Students’ Section, vice-member in the UniOGS Management Group
  • 2 members and 1 vice-member in the UniOGS Education group
  • 1 member in the Research Council of the University
  • 2 members and 2 vice-members in the Health and Biosciences Doctoral Training Committee
  • 2 members and 2 vice-members in the Human Sciences Doctoral Training Committee
  • 2 members and 2 vice-members in the Technology and Natural Sciences Doctoral Training Committee
  • 2 members and 2 vice-members in the Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Doctoral Training Committee

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 are also expected to participate in the activities of the Doctoral Students’ Section which 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. The Student Union offers training for the task.

More information about the open positions is available on the Submit your application on the latest on Oct 31st. For submitting your application, log in to the system with your University credentials. You can apply for several positions.

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 and the stage of your doctoral studies.

The applications will be discussed in the meeting of the Doctoral Students’ Section on Oct 3rd at 14:15. 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,

Muusa Jyrkinen, Educational Affairs Specialist of the Student Union,, 040 525 7821

Uutiset @en Muusa Jyrkinen

An Apple for a Teacher and The Coolest Teacher Ever 2016

It is time to thank our staff for the good teaching and study guidance they give. The Student Union organises the traditional event Opelle Omppu (An Apple for a Teacher) today on September 21st. The event starts at 10 am on all campuses and continues until we have given out all the apples.

The aim of the event is to promote quality teaching and study guidance. Giving and receiving feedback is the key to developing our education. Read more from OYY’s website or from the Facebook event.

OYY will launch the search for The Coolest Teacher Ever 2016 on Wednesday 21st of September. The Coolest Teacher Ever is a person who is motivated in developing his/her work and has good pedagogical skills. The teacher uses different kinds of assessment methods which are systematic, equal and are based on the aims of the study unit. You can leave the application here.

The Student Union wants to pay attention to a staff member who develops their work and teaching. This year The Coolest Teacher Ever search is concentrated around the assessment methods. The criteria changes every year.

The search is open until the end of year 2016. The chosen teacher will be informed in January and The Coolest Teacher Ever will be announced on OYY’s anniversary week in February.

Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

An international degree student elected to OYY’s council presidency for the first time

cvphtThe Student Council of the Student Union of the University of Oulu (OYY) elected Sergei Kopytin, 26, to be vice president of the student council in the meeting on 14th of September. It is the first time for an international degree student to be elected to the OYY’s student council presidency.

Kopytin majors in Education in an international master’s degree programme.

“It is a huge honour of getting more involved in Student Union activities, and I want to thank everyone for trust and support”, Kopytin says.

For more information:

Sergei Kopytin,
Vice President of the Student Council, OYY


Uutiset @en Liisa Väisänen

Comment: Students’ move to general housing allowance must be clinched

For release on 30 August 2016

The undersigned student unions thank the Government for its plans to have general housing allowance cover students. This move would give students a more equal status with other population groups and significantly improve many students’ subsistence.

Sipilä’s Government decided to begin preparations in the spring for having general housing allowance cover students. The discussion still continues, and decisions on students’ subsistence will now be made again in the autumn budget session.

The student unions consider the move to general housing allowance as a necessary reform. At its current level, the housing supplement of the student financial aid is completely inadequate for covering the ever-increasing rental costs students face. As many as one sixth of students getting student aid spend their entire study grant towards housing costs. The situation is the most challenging in large cities with a high rental level. Rents have gone up, while the housing supplement of the student aid, amounting to a maximum of €201.60 per month, has not been increased since 2005.

It is of utmost importance that the move occurs at the same time as the massive cuts to student aid come into force. When around 80 euros per month is cut from student aid in autumn 2017, the need for a reform of the housing benefit system is massive. The amount of general housing allowance granted to a household depends on their home municipality, with €406.40 being the maximum.

However, the general housing allowance is not without its problems. Whereas the housing supplement of the student aid is personal, general housing allowance is granted to the entire household. Improving general housing allowance so that it is granted to the individual would put an end to internal dependencies in families and improve the situation of many low-income individuals in other population groups too.

Nonetheless, general housing allowance improves the situation for those who have it the worst: those living in expensive apartments because of the housing shortage and those who have no other income apart from student aid.

When other students move to general housing allowance, the subsistence of students with a family will, however, worsen. This is due to the fact that receiving student aid does not currently decrease the amount of general housing allowance. In case this concession for students with a family is not kept in effect after the student aid reform, it would finally be time to make a parent’s increase to student aid.

The move to general housing allowance is a big structural change that has a decisive effect on students’ subsistence. The transitional period may be difficult for many: while student aid increases for some, it decreases for others. As a whole, general housing allowance is still a step in the right direction as it directs aid towards those that need it the most, it is paid all year round and it has a better correspondence to actual rental costs.

Milja Asikainen
Chair of the Board, Aalto University Student Union

Susanna Jokimies
Chair of the Board, Student Union of the University of Helsinki

Lasse Heikkilä
Chair of the Board, Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä

Kati Hannila
Chair of the Board, Student Union of the University of Oulu

Mikael Malkamäki
Chair of the Board, Student Union of the University of Tampere

Riina Lumme,
Chair of the Board, Student Union of the University of Turku

For further information, please contact the chairs of the student unions’ boards.

Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

The opening ceremony of Quiet Room at the University of Oulu

A quiet room will be opened at the University of Oulu. The opening ceremony will be held on Tuesday 23rd of August at 9 a.m. in room YT101 (near the lecture hall L3).

The supply of Well-being services for students at the University of Oulu will become more varied. The Quiet Room is now available for quieting down and meditation to all University students and staff members. The room is not intended for studying or working. The room is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays.

Eva Maria Raudasoja, the Director for Academic Affairs, will give an opening speech at the event. The University Chaplain Ari Savuoja brings greetings on behalf of the Oulu Evangelical Lutheran Parishes and Kati Hannila, the President of the Board brings greetings on behalf of the Student Union.

Welcome to celebrate the event!

For more information:

Merja Peurasaari, Service Manager for Academic Affairs, tel. 0294 487451

Liisa Väisänen, Specialist in Social Affairs at the Student Union of the University of Oulu, tel. 040 526 5821 and
Juuli Juntura, Specialist in International Affairs at the Student Union of the University of Oulu, tel. 040 861 0868

Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

Apply to become students’ representative in the European Students’ Convention in Bratislava, 29.9.2016–3.10.2016

Are you interested in discussing the future of higher education in Europe? Apply to become a representative of the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) in the European Students’ Convention!


European Students’ Convention, ESC32: Education and Skills for the Future of Europe seminar will be held 09.29.2016–10.03.2016 Slovakia, Bratislava. The topics of the seminar are formal and non-formal learning, recognition of prior learning and employability and skills.

SYL will cover the travel costs and travel insurance to this Convention. The organizer of the Convention will cover the accommodation costs and provide most of the meals.

Send your motivation letter in English and CV to internationalofficer(at) by the 24th of August at 12 pm. In the motivation letter, describe why you would be the best participant for the event and how would you communicate about the seminar in social media – creative ideas are welcome! SYL’s Board will make the decision about the representative based on the student unions’ proposals.

Criteria for participants:

  • Excellent oral and written English language skills
  • Experience in and / or motivation to international education advocacy
  • Obligation to write a short report on the trip to SYL’s Board of Directors
  • Active use of social media and other methods of communication during the trip
  • Willingness to commit to the promotion of the objectives of the SYL policy paper
  • The obligation to participate in the entire event program
  • Readiness to participate in a training before the trip on 26.9.2016.

For more information:

Juuli Juntura, Specialist in International Affairs and Student Societies (internationalofficer(at), 040 861 0868)

Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

Do you have a band?

The Student Union of the University of Oulu organizes again its traditional band competition – the Voice of Vulcanalia! The winner of the competition will perform in the Researcher’s Night of the University of Oulu on the 30th September and will receive a reward of 500 euros as well!

Organizer will select the best bands for voting. The most popular bands in voting phase will enter the final which takes place in Vulcanalia on the 7th September. In this event the winner will be voted by acclamation.

The competition will culminate in Researcher’s Night on 30th September where the winner will be performing.

So don’t hesitate – participate by 15th August and send your demos via

Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

Changes in the Bachelor Degree Programmes and tuition fees for students outside of EU/EEA countries

In the event ‘What’s up in the Education’ the Vice Rector for Education Helka-Liisa Hentilä informed about the University Board’s decisions regarding degree programme renewal and about tuition fees and scholarships. The aim of the renewal is to develop the degree programmes of our university and to support the high quality of the education. This renewal will concern Bachelor level degree programmes and it means that Bachelor’s programmes will be grouped into wider-ranging wholes.

The University Board also decided about tuition fees for students outside of EU/EEA countries in international Master’s programmes at the University of Oulu. The decision is based on the fact that the Finnish Parliament has decided that all Finnish universities have to collect tuition fees from students outside of EU/EEA countries. The universities have to start collecting fees from students starting their studies in 2017. The tuition fees in the University of Oulu will be in three categories: 10 000, 12 000 and 13 000 euros. In 2017 each fee-collecting programme has to have a scholarship system that covers at least 50 % of the fees. However, the recommendation for the faculties is that the coverage is 100 %.

For more information, please see the University of Oulu’s website:

Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

We are looking for volunteers to organize development cooperation week!

Are you interested in development cooperation? We are looking for volunteers to participate in creating this year’s development cooperation week for the student union. This year’s theme is Agenda 2030: UN sustainable development goals. You can volunteer according to your own interests and schedule. The tasks for volunteers can be planning and helping to organize an event, create an event of your own or participate in cooperation week’s communication. The cooperation week takes place in week 41, so there is plenty of time to plan any kind of events.

The first meeting of development cooperation voluntary group will concentrate on throwing ideas and getting to know each other. The meeting will be held in OYY’s Olkkari at Linnanmaa Campus on Wed 11th of May from 14.00 to 15.00. You can send an email to this year’s coordinator Liisa Komminaho to express your interest at

Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

Application open for SYL’s Advisory Board for Development Cooperation

Are you inspired by global development and promoting education internationally? Are you a persistent communicator, good at forming networks, or know a lot about funding? Do you want to put some of your knowledge to the use of the rest of the world?

OYY is looking for people with lots of ideas and who are committed and motivated to join the Advisory Board for Development Cooperation (KENKKU) of SYL. SYL is Finland’s largest lobby and service organisation for university students. SYL represents 15 member corporations and 135,000 university students. The development cooperation advisory board advises SYL’s executive board on development cooperation, and administers SYL’s development cooperation projects together with the Coordinator for Development Cooperation. In 2016, we will be applying for traditional projects, but also looking for a new direction for our development cooperation work. We will ponder, for instance, joint projects, working with businesses, and new marketing of development cooperation work. The term of office is from August 2016 to August 2017.

15 members will be appointed to the advisory board and a part of those 15 members will be continuing from the previous term. The board meets about once a month in Helsinki and telework in various degrees between meetings. Lunch is served in the meetings and the travel expenses to participate the meetings are covered.

We are looking for people with different skills for the advisory board:

1) A coordinator for communication for the Advisory Board for Development Cooperation (1). The communication coordinator will ensure that our development cooperation work is visible on social media. Coordinator will also create content and come up with ideas for developing communication. The communication coordinator also coordinates visibility towards our member student unions.

2) Members of the project administration group for Guatemala (4-5), chairperson and communication officer. The position include work on administering the development cooperation project in Guatemala. Members will also focus on annual reports and plans as well as keep in touch with our local partners. For this position, you will need motivation, interest in and knowledge of project administration, ability to work independently, as well as knowledge of Spanish. From the member of the Guatemala administration group, a chairperson and an information officer for the group will be elected. The information officer will be expected to write blog posts, be active on Instagram, and disseminate information about the project.

The position as chairperson is a great opportunity to develop project administration and leadership skills. The chairperson keeps in touch with SYL’s development cooperation coordinator on issues pertaining to the project and handles practicalities of the group.

3) Members for the funding team (3). The funding team will ponder SYL’s option for a new direction for our development cooperation work, especially with a view to fundraising. How will we continue to provide development cooperation work of high quality when circumstances change and the sources of funding from e.g. the Ministry for Foreign Affairs narrow. Members of this team are expected to be inventive and be able to provide points of view on marketing and finances. A chairperson will be elected from among the team members.

4) Members of the event team (4). The member of the event team come up with ideas for and organise possible development cooperation events, such as participating in the Global Village festival. The event team may also be part of organising the Development Cooperation Theme Week. SYL ask the student unions to submit proposals for 1-2 member for the Advisory Board for Development Cooperation.

Applicants from various background are welcome to apply. Applications should include a résumé and a cover letter. In the letter, the applicant can present their views on and experience in the field. Applicants are also asked to include ideas for how they would improve the level of awareness and knowledge of SYL’s development cooperation work at their student union and among students. Applicants should express their interest in positions based on the position profiles outlined above.

Please submit your application by 2nd of May at 4 pm. to the e-mail address hakemukset(at) The members for the Advisory Board will be appointed by SYL’s Executive Board.

For further information:

Juuli Juntura, OYY’s Specialist in International Affairs and Student Societies internationalofficer(at), +358 40 861 0868


Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

Design a cover for the student calendar and win fortune and fame, deadline 17.4.!

Now is your chance to to design a cool cover for our student calendar. The winner gets a prize of 300 euros and gets to have their creation on the cover of thousands of students’ precious curriculum-keepers!

Send your design at, deadline is April 17th at 00:00 pm. Please send your design in pdf-form (300dpi at least, size of the document 111 x 189 mm). The OYY logo has to be in the cover and make sure to include space for a QR-code. Student Union holds the right to changes.

Unleash your inner artist and be creative!

Additional info:

Janne Hakkarainen
Communications Specialist
0400 381 321
Student Union of the University of Oulu

OYY logo 1, OYY logo 2

Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

Etsitään wappukummeja! / Interested in Finnish student culture?

Would you like to get to know a bit more about the Finnish student culture and wappu? Wappu is the biggest student event in spring time among university students. This year you can get your own wappukummi who will be taking you to various wappu events. This is your chance to get to know about traditional Finnish student events! Sign-up by the 13th of April and join the kick-off meeting on the 15th of April at 2 pm in OYY’s Olkkari. We’ll select 10 Finnish students to be wappukummis and 2–3 international students for each kummi.

Haluatko tutustuttaa kansainvälisiä opiskelijoita suomalaiseen wappuun? Tänä vuonna sinulla on mahdollisuus alkaa wappukummiksi 2–3 kansainväliselle opiskelijalle ja tutustuttaa heidät oululaiseen wappukulttuuriin! Wappukummeilun tarkoituksena on tuoda suomalaisia ja kansainvälisiä opiskelijoita yhteen, ja wappukummi ja kv-opiskelijaryhmä saavat suunnitella itse oman wappuohjelmansa. Voit alkaa wappukummiksi, jos olet vähintään toisen vuoden opiskelija. Ilmoittaudu 13.4. mennessä.

Ensimmäiset 10 ilmoittautunutta pääsevät wappukummeiksi. Lähetämme valituille viestin ja wappukummit sekä kv-opiskelijat osallistuvat kick-off -tilaisuuteen 15.4. klo 14.00 OYY:n Olkkarissa.

Lisätietoja / For more information:
Veera Alahuhta, veera.alahuhta(at)
Juuli Juntura, juuli.juntura(at)

Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

OYY’s Project Grants for student organisations

Student organisations can apply for the Student Union’s project grant until 13th of March. The funding can be awarded for new and unique projects, which can be short-term projects like events or they can continue for a longer period of time, like development projects. The projects have to support the association’s by-laws.

Organisations can apply for the grant either in advance or in retrospective. If possible, the grant will be awarded afterwards to cover the expenses of the project. Several organisations can apply for the funding if the funding of the project is handled by one organisation.

If you apply for the funding in advance, the project plan, schedule and budget should be included in the application. The budget should include how much the organisation’s self-financing is, OYY’s grant and possible other funding. Those who have received a project grant should send a final report of the project and also a financial report by the end of the calendar year.

The application round closes on the 13th of March 2016. The application process should be done via OYY’s Society Portal.

Further information: Specialist in International Affairs and Student Societies, Juuli Juntura,

Uutiset @en Juuli Juntura

Statement: Racism or discrimination do not belong in the university community

It has come out that Sami students have confronted racism in student events. According to an equality survey made by OYY, the inappropriate behaviour students confront focuses second most commonly on ethnic background or nationality. We are shocked by the fact that this kind of discrimination and harassment takes place within the student union. We want to emphasize that the student union is against racism in all its forms.

As it is stated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Article 2 (2007): “Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin or identity”. We think that this should concern not only indigenous peoples but also other ethnic groups. All students should have the right to participate student events without being questioned because of their ethnic identity or without being harassed or threatened because of their ethnic identity. “

Students have the right to talk both in public and in private about the discrimination they have confronted. Students who confront harassment or bullying can contact the contact people for bullying in the OYY. The contact people can support and advise students who feel they have become victims of bullying (for more information:

Racism, discrimination or bullying do not belong in the university or in the student union. OYY wishes that student culture takes a direction where the diversity of the student union’s members is appreciated and respected. All students should have the right to be an equal part of the academic community and the student union.

In Oulu, on the 17th of February

Kati Hannila
Chair of the Executive Board

Eero Manninen
Secretary General

For more information: Liisa Väisänen, Specialist in Social Affairs,, 040 526 5821

Page 5 of 9« First...34567...Last »