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Uutiset @en Hennamari Toiviainen

Campfire event for students with families

Come and enjoy the fresh air of autumn days and spend an afternoon outdoors! Sausage roasting and coffee brewing on open fire takes place in Lämsänjärvi camping center on Wednesday, September 26th, from 4pm to 7pm. You can enjoy the afternoon just by relaxing by the fire. Children get to take part in outdoor activities and adults can join to the activity. In case of rain we spend the evening indoors. The event is open for all students, with or without children!

Please let us know if you are coming by clicking ‘attending’, so that we know to prepare enough drinks and snacks for everyone. We will offer sausages or a vegetarian option, coffee, tea, juice and marshmallows. You can also bring your own snacks if you wish. This event is alcohol-free.

The event is organized by the Student Union of the University of Oulu (OYY), the Student Union of Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OSAKO) and the student services of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Oulu.

More information: sopoasiantuntija(a)

Uutiset @en Henna Määttä

OYY: Now is the time to emphasize the quality of education and the wellbeing of the university community!

In the University of Oulu, planning and budgeting for the year 2019 is going on intensely. Preliminary plans and ideas, ones concerning education in particular, were worked on as early as in spring in the professor forum and the joint workshop between the education management group and the education council.  The Student Union would like to thank the parties involved for the working method, which was participatory, took different perspectives into account, and which involved student representatives all the way from the beginning of the process.

The Student Union of the University of Oulu considers that in the year 2019 it is time to emphasize education and the wellbeing of the university community. During the current strategy season (2016-2020), the University of Oulu has emphasized research, and thus solidified its status as an international research university. Investing in education must not remain as something only mentioned in ceremonial speeches, but instead it should be visible in the faculties’ budgets and as an increase in strategic funding for education. High-quality education and functioning support services are not only something that can be used in marketing, but also an investment that produces experts and future researchers for the society. Sufficient resources ensure that activities do not consist of surviving a day after another, but contain enough time for true development.

The Student Union of the University of Oulu considers that in addition to the financial emphasis on education, the development of the university should be focused on student-centered learning, improving the quality of education and the participation of international students and staff, developing career counseling, and on projects that support the wellbeing and physical training of the university community, without forgetting the objectives of continuous  learning.

The Student Union of the University of Oulu would like to remind everyone that student feedback, such as the results of the ISB-survey, do not present a very flattering image of the quality of education and the pedagogical expertise of the teaching staff. Mandatory university pedagogics and making it possible for the teaching staff to take part in pedagogical studies would be clear signals that our university considers education and teaching to be of utmost importance. Studies suggest that the completion of university pedagogical studies is worth it: pedagogical competence improves the teacher’s wellbeing and ability to work, and also reduces stress. The teacher’s improved ability to work then reflects on students’ learning. The students’ learning improves and their studies become smoother as teaching methods used in courses become more versatile and of higher quality.

The Student Union of the University of Oulu also calls for equal opportunities for participation. An international science community requires equal opportunities to participate in official decision making, or otherwise the internationality is only partially realized. The Student Union challenges all faculties to produce bilingual communications and to make it possible for international students and staff to participate in the faculties’ events and administrative bodies with the help of translators, for example. If the Student Union can make it possible for international students to participate in student council meetings, trainings arranged by the student union and different committees and sections, we believe that every faculty can do it as well.

In addition to the aforementioned matters, the quality and accessibility of career counseling services has become one of the areas of development in the University of Oulu. According to student feedback, career counseling services are either not identified at all or their accessibility is considered very low. The Student Union supports the resources allocated to the planning of career counseling services, but also considers that the resources are only sufficient to develop and coordinate the services. The idea that the services in question would be able to serve all students in eight different faculties cannot be considered realistic. The OYY encourages all faculties to consider what kind of career counseling services can be found among their own services and with what kind of resources the services are implemented.

As the last focus area of development the Student Union of the University of Oulu would like to bring more attention to measures that support the university community’s wellbeing and physical training. The Student Union is very concerned about test results, according to which over a half of university students spend more than ten hours a day sitting down. Meanwhile, the use of university sports services has decreased and the prices have increased. The Student Union requires concrete investments in the development and marketing of university sports services, and particularly in ways that reach those students who do not get a lot of physical exercise. Additionally, measures that reduce sitting and support cycling are needed. Sitting can be reduced, for example, with Bottom up-campaigns, with standing and electric desks, and by adding new apparatuses to the campus that encourage physical activity.

The Student Union of the University of Oulu wants to encourage faculties to continue planning and budgeting with participatory working methods. Group work and discussions in administrative bodies promote open conversation customs and allow all representatives to get their voices heard. Finally, the Student Union would like to remind everyone that the best business cards for a communal, multidisciplinary and internationally renowned university are a satisfied student and a healthy, capable staff member.

In Oulu, the 20th of September, 2018.

Kalle Parviainen                                             Aino-Kaisa Manninen
Chair of the Board                                          Secretary General
The Student Union of the University of Oulu           The Student Union of the University of Oulu

More information: Specialist in Academic Affairs Henna Määttä,, 0405257821

Uutiset @en Henna Määttä

Apple for a teacher -event on Wednesday 26th of September

The student union organises an event to promote quality teaching and study guidance by giving out some yummy apples to the good teachers and lecturers at the University of Oulu on September 26th. Come and get an apple from green coat tracks or from the lobby of The Faculty of Medicine (Aapistie 5A) to take it to your favourite lecturer.

In the last few years the event has made many teachers happy and at the OYY we believe that a happy teacher makes also their students happier. The event starts at 10 am and continues until we have given out all the apples, so be early to get your own! Read more from the Facebook event.

Uutiset @en Mariah O'mara

Important Information about the Vulcanalia Festival

We are excited to welcome you to the Vulcanalia Festival, taking place at Areena Oulu (Tyrnäväntie 16) Wednesday, September 12th.

Below you will find important information concerning the event. Please read through this entire message carefully before your arrival to Areena on Wednesday.


Doors open at 20:00 and the program at Areena will run until 00:30. The event ends at 1:00 at which time Areena Oulu will be closed. Please be sure to clear out all personal belongings before this time.

Schedule for the program in Areena Oulu is as follows (estimated times):

  • 20-20:15 Opening words from the University of Oulu and City of Oulu
  • 20:15 Teekkaritorvet wind band
  • 21:15 Satellite Stories
  • 22:30 Stig
  • 23:30 DJ Tom Wizard


  • There are two entrances into the event space, located next to each other (see map below)
  • To make sure that the line moves smoothly, have your ticket ready before arriving at the entrance
    • Arriving early might help you avoid waiting in line at the entrance



  • Remember to take your ticket with you to the event. You need to have a mobile device to check the ticket. If you do not have a mobile device or do not have data, you can always send your ticket to a friend or print it out before the event.
  • You can access your ticket by logging in to via web browser or from the email confirmation link you receive when you bought the ticket
  • Please note that tickets are marked as used by the security staff at the door
    IMPORTANT: Please do not mark the ticket as used yourself
  • After the security staff has checked your ticket you will receive a Vulcanalia stamp, this will allow you to come back into the event area if you leave. This stamp also gives you access to the Official Vulcanalia After Party taking place at Viihdemaailma Ilona. Please be sure you DO NOT wash the stamp off during the evening.
  • FORWARDING YOUR TICKET (For example in case you sell your ticket)
    • You can send your ticket to a friend or new buyer from your Bailataan Wallet, using the arrow icon found on the upper right hand corner of a ticket. To forward a ticket, you’ll be needing the recipient’s email that is used as their Bailataan user name.
    • If the recipient is not yet a Bailataan user, please ask them to register to the service in order to send the ticket. When the ticket has been forwarded, the recipient will receive a notification email.
    • This info is from:


Smoking is allowed only in marked locations (see map below)


  • Cloakroom service is available in the event area (see map below )
  • The cloakroom service fee is included in the Vulcanalia Festival ticket price
  • Backpacks and approved items need to be left at the cloakroom (see “forbidden items”)


  • Money, for food and beverages
  • Your ID with a picture (Vulcanalia Festival age limit is 18)
  • Warm clothing, for trips to and from Areena Oulu (It gets really cold outside during September evenings).


  • Drinks containing alcohol or alcohol-free drinks (you may bring an empty bottle)
  • Illegal substances
  • Pets
  • Picnic chairs / other chairs
  • Selfie sticks, camera (umbrellas can be left in the cloakroom)
  • Guns etc. other dangerous and illegal items
  • Backpacks and approved items need to be left at the cloakroom



Our official partner for transportation is Fixutaxi, which has only recently arrived in Oulu. Fixutaxi will transport our event attendees to and from the event spaces at the very reasonable price of 2 €/person. What could be better than to arrive to Areena Oulu and to Viihdemaailma Ilona After Party with your own taxi ride? Each Fixutaxi is a hybrid Toyota, which seats up to seven.

We have arranged two pickup points for the Vulcanalia Festival these are:

  1. University of Oulu Linnanmaa Campus (next to Yliopisto E bus stop)
  2. Rotuaari stage in the city center

Transportation to the Vulcanalia Festival will be available between the hours of 19:00-20:30. During this time you will be able to order the taxi either to the University of Oulu or to the city center pick up stop. When you are ordering the ride, please follow these steps:

  1. Download the Fixutaxi app to your mobile device
  2. Order a ride through the application to one of the designated pick-up points (NOTE: The application will show a normal price for the ride, but for the participants at Vulcanalia when picking up from these pickup points the price is fixed at € 2 per person)
  3. If the pick-up point already has FixuTax’s car free you can hop in and the driver will take you to Areena Oulu
  4. Enjoy a tidy and care-free ride
  5. Pay for your trip (2 € / person)


Just a reminder, you get the fixed price 2€ only when you get into a car from one of our pick up points and when your destination is Areena Oulu.

FixuTaxi rides are also available after the Festival, however, only to the official afterparty in Ilona. Rides will be available between 23:30-01:00. Follow the same instructions as above to get the fixed price of 2€ (only when your destination is Ilona afterparty).


The Section of Environmental Affairs will host a guided bike trip to the Vulcanalia Festival. The route is as follows: University of Oulu Linnanmaa Campus → City Center of Oulu →Limingantulli (Areena Oulu).

The trip will begin at the University R-door at 18:45, you should reach the Oulu Theatre around 19:15 before arriving at the Areena Oulu around 19:35.


The highlight of student life, legendary party bus Wesibussi will transport people to Areena Oulu from University of Oulu Linnanmaa campus at no cost between the hours of 19:00-21:00. Wesibussi will drive between Linnanmaa and Areena Oulu it will be crowded so make sure to act fast.

Oulu Public Transport

For more information about Oulu Public Transportation and bus schedules, click here.  Bus number 3 goes through Linnanmaa and the city center to Limingantulli.

You may also arrive by walking or by car. If you do drive you may park your vehicle in Prisma’s parking lot located across the street from Areena.  

The distance from the city center to Areena Oulu is around 2,5 kilometers.


  • There will be food and drinks available for purchase at the restaurant located inside Areena Oulu, Robson’s
  • You are allowed to buy alcoholic beverages from Areena Oulu and drink them inside the event space
  • There will be free drinking water available
  • Check the location of the restaurant, bars and water stations from the map


  • Glitternisti (Glitter face painting) at 20:00-23:00
  • Photobooth at 20:00-21:30
  • Tapiiri’s overall patch workshop at 20:00-00:00
  • Locations of these activities can be found on the map pictured below


  • The official Vulcanalia after party will be at Viihdemaailma Ilona (Torikatu 21-23) in the Oulu city center.
  • The after party starts at 11 pm
  • Your ticket to Vulcanalia Festival is also your ticket to the official after party. The ticket does not include the cloakroom service fee in Viihdemaailma Ilona.
  • Door tickets to after party are sold as long there is room at Ilona. Prepare for lines


  • Take care of your friends and people around you. Do not leave anyone alone who is in the need of help.
  • Make sure that you do not leave empty cans or trash on the ground. Let’s keep the environment clean. Remember this when you are arriving and leaving Areena Oulu.
  • If you need any help, please contact Areena Oulu security or Vulcanalia staff (you recognize the staff members from staff passes). Areena Oulu security staff is trained for first aid. In case of an emergency, please call the national emergency number 112.


You may ask for lost items from the Student Union of the University of Oulu (OYY) office or from Areena Oulu.


You can reach organizers of Vulcanalia Festival via email:



Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

Register in the University of Oulu by the 12th of September

Have a nice start for academic year 2018-2019!

Remember to register in Uni Oulu by 12th of September. The easiest way for to register and pay the Student Union fee is on Weboodi (continuing students) or on Oili (new students).

OYY’s membership stickers can be get from OYY office or Faculty Student Affairs service points on Linnanmaa campus (KE1020 or Tietotalo) and on Kontinkangas campus (address Aapistie 7 A, 2. krs). Mobile student card can be downloaded

OYY’s office is open between the 1st of August and the 28th of September we are open on Mon-Thu 10 am–4 pm and on Friday 10 am–2 pm (closed for lunch break 11 am–11.30 am). These autumn office hours are valid until the end of September. From the beginning of October we are open from on Mon-Thu at 10-14. OYY’s office can be find behind the green loak rooms.

Faculty Service Points’ contact information and opening hours:

If a University of Oulu student fails to register during registration period, they will lose their right to study. Re-registering after the study right has been lost requires the student to pay the re-registration fee 35€.

Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

Come to talk with the Minister of Education on 10.9.

The Minister of Education Sanni Grahn-Laasonen visits the Oulu University on the 10th of September. Students can meet her and talk with her at 14.30-15.00. in Cafe Hub.

The opening ceremonies of the new academic year began at 15.15. in Saalastinsali.

Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

OYY’s pop up office at Kontinkangas Campus on the 6.9.

The Student Union will set up a pop up office to the Kontinkangas Campus on the 6th of September. The pop up office will locate at Aapistie 5 and it will be open at 11 a.m. and close at 2.30 p.m.

There will be student card stickers, sport passes, member pins (to student caps), student-priced movie tickets and counseling.

Uutiset @en Mariah O'mara

Vulcanalia Festival Artists Revealed

Today during the Oulu Student Magazine Campus Live Facebook broadcast the true identities of the Vulcanalia Festival artists were finally revealed! 

After a lot of speculation, we are happy to announce this year’s festival lineup as follows:

Satellite Stories

Widely hailed as the most successful Finnish indie band in Europe, this band’s story was born out of the corridors of the University of Oulu. The band announced this past May that their collective story would come to an end this fall as they pursue their own individual stories. However, the band has agreed to include Vulcanalia on their farewell tour. So, if you want to see the band return to their home stage it’s now or never! Satellite Stories new album “Cut Out the Lights” debuts on 07.09.18


Stig has been a well-known figure in the Finnish music scene for many years. He is known for his many hits, such as “Ryyppy”, “Roy Orbison” and “Puumaa mä metsästän.”


Tickets will be available for purchase through online ticketing retailer Bailataan. Ticket sales open Monday 20.8 from 10.00 hr at Bailataan’s online ticketing platform allows you to buy your tickets wherever and whenever you’d like, all from the convenience of your electronic device. To find out more about the Bailataan service you can check out frequently asked questions here

A limited number of tickets will also be sold at the Linnanmaa campus on 4th of September from 10-14 hr near the green coat racks across from the Tellus Innovation Area, and on the Kontinkangas campus on 5th of September from 10-14 hr.        

Event Timetable (Estimated Time):

  • 20:00 Opening ceremony
  • 20:15 Teekkaritorvet
  • 21:15 Satellite Stories
  • 22:30 STIG
  • 23:45 DJ
  • 1:00 The event ends

The Vulcanalia Day also includes the Student Fair on the Linnanmaa campus from 10-14 hr on the same day. 

The Official Vulcanalia After Party will be held at Viihdemaailma Ilona.

For more information about the event, you can contact us here.


Uutiset @en Mariah O'mara

Vulcanalia 2018: The Opening Event of the Academic Year

As the summer draws to a close it’s time to look ahead to the fall term.

Vulcanalia, the University of Oulu’s unofficial opening party of the academic year, is the perfect event to help you ease into student life here in Oulu. It is also one of the few events of the year that brings together all of the University of Oulu’s diverse population of students and staff members.

This year’s festivities will take place on Wednesday, the 12th of September, 2018.

The day opens with the Vulcanalia Student Fair. It is almost impossible to miss, as the event takes over most of the University’s Linnanmaa campus starting around 10:00 until 14:00.

The atmosphere at the Vulcanalia Fair is light and fun, with students eager to share their interests and learn more about all of the exciting opportunities Oulu has to offer. If you are up for a challenge, you can pick up a stamp pass from the OYY booth and try your hand at winning a coveted Vulcanalia overall patch, but you better move fast because supplies are limited!

After the Fair, the real party begins.

The Vulcanalia Festival starts around 20:00 of the same day (but make sure to come early if you want to skip the line) and will take place this year at Oulu Areena. The Oulu Areena is accessible by bus, bike, or on foot from the city center. We will also have Wesibussi available from the University but keep in mind spaces are limited.  More information about transportation will be posted on the Facebook page as it becomes available.

Artists will be announced on the 15th, and ticket sales begin a few days later on the 20th of August.

The Festival will run until just before midnight. After the Festival will be the official Vulcanalia After Party, hosted by our generous sponsor Ilona where the fun will continue until they kick us out.

The day is shaping up to be one to remember!

So, whether you are a new student looking to learn more about what the University has to offer, or a returning student looking to reconnect with old friends, make new friends, or explore new interests, Vulcanalia is the event for you!

To learn more and keep up to date on all the latest Vulcanalia news and events you can visit our Facebook page or send us an email at

Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

Student Cards updated and prices change

New version of Frank App is now available and Student Card prices have changed beginning from the 1st of August. For more information on different student card options and pricing please see

Why is the new Frank App asking me to register again?

The new version will ask you to register or log in with your webservice credentials even if you had used Frank App before. This is because Frank is letting go the entire of the old application and combining their digital services into one united service experience with their web service that has been up and running since the fall 2017.

NOTE! You have to be present for the current academic period in order to register to the new Frank App. This means that the new Frank App cannot validate your student status if you are no longer present at the time of registering to the new app. In case you are just now finishing your studies and won’t be present for the next academic period you can continue to use the old version of Frank App up to end of August or for 30 days after you no longer have a present student status.



If the FAQ section doesn’t help, please contact Frank via

Uutiset @en Henna Määttä

Student tutor / kummi! Remember to sign up for OYY’s training!

The Student Union organises two traditional training and get-together evenings for all the university’s student tutors and kummis on the 9th and 22nd of August starting at 5 pm in Linnanmaa campus. The training is the same on both occasions so you have to participate only once.


In the training you will get important information for example about OYY, communications, chances to influence, Oulu student magazine, international opportunities, events, equity and new premises. In addition, we will give you some hints on how to make new students feel welcome to Oulu. After the official part of the training (which lasts about three hours) there will be some food served and you can get to know other student tutors.

You can sign up for the training by filling in the form below. The deadline for signing up is on 5th of August 2018. If you have any questions considering trainings or signing up, please send a message to our specialist in Academic Affairs ( and we’ll work it out.

Link to signup form:

Uutiset @en Janne Hakkarainen

OYY’s office is closed until the 1st of August

Our office is on summer break.

Our office opens again on the 1st of August. We will be open from Monday to Thursday at 10 am–4 pm and on Friday at 10 am–2 pm. These autumn office hours are valid until the end of September. During the lunch break the office will be closed (11.-11.30).

Have a pleasant summer!

Uutiset @en Hennamari Toiviainen

Suggest equality and diversity award recipient by 13 August 2018

Who has promoted equality and diversity in the University of Oulu in studies, research or administration? Who has/have developed new equality boosting actions? Who has improved our awareness on the different questions on equality and diversity? Or, has someone for example developed new forums or produced social media content promoting discussion on equality and discrimination?

Carrying out equality and diversity is everybody’s responsibility. You can now suggest equality award recipient. The award can be given to a person, staff / student group, unit, administrative body or association in the University of Oulu. The award is given separately to a student/student group and staff. The award will be published on the well-being week.

The written proposals with reasons for the award recipient shall be delivered to the secretary of Equality and Diversity Committee Tanja Mikkonen ( on 13 August 2018 at the latest.

For further information, please contact Heidi Huttunen (

Uutiset @en Oulun yliopiston ylioppilaskunnan hallitus 2018

The University of Oulu and OYY pursue green campus

In 2013 the University of Oulu started a project on making the administration building (HR) more environmentally friendly. Green Office is a system for offices which can be used to  decrease the ecological footprint of a workplace as well as carbon dioxide emissions. The certificate of Green Office was given to the University of Oulu in May 2015. Read more about Green Office:

Activities have been underway for a few years and the aim is to incorporate more environmentally friendly practises everywhere at the university, among students as well as personnel. This way we are aiming to make the whole campus more environmentally friendly towards the so-called green campus. We need your help for that. You can eg. participate in the biking challenge Kilometrikisa or to suggest action for your own organization.

Green office team takes care of making the green campus a reality. This year a representative from the student union has started in the team. In case you want to know more about Green Office or if you have ideas for the green campus, you can contact her: vilma-riikka.tiittanen (at)

Uutiset @en Aino-Kaisa Manninen

Detour to OYY’s office and office hours before summer break


We have a renovation at OYY’s office. Please note that you have to use detour to get our temporary office. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We are open before summer break on Mon – Thu 11.6.–14.6. and on Mon – Tue 18.6.–19.6. 10 am – 2 pm. Office is closed during the daily lunch break 11-11.30.

OYY office is closed during summer break 20.6.–31.7. We are open again from the first of August.

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