The most important duty of the Student Union of the University of Lapland is to protect the interests of the students. The members of the Student Union consist of the undergraduate and postgraduate students and all the exchange students and doctoral students who have chosen to join the union. LYY protects the students’ interests in both official contexts, such as working committees, and in more laid back contexts like e.g. coffee table conversations.
The aim of LYY’s advocacy is to improve the university students’ everyday life and offer every student the tools to take care of their own overall well-being. Additionally, LYY works in cooperation with the National Union of University Students in Finland to protect the interests of students on a national level, concerning issues such as income and health services of the students. To ensure the transparency of the work LYY attends to SYL’s meetings on protection of interests.
The protectors of interests in LYY are the people who work in positions of responsibility and the staff. Other valuable co-workers are the subject associations and the student representatives of the University Administration.
You can get more information on advocacy from LYY’s Adviser of Educational and Social Affairs firstname.lastname@example.org
The working committees
The protection of interests originates in letting the students speak for themselves within the working committees the University has but also in committees where other cooperators work. The Lapland University Consortium (LUC) has several working committees where LYY has one or two representatives. Perhaps the most impactful committees are the Management and Development of Studies Committee, LUC’s Management and Development Committee as well as the Hyvinkö-committee that focuses on enhancing the wellbeing of students. The students are also represented in the Health Committee held by the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) along with the Dining Committee that develops and coordinates the university restaurants. In the working committees LYY is able to meet the union’s objectives concerning protection of interests, like for instance to ease up the everyday life of the students.
The Smoother Studypath Committee (SUPI) works within the university. The SUPI committee was established in the fall of 2014. It is a new setting to actively participate in the university decision-making processes. The purpose of the committee is to innovatively create new student-centered operational models to the university, so that the studies are smoother and more flexible. The committee consists of LYY’s Executive Board members, the Chair of the Council of Representatives, LYY’s Adviser of Educational and Social Affairs, Faculty representatives who are also students and the Service Manager of the university.
LYY’s Adviser of Educational and Social Affairs offers more information on the committees. email@example.com.
Student tutoring is one of the most important aspects on protecting the interests of the students. The student tutor guides the new students to their new university and Rovaniemi, gives advice and tutors the students in studying. LYY is responsible of recruiting and appointing the tutors as well as organizing the training for the tutors and reporting and collecting feedback on tutoring. Furthermore, LYY develops tutoring in cooperation with the university. There are also international tutors for exchange students and international degree students.
STUDENT TUTORING Q & A
Q. What is a student tutor?
A: A tutor is the new student’s first contact to the university student community. The student tutor has a substantial responsibility in the beginning of a new student’s studypath. The tutor advises and helps to get the studies going and introduces the new student to the student culture.
Q: Do the tutors get paid?
A: Tutors earn 300 euros which is paid in two instalments – 150€ in the fall and 150€ in the spring. The earning is paid by the University of Lapland. The first instalment is paid around Christmas and the second one around the first of May.
Q: How much time does tutoring take and when does tutoring happen?
A: Nowadays the time frame of student tutoring is divided to both semesters. The beginning of the year in the fall takes the most time, because the new students start their studies then. However, all of the tutors have successfully completed their tutoring year. By offering tutoring in the spring term as well there isn’t a huge workload to be done only within the autumn term.
Q: What criteria is the tutor recruitment based on?
A: For instance, this year’s recruitment of the student tutors is based on the applicant’s study success, experience on work in associations or leading groups, motivation, experience on the University of Lapland’s work and the viewpoint on what is good tutoring.
Q: Do tutors get a training?
A: Yes, they do. The training clarifies the tutors role in the university student community and consists of all essential topics around tutoring and offers the tools for good tutoring
You can read more about tutoring from our Guide for Tutors! (Finnish)
The student representatives of University administration
The Unviersities Act states that there should also be student representatives in the university administration. The Student Representatives of University Administration (Hallopeds) are appointed by either the Executive Board or the Council of Representatives depending on the task in question. All the student union members are applicable candidates for the position as a representative in the university administration. The Student Union supports and coordinates the work of the student representatives. More information on the work of the Student Representatives of University Administration from the Adviser of Educational and Social Affairs (edunvalvonta(at)lyy.fi).
The harassment contact persons
If a student experiences bullying, harassment, discrimination, distasteful behavior or if they are in a troublesome conflict with someone they can contact LYY’s harassment contact persons. A student can also contact the harassment contact persons if they perceive so that the subject associations or other actors in the student community don’t follow the student union’s equality plan.
The harassment contact person’s work is confidential. That’s why the work never proceeds further than the person who informed about the case gives permission to. Without a permission, the harassment contact persons don’t even share details of the cases they work on with each other. The harassment contact persons work varies from being a reliable listener into being an active problem solver and a mediator between the conflicting parties. The work of the harassment contact persons isn’t documented in any way.
LYY’s harassment contact persons
puh. 045 138 4190