Organization

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Organization

Here you will find information about the organization structure.

Organization structure of the Student Union as a picture

The Student Union of the University of Vaasa organizational model relies on traditional representative democracy, where members choose their own representatives in the highest decision-making body elections, in which all those who are eligible can enter as candidates for election into the Representative Council. The Representative Council, in turn, elects the executive body, the student union Executive Board, to represent them and to make decisions.

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Representative council

The highest decision-making body of the Student Union of the University of Vaasa is a 30-member council, whose members are elected for a two year term. All VYY members have the right to vote in Representative Council elections, that is, all the university basic degree students as well as those exchange and post-graduate students who are registered as attending and have paid the Student Union fee.

The Representative Council determines the Student Union’s strategy as well as, among other things, the amount of the membership fee and the action plan. The Representative Council also appoints the Executive Board and chooses the Secretary General.

Meetings of the Representative Council are open to all VYY members and the Representative Council meets about once a month throughout the academic year.

Chairperson of the representative council

The chairperson of the representative council has the highest position of trust in the Student Union. Their duty is to lead the representative council meetings. In case you have questions about the council, please contact the Chairman of the Representative Council or the Secretary General.

Representative council of term 2020-2021

The chair of the representative council 2021: Elli Uusi-Kokko (Warranttilaiset). Her email is epj@vyy.fi.

The Representative Council groups’ numbers of seats and their chairpersons’ names for the term 2020-2021

  • Warranttilaiset,13 seats, group leader Victor Rubanovitsch
  • Unioni, 4 seats, group leader Johanna Kaukovaara
  • Tuttilaiset,  3 seats, group leader Jaber McBreen
  • Kampusporvarit, 7 seats, group leader Ville Hakanen
  • Punavihreä Allianssi, 1 seat, group leader Matias Kvist
  • Keskeiset, 2 seats, group leader Tero Kosunen

Executive board

The Executive Board is responsible for operative control of the Student Union of the University of Vaasa. The Board consists of 6-10 members elected by the Representative Council. Members of the Board are working together with the hired in-house staff of the University.

In addition to supervision of student interests, board members work on culture and leisure issues as well as business relations tasks. The Board intends to ensure that every student at the University could contribute to their studies flexibly and at a reasonable pace and take care of themselves in their free time. The Executive Board also chooses the VYY staff.

The Executive Board meets approximately once a week throughout the school year.

In case you have any questions about the executive board, please contact the Chair of the Board or the Secretary General.

Administration student representatives

Administration student representatives (abbreviated into HallOpEds, from ‘hallinnon opiskelijaedustajat’) play an important role in decision-making at the university and the schools. Their mission is to represent the students’ points of view, all the while taking into account the interests of education and research in general. In addition to decision-making, the tasks include the preparation and promotion of dialogue within the Student Union, students associations and among students, as well as reporting for and communication with the above-mentioned decision-making entities after the decision-making process. The hallopeds represent the entire Student Union and all students, providing efficient advocacy for matters that are important to students. The decisions that are made by the University’s governing bodies affect students in particular.

VYY’s current administration student representatives and their deputies are listed below.

If you are interested in becoming a halloped, please check the official Student Union notice board at the VYY office, our e-mail newsletters and our website for vacancies and apply for the positions as they open. If you have any questions regarding student representative work, please contact the Specialist in Students Interests.

The Student Union’s Representative Council elects all administrative student representatives.

 

Administration student representatives in the University of Vaasa and interest groups

After each meeting, one of the hallopeds that were present fills out the halloped report form regarding matters relevant to students.

 

University of Vaasa Board (1.1.2022-31.12.2023)

The highest decision-making body of the University of Vaasa is the Board, which is selected by the University Collegium. The University of Vaasa Board has nine members, five of whom are from outside the university and four from within the university community.

Actual member
Sandroos Aleksi

 

University Collegium (1.1.2022-31.12.2023)

The University Collegium consists of elected members of the university community. The collegium has 15 members who represent professors, teaching staff, researchers, other staff and students. The University Collegium selects the members of the university Board.

Actual members Personal deputy members
McBreen Jaber Karppinen Laura
Nieminen Mikko Kettuoja Ida
Tyynismaa Lili Malinen Joona
Uusi-Kokko Elli Rahim Darius
Vuori Vappu Ursin Eevi

 

SCHOOL MANAGEMENT GROUPS

School of Accounting and Finance  (1.1.2022–31.12.2023)

Actual members Personal deputy members
Anttila Niilo Kurki Sofia
Kanth Saana Näsman Sebastian
Sjöblom Joonas Valtanen Mikko

 

School of Marketing and Communication (1.1.2022–31.12.2023)

Actual members Personal deputy members
Hinssa Viivi Alasuutari Sara
Nikkanen Anna Ripatti Wiktoria
Tyynismaa Lili Ursin Eevi

 

School of Management (1.1.2022–31.12.2023)

Actual members Personal deputy members
Karppinen Laura Lehtinen Siiri
Uusi-Kokko Elli Miettinen Henri
Vuori Vappu Said Sumaya

 

School of Technology and Innovations (1.1.2022–31.12.2023)

Actual members Personal deputy members
Kalliovalkama Roosa Haakana Roni
McBreen Jaber Koskinen Ada
Tallgren Vilja Veteläinen Akseli

 

The Council of Education (1.1.2022-31.12.2023)

The University has a Council of Education, which is the administrative body responsible for the quality of education. The council is chaired by the Vice-Rector and includes one representative from each of the Schools, as well as nine other representatives of the University community and their personal deputy members.

Actual members Personal deputy members
Kettuoja Ida Tyynismaa Lili
Koivisto Laura Uusi-Kokko Elli
Malinen Joona Vakkilainen Miika

 

The Council of Research

The University has a Council of Research, which is the administrative body responsible for the quality of research. 

Actual member Personal deputy member
Karppinen Laura Tyynismaa Lili

 

Language Centre management group (1.1.2022–31.12.2023)

Actual members Personal deputy members
Karppinen Laura Knuutila Cia-Maria
Ursin Eevi Tyynismaa Lili

 

VOAS delegation

The VOAS delegation is responsible of, for example, electing the VOAS board, processing the report of operations and financial statement as well as approving the budget.

Actual member Personal deputy member
Tuomela Antti Suonmaa Olli-Oskari
Ronkainen Onni Järvinen Annalotta
Ursin Eevi Uusi-Kokko Elli
Valtonen Niklas Miettinen Henri
McBreen Jaber Kurki Sofia
Pyykkönen Joel Pajasmaa Viivi

 

Working groups for campus facilities

As part of the campus renewal project the University has appointed two working groups to take part in the development of campus facilities.

Working group for new facility solutions

Actual member
Järvinen Annalotta
Viertola Vilma

 

Working group for placement of different operations

Actual member
Nuutila Emmi
Rinne Marianne

Committees

Committees founded by the Executive Board are a part of VYY. Committees’ activities are open for all VYY members. Committees are led by members of the Executive Board in cooperation with the VYY secretaries. These committees are open and in many ways the best opportunity for VYY members to participate in and to influence the Student Union’s activities. Committees meet approximately four times per semester.

Committee of Student Interests

The Committee of Student Interests or EVVK (Edunvalvontavaliokunta) deals with a wide range of issues related to studying and student life. The committee covers education policy issues (for example summer exam schedule, the structure and contents of training programs, student representatives’ activities in the University administration and development of the student admission process), and social policy issues (for example financial aid, Finnish Student Health Service, housing and well-being), and related international issues (for example the tuition fee debate).

Contact the board or the staff of the Student Union

The board and the staff are happy to tell you more about the Student Union and how to participate!