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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

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 (1.1.2020-31.12.2021)

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
Hannes Torppa


University Collegium (1.1.2020-31.12.2021)

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
Ala-Röyskö Santeri Kosunen Tero
Valio Anna Juvela Anssi
McBreen Jaber Hakanen Ville
Valtonen Niklas Kaisko Mikko
Viertola Vilma Mellanen Maria



School of Accounting and Finance  (1.1.2020–31.12.2021)

Actual members Personal deputy members
Kaski Nenna Hurme Isla
Piirainen Alisa Sinkkonen Jenni
Valtonen Niklas Seppänen Saska


School of Marketing and Communication (1.1.2020–31.12.2021)

Actual members Personal deputy members
Mellanen Maria Güven Sara
Viertola Vilma Ursin Eevi
Ylitalo Laura Alasuutari Sara


School of Management (1.1.2020–31.12.2021)

Actual members Personal deputy members
Kesonen Roosa Sjöberg Petra
Kvist Matias Kosunen Tero
Ratamo Jenni Tuomela Antti


School of Technology and Innovations (1.1.2020–31.12.2021)

Actual members Personal deputy members
Harmanen Aurora Kalliovalkama Roosa
McBreen Jaber Tyynelä Anni
Karjalainen Lauri Kuosa Heta


The Council of Education (1.1.2020-31.12.2021)

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
Juvela Anssi Hakanen Ville
Valtonen Niklas Valio Anna
Viertola Vilma Ratamo Jenni


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
Tuohiniemi Lauri Nieminen Mikko


Language Centre management group (1.1.2020–6.3.2021)

Language Centre management group student representatives are picked by the Council of Representatives meeting on 6.3.2018. Until then, the following temporary members appointed by the Council of Representatives represent students in the group:

Actual members Personal deputy members
Niskanen Helmi Lindholm Markus
Hirsimäki Riku Ursin Eevi


Academic library Tritonia's management group

Actual member Personal deputy member
Jaber McBreen Secretary General of the Student Union


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


Vaasa unit board (1.1.2020-31.12.2021)

The FSHS Vaasa unit board oversees the health service unit’s operations and changes in the operational environment, promotion of health and community health care work. The board is responsible for reducing the number of health care offices or adding new ones, as well as other related matters. The board also actively cooperates with the institution’s interest groups.

Actual members Personal deputy members
Myllymäki Jenni Sjöberg Petra
Uusi-Kokko Elli Sandroos Aleksi


FSHS delegation (1.1.2020-31.12.2021)

The delegation assembles biannually in their spring and autumn meetings. At the spring meeting, the delegation processes the board’s report of operations and financial statement. At the autumn meeting, the delegation confirms the budget and the plan of operations, elects the chair, vice-chair, secretary and other members of the delegation and board as necessary.

Actual member
Sjöberg Petra


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 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!