We students have our own places in the University’s arenas of power. HYY is now looking for student representatives for faculty councils and the University Collegium for 2020–2021. Student representatives in these positions ensure that students’ interests are not trampled upon when making decisions that concern studies and student life. Anyone can become the voice of students – including you. Apply by noon on 14 October!
New student representatives are selected every year. In autumn 2019, HYY is selecting student representatives to the faculty councils and the University Collegium for 2020–2021.
All faculties as well as the Swedish School of Social Science have their own selection committees to prepare the selection proposals. If you wish to influence the selections with a conveniently small amount of effort, just apply to the selection committee of your unit.
We are also regularly looking for students for various working groups at the University and for positions of student representative that become vacant during the term. Current information on all open calls for applications can be found at the halloped.fi website.
This is the best course at the University! Working as a student representative, you learn to deal with large issues and get to develop first-class cooperation skills for yourself.
Faculty councils are decision-making bodies found in all faculties, consisting of both students and staff members. The councils develop teaching and research at the faculties, control quality management of research and teaching, decide on degree requirements, teaching schedules and student selection criteria as well as process any far-reaching plans and matters of principle at the faculties.
The University Collegium is a forum representing the entire University, and its tasks include appointing members from outside the University community to the University Board, appointing the Chancellor of the University and the university auditors as well as confirming the University’s financial statements and annual report. The Collegium has student representation from all faculties and from the Swedish School of Social Science.
In faculty councils, you will get to influence the future of your own faculty and discipline, and in the Collegium, the direction of the entire University. As a student representative, you will make students’ voice heard while creating useful networks at the same time. You can also receive credits for the work, and a fee is paid for attending the meetings of the faculty councils and the Collegium.
There are different kinds of positions for student representatives, and the most important information on different administrative bodies is included in the calls for applications. If you are still unsure after reading them, however, you can also check out the ‘Student representatives’ guide or ask for more information from our specialist in charge of student representatives.
Read the call for applications carefully. In your application, write about the things that are mentioned in the call for applications. The application does not need to be long, though. You will receive a confirmation message after sending the application, and after this, it is just a matter of waiting for further information. Please send your application early enough!
The selection committee that prepares the selections, consisting of students from your own faculty, may choose to invite applicants for a short interview. If interviews are held, they are arranged according to the schedule below. Come as yourself – there is no need to feel nervous about the interview!
The selection committees make their proposals on the persons to be selected as student representatives in November. The final decision on the student representatives is made by HYY’s Board in the case of the faculty councils and by HYY’s Representative Council in the case of the Collegium. We will inform you about the selection personally after the selection has been made.
We organise training for the student representatives to help you learn the basics of acting as a student representative and to meet the other student representatives. The dates for the training sessions held after the autumn’s selections are available below.
You can apply to the selection committees of the faculties and the Swedish School of Social Science between 28 August and 16 September. We will inform those selected to the selection committees on 18 September.
We will provide members of the selection committees with training for their tasks. The training event will be held at 5–6 pm on 2 October in Wilhelmsson Hall in the New Student House (at Mannerheimintie 5 A, 5th floor). The premises are not accessible (no elevator, no accessible toilet) – please let us know if this poses a problem for you.
You can check out the meeting days for your selection committee from the list below. Please note that committing yourself to attending both meetings is important for the selections to run smoothly. All meetings begin at 5.00 pm.
Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry: 29 October and 6 November
Faculty of Arts: 22 October and 30 October
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences: 21 October and 28 October
Faculty of Educational Sciences: 23 October and 31 October
Faculty of Law: 24 October and 1 November
Faculty of Medicine: 22 October and 4 November
Faculty of Pharmacy: 30 October and 7 November
Faculty of Science: 24 October and 29 October
Faculty of Social Sciences: 21 October and 28 October
Faculty of Theology: 23 October and 4 November
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine: 31 October and 8 November
Swedish School of Social Science: 1 November and 7 November
Our aim is for the selection committees to finalise their proposals by 8 November. HYY’s Board will make a decision on the student representatives to the faculty councils by 21 November, and HYY’s Representative Council will appoint the members of the Collegium in its meeting on 3 December.
You can apply to the faculty councils and the University Collegium between 19 September and 14 October.
HYY’s Office will be touring the campuses in October. We will be happy to discuss the selection of student representatives and, for instance, the opportunities to influence the University’s Strategy in more detail.
City Centre: 10 am–2 pm on 7 October, Guidance Corner (Kaisa House)
Viikki: 10 am–2 pm on 8 October, Info Centre
Kumpula: 10 am–2 pm on 9 October, lobby of Physicum
Meilahti: 10 am–2 pm on 11 October, Terkko
The selection committees may choose to invite applicants for a short interview. The list below features the potential interview day for your faculty (as well as the day by which we will inform you whether interviews will be held in brackets). All interviews are held from 5 pm onwards.
Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry: 6 November (30 October)
Faculty of Arts: 30 October (23 October)
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences: 28 October (22 October)
Faculty of Educational Sciences: 31 October (24 October)
Faculty of Law: 1 November (25 October)
Faculty of Medicine: 4 November (23 October)
Faculty of Pharmacy: 7 November (31 October)
Faculty of Science: 29 October (25 October)
Faculty of Social Sciences: 28 October (22 October)
Faculty of Theology: 4 November (24 October)
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine: 8 November (1 November)
Swedish School of Social Science: 7 November (4 November)
Our aim is for HYY’s Board to make a decision on the student representatives to faculty councils by 21 November. HYY’s Representative Council will appoint the members of the Collegium on 3 December.
Training for the faculty councils is held at 5–8 pm on Wednesday 4 December (location announced later).
Training for the Collegium is held at 5–8 pm on Monday 9 December (location announced later).
The selection method of student representatives is defined in a regulation approved by our Representative Council. The selections are prepared by the Central Selection Committee that operates under the Representative Council. The Committee establishes the selection committees that prepare the selection of student representatives from each faculty and the Swedish School of Social Science. The decision on most selections is made by HYY’s Board or Representative Council.