At its festive meeting, the Board of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) has awarded several honours for the work on behalf of the Student Union. The honours will be awarded at HYY's 146th anniversary at the Old Student House in the evening of 26 November.
The Student Union's badge of honour on a wide blue ribbon is annually awarded to a person or persons who have significantly promoted the Student Union's aspirations and to whom the Student Union wishes to pay homage.
The badge of honour on the Student Union's wide blue ribbon is awarded to:
- Master of Laws Heikki Valkjärvi for significant and meritorious work on behalf of student housing and better city
- Licentiate of Laws Juha Viertola for long-term and valuable work on behalf of the Student Union and administration
- Master of Laws Kerstin Rinne for pioneering and dedicated work on behalf of the Student Union's business operations
In accordance with Section 4 of the Student Union's badge regulation, the Student Union's standard may be granted at the discretion of the Student Union to a community which has promoted the Student Union's aspirations.
The Student Union's standard is awarded to Tahdon 2014 campaign for the development of Finnish democracy and the promotion of human rights.
The Student Union's badge of honour on a narrow blue ribbon for significant and meritorious activities on behalf of the Student Union is awarded to Lari Ahokas, Ted Apter, Veikko Eranti, Mia Haglund, Hanna Hannus, Pasi Hario, Anni Hirsaho, Juha Hurme, Emma Kari, Sara Miettunen, Olli Nokso-Koivisto, Tuomas Pernu and Harri Waltari.
The badge for long-term and meritorious work on behalf of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki is awarded to Cashier Kirsi Mähönen and Restaurant Manager Sari Mönkölä.
Good Teacher - Magister Bonus prize 2014 is awarded to Assistant Professor of Criminal Law Sakari Melander. Melander's prize was based on the fact that he is at the same time both an approachable and credible teacher and researcher, whose lectures focus on essential issues, which he explains in a way that the students understand. Melander's student-minded approach, professionalism and transparent development of teaching make him a particularly good teacher. Melander has a very open attitude to providing feedback, which has made the students to participate more actively in the development of teaching at the faculty.
The Student Union of the University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest student union in Finland. Approximately 27,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students of the University of Helsinki are members of the Student Union.
Chairperson of HYY Board Anna-Maija Riekkinen, anna-maija.riekkinen(at)hyy.fi, tel. 050 543 9610