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An appeal for ISYY’s members: Become a candidate and vote

The sixth elections for the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) Representative Council will be held this fall on both campuses. The elections will not succeed without good candidates and voters. Will you be one of them?

Is it difficult to understand what the Representative Council does?

Put it simply, the Student Union could be seen as a nation where students are its citizens. The citizens (students) elect the Parliament (Representative Council), who then elect the Committees and the Government (Executive Board).

By participating in the Representative Council elections, you can best influence the most important matters during your life as a student and take part in decision-making. Don’t miss your chance, become a candidate even if you didn’t have any previous experience, and vote for a candidate who best represents the matters important to you.

Why should you become a candidate?

You should run as a candidate because as a Rep Council member, you will decide on the future of the Student Union, co-operate with the University, supervise students’ interests and take part in the national student politics. You will also network with other students from different study fields and learn important skills from government and decision-making.

Eligible candidates in the Representative Council elections are members of ISYY who have registered their presence at the university before 3.10.2019. Nomination period of candidates ends on 3.10.2019 at 3 p.m.

You don’t need to have previous experience to become a candidate!

You will find instructions on how to become a candidate and the contact information for candidate lists spokespersons on ISYY’s website.

Why should you vote in the Representative Council elections?

In the previous ISYY elections, the voter turnout was 30,1 %. Let’s make sure that this year it will be at least 35 %!

You should vote in the elections, because that way you get to choose the people who make decisions concerning the Student Union and the services ISYY offers to its members. By voting, you will have a chance to affect your own life at the university directly!

The Council is formed of 39 members who will decide on matters influencing all students, such as the Student Union budget, membership fee, action place and rules.

Voting is easy and quick. All eligible voters will receive a link by email before the pre-elections begin. Voting is conducted electronically via the link. Each person can vote only once and it is not possible to vote by proxy. All members of the Student Union who have registered their presence at the university before 22.10.2019 are eligible voters.

Every vote counts, so use yours!

Elections timetable:

Nomination of candidates ends on 3.10. at 3 p.m.
Advance voting takes place on 29.10–1.11. between 9–00 (night)
The actual voting day is 6.11. between 9–18

More information:

Brenda Nissén, Chairperson of the Central Elections Committee, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), brendan(at), tel. 040 582 9578

Emma Mertakorpi, Vice Chairperson of the Central Elections Committee, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), evpj1(at), tel. 040 847 9375

Saara Närä, Secretary of the Central Elections Committee, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), kv.kuopio(at), tel. 044 576 8413

Read more: For Candidates For Voters
Elections on Facebook

Follow the elections on social media with the hashtag #ISYYelections2019

Wellbeing Week 30.9.–6.10.2019

The aim of the Wellbeing Week is to help students to look after their physical and mental health. The focus is on stress-management, healthy lifestyles and student welfare in general. The Wellbeing Week is held once a year in both Joensuu and Kuopio.

During the week there are presentations, talks, events and general guidance related to topics such as nutrition, exercise and how to look after your emotional and social health.

Both students and staff are welcome to attend the Wellbeing Week. Please see:

Registration at the university of Eastern Finland ends on 15 September

The registration period of students already enrolled at the university will end on 15 September 2019. Students who fail to register by 15 September will be removed from the student register.

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree students: registration in WebOodi. Student Union membership fee is paid upon registration. WebOodi uses PayTrail which enables paying the fee with a credit card in addition to Finnish online banks.
  • Licenciate/Doctoral students: registration in WebOodi or by e-mail ( If you register by e-mail, please give your name and student number or date of birth.