Did you publish your thesis open access? Take part in the raffle!

Every year, UEF Library raffles off a grant worth EUR 100 among UEF students who have made their master’s thesis publicly available that same year.

The 2020 grant will be given on the international Open Access Week, 19–25 October 2020. The grant will be raffled off among all UEF students who have made their master’s thesis publicly available through the UEF ePublications archive between 19th October 2019 and 11th October 2020 and who sign up for the raffle using this form.

Sign up by submitting the electronic form no later than 11th October 2020.

Network Maintenance on Wednesday, 16th September

Maintenance begins on 16th September at 6:15 PM

Maintenance will end on 16th September at 8:00 PM (the maintenance may be finished sooner)

The maintenance work may cause outages on many UEF services.

The goal of scheduling this maintenance so soon is to improve the stability of the networking environment – and to fix the issues which have plagued networking during the last few weeks.

We apologize for the inconvenience of the short notice.

UEF students – Welcome to the anniversary events in October 2020!

UEF in association with its partners offers the university’s students an opportunity to celebrate UEF’s 10th anniversary on both campuses.

On Friday, 2 October, the Lehtiä Ilosaaressa festival will rock the city of Joensuu, and UEF students can buy tickets at a student-friendly price of 10 euros! The festival’s line-up features the Finnish artists Sanni, Evelina, Behm, Mouhous and Gettomasa. The festival starts at 18.00 at Joensuu Areena.

On Saturday 10 October, UEF students have the opportunity to enjoy the Tämä on ryöstö play at the Kuopio City Theatre starting at 18.00. Please note that the play will be in Finnish. All seats to the play are reserved for UEF students, but the number of tickets is limited.

Read more about the events, tickets and safety:

https://sites.uef.fi/uef10/uef10-jubilee-year-events/?lang=en

http://www.lehtiailosaaressa.fi/

https://kuopionkaupunginteatteri.fi/tamaonryosto

Student exchange is allowed in the spring semester

The University of Eastern Finland has decided to:

  • allow student exchange (both incoming and outgoing) for the spring semester while observing the guidelines issued by the university, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, and the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as well as the guidelines of the destination countries and host institutions; and
  • make decisions on how teaching will be arranged in the spring semester in October.

UEF’S new decicions:

Student exchange

Student exchange (both incoming and outgoing) will be permitted in the spring semester 2021 while observing the guidelines issued by the university, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, and the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as well as the guidelines of the destination countries and host institutions. Because the coronavirus situation may change rapidly, people considering a student exchange or staff mobility period should be prepared for changes. Further information will come in Kamu this week.

Teaching arrangements in the spring semester

Decisions on teaching arrangements in the spring semester (including the organisation of entrance examinations) will be made and communicated in October.

Please remember also the following:

General

The foundation of all activities is to ensure that it is safe to work and study at the university.
Staff members’ and students’ responsible behaviour will play an important role.

The doors of the campus buildings are open as per normal.

All visitors (students, staff, guests) have to follow the following basic guidelines:

  • Only come to the campus when you are healthy.
  • The first thing to do when you arrive is to wash your hands. You should also wash your hands regularly throughout the day. Use hand sanitizer in situations where washing your hands is not possible.
  • Keep a safe distance to others (1.5–2 metres).
  • Wear a mask in situations where it is not possible to keep a safe distance to others.
  • No handshaking, no hugging.

Teaching

As much in-person teaching as possible will be offered to new students to ensure their commitment to the university and to their student community. Otherwise, the main mode of study this autumn will be online, except for courses that are impossible to organise online.

In-person teaching is organised with safety in mind. A maximum of 50 people, including the teacher, may be in the same room at a time, and with people keeping a safety distance of a minimum of 1.5 metres.

General exams continue not to be held, but it is possible for teachers to hold and supervise exams for small groups, while taking safety distances into consideration. The maximum number of people permitted in a room is 50 persons.

Safety distances can also be kept in all EXAM rooms of the university. Only some of the computers available in the rooms can be booked, and when students book a time, they will be assigned a specific computer on which to complete their exam. In other words, students can’t complete their exam on just any computer. Please see the university’s guidelines on the use of face masks in EXAM facilities.

UEF currently recommends the use of a face mask in situations where it is not possible to maintain safe distances (such as teaching taking place in a laboratory). The university has reserved face masks for both students and staff to be worn in these kinds of situations. In addition, face masks are worn in customer service settings where a protective plexiglass is unavailable. The university monitors the development of nationwide guidelines on face masks. Staff members will provide students with face masks in situations where they are needed. Please see the University of Eastern Finland’s recommendation on the use of face masks.

Students belonging to a risk group for a severe COVID-19 infection are recommended to not come to the facilities on campus nor to participate in in-person teaching. Please read the more detailed guidelines for students belonging to a risk group.

Registration for courses is mandatory in the autumn semester 2020. In addition, teachers must keep a list of students participating in in-person teaching.

The above-mentioned safety guidelines issued by the university are followed in new student orientation, tutoring and other events that bring students together. Tutoring will be organised in small groups and mainly online.

Instructions pertaining to teaching and studying can be found in Kamu.

Decisions on teaching arrangements in the spring semester (including the organisation of entrance examinations) will be made and communicated in October.

Travel

Continue to avoid unnecessary travel abroad. The Finnish Government reviews travel restrictions approximately every two weeks. The latest information on travel restrictions can be found on the Finnish Government’s website. Those returning from a high-risk country are to self-isolate in accordance with the guidelines issued by the National Institute for Health and Welfare, THL. Please see THL’s self-isolation guidelines.

A 14-day self-isolation period is not required from persons coming from countries for which restrictions on border traffic have been lifted. In addition, business travel to these countries is allowed, as are visitors from these countries. The same definition of policy applies to students’ training/internship periods or other studies-related travel abroad (such as field courses or other excursions). Student exchange, however, is cancelled for the entire autumn semester. In the spring semester 2021, student exchange (both incoming and outgoing) will be allowed while observing the guidelines issued by the university, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, and the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as well as the guidelines of the destination countries and host institutions.

Necessary visitors from abroad (opponents, visiting researchers, students arriving from abroad, etc.) will be welcomed while observing the guidelines on self-isolation issued by the National Institute for Health and Welfare, THL. The latest information on the countries deemed safe for travel can be found on the Finnish Government’s website.

  • Domestic travel and visits are allowed.
  • It is prohibited to enter the campus for 14 days after returning from a “high-risk country”.

Services

Most of the services available on the campuses are open (some with limited opening hours). Safety distances and the university’s guidelines on hygiene must be adhered to in all facilities.

Information about the services of the campus libraries can be found on the library’s website.

Self-study facilities and IT classrooms, as well as Oppari’s customer service points and service desks in Joensuu and Kuopio are open. Student and Learning Services’ customer service desks are also open; more detailed information on the opening hours can be found in Kamu.

Campus restaurants are welcoming both students and staff. Information on restaurant-specific opening hours can be found on Yammer.
For restaurant-specific menus, please see the websites of the campus restaurants.
Take out lunch is available in all of the campus restaurants. Take out portions are chilled; warm take out lunch is available during the lunch hours.

The university’s cleaning services adhere to the instructions issued by the Finish Institute of Occupational Health.

Sykettä Sports Services have started operating (limited group sizes).

Student associations have started their activities.

Events organised at the university

The number of people permitted in events organised in the university’s facilities by the university is limited to a maximum of 50 persons. The 50-person limit is also applied to events organised by the Student Union or a subject association. This definition of policy applies to all events, including teaching and public examinations of doctoral dissertations. Read the university’s guidelines on public examinations of doctoral dissertations.

The university also accepts external facility reservations. The number of people permitted in events organised by external parties follows the national restrictions. In events organised outside the university, guidelines given by the event organiser are to be followed.

Coronavirus testing

Coronavirus testing is done in public health care. In accordance with the Infectious Diseases Act, coronavirus testing is a task assigned to public health care, and public health care is also the only route via which contact tracing can be carried out, or any possible quarantines imposed.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has a website where the symptoms of COVID-19 are listed.

The University of Eastern Finland recommends that everyone experiencing symptoms reach out to public health care and get tested as soon as possible. The university also recommends the use of the Koronavilkku app to its staff members and students.

See also the university’s guideline: “What to do when a person who has been on campus is diagnosed with COVID-19?”

The University of Eastern Finland’s recommendation on the use of face masks.

Data connections at UEF are now working better

Troubleshooting and repairs relating to the disruptions in UEF’s data connections continued throughout last weekend in collaboration between the equipment supplier and UEF’s own experts. Following these repairs, monitoring and testing carried out early this week now indicate that data connections are working better, and no new disruptions have occurred.

Network connections can be used normally. The situation is still being monitored closely, and the replacement of the firewall service and old equipment by new one will proceed as communicated earlier.

To secure access to the internet during events that are deemed critically important, back-up connections will continue to be made available through mobile access points that use 4G mobile phone networks. To determine and assess the need for a back-up connection for your event, please contact Servicedesk.

Further information and contact details: Servicedesk, tel. +358 294 458880

Read the previous bulletin on Yammer (sign in with UEF account).

Library services from 1st September onwards

Library facilities are open mainly for brief visits, such as borrowing and returning on the principle of self-service. The exceptional pickup service of books for uefians has ceased.

Reservations can be made normally in UEF Primo and they are subject to charge in accordance with the service fees. Reserved books will be picked from the self-service reservation shelf by a number ID. You can see your personal, permanent requester ID from the email notification.

A library card that has been pre-ordered online can be picked up from the library’s customer service.

There are a limited number of reading spots in use. The reading spots are intended for use of material that cannot be borrowed outside the library. The hygiene and safety guidelines of the university must be followed in the library premises.

For now, the group working spaces and the Carelia 24/7 facilities in Joensuus are not in use.

Customer computers in Joensuu campus library and KUH medical library can be used following the hygiene and safety guidelines. The customer computers in renovated Kuopio campus library will soon be available too.

The courses and other training sessions of the library will be organised online.

More information: library@uef.fi

Campus restaurangs in Semtember

Restaurant Aura in Joensuu remains closed for the time being, but Futura’s restaurant will open

Unlike previously stated, Restaurant Aura on the Joensuu Campus will remain closed for the time being. Instead, the restaurant in the Futura building will open on 1 September, and students can buy lunch at prices subsidised by Kela.

Remote working and studying caused by the coronavirus situation have an effect on customer numbers, which Compass Group is monitoring closely, in collaboration with the university. Information on any other possible changes to the campus restaurants’ opening hours will be made available separately.

Please find the restaurant-specific opening hours below.

Kuopio Campus

Tietoteknia

Open Mon-Fri 8.00 – 14.30

Lunch Mon-Fri10.30 – 14.00

 

Canthia from 1 September onwards

Open Mon-Fri 7.45 – 14.30

Self-service cafeteria Mon-Fri 7.45 – 16.00

Lunch

Mon-Thu 10.30 – 14.30

Fri 10.30 – 14.00

Wicked Rabbit vegetarian buffet Mon-Fri 10.30 – 13.00

 

Snellmania from 1 September onwards

Open Mon-Fri7.45 – 14.30

Self-service cafeteria Mon-Fri 7.45 – 16.00

Lunch Mon-Fri 10.30 – 14.00

 

Joensuu Campus

Kampus Bistro

Open Mon-Fri 8.00 – 14.30

Lunch Mon-Fri 10.30 – 14.00

 

Carelia

Open Mon-Fri 8.30 – 14.30

Self-service cafeteria Mon-Fri 8.30 – 14.30

Lunch Mon-Fri 10.30 – 14.30

 

Futura from 1 September onwards

Self-service cafeteria Mon-Fri 7. 45 – 16.00

Lunch Mon-Fri 10.30 – 14.00

 

Educa from 1 September onwards

Self-service cafeteria Mon-Fri 8.30 – 14.30

 

Aura

Closed for the time being.

 

Take out lunch is available. During the lunch times, pre-packed take out portions are available, also warm. Compass Group reminds that it is important to keep a safe distance to others also in the campus restaurants. Please avoid visiting the restaurants at the most crowded times if you can.

What to do when a person who has been on campus is diagnosed with COVID-19?

A staff member diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • is ordered into quarantine by the health authorities,
  • notifies his or her immediate supervisor of a possible sick leave and quarantine in accordance with the university’s normal procedure (infectious disease allowance from Kela is applied for for the university, since the employee will be paid salary for the time of absence from work), and
  • helps the health authorities in contact tracing.

A student or other member of the academic community diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • is ordered into quarantine by the health authorities, and
  • helps the health authorities in contact tracing.

The health authorities will start contact tracing in collaboration with the person diagnosed with COVID-19, and anyone exposed to COVID-19 will also be ordered into quarantine. The process will be led by the health authorities, and they will also give the university guidelines with regard to, e.g., cleaning of the facilities.

If so requested, the university will assist the health authorities in contact tracing by disclosing lists of people who have been in the same facilities as the person diagnosed with COVID-19. This information must be available from the units and teachers. When necessary, the university’s occupational health and safety organisation will assist in contact tracing and in carrying out any measures determined by the health authorities.

Documents pertaining to the health of a student shall be secret (Act on the Openness of Government Activities, Section 24).