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Instructions for victims of the Vastaamo data breach

Due to the recent data breach at Psychotherapy Centre Vastaamo, there is a need for guidance on what to do if your personal data has been breached.

If you are a victim of the Vastaamo data breach, please follow the guidelines below.

Office of the Data Ombudsman: Advice for the victims of the data leak

Finnish Government: Where to get help for victims of recent data breach at Psychotherapy Centre Vastaamo – a list of key organisations providing help

UEF’s students and staff members can also turn to Data Protection Officer Helena Eronen,, tel.  +358 50 5760282, or to Chief Information Security Officer Olavi Manninen,, tel. +358 40 3566212.


Study and Learning opportunities in YUFE for UEF Students, webinar on 27 October 2020

Welcome to join the webinar Study and Learning opportunities in YUFE for UEF Students on 27 October at 3.00–3.45 p.m.
In this exceptional situation where we are at the moment YUFE is one opportunity to study abroad, virtually. As a YUFE student you can combine your academic endeavours with language courses, professional training and civic engagement. YUFE (Young Universities for the Future of Europe) is an alliance of 10 European Universities.

Join the webinar and find out more about YUFE and our upcoming activities & the YUFE Diploma Supplement Track application period for students!

The webinar will last about 45 minutes and it will be recorded so it´s also possible to watch it later on.

Please register to the Zoom-webinar via this link. The link to participation will be sent by email before the event and link to the recording after the event.

Grants of Teollisuusneuvos Heikki Väänänen Fund for 2021

Application period: 12 October–11 November 2020

Teollisuusneuvos Heikki Väänänen Fund awards grants for wood-related scientific research at the University of Eastern Finland. Grants may be awarded for research projects that increase research-based knowledge of wood and promote the development of novel wood products or enhance the use and usability of wood for the needs of humanity.

In 2021, grants can be awarded for a doctoral dissertation project or for post doc research, advancing a sub-project of a doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis work.

More information about grants.

Switch to Teams Only mode – Skype for Business will be phased out

Teams will replace the Skype for Business application by the end of July 2021. UEF users can switch to Teams only now. Teams only users use Teams as a meeting and instant messaging tool instead of Skype for Business, also when interacting with Skype users.

Further information in Heimo, login required (questions and answers, migration, e-learning environment, Knowledge Work Project).

A message from Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare to students

Student, protecting yourself from coronavirus also protects your roommate, grandparents and siblings

It is a fact that we will have to live with coronavirus for some time still. What’s more important is knowing the best ways to prevent infections. By protecting yourself from infection you also protect your family and friends.

Even if you do not personally belong to a coronavirus risk group, it is important to consider those who could fall seriously ill due to the disease.

You may have a friend with cancer, an elderly grandparent, or a little sister with bad asthma.

There are over one million people in the coronavirus risk group in Finland, which means that we encounter them every day: at home, at school, at the store, at the library or at a restaurant.

Since people with coronavirus can be infectious days before symptoms begin, any one of us can unknowingly spread the virus. Each one of us is responsible for protecting those at risk.

Please, party virtually, outdoors or in small groups

Admittedly, remote parties for new students don’t sound the most exciting, but you can still have fun during coronavirus. Be inventive and show a good example by organising parties remotely. Share your experiences of successful digital events with others.

Please, favour meeting outdoors instead of indoors, even if the weather is not optimal. And keep it small. The fewer people, the smaller the risk of spreading infections.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) collects information on the spread of coronavirus. Infections have spread at family gatherings, team sports events and practice, evening and night life, workplaces, and student parties. And after being infected, people often spread the virus to their family.

Checklist for everyday life with coronavirus

  • Stay in touch with your fellow students and encourage them to get through this challenging time.
  • The student community has strength that will help you cope. Lean on it if you feel alone.
  • Your educational institution has provided thorough instructions on hygiene, safe distances, downloading the Koronavilkku app, bigger gatherings and, if necessary, the use of masks – please follow these instructions.
  • Have student organisation meetings and other gatherings remotely.
  • Student associations reach out to their members almost daily; please encourage each other to be responsible.
  • If possible, favour remote exams and exam aquariums. Remember good hygiene so that others can safely use the facilities after you.
  • Do not attend or organise any large student parties.

Our materials are freely available

The hygiene, safe distance and mask instructions prepared by THL are available in our material bank to download and print freely. They can also be used as inspiration in your organisation’s communications.

Mika Salminen
Director of the Health Security department and alumnus of the University of Helsinki

Multi-factor authentication will be deployed for students

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) will be deployed to the staff and students of UEF in phases by June 2021. MFA enables reliable identification of the Office 365 users of the university and prevents the phishing and abuse of usernames.

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