Let’s respect the quiet working conditions at the library

Lately we have received feedback on excess noise at the library. We hope that every customer takes others into consideration by keeping their voice down, using a mask and keeping the shared space tidy.

Quiet working conditions are our common right and everyone has a responsibility to intervene. If the noise level gets out of hand, please immediately inform the people in question and, if needed, our librarians. Please notice that both campuses have self-study facilities for louder discussion.

Remember Student Healthcare Fee

Higher education students must pay the student healthcare fee on their own initiative using the OmaKela e-service. Kela does not bill students for the fee. The due date for the spring term is 31 January 2022.

Students who attend a traditional university or a university of applied sciences and who are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) must pay a healthcare fee to Kela.

During the week ending 9 January, Kela sent a letter to students who according to the information available to Kela had registered as attending for the spring term 2022 but had not yet paid the healthcare fee. The letter reminds the student of the obligation to pay the fee and provides instructions for how to pay it. The letter can also be read on the OmaKela e-service. Students who registered as attending this January may not have received the letter.

The letter will not be sent to students who have paid the fee or who have not registered as attending.

The 2022 rate of the student healthcare fee is 35.80 euros per term

In 2022, the student healthcare fee in higher education is 35.80 euros per term. Students are not billed for the fee but are expected to pay it unprompted. Students who do not pay the fee by 31 January 2022 will get a letter from Kela reminding them of it. They will also be charged a EUR 5 late fee.

If a student does not pay the healthcare fee after having been reminded of it, Kela can withhold the healthcare fee and the late fee from study grant payments without consulting the student. If the healthcare fee cannot be withheld from the study grant payments, it will be referred to the enforcement authority for collection.

The fee is used to finance healthcare services for higher education students. The State finances 77% of the costs for healthcare services for higher education students and the rest, 23%, are financed through the healthcare fee.  

Students can pay the fee for both the spring and autumn term 2022 at the same time.

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Reserve reading room copies for overnight or weekend loan in UEF Primo

Most of the reading room copies can be borrowed overnight or for a weekend. You can now make a reservation for these books in UEF Primo. Log in to UEF Primo with your UEF username. Search the book, choose reading room copy from the list of locations and proceed to the locations via the Locate-button. Then make a reservation for the book in the overnight loan booking system, where you will also find more information. The reservation can be made no earlier than one week before the loaning date.

University of Eastern Finland’s recommendation on online teaching ends on 31 Jan 2022 and recommendation on remote work on 15 Feb 2022

The University of Eastern Finland’s recommendation on online teaching will end at the end of January. On-campus teaching will be resumed gradually, while taking pedagogical viewpoints and restrictions on public gatherings into consideration. The number of people attending lectures, exams and public examinations of doctoral dissertations is limited to 20 people at a time until 14 February. The university’s facilities, including the library and Exam facilities, are open normally.

The university’s current recommendation on remote work will end on 15 February 2022, in accordance with the recommendation of the Finnish Government.

Any possible restrictions on public gatherings imposed by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland will have to be taken into consideration in the university’s activities also in the future. Currently, public gatherings are limited to 20 people (50 people outdoors), and the decision is in force until 14 February 2022.

Public health care is overwhelmed by COVID-19 testing – at-home tests are a good alternative

Public health care is currently overwhelmed by the demand for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing. In many parts of Finland, Joensuu and Kuopio included, the health authorities have had to abandon large-scale contact tracing and imposing of quarantines. At the moment, testing mainly focuses on social and health care settings, and on people in at-risk groups. This means that not everyone will be able to get an official COVID-19 test and test result in public health care anymore. For them, an at-home coronavirus antigen test is a good alternative.

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, do as follows:

The most important thing is to stay home if you have symptoms and to wear a mask while on campus. If you have been exposed to the coronavirus, stay home whenever possible. If it is essential for you to come to the campus while exposed, be sure to wear a mask at all times and maintain physical distance to other people.

For further information, please contact:
Teaching-related matters: Academic Rector Tapio Määttä, tapio.maatta@uef.fi, tel. +358 50 575 1589.
General COVID-19 situation: Director of Administration Tuomo Meriläinen, tuomo.merilainen@uef.fi, tel. +358 40 355 2299.

UEF campus development webinar on 1 Feb 2022

Welcome to a webinar focusing on the future development of the university’s campuses, to be held on 1 February 2022 at 13.00–14.00. The University of Eastern Finland has launched a scenario project on campus development, which will create alternative visions of the operating environment all the way to 2035. The first campus development webinar presents the objectives and schedule of UEF’s campus development, and creates visions from the perspectives of future work, teaching, research, and facility solutions.

The webinar will be hosted by Rector Jukka Mönkkönen, Academic Rector Tapio Määttä, Director of Administration Tuomo Meriläinen and Head of Facilities Management Tarja Harjula. The webinar recording will be published in Yammer after the event.

Join the Campus development webinar via this link.

A Yammer group dedicated to UEF’s campus development (UEF Kampuskehitys / UEF campus development) will be opened at the end of January. It will serve as a platform for comments during the webinar, and as an interactive channel for internal communication relating to campus development later on.

Restriction on public gatherings tightened to 20 people

The number of people attending events organised by the university (public examinations of doctoral dissertations, lectures, exams, etc.) is limited to 20 people until 14 February 2022. The restriction follows the Regional State Administrative Agency for Eastern Finland’s latest decision, according to which all public events and gatherings of more than 20 people indoors, and 50 people outdoors, are prohibited from 17 January 2022 to 14 February 2022.

FFP2 masks are available for on-campus teaching. Due to challenges in the availability of FFP2 masks, it is important that they aren’t unnecessarily reserved for other purposes

Problem opening links in UEF Primo with Firefox browser

Upgrading the Firefox browser to version 96.0 has caused some links to e-resources in UEF Primo to not open normally remotely with the latest version of Firefox. The problem is currently being investigated.

If there is a link in UEF Primo that does not work in Firefox, we recommend using other web browsers and reporting the inaccessible material to the library: primo@uef.fi

Peer-support from Student2Student during remote studying

Does remote studying feel exhausting? Does it feel hard to get a grip on your studies? Do you want to talk to someone about something that is bothering you?

Student2Student peer-counsellors are here for you even during remote studying.

Student2Student is a peer-counselling service for students at the University of Eastern Finland. The peer counsellors are soon-to-graduate students from our university, who have been trained for the job. They are here to support and help you with anything related to student life and wellbeing. Conversations are free of charge and confidental.

The service is open from Tuesday to Thursday between 2pm and 5pm. You can either call on (+358) 0294458580 or use an anonymous chat in Kamu. You can also leave a callback request or question at anytime, and peer counsellors will contact you during opening hours either by phone or e-mail.