Fair Trade week 21.–27.10.2019

As a Fair Trade university University of Eastern Finland is celebrating it with Fazer Food & Co, who runs campus restaurants, and with Student Union. There are Fair Trade products available in restaurants during the week, Fair Trade receipt competition for students and staff and you´ll get -20% discount as you buy Fair Trade coffee to your own cup.

Fair Trade Finland celebrates this year also it’s 20 year in Finland. This years theme is Climate Change. Read more https://www.fairtrade.net/(link opening in a new window).

Blog: It is time for caring and listening to one another

The act of violence that took place at Savo Vocational College in Kuopio this Tuesday (1 Oct 2019) will have a long-lasting effect on our community and society. On behalf of all those promoting student well-being at UEF, we’d like to remind our students that no one should feel left alone with what they are going through, write educational psychologists Katri Ruth and Mari Tirronen in the Puheenvuoroja blog.

Please read the blog here (opening in a new window).

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: https://www.isyy.fi/en/whats-on/upcoming-events/the-wellbeing-week-of-isyy-and-uef.html

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 (opiskelu@uef.fi). If you register by e-mail, please give your name and student number or date of birth.

Guidelines for accessibility in studies are updated

Guidelines for individual arrangements related to entrance examinations and studies are updated via KAMU: https://kamu.uef.fi/en/student-book/accessibility-in-studies/ (The Decision of the Academic Rector 17.6.2019, Instructions for Students and Individual Study Arrangements Form). Individual study arrangements refer to measures previously known as special arrangements.

Parking permit prices change on 1 September

The parking permit prices of the University of Eastern Finland will be revised, effective from 1 September 2019. Helsinki Administrative Court has issued a decision according to which handing parking spaces over to staff and students constitutes an activity which, in accordance with the Value Added Tax Act, is subject to VAT.

“The value added tax is 24%, and approximately half of this will be added to the parking permit prices effective from 1 September. By covering the other half of the share, we wish to meet staff and students halfway,” Director of Administration Tuomo Meriläinen says.

The price increase does not take the effect of maintenance costs and cost-of-living index separately into consideration.

From September onwards, the price of a permanent staff parking permit is 123 euros/12 months. The price takes the summer months’ free parking into consideration. The price of a fixed-term staff parking permit is 17 euros/month.

The price increase will be automatically implemented in invoicing from September onwards.

The price of a permanent student parking permit is 100 euros/12 months. The price of a fixed-term student parking permit is 13 euros/month. A student parking permit entitles to parking in areas reserved for student parking.

The price of a parking space with electricity is 190 euros/12 months as a permanent permit, or 34 euros/month as a fixed-term permit. The additional costs of the five-month heater-use period (November-March) has been taken into consideration in the prices.

The price of short-term parking (including VAT) remains unchanged. Short-term parking costs 1 euros/hour, but will not exceed 6 euros/day.

Pay parking does not concern maintenance parking, disabled parking, rental car parking or parking by clinical patients arriving at the university.

The University of Eastern Finland introduced pay parking on 1 September 2018. Handing parking spaces over to staff and students is, as a rule, regarded as an activity subject to value added tax. The university made a written request for guidance regarding the VAT procedure in parking to the Finnish Tax Administration in spring 2018. Helsinki Administrative Court issued a decision on 18 April 2019 (19/0378/1 dnro 04318/18/8203) according to which handing parking spaces over to staff and students constitutes an activity subject to value added tax, in accordance with the Value Added Tax Act, Section 29(1), paragraph 5.  

Changes to the parking prices as a table



Read Ellibs e-books on new mobile app

Ellibs mobile application is now available for Android and iOS devices. With the application, you can browse, borrow and reserve books from the University of Eastern Finland’s Ellibs collection. Read the e-books easily with the Ellibs reader. The free Ellibs application can be downloaded from Google Play or App Store:

In the application, first select “Itä-Suomen yliopiston kirjasto” (University of Eastern Finland Library) as your library. Then log in with your Haka credentials and choose “Itä-Suomen yliopisto” (University of Eastern Finland) as your home institution – and the collection is at your disposal.

Ellibs e-books can still be read on the browser of your device and/or downloaded to Adobe Digital Editions and Bluefire Reader. E-books borrowed on the online service can be viewed in the mobile app and vice versa.

More information: acquisitions [at] uef.fi

UEF Learning environment seminar 2019

Registration for the UEF Learning Environment Seminar 2019 is now open. The seminar will be held in Joensuu 27.-28.8. Theme of the seminar is pedagogical diversity in a digitising learning environment. Sign up for the seminar by 12.8. by the training calendar.

You can find out more about the seminar’s program at the seminar website.

Seminar is for UEF staff and students.

New actions against phishing: Safe Links

University of Eastern Finland is again a target of active phishing. IT Services seeks to develop actions again phishing and now we are deploying a Microsoft O365 information security feature, Safe Links. IT Services’ staff has used it already for some time and it seems to work effectively against phishing links.

Safe Links protects against phishing links in email messages and Office documents. For example, when the user clicks a link in an email message, the service checks the link’s UEF address before opening it. If the URL is blocked or determined to be malicious, the user gets a warning page, eg. “This website was blocked by your Office 365 administrator”.

Safe Links protection adds a certain starting string in the front of the link (eg. ”https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/”). For now we have not noticed that Safe Links protection had caused any negative effects to the use of the services. However, if you notice a case, where Safe Links prevents the use of some IT service, please contact Service Desk.