Physical activity tests for the students and staff members in Joensuu

SYKETTÄ Joensuu organizes physical activity tests for the students and staff members of the the University of Eastern Finland and Karelia University of Applied Sciences on Tuesday 15.3.2022 at 3pm-5pm in Joensuu Areena. Test day is open for both students and staff members.

Due to the current corona situation, it is only possible to perform either the 2-km walk test or Cooper’s test this spring. We try to avoid close contact and maintain the safety distances, so muscular strength and mobility tests won’t be performed this spring. Walk test and Cooper’s test measure cardiorespiratory fitness.

Group size is 30 participants. SYKETTÄ sticker isn’t required to participate. The enrollment is binding. When enrolling, please let us know your age and are you going to perform a walk test or Cooper’s test. Enrollments by Friday 4.3.2022.

Enrollment and more information:

Recent delays with IT systems of the University of Eastern Finland

The University of Eastern Finland’s new user account and email address creation has suffered from delays that has caused issues with logging in to the systems. User access rights management has also suffered from these delays.

The issues have been especially visible for new students of Spring 2022. Other students may also have had login issues with Peppi or email.

The causes for the issues have been found and corrections are being made. The situation should improve during this week.

In addition, email has been detected with a fault, that has caused a delay in the handling of the requests sent. The fault has been fixed and the queue is being processed as quick as possible.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Further information:

IT Services,

Answer ISYY’s Communications Questionnaire 2021!

How does the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland’s (ISYY) communications work and does it reach you? What kinds of things would you like ISYY to communicate about in the future and what channels to use? How would you develop ISYY’s communications?

Answer ISYY’s Communications Questionnaire and tell us! By answering the questionnaire, you can influence how we communicate now and in the future. The questionnaire is targeted at all our members and we wish that many of you will answer it.

The questionnaire is open till 29.11.2021 12:00 pm (noon). Answering the questionnaire will take approximately 10–15 minutes.

If you want, you can submit your email address at the end of the questionnaire and participate in a raffle of two “Straight outta Itä-Suomi” canvas bags.

Answer the questionnaire: ISYY’s Communications Questionnaire

More information about the questionnaire and the raffle can be found on ISYY’s website.

Call for Applicants: Become an Executive Board Member for 2022!

Are you ready to spend the best year of your studies? Do you want to gain valuable experience for working life? Are you interested in significant personal growth as you take the role of an employer for one year? What about promoting students’ welfare on a national level?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, apply for the Student Union’s Executive Board for the year 2022!

The application period is 4.11.–21.11.2021.

The Executive Board for the year 2022 is selected at the Student Union Representative Council’s meeting on 1.12.2021.

The Executive Board will organise Board info session on 16 November 2021 at 4.30 pm, in which the Board’s activities and duties are explained in more detail.

You will find the application announcement, instructions for applying and a link to the Board info session on ISYY’s website.

Answer the Student Livelihood Survey and Win a Gift Card of 150 Euros!

The student unions’ livelihood survey will examine students’ livelihood, employment and housing, as well as any changes regarding them. The survey generates relevant and up-to-date information on the financial status of university students across Finland.

The survey responses will be utilised for the livelihood survey and in student representation. Your responses are valuable and will contribute to fact-based advocacy.

The study is implemented by the Finnish Research Foundation for Studies and Education Otus. The study is commissioned by The Student Union of Tampere University (TREY), The Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY), The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), The Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä (JYY), and The Student Union of Åbo Akademi University.

Responding to the survey is voluntary and can be done anonymously. Responses will be processed confidentially, and individual respondents will not be identifiable in the results.

It takes about 15 minutes to complete the survey and you can answer until October 31st.

One student among the respondents of ISYY will win an S Group gift card valued at 150 euros.

Thanks for your participation!

Electronic Webpropol survey form (opens up in new tab)

Pekka Koivaara, edunvalvonta-asiantuntija, Itä-Suomen yliopiston ylioppilaskunta, p. 044 576 8465,
Aino Pietarinen, tutkija, Opiskelun ja koulutuksen tutkimussäätiö Otus,

ISYY participates in organising students’ municipal elections panels in both Joensuu and Kuopio!

ISYY, POKA and Pyro are organising the Joensuu students’ municipal elections panel on Tuesday 18 May at 14. The panel will be streamed live on the YouTube channel of the City of Joensuu.

ISYY, SAVOTTA, and HUMAKO are organising the Kuopio students’ municipal elections panel on Wednesday 19 May at 14. The panel will be streamed on the ISYY YouTube channel.

Follow students’ municipal elections panels and you can collect an overall badge from the ISYY offices.

Read more about municipal elections panel on pages.

ISYY’s Wappu-broadcast

Vappu never ends! ISYY’s Wappu-broadcast begins today and starts The Hardest Wappu of Finland for this year.

The broadcast can be followed daily through ISYY’s webpage:

The broadcast includes all sorts of things and even though it is only in Finnish, you can have an extraordinary experience of the Finnish May Day celebrations!

We especially recommend joining us and watching the special broadcast on 30.4, featuring the traditions in Joensuu and Kuopio campuses.
Check the entire program for Wappu-broadcast


Announcement Concerning ISYY Representative Council Meeting on the 8th of April 2021

In the The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland’s (ISYY) Representative Council Meeting held on the 8th of April, 2021, a member of the Representative Council, who had the floor, participated in the meeting in a way that a swastika flag was visible in the background. The Chairperson of the Representative Council immediately intervened on this action. Video feed to the member in question was severed immediately.

ISYY is taking this case seriously and has undertaken concrete measures together with the University of Eastern Finland. ISYY does not tolerate hate speech or threatening behavior and withdraws from the actions of the member of the Representative Council.

  • This kind of behaviour is in stark contrast with the values of the University of Eastern Finland, and the Student Union. We will go over this incident with the person in question, and necessary measures will be taken, Rector Jukka Mönkkönen says.

Due to this case, ISYY will examine its own meeting practices and emphasize its policy on safe space in order to make participating in meetings safe and accessible.

More Information

  • Ella Partanen, Chairperson of the Representative Council, The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland,, tel. 040 5088123
  • Sanna Heinonen, Secretary General, The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland,, puh. 044 576 8417

Stay active! – students’ wellbeing in summer

Student Union ISYY organises this summer Stay Active! – students’ wellbeing in summertime -project with the funding from European Social Fund. Project is organised at Joensuu campus and online between 22.6.– 31.8.2020. The events are open to all UEF students. Students of the Kuopio campus can also participate in online events.

The aim of the project is to support you in matters related to summer studies and working life, as well as to maintain the ability to study during the summer. Via project we also want to improve the community spirit of students. We organise i.e. small group guidances supporting your study ability and other activities that support the students’ wellbeing.

During the summer you can participate in:

  • ​​​​​​​study groups: welcome to write your thesis!
  • gentle workouts: group exercise classes are organised from Monday to Wednesday
  • activities for better wellbeing: outdoor games (i.e. mölkky), local hiking and cooking

You are warmly welcome, the events are open for all students!

Feel free to invite your friend!

Project calendar and further information: ISYY home pages. 

Facebook event:

Contact information: Niklas Leinonen, e-mail:, tel. +358 44 576 8420

ISYY’s Smiles and Complaints Week takes place on 30.3.–5.4.2020

During the Smiles and Complaints Week, you can send feedback via the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland to ISYY, the University, FSHS (Finnish Student Health Service), Fazer Food&Co, or any other party involved in students’ life. You can give us feedback by filling in our electronic feedback form.

What deserves a smile? What’s wrong? What gives you grey hair? Tell us, and we’ll take your feedback forward! The feedback is given anonymously.

You can give us feedback by filling in the online form (during week 14). The form will open on 30.3.2020 at 9 am and close on 5.4.2020 at 23.59 pm.

Link to the feedback form:

Google forms: Smiles and Complaints feedback form


Read More:

Facebook-event: Hymy- ja valitusviikko // Smiles and Complaints Week

More Information:

Salli Kosonen, Executive Board member in charge of Social Policy (Kuopio), Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, salli.kosonen(at), tel. +358 44 576 8410

Roosa Ylikoski, Executive Board member in charge of Social Policy (Joensuu), Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, roosa.ylikoski(at), tell. +358 44 576 8403