Actual voting for the ISYY Representative Council Election is on!

Actual voting for the Elections of the Council of Representatives for the Student Union (ISYY) has begun. You can vote today on 6.11.2019 between 9 am and 6 pm on the electronic ballot box.

Eligible voters have received a link by email via which the voting is done electronically. The link directs to the login page of the electronic ballot box (registration with UEF username and password). You can vote wherever you want to with your own device.

All campuses have Election info stands on Wednesday 6.11. where you can vote via the electronic ballot box. In Joensuu, the stand is located at Carelia lobby 10-13, in Kuopio at Snellmania lobby 10-14. Remember though, that you can vote anywhere you are with your own device!

Eligible voters include members of the Student Union (ISYY) who have registered their presence at the university before 22nd of October 2019.
In the advance voting on 29.10.–1.11.9 the voter turnout was 20,5 % (2 741 votes).

Results of the Representative Council elections will be published in the Election Night events on 6.11. at 17.30–20.00 at both campuses: AU100 (Joensuu), CA101 (Kuopio). You can follow the events via livestream on: http://www.uef.fi/live2.

ISYY will inform its members on the election result on 6.11.2019.

This year, the elections have altogether 149 candidates and 13 candidate lists. You can find the candidate who represents you the best by using the voting aid on ISYY’s website. See also the lists of the candidates on the elections website.

At the Representative Council elections even one vote can make a change!

Read more:

Vote here: Electronic ballot box
Voting instructions
Isyy.fi: The voting aid application
Isyy.fi: Information about the elections
Isyy.fi: Candidate lists

Facebook.com: The elections on Facebook
Facebook.com: The Elections Night

More Information:

Brenda Nissén, Chairperson of the Central Election Committee, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, tel. 040 5829578, brendan@uef.fi,

Emma Mertakorpi, Vice chair of the Central Election Committee, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, tel. 040 8479375, evpj1@isyy.fi,

Saara Närä, Secretary for the Central Election Committee, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, tel. 044 5768417, kv.kuopio@isyy.fi.

An appeal for ISYY’s members: Vote in the Representative Council elections

The Central Election Committee of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) appeals to every member of ISYY to vote in the Representative Council elections.

By participating in the Representative Council elections, you can best influence the most important matters of your student life and take part in the decision-making. Don’t miss this chance; give your vote to your favorite candidate! You can vote via the electronic ballot box (registering with the UEF username).

Voting matters. The Representative Council members have the power to decide about matters concerning the Student Union and affect on your time as a student in the University as well as the services offered to you by the Student Union. Thus, voting will affect your life directly! If you don’t know yet whom to vote to, get acquainted with candidates with the voting aid.

Voting takes no longer than a minute

All members of the Student Union, who have registered as attending students at the University of Eastern Finland before the 22nd of October 2019, are eligible voters. All eligible voters have received a link by email via which the voting happens. Each person can vote only once.

You can vote during the preliminary voting days or in the actual voting day:
Advance voting: 29.10.–1.11. every day at 9am – 00 (midnight)
The actual voting day: 6.11. at 9am – 6pm

The Representative Council makes significant decisions concerning your life as a student

The Representative Council of the Student Union consists of 39 Representative Council members, “edators”, elected through elections. The Representative Council makes significant decisions concerning all students, for example the Student Union budget, membership fee, action plan, rules, alignments, and so on. The action plan and the alignments for example define, how the Student Union will operate during the present year and what matters will especially be enhanced – for example how the student housing should be developed?

Put simply, the Student Union could be seen as a nation where students are its citizens. The citizens=students elect the Parliament=Representative Council, who then elect the Committees and the Government=Executive Board. And that’s all there is to it!

In the Representative Council elections, even a one vote can make a difference and you are the one who decides who to vote for!

Read more:

Voting link: https://isyy-vaalit.uef.fi/election_login.php?lang=en_US
Voting instructions: https://isyy-vaalit.uef.fi/vaaliohje.php#en
Isyy.fi: Voting aid of ISYY
Isyy.fi: Candidates in ISYY elections
Isyy.fi: Elections pages of ISYY

Elections in Facebook:
Event: ISYY Representative Council elections
Event: The Election Night

#ISYYelections2019 #youdecide

More Information:

Brenda Nissén, Chairperson of the Central Election Committee, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, tel. 040 5829578, brendan@uef.fi

Emma Mertakorpi, Vice chair of the Central Election Committee, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, tel. 040 8479375, evpj1@isyy.fi

Saara Närä, Secretary for the Central Election Committee, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, tel. 044 576 8413, kv.kuopio@isyy.fi

Advance voting for ISYY Representative Council elections is on

Advance voting for the Elections of the Council of Representatives for the Student Union (ISYY) has begun.

Advance voting takes place on 29.10.–1.11.2019 between 9 am and 00 (midnight). The actual election day is 6.11.2019 (between 9 am and 6 pm).

Eligible voters have received a link by email via which the voting is done electronically. The link directs to the login page of the electronic ballot box (registration with UEF username and password). You can see the instructions for voting here.

Eligible voters include members of the Student Union (ISYY) who have registered their presence at the university before 22nd October 2019.

This year, the elections have altogether 149 candidates and 13 lists of candidates. You can find the candidate who represents you the best by using the voting aid application on ISYY’s website. See also the lists of the candidates on the elections website.

At the Representative Council elections even one vote can make a change!

Read more:

Vote here: Electronic ballot box
Voting instructions
Isyy.fi: Voting Aid Application
Isyy.fi: List of Candidates
Isyy.fi: Election’s website

Facebook.com: ISYY Representative Council Elections 2019

#ISYYelections2019 #youdecide

More information:

Brenda Nissén, Chairperson of the Central Elections Committee, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), brendan(at)student.uef.fi, tel. 040 582 9578

Emma Mertakorpi, Vice Chairperson of the Central Elections Committee, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), evpj1(at)isyy.fi, tel. 040 847 9375

Saara Närä, Secretary of the Central Elections Committee, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), kv.kuopio(at)isyy.fi, tel. 044 576 8413

The Voting Aid for ISYY Representative Council Elections Published

The voting aid application for the Elections of the Council of Representatives for the Student Union (ISYY) has been published. Please find the voting aid on ISYY’s web page here.

The application is intended to help voters to find a suitable candidate.

122 of all the 149 candidates corresponded to the voting aid. Questions include general themes related to studying and themes concerning the University of Eastern Finland. The candidates shared their opinions about matters such as the membership fee and how to support students welfare.

Advance voting takes place online on 29.10.–1.11.2019 and the actual election day is on 6.11.2017. All members of the student union who have registered present at the university before 22.10.2019 are eligible voters. Voters will receive by email a link to vote on Tuesday 29.10.

Read more:

Isyy.fi: The voting aid application
Isyy.fi: Information about the elections
Isyy.fi: Candidate lists
Facebook.com: ISYY Elections Facebook-event

More information:

Brenda Nissén, Chairperson of the Central Election Committee, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, tel. 040 5829578, brendan@uef.fi,

Emma Mertakorpi, Vice chair of the Central Election Committee, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, tel. 040 8479375, evpj1@isyy.fi,

Saara Närä, Secretary for the Central Election Committee, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, tel. 044 5768417, kv.kuopio@isyy.fi

ISYY Representative Council Elections Panel Discussions during the week 43

Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) will held Panel Discussion for Representative Council Election candidates in Joensuu on Monday 21st of October and in Kuopio on Wednesday 23rd of October. In the discussion, candidates will answer questions concerning different themes either in Finnish or English. Also, the audience could pose their questions in the event.

Come to the Panel Discussion and learn more about the candidates – because you decide who decides. Coffee and candies will be served!

Panel Discussion in Joensuu: Monday 21st of October at 12-14 in Carelia C2.
Panel Discussion in Kuopio: Wednesday 23rd of October at 11-13 in Snellmania lobby.

In the Panel Discussion, one candidate will represent one Candidate List. The same candidate could not represent the list both in Joensuu and Kuopio.

If you want to represent your list in the discussion, please register by the 17th of October by sending an email to the following addresses:

Kuopio: Brenda Nissen – brendan@student.uef.fi
Joensuu: Emma Mertakorpi – evpj1@isyy.fi

Read More:

Isyy.fi: Representative Council Elections

More Information:

Brenda Nissén, Chairperson of the Central Elections Committee, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), brendan(at)student.uef.fi, tel. 040 582 9578

Emma Mertakorpi, Vice Chairperson of the Central Elections Committee, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), evpj1(at)isyy.fi, tel. 040 847 9375

Saara Närä, Secretary of the Central Elections Committee, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), kv.kuopio(at)isyy.fi, tel. 044 576 8413

Candidates in ISYY Representative Council Elections Published

Candidates in the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) Representative Council Elections are published on the ISYY webpage: Candidate Lists and on bulletin boards in both campuses.

In the elections there are 149 Candidates in 13 different Candidate lists.

ISYY Representative Council Elections will be held in both campuses Joensuu and Kuopio. The preliminary voting takes place between the 29th of October and the 1st of November, and the proper election day is the 6th of November.

The voting takes place online, via an electronic ballot box. It is possible to either vote in advance or during the actual election day. Every member of the Student Union (ISYY) who has registered as present at the University is eligible to vote in the Elections. Members will receive a link to their e-mail before preliminary voting days to vote.

In the elections, members of the Student Union will vote in the Representative Council that is ISYY’s highest decision-making body. The Representative Council has 39 members; all of them are students and ISYY members.

The most important tasks of the Representative Council are appointing the ISYY Executive Board and approving the action plan and budget.

Read More:

Isyy.fi: Candidate Lists
Isyy.fi: For Voters

More Information:

Brenda Nissén, Chairperson of the Central Elections Committee, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), brendan(at)student.uef.fi, tel. 040 582 9578

Emma Mertakorpi, Vice Chairperson of the Central Elections Committee, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), evpj1(at)isyy.fi, tel. 040 847 9375

Saara Närä, Secretary of the Central Elections Committee, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), kv.kuopio(at)isyy.fi, tel. 044 576 8413

An appeal for ISYY’s members: Become a candidate and vote

The sixth elections for the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) Representative Council will be held this fall on both campuses. The elections will not succeed without good candidates and voters. Will you be one of them?

Is it difficult to understand what the Representative Council does?

Put it simply, the Student Union could be seen as a nation where students are its citizens. The citizens (students) elect the Parliament (Representative Council), who then elect the Committees and the Government (Executive Board).

By participating in the Representative Council elections, you can best influence the most important matters during your life as a student and take part in decision-making. Don’t miss your chance, become a candidate even if you didn’t have any previous experience, and vote for a candidate who best represents the matters important to you.

Why should you become a candidate?

You should run as a candidate because as a Rep Council member, you will decide on the future of the Student Union, co-operate with the University, supervise students’ interests and take part in the national student politics. You will also network with other students from different study fields and learn important skills from government and decision-making.

Eligible candidates in the Representative Council elections are members of ISYY who have registered their presence at the university before 3.10.2019. Nomination period of candidates ends on 3.10.2019 at 3 p.m.

You don’t need to have previous experience to become a candidate!

You will find instructions on how to become a candidate and the contact information for candidate lists spokespersons on ISYY’s website.

Why should you vote in the Representative Council elections?

In the previous ISYY elections, the voter turnout was 30,1 %. Let’s make sure that this year it will be at least 35 %!

You should vote in the elections, because that way you get to choose the people who make decisions concerning the Student Union and the services ISYY offers to its members. By voting, you will have a chance to affect your own life at the university directly!

The Council is formed of 39 members who will decide on matters influencing all students, such as the Student Union budget, membership fee, action place and rules.

Voting is easy and quick. All eligible voters will receive a link by email before the pre-elections begin. Voting is conducted electronically via the link. Each person can vote only once and it is not possible to vote by proxy. All members of the Student Union who have registered their presence at the university before 22.10.2019 are eligible voters.

Every vote counts, so use yours!

Elections timetable:

Nomination of candidates ends on 3.10. at 3 p.m.
Advance voting takes place on 29.10–1.11. between 9–00 (night)
The actual voting day is 6.11. between 9–18

More information:

Brenda Nissén, Chairperson of the Central Elections Committee, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), brendan(at)student.uef.fi, tel. 040 582 9578

Emma Mertakorpi, Vice Chairperson of the Central Elections Committee, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), evpj1(at)isyy.fi, tel. 040 847 9375

Saara Närä, Secretary of the Central Elections Committee, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), kv.kuopio(at)isyy.fi, tel. 044 576 8413

Read more:

Isyy.fi: For Candidates
Isyy.fi: For Voters
Elections on Facebook

Follow the elections on social media with the hashtag #ISYYelections2019

Use Your Vote in the European Elections 2019!

This spring is a good time to make a difference. We have already voted in the Finnish Parliamentary Elections, and now we have a chance to set the course of the European Parliament for the next five years!

What Elections?

The European Parliament is one of the legislative organs of the European Union. EU citizens elect members of the parliament in direct elections held in every member state every five years. The previous elections were held in 2014.

Advance voting for the European Elections is held from the 15th to 21st of May in Finland, and from the 15th to 18th of May in other countries. In Finland, the election day is Sunday the 26th of May.

A citizen of another EU Member State living in Finland may choose to vote in the European Parliamentary elections in Finland. This requires, however, that he or she has enrolled (until 7th of March) with the voting register in Finland beforehand to the local register office. If you are allowed to vote for another EU Member State in Finland, you should get the instructions to vote from your relevant authority of your home country.

Everyone who is entitled to vote may vote at a general advance polling station, regardless of their municipality of residence. Anyone who is entitled to vote may also vote abroad at Finnish embassies. On election day, you must vote at the polling station assigned to you!

ISYY’s Election Events in Joensuu and Kuopio

What are the European Elections? What does the European Parliament do? How doest the decision-making affect you? If you are unsure, no worries, ISYY organises on both of its campuses election events, where you can find out more about the European Parliament and the elections.

Both campuses will have election infos on Tuesday the 14th of May at Carelia and Snellmania lobbies from 10 am to 2 pm. We are serving some coffee and tea!

ISYY is also organising an advance voting event for all students on Wednesday the 15th of May at 2 pm both in Joensuu and Kuopio. The advance voting event in Joensuu starts in front of the Carelia building, where some coffee and tea is served. Come early, because at 2 pm we are moving on to the polling station in the Joensuu Main Library. In Kuopio Campus, the event is organised in the polling station at Lukema. Come to vote and get some coffee, tea and ISYY’s Vote! overall badge!

The events are meant for everyone!

Read More:

Vaalit.fi: European Elections

More Information:

Ella Partanen, the Vice Chairperson of the Executive Board, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), tel. 044 5768 407, ella.partanen [at] isyy.fi

Aino Peltonen, Board Mermber of the Executive Board, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), tel. 044 5768 408, aino.peltonen [at] isyy.fi

Apply for SYL’s Advisory Board for Development Cooperation!

Are you inspired by global development and promoting education internationally? Are you concerned about climate change? Are you a persistent communicator, good at forming networks, or know a lot about funding? Do you want to put some of your knowledge to the use of the rest of the world?

We are looking for people with lots of ideas who are committed and motivated to join the Advisory Board for Development Cooperation (KENKKU) of SYL. The National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) represents 15 member organisations and 135,000 university students. The development cooperation advisory board advises SYL’s executive board on development cooperation and administers SYL’s development cooperation projects together with the Development Policy Adviser.

However, we don’t expect you to be a development cooperation professional – it’s enough if you have motivation and the desire to learn about development cooperation and global education. We expect KENKKU members to commit to their tasks and be motivated but KENKKU is also meant for developing your personal expertise. KENKKU members are expected to attend most meetings during their term.

By participating in the administration of the Ethiopia project, KENKKU members for the period 2019–2020 will contribute to the planning of possible new projects and the development of various activities, such as private sector cooperation. The term of office will begin in August 2019 and end in August 2020. A maximum of 15 members will be selected for the Advisory Board, some of whom will continue from the previous term. The Advisory Board meets around about once a month in Helsinki, aside from in the summer months, and engages in remote work as required. Lunch is provided as part of meetings and the travel expenses of attendees are reimbursed in accordance with SYL’s travel rules.

KENKKU members are divided into small teams. A person in charge is chosen from each team to ensure that teamwork goes smoothly. We are looking for people with different skills for the advisory board:

1. Communications and advocacy team

The communications team will ensure that our development cooperation work is visible on social media, create content and come up with ideas for developing our communication. The team will assist with development policy advocacy, for example by participating in public discussions of topical issues.

2. Ethiopian project administration team

Team members will manage the Ethiopian development cooperation project, familiarising themselves with material such as annual reports and plans, and contacting local partners. This task requires an interest in project administration, the ability to work independently, project management skills and the ability to work in English. The four-year Ethiopia project began this year.

3. Members of team(s) planning new projects

Members of this team participate in the planning of new projects and the search for new partnerships. This means that team members get to work on project plans, with most such work scheduled for the spring of 2020.

However, not all KENKKU work has to be done within the teams. Everyone can participate in social media communications, for example. In addition to teamwork, individual members can take responsibility for our stand at Global Village festivals, or fundraising.

Applications should include a résumé and a cover letter. Applicants are also requested to state what they would like to learn during their term on KENKKU and how they would contact development cooperation actors within their student union.

Applicants should express their interest in positions based on the position profiles outlined above and to describe their language skills. Similarly, we ask applicants to mention plans that could prevent them from attending several meetings (e.g. studying abroad).

The application deadline is on the 16th of May 2019 at 3 PM. Informal applications are to be delivered as pdf files via email to the following address: hakemukset [at] isyy.fi. The title of the email should be “SYL Advisory Board for Development Cooperation”. Name each possible attachment file clearly with your own name, such as “Your Name CV” and “Your Name application”. The ISYY executive board will present members for the SYL Advisory Board based on applications.

In our operations, SYL emphasizes diversity and equal opportunities. We hope to receive applications from persons from diverse backgrounds and genders.

More information:

Susanna Remes, Executive Board member responsible for development cooperation, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), tel. +358 44 576 8403, susanna.remes [at] isyy.fi

Read more:

Syl.fi: Development Cooperation

Call for Applicants: A Deputy Student Member to the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Science and Forestry

The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) is a student union in compliance with the Universities Act, section 46. A statutory function of the Student Union is to elect student representatives to University organs in accordance with the Universities Act, chapter 3.

The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland is seeking one (1) deputy student member to the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Science and Forestry until the end of 2019.

The Faculty Council is a multimember administrative body in compliance with the Universities Act, section 27. The Faculty’s professors, teaching, research and general staff members and students are represented on the Faculty Council.

The Faculty Council’s functions are defined in the University Regulations, section 9. The Faculty Council’s functions are:

  1. To process and issue statements on the Faculty’s strategic plan and budget;
  2. To process and issue statements on the Faculty’s internal structure, within the framework determined by the rector;
  3. To establish or abolish subjects within the educational mandate;
  4. To set syllabuses (incl. the principles of incorporating studies completed in other universities or educational institutes into degrees), degree requirements and admission criteria, unless otherwise mandated in these regulations;
  5. To review doctoral dissertations;
  6. To process proposals defining the extent of a professor’s duties
  7. To process proposals defining the extent of the Faculty’s teaching and research staff’s duties according to the four-level career path model;
  8. To grant the title of docent;
  9. To grant the title of honorary doctor.

Persons with a right to complete an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Science and Forestry of the University of Eastern Finland may apply to the position of a deputy student member of the Faculty Council. Persons with over 50% employment contract with the university cannot apply to the Faculty Council as a student.

A student member ought to be effective, interested in student issues and dedicated to their job.

Valid applications with attached resumes are to be delivered to the Student Union Specialist of Academic and Social Affairs Mikko Aaltonen at koso [at] isyy.fi by 12 noon Thursday 16 May 2019.

The Student Union Executive Board will choose the deputy student member.

More Information:

Mikko Aaltonen, Specialist on Academic and Social Affairs, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, tel. +358 44 576 8414, koso [at] isyy.fi