How can the well-being of students and the academic community be promoted at our university? What is meant by student well-being work? Who is responsible for the well-being of the university community? What types of guidance and support are offered to students at UEF?
The objective of student well-being work is to promote students’ health and ability to study and well-being in learning communities and to prevent social exclusion. Other objectives include creating healthy and safe study and learning environments and fostering the mental health of students by means of both community and individual support.
The university has appointed a Student Well-being and Study Ability Team (HYRY), which works in close cooperation with the Coordination and Development Team for Guidance (Okke). The composition of the team is multidisciplinary and its work supports the three-year development programme for guidance, student well-being and connections with working life that was launched on 1 January 2018. Head of Student Services at UEF, Tuija Pasanen (firstname.lastname(at)uef.fi), acts as the chair of the team and coordinates student well-being work at UEF. The team is composed of representatives from each UEF faculty, the Language Centre, the Student Union, Aducate, and Student and Learning Services. The team’s meetings are based on specific themes, and various experts are actively invited to and consulted in the meetings. The team works closely with its network of experts while also taking into account staff well-being and the related action plan (‘Henkilöstön hyvinvoimaa’).
Effective and comprehensive guidance for students plays an important role in fostering the well-being of students and well-being at work. See Student counselling.
Psychological and physical well-being are needed to succeed in studies and have a good life. In addition to studying, students need to find time for themselves, their friends and their hobbies.
Statutory health and safety audits of the study environments are carried out at UEF every three years For further information, see National Institute for Health and Welfare publication: Guide to multidisciplinary auditing of environments and communities; Hietanen-Peltola & Korpilahti, 2015, PDF (in Finnish). Audits have been carried out in 2015 and 2018.
FSHS, Finnish Student Health Service
Study psychologist at UEF