Physical, psychological and social well-being are prerequisites for good study and life. In addition to studies, it is very important to give time also to yourself, to your friends and hobbies. The aim of student well-being work is to promote students’ health and study ability, the well-being of study communities and to prevent exclusion. Students’ well-being is supported in many ways, with the help of many actors and different services.
The main aim is to create a healthy and safe learning and study environment and to protect students’ mental health with the help of peer and individual support.
The most important well-being and health services for students are available in Kamu Databank and TUUDO wellbeing menu.
Early support - When concerns arise about student's behavior
It is very important to speak up when concerns arise, but it is not always easy. If concerns arise on the well-being of your fellow student, please be brave and ask “How are you?”. The University of Eastern Finland will introduce the new Operating model for teachers and other staff member when concerns arise about student’s behavior starting 01 August 2022. Another new Operating model: consequences of a student’s inappropriate behavior will be similarly introduced 01 August 2022. The third operating model Approach to situations of inappropriate treatment and harassment while studying will be updated during the autumn semester 2022.
These two operating models - When concerns arise about student’s behavior and Operating model: consequences - will be described for university staff in Heimo (opens in a tab, log in required) and for students in Kamu Student Handbook by the beginning of the new academic year.
Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion
Every individual is valuable in our diverse academic community. Equality, diversity and inclusion are the foundations of teaching and research at UEF. It is important that we commit ourselves to treat each individual and group with respect and dignity. In addition, the university promotes multiculturalism and does not tolerate discrimination nor harassment.
Accessibility promotes equality and, in practice, means the approachability of services for all users. Accessibility includes several different aspects. UEF is currently preparing an Accessibility Plan.
Guidance and counselling promote orientation and commitment to study, help developing professional skills and boost the progress of studies as well as the move into working life. Students’ well-being promotes the smooth progress of studies.
The University of Eastern Finland has received a special grant from the Ministry of Education and Culture for the years 2021-2023 to promote the well-being of students and prevent exclusion. With the special grant, the University of Eastern Finland is implementing the BRIDGES project to increase well-being and communality. BRIDGES project webpage.
Student well-being and study ability team (HYRY)
The university has appointed a Student Well-being and Study Ability Team (HYRY). The composition of the team is multidisciplinary and its work supports the strategy of UEF.
The team is composed of representatives from each UEF faculty (substance abuse contact persons), 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 development.
Head of Student Services Tuija Pasanen (e-mail: firstname.lastname(at)uef.fi), acts as the chair of the team and coordinates student well-being work at UEF.
Statutory health and safety audits of the study environments
Statutory health and safety audits of the study environments are carried out at UEF every three years
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