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THE STUDENT UNION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TURKU
Newsletter 18/2021


In this newsletter: 

  • Suggest University's Language Deed of the Year 2021
  • Vappu Speech 2021 by Aliisa Wahlsten, The Chair of The Executive Board of TYY
  • The application time for the wings has been extended until 10 May
  • Survey on experiences of COVID-19 among students in Turku
  • Exchange students: what to do before going home?
  • Exchange students: remember to return your starting package
  • Yhdessä/Together Campaign Started: “Let’s Make Sure That No One Is Left All on Their Own”
  • University news
  • Events

Suggest University's Language Deed of the Year 2021

The University's Language Deed of the Year will be awarded to a person, group, unit or other entity that adapted and significantly advanced the implementation of the Language Policy of the University of Turku. The winning deed can contain different insights into how the language policy and the idea of multilingualism have been promoted at the University of Turku. The deed could have been launched at any time, as long as it still has an effect on the University community. In addition to the recognition, the winner of the Language Deed of the Year receives a money prize.

The University's Working Group on Language Matters is looking for nominees for the Language Deed of the Year 2021. Send your suggestion and justifications for the nomination through the link below by Friday, 14 May 2021. The Working Group on Language Matters selects the winner on the basis of the suggestions and the winner is announced at the University's Opening Carnival in September.

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Vappu Speech 2021 by Aliisa Wahlsten, The Chair of The Executive Board of The Student Union of The University of Turku

Again, it is the time of the year when it is good to stop for a moment, reflect on how the world is going, raise your glass and celebrate spring and the coming summer! A wonderful Vappu just for you! I hope you have created for yourself a nice Vappu that takes into account the prevailing situation. Thank you also for finding time for this nearly hundred-year-old tradition!

Time is limited for everyone. Have you already wondered what you have spent your time on in the past year? Has the way you spend your time changed with the global pandemic? Some students enjoy that they can do their studies in the woods on a jog or even in the summer cottage. Some of us miss commuting and office noises that used to be just annoying before. However, we are individuals. And the truth is, the year has affected us in very different ways.

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The application time for the wings has been extended until 10 May

Wings are a part of the Student Union and their goal is to make the Student Union a better place for everyone. In the Wings, you have the freedom to create new free time activities for students and to take care of students’ interests. The Wings are based on four different themes: development cooperation, environment, equality, and internationality.

We are looking for regular members. We expect the applicants to have motivation and enthusiasm for the task and the ability to work in a group. You can apply for several Wings but become selected only in one Wing. You can apply for the autumn semester 2021 or the academic year 2021–2022. We expect the regular members to commit to the wing at least for the autumn semester. Students in Pori and Rauma campus can also apply for the wings.

The application period ends on 10 May at 23.59.

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Survey on experiences of COVID-19 among students in Turku

This questionnaire is a part of the research on understanding the effects of COVID-19 on students of Turku. The research outcomes will be presented in a webinar organized by students of Åbo Akademi on the 21st of May 2021. The respondents of the survey will remain anonymous. The average estimated time to complete this survey is 10 minutes. 

► You can answer the survey through this link

Exchange students: what to do before going home?

Dear Exchange Students, time has passed quickly and it is soon time to say good-bye. We would like to remind you of some important matters to take care of before you leave. 

PLEASE NOTE: International Office (Student Centre Disco) will be closed at least until the end of this semester, so all the paperwork will be handled online. In urgent matters, please send a message to incoming@utu.fi.

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Exchange students: remember to return your starting package

Dear exchange students, the opening hours for Starting Package Storage have been published for May.

Please find the schedule here 

Please note that you should return the package directly to TYY Service Desk (Rehtorinpellonkatu 4A).

Please bring everything washed and dry and you will get your deposit back.

For more information please e-mail to tyy-internationalspecialist@utu.fi

Yhdessä/Together Campaign Started: “Let’s Make Sure That No One Is Left All on Their Own”

The extended period of remote working and studying manifests in our University community as declined level of well-being. The Yhdessä/Together campaign encourages members of the University community to share their experiences and ideas on increasing well-being and sense of community on the Viima platform at https://app.viima.com/turun-yliopisto/yhdessa-together/

The campaign is also active on social media: you can take part by using hashtags #uniturku2030 and #getinspiredbyyourcommunity and share your ideas!

University news:

Intranet Sharepoint-platform was updated to newer version - few issues remain
If you have difficulties in logging to intranet, you should clear your browser cache and cookies for at least​ one week. You can go the cache settings with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Delete. More information: helpdesk@utu.fi

► Register now for the EC2U Forum to develop a European Joint Campus

► University Aims at Returning to Contact Teaching in Stages in the Autumn

► Entrance Exams Cause Special Arrangements on Campus – Tent Construction Begins on Mon, 3 May

Events:

25.5. Municipal Election info for students (in English)

7.6. International degree students landing jobs in Finland - where are we now and where do we want to get to in the future?

► See all events from TYY's events calendar

When attending to an event remember the hygiene instructions and safe distances. Wear a facemask if needed. Never attend to an event if you are sick.

The Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY)
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