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THE STUDENT UNION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TURKU
Newsletter 6/2021


In this newsletter: 

  • Application period for student tutors is open until 28 February
  • Search Announcement: Deputy Member for the Collegiate Council of the University
  • Search Announcement: Advisory Boards of the University Library
  • Search Announcement: Members for the Faculty Councils of the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Science
  • Try CampusSport’s online classes with an affordable online pass
  • Greetings from Synapsi
  • The traditional Fastlaskiainen (Shrove Tuesday event) is online this year!
  • Corona guidelines
  • Red light stage in force on all campuses – safe distance increased to 2 metres
  • Starting Package Storage
  • University news

Application period for student tutors is open until 28 February

Tutors are irreplaceable help in the welcoming process of new students. We are now looking for student tutors for the students entering the University of Turku at the beginning of the Academic year 2021–2022. You can apply during February 2021 (1.–28.2.2021) by submitting the online application: 
https://intranet.utu.fi/index/student%20tutors/Pages/default.aspx

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Search Announcement: Deputy Member for the Collegiate Council of the University

TYY seeks a deputy member to the University of Turku Collegiate Council for the term ending on 31 Dec 2021. The University of Turku Collegiate Council includes 30 members with personal deputy members. 10 of the members represent students.

The remit of the University Collegiate Council includes for example determining the number of members in the University Board, the term of the Board and its members and the fees of the chair and the members of the Board; electing those members that do not represent the university staff and students in the University Board; to confirm the election of representatives of the university staff and students to the Board of the University; electing university auditors; confirming the financial statement and annual report of the university and deciding on the discharge of liability to the board members and the rector. Application period ends 15 Feb 2021.

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Search Announcement: Advisory Boards of the University Library

TYY seeks student representatives to the Subject-specific Advisory Boards of the University Library for the term ending 31 Aug 2022. The Library of the University of Turku is a academic library that gives services to those doing research, teaching and studies in the University of Turku. It also acts as a general research library and is open to anyone seeking knowledge. Application period ends 15 Feb 2021.

To enhance cooperation between the University Library and the University Community there are three Advisory Boards. The search of student representatives to them is as follows:

  • Advisory Board of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine: one deputy member
  • Advisory Board of Education, Economics, Law and Social Sciences: two deputy members

The tasks of the Advisory Boards are:

  1. Enhance communication and be a forum for cooperation between the library and its users, the research community and the students.
  2. To participate in the development of the library database and its research field specific procurement. Members of the Advisory Board will act as specialist on the use of materials and will comment the selection criteria of the materials.
  3. To participate in the development of the library services especially concerning services for research and study.

Advisory Boards meet on average once every semester.

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Search Announcement: Members for the Faculty Councils of the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Science

TYY seeks deputy members to the Faculty Councils of the Faculty of Science for the term ending on 31 Dec 2021. Faculty Councils are a central location for the promotion of student interests and the highest executive organ of the faculties.

The remit of the Faculty Councils includes developing teaching and research in the faculty, drafting proposals for plans of action and financial plans and annual budgets as well as deciding on the guidelines for the distribution of the resources granted to the faculty; approving the curricula; as well as drafting proposal for the amount of students to be admitted annually in the faculty and deciding on the admission criteria. A third of the members consist of students. Application period ends 15 Feb 2021.

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Try CampusSport’s online classes with an affordable online pass

CampusSport’s functions in the sports facilities are temporarily shut down at least until 28 Feb 2021. Therefore, we offer online classes and now you can try the classes for the following three weeks with an affordable online pass. The pass is valid 8 Feb – 28 Feb 2021. With the pass you get to watch the online classes that are streamed to a closed Facebook group. The pass costs 15 euros for students and 20 euros for the staff members and postgraduate students. In addition to the online pass, sports fee for the entire spring 2021 (48/61 euros) is also available at CampusSport’s online store. If you pay the spring fee, you get to watch the online classes and when we are able to use our facilities again, you will get to use the gyms, instructed classes and ball sports shifts.

► Read more: https://www.campussport.fi/en/online-pass-2/

Greetings from Synapsi

Hi there!

Are you an exchange student and you came to Finland wishing to experience the whole Finnish student life and all the cool things Finland has to offer? But then The Virus came and flipped your plans upside down?

Don't worry! I would like to introduce you to our student association Synapsi for biology and geography students, which is doing everything to keep the fun side of student life going on. We organise all kinds of activities remotely, covid-safely in small groups, indoors and outdoors. In addition to events, you get new connections through our Whatsapp group to other exchange students and Finnish members of Synapsi, you can take part in our sport shifts and board game club! You can also suggest events or activities you would like to try. Members of Synapsi have also free access to the botanical garden in Ruissalo and the Biological museum of Turku.

If you want to learn more about us go to https://synapsi.utu.fi/in-english/ and visit our instagram @synapsiry https://www.instagram.com/synapsiry/?hl=en .

The membership costs 7 € for one year and 15 € for 7 years and I guarantee you, it is worth the price!

If you have any questions or you would like to join, don't hesitate to send an email to me!

Best regards,

Inka Koskenkorva (international coordinator of Synapsi)

inmkos@utu.fi

The traditional Fastlaskiainen (Shrove Tuesday event) is online this year!

 
ÅAS is once again organizing this year's most fast-paced event where we will vote for this year's best sled! This mixed with competitions and other fun programs!  The evening event will take place at Zoom on 16 February, starting at 7 p.m. We will arrange various competitions with prizes for the winners. During the evening event, the associations' sledge videos, various competitions, and all participants will be able to participate and vote for the winners of the sledding competition.
 

Corona guidelines

TYY's corona guidelines consist of:

  • Trafficlight model on what instructions are being followed at the moment (red/yeallow/green)
  • An instruction on how to organise and attend in events safely (these must be followed at all times)

TYY's guidelines are based on:

  • Discussion with the health authorities of campus cities
  • The guidelines of the hospital district and regulations of regional state administrative agency

We have categorised different situations with color codes. Currently, the red time guidelines will be followed. 

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Red light stage in force on all campuses

The traffic light model for the coronavirus situation defines the level of safety measures at the University of Turku. At the moment, the red light stage of the traffic light model is in force on all the University’s campuses.

The management of the University of Turku decided on 27 January 2021 that all the University’s campuses, also Rauma and Pori, stay on the red light stage of the traffic light model for the coronavirus situation. This means, among other things, that the use of the University’s facilities is restricted. Work and studies are conducted mainly remotely. Masks are always used in all the University's facilities. The minimum safe distance to other people is now 2 metres instead of the earlier 1.5 metres.

The University’s traffic light model for the coronavirus situation can be changed to the yellow light stage once the Hospital District of Southwest Finland moves from the community transmission phase to the acceleration phase. The safety measures and related instructions at the Rauma and Pori campuses can be reviewed separately if necessary.

At the University of Turku, remote teaching and studying will continue throughout the spring semester (3rd and 4th period) in accordance with the earlier policy.  Contact teaching that is not possible to teach at distance can be organised in small groups while taking into account the restrictions on the number of participants.

► University’s traffic light model for coronavirus situation
► Information on Coronavirus

Please send any further inquiries and questions primarily by email to koronainfo@utu.fi.

Starting Package Storage

The student unions of the universities in Turku (TYY, ÅAS), the student union of the Novia University of Applied Sciences (Novium), and the Turku University of Applied Science (TUAS) run a starting package storage where exchange students can borrow a package with household items which they then return before they leave Turku.

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University news:

► University's Traffic Light Model for Coronavirus Situation Has Worked Well

► Please Answer the Learning Environment Survey by 13 February

► University Follows THL’s Recommendation, Short-term International Student Exchanges Are Not Organised for Time Being

► Have a Fairtrade Coffee Break Also while Working from Home

► Happy Love Data Week! - Love Data Week Feb. 8-12, 2021

► University's 100 Anniversary Chocolate Bars on Sale in UTUShop

► Get Inspired by Science – Watch University’s New Brand Video 

► Further Development of University Central Services Planned during the Beginning of the Year

► 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.

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