About Student Union TUO
What Student Union TUO actually is? How can student affect in TUAS? Who to contact if I have problems in my studies?
The student union of the Turku University of Applied Sciences – TUO is the student’s home in TUAS, the one organization that takes care of your interest as a student. TUO has altogether around 4700 members. TUO is a member of SAMOK ry, which is the umbrella organization of the student unions of the Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences. TUO is religiously and politically neutral and independent from trade unions.
Who to contact?
You can always turn to the educational and social affairs adviser if you have any questions or problems concerning your studies. The adviser can for example be involved in solving conflict situations, improving the quality of education in a degree program or work as a messenger between the students and faculty.
If you have a question or problem, please contact:
Group 40 000
Group 40 000 is a common voice of the higher education students for influencing the politics in the Turku city. The group includes Student Union of Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUO), The Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY), Åbo Akademi Student Union (ÅAS) and Student Union Novium at the University of Applied Sciences Novia (Novium).
As the name suggests, the group represents circa 40 000 higher education students in Turku.
In case of harassment
Harassment is behavior, that the one being harassed feels uncomfortable in any way. It can relate to ethnicity, sexuality, wealth, religion, physical characteristics or gender. Harassment can also be about bullying or discrimination.
Every student has the right to equal treatment as part of the University Community. They have the right to physical and mental integrity and to social support during their studies. Under the Non-Discrimination Act, students cannot be separated based on their characteristics. The Act on Gender Equality will in turn ensure gender equality also in studies.
You can contact the harassment contact person if you want an impartial listener to your troubles. The harassment contact person won’t take any further actions with out your consent. The only exceptions are situations, where there is a threat of violence towards the students or the University Community. All conversations are confidential and you can contact the harassment contact person also anonymously.
The harassment officers:
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TUO’s representative body
TUO’s representative body of 31 members acts as the highest governing body of TUO. The representatives are chosen by election every autumn and they are in office for a full calendar year. Every member of the student union has the right to be a candidate and to vote.
The representatives decide on the plan of action and the financial evaluation, accepts the activity report and the accounts from the previous year, defines the amount of the membership fee and decides on possible changes to the rules and regulations. Additional to this the representatives select the board of TUO and the student representatives of the Turku University of Applied Sciences.
TUO’s board leads and fulfills the activities of TUO along guidelines set by the representatives. By regulation the board consists of four to eight members, and this board acts for one calendar year. Each member of the board has their own area of responsibility. These responsibilities are handled internally within the Turku University of Applied Sciences, locally and nationally.
TUO's active members
Being a TUO’s active member you can help with organizing events for the students together with TUO’s board. TUO has a few traditional, set events around the year, but new and fresh ideas are always welcome! TUO team is the place to be if you want to organize student activities for example culture / sport -related events for students. Hop in TUO-yhteisö in Facebook or ask more: email@example.com
TUO’s tutors help new students to start their studies and continue to support them for their entire first year!
TUO trains the new tutors each year and sets up meetings with the tutors a few times during the school year. The application period for the new tutors is open from 13th of December 2017 to 11th of January 2018. If you’re interested don’t hesitate to apply; tutoring is fun and rewarding!
Student representatives of the faculties (johtoryhmävastaavat)
Student representatives act as a link between the students and the management team of each faculty.
Engineering and Business
Chemical Engineering: Neea Laine
Information and Communications Technology: Iiro Lehtiö
ICT: Juho Sandbacka
Business (Turku and Salo): Jere Vuorio & Veera Lähteenmäki
Civil and Community Engineering / Construction Management: Jesse Nyholm
Business Logistics / Sales and Purchases: Nantte Luoma
Industrial Management and Engineering / Automotive and Transportation Engineering: Pekka Lahtinen
Mechanical Engineering: Kristian Suominen
Health and Well-being
Dental hygiene / Dental technology: Sara Musta
Biomedical Laboratory Science / Radiography and Radiotherapy: Tapio Mattila
Physiotherapy / Occupational Therapy: TBA
Social Services: Jaso Jaakkola
Emergency Care / Nursing: Oskari Ketola
Public Health Nursing / Midwifery: Laura Rinne
Nursing (Salo): Rebecca Nylund
Fine Arts: TBA
Film and Media: TBA
Performing Arts: TBA
Board of Turku University of Applied Sciences Ltd
Board of Examiners
Laura Knych, Santtu Pääkkönen (substitute)
Board of Student Affairs
Josefina Salmi, Laura Knych (substitute)
Regional Council of Southwest Finland (Maakunnan yhteistyöryhmä MYR)*
Jyri Niemi, student representative named by The Student Union of the University of Turku, TYY (substitute)
* TUO chooses the student representative every two years.