The Student Union’s Board is looking for active students who are interested in and familiar with the Student Union’s finances to the boards of HYY Group and Ylioppilaslehden Kustannus Ltd. Members of the Board act as representatives of HYY’s members in the administration of the companies. The members are selected from among the people recommended by Representative Council groups, who may recommend any number of people. The main criteria in the selections are the applicant's commitment to the position and their experience of HYY Group’s operations or from the Group’s lines of business, such as property, restaurant and investment business. The administrative language of HYY Group is Finnish, and applicants are expected to be able to work in Finnish. Training will be provided for those applying for the financial positions at 2 pm–4 pm on February 12th in Wilhelmsson hall (Mannerheimintie 5 A, 5th floor). Participation in the training is considered as an advantage, especially if the person has not previously acted in the financial positions in HYY or HYY Group. Registration for the training 11.2 the latest to The term of the boards lasts from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.


Available positions:

HYY Group’s Board acts as the board of its parent community, that is, HYY’s property funds, as well as the board of HYY Group Ltd and its Group companies. Among other tasks, the Board prepares target budgets for properties owned by the Student Union as well as financial statements and property affairs that are decided by the Representative Council. The Board also oversees the implementation of real estate finances and approves property investments under its jurisdiction. The Group’s Board further directs and supervises the Student Union’s investment activities. HYY Group has a turnover of approximately €30 million.


Call for applications to become a member of HYY Group’s Board (5 student members):


  1. ‘Describe what you, in particular, would bring to HYY Group’s Board.’ (1,000 characters without spaces)

  2. ‘The current Strategy states that the Student Union should have no membership fees by 2025. Assess this objective from the Group’s perspective and envision a roadmap for achieving the goal.’ (1 page)

  3. ‘The enclosed material portrays the turnover of Company Ltd during 2013–2017. The company in question is involved in property business, operates in downtown Helsinki and has a turnover of around €30 million. Properties owned by Company Ltd are primarily rentable business premises. Please analyse Company Ltd’s income statement and balance sheet based on the provided material and describe how you arrived at this analysis.’ (1 page)

The income statement and financial report can be found here:


The Board of Ylioppilaslehden Kustannus Ltd attends to financial affairs related to the publishing and marketing of the student magazine Ylioppilaslehti and presents the annual target budget and financial statements for the approval of the Student Union’s Board. The company has a turnover of approximately €0.7 million.


Call for applications for the position of Chair of the Board of Ylioppilaslehden Kustannus Ltd:


Pre-assignments for the Chair:



‘Assess the strategic choices of Ylioppilaslehti and what should be done in the future.’


‘Analyse the changes in the operating environment of Ylioppilaslehti and in the newspaper industry in the next 5 years.’


Call for applications to become a member of the Board of Ylioppilaslehden Kustannus Ltd (3–7 student members):

Pre-assignment for board members: ‘Analyse the changes in the operating environment of Ylioppilaslehti and in the newspaper industry in the next 5 years.’


Instructions on applying

Pre-assignments (one-sided A4 page per assignment) addressed to HYY’s Board should be submitted to the chairs of your Representative Council group who should then deliver the pre-assignments of their group’s applicants to In addition to this, applicants applying to become Chair of the Board of Ylioppilaslehden kustannus Ltd should send their CV.

The documents should be received by the Student Union by 11.59 pm on 27 February 2018. Late applications will not be considered. The recruitment working group will process the pre-assignments anonymously.

Please note that you can only be selected for one of the boards. Members of HYY Group’s Supervisory Board cannot act as a member of HYY Group’s Board at the same time. Training will be provided for selected individuals at the beginning of the term.


Further information:

Member of HYY’s Board Amanda Pasanen, tel. 050 595 0327,

HYY Group is a responsible corporate group with solid financial standing, acting in real estate, restaurant, accommodation and investment business.

HYY is looking for a Chair for HYY Group’s Board. Applicants for the position should have strong experience from HYY Group’s owner administration and vision for developing business operations. The Chair must be either a current or former member of HYY. Serving in the position successfully requires leadership skills, responsibility and cooperation with both the owner and Group management as well as understanding of being a student. The work is very independent in some respects and requires a moderate investment in terms of time.

Remuneration is paid for acting in the position.

Besides managing the Board, the Chair’s tasks include chairing the committees of the Group’s Board and presenting issues for the general meeting to process. We consider experience of acting in the Student Union and of business activities outside the Student Union as advantages.

The Board of HYY Group acts as the Board of the Student Union’s property funds and as the Board of HYY Group Ltd. The Board prepares the target budgets for properties owned by the Student Union as well as financial statements and property affairs that are decided by the Representative Council. The Board also oversees the implementation of real estate finances and approves property investments under its jurisdiction. The Group’s Board further directs and supervises the Student Union’s investment activities. More information about HYY Group is available at

The term for the position of Chair of HYY Group’s Board lasts from April 2018 to March 2019. Free-form applications along with CVs addressed to HYY’s Board should be sent to the following address: Student Union of the University of Helsinki, Mannerheimintie 5 A, 2nd floor, 00100 Helsinki. Alternatively, the applications can be sent electronically to The application must have arrived by 11.59 pm on 18 February 2018. Some of the applicants will be invited to interviews held from 4 pm onwards on 23 February 2018 at the Student Union (Mannerheimintie 5 A, 2nd floor). Those invited to the interviews will be notified about it on 21 February 2018 at the latest.

Further information:
Chair of HYY’s Board 2018 Lauri Linna (

HYY turns 150 years old this year. To celebrate the ongoing Anniversary year, HYY hid 150 birthday presents around the campus areas of the University of Helsinki. The presents were left to be discovered at random by students on Thursday, February, and they contained things like movie tickets and colouring pens as well as items that encourage towards sustainable choices, such as reusable cups, seeds of edible plants, and biodegradable glitter.

Through these gifts, HYY wanted to remind everyone that the Anniversary year is a celebration for each and every member of the Student Union.

‘The theme of the Anniversary year is communality’, Chair of HYY’s Board Lauri Linna states. ‘The Student Union is a community into which each student leaves their own mark. For this reason, the Anniversary year is dedicated to everyone HYY has ever given support, security, and endless opportunities.’

150 years of a better future

HYY’s members will have parties upon parties in 2018.

This spring, members of the Student Union will crown Havis Amanda on May Day’s Eve, and May Day itself will be celebrated in traditional fashion at Ullanlinnanmäki. The Grand Sitsit academic dinner party will take over the Senate Square in May, while this year’s Flora’s day celebration will take place at the Meilahti Campus. The Opening Carnival and the Freshman Adventure will begin the new academic year in September. The Anniversary year will be concluded in December with the traditional Students’ Independence Day Procession.

Before that, the 150-year-old Student Union will be celebrated at the two-week HYY150 Festival in November. The Festival will bring together the best events of student organisations operating under HYY, culminating in the greatest Anniversary party of all time. HYY will communicate about these events through its communication channels.

During its Anniversary year, HYY wishes to remind everyone about the role of students as a resource for society. HYY has strived to promote the wellbeing of both students and the entire world throughout its 150-year history. We aim to continue on this path for the next 150 years, too.

‘The Student Union is a force that changes the world, involved in creating wellbeing both now and in the future’, Linna sums up.

The Ministry of Education and Culture is swiftly pushing forward with the reform of student admissions to higher education institutions ( The reform would mean that over half of all study places would be determined based on the certificate of matriculation from 2020 onwards. The Ministry’s aim with the reform is to achieve faster transitions from general upper secondary schools (lukio) to higher education institutions.

In this text, I will highlight three crucial observations on the realisation of the student admissions reform.

1) The schedule is too tight

The general upper secondary school students who the reform concerns have already begun their studies and made choices on which subjects to study that affect their matriculation examination. A reform that is implemented on such a tight schedule does not treat general upper secondary school students fairly or give the institutions sufficient time to be reformed.

Universities face challenges with reconciling certificate-based admissions with admissions based on entrance exams, which would remain as an option. The problem arises from the schedule: applicants who are not selected in certificate-based admissions must be able to sign up for entrance exams, but the results of the entrance exams must be available early enough for students to be able to get an apartment and participate in the orientation weeks of the programmes they are accepted into at the University. A highly automated admissions process based on data systems could help, but developing such systems will take time.

2) General upper secondary schools are changing and must change

The all-round education given by general upper secondary schools will decrease, as students will face pressure to only study subjects that are useful in the higher education application process. At the same time, preparatory courses might move into general upper secondary schools and studies in the schools stretch to four years for an increasing number of students. If this happens, the aim to make the transition from secondary to higher education faster would come to nothing.

It is unreasonable to assume that a 16-year-old from Hylkysyrjä could anticipate the discipline they will study in the future with any certainty. It is important to both retain the possibility to make mistakes on educational paths and retain a route to higher education for late bloomers in the future, too.

We do not have to look far for examples of people who fared poorly in general upper secondary school but still succeeded adequately in life: President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö, who was just elected for his second term, had an average grade of 6,5 (on a scale of 4 to 10) from theoretical subjects in general upper secondary school (

Whatever you think of the reform, if it were realised, general upper secondary education would have to be reanalysed and the contents of the matriculation examination reconsidered to better correspond to the needs of admissions to higher education institutions. At the same time, the need for quality study counselling would increase: the career plans of general upper secondary school students must become clearer than before during their second year at the latest.

3) The new scoring model is the least of our worries

As part of the certificate-based admissions, a new scoring tool that considers the different grades in a matriculation examination in relation to each other will be taken into use. The programmes that students apply to at the University would be able to choose one out of three scoring tables: i) a basic table, ii) language table or iii) mathematical table, with each table featuring a different composition of subjects from the matriculation examination. Universities could also decide not to apply any table, but there would be a strong pressure for a nationally uniform model. A draft for the scoring model is a good start, but it still has some faults in it.

The scoring tool does not take into consideration the two lowest grades that result in a pass in the matriculation examination (B and A), which creates an incentive to play it safe when choosing which subjects to include in the exam – which in turn decreases the aspect of all-round education. The grouping of the general studies subjects into different baskets is based too strongly on the perspective of the median student. The grouping does not recognise the diverse spectrum of different combinations of subjects that could be useful in university studies.

The tool is not developed by the Ministry of Education and Culture itself – it is the creation of a key project coordinated by the University of Helsinki ( If we will actually move to national cooperation on admissions and to certificate-based admissions as per the Ministry’s goals, it would be sensible for the scoring to be as transparent and logical from the applicant’s perspective as possible.

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki commented on the scoring tool in January during the University’s internal round of comments. Other universities have also made statements on the details of the model. Currently, it seems that the worst problems of the model could still be fixed. After this, the tool would bring some clarity to the entire reform of student admissions from the applicant’s perspective.

Unless the Ministry of Education and Culture takes its foot off the gas, the problems concerning general upper secondary schools will remain unsolved.

Heikki Isotalo
Specialist, educational policy

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) is a corporation consisting of 27,000 university students and subject to public law. The Student Union acts as an advocacy and service organisation for its members and for the organisations that operate under HYY.

HYY is looking for a specialist in educational policy to join our ranks on a permanent contract starting on 19 February or as agreed.

Do you want to be involved in developing the teaching given at the University of Helsinki to make it the best it can be? Do digitalisation of education and new learning methods inspire you? Can you discover new trends in working life? Do you dream of a career in which you can directly influence both Finland’s educational policy and student life? If you want and are able to conduct excellent advocacy work as well as communicate about it, we want you. Besides your passion for educational policy, you should be a good fit for our relaxed and skilled work community.

In your work, you will be in charge of issues such as the development of teaching, observing related changes and the working life connections of studies. Additionally, you will be in charge of presenting your sector’s issues to HYY’s Board. Your tasks also include communicating about issues in educational policy both within the office and externally by, for instance, meeting interest groups and being active in social media.

We are:

A student union with around 27,000 members
An efficient, active and passionate actor in advocacy work
An enthusiastic work community, consisting of 8 specialists and 12 members of the board among others, that gets things done together in a competent yet relaxed fashion

We expect you to have:

Basic knowledge of educational policy and its current trends
Understanding of the revolution in working life
Precision in your work and the ability to manage large issues
An independent approach as well as teamwork and problem-solving skills
Enthusiasm towards learning and the development of teaching
Studies in a higher education institution
Willingness to develop as an expert in educational policy
Communication skills

You will get:

An interesting, independent and challenging job
A salary that is in accordance with the student unions’ collective agreement (2,270.85 €/month) with potential bonuses for education and experience
Opportunities for education and development
Flexible working hours and opportunities for remote work
Awesome colleagues

The application period ends at 11.59 pm on 11 February. Send us a free-form application letter with a maximum length of one page. Please attach your CV too. Send the application to with ‘Asiantuntija’ as the subject. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 13 February. The Board will make their choice for the position in their meeting on 15 February.

For more information, please contact Secretary General Aaro Riitakorpi (0400 816 426),

HYY emphasises diversity and equality in its activities. We hope to receive as many applications as possible from people with diverse backgrounds.

Do you want to influence the university’s facility arrangements, IT services or the university’s libraries? Are you interested in developing the teaching of the Language Centre or the Open University? Several student representative positions are now open in the boards of different units that serve the entire university!

At this very moment HYY is searching new student representatives to several positions in university decision making. Please note that several of these positions require some Finnish skills, as the administrative language of the Boards is Finnish.

Board of the Open University

Board of the Helsinki University Library

Board of the National Library

Board of the Language Centre

Board of the IT Centre

Facilities Committee

There are other student representative positions open right now:

Board of the Aleksanteri Institute

Board of the FInnish Museum of Natural History

Board of the Research Collegium (for doctoral students)

You'll find more information about the open positions as well as instrutions to apply for them at The application period ends Mon 5 Febuary 2018 at 2PM. You can also ask for more information from our specialist in higher education policy Jenna Sorjonen, 0503255202, jenna.sorjonen(at)

Student aid will undergo some changes at the turn of the year, with the most important ones summarised below. More comprehensive information on the changes can be found on Kela’s website.

Students’ income limits start to be raised

Besides student aid, students may have other income up to the amount of the annual income limit. The limit is defined based on the number of months for which the student has received student aid during the year. Further information on income limits.

From the beginning of 2018, the annual income limits in the income check for student aid will be raised by 1%, and after this, index increments will be made every two years. For instance, if a student receives student aid for 9 months next year, they can have a maximum of €11,973 of other income, whereas the annual income limit for 9 months of aid this year is €11,850.

Student aid is paid earlier

Starting at the beginning of 2018, the study grant and possible housing supplement (only for those living abroad or in Åland because of their studies) will be paid on the first day of each month or on the first banking day after it. This means that student aid and general housing allowance will be paid on the same day in the future.

Processing student aid issues in higher education institutions ends – no action from students required

All higher education institutions in Finland have had a study grants board responsible for issues related to monitoring study progress, evaluating the extension of the period of eligibility for student aid and evaluating the sufficiency of summer studies, for instance. Starting on 1 January 2018, all student aid issues will be decided by Kela. The operation of study grants boards in higher education institutions ends and, at the same time, the processing of student aid applications in all universities ceases. These changes aim to ensure the efficient and uniform processing of student aid issues and to guarantee the equal status of all students.

This change does not require students to take any action. Payment of student aid continues according to your student aid decision, and in the future, you must conduct your business with Kela in matters related to student aid. You can do this through Kela’s eServicesor phone service, in Kela’s local offices or in Kela’s customer service locations. You can check the contact details from Kela’s website.

Provider supplement added to student aid!

A provider supplement of €75 will be added to the study grant of student aid. This increases the amount of study grant for students who provide for a child from €250.28 to €325.28 per month. Students who provide for a child under 18 years of age and receive the study grant have the right to receive the provider supplement. The supplement will be added to the study grant automatically.

The provider supplement is not taken into account in housing allowance or conscript’s allowance or when assigning client fees for early childhood education, for instance.

Further information:

Hannele Kirveskoski
Specialist (subsistence, international affairs)
+350 543 9608

HYY has appointed new student representatives to the faculty councils of all faculties and the University Collegium for the next two years this autumn. The new representatives start in their positions on 1 January 2018. The names of all new student representatives have been published on HYY’s website – check who are representing the students of your faculty!

What do student representatives do?
Student representatives are members of various decision-making bodies at the University, such as the faculty councils and the University Collegium. They ensure that students’ interests are not trampled upon when making decisions that concern studies and student life. They voice students’ opinions in meetings, advance and defend issues that are important to students and develop the University to look increasingly like its students. More information about student representatives’ activities can be found here. By contacting the student representatives of your faculty about flaws related to your studies or ideas to develop the University, you can get your voice heard in the University’s decision-making processes.

What faculty council?
The faculty councils are administrative bodies consisting of the faculty’s professors, other staff members and students, chaired by the dean. The faculty councils are responsible for developing teaching and research at the faculty, controlling quality management of research and teaching, deciding on issues such as degree requirements, the curricula, student selection criteria and the guidelines for financial and personnel matters as well as processing far-reaching plans and other important matters of principle at the faculty. Staff members of the faculty councils have been selected, and the results for each faculty have been published in the University’s intranet, Flamma (requires logging in).

What Collegium?
The University Collegium is an administrative body processing matters that are significant for the entire University. It has representatives of professors, other staff members and students from all eleven faculties of the University. Starting next year, students of the Swedish School of Social Science will also be represented. The tasks of the University Collegium include appointing members from outside the University community to the University Board, the highest decision-making body of the University, appointing the Chancellor of the University and university auditors as well as confirming the university's financial statements and annual report. The staff members for the University Collegium are selected early next year.

Why does HYY select the student representatives?
The selection of student representatives to the administrative bodies of the University is a statutory task. The Student Union strives to organise the selections of student representatives in an open and transparent manner and hopes to get as diverse a group of students as applicants as possible. This autumn, student representatives have been selected for the first time with a new application procedure instead of elections. All students registered for attendance for this academic year had the opportunity to apply for the positions of student representatives, and selection committees formed from among the students of each faculty processed the applications. The student representatives to the University Collegium are selected by HYY’s Representative Council, whereas HYY’s Board makes the selection decisions for faculty councils and other administrative bodies.

For further information on matters related to student representation, please contact HYY’s Specialist in Educational Policy Jenna Sorjonen, jenna.sorjonen(at), 050 325 5202.

Would you like to influence the study environment at your faculty? Are you interested in student life related health issues? Are you willing to support health promotion?

One of the central tasks of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) is health promotion. Locally this health promotion work is organized through working groups, which include both representatives of the staff of the FSHS, students, university staff and other stakeholders. The health promotion of the students of the University of Helsinki is organized by two working groups, one for the faculties of the City Centre Campus and one for the faculties operating at Kumpula, Meilahti and Viikki Campuses.

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) is now looking for a deputy member to represent the students of the Faculty of Theology for the rest of the term until August 31 2019 in the City Centre Campus working group. The working groups currently work in Finnish, so a basic command of the Finnish language is advisable. Please see the Finnish or Swedish version of the ad for more information on the working groups and on how to apply. The deadline for applications is Sunday December 17.

Further information: Sofia Lindqvist, Specialist at HYY,, 050 543 9605.

The Representative Council of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki appointed the new Board for 2018 in its meeting on 4 December. The Board is formed by the Representative Council group of Subject Organisations HYAL, the Social Democratic Students’ Association OSY, the Representative Council group of Student Nations, the Independent Left and HYY’s Greens. Edistykselliset, Svenska Nationer och Ämnesföreningar SNÄf and HELP will be in the opposition in 2018.

Student of Law Lauri Linna was selected as the Chair of the Board. He represents the Representative Council group of the Independent Left. Linna has acted in HYY’s Board in 2017 as the Chair of the Financial Committee and been in charge of legal protection, organisations’ equality and Finno-Ugric cooperation.

‘The Student Union’s 150th Anniversary is a great opportunity to do big things. We have the opportunity to make the Student Union even more well-known, more accessible and closer to its members than before. We can turn the Student Union into a community which everyone can feel is theirs regardless of their own background and which has the power to fight for a more just world’, the new chairperson, Linna, states.

HYY’s Board in 2018:
Lauri Linna, chairperson (Independent Left), Krista Laitila, vice chairperson (HYAL), Sara Järvinen, Chair of the Financial Committee (HYAL), Amanda Pasanen (Greens), Aleksanteri Gustafsson (OSY), Titta Hiltunen (Independent Left), Jane Kärnä (HYAL), Mathilda Timmer (HYAL), Topias Tolonen (Student Nations), Laura Wathén (HYAL), Julius Uusinarkaus (Independent Left), Sebastian Österman (Greens).

The term of the new Board lasts one year and begins in January 2018.

From left to right Laura Wathén, Jane Kärnä, Topias Tolonen, Julius Uusinarkaus, Aleksanteri Gustafsson and Mathilda Timmer. In the top row Krista Laitila, Sebastian Österman, Sara Järvinen and Laura Linna. Titta Hiltunen and Amanda Pasanen are missing. 

Further information:
Lauri Linna, Chair of HYY’s Board in 2018
tel. 050 595 0324