The term of office of three members serving on the Board of Tampere University will expire at the end of 2021, which means that three new board members will be appointed in the autumn. The Academic Board is asking members of the university community to nominate candidates for the Board of Tampere University. The Academic Board will appoint the new board members from among these candidates. Read Tampere University’s intranet anouncement.

Who do you think should have a seat on the Board of Tampere University?

Send your suggestion to TREY to make sure that we students can promote matters that are important to us. Nominate an awesome person from your own field or find a suitable candidate from some other discipline. Suggestions can be submitted by individual students, organisations and other student groups.

We are collecting suggestions from students and organisations between 28 June and 9 August. After that, the Student Union will discuss the suggestions, and on 26 August, our Executive Board will make a decision on the students’ joint proposal. The deadline for the university community’s proposals is 31 August. We will publish the names of nominated candidates after the Student Union’s Executive Board has made the decision.

Students and organisations can send their suggestions to the Student Union or directly to the University.

You can submit your suggestion to the Student Union using a Jotform online form.  To send your proposal directly to the University, use the-e-form you can find through this To send your proposal directly to the University, use the-e-form you can find through the intranet release. The Academic Board has asked members of the university community to nominate their board member candidates by 31 August.

We students want to make sure that students have a central role on the Board of Tampere University.

For more information about the university board’s appointment process, please contact Aliisa Toivanen, Student Union’s Specialist in Educational Affairs (out of office between 5 and 30 June) or Ilona Taubert, Social policy specialist (out of office between 14 June and 16 August).

The Board of Tampere University has seven members. The same members make up the Board of the Tampere University Foundation. The university board’s main task is to set the guidelines for the University. It makes decisions concerning the University’s strategy and regulations. The board also appoints the president and exercises considerable financial power.

While the Board of Tampere University may be far from the everyday lives of students, it makes far-reaching decisions and plans that affect the University.

The members of the Board of Tampere University have a high level of expertise in matters related to the academia, society or business.


According to the Universities Act, the board of a foundation-based university ‘shall comprehensively represent the highest national and international expertise in the sciences and arts in the field of operation of the university and in societal and business life’. The university’s field of operation consists of the fields that are taught and researched at the university. High level of expertise can be defined as expertise gained by, for example, doing a doctoral thesis in your own field or successfully developing your skills in different areas of society or business.


The regulations of Tampere University Foundation state that the maximum length of board membership is nine years, i.e. three terms. This means that the members of the Board of Tampere University can serve on the board for more than one term. According to the Charter of Tampere University Foundation and the Regulations of Tampere University, the university board is a strategic and independent body.


The Academic Board has outlined the following criteria for appointing members for the Board of Tampere University:

All members:

  • understanding of the scientific community and academia
  • social interaction skills
  • commitment
  • extensive network of contacts

The Board as a whole:

  • academic excellence;
  • academic leadership experience;
  • board knowledge of the disciplines represented at the University and strong academic expertise relating to the University’s priority areas (technology, health, society);
  • broad understanding of society, the sciences and arts, industry and business, and civic society;
  • demographic diversity in terms of age, gender (as set out in the Finnish Equality Act), academic background and experience;
  • diverse societal impact and visibility;
  • educational expertise;
  • financial and investment expertise;
  • international experience and an understanding of the intentional scientific community;
  • up to date knowledge and experience of academia in Finland.

The following criteria will be highlighted when considering candidates for Board membership in 2021:

  • The multidisciplinary approach is both an opportunity and a challenge for Tampere University. The Board of the University must comprise members with experience of working in a multidisciplinary university and research group and leading multidisciplinary research.
  • The Board must reflect the strong international dimension of Tampere University. The Board needs members with experience of universities in Finland and beyond and who have an understanding of the preconditions for Tampere University’s success in the international and national academic and funding landscapes. 
  • The post-merger integration process is still underway at Tampere University. The Board needs members with experience of a university merger and/or the integration of different research communities and research cultures.

The following qualities will be considered an advantage:

  • strong academic expertise and societal impact relating to Tampere University’s priority areas, especially technology and health (clinical medicine and health sciences);
  • experience of organisational governance / board membership in a multidisciplinary university or a similar professional organisation;
  • financial and investment expertise;
  • diverse stakeholder relations and networks: society, industry and business, associations and foundations, the EU (international science policy and funding).

When nominating your candidate, you should only focus on who you want to have on the Board of the University.

Ultimately, it is the Academic Board’s responsibility to make sure that the composition of the board complies with these criteria and the law.

The Student Union of Tampere University will make its own proposal to nominate candidates for the Board of the University. Our aim is to promote important student matters in Tampere University.


The Student Union’s proposal will take into account the qualification requirements and suitability criteria defined by the Universities Act and the Academic Board. At its meeting meeting, the Student Union’s Executive Board made the following decisions to define its internal criteria:


  1. The Executive Board made a preliminary decision that the number of candidates to be nominated for the Board of Tampere University is one (1)
  2. The Executive Board decided to define the following criteria:


Primary criteria:

  • Expertise in student matters
  • Educational expertise
  • Understanding of the field of science and higher education
  • Different backgrounds
  • Multidisciplinarity and various fields


Additional criteria:

  • Respect of subsidiarity and interaction in administration
  • Promotion of university autonomy, university democracy and free degree education
  • Promotion of the university’s equal language policy


A team of Student Union employees and members will prepare a proposal, which will then be discussed by the Student Union’s Executive Board before the deadline set for the university community’s proposals. If possible, the Student Union will ask the potential candidates for their consent before making the decision.


The Student Union will hear students and organisations about their suggestions for new university board members to make sure that the voice of students is heard in the Student Union’s preparatory work, decision-making processes and advocacy work. We will listen to and appreciate the views of students and organisations when making our decision.