The term of office of two members serving on the Board of Tampere University will expire at the end of 2020, which means that two 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 (read the University’s intranet announcement). The Academic Board will appoint the new board members from among these candidates.

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 30 June and 10 August. After that, the Student Union will discuss the suggestions, and on 27 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 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 Jenny Vaara, Student Union’s Specialist in Educational Affairs (out of office between 29 June and 7 August). During Jenny’s absence, you can contact Aliisa Toivanen (Specialist in International Affairs and Advocacy) for advice.

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:

  • up-to-date expertise and experience of Finnish academia
  • experience of academic leadership
  • academic excellence
  • demographic diversity: age, gender balance in compliance with the Equality Act, professional background, experience
  • international experience and familiarity with the international scientific community
  • educational expertise
  • broad-ranging views of the society, sciences and arts, industry and business and the civic society
  • diverse societal impact and visibility
  • financial and investment expertise
  • knowledge of multiple disciplines represented at Tampere University and strong academic expertise in the University’s priority areas (society, health and technology).

 

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 the 26/2020 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 two (2)

 

  1. The Executive Board decided to take gender balance into consideration according to the Equality Act when making the Student Union’s proposal

 

  1. 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.