The well-being of a university student is influenced by many different aspects of life, such as health, relationships, environment, financial situation, and leisure activities.
National education policy decisions, such as those relating to student subsistence and funding for higher education, have a major impact on the quality of a student's life and the expectations our society has of them. For example, the target time for completing one’s studies can increase the sense of urgency, which in turn increases stress. Prolonged stress has a negative impact on well-being. In addition, students may also feel pressure to graduate and move into the working world.
Therefore, we have compiled information on this page to help students at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) to find support for their well-being, as well as information on the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland’s (ISYY) and UEF's policies and practices to promote well-being in the university community.
You can find information on student well-being behind the links to UEF Kamu website (link below). The Student Life and Well-being page brings together the main student well-being services. On the Student Well-being Work at UEF page, you can find information about the work our university is doing to promote student well-being.
Equality is one of the safeguards of a safe study environment. Both ISYY and UEF have compiled Equality Plans, which guide the actions of our organisations. All operators and staff members of ISYY are required to commit to the Plan.
The purpose of ISYY Equality Plan is to promote equality, non-discrimination, parity, and physical and mental safety in the study environment in ISYY, as well as in the organizations and clubs that operate in its domain.
Guidelines for safer spaces have been compiled to accompany the Plan.
The University of Eastern Finland's Equality and Parity Plan has been developed to support promoting equality, parity, diversity and inclusion of staff and students at UEF. Promoting these is the responsibility of every member of the university community.
The links below will take you to the ISYY Equality Plan, the Safer Space Guidelines and the UEF Equality and Parity Plan.
NB! The ISYY Equality Plan and Safer Space Guidelines are in translation and will be updated to this page when ready.
Isyy.fi, opens in a new tab: ISYYn yhdenvertaisuussuunnitelma 2023-2026 (FI)
Isyy.fi, opens in a new tab: Turvallisemman tilan periaatteet (yhdenvertaisuussuunnitelman liite) (FI)
Sharepoint.com, opens in new tab: Our diverse and equal university, University of Eastern Finland's equality and non-discrimination plan
The University of Eastern Finland has compiled a comprehensive list of resources to help in life's crises on the Kamu website. If you are facing challenges related to your well-being or studies, you may find information about where to get help in the list below.
Kamu.uef.fi, opens in a new tab: Providers of Help
If you do not know how to deal with a challenging situation in your everyday student life, you can contact ISYY's advocacy experts, who offer advice and support in a wide range of situations. ISYY's advocacy experts also act as ISYY's Anti-Harassment Contact Persons. You can contact them if you experience any kind of harassment in your study environment.
At times, concerns may arise about the well-being of a fellow student. Discussing or intervening in the situation can feel challenging. On the University of Eastern Finland's Kamu website, you can find UEF's policy on early support and guidance for a student's inappropriate behavior. The page contains guidelines for situations where you have a concern about a fellow student, or a fellow student is behaving disruptively in class or in other situations.
Kamu.uef.fi, opens in a new tab: Early support and guidance for consequences of a student's inappropriate behavior