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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 20/2020

Tue 12 May 2020 01:08:47 PM EEST

ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 20/2020


ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 20/2020


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From this newsletter you can find current information about COVID-19 situation and how it affects students' lives and the Student Union.

This week you'll also have the last chance to take part in SYKETTÄ online classes. Enjoy the opportunity and try e.g. yoga, HIIT or hip hop from your own living room. It's completely free!

Let's stay healthy & at home ❤️

Kind regards,
// kv.kuopio@isyy.fi

By the way, ISYY's newsletters Weekly Feed and Wiikko-Ärsyke will go on summer break next week. The last Weekly Feed of this academic year will be published 19.5.2020. The first newsletters of the autumn semester will be published 18.8.2020.





 How COVID-19 affects ISYY and students in the end of spring?

  • ISYY's offices will remain closed until 31st May 2020 and the staff will work remotely. Adjustments will be made at the end of May for the summer. Services are available by email and phone.
  • The ISYY kiosk on the Kuopio campus will be closed until 31 July 2020.
  • Meetings and events will be organised remotely until the end of May.
  • The Student Union's venues, Tiukanlinna and Lukema, are not available until 31.5.2020.
  • Tiukanlinna is available for hire from the beginning of June 2020, taking into account the number of people and restrictions. For Lukema, adjustments will be made at the end of May for the summer.The same instructions are followed for the Kuopio band room.
  • The University of Eastern Finland will begin restoring its functions in phases beginning 14th May 2020. The library’s services will open in part starting May 14th. Apart from this exception, the facilities will remain closed in general and all the courses will be studied remotely from home.
  • All studies-related travel abroad is prohibited, and leisure time travel is recommended to be avoided as well.

Food assistance for students

Higher education institutions operating in Joensuu and Kuopio have acknowledged that the coronavirus epidemic is placing some students in need of special assistance. The educational institutions have now joined forces, making donations to support their students. These donations are used to purchase food vouchers that will be distributed to students by parishes’ diaconal workers.

The vouchers will become available via the customer service points of diaconal work in the city centre of Joensuu and Kuopio, and diaconal workers will distribute the food vouchers to students contacting them. Students will need to show proof of identity, and to prove that they are students of the university or the university of applied sciences, upon collecting their voucher.

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Questionnaire to students regarding the 2021 municipality election

The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), Student Union of Savonia University of Applied Sciences SAVOTTA, and Student Union of Humak University of Applied Sciences HUMAKO’s Kuopio division have made an inquiry aimed for students about their experiences of the city of Kuopio.

The goal of the inquiry is to survey which of the city’s services work, which don’t, and which are the most important ones for students. Based on the responses, the student unions will lobby the municipality election candidates and the election platforms of the parties so, that the interests of the students will be heard better in Kuopio’s future decision making.

Among the respondents, a raffle will be held for two gift vouchers (á 30 €) to restaurant Panza (Ajurinkatu 26, Kuopio)!

  answer the inquiry!  


Introducing ISYYn Kahvitauko -café and virtual pub Raekaelae!

ISYYn Kahvitauko and virtual pub Raekaelae are recurring online meeting places meant to act as platforms for anyone to come and share news and socialize online in Zoom.

The café is online in Zoom twice a week for an hour. Come share your joys and worries with your peers! The next café meeting is tomorrow 13 May at 13:30!

A more informal option for the virtual café is our virtual pub Raekaelae, open every Friday night. Join us at the online afterwork (and Vappu special), next time on Friday the 15th of May at 6 pm!

  read more and find the links!  



SYKETTÄ goes online!

This week is the last week of the spring season's live instructed classes.
This week we have, for example: body overhaul, HIIT, HipHop and yoga! Just go to the Sports Calendar and click the class you want to participate.

We have new workouts on our webpage!
Our page "materials for home usage" offers home training videos and other materials from our instructors. Materials are free, but you have to register to the site to get them. We have different kind of training videos: pilates, yoga, kettle bell, total body workout, HIIT, Zumba and many many more training videos. Please look and see what you want to do today!


UEF campus pastors offer support during COVID-19

You can visit the campus pastor to talk about anything concerning your personal life: personal relationships, coping, a sudden turn of events in your life, a crisis, or sorrow. You can feel safe talking withe campus pastor, and you are not required to be a member of the church or possess a certain view of the world.

You can come and talk simply as yourself and about your issues. The conversations are free of charge and absolutely confidential. E-mail is the best way of arranging a suitable time for the conversation.

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FSHS reform and the healthcare fee for students on spring 2021

Starting in January 2021, students in universities of applied sciences and academic universities who are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS) will pay a healthcare fee to Kela, instead of the student unions. Students who are liable to pay the fee are students who have registered as attending and who are completing a bachelor's or master's level degree.

Incoming exchange students, students in open university and students in tailor-made, customer-specific training programmes are not entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service, and thus they do not have to pay the healthcare fee. 

Kela will begin to collect the healthcare fee in the spring term of 2021. The healthcare fee can be paid via Kela's e-service starting in December 2020. University students pay the healthcare fee for the autumn term 2020 to their student union.

You can read more about the FSHS reform here.

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Answer the Survey on the Wellbeing of students in times of COVID-19!

The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted on higher education. Students may experience stress because of the Covid-19. The outbreak may have had a significant impact on your life (where you live, who you are able to meet in real life, how you can make a living, etc.). This study investigates if these changes have impacted your well-being and health.

The results of the study are important in finding out the situation of students and they will inform on how to prepare for similar situations in the future. Because this survey is conducted in multiple countries, we will also be able to access the impact of local/national policy on well-being and health in the student population.

  asnwer the survey  

International Student - Share your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic!

We would like to invite you to fill in a short online survey focusing on your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participation in this study will provide us with valuable information on how situations like these affect the international student lives. The approximate time for completing the survey is 5-10 minutes.

The survey will be open till 15th of May 2020 with a possibility for extension. We would like to inform you that participation in this survey is voluntary and all the data gathered is confidential.

  answer the survey  



Are you interested in season work on the Finnish countryside?

Farms around Finland are struggling to get enough workforce in these difficult times due to the pandemic. Crucial workforce from abroad cannot offer their helping hands due to the coronavirus, and this means the countryside is in desperate need of spring and summer season workers.

Every available pair of hands is needed in order to secure domestic food on Finnish dinner tables, and this is where you can step in and help! If, for example, your summer job plans have been cancelled due to the pandemic, this is the perfect opportunity for you!

How to apply?
Employers announce rural vacancies on two websites. New vacancies appear
daily. You will find more detailed descriptions of the tasks and instructions for sending in your application on this and this website. On the last site, you will find the rural seasonal vacancies by writing kausityö2020 into the search box.

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EU Careers Student Ambassadors

If you are a student keen to promote EU careers on your university campus then why not apply to become an EU Career Student Ambassador?

As part of the experience, you will be able to:

  •     Find out more about EU Career opportunities and promote them to your fellow students
  •     Build a fantastic student network across Europe
  •     Gain work experience during your studies that will give your CV extra weight
  •     Develop your skills in public speaking, marketing and HR
  •     Receive a full induction training and coaching throughout the role
  •     Access to high-ranking EU officials
  •     A reference letter based on your performance

We are looking for motivated, outgoing people with enthusiasm to promote EU Careers in your university.

  read more  



Opiskelijatöihin.fi  is an employment service website covering North Karelia and North Savo regions. The service is created and maintained by the Student’s Eastern-Finland association.

Students can leave their profiles anonymously for employers to find and also seek employers’ job advertisements.

  read more  

Jobs, internships and thesis offers

Aarresaari is a network of Academic Career Services representing 13 Finnish Universities.

The network offers services for university students, graduates and employers, as well as for the universities themselves. At the same time the network builds brigdes between students and employers.

Aarresaari webpage is maintained by Suomen Akateemiset rekrytointipalvelut and you can find internship, job and thesis offer postings here.

Check out also UEF's open positions.


Event Calendar 2020

13.5.2020 ISYY Online Café
15.5.2020 ISYY Online Pub
18.5.2020 ISYY Online Café
19.5.2020 Nyyti's Chat: Are you demanding too much from yourself?

Check the SYKETTÄ Sports Calendar for this week's online classes!


Advertise your event in ISYY's newsletter Weekly Feed

If you would like to have something featured in the Weekly Feed, please send a short (max. 500 characters including spaces), informative description of the event/activity in English to either kv.kuopio@isyy.fi (Kuopio events) or kv.joensuu@isyy.fi (Joensuu events).

Please include at least the following information: date, time, place, admission fee and the event website/Facebook page. If you want to include pictures, the optimal size is 270 x 270 px.


Weekly Feed is the English language newsletter of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY). You are receiving this letter on your email because you are a member of ISYY and are studying at Kuopio campus or because you have joined the mailing list yourself.

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