Student Union news

The latest news from the Student Union.

26 October – 30 October

 

UTSU's information Station

UT Student Union is preparing the introduction of information stations to as many study building as possible. For its content we'd like to hear your thoughts in addition to our ouwn. Please take a minute to think about the type of information you feel would have been or would be useful during your studies.

Express your thoughts here

 

Living in Tartu

Join us on a discussion evening for and about international students and their life and studies in Tartu. What's the living in the city like, what are the options for work and internship and how well do they fit with international students’ profile, and much more. With us will be joining Eero Loonurm who has years of experience in these topics and will talk about how we can shape the outcome to our liking. Join us for snacks and conversations at Ülikooli 18b, or over the internet.

For more information and updates hit "interested", or even better "going" on events Facebook page

Discussions will be in both Estonian and English. A sweet melody to tune you in > "Living for the City" 

 

12 October – 23 October

UTSU's information Station

UT Student Union is preparing the introduction of information stations to as many study building as possible. For its content we'd like to hear your thoughts in addition to our ouwn. Please take a minute to think about the type of information you feel would have been or would be useful during your studies.

Express your thoughts here

 

Articles 

UTSU's Activities, All Spelled Out

"Student Union" is an understandable pair of words linguistically. What does it mean though?
Read the overview of who we are in the article "UTSU's Activities, All Spelled Out".

 

Feedback in the university – to whom, how and why?

Feedback. To whom and why? UTSU and its alumna Marge Vaikjärv inroduce the essence of outcome-based learning to the student body and the rest of the university.
Read the second article in the series "Feedback in the university – to whom, how and why?"
More information on the subject at tyye.ut.ee/learning-outcome

28 September – 2 October

Know Your Rights

Study Regulations #79:
In full-time study the student completes at least 75% of the standard cumulative workload of the curriculum by the end of each standard study year – at least 45 ECTS by the end of the first standard study year, at least 90 ECTS by the end of the second standard study year, etc.
In medical, dentistry and pharmacy studies the student completes 100% of the compulsory courses by the end of each academic year. 

 

Learning Outcomes

During the autumn semester, UTSU is focusing on opening up the principles of learning outcomes to students and staff members of the University of Tartu. We examine the nature of learning outcomes with its possibilities, development of general competencies, grading and feedback.

Read more tyye.ut.ee/learning-outcome and if you can read Estonian, here's the first article from a series of articles dedicated to learning outcomes.

⇒ WHAT IS A LEARNING OUTCOME? A LEARNING OUTCOME IS A KNOWLEDGE, SKILL OR ATTITUDE THAT A LEARNER MUST ACQUIRE AT THE END OF THE LEARNING PROCESS.

21 September – 25 September

Funding higher education and science

On Monday our representatives went to Tallinn and stand with other students in front of the Estonian Parliament to give civic-initiative to the President of the Estonian Parliament demanding well-funded higher education and science.
 

UTSU PRESENTS: How Is Higher Education Shaping Us?

If you Google the words “university”, “shape” and “attitudes”, you will find plenty of articles and writing pieces, that look at the necessity of shaping different attitudes, environmental attitudes, attitudes about yourself and forming values, attitudes regarding equal rights etc. But what are these attitudes that need to be formed? What kind of attitudes should the university shape and form? Should they at all? Is the shaping of attitudes a part of higher education?
We invite you to come and think along with us on this topic! For more details check the Facebook event and if you plan on joining, please mark yourself as GOING, so we could take into account the necessary health and safety precautions.
The event is part of the @Tartu Student Days: Autumn 2020 festival. For more information go to studentdays.ee.

14 September – 18 September

Know Your Representatives

As the school year is approaching fast it is important to know the student representatives in your institute and faculty.
Be it a suggestion to improve your studying environment or a legal concern regarding your rights, a student representative is someone you can turn to throughout your studies. Find your institute’s and faculty’s student council on social media. You can also find your representatives tyye.ut.ee/representatives.

 

PhD Studies Work Group

Have you been wondering what happened to the feedback you gave last year? Want to find out what is happening with PhD studies at your institute or faculty? Are trying to make the university better? The meeting on 17 September at 7 PM is just for you.
Find out more on our Facebook event page.

 

Best Teaching Staff 2020

A course really stood out during the state of emergency for its clever solutions? A lecturer really motivated you to get through the challenging spring semester! You can now submit Best Teaching Staff Award 2020 nominees! In order to do so, gather up at least four peers with whom to look back on the past year and describe a really outstanding learning experience.
Learn more about the recognition via our webpage, you can go directly to the submission form here.

 

UTSU's Coffee Morning

Come and meet the University of Tartu Student Union, enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with us about anything that’s on your mind on our Coffee Morning, taking place on the 24th of September from 814. We'll fire up the coffee machine, set the table with snacks and boardgames and charge up the VR!
UTSU’s HeadQuarters are situated in Tõllakuur, right next to the university’s main building, Ülikooli 18b.
For more details, check the event on Facebook and if you’re joining us, please mark yourself as GOING, so we can take into account all the necessary health and safety precautions.
The event is part of the @Tartu Student Days: Autumn 2020 festival. For more information go to studentdays.ee.

 

UTSU PRESENTS: How Is Higher Education Shaping Us?

If you Google the words “university”, “shape” and “attitudes”, you will find plenty of articles and writing pieces, that look at the necessity of shaping different attitudes, environmental attitudes, attitudes about yourself and forming values, attitudes regarding equal rights etc. But what are these attitudes that need to be formed? What kind of attitudes should the university shape and form? Should they at all? Is the shaping of attitudes a part of higher education?
We invite you to come and think along with us on this topic! For more details check the Facebook event and if you plan on joining, please mark yourself as GOING, so we could take into account the necessary health and safety precautions.
The event is part of the @Tartu Student Days: Autumn 2020 festival. For more information go to studentdays.ee.

7 September – 11 September

Know Your Rights

Did you know that studying at the University of Tartu is regulated by Study Regulations? 

67:  A student has the right to cancel registration for a course within two weeks from the first study contact or during the term specified in the syllabus which is at least 10% of the contact-based study.

Find information useful for you and be aware of your rights. Read more.

 

Student Fair

OLE ROHKEM. (Be More) Student Fair 2020 on 9 September gives you a unique opportunity to see what the student life in Tartu can really offer you. With over 30 different Tartu student organisations being represented there, one thing is certain — everybody will find a student organisation just right for them! UTSU will also conduct a game to map your goals and increase motivation to reach them and be sure! there will be prizes!
Read more here and see you at the Tartu Town Hall Square!

 

Best Teaching Staff 2020

A course really stood out during the state of emergency for its clever solutions? A lecturer really motivated you to get through the challenging spring semester! You can now submit Best Teaching Staff Award 2020 nominees! In order to do so, gather up at least four peers with whom to look back on the past year and describe a really outstanding learning experience.
Learn more about the recognition via our webpage, you can go directly to the submission form here.

 

PhD Studies Work Group

Have you been wondering what happened to the feedback you gave last year? Want to find out what is happening with PhD studies at your institute or faculty? Are trying to make the university better? The meeting on 17 September at 7 PM is just for you.
Find out more on our Facebook event page.

 

Chairman of the Student Union Karl Lembit Laane held a speech

On Monday there was a ceremony to mark the start of the academic year, where the chairman of the student union Karl Lembit Laane also held a speech.

"As I told the Estonian students, there may be many who say to represent you, but you are your greatest representatives if you decide to stand up for yourselves. After all, you are mostly some of the few students who have to pay for your higher education here. And as we know, there can be no taxation without representation."

See video here!

31 August – 4 September

For Freshmen

As freshmen you probably have lots of information to absorb and some of it may seem irrelevant until you reach a certain point in your studies. Trust us, that time will come so make sure to keep the booklets in your welcome bag you receive on your first day.
Also know that there's an organisation that stands for student rights. It is called UTSU — the Universtity of Tartu Student Union. Keep yourself up to date with what we're up to on our Facebook page and Instagram. Read more about student rights and find your representatives on tyye.ut.ee/en.

Know Your Representatives

As the school year is approaching fast it is important to know the student representatives in your institute and faculty.
Be it a suggestion to improve your studying environment or a legal concern regarding your rights, a student representative is someone you can turn to throughout your studies. Find your institute’s and faculty’s student council on social media. You can also find your representatives tyye.ut.ee/representatives.

Know Your Rights

Did you know that studying at the University of Tartu is regulated by Study Regulations? 

67:  A student has the right to cancel registration for a course within two weeks from the first study contact or during the term specified in the syllabus which is at least 10% of the contact-based study.

Find information useful for you and be aware of your rights. Read more.

Student Fair

OLE ROHKEM. (Be More) Student Fair 2020 on 9 September gives you a unique opportunity to see what the student life in Tartu can really offer you. With over 30 different Tartu student organisations being represented there, one thing is certain — everybody will find a student organisation just right for them! Read more here and see you at the Tartu Town Hall Square.

Best Teaching Staff 2020

A course really stood out during the state of emergency for its clever solutions? A lecturer really motivated you to get through the challenging spring semester! You can now submit Best Teaching Staff Award 2020 nominees! In order to do so, gather up at least four peers with whom to look back on the past year and describe a really outstanding learning experience. Learn more about the recognition via our webpage, you can go directly to the submission form here.

24 August – 28 August

Know Your Representatives

As the school year is approaching fast it is important to know the student representatives in your institute and faculty.
Be it a suggestion to improve your studying environment or a legal concern regarding your rights, a student representative is someone you can turn to throughout your studies. Find your institute’s and faculty’s student council on social media. You can also find your representatives tyye.ut.ee/representatives.

Know Your Rights

Did you know that studying at the University of Tartu is regulated by Study Regulations? 

SR #67 "A student has the right to cancel registration for a course within two weeks from the first study contact or during the term specified in the syllabus which is at least 10% of the contact-based study."

Find information useful for you and be aware of your rights. Read more.

PhD Studies Work Group

What does the future of advocacy for PhD students’ look like as they become Junior Research Fellows?
The PhD reform kickstarted last year will continue in the upcoming months and doctoral students’ opinion is crucial for making the process student-friendly. The first meeting takes place already today (24 August) at 6 PM at Ülikooli 18b. Participation via Microsoft Teams is also possible. Notify helo.liis.soodla@ut.ee if you are interested in joining.

International Student’s Work Group

The work group serves as a means to contribute to management of internationalisation at the University of Tartu. Additionally, this year we face discussions of how to help better integrate freshmen who start their semester in distance learning and offer them the real student experience. The first meeting takes place on 27 August at 6 PM at Ülikooli 18b. Participation via Microsoft Teams is also possible. Notify helo.liis.soodla@ut.ee if you are interested in joining.