You too have the possibility to make an impact on students’ common affairs by voting or becoming a candidate, as the University of the Arts Student Union’s (ArtSU) Representative Council elections are coming up again this fall. On this page you can find basic information about the Representative Council, voting and becoming a candidate.
What Council? What elections?
The Council, “edari”, is like the parliament of the Student Union. It holds the highest decision-making power in the Student Union and decides e.g. on ArtSU’s statutes, membership fee, action plan and budget and appoints the Student Union’s executive board and secretary general and the student members of the University’s executive board.
The council has 15 members and 15 vice members who are elected for a two-year period via official elections in the fall of every second year. The nomination of candidates for this year’s elections is now on and ends on October 9 at noon. Voting is conducted on the election days October 31, November 5 and November 6 on voting venues situated in each academy.
Where and how can I vote?
The advance voting is on Thursday October 31, and the official voting days are Tuesday and Wednesday November 5-6. All members of ArtSU who are registered as attending students in the University of the Arts can vote. Your voting venue is determined according to the academy where you have your principal study right, and you can vote only at your own academy’s voting venue as listed below. If you wish to change your voting venue you can send a request by e-mail to email@example.com by October 17 at 4pm at the latest.
Principal students of the Academy of Fine Arts vote as follows:
Thursday Oct 31 11am-4pm Academy of Fine Arts (Elimäenkatu 25–27, Helsinki)
Tuesday Nov 5 11am-4pm Academy of Fine Arts (Elimäenkatu 25–27, Helsinki)
Wednesday Nov 6 11am-6pm Academy of Fine Arts (Elimäenkatu 25–27, Helsinki)
Principal students of the Sibelius Academy (excluding the Kuopio unit) vote as follows:
Thursday Oct 31 11am-4pm N-building (Nervanderinkatu 13, Helsinki)
Tuesday Nov 5 11am-4pm R-building (Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 9, Helsinki)
Wednesday Nov 6 11am-6pm Music Centre (Töölönlahdenkatu 16 C, Helsinki)
Principal students of the Theatre Academy vote as follows:
Thursday Oct 31 11am-4pm Light and Sound Design dept (Lintulahdenkatu 3, Helsinki)
Tuesday Nov 5 11am-4pm Theatre Academy (Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki)
Wednesday Nov 6 11am-6pm Theatre Academy (Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki)
Principal students of Sibelius Academy’s Kuopio unit can only participate in the advance voting:
Thursday Oct 31 11am-4pm Kuopio unit (Kuopionlahdenkatu 23 C, Kuopio)
Members of the Student Union who are studying in Sibelius Academy’s Seinäjoki unit or currently staying abroad because of their studies can vote by mail. To cast your vote by mail you must register via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday October 17 at 4pm and the votes must arrive to the Student Union by Tuesday November 5 at 6pm at the latest. If you have registered to vote by mail you cannot vote in the ballot box vote.
Who should I vote?
The final list of candidates will be published on Oct 18. You can get to know the candidates better by using our voting aid application (also in English), which will be opened approximately on Oct 22.
Should I become a candidate?
The Student Union handles all the common affairs of students and monitors students’ benefits at the university. If you are interested in influencing affairs considering the studies and the everyday life of students then the Council is the place to be. Every member of the Student Union registered as a present or absent student can become a candidate.
Being a member of the Council doesn’t require any specific previous experience or knowledge – it doesn’t matter if you haven’t participated in Student Union activities before! However we hope that you are eager to learn new stuff and prepared to spend a little time attending the meetings and getting familiar with the matters at hand. You can read more about why it is a good idea to become a candidate here.
How can I become a candidate?
Becoming a candidate is easy: all you have to do is fill in one form and return it to the right place by October 9 at noon. In addition you can join a coalition and take part in adding your coalition to an alliance. Coalitions and alliances are voluntary but they can benefit you because of the relative vote counting system. You can print out all the forms (nomination for candidacy, coalition and alliance forms) here below and they are also available in the places listed below.
Return the filled forms to one of the following places during their opening hours by Wednesday October 9 at noon at the latest:
– University of the Arts Student Union, office (Nervanderinkatu 13, 4th floor)
– Academy of Fine Arts, information desk (Elimäenkatu 25 A, lobby)
– Theatre Academy, information desk (Haapaniemenkatu 6, lobby)
– Sibelius Academy’s Kuopio unit, office (Kuopionlahdenkatu 23 C)
You can return all forms also by mail to the following address – please note that also forms sent by mail must arrive to the Student Union by Wednesday October 9 at noon and the sender is responsible for the forms arriving on time:
University of the Arts Student Union / Representative Council elections, P.O. Box 36, 00097 Taideyliopisto (write “Election document” on the envelope)
More info and official documents
More detailed information about the Council elections can be found on ArtSU’s election site at www.taiyo.fi/edustajistovaalit (in Finnish). You can also contact ArtSU’s election coordinator for further details:
Election coordinator Maria Valkeavuolle (maria.valkeavuolle (at) uniarts.fi, tel. +358 40 846 3357)
We encourage all students who are interested in the students’ common affairs to run for Council and to vote in the election!