Student Union's statement: The University of the Arts Helsinki must invest more in the well-being of students

According to various surveys and researches, the students of the University of the Arts Helsinki are not feeling well. In the national bachelor's feedback comparison, the University of the Arts Helsinki has for many years ranked last with the statement "I am doing well at my university". From a student perspective, welfare issues at our university are an acute crisis and they are related to practices, attitudes, and structures at different levels. At the same time, according to surveys, students are very satisfied with the quality of teaching, and our university has enormous potential as a unique art education institution and art community.

The Student Union's Board and the Representative Council have jointly prepared a position paper that proposes various measures to promote the well-being of students. The full statement can be read here (link).

Uniarts is already doing a lot of work for the well-being of its students. The Student Union is pleased with the hiring of a second study psychologist and the work of an institution that focuses on student well-being. At the same time, however, there is a great need for more determined, systematic and goal-oriented work in our university to promote the well-being of students: the well-being of students must be put at the centre of all activities, it must be taken into account in all solutions, and it must also be further resourced. 

"We need extensive changes in attitudes and structures to address the root causes of the welfare crisis and, on the other hand, acute measures to deal with the crisis," says Viivi Tigerstedt, president of the Student Union. In practice, for example, the attendance requirements and workload of studies must be examined critically, as well as what is required of students in terms of, for example, availability, flexibility, and schedules. On the other hand, the processes in situations where a student encounters inappropriate behavior, harassment or other challenges related to the implementation of teaching are not clear to students. The operating instructions need to be clarified and more low-threshold contact methods are needed.