The student union’s task is to stand for the students’ interests and needs and support them in protecting their rights. The union has more than 140 students from each institute and faculty, and their work is coordinated by the office and the board. The students are represented in every institute’s and faculty’s council, the Senate’s meeting and every committee that influences student life.
In the academic year 2020/2021, there are also five central workgroups and topics in focus at the union: study quality, doctoral students, international students, UTSU’s development and communications.
The members of the institute’s student council are the first to notice bottlenecks and shortcomings in their institute’s organisation of studies or the study environment. They mostly make up one-fifth of the institute’s council and are there as members with the right to speak and submit proposals for changes.
When should you turn to the student union?
If you feel that something is unfair in the organisation of studies or that the study environment needs fixing, turn to your institute’s student representatives first.
Every student of the University of Tartu can get involved at any time.
If you see a problem area and you also have a solution to offer, definitely contact your representative.
You can also join the workgroups, of which there are five in the academic year 2020/2021: study quality, doctoral students, international students, UTSU’s development and communications. Keep an eye on our calendar for the events.
You can become a candidate for student representative every spring.
The university has four faculties and 31 institutes, and almost all of them have student councils.
There are 30 institute student councils, and each of them has 1-6 student representatives. They mostly make up one-fifth of the institute’s council and are there as members with the right to speak and submit proposals for changes.
The faculty student council
Every faculty also has a student council that mostly makes up a fifth of the faculty’s council, where they are as members with the right to speak and submit proposals for changes.
The faculty student councils form the student parliament.
The student parliament is the student body’s highest decision-making body that elects the student body’s board, approves the student union’s budget and adopts political positions.
The Board and the Office
The student union’s work is coordinated by the board and the office.
The board is made up of the student body’s chairperson and up to two vice-chairpersons. The office assists the board in carrying out assignments.
The Monitoring Committee
The work of the entire student union is reviewed by the monitoring committee.
The Senate and the Federation of Estonian Student Unions
The student representatives also belong to the university’s Senate, the highest academic decision-making body, and the Estonian student unions’ umbrella organisation, the Federation of Estonian Student Union’s general meeting’s composition.
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