UTSU’s members represent the students in all the University of Tartu’s governing bodies, which influence student life, studying, and teaching.
Institute student council
The institute student council members are the first to notice the bottlenecks and shortcomings in their institute’s studies or the study environment. As they predominantly form a fifth of the Institute’s Council, they are members with the right to speak there, and they can submit proposals for amendments.
Faculty student council
The faculty student council members keep an eye on the organisation and environment of the studies on a faculty level. They get a lot of help from their faculty’s institutes’ student representatives, with whom they have close cooperation. All faculty student council members compose the Student Parliament.
The Student Parliament is the highest decision-making body of the student body. The Student Parliament elects the student body’s Board, approves the Student Union’s budget and adopts political positions.
Other governing bodies
The Monitoring Committee
The actions of the previously mentioned representatives,
UT Senate’s student members
The UT Senate has five student representatives
Representatives at EÜL’s general meeting
The umbrella organisation for all the Estonian student unions is the Federation of Estonian Student Unions (aka EÜL), which stands for the students’ interests and rights on the national level. To do this, they are in constant contact with the Ministry of Education and Research and other parties so that the students’ voice would have weight and direction to it on the national level.