Arenduse töögrupp

Student representatives’ usual activities are enriched by the opportunity to be part of different workgroups, which focus on specific topics in more depth. For example, in the 2020/2021 academic year, there are five of them: a working group on study quality, development, doctoral students, international students and communication. We will introduce them all in turn.

Let’s start with the development workgroup, which is probably in the most cornered position with the current corona situation. It aims to increase cohesion within the Student Union, but what do you do when the only way to meet is via Zoom (or something like that), but it’s already giving everybody the creeps? But let’s play a game, let’s pretend there is no pandemic.

The Student Union Board, who led the student union two years ago, concluded that the faculty student representatives need specialization within their student councils. Thus, “positions” were created – in addition to the chairperson, they got representatives focusing on the study quality, development and communication, and the ISC-master, who is the biggest of friends to the given faculty’s institutes’ student representatives.

Kõige suurem sõber (The Biggest Friend) – an old TV show for kids

From then on, Trine Tamm, who started the position of Vice-Chairperson of Development last academic year, found that the activities of the development enthusiasts and ISC-masters overlap in development-relevant places, and so she created an inclusive development workgroup. And while the first year took some time to get to know the nature and way of work of the organization, the second year is already twice as awesome in terms of the workgroup’s plans and leadership. The development advisor Kristin Nugis also joined as a driving force.

Trine

Kristin

According to Trine, the main focus is on developing the organization’s culture. “One would think that all representatives feel like members of the organization, but unfortunately, this is not the case,” she says, which is why it is important to offer opportunities for meetups and socializing. After all, UTSU is an organization that unites almost 150 potential friends!

The film and board game evenings launched last academic year became a tradition in their own right. The sofas, ottomans, beanbag chairs and kitchenette in the “office” of the Student Union, Tõllakuur, which is located right next to the main building, made it quite cosy, and watching movies or playing games together was mega fun. Discussion evenings were also organized on exciting and, of course, student-related topics under the collective name “UTSU presents”.

In the autumn, even before the restrictions came into force, we also went to EscapeTartu, where the representatives were divided into teams and measured up in solving puzzles and getting out of the rooms. The winners were Taavo Tähtjärv from the Monitoring Committee, Anton Žatkin from the Faculty of Science and Technology Student Council, Annabel Raudsepp from the Institute of Chemistry and Kärt Soieva from the Institute of Physics Student Council, who escaped from the Bank Robbery Room 25 minutes before the end.

From left: Karl Lembit Laane, Ilona Tamm, Stella Maria Kangur, Joosep Heinsalu

Given that the elections are coming, who could be the one to run for the student council of their faculty and keep up the spirit of UTSU? “They could be a bit like those South-Western guys who knock down every door,” Trine jokes. Kristin adds that they should definitely be brave. “Dare to ask, dare to think actively and dare to come up with ideas,” she is more specific. She, too, breaks the myth that being a representative does not require skills or previous experience. And that’s exactly what it is!

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workgroups: study quality

Workgroups: International Students’ Workgroup

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