Volunteer Work and Positions of Trust as Course Units

Active participation in the likes of tutoring, activities involving a position of trust, or volunteer work can be used to gain credits that count as elective studies for a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Tutoring

Tutoring and organising tutoring are courses included in degree programme curricula, with their own learning outcomes and course credits. The objective is for the tutor, after having completed the course, to have gained an understanding of the significance of peer support, to be able to describe the key characteristics of university-level studies, and to be familiar with the degree structure. Those tasked with organising tutoring must also be able to plan, guide and assess peer group activities, and be familiar with the parties involved in providing study guidance. Tutors are awarded two credits, whilst those who organise tutoring are awarded three. Only one course completion record may be recorded for each course.

Active participation in systematic tutor activities for at least one semester is required for completion of the course unit. Tutors and those organising tutoring should reflect on their own learning throughout the tutoring period, and tutors are required to write an essay of approximately two pages on this theme. The essay must cover the following topics:

  • Experience of being a tutor (what did you enjoy and what went well? What would you do differently? What kind of feedback did you receive?)
  • Learning experiences gained from tutoring.
  • Preparation for and planning of tutoring.
  • Cooperation with other tutors, the degree programme’s head of academic counselling, the Faculty’s study services or other student associations.
  • How well tutoring goes in your own student association.
  • In which contexts and how can it be applied to your studies?

Check that your essay includes your name, student number, tutor group size, and how long you served as a tutor (indicate the semesters or academic years). Your credits will be awarded when you have submitted your essay to your faculty and responded to the online feedback questionnaire. After the credits have been registered, you can request a certificate of tutoring from the Registrar’s Office.

Tutor report recipients by faculty

You can submit your report to your faculty attached to an email.

Faculty of Management

Please note Faculty of Management tutors have their own Moodle area through which tutor reports should be submitted. Elina Kangastupa is the tutor contact person.

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Kangastupa Elina Study Coordinator Elina.Kangastupa@uta.fi PINNI A2035 050 437 7008

Faculty of Education

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Ikkala-Toiviainen Liisa Study Coordinator Liisa.Ikkala-Toiviainen@uta.fi VIRTA 247 040 190 1757

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Koskinen Taru Head of Study Affairs
Faculty of Natural Sciences

- Study affairs administration
Taru.Koskinen@uta.fi PINNI B1051 040 190 1219

Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Communication Sciences

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Siivonen Ilona Amanuensis
- study couselor
- study guidance
- carricula guide
- teaching schedule
- processes related to theses
- processes related to practical training
Ilona.Siivonen@uta.fi PÄÄT E216 050 599 3801

Faculty of Social Sciences

International tutoring

International tutoring is a two-credit course, the objective of which is to ensure that the tutor can plan, guide and assess the group’s activities and act responsibly in group guidance and planning tasks, understand the significance of peer support and communication skills, and be able to utilise them, as well as be able to assess and take into account cultural differences in interactions. Course completion requirements are participation in international tutoring training, completion of a written report, and responding to the feedback questionnaire. International tutoring can form part of the internationalisation module. The international tutor report must cover at least the following topics:

  • Experience of being a tutor (what did you enjoy and what went well? What would you do differently? What kind of feedback did you receive?)
  • Learning experiences gained from tutoring.
  • Preparation for and planning of tutoring.
  • Cooperation with other tutors, the degree programme’s head of academic counselling, the Faculty’s study services or other student associations.
  • How well does tutoring go in your own student association.
  • In which contexts and how can it be applied to your studies?
  • How did you make use of your international tutor guide when undertaking tutoring tasks? Do you have any improvement suggestions for the guide?
  • What practical problems did you encounter most frequently during your time as an international tutor?
  • What know-how included in the internationalisation module did you gain during your time as an international tutor?

Check that your essay includes your name, student number, tutor group size and how long you served as a tutor (indicate the semesters or academic years).

After having returned the international tutoring report, you will receive a certificate of your international activities, in Finnish or English.

International tutor report recipients by faculty

You can submit your report to your faculty attached to an email.

Faculty of Management

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Nieminen Terhi International Coordinator, Faculty of Management (JKK), Administrative and Business Studies
email: business.school@uta.fi

- International student exchanges and bilateral agreements in the field of business and administrative studies
- coordinator for MDP in Leadership for Change
Terhi.Nieminen@uta.fi PINNI A2067 040 190 1480

Faculty of Education

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Varjokorpi Kirsi-Marja Coordinator of International Education and Training

- Transnational Education and Training in School of Education
- International student exchange and study guidance
- Mobility: ERASMUS-, FIRST –programmes for students, teachers and staff
Kirsi-Marja.Varjokorpi@uta.fi VIRTA 246 050 524 2544

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Tuominen-Hautala Kirsi Coordinator of International Education

LUO faculty and COMS/information sciences faculty
- incoming international degree and exchange students
- outgoing Erasmus students
- Master's degree programmes given in English (Computational Big Data Analytics, Software Development)
- international enquiries regarding Doctoral studies
- JOO studies
Kirsi-Marja.Tuominen@uta.fi PINNI B1057 050 318 6688

Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Communication Sciences

Journalism and Communication Studies

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Vähämäki Anna Coordinator of International Education
- Master's Degree Programmes: Cultural Studies, Media Education, Public Choice
- North American Studies Coordinator
- Exchanges (incoming and outgoing) communication, media and theatre
Anna.Vahamaki@uta.fi PÄÄT E227 050 318 6639

School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Pihlström Mira Coordinator of International Education Mira.Pihlstrom@uta.fi PINNI B4072 050 318 6692

Information Studies and Interactive Media, Master's Degree Programme in Human-Technology Interaction

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Tuominen-Hautala Kirsi Coordinator of International Education

LUO faculty and COMS/information sciences faculty
- incoming international degree and exchange students
- outgoing Erasmus students
- Master's degree programmes given in English (Computational Big Data Analytics, Software Development)
- international enquiries regarding Doctoral studies
- JOO studies
Kirsi-Marja.Tuominen@uta.fi PINNI B1057 050 318 6688

Faculty of Social Sciences

School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Wansén-Kaseva Anna Study Coordinator

- international student exchange (inbound/outbound) & administration of exchange agreements in the Faculty of Social Sciences in the fields of history, philosophy, psychology & social sciences
- traineeship grants / international master's programmes coordinated in the Faculty of Social Sciences (COSOPO, PEACE, RES, QSR/PC, GTS)
- study coordinator in the MDP in Russian and European Studies
- UTA contact person for UniPID studies
Anna.Wansen-Kaseva@uta.fi LINNA 6065 050 396 9642

School of Health Sciences

Sports tutoring

Sports tutoring is a two-credit course intended for students acting as UtaSport Ry sports tutors. The objective is for students who have served as sports tutors to be able to plan, guide and assess a group’s activities; to be familiar with sports culture – in particular university-level sports; and to be able to encourage students to enjoy sports in a way that promotes health.

Sports tutors must complete a plan of their tutoring activities, partake in tutoring activities for at least one semester, and complete an essay of approximately two pages about what they have done. Using the learning outcomes of the course and the student’s personal goals, the essay must cover the following topics:

  • Experiences of being a sports tutor (what did you enjoy and what went well? What would you do differently? What kind of feedback did you receive?)
  • Learning experiences gained from sports tutoring.
  • Preparation for and planning of sports tutoring.
  • Cooperation with other sports tutors.
  • In which contexts and how could it be applied to your studies?

Check that your essay includes your name, student number, tutor group size and how long you served as a tutor (indicate the semesters or academic years).Your credits will be awarded when you have submitted your essay to your faculty’s head of study affairs and the UtaSport Ry sports tutoring organiser. You can request a certificate of sports tutoring activities from UtaSport ry.

Activities in a position of trust

The Rector issued a decision on the awarding of credits for serving in a position of trust from 1 August 2012.The Rector’s decision (pdf) (in Finnish)

The following activities in a position of trust can be awarded three credits towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree:

  1. Having served at least one academic year within a multi-member administrative body in accordance with the Universities Act or University of Tampere Regulations (University Collegiate Body, University Board, Appeals Committee and Faculty Council).
  2. Having served at least one academic year on the advisory council of an independent institute, the Financial Aid Committee,or the curriculum planning working group of a faculty or degree programme.
  3. Having served at least one academic year on the board of a student association.
  4. Having served at least one academic year in a position of trust in the Student Union (Council of Representatives or member of the Executive Board or a chair of a committee or section)

Credits can only be awarded once per position of trust. A student can receive a maximum of 10 credits for serving in positions of trust.

Credits will be awarded following the student’s application, at the latest a year after the end of their term. The application must be addressed to the faculty and submitted to the faculty’s head of study affairs. Credits can be awarded via either the substitution method or the inclusion method.

In order to receive the credits, the student must draw up a report of at least two pages in length describing their activities in the position of trust and reflecting on the expertise they have gained. The report must cover the following:

  • Own personal and contact details
  • What position of trust activities were you involved in, how long did they last and how actively involved were you?
  • What do you feel you have learnt, what skills have you gained?
  • What went well, where is there room for improvement? How will you be able to utilise your experiences in the future?

Position of trust report recipients by faculty

Faculty of Management

Business studies

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Kangastupa Elina Study Coordinator Elina.Kangastupa@uta.fi PINNI A2035 050 437 7008

Administrative Studies and Politics

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Nordling Aino Study Coordinator (Administrative Studies)
Aino.Nordling@uta.fi PINNI A2038 050 318 6822

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Koskinen Taru Head of Study Affairs
Faculty of Natural Sciences

- Study affairs administration
Taru.Koskinen@uta.fi PINNI B1051 040 190 1219

Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Communication Sciences

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Siivonen Ilona Amanuensis
- study couselor
- study guidance
- carricula guide
- teaching schedule
- processes related to theses
- processes related to practical training
Ilona.Siivonen@uta.fi PÄÄT E216 050 599 3801

Faculty of Social Sciences

Volunteer work

Volunteer work can form a course unit worth 1–3 credits. Volunteer work suitable for the course must be related to your own area of study and support knowledge attainment within the framework of your degree programme studies. Students should make enquiries independently about volunteer work opportunities. The work must be agreed upon in advance with your faculty’s head of study affairs, and after this with the volunteer work provider.If the volunteer work is to be carried out in a multicultural environment, it can be significantly tied in with the internationalisation module.

The objective of the course is for the student, on completion of the course, to be able to use the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their studies in their work, and to be able to describe and assess their own strengths and areas for development within the working environment. Participation in volunteer work and completion of a free-form 2–4 page report are requirements for completion of the course. The report must cover:

  • A description of the volunteering workplace and tasks, the duration of the placement, and the time spent there.
  • How your own studies are linked to the volunteer work, and how the work drew on the studies you have already completed.
  • Your own professional and working life plans and how these are connected to the work carried out.
  • Achievement of the course’s learning outcomes: where you feel things went well, where there is room for development, reflection on your own learning in the work environment.
Volunteer work report recipients by faculty

Faculty of Management

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Tontti Heli-Maija Head of Study Affairs Heli.Tontti@uta.fi PINNI A2037 040 190 1232

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Koskinen Taru Head of Study Affairs
Faculty of Natural Sciences

- Study affairs administration
Taru.Koskinen@uta.fi PINNI B1051 040 190 1219

Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Communication Sciences

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Puntanen Tuija Head of study affairs Tuija.Puntanen@uta.fi PINNI B5025 040 190 9832

Faculty of Social Sciences

Free choice studies by faculty