Academic Counselling and Guidance at the University
The aim of academic counselling and guidance is to support students in developing methodical study habits and strengthening their expertise. The most important tool is the curriculum, which can be found in the curriculum guide.
Counselling is intended for all student groups, i.e. bachelor’s and master’s degree students, international students, Open University students, alumni and doctoral students.
Students' rights and responsibilities in academic counselling
As part of their studies and, if necessary, as a separate service, students are entitled to receive guidance to support their learning and development into academic experts.
Personal guidance related to studies is primarily provided by Faculties and degree programmes. In addition to this, personal guidance discussions are provided as part of joint counselling services when a student is in need of additional support. In this case, the student has the opportunity to speak with a counselling expert to clarify his/her situation or focus on a specific theme or problem.
Your responsibilities as a student:
- Planning your studies (HOPS) and completing them in accordance with the curriculum;
- Setting your goals in relation to the learning outcomes of the programme;
- Participating in the guidance included in the studies and seeking other guidance where necessary;
- Growing into an academic expert, developing your expertise and accumulating professional capabilities;
- Being familiar with the most important provisions and the ethics related to studying.
Academic counselling and guidance services for Open University students
According to the policy on academic counselling (in Finnish) approved by the University of Tampere Teaching Council in the autumn of 2011, the student’s engagement as a full member of the academic community forms the foundation for education and guidance. Guidance is built upon a work and guidance relationship between the counsellors and students. Students are responsible for planning and implementing their own studies and developing their own competence. In addition to this, students are obliged to participate in guidance encompassed by the studies, along with being responsible for seeking other guidance if it is required. As part of their studies and, if necessary, as a separate service, students are entitled to receive guidance to support their learning and development into academic experts.
The Good Practices for Arranging Doctoral Training at the University of Tampere (in Finnish) state that a doctoral student should have at least two supervisors or one supervisor and a monitoring group. One of the supervisors must be a faculty professor or docent employed by the faculty, and at least one of these supervisors must have a doctoral degree. The supervisors agree upon the division of duties and responsibilities with the student in the supervision agreement. The assignment of two supervisors ensures that the doctoral student is provided with diverse support in terms of both substance and process supervision, and that the supervision can continue in extraordinary situations. Faculties specify these instructions in their General regulations on degrees.