Equal Opportunities Committee 

The tasks of the Equal Opportunities Committee are:

  • to promote the achievement of the objectives of the Act on Equality between Women and Men, and to promote the implementation of the measures required by the Non-Discrimination Act;
  • to ensure that the university at all times has an effective and appropriate gender equality and equal opportunities programme;
  • to monitor the realisation of the gender equality and equal opportunities programme;
  • to promote the development of an opinion environment that is open-minded towards gender equality and equal opportunities at the university;
  • to prepare reports addressing the realisation of gender equality and equal opportunities at the University of Eastern Finland;
  • to disseminate information relating to gender equality and equal opportunities and to provide support for staff members' and students' comments relating to the matter;
  • to develop cooperation relating to gender equality and equal opportunities with other institutions of higher education;
  • to address discovered problems relating to gender equality and equal opportunities at the university.

The Equal Opportunities Committee seeks to help members of staff and students in matters relating to gender equality and equal opportunities by preparing reports, issuing statements and making initiatives in the field.

Members of the Equal Opportunities Committee of the University of Eastern Finland in 2017 - 2018 (deputy members in parentheses):

  • Human Resources Director Jouni Kekäle, Chair, representative of the employer
  • Head of Human Resources Development Marketta Rantama, representative of the employer
  • Head of Student Services and Admissions Erja Widgrén-Sallinen until 28th February 2018 (Head of Teaching and Learning Services Tuula Heide until 28th February 2018), representative of the employer
  • Head of Student Services Tuija Pasanen from 1st March 2018, representative of the employer
  • Professor Markku Tykkyläinen (Professor Matti Tolvanen)
  • Research Amanuensis Lea Kervinen (Early Stage Researcher Krista Nuutinen)
  • Early Stage Researcher Marta Choroszewicz (Senior Lecturer Erkki Pesonen)
  • Senior Lecturer Mari Kangasniemi (Coordinator, Transnational education Roseanna Avento)
  • Instrument Technician Supervisor Anne Pennanen (Information Systems Coordinator Juha Riepponen)
  • Senior Lecturer Kati Kasanen (Senior Lecturer Ville Ramula)
  • Student Heidi Turunen until 31th Dec 2017 (Student Matias Saastamoinen until 31th Dec 2017 )
  • Student Marko Koskelo until 31th Dec 2017 (Student Viivi Vidgren until 31th Dec 2017 )
  • Student Ella Lyytinen from 1st Jan 2018 onwards (Student Max Pohjonen from 1st Jan 2018 onwards)
  • Student Eetu Rantala from 1st Jan 2018 onwards (Student Iris Pykäläinen from 1st Jan 2018 onwards)

Human Resources Specialist Minna Väisänen acts as the secretary of the Equal Opportunities Committee.