The Student Council

The Student Council

The Student Council is the highest decision making body in the Student Union and consists of a maximum of 20 regular members and 20 substitutes who are elected by secret, proportional elections every Autumn. The Student Council has a presidium which consists of the president, vice president and second vice president. The Student Council has members both from Helsinki and Vaasa campuses and the distribution of members depends on the votes in the election.

For the mandate period 2021-2022, 13 ordinary members but no deputy members were elected in Helsinki, and 7 ordinary members and 2 deputy members were elected in Vaasa. This means that 20 ordinary members and 2 deputy members were elected to the Student Council. However, 2 ordinary members have been replaced by deputy members, who have gained status as ordinary members, which means that the Student Council from 1.8.2022 has 20 ordinary members but no deputy members.

The Student Council’s most important duties include deciding the budget for the Student Union, the Student Union fee, the business plan, and making the other big, strategic decisions for the Student Union. Furthermore, the Student Council elects the President of the executive board and approves the rest of the board members. The Student Council oversees the board’s work and also elects the Presidents of all the SHS Committees. The Student Council also handles any motions that a minimum of 10 student union members have signed. The Students Council meets roughly once a month throughout the school year.

The meetings are open for all members of the Student Union, which means that everyone is welcome to attend the meetings. The meetings are always in both campuses (Helsinki and Vaasa). Every year the members of the Student Council from Vaasa come to Helsinki for education days and the inaugural meeting, and it also is a tradition that the members from Helsinki travel up to Vaasa to have a meeting and join the Pampas Nationaldag event.

As a student union member, you can best influence Student Councils work and decisions by candidating at the Student Council Elections. You can also influence on following ways:

● Vote at the Student Council Elections (pre-voting 17-21.10.2020, election days
22-23.10.2020)
● Contact the Student Council member you voted for
● Contact the Presidium of the Student Council
● Collect a signature of at least 10 student union members and send in a motion – Student
Council will take the issue up in their next meeting.

In case you have any questions, opinions or feedback – don’t hesitate to contact the president or anyone else from the presidium. We encourage all student union members to actively follow up the student council’s decisions (summaries and protocols can be found at shs.fi) since many of them affect SHS members. We hope that the coming year will consist of open discussions via which we can work for an even better student union. SHS catch-phrase is “Finland’s most fun Student Union” and I want everyone to feel like that is true and I want everyone at the student union to work with this in mind.

We want to emphasise that the Student Council meetings are open for all the student union members. You are more than welcome to come and listen to the discussion and the decisions what happen in the meetings. The time and place (Helsinki and Vaasa, in 2021 even online or hybrid) for the meeting you will find at shs.fi at least 10 days before the meeting.

Hopefully we’ll see you and hear from you during the upcoming year!

Best Regards,

Emma, Petteri and Fanny
The Student Council Presidium

Emma Lindvall, President of the Student Council at SHS 2021-2022
Petteri Tuokila, Vice President of the Student Council at SHS 2021-2022
Fanny Kesti, Second Vice President of the Student Council at SHS and President of the Grand Committee 2021-2022

This year’s council:

Regular members (electoral union):

Ville Ruokonen (Helsinki)
Emma Lindvall (Helsinki)
Linn Palmgren (Helsinki)
Emilia Donner (Helsinki)
Nicolina Massa (Helsinki)
Matilda Eriksson (Helsinki)
Erik Järvi (Helsinki)
Oscar Eskman (Helsinki)
Felix Anderson (not part of an electoral union)
Toni Pakarinen (Helsinki)
Emilia Sparf (not part of an electoral union)
Emilia Bäckström (Helsinki) – replaced by deputy member Max Arfman from 1.8.2022
Nicole Gustafsson (not part of an electoral union)
Rasmus Hendersson (Helsinki)
Johannes Lövdahl (not part of an electoral union)
Ville Toivari (not part of an electoral union)
Arthur von Weissenberg (not part of an electoral union)
Klaus Ahlgren (not part of an electoral union)
Petteri Tuokila (not part of an electoral union)
Pia Plomqvist (not part of an electoral union) – replaced by deputy member Ylva Ekman from 1.1.2022

Substitutes (electoral union):

From 1.8.2022 the Student Council does not have any deputy members.