Student representatives in working groups

Making students’ voices heard is an important part of JAMKO’s trusteeship work. Participating in working groups gives an individual student valuable experience and helps maintain the well-being, decision-making power and rights of the student union. Applying for the working groups is open each year at the change of the representative council’s term, and one can be selected for a working group despite not working in JAMKO’s representative council, board, or in a study field student association. Participating in a working group does not take a lot of time and you can choose how active you want to be outside of the meetings of the working group.

Jamk’s development teams
Research, development and innovation
Education development group
Quality assurance group
Services development group
International group
Sustainable development group

The development teams follow the development of their own area of responsibility in Finland and internationally, and develop JAMK’s work accordingly. The tams help JAMK execute its strategy. In addition, the groups support the execution of JAMK’s strategic development plan and make presentations to the executive group and to the board of study issues. The groups facilitate the execution of the decisions that are made. The student representatives work as full members of the development teams.

central finland student housing foundation koas board member
JAMKO is looking for two student representatives to the board of the Central Finland Student Housing Foundation KOAS for a two-year term in 2022-2023. KOAS offers living accommodation for about 4000 students and owns dozens of buildings around the city of Jyväskylä. As a member of the KOAS board, you are one of 9 members, which include people from JYY, JAMKO, the city of Jyväskylä, as well as people living in KOAS buildings. You will gain information about how a foundation like KOAS works internally, and this experience can be very useful later in your career. You will have an opportunity to make decisions about the issues of KOAS, which will determine the work of KOAS for the future, up to 50 years from now. As a student member of the board of KOAS, your job is to work as a connection person to JAMKO and JAMK’s students and make sure that students’ voices are heard in developing students’ accommodation.

JAMK LTD Board student representative
The student representative works in the board of JAMK OY as a representative of the university community, together with a representative from the staff. The responsibilities of the board include deciding about the central goals and strategies of JAMK’s activities and finances, as well as the principles of tutoring. The responsibilities of the board are described in more detail in the Universities of Applied Scienes Act (932/2014). The representatives council makes a proposal about who should be selected as the representative, and JAMK Oy selects a new board in the spring of 2022.

joint cafeteria group dynamo / rajakatu
The representatives of the cafeteria group participate in the meetings of the restaurant committee a couple of times each semester and bring the point of view of the students to the services of the restaurants and their qualities. They also participate in developing the cafeteria group.

study program assessment
JAMK assesses all study programs each five years. The assessments are done by four independent assessors, one of whom is a student representative from another study program. The responsibilities of a student-assessor include interviewing the students of a study program and making an evaluation based on the information gained in the interviews. Working as a student-assessor gives you 2 credits for the Active in Student Associacionscourse. In addition, you get a certificate for participating in the evaluation. The head of JAMK’s quality management teaches the representatives about the evaluation process. Participating in the evaluation is an excellent opportunity for a student to influence the quality of education and also gain experience from how the quality of work is often assessed in work environments.

board of examiners
In accordance with the Universities of Applied Scienes Act, JAMK has a board of examiners, which deals with correction requests relating to courses and studies. The board of examiners deals with theses that arrive for re-evaluation. The student representative is a full member of the working group, and has the ability to evaluate other students’ theses. The work requires an understanding of JAMK’s evaluation criteria. There is a small reward for participation in the meetings.

board of study issues
The board of study issues makes decisions about the education at JAMK, their curriculums and selection criteria, as well as the schedules of semesters. Appeals relating to student selections are also decided by the Board of study issues. The meetings of the board are attended by leadership from JAMK, representatives from different units, and of course the student representatives. The board meets about eight times a year for meetings of about two hours.

ethical committee
The ethical committee works to develop and supervise the ethicality of JAMK’s general practices. The ethical committee consists of both staff from the school and students. The committee aims to meet a couple of times each year. The committee deals with and makes recommendations in relation to questions about ethicality in the fields of studying, teaching, and development work. The committee creates the ethical principles guidelines for teaching and studying. In addition, the committee follows the implementation of these principles and guidelines, and also makes changes when necessary. The committee also creates the principles and guidelines for guaranteeing the authenticity of reports and theses. In addition, the committee communicates about the aforementioned issues.

indoor air monitoring working group
In the indoor air monitoring working group, the student representative participates in monitoring the air quality in the indoor facilities of JAMK along with the rest of the group. The student representative plays an important role in improving the air quality in his or her school. The working group deals with the notifications it receives about air quality, and determines whether they require further action, and if so, what that action should be.

The Edufutura -cooperation between Gradia, JAMK, and the University of Jyväskylä has created a new and unique model in which students have flexible opportunities to study and develop their learning. As a student representative, you will gain networks in Gradia, JYU and JAMK, work closely with local representatives, share your experiences and viewpoints about how the cooperation between the three schools should be developed from the perspective of students and learn about how the connections between the schools work. You will also be an active part in developing future opportunities for students.

  • Executive group
    The task of the EduFutura Executive group is e.g. monitor developments in education and science policy, set strategic goals for EduFutura cooperation, strengthen the budget and coordinate participation in large-scale projects. The chairmanship of the EduFutura Executive group changes annually. Student representation changes annually between the Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä JYY and the Student Union JAMKO.
  • Leading group
    The leading group develops learning between the three schools and as a new working group, it will determine its own activity. The activities will be defined more clearly as the work progresses. The leading group coordinates the common curricula development between the schools and makes it possible to complete studies across the different schools and to create flexible study paths. The group concretizes the strategic goals determined by the Edufutura executive group, and they are put into practice in the working groups.
  • Working group for curriculum
    The team works on developing learning via the curricula of the three schools. The activities will be defined more clearly as the work progresses. The group coordinates the common curricula work between the schools and develops cross-study opportunities and its processes, for example, by preparing Edufutura’s policies relating to recognizing expertise.
  • Guidance working group
    The group investigates what kinds of services and support students and staff need and which of these should be conducted in collaboration with the Edufutura-organizations.