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TAMKO TOPICS 12 / 2018

Tamko Topics is a weekly newsletter of The Students' Union of Tampere University of Applied Sciences

English summary 12 / 2018

1. Become an International Tutor!

2. Tamko's Evening - Tursaspassi Passport bonus event!

3. Tamko is seeking two new harassment contact persons

4. Blood donation at TAMK

5. The Week of Promoting Students' Interests 

6. Kela: Deadline for requesting a review of financial aid overpayments subject to recovery action is 22 March 2018

7. IOP - Engineering Student Days 

8. TIRO is looking for voluntary workers to Engineering Student Days!

1. Become an International Tutor!

Tamko is training again new international tutors this spring for autumn semester to help our incoming exchange students. In the trainings we will cover for example practical matters concerning the arrival of the exchange students, tutor’s responsibilities and culture shock.

The training will take place on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th of April at 5pm-8pm in auditorium G00-10. We'll invite all participants to a team brief to hear more about tutoring and ask questions.

Coffee and sandwiches are served in the trainings. You'll get a bunch of nice experiences, a lot of new friends and study credits. When the course is done, you'll get also an extra point when applying to the exchange.

You can register for the training by following the link. Registration ends on Wednesday 28th of March 2018. Registration link. Questions? Please contact: international(at)tamko.fi

Welcome to the world of tutoring!

2. Tamko's Evening - Tursaspassi Passport bonus event!

Welcome to play board games, sew overall patches' and meet new people on 19.3. at 16.00! You can bring some games, activities etc. with you. Tamko offers some light snacks and drinks. You will get a stamp on your Tursaspassi from this event to Overall patches' sewing evening, Board games evening or Tursaspassi Bonus event 1! Please note that the happening is non-alcoholic. Welcome to the Solu!

3. Tamko is seeking two new harassment contact persons!

What on earth is a harassment contact person? Bullying and sexual harassment do not belong in TAMK or any other place of study and work. Tamko has had assumed male and female harassment contacts for years, who are students at TAMK. These harassment contacts provide help and guidance for students who have experienced disturbance in any form. We do not document these cases and the contact people have full confidentiality.  

The chosen persons for the position will be trained for the part, so we are searching for emphatic, listening and reliable students of different educations. We also hope for good written and spoken Finnish skills. Harassment contact person activity is being developed  continuously and we will have a campaign about students awareness of these matters during fall 2018. 

If you are interested, send a free-formed application to opiskelijaedustajat(at)tamko.fi. Application period is open until 23.3.2018. All applicants will be noted after this time. Read more about the activity or the current harassment contact persons from Tamko's website.  

4. Blood donation at TAMK

Once again it's the time to give up some blood when FRC Blood Service comes to TAMK. On Wednesday, March 28th between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM, come to the main campus (building B next to the dining area) and reach your helping hand. If you're unsure about your eligibility to donate, you can take an online test here (choose "In English" in the top left corner) and the momentarily blood need you can check here. Please remember to bring your ID card. You can also get a stamp on your Tursaspassi from the event!

5. The Week of Promoting Students' Interests 

What kind of would be a life of a student if there weren't organizations who promote students' interests? How everything could be worse? Come and find out at Tamko's Week of Promoting Students' Interests on 3.4.-5.4. at 10-14!

TAMK has about 10 000 students, and there are nearly 70 000 students in Tampere. But who are the people and organizations who act as your, and other students', voice when needed? Now you'll have a unique chance to meet them! At the week of promoting students' interests, you'll have a chance for example to meet and talk with student associations, clubs, The Students' Union of Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Tamko), University of Applied Sciences Students in Finland (SAMOK), trade unions and other organizations who take care of students' interests! 

Week's program will be revealed later. Please keep and eye on Topics and our Facebook event "The Week of Promoting Students' Interests" for more information. 

6. Kela: Deadline for requesting a review of financial aid overpayments subject to recovery action is 22 March 2018

In February, 34,800 students received a preliminary decision from Kela about the recovery of financial aid overpayments for 2016. Students who are dissatisfied with the preliminary decision must request a review of their case from Kela by Thursday, 22 March 2018.

The decision is preliminary because Kela does not have detailed information about what part of each student’s income was earned during periods of active study. If the reason for exceeding the annual income limit is income earned not during periods of active study but for example after graduation, the overpayment debt may be reduced or wiped out completely.

Students have until 22 March 2018 to submit a request to Kela to review their case. In the request, students should provide information about their studies and specify at what time the 2016 income was earned. This information is required from students who began their course of study, graduated or used up their maximum financial aid entitlement during 2016.

Students can compose the review request in their own words and submit it using the Viestit (Messages) function on Kela’s online customer service at www.kela.fi/asiointi (in Finnish) or www.fpa.fi/etjanst (in Swedish). An online bank user ID and password or a mobile ID is needed to sign in to the service. Students should choose Opiskelijan tuet (Benefits for students) and Opintotuen tulovalvonta (Financial aid income check) as the subject of their message.

Students who choose not to submit a review request must pay back the amount being recovered by 16 April 2018. Students can contact Kela’s Overpayment Recovery Centre at 020 634 4940 to discuss repayment arrangements. The preliminary decision contains instructions for how to file a review request or agree on repayment arrangements.

Additional information for customers:

Online at Kela's website. Customer service number for students, tel. 020 634 2550, 9.00 to 15.00, Monday to Friday.

7. IOP - Engineering Student Days 

TIRO ry invites all engineers, engineer minded students and everyone who wants to have a rocking time at Engineering Student Days (IOP) on 7.4! The annually organized IOP brings students together from all around Finland. The D-Day starts from central square of Tampere which is also the place where team challenge tour begins. Alongside of all the happening you can find overall badge market, several activities set up by our sponsors and great Rock n’ Roll atmosphere! The whole day ends up with a magnificent After Party feat. Uniklubi in Hullu poro / Ranta. You can find more info from Facebook event: IOP 2018 Tampere and www.iopaivat.fi.

8. TIRO is looking for voluntary workers to Engineering Student Days!

Engineering students of Tampere are organizing the annual IOP on April 7, which brings students together from all around Finland. We are looking for volunteers (about 20 persons) to help out with the events setup. All the volunteers get a free pass to the afterparty in Hullu Poro and Ranta and a cool staff shirt. If you are interested, please contact us info(a)iopaivat and be part of the greatest engineering event of the year. You can find more info about the event in Facebook "IOP 2018 Tampere". 

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