AYY has appointed its Board for 2019 – Tapio Hautamäki to act as Chair


The Representative Council of Aalto University Student Union (AYY) has appointed the Student Union’s Board for 2019 in its meeting on Thursday 22 November 2018. As Chair of the Board, AYY appointed Tapio Hautamäki, a master’s level student from the School of Science. In 2018, Hautamäki has acted as Vice Chair of the AYY Board and been in charge of the Student Union’s Advocacy operations. Previously, Hautamäki has been involved with the Tempaus 2016 project, for example.


The other nine (9) members of the AYY Board are:

Iida Palosuo, ARTS

Ellen Heikkilä, ARTS

Leila Kettunen, CHEM

Lumi Ketola, ENG, CHEM

Taneli Myllykangas, ELEC

Anna Halsas, BIZ

Marianne Honkasaari, SCI

Antti Pentikäinen, BIZ

Olli Kesseli, SCI


In the coming year, prominent issues include developing AYY’s operations to become ecologically sustainable, influencing in the spring’s European and parliamentary elections and planning the new Student Centre, among others.

“AYY has done excellent work on its vision in recent years. The Student Union has a brand-new policy paper, a comprehensive brand strategy, a clear and ambitious real estate strategy and a freshly updated direction reaching boldly for the future. Next year needs to be a year of action,” states Hautamäki.

The Board’s term of office begins in January and lasts one calendar year. The new Board will be organised in its first meeting. Aalto University Student Union is the service and advocacy organisation of around 14 000 Aalto University students.

Further information:

Tapio Hautamäki, Chair of the Board 2019,, +358 40 757 9629


AYY’s Suvi Vendelin appointed to SYL Board for 2019


17 Nov 2018

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AYY’s Suvi Vendelin appointed to SYL Board for 2019

Suvi Vendelin has been appointed to member of the Board of the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) for the year 2019.

Vendelin is a 24-year-old architecture student, and this year, she has acted as the member of the AYY Board in charge of Educational Policy Advocacy and Development Cooperation. Previously, Vendelin has, for instance, acted as Chair of AYY’s Study Council and been on the Board and held several positions in Aalto University’s Guild of Architecture.

“The Finnish parliamentary election, the European Elections and possibly also the provincial elections are organised next year. I’m excited about being able to make the students’ voice heard in connection with the elections alongside the other exceptional SYL Board members!” says Vendelin freshly after her appointment.

Next year, SYL’s Board will be chaired by Sanni Lehtinen. The other members of the SYL Board for 2019 are Helmi Andersson, Titta Hiltunen, Roope Tukia, Kim Kujala and Heidi Rättyä.

SYL’s General Assembly was held in Otaniemi, Espoo on Fri–Sat 16–17 November. SYL represents university students in Finland on national level and makes statements on issues relating to educational and social policies as well as international issues.

Further information:

Suvi Vendelin,, 040 752 4692
AYY Secretary General Niko Ferm,, 050 520 9415

AYY selected the board for 2018 – Noora Vänttinen becomes the Chairperson

Aalto University Student Union

Press release 30.11.2017

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The Council of Aalto University Student Union (AYY) selected the Board for the Student Union for the year 2018 in its meeting on Wednesday, the 29th of November. The Council chose Noora Vänttinen, Master’s student at the School of Electrical Engineering as the new Chair of Board. Vänttinen has worked in the AYY board in 2017, handling communications, the brand, museum and archives. Previously Vänttinen has worked with the Tempaus 2016 project, among others.

The other nine (9) members of the board are:

Tapio Hautamäki, SCI

Mikael Liimatainen, ELEC

Suvi Vendelin, ARTS

Emma Savela, ARTS

Lauri Seppäläinen, SCI

Noora Tanska, SCI

Hilja Korhonen, CHEM

Mikhael Koufos, BIZ

Julius Luukkanen, SCI


During the coming year, AYY will focus on issues such as ARTS students’ move to Otaniemi, planning of the new student centre, and the wellbeing of students. “It’s going to be quite a year full of cooperation that will build a basis for an even tighter Aalto community,” Vänttinen says.

The term of the Board will begin in January and last a calendar year. The new Board will organise itself in its first meeting.

The Student Union of Aalto University, AYY, is a service and advocacy organisation for around 15,000 students of Aalto University. AYY acts as the advocate of the interests of its members, particularly in education policy and study-social matters.

Further information:

Noora Vänttinen, hallituksen puheenjohtaja,

AYY nominates Petteri Heliste for President of the National Union of University Students for 2018

The Aalto University Student Union
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Aalto University Student Union, AYY, is nominating Petteri Heliste as its candidate for the president of SYL, the National Union of University Students for 2018.

Heliste, 24, studies Engineering Physics at Aalto University. This year he has been responsible for leading the student union’s advocacy and academic affairs sectors. During the year he has concluded the process of extending curricula periods and participated in the recruitment of the new Provost. Earlier Heliste has been an active member of AYY Representative Council and volunteered for the student union and his subject society, the Guild of Physics.

”I want to see a SYL that keeps its members close and brings attention the worries and dreams of the younger generations. Free tuition, lifelong learning and sufficient support for students are key for enabling the young to build a professional and civilized society of the future. Student unions’ key role in educating students and enabling them to strive towards their ambitions through things like Dare to Learn and entrepreneurship must be kept in mind, too. ” says Petteri Heliste.

”Petteri has been a valuable colleague and his extensive knowledge and leaderships skills have been important for AYY’s advocacy sector this year. Petteri’s excellent lobbying and facilitation skills would be a great asset to SYL, too. ” declares Joona Orpana, AYY’s Chair of the Board.

”During the year Petteri has shown he’s capable of fostering a positive and constructive atmosphere even in difficult negotiations. His talent for understanding different perspectives and his capability for human-centered approach to challenges have been key to finding common ground.” states Eero Eloranta, Aalto University’s VP for Education.

SYL is electing the Board for 2018 in its assembly in Tampere on the 17th and 18th of November. SYL represents the university students of Finland at a national level and takes a stance on training policy, social policy and international issues.

Further information:
Petteri Heliste,, 050 520 9428

Chair of the Board of AYY, Joona Orpana,, 050 520 9420