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AYY handed out acknowledgements and awards at its ninth Annual Ball

Press release

Aalto University Student Union

Free for release on 18 May 2019 at 9.00 pm

Aalto University Student Union AYY celebrated its ninth Annual Ball on Saturday 18 May 2019 at Helsinki’s Kaivohuone. At the Annual Ball, AYY rewarded distinguished members and associations of the Aalto community and revealed the new artworks acquired for its art collection. AYY handed out awards for the Learning Promotion Deed of 2019 and the International Deed of 2019 as well as the Student Union’s official acknowledgements. For the first time, the AYY Master of Ceremonies’ staff, designed and executed by Aino Hautala, was also in use at the Annual Ball.

The award for the Learning Promotion Deed of 2019 was given to the studyfication of volunteer operations. The award was accepted by University Lecturer Jari Ylitalo, who is the leading teacher of the ‘Influencing in a community’ and ‘Growing into an influential leader’ courses and the father of the whole idea. The courses enable the success, growth and development of many of the hundreds of volunteers of the Aalto community. Both courses are also excellent platforms for the internal networking of student actives.

The International Deed award for 2019 went to Junction. They were awarded on the strength of an inspiring and proactive level of internationality both within the Aalto community and abroad. Through their activities and events, the people at Junction have encouraged international students to join the volunteer operations, enabled many kinds of multicultural encounters and made our community’s ‘can-do’ attitude known around the world. In addition to this, an honorary mention for an International Deed was given to Kamil Marwat, who has been actively involved in advocacy work on behalf of tuition-fee-paying students both at Aalto and nationally.

In 2017, AYY started to accumulate its own art collection. This year, AYY’s Steering Group of Artistic Activities decided to add two sculptures to the art collection. The first piece is ‘Bubblegum’ by artist Veera Krouglov, and the second is artist Siiri Levonoja’s sculpture ‘Brownie.’

AYY awarded its highest acknowledgement, the badge of honour, to the Student Union’s first Financial Director Reija Väätäinen as well as the long-standing AYY active Jari Isaksson.

AYY also awarded two hero badges, received by Radiodiodi and Campus Development.

In addition, 10 badges of merit and 20 community badges were awarded, and these are listed below.

Aalto University Student Union congratulates all acknowledgement recipients and thanks them for the good and important work they have done for the Aalto community.

Hero badge


Campus Development

Badge of honour

Reija Väätäinen

Jari Isaksson

Badge of merit

Tyko Viertiö

Noora Vänttinen

Rosa Väisänen

Onni Lampi

Mikko Latva-Käyrä

Oskar Niemenoja

Kaisa Talvitie

Joona Orpana

Iina Ryhänen

Hilja Korhonen

Community badge

Aino Hautala

Henri Heilala

Totti Tyynilä

Tuukka Ahtola

Ville Mansikkaniemi

Christian Segercrantz

Emma Savela

Irma Savolainen

Jenina Noki

Tuomas Rantataro

Viet Tran

Emilia Mäenmaa

Titta Saari

Tuomo Leino

Ville Kauhanen

Roope Pääkkönen

Pietari Peltonen

Joonas Palosuo

Katariina Helin

Roope Vesterinen

Student Centre — name and logo competition

Please note! The jury has decided to continue the competition until 9th June at 23:59 (only electronic submission).

The Student Centre is a collaborative project of Aalto University Student Union (AYY), Aalto University Business Students (KY) and Teknologföreningen (TF) for a collective building for students in a central location on the Otaniemi campus, next to the metro station entrance and opposite the Harald Herlin Learning Centre.

We are now looking for a collective visual identity for the Student Centre project in the shape of a name and logo competition!  In the future, the name and logo will be used e.g. on the project’s brochures, website and social media. The competition starts on 6 May 2019, and its deadline is 9th June at 23:59. The reward paid in the contest is a total of 500 €, which may be split into multiple parts by decision of the panel of judges.


Competition’s rules

1. Competition duration and right of participation

The competition period runs from 6 May 2019 to 9th June at 23:59
All Aalto University students have a right to participate in the contest.

2. Design instructions

In its assessment, the panel emphasises personal touch and a solution that reflects the student culture of Aalto, not forgetting visual quality. The name and/or logo of the Student Centre should indicate in some way that this is a project and future meeting place shared by AYY, KY and TF. The look may incorporate elements from the existing visual materials of AYY, KY and TF, but this is not a requirement.

Consider the following aspects, for example, when creating your proposal:

  • How do the name and logo represent the student culture of Aalto and the new building shared by its students? Be bold and unique with your proposal!
  • How do the name and logo represent the students of Aalto? Think about which elements constitute the collective identity of Aalto people and how this could be expressed in the visual look. Also, think about how the project’s three organisations are visible in your proposal.
  • What is a good name or logo like? Is the logo made up of the name, a part of it or another element? Note that the name should be memorable and short enough.
  • What is special about the name and logo you are proposing? Make sure that the panel picks up on the great qualities of the visual identity you have designed. Provide explanatory descriptions of your choices. Give short and sweet reasons for your decisions.
  • How does the name work in everyday language? Is it inviting? Does the name give the impression that the place tempts visitors? How does the name work in different languages?

3. Submission of proposals

The proposal must be fitted onto one sheet that is A3-sized at most. The competition proposals can be submitted electronically OR as a physical copy. The competition is anonymous.

Electronic submission

Submit your proposal as an email attachment to by 23:59 on Sunday 9th June 2019 at the latest. The email should contain:

  • the proposal equipped with an alias as a pdf file (the proposals are handled anonymously, and the panel of judges cannot see the sender’s contact details) and
  • the contact details of the maker(s) in the message field (name, study field, email, tel. no.).
  • Write “Student Centre name competition” in the subject field.

If you want, you can submit a name suggestion only at . The name suggestions submitted alone are not handled as part of the competition.

Any questions regarding the competition can be sent to

4. Design framework

The look (which can be sketch-like) should contain at least the following:

  • name and logo proposal
  • colours (at least 2 main colours)
  • font map
  • other possible graphic elements

The proposal must be fitted onto one sheet that is A3-sized at most.

5. Choosing the winner

The winner of the name and logo competition is chosen by the panel of judges appointed by AYY, KY and TF. The panel consists of representatives of AYY, KY and TF as well as a specialist member on visual communication design. Panel members cannot take part in the competition themselves. The panel will give feedback on the submitted works and choose the winner.

6. Finalising the winning proposal

Possible finalising work on the winning proposal will be agreed upon separately with the designer. The existing resources of the different parties will be utilised in the finalising work.

7. Other

AYY, KY & TF reserve the right to make changes.

Any questions regarding the competition can be sent to


Elina Nieminen becomes Executive Director of the AYY

Elina Nieminen has been elected Executive Director of the Aalto University’s Student Union, the AYY, for the next three-year term. The selection was done by the Council of the AYY in its meeting on 17.4.2019.

Previously, Nieminen has worked, amongst other things, as the leader of the volunteers of Ruisrock. Last year, he helmed the AYY’s Community structures project. Previously, he has acted as a Member of the Board of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki and in numerous other positions of responsibility.

“The feeling’s just fantastic!”, Nieminen commented, fresh from the selection. “I’m very grateful for the trust and I am looking forward for the next three years.”

Nieminen is beginning her work by familiarising herself with things during the spring and summer, and her term will go on until April 2022.

The Aalto University Student Union (AYY) is a service and interest organisation for around 14,000 students of Aalto University. Tasks of the Executive Director include close cooperation with the Board and Representative Council. Cooperation with stakeholders and representing the Student Union are also a central part of the Executive Director’s tasks. Executive Director directs multiple teams and acts as the manager of approximately 20 employees. Executive Director replaces the current post of General Secretary.

Further information:

The incumbent General Secretary Niko Ferm,, tel. 050 520 9415
The new Executive Director Elina Nieminen,, tel. 040 681 9612

AYY Crowns Manta on the Eve of the First of May – Wappu Appeal Ongoing to Raise Funds for Mental Health Work

Aalto University Student Union AYY

Press release

8 Apr 2019

Free for immediate release

This year, it is Aalto University Student Union AYY’s turn to crown the Havis Amanda statue at Helsinki’s Market Square on the eve of the First of May. The event begins with the cleaning of the statue at 5 pm, and the white student cap is laid on Manta’s curls at 6.00 pm.

The Cap itself has already come out of its hibernation and commenced its journey towards Manta. For example, the Cap has been sledding at the students’ Shrove Tuesday party at Ullanlinnanmäki and enjoyed the best student’s life in the world at various events of the Aalto community.

For students, Wappu is a joyous and rowdy party year after year. Unfortunately, however, research shows that from the year 2000 to the present day, psychological problems have become more common among students. According to the Finnish Student Health Service (2016), 30 per cent of students show symptoms of mental health issues. The most common problems were a constant feeling of overexertion, feeling unhappy and depressed, not sleeping because of worries, and losing self-confidence. The change in students’ wellbeing can also be seen in the Aalto community.

Last week, the Cap was honoured to take part in the first-year students’ Fuksipeijaiset, in connection with which Aalto University Student Union’s Freshman Committee opened the Wappupotti appeal to collect funds for mental health services. The original goal was to raise 500 euros but, with this sum being collected in minutes, the goal was increased to 10 000 euros.  The purpose of the appeal is to evoke discussion and to shatter the taboo surrounding mental health issues – and, of course, to support the important work of the Finnish Association for Mental Health. AYY also wants to remind everyone that in the midst of the busy and eventful Wappu frolics, it is important to take care of yourself and others and to ask your family, friends and yourself how you are really doing.

Before the eve of the First of May, there is still plenty that Manta’s Cap will get up to. It will be meeting with political decision-makers, influencers, prominent figures as well as Aalto University alumni. Discussions will be had on at least mental health, the environment and, of course, Wappu. You can follow the Cap’s journey and visits on Instagram with the hashtag #matkallamantalle.

More information:

Producer Niina Palm,, 050 520 9435

Communications Specialist Henna Palonen,, 050 520 9440

Wappu appeal: (in Finnish)

The Finnish Student Health Service 2016:

AYY has appointed the Chair of the Representative Council and the former of the Board for 2019

Press release

Aalto University Student Union

1 Nov 2018

Free for immediate release


AYY has appointed the Chair of the Representative Council and the former of the Board for 2019

The Representative Council of Aalto University Student Union (AYY) has appointed the Chair of the Representative Council and the former of the Board for the year 2019 in their meeting on Thursday 1 Nov 2018. Next year, Werneri Huhtinen will act as the Chair of the Representative Council and Tapio Hautamäki as the former of the Board.

Werneri Huhtinen is a fifth-year student of the School of Chemical Technology. “Representative Council work has become important for me in the last years, and I want to do my share in influencing the flexibility and effectivity of the Student Union’s centre of decision-making,” says Huhtinen.

Tapio Hautamäki is a Student Union active from the School of Science. “The Aalto community has offered me the best student’s life in the world: successes, discussions that have broadened my world and great people that have been wonderful to work with. This is the community and the student’s life I want to promote as the former of next year’s Board,” says Hautamäki.

The former of the Board will make a proposal on the AYY Board for 2019 to the Representative Council, who will appoint the new Board in its meeting on 20 Nov 2018.

Aalto University Student Union AYY is the service and advocacy organisation for approximately 14 000 Aalto University students. AYY acts as its members’ advocate particularly in matters regarding educational policies and social benefits for students. The Representative Council is AYY’s highest decision-making organ who, for example, appoints the Student Union’s Board and decides upon its budget.


More information:

Niko Ferm, Secretary General,, 050 520 9415

AYY: Suvi Vendelin to chair SYL in 2019

Press release

Aalto University Student Union

4 Oct 2018

Free for release

Aalto University Student Union AYY nominates Suvi Vendelin as their candidate for Chair of the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) for 2019.

Suvi Vendelin. Kuva: Johanna Vuorelma

Vendelin, 24, studies architecture at Aalto University. This year, she has been a member of the AYY Board and in charge of Educational Policy advocacy and Development Cooperation. During the year, Vendelin’s duties have included e.g. coordinating and directing the 130 student representatives at Aalto and monitoring the implementation of the Ministry of Education and Culture’s vision for higher education. 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.

“Next year will be of primary importance to the student movement. Three elections, negotiations over the Government Programme and Finland’s EU Presidency demand attention from each student influencer,” emphasises Vendelin.

“Suvi’s advocacy abilities are unparalleled at Aalto as well as on a national level. She has worked hard and open-mindedly to make influencing work more visible in the community and succeeded in this mission often thought impossible,” states AYY Chair of the Board Noora Vänttinen.

SYL will elect its Board for 2019 in its General Assembly in Otaniemi on 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.

More information:

Suvi Vendelin,, 040 752 4692

AYY Chair of the Board Noora Vänttinen,, 050 520 9420