Hallopeds are the student representatives in administration

Student representatives in administration, or hallopeds, are student representatives in the administrative bodies of the university. They are independent and full members of an administrative body representing all students of the university, a faculty or a degree programme. Every member of the student union is eligible to apply for the position.

As halloped, you have the chance to make a difference in matters affecting our university community. If you wish to advocate and safeguard the interests of all students while you study, this is your opportunity to do that! You don’t have to be an experienced activist. The most important thing is to be fiercely motivated to handle the job well. Most bodies use Finnish as administrative language and fluent Finnish is required. English is used as administrative language in Degree programme planning groups.

There are many bodies within the university administration where students have representation. There are hallopeds in the academic board (konsistori), faculty councils, teaching councils and degree planning groups of the Tampere University of Technology. In addition, student representation is included in various work groups and projects within the TUT administration. The student representatives in the university administration are appointed every three years in accordance with the university rules of procedure. In faculty councils, the teaching council and the academic board, the appointments for these bodies is made by the student union council. For other bodies, the student union board issues a suggestion regarding the appointments to the deciding bodies.

How can I apply to become a halloped?

Every student in our university is eligible to apply to become a halloped. To be eligible for a faculty council or degree programme planning group member, the applicant must be a student within the body in question.  The applicant may be a more seasoned scientist or a freshman. The student union announces supplementary application periods twice a year, in the autumn and in the spring, when necessary. For most bodies, fluent Finnish is required as Finnish is the administrative language. English is used as administrative language in Degree programme planning groups.

What does the halloped get in return?

  • an opportunity to directly influence the content and development of education and its production
  • an opportunity to promote the students’ position in the university and to develop the university to become even more student-friendly
  • experience gained working within the student union plus study credits
  • a content package of student advocacy in a university community
  • a support network of students who regularly get together to discuss the current issues of the university world
  • plenty of valuable experience in working in official administrative bodies
  • group work, negotiation, advocacy and meeting skills.

What is expected of a good halloped?

The administrative bodies operate in three-year terms. The student union expects hallopeds to commit to their position for a minimum of one year, preferably for longer. A short-term absence or a short exchange period, for example, does not disqualify you from operating as a halloped

A good halloped understands their role as the advocate for the entire student body. The main focus should not be bringing forth personal opinions but representing the entire student body as comprehensively as possible. Thus it is advisable to have plenty of time to engage in discussions with other hallopeds, the student union and the guild to gather opinions and viewpoints. It is the hallopeds’ responsibility to ensure that degree students are aware of executed and planned changes. An excellent halloped encourages and activates students to become active and critical thinkers.

The student union collects reports from the hallopeds and has occasional informal meetings with them. It is advisable for the hallopeds to participate in the organised training sessions and give feedback. Halloped acts as the face of student advocacy in the university.

Halloped should be able to work in such a manner that they have a sufficient amount of time to study meeting materials and attend meetings.

When appointing hallopeds, an emphasis is put on having a versatile range of different age groups and major/minor subject student representatives. Having the enthusiasm to improve education and the students’ interests is considered a particular asset.

For more information on hallopeds:

  • go to the student union office in the Tietotalo building
  • email kopo(at)ttyy.fi.