Uniarts Helsinki’s teaching, studies and other work to continue mostly remotely – campus facilities stay open according to the current guidelines

Starting from Monday, 17 August, teaching, studies and other work at Uniarts Helsinki will continue mostly remotely. The university’s facilities will stay open according to the current guidelines. Uniarts Helsinki recommends the use of a face mask whenever it is not possible to maintain a safe distance to other people.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, it is important that everyone takes the safety instructions seriously when visiting the university facilities. It is everyone’s responsibility to act responsibly so that the university can keep its facilities open during the upcoming academic year. The most essential thing to remember is that you cannot come to the university facilities if you have any potential coronavirus-related symptoms. 

The development of the coronavirus epidemic will be followed continuously, and the instructions will be updated during the autumn term, if necessary. We will prepare for possible sudden changes in the situation during the academic year, in which case we will react quickly and update the university’s coronavirus guidelines. 

Uniarts Helsinki recommends the use of a face mask 

Uniarts Helsinki recommends the use of a face mask whenever it is not possible to maintain a safe 1 to 2-metre distance to other people in work, studies and customer service situations. 

Uniarts Helsinki will provide staff and students with disposable face masks for situations where social distancing is not possible. Disposable masks are available from the info desks of the university’s buildings. 

Uniarts Helsinki will also purchase cloth masks: two for each student and one for each employee. This decision takes into consideration the financial situation of students in comparison to salaried staff. Cloth masks will be available at the info desks in the beginning of September. 

Other protective products and measures 

We have purchased more disinfectant wipes for all of our campus facilities, and they can be picked up at the info desks. You can clean practically any surfaces with the wipes, including computer and piano keyboards and desks. 

The ongoing coronavirus epidemic is taken into account also in daily cleaning, and the cleaning of surfaces that are touched and used the most will be extra thorough. 

Places where people queue are marked with stickers showing the safe distances to the next person. 

There will be posters and slides on the info screens explaining how to use the shared facilities in the safest way possible. 

Travels and arriving to Finland 

A 14-day self-isolation is required of all employees and students who come to Finland from countries that are subject to internal or external border control. 

We follow the instructions issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and encourage everyone to avoid trips abroad. Work and study-related trips are only organised to countries that are not subject to internal or external border control. We ask employees to have a discussion with their supervisor about whether a trip abroad is necessary. 

When inviting international guests to the university and planning visits to other countries, it is important to assess whether the visit is necessary and organise only visits that are critical for the university’s operations. Those who invite international guests must inform their guests on the national travel policies. 

The joint orientation day for new students will be arranged remotely 

It has been decided that the joint orientation day for new students on 21 August will be arranged completely remotely in order to minimise risks. A face-to-face meeting may be potentially arranged later in the autumn term, if the coronavirus situation allows it. 

A new coronavirus team 

By decision of the Rector, Uniarts Helsinki has set up a new coronavirus team tasked with compiling hands-on coronavirus-related instructions that affect the university’s daily operations and artistic activities. The team is also responsible for making decisions on practical arrangements during the coronavirus epidemic. 

The team’s members are Senior Head of Academic Affairs Sanna Kotajärvi-Söderholm, Technical Manager and Vice Occupational Health and Safety Manager Marko Myöhänen, Technical Manager and Occupational Health and Safety Manager Jyri Pulkkinen, Facilities Manager Matti Rautio, Service and Personnel Manager Mikael Vänttinen, and Communications Planner Mirva Niemi

The team’s work is steered by the university’s emergency preparedness team, which is led by Rector Jari Perkiömäki. 

More information 

Jari Perkiömäki 
050 384 3454