University Collegium

The Collegium strives to increase transparency and inclusivity in the university’s decision-making. Its members are professors, other staff members and students.

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The remit of the University Collegium has been defined in the Universities Act. The University Collegium is responsible for selecting the external members to the University Board and confirming the election of the university community’s internal members to the Board. The Collegium also appoints financial auditors, approves financial statements and the annual report, and decides on the discharge of the rector and board members from liability.

The main objective of the Collegium’s activities is to increase the openness of the university’s decision-making and give the community the opportunity to participate in preparations concerning the strategy, budgets and operational plans and other decisions that are central to the university’s activities and future.

The Collegium consists of 18 members. Of those, six members represent professors, six represent other staff members, and six represent students. The term of the current University Collegium runs from 2017 to 2020.

Members of the university collegium in 2017–2020:


  1. Tuija Kokkonen
  2. Veli-Matti Puumala, deputy member Timo Kiiskinen
  3. Kristiina Ilmonen, deputy member Jukkis Uotila
  4. Ulrika Ferm, deputy member Hanna Johansson
  5. Nils Schweckendiek, deputy member Lauri Suurpää
  6. Annu Vertanen, deputy member Villu Jaanisoo

Other teaching and research staff as well as other personnel

  1. Juhani Näreharju, deputy member Max Tabell
  2. Sanna Suonsyrjä, deputy member Jan-Peter Björklöf
  3. Liisa Huovinen, deputy member Sanna Takala
  4. Mika Virkkala, deputy member Marja-Leena Pétas-Arjava
  5. Terhi Luukkonen, deputy member Sanna Yliheljo
  6. Virva Sointu, deputy member Michaela Bränn

Students (during the term 1 January 2019–31 December 2020)

  1. Emma Peura, deputy member Iiris Tarnanen
  2. Lauri Grünthal, deputy member Veera Isotalo
  3. Antti Hartikainen, deputy member David Sandqvist
  4. Jenni Kilpi, deputy member Eugenie van der Meulen
  5. Tommi Paavilainen, deputy member Maija Ruusukallio
  6. Sofia Charifi, deputy member Riikka Laurilehto

The Collegium is chaired by Head of the Seinäjoki Unit Mika Virkkala, while Professor Kristiina Ilmonen serves as the vice chair. The secretary is Katja Kiviharju.

Contact information

Via secretary Katja Kiviharju

Tel. +358 294 47 2000 (exchange)

P.O. Box L 10
FI-00097 Taideyliopisto