University regulations permit members of the University community to serve on the board
The term of two university board members, mayor Lauli Lyly and executive vice president Pekka Puustinen, will end on 31 December, 2019. The university academic board and the nominating committee are preparing for choosing two new members to replace Lyly and Puustinen, who are set to resign their posts. Tatte wishes to remind the university community and the parties involved in choosing the new board members that the university regulations, in their current form, permit community members to serve on the university board.
In a situation where a recent study indicates 77% of university personnel demanding the presence of community members on the university board, it is necessary that the academic board and the nominating committee act in a manner which respects the wishes of the community. There are no judicial impediments for including community members on the university board, as the Ministry of Culture and Education has stated on 4 June, 2019 (See attachment 6 to the academic board meeting minutes from 11 June, 2018 at Tampere3-wiki) in a response to an inquiry: "the charter of the university foundation, the foundation rules or the Foundations Act do not legally impede the academic board from appointing members of the university community to serve on the university board now or at a later point in time."
Tatte encourages all its members to contact the academic board and the appointing committee and to express their will in including members of the university community on the university board. The university regulations can also be altered to be more binding to guarantee the representation of the community.
For contacts, the members of the Academic Board can be found at the Finnish-language "Key information" page of the new University website (https://www.tuni.fi/fi/tutustu-meihin/yliopisto/avaintietoa), by clicking the menu "Tampereen yliopistona toimiva Tampereen korkeakoulusäätiö" (Tampere University Foundation). The names are listed under the headline "konsistori" (Academic Board). The members of the nominating committee are, as representatives of the university, Ilkka Pörsti, Essi Sarlin ja Katariina Kojo (e-mail addresses in the form of email@example.com) and as representatives of the founders, Jaakko Hirvola (firstname.lastname@example.org), Teppo Rantanen (email@example.com) ja Päivi Sillanaukee (firstname.lastname@example.org).