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Representative Council

What does the Council do?

  • Elects the members of the executive board of Helga
  • Guides and supervises the acts of the executive board
  • Confirms the previous years’ annual report and financial statements
  • Elects the student representatives to various positions
  • Determines the amount of the membership fee
  • Confirms the next years plan of operation and budget
  • Decides over on the strategy and other guidelines of the student union

The Council

The Representative Council uses the highest authority in the Student Union. The council consists of 20 members and 20 vice-members, who are all elected by the members of the Student Union. The working language is Finnish.


1        Mari Kilpeläinen TRADE-lista

2        Jere Ahlmark TRADE-lista

3        Joel Kangasmaa TRADE-lista

4        Jennifer Haapala Uusi Aalto

5        Milla Suominen TRADE-lista

6        Simo Halme Helgan punavihreät

7        Werneri Mesimäki Helgan punavihreät

8        Janne Nurmisto HH United

9        Santtu Körkkö TRADE-lista

10     Diana Muraskina Helgan punavihreät

11     Antti Suoniemi TRADE-lista

12     Saku Laitinen Uusi Aalto

13     Linh Phan TRADE-lista

14     Saara Ukkonen TRADE-lista

15     Hertta Rantanen TRADE-lista

16     Anni Silvenius Helgan punavihreät

17     Jonas Lemström TRADE-lista

18     Annastiina Similä TRADE-lista

19     Niko Haapanen TRADE-lista

20     Tarja Truu TRADE-lista

Deputy members:

21     Niko Lavikainen Helgan punavihreät

22     Arsi Koskinen Uusi Aalto

23     Linnea Gustafsson HH United

24     Pauliina Luukkonen TRADE-lista

25     Kaisa Manner TRADE-lista

26     Janina Brunfeldt Helgan punavihreät

27     Kati Sirviö HH United


Who may attend the meetings?

All members of the Student Union have the right to attend and speak in the meetings of the Representative Council. The Representative Council may, however, decide to limit these rights during the meeting, if necessary.

Usually there is also a live-stream of the meetings. We post on Instagram before the meeting where you can follow it.

I want to apply! How do I join the Representative Council?

All members of the Representative Council are elected by the members of Helga during fall semester. To be able to participate in the decision-making process and the work of the council, you need to understand and be able to communicate in Finnish.

Member initiative

Do you want to influence Helga’s activities or open a discussion about important topics within the Student Union? Have you noticed a problem that should be addressed? Make a member initiative!

Every member of Helga has the right to make an initiative. According to Helga’s rules, an initiative needs the support of twenty (20) members for the initiative to proceed to consideration of the Representative Council. However, we, the Student Union Helga, want to encourage member activity, so even if the initiative does not have enough supporters, the Board or Representative Council can still consider the matter important to discuss. However, it is good to remember that the more supporters there are, the faster things move.

Concrete proposals or ideas can be written in the initiative. Not all initiatives can be implemented, but the ideas that come up in them are considered in Helga’s operations and written down for the future.

Make a member initiative through the button below. We will be in touch when we receive your initiative. On the right side you can read the translation of Helga’s rules Section 8. Right of initiative.

8 § Right of initiative

Each member of the Representative Council or twenty (20) members of the Student Union has the right to initiate an initiative to the Representative Council. The initiative is addressed to the Board, which issues a statement on it. The initiative will be discussed at the next possible Representative Council meeting.

The first signatory of the initiative has the right to be heard at the meeting of the Representative Council and the Board. The first signatory of the initiative must be notified of the decision made.

Every member of the Student Union can submit an initiative to the Board. The first signatory of the initiative must be notified of the decision made.

My question wasn’t answered here!
Who can I send my question to?

You may send any question you have about the operations of the Student Union by contacting the council’s chairperson.

Diana Muraskina

Diana Muraskina

Chairperson of the Representative Council

Milla Suominen

Milla Suominen

Vice-chairperson of the Representative Council