The Mikä neuvoksi project

Mikä neuvoksi (’What would help?’) is a student well-being project run jointly by the University of Vaasa and the Student Union of the University of Vaasa.

The projects goal is to develop student guidance and well-being services.

The first phase of the project ran in 2021 and was focused on supporting online learning and online student guidance, as well as on creating and maintaining a sense of community. The project has been extended and will continue to develop comprehensive student guidance and the work to enhance students’ sense of community and help students become members of the university community. The project also aims to strengthen the interaction and cooperation between students, student societies and the university and other stakeholders.  

The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture has awarded a special grant for the project extension for the fixed term of 1 January 2022 to 31 July 2024.

Student guidance

One of the aims of the project is strengthening the study counselling and guidance services overall by developing approaches and services that help students progress in their studies. As part of the project, we have, for example, piloted using the Annie chatbot to identify student support needs.

During the project we will increase awareness of the guidance and well-being services by, for example, communicating about the services more effectively and organising various events. To support students’ study skills and general ability to study, we will strengthen the co-operation between the different providers of student guidance. We will increase the availability of the study psychologist’s services by organising workshops, lectures and events that help support a sense of community.

For more information about the services of the study counsellors and the study psychologist, see the Students webpages, under Study Counsellors and Study Psychologist. You can also check out the Study Skills (Opiskelutaidot) course (in Finnish) and the study psychologist’s Tune Up Your Studies blog and podcast, available on Spotify and Soundcloud (both are in Finnish).

Network of student support

The project will create a network of comprehensive student guidance and well-being services, which will include both university-internal service providers (e.g. study counsellors, the study psychologist, career services, teachers) and external stakeholders (e.g. FSHS, the university chaplain).

The aim is to ensure that there exists a comprehensive network of guidance and well-being services that meets the needs of different types of students and where the service providers genuinely work together and are aware of the other members of the network and the services they provide. In addition to university-internal service providers, the student well-being and guidance services will be supplemented by services and guidance from external providers.

The Mikä neuvoksi project will also create clear procedures and practices for interaction and cooperation between students, student societies and the university. The aim is to also enhance how information about the services is communicated and to work together to reach the intended audience through the most relevant and useful means.

Enhancing the sense of community

The project aims to encourage students to come on campus and create a sense of the campus as a dynamic place by organising various events and activities. This will also enhance the sense of community and create opportunities for students to meet and get to know each other.

You can apply for funding from the Mikä neuvoksi project for organising multidisciplinary, non-profit events that are aimed at enhancing student well-being. No alcohol may be served at the events. We accept applications for funding from organisations operating on campus, other parties or individual students.

To apply for event funding, go to the Mikä neuvoksi event funding application form.

Further information about event funding

Elli Uusi-Kokko
Specialist in Student Interests, VYY
+358 44 324 8961

Activities for students

Upcoming activities

Well-being and guidance services Pop up- events

Well-being and guidance services Pop up- events are organized once a month every Wednesday 11.30-12.30 in either Mathilda's or Erkki's lobby. In the events present are Mikä neuvoksi -project actives, University of Vaasa's Well-being and guidance services staff as well as other actives in relation to the event themes. Please make sure to follow up to date information from the students weekly bulletin!

Upcoming pop ups' dates and themes will be announced later.

Student organizations activities

  • Summer day 1.7.2023
    Tutti ry's summer event

Past activities 

  • Students mental health day 19.4.
    Student wellbeing networks organized campaign day coordinated by Nyyti ry. 2023 campaign theme is moderation.
  • Wellbeing- and guidance services pop up 17.4.
    The theme was moderation. Pop up was organized due to the national students mental health day. 
  • Wellbeing- and guidance services pop up 15.3.
    The theme was summer studies and spending the summer in Vaasa.
  • Wellbeing- and guidance services pop up 8.2.
    The theme was summer jobs and interning.
  • Wellbeing- and guidance services pop up 18.1.
    The theme was "Do you need advice to in starting the new semester?".
  • Wellbeing- and guidance services pop up in the Mathilda's lobby on 4.11.
    Mikä neuvoksi -project organized Wellbeing- and guidance services pop up event on Friday 4.11.20220 from 11 am to 1 pm at Mathilda's lobby. The theme of the event is to how to face different fears.
  • Student breakfast 7.11.
    Mikä neuvoksi- project offered breakfast on Monday 7.11. in restaurant Erkki as part of the week of wellbeing scheduled activities.
  • Students movie night 8.11. 
    Mikä neuvoksi -project and the Student union organized in cooperation with the week of wellbeing schedule students movie night Tuesday 8.11. The movie aired is the 2017 released julkaistu Murder on the Orient Express. 
  • Project on display during the week of wellbeing on 8.11. and 9.11.
    Mikä neuvoksi -project was presented during the university's week of wellbeing on Tuesday 8.11. and Wednesday 9.11. from 11 am to 2 pm in Mathilda's lobby.
  • Campus flea market 22.11.

    Mikä neuvoksi project hosted a campus flea market on Tuesday 22.11. between 2 and 6 pm in Mathilda's lobby. The event was directed to students and staff.

  • Wellbeing- and guidance services pop up in the Mathilda's lobby on 7.12.

Student organizations activities

  • Donut bar 19.4.2023
    Tutti ry's and CoMedia ry's event
  • SYY-pancakes 20.3.2023
    SYY-Wasa ry's event
  • Poledancing trial  23.3. 2023
    CoMedia's interdisciplinary event
  • HaSki-sledding event 10.3.2023
    Hallinnoijat ry's event
  • Springjubilee-event 25.3.2023
    Estiem LG Vaasa's, ESN Vaasa's and Tutti's joint event
  • Badminton tournamanent 7.3.2023
    Warrantti ry's and Tutti ry's event
  • Intersisciplinary game night 27.2.2023
    SYY-Wasa's event
  • Pizzatasting 29.2.2023
    Warrantti ry's event
  • Paintball 22.11.2022
    Warrantti ry's LIIKKU -divisions event
  • Interdisciplinary game night 8.11.
    Hallinnoijat ry's and  SYY-Vaasa's Interdisciplinary game night event was organized on 8.11.2022.
  • Comedia tries airyoga 10.11.
    CoMedia student organization oganized  Comedia tries airyoga-event
  • Wellbeing Bead Jewellery Night 9.11.
    Warrantti Ry organized  Making jewelry  event
  • Puukkoo wall climbing trial 10.10.
  • Interdisciplinary soccer tournament 2022 8.10.
    Organized by VESO, KoWa, Puukkoo, Vamos
  • Korvapuustipäivä 4.10.
    Organized by SYY-Wasa ry
  • Veso paintball 3.10.2022
    Veso ry's event
  • Tutti vs. Hallinnoijat Baseball game 27.9.


Contact us

Project team contact details

Project contact person for the Student Union of the University of Vaasa

Elli Uusi-Kokko
Specialist in Student Interests, VYY
+358 44 324 8961

Contact person for study counsellors

Elina Alho
+358 29 449 8604

Study Psychologist

Ray Ohtonen
+358 29 449 8407

Well-being and Sports Coordinator

Seppo Evwaraye
+358 29 449 8555

Academic trainee

Wiktoria Ripatti
+358 29 449 8101

Project coordinator

Sannakaisa Holmlund
Specialist in Study Affairs
+358 29 449 8150