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Return to Working on Campus Staggered When Possible, Dissertation Defences Opened to Public

20.10.2021

The University’s coronavirus management team has decided that the doctoral dissertation defences are opened to the public starting from 25 October 2021. In addition, other public events can again be organised at the University, but the facilities are not rented to external parties for the time being. The coronavirus management team recommends that returning to work on campus is staggered when possible. At the moment, the green light stage of the traffic light model is in force on all the University’s campuses.

The new guideline for remote work comes into force at the University on 25 October. The coronavirus management team of the University of Turku recommends that during the first few weeks, remote work is utilised to avoid close contacts and in facility arrangements, for example, through staggering work days on campus and the use of joint facilities. During this time, the units have to assess the safety measures required by the current epidemic situation.

However, contact teaching is organised normally starting from the beginning of the second period on 25 October, and the necessary services for teaching are provided on campus.

Units and working groups decide on meeting practices. Meetings organised in person must also have the option to participate remotely.

Doctoral Dissertation Defences Opened to Public

Doctoral dissertation defences are organised as public events in the University’s facilities starting from 25 October 2021. It is recommended that the dissertation defences are also streamed so that the audience can follow the event with remote connections.

The dissertation defence can be organised according to a hybrid model, for example, in situations where the opponent or the doctoral candidate are not able to travel to Finland. In the hybrid model, audience can be present in the lecture hall and remote connection is used at the same time.

Public events can be organised in the University's facilities starting from 25 October. The facilities are not rented to external parties for the time being.
At the moment, the green light stage of the traffic light model is in force on all the University’s campuses. The traffic light model for the coronavirus situation defines the level of safety measures at the University of Turku.

> University’s instructions on the coronavirus situation
> University’s Traffic Light Model for Coronavirus Situation
> Instructions on organising dissertation defences (in the intranet, requires logging in)

Please send any further inquiries and questions primarily by email to koronainfo@utu.fi.

Created 20.10.2021 | Updated 17.11.2021