Organisation and Management of the University of Turku

Organisation Chart

University Collegiate Council

The University Collegiate Council consists of 30 members who all have their personal substitute members. Ten of the members represent the University’s professors, ten other teaching and research personnel as well as other staff, and ten represent students. The term of the Collegiate Council is four years but the term of the student members is two years.

​​The remit of the University Collegiate council is to

  1. decide the number of University board members, the length of the term of office for both the Board and its members, as well as decide on the salary of the Chair of the Board and its members
  2. select the members to the University Board who do not represent the University’s personnel or students
  3. validate the selection of the University’s representatives as members of the Board as intended in Subsection 2, Section 15 of the Universities Act
  4. release a member of the Board from their duties according to the Board’s motion
  5. select the University’s auditors
  6. approve the University’s financial statement and annual report, as well as decide on granting an exemption from liability to the Rector and the members of the Board
  7. decide on filing an action for damages against a member of the Board, the Rector, and auditor
  8. decide on releasing a member of the Board from their duties according to Subsection 3, Section 65 of the Universities Act
  9. if necessary, meet and discuss significant issues that apply to the entire University.

The University Collegiate Council selects among itself a chair and vice chair.

Members and substitutes of the University Collegiate Council

The following members and vice members (vice members in brackets) have been selected to the Collegiate Council for the term 1 January 2018–31 December 2021. Professor Kari Lukka is the Chair of the Collegiate Council. Vice Chair is University Lecturer Ari Lehtonen, and the second Vice Chair is Student Simo Nuuttila.

 

Representatives of professors:

  • Marja-Liisa Helasvuo (Joel Kuortti)
  • Veijo Jormalainen (Risto Kalliola)
  • Anne Kumpula  (Johanna Niemi)
  • Helena Leino-Kilpi (Eija Könönen)
  • Ilmo Leivo (Juha Peltonen)
  • Kari Lukka (Satu Teerikangas)
  • Marko Mäkelä (Kalevi Kokko) 
  • Mirjamaija Mikkilä-Erdmann (Piia Seppänen)
  • Suvi-Tuulia Salmenniemi (Maija Setälä) 
  • Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen (Helena Ruotsala) 

Representatives of teaching and research personnel and other personnel:

  • Marjo Helander (Anna Karhu)
  • Mika Keränen (Juha Ylisalo)
  • Riina Keto-Tokoi (Tarja Virta)
  • Sanna Kuusjärvi (Minna Ketola)
  • Ari Lehtonen (Heli Virtanen)
  • Tiina Lintunen (Janne Skaffari)
  • Ulla Nygrén (John Smeds)
  • Antti Pajala (Elina Valovirta)
  • Elina Pelto (Henna Tamminen)
  • Minna Vuorio-Lehti (Tomi Westerlund)

Student representatives 1 January 2020–31 December 2021: 

  • Miika Tiainen (Otto Elomäki)
  • Mikko Jaskari (Sofia Saarinen)
  • Simo Nuuttila (Johanna Pohjonen)
  • Siiri Kaarisalo (Roni Sirjonen)
  • Diana Põldma (Marko Mäkinen)
  • Joni Järvinen (Otso Norblad)
  • Tiia Ylä-Peräinen (Eveliina Kunttu)
  • Veera Semi (Paula Pättikangas)
  • Roosa Toivonen (Sofian Engblom)
  • Onni-Pekka Simola (Axel Ojala)

Development Specialist Susanna Sutinen is the secretary and Development Manager Petteri Sinervo acts as the legal councel for the Collegiate Council.

University Board

The University Board is the highest decision-making organ in the University. The Collegiate Council decides on the number of the Board members, the members to the University Board who do not represent the University’s personnel or students, and the length of the term of office for both the Board and its members.

The duties of the University Board are outlined in Section 11 of the University of Turku Rules of Procedure.

​Board Members starting from 1 January 2018

The term of the Board is four years but the term of the student members is two years.

  • Mayor Ritva Viljanen, chair
  • Professor Mats Brommels, vice chair
  • Executive Director Tuuli Kaskinen
  • Professor Jukka Mähönen
  • Professor Pekka Vallittu
  • Academy Professor Hannu Salmi
  • Information Security Officer Mats Kommonen
  • Associate Professor Seppo Virtanen (Professor Maija S. Peltola from 1 Jan 2018 to 30 Nov 2019)
  • Student Rauli Elenius 1.1.2020-31.12.2021
  • Student Riina Lumme 1.1.2020-31.12.2021

The secretary of the Board is Head of Unit Eeva Ryödi.

Rector and Vice Rectors

Rector

The Rector implements the University strategy by directing the University. He is responsible for the economic, productive and efficient operations of the University. He prepares matters for the discussion and decision for the University Board meetings and implements the decisions of the Board.

The Rector of the University of Turku

Professor Jukka Kola
tel. +358 29 450 5050
fax. +358 29 450 5040
rehtori@utu.fi

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Rector's assistant:
Jaana Fieandt, tel. +358 29 450 3002, jaana.fieandt@utu.fi

Vice Rectors

The vice rectors assist the Rector in their duties. The vice rectors' remit includes responsibilities in education, research and societal interaction.

Research and the development of research prerequisites

Professor Kalle-Antti Suominen
tel. +358 29 450 2774, kalle-antti.suominen@utu.fi

Education and the development of educational structures

Professor Piia Björn
tel. +358 29 450 3301, piia.bjorn@utu.fi

Partnerships and strategic engagement

Professor Mika Hannula
tel. +358 29 450 4695, mika.hannula@utu.fi

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Assistant to the vice rectors:
Päivi Toppinen, tel. 029 450 3862, paivi.toppinen@utu.fi
 

University Central Services

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

Director of Development Riitta Mustonen

UNIVERSITY SERVICES

Human Resources Director Sanna-Mari Tammilaakso

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Chief Financial Officer Siru Helminen

UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

Communications Director Anne Paasi