Humak Cares – A Campaign Improving Student Well-Being

Soikea muoto, jossa oranssi tausta, piirretty lintu ja puhekupla, jonka sisällä teksti "Humak välittää".


Humak Cares campaign was kicked off today at the opening ceremony of the academic year of Humak University of Applied Sciences. Humak is organizing this campaign during the upcoming academic year to support and improve student well-being.

-“During the academic year, known experts from different fields are shedding light on well-being. Well-being is examined through the perspectives of physical, psychological, social and economical well-being. The themes of the lectures are incredibly interesting and current” , says Humak’s director of education Päivi Marjanen.

OKM Challenged Institutes of Higher Education to Support Student Well-being

The campaign was started when the Ministry of Education and Culture challenged the sector of higher education to think about concrete ways to improve student well-being. This was launched by a growing concern from students and student organizations towards student well-being during the Covid-19 pandemic. The cancellation of student events and challenges with distance learning have increased problems with mental health.

The previous Minister of Science and Culture Annika Saarikko challenged institutes of higher education to work and promised aid for concrete actions on the matter. Humak has responded to this call for action by hiring a study psychologist in June to support students and by Humak Cares campaign which is launched today. Members of the student union HUMAKO have been strongly involved in the planning of the content of this campaign.

“HUMAKO has been crucial in us getting speakers who will interest our students”, Marjanen says gratefully.

Humak Cares Campaign Lecture Series Programme:

  • 6.9.2021 The campaign’s Kick Off at the opening ceremony of Humak’s academic year
  • 27.9.2021 Powerful Life – Stronger Mind Stronger Body, Joni Jaakola, a health and wellness influencer
  • 4.10.2021, Supporting Your Studies – Time Management and Planning, Ilse Lammila, study psychologist, Humak
  • 8.11.2021, Equality and Equal Rights, Panda Eriksson, an intersectional feminist, an expert of accessibility and diversity and a graduate of Humak
  • 15.11.2021, Study Skills – How to Improve? Ilse Lammila, study psychologist, Humak
  • 13.12.2021, Controlling Your Finances, Juha A. Pantzar, CEO, Takuusäätiö
  • Mid-January, Student Activity – Community as a Source of Well-Being, Anette Pohtonen, Student Union HUMAKO
  • 7.2.2021, Brains – The Strain of School and the Digitization of Work, Reidar Wasenius. Wasenius, known for being the voice of announcements for phones and VR, is an expert of learning, influencing and digitization.
  • 14.3.2021, Stress and Recovery, Ilse Lammila, Humak
  • 28.3. klo 14-15  Attitude – From the Impossible to Possible, Marko Vuoriheimo (Signmark)
  • 4.4.2021, Self Compassion, Ilse Lammila, Humak
  • 7.4.2021, The Outcome of Humak Cares Campaign? A representative of HUMAKO and directors of education Päivi Marjanen and Timo Parkkola, Humak

Text "Humak Cares Campaign", a yellow background. On the right an oval shape with orange background, a drawn bird and a speech bubble that says "Humak Cares." The logo of Humak and a text "Humak university of applied sciences."

An Overall Patch and Credits for Students Taking Part in the Campaign.

Students attending the campaign can gain credits for different study modules and a Humak Cares -patch for their overalls.

Community educator students can include the lecture series in study module “Yhteisöpedagogin osaamisen syventäminen”, cultural manager students in “Kulttuurituotannon seminaarit ja konferenssit”, and students of interpretation and linguistic accessibility in “Tulkin ammatillinen syventäminen”.

Student will keep a learning diary in which they will reflect on the lectures and how they connect with their own studies and fields. The learning diary will be returned after the end of the lecture series on the course site of the relevant study module. Student, please check your tasks from the course site of your own study module. Depending on the task, a student can obtain two credits towards their studies.

Instructions for writing a learning diary. (In Finnish).

The overall patch which is used as an illustration on this article can be obtained from the office of student union HUMAKO, from events and various tutors.

A Podcast on Student Well-being

During the campaign, student psychologist Ilse Lammila and the student office will also produce a five episode long podcast on well-being. More information on the episodes will be available as they are released.