Student union is a large organization, which consists of members, representative council, board and employees. Here you can read more about each body,  our strategy and the representative council’s meetings.

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Members of LTKY​

According to Finnish university legislation, all degree students have to be members of a student union. Students will become members of the student union automatically after they have paid the student union membership fee. Post-graduate students may also join the student union but they have different befits. There are approximately 5000 members in LTKY, both under-graduate and post-graduate students.

Symbol of LTKY is the first letter of Hebrew alphabets, Aalef, in red circled by a black gearwheel. As a mathematical symbol Aalef stands for ‘one’ which can be seen as a symbol of unity in LTKY.

Representative Council

Members of LTKY elect the representative council by voting in council elections. Elections are held every other year in November and 27 representatives are elected. All under-graduate and post-graduate students can vote in the elections if they have paid the student union fee. Representative council is the highest decision-making body of the student union and they have meetings approximately once a month. Representative council elects the student union board, nominates student representatives, decides on the membership fee, and ratifies the budget.

The rules that guide the actions of the council can be read under the rules of Student Union. Minutes from council’s meetings can be found here. 

The results from the Representative Council Elections in 2019 and other information can be found here.

Minutes of Representative Council’s meetings (coming soon)

Representative Council 2020-2021

Chairs of the representative council ([email protected])

Chair of the representative council  Iita Hinkkanen ([email protected])

1st vice chair of representative council  Taika Sipponen

2nd vice chair of representative council  Ella Toimela

Contact persons of the unions:

GT: Noora Rautio

NEON: Aino Juurikkala

SLUT-E: Miika Laurikainen

KTOKK: Väinö Friman

Put In: Anna Nikitina

Council members of the unions:


  • Topias Suikula
  • Eemeli Kettunen
  • Eero Tuomaala
  • Ella Toimela
  • Roni Juntunen
  • Ida Mäkelä
  • Essi Lehikoinen
  • Katri Kankaanpää
  • Kuisma Saariaho
  • Olli Kousa
  • Taru Mankinen
  • Heikki Lohilahti
  • Iita Hinkkanen
  • Henna Pekkala
  • Kuisma Närhi



  • Miika Laurikainen
  • Hanna Lento


  • Aino Juurikkala
  • Taika Sipponen
  • Pia Etelävuori
  • Riina-Emilia Leppänen
  • Aino Laine
  • Meerimaria Ketokulta



  • Väinö Friman
  • Saku Tuominen
  • Johan Rahikainen


Put In

  • Anna Nikitina
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Board uses the administrative and executive power given by the representative council. The Board’s mission is to direct the daily activities in the student union. The Board includes a chairman and six board members with different duties. The Board meets regularly but all board members are in a fulltime commitment to Student Union. Board selects the secretariat and can hire project secretaries if needed. The Board works for both Lappeenranta and Lahti campuses.

Anniina Pokki

Chair of the Board
Anniina Pokki
[email protected]
040 049 1411

Senni Auvinen

Vice Chair,
Municipal Affairs, Associations, Events, Tutoring
Senni Auvinen
[email protected]
044 293 8811

Roosa Grönberg

Higher Education Politics
Roosa Grönberg
[email protected]
040 017 1076

Lassi Onne

Harassment Contact Person
Lassi Onne
[email protected]
044 029 3335

Matilda Orpana

Communications, Environment and Sustainability
Matilda Orpana
[email protected]
045 203 2815

Olivia Kuronen

Social Politics, Well-being, Sports, International Affairs
Olivia Kuronen
[email protected]
050 376 7576


Task of the employees is to take care of different duties assigned to it by the Board. Head of employees is Executive Director who is responsible of general administration, office functions and government of the employees. The employees work in either the Lappeenranta or Lahti offices, but handle the affairs of both campuses. The Executive Director works weekly at both offices.

The following employees work permanently at LTKY: Executive Director, Office secretary, Secretary of member services, Advocacy Expert, Community Specialist and Communications Specialist.

The Student Union also has secretarial positions that work on different projects, such as a Secretary of annual celebration.

Lappeenranta campus
Picture of Arttu Kaukinen

Executive director
Arttu Kaukinen
General administration, finance
[email protected] 
044 293 8818

Office secretary
Virpi Partti
Office servicers, invoicing
[email protected]
045 261 2670

Advocacy Expert
Tiia Kettunen
Advocacy policies, HallOpEd -processes, Feedbacks, Exam archive, Harassment contact person activity
[email protected]
044 293 8825

Secretary of member services
Kiia Kaljunen
Associations, member services, spaces, communication
[email protected]
044 293 8819

Oona Tuomisto

Communications Specialist
Oona Tuomisto
Informing, publishing, communications
[email protected]
044 293 8823

Elviira Kairamo

Secretary of annual celebration 
Elviira Kairamo
LTKY 52. annual celebration
[email protected]
040 548 1654

Lahti campus

Communications Specialist
Jenni Mäkelä
Communications, member service
[email protected]
045 121 0200

Pia Kuosmanen
Community Specialist
Pia Kuosmanen
Community development, member service
[email protected]
044 293 8812