How Tamy works
Tamy is a student organization that is made up of all the students of the University of Tampere. According to the Universities Act, all students taking a lower or a higher basic degree at the University of Tampere belong to Tamy. Postgraduate students are not automatically Tamy's members, but they are welcome to join as well. In 2011, Tamy had approximately 12,000 members.
Tamy is also students' interest and service group. Tamy is a corporation under public law, and its status and purpose are defined in section 46 of the Universities Act:
The purpose of the student union is to act as a link between its members and to promote their societal, social and intellectual aspirations and their aspirations regarding studies and students’ status in society. The student union shall participate in the performance of the educational mission of the university referred to in Section 2 by preparing students for an active, cognizant and critical citizenship.
Within this commitment, Tamy organizes various activities. It supervises students' interests in study- and degree-related issues, in matters concerning livelihood and health, in equality issues and in many other spheres. Tamy's tools for influencing range from working groups to demonstrations. Tamy also acts in cooperation with the City of Tampere and with local companies for the benefit of students. Moreover, Tamy has representatives in the administration of the University of Tampere and in many other decision-making bodies.
In addition, Tamy organizes its members events, cultural activities and other happenings. Alongside these activities, Tamy has invested in environmental matters, sports and development cooperation. Tamy also supports the nearly 80 student associations and hobby associations acting within the student base of the University of Tampere in different ways.
Along with the above-mentioned, Tamy offers its members a variety of services either completely free of charge or for a small fee.