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Autumn is here: what’s happening in the University of Oulu?

The new academic year is about to start. While autumns always include a feeling of change and starting something new, this term has some especially radical developments at the University of Oulu. We have compiled some of the largest changes here so you will not get lost in all the chaos and confusion.

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Text Anni Hyypiö

New tech everywhere

The two campuses of the University of Oulu will receive some nice IT upgrades.
Both Linnanmaa and Kontinkangas will have an electronic laptop borrowing service called Optima Locker, touchscreen operated information screens, and small calendar displays next to most lecture halls to help in reserving spaces.
Content from University’s social media, newsfeed, and current events are already displayed on the huge screens at the Central Hall. Keep an eye on these, as during the autumn they should show even more interesting content for students.

New year, new restaurants

While the good old restaurant Medisiina still operates over at the Kontinkangas campus, there have been major changes at the Linnanmaa campus with the change of the restaurant service provider from Fazer to Juvenes.
From the beginning of September, food and coffee will be served in restaurants called Mara, Foodoo, Hub, Napa, TellUs, Foobar and Kylymä, along with Uniresta’s Kastari at the administrative end of the campus building.
The future of the Campus Shop, the place where you can get some books, small necessities like pencils, and various snacks, will also be decided during this autumn.

Studying 24/7

Good news for all you night owls: soon you can study whenever you want on the campus! The University will be introducing electronic access keys allowing you to enter both campuses around the clock. You can order your own keycard after the beginning of September from shop.oulu.fi.

New web store is here

Not all changes are larger than life. One small but eagerly awaited improvement is the opening of the web store of the University of Oulu back in May. Should you fancy anything from a coffee mug to a comfy sweater with the University’s logo, head over to store.oulu.fi.

Renovations come and go

The Oulu University of Applied Sciences is relocating two of its campuses over to the Linnanmaa campus by the year 2020. Both the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Education are therefore forced to relocate, as the UAS will be moving into the northern end of the Linnanmaa campus building. Planning and designing of the new spaces has been anything but straightforward, but finally the lecture halls, the guild rooms, and the cafes have found their right places. The new spaces must of course be renovated before the relocation takes place, meaning plenty of noise and dust in the air. And if that’s not enough, the facilities for architecture students are still being renovated, but that process should be completed by the end of the year.

 

Translation: Kalle Parviainen.

Published 29.8.2017 in 1/2017

Anni Hyypiö

Oulun ylioppilaslehden päätoimittaja. Henkensä pitimiksi tuottaa säännöllisen epäsäännöllisesti kirjoituksia, kuvia ja kuvituksia maailmasta ja sen menosta. Instagram: @anniskelualue. Twitter: @AnniHyypio

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