Exercise saves billions

Immobility costs Finns more than smoking and substance abuse combined. Physical activity can even lead to better pay. Only one in four Finnish adults exercise sufficiently for their health, which…

Negligence damages a child’s trust

Child protection saves lives, but there are still shortcomings in the implementation of children’s rights. Training organised by the University of Tampere brings child protection professionals together to create new…

Authorities and hate speech dominate the refugee debate

The refugees’ own points of view and arguments supporting them are buried deep on social media. When refugees and asylum seekers are talked about in the media, the voices heard…

Language courses unite students from different fields

Students believe that the Finnish language is the key to accessing Finnish society. What is the difference between talonpoika (a farmer) and talon poika (the son of the house)? What…

Envisioning a world without plastic

A doctor of medical biomaterials has moved from growing jawbones to producing ecological cosmetic packages. Fed up with the omnipresence of plastic waste and encouraged by her fellow researchers, Suvi…

Multidisciplinarity and unique curricula interest Asian students

“Versatile faculties.” “Unique research on interesting topics.” “UTA offers courses that I have not come across anywhere else.” The feedback above comes from a survey investigating South East Asian students’…

Retaining internationally recruited nurses is a challenge

The Finnish social and health sector is going through a process of internationalisation, but employees of non-Finnish origin are still relatively rare. A recent study has developed methods to make…

The power of the mind

To shoot or not to shoot? Police officers must sometimes make potentially lethal decisions on the use of force very quickly while under great pressure. Researcher Harri Gustafsberg and his…

Sensitive parents try to interpret their baby’s feelings

Failure to respond to a baby’s signals may lead to behavioural problems in later life. As any parent knows, newborn babies cry at the top of their lungs. They cannot…

What happened – and how was it experienced?

As a Finnish parent, having one’s child taken into protective custody, on the one hand, and receiving a maternity package from Kela (the Finnish Social Insurance Institution), on the other,…