Service design student Kirsti Ikonen and law student Hilja Autto have received grants for their theses from SUE.
The University of Lapland, the University of Eastern Finland, and SUE
signed a collaboration agreement in spring 2020 with an aim to support
master's theses that address the internationalisation or export of
companies in Lapland and eastern Finland. Following the spring 2021
application round, two students from the University of Lapland were
rewarded: law student Hilja Autto and service design student Kirsti
Ikonen. The grants are worth 2,500 euros each.
round nicely brought out two rewarded students as well as the
contribution of the scientific and artistic educational programmes of
our university from the viewpoint of international trade. It feels good
to see how versatile, multidisciplinary, and business-oriented the
research of our faculties is already in the thesis phase," notes Satu
Uusiautti, Vice-Rector for education.
User-friendly terms of agreement through information design
her thesis, Hilja Autto uses information design to create more
user-friendly terms and conditions. She builds her thesis on the terms
and conditions of Nordic NL 17 concerning the supply of machinery and
other mechanical, electrical, and electronic equipment. Autto strives to
make them more functional and user-friendly by using pictures and
"I analyse the terms and conditions with
cross-disciplinary tools and produce alternative, user-friendly terms of
agreement through theoretic knowledge and information design. The
solution proposals are intended for the design of all types of
agreements at the national and international levels," Autto says.
purpose of the study is to produce solution ideas for the design of
terms and conditions, to enhance the possibilities for B2B trade and
collaboration, and to inspire agreement designers to engage in more
courageous information design and visualisation.
design and visualisation are means to reach common goals. By investing
in user-friendly agreements, users are able to better understand the
terms and conditions, which improves the chances of reaching a mutual
understanding," says Autti about the impact of her study.
The possibilities of service design in small enterprises in Lapland
Ikonen, a student in the Service Design Master's Programme, examines in
her thesis the possibilities of service design in micro enterprises
that lean on international tourism in Lapland.
action research, the thesis strives to produce new knowledge about
service design in small tourism enterprises and to create a digital
design toolkit for small companies through the methods of service
"Service design is a process that is mostly seen used
in large companies and projects. There is considerably less research on
service design in micro enterprises. With my thesis, I intend to show
how service design could also be utilised in small tourism enterprises,"
SUE grants in support of master's theses
of the University of Lapland and the University of Eastern Finland are
eligible to apply for the SUE grant, provided that the thesis fulfils at
least one of the following criteria:
- It is related to the internationalisation or export of businesses in Lapland or eastern Finland.
- It is related to the internationalisation or export of the Finnish business sector.
- It is written in cooperation with one or several local businesses
aiming for internationalisation or in cooperation with a local actor
promoting internationalisation (e.g. ELY or the chambers of commerce).
There will be a separate bulletin on the next application round.
Hilja Autto, hoinonen (at) ulapland.fi
Kirsti Ikonen, kiikonen (at) ulapland.fi
Satu Uusiautti, Vice-Rector for education, satu.uusiautti (at) ulapland.fi