If you care about the wellbeing of your colleagues and your faculty, and about the University of Tartu as a whole; if maintaining good interpersonal relationships is important to you; if you have strong social skills, and are willing to take on additional duties and responsibilities - as well as benefit from certain privileges - you may wish to consider becoming a representative of the Tartu University Faculty Association..

A representative is an employee who has been elected by their colleagues to be their representative when communicating with the employer. The representative represents the employees in healthcare, work safety, and employment matters. As the employees’ representative, the representative fulfils a vital role in the workplace. A good representative helps to create a pleasant workplace atmosphere and better working relationships, resolves some of the tensions which inevitably arise between personnel, and may even prevent hostile confrontations. The tasks, rights, and duties of a representative are significantly greater than those of a workplace representative.

An overview of the representative’s rights and responsibilities can be found under the following submenus:


Online training course for representatives

The online training course aims to increase the number of representatives in Estonia with the sufficient knowledge and practical skills to be able to actively assist in the improvement of the quality of workplace life. The online training course creates an opportunity for both current and future representatives to access free high-quality training anywhere, anytime, and at their own pace. The training course provides representatives with practical guidelines on improving the partnership between employers and employees, and aims to standardise the knowledge and stance of representatives when representing employees on employment issues.

The online training course for representatives can be found at:

The online training course was developed in the summer of 2011 as a collaboration between the Estonian Trade Union Confederation and AS BCS Koolitus, with the help of SA Innove, and with funding provided by the European Social Fund in accordance with the measure 1.3.2 “Improvement of working life quality”.