Local Roles - At Your College

At each academic partner there is a student officer with responsibility for representing students on a local basis.  Local Officers are lead student representatives at each academic partner. The nature of these positions varies at each academic partner, and is explained further in this guidebook – if you feel you can make a change, there is a position for you!

Local Officers are responsible for ensuring the voices of students are heard by their academic partner.  They engage closely with class reps, represent the student voice to senior management, and organise events.  Local Officers have a seat on HISA’s Executive Committee, ensuring student voices are shaping HISA’s work.

You will be the recognised student leaders for where you are taught.  As HISA Regional Officers are responsible for representing students across the region, Local Officers are responsible for representing students at their academic partner.

HISA Local Officers are called Depute Presidents, except for Inverness College and Perth College, where Local Officers are titled President and Vice Presidents. All local HISA branches have at least one Local Officer. HISA Moray has two Local Officers. HISA Perth and HISA Inverness have three Local Officers each.

As a Local Officer, you are the lead student representative for your Academic Partner.  You will play a key leadership role in representing the student voice at your partner and will work closely with other students and staff to do so.  Your role will be to champion the development of students at your academic partner, to enhance their learning experience and to ensure the student voice is heard locally and regionally.

 

Download the Full Local Officer Role Descriptions.

 

Representing your fellow students at a LOCAL level

You also play a role in representing students at your Academic Partner to external bodies and organisations within your community, such as the local council, to promote ideas and policies

important to the needs of your fellow students. Throughout the year you should attend all Class Rep meetings. This is in an incredibly important way to engage with students at your college!

There will be key members of staff at your academic partner that you will work with. Depending on which academic partner you study at, you will be one of two student members on the Board of Management – the governing body of the college. Engaging with members of staff, such as the college Principal or those with responsibility for the student experience, is important to carrying out your role.

 

Term of Office

Candidates that are elected, do not take up post immediately after the election, however candidates that are elected are called “Officers-elect”, and receive an honorary title. For example, if you were elected to the role of President the title would be “President-elect.”  Officers-elect take up the post for the next academic term. There will be a full schedule of training and induction for officers to support them in their role.  Officers-elect must undergo a successful Disclosure Scotland PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) check to be able to carry-out the role.

 

Hours and Pay

Local Officers are paid, part-time positions (with the exception of Perth College UHI President position which is full-time).  They are paid an hourly rate of £9.39 which is the same hourly rate as the Regional Officers.  This number of hours that the Local Officers work is dependent on the academic partner.

They are as follows:

 

Academic Partner

Role

Hours

Argyll College UHI

Depute President

12 hours

Highland Theological College UHI

Depute President

8 hours

Inverness College UHI

President

15 hours

Vice President Education

10 hours

Vice President Activities and Welfare

10 hours

Lews Castle College UHI

Depute President

12 hours

Moray College UHI

Depute President Education

14 hours

Depute President Activities and Welfare

14 hours

North Highland College UHI

Depute President

12 hours

Orkney College UHI

Depute President

10 hours

Perth College UHI

President

35 hours

(full-time, sabbatical)

Vice President Education and Engagement

10 hours

Vice President Activities and Welfare

10 hours

SAMS UHI

Depute President

8 hours

Shetland Islands

Depute President

8 hours

West Highland College UHI

Depute President

12 hours

 

 

 

Are You Eligible?

At your academic partner, you may run for a local officer role to lead the student voice where you study.

In order to stand for election as a Local Officer, you must be registered as a student at the academic partner you wish to hold the position for. If you are successful, you must also be a student at same time as the term of the Local Officer role. The term of a part time Local Officer is from 1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022.  If you do not continue as a student in 2021-22, you will not be able to carry out the role of a local officer.

If you study at Perth College UHI, the position of HISA Perth President is full-time. Therefore, as it is a sabbatical position, you do not need to be a student in 2021-22 to take on this role. If you are due to continue as a student, you will take a break from your studies to carry out this role.

Students that have been in a paid officer position for two years will not be eligible to stand in the HISA Student Elections.

 

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