Within the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association (HISA), you are a full voting member of its Executive Committee; and the Regional Student Council.
Decisions are made at a regional level that impact upon the learning experience of all students, including those at your academic partner. The Principal Officers of HISA are the student representatives that sit on those regional bodies whose decisions affect all students in the university partnership. The Depute Presidents play a vital role to support the Principal Officers and ensure that they understand the feelings and views of the students at the partner they represent.
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.
The Regional Officers are full-time sabbatical positions, and offer a salary of £17,137.
Students who are elected as Regional Officers take a year’s break from their studies to perform the role. The position can involve working evenings due to meetings and other HISA commitments, including occasional weekend travel and events.
All roles are full-time, paid sabbatical positions. If you are successful, you shall take a year’s break from your studies to fulfil the duties of the position. Students who are in their final year and are due to graduate will be eligible to stand as well, as long as they are registered as a student at the time of the election. In order to take up an elected regional role you must also complete a Charity Trustee Declaration Form.
The President is the leader and figurehead of the students’ association. As President, you will be responsible for the work of HISA and lead its priority campaigns. The role requires the ability to lead your fellow student officers, and to inspire students to get behind the work of HISA. The President chairs the Executive Committee and acts as delegate leader to external organisations. A full job description is available. To be eligible to stand for President, you must be registered on any course at the University of the Highlands and Islands or any of its academic partners.
The Vice President (Further Education) – or VPFE – is responsible for leading HISA’s activities, campaigns and work around further education (FE) to continually inform and improve learning and teaching and the experience of FE students across the Highlands and Islands. Further Education courses are those up to and including SCQF level 6. Candidates must study an FE course to be eligible to stand for this position. A full job description is available. To be eligible to stand for Vice President (Further Education), you must be registered as a student at any of the academic partners, studying a course at further education (FE) level at the time of the election. N.B. if as part of your studies you will be progressing to higher education level in the next academic year, you will be eligible to run for VPFE as your student status is that of an FE student at the time of election.
The Vice President (Higher Education) – or VPHE – is responsible for leading HISA’s activities, campaigns and work around the academic experience of higher education (HE), to continually inform and improve learning and teaching, and the experience of HE students across the Highlands and Islands. HE courses are those at SCQF level 7 and beyond. Candidates must study a HE course to be eligible to stand for this position. A full job description is available. To be eligible to stand for Vice President (Higher Education), you must be registered as a student of the University of the Highlands and Islands, at any academic partner, studying at higher education (HE) level at the time of the election. N.B. if as part of your studies you are a further education student that will be progressing to higher education level in the next academic year, you will be not eligible to run for VPHE as you will be a further education student at the time of election.
If you are unsure whether you are a further education student or a higher education student, please log in to www.hisa.uhi.ac.uk and see what role you are eligible for.