Who we are
HISA represents all of the students at the University of the Highlands and Islands and its academic partners. Our role is to make their lives better and ensure that they have the best experience possible while studying at UHI. We have multiple locations and a central support team to cover a vast area from Shetland in the North, to Stornoway in the West, Argyll in the South and Perth in the East.
We have External, Elected Student Officer and other Student Trustees which sit on our Board.
The Board of Trustees has overall responsibility for the affairs of the Highlands & Islands Students’ Association (HISA). In line with Charity Law, they ensure that HISA conducts its affairs in line with its charitable objects and delivers for its members.
External Trustees bring additional experience and skills to the Board from outside HISA and the University. Time commitment of the role is attendance at four quarterly Board meetings plus other sub-committee meetings as agreed or required. Maximum expectation of the post is for a total commitment of 1 day per month. External Trustees are appointed for a term of 4 years and may serve a maximum of 2 terms which may be consecutive or non-consecutive. The position of Trustee is a voluntary one, although out of pocket expenses for attending meetings etc. are paid.
1. To ensure that the Association complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
2. To ensure that the Association pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document and uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives.
3. To ensure that the Association has a clear strategic direction that meets the needs of its members, clearly outlined goals and performance indicators and is focused on achieving these.
4. To agree any delegated authority and ensure such authority is clearly expressed and followed.
5. To be an ambassador for the Association, safeguarding and developing its reputation and values.
6. To ensure the long-term financial stability of the organisation
7. To provide support for the Chief Executive and other staff in protecting and managing the assets of the Association, ensuring they are used exclusively in pursuance of the agreed objectives.
8. To provide support and feedback for the Chief Executive, including contributing to annual appraisal and objective-setting.
9. To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees, using any specific skills, knowledge, or experience to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve, but is not limited to:
a. Scrutinising board papers
b. Leading discussions
c. Providing guidance on new initiatives
d. Hearing specific HR and/or membership discipline casesAdditional Expectations
• Trustees are expected to undertake appropriate training as required for the role.
• Trustees will ensure that any and all conflicts of interest that may arise are declared.
• Trustees will adhere to all relevant Association policy with particular reference to staffing and health and safety and act in line with the values of the Students’ Association.
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