Who we are
The Highlands & Islands Students’ Association is a student-led charity that represents every student at the University of the Highlands and Islands. It’s our role to ensure every student gets the absolute most of out their time at the University and have the opportunity to feed into the future of UHI.
The University is quite far from being traditional university. Instead of existing in one University town, or one region of the country – UHI exists across almost the entirety of Scotland with 13 colleges and research institutions based as far south as Argyle & Bute and as far north as the very top of the Shetland Isles.
Because of this, HISA is very different to any other Student Union or Student Association. We exist at a regional level and at a local level to ensure that despite the fact our members may be living more than 450 miles away from each other, that we are working in their best interests by representing them in the classroom and at University Court.
HISA is independent from the University. Whilst we receive funding from them, we are clear about our commitment to being a critical friend to the institution and lobbying for the best outcomes for our members, the Students who study at the University in both further education and higher education.
1. To ensure that the Association complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations. To ensure that the Association pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document and uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives.
2. 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.
3. To agree any delegated authority and ensure such authority is clearly expressed and followed.
4. To be an ambassador for the Association, safeguarding and developing its reputation and values.
5. To ensure the long-term financial stability of the organisation
6. 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.
7. To provide support and feedback for the Chief Executive, including contributing to annual appraisal and objective-setting.
8. 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 cases
e) Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise
9. To undertake appropriate training and personal development as required for the role.
10. To ensure that any and all conflicts of interest that may arise are declared.
11. To adhere to all relevant Association policy with particular reference to staffing and health and safety.