Student association



The Highlands and Islands Students’ Association (HISA) is a new students’ association. HISA is a tertiary students’ association that represents the interests of further and higher education students, no matter how they study or what they study.  Its structure is unique and reflects the composition of the university partnership.

HISA represents the interests of all students at the University of the Highlands and Islands and its thirteen academic partners at a regional level.  It also represents the local interests of students at nine academic partners.  A local structure for HISA will be established and, in early October, our students will be able to vote for a Depute President to represent them.  HISA will be aligned and integrated with our existing systems for student representation.  Students at Inverness College UHI, Perth College UHI and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI will continue to be represented by their existing local students’ association on local matters (see below).

HISA aims to make sure your student voice is at the heart of all decisions about learning and teaching and your student experience.  

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SPARQS (student participation in quality Scotland)

Sparqs was created in 2003 to ensure that students in Scotland are supported in their involvement in the management of quality assurance and enhancement in Scotland’s Colleges and Universities. Every course in Scotland has a student that takes on the role of the course representative. Their role is to represent their fellow students by seeking feedback from them about their course and working with staff to improve the learning experience.

To become a course representative you can put yourself forward during class elections or speak to your tutor who will be able to advise you of the process.

Once elected, you will have the opportunity to attend a range of training sessions to help you to be effective in your role.

NUS Extra Cards

The Extra Card costs £11.00 and gives you access to a wide range of discounts and special offers. You can apply online for your Extra Card at: