Student partnership agreement


This agreement sets out how students and staff can work together to improve the student experience.  The document was developed in light of recommendations in the Post-16 Education Green Paper which advocated all Scottish universities to have a Student Partnership Agreement with their student association. The government hoped the agreements would highlight how students can influence the life of their university and set out areas which staff and students can work on together to improve the student experience.  The university was the first in Scotland to introduce a SPA. 

The agreement  for 2017-18 is now available and has been agreed with the three HISA officers.  You can read the SPA 2017-18 here.  Please contact HISA or if you would like to get involved. 

Agreement news and updates

Three working groups have been established and are meeting to progress work on the three work streams.  We are currently working on the following specific work.  Latest news from the SPA is available on the HISA website.  Some highlights include:

Mental health service review.  The university is about to conduct a service review that will look at mental health support within the university. 

Healthy, Happy You Week. The annual health awareness week has been extended to cover two weeks and will take place from the 19th February to the 2nd March 2018.  Preparations are under way and a full schedule of events will shortly be available.  This year we will include mental health awareness and volunteering as themes.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) review.  Our current VLE is Blackboard.  A review of the VLE with a view to replacement by a new version is taking place.  Four possible alternatives are being reviewed by staff and student representatives. 

If you would like to know more about any of these activities, contact your local HISA representative or