Student partnership agreement

The Student Partnership 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 (SPA) 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 was agreed with the three HISA officers and signed by both the HISA President and the Principal of the University (as pictured).  You can read the SPA 2017-18 here.  Please contact HISA or if you would like further information.

Agreement news and updates

Three working groups were established to progress work on the work streams, which are: student mental health; learning resources; and sustainability and the environment.  Latest news from the SPA is available on the HISA website.  Some highlights include:

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

Healthy, Happy You. The annual health awareness event will take place from the 19th February to the 2nd March 2018, with a full schedule of events including mental health awareness and volunteering for wellbeing as themes.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Award. An initiative between NUS Scotland and Scottish Student Support.  The main elements focus on sports, physical activity, smoking prevention and mental health with the aim to increase links between each of these. HISA and the university will be submitting a report this year in the hope of achieving an award. 

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. 

Green Impact Students' Union Award. HISA and the university signed up to take part in this award, which is a sustainability accreditation scheme run by NUS, and successfully achieved a 'good' accreditation.

We have now written an end of year SPA 2017 - 2018 progress report.  We also provide a review of the year in next year's SPA. 

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