Student Representation Project

The student representation project was a two-year initiative funded by the Scottish Funding Council.

The aim of the project, which started in July 2013, was to put in place a new structure for student representation for the University of the Highlands and Islands and its academic partners. 

The first phase of the project comprised: market research to understand students’ perceptions of, and priorities for, representation; a mapping exercise to baseline existing structures for student representation and a review of internal and external good practice.

During the second phase of the project, a consultation exercise was carried out to seek the views of students and staff on options for a new structure for student representation.   Following the consultation, the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association (HISA) was established to represent all students across the university partnership at a regional level. 

HISA also represents the local interests of further and higher education students at ten academic partners and works in partnership with the existing students’ associations at Inverness College UHI, Perth College UHI and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI.

HISA is an autonomous students’ association and is registered as a charity with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.   Find out more about HISA at or contact if you are interested in getting involved.