Nominations are now OPEN for the 2021 LCC UHI HISA Student Elections.

Our students can stand to be elected and work part-time to improve the lives of students starting in July 2021.

Find out more about how you can get involved at 

  • HISA is an organisation led by students, for students.  Every year, students elect from amongst themselves the new leadership team of HISA.  This is a great opportunity for you to represent your fellow students and change the student experience for the better.
  • HISA is the students’ association that exists to represent all students in the Highlands and Islands – whatever you study, wherever you study.  There are a range of different roles available where you can leave a legacy for students in your region and where you learn.
  • HISA elected officers represent the voice of students. They sit on the highest decision-making bodies of UHI and its academic partners, meet with local and national politicians, and campaign for change. They do all this to change people’s lives.
  • To become a HISA officer, you don’t need to submit a CV, attend an interview or have prior experience.  To become an elected HISA officer, all you need is a vision of how being a student can be better, and to secure the support of your fellow students in an election.

The University of the Highlands and Islands has announced the appointment of Dr Beth Mouat as its first islands' strategy director.

This new post will lead the delivery of its islands' strategy which sets out the university partnership's plans to enhance its activity for the benefits of staff, students and communities across Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

A native Shetlander, where she is joint head of marine science and technology at NAFC Marine Centre UHI, Dr Mouat says she is excited to have the opportunity to take forward such an important islands-focused project:

The University of the Highlands and Islands partnership celebrated its tenth birthday on Monday 1 February, the same day it welcomed its new Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Todd Walker.

Professor Todd Walker will join the university from Australia, where he has worked in multi-campus, regional universities for over 20 years. He will initially work remotely from his home in New South Wales, before relocating to the Highlands when local COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Although the origins of the university go back many years, the partnership was officially awarded university status by the Privy Council on 1 February 2011.