Elections

 

Voting is now CLOSED in the 2021 Student Elections

Thank you to everyone who voted and a huge well done to our candidates for their campaigning this week.

Stay tuned for the announcement of your elected HISA representatives for 2021/22!! 

 

2021 Student Elections

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.

 

Key Dates

Below are the major headline dates for students and candidates.

 

Date

Event

Wednesday 27th January

(10:00)

Nominations Open

 

Students will be able to nominate themselves by going to https://www.hisa.uhi.ac.uk/  for 27 days

 

Friday 26th February

(15:00)

Nominations Close

 

Nominations on the website will close at this point

Wednesday 24th February

(12:00-14:00)

Rules, Ethics and Campaigning Training

 

This online training is all about the rules governing the election, the ethics that candidates are expected to follow. You’ll also learn how to campaign turning interactions with students into votes for you. You are welcome to bring one supporter into this training. This session is repeated on two other occasions.

 

Thursday 25th February

(18:00-20:00)

Rules, Ethics and Campaigning Training

 

This online training is all about the rules governing the election, the ethics that candidates are expected to follow. You’ll also learn how to campaign turning interactions with students into votes for you. You are welcome to bring one supporter into this training. This session is repeated on one other occasion.

 

Saturday 27th February

(10:00-12:00)

Rules, Ethics and Campaigning Training

 

This online training is all about the rules governing the election, the ethics that candidates are expected to follow. You’ll also learn how to campaign turning interactions with students into votes for you. You are welcome to bring one supporter into this training.

 

Friday 26th February to Tuesday 2nd March

(30 minutes)

Local Awareness Training (by Academic Partner)

 

This is a set of training that focuses on data: hours of where voting was strongest at your AP, and the demographics of students at your college or institution.

 

Monday 1st March

(13:00-14:00)

Regional Awareness Training  

 

This is a summary of the local awareness sessions and includes: hours of where voting was strongest, and the demographics of students across UHI

 

Wednesday 3 March

(09:00)

Candidates’ Essentials DEADLINE

 

In order for HISA to publicise you as a candidate, this is the point where you should have:

  • Uploaded your video

  • Submitted your manifesto

  • Submitted your poster or made a request for a poster.

Monday 8 March

(10:00)

Supported Publicity Period Begins

 

HISA displays and distributes all candidate material and voting promotion material

 

Monday 15 March – Friday 19 March

(08:30)

Morning Briefings

 

You’ll be briefed on what to expect and what tactics to use in order to generate votes. These tactics will vary from day to day.

You’ll be given a breakdown of the previous day’s turnout performance (Tues-Fri) - You’ll be informed what happens after voting closes (Fri)

 

Friday 19 March

(14:00)

Voting Closes and Supported Publicity Period Ends

 

No students can vote after 2pm

 

Friday 19 March

(14:00)

Candidates Debrief

 

This is a short (10min) chat to discuss format of release of results, what HISA is doing beforehand, and what candidates can do while they wait

 

Friday 19 March

(14:30)

Expenses Submitted

 

Candidates must submit their expenses to hisa.returningofficer@uhi.ac.uk

 

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