Clubs and Societies

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Societies are groups that bring together students who share common interests. You can join a local society such as the Shetland Students Green Team or the Football group, you can start a new society, or you can join a range of societies which include all of the highlands and islands campuses within the university such as the Creative Writing Society! Clubs and societies are a great way to socialise and share new experiences.

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Why should I join a society?

Being part of a society is a great opportunity to meet new people and try something new. They are lots of fun but you’ll also develop skills such as team work and communication that will look great on your CV.

Students who join societies consistently tell us that it is one of their favourite things about being a UHI student. If you are thinking of joining a society or just want to meet some new people, get involved – you won’t regret it!

How can I get involved?

See an A-Z list of all of the HISA societies.

Find out more on setting up a club or society here. 

Locally, you can contact HISA Association Assistant sara.fox@uhi.ac.uk or Leanne Gear, Student Engagement and Communications Assistant here: leanne.gear@uhi.ac.uk to look at setting up a club or society.

Local Clubs and Societies 

Find out more here. 

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Shetland Students Green Team

Shetland Students Green Team

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Shetland Students Green Team was founded in March 2019. Since then they have worked hard to raise awareness of environment and sustainability issues at the campuses and were awarded the HISA Society of the Year Award in 2019 and were Highly Commended in the HISA Society of the Year category in the 2021 awards. 

The society have had students and staff involved in events and have taken part in the Shetland Amenity Trust’s Da Voar Redd Up which is a community led litter pick-up.  They have also organised a collection point for used stationery so that items can be sent to the mainland for recycling, as well as looking at the recycling options available at the campuses. Beach cleans are a regular feature and more recently members have been involved in organising local social enterprise Transition Turriefield who grow fruit and vegetables for the Shetland community to speak at the UHI/HISA World Earth Day Celebrations, sharing and promoting the mental health benefits of connecting in nature, information about the circular economy and helping create the HISA nature explorer packs. 

The Shetland Students’ Green Team is the first student society to have been set up at either of the Shetland campuses. It is affiliated to HISA which ensures that the society and its members are supported. The Shetland Green Team says: "We would like to share the sense of empowerment we get from taking action, like our beach clean, with as many people as possible.”

Students and staff taking part in the Da Voar Redd Up Beach Clean

Aims: 

  • To raise awareness of environmental sustainability in and around the Shetland UHI campuses and to aid in them becoming more eco-friendly.
  • To promote ideas that help the college and its students to live more sustainably and to undertake activities that help to protect Shetland’s unique environment.
  • For a sustainable campus and promoting sustainable actions

Find out more:

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Shetland UHI Football

Shetland UHI Football

HISA has supported Shetland UHI students to have a weekly kickabout at Clickimin Centre's 60:40 Indoor Training Facility  for many years. 

If this is something that students wish to be available, email sara.fox@uhi.ac.uk as soon to the start of the academic year as possible and the sessions will be booked. They are open to all UHI students. 

Aims: To allow Shetland UHI students to socialise and play football.

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Running and Walking Club

Running and Walking Club

The running/walking club began in 2019. Weekly runs were arranged and then during the covid-19 pandemic in 2020 the HISA Depute and Student Counsellor arranged walks on Wednesdays alternating between the Scalloway and Lerwick campuses at lunchtimes when restrictions allowed. The walks/runs are a great chance to catch up with others, get some exercise and meet new people. HISA Shetland will advertise the walks via their student newsletter and Facebook pages. If you are interested in arraning organised runs, we can help you do this, contact us at studentvoice.shetland@uhi.ac.uk 

Aim: 

  • to provide a positive group environment to encourage running and exercise
  • to promote fitness and good general health

Email: hisa.shetland@uhi.ac.uk 

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