Paul Stalker becomes our next Insight and Democracy Coordinator

We’d like to announce that we recently recruited for a new Insight and Democracy Coordinator here at the Students’ Association, and Paul Stalker will be joining the team.

We’d like to announce that we recently recruited for a new Insight and Democracy Coordinator here at the Students’ Association, and Paul Stalker will be joining the team.

This role brings together insight and policy research on learning and teaching quality to underpin HISA's campaigning and representation work. It is responsible for supporting our democratic activities, including our All-Student Meetings, elections, and Executive. Paul will be based at UHI Perth when not travelling the region and will be a part of our Student Engagement and Representation team.

Paul brings with him a wealth of experience and a proven track record in empowering volunteers and enhancing academic representation within the third sector.

Paul studied Politics and History at the University of Kent, where he developed a strong foundation in understanding the complexities of social and political structures – fantastic skills to have when working here at the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association.

With over twelve years of experience in volunteer management, Paul has made significant contributions to organisations such as Kent Union and the Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Students' Association. During his four years at Kent Union, Paul successfully implemented a new academic representation structure for both Postgraduate Taught (PGT) and Postgraduate Research (PGR) students. He was instrumental in developing an active and sustainable Postgraduate Student Committee and creating the union's first Volunteer Agreement, ensuring clear guidelines and support for all volunteers.

In the last eight years at GCU Students' Association, Paul has continued to excel in his role. His key achievements include developing and implementing a new academic representation structure for Postgraduate Research (PGR) students and delivering skills development workshops for academic representatives. Under his leadership, the engagement in the annual Teaching Awards campaign more than doubled, using his ability to foster a motivated and involved student community.

Paul's dedication and innovative approach were recognized in 2021 when he won the sparqs Student Engagement Award. This award highlighted his exceptional work in supporting GCU Programme Leaders to recruit and support Class Reps in a remote working environment, a crucial adaptation during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are confident that Paul's expertise and passion for volunteer management will be invaluable in driving our mission forward. His ability to develop sustainable volunteer structures and enhance engagement through innovative strategies will undoubtedly benefit our organisation.

Please join us in welcoming Paul Stalker to our team. We look forward to the positive impact they will bring to our volunteer programs and the broader community.