Mission, strategy and development

All enrolled students at UNAK are members of the Union of Students at the University of Akureyri (SHA). SHA's primary aim is to uphold students’ rights, support and unite the student associations and those who represent students in UNAK’s Councils and Committees as well as those who participate in SHA's work. SHA supervises social, cultural, sports, and family events and embraces the student associations in making effort in these fields as well. SHA safeguards students’ rights within the academic community, encourage healthy lifestyle and students’ wellbeing and work closely with UNAK’s staff to attain these goals, represent UNAK and whatever concerns students in one way or another.

In beginning of 2011 SHA's board at that time initiated a project aiming at reorganizing SHA's operation, establish network archive for the union and the student associations and implement procedure policies for those who participate in SHA's work. The project grew rapidly and the following autumn drastic changes in SHA's organizational structure and operation were introduced. The goal was to improve solidarity and cooperation within SHA, simplify the organizational structure, ensure responsible decision-making but above all develop robust union of students.
No major changes are planned while SHA is in the evaluation process of recent development and reorganisation of the union. Surveys show that student within SHA are happy with the development and SHA is a stronger union after the changes.