The Saint’s News team looks back over the best and worst that St Andrews had to offer this year.
- Freshers’ Week kicks off academic year
- Freshers’ Week 2012 welcomed incoming students with a wide range of events. For many it was their first experience of the Bop and Sin City. Featuring artists like Kissy Sell Out, Rudimental and Tinchy Stryder, it was the perfect welcome to the Bubble.
- Accommodation fears prove unfounded
- Despite widespread concern that many students would find themselves homeless, almost 300 rooms in University accommodation were still available. The previous year, the University had been unable to accommodate 535 students.
- Will and Kate attend gala dinner
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a private gala in November as part of the University’s 600th anniversary celebration. Principal Louise Richardson and Association President Freddie Fforde were also in attendance. The dinner was in aid of the 600th Anniversary Scholarship.
- Quad dressed in human coat of arms
- The Chinese Hongpao Society in collaboration with the Your600th campaign organised the Human Coat of Arms in November 2012 as part of the University’s 600th Anniversary celebrations. Nearly 1,000 students gathered in St Salvator’s Quad in a colourful mass formation of the iconic University coat of arms.
- Other Guys go for Christmas Number One
- The Other Guys released their single, ‘Christmas Gets Worse Every Year.’ The group received a lot of media attention that saw the song hit the Scottish top 40 and number 3 in the UK Indie Charts. All profits from the single went to the Your600th Bursary fund.
- St Andrews says no to NUS
- The delayed NUS referendum finally took place in November with students overwhelmingly saying ‘No to NUS’ with 75 per cent of the final vote. Campaigning included a visit from NUS President Liam Burn and a panda costume that was never fully explained.
- University Rector assessed
- Current Rector Alistair Moffat came under fire after having letters sent to two UCL scientists accusing them of libel following criticism of his DNA company BritainsDNA. Moffat claimed the company had found nine people in the UK related to the Queen of Sheba and one man who was the grandson of Eve.
- 24/7 library trialled
- DoRep Amanda Litherland fulfilled one of her main campaign pledges and secured 24/7 library access for students over the Christmas exam period. The trial didn’t prove quite as popular as expected, though another trial is due to take place this exam diet.
- St Andrews at the Lord Mayor’s Show
- 40 St Andrews representatives including the Sabbatical officers took part in the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in London. St Andrews’ presence was in celebration of the University’s 600th anniversary.
- Hill victorious but Ross steals headlines
- Chloe Hill was elected Students’ Association President for the coming academic year. Jamie Ross, the second place candidate, came close to victory with a difference of just 174 votes. The President-elect will be the first female President in 13 years.
- Elitism bubbles over
- A video of a group of St Andrews students ‘champagning’ – pouring bottles of champagne over themselves at various places in town – sparked controversy about St Andrews’ perceived ‘elitism’. Following the media backlash, the students involved took down the video and apologised.
- St Andrews drops out of world top 100
- The University of St Andrews slipped out of the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education world rankings. Despite an improvement in overall score, the University fell from 85th to 108th due to advancements made by universities in the East.
- Sexism in St Andrews
- Is St Andrews sexist? A poll run by The Saint found that two thirds of respondents said that aspects of St Andrews are sexist. Over a third of those asked said they knew of incidents of sexual harassment and 20% of respondents reported having experienced it.
- Final curtain call for the Byre
- Financial difficulties forced the Byre Theatre to shut its doors on Thursday 31 January 2013. Despite efforts from the local community to ‘Save the Byre’ the board found no alternatives to liquidation.
- A Sabb state of affairs?
- The Saint asked students in October if they could recognise the current sabbatical officers or if they knew what they actually did. The majority of students answered in the negative despite a record turnout at the last student election. The Sabbs did at least get a radio show name out of the headline.
- Union redevelopment begins
- The £12million redevelopment of the Union began in March 2013. The main changes with take place in four distinct phases and work is expected to be completed by November 2015. Plans include a new shop and café as well as a theatre and night club.
- Keith O’Brien resigns
- Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh and Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric, resigned on 25 February 2013 amid accusations of inappropriate conduct. His views on homosexuality had prompted controversy in the past, sparking a student protest when he visited St Andrews in April 2012.
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