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The Saint

The Saint is an independent newspaper written and run by students at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. The Saint is not affiliated with the University or the Students’ Association, maintaining complete editorial and financial independence. The staff are full-time students, with committee members being elected by their peers; editors, sub-editors, writers, photographers and business team members are drawn from the breadth of the student body. The Saint publishes ten issues per academic year, aiming primarily to inform and engage with our fellow students.

The Saint Online

This is the online edition of the paper, with additional content such as blogs and multimedia. The website has seen several iterations since The Saint first went online in 1999, and the website in its current form has existed since 2012. The design of the site has always been created by students at the University, allowing students another opportunity to get involved.

History of The Saint

The Saint as we know it dates back to 1984, when it was published under the name The Chronicle. In 1997 it was decided to re-brand the paper as The Saint. The first Editor of The Saint was Tim Samuels, now a BBC journalist, presenter and documentary filmmaker. The paper and its writers went on to win several awards, including Student Newspaper of the Year from The Herald (1998, 2004) and The Guardian (2003, 2004).

While being an independent publication, The Saint has often been affected by its relationships with the University and Students’ Association. These relations have occasionally been stormy, particularly in 2004, when the Students’ Association evicted The Saint from its office in the Union building for remarks made in an editorial about Welsh people being worthy of suspicion for “evil doings since they spawned the caterwauling Charlotte Church.”

Although reinstated soon after, The Saint has since sought to comply with the editorial standards expected of a national newspaper and to open up to a more diverse student audience. As a result, the paper has become less of a tabloid in its style and content, as sections such as ‘Halo!’ (which essentially comprised of photographs of event-goers in compromising positions) have been replaced and greater emphasis has been put on more varied features and cultural pieces.

Today, The Saint continues in print form (the paper being free since 2008), although it has developed as all newspapers must in order to survive the media revolution. The Saint Online features aspects of the publication and supplementary content, as well as allowing the organisation to make use of social media.

The Saint no longer has the media monopoly it once held in St Andrews. That challenge has spurred the journalists among us to aim to produce a consistently honest and worthy output of news, features and reviews for the St Andrews community.

Past Saint editors 

1997-98: Tim Samuels
1998: Jenny Marra
1998-99: Andrew Murray-Watson
1999-2000: Euan McLeish
2000-01: John Bowker
2001-02: Robbie Collin
2002-03: Alex Brant-Zawadzki
2003-04: Mark Kirby
2004-05: Jo Kerr
2005-06: Chloe Robertson
2006: Florencia Soto
2007-07: Andrew Keenan
2007-08: Robert Williams
2008-09: Casey Hollis
2009-10: Scott Newton
2010-11: Rachel Hanretty
2011-12: Andreea Nemes
2012-13: Richard Browne
2013: Craig Lye
2013-14: Elliot Davies

More from The Saint

  • Christmas break: the long and short of it

    Christmas break: the long and short of it

    Coming back from the calm of St Andrews’ lengthy winter vacation most students here have experienced a rest unmatched by any of our American or British counterparts. Indeed, “lengthy” seems an unsuitable term to describe the sheer extent of the dull winter days away from Fife. Currently, St Andrews’...

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  • Principal confirms tragic death of first year student

    Principal confirms tragic death of first year student

    Louise Richardson, principal of the University, has confirmed the death of first year student Kieran McCann in an email sent to students and staff this morning. Her email said: “I’m afraid that I am writing with very sad news. As many of you will already be aware, the search for Kieran McCann, one...

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  • Refreshers’ 2015: Sinners

    Refreshers’ 2015: Sinners

    With the closure of Venue 1, St Andrews students held a fair amount of skepticism about the Union’s ability to maintain its nightlife. However, Wednesday nights’ Refreshers’ Sinners made clear that students can still rely on the Union for a great night out. To capitalize on the space available,...

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  • Body found on St Andrews beach

    Body found on St Andrews beach

    The body of a man has been found on the beach in St Andrews, police in Fife have confirmed. A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Enquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances.” While there is no official confirmation, the body was found as part of the missing person enquiry into Kieran...

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  • Student missing after night out

    Student missing after night out

    A first year St Andrews student, Kieran McCann, has been reported missing after a night out. Friends report seeing him at the Vic in the early hours of Wednesday 28 January, adding that he appeared tipsy but not drunk. A close friend of Mr McCann, Piers Ruud Moss, told The Saint that concern for him has...

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