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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

More from The Saint

  • Library opening hours to be increased

    Library opening hours to be increased

    The library is to increase its opening hours following pressure from student representatives. The changes, which will be made from week five of this semester, will see the building open from 8 am until 2 am every day during term time. This will provide students with an extra eight hours of study...

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  • The Kate Kennedy Club announces its annual Opening Ball

    The Kate Kennedy Club announces its annual Opening Ball

    When? Saturday 4 October Where? Lower College Lawn, St Salvator’s Quad Price? £35 With Freshers’ Week and the start of another semester at St Andrews rapidly approaching, incoming students should be on the lookout for more information on the Kate Kennedy Club’s time-honoured Opening Ball. The...

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  • “An event for everyone”: CROSSWALK 2014

    “An event for everyone”: CROSSWALK 2014

    When? Wednesday 17 September Where? Kinkell Byre Price? £25 With merely a week to go until semester one officially kicks off, event announcements are coming in thick and fast for the months ahead. If we’re honest, with the same string of annual events appearing year after year, it can start...

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  • Challenging the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Challenging the Ice Bucket Challenge

    As I see it, there are a number of problems with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Firstly, it breeds slacktivism – people using media trends to shirk more meaningful ways of charitable involvement and placing the benefits of appearing charitable to their friends or followers above the point of the campaign...

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  • Students “squeezed” into bedrooms to handle accommodation deficit

    Students “squeezed” into bedrooms to handle accommodation deficit

    A shortage of University accommodation means some new students will have to move into three- and four-person rooms in halls of residence, while freshers who live near St Andrews are having to stay at home. Meanwhile, some undergraduate students are being placed in postgraduate residences. In University...

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