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University set to host week of World War One commemorations

The University of St Andrews will be hosting a series of events this summer to mark the centenary of the First World War, focusing on the contribution of the ‘Home Front’ to the war efforts. The events, running from Monday 18 June to Saturday 23 June, are part of a wider programme of commemorations organised by WW100 Scotland. A series of...

University gets behind HMO campaign

The move comes after councillors on Fife Council North East Fife Area Committee voted to impose strict quotas on the number of houses in multiple occupancy (HMOs) in the town.

Conservative councillor apologises for student ‘social cleansing’ comment

Conservative Councillor Linda Holt has apologised for asserting that the impact of students upon St Andrews were akin to "social cleansing".

Fife Councillor Brian Thomson defends new HMO motion

The recent decision taken by Fife Council’s North East Fife Area Committee to recommend the introduction of an HMO overprovision policy for St Andrews, has resulted in an angry reaction from many students in the press and social media. Given that some of the reporting of the matter – particularly on social media – has either ignored, or failed...

‘The Power’ is heading to St Andrews

16-time Darts world champion Phil Taylor is amongst the names announced for the St Andrews Darts Masters, scheduled to take place this October. ‘The Power’, who retired from darts after reaching the final of the PDC World Championship in January, is the headline name for the eight-man tournament, which will be held at the students union on Saturday 13 October,...

Opinion: the HMO ban is a poor policy and a worrying symptom

‘Town and gown relations’ are a tricky thing. In St Andrews the red gown, famously, was instituted in order to visibly differentiate between students and townspeople; in Oxford and other university towns, there have been riots. It is easy for townspeople to conceptualise students as a transient, disrespectful body with no knowledge of local customs and little interest in...

Talking ‘Global Britain’ and Iran with the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee

The Saint had the opportunity to catch up with Priti Patel MP, Tom Tugendhat MP and Stephen Gethins MP to discuss what a ‘Global Britain’ meant to them and the recent controversy surrounding Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal.

Why we should oppose the HMO ban

The NE Fife Area Committee's decision to uphold the HMO ban and to limit the number of licenses throughout St Andrews should be opposed at all costs.  Firstly, it doesn’t work. Secondly, if the council are unable to realise that their blatantly nimby and anti-student policy doesn't work, we should campaign electorally to elect more students to the council....

Saints appoint Scotland international as new Director of Rugby

Newcastle Falcons hooker and former Scotland international Scott Lawson will retire from professional rugby at the end of the season to take up the position of Director of Rugby (DoR) at the University of St Andrews. 36-year-old Lawson made his 47th and final appearance for Scotland off the bench in their Six Nations game with Wales earlier this year, and...

Review: May Ball 2018

May Ball is certainly one of the most complex and compelling balls that the university puts on. Not only is it a fun event full of rides, different stages, beautiful décor, but it is also the last ball of the season. This means that people of all different years can be found partying it up at Kinkell Byre–it’s a...