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Easter 2017, by the numbers

What began as a religious holiday to celebrate an end to Lenten self-denial has become a commercialised, interdenominational cultural phenomenon filled with hunts for plastic eggs,  hollow chocolate bunnies, and shiny patent leather shoes. Whether you celebrated en famille, went to Sunday mass, or had nothing to do with the holiday, here are some figures you might not have known. Abundant...

Trade war?

Over the past several months, there has been an increasing amount of buzz over the possibility of a trade war between the United States and China. Such a conflict has been referred to in apocalyptic terms, with many observers stressing the possibility that it could lead to the ruin of the global economy at large. The developing economic and...

Making the first move

When students look for employment vacancies such as research opportunities, internships, and paid positions, they tend to check job postings. It’s a logical first step, but if it’s the only one an applicant takes, they are missing out on a hidden and growing job market that does not advertise vacancies. Speculative applications attempt to tap into this market. They are...

How our spending habits change with the seasons

As summer quickly approaches, St Andrews students face many changes; days get longer, coats get lighter and unfortunately, wallets get emptier. A lot about the warmer months is conducive towards a heavy spending. While the end of school means an end to long labs and late library nights, all of the newly acquired free time also seems to make...

Finding last-minute opportunities

It is now April, and for students looking for opportunities this summer, the window is closing. Most corporations and non-profits have closed applications for summer jobs and internships at this point in the year and students who either failed to apply or were rejected are running out of time to find productive things to do this summer. Luckily, the University...

The economics of the new pound coin

Last Tuesday 28 March, the rollout of the new, angular, vaguely euro-esque £1 coin kicked off in banks UK-wide. It’s rare enough that Money gets the chance to write about, well, money, so we take the opportunities as they come. We tend to take the occasional revamp of coins and banknotes as a matter of course. When you start to...

A primer on the French elections

From his mansion in west Paris, Jean Marie Le Pen commands a sweeping view of the city. The 88-year-old founder of the far-right National Front (FN) keeps an antique telescope mounted by his window as if on constant alert for the hordes of migrants he fears are on their way to “submerge” Europe. Today, Mr Le Pen sees the rise...

The interview, demystified

On Wednesday 22 February, the Careers Centre held a workshop on interview skills. Pamela Andrew, Careers Adviser, led the hour-long presentation. Here are some of the biggest take-aways: One of the most important things you need to do in an interview, we were told, is create a narrative. The importance of a narrative is exemplified well by a common but...

Quants?

This semester, St Andrews welcomes the foundation of a society that appears to be the first of its kind in a British university (besides Cambridge). The Quant Group St Andrews is a small congregation of students working to build algorithmic models for use in financial trading. A quantitative analyst (a quant, in financial jargon) is a person who specialises in the...

Fife Council’s new budget

On the sixteenth of February, the Fife Council approved their 2017-2020 budget. Faced with diminished funding from Holyrood, the Fife Council’s new budget sees large cuts in spending and mild increases in council taxes. In an announcement on its official webpage, the council anticipated £25 million in savings in 2017-18. The changes effected to achieve these savings are outlined in...