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Manifesto analysis: Tom Abbott, AU President

As a fifth-year chemistry student, AU Presidential hopeful Tom Abbott has certainly seen what sport at this University involves, and he believes this sets him in good stead for the position. Several years on the Cricket Club committee have shown Tom the inner workings of a University sports club, and he also has experience collaborating with the AU: previously, he...

Manifesto analysis: Ellie Robson, AU President

Whilst there are no catchy slogans to embrace during the campaigning season, the content of Ellie Robson’s manifesto is more than enough to make you pay attention. Ms Robson says she is “dedicated to improving the experience of University sport for all students” and claims that she has the “fresh outlook” necessary to achieve this. Inextricably linked to this is...

Manifesto analysis: Claire Shirey, Director of Wellbeing

The director of wellbeing position encapsulates everything Claire Shirey has worked towards in her university career. In an interview with The Saint, Ms Shirey explained, “I really care about everything that this position stands for. I had a tough time when I first came to St Andrews. I felt like it was difficult to meet people and it was...

Nominations for 2017 student elections open

Nominations for Students' Association officers and academic representatives open Monday 20 February at 9 am. Elected positions include sabbatical, Association, SSC, and SRC officers, as well as school presidents and departmental convenors. This year marks the introduction of two new sabbatical officers: Director of Education and Director of Wellbeing. Previously, education and wellbeing fell under the Director of Representation's remit. Candidates for DoEd...

Report card: Association President Charlotte Andrew

Charlotte Andrew’s period as Association President has been one of tumultuous change both within the University and outside of it. While aiming to fulfil her manifesto promises, she also had to contend with Brexit's challenge to British higher education. As the main link between the Students’ Association and the University, Ms Andrew also took on the role of welcoming...

Report card: AU President Ben Peddie

A little under a year ago, Ben Peddie was elected Athletic Union president with the campaign slogan "Ready, Steady, Peddie." As election season begins once again, The Saint looks back on Mr Peddie's time in the position. Continuity Mr Peddie has provided a steady hand for the Athletic Union this year. His tenure began with difficulties regarding the foundations of the Sports Centre, but Mr Peddie...

Reflections from the sabbs: Jack Carr

After six years, I have been asked to write this letter of reflection. Six years in St Andrews which have changed me fundamentally are obviously hard to summarise. St Andrews is the place which allowed me to come out and embrace my identity, which has a strength of community which saved me from the depths of a serious health...

Report card: Director of Events and Services Taryn O’Connor

As the 2017 sabbatical elections approach, we look back on Taryn O’Connor’s time as Director of Events & Services. Alternative event spaces In her manifesto, Ms O’Connor pitched the idea of utilising non-Union spaces for Freshers’ and Refreshers’ Weeks, namely University properties such as Younger Hall or the Byre Theatre. In our manifesto analysis, The Saint observed that these spaces...

Report card: Director of Student Development and Activities Caroline Christie

Caroline Christie, Director of Student Development & Activities, has now nearly fulfilled her contract as a sabbatical member of the St Andrews Students' Association. Ms Christie met with The Saint to discuss her progress over the year. Student venues Notable success was made with discussions of student venues such as the Byre (of which she sits on the committee), the Barron,...

Reflections from the sabbs: Ben Peddie

Receiving an email last week asking me to write a letter reflecting on my time as Athletic Union president last week felt very odd, with my immediate reaction being “but I’ve only just started?” There is no doubt that this has been the most challenging and at times frustrating year of my life, but it has also been the most...