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European Union agree bonus cap

Under a new deal reached by countries of the European Union, performance-related bonuses from financial institutions in member states will be capped at equal to one year’s wages, rising to a maximum of two year’s wage if granted explicit shareholder approval. This decision is potentially toxic to the British economy. It is ludicrous to suggest that capping performance-related bonuses will...

Market Street

‘Don’t shop when you’re hungry.’ This is the advice that I was given to-day by several friends when I asked them if they had any tips to save a few pounds when food shopping. I was expecting something more along the lines of ‘buy local’, or that great classic ‘buy things that are in season’. Whilst I’m a big advocate...

The Tweeting bird catches the worm

It’s been a frantic February so far in St Andrews. We've seen sun, snow and romance, and Rascals have seen their busiest ever week of food sales. Though still wet-led (most of their money is made from drinks), the growing popularity of their new food menu is a clear sign of success for the North Street bar. The unit,...

Market Street

The figures are staggering. According to a study conducted by research group Consumer Focus, 75% of people have never considered switching current accounts. No thoughts, no daydreams, not even a musing. Somebody please tell me what on earth is wrong with us? Why are we so masochistic? I often hear complaints from friends not being able to use their debit...

Sarah Weingarten: Losing my VIRGIN-ity

Sarah Weingarten graduated from St Andrews in 2012 with an MA in English and Economics. With little prior experience in finance, she secured a place on the Virgin Media finance graduate scheme. In an interview with The Saint, Sarah spoke about the process of applying for graduate jobs and her experience of working for Virgin Media. “I'm on the finance...

Comet has croaked, Jessops has jilted and His Master has lost his Voice

If you were, like I was, given a gift card for one of these high-street names from one of your relatives, then you are the collateral damage of an ongoing metamorphosis of the UK high street. Let’s examine the latest evidence: Exhibit A: Comet The store that once boasted ‘we live electricals’ has short-circuited itself. It had been struggling since the...

Market Street

Elliott Miskin explains how eating out doesn't have to cost a small fortune.

Classics graduate in Hong Kong: I came, I taught, I conquered

Rebecca Austin graduated from St Andrews in 2009 with a degree in Classics. She spoke to The Saint about how her early career has taken her east, to Hong Kong, as an English teacher. Tell us about the early days of your career – how did you come to be teaching in Hong Kong? I came to Hong Kong the summer...

Is this a market I see before me?

Have you heard of Kweku Adoboli? You should have. He is a former employee of Swiss investment banking giant UBS, working for 5 years in their global synthetic equities division. He lost the bank £1.2 billion (equivalent to 100 Union redevelopments) and last week he was jailed for seven years for two counts of fraud. The prosecution described him as...

M-Skills launches in St Andrews

Are you a current Masters student? If so, we have some exciting news! CAPOD is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new development programme for taught postgraduates. M-Skills promises to help you across four areas: making the most of St Andrews; getting through your course; finding a job; and getting set for the workplace. Provost, Prof. Malcolm MacLeod, encourages...