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Israeli Diplomat lectures in St Andrews

On Monday 14 November, Alon Roth-Snir, Deputy Ambassador to Israel at the Court of St James, delivered a talk on foreign policy in the Middle East to an audience of St Andrews students, at the invitation of the Foreign Affairs Society. In the talk, Mr Roth-Snir delivered his frank assessment of Middle East politics. “As a nation”, he said, “we’ve...

Conservative Society fires up international outrage

St Andrews has once more found itself in the midst of a media storm, though for considerably less positive reasons than last year’s Royal Wedding.  The University’s Conservative Society on Friday 18 November burnt an effigy of U.S President Barack Obama on East Sands beach in a tradition that has seen them previously set fire to the likes of...

Welly Ball

Over a thousand students from universities across the UK attended the St Andrews Welly Ball on Saturday November 21. Organisers estimated that they had raised just under £2000 for their chosen charity, Farm Africa, which works with farming and forest communities in East Africa. “The night went really well, said directors George Bowen and Sophie Roebuck. “With over 700 people...

UCAS proposes radical admissions shake-up

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has recently published new proposals for a complete overhaul of the current application process, in which all students would apply to university with their grades in hand. The proposed reforms, which are part of a comprehensive review of the admissions procedure, would scrap predicted grades for A-Level in an attempt to “simplify and...

Alistair Moffat elected rector

Last evening, in the Committee Room of the Students' Association Building, the Rectorial election results were announced, with Alistair Moffat declared the winner by an outstanding majority. Students' Association President Patrick O'Hare began by thanking the campaign teams for their good spirit, creativity and time and effort spent over the week. His "initial feeling" was that they had done very well in getting people to...

Students delve deeper at the second rectorial hustings

The rectorial hecklings were held on the evening of Thursday 27 October in the Union Bar. The event proved to be an engaging encounter between the candidates and students, venturing into more sensitive topics than Tuesday’s rectorial debate. The hecklings were opened by a speech from a spokesperson representing Abeer Macintyre, who was unable to attend herself due to an...

Rectorial candidates lock horns in the first debate

On Tuesday 25 October the rectorial candidates gathered in Lower College Hall to debate and meet students. Prior to the debate the candidates signed a pledge to support the Ethical Investment Policy, which had been arranged by the Defend Our Ethical Investment campaign. The policy includes commitments to promote human rights and ethical investments when investing university funds. Each candidate mingled...

Rector Elections – Meet the Candidates: Abeer Macintyre

Abeer Macintyre is Head of Supporter Care at the Scottish charity Mary’s Meals and an award winning broadcaster and journalist. Abeer was born in 1964 and grew up in Belfast. After studying English and Drama at the University of Kent at Canterbury, graduating in 1987, she worked in radio broadcasting, moving to BBC Scotland in 1994. There she received...

Students hit by housing shortage

As a second year student in St Andrews, the most common question to be asked in the first few weeks of the semester is “Where are you living this year?” For many, this leads into a long conversation about the price of milk, levels of rent, and how great it is not to be living in halls. Not for...

Transition St Andrews tackles climate change

This year see the creation of a new environmental project, Transition St Andrews, which aims to tackle climate change within the local community. The Saint’s LAURA ABERNETHY spoke to the project co-ordinator, Jamie Peters, about the aims of the project.   LA:Transition St Andrews is a new project. For students who have not heard of it before, can you describe the...