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‘St Andrews Against Cuts’ seeks to protect education

A new group called St Andrews Against Cuts has been created. According to a spokesperson, the aim of the group is to create “an effective campaign to defend public service provision.” The group, consisting of both University students and staff, held its first open meeting on 8 February. Over 120 students and staff  were present. “Our primary focus is to promote...

New librarian appointed to oversee redevelopment plans

The University welcomed Mr John MacColl, a new University Librarian and Director of Library Services, on 7 February 2011. An alumnus of the University of St Andrews, Mr MacColl graduated in 1983 with a First in English Language and Literature. From there he gained qualifications at Robert Gordon University in Librarianship and Information Studies as well as a Masters in...

Her Campus opens St Andrews branch

The University of St Andrews has become the first university outside of the United States to host a branch of Her Campus, an online magazine geared towards the interests of university-age women.   Hercampus.com was founded in 2009 by Harvard students Stephanie Kaplan, Windsor Hanger and Annie Wang. It currently boasts branches at over a hundred universities across the USA. ...

St Andrews students in Egypt during crisis

Two St Andrews students found themselves watching history unfold in Egypt over recent weeks. Ben Dunant, a fourth year Social Anthropology and English student, and Philipp Sorgenfrei, a third year student on a year abroad in Cairo, were both in Egypt as the political crisis took place. Dunant had planned a trip to Egypt with some friends for the inter-semester break....

In Focus: Phil Pass on refreshers’ week and the union

The Saint’s Eloise Porter sits down with Phil Pass, Director of Events and Services at the Students’ Association to talk about about Refrshers’ Week and the Union. TS: Firstly, how do you think that that week has gone in general? Has it been a success? PP: From a personal perspective, Refreshers Week has been a big success. Much better than I...

Gordon Brown speaks in St Andrews

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown addressed an audience of 350 students and staff in the Buchanan Lecture Theatre Thursday, 10 February. The lecture was one in a series of events commemorating the 600th anniversary of the university. Since leaving Downing Street last year, Brown has reflected upon the problems facing Britain and the world in the 21st century. His book...

Tenancy deposit scheme launched

The Scottish government has recently launched a new Tenancy Deposit Scheme designed to protect tenants from having their deposits unlawfully withheld following the end of a tenancy. The scheme’s launch follows reports that as many as 11,000 deposits, worth up to £3.6 million, may be withheld unfairly in Scotland each year. At present, the only way of challenging the retention...

Gateway Galleries showcase University’s architecture

A new exhibition entitled 'Model Rooms: History, Life, Architecture' opened at the Gateway Galleries on 15 January. The exhibition gives students and members of the public the chance to explore some of St Andrews' best architecture. It consists of scale reconstructions of a selection of University of St Andrews’ buildings accompanied by historical items and old photographs to make...

Second semester housing rush takes place

The beginning of semester two at St Andrews has been accompanied by the usual annual rush to secure a place of accommodation for next year’s academic season. With the release of many estate agents’ letting lists coinciding with the January exam period and inter-semester break, many students have found it increasingly difficult to find the time to combine viewing...

Students declare: “No ifs, no buts, no education cuts!”

Students organise a rally to oppose financial changes and budget cuts