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St Andrews student sentenced for act of “drunken racism”

A St Andrews student who was found guilty of a racist breach of the peace has been sentenced to 150 hours of community service and expelled from the University. Paul Donnachie, 19, had been convicted of racism after defiling an Israeli flag hanging in the bedroom of fellow student Chanan Reitblat, an American from Yeshiva University in New York who...

Students protest against rise in tuition fees

Almost a hundred students from various Scottish universities, including St Andrews, occupied an Edinburgh University lecture theatre from Friday, 16 to Saturday, 17 September to protest against the recent rise in university tuition fees. Entering Edinburgh’s George Square Lecture Theatre on Friday afternoon, the students staged a sit-in protest in response to tuition fee announcements over the summer. Both the Universities...

RAF Leuchars to close as active air site

Over the summer, the decision was made to officially close Leuchars RAF base as an active air site. In a statement read aloud in Parliament, Defence Secretary Liam Fox outlined the government’s decision to convert the base to an army barracks over the next four years. The decision came despite a long fought campaign from residents and local MP and former...

600th anniversary shop launched

As part of its 600th anniversary celebrations, the University of St Andrews has made a new contribution to the town’s shops. The 600th Anniversary shop, located on the corner of Market Street and Greyfriars Gardens, is dedicated to raising awareness about the 600th Anniversary Campaign and generating funds for the campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise a £100...

St Andrews students teach English as a foreign language in Romania

Thirty-five students from the Universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh and Aberdeen spent their July in Romanian schools teaching English as a foreign language to children of various ages. The students were selected to take part by the ScRoll (Scottish Romanian language link) committees from their respective universities. They attended several meetings during the second university semester to help them...

Sir David Attenborough addresses Town and Gown

Sir David Attenborough, world-renowned naturalist, television personality and British national treasure, arrived in St Andrews on the 21st of June to receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science. Before that, students, staff and local residents had the opportunity to attend a lecture by the great man, whose descriptions of the world around us have captured the imaginations of...

£1.6 million to fight flu

A team of scientists at the University of St Andrews have been awarded £1.6million towards the development of new drugs for the prevention and treatment of influenza. Influenza is a contagious acute viral infection which represents a particular risk for the young and the elderly. Symptoms frequently include headache, fever, cough, sore throat, and aching muscles. In serious cases it...

STV CEO visits St Andrews

Rob Woodward, Chief Executive of STV, visited St Andrews to give a talk entitled ‘Reinventing STV for a Digital World.’ The event took place on Thursday 21 April in School 3 and was organised by the Management Society. Mr Woodward explained how he wanted to expand on three areas during the talk, which were the principles of leadership, the future...

On the Rocks

The third annual On The Rocks festival was held this year from 16 to 24 April, ending with a ceilidh and afterparty to close out a jam-packed eight days. The arts festival, which included theatre, dance and music performances was held in different venues in St Andrews including The Castle, Younger Hall and Barron Theatre, often with back to back...

Guardian publishes link between University and Syrian regime

Last week, The Guardian revealed that the University of St Andrews received more than £100,000 in funding arranged with assistance from the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. The article reveals that the centre for Syrian studies in the international relations department received funding arranged by the Syrian ambassador to the UK, Sami Khiyami. Khiyami helped to secure funding for the...