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Scottish academics on strike

The University of St Andrews is expected to be one of eight Scottish universities impacted by strike action on Thursday 17 March. Around 100,000 students across Scotland will be affected. The University and College Union (UCU) announced plans for a strike following months of dispute over changes to pensions through the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). The changes, proposed last year,...

Kingdom of Industry exhibition to open 19 March

A new exhibition chronicling Fife’s industrial history is set to open this weekend on 19 March at the St Andrews Museum in Kinburn House. The exhibition, entitled Kingdom of Industry, looks at some of the industries that have been historically important to Fife, including coal mining, fishing, textiles and linoleum. Fife was once an important industrial centre. Railways could not cope...

Candidates make their case at hecklings

The first round of hecklings for the Students’ Association candidates took place on 14 March at the Union. Numerous candidates made speeches and answered questions, asked by the audience as well as emailed in. Among those making their cases were several students running for the sabbatical positions of Director of Events and Services and Director of Student Development and Activities. Out...

In Focus: Hanna Plant, Sustainability Officer

The Saint's Andreea Nemes sat down with Hanna Plant, the University’s Sustainability Officer. Plant graduated last year with a degree in Sustainable Development and now works for the University’s Environment Team. On Wednesday, 26 March her work as Sustainability Officer was recognised when she was awarded 6th place on the Young Scottish Green List. AN: First of all, congratulations! Tell...

University makes concessions on cuts

The University has recently made significant concessions in relation to the recent announcement that tuition fees will be increased by as much as 40 percent for students studying part time. The concessions were made in response to the St Andrews Against Cuts (STAND) campaign, which was run by students and staff members to fight the fee rise. As a result...

University launches internship scheme

On March 4th, the University announced the establishment of an Internship Scheme which is due to begin this summer. The St Andrews Internship Scheme is designed to give students valuable work experience in a dynamic atmosphere, giving them innumerable skills for future employability prospects. During the eight week long period a total of 18 interns will be placed across the University,...

MI5 advert controversy

An advert placed by MI5 in the last issue of The Saint caused national controversy last week. Both the Scottish Sun and the Scotsman reported on 22 February that the British domestic intelligence agency was specifically targeting the students at University of St Andrews. Several other publications picked up on the news, some as far away as the...

Head shave for charity

In one of more dedicated events during RAG week, a second year theology student has had all her hair shaved off for charity. In front of an audience at the Student Union on 18 February, Naomi Brown willingly had her hair shaved to collect over £400 in sponsorship. RAG week is a staple of the St Andrews...

Ethical investment programme discussed

On 23 February, a meeting chaired by Students’ Association President Owen Wilton was held in the Union to discuss the University’s ethical investment programme. Since 2008, the University has aimed to maintain an ethical portfolio for its investment fund of around £30-35 million per year to divest into certain companies or economic sectors, such as those promoting renewable energy and...

Royal visit launches 600th anniversary

St Andrews was in the international media spotlight on 25 February as His Royal Highness Prince William and Kate Middleton returned to the University for the launch of the 600th Anniversary celebrations. The Royal visit marked Prince William’s first role as official patron of the University’s 600th Anniversary appeal. It was also the couple’s first...