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World’s Oldest Surviving Periodic Table found in St Andrews

A periodic table found in the University of St Andrews’ School of Chemistry is thought to be the oldest in the world. Discovered during a clear out of a storage area in 2014, the table is similar to Dmitri Mendeleev’s second version of 1871. It could be the only one to have survived from the period and may have been...

Maisie Williams is coming to St Andrews

Tickets have already sold out for the headline event of the University's Career Week.

UCU set to vote on strike action

The University and College Union (UCU) has announced that it will be balloting its members about potential strike action. 70,000 members across 143 different colleges and universities, including the University of St Andrews, will have between the 15 January and 22 February to vote on whether to take industrial action. If there is a turnout of over 50 per cent and a majority...

Library opens new ‘collaborative space’ to deal with revision crowds

A new 'collaborative space' has opened this week on level one of the Main Library in response to growing demand for study spaces over the revision period. The new area contains whiteboards and clusters of seats along with access to a microwave and hot water. The room is available from 8am till 10pm, but will be open later during second...

New halls not ready for opening, residents moved in regardless

Multiple students in the two newly-opened student halls of residence, Powell Hall and Whitehorn Hall, have issued complaints to porters and Residential Business Services (RBS) just weeks after moving in. Several complaints address issues including leaking showers, busted radiators, broken furniture, and a plaster smell throughout the buildings, among others. Whitehorn Hall also saw problems with showers in its ensuite rooms,...

InFocus: Morgan Morris, Community Relations Officer

In somewhere like St Andrews, where during term-time students make up a considerable proportion of the town’s population, positive community relations are of the utmost importance. Whilst for the most part residents and students get on, there is undoubtedly tension from time to time, especially over issues like housing and noise. Making sure those relations not only run smoothly,...

University balls, events accused of ticket inflation

A second-year student has set up a petition as part of the growing anger about inflating ticket prices for The Mermaids Christmas Ball. Organised on Change.org, the petition calls upon the University of St Andrews Students’ Association to establish a resale site or app to ensure that tickets are only sold at their face value or less. It has been alleged...

We all must look out for each other

As deadlines mount up, it is tempting for some students to coop themselves up in their rooms and focus on their studies, rather than engaging with some of the notable public campaigns that are currently being organised by their fellow students. The stories in this issue, however, show that the students of St Andrews are just as engaged as...

Students at risk over changes to Universal Credit

Sandra Mitchell, a mature student at the University of St Andrews, has recently launched a petition to change how Universal Credit is dispensed for those who are receiving a student income. Universal Credit is a type of payment to assist working-age people, who are currently unemployed or being paid a low income, with living costs. This credit takes six different types...

Former students work to support prison offenders

Following the success of their business in London coffee shops and several prisons across the south of England, Max Dubiel and Ted Rosner are in discussions to bring their business, Redemption Roasters, north of the border, both to Scottish prisons and potentially to Edinburgh coffee shops. Redemption Roasters provides work for offenders while they are in prison, teaching them both...