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St Andrews to host inaugural ethics debating tournament

The University of St Andrews will host the first John Stuart Mill Cup, a debating tournament which will tackle ethical issues of public concern, and will welcome participating students from across the country on Wednesday 6 June. The Cup is the first of its kind in Britain as, unlike traditional debates, students have a collaborative discussion instead of proving the...

Rector Srdja Popovic condemns new HMO motion

Whilst Mr Popovic said “councillors won’t listen to your concerns unless they know you can hold them accountable", East Neuk Conservative Councillor Linda Holt has stood by her comment saying the effects of students on local residents were akin to "social cleansing."

Contingency plans being considered due to Powell and Whitehorn Hall delay

During the last University Court meeting on Friday 13 April, it was announced that contingency plans are currently being considered for Powell and Whitehorn Hall. This comes after weather issues which caused a delay in the construction processes, including the Beast from the East snowstorm in late February and early March. The minutes from the meeting read, “In reference...

St Andrews student becomes Management Undergraduate of the Year

Holly Hetherington, a second-year student at the University of St Andrews, has recently won the Management Undergraduate of the Year award at the TARGETjobs awards in London, outperforming over 3,000 other competitors for the award. As the winner, Ms Hetherington will be offered a ten-week summer placement with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, including nine weeks at the European headquarters in Egham, England,...

New University research shows climate-change effects on whale population

New research led by the University of St Andrews has found that climate change is having a potentially major effect on the migration of the southern whale population. The population of whales has significantly declined from the 1920 high of 150,000 to the post-whaling lows of 400. It had been thought that the population of the whales was largely affected...

Students plan all-day Nando’s lock-in for military charity

On Wednesday 9 May, over 20 St Andrews Officer Cadets will take on a Nando’s lock-in to raise money for a military charity, through a series of food challenges from 11:30am to 10pm. The initiative was launched by Robbie McDiarmid on Wednesday 21 March, who created the event with other members of the St Andrews OTC (Officers’ Training Corps). Mr McDiarmid...

Principal Mapstone labels closure of out-of-hours GP services a “grave concern”

Principal Sally Mapstone recently addressed health professionals, Stephen Gethins MP, and Willie Rennie MSP in a letter regarding the closure of out-of-hours GP services, calling the decision “a grave concern to the University.” Last month, Dr Alan McGovern, to whom the letter is primarily addressed, issued a statement that NHS Fife would be closing its out-of-hours services in the St...

University receives research grant to explore Antarctic glacier

Researchers at the University of St Andrews have recently received two grants to research the impact of a Antarctic glacier’s collapse on climate change, as part of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration. The international collaboration of 100 world-leading researchers includes those from the United Kingdom, the United States, and numerous other countries. Their research is especially important because the Thwaites...

DONT WALK at risk of losing charity status

One of St Andrews’ largest charity fashion shows, DONT WALK, is at risk of losing its charitable status. As of the time of writing (22 April), DONT WALK Charity Fashion Show is currently 325 days overdue providing the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) with information on its finances. By law, Scottish charities are required to provide OSCR with annual reports and accounts...

Charity and transparency go hand-in-hand

This issue’s front page features a story concerning the student-run charity fashion show DONT WALK and the potential loss of their charitable status. We ran this story as our front page for issue 221 because transparency is something incredibly important to us. Given the nature of many of the stories we publish, we have to be as clear, open and honest as possible for the sake of...