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InFocus: Paloma Paige, President-elect of the Students’ Association

Recently elected as President of the Students’ Association on Friday 9 March, Paloma Paige sat down with The Saint to reflect on the election, the rising prices of student accommodation, perspectives she will bring to the role as an international student, and why she hopes to remain in the UK instead of returning to California after her term ends. Apart...

St Andrews ranked second-to-last for widening access

The University of St Andrews has scored second lowest in the United Kingdom for student admissions equality, according to a Higher Education Policy Report. In an index measuring equity of student participation at 132 universities in the UK, St Andrews was revealed to be the worst in Scotland. This means that students from economically deprived areas are less likely to attend St...

Fife Council reconsiders pedestrianisation of Market Street

A recently renewed campaign has brought into consideration the possibility of pedestrianising Market Street in St Andrews. The proposal was previously debated about a decade ago, but plans were halted due to resistance from traders and councillors. However, St Andrews residents and businesses are currently being enquired about their views on restricting vehicles in the town’s centre. Locals have also been asked...

BrewDog announces possible new location in St Andrews

St  Andrews  may be  welcoming  Scottish brewery  Brewdog  later this  year,  as the  company  revealed they  are  planning on  a  large expansion,  opening  six new  bars  in Scotland,  four  in England,  and  seven at  international  locations all  during  2018. The  company  announced their  expansion  at an  AGM  in Aberdeen,  as  well as announcing  that  they intend  to  have their  St  Andrews location  on  North Street  at  what is  currently Rascals  Bar. However,  this  claim was  strongly  denied by  Colin  Donaldson, the  current  owner of  Rascals. On  Tuesday  10 April, ...

European Horizons hosts discussion on Brexit

The  European  Horizons society  recently  hosted a  “Boom  or Bust?  Brexit  Scenarios and their  Consequences”  discussion for  students  on Monday  16  April, with  speaker  Dr Brad MacKay,  Vice-Principal  of International  Strategy  and External  Relations  for  the  University of  St  Andrews, sharing  his  research and  insight. An  emerging  society in  the  University, European  Horizons  advocates for  an  increasing awareness  of  the  significance of  European  integration and  identity. The  discourse  on Brexit  scenarios  and their  consequences  comes at  a  time when  the outcome  is unclear  and ...

New light technique developed at St Andrews for medicine

Researchers at the University  of St  Andrews  have developed  a  method to  test  for illness  by  scanning the  human  body with  light. Staff  from  the School  of  Biology, School  of  Physics and  Astronomy,  School of Medicine  and  the Scottish  Oceans  Institute have  collaborated  on  this  novel diagnosis technique  that  could prove  to  be less  intrusive  and  more  effective for  patients. The light’s ability  to  be shaped  would  allow for  the  capture of  high-quality,  three-dimensional  images of  biological  tissue, as  well  as  biological  specimens. This ...

University of St Andrews ranked first in Scotland, fifth in UK

The University of St Andrews has been ranked the top university in Scotland and fifth in the United Kingdom in a new league table. Published on Wednesday 25 April 2018, the Complete University Guide 2019 has ranked St Andrews in top spots, and Scotland outperformed other UK countries in measures used by the Guide when ranking universities. The University has been consistently ranked...

St Andrews evening degree student passes away aged 48

On Monday 23 April, Principal Sally Mapstone announced the death of Sheena MacQueen, an evening degree student of the University of St Andrews. Ms MacQueen, 48-years-old, passed away last week after battling a short illness, and her death was described as a "great shock" by the Principal. She had been on a recent leave of absence, but according to the Principal,...

Town versus gown struggle continues over HMO ban

Students and members of the community have called for a removal of the HMO ban, launching a petition with over 789 signatures as of Friday 6 April, and circulating it over social media. The Change.org petition page cites Fife Today's findings, through the Student Living Index, which found that St Andrews students pay the highest rents in Scotland and third...

Students Bring Food Saving Initiative to St Andrews

St Andrews students have recently begun a food saving and sharing initiative in town, whereby groups will distribute free food outside of the Main Library on Thursday and Sunday nights, reducing food waste from local restaurants This distribution is part of an initiative taken by fourth year students Mikhail Barabanov and Vero Berg. Foodsharing originated from Germany, where participating shops...