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University prepares to install Rector Srdja Popovic

Recently elected by the student body in October 2017, Srdja Popovic will be officially installed as Lord Rector of the University of St Andrews in an official ceremony tomorrow, Friday 13 April. The Rectorial installation will take place in Younger Hall at 1:30 pm, with speeches from Principal Sally Mapstone, Senior Governor Dame Anne Pringle and Association President Lewis Wood,...

InFocus: Dr Derek Sloan of UKEMT

Last December, more than 40 British medical staff members departed for Bangladesh to tackle an outbreak of diphtheria among the Rohingya refugees. Among the group was Dr Derek Sloan, a Fife physician and consultant of infectious diseases at the University of St Andrews. The Saint spoke to Dr Sloan to find out more about the deployment and his experience as a...

There is only one story in St Andrews

First year Chemistry undergraduate Duncan Sim was reported missing on Thursday 15 March, and since then there has been only one story on the minds of St Andrews students. We regret to say that as this issue goes to print, that is still the case, but we have not lost hope, and the thoughts of the entire team remain with his parents and those closest to him. Duncan was last...

University of St Andrews amongst top international universities

The University of St Andrews has been named in a list of institutions identified for their international characteristics, in a new ranking published on Thursday 14 March 2018. Rated 21st out of a total of 200 establishments, the ranking comes from Times Higher Education’s (THE) Most International Universities in the World 2018, recognising the University for its cosmopolitan environment. The table...

Possibility of further strikes looms on students

The UCU has recently announced the potential for another week of strike action between 16 April and 20 April, or Week 10 on the St Andrews calendar. This strike would affect 13 UK universities, including the University of St Andrews. Shortly after this announcement, Principal Sally Mapstone informed the St Andrews community via email on Monday 2 April that a new...

St Andrews under evaluation for its number of alcohol licenses

After reviewing evidence on 19 March for the number of alcohol licenses released and its correlation to alcohol-related harm in towns, the Fife Licensing Board has decided to reconsider the allocation of licensed areas in St Andrews. Other surrounding areas are also being examined to restrict licenses, including Kirkcaldy, Levenmouth, Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly, and Lumphinnans. If board members decide to take further...

Spanish academics criticise University support for Clara Ponsati

Spanish academics have recently criticised the University's support for Clara Ponsati, while many students and staff have joined the University in vocally supporting the former Director of Economics and Finance.  A European Arrest Warrant was issued on Friday 23 March for the St Andrews professor and former Minister of Education in Catalonia on charges of rebellion and sedition. On Monday 2...

Students bring “March for Our Lives” to St Andrews

On Tuesday 3 April,  two students organised a "March for Our Lives" rally in St Andrews, with the now-international movement advocating for gun reform and greater school safety in America. The first March for Our Lives rally, which was held in Washington D.C. on Saturday 24 March, saw protests in over 800 locations around the world on the same day,...

SRC calls upon UCU, University to refrain from further strike interruptions

The SRC passed a motion yesterday evening which calls upon the UCU and University of St Andrews to “refrain from further interrupting scheduled classes, assessment, and examinations”, following the recent spate of strike action The motion itself resolves to call on the UCU to stop strike action from interrupting such academic experiences, call on the University to take all possible measures...

Go out and vote!

Voting is now open for the 2018 Students’ Association elections. For this issue we’ve devoted our entire news section to covering the elections, analysing the manifestos provided by all the Sabbatical candidates. Our Devil’s Advocate in this issue addresses the validity of having six sabbatical officers. Our approach to analysing the manifestos is simple. Having a close working relationship with...