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InFocus: Ananya Jain, Member for Racial Equality

In the wake of resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement around the world, St Andrews students are working on how the University and its community can become more inclusive, anti-racist, and less elitist in this changing climate. Elected in March 2020 by fellow students, third-year Ananya Jain, studying Art History and English, currently serves as the Member for Racial...

Business Improvement District launches Love St Andrews Marketplace app

Business Improvement District (BID) in St Andrews has launched a new app this month to connect St Andrews residents to local businesses directly and protect business owners during the ongoing economic crisis that has stemmed from COVID-19. The app, Love St Andrews Marketplace, allows local businesses a platform to provide direct delivery services, or click and collect services, directly to...

Tourism St Andrews launches StaySafe St Andrews Charter initiative in bid to safely welcome back tourists

Tourism St Andrews, a local volunteer group introduced the charter together with local businesses and community groups in response to the economic and social repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. It is believed to be the first COVID-19 charter in Scotland. The hospitality and tourism sectors account for one in five jobs in St Andrews, contributing roughly £110 million per year...

University of St Andrews form partnership with biotech start-up ILC Therapeutics

The University of St Andrews is partnering with biotechnology firm, ILC Therapeutics in researching a drug for Covid-19 clinical trials. Dr Catherine Adamson from the School of Biology will be working with the company in order to research how the drug Alfacyte could prevent Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). The prevention of ARDS is believed to reduce the need of...

University releases student feedback on online learning and exams

The University of St Andrews has recently released results from its surveys on online learning this past semester and online exams last month. In an email to students, Vice-Principal of Education Clare Peddie revealed via an infographic the feedback they received on the two surveys sent to students throughout the semester, noting that this feedback will shape how teaching and...

St Andreans for Summer SAAS respond to government discretionary funding announcement

Pressure from campaigns such as "St Andreans for Summer SAAS" has led to the Scottish Government announcing on the 11 June 2020 that they will bring forward £11.4m of discretionary funding to help students in difficulty. This funding will be specifically for students facing hardship over the summer and comes in the form of hardship bursaries rather than loans available...

The University of St Andrews announces dual-mode delivery for next academic year

Principal Sally Mapstone has confirmed that the University of St Andrews will begin the next academic year as scheduled on 14 September, but teaching will be through a blended approach coined “dual mode delivery.” The decision comes after Scotland’s First Minister announced that Scotland is now entering the second phase of its four-phase plan to exit COVID-19 lockdown, which means...

Tracing the Student and University response to the Black Lives Matter movement

On the 25 May 2020, George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minnesota. The impact of his death was felt worldwide. Issues of systemic racism were brought to the fore with individuals forced to confront their biases and complicity. Universities were forced to do the same with pressures applied by students, faculty, and alumni. Like other student publications, The Saint have followed the response of the institutions we operate separately from, but live within.

Staff equality, diversity and inclusion report 2019

This academic year, the University of St Andrews decided to publish Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Reports. As part of the reporting programme, it released a report on “Staff equality, diversity and inclusion."

Ethnicity pay gap report 2019

The recent ethnicity pay gap report published by the University of St Andrews highlights the difference in earnings between staff who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and those who identify as white. The results show that the mean hourly rate for BAME staff is 5.5% lower than that of white staff whilst the median hourly rate is 9% higher.