Student Accommodation in St Andrews: An EPRG Analysis

By members of the Economic Policy & Research Group   In this report, the Economic Policy & Research Group (EPRG) investigates the nature of high costs in student accommodation in St Andrews.  An initial analysis of the current housing situation shows that rents in St Andrews are abnormally expensive for a student town; overall St Andreans…

The Vice-Chancellor’s Email: A Response from the UCU

By The St Andrews University and College Union (UCU) The following is a point by point response to the email circulated by Vice-Chancellor Sally Mapstone and signed by other members of the Principal’s Office. As this magazine has firmly sought to defend our striking teachers, it has opted to publish this rebuttal so as to ensure…

Why You Shouldn’t Fill Out the NSS… Yet

[I]f we as a student body make it clear to the University—  through stern letters to Sally Mapstone and Collegegate—  that we won’t fill out the NSS until an agreement is reached… we can both help end the standoff sooner and help defend our own unique interests in the conflict.

Fight for a Fair Future: Support the Strike!

By Adam Strømme Editor-in-Chief, Economics and International Relations Student  The story which has bought St Andrews to strike action, alongside 60 other universities, is defined by a confusing melange of apparent contradiction, cohabiting alongside outright absurdity. To get the facts straight is, then, a crucially important task. At present, most of the student body is…

The Basics of Universal Income: Beyond the Divide

By Matthew Findlay  Correspondent, Mathematics Undergraduate Student  The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) recently entered the mainstream discussion in several countries.  Finland is currently trialling the policy, and it is being lauded and criticized by commentators from across the political spectrum. So what is UBI, anyway? According to the basic income website, a UBI…

The London Terror Attack: Perspective, Honesty & Hope

By Erika Brady Columnist, PhD Student at the Handa Center of Terrorism and Political Violence The attack in London on 22 March 2017 has, unsurprisingly, been dominant in the British media for the past week. At the outset, the viewer and reader was bombarded with flashy headlines and minute by minute analysis, even when there was no…

Northern Ireland’s parties negotiate a return to power-sharing

By Conor Tully Correspondent, Undergraduate IR & Russian Student On Thursday 2nd March, Northern Ireland went to the polls for the second time in less than a year. The Executive, having withstood considerable pressure in recent years over unresolved issues from the Troubles, had collapsed. A botched energy scheme set up by the first minister —the Democratic…

Labour: A Party Divided

  By Ruaraidh Maciver Editor-in-Chief, History Student Political polls haven’t had the best of reputations recently. In the 2015 British general election, no major poll showed a Conservative majority government, with both YouGov and Lord Ashcroft predicting a far closer race, with both primary parties being tied going into the final days. The polls on…

Barriers to Progress on Climate Change Agreements Still Ahead

By Siobhan Kelly Editor, Undergraduate Economics Student There is now little doubt that climate change is occurring, and that human activity is the primary cause. Empirical evidence for the greenhouse effect has mounted, whereby the build up of Carbon Dioxide and other Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is leading to global warming and other important climate…

Labour’s £205 Billion Nuclear Problem

By: Felix Langley Classics Undergraduate Student On the 26th of September the Shadow Defence Secretary, Clive Lewis, announced that Labour would henceforth follow a policy of multilateral disarmament and that he would not use his position to try to turn Labour to unilateralism1. Two days later Jeremy Corbyn expressed his disagreement with Labour’s previous decision to back…

“But We Have No Slaves in the UK”

By Giovy Drysdale-Anderson Economics & English Student  As it was Anti-Slavery Day earlier this week, this is an ideal time to reflect on the issue of Modern Day slavery and assess the role the UK ought to play in fighting this global issue.  One of the earliest recorded cases of slavery in Scotland is the 1687…