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Freshers in a Pandemic

29 September 2020

Freshers is one of the most hotly anticipated events of first year, the big thing to look forward to after the end of compulsory education. Obviously this year it looked quite different, and my experience as a fresher has been coloured with the shade of a pandemic hanging over our heads. Although the news gives a grim cast to […]

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The Diary of a Voluntary Lockdownee

26 September 2020

I’m sure I speak for many student journalists when I say that last week’s news of a voluntary lockdown absolutely thrilled me. Finally, a chance to write about something relevant to every student in St Andrews! I might even break double digits in readership this time! Human misery on a vast scale is like catnip to journalists. I […]

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St Andrews Students Urged To Avoid Pubs, Bars & Restaurants

24 September 2020

In her latest email to students at the University, Principal Sally Mapstone asked students to voluntarily avoid pubs, bars and restaurants – for this weekend only, ‘dependent on case numbers stabilising’. This action is being taken by all Scottish universities. This followed news that a further 5 cases of coronavirus had been reported in the […]

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Freshers’ Week Party Spreads Covid – Stay In Your Household, Students Told

21 September 2020

This morning, Principal Sally Mapstone sent a follow-up email to her Friday request for a voluntary lockdown. After briefly thanking students for supporting the decision and sacrificing their time, she confirmed four new cases in St Andrews linked to a Freshers Week party. ‘Over 40’ students are now in enforced isolation as a result. The […]

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Principal Asks Students To Go Into Voluntary Lockdown

18 September 2020

In an urgent message sent just before 5pm this afternoon, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Sally Mapstone asked students at the University of St Andrews to observe a voluntary lockdown for the entirety of the weekend, effective almost immediately from 7pm today. The contents of her email follow: Dear Students This is an urgent and important message. […]

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For The Record: Research, Rising Cases & Rule-Breakers

13 September 2020

It can be hard to keep up with the news. Even for those of us who try to follow the endless headlines, it’s even harder to track the important topics. Thats why we do the hard work for you, making sure everything is written up each Sunday ‘For The Record’.  Local The big story in […]

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A Guide To Freshers Week

5 September 2020

Inevitably, we have to acknowledge that Freshers Week this September will look very different to previous years. With the university announcement of the COVID code, confirming 3 households in groups of 8 indoors and 15 outdoors as the limits for acceptable gatherings, some areas of university life may look a little different for a while. The university and students […]

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The Importance Of The Arts During A Global Pandemic

22 August 2020

The arts and science are equally important, yet they have always been valued against each other. How many times have we been asked “are you a more science or humanities based?”. It’s all one or the other unless you’re an all-rounder. How many people do you know who are studying both maths and english?  Science is incredibly […]

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Starlings in Quarantine: Daniel Muir

16 August 2020

As lockdown is gradually lifted and we approach the start of the term, I feel there isn’t a great amount that can be said that hasn’t been covered over the course of this series of articles. For me, quarantine has been a slow, grumbling ride. The consolation that can be taken in trying to describe […]

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Corona-Fuelled Despair, Everywhere I Look Around

14 August 2020

In 2017, I had something of a mental breakdown. I could not afford to go travelling after finishing my A Levels, so it seemed like the next best thing. The term ‘breakdown’ implies something of a spectacle in the context of mental health, but in reality, mine was neither dramatic nor sudden. It was not […]

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