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Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights to be respected and protected for everyone. Our mission is to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated. Here in St Andrews, we try to fulfill this mission by campaigning for both local and international human rights issues.
We are a society that aims to support students interested in Anthropology at St Andrews, both those enrolled in the degree, and those who are simply interested in learning more. We host a range of events throughout the year including lectures, workshops, and socials,and we are always looking for upcoming topics to engage with in our field.
If you are interested in anything from Ancient weaponry to Indiana Jones, to just digging around in the dirt, Archaeology Society just might be the thing for you. Besides a weekly meeting, featuring a guest speaker or on occasion an archaeological film (Tomb Raider so counts are Archaeology right...?), we also organise social events and day trips to nearby archaeological sites. So whether you are pursuing a degree in Archaeology or if you are just interested in the subject, come by to one of our Wednesday lunches to find out more.
ArtsSoc is a society at St Andrews for the appreciation and creation of ART. We hold weekly life drawing classes on Thursday evenings, go on trips to exhibitions, and other places of cultural interest, go on Walk and Draw trips (a couple of Wednesdays a month) do origami, have artists address the society, organise talks and put on student art exhibitions.
We are the St Andrews University Astronomy Society, we love to stargaze on Monday and Wednesday nights whenever the sky is clear, eat cake and drink hot chocolate. If you come along you will have the opportunity to look close up at the Moon, see Jupiter's rings of red, and look at the Pleiades and much more!
The official group for members (and fomer members) of the At Home and Abroad Society (AHAsoc), a support and social network for students who choose to take a year or semester abroad as part of their degree - whether it be as a Language Assistant or studying in Europe on ERASMUS, across the Atlantic in the USA and Canada, or international students studying abroad in St Andrews.
We are a group of St. Andrews students dedicated to improving the image of Atheism and showing that it does have a positive effect on society. We also aim to: Be a voice for Atheist Students in the University, Provide a safe environment for discussion of any and all issues, Be a place for people to meet up make new friends and have a few (probably more than) drinks, and to help students who due to their beliefs are persecuted by their family, friends or country. Hope to see you at our events!
The baking society is a brand new society for all those who love baking, or love eating baked food! With over 130 members, in less than 1 year of starting, you're bound to meet some amazing bakers, learn new skills and share your own recipes. We host tea parties, potlucks, bakesales, baking classes for both beginners and professionals and many other events! We also offer amazing discounts off some local shops in St Andrews, including Bibi's bakery! So pop us an email or like us on facebook to see how you could get involved.
The University of St Andrews' Medical Society. Open to all members of the University with the aims of broadening both staff and students' views on Medicine by providing a series of talks with external lecturers. Fundraising throughout the year for both a local and international charity. Finally, promoting fellowship within the society via multiple events across the entire year.
Celtic Society, St Andrews oldest and friendliest society, embraces all things Scottish! We specialise in trips to the Highlands, pub socials, traditional Burns suppers, and most of all Ceilidh and Scottish Country Dance classes! Dance classes cater to all levels, whether you simply want to survive a ceilidh, or show off on stage with our demonstration team. Beginner's classes are at 7:30pm on Wednesdays in the Boys Brigade Hall and Intermediates at 7:30pm on Sundays in the Sports Centre. Join us for a real Scottish experience which combines the traditional with kilt-fulls of fun!
Welcome to St Andrews Chessoc 2012-13! We are a friendly (read epic) society, aiming to cater to all levels, and serve your chess and social needs throughout the year! We meet every sunday between 2pm and 5pm for a casual drop-in session at the union main bar. Feel free to contact us with any questions at email@example.com!
We are the Comedy society of the University of St Andrews. We promote comedy of every form and level and are currently mostly involved in stand-up, sketch and improvised comedy.
We have two sub-committees: Schtick People, who run comedy workshops and The Aristocrats- our elite stand-up group. We perform at least two separate major events over the course of the year including RAG Week and the “On the Rocks” festival, with the addition of our open mic nights at Aikman where budding new stand-up comedians to can try out their routines. We welcome any performers, with any style of stand up, so if you are interested please email us to let us know.
Our weekly events include improv. games nights, comedy game-show themed events (such as “I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue” and “QI”), themed pub crawls, and DVD nights. Most events are free so please stop by the TV room on the top floor of the union (opposite the salad bowl) at 8:30 on Wednesdays and have fun!
St. Andrews Computing Society exists to provide a social group for people interested in computers, as well as a support network for people who need technical help or are looking to undertake interesting projects involving computing.
The aims of the Society are:
To organise social and recreational events for our members.
To organise and publicise lectures, discussion forums, and events relating to computing, technology, and computer science.
To organise workshops of interest to those wishing to develop their computing skills.
To provide a social framework through which our members can support each other in technical matters.
Looking for fun? Adventure? David Tennant? Here at DocSoc, we can provide all of them, admittedly through the medium of a TV screen. Join us in the Salad Bowl fortnightly to watch, heckle and love Doctor Who! We also host a spectacular quiz with amazing prizes to be won at each viewing!
Do you miss those sumptuous Roast Dinners? Those rolling hills and green fields? Those bustling cities and quaint villages? The long shadows on county cricket grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog lovers and the tinkle of the hammer on the anvil of the country smithy? For all those students from England who miss the things that never migrated north - or for those that would like to sample some English culture, or who just like all things English then this is for you! We'll be having Roast Dinner evenings, Port and Cheese nights, pub socials, film nights, beer and brass in addition our fantastic annual St. George's Day Party!
The St Andrews Expedition Society is an exciting, up and coming society. If you have a burning passion for hardcore adventures or like the idea of getting out of St Andrews for a weekend, ExpAnd cater for all. We organise exciting speakers, trips to film festivals, mini weekend adventures and epic summer trips to places like; Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. Our members, canoe, climb, bike and run so we really do have something for everyone. We're a friendly social society with one thing in common; having fun outdoors. If this sounds like your thing, come say hello at the fresher's fayre.
Foreign Affairs Society (FAS) is a society affiliated with the School of International Relations and devoted to the study of global politics and foreign policy. FAS hosts a lecture series which brings eminent speakers from around Britain to St Andrews, puts on a series of formal debates and informal “Pints & Politics” roundtables, produces a weekly radio show, publishes an online review featuring student articles, and hosts an annual academic conference in February. To learn more about the premiere foreign politics society in St Andrews come along to one of our many upcoming events or vist our website at standrewsfas.co.uk
GamingSoc is an active society, meeting regularly to both play & discuss a variety of video games, ranging from retro &, handhelds all the way to modern PC & console gaming. We also host non-gaming events such as pub crawls & quizzes throughout the year.
With highlights of the year ranging from classics like: The ever popular Halo 4 tournament, Super Smash Bros (With Playstation All-Stars running simultaneously), Team Fortress 2 (and various Lan events), Mario Kart (Both handheld & Wii) and also the highly successful end of year pub quiz.
We are a highly sociable, friendly, society and we are always open to suggestions! So if you have a love for League of Legends, a Need for Speed or a craving for COD then please tell us! We are more than likely to share your desire to play these games!
If you wish find out more about us and what we are up to this year then join our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/186040334775100/) or feel free to fire us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
GeogSoc is the University Geography Society. Whether you have a human or physical persuasion, are studying or simply interested in Geography, society events will provide you with opportunities to meet other enthusiastic geographers from first to final year. They will also give you the chance to meet staff members outside of lectures so you can really get involved in the department. We hold numerous events throughout the year including beach bonfires, round the world pub crawls, cheese and wines, pub quizzes, guest lectures and careers talks. The year is rounded off in style with our annual GeoBall which is not to be missed! There really is something for everyone so we hope to see you all soon!
Love all things German? Then come along to our Stammtisch and Kaffee und Kuchen to meet other like-minded people and practise your German! Look forward to our Oktoberfest and Karnival events as well as a trip through to Edinburgh to visit the German Christmas Markets!
We are Inklight, the Creative Writing Society of St. Andrews. We are here to open your eyes to the world of written creativity at university! We bring you Poetry Slams, Open Mic's, Workshops, an annual journal of student writing and much more. Our goal is to encourage/celebrate/inspire/showcase/share YOUR WRITING.
The University of St Andrews Investment Society exists to offer students at the University of St Andrews the opportunity to develop their interest in investment and trading within an environment that is rich in talent, experience, diversity of coverage, and perhaps most importantly, is welcoming.
The calibre of speakers we can attract coupled with the diverse range of topics they wish to discuss and our management of a modest global equities portfolio leaves us well positioned to nurture the development of a robust and pragmatic investment character for all our members. Regardless of your previous exposure to investment or trading our structure allows us to offer you the practical experience and knowledge that firms look for in graduates.
Our commitment to education and experience gives you the opportunity to get experience that truly will make a difference.
The Islamic Society is a religious organisation which welcomes all students and staff of the University of St. Andrews, regardless of race, gender or religion, to become members. The Islamic Society exists to create a united Islamic community within the university and cater for its needs, academic and social. The Society also works to facilitate and encourage learning and raise awareness of Islam among the student body and the wider community of St. Andrews.
The Japan Society is dedicated to promoting and broadening the knowledge, appreciation and understanding of Japan. We hold regular language & conversation classes, as well as many events throughout the year ranging from films and origami, to calligraphy and celebrating festivals, all of which usually involve Japanese food and sake! So if you are looking to have fun, meet new people and learn about Japanese culture, come along to one of our events!
Joining the dots between jazz, funk, swing and soul, Jazz Works is the place for music lovers of all stripes. We put on regular jam nights in town and host smoky evening of jazz played by top bands in Scotland. If it's got a beat, and you want to wear shades while listening to it, then we dig it. If that sounds like your thing then this is, most definitely, the place for you.
Our jam nights are held weekly at 1 Golf Place, every Tuesday starting 9pm. It's free and everyone is welcome to come play or listen!
We also have a resident band that plays gigs around town- if you are organizing an event and want live music, get in touch!
We are the fun-loving, welcoming and friendly Jsoc at St Andrews. Our main events are Friday Night Shabbat dinners and bagel lunches on Tuesday. We also do other events including festival parties, socials at the pub (we did speed dating this year!) and get-togethers to up the fun times. All welcome!
The Just So Musical Theatre Society is dedicated to the promotion of musical theatre within both the town and the University of St Andrews. We are also a subcommittee of Mermaids, the Performing Arts fund and subcommittee of the Students' Association. As well as aiming to put on at least one musical a semester, we enjoy socialising by going to see various musicals in and around St Andrews, having musical theatre cabarets, and belting out Les Miserables whenever we can.
Please get in touch if you want to put on a musical - we can offer both funding, help finding musicians and generally expertise on all things musical theatre related.
Knitsoc is the official knitting society of the University of St Andrews.
We meet up regularly to knit together in coffee shops and have other social events with and without our knitting! Crocheters are also welcome, as many of us crochet just as much as knit.
In case you are wondering we don't just knit socks! We knit a variety of quirky things!
This academic years meetings 2012/2013 are;
Wednesday at 7pm and Friday at 6pm in the social club in the VIC (when you go upstairs go right into the 'social club' and we have booked the tables straight ahead right in front of the bar) .
We have a facebook group http://universityofstandrewsknitsoc.wordpress.com/and a blog http://www.facebook.com/groups/universityofstandrewsknitsoc/ to keep our members up to date with what event we have planned. The facebook group is a great place to share our knitting photos and interesting knitting news articles!
Our aims as a society is to teach and spread the practice of knitting any way we can. In our socials we teach beginners to knit and crochet. As a society we share our skills and knowledge of knitting and crochet, it sounds cliché but we are actually a close-knit society.
The University of St Andrews Law Society is open to all St Andrews students and hosts a vast array of events for those intending to study Law in the UK and US after graduation. Every Semester the society invites up speakers, such as admissions tutors and practising barristers; organises trips to the Inns of Court in London, and the National Pupillage Fair; holds socials to discuss careers plans and provides support, such as LSAT groups, for undergraduates completing Law School applications.
The Libertarian Society provides a beacon for all those who hear the rallying cry of Free-Market Economics and Individual Liberty to coalesce. We offer both a lively, sociable and international forum for our member's to debate the issues of the day, and a plethora of well-renowned Speaker's at our popular events.
Over the next year we look forward to animated discussion on topics such as the 2012 US elections and the Euro-zone Crisis, in addition to welcoming you to one of our well-attended formal-dinners.
Find us at the Freshers' Fayre and follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LibertarianSociety
Come and help us raise money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support. If you want to get involved, then you can make up ideas, plan events, raise money, volunteer at events or even just come along for the social aspect! With Macmillan's presence in the wider community, the society may open up wider opportunities and who knows what you could end up getting involved in!
St Andrews Malaysian International Group (SMIG) was established in 2009 with the purpose of wanting to deliver the Malaysian experience to our members by doing our best to showcase Malaysian hospitality within St Andrews. We plan regular events for our members, making sure that everyone gets to have a little fun throughout the year.
We aim to be a social group that not only brings together Malaysians, but also people from all over. As the official Malaysian Society in St Andrews, SMIG works with other societies within the university as well as with other Malaysian societies throughout the United Kingdom and Eire. Our annual activities include (but are not limited to) attending inter-Malaysian society sporting events and Malaysian cultural nights, hosting dinner parties/socials (where we serve Malaysian cuisine and showcase cultural performances), as well as annually presenting our flagship event, Flavours of Malaysia. Our number one priority is to ensure that our members feel at home here in Scotland, irrespective of nationality, race, gender, religion or social background.
Don't forget to join our mailing list so you don't miss out on the cool stuff that we do!
You can reach us easily through Facebook; just search for "St Andrews Malaysian International Group".
*SMIG is an affiliated society of the United Kingdom and Eire Council of Malaysian Students (UKEC), Education Malaysia (EM), and the University of St Andrews Students' Association, registered charity number SC019883.
Studying Maths? Have an eye for problem solving? Have distant memories of learning to count? It doesn't matter what level of mathematician you are, SUMS (St Andrews University Mathematics Society) wants you to get involved! We host a number of events throughout the year, from our weekly Maths Jams, to pub quizzes and talks from members of staff, and not to forget our Christmas Dinner. If anything you've read takes your fancy, or you have suggestions on what you want your Maths Society to be doing, don't hesitate to get in touch, even if you see us in the Microlab!
Medsin is a national network of students which aims to tackle inequalities in health locally, nationally and internationally. We do this through education, advocacy and community action.
Here at St Andrews, we run a range of educational events, campaign on a variety of global health issues and work in the community through projects such as Sexpression. We support new projects and ideas, and encourage society members to act on the issues they're passionate about.
Interested in keeping up to date with our activities or taking part yourself? Contact us at email@example.com and subscribe to the national Medsin newsletter at http://newsletter.medsin.org/.
“One billion people in the world don't have access to clean water. You can change this. By doing ONE good thing!”
100% of One Water's profits fund unique roundabout water pumps in Africa. Since its beginnings in 2007, the society has raised over £7000, enough to build and maintain one pump; giving access of clean drinking water to 1,000 people for 20 years. The society distributes water to shops and runs events to raise awareness and money for the charity. As part of the society you will gain logistical, communication, and teamwork skills, whilst supporting a great charity!
Take positive action and enhance your student experience! Help OneWorld create and lead campaigns on human rights, poverty and the environment. As part of People&Planet, the largest UK student campaigning network, we provide resources, enthusiasm and people power for change. We initiated Transition University of St. Andrews and successfully campaigned for the university's ethical investment policies. Next is the unconventional fuels campaign, to stop the “scraping of the barrel” which involves damaging processes such as Tar Sands oil extraction and Fracking. We love slow and local food and run a vegbox-scheme and a co-operative. We are making change, so can you!
One of the UK's first student poker societies. We run weekly events in the Union, as well as a two day event in St Andrews during semester 2, attended by alumni and current students alike, and we travel to the UK Student Poker Championships in Coventry every year.
Project Anime invites new and old students to weekly showings of a mix of the newest Japanese animation alongside some of the classics. Whether you're an otaku, or don't even know what that means, come along to meet the society and join in with fun events including cosplay pub-crawls and quizzes! Check us out on the Project Anime facebook page, send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and come along Friday evenings from 8pm in the Salad Bowl, top floor of the union!
The St Andrews University Real Ale Society, SAURAS for short (like a dinosaur, get it? Aren't we so smart) is the society dedicated to promoting cask conditioned ale, and pub life in the university. We believe drinking should be something which is done socially, over the course of an evening, and with a drink you actually want to drink, rather than with Tesco value vodka before leaving your house.
We do this through organising brewery tours, trips to ale festivals (with discounts on admission and transport), brewing our own ales as well as though our weekly pub meetings. As our meetings normally involve sitting around, drinking, and talking, we're a social society almost by definition. And don't worry, we're not elitist. If you've never tried real ale before, or even if you actually do quite like tesco value vodka, thank you very much, we're not here to judge. Come along, try some ale, meet some new people, and see if you'd like to join.
Scottish Romanian Language Link (ScRoLL) gives students the opportunity to spend 2-4 weeks in Romania voluntarily teaching English to children/teenagers. Staying with a host family, you will have the chance to discover the beautiful scenery and history of Romania whilst having fun at one of the many summer camps that take place throughout the country each year.
The St Mary's College Society is the society of Divinity students, offering various college events, charity events and also a ball once a year. Although the club is primarily for Divinity students, any one is welcome to attend events and become a member.
If you want to make a dream reality, if you're yearning for adventure, and you need some inspiration or guidance to make it happen, STAAG is the society for you.
Welcome to STAAG, St. Andrews Adventure Group. We are a student run society at the University of St. Andrews, founded in 2007. STAAG has canoed across Scotland, gone down the River Thames by pedalo, driven from St Andrews to Mongolia in ambulance and pick-up, crossed the African continent by bike; and this is just a small selection of our past adventures!
Our philosophy is: adventure with a purpose. The STAAG concept joins adventure, challenge, adrenaline and charity. Through our many expeditions we support various local and international organizations.
If you have an idea for an adventure, we are here to help you make it happen. We also run a number of annually recurrent trips, open to all adventurous students, and if you'd just like to share stories and have a chat with like-minded people, come along to our socials, during which a wacky idea or two is also likely to emerge.
STAND was created by several American students at Georgetown University and since then has flourished into an 850 chapter worldwide movement. From 2006 until 2010, STAND had been the student-led division of the Genocide Intervention Network (GI-NET). In 2011, the Genocide Intervention Network and Save Darfur Coalition combined efforts and founded the organisation, United to End Genocide, the single largest advocacy organisation in the US and the largest anti-genocide organisation in the world. With a new head organisation, STAND is stronger and more effective than ever. STAND aims to raise awareness of such atrocities occuring all over the world, to fundraise for key Non Governmental Organisations that play a crucial role in these humanitarian crises, and to promote activism among students %u2013 essentially teaching us to not just stand by, but to STAND UP. Our activities are extremely diverse, ranging from spreading awareness via photo exhibitions and human rights-centred theatre productions to petitioning local MPs on action in Darfur to informing the St Andrews student body on the crisis in the Eastern Congo. Rather than standing by, we encourage our fellow peers to STAND UP.
It is fundamentally better for our nation if the decisions concerning it are taken by the people who care most about Scotland. That is, and always will be, the people of Scotland. It is in this belief that the St Andrews University Scottish Nationalists' Association supports the regaining of independence for Scotland, and exists to raise awareness of and support for the Yes Scotland campaign in the run up to the referendum in 2014. We organise political events with guest speakers and are involved in campaigning across both the local and national community. The Yes Scotland campaign launched in May, and we would encourage everyone to get involved at this exciting and transformative time in Scotland's history.
Teddy Bear Hospital is a health promotion project for local primary school children.
The aim of the society is to teach children about health and healthcare through play and planned activities. This year Teddy Bear Hospital St Andrews is branching out and will be visiting schools for children with special needs.
Teddy Bear Hospital offers the opportunity to develop communication skills, work with other people and children and make healthcare relevant for young adults and children. We also host fundraising events to raise money for two elected charities. This year the charities are Children's Hospice Association Scotland and Mary's Meals.
Above all we have a lot of fun doing what we do so come join us and get involved.
WARSoc is the University of St. Andrews society for wargaming, roleplaying, collectable card games and board games. Whether you're a long time fan or have never heard of any of the above, if you want to try something truly different, e-mail email@example.com to be added to our mailing list.
Welcome to the Wildlife and Conservation Society! We have a load of good events coming up this semester including; Beach Cleans at our adopted beach - Bruce Embankment; moth trapping at the Botanical Gardens; conservation work at the beautiful Tentsmuir forest (you may see some of the local seal population!); continuing our work with the salt marsh restoration project in the Eden Estuary next to St. Andrews; David Attenborough documentary screenings and pizza nights; rockpooling on east sands; surveying wildlife and submitting our data to British-wide surveys. We also take trips out of St. Andrews including to the Cairngorms to visit the wildlife park, see deer herds and take wildlife walks and also to the Isle of May to see seals and sea-birds. There's all this and more going on at WildSoc so if any of this interests you email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to the mailing list so you can find out when the next meeting is! And join our Facebook group: search Wildlife and Conservation Soc St Andrews. We are open to other suggestions for projects or visits, See you soon!