Athletic Union President

Ailsa Martin represents and manages student sport.

Ailsa Martin represents and manages student sport.

About my role

I'm in charge of student sport at the University, encompassing club sport, recreational sport, and representation within and beyond the University.

The AU President is elected by the student body to represent them across all sporting platforms, and oversees governance and strategy for student sport and its place within the University.

This creates a varied work life involving meetings, administrative jobs, events and planning. Saints Sport offers a whole range of activities from recreational sport and wellbeing to competition and events. I have an office in both the Students' Association and the Athletic Union. Feel free to drop me an email or check out the website for more details!

Sport

Clubs

The AU President oversees all governance and strategy of student sport within St Andrews. They advise and assist clubs when they have issues or need financial assistance. The AU President also assists with competitive sport within British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), and Scottish Student Sport (SSS).

Recreational

The AU President is involved with the Saints Sport recreation programme led by the Student Sport Team Participation Officers. They also support the give-it-a-go sessions and organise Sports Fayre in Orientation Week, allowing students to meet the clubs and find new sports and clubs to get involved with.

External relations

University relations

The AU President sits on both the Athletic Union and Students' Association Boards, and liaises with the Director of Sport, making major decisions about how sport is run at the University.

National representation

The AU President represents the University within BUCS and SSS, as well as sports’ national governing bodies (NGBs).

Alumni and events

Alumni Weekend

The AU President, along with the Saints Sport team, help to bring a programme of sport to the Alumni Weekend in April, as well as hosting the nationally acclaimed Rugby 7s tournament, which sees 7s teams from all over the UK competing.

Varsity

Working alongside other Scottish Universities, the AU President helps to plan varsity matches across several sports to promote inter-club and inter-university competition. In 2022, we saw the first St Andrews-Stirling Varsity and there are other varsity events throughout the year.

Sinners

Working with the DoES and the AU Events Team, the AU President helps to plan and run the infamous sports-themed nights held in Club 601.

Previous holders

Year Name Resources
2022/23 Ailsa Martin Manifesto
2021/22 Jess Smith

Manifesto

2020/21 Sophie Tyler

Manifesto

2019/20 Leah Allcock

 

2018/19 Fiona Murray

 

2017/18 Tom Abbott

 

2016/17 Ben Peddie

 

2015/16 Sarah Thompson

 

2014/15 Sarah Thompson

 

2013/14 Jess Walker

 

2012/13 Emily Griffiths

 

2011/12 Andrew Hall