Athletic Union President

Fiona represents and manages student sport.

Fiona represents and manages student sport.

About my role

Read the Athletic Union President's full role description

Fiona Waddell is 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!



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).


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.


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.


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


2020/21 Sophie Tyler


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