The Students' Association President is in charge of external relations, affordability issues such as accommodation and widening access, as well as strategy and governance.
Hello, my name is Paloma Paige and I am your Student's Association President for 2018/19.
I represent you at the highest levels, to the University and the political spheres both local and national. I focus my work on issues including student accommodation and tuition fees, widening access and outreach, sustainability and the environment, and alumni engagement.
My overarching role is to be a student advocate who champions your causes individually and collectively. I am directly accountable to you - the students.
You can find out a bit more about what my role entails in the sections below. If you have any querires, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me either electronically or in person.
The President spearheads the strategic direction of the Students' Association and guides the high level priorities for the year.
They sit on the Students' Association Board (SAB) and chair the SAB finance committee.
They are involved in negotiations for the annual block grant from the University which funds society budgets, grants and events the Union hosts.
Sustainability, Ethics, and the Environment
The President works with the SAB, Union staff, and students to ensure that the Union operates, invests, and conducts its general business in such a way that reflects the ethics, principles and worldview of the majority of the student body, as voted upon by its elected representatives.
Working with the Association Environment officer, various student groups, community groups, and the University's environment team, they encourage the student community to be active and vocal on issues concerning sustainability.
The SA Environment Subcommittee is line managed by the President.
Local & National Representation
The President responds to consultations run by Westminter, Holyrood, and Fife Council on behalf of St Andrews students.
They monitor developments in policy, and are responsible both for making external bodies aware of student concerns/views as well as for informing students about policy changes which directly impact them.
Working through the Scottish Sabbatical Forum, the President communicates and collaborates with their counterparts from other Scottish universities.
The President sits on the Royal Burgh of St Andrews Community Council.
Press & Media
The President manages all media enquiries as the official press contact for the Students' Association.
They coordinate and approve all press releases and statements/quotes given on behalf of the Students' Association.
The President is the first point of contact in the SA for issues affecting students in the town.
The SA Community Relations Subcommittee is line managed by the President.
The President is a trustee of the University and sits on University Court as well as a number of its sub-committees. These groups make major high-level decisions about how the University is run and the President's role is to represent students in these decisions.
The President sits on the University's Brexit Preparedness Group with the DoEd. They regualrly communicate with other Scottish SUs regarding the potential impacts of Brexit on students.
Related to Brexit, the President closely follows government policy regarding tuition fees and international student visas.
The President works closely with the SRC Accommodation Officer to run Accommodation Week, the How To Rent Camapaign in semester 1, and the How to Move Out Campaign in semester 2.
The President advocates for student interests when it comes to housing policy in the private sector and the University's accommodation strategy.
The President negotiates University accommodation rent each year. They also work with the University to develop the Accommodation Bursary.
The President overseas the Union's collaborative relationship with Marks Out Of Tenancy, an online platform for reviewing one's land lord/letting agency and rental experience.
The SRC Accomodation Officer is line managed by the President.
The President's role is to encourage the University to do everything possible to ensure that all talented students have the opportunity to study here, no matter their background. We are a diverse student body, but can become more so, especially in terms of socio-economic backgrounds and pathways to University.
The President works with the University, the entire Sabbatical team, and many other groups to improve the experience for students from access backgrounds, from the point of application to particiaption in the student community once here.
The SRC Member for Widening Access & Participation is line managed jointly by the President and the DoWell.
The President is the main point of contact in the SA for Alumni. They are responsible for ensuring that alumni remain a key part of the St Andrews experience.
They help support student-alumni relationships, crucial to maintaining the nature of the St Andrews community.
The Alumni Subcommittee is line managed by the President.