The Community Relations Officer is the primary point of contact at the Student Association for local residents. As well as sitting on both the SRC/SSC, their role consists of being the representative for all students with regards to community matters. In order to fulfil this role, they sit on a number of local committees.
We are a small town that plays host to a large and diverse community. It is inevitable that issues of contention arise which are perpetuated by negative student stereotypes. The Community Relations Officer is there to aid in breaking down these stereotypes by ensuring that issues arise less frequently and are dealt with appropriately when they do. By aiming to have community-wide, rather than just student-wide initiatives, we hope to facilitate communication and interaction amongst all residents.
The Community Relations Officer aims to provide information to new students regarding road safety and settling into a new town. Additionally, it is important to inform returning students who are perhaps moving into private accommodation about the importance of being a respectful neighbour. Ensuring that student events such as Freshers’ Week, Raisin Weekend, and May Dip cause as little disruption to local residents as possible is another vital aspect of the Community Relations Officer’s role.
The Community Relations Officer aims to work with society's and subcommittees to increase the number of activities carried out with the involvement of the local community. He also aims to increase the number of student societies who work with local committees, building upon the precedent already set by numerous societies.
The Community Council is one of the most vocal local committees, which consists of twenty elected board members and the four Fife councillors. The Community Relations Officer and the Student Association President sit on the council to ensure that students are fairly represented as members of the community. The meetings are monthly, on the first Monday of the month, at 7 pm in the Burgh Chambers of St Andrews Town Hall. If you would like to find out more, please visit their website:
The St Andrews Preservation Trust plays an important role within the local community. Since it’s foundation in 1937 it has pledged to preserve the buildings, character and history of St Andrews for future generations. The Community Relations Officer is responsible for liaising with the Trust, and working together for the benefit of the town.
We are a small town that plays host to a large and diverse community. It is inevitable that issues of contention arise which are perpetuated by negative student stereotypes. However, the Community Relations Officer is there too, in addition to acting as a student representative, aid in breaking down these stereotypes by ensuring that issues arise less frequently and are dealt with appropriately when they do.
Of course, this has been a long term aim of the Student Association and previous Community Relations Officers, but this does not negate from its relevance. Ultimately, we are all part of the same community. It is important to bridge the gap between students and the wider community. This year aims to improve this as much as possible and put into place a long-term strategic plan. By aiming to have community-wide, rather than just student-wide initiatives, we hope to facilitate communication and interaction amongst all residents.
The role previously has campaigned on bike lights to ensure the safety of cyclists on the road at night. Noise pollution at night had been of concern to local residents, therefore there was an initiative working with students and businesses to reduce noise after 9 pm. The Community Relations officer has worked with local shops to encourage students to buy locally. In addition, the Community Relations Officer worked with the Student Association and Accommodation Officers to prevent changes to HMO licenses affecting students in private flats. The St Andrews Day celebrations have also been a large part of the Community Relations committee over the past couple of years. This has been a great event to support and to allow student groups to be involved in.