The University of St Andrews has been consistently ranked top in Scotland and third in the UK behind Oxford and Cambridge. The university is world-leading in many fields and courses and offers world-class facilities and teaching, notably in International Relations, Management and Physics. It is the third oldest English speaking University in the world behind Oxford and Cambridge. As with any Scottish University, St Andrews offers 4-year courses which provide exceptionally high levels of choice and academic freedom, with many students matriculating for one subject and graduating with a completely different one.
The student body, some 8,000 strong, is comparatively smaller than other universities, but is exceptionally diverse with the largest proportion of international students of any university in the UK. Alumni include the former First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Founded in 1413, many traditions have evolved as the University has grown older; academic families, red gowns and the May Dip when students run into the cold North Sea at sunrise on 1st May to cleanse them of their academic sins and give them good luck for their upcoming exams.
Incredibly picturesque, St Andrews is located on the Fife coast, in the East of Scotland just a one-hour drive north east of Edinburgh. It is a stunning town, with three beaches, many restaurants and cafes and nine golf courses, including the world famous “Old Course”; the world’s first golf course.
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The Boat Club
The Boat Club at St Andrews is a tight-knit and dedicated team. The club has seen rising levels of national success over the past few years and was recently described as ‘one of the most exciting and fastest developing university rowing programmes’ by a BUCS commentator. 2019 was the club’s most successful season to-date; St Andrews won 2 gold and 2 bronze medals at BUCS Regatta and reached the Semi-Finals of the Prince Albert Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. The club is ambitious and looks to reach higher standards of competition every year.
Founded in 1962, the club is relatively young compared to other university programmes but prides itself on making every individual matter and gives itself a wider focus on building the club for future generations of Saints. Having built up an exceptionally strong novice programme over the past number of years, St Andrews offers students who have never tried the sport before to compete at the highest level, including Henley Women’s Regatta and the Scotland Senior Rowing Team. The club has a proven track record in developing experienced junior athletes in an effective and supportive way. First year Senior rowers over the past year have been in every crew listed in their achievements below.
The club has been a finalist in University Club of the Year for three years running and finalist for Scottish Rowing Club of the Year, as well as multiple Club members being recognised by individual national accolades.
- Henley Royal Regatta 2019 Semi-Finalists
- British Champions 2019 (Women’s University 4-)
- 2 gold and 2 bronze medals at BUCS Regatta 2019
- Winners of the Medium Academic Pennant at Head of the River 2019
- Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships Victor Ludorum 2018 winners.
- Recent £14m redevelopment of the university sports centre.
- State-of-the-art strength and conditioning performance suite with a specialist rowing S&C coaching team
- Large fleet of boats catering to heavyweight, lightweight, sweep and sculling.
- Based at Loch Ore, which is set in the middle of a stunning country park in central Fife
- Athletes have access to top level technological and physiological analysis and physiotherapy support as well as a wide range of bursaries
ANECDOTES FROM PAST AND PRESENT MEMBERS
"UStABC is a very unique club run by a cohesive group of entertaining, driven and intellectual students. Playing even a small role in its continuous growth and success is extremely rewarding and such a special feeling.”
Campbell Nelson (joined 2018 from St Edward’s School, Chemistry)
“I joined UStABC because I wanted to have the opportunity to give something back to the sport I had committed to for a few years. I quickly found that the club would support me in any role or activity and I am very glad to be in a position to give something back to both this fantastic club and the rowing in general.”
Ailsa Martin (joined 2018 from Glasgow Schools Rowing Club, International Relations)