About Us

A diverse and dynamic society that encourages the St Andrews community to explore global politics and current affairs.

  

St Andrews is home to the highest ranked International Relations department in the United Kingdom. Along with the university’s highly  international student and staff body, it is only natural that Foreign Affairs Society thrives here. 


The St Andrews Foreign Affairs Society is Affiliated with the University of St Andrews and is the school of International Relations' official student  organization. However our society is not just populated by IR students but attracts a range of degrees, including geographers, historians, and scientists.

What do we do?

 

One of our  main occupations is our annual lecture series. Notable speakers we have  hosted include the Prince of Jordan, the Japanese Consul General,  and the political attaché of the Israeli Embassy in London. Without  fail, our events are eagerly attended by students and faculty of the  university. Our lectures are  complemented by formal and informal debates, and socials.


 In addition to this, we hold an annual conference, the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Conference (‘SAFAC’),  which each year considers a different theme. Past themes have included  Global Health and Pandemics, the Arab Spring, and Nationalism. The  conference attracts international speakers and crosses academic  disciplines. Our February 2018 conference was one of our most successful yet and we will soon be announcing the topic for our 2019 conference. 

 

A third and crucial component of Foreign Affairs is the Foreign Affairs Review, our journal. A team of over 40 analysts publish articles weekly on their website foreignaffairsreview.co.uk, allowing deeper exploration into global politics and current affairs  beyond the scope of the International Relations course. Founded in 2012, the Foreign Affairs Review prides itself on being the largest  publication at St Andrews, both in terms of staff size and output. All analysts are competitively selected, and write authoritatively and  regularly on a wide range topics.


Our society  is open to all students at St Andrews, no matter their degree subject  or year, and aims to connect students with political thinkers and organisations in the wider professional world. If you’re interested in  current affairs and global politics, we want you to get involved.

Society Committee 2018/19

PRESIDENT: Riley Sanborn

VICE PRESIDENT: Louise Rosenberg

TREASURER: Farrah Barber

FOREIGN AFFAIRS CONFERENCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Sofiia Bairamukova

FOREIGN AFFAIRS REVIEW EDITOR IN CHIEF: Mansi Gaur

MARKETING DIRECTOR: Jemima Ford

SPEAKERS COORDINATOR: Rachel Herz

SOCIAL EVENTS REPRESENTATIVE: Anna Pitts-Tucker

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Membership

Membership in the University of St Andrews Foreign Affairs Society is £5 for an annual subscription. Each member is entitled to free access to each society event exclusive of the conference. Members will receive discounted access to the conference. 


Membership is available at each society event and will be made available at the Freshers and Refreshers Fayre each year. 

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St Andrews Foreign Affairs Society

Students' Association Building, St Mary's Place, St Andrews, Scotland KY16 9UZ, GB