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New study finds young Scots still have sweet tooth

But St Andrews researchers say increased physical activity is ‘encouraging’

17 May 2017Public interest stories

Less than 50 per cent of UK adolescents eat fruit or veg daily

But the good news is young people are eating less sweets 

17 May 2017Public interest stories

Wilful blindness

They made us sing…’ by Owen Maseko © (image and painting) Britain was “wilfully blind” to atrocities committed by Robert Mugabe’s army in Zimbabwe in the early 1980s, according to St Andrews researcher Dr Hazel Cameron. In a paper published this month (April 2017) by The International History Review, Dr Cameron has revealed how Britain stood by and engaged in a […]

25 April 2017Public interest stories

Seizing the political agenda

Dr Tim Wilson, Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, on the latest terrorist attack in Paris. Restaurants and theatres conspicuously deserted: ‘unspeakable panic’ on the streets; rumour rampant; and the city’s mayor pleading with foreign tourists not to leave. It all looks familiar enough. But actually this is […]

21 April 2017Public interest stories

North Korea – flashpoint state

Chris Ogden is Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Asian Security at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews. As the US President increases his rhetoric in an effort to actively counter the country’s nuclear brinkmanship, the potential for conflict – unwanted or not – appears to be rising by the day. North Korea has […]

21 April 2017Public interest stories

US missile strike

US missile strikes against the Syrian airbase surprised many, including the American State Department. After condemning the previous administration for meddling in conflicts where the US had no direct national interest, President Trump has changed his tune. The most important questions are why and what happens next? Testimony by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki […]

7 April 2017Public interest stories

Women in Science

To mark the UN’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we asked some of our leading female scientists what inspires them and what advice they would give to females and young girls looking to pursue a career in science… Dr Sascha Hooker, Reader, School of Biology Sascha is a marine ecologist at the Sea Mammal […]

11 February 2017Public interest stories

Very Superstitious

To mark Friday the thirteenth, historian Dr Peter Maxwell-Stuart provides us with an insight into superstition and the history behind the phrase ‘unlucky for some’. Is it really rational behaviour or just a trick of the mind? From the traditional to the bizarre, read on for the ancient tales behind some familiar – and not so familiar […]

11 January 2017Public interest stories

Explaining Trump’s appeal

New book predicted the success of the new US President

10 November 2016Public interest stories

Canada and Syrian Refugees

Ayman Al-Yassini, former Coordinating Member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and RSD Expert, gives an account of Canada’s successful refugee resettlement programme. It was a cold December day in 2015 when the first Syrian family arrived at Pearson airport on a flight from Istanbul, Turkey. There were hundreds of well-wishers, including the […]

1 November 2016Public interest stories