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Wild Food Walk

Transition have teamed up with marvellous St Andrews Fine Dinning people to host a Wild Food Walk. This will be taking place on Sunday 18th November at 11.30am starting from the entrance to Cockhaugh Park on Ladybreas . Led by the knowledgeable  Fife Ranger, Tony Wilson, we should be able to forage for some seasonal foods including fungi, berries and leaves as well as learn about other wild foods available through the year. Bring a suitable bag or basket with you as well as decent footwear and warm clothing. It’s a free event but please register your interest by emailing us so we know numbers.

Transition Open Forum

Transition Open Forum

Tuesday, 6 November, 17:30 – 19:30

St Mary’s Quad, Divinity Lecture Theatre 1

This month’s Transition Open Forum is going to be really interesting as we will be asking how research and practice at the University can inform Transition activities across St Andrews. We have already seen some excellent examples where student projects have provided the evidence needed to shape policy and direct future work in food waste and energy. So if you are a student looking for a research topic or a staff member who has an ideas for a practical dissertation topic we would like to welcome you to this event where we be:

  • Exploring research dissertation topics related to sustainability action across the University, town and beyond
  • Identifying research opportunities for staff at this or other institutions
  • Discussing some of the existing research on Transition and related activities
  • Encouraging reflexivity in relation to the links between practice, research and teaching/learning

The Open Forum is open to students, staff and interested community members. Light refreshments will be available. If you are interested in researching sustainability aspects, please come along! If you have ideas for dissertation projects, please send them to at

All welcome

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Transition Open Forum: From the Front Lines

Transition’s open forum offered an interesting insight into the work that the transition team has been up to in the past year. Coming to the end of their current funding in March, Tuesday night was meant to showcase the changes that have happened at the university since the start of the program. That night’s agenda included a few presentations from two members of the Transition team (Jamie and Rebecca) alongside Principal and Vice-chancellor Louise Richardson and Student Association President Patrick O’Hare. These speakers added their opinions about the state of the university’s carbon footprint – especially regarding what could be done in the way of making St Andrews more sustainable and eco-friendly.

Professor Richardson highlighted a few initiatives that the university had already taken to making itself more sustainable in the future. The replacement of fluorescents with LEDs at the Gateway Building, plans for Kenly Windfarm as well as the Guardbridge Paper Mill were all highlighted as projects that the university already had in place to accomplish these goals. Professor Richardson also talked about her own support for Transition and its projects, wishing the team good luck in their funding bid.

For Transition’s part, Rebecca and Jamie spoke emphatically about their projects and the ways that Transition can grow in the future – regardless of funding. This growth was outlined in four new projects (and one continuation) that are coming up after this round of funding is over in March. St AndEN, garden expansions, Carbon Conversations, a St Andrews specific carbon calculator and a home food and water waste programme are all in the works as future projects up for funding by the Scottish Government. Of course Transition has other things going on, and is also open to new ideas and initiatives that will make St Andrews more sustainable and aware of its carbon emissions. Check the gallery below to see some pictures from the event!


Green Week is on its way!

Join the Students’ Association Green Week team and your societies in a wide range of exciting and innovating events, from cycle powered movie screenings to tours of ‘Hamish’ the composter and our Community Fayre. For more details see this page:



For the full schedule click here.