Antonia Zimmerman shares with us, after the terror attacks, events in St. Andrews to spread awareness and encourage involvement. 


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”      – Nelson Mandela

After the wave of terror attacks that shattered our Western perception of security, many St. Andrews students are left with an innumerable amount of questions and the helpless fear that scrolling through multiple newspapers will not free us from the anxiety spread by the attacks.

However, one tool we do have is education. Educating ourselves is the main, and sometimes only way, to deal with the unbearable. At this moment especially,  we should make use of the privilege we have to inform ourselves, discuss our ideas and engage in controversial debates.

St. Andrews students have set up a couple of events related to the most recent happenings and the refugee crisis. The terror attacks in Paris have shed new light on the crisis and discourse about freedom. These events should hopefully help you disentangle the web of questions, challenges and fears.

Ways to Get Involved: 

Refugees in Calais and How You Can Help

Medsin is hosting a talk by Tom Mcelholm, a 2ndYear student at St. Andrews who has been volunteering in the refugee camp in Calais. He is now planning a trip down to Calais in January. If you want to get a first-hand insight into life in refugee camps and how you can get involved, don’t miss the talk on Wednesday, November 17th at 7pm in the Barron.

Find out more here! 


Schengen Today

The Young European Movement is organising an event on the Schengen Agreement on Monday, November 23rd at 7:30pm in School II. This agreement has ensured the free movement between twenty-six European countries since 1985.  After the Paris terror attacks, however, France is about to call for an effective suspension of the Schengen Agreement on open borders across Europe at an emergency summit this Friday. If you want to hear more about the history of the agreement, its contemporary importance and potential future, you should not miss the opportunity to listen to Prof. Christian Kaunert, Professor of International Politics, and Jean Monnet, Chair in EU Justice and Home Affairs, discussing the Schengen Treaty.

Find out more here!


Refugee Poetry Reading

Literary Society is organizing a Refugee Poetry Reading in Sandy’s Bar for the first week of February. They will be looking at poets from the three countries that most refugees are fleeing from, Afghanistan, Syria, and Somalia.

If you would like to get involved in planning and researching, message Literary Society here!



Antonia Zimmerman