Our Committee is a student body that exists to serve our members. We’re a student-run and student-elected bunch who love a great social and believe fervently in representing your views. We are responsible, along with the hall staff, for making your experience of hall the best it can possibly be. We put on events throughout the year and also act as a voice and a tool for your questions, concerns and ideas.
The Committee is made of the Executive Committee (residents who have lived in hall for at least one semester) and the Non-Executive Committee (open to everyone). All positions are elected at our April and September General Meetings.
We’re here for you, so grab us at a meal, in the common room, or shoot us a message!
Meet your 2020-21 Executive Committee
The Senior Student is the head of the Committee. They are your primary representative for any matters regarding hall life (social or the building), so do have a chat and share your thoughts!
The Deputy Senior Student fills in for the Senior Student when unavailable, chairs the Representative Subcommittee, organises the annual hall photo and clothing orders, and generally helps with Committee business.
The Secretary publishes weekly minutes from Committee meetings for all members as well as keeps both past and present records of Committee business. The Secretary also oversees the election procedure and ensures constitutional compliance.
Our Social Convenors put on weekly hall socials from smaller whisky tastings to larger cocktail and poker nights and Halloween/Christmas parties. The Social Convenors chair the Social Subcommittee and are the perfect people to pester about what drinks you want to see behind the bar.
Everything we do as a Committee is governed by our rigorous constitution, which has been carefully developed by many Committees, to ensure that we’re always acting in the best interests of the members of our Association.
If you have suggestions for any amendments then please let us know so they can be considered at one of our General Meetings.
Annual General Reports
To find out what our Committees have been up to over the years, have a look at our annual general reports. 2018-2019
We try to keep everything we do as transparent as possible which is why our meetings are generally open to all residents. Occasionally, the need arises for closed meetings which are held in one of the TV rooms, but we try to advertise these in advance and keep them to a minimum. Committee meeting times are decided at the beginning of the year in September.
RUN FOR A POSITION AT OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU
Each September, members are elected to non-executive positions; as long as you live in hall, you’re qualified to run! Read on for open positions.
- CHARITIES REPRESENTATIVE
- The Charities Rep works with the Charities Convener to organise charitable fundraising efforts, serves as a member of the Charities Subcommittee, and helps with any Committee business.
- ENTERTAINMENT OFFICER
- The Entertainment Officer is responsible for entertainment socials for residents such as weekly film nights, quiz nights, subsidised cinema trips, and Challenge Nights. The Entertainment Officer sits on the Social Subcommittee.
- ENVIRONMENTAL AND DOMESTIC REPRESENTATIVE
- The Environmental and Domestic Rep works with the Students’ Association and external groups such as Transition St Andrews on environmental matters and campaigns, promotes environmentally friendly conduct in hall, works with the Catering Staff on matters of catering, and serves on the Representative Subcommittee. Traditionally notifies residents of important matters such as Tesco sales of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
- FEMALE SPORTS OFFICERS (2)
- Our Female Sports Officers organise weekly teams to compete in inter-hall female sporting events as organised by the Athletic Union, liaise with the Male Sports Officers in mixed-gender sporting events, and helps with any Committee business. Excellent for ladies who like fun things like Star Wars Dodgeball, capture the flag, or beating Sallies in sport (most likely with facepaint).
- MALE SPORTS OFFICERS (2)
- Our Male Sports Officers organise weekly teams to compete in inter-hall male sporting events as organised by the Athletic Union, liaise with the Female Sports Officers in mixed-gender sporting events, and helps with any Committee business. Excellent for gents who like fun things like Star Wars Dodgeball, capture the flag, or beating Sallies in sport (most likely with facepaint).
- FIRST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE
- The First Year Rep ensures the opinions and interests of all first year students are represented to the Committee, sits on the Representative Subcommittee, and helps with any Committee business. *Open to first years
- INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
- The International Rep ensures the opinions and interests of all international students are represented to the Committee, sits on the Representative Subcommittee, and helps with any Committee business. *Open to international students
- Media and Communications Officer
- The Media and Communications Officer is the supreme commander of the McIntosh Library and Computer Room, which houses most first year textbooks. They liaise with IT Services to ensure the smooth running of the desktops and printer and hold the key to the paper cupboard for more paper. They are also responsible for any public relations and the hall’s image. Get in touch for anything IT-related, if you want to borrow anything (but please do remember to bring them back!) or to donate your textbooks.
- SOCIAL REPRESENTATIVES (3)
- Social Reps sit on the Social Subcommittee and, in conjunction with the Social Conveners, assist in any way with social events. These are also excellent people to pester about what drinks you want to see behind the bar.
- RETURNERS’ REPRESENTATIVE
- The Returners’ Rep ensures the opinions and interests of all returning students are represented to the Committee, sits on the Representative Subcommittee, and helps with any Committee business. *Open to returning students
- ALUMNI REPRESENTATIVE
- The Alumni Rep ensures the opinions and interests of all alumni members are represented to the Committee, sits on the Representative Subcommittee, works with Committee to implement alumni-friendly events, and helps the Senior Student to ensure long-term alumni inclusion. *Open to alumni members
Join a subcommittee
Our Subcommittees are an excellent way to jump into hall life! Each is chaired by one of our Executive Conveners, indicated below with an asterisk.
- Our Social Subcommittee plans and puts on our entire social calendar. Perfect for the social butterfly or master logistics planner.
The Social Subcommittee is maybe the best ways to realise the events you want to see at McIntosh. Whether you want us to change how or which events are run or just make them even cooler, McIntosh needs your input. And really, as long as it’s legal and a crowd-pleaser, we could make it happen. The Social Subcommittee can also help decide on drinks and be “on duty” at various events throughout the year.
- INCLUDES: Social Conveners*, Entertainment Officer, Social Reps
- Our Charities Subcommittee plans and puts on our charitable events. This is a great place to start your foray into the vast world of St Andrews charities for a great cause.
As a member of the subcommittee, you’ll get to help run and organise events with the Charities Convener as well put forward new ideas for ways to raise money. It’s always a great way to have fun and get involved in the hall, all in the name of helping people.
- INCLUDES: Charities Convener*, Charities Rep
Hall Ball Subcommittee
- Our Ball Subcommittee plans our biggest event of the year – our annual Hall Ball. With months to plan, this is a relaxed subcommittee with a big payoff.
To make sure you have fun it’s up to you to help out. There is a lot that needs to be done, and the work is more fun when shared.
- INCLUDES: Ball Convener*
Want to join? Get in touch with our Conveners in person or email the Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
All halls participate in the Inter-Hall Competition. This consists of three parts. Every hall can earn points in all three competitions, and the overall winning hall gets a prize. There are also prizes for individual competition wins.
Even if you don’t think to join the Charities Subcommittee is for you, you can still participate in the Charities Campaign on behalf of McIntosh. Some of the biggest Charity events we have is Mr McIntosh, McIntosh’s Got Talent, and the James Bond Casino Night. If you have other ideas or want to run a marathon for a charity you can contact the Charities Convener to arrange to have any funds you raised donated to a charity of your choice through the McIntosh Charities Campaign.
The Inter-Hall Energy Competition is the most difficult aspect of the Championship.
The Energy Competition is a joint venture by the Students’ Association, Hall Environment Reps, Residential & Business Services, Estates Environment Team and Transition University of St Andrews. Students and staff work together to reduce the energy consumed in student accommodation, supporting the University’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral for our energy use.
The Hall Sport Programme is a series of leagues and one-off competitions designed for students who live in halls. The programme runs throughout the academic year and provides students who live in halls with the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of different sports and activities. All of the halls compete against each other in all of the different events, where they gather points that go towards their hall total. At the end of the year, the hall with the largest points total is deemed the overall winner. The Halls compete for 4 trophies: Mens’ Champions, Womens’ Champions, Overall Champions, Most Improved Hall.