With almost 2,000 staff and around 6,500 full-time students, the University has a great impact on north east Fife, and St Andrews in particular. The choice of transportation can have significant effects on the town and surrounding area.
However, there are a number of alternatives to driving to work by yourself - walking, cycling, using public transport, or car-sharing. The University has developed its own Travel Plan to try and facilitate the use of more sustainable means of transport.
In July 2006, the University of St Andrews produced a Travel Plan (PDF, 158 KB) to set out what steps it would be taking to manage its transport impacts. Development of the Plan included a travel survey of staff and students to establish existing travel patterns, attitudes towards different modes of transport, and priorities for the introduction of new measures.
Travel surveys of staff and students are now being carried out every three years with the results being used to update our Travel Plan.
The 2012 Travel Survey results are in the process of being written up in full but we have included some preliminary results below.
Special thanks to DP&L (the University's offical travel provider) for sponsoring the 2012 staff survey by donating an ipad mini for the prize draw and to BESS (The Student Association shop) for donating to the student survey.
Staff Travel Survey Results 2012 (PDF, 281 KB)
Student Travel Survey Results 2012 (PDF, 253 KB)
Staff Travel Survey (PDF, 287 KB)
Student Travel Survey (PDF, 184 KB)
Survey results for staff (PDF, 71 KB)
Survey results for students (PDF, 28 KB)
The Travel Plan is an ongoing means of addressing change and has been incorporated within the University of St Andrews Sustainable Development Policy & Strategy 2012 to 2022 (PDF, 156 KB) . The Strategy includes the following Policy Commitment:
"Reducing atmospheric pollution and resource use, and improving the local environment, through encouraging more sustainable travel alternatives to, from and between University sites."
Reducing reliance upon the private car offers benefits for health and the environment and can reduce travel expenses. The Environment Team are working alongside schools, units and residences and also in partnership with Fife Council to widen travel options for staff, students and visitors.