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Who are we?


We're a community based at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, interested in using reason and evidence to try to help others the most. Our focus is on empowering students to choose career paths that can greatly help others. 

What is effective altruism?

Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement that advocates using reasoning and evidence  to determine the most effective ways to benefit others. We're interested in helping to tackle some of the world's most challenging problems, such as climate change, global poverty, and existential risks. 

What do we do?


SPEAK Fellowship

Every semester, we run a 10 week introductory fellowship with both one-on-one and group discussions about effective altruism and its relation to global issues.


Arrange 1-1s

We offer informal 1-1s to members of the community, as well as new students who have just heard of Effective Altruism. 


Career planning

One of our goals is to use an evidence-based approach to careers, based on the career planning course at the organisation 80,000 hours

Socials and Gatherings

This 2021/22 academic year we'll be hosting weekly socials, both virtually and in-person. These typically include games, icebreakers and a St Andrews forecasting tournament. 


Talks & Presentations

We host a talk and Q&A introducing effective altruism at the start of every semester both online and in-person. Our intro presentations for semester two will be in person on Friday 21st of January, and online Saturday 22nd of January. We often invite speakers from effective altruism organisations, such as Open Cages and The Humane League.  In the past we've also jointly hosted events with other St Andrews student societies, like Students for Global Health and One for the World.

Affiliations & Partners


Effective Altruism St Andrews is affiliated with both the University of St Andrews and the Centre for Effective Altruism. ​For contact details please see here.

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