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News archive 2000

£2 million funding for telecommunications degree

Tuesday 05 December 2000

A £2 million, five year funding package has been awarded to the Universities of St Andrews and Heriot-Watt to develop a new Masters degree aimed at meeting the needs of Scotland's booming photonics telecommunications industry.

Women scientists give lectures at St Andrews

Wednesday 29 November 2000

The latest lectures in a series aimed at fostering professional links between female scientists are to take place next month (December 2000).

Official launch of partnership venture with Dundee

Monday 27 November 2000

Academics and funding bosses will hear how the collaborative venture between the University of St Andrews and the University of Dundee is gaining momentum when they meet tomorrow (Tuesday 28th November) to discuss the project.

Christmas carol service

Monday 27 November 2000

Friends and alumni of the University of St Andrews are being invited to attend this year's Alumnus Carol Service.

New lifel ine for students

Thursday 23 November 2000

The University of St Andrews is launching a new venture next week (Tuesday 28 November 2000) which will arm a team of students with the skills to help those in need of assistance.

St andrew's day ceremony

Wednesday 22 November 2000

Three successful Scots, fourteen academics and around forty students will receive formal recognition of their achievements next week (St Andrew's Day - Thursday 30 November 2000). As well as the conferment of student degrees, the afternoon event in Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews will see the induction of University professors (details attached) and the presentation of honorary degrees to three distinguished Scottish figures.

Lectures to give revealing insight into the brain

Tuesday 21 November 2000

One of the world's most distinguished brain scientists is to give a series of public lectures at the University of St Andrews.

Launch of Scottish Writing Centre

Tuesday 21 November 2000

Seven of Scotland's most distinguished living authors and poets will give readings to mark the launch of a new Scottish Writing Centre on Friday 24 November 2000.

Chembus gears up for week of chemistry fun

Wednesday 15 November 2000

A mobile chemistry lab is touring various schools throughout Tayside and Fife next week (Monday 20 - Friday 24 November 2000).

Alumni gathering

Tuesday 14 November 2000

A bi-annual gathering of University of St Andrews alumni is coming home as part of the St Andrew's week celebrations.

World-renowned statesman to lecture at university

Monday 13 November 2000

The University of St Andrews is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear a lecture by one of the world's greatest statesmen.

University wins national hospitality award

Thursday 09 November 2000

The University of St Andrews has become the first University in Scotland to win a national hospitality award in honour of its outstanding service to students and other groups.

Closing date approaches for environment prize

Wednesday 01 November 2000

The initial closing date for the St Andrews Prize, an internationally acclaimed initiative aimed at finding new and inspiring ideas to help the environment, is fast approaching. Launched in September 2000, the annual initiative, which is co- sponsored by the University and international energy company Conoco, is offering $25,000, a medal and the encouragement of government, business and academic institutions in return for an innovative and original solution to an environmental problem. There will be additional awards, each of $5,000, for the runners-up.

First internet computing degree in Scotland

Tuesday 31 October 2000

Scotland's first degree in Internet Computing, which will equip students with the skills necessary to exploit the new industrial revolution, is being launched at the University of St Andrews.

St andrew's day celebrations

Friday 27 October 2000

A day long celebration of the Patron Saint of Scotland is to be held in St Andrews organised jointly by Scotland's first University, Fife Council and the local community.

National recognition for laser expert

Wednesday 25 October 2000

A University of St Andrews physicist who is making groundbreaking developments in the world of laser technology has been awarded a prestigious medal by The Royal Society.

Night of crime

Tuesday 24 October 2000

The University of St Andrews is to play host to a night of crime next month (Wednesday 8 November 2000).

Stars in their eyes

Monday 16 October 2000

The secrets of lasers, galaxies and stars were explored by a group of Tayside and Fife school pupils at a recent open day at the University of St Andrews.

Musical event marks completion of new facilities

Friday 13 October 2000

A concert which will officially mark the completion of a series of improvements to the Younger Hall is to be held on Saturday 28 October 2000.

Why should we trust doctors?

Thursday 12 October 2000

The Chairman of the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland is to give a public lecture on trusting doctors.

Hall of residence goes on-line

Thursday 12 October 2000

A University of St Andrews hall of residence has unveiled a state-of- the-art computer facility for students.

Fresh insight into racism in U.S textile mills

Wednesday 04 October 2000

A modern historian, who has spent several years investigating previously untapped legal records and oral interviews, has revealed a fresh insight into the rights of black workers in the American South.

Official opening of Dow House

Monday 02 October 2000

A house which was bequeathed to the University of St Andrews by two of the institution's most vigorous supporters has been officially handed over to modern- day academics.

Gifford lecture series

Monday 02 October 2000

A series of six public lectures are being held at the University of St Andrews.

University support for psychology students

Friday 29 September 2000

The understanding of everything from Parkinson's disease to communication between monkeys will be improved as the University of St Andrews provides scholarships to four new psychology students.

Bursary awards

Tuesday 26 September 2000

Nearly fifty students from Orkney to Wales and from Clackmannan to Northern Ireland are among those receiving bursaries from the University of St Andrews tomorrow (Wednesday 27 September 2000).

The future of cancer

Monday 25 September 2000

An eminent cancer specialist is to give a talk on the future of the disease at the University of St Andrews.

Top women scientists to lecture at St Andrews

Thursday 21 September 2000

The University of St Andrews is to launch a national venture aimed at fostering professional links between female scientists and their male colleagues.

Book success for former student

Thursday 14 September 2000

A University of St Andrews alumna has edited a new book which aims to bring serious science to a wider audience.

Key appointment for management Professor

Friday 08 September 2000

A University of St Andrews Professor has been appointed to a key position within the Department of Trade and Industry.

Scotland's poetry festival

Thursday 07 September 2000

StAnza 2000, Scotland's Poetry Festival, runs from 4 to 8 October 2000 in various venues around St Andrews.

The St Andrews prize

Wednesday 06 September 2000

The University of St Andrews is looking for new and inspiring ideas to help the environment.

Celebration of Robert Burns' favourite poet

Monday 04 September 2000

A live poetry event featuring a galaxy of contemporary Scottish poets is to be held at the University of St Andrews.

Autism in history

Monday 28 August 2000

A Scottish landowner whose marriage was annulled on the grounds that he was autistic is the subject of a new book by a University of St Andrews historian.

Volcanoes to shed light on DNA?

Wednesday 23 August 2000

A novel comparison between the effect of the sun on skin and life in volcanic pools is being made by a University of St Andrews scientist.

Learning disabilities study visit

Tuesday 15 August 2000

The University of St Andrews is to offer a unique opportunity to staff working in services for people with learning disabilities in Scotland.

Hunt for wreck which claimed 800 lives

Monday 07 August 2000

A new maritime archaeology company based at the Scottish Institute of Maritime Studies at the University of St Andrews is to play a key role in a diving expedition aimed at locating the wreck of a ship which was carrying nearly 800 Jewish refugees when it sank in the Black Sea in 1942.

Computer-based research into Parkinson's disease

Monday 07 August 2000

A University of St Andrews psychologist is conducting a study which could have major implications for patients of Parkinson's disease.

Ghostly reminders of scotland's maritime history

Wednesday 02 August 2000

The University of St Andrews is to investigate and record a selection of Scotland's ship graveyards.

The Scottish doctor

Friday 28 July 2000

At the beginning of August each year the NHS in Scotland greets another batch of newly qualified pre-registration house officers the majority of whom will have graduated from Scottish medical schools. But what exactly does it mean to be a Scottish medical graduate and what does that label tell employers about the qualities and abilities of these graduates? The answer, at present, is probably "not much".

The place of the dead

Wednesday 26 July 2000

A wealth of new information surrounding death in mediaeval and early modern Europe has been unravelled by a University of St Andrews historian.

Appointments to the British Academy

Friday 07 July 2000

Two University of St Andrews Professors have been elected Fellows of the British Academy.

University donation to theatre

Wednesday 05 July 2000

The University of St Andrews is to donate £8,000 to the Byre Theatre next week (Tuesday 11 July 2000), thanks to the legacy of a world-renowned choreographer.

Chancellor Gordon Brown to give keynote speech

Wednesday 05 July 2000

The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown MP, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, is to give a speech at the Royal Economic Society 2000 Conference at the University of St Andrews next week (Thursday 13 July 2000).

University names new Principal

Friday 30 June 2000

The University of St Andrews has appointed Dr Brian Lang, formerly Chief Executive and Deputy Chairman of the British Library, to the post of Principal and Vice-Chancellor from January 1st 2001.

Computer science conferences

Friday 30 June 2000

Two international computer science conferences will be held at the University of St Andrews next week (Monday 3 to Friday 7July 2000).

Golfers' honorary degree ceremony - sell out

Tuesday 27 June 2000

Tickets for Seve Ballesteros and Colin Montgomerie's honorary degree ceremony have all been snapped up.

World-class materials centre to be established

Friday 23 June 2000

The University of St Andrews has been awarded nearly £1.5 million to establish a world class centre for the characterisation of solid state materials.

University celebrates £4 million research grants

Thursday 22 June 2000

The University of St Andrews has been awarded nearly £4 million by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council to carry out a range of pioneering research projects.

Head janitor to graduate

Monday 19 June 2000

One of the most familiar faces at the University of St Andrews, who has assisted with graduations for nearly 15 years, will bask in his own glory this week when he attends his very own graduation ceremony.

Golfers' honorary degrees - press arrangements

Monday 19 June 2000

Seve Ballesteros and Colin Montgomerie will receive honorary degrees from the University of St Andrews next month (Tuesday 18 July 2000).

Graduate scheme helps jobless climb career ladder

Thursday 15 June 2000

A group of unemployed graduates are finally embarking on their chosen careers, thanks to a University of St Andrews training scheme.

Future students return to classroom

Wednesday 14 June 2000

A series of lectures offering an insight into teaching and research at the University of St Andrews are on offer to former students next weekend (23 to 25 June 2000).

Honorary degrees

Monday 12 June 2000

TV funnyman Rikki Fulton, author JK Rowling and actress Siobhan Redmond are among those being awarded honorary degrees by the University of St Andrews next week.

Winners of schools' classics competition

Friday 09 June 2000

The winners of an annual schools competition aimed at raising the profile of the classics have been announced today.

Countdown to golfers' honorary degree ceremony

Friday 09 June 2000

With just over a month until Seve Ballesteros and Colin Montgomerie receive honorary degrees from the University of St Andrews, golf fanatics are being urged to snap up tickets while they can.

Poetry magazine

Tuesday 06 June 2000

The latest edition of a magazine combining the talents of well-known poets and writers from the University of St Andrews has gone on sale. Produced by the School of English, The Red Wheelbarrow gives new writers the chance to have their work read alongside recognised names ensuring a vibrant mix of styles with a consistently high standard of writing.

Poet awarded prestigious prize

Tuesday 06 June 2000

A University of St Andrews lecturer has been awarded a prestigious poetry prize .. for the second time.

Prestigious award for battery expert

Monday 05 June 2000

A University of St Andrews scientist, who is developing new materials for smaller, lighter and less toxic batteries, has won a prestigious award for his achievements.

Child -v- chimp

Monday 05 June 2000

A primate expert has developed an innovative technique which is providing the first clear evidence that children and chimpanzees learn the traditions of the community they live in by similar processes of imitation.

RRS discovery to host historic ships roadshow

Wednesday 31 May 2000

A public consultation meeting aimed at gathering views on the UK's most significant surviving historic ships is to be held at Discovery Point, the home of RRS Discovery in Dundee this weekend (Saturday 3 June 2000).

Honour for french Professor

Wednesday 31 May 2000

A University of St Andrews Professor is to receive a prestigious honour from the French Government for "services to French culture".

Award for foundations of mathematics study

Monday 29 May 2000

The University of St Andrews' School of Philosophical and Anthropological Studies has been awarded nearly half a million pounds to conduct research into the logical and metaphysical foundations of classical mathematics.

St Andrews and Dundee lead partnership

Thursday 25 May 2000

An ambitious partnership is to be launched by the University of St Andrews and the University of Dundee leading Scottish Universities into a new higher education landscape.

Royal event for Canadian Jones Scholars

Tuesday 23 May 2000

A group of Canadian students studying at the University of St Andrews under a programme supported by the Canadian Robert T Jones Junior Scholarship Foundation has just returned from a meeting with the Patron of the scheme, His Royal Highness, The Duke of York.

Biggest alumni event in university's history

Tuesday 23 May 2000

Over 300 alumni of the University of St Andrews will descend on the town next month for the biggest celebration of its kind in the University's history.

Chemistry in the classroom

Monday 22 May 2000

Nearly 200 chemistry teachers from every corner of Scotland will descend on the University of St Andrews next month (Friday 9 June 2000) to learn about the latest developments in chemistry and how they can take them back to the classroom.

Eminent philosopher to visit St Andrews

Friday 19 May 2000

Paul Ricoeur, hailed as one of the most distinguished and influential minds of the last Century, is to give a public lecture at the University of St Andrews.

World renowned golfers to receive honorary degrees

Thursday 18 May 2000

Two of the world's most successful golfers are to receive honorary degrees from the University of St Andrews.

Launch of lifeline to English students

Wednesday 17 May 2000

A book which claims to be a "painless remedy" to the confusions of English literature will be scrutinised by its target audience when it is launched next week (Monday 22 May 2000).

Fife Central MP to visit university

Wednesday 17 May 2000

Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Henry McLeish MP MSP will visit the University of St Andrews next week (Monday 22 May 2000).

Palestinian academics win St Andrews prize

Friday 12 May 2000

Two leading Palestinian academics who are seeking to turn the waste from olive oil production into valuable by-products have won the prestigious St Andrews Prize.

Diving with sharks

Tuesday 09 May 2000

A University of St Andrews marine archaeologist is to dive with sharks to raise cash for cancer research.

Winner of global environment prize to be announced

Monday 08 May 2000

The winner of one of the world's most prestigious environmental prizes will be announced this week (Friday 12 May 2000).

Honour for St Andrews historian

Monday 08 May 2000

One of Scotland's most eminent medieval historians has been presented with a book in honour of her contribution to early Scottish history.

Bute centenary lecture

Friday 05 May 2000

One of the University of St Andrews most distinguished alumni is returning to Scotland's oldest seat of learning to lead a Bute Centenary Lecture on Thursday, May 11, 2000.

Reception for student tutors

Thursday 27 April 2000

Nearly 50 University of St Andrews students who have been supporting teachers in their classrooms are to be thanked at a special ceremony next week (Tuesday 2 May 2000).

Leading philosopher to give lecture on equality

Wednesday 26 April 2000

One of the world's most distinguished legal and political philosophers is to give a public lecture at the University of St Andrews.

DNA goes under the microscope

Wednesday 26 April 2000

A team of University of St Andrews scientists has been awarded over half a million pounds to explain how DNA replication can lead to cancer.

Battery of the future

Wednesday 26 April 2000

Everything from a life-saving artificial heart to an electric car could be powered by technology being designed at the University of St Andrews.

Which whisky?

Monday 24 April 2000

A University of St Andrews researcher has produced a set of guidelines which could take the confusion out of whisky-buying.

SNP leader returns to alma mater

Wednesday 19 April 2000

Alex Salmond MSP will take a step back in time next week when he returns to his alma mater (Monday 24 April 2000).

Nuclear relations lecture

Wednesday 19 April 2000

A University of St Andrews Professor is to give a public lecture on international nuclear relations.

Crowds to flock to senator George Mitchell lecture

Wednesday 12 April 2000

Hundreds of people look set to attend a public lecture given by the man behind the historic Good Friday Peace Agreement.

Insight into banking bygones

Monday 10 April 2000

University of St Andrews graduates who have succeeded in the world of banking will be among those gathering for a lecture on the links between Scottish banks and industry during the wars later this week.

Bank boss to receive university honour

Thursday 06 April 2000

One of Scotland's most successful bankers will return to his alma mater when he receives an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews this summer.

University to shape telecommunications of tomorrow

Wednesday 05 April 2000

The University of St Andrews' reputation as a global centre of excellence in laser systems has been cemented with the announcement of a £10.5 million grant, the largest award in the University's history.

Professor to receive Open University honour

Tuesday 04 April 2000

A University of St Andrews Professor is to receive an honorary degree from The Open University.

Young scientists to represent Britain

Tuesday 28 March 2000

Four University of St Andrews scientists are to present their research to the House of Commons as part of a national event showcasing the best of British research.

Senator George Mitchell to give public lecture

Monday 27 March 2000

The man behind the historic Good Friday Peace Agreement is to give a public lecture at the University of St Andrews.

£1 million search for new drugs

Thursday 23 March 2000

The University of St Andrews has been awarded over £1 million to design a new group of drugs for some of the world's most common infections.

Scots poet set for university honour

Thursday 23 March 2000

Poet Laureate of Glasgow Edwin Morgan is to receive an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews.

High demand for part-time degrees

Wednesday 22 March 2000

A part-time degree programme aimed at widening access to higher education has been bombarded with inquiries since its launch earlier this year.

Madness in 18th century Scotland

Monday 20 March 2000

A historian claims that his discoveries into mental illness in eighteenth Century Scotland could have implications for psychologists and psychiatrists throughout the country.

Students elect new President

Friday 17 March 2000

The University of St Andrews Students' Association has a new President.

Journey to the bottom of the sea

Thursday 16 March 2000

One of the most important features of Scotland's maritime heritage will be preserved for generations to come as the University of St Andrews reveals the findings of a seven-year journey to the bottom of the sea.

Honour for conservationist

Thursday 16 March 2000

One of the UK's most prolific conservationists is to receive an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews.

Explore Science!

Wednesday 15 March 2000

Children will get the chance to make their own electronic bagpipes, create their own slime and stargaze as part of the University of St Andrews' contribution to National Science Week.

Dan Hemingway prize

Monday 13 March 2000

The winner of the Dan Hemingway Prize for 1999/2000 will be announced at a presentation this week (Thursday 16 March).

Honour for Scottish Chamber Orchestra conductor

Friday 10 March 2000

The Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is to receive an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews.

Celebration of Giovanni Bellini

Wednesday 08 March 2000

The University of St Andrews is to commemorate the life and work of Venetian Renaissance painter Giovanni Bellini.

New solutions for waste management

Monday 06 March 2000

A system using rainwater as the basis for organic compost and a project which could reduce pollution emanating from semi- conductor plants are among the pioneering ideas competing for a prize aimed at finding practical solutions to worldwide environmental problems.

Professor to receive Open University honour

Saturday 04 March 2000

A University of St Andrews Professor is to receive an honorary degree from The Open University.

Political philosopher to give lecture

Wednesday 01 March 2000

A philosopher who has advised both Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher is to give a keynote speech at the University of St Andrews.

MSP to visit his "local"

Tuesday 29 February 2000

North East Fife MSP Iain Smith will gain an insight into the workings of his local University later this week (Friday 3 March 2000).

Having a ball ... for charity!

Tuesday 29 February 2000

University of St Andrews students will party for charity later this week (Friday 3 March 2000) when they hold a fundraising ball in the town.

Talk by Professor Jamison

Monday 28 February 2000

A psychologist, whose survival from suicide marked the beginning of a life's work to investigate mental illness and self-inflicted death, is to give a talk at the University of St Andrews.

Plant ecologist elected to prestigious body

Thursday 24 February 2000

A University of St Andrews Plant Ecologist has been elected to a prestigious scientific body aimed at strengthening links between researchers and scholars throughout the world.

Head of English appointment

Monday 21 February 2000

Professor Neil Corcoran, Head of the School of English at the University of St Andrews, has been invited to sit on the committee for the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

St Andrews strengthens links with Poland

Friday 18 February 2000

Three Polish students have arrived at the University of St Andrews as part of an exchange trip organised by the School of Art History.

Seal study

Friday 18 February 2000

A Scottish postgraduate student is spearheading a project which could lead to more effective conservation strategies for the grey seal.

Scots actress to receive university honour

Thursday 17 February 2000

One of Scotland's most successful actresses will return to her alma matter this summer when she receives an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews.

What can we hope for in the 21st century

Wednesday 16 February 2000

A lecture series looking at some of the biggest issues facing society will be officially launched next week (Monday 21 February 2000) when one of the most influential Christian voices of his time will ask what grounds there are for hope in the new millennium.

Dyslexia expert to receive honorary degree

Tuesday 15 February 2000

One of the world's most respected developmental psychologists is to receive an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews.

University launches millennium lecture series

Wednesday 09 February 2000

Some of the world's most eminent thinkers will descend on St Andrews this year as part of a millennium lecture series looking at some of the biggest issues facing society in the 21st century.

Student telephone campaign

Tuesday 08 February 2000

University of St Andrews students are dialling their way to pound signs as part of a telephone campaign to raise cash for a range of University projects.

University honour for Author of the Year

Monday 07 February 2000

Author of the Year J K Rowling is to receive an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews.

University honour for award winning author

Thursday 03 February 2000

Scots author Ian Rankin is to receive an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews.

A first for Scotland's first university

Monday 31 January 2000

A new part-time degree aimed at widening access to higher education is being launched at the University of St Andrews.

Porpoise study

Thursday 20 January 2000

Marine experts and mathematicians are teaming up to examine the impact of by-catch on the population of the UK's most common marine mammal.

University to honour Robert Burns' favourite poet

Tuesday 11 January 2000

The University of St Andrews is to honour Robert Burns' favourite Scottish poet by holding a year- long celebration of his life.

Laser device takes the limelight

Tuesday 11 January 2000

A tiny measuring device developed by Scots researchers has taken the limelight on the world stage after winning an international award for commercial excellence. Timewarp, which was invented by Dr Derryck Reid and Professor Wilson Sibbett of the University of St Andrews, has won the Laser Focus Commercial Technology Award.

Hope for croup victims

Monday 10 January 2000

Scots scientists are one step closer to wiping out one of the world's most distressing childhood conditions, after being awarded a grant by an American pharmaceutical company to develop new drugs for croup.