Other Highlights

Since its earliest days people have travelled from around the globe to St Andrews, to play a part in the life of the University. Our 600th events programme encouraged many to return to join in the celebration of that past and to help us set the course for the future…

The Anniversary Film – Produced by Hamid Shams, directed by Murray Grigor OBE, and narrated by Sir Sean Connery; the Anniversary film Ever to Excel depicts the transformative effect that St Andrews has on the lives of its students. The Scottish premiere of the film was held on 24 May 2012 in the Picture House, St Andrews. Since then more than 140 screenings have taken place around the world, bringing our alumni back together as part of the Worldwide Film Weekend.

Golf Tournament – From 20 June to 23 June 2013 the University hosted a 3-day golfing tournament with an accompanying 4-day social programme of lectures, dinners, receptions and exhibitions. Participants were donors to the University – 83 individuals drawn from our alumni family, parents, and friends.

The Middle Ages in the Modern World – As the University of St Andrews celebrated 600 years, this conference (25 June – 28 June 2013) explored the idea of ‘Medievalism’ - the continuing reception and invention of the Middle Ages. The study of Medievalism has come of age as an object of academic inquiry. The conference sought to take stock of the existing achievements and set an agenda for the future. Preliminary details.

600th Lecture Series – The first address in the 600th Lecture Series was given by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown in February 2011. The series brought a variety of special guests to the University for a series of thought provoking lectures over the course of the anniversary.

60 Hour Film Blitz - In March 2011 the first 60 Hour Film Blitz celebrated the University of St Andrew’s 600 year milestone by engaging students, staff and town residents in an inspiring three days of film making. The challenge, to film, edit and produce a short film in just 60 Hours.

Out of 19 entries, the winning films were:

  • “Comfortable Creatures in St Andrews” – Best Fresher Film
  • “Bird Watching”– Best Honours Film
  • “Lone Dancer” – Audience Choice Award

The 2011 60 Hour Film Blitz was such a success it has become an annual event. For further information on the Film Blitz and to watch past winning entries please visit the website www.60hourfilmblitz.com

Prelude to the 600th - On Thursday 21 of April the compositions of three talented composers were premiered by the University of St Andrews Symphony Orchestra at the grand finale of the University’s Composition Competition titled ‘Prelude to the 600th’. The three shortlisted pieces were selected from 36 diverse, high quality competition submissions, all of which hoped to provide a unique piece of music to mark the 600th Anniversary. At the event the winner was announced as Mark David Boden with his piece, ‘Six Degrees’.  www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~mussoc/competitionconcert