St Andrews is a beautiful town on the East Coast of Scotland in the Kingdom of Fife. It is bordered to the south and west by the wooded hills of the Fife countryside and to the north and east the town looks out over a rocky headland to the North Sea. Founded in 1413, St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in the UK. St Andrews University has approximately 8,500 students with 45% of students coming from outside the UK.
St Andrews is located 5 miles from Leuchars rail station. Leuchars is approximately 1 hour from Edinburgh on the main line from London to Aberdeen and is served by regular trains from Edinburgh, London and elsewhere. London-Aberdeen sleeper trains also call at Leuchars. From Leuchars, St Andrews can be reached by bus (15 minute journey) or by taxi.
The Department of Social Anthropology is located in two buildings just off North Street in the beautiful St Salvator’s quadrangle – one of the oldest parts of the University and located right in the centre of town.
The Department of Social Anthropology is located in two buildings in the beautiful St Salvator’s quadrangle – one of the oldest parts of the University and located right in the centre of town. Here all academic staff have their offices along with the departmental secretarial office which holds an extensive collection of ethnographic films available for loan to staff and students. The buildings also host the common room and kitchen, the Ladislav Holy library, the Centre for Amerindian Studies library, several postgraduate offices and seminar rooms.
The University also has several longstanding ethnographic collections. It includes valuable and unique ethnographic artefacts from the 18th century, the Ladislav Holy archive containing his fieldnotes, ethnographic material, photographic collection and correspondence, as well as various regional collections. These collections offer students the opportunity to analyse, handle and curate material artefacts. MUSA’s (Museum of St Andrews) Learning Loft, located a few minutes away, provide an ideal space for practical sessions with our collection objects and the Byre Theatre is often used for film showings and creative productions.
The main University Library across the quad has an impressive collection in Social Anthropology and a constantly updated and ever-growing range in electronic resources. It has approximately 1,000 study spaces, access to computers, printers and a café, and is open during semester from 8am to 2am every day. This flexibility means that students can study the way they want to: in the café, group study rooms, silent/individual study areas or more informal and relaxed spaces. The library also offers expert help and training on finding the information students may need.
Student Services, located a short walk from the department, further provides a range of professional services. The team is committed to guiding and advising students while offering strategies, skills and techniques to empower them to cope with any difficulties or challenges they may face.