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St Andrews in the News

April 2014


Welcome to the April issue of St Andrews in the News, our regular e-newsletter for alumni, friends and supporters around the world.


Sporting St Andrews

rugbyThe University has approved an initial investment of over £300,000 to produce detailed designs for a proposed £14 million project that will transform sport at St Andrews. Redevelopment plans include a new eight-court sports hall/arena, a larger and better equipped fitness and conditioning suite and a four-court indoor tennis centre.

Inaugural Carnegie Lecture

Michael SandelThanks to a generous donation from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the University is hosting a major new public lecture programme featuring some of the world's most prominent contemporary thinkers. The inaugural lecture "What Money Can't Buy: Markets, Morals and Civic Life" is given by Professor Michael Sandel, Anne T and Robert M Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University.

Professor Sandel's latest book, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, addresses one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: What should be the role of money and markets in our society? Reviewers have called it "a brilliant, indispensable book on the relationship between morality and economics" and "one of the most important exercises in public philosophy in many years."

The lecture takes place in the Buchanan Lecture Theatre, Union Street, on Monday 28 April, at 5.30pm. Admission is free and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

St Andrews Prize for the Environment 2014

8 people who are changing the worldAhead of the announcement of the 2014 Prize winner, previous winners of The St Andrews Prize will share their experiences in an afternoon of presentations and discussions on Tuesday 29 April, 3.30pm – 5.30pm in the Lecture Theatre of the Medical and Biological Sciences Building on the North Haugh.

Dame Fiona ReynoldsThe following evening, Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE, Master of Emmanuel College Cambridge and former Director-General of the National Trust, will deliver the prestigious St Andrews Prize Lecture 2014. Her lecture, entitled 'Beyond £s – Valuing the things that really matter', will be given in the Medical and Biological Sciences Lecture Theatre, North Haugh, St Andrews on Wednesday 30 April, 6.00pm - 7.00pm.

Admission to both events is free and all are welcome.

Asteroid rings revealed

asteroidAstronomers, including Dr Martin Dominik, Royal Society University Research Fellow in the School of Physics & Astronomy, have made the surprising discovery of a double-ring system surrounding one of the many small objects in the Solar System.

Byre bid

ByreIn a formal proposal to Fife Council, the University has outlined a sustainable future for the Byre Theatre designed to benefit students, staff, local amateur dramatic groups, and the wider population of St Andrews and Fife.

Photo: DC Thomson

Prize winners

winnersSt Andrews academics Professor Andrew Whiten, Dr Katie Stevenson, Dr Per Ola Kristensson and Dr Catherine Cazin have received prizes in the 2014 awards from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). Each year the RSE highlights some of the UK's most outstanding talent through its Prize Winners awards.

The RSE has also recently announced the new intake of Fellows for 2014, including Professor John Hudson (School of History), John MacColl (University Library) and Honorary Professor Robert Tooze (SASOL).

Varsity Ice Hockey

winnersTuesday night saw the Varsity Ice Hockey match between St Andrews Typhoons and the Edinburgh Eagles at the Dundee Ice Arena in front of a crowd of over 1000 students. By running out 6-3 victors, the Typhoons retained The Jonny Wookey Memorial Trophy. The match is played in honour of Jonny Wookey, a former student who was instrumental in establishing an ice hockey team at St Andrews and proceeds from the evening go towards the Jonny Wookey Memorial Fund, supporting the Typhoons. To contribute, contact

Text mining the tea trade

clipperComputer experts at St Andrews have joined forces with international historians to shed light on one of the 19th century's great social transformations... how Britain became a nation of tea drinkers. Professor Aaron Quigley of the School of Computer Science, together with research fellow Uta Hinrichs, has helped design bespoke software enabling researchers to trawl historic trade documents that provide insights into the changing habit, which was accelerated by a failure of the Ceylon coffee crop.

Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 2013

queenDouglas Dunn, Emeritus Professor of English, has been awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 2013 in recognition of his lifetime contribution to literature. Professor Dunn accepted the medal personally from Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Postive growth for employee-ownership

commentaryIn the first-ever major investigation of its kind, researchers in the School of Management have found that employee-owned firms in Scotland perform well in relation to conventionally structured businesses on a number of variables, including employment, sales and productivity.

UN address

chloeChloe Hill, President of the Students' Association at St Andrews, has addressed the UN at a prestigious event in New York. Chloe took part in the UN Commission on the Status of Women as a delegate for the National Council of Women. Her invitation to the summit was the result of her winning an essay competition about the role of women in the modern world.

Learning curve for cell imaging

imagingPhysicists at St Andrews have developed a new microscope which enables a dramatically improved view of biological cells, thanks to an unusually curved beam of light. It is hoped that the development will lead to improved understanding of biological development, cancer, and diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's that affect the human brain.

University of St Andrews Reception, Hong Kong

attendeesAlumni, friends and supporters of the University attended a reception at the British Council, Hong Kong, on 27 March to hear the Principal, Professor Louise Richardson outline plans for an extended alumni and development programme in Asia. The Principal was joined by Robert Fleming, the University's Director of Development. We would like to thank everyone who attended the reception and we look forward to meeting many more of our Asian alumni, parents and friends at further events in the months to come. Later in 2014 we hope to launch the first-ever University of St Andrews Hong Kong Foundation; further details to follow. Please let us know if you would be interested in taking part in future networking events and in re-launching alumni activity in Hong Kong.

We have posted some photos from the Reception on our online gallery.

Alumni News, Clubs and Services

Reunion Weekend 2014

students on beach

Booking is now open for Reunion Weekend 2014 – a weekend of events from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June. Graduates of years ending '4' or '9' (ie those for whom 2014 marks a special anniversary of their graduation) should have received an invitation, but everyone is welcome to join us irrespective of when they graduated. We have a variety of events on offer and accommodation available to book at Agnes Blackadder Hall (formerly New Hall). The highlight of the weekend is a formal dinner followed by a ball with Craig Paton and his band providing a ceilidh and live music from The Stingrays. For details of all the events on offer and instructions on how to purchase tickets and book accommodation please visit our website.

If you would like assistance in contacting fellow alumni to attend Reunion as part of group, please do not hesitate to be in touch. E:

We look forward to welcoming you back in June.

Masters Programmes in the School of Management: 10th Anniversary Reunion 2014

A special 10th Anniversary Reunion is being planned by the School of Management to mark the 10th cohort of students taking up their places on the Masters Programmes this academic year (2013/14).

To register your interest in attending, please email Julie Brooks at the School of Management

University of St Andrews
Friday 27 – Sunday 29 June

Saint Connect

More than 700 people have joined the new Career Alumni Network of St Andrews in just under two weeks, opening the network up to alumni. Take part in industry discussions, find other alumni based in your area, look for and post jobs, and keep up to date with your old schools and societies. Help other St Andrews graduates and current students form connections and make new contacts.


More information here:

University of St Andrews Alumni Club, London

Alumni and friends are welcome to join us at two events this spring.

Club AGM and Drinks Reception

Join the Club for its annual AGM and stay for drinks afterwards. Committee positions will be elected for the forthcoming year and Jo Finnie-Jones of the University's Development Office will give a brief outline of Development's current work and priorities for engagement with graduates.

Date: Monday 12 May
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Fairly Square, 51 Red Lion Street, London WC1R 4PF

Ceilidh Club

Join the Club for a special ceilidh evening in Shoreditch.

Date: Friday 6 June
Time: 7.00pm – 1.00am
Venue: Kachette, 347 Old Street, London EC1V 9LP

Forthcoming events in North America

Your opportunity to hear presentations from some of the University's leading academics. All events are open to alumni, parents, and friends.

April 22, 2014 – Professor Richard English – San Francisco, California, USA

Speaker: Professor Richard English
Topic: Understanding Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century
Time: 6.30pm: Reception; 7.15pm: Presentation
Place: Marines Memorial Club & Hotel
Tickets: $15. Purchased via:

April 23, 2014 – Professor Richard English – Los Angeles, California, USA

Speaker: Professor Richard English
Topic: Understanding Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century
Time: 6.30pm: Reception; 7.15pm: Presentation
Place: Hosted by Ellis Jones at 1244 Bel Air Road
Tickets: $15. Purchased via:

April 25, 2014 – Oxford and Cambridge Society of New England Spring Event – Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of New England (OCSNE) is holding their Spring Event on Friday 25 April, 2014 from 6-9pm in conjunction with the Algonquin Club, 217 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. The evening includes a reception, followed by a panel discussion on Unlocking the Mysteries of the Brain and concludes with coffee and dessert. Further details can be found here. St Andrews alumni are very welcome to attend and do not need to join the OCSNE as the St Andrews Alumni Club, New England, has an affiliate membership already. When booking, simply enter the University name in the 'college' field.

Worldwide Summer Networking Receptions:
Can You Help?

We are looking for help in running a series of networking receptions around the world during the summer. If you are available to either sponsor an event space or willing to help organise, please email for more information. Target locations: London, Edinburgh, DC, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Toronto, Hong Kong

One-Day Shadow Scheme

Are you willing to host a current student for a day at your place of business? Shadowing is an excellent way for our students to get work experience while also learning about potential career possibilities. If you indicate your interest, students will be able to apply to shadow you for a day, and you will be able to select the student(s) you feel would benefit most from the experience. More information about the Shadow Scheme for this summer.

Tartan Day Parade

paradeThe University of St Andrews Alumni Club of New York proudly marched up Sixth Avenue for this year's Tartan Day Parade. Thank you to those who participated in this festive event.

For future events and more information, please visit the Club's wesite

Sandy signs up

sandyLast month, the official University of St Andrews Alumni Network Facebook Page passed the 8,000 likes mark and introduced our new mascot, Sandy McRaisin (named from suggestions on the page). To keep in touch with events from St Andrews on social media, why not like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our blog, Incomparabubble.

University shop

student with notebookGear up for spring with stylish branded merchandise from our University shop. Alumni can enjoy a 10% discount online by using the code Sparc600 when prompted to do so.

All purchases made on our online store help to directly support teaching and research at the University of St Andrews.

The address for the retail store is


On the Rocks 2014

Scotland's biggest student arts festival featuring theatre, dance, music and comedy.

Various venues, St Andrews
Continues to Sunday 13 April

2014 Templeton Prize Public Lecture

tomas"Can the Story of Easter Continue in us?"
Monsignor Professor Tomáš Halík

Tomáš Halík is a spiritual giant of the 20th century who has just been awarded the £1.1 million Templeton Prize for this year, following Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, the last two prize winners. He is a Czech priest and philosopher who risked imprisonment for advancing religious and cultural freedoms after the Soviet invasion of his country in 1968, and has since become a leading international advocate for dialogue among different faiths and non-believers.

Main Lecture Theatre, School of Physics and Astronomy, North Haugh, St Andrews
Monday 14 April, 5.15pm – 6.30pm

On Pope Francis

popeA distinguished group of speakers from the religious and political worlds will speak about their understanding of, and their critical engagement with, the life and influence of the Pope from Argentina. Professor Mario I Aguilar, Professor of Divinity at St Andrews, will introduce his biography of Pope Francis Pope Francis: His Life and Theological Thought (available to pre-order from Lutterworth Press price £17.50).

Lower College Hall, St Salvator's Quadrangle, St Andrews
Wednesday 16 April, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

TEDx University of St Andrews 2014

tedxOne-day conference. This year's theme, 'the power of play', is designed to highlight the importance of creative processes in today's professional and artistic society. Featuring a full programme of speakers from all fields and interests: politics, music, art, medicine, sustainability, film, advertising, entrepreneurship and games.

Tickets can be purchased online at

Bute Medical Building, North Haugh, St Andrews
Saturday 26 April, 10.00am - 5.00pm

Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Mealor's Crucifixus

paul mealorSt Andrews Chamber Orchestra and St Andrews Chorus with Michael Downes (conductor) and alumnus Ben McAteer (baritone) perform Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Paul Mealor's Crucifixus. Photo of Paul Mealor: Copyright © 2011 Jillian Bain Christie

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Saturday 26 April, 7.30pm

Pre-performance talk with Paul Mealor at 6.30pm

For full details of all this season's Music Centre performances and events, please visit our website.

Friends of the Library April Lecture

jensen"Whose is it? Libraries and Cultural Restitution."

Dr Kristian Jensen, Head of Arts and Humanities at the British Library

Psychology Old Library, St Mary's Quadrangle, St Andrews
Wednesday 30 April, 5.15pm – 6.30pm

Followed by tea/coffee.

Give War a Chance?: Contesting Themes from In Defence of War

warOne-day conference on the law, ethics and history of armed conflict. Registration is now open. The conference is free, but space is limited, so please register by emailing

University of St Andrews
Thursday 1 May

General Council of the University of St Andrews

Please visit the General Council website for news and information including details of the 2014 election of a General Assessor to the University Court.


Making Waves: Innovations in the Science of Sound

tuning forks'Making Waves: Innovations in the Science of Sound' showcases the extraordinary scientific instruments that have helped us in understanding the science behind acoustics. The exhibition follows the development of these inventions from their first discovery to the present day, where the technology is used for ground-breaking research such as the investigation of underwater shipwrecks and the biology of marine mammals. Organised by students on our MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies.

Throughout the exhibition, there are a range of events suitable for all ages.

Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews
Continues to Saturday 17 May

Nobel Structures: Celebrating Crystallography

logoThe United Nations has declared 2014 the International Year of Crystallography. But did you know that this discipline has led to 29 Nobel Prizes? 'Nobel Structures' investigates the achievements of some of the most important scientists of the 20th century and their work with X-ray crystallography. Discover the stories behind the cutting-edge discoveries that unravelled the structures of DNA, penicillin and insulin. Find out how exactly molecules fit together, from diamonds to DNA. See how crystallography inspires artists and designers too – come and explore its many facets and forms! Organised by students on our MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies.

We have a full events programme for all ages.

St Andrews Museum, Kinburn Park, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews
Continues to Sunday 18 May

May They Always Flourish: Graduation at the University of St Andrews

flourishJoin us for a celebration of graduation at the University of St Andrews. Discover what happens during the academic ceremony of graduation, past and present, and find out more about what students and staff wear on this important day. Explore objects from the University's collections that range from mediaeval maces to academic gowns, paintings to photographs, and bow ties to the birretum (cap), used for generations in the formal 'capping' ceremony.

MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Continues to Wednesday 30 September


Bride Ales and Penny Weddings
Recreations, Reciprocity, and Regions in Britain from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries

Choice bookProfessor Robert Houston, School of History

Price £65.00 from Oxford University Press

The Invention of News
How the World Came to Know About Itself

Crafts bookProfessor Andrew Pettegree, School of History

Price £25.00 from Yale University Press


Alumni Authors

On the Rocks

Burned bookDr Bryan Nelson, BSc 1959

Price £20.00 from Langford Press

Turn of the Tide

Sacred bookDr Margaret Skea, MA 1978

Price £8.99 from Amazon

Historical Fiction Winner in the 2011 Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People's Novelist Competition

Making a gift

Our 600th Anniversary campaign was launched in 2011 by our campaign Patron and graduate, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. We aim to secure £100 million to support a range of projects and aspirational new developments integral to the University’s ambition to consolidate its status as a world-class centre for teaching and research. To view the exciting and varied projects that make up the campaign, please visit our 600th website. You can make a gift to the campaign in a variety of ways.

You can also make a legacy gift to the University to safeguard its future.

We look forward to welcoming you to our community of donors, committed to securing a seventh century of excellence for this great University.

Social networking

Alumni and friends can keep up to date with alumni activities and events online via Facebook, Twitter and our blog IncomparaBubble.


Keep up to date with other University news on the University Facebook page.

US parents Facebook group is looking forward to hearing from you!

Network professionally through the alumni-run University of St Andrews Alumni LinkedIn group.

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