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St Andrews in the News

February 2014


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


St Andrews: Home of Independence?

bannockburns bookThe seeds of the Scottish independence movement were sown by a flamboyant American living in St Andrews in the 1930s, according to Professor Robert Crawford of the School of English, in his new book Bannockburns: Scottish Independence and Literary Imagination.

St Andrews Prize Lecture 2014

beyond bookDame Fiona Reynolds DBE, Master of Emmanuel College Cambridge, will deliver the 2014 St Andrews Prize Lecture, entitled 'Beyond £s – Valuing the things that really matter'. Dame Fiona was awarded the CBE for her services to the environment and conservation in 1998 and was appointed DBE in 2008. The lecture will take place on Wednesday 30 April at 6.00pm in the Medical and Biological Sciences Lecture Theatre.

Footprints in time

faceFrom 13 February to 28 September 2014 a new exhibition will be on show at the Natural History Museum, London. The exhibition will highlight some of the ground-breaking research undertaken by scientists from St Andrews and elsewhere in the UK as part of the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project of the last 10 years. Two of the sites featured in the exhibition 'Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story' have been the focus of research for Dr Richard Bates of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences for the past 5 years, one being Happisburgh in Norfolk where scientists believe they have recently found the oldest human footprint surface outside of Africa.

Make your mark on the Quad

new quadThe first phase of the refurbishment of St Salvator's Quadrangle is scheduled to begin later this year. Over 1,500 donors have generously supported the £700k project so far and we are delighted to announce that an additional 100 large flagstones are available for naming with a gift of £1,000 or more. The flagstones, which will be placed at the heart of the Quad towards the end of the renovation, can be engraved with a name or phrase of your choice – providing a permanent reminder of your support and connection to the University for years to come.

There are also three timber benches available for naming with a gift of £3,000 or more. Gifts may be pledged monthly or quarterly as over a period of up to two years.

For more information on naming a flagstone or bench, please contact Rita Cummings, Head of Fundraising, at, or visit

Volunteer of the year

hannahFinal-year Management student Hannah Rogers has won the 2014 Scottish Student Sport Volunteer of the Year Award, recognising her considerable achievements with St Andrews Women's Basketball Club.

University art online

artThe University's fine art collections contain over 100 portraits, over 300 other oils, watercolours, prints and drawings, and around 40 sculptures and busts. They have now been digitized and are available to view online on the BBC website.

Shrinking salmon

salmonResearch by Chris Todd, Professor of Marine Ecology, in collaboration with Marine Scotland Science, has revealed the changes in size and quality of salmon returning to Scottish rivers over the past 50 years. This variation seems to stem from the effects of climate change on the ocean.

Photo: David Cheskin/PA

Warm-hearted students

groupSt Andrews undergraduates have created a way to raise cash through selling hot drinks, with the help of local businesses. Funds raised were donated to Families First - a small independent charity that offers support services to families throughout North East Fife.

60 Hour Film Blitz

logoThe St Andrews Centre for Film Studies has announced details of the 2014 60 Hour Film Blitz. The event challenges St Andrews film makers – both professional and amateur – to work together and create a 3-minute short film in just 60 hours. The 2014 Film Blitz will take place from Thursday 6 March until Saturday 8 March. The screening festival and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, 13 March at The Buchanan Lecture Theatre, Union Street. Further information is available on the website.

Alumni News, Clubs and Services

Mermaids reunion

the mermaidsEarlier this month cast members of the original Mermaids student production of 'Oh What A Lovely War' in March 1969 staged a 45th anniversary reunion In London. In celebration of this memorable occasion, the 1969 group are clubbing together to name seats in the new performance space which will form a centrepiece of the Students' Association Redevelopment which is currently underway. If you would like to name your own seat in the theatre, plaques bearing your preferred choice of wording are available from £500.

You can make a donation by credit or debit card online (select 'Students' Association' from the drop-down menu and then in the free text box write your preferred wording).

Saints Football Club – Alumni Weekend

playersThe Saints Football Club is gearing up for their event-packed Alumni Weekend in April, opening with an alumni vs leavers match at Dundee United's stadium on 11 April, followed on 12 April by men's and women's 6-a-side tournaments, 1st & 2nd XI matches and culminating in a grand Ball.

Further information is available from Stuart Milne, Director of Football at the University. We look forward to seeing you there.

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2014

A weekend of reunion activities, including a black tie dinner and ball, for those celebrating special anniversaries of their graduation year and others who wish to make a return visit to their alma mater. Further information on reunion events being planned is available here.

If you would like our help in trying to organise a class group or group of friends to attend Reunion Weekend, please do not hesitate to be in touch. T: +44 (0)1334 461913/467194 E:

Various venues, University of St Andrews
Friday 27 – Sunday 29 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

New face – North America

sarah boyleSarah Boyle has joined the University Development Office as North American Alumni and Development Officer. In this new position she will assist and further alumni relations and development in North America. Sarah graduated from St Andrews with an MA in Geography and International Relations. She enters this role after three years of working in the Development Office as a student phone campaign caller.

Based in Chicago, Sarah reports to Becky Mitchell, our North American Alumni and Development Manager, who is based in Chapel Hill, NC.

You can contact Becky at and Sarah at

University shop sale – last chance for a bargain!

saleThe 2014 Winter Sale at the University Shop will be ending soon. So hurry and catch up to 50% reductions in-store and online. Alumni can enjoy an additional 10% discount on sale items by using the code Sparc600 when prompted to do so. Offer ends 28 February 2014.

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


Magic of the Mummy Performance

puppetsFor age 5 upwards: Experience Ancient Egypt in all its gory detail as we follow the path of the first 'Mummy' to be created. This is a beautiful show with rod puppetry and shadow theatre by Clydebuilt Puppets that has delighted audiences all over the UK. Free, but booking essential.

MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Saturday 15 February, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

For full details of Museum Collections' current season of workshops, talks and special events, please visit our website.

Concert for Zambia

children This special event at the Younger Hall will feature vocal a cappella groups, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, University Big Band and legendary jazz pianist Richard Michael performing to raise funds for this year's Project Zambia.

The Student Services-run project will this year send four students and three members of staff to Kazemba for four weeks teaching literacy and music in a primary school. For these children, many of whom are single or double orphans, education represents the major route out of poverty.

Tickets for the weekend's event are available from the Music Centre at £5 (no concessions), or £2 for under 12s.

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Saturday 15 February, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

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

Medsin Mental Health Education Series

Dr Ross White coordinates the Global Mental Health programme at the University of Glasgow, which educates students about inequalities and inequities in mental health treatment across the world, cross-culturally. He will discuss the challenges and opportunities in global mental health provision.

Medical and Biological Sciences Building, North Haugh, St Andrews
Monday 17 February, 5.15pm – 6.15pm

James Gregory Lecture on Science and Christianity

james"Can a Scientist Trust the New Testament?"

Bishop Tom Wright, DD, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity,
University of St Andrews

Physics Lecture Theatre, North Haugh, St Andrews
Monday 17 February, 5.15pm - 7.00pm

Read more about Professor Wright's latest book Paul and the Faithfulness of God.

Friends of the Library Spring Lecture

person in library"Jane Austen's Scottish Sisters."

Helen Vincent, Senior Rare Books Curator at the National Library of Scotland

The lecture will be followed by tea/coffee.

Psychology Old Library, St Mary's Quadrangle, St Andrews
Thursday 20 February, 5.15pm – 6.30pm

Photo: Greg Macvean

Open Data and the Future of Science: Professor Geoffrey Boulton

boultonPublic lecture by Professor Geoffrey Boulton OBE, FRS, FRSE, General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Regius Professor Emeritus and former Vice Principal of the University of Edinburgh. A member of the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology, his research is in the field of climatic and environmental change and energy.

Wine and light refreshments will be served following the lecture.

Medical and Biological Sciences Building Lecture Theatre, North Haugh, St Andrews
Wednesday 26 February, 5.15pm - 6.15pm

Talk and Walk: A Day in the Life of A Bedellus

jardineEver wondered what it would be like to carry one of the University's magnificent maces to graduation? At this informal talk and walk Head Janitor, John Jardine, provides a fascinating insight into his other official role as 'Bedellus' (chief mace bearer) in one of the University's most ancient and important ceremonies. Weather permitting, John will lead you from MUSA to the Younger Hall to see where graduation takes place. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see John in the traditional Bedellus uniform! Meet at MUSA. Free but booking essential.

MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Thursday 27 February, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Commemoration of Founders and Benefactors Service

wardlawA service to commemorate the founders and benefactors of the University at which the guest preacher will be Rt Revd Lorna Hood, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Followed by a commemoration and laying of a wreath for Patrick Hamilton & all martyrs outside the Chapel.

St Salvator's Chapel, St Andrews
Sunday 23 February, 11.00am

StAnza 2014

stanzaScotland's International Poetry Festival. Five days of performance and reading, plus talks, exhibitions and installations, workshops, a masterclass, a Slam and open mic events. Headline poets this year include poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, John Burnside and Paul Muldoon, and this year's themes are 'A Common Wealth of Poetry' and 'Words Under Fire'.

Various venues, St Andrews
Wednesday 5 – Sunday 9 March

SCO Concert: Mozart's 'Jupiter'

Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with Richard Egarr as conductor/pianist, performing Schubert: Symphony No2 in B-flat (29'); Haydn: Piano Concerto in D (20'); Mozart: Symphony No 41 'Jupiter' (30').

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Wednesday 5 March, 7.30pm

General Council of the University of St Andrews

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


A Scottish Palette: A Selection of Works by Contemporary Scottish Artists

posterFeaturing the work of some of Scotland's most influential contemporary artists, this exciting new exhibition at the Gateway Galleries provides an opportunity to compare rarely seen works from the Royal Scottish Academy with works by the same artists from the University's own collection. Meet the colourful characters behind the artworks and unravel each artist's story. Explore the many ways that they have contributed to Scottish art and discover how their extraordinary creativity makes up Scotland's artistic palette.

Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews
Continues to Saturday 1 March

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

flourishJoin us for a celebration of the event 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


I Spend, Therefore I Am:
The True Cost of Economics

Choice bookDr Philip Roscoe, School of Management

Price £16.99 from Penguin

Accountability, Social Responsibility and Sustainability: Accounting for Society and the Environment

Crafts bookProfessor Robert Gray, School of Management, Carol A Adams and Dave Owen

Price £29.59 from Pearson

Alumni Authors

I Have The Honour To Be

Burned bookThomas Russell, MA 1941

Price £7.72 (Kindle edition) from Amazon

Luke Paul and the Mosque

Sacred bookVery Rev Dr Finlay A J Macdonald, MA 1967, BD 1970, PhD 1983, DD 2002

Price £11.65 from Amazon

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.

Student Activities Fund

group of studentsExtra-curricular activities are about more than just having fun and making friends, they help students gain valuable skills and enhance their time at university. The newly established Student Activities Fund provides financial assistance towards innovative projects students might otherwise struggle to accomplish. The deadline for applications was 31 January and we are looking forward to reading about the wide variety of fantastic initiatives our students are undertaking!

Click for more information or to support creative student activities.

Social networking

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