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St Andrews in the News
January 2014


Happy New Year and welcome to the January issue of St Andrews in the News, our regular e-newsletter for alumni, friends and supporters around the world.


Clean energy solutions

paper millBacked by a £10 million grant from the Scottish Funding Council which is supporting carbon reduction schemes across Scottish Higher Education, the University is proposing to generate power through clean biomass at the former Guardbridge paper mill and pump hot water 4 miles underground to St Andrews to heat and cool its labs and residences.

Life on other planets

exoplanetScientists in the School of Physics and Astronomy have revealed that clouds in the atmospheres of alien worlds could give rise to the precursors to life. Their research found that such electrified dusty environments can lead to the formation of prebiotic molecules - the biological seeds that produce life.

Into our seventh century

principalThe conclusion of our 600th Anniversary celebrations was marked in fine style by students, staff, alumni and friends around the world. In St Andrews, a weekend of festivities around St Andrew's Day included a giant outdoor ceilidh in St Salvator's Quadrangle. In London, the London Alumni Club organised a hugely impressive and successful Service of Thanksgiving in Westminster Abbey. Our Alumni Club of New York hosted a special 600th Anniversary Gala with the University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, as guest speaker, outlining plans for the University's future. Picture: Alexandra Arenas Photography

martyrs kirkWith the start of 2014, it is on the future that we are now focused. Our campaign to create new opportunities and enhance our infrastructure so that we can compete with our peer institutions worldwide continues apace. We are delighted to announce a major gift from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to support the preservation, conservation and purchase of books and materials in our Special Collections. This very generous donation will complement the University's recent sensitive renovation of Martyrs Kirk as a Postgraduate Library and Special Collections Reading Room.

With over 10,000 donations to the campaign so far, and one of the highest donor participation rates of alumni of any UK university, we are almost halfway to our target. But we still have a way to go. If you would like to join our special community of donors and ensure the University enters its seventh century with confidence, please register your support here.

Addressing accommodation affordability

townA new report by the University's Centre for Housing Research has concluded that the University, Fife Council and the Scottish Government must work together to develop new models of housing and rental provision in St Andrews and North-East Fife to address considerable accommodation pressures in the town and its environs, caused largely by the success of the University.

Growth stunted by poor policy-making

townSupport for high-growth firms by the UK and Scottish Governments is substantially misconceived and could be holding back economic growth, according to new research from the Universities of St Andrews, Glasgow and Stirling.

Public health recognition

healthThe University's School of Medicine has been designated the World Health Organisation's Collaborating Centre for International Child and Adolescent Health Policy. The Centre, under the directorship of Candace Currie, Professor of Child and Adolescent Health, aims to improve inequalities in the health and well-being of our young people.

More heat and light

laserA new discovery, by researchers in the School of Physics and Astronomy, on why plastic solar cells work so well, could lead to better solar panels that are less expensive and more efficient.

Genetic 'tug-of-war' of menopause

paintingThe menopause, and its turbulent transition, can be blamed on a conflict between the genes a woman inherits from each of her parents, according to scientists from St Andrews, London and Japan.

Saving Scotland's coastal heritage

coastlineThe recent storms that have battered the coastlines of Scotland could reveal important new archaeological sites. Working as part of a national project, St Andrews' archaeologists are appealing to the public for help in saving valuable information about Scotland's history.

Ark of the Covenant revealed

arkAn ancient text, the "Treatise of the Vessels" (Massekhet Kelim, in Hebrew), translated into English for the first time by Professor James Davila of the School of Divinity, claims to reveal where treasures from King Solomon's temple were hidden and discusses the fate of the Ark of the Covenant itself.

Investment in innovation

Small and medium enterprises in key priority sectors have injected over £7m in innovation and Research, Technology & Development as a result of a unique academic industry engagement project involving St Andrews, Edinburgh Napier and Queen Margaret universities.

Alumni News, Clubs and Services

After Many Days Club: Winter Lunch – 1 February 2014

The Club will hold its annual winter lunch, for AMDC members and their guests, in the Scores Hotel on Saturday, 1 Febuary at 12.30 for 1 pm. The speaker this year will be the well-known and popular composer and conductor, Paul Mealor. Apart from his compositions for the Royal Wedding and for the Service of Thanksgiving in St Paul's Cathedral last year, Paul is now more widely known as one of the expert judges on the TV show 'The Choir - Sing while you Work'. He will be assisted and accompanied in his talk by members of the University Chapel Choir.

There are still some places available so please get in touch by Monday 27 January at the latest with the Treasurer Mr Peter Haselhurst on 01334 652982 or email if you would like to come. The cost for two courses and coffee is £20.00 per person.

There is wheelchair access - please contact the Hotel T: 01334 472451 directly if you may need assistance.

Oh What a Lovely War Reunion

In March 1969, The Mermaids put on a memorable first-ever student production of 'Oh What A Lovely War'. Next month, as part of the centennial memorial of the start of the First World War, there will be a revival of the original production at the east London theatre where Joan Littlewood conceived this famous piece of theatre. 45 members of the St Andrews cast, crew and audience are getting together for a 45th anniversary celebration of the Mermaid production. They will be there at the show at Stratford East Theatre on 8 February and anyone who remembers the show and would like to join us would be most welcome.

For further information contact Richard Street:

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

Calling all UK University Alumni in the United States

uk usaThe British Embassy in Washington DC has announced a new programme to bring together UK university alumni in the US as an important and growing part of the US-UK relationship. The Embassy and its nine consulates around the US host hundreds of events each year, from informal networking receptions to panel discussions on UK-related topics to formal receptions with UK Government representatives.

To register your interest in attending events in your area, please visit

New Year, new look – Winter Sale

Start 2014 in style with high-quality, branded clothing and accessories from our University shop in Market Street. Our Winter Sale has just started and we have great bargains with 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


The Other Guys in Boston

Come and enjoy the singing talent of Scotland's premier all-male a cappella ensemble - St Andrews' very own The Other Guys - and celebrate our current exhibition 'A Kaleidoscope in Time'.

Childs Gallery, 169 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Wednesday 22 January, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

RSVP by January 20th or 617-266-1108

Further details of The Other Guys' US tour are available on their website.

Free Whisky and Watercolour

musaTry your hand at watercolour and tickle your taste buds with whisky. Inspired by artwork showcased in the exhibition 'A Scottish Palette'. Over 18s only.

This event is free but booking is essential. To book phone 01334 461663/461660 or email

MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Saturday 25 January, 1.00pm – 3.30pm

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

Centre for Film Studies Talk: Diane Negra – Gendering the Recession

dianeDiane Negra is Professor of Film Studies and Screen Culture and Head of Film Studies at University College Dublin. She is the author, editor or co-editor of eight books, including the forthcoming Gendering the Recession (Duke University Press, 2014).

Arts Lecture Theatre, St Andrews
Tuesday 28 January, 5.15pm – 7.00pm

Details of all forthcoming CFS events are available on our website.

St Andrews Institute of Intellectual History

Inaugural lecture of the St Andrews Institute of Intellectual History
Professor John Robertson (Cambridge)
"Sociability between Natural law and Sacred History, 1650-1800″

School 1, St Salvator's Quad, North Street, St Andrews
Tuesday 28 January 2014, 5.00pm to 6.00pm

Professor Donald Winch (Sussex and St Andrews)
"The Political Economy of Empire"

School 1, St Salvator's Quad, North Street, St Andrews
Tuesday 4 February 2014, 5.00pm to - 6.00pm

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 to 7.00pm

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
Picture: Greg Macvean

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

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. Please note nominations for this election close on 31 January 2014.

For further General Council news, please visit our website.


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

Further information about the exhibition.

MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Saturday 11 January - Wednesday 30 September

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
Saturday 18 January – Saturday 1 March


Scottish Independence and Literary Imagination 1314-2014

Choice bookProfessor Robert Crawford, School of English

Price £75.00 / £19.99 from Edinburgh University Press

Further information about this book.

The Decorated School:
Essays on the Visual Culture of Schooling

Crafts bookEdited by Dr Jeremy Howard, School of Art History, Catherine Burke, Peter Cunningham

Price £14.95 from black dog publishing

Further information about this book.

Alumni Authors

Still Me...

Burned bookMaggie Mackay, MA Hons 1975, and All Write Then group of emerging writers

Price £8.00 from Pewter Rose Press

The Angel of Charleston:
Grace Higgens, Housekeeper to the Bloomsbury Group

Sacred bookStewart MacKay, MA 2002

Price £16.99 from British Library Publishing

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 the University activities and events online via Facebook, Twitter and our blog IncomparaBubble.


Follow our 600th Anniversary celebrations on Facebook.

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

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

Contact details

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