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St Andrews in the News

March 2014


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


Monkey see, monkey do

monkeyResearchers at St Andrews have found that young monkeys adopt the different eating habits preferred by their mothers. In collaboration with the University of Neuchatel, Dr Erica van de Waal and Professor Andrew Whiten of the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, have shown that young vervet monkeys in the wild copy the different ways their mothers prepare food before eating it.

StAnza 2014


StAnza, St Andrews' celebrated international poetry festival, is currently in full swing, continuing until this coming Sunday evening (9 March). There is still time to catch up with a lively programme of readings, performances, talks, exhibitions and workshops including contributions from the University's own John Burnside and an In Conversation event with recent Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry recipient Douglas Dunn.

China comes to Fife

senior repsThree senior representatives of Nanjing Tech University, led by the institution's President, recently visited St Andrews to meet Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson and fellow senior University staff. It is hoped that this meeting will herald the start of future collaborations with the Chinese university on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Where memories go

sally and frankProfessor Frank Gunn-Moore, a leading dementia expert at St Andrews, has been praised for helping broadcaster Sally Magnusson better understand the disease that gripped her mother. The award-winning journalist sought the advice of Professor Gunn-Moore when researching her new book Where Memories Go. Why dementia changes everything. So insightful was her time at St Andrews, she ended up naming the book after something the researcher said to her during a tour of his lab.

On the Rocks 2014

on the rocks

Now in its sixth year, St Andrews' On the Rocks is Scotland's biggest student arts festival and brings together theatre, dance, music and comedy in a week-long celebration of student creativity. Highlights for this year include a production of the musical Cabaret, the Big Top Ball featuring circus acts, Sitara*, the Asian-inspired fashion show, and a number of community projects such as organ and clay workshops. This year's festival runs from Friday 4 - Sunday 13 April. Full programme details to follow.


teamThe University 's Rugby Football Club 1st XV has won the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championship for the first time in 16 years after a 41-20 defeat of Glasgow University's 1st XV. St Andrews have gone unbeaten in the process.

In other Saints sporting success this season, our Women's Fencing, Men's Lacrosse, Men's Table Tennis and Men's Tennis 1st were all champions of the top leagues in their sports, while our Women's Football 1st and 2nds and Women's Tennis 2nds won their respective leagues. With the season not yet over, many of our other teams are still in contention for top honours.

Become a Friend of MUSA

musa insideThe Friends of MUSA scheme is re-launching this year, offering supporters an opportunity to be more closely involved with the University museum and its activities. For an annual membership fee of £40, Friends will enjoy a range of benefits, including an invitation to an exhibition preview, a newsletter sharing exciting news from behind the scenes at the museum and an exclusive annual Friends event, the first of which is planned for late summer 2014.

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of MUSA please contact the MUSA Operations Officer on 01334 461711, email:

Alumni News, Clubs and Services

University of St Andrews Reception, Hong Kong

A reception for alumni and supporters of the University, including an informal Q&A session with University Principal, Professor Louise Richardson. Admission is free but please register your intention to attend by emailing The Reception, sponsored by Hamilton Grand, will take place on Thursday 27 March from 6.30pm – 8.30pm at the British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong.

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.

March 26, 2014 – Professor Andrew Pettegree - NYC

Speaker: Professor Andrew Pettegree
Topic: 'The Invention of the News: past, present, and future'
Time: 6.30pm: Reception, 7.15pm: Presentation
Place: Princeton Club (15 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036)
Tickets: $25. Purchased via:

March 27, 2014 - Professor Anthony Lang and Professor Nicholas Rengger - Toronto

Speaker: Professor Anthony Lang and Professor Nicholas Rengger
Topic: 'Whose War, Which justice? The Continuing Relevance of the Just War Tradition'
Time: 6.30pm: Reception, 7.15pm: Presentation
Place: The University Club of Toronto (380 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1R6)
Tickets: $25. Purchased via:

April 1, 2014 – Professor Andrew Pettegree - Durham, NC

Speaker: Professor Andrew Pettegree
Topic: 'The Invention of the News: past, present, and future'
Time: 12:00pm
Place: The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club (3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27705)
Tickets: $25. Purchased via:

University of St Andrews Alumni Club, London

City Drinks

Wednesday 26 March, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Fairly Square, 51 Red Lion Street, London WC1R 4PF

Saints Football Club – Alumni Weekend

teamThe 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

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


St Andrews Green Week

logoA week packed with exciting events, talks, films and activities celebrating sustainable living, hosted across town by community groups, student societies, the University's Environment team and Transition University of St Andrews.

Various venues, St Andrews
Saturday 8 March – Saturday 15 March

Science Discovery Day

childrenExperience fascinating aspects of all the sciences at the University's annual Science Discovery Day. Explore the mysteries of mud, make a fossil, build an electronic rainbow and discover many more amazing things, with something for the whole family.

School of Physics & Astronomy, North Haugh, St Andrews
Saturday 8 March, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Observatory Open Night

auroraOpen Night at the University Observatory. See Scotland's largest telescope in action, talk to the resident astronomers, observe Jupiter and the moon.
Photo: Steven J Thomson

University Observatory, St Andrews
Saturday 8 March, 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Big Ears, Little Ears

Join a Scottish Chamber Orchestra string quartet for a short informal concert of popular classics specially created for you and your baby. Take a seat, relax and lose yourself in the music. Tickets £6.50 adults/£5.00 children aged 12 months or over/Free entry for babies under 12 months.

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Wednesday 12 March, 11.00am

Inaugural Lecture: Professor Elspeth Graham

graham'Population Change in South-East Asia: Questions of Scale and Difference'

Professor Elspeth Graham, School of Geography and Geosciences

School III, St Salvator's Quadrangle, St Andrews
Wednesday 12 March, 5.15pm – 6.30pm

CMEMLL Law and Lit Lecture

'The Trials of Douglas Young: Hitler, Aristophanes and the SNP'

Professor Colin Kidd, School of History, University of St Andrews

The Lawson Lecture Room, Kennedy Hall, St Andrews
Wednesday 12 March, 5.15pm – 7.00pm

Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Early Evening Concert Series

SCO string players perform music by Haydn, Mozart, Webern and Schubert.

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Wednesday 12 March, 5.30pm

Sixty Hour Film Blitz Screening

logoFree screening of submitted entries to this year's competition. The festival evening will begin with the screening of the films, followed by a 20 minute intermission and will conclude with the awards presentation. Once the event has finished, there will be an after-party at the Rusacks Hotel where food and drink will be available, as well as the opportunity to talk to the judges, sponsors and fellow participants.

Buchanan Lecture Theatre, St Andrews
Thursday 13 March, 7.00pm

"What is Theological?"

logoThis conference will engage the topic of the nature of theology, by asking what makes the practice of ethics or politics, the interpretation of Scripture or the interpretation of a painting, a distinctly "theological" endeavour.

Registration cost is £5. Refreshments will be provided.

Boardroom, The Gateway, North Haugh, St Andrews
Friday 14 March, 10.00am – 5.30pm

Science Week at MUSA

apparatusA week of events for all ages to celebrate Science Week, including Science Busking in Church Square, a Pinhole Photography workshop, Science Magic presentation, and a chance to try out musical instruments in our Music Lab.

MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Friday 14 March – Sunday 23 March, various times

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

Slavonic Dances

scoScottish Chamber Orchestra with Robin Ticciati (conductor) and Tasmin Little (violin) performing;

Dvorák: Slavonic Dances from Op 72 (20')
Ligeti: Violin Concerto (28')
Haydn: Symphony No 31 'Horn Signal' (25')
Dvorák: Slavonik Dances from Op 46 (20')

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Wednesday 19 March, 7.30pm

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

North Atlantic Craton Conference 2014

helicopterTwo-day conference on craton-specific exploration targeting, using the North Atlantic Craton (NAC) as the area of interest.

University of St Andrews
Thursday 20 – Friday 21 March

Centre for Film Studies Talk: Annette Kuhn – Cultural Memory in Still and Moving Images

kuhnAnnette Kuhn's work on cultural memory is conducted in relation to still and moving images — photography and film. She is Senior Professorial Fellow in Film Studies at Queen Mary University London and has been editor for the journal Screen for many years.

Arts Lecture Theatre, St Andrews
Tuedsay 1 April, 5.15pm – 7.00pm

Lunchtime Gaelic Song Recital with Margaret Bennett

bennettEnjoy a very special lunchtime in the company of one of Scotland's foremost interpreters of Gaelic song.

Younger Hall, North Street,
St Andrews
Wednesday 2 April, 1.10pm

St Andrews Prize Lecture 2014

reynolds'Beyond £s – Valuing the things that really matter'.

Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE, Master of Emmanuel College Cambridge

Medical and Biological Sciences Lecture Theatre, North Haugh, St Andrews
Wednesday 30 April, 6.00pm

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.


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
Saturday 15 March 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 ground-breaking discoveries that unravelled the structures of DNA, penicillin and insulin. Find out how exactly molecules fit together, from diamonds to DNA. And 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
Saturday 15 March 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


All One Breath

Choice bookProfessor John Burnside, School of English

Price £10.00 from Random House

The Poetry Book Society's 'Choice' for the first quarter of 2014

Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things?
Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation

Crafts bookProfessor Robert Bartlett, School of History

Price $39.95 / £27.95 from Princeton University Press

Winner of the 2013 PROSE Award in European and World History, Association of American Publishers

Alumni Authors

Women in Waiting:
Prejudice at the Heart of the Church

Burned bookJulia Ogilvy, MA 1987

Price £11.69 from Bloomsbury

North with Franklin: The Lost Journals of James Fitzjames

Sacred bookJohn Wilson, BSc 1974

Price £3.30 from Amazon (Kindle edition)

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.


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