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St Andrews in the News

October 2014


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


League table successes

Guide CoverSt Andrews has again scored very highly in the latest round of university league tables. For the second year running St Andrews has been named Scottish University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015. The Guide ranked the University as 3rd best in the United Kingdom, its highest ever ranking by either The Times or The Sunday Times.

The University has also bolstered its international standing, being ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the world for the eighth year in succession, in the QS World University Ranking 2015. In the most recent listing, the Times Higher World University Rankings 2014/15, St Andrews is named as one of the top 50 universities in the world for research and teaching in the Arts and Humanities and among the top 20 for International Outlook.

Open Minds Lecture Series 2014

lectureFrom Monday 20 October until Friday 24 October, the University is opening its doors and inviting members of the public to join in on scheduled lectures in the Faculties of Arts, Science and Medicine. This is an opportunity for you, your friends and your family to try out the St Andrews learning experience for yourselves. Places are free but limited and booking is essential.

Full details of the programme are available here.

Christmas Carol Service 2014

westminster central hall

Friday 19 December, 2014
Westminster Central Hall

logoWe look forward to welcoming you to the London Alumni Club's 2014 Christmas Carol Service, to be held this year at the historic Westminster Central Hall. The Service will follow the Club's previous events in Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral and St Columba's Church and will be a great opportunity to celebrate the festive season whilst catching up with old friends and making some new ones too! Following the carol service we will welcome guests to join receptions and soak up the party atmosphere with a ceilidh and DJ.

We hope that you, your family, friends and fellow graduates will join us for this special occasion.

Tickets are on sale now

Further information and full terms and conditions of the event are available on our website.

Monkey business

monkeyScientists from St Andrews, in partnership with international colleagues, have witnessed in real-time new behaviour being adopted and transmitted from individual to individual within a wild chimpanzee colony.

For details of other research developments at the University, please visit our Research Blog.

Bioscience boost

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The East of Scotland BioScience Doctoral Training Partnership (EASTBIO) and the University of St Andrews are to benefit from £14.5 million funding announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Varsity victory


The University of St Andrews men's rugby team lifted the Scottish varsity trophy, thanks to a 17-12 win over the University of Edinburgh last month. You can view highlights of the match here.

Andrew Carnegie Lecture

grotzingerProfessor John Grotzinger, the Fletcher Jones Professor of Geology at the California Institute of Technology and Project Scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory mission, recently delivered a fascinating talk on Curiosity's mission of exploration at Gale Crater, Mars to a packed audience in the Medical and Biological Sciences Building.

This was the second in the University's Andrew Carnegie Lecture Series, a ten-year programme that is bringing some of the world's leading thinkers to Scotland.

Golfing greats online

torranceFollowing the success of the recent Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, there is now the chance to relive the highlights of previous Ryder Cup tournaments through the iconic images of the late Lawrence Levy, official photographer for the European Ryder Cup team. The University has just put online a collection of over 1500 photographs by Lawrence Levy and they can be viewed here.

bridgeIf you are planning to come to St Andrews for The Open Championship next summer (19th July 2015), the University is offering a selection of room types and catering options, ranging from bed and breakfast to dinner, bed and breakfast on a five or seven night package. All accommodation is within walking distance of the Old Course and the historic town centre of St Andrews.

Further details of accommodation packages are available here.

Supporting Women in Maths and Science

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St Andrews is one of a number of universities and research institutes to be awarded Athena SWAN Charter awards this year. The awards recognise commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine in higher education and research.

St Andrews: Where Time Began?

greenwichThe 17th Century Scottish astronomer and scientific pioneer James Gregory laid down a meridian line across the floor of his lab at the University in 1673, almost 200 years before the Greenwich Meridian was established and arbitrarily adopted as the world's official prime meridian. Now St Andrews has recognised Gregory's remarkable body of work with a permanent public memorial – a solid brass line which follows exactly the line of his meridian and bisects the pavement in South Street outside the King James Library, where there is also a commemorative plaque on the wall which was unveiled by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson.

One of the best places to work

hr logoThe University has received international recognition for its efforts in supporting the personal, professional and career development of its researchers. The award demonstrates the University's commitment to improving the working conditions and career development of its research staff, whilst attracting and retaining the best from across the globe.

Alumni News, Clubs and Services

Mark your diary now for Alumni Reunion Weekend 2015

dancingA weekend of reunion activities, including a formal dinner and ball on the Saturday, for those celebrating special anniversaries of their graduation year and any others who wish to make a return visit to their alma mater. Further information on other events being planned will be made available as soon as possible. In the meantime, it is never too early to seek our help if you would like to organise a group to attend together, to find lost friends etc. Please contact us at

Various venues, University of St Andrews
Friday 26 – Sunday 28 June 2015

The St Andrews University Club, Cambridge

The St Andrews University Club, Cambridge are holding their annual drinks evening on Thursday 23 October at Browns Cambridge at 7.30 pm. Browns is almost opposite the Fitzwilliam Museum on Trumpington Street (CB2 1QA). This is an informal occasion to meet new and old friends, and in particular, we would like to welcome any new graduates to the area.

Bute Medical Society: Cheese & Wine evenings with guest speakers

logo28 October 2014
6:30pm Cheese & Wine
7:00pm Talk by Dr Thomas Gilbertson (BSc 2003), Consultant Neurologist at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

11 November 2014
6:30pm Cheese & Wine
7:00pm Talk by Dr Gerald Burnett (BSc 1981), General Practitioner, Eden Villa Medical Practice, Cupar

Venue for both: Medical and Biological Sciences Building, North Haugh (No 17 F2 on the map)

Please register to attend by contacting Rachel Wood (the student Centennial Celebrations Convener) at
E: providing your name and year of graduation (if applicable) and indicating whether or not you are a medical graduate.

logoCalling Albany Park Alumni

You can now keep up to date with fellow alumni of Albany Park Hall via our new Facebook page.

Forthcoming events in North America

2014 Fall Faculty Convocation with Professor Louise Richardson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, at Georgetown University

Date: 14 October 2014
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Gaston Hall, Healy Hall, 3rd Floor, Georgetown University, 37th and "O" Streets, NW, Washington, D.C. Please register here.

Vancouver Lecture with Professor Peter Cawood

Date: 20 October 2014
Time: 6:30pm for 7:00pm
Location: The Vancouver Club (915 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1C6-Canada)
Please contact Becky Mitchell- with any queries.
Please register here.

Calgary Lecture with Professor Peter Cawood

Date: 22 October 2014
Time: 6:30pm for 7:00pm
Location: TBC
Please contact Becky Mitchell- with any queries or interest in attending.
Please register here.

Ann Arbor, MI Poetry Reading with Professor Robert Crawford at University of Michigan

Date: 29 October 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Space 2435 North Quad, University of Michigan (105 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109) More information on Professor Crawford's reading can be found here.
Please contact Sarah Boyle if you plan on attending or have any queries.

San Francisco Lecture with Professor Frank Gunn-Moore

Date: 10 November 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: tbc. Please contact Sarah Boyle with any queries or interest in attending. Registration information will be emailed out in the coming weeks.

Chicago Lecture with Professor Ian Taylor

Date: 18 November 2014
Time: 6:00pm Location: tbc.
Please contact Sarah Boyle with any queries or interest in attending.

San Francisco Alumni Club

The Club has a new Facebook page. If you are not on Facebook and would like more information about the Club's activities, please email Robert LeMeur at

University Retail Store

student on bench

Start this University year in style with branded merchandise from our University store. Alumni can enjoy an additional 10% off all items in our sale section when using either of the following discount methods: in store, present your SPARC card to a member of the sales team. Online, add the discount voucher code – SPARC600 – when prompted to do so.

For further details, visit our website.

All purchases help to directly support teaching and research at the University of St Andrews.


Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Haydn and Mahler

cargillRobin Ticciati, conductor
Karen Cargill, mezzo soprano

A magnificent opportunity to hear world-renowned Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill singing Mahler's heart-wrenching Kindertotenlieder. In addition, the SCO perform Haydn's glorious final symphony and Hosokawa's Meditation in memory of the 2011 earthquake victims in East Japan. Photo credit: K K Dundas.

Tickets: £11 – £22, £5 (students)

Younger Hall, St Andrews
Wednesday 15 October, 7.30pm

The Music Centre's new brochure, with details of all this season's performances and events, is available to download from our website.

Women and Wine presents Fragments and Monuments: Mary Wollstonecraft, 1759 – 1797

recent workSusan Manly (English, St Andrews) and Anna Birch (RCS) will present a workshop on Mary Wollstonecraft, author of 'A Vindication of the Rights of Women' (1792) and often regarded as one of the founding feminist philosophers. Anna reflects on how static monuments function in public space to create and reinforce established gender hierarchies, while Susan's most recent work focuses on Mary's writing for girls, especially the 'Lessons'. Special Collections will exhibit original first editions of Wollstonecraft's works and the event will be followed by a wine reception hosted by St Leonards College.

More information about the event.

Bell Pettigrew Museum, Bute Building, St Andrews
Thursday, 16 October 2014, 3.00pm – 6.00pm

CFS Talk: "What is film culture, and what, if anything does the government have to do with it?"

coverProfessor Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (Queen Mary University London) will present on the subject of the BFI and the UK government's interest in supporting popular culture as well as cultural institutions. What do governments think they are supporting through their cultural influence? Useful activities? Popular and entertaining information? Or something integral to national cultural and identity?

Arts Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, St Andrews
Tuesday, 21 October, 5.15pm – 7.00pm

Please visit our website for details of all forthcoming Centre for Film Studies events.

Comedy Cabaret with Kit and McConnel

duoThe ballroom of St Andrews' new Hotel du Vin provides the opulent setting for a late-night session with hilarious musical comedy duo Kit Hesketh-Harvey and James McConnel.

Hotel du Vin, St Andrews
Saturday, 25 October, 10.00pm

This event is part of St Andrews' ground-breaking festival that places the voice, and all its diverse musical incarnations, at the centre of its programme. St Andrews Voices explores unique programming that crosses traditional genre boundaries.The festival runs from Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 October and the full programme is available here.

What are New Psychoactive Substances ('Legal Highs')?

An educational event hosted by: WHO Collaborating Centre for International Child and Adolescent Health Policy. Sponsored by: the Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit and Student Services.

School of Mathematics and Statistics, Lecture Theatre C, North Haugh, St Andrews
Monday, 27 October, 9.30am – 10.30am

A Blunt Saw and Gritted Teeth? Mediaeval Surgery Illustrated

Mediaeval surgery is often likened to unhygienic butchery, but how far is this a true picture? This illustrated talk by Dr Angela Montford reviews the history and development of anatomical knowledge and discusses the operations that the surgeon of the Middle Ages was able to undertake.

MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Wednesday, 29 October, 5.30pm – 6.15pm

Details of all this season's varied programme of events for adults, children and families is available from our website.

Friends of the Library November Lecture

wyattDonald Jackson, Master Calligrapher, will speak about his production of the St John's Bible.

Arts Lecture Theatre, St Andrews
Thursday, 06 November, 5.15pm – 6.15pm Followed by tea/coffee.

Image: Andrew Montgomery

Artist talk Barbara Rae

artworkJoin Barbara Rae, one of Britain's most outstanding contemporary artists in the Gateway Galleries as she talks about her inspirations and processes. A great opportunity to look in detail at Rae's artwork and meet the artist. Free, booking essential

Gateway Galleries North Haugh, St Andrews
Thursday, 6 November, 5.15pm – 6.15pm

(Further information about her exhibition 'Barbara Rae: Place and Process' which continues at Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews
to Saturday 13 December 2014)

James Gregory Public Lecture on Science and Christianity

gregory'Darwin and God: The Historical Relationship'

Professor Ron Numbers, Hilldale Professor of the History of Science and Medicine and a member of the department of medical history and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Physics Department, Lecture Theatre A, St Andrews
Monday, 10 November, 5.15pm – 7.00pm

General Council of the University of St Andrews

The next meeting of the General Council will take place on Friday 21 November 2014 at 17:45 for 18:00 in the Lawrence Levy Studio Theatre at The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews.
Further information when available can be found here.


Doctors in the Making: Medicine at St Andrews

How have doctors learned to keep us fit and healthy? In this exhibition you'll discover how our knowledge of the human body and healthcare has developed over time. Rarely seen items from the University's medical collections reveal the role St Andrews has played in pioneering life-changing medical discoveries. They show how technology, equipment and the human body itself have changed the ways in which doctors treat us.

17 October 2014 – 19 April 2015
MUSA,7a The Scores, St Andrews


Alumni Authors

hodgeWilfred Owen

Dr Guy Cuthbertson, MA 1998

Price $40.00 from Yale University Press

legacyMayor Eats Oats And Foes Meet Ghosts

Roger Holmes, BSc 1985

Price £2.84 (Kindle edition) 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.

Social networking

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

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