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St Andrews in the News

April 2015


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

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Finalists announced for St Andrews Prize

prize logo

callumThe three finalists have been chosen for this year’s prestigious St Andrews Prize for the Environment from 400 entries from around the world.

The St Andrews Prize is a joint environmental initiative by the University and exploration and production company ConocoPhillips that seeks to find practical solutions to environmental challenges from around the globe.

This year’s St Andrews Prize Lecture, entitled ‘Ocean Extinction Averted - What will it take’, will be delivered by Professor Callum Roberts, University of York and takes place on Wednesday 22 April in the Medical and Biological Sciences Lecture Theatre at 6.00pm. No registration is required to attend the lecture.

Whales and warming

whalesUniversity researchers believe that fin and humpbacked whales have changed the timing of their seasonal migration in response to global warming.

The research has found that over a 27-year period the whales arrived at feeding grounds on average one day earlier each year, suggesting a remarkable ability to react to small fluctuations in sea temperature.

Masterful images

jackAn online gallery of 6,000 photographs from one of the world's most iconic golf tournaments, The Masters, was launched last week by the University’s Special Collections to coincide with the annual tournament at Augusta. The Masters collection makes available images taken between 1981 and 1993 by renowned golf photographer Lawrence Levy and includes some images never before seen by the public. Collection cataloguer Trevor Ledger said: "The collection is huge and the task we have undertaken is a long-haul affair. So far we have uploaded over 200,000 images, including around 6,000 photographs from The Masters."

Photos from the Levy Collection will also be featured in the tented village at The Open when it returns to St Andrews in July, further details in the event listings below.

Happier and healthier

youthYoung people are happier and healthier than their counterparts a decade ago, according to a major new study into the wellbeing of adolescents across Europe and North America.

University on record

choirThe Sanctiandree label will profile St Salvator’s Chapel Choir under the direction of University Organist Tom Wilkinson. The first release is a CD entitled Salvator MundiThe Purcell Legacy recorded last year by St Salvator's Chapel Choir and the Fitzwilliam String Quartet. It will be released later this month.

Waspish multiple mating

waspThe mating behaviour of tiny wasps could provide vital clues to how animals can protect themselves from extinction. Biologists at St Andrews have discovered that under laboratory conditions female wasps live longer by mating with multiple males.

Dramatic recognition

playwriteTwo University lecturers have received international recognition for their dramatic works. Zinnie Harris, Senior Lecturer in Playwriting in the School of English has won the prestigious Berwin Lee Playwrights Award in New York. Meanwhile, lecturer Oliver Emanuel’s award-winning show Dragon is going to be presented as part of the Edinburgh International Festival this year.

Advancing human health

tbThe University is playing a lead role in a revolutionary new programme in the fight against tuberculosis, one of the world’s deadliest diseases. Professor Stephen Gillespie will join forces with fellow experts around the world in a ground-breaking global clinical trial.

The University has teamed up with a world-leading laser and photonics company to develop a number of new technologies with the potential to help in the detection and treatment of life threatening conditions such as cancer.

St Andrews experts are also part of a consortium of researchers set to benefit from a grant of £4.2 million to establish a new Scottish Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Institute (SHAIPI).

Rowing in the right direction

rowingThe University Rowing Club is helping to introduce new talent to the sport in the local area.This year the Club was given performance status, a Director of Rowing was hired and, at the Head of the River races held on the Thames, both the men’s and women’s teams achieved the best rankings in the University’s history.

Iain Rice, the new Director of Rowing, introduces an insight to the training schedule of the Boat Club.

Pilgrimage to Rome

romeIn light of the recent gift of the 600th Mace to the University, the Catholic Society (CathSoc) recently undertook a pilgrimage to Rome. Fr Michael John Galbraith, Honorary Catholic Chaplain, was joined by more than 20 students. While in Rome, the party met a small number of alumni, attended a papal audience and were received at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Watchers of the skies

eclipseSt Andrews student Henry Legg captured the recent solar eclipse in an iconic image from the West Sands.

New research by an international team, including the University’s School of Mathematics & Statistics, has revealed how the dark cavities in the Northern Lights are created.

Alumni Events

Alumni Festival 2015: 17-19 April

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There is still time to book for our first Alumni Festival Weekend, a collaboration between the Students’ Association, Athletic Union and Alumni team in Development, taking place from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 April.

We hope there will be something of interest to you as our sports clubs and societies invite their alumni back to St Andrews to take part in club events and socialise with current members. Why not join us for early evening drinks hosted by the University in Parliament Hall on the Saturday evening, with entertainment from award-winning a cappella group The Alleycats. There will be an opportunity to catch up on the latest developments at the University. Please note that pre-booking for this event is essential.

View the full programme of events.

Please register your interest here.

The University of St Andrews Alumni Club of New York: May Ball tickets now available


On Saturday, May 9, The University of St Andrews Alumni Club of New York is bringing the May Ball to the financial district of New York City at the historic Down Town Association. We invite you to join us for this black-tie (or kilts) event for what will be a truly memorable evening.

Tickets for the annual May Ball are on sale via our website. Social members receive a 10% discount on all tickets. Please note that you must create an account before booking through the website.

St Andrews Palmer International: 20-21 June


Graduation Week 2015 at the University runs from Monday 22 – Friday 26 June. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our latest cohort of scholars. If you are coming to St Andrews for Graduation, or just happen to be in the area, why not join us for a special charity golf tournament on the weekend of 20-21 June in aid of The Arnold Palmer Scholarship and the Saints Golf Programme, both of which support the development of talented student golfers at the University.

The two-day tournament will be held on the award-winning Fairmont and Kingsbarns courses. Full details available here or email

Book now for Reunion Weekend 2015 – 26-28 June

students on beach

The highlight of the weekend will be the Reunion Dinner and Ball with Tom Orr and his ceilidh band and disco. Other events include: a Drinks Tasting Fair; a Jazz Night; a tour of the redeveloped Students’ Association with lunch; and a Farewell Lunch with a talk on the history of the recently refurbished St Salvator’s Quadrangle. For those who would like to fit in a round of golf, The Fairmont St Andrews is offering reunion guests a special 50% alumni discount. We are also delighted to be able to offer a special 10% alumni discount on ensuite accommodation with breakfast at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

Click here for further details and instructions on how to purchase event tickets and book accommodation and golf.

We look forward to welcoming back alumni and their guests from near and far and from across the graduation years. We hope you can join us.

T: +44 (0)1334 467194 / 461913

The Open, The University


The University is delighted to be involved with The Open Championship, which returns to the ‘Home of Golf’ from 13 – 19 July. We look forward to welcoming back to St Andrews our many friends and supporters who will be attending this highlight of the golfing calendar.

For the first time ever, the University will be staging an exhibition of photography within the tented village at The Open. Entitled ‘The Open, The University’, the exhibition will largely comprise of images from the University Library’s internationally important Lawrence Levy and George M Cowie Collections.

Throughout the week of The Open, the University will be hosting a marquee on Lower College Lawn with refreshments, guest speakers and live entertainment. Let us know you are coming in advance and secure an alumni discount.

Golf Tournament
Once you have enjoyed watching the golf, why not take to the links yourself? Our second charity tournament of the summer takes place on 21 – 22 July on the award-winning Kingsbarns and Crail courses. Once again, proceeds will benefit The Arnold Palmer Scholarship and the Saints Golf Programme. Click here for full details.

For further information on the above events, please email We look forward to seeing you this summer.

Alumni News, Clubs and Services

St Andrews Alumni Club Shanghai

Event: Finance Afternoon Tea
Saturday 18 April
Time: 2.00pm
Location: No 18, Lane 295, WanPing Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China


Contact: Please contact Jiang Chenwei (wechat: vivianj) or Xu Jiayu (wechat: Jiayu_xu) directly to sign up this activity.

Anyone interested in Finance is welcome to join us for an afternoon of networking, business projects matching and resource sharing.

Events in the US during April / May

Chicago Pub Night

Date: 21 April 2015
Time: 6.00pm
Location: Haymarket, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661
Contact address for queries/if planning to attend:

Please join us for the quarterly University of St Andrews - Chicago Pub Night. We will be joined this time by Director of Development, Robert Fleming, and Director of International Admissions, Beth Shotton. If you are planning to attend, please email in advance.

‘Cézanne, art and life’ - Professor Alex Danchev

cezanne artwork

Alex Danchev is Professor of International Relations at St Andrews and the Leverhulme Research Fellow. At these events, he will talk about the artist-creator Paul Cézanne and his impact on the writers and film-makers, poets and philosophers of the modern world.

Date: Thursday 16 April 2015
Time: 6.00pm
Location: East Bank Club, 500 N Kingsbury Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Contact address for queries:

Date: Tuesday 21 April 2015
Time: 6.30pm
Location: Root Room (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Building), 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
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Date: Thursday 30 April 2015
Time: 6.30pm
Location: Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, 111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston, TX 77024
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Writing the Life of T S Eliot - Professor Robert Crawford

coverRobert Crawford’s Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land is one of the most highly praised biographies of 2015. Professor Crawford will talk about some of the challenges in writing about the man many see as the twentieth century’s greatest poet. Please join us for this wonderfully thought-provoking discussion with Robert Crawford, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the British Academy, and Professor in the University’s School of English.

Date: Friday 24 April 2015
Time: 6.30pm
Location: Trident Booksellers and Café, 338 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115
Contact address for queries:

Date: Tuesday 28 April 2015
Time: 6.45pm
Location: The Strand Bookstore, 826 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
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University Retail Store

teddybearPut a spring in your step with our new season items, including ties, caps, children’s clothing and silk scarves, as well as a range of sustainable clothing emblazoned with the University motto - Ever to Excel. There is also a new range of kilts, trousers and mini kilts in the exclusive University tartan.

The shop is currently open between 11am and 5:30pm Tuesday-Saturday.

For more information, get in touch with the shop on +44 (0)1334 474390 or

University Events

History of Photography Annual Lecture 2015

smith‘Memories of Stone: nineteenth-century photography, locomotion and antiquity’
Professor Lindsay Smith, University of Sussex

School II, St Salvator's Quadrangle, St Andrews
Wednesday 15 April, 4.15pm – 5.30pm

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Mozart and the Horn

BBC Radio 3 Young Generation Artist and SCO Principal Horn, Alec Frank-Gemmill takes on the mantle of the greatest horn player of the late 18th century, Joseph Leutgeb, as he performs Mozart’s Horn Concerto no. 2. This concert of grand Viennese classics culminates in Beethoven’s humorous Eighth Symphony of 1812.

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Wednesday 15 April, 7.30pm

Details of all this season’s musical events.

Mermaids present Hamlet

posterThis modern, Nordic Noir-inspired production infuses Shakespeare’s well-known story of the Danish court with the aesthetics, atmosphere and moral ambiguity known to British audiences through TV shows such as The Killing and Borgen.

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews
Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 April, 7.30pm

The full season’s programme of events at The Byre Theatre is now available.

The Andrew Carnegie Lecture Series

goldhagen‘The Devil That Never Dies: The Rise and Threat of Global Anti-Semitism’
Dr Daniel Goldhagen

Buchanan Lecture Theatre, Union Street, St Andrews
Monday 27 April, 5.45pm – 6.45pm (doors open at 5.15pm)

Dance Society - Once Upon a Time

posterEach year we hold a themed end-of-year show at the Byre Theatre open to the public.

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews
Tuesday 28 – Thursday 29 April, 7.30pm (+ 2.30pm performance on Thursday)

General Council

Business Committee vacancies: A reminder that the closing date for nominations for seven vacancies on the Business Committee is 22 April 2015. Further information and nomination forms can be found here.

Next meeting: The General Council will next meet on Saturday 27 June 2015 at 10.30 am in Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews. Tea/coffee will be available from 10 am.

For further General Council news, please visit our website.


Doctors in the Making: Medicine at St Andrews

posterExhibition about the study of medicine at St Andrews. Rarely seen objects from the University’s medical collection will be on public display, including anatomical specimens, notes and drawings, medical instruments and objects linked to medical pioneers at the University.

MUSA,7a The Scores, St Andrews
Continues to Sunday 19 April

From Balloons to Typhoons - RAF Leuchars: Life on Base

jetsCome and discover the century-long history of the people and the air base of RAF Leuchars. Take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the diverse collection of objects, photographs and service memorabilia to celebrate life on base. Organised by students on the University’s postgraduate Museum and Galleries Studies course.

A full programme of activities for adults and children accompanies the exhibition.

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

Treasures of the Kingdom: Fife's Decorative Heritage Unearthed

posterExplore the wonders of Fife’s Archaeology- let your eyes be drawn to the carved whirls of Pictish stone carvings and wonder at the gleam of gold on a mediaeval skeleton ring. From Bronze age pots to Roman brooches and mediaeval badges, the exhibition showcases some of the fascinating finds from across the Kingdom. Organised by students on the University’s postgraduate Museum and Galleries Studies course.

A full programme of activities for adults and children accompanies the exhibition.

St Andrews Museum, Kinburn Park, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews
Continues to Sunday 17 May

Poles Apart: changing attitudes to whaling in the 20th century

shipBringing together scientific papers, sperm whale bones, harpoons and knives, the exhibition tells the story of two whaling industries in the Arctic and Antarctic. Organised by the University’s Special Collections team.

Further information available here.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum, St Ayles, Harbourhead, Anstruther, Fife
Continues to Sunday 31 May

Philosophical Transactions: 350 years of publishing at the Royal Society

artworkThis exhibition celebrates the 350th anniversary of the world’s first scientific journal, the Philosophical Transactions, showcasing treasures from the Royal Society’s archive connected with the journal as well as ongoing work being carried out by the ‘Publishing the Philosophical Transactions: the social, cultural and economic history of a learned journal. 1665-2015' project, led by Dr Aileen Fyfe of the School of History at St Andrews.

The Royal Society, 6 – 9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG
Continues to Tuesday 23 June


Alumni Authors

RanscombeThe Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliff-hanger at Augusta

Gil Capps, JYA 1990

In this riveting account of the 1975 Masters Tournament, acclaimed golf television veteran Gil Capps recaptures the thrilling excitement when three iconic heavyweights—Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, and Tom Weiskopf—battled back and forth, dramatically culminating in one of the greatest finishes in golf history.

Price $13.20 (paperback) from Amazon


John Dennison, PhD 2011

The poems in this first collection by New Zealand poet John Dennison are concerned, above all, with love and with the strange, unlooked-for manner of its appearances among us.

Price £8.99 from Carcanet

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

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