St Andrews in the News

December 2016

Welcome to the December edition of St Andrews in the News – the monthly e-newsletter that keeps all our alumni, parents, donors and friends in the loop about current news, information and events.

University news
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Installation Address

Professor Sally Mapstone was installed as the University’s 11th Principal on Tuesday, 29 November. She has pledged that Scotland’s oldest university will play a leading role in public debate as the UK negotiates an exit from the European Union. Read the Principal’s Installation Address and the Congratulatory Address by Ruth Hunt, CEO of Stonewall.

Congratulations to our new graduates!

The photo of the ‘Where next?’ map above contains 155 signatures of new November grads who are going to 46 different countries now that they have left St Andrews. Best wishes for the future and remember to keep in touch! Read the Principal’s first Graduation Address.

Early Christmas present for St Andrews

We are delighted to announce that a $5 million dollar donation from a former student will allow the University of St Andrews to establish a Chair in Philosophy and Public Affairs and an Endowed Lectureship in American Literature.

The donation to St Andrews from The Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund was arranged by Christopher C Davis and is believed to be one of the largest single gifts ever received by a Scottish university. Christopher Davis studied Moral Philosophy and Practical Theology at St Andrews and graduated in 1987. After working for the Episcopal Church in Paris, he returned to the United States to pursue a career in investment management. The Chair in Philosophy will be named ‘The Shelby Cullom Davis Chair in Philosophy’ after Christopher’s grandfather. Read more

SLIC device beats bacteria

The UN has identified antibiotic resistant bacteria as a major threat to global health, so the award-winning device developed by the Orbital Diagnostics team at St Andrews is a particularly important breakthrough. The Scattered Light Integrated Collector (SLIC) reduces the time taken to test bacteria for resistance from 24 hours to around 20 minutes. Read more

Principal’s tour of the Far East and Middle East

Prior to her formal Installation, Professor Sally Mapstone undertook a tour to Beijing, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and Dubai to meet many of our alumni and friends there. The tour began on 16 November when 100 friends and supporters of St Andrews gathered to welcome Professor Mapstone in Beijing during a reception generously hosted by St Andrews alumna Dame Barbara Woodward (MA 1983), British Ambassador to China. Read more.

University wins Sustainable Development Award for Eden Campus

The University of St Andrews and partners Vital Energi were recently invited to the Scottish Green Energy Awards 2016 to be presented with the Sustainable Development Award for the biomass energy centre at the Eden Campus at Guardbridge. Read more.

The Eden Campus was officially commissioned on Tuesday, 6 December, when the Principal lit the biomass boiler at a ceremony attended by representatives of the Guardbridge community and children from Guardbridge Primary School. Read more.

Former Senior Governor of the University awarded honorary degree

Sir Ewan Brown, (pictured alongside his wife, Lady Brown) who held the position of Senior Governor of the University of St Andrews from 2007 to June this year, was awarded an honorary degree on the first of our two-day Winter Graduations. Read more.

Chapel Choir releases new Christmas CD

A new CD of Christmas favourites sung by St Salvator’s Chapel choir has been released on Sanctiandree Records. The album captures the very special atmosphere of the University’s annual Carol Service when staff, students and members of the
St Andrews community join together to celebrate Christmas. Read more.

State-of-the-art centre for Designer Quantum Materials opened

The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville, officially opened the centre for Designer Quantum Materials at the School of Physics and Astronomy on Thursday 8 December.

The centre, the first of its kind in the UK, is aimed at the creation of new materials which do not exist in nature. Read more.

MUSA wins Best Visitor Experience 2016

It’s all about awards this month! MUSA – the Museum of the University of St Andrews – was awarded Best Visitor Experience for 2016 by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) for being “inspiring” and “accessible” and for constantly striving to improve the visitor experience. Read more.

Alumni News
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North American Career Forum – January 2017

The 5th annual New York City Career Forum and the inaugural San Francisco Career Forum will take place in January. Registration for these panel and networking events is now open.

New York City @PWC, Madison Avenue, NYC – Monday 9 January (6.00pm)
San Francisco @St Francis Yacht Club, Yacht Road, SF – Thursday 12 January (6.00pm)

After Many Days Club

The AMDC January Lunch for members will take place on 28 January in
St Andrews with special guest speaker, Professor Sally Mapstone. Details of how to book have been sent to members. To become an AMDC member please visit the club website.
Alumni Events

Alumni Carol Services

Tuesday 20 December 2016 at 7.00 pm, St Columba's Church, Pont Street
Join us for this year’s candlelit service and celebrate the season with friends old and new. Tickets are available and selling fast - purchase yours now to avoid disappointment.

Alumni Festival Weekend 2017

Miss being in Mermaids? Sad that you’re no longer representing Saints Sport? Wistfully thinking of a walk on the pier?

You could be reliving all these things and more at the Alumni Festival Weekend 2017!

Registration is now open and the programme of events is available to view. So what are you waiting for? Register your place now and we’ll see you in
St Andrews in April!
What's on
View a full list of University events in St Andrews and further afield.


Byre Theatre, Thursday 1 December to Saturday 31 December
After their hugely popular Cinderella in 2015, Bard in the Botanics are back this year with their production of Aladdin. (Oh yes, they are!)

SCO: New Year in Vienna

Wednesday 4 January, 7.30pm (Younger Hall)
Celebrate the start of the New Year with twirling cellos, party poppers, waltzes, polkas and the sparkling voice of soprano Elizabeth Watts: expect a skip in your step as you leave the Younger Hall.
See the Byre’s full programme
See the Music Centre's full programme
See the MUSA's full programme
Alumni Authors

Britannia: Icon on the Coin


Katharine Eustace, MA 1974

Price: £35
Available from: The Royal Mint

Ancient Evil (The First Genocide Book 1)


Brent J Griffiths, BSc 1995

Price – paperback: £5.99 Kindle £2.29
Available from: Amazon

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