St Andrews in the News

September 2016

Welcome to the September 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. Our lead photograph shows Development staff doing their bit to welcome Freshers to St Andrews by offering them each a gift of a free, jewel-coloured water bottle – each containing a booklet with vouchers for offers and deals in shops and restaurants around St Andrews.
Photo credit: Oli Walker, Tilted Frame Photography

University news
View a full list of news from around the University

First day in the office

Professor Sally Mapstone sent a message to all students and staff on her first day in the office.

Architects appointed to design New Music Centre

The University has now appointed architects to design its new Music Centre in the heart of the town. Read more

Santander Universities Network event

On 14 September Matt Hutnell, the recently-appointed Director of Santander Universities UK visited the University of St Andrews with his colleagues to welcome the new Principal, Professor Sally Mapstone, and to meet some of the university’s Santander Scholarship recipients in person.

My hero, my teacher: time to give back

Last September Brynja Duthie organised a fun run in aid of her Maths teacher, who had been diagnosed with MND. She organised a second fun run on 4 September with the support of the University.

St Andrews Voices 2016

Calling all music-loving alumni! St Andrews Voices is now in its fifth year, and with a more varied and exciting programme than ever. BBC Radio 3 described it last year as ‘an extraordinary festival’. Read more.

Having a whale of a time!

Guests at this year’s Patrons’ Programme had a whale of a time on a boat trip round the St Andrews coast. Read more.

Erasmus exchange programme graduation

During the first week of term, 31 students from 16 countries graduated from the University of St Andrews as part of the Erasmus EU student exchange programme. Read more.

New Artistic Director appointed at Byre Theatre

Liam Sinclair, the Executive Producer for Scottish Dance Theatre has been appointed the new Artistic Director of the Byre Theatre. Read more.

St Andrews Prize open for entries

The St Andrews Prize for the Environment 2017 is now open for entries! Applications close on 31 October. Read more.

Alumni news
View a full list of alumni club activities

Varsity rugby – live streaming

The men’s game kicks off at 6.00pm British time and is being streamed live. We have sold over 17,000 tickets. This will be the best attended match in Scottish Rugby history, outside of an international.

Please tune in and please spread the word! We are looking to make it four wins in a row!!

St Andrew’s Day event
Celebrate St Andrew’s Day with the St Andrews Alumni Edinburgh Club

The St Andrews Alumni Edinburgh Club will be hosting a very special St Andrew’s Day event at The Caves in Edinburgh on Wednesday 30 November. This unique and beautiful setting will comprise a three-course dinner followed by a ceilidh, with all St Andrews alumni and friends welcome.

The St Andrews Alumni Edinburgh Club Facebook page.

British Council Alumni Awards 2017

Nominations for the British Council Alumni Awards 2017 are now live.

The awards celebrate the impact and value of a UK higher education and alumni who studied in the UK since 2001 and who now reside in one of the following countries are welcome to nominate themselves/be nominated:

Egypt, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia. Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey, USA.

Our alumna, Veda Tiramulareddy, who was selected as a finalist in the Entrepreneurial category for India in 2016, has written for our blog about her experiences.

Calling all alumni in Slovakia

A new Facebook group has been set up to link our alumni in Slovakia – you can join it here.

Save the date

Alumni Festival Weekend 2017 – jointly hosted by Development, the Students’ Association and the Athletic Union

Thinking about a trip back to St Andrews? Been meaning to catch up with former classmates? Why not take advantage of a weekend programme of student society and sporting club events, including music, theatre, sport and debating, to name but a few? Perhaps you will be celebrating a special anniversary of your graduation (or matriculation) next year and need some help finding old friends with a view to coming back as a group? Don’t hesitate to get in touch to register your interest in attending and/or for help with contacting old friends. E: Facebook: AlumniFestivalStA

Alumni Carol Services

St Andrews
Thursday 15 December 2016 at 7.00 pm, St Salvator’s Chapel, North Street

Tuesday 20 December 2016 at 7.00 pm, St Columba's Church, Pont Street

(Further details next month.)

What's on

Explorathon: The Science of Sex Differences (Cert.14)

Byre Theatre, Friday 30 September at 9.00 pm
Are men and women really different? If so where did these differences come from? Most importantly, what do they mean for our lives? Find out at this free (but ticketed) event.

Lunchtime concert – Alex South

Byre Theatre, Wednesday 12 October at 1.10 pm
A programme of contemporary North American music for clarinet and electronics.

See the Byre’s full programme

See the Music Centre's full programme

The Home of Scottish Photography Walk

MUSA, Saturday 1 October between 1.00pm and 2.30pm
In the 1840s St Andrews became the world’s first town to be thoroughly documented by photography. Learn about the people and places featured in Scotland Through the Lens: 175 years of Documentary Photography on this fascinating walk about town led by the Library’s Photographic Collection Manager, Rachel Nordstrom. Walk length roughly two miles.

Free, no booking required. Meet at Martyrs Kirk, North Street (opposite St Salvator’s Chapel).

See MUSA's full programme

General Council of the University of St Andrews

The next meeting of the General Council will take place on Saturday 26 November 2016 at 10.30am in Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews. Tea and coffee will be available from 10.00am.

Further information about the General Council

Alumni authors

Behind The Ryder Cup: The Players' Stories


Ed Hodge, MA 2000

Price: £16.59 (hardback) or £4.99 (Kindle)
Available from: Amazon


I Sold These Poems, Now I Want Them Back


Brian Sonia-Wallace, MA 2011

Price: $15.00 from YAK Press


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