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St Andrews in the News

February 2017

Welcome to the February 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.

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University news
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Long-term effects of Deepwater Horizon disaster

Scientists from the St Andrews-based Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) and the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) have played a key role in an international study documenting the long-term effects of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Read more.

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St Andrews Man Booker Prize Project 2017

Libyan writer Hisham Matar is due to deliver a free public lecture today in the University’s Medical and Biological Sciences building about his debut novel In the Country of Men. This is part of the St Andrews Man Booker Prize Project – a collaborative venture with The Booker Prize Foundation that was launched in 2009. Read more

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School of Geography & Sustainable Development (SGSD)

As of 1 January this year the School of Geography & Geosciences split into two separate new schools: the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences and the School of Geography & Sustainable Development. Read more.

Last month we featured the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences. This month it’s the turn of the School of Geography & Sustainable Development which has achieved notable successes in national league tables and in research and teaching excellence, such as the major study of Scotland’s Marine Protected Area network and its Blue Carbon potential to limit Climate Change: work contributed to by SGSD researchers Craig Smeaton and Professor Bill Austin.

The recent appointment of Dr Charles Warren (pictured above) as Honorary President of the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers will also strengthen the School’s links with secondary schools.

Alumni of the School of Geography and Sustainable Development can read the first School Magazine for more news.


St Andrews and the ‘Great Oxidation Event’

A study led by Dr Aubrey Zerkle of the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences and recently published in Nature fills a ~400 million year gap in geochemical records of a dramatic change that occurred halfway through Earth’s history, when oxygen (O2) first accumulated in the atmosphere. Read more.


How lizards learn

A report published recently in Animal Cognition by a team of researchers – including Professor Richard Byrne from the University’s School of Psychology and Neuroscience – represents an important breakthrough in our understanding of the evolution of cognitive abilities and how they can be affected by rearing environment. Read more.


Oliver Emanuel wins BBC Audio Drama Award

Oliver Emanuel who teaches creative writing in the School of English has won an award for Best Adaptation of Emile Zola: Blood, Sex and Money. Read more.

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Former Director of SMRU awarded Polar Medal

Many congratulations to Professor Ian Boyd, Knowledge and Exchange Advisor at St Andrews, former Director of the University’s Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) and DEFRA Chief Scientific Adviser on being awarded a Polar Medal by the Queen. This very prestigious award recognises his work in Antarctica on the ecology of the Southern Ocean. Read more.

Alumni News
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The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Malta will be having a social event at StrEat Whisky & Bistro, Valletta on Wednesday 1 March from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. All alumni, family and friends are invited to attend an evening of reminiscing and networking. Please RSVP.
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New York

The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, New York held a Burns Night Supper at the St Andrews pub in late January (photos above). The three course dinner was full of Burns revelry, including poetry and a whisky tasting. The evening closed with the traditional Auld Lang Syne. The Club are already looking forward to the Tartan Day celebrations on 8 April and the annual May Ball on 6 May (Details to follow.)


Are you interested in getting in touch with alumni in Sweden? The newly launched University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Stockholm is looking for fellow alumni to get involved and celebrate all things St Andrews. Contact Maria Petersson and Carl Levert on Facebook (University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Stockholm) or via Alumni Relations at St Andrews.

Stockholm Alumni Club launch!

To celebrate the launch of the alumni club in Stockholm, the University is delighted to invite you and a guest to join fellow alumni and friends on Tuesday 14 March at an early evening drinks reception, followed by a complimentary concert featuring St Salvator’s Chapel Choir and then a post-concert drink.

Early evening drinks reception (5.00pm to 7.00pm)
Hubertus kök & bar, Holländargatan, 9A eller, 111 36 Stockholm, Sweden
Concert (7.00pm)
Adolf Frederiks Kyrka, Holländargatan 16, 111 60 Stockholm, Sweden
Post-concert drinks
Monks American Bar, Sveavägen 39, 111 34 Stockholm, Sweden

Places are limited, so please RSVP to confirm the events you would like to attend.
E: 600@st-andrews.ac.uk
T: +44(0)1334 461901


Living in Switzerland? Then join the University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Switzerland for a Scottish (British) themed potluck dinner in Zurich on Saturday 25 February at 7.00pm. Bring along the dish that reminds you most of your time in the ‘Bubble’ and mingle with other St Andrews alumni. More details available on Facebook.
Alumni Events
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Alumni Festival Weekend 2017

Ready for rugby? Bonkers about basketball? Desperate for some drama?

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!
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Third Arnold Palmer Invitational 2017

We are delighted to remind you that the third annual Arnold Palmer Invitational Golf Tournament is open for entries! Alumni, parents, students and friends of the University are all invited to enjoy this one-day tournament held at the Castle Course – one of St Andrews’ best-loved courses – on Saturday 24 June 2017 at the end of Graduation Week. You are invited to join us for dinner and prize-giving after the friendly competition. All proceeds from the event will support the Arnold Palmer Scholarship and the Saints Golf Programme. Find out more and sign up now.

Patrons’ Programme: 14 and 15 September 2017

We invite you to join us for a unique 'behind-the-scenes' event exclusively for supporters of the University. You will have the opportunity to visit some exceptional private homes, interact with academic staff members, attend lectures and experience traditional Scottish fare and entertainment – all while soaking up the full St Andrews experience.

To register your interest in this exclusive event either
E: 600@st-andrews.ac.uk or
T: +44(0)1334 461901
What's on
View a full list of University events in St Andrews and further afield.

University of St Andrews Opera Society: Semele

Byre Theatre, Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February, 7pm
St Andrews University Opera Society presents Handel’s Semele. Directed, produced and performed entirely by St Andrews University students, this production marks the society’s debut performance.
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StAnza 2017

Byre Theatre, Wednesday 1 March to Sunday 5 March
Scotland’s International Poetry Festival is taking place at the Byre again this year. Tickets are in high demand, so book now to avoid disappointment.
See the Byre’s full programme
See the Music Centre's full programme
See the MUSA's full programme
Alumni Authors
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Scotland: A Literary Guide for Travellers


Garry MacKenzie, MA 2007, MLitt 2008, PhD 2014

Price – Kindle: £13.85 or hardback: £14.88
Available from: Amazon

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A Shadowing of Angels


Bernard Plunkett, MLitt 2010 (writing as W T Delaney)

Price: Kindle: £2.99 or paperback: £8.99
Available from: Amazon

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