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St Andrews in the News

January 2017

Happy New Year and welcome to the January 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. For more images from the recent snow flurry in St Andrews see our Facebook page.

University news
View a full list of news from around the University.
Music centre plan

Exhibition of new Music Centre plans

The University will unveil its plans for a state-of-the-art Music Centre on a site in Queens Terrace, bordering St Mary’s Quadrangle, later on this month.

St Andrews aims to fund the project entirely through philanthropy and has already raised over £5 million thanks to the generosity of several lead donors.

It will stage a public exhibition of outline plans and designs for the new £8 million Centre at the Byre Theatre between Sunday 22 and Friday 27 January, from 10am to 6pm. Read more.

Arclight in use

Arclight: a small device with huge potential

A team led from the University of St Andrews has launched the Arclight – a low-cost, solar-powered ophthalmoscope aimed at helping health workers in low-income countries detect signs of blindness. A study led from the International Centre for Eye Health in London showed that it performs as well as traditional devices costing up to 100 times as much.

This revolutionary device can also be used as an otoscope to look into the ears and help prevent deafness. Read more.


Neolithic tool kit found at Kincaple

Engineers working on the pipeline between St Andrews and the award-winning Green Energy Centre at Eden Campus in Guardbridge in March last year unearthed a 4,000-year-old hoard of Neolithic pottery and flint tools.

Analysis of the flint tools revealed that they had been used for stripping bark and skinning animals amongst other tasks, and probably represented somebody’s precious tool kit. They appear to have come from Yorkshire, suggesting contacts and trade over considerable distances during this era. Read more

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES)

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.

The discipline of geology, in various guises, has been part of the educational offerings of the University for more than 160 years. Today, the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences' research is defining the leading edge of Earth and environmental science research worldwide, from assessing pivotal moments in Earth system development, to climate change and planetary evolution, to natural resources and energy. Its educational programme attained the number 1 ranking for student satisfaction in the UK in the 2016 and 2017 USS National Student Survey.

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On 18 January GeoBus – the educational outreach programme of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences – celebrated its 5th Birthday. Run by the dedicated team of Dr Ruth Robinson, Dr Claire Cousins, Ms Kathryn Roper, Ms Jennifer Brooke and Mr Sean Doherty, GeoBus achieved the remarkable milestone of having worked with more than 52,000 students during 500 visits to schools across Scotland and northern England. The GeoBus educational resources, including the ‘Geology in a Minute’ videos, have been downloaded in 75 countries. This success has resulted in GeoBus being given the Crest Bronze Award status by the British Science Association and in having a motion tabled in the UK Parliament by MP Stephen Gethins.

Find out more about Geobus or make a donation.

Origami swan

Tinniswood Award nomination for Oliver Emanuel

Oliver Emanuel, who teaches creative writing in the School of English, has been nominated for the Tinniswood Award for his radio play A History of Paper – a love story centred round the events of 9/11. The Award is organised by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and the Society of Authors, and is presented annually to the best original audio drama script. This year it will be presented at the BBC Audio Drama awards on 29 January.


Plight of the vaquita porpoise

Academics at the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) at St Andrews have revealed there are only around 60 vaquita porpoises left in the world, with numbers declining fast.

Dr Len Thomas, Director of CREEM, was invited to participate on an international expert panel of respected ecological statisticians tasked with undertaking the analysis of the acoustic data. Read more.

Flagstone in quad

Inscribe a flagstone for June Graduation

Perhaps you have a son, daughter, relative or friend graduating this June? Or you might want to remember a loved one or just mark your time in St Andrews? If you make a gift this month to inscribe one of our lovely St Salvator’s Quadrangle flagstones it will be ready in time for summer, and you will also be supporting St Andrews students through our 600th Anniversary Acholarship Fund.

Visit our website for information on all naming opportunities or to make your gift.

If you have any queries about naming opportunities please contact annualgiving@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Alumni News
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Thank you!

Many thanks to all the alumni and friends who joined us at our Carol services in St Andrews and London in December. Here’s a gallery of photographs from the service at St Columba’s Church in Pont Street, Knightsbridge. If you have any comments on these events we’d love to hear from you so we can improve for the future – please contact us 600@st-andrews.ac.uk to give your feedback.

New on the blog

2017 sees the 50th anniversary of the formation of the University of Dundee following its separation from the University of St Andrews. In recognition of this anniversary we are planning to publish a series of blog posts throughout the year featuring alumni reminiscences and images from the 1960s.

If you have a story, photographs or simply a short anecdote to share with us, we would be delighted to hear from you! Please send your memories to Sue Hill (Publications Officer) and Phil Pass (Alumni Relations Officer) by Friday 17 February.

E: alumni@st-andrews.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)1334 46 7194
P: Development, University of St Andrews, Crawford Building, 91 North Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AJ

Boston – Oxford and Cambridge Society of New England

The 10th Annual Ancient Universities Alumni Burns Nicht, Winchester Country Club, Arlington MA
Alumni of the University of St Andrews are warmly invited to join alumni from the Universities of Aberdeen, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oxford and Trinity College Dublin for the above event on Saturday 4 February from 5.30pm. Please note booking deadline: Monday, 30 January 2017. Further details and to book your place.


The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Cambridge will be enjoying their annual Snowdrop Walk at Anglesey Abbey on Saturday 4 February, followed by lunch. The Club will also be hosting a cheese tasting on 16 March. For further details on each of these events, contact the group on Facebook or contact the Treasurer, Christine Butler.


There is a new group for alumni in the Chicago area with plans for future events currently being made. Join the group and keep up to date on plans on Facebook.


The Edinburgh Club will be holding an alumni drinks nights at Angels Share Bar on Hope Street (Edinburgh) from 7.00-10.00pm on Friday 3 February. See the Club’s Facebook page for more information.


The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Glasgow & West of Scotland are gathering on Saturday 28 January at 1.00pm at Las Iguanas, Mitchell Street, Glasgow. All are welcome to attend – please indicate on Facebook or via email to standrewsglasgowandwest@gmail.com if you’d like to come along.


The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Japan are holding their first event of 2017 on Saturday 11 February from 8.00pm – 11.00pm at BrewDog Bar, Roppongi, Tokyo – all welcome!

New York

The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, New York, in collaboration with the Oxford Alumni Club, New York, are holding a Burns Night celebration on Saturday 28 January. The evening will feature a formal four-course dinner, scotch whisky tasting and will be accompanied by poems and an address to the haggis. Further details and tickets.


The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Oxford are hoping to relaunch in the coming weeks. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Dr Alan Slater at dralanslater@gmail.com.


The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Warsaw are holding their launch event on Thursday 2 February 2017 from 7.00pm. The venue will be confirmed later this week. Please join the Facebook group for further details.

Careers Spring Work Shadowing

The Careers Centre are seeking volunteers to host a student for a day during the Spring vacation (11-26 March). The work shadowing programme has gone from strength to strength this year with more than 200 opportunities provided for students during the Winter holidays. For more information and to take part email workshad@st-andrews.ac.uk or visit the website.
Alumni Events
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Alumni Festival Weekend 2017

Distraught at no longer having debates? Hoping to hold a hockey stick again? Wistful for West Sands?

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!

Stuart Court Masque

If you’ve ever had a hankering to take part in a Stuart Court Masque, then now is your chance! The School of English, the Music Centre and the Historical Dance Society are collaborating to provide a series of dance workshops, culminating in a public showcase of a Court Masque. For more information and to pre-register please email Rachel Horrocks or Jane Pettegree.
Golf course

Arnold Palmer Invitational 2017

Entries are now welcomed for the third annual Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament held again on the stunning Castle Course overlooking St Andrews. This year’s one-day friendly tournament on Saturday 24 June 2017 at the end of graduation week, is open to all alumni, parents, students and friends of the University and will be followed by a prize-giving dinner.

All proceeds from the event will support the Arnold Palmer Scholarship and the Saints Golf Programme. Find out more and sign up now.

Thriller Night: Topping & Company Booksellers of St Andrews

Debut sensation Emma Flint with Little Deaths - Tuesday 7 February at 8.00pm.
Little Deaths is tipped to be one of the biggest debuts of the year, and we're delighted to be able to welcome St Andrews alumna Emma Flint to the bookshop to talk about this sensational psychological thriller.
What's on
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Women in the Arts

Byre Theatre, Saturday 28 January, 6pm
The Women for Women Charity presents Women in the Arts as part of RAG week to showcase the varying talents of numerous women at our University including art exhibitions, musical performances, dance groups and much more!

Big Ears, Little Ears Concert

MUSA, Friday 10 February, 10.30am – 11.15am and 11.45am – 12.30pm
(age three and under)

Join musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to hear live performances up-close in a relaxed, tut-free, child-friendly atmosphere. Suitable for 0-three years with accompanying adult. Free, but booking essential as places are limited. Contact SCO or 01334 462228

Founders and Benefactors Service

St Salvator’s Chapel, Sunday 26 February, 11am
An annual service to commemorate founders and benefactors of the University. The Rt Rev Russell Barr, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, will give the sermon.
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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Las 500 dudas más frecuentes del inglés


Kay Welsh, MA 1977

Price – paperback: EUR 23,66 or kindle: EUR 9,49
Available from: Amazon Spain

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Next Episode


B D Ferguson, MLitt 2003

Price: £10.01
Available from: Amazon

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