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St Andrews in the News

July 2017

Welcome to the July issue 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.

You can see from our lead image where in the world some of our 2017 graduates are going to next.

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New graduates

“Avise la fin”

“Consider the end – that is the translation of those words. Take the long term view … Avise la fin is not a counsel to be cautious. It is a counsel to consider the future with courage, vision, and imagination. Today was just the first step.”

So Principal Professor Sally Mapstone advised new graduates in her Graduation address on Friday 23 June. Best of luck to all our new alumni – wherever in the world your next steps take you.

Professor Dholakia

Prestigious prize for Professor Kishan Dholakia

Professor Kishan Dholakia of the University of St Andrews has been awarded the Institute of Physics (IOP) Thomas Young Medal and Prize for 2017 for his distinguished contributions to the field of optical micromanipulation using shaped light fields in liquid, air and vacuum. Read more.

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Our new website

You might have noticed an update to our website which changes the way you can search for information about alumni events and benefits as well as current priority fundraising projects and how to donate to them. We will update ‘Other fundraising projects’ and ‘Completed projects’ as part of a second phase over the coming months.

The Campaign total so far is £90,200,391 and with our on-going priority projects including scholarship provision, the Scottish Oceans Institute building, Sports Centre (including the new Tennis Centre now underway), new Music Centre, and extension to MUSA, we are closing in on the £100m Campaign target.

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.

View the full programme and book your place.

Or please get in touch with any questions about this exclusive event. Please note that tickets are strictly limited.

E: or
T: +44(0)1334 461901
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Saints Sports news

An ancient rivalry …
The Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish Varsity Matches will take centre stage on the international pitch at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 23 September 2017. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from the Scottish Rugby Ticket Centre. Find out more or follow @ScottishVarsity on Twitter.

Clement Chileshe awarded Honorary Degree
Clement Chileshe – the founder of Sport in Action – received an honorary Doctor of Laws on Wednesday 21 June at the Younger Hall for his outstanding contribution to sport and youth development in Zambia. Read more.

Saints Netball achieve Silver Thistle Mark
Saints Netball is the first university Netball Club to achieve the Silver Thistle Mark from Netball Scotland. This recognises the work the Club is doing to help players reach their potential both on and off the court. Read more.

Jack Lynch to represent Ireland in World U24 Ultimate Championships
Saints Sport and Saints Ultimate are thrilled to announce that Jack Lynch – a third year undergraduate student from Belfast – has been selected for the Irish Under 24 Ultimate team. Read more.

Health and Fitness Manager coaches national squads in Spain
Callum Knox, our Health and Fitness Manager and Head Coach of Women’s Basketball for the University, has just returned from two action packed weekends spent coaching national squads in Spain. Read more.

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St Andrews secures TEF Gold Award

The University of St Andrews has secured a Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest possible ranking in a new assessment of the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience at universities across the UK. Read more.

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St Andrews at the Edinburgh International Festival

Two members of academic staff from the School of English are busy at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival. Flight is Oliver Emanuel’s new theatre adaptation of Caroline Brothers’ book Hinterland, while Zinnie Harris is producing three plays: This Restless House; a new version of Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinoceros and the world premiere of Meet Me at Dawn. Read more.

St Andrews at the Fringe 2017

In what is now a well-established tradition, several groups of St Andrews students will be heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August. Mermaids Performing Arts Fund is funding five plays – Atlas; Commons; Pistorius: A Shakespearean Tragedy; Rock and Hunt and Polaris – all of which are student-written. Blind Mirth (comedy improv) and a number of the University’s a cappella groups will also be taking part. Read more.
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Founding of a new German Association

On Wednesday 5 July, nine alumni met in Frankfurt to sign the founding documents of the University of St Andrews new German Association – the Verein der Freunde und Foerderer der University of St Andrews. The Association will launch officially in the autumn and will give our 1500 alumni in Germany the opportunity to support the University and the 600th Anniversary Campaign. Watch this space for upcoming alumni events too!
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Lucy to the rescue!

Lucy Reis, a third year undergraduate Art History and Psychology student did go the ball on 24 June – but only after running (without either of her slippers) to the aid of a girl who fell from rocks at St Andrews Castle. Read more.
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University hosts Tay Cities Deal event

The University of St Andrews recently hosted a ‘speed dating’ event for 17 organisations from across Fife and Tayside involved in the Tay Cities Deal. This involves more than £1.8 billion of planned investment which could create up to 15,000 jobs for the region. Read more.
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New-look London Alumni Club!

The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, London has a brand-new, 15-strong committee, pictured above. The new team – spanning a decade of graduating classes – will be led by Jassel Majevadia (MPhys 2008) and Philippa Dunn (MA 2008).

Look out for a full calendar of events this year, starting with drinks at the Understudy (at the National Theatre) on Tuesday 25 July from 6.30pm onwards. As always, there will be an alumni club banner as a beacon to guide you towards the party.

We are currently updating the Club's website and will send event invitations and updates via the alumni mailing list until this has been completed. In the meantime you can also find us via Facebook and Twitter @StALondonAlumni.
Alumni News
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North West of England

Only a month to go until the University of St Andrews Alumni Club, North West of England ceilidh (with pastie & peas supper) on Saturday 19 August at 7.30pm! Dancing at 8.30pm with a fantastic band! Come and enjoy yourselves at the Parish Centre, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6TR. Bring partners and friends! Unlicensed, but please feel free to bring a drink of your own. Tickets are £10 and are going fast, so BUY YOUR TICKET TODAY!

The Northumberland and Durham Alumni Club

is delighted to announce three events open to alumni, family and friends, between now and the end of the year:
Sunday 30 July: Summer Outing to Crook Hall & Gardens in Sidegate, Durham.
Saturday 19 August: Summer Walk (meeting at Tyneside Riverside Park, Grange Road, Newburn) and Pub Lunch (The Keelman, Grange Road, Newburn).
Saturday 18 November: Meal (Pizzeria Santanas, 133 Jesmond Road) and People’s Theatre Outing (Stephenson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne). Please note 28 July closing date for bookings for this event.

Further information, including booking information and Club contact details, is available online. New members very welcome!

University of St Andrews Men’s Alumni Football Club

Interested in joining? Contact Oliver Gill by:
Email, Facebook or phone: 07800 787286

Help young people achieve their full potential

Emeritus Professor David Cole-Hamilton (formerly School of Chemistry) would like to hear from local alumni who are interested in helping young people reach their full potential and who would like to be part of an intergenerational mentoring network with young people in schools across Scotland.

We are looking for retired professionals living locally who can devote an hour per week to support pupils at Auchmuty High School, Glenrothes by helping them to plan their futures and progress into further and higher education. This initiative begins in August 2017. More information.

To express your interest or find out more, please email David Cole-Hamilton or phone: 07979711714.

Two milestone anniversaries …

During Graduation Week, it was heartwarming to see the return of two groups of alumni celebrating their 40th and 60th anniversaries respectively …

Celebrating 40 years since they first met …
They came from Sydney, Beijing, Luxembourg, Paris, Istanbul and across the United States for a five-day visit to St Andrews at the end of June. Find out who and why.
Celebrating 60 years since they graduated …
Members of the '57 (medical) Club celebrated 60 years since graduation with a reception and lunch in the Byre Theatre on Wednesday 14 June. Read more.

If there are any clubs, groups of friends or individuals who would like to reunite with fellow alumni, then please get in touch with the Alumni Relations Team – we would be delighted to help you.

General Council News

Election of members to serve on the Business Committee from 1 July 2017
Many thanks to all those who stood for election to the Business Committee. Congratulations to the following: Mrs Brittany Collins, Dr Alison Baverstock, Ms Wendy Russell, Mrs Gillian Stamper, Mr Nicholas Bibby and Mr Roger Knox (who will fill the four-year vacancies) and to Professor Andreas Klasen (who will fill the two-year vacancy). A copy of the full results is available by contacting the General Council Office

Find out more about the General Council and its Business Committee.
Alumni Events

Stand By: pre-show reception

The Byre Theatre is working with new-writing theatre company, Utter, to stage Stand By during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer. Alumni are warmly invited to join the Byre’s Artistic Director Liam Sinclair and Utter for a pre-show reception on Wednesday 23 August.

If you are planning on purchasing tickets for that evening’s performance and would like to attend the pre-show reception at 5.45pm on 23 August, please email us.
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Arnold Palmer Invitational

The third annual Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament took place on Saturday 24 June under sunny skies, although a strong wind challenged the alumni, parents and friends who took to the Castle Course.

Parent Chris Meagher teamed up with Director of Residential and Business Services, Ben Stuart to win the trophy by one shot. Only two teams were under par in testing, blustery conditions, with Chris and Ben joined by second-placed Wendy David and Linda Gill. But at least Linda didn’t leave empty handed: she won the ‘nearest the pin’ challenge.

The Principal presented prizes, and concluded by thanking Saints Golf Head Coach David Watt. This rounded off a hugely successful year with the St Andrews team winning the 2017 BUCS Championship and first-year physics student Matthew Myers named British Individual Stroke Play Champion and awarded the Order of Merit.

The 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational is provisionally set for Saturday 30 June 2018. If you are interested in participating, please email us. Proceeds from the event support the Saints Golf programme.
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University of St Andrews Rugby Club 160th Anniversary

The University Rugby Club is delighted to announce the date for their 160th Anniversary Celebrations, which will take place over the weekend of 2 – 3 July 2018. Alumni and friends of Saints Rugby are all invited back to St Andrews for a weekend featuring golf, exhibition matches on University Park and a celebratory dinner. If you would like to be added to the 160th mailing list or for more information please contact the Club.
What's on
View a full list of University events in St Andrews and further afield.
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Auld Hat New Heids 2017

The Byre, Wednesday 30 August, 7.30pm
Ian Bruce, Peter Clark, Gregor Lowrey and Fraser Bruce are four of Scotland’s most experienced musicians who have teamed up to present a show of Scottish songs which formed the basis of the folk revival in the 1960s and 70s.
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MUSA: Science Week

MUSA, Monday 7 August to Monday 14 August
Workshops for 3-6 years, 7-12 years and all ages

A series of four workshops spread over one week covering topics from ‘Pond-dipping’ to ‘Think like an animal’. All workshops are free, but booking is essential.
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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Madison Park: A Place of Hope


Eric L Motley, MLitt 1998

Price – Kindle: £9.99 or hardback: £15.99
Available from: Amazon

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Flesh of the Peach


Helen McClory, MA 2005

Price – Kindle: £4.74 or paperback: £9.98
Available from: Amazon

If you’re in St Andrews on Wednesday 20 September at 6.30pm, then come to An Evening with Helen McClory in Waterstone’s Bookshop and meet the award-winning author herself. Free tickets are available from the store.

There will be no issue of St Andrews in the News in August. The next issue will be published in the third week of September.

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