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St Andrews in the News

March 2017

Welcome to the March 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
View a full list of news from around the University.
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St Andrews at Westminster

Principal Sally Mapstone and North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins hosted a reception for parliamentarians and invited guests at Westminster this week.

The Principal used the occasion to highlight the many positive developments taking place at St Andrews amid the current political turbulence.

Guests included former First Minister the Rt Hon Alex Salmond MP, Secretary of State for Defence the Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP and Secretary of State for Scotland the Rt Hon David Mundell MP.

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Work begins on new Tennis Centre

A new four-court indoor Tennis Centre is to be built at the University’s Sports Centre at St Leonard’s Road, with the aim of encouraging people to pursue tennis at all levels.

We are delighted to have received crucial support for this important project from sportscotland, Tennis Scotland, the Lawn Tennis Association and private donors. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss supporting this exciting project. Read more.

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Project SAMBAH

The University’s Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) has been working as part of an international team of scientists from all the Baltic States (except Russia) on project SAMBAH – the Static Acoustic Monitoring of the Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise.

SAMBAH has resulted in the world’s largest ever acoustic wildlife survey and persuaded the Swedish government to create a huge marine conservation area in the Baltic Proper for the harbour porpoise – the largest marine conservation area ever proposed by Sweden. Read more


Willie Rennie meets St Andrews apprentices

North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie recently met apprentices from the IT and Estates departments at the University of St Andrews to mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017. Read more.


SMRU at the MWC!

The internationally renowned University of St Andrews Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) attracted much attention recently at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 – the world’s largest gathering of the mobile industry in Barcelona.

Delegates were fascinated by SMRU’s work with smart telemetry – or ‘smart phone’ – tags, used to track and monitor the movement of Harbour seals and research their population decline. Read more.


Saints Sport news

Saints Sport was delighted by recent success at the British Universities and Colleges Sport events BUCS Nationals, BUCS Indoor National Championships and BUCS Big Wednesday. Read more.

In addition, Caitlin Evans (Netball 1st Team) has been selected to play in Netball Scotland’s 2017 Performance League.

Tom Abbott (Men’s Cricket) has been elected Athletic Union President for 2017–18.

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Earth Hour 2017

Saturday 25 March
8.30pm – 9.30pm

Earth Hour – organised by the WWF – is a yearly event that aims to highlight the need for action against climate change by encouraging communities and organisations across the world to switch off their lights for one hour.

To mark this year’s Earth Hour the University of St Andrews warmly invites all students, alumni, supporters, staff and the general public to join us on Saturday 25 March in St Salvator’s Quad as we show our commitment to the planet and to addressing issues related to climate change.

From 8.30pm – 9.30pm all lights in St Salvator’s Quad will be switched off, together with non-essential lighting in other buildings across campus. Between the hours of 7.30pm – 8.30pm and 9.30pm – 10.00pm we will be projecting lights using bike power (absolutely no electricity!) onto St Salvator’s Chapel and the Quad. There will also be an exciting range of green activities going on in the Quad that everyone can get involved with.

Feel free to come along and join us if you are in the St Andrews area. Bring friends and family as well!

If you can’t be there in person then join us in spirit by turning out all your lights between 8.30pm – 9.30pm and let us know by using the hashtag #UStAEarthHour.

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Irvine Scholarship in Chemistry

Julia Melvin is the granddaughter of James Colquhoun Irvine (1877 – 1952) – one of the most innovative organic chemists of his time. He died in office having served as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews for over 30 years.

Julia Melvin has opened a new fund in honour of her grandfather to support undergraduate scholarship in Chemistry with an initial target to raise £75,000:

“Irvine himself was an 1851 Exhibition Scholar and the first Carnegie Research Fellow. He understood the importance of scholarships – both to the individual and to the prestige of the institution. Let us, in this way, continue his work.”

The first 160 donors of £500 or above will be presented with a signed copy of Julia’s book: James Colquhoun Irvine: St Andrews' Second Founder.

For more information on how to give please contact Caroline Wallard:
T: +44 (0)1334 462105
E: clw1@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Zinnie Harris at the Lyceum Theatre

Zinnie Harris of the School of English will be directing the Scottish premiere of A Number by acclaimed playwright Caryl Churchill as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

A Number will run at the Lyceum Theatre from 6 April to 15 April.

Alumni News
View a full list of alumni club activities.


The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Austria has two alumni drinks evenings coming up – one on 28 March and the other in the last week of April. For further information join the Club’s Facebook group or contact Johanna Weberhofer.


The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Brussels will host their next drinks event on Wednesday 29 March at The Library Ambiorix where St Andrews alumnus Ian Duncan MEP will also speak. Please RSVP by Friday 24 March. See the Club’s Facebook group for further information.


The next University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Chicago event will be on Saturday 25 March at 8pm at Arabella's in River North. To keep in touch with Club activities and to get involved in planning an April brunch and a May Day event, please join the group on Facebook.

New York

Members of the University of St Andrews Alumni Club, New York are already looking forward to the Tartan Day celebrations on 8 April and to the annual May Ball on 6 May. Contact the Club or keep up-to-date with news on Facebook.


Jo Finnie Jones from the Development team at the University of St Andrews will be visiting Switzerland 28 – 30 March and invites our graduates, parents and friends to join her for an informal gathering in Geneva on Tuesday 28 March and in Zurich on Wednesday 29 March. Come along to meet fellow St Andreans and catch up on the news!

Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017
Time: 19.30 – 21.30
Venue: Soleil Bar, 32, Boulevard Helvetique, 1207, Geneva
RSVP or sign up here.

Date: Wednesday 29 March 2017
Time: 19:30 – 21:30
Venue: Dante Bar (Zwinglistrasse 22, 8004 Zürich)
RSVP or sign up here.
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Calling all former Mermaids!

Mark your calendar now for the Mermaids Centenary Anniversary Reunion Weekend – 3-5 November 2017 in St Andrews
The Mermaids (Performing Arts Fund) will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary in November with a weekend of performances, cocktail nights and talks with alumni and warmly invites all Mermaids alumni to attend. Please join Mermaids on Facebook to be kept up to date with plans as they progress. Any photos or memorabilia welcome!
FB: Mermaids 100th Birthday Weekend
E: merpres@st-andrews.ac.uk
Alumni Events
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Alumni Festival Weekend 2017

Have you registered to attend the Alumni Festival Weekend yet? If not, you have just a few weeks to do so! Take advantage of all that the weekend has to offer and claim your free goodie bag when you arrive.

Please note that places at the Alumni Dinner on Friday 14 April are limited and must be pre-booked, so book now to avoid disappointment.

View the full programme and register your place now.

We look forward to seeing you in April.
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Third Arnold Palmer Invitational 2017

Alumni, parents, students and friends of the University are all invited to enjoy the third annual Arnold Palmer Invitational Golf 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 also invited to join us afterwards for dinner and for the prize-giving. 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 are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 Patrons’ Programme! You are invited to join us for a unique 'behind-the-scenes' event where 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: 600@st-andrews.ac.uk or
T: +44(0)1334 461901

Upcoming events in North America

Join fellow alumni, parents and friends of the University of St Andrews at one of the following events in North America:

Trading Books in the Age of Rembrandt – Professor Andrew Pettegree
East Bank Club, Chicago IL
Wednesday 29 March 2017
6.30pm – 8.30pm

For more information, and to purchase your ticket(s), please visit our ticketleap page.

Listening to Whales – A Journey from Harvard to St Andrews – Professor Peter Tyack
The University Club of Boston, Boston MA
Wednesday 12 April 2017
6pm – 8pm

Professor Peter L Tyack from the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) at the Scottish Oceans Institute and Ted Talk speaker, will share his journey from Harvard to St Andrews in pursuit of understanding the communication and social behaviour of marine mammals and the impact of man-made noise on these species.
For more information, and to register your place(s), please visit our ticketleap page.
What's on
View a full list of University events in St Andrews and further afield.

OTR17: Flushed

The Barron Theatre, Tuesday 4 April, 7pm
On a singles night three young women are trapped in the Ladies Room. They suffer mishaps, misfortunes and misunderstandings before they eventually manage to escape – but then there’s one more disaster!

Tickets available from the Byre Theatre.
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STACS: Fitzwilliam String Quartet

The Byre Theatre, Thursday 6 April, 7.30pm
The programme will include Schubert’s Quartet in D Minor: Death and the Maiden

Please note: Music Centre Members must claim their discount in person at the Box Office with their membership card
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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Up-Country Girl: A Personal Journey and Truthful Portrayal of African Culture


Phebean Ajibola Ogundipe, MA (Hons) 1951

Price – hardback $31.99 or paperback $23.93
Available from: Amazon

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The Pursuit of Leviathan


David Baker, MLitt 2008

Price – kindle $4.97 or paperback $14.99
Available from: Amazon

Erratum: please note that Professor Richard Byrne’s name was misspelled in the article about ‘How lizards learn’. We apologise for any embarrassment caused to Professor Byrne.

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