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St Andrews in the News

May 2017

Welcome to the May 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.

University news
View a full list of news from around the University.
Happy Students

St Andrews third in the UK and top in Scotland

The Complete University Guide 2018 and The Guardian University Guide 2018 have both ranked St Andrews top in Scotland and third in the United Kingdom. Teaching quality and student satisfaction with the quality of our academic programmes have contributed to our rise from fifth to third place in the Complete University Guide. Read more.
Principal and awardees

St Andrews Prize for the Environment 2017

Plantwise – a global programme led by the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) – has won this year’s St Andrews Prize for the Environment, which was set up by the University of St Andrews and ConocoPhillips in 1998 to recognise significant contributions to environmental conservation. Read more.
Golf team

Saints Sport news

Saints Golf win BUCS National Championship
On a day of drama and high emotion Saints Golf secured the first National Championship title for the University of St Andrews in 19 years, winning 5-4 over the University of Bournemouth at Moortown GC in Leeds. Read more.

The Schlenker Family Climbing Wall
As part of the redevelopment of the Sports Centre a new technical Climbing Wall – kindly donated by the Schlenker Family – is currently being installed within the original four-court sports hall. The wall is being constructed by Dream Climbing Walls and designed by leading Scottish Climber Scott Muir.
Honorary degree recipients

Michael Palin to be awarded honorary degree

Michael Palin - comedian, broadcaster and writer - is to be awarded an honorary degree by the University of St Andrews at next month’s graduation. He will be one of 12 distinguished individuals to be honoured between 20 and 23 June at the Younger Hall. Read more.
nursery child and principal

Donation to new University nursery

Roseangle House Nursery was recently opened on the East Sands by Principal Professor Sally Mapstone. This project was supported by a generous donation from Helen Lynch. Read more.

Dr Maxmilian

The Monroe Maxmilian Broad Anatomy Resource Centre

The late Dr Monroe Maxmilian Broad came from New York to study medicine here and graduated MB ChB in 1933. A gift left by his late wife has been used to name the Anatomy Resource Centre (home to the University’s Medical Library) in his memory. Read more.
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Secret history of St Andrews

A new online database at the University of St Andrews is providing a fascinating insight into the lives of former staff and students – from body-snatchers to poets, inventors and politicians – who studied or worked at the University between the mid-eighteenth century and the end of the nineteenth century. Read more.

St Andrews alumnus given prestigious award

University of St Andrews alumnus Craig Iffland has been named as a Charlotte W Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow for 2017 at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. This prestigious award for PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values will contribute $25,000 to support his final dissertation year at the University of Notre Dame. Read more.
Alumni News
View a full list of alumni club activities.


Do you want to help run great events for your fellow alumni in London? The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, London is relaunching this year and planning a wide range of new events to add to the successful annual alumni carol service and we want YOU to help!

We need enthusiastic and motivated individuals with skills in event management, communication, social media and organisation to step up and help our club develop!

The AGM is being held on Wednesday 7 June at 6.30pm at the BFI, Stephen Street, W1T 1LN. Full details of the positions available can be found on the Club’s Facebook page. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us.

After Many Days Club

The AMDC will hold its AGM on Friday 23 June at 5pm in the Gateway and its annual lunch on Saturday 24 June at 12.30pm for 1pm in Lower College Hall. These events will form part of the Club’s annual Summer Reunion Weekend. Details are in the Yearbook, which should reach members soon. Contact us.

Hong Kong

Join the University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Hong Kong on Wednesday 14 June between 6pm and 8pm for drinks at RED (RED@IFC, P4 – IFC Rooftop, IFC Shopping Mall, Hong Kong). No tickets required, but please WhatsApp/SMS Graeme Deuchars on 9739-4776 if you are coming along!


Join us at the University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Japan on Saturday 3 June between 8pm and 10pm for drinks at The Royal Scotsman, Kagurazaka (three minutes from Iidabashi station). See map. Cost is 5000 yen for all-you-can-drink and a big buffet.

Please confirm and press “going” on Facebook before 27 May to allow for booking!

Contact us on Facebook or by email.

North West of England

The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, North West of England welcomes all to their inaugural ceilidh (with pastie & peas supper) on Saturday 19 August at 7.30pm (dancing at 8.30pm) at the Parish Centre, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6TR. Bring partners and friends! Unlicensed, but please feel free to bring a drink of your own. Early bird tickets are £10. Contact us.


Join us at the University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Zurich on Thursday 8 June at 7.30pm for networking drinks, at the 0815 Bar, Zurich (close to the main station)
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Were you a member of Nightline – the student-run confidential, anonymous listening and information service – while at St Andrews? The group is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year and we want to mark the occasion.
Contact us to find out more.

Stew Mel Captains XV vs University of St Andrews Alumni XV

A select XV of Edinburgh’s Stewarts Melville School Alumni face the University of St Andrews Alumni XV on Saturday 27 May from 12.30pm at the Richmond Athletic Ground. This event will launch the Steven Sims Cavaliers Foundation in honour of former St Andrews Men's Rugby captain Steven Sims who tragically died five years ago aged 23. The crowd will then be joined by Lions top points scorer and Tour manager of 2013 Andy Irvine for a special Q&A session. Read more.

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 contact David Cole-Hamilton, M: 07979711714.
Alumni Events
Golf course

Third Arnold Palmer Invitational Golf Tournament

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. Please note that the closing date is Friday 16 June. 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.

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
GC Committee

General Council News

Business Committee Election
A reminder to General Council members that the election to fill seven vacancies on the Business Committee is now open and will close at 12 noon (BST) on Friday 16 June 2017. All General Council members are eligible to vote and those with a valid email address on the alumni database have been sent information on how to vote. Information about the candidates, the role of Business Committee members and the online voting system is available on the voting website. Anyone who requires a postal ballot should contact E: T: +44 (0)1334 461913 by 26 May 2017 at the latest.

Please use your vote. The Business Committee helps ensure that members of the General Council have a say in the governance of the University. So that it speaks with greater authority, it is important that as many members as possible exercise their vote. VOTE NOW to have your say on who represents you on the Business Committee.

Summer Meeting of the General Council – 24 June 2017
The next meeting of the General Council will take place on Saturday 24 June 2017 at 10.30am in Parliament Hall, St Andrews, with tea and coffee available from 10am. The Principal, Professor Sally Mapstone, and the Dean of Arts and Divinity, Professor Paul Hibbert, will give a joint presentation describing the University’s drive towards gender balance and diversity. The Vice-Principal (Governance), Mr Alastair Merrill, will provide a brief update on ongoing work to comply with the new Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act 2016. In addition, there will be the customary University Address, delivered by the Principal, and the Business Committee Report, delivered by the Convener, Graham Wynd.
What's on
View a full list of University events in St Andrews and further afield.

The Cunning Little Vixen, Byre Opera

The Byre Theatre, Friday 16 June to Sunday 18 June, 7.30pm
The Cunning Little Vixen is the enchanting tale of an aging Forester who attempts to domesticate a young Vixen. In the process, he goes on a search to find meaning and value in life, which culminates in an inspiring awakening to the power and beauty of nature. Janacek’s score vividly animates a forest full of life with words that ask fundamental questions about humanity, society and politics.

A chamber orchestra of leading Scottish musicians will be conducted by Michael Downes.
black and white picture of cathedral

Victorian Visions: Discovery and Restoration in St Andrews

MUSA, 11 March to 17 September
Victorian Visions provides fascinating insights into the development of St Andrews during the nineteenth century.
See the Byre’s full programme
See the Music Centre's full programme
See the MUSA's full programme
Alumni Authors
book cover

The Origins of Asset Management from 1700 to 1960


Nigel Morecroft, MA 1980

Price – hardcover £104.50 or eBook £83.50
Available from: Palgrave Macmillan

book cover

Awaken your confidence: 15 people share their journey to success


Rachel Smets, MA 2008

Price – kindle £1.99 or paperback £9.99
Available from: Amazon


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