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St Andrews in the News

600th Anniversary Campaign: thanks to you, we’ve done it!

We are sending out this special edition of St Andrews in the News on 26 June 2018 to celebrate reaching the £100 million total of our 600th Anniversary Campaign and to say thank you to all of our alumni, current students, staff and supporters – over 14,000 of you – for helping us to get there! Read more.

Your support

Thank you – wherever you are in the world

Our Campaign officially closes on 31 July 2018. All gifts received up to and including this date will be recorded as part of the University of St Andrews 600th Anniversary Campaign. Reaching the Campaign target and undertaking all these wonderful projects would not have been possible without your support.

Please join with us for such an historic occasion and become part of our giving community by donating securely online before 31 July 2018. In so doing you will be noted, in perpetuity, as a contributor to our campaign and recorded within our 600th Anniversary Donor Roll for 2017-18, secure in the knowledge that you are helping to consolidate our status as a world-class centre for teaching, learning and research. Thank you.
Latest news
Frank and Beverley MacInnis

One million dollar donation to Scottish Oceans Institute and Scholarships

We are delighted to announce that Frank and Beverley MacInnis, parents of Rob MacInnis (PhD 2010), have just donated $850,000 to support the Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI) and $150,000 to support a PhD scholarship in Physics and Astronomy. The completion of the £16 million SOI will place Scotland at the forefront of international marine research.
From left to right: Robert Fleming, Director of Development; Kathryn Humphrys, Head of Development (US); Frank MacInnis; Beverley MacInnis; Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sally Mapstone; Professor Vincent Janik; Tim Allan (Court member); Alex Hayes, Development Officer (Major Gifts).
Key projects funded by the Campaign
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2010 - The Medical and Biological Sciences Building, North Haugh

The University of St Andrews New Medical and Biological Sciences Building was opened on 12 November 2010 by First Minister Alex Salmond. Read more.
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2013 - The Richardson Research Library at Martyrs Kirk

The University bought the vacant Martyrs Kirk from the Church of Scotland in 2012 and preserved and re-fitted the iconic building as a Research Library and Special Collections Reading Room. It was named The Richardson Research Library at Martyrs Kirk in 2016 in honour of the former Principal at the request of the Carnegie Corporation. Read more.
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2015 - Students’ Association

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of the University, the Students’ Association was refurbished and opened in time for Freshers’ Week 2015 and the first significant renovations in the Quad since the 1930s were completed.

2015 - St Salvator’s Quadrangle

St Salvator’s Quadrangle holds a special place in the hearts of alumni, parents and friends, which is probably why this project was particularly popular: over 1,500 of you raised £700,000 towards its renovation. Read more.
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2016 - Chair in Philosophy and Public Affairs and Endowed Lectureship in American Literature

A $5 million dollar donation from the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund in December 2016 enabled the University to establish a Chair in Philosophy and Public Affairs and an Endowed Lectureship in American Literature. Read more.
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2018 - Sports Centre

Phase 3 of the £14 million refurbishment and extension of the Sports Centre was completed with the opening of a new four-court, state-of-the-art indoor tennis centre in Spring 2018. Read more.
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2018 - Music Centre

Work on the new Music Centre is progressing well. To date, more than £6.3 million has been raised out of an £8.5 million target, and work is ongoing on the site to the south west of the Bute Building. Read more.

Support for scholarships

Over £27 million has been raised for scholarships and student support by 8,122 donors, and the University has set up over 500 new scholarships for disadvantaged students as a result of the Campaign.

Read how this support has been life-transforming for Nick Daly, Kimberley Morrison and Sherlock Cruz in our blog IncomparaBubble.
The story of the 600th Anniversary Campaign
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2011 - The launch!

Prince William officially launched the 600th Anniversary Campaign on Friday 25 February 2011 in St Andrews. Read more.

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2011 - Launch of the Chancellor’s Circle

The Chancellor’s Circle was founded in 2011 to recognise and thank those generous alumni and friends who have chosen to remember St Andrews in their will during their lifetime. Read more.

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2012 - Premiere of “Ever to Excel”

The US premier of “Ever to Excel” took place on Wednesday 16 May 2012 in New York. We held a worldwide film weekend between 19 and 20 October where more than 100 alumni organised screenings of the film in 25 countries around the world.

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2012 - 600th Anniversary Campaign Dinner

The University held a 600th Anniversary Appeal Dinner on 8 November 2012 at Middle Temple Hall, London, which was attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Read more.

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2012 - St Andrews joins in Lord Mayor’s Show

Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, Pope Benedict XIII and John Cleese travelled from the University of St Andrews to London to join in the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday 10 November 2012. Read more.

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2012 - Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral

A special Service of Thanksgiving was held in the spectacular surroundings of St Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday 20 December 2012. Read more.

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2013 - The 600th Anniversary Golf Tournament

The St Andrews 600 – a friendly competition incorporating rounds of golf on The Duke’s, Kingsbarns Golf Links and the Old Course - took place from 20 to 23 June 2013. The competition coincided with the first ever exhibition of the work of celebrated golf photographer Lawrence Levy. Read more.

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2013 - 600th Academic Celebration

The University hosted a two-day Academic Celebration from 13 September to 14 September 2013. Honorary Graduates included Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, inventor of the world-wide web Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Britain’s best-known Classicist Professor Mary Beard.

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2014 - St Andrews New York Gala Benefit

A St Andrews New York Gala Benefit took place on 9 December 2014 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and was attended by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It raises a record-breaking sum for student scholarships, medicine, science and sport. Read more.

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2015 - Launch of the University of St Andrews Hong Kong Foundation

The University of St Andrews Hong Kong Foundation was launched on 29 October 2014 at the official residence of the British consul to Macau and Hong Kong. Read more.

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2016 - Principal and Vice-Chancellor Sally Mapstone goes on tour

Sally Mapstone, who was installed as Principal and Vice-Chancellor in November 2016, hit the ground running by undertaking tours to New York, the Far East and Middle East to meet alumni and friends. Read more.

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2017 - Launch of the University of St Andrews German Association

The Principal Professor Sally Mapstone launched the University of St Andrews German Association with a series of events in Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin in November 2017. Read more.

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26 June 2018 - St Andrews celebrates funding success

The major fundraising campaign launched by the University of St Andrews to mark its 600th anniversary has reached its £100 million total. Read more.
A new chapter

The end of one chapter and the beginning of another…

While this is the end of one chapter, it is also the beginning of another. We still have to meet projects targets for the Scottish Oceans Institute, Music Centre, Sports Centre and MUSA and we will continue to make Scholarships a priority.

We also have exciting plans for the refurbishment of the Younger Hall, the creation of a New College on the Madras South Street site and the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) facilities on the North Haugh – projects that will help to consolidate our status as a world-class centre for teaching, learning and research.

Look out for news about these developments in future editions of St Andrews in the News. In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of them then please contact Robert Fleming: Email Phone: +44 (0)1334 461909

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