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St Andrews in the News

December 2018

Welcome to the December 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. Photo credit: EikCaffery Creative

University news
View a full list of news from around the University
honorary grads

Winter Graduation honours

Good luck and congratulations to all the students who are graduating this month. Congratulations also to the three leading figures from the worlds of literature, sport and business who are being honoured by the University during the ceremonies at the Younger Hall on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December. Read more.
Pictured: Honorary Graduates Val McDermid, Paul Lawrie and Herbert V Kohler Jr

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Government investment in Eden Campus

The Scottish and UK governments recently confirmed that the University of St Andrews is to receive a £26 million investment in its Eden Campus project at Guardbridge. Read more.


St Andrews Chorus 40 years old

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sally Mapstone recently hosted a reception to mark the 40th anniversary of the formation of the St Andrews Chorus – currently the largest non-auditioning choir in Scotland. Read more.


Awards for St Andrews student company

CombiniCo – a Korean and Japanese food outlet in St Andrews founded by former student Alex Longson – recently won regional and national awards at the annual Scottish Asian Food Awards. Read more.
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Crowdfund our first-ever Wardlaw Scholarship award by 31 December 2018

We are appealing to you, the University community to crowdfund our first-ever Wardlaw Scholarship student through SaintsFunder.

Without scholarships, some students just would not have the financial means to take up their place here. Sir James Black was just such a student. Thankfully (for all of us) his scholarship enabled him to study Medicine and he went on to discover life-saving beta-blockers.

Please give your support to enable a new generation of students to benefit from a St Andrews education. Any and all gifts – make a difference.

St Andrews then – as now – provides the perfect climate to nurture pioneering research. Today, we are making huge strides in treatment for skin cancer, a new biomarker for tuberculosis and new sonar mapping to protect our oceans.

Who knows what new discoveries another scholarship recipient like Sir James Black could go on to make? Please help change their lives and, potentially, ours by giving us your support. Thank you.

We would love to hear from students, alumni and staff alike about fundraising initiatives that could benefit the University community using the SaintsFunder crowdfunding platform, so please contact us! If you’ve already been in touch, we’ll get back to you to carry on the discussion.


History of St Andrews feminism

Generations of St Andrews feminists recently gathered here to celebrate the history of St Andrews feminism, and to acknowledge the University as a place where important ideas were discussed and developed. Read more.


University of St Andrews Shop

Christmas is fast approaching! Why not visit our new and improved web shop with a fabulous range of products that will suit every possible taste. FREE SHIPPING when you spend £35 or over. Read more.

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Minuscule lasers could treat disease

A team of researchers from the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews has developed tiny lasers that could revolutionise our understanding and treatment of many diseases, including cancer. Read more.


St Andrews in Japan

Professor Susan Sellers of the School of English has just returned from a lecture tour of Japan to celebrate the publication into Japanese of her novel ‘Vanessa and Virginia’. The novel was adapted for the stage by Elizabeth Wright (an alumna) and translated into Japanese for the occasion. The photograph shows Professor Sellers, the three actresses who performed in the play, the translator of the abridged play into Japanese Megumi Kato (far left) and the translator of the novel Noriko Kabuta (far right).

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Inscribe a flagstone to mark Graduation

Perhaps you have a son, daughter, relative or friend graduating this December? If you make a gift to inscribe one of the last few remaining St Salvator’s Quadrangle flagstones you will not only leave a permanent memory of the event - you will also be supporting St Andrews students through our 600th Anniversary Scholarship Fund. Make your gift.

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Telephone Campaign

Thank you to all the alumni and parents across the USA, Canada and UK who gave their time to talk to our students during the Autumn telephone campaign. And an even bigger thank you to those of you who made a gift in support of one of our priority projects this year: you helped us to raise over £90,000! You can fulfil any pledge you made during the campaign by visiting our campaign website.


Chimps are manipulators

New research at the University has found that chimpanzees – like humans – can manipulate others to get what they want. Read more.


Graduate Outcomes Survey

If you completed your studies at St Andrews between August and October 2017, you might be contacted in the near future by the Graduate Outcomes Survey. This survey has replaced the Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) Survey and aims to help current and future students to gain an insight into career destinations and development by surveying alumni 15 months after completion. The University is hugely appreciative of all our alumni who help by completing this survey! Any questions, please contact careers@st-andrews.ac.uk.
Alumni news


New on the blog this month, Alumni Relations intern Daisy Sewell chats to a family who have an ongoing connection with St Andrews spanning three generations! We also learn about one of the ways in which the University’s Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development (CAPOD) is working to help new graduates in the period immediately following graduation. Read more.

Share your exchange stories!

Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario is celebrating the 70th anniversary of their exchange programme with St Andrews and would like alumni to get in touch to share their stories. For more information please get in touch.
Alumni clubs
View a full list of University of St Andrews Alumni Club activities

After Many Days Club

The After Many Days Club is the University’s longest-running alumni club and has well over 1500 members worldwide. To be a member, you simply have to have matriculated at the University 25 years or more ago. Lifetime membership costs £25 and gives you access to a range of Club activities and events. More information on memberships and how YOU can join can be found on our website.

The Club’s next event is the Winter Lunch 2019 at The Scores Hotel on Saturday 26 January from 12.30pm. A two-course lunch will follow a welcome drink and all members and guests are welcome to attend. For further information and to book, please contact: Jane Watkinson.


We are currently looking for alumni of all ages to join our committee! This is a great opportunity for social engagement, leadership positions, resumé building and networking. Skills needed include marketing, social media, event planning and coordination. To find out more please contact Stephanie Castle for further information or get in touch via the Seattle Alumni Facebook group.


Calling all alumni in and around Zurich! Join us for drinks as we gear up for the festive season on Wednesday 12 December at 7.00pm at "Oliver Twist" pub, Rindermarkt 6, 8001 Zürich. For more info, check out our Facebook event or email us.

Texas (Austin)

Join us for fish and chips to celebrate Burns Night and meet fellow St Andreans on Friday 25 January at 6.00pm at Full English, 2000 Southern Oaks, Austin. More information from Charlotte Gorman and Emma Freer or Facebook.

Washington DC

We are looking for committee members! Skills required include marketing, social media, event planning and coordination. Alumni of all ages are encouraged to apply. To find out more, contact Kaitlyn Smithwick

We will be hosting a holiday reception on Thursday 13 December from 6.00pm to 8.00 pm at Hawthorne (1336 U St NW, DC 20009). Festive jumpers and attire encouraged! Tickets include two drinks and food and can be purchased for $25. Please send any questions to st.andrews.dcalum@gmail.com or contact the club on Facebook.

The Club is also partnering with the Alumni Clubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow and the Scottish Government for the annual Burns Night Supper and Ceilidh on Saturday 26 January 2019 in the Grand Ballroom at the historic Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Tickets and further information.
Alumni events
View a full list of University events in St Andrews and further afield

Alumni Carol Service and Reception – St Andrews

This year’s Alumni Carol Service in St Salvator’s Chapel, North Street is fast approaching. On Monday 10 December at 7pm, the University Chaplain, Rev Dr Donald MacEwan, will lead the Service and the St Andrews Renaissance Singers will join us once again to lead the traditional carols. The Carol Service is free to attend and attendance does not require a ticket. It would, however, be helpful if you could register in advance if you are planning to attend, if you have not already done so.

Tickets (priced £7.50 each) for the optional mulled wine and mince pie reception in Lower College Hall following the Service can be purchased online or from Development at 91 North Street.


London Alumni Club Christmas Carol Service

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now available for our annual Christmas Carol Service on Tuesday 18 December at 7.00pm at St Columba’s Church, Pont Street. This event is run in collaboration with the University of St Andrews Alumni Club, London.

Please visit our web page to purchase your ticket(s). If you have any difficulties making your purchase, or have any other questions, please contact our Events team:
E: 600@st-andrews.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)1334 461901

Humans of St Andrews:
Careers and connections from around the World 2019

Please join us for Humans of St Andrews – our winter careers networking nights in San Francisco and New York City – where you will hear from panels comprising alumni and parents. We aim to celebrate the St Andrews community abroad, while also providing the opportunity for fellow alumni, current students, parents, employers and friends of the University to network and explore a wide variety of career experiences and opportunities.

Register your place here for San Francisco on Friday 4 January 2019: doors open at 6.00pm with panel commencing at 6.30pm.

Register your place here for New York City on Wednesday 9 January 2019: doors open at 6.00pm with the panel commencing at 6.30pm.
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University of St Andrews winter Gathering at Pebble Beach®

11-13 January 2019, The Inn at Spanish Bay™, Pebble Beach, California
Join the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sally Mapstone, along with fellow alumni, parents, friends and supporters of the University for the inaugural University of St Andrews Winter Gathering at Pebble Beach®. During the weekend, you will hear from members of the University’s senior management and faculty, learn first-hand about the exciting initiatives taking place at the University and have the opportunity to enjoy all that the world-class Pebble Beach Resorts® have to offer. Find out more about this wonderful weekend, and book your place now.

Alumni Festival Weekend 2019: Friday 5 to Sunday 7 April

The initial programme for Alumni Festival Weekend 2019 has been launched! Please visit our dedicated Alumni Festival Weekend website to see the programme, register to attend and book your tickets for the special Alumni Dinner on Saturday 6 April. Additional events will be added over the coming months, so please remember to check back. In addition to the annual alumni dinner, the weekend will feature sports and society showcases and an inaugural alumni pub quiz. Plans for further events include an alumni careers networking event and an alumni versus student debate.

Register now and start making your plans to join us in St Andrews in April. The Alumni Relations team is here to help if you have any questions or would like assistance to contact friends or organise a group to come along together.
Email: alumni@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone : +44 (0)1334 467194.

You can also keep up with all the latest developments at the Alumni Festival Facebook page.
What's on

Sleeping Beauty

The Byre Theatre, Thursday 29 November 2018 to Saturday 5 January 2019
This Sleeping Beauty – armed with an apprentice Fairy Godmother – is determined to take control of her own fate and prove that princesses don’t need to be rescued!
Sir Jonathan Mills

Andrew Carnegie Lecture Series: Sir Jonathan Mills

Buchanan Theatre, Thursday 6 December, 5.45pm (doors open 5.15pm)
We are delighted and honoured to welcome Sir Jonathan Mills to St Andrews this evening to deliver the latest in the series of Andrew Carnegie Lectures. The prominent Australian-born composer has an impressive curriculum vitae: he is director of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit and former director of the Edinburgh International Festival between 2007 and 2014. In addition, he is Visiting Professor at the Universities of Edinburgh and Yale, as well as being Vice-Chancellor (Professorial) Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

The event is free of charge. All welcome! Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis

The Other Guys: 10 Lords a Leaping

The Byre Theatre, Tuesday 11 December 2018 at 7.30pm
The Other Guys present their 2018 Christmas Concert with festive music ranging from Christmas classics to contemporary takes on well-known holiday tunes.

See the Byre’s full programme
See the Music Centre's full programme
Alumni Authors
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Why Everything You Know about Robin Hood is Wrong


Karen Murdarasi MA 2002

Price: Kindle edition £2.00 and paperback £4.99
Available from: Amazon

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The Hamlyn Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the Mediterranean Sea


Andrew Campbell BSc 1967

Price: hardback £49.99
Available from: Amazon


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