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St Andrews in the News

January 2018

Happy New Year and welcome to the January 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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Winter graduation celebrations

Over 900 students from all over the world graduated in the Younger Hall on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December. Read more.

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Top research grants awarded to St Andrews academics

Research grants have been awarded to (from left to right) Dr James Palmer (School of History), Professor Kathryn Rudy (School of Art History) and Dr Malte Gather (School of Physics and Astronomy) by the Leverhulme Trust. Read more.

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Cell Block Science

Researchers at St Andrews are leading Cell Block Science – a ground-breaking public engagement programme – to provide informal science learning opportunities for prisoners. Read more


Creation of new University technology company

A number of high value, high skilled jobs have been saved with the creation of a new technology company at the University. Read more.

Dr Paracchini and Mr Gethins

Work shadowing at Westminster

Dr Silvia Paracchini from the School of Medicine was chosen to shadow Stephen Gethins MP for a week last month at the House of Commons as part of the Royal Society’s pairing scheme. Read more.

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Travel back to St Andrews in 1559

St Salvator’s Quad and Chapel have been digitally reconstructed to show how they looked nearly 500 years ago – before the changes brought about by the Reformation. Read more.

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School of English: new 10-part radio drama for BBC

Oliver Emanuel from the School of English has a new 10-part drama series starting on BBC Radio 4. 'The Truth About Hawaii’ is set in a near-future in which doctors can no longer prescribe antibiotics. The first episode is on Monday 22 January at 10.45am (repeated 7.45pm) and the full series is available on BBC iplayer.

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Book your flagstone inscription now for summer graduation

Inscribing a Quadrangle flagstone is a wonderful way to commemorate your son or daughter’s graduation or, indeed, your own time at St Andrews. An inscription can also be a lasting dedication to a loved one. By giving back to the University in this way, you will also be contributing to the 600th Anniversary Scholarship fund, which helps incoming students with the cost of living and studying at St Andrews.

If you would like to have your inscription ready for summer graduation, please make your gift by 26 February 2018.

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StAnza 2018!

StAnza – one of the top poetry festivals in the UK – is taking place in St Andrews between Wednesday 7 and Sunday 11 March this year, with more than 80 readings, performances, discussions, poetry-inspired installations and exhibitions and workshops to choose from. Headline poets include Liz Lochhead, Sinéad Morrissey and Don Paterson and this year’s themes are The Self and Borderlines. Find out more.

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600th Anniversary Campaign update

We are delighted to report that our Campaign total has reached £94.5m. To date, we have invested gifts and pledges to build a dedicated Medical and Biological Sciences building, transformed the former Martyrs Kirk into a postgraduate research library and reading room, refurbished the Students’ Association and provided scholarships to advance teaching and research. We are hoping to cross the finishing line by the end of this financial year with our current fundraising priority projects: the Sports Centre (including the new indoor Tennis Centre); the Music Centre; the MUSA extension and the Scottish Oceans Institute.
Alumni news
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Winter Careers Forums

Almost 200 alumni, students and current parents came together at our Winter Careers Forums in New York and Washington DC in January hearing from fellow St Andreans about their experiences in the world of work and taking advantage of the networking opportunities.

CareerConnect launched

The Careers Centre has recently launched a brand new platform, CareerConnect. Through CareerConnect students and alumni can book appointments with careers advisors, register for careers events, submit online guidance queries, sign up for job alerts and search for graduate vacancies. CareerConnect will operate alongside Saint Connect, the e-networking platform exclusively for St Andrews.
Alumni clubs
View a full list of alumni club activities.


The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Boston is holding an Ancient Universities Burns Nicht on Friday 26 January. Further information.


The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Cambridge is organising a Snowdrop Walk on Saturday 3 February. Further information.


The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Chicago is joining a Scottish Universities Burns Night on Thursday 25 January. Further information.


The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Glasgow is holding an Alumni Social on Saturday 27 January between 1pm and 3pm at the Slug & Lettuce, 150 St Vincent Street, Glasgow. Respond on Facebook or email James Martin to book a place.


The University of St Andrews and Dundee Society in Iceland is holding its annual Burns Supper on Saturday 3 February in Gunnarshus, Dyngjuvegi 8, Reykjavik. Contact Prof Reynir Geirsson or phone +354 8245444 for details.


The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, London are holding an Alumni Pub Night on Thursday 25 January. Further information.

Los Angeles

The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Los Angeles will be hosting an alumni get together and informal lunch at The Pikey Cafe & Bar in Los Angeles on Sunday 25 February. Join our Facebook page or email us for more information and to reserve a seat.
Save the date

Saturday 10 March: Boat Club

The University of St Andrews Boat Club is holding the St Andrews and Eden Boat Club Alumni Dinner on Saturday 10 March in London. Further information.

Saturday 7 April: New York

Save the date on 7 April for the University of St Andrews Alumni Club, New York Tartan Day Parade 2018! Further information.
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Friday 13 April to Sunday 15 April: Alumni Festival Weekend

Relive your dancing days at the BOP on Friday, do the gin and jazz combination on Saturday and blow the cobwebs away on Sunday with a bracing pier walk. These are only three of the events at the 2018 Alumni Festival Weekend. Come and join us in April and relive your student experiences!

Saturday 5 May: New York

Save the date for the famous May Ball on Saturday 5 May! Further information.

Saturday 19 May: London

Tickets are available for the Alumni Spring Ball hosted by the University of St Andrews Alumni Club, London on Saturday 19 May. Book now!
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Fourth Arnold Palmer Invitational Golf Tournament

Save the date for the fourth Arnold Palmer Golf Tournament on Saturday 30 June. Details to follow in the February issue.
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Patron’s Programme 2018

Patron’s Programme – a unique 'behind-the-scenes' event exclusively for supporters of the University – is available to book again this year on 13 and 14 September. Watch this space: more information to follow!
What's on
View a full list of University events in St Andrews and further afield.

SCO: Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto

Younger Hall, Wednesday 31 January at 7.30pm
A stunning programme with the ‘Emperor’ concerto as its centrepiece. Please note that the concert is in the Younger Hall, but tickets are available from the Byre box office.

See the Byre’s full programme
See the Music Centre's full programme

West African Dance Taster

MUSA – Sunday 28 January, 12pm to 1pm
Come and try traditional West African dance - it will leave you uplifted and buzzing for the rest of your day! Free, but booking essential.

See MUSA's full programme
Alumni Authors
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Robbing the Dead


Tana Collins, MPhil 1992

Price – paperback £8.99; kindle edition £0.99
Available from: Amazon

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The Evolution of Scotland’s Towns: Creation, Growth and Fragmentation


Patricia Dennison, MA 1963

hardback £100.00; paperback £24.99
Available from: Amazon


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