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St Andrews in the News

May 2018

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. Photo credit: Oli Walker, Tilted Frame Photography.

University news
View a full list of news from around the University.
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St Andrews welcomes 53rd Rector

Srdja Popovic was recently ‘dragged’ around town before being installed as the 53rd Rector of the University of St Andrews. Read more.

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Launch of SaintsFunder

We are delighted to let you know about the launch of SaintsFunder – the University’s new dedicated crowdfunding platform managed by Sam Byers and Lynsey Kerr from the Annual Giving team in Development.

SaintsFunder has been designed to enable alumni, students, Schools, Service Units and academic researchers to fundraise for specific University activities and projects that they are passionate about.

The platform is being kick started with projects supported by Saints Sport and the Music Centre. Saints Sport are crowdfunding for Wardlaw Scholarships by attempting to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon during one 24 hour period in the 3 Peaks Challenge on 19 May. Hot on the heels of this project, the Music Centre will be crowdfunding to support the Byre Opera production of Handel’s Xerxes, which is being performed on 5 and 6 July by current undergraduate and postgraduate students at The Priory Church of the Order of St John in Clerkenwell, London.

Please check out our platform or contact Sam and Lynsey on if you would like to get involved. We look forward to welcoming you to the SaintsFunder community!

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Alumni Festival Weekend 2018

We were delighted to welcome many of you back to St Andrews for this year’s Alumni Festival Weekend to visit old haunts and take part in the dozens of activities organised by our student sports clubs and societies. Read more.


Major grants for Antarctic glacier research

Researchers at the University have won two major grants of £438K and £540K to investigate the extent to which the collapse of a major Antarctic glacier could raise global sea levels. Read more.

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Laser vision: a step closer to reality?

Discoveries made by a research team at St Andrews could mean that ocular lasers could be developed and harnessed for new applications in security, biophotonics and photomedicine. Read more.

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Decade at the top

The Complete University Guide 2019 ranks St Andrews top in Scotland, a position the Fife university has held since the Guide was first published 11 years ago. Read more.

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St Andrews Prize for the Environment announced

This year’s St Andrews Prize for the Environment integrates indigenous knowledge of water management in the Andes with contemporary science to create hybrid solutions. Read more.


World leading software research collaboration

Professor Kevin Hammond of the University of St Andrews has led a world-leading team of academic researchers and industrial experts to tackle the challenges of producing new software for high-performance AI (Artificial Intelligence) and other data-intensive applications. Read more.


Prestigious award for St Andrews anthropologist

Dr Sabine Hyland of the School of Anthropology has been awarded a $55,000 Guggenheim Fellowship for her work decoding the ancient writing system of the Inkas. Read more.

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Academics awarded top research grants

The Leverhulme Trust has awarded research grants worth more than £500K to Professor Philip Lightfoot of the School of Chemistry (above left) and Professor Colin Kidd of the School of History (above right). Read more.

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St Andrews PRIDE

People from across the rainbow recently took part in St Andrews PRIDE 2018 – Fife’s longest-running PRIDE event – to celebrate love, diversity and personal identity. Read more.

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Development Office investing in US team

The University is continuing to engage DRi Consulting as part of its investment in a strategic US Development team: interviews for the Head of Development (US) post are currently being held, while the consultants are also undertaking an executive search for an Alumni and Family Engagement Manager (US). Read more.

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Rugby Club 160th Anniversary Dinner

Ticket sales for the University Rugby Club 160th Anniversary Dinner will close on Friday 18 May at 5pm.

The evening is open to all alumni, parents, friends and supporters and will be hosted in partnership with the Bill McLaren Foundation, which aims to improve lives through rugby and inspire youngsters to achieve their personal best. Entertainment is provided by former All Black captain and rugby legend Sean Fitzpatrick and ex-Scotland captain Rory Lawson, who is overseeing events as master of ceremonies.

Tickets can be purchased from the University's Online Shop. For more information please contact the Rugby Club.


Zinnie Harris directs new play at the Traverse

Professor Zinnie Harris of the School of English is directing ‘Gut’ – a new play by Frances Poet at the Traverse Theatre in association with the National Theatre of Scotland. Read more.

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Fourth Arnold Palmer Invitational Golf Tournament

Book your place now for the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational in St Andrews on Saturday 30 June 2018: a round of golf on the Castle Course, a prize-giving, a three-course dinner and your exclusive Saints Golf gift pack – all in the name of friendly competition! Proceeds from the event will support the Arnold Palmer Scholarship and the Saints Golf Programme. Further information and register.
Alumni news

General Council News

General Council Assessor to the University Court Election 2018
A reminder to General Council members that an election is currently under way to fill one vacancy from 1 August 2018. Voting will close at 12 noon on Friday 11 May 2018. Further information can be found on the General Council Election webpage.

The next meeting of the General Council will take place on Saturday 30 June 2018 at 10.30am in Parliament Hall, St Andrews, with tea and coffee available from 10am.


This month we continue our series about the team who work behind the scenes at visiting days with a piece from Student Ambassador Megan Alexander about outreach into local schools. We also discover more about some of our former Saints Rugby players.
Alumni clubs
View a full list of alumni club activities.


The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, New England (Boston) will be entering a team ("University of St Andrews") in the annual BAA 10k race in Boston on Sunday 24 June. If you would like to join in you can register online. Or if you’d rather just watch and cheer runners on from the sidelines, that’s fine too! Contact the group on Facebook.

New York

The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, New York is excited to announce a new home for the alumni community: the Penn Club. To kick off our relationship with the Penn Club, we are hosting a free event including hors d'oeuvre and an open bar on Friday 11 May between 6.00pm and 8.00pm. RSVP on our website.


The next after-work drinks event being hosted by the University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Norway will be in central Oslo on Thursday 24 May. Further details to follow on Facebook.


The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Oxford are hosting their annual ‘bring and share’ picnic at the Oxford Summer Eights on Saturday 26 May. Meet outside the College Boat House at 12pm. Email to confirm your attendance.
What's on
View a full list of University events in St Andrews and further afield.
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Byre Writers from Page to Stage

The Byre Theatre, Thursday 17 and Friday 18 May at 7.15pm
Two evenings of rehearsed readings, when new scripts by members of the Byre Writers Group are brought to life by actors from the St Andrews Play Club. The actors, script in hand, present a variety of new pieces: some short, some long, some light… and others rather dark!

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

Enduring Gifts: 600 Years of Philanthropy in St Andrews

MUSA, Saturday 17 March to Saturday 30 June
Since its foundation in 1413, the University of St Andrews has benefited greatly from public generosity. The Enduring Gifts exhibition explores a range of donations and the motivations behind them, and how they shaped and developed the University’s existence.

See MUSA's full programme
Alumni Authors
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A Thin Sheet of Glass


Pippa Beecheno, MA 2003

Price – paperback £6.99
Available from: Amazon

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101 Executive Uses for a Square Camel: and other lightbulb moments in problem solving


Rob Wherrett, BSc 1975

Price - paperback £22.00
Available from: Amazon


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