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St Andrews in the News

Summer 2018

Welcome to the Summer 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.
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Congratulations to all our new alumni! Remember to keep in touch, wherever you are in the world. Read more about Graduation Week.

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Ground-breaking ceremony for new Laidlaw Music Centre

The official ground-breaking ceremony for the University of St Andrews’ new Laidlaw Music Centre heralds a state-of-the-art facility that will be at once an intimate performance venue, a flexible rehearsal space, and a high-tech recording facility. Read more.

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St Andrews top for student academic experience

The University of St Andrews is top in the UK for student academic experience, according to the results of The National Student Survey 2018. Read more.


Leverhulme funding for St Andrews academics

Top research grants worth £739,604 have been awarded to academics at the University of St Andrews by the Leverhulme Trust. Read more.

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St Andrews Professor wins international prize

Professor Stephen Reicher – Wardlaw Professor in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience – has been awarded the 2018 Harold Lasswell Award by the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP). Read more.

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Are young children able to plan for the future?

According to new research at St Andrews, a benchmark test to determine whether young children are capable of planning for the future may be flawed. Read more.

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We are delighted to report that the first two projects on our crowdfunding platform – SaintsFunder – have been successful! The Saints Sport team completed the inaugural 3 Peaks Challenge to raise £7,000 towards Wardlaw Scholarships.

The second project – Byre Opera: Handel’s Xerxes – raised £739 to give our students the opportunity to perform a fully staged opera, with professional direction, in London.

New projects are coming soon! Check out the SaintsFunder platform for more information, and to find out how you can support our students.

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The Story of St Andrews Cathedral

A pageant to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the consecration of St Andrews Cathedral was held recently within the historic site, with University staff and local residents taking part. Read more.

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University leads research into kidney disease

Innovative research led by the University of St Andrews is helping scientists to have a better understanding of the causes and treatment of chronic kidney disease. Read more.


R&A international adventures!

Three teams are planning exciting philanthropic projects this summer as part of the R&A International Scholarship programme for 2018–19. Read more.

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Cataloguing Cupar’s history

Six centuries of the administrative records of the Burgh of Cupar are to be catalogued for the first time by the University of St Andrews Special Collections team. Read more.

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St Andrews awarded £2.8m to tackle superbugs

A research group led by Professor Matthew Holden from the School of Medicine has been awarded a £2.8m Global Consortia grant by the Medical Research Council to investigate antibacterial resistance. Read more.

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MUSA closed for major expansion

The award-winning Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) closed its doors at the end of graduation week to undergo an 18-month redevelopment and extension. Read more.

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School of English

Dr Oli Hazzard has a new book on the poet John Ashbery in the Oxford monographs series while Professor Zinnie Harris wrote one of the monologues on the recent BBC Series 'Snatches: Moments of Women's Lives'.


St Andrews Voices Festival 2018: 25 – 28 October

This year’s St Andrews Voices Festival presents the usual varied programme of events showcasing what the human voice can do in a broad spectrum of genres. Book your tickets.

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2018 Patrons’ Programme

Tickets are still available for the fourth year of our Patrons’ Programme.

We would be delighted to welcome you to our beautiful town on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 September 2018 to soak up the full St Andrews experience: meet some of our leading academics and listen to their cutting-edge research at bespoke events; receive up-to-the-minute news about our many ongoing projects; and gain exclusive access to local historic sites and residences.

For the full programme of available events and to purchase your tickets, please visit our website. If you have any questions, please contact the Events team at, or on +44 (0)1334 461901.
Alumni news

General Council News

Result: General Council Assessor to the University Court Election
Nominations opened on 22 January 2018 and closed on 9 March 2018. There were seven candidates. The election took place online by means of the alternative vote system and ran from 16 April until 11 May 2018. A total of 1,212 votes were cast, and a result was achieved after six rounds of counting. Kenneth Cochran was re-elected to the position General Council Assessor to the University Court to serve for a further four-year term from 1 August 2018. A copy of the full results is available by contacting the General Council Office at or +44 (0)1334 46 1913.

Date of next meeting

The next meeting of the General Council will take place at 10.30am on Saturday 24 November 2018 in Parliament Hall, with tea/coffee available from 10am.


New on the blog this month:
Elspeth Smith and her sisters Frances and Christian remember childhood memories of the Gatty, while our intern Rosie Catcheside reflects on Graduation Week 2018. Also, Georgia Spencer-Rowland (MA 2017) describes the life-transforming opportunities that receiving the Margaret F K Fleming Bursary gave her.
What's on
View a full list of University events in St Andrews and further afield.

South Bend

The Byre Theatre, Friday 31 August and Saturday 1 September, 7.30pm
Multi-award winning Scottish theatre company Grid Iron, in association with Platform, Easterhouse, bring you a road movie for the stage.

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

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St Andrews at the Fringe

If you’re at the Fringe this year, go and support some of our talented student groups:

A cappella
The Alleycats
The Hummingbirds
The Other Guys

St Andrews Revue
Blind Mirth
Alumni Authors
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In Search of Sisu: A Path to Contentment via the Highest Point on Every Continent


Geordie Stewart, MA 2013

Price – paperback £9.99
Available from: Amazon

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What a Way to Go


Julia Forster, MLitt Creative Writing 2001

Price - paperback £10.43
Available from: Amazon


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