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St Andrews in the News

April 2019

Welcome to the April 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
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St Andrews PRIDE

People from across the rainbow joined in St Andrews PRIDE on Saturday 20 April to celebrate love, diversity and identity. Read more.

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Launch of the US Chancellor’s Circle

We recently celebrated the launch of the Chancellor’s Circle in the United States with receptions in New York City and Washington, DC. On both occasions, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sally Mapstone welcomed the Chancellor, The Rt Hon Lord Campbell of Pittenweem CH CBE PC QC, along with alumni, parents and friends of the University. The Chancellor described his parliamentary career and gave a unique insight into current issues facing the United Kingdom. Read more about the Chancellor’s Circle.

Catherine Eagleton

New Director of St Andrews museums

Dr Catherine Eagleton from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in the US has been appointed as the new Director of Museums at the University of St Andrews. Read more.

Joe Corrie & Paul Malgrati

University launches Jo Corrie online resource

A St Andrews PhD student has developed a website to celebrate the life and work of Jo Corrie – the socialist miner and writer of plays, poems and fiction. His most famous work - In Time o’ Strife − was revived by the National Theatre of Scotland in 2013. Read more.

Professor James Harris, Dr Jonathan Fraser, Professor Julie Harris

Prestigious research grants awarded to St Andrews

Academics from the University of St Andrews have been awarded substantial research grants from the Leverhulme Trust and British Academy. Read more.

Woman’s Water Polo team


The Woman’s Water Polo team recently became the first St Andrews women’s team to win a Championship Medal from the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) Big Wednesday National Finals. Read more.

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We are excited to announce the launch of two new projects: members of the first Women’s Futsal team at the University are fundraising to purchase their own uniforms, while the Boat Club’s Project24 is raising funds to purchase two new boats. We are also delighted to confirm that Rachel Nixon, has successfully reached her target of £1,500 which will enable her to travel to Zambia and help teach English and sport to the school children. We wish her all the best for the summer.

We are adding exciting new projects all the time! We would love to hear from students, alumni and staff alike about fundraising initiatives that could benefit the University community, so please contact us at If you’ve already been in touch, we’ll get back to you to carry on the discussion. If you’re interested in supporting projects that are closed, you can do so through our online donation form highlighting the project of your choosing.

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St Andrews Summer Sports Camps

Saints Sport is hosting camps in Summer 2019 for Hockey (Ages 13-17), Rugby (Ages 8-16), Tennis (13-17) and Ultimate Frisbee (Ages 13-21).

The five-day camps give an insight into all aspects of performance sport at university and incorporate individual specialist skills coaching, technical drills focusing on team play and general fitness and conditioning sessions.

We are delighted to offer our alumni a £25 discount on all camps, which you can claim by using the code SAINTS25 when booking online. Book now.

More information
Email: Phone: +44(0)1334 462190

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Green Gown Awards 2019

The Green Gown Awards UK and Ireland recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK and Ireland.

The Enterprise category, sponsored by Colleges and Universities Business Officers (CUBO) is looking for initiatives from existing students or alumni (up to a maximum of three years from leaving the institution). This category recognises social responsibility, social media and sustainable enterprise as key ingredients of contemporary education to ensure a supply of education leavers who can rise to the 21st century's economic, environmental and social challenges.

If you have established a sustainability initiative/enterprise, the Awards are keen to hear from you.

Find out more and apply by noon on 5 June 2019.

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New “Go Saints” Facebook page

Saints Sport has launched a new Facebook page called "Go Saints" for students, parents and alumni to keep track of the latest photos, fixtures and results from Saints Sport teams. This will be the primary location for all the latest news on Saints Sport. Keep in touch by liking the new Facebook page.

The Proctor awarding the John Honey Award 2018 to Sarah Rodway-Swanson

The John Honey Award

John Honey Award is given to one student every year who makes an outstanding and exceptional contribution to student wellbeing during their time at St Andrews. It is given in memory of John Honey, a student who bravely rescued five seamen from their wrecked ship off the coast of St Andrews in 1800.

Nominations have now closed and we will announce the 2019 in the May edition of St Andrews in the news. Pictured above is Sarah Rodway-Swanson receiving the John Honey Award 2018 from the Proctor.
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Arnold Palmer Invitational, 9 September 2019

Take part in this friendly competition to win the coveted Arnold Palmer Invitational Claret Jug Trophy!  Golfers will spend the day teeing off on the Castle Course with all refreshments and an exclusive Saints Golf gift bag included. We look forward to seeing alumni, parents, supporters and friends of the University at this informal tournament, all proceeds from which will support the Arnold Palmer Scholarship and Saints Golf Programme. Find out more and register to take part.
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Patrons’ Programme, 12-13 September 2019

You are invited to join us for a two-day behind-the-scenes visit to the University of St Andrews!  Guests will enjoy a full programme including academic lectures, tours of our newest buildings and an opportunity to explore the coastline by boat, guided by our team of expert staff.  A limited number of tickets are available for this exclusive event. Visit our website to find out more and book your place.


Save the dates of the following key events taking place later this year:

The University of St Andrews Careers Centre is hosting its first ever Vancouver Industry Insights Meet Up this summer. Please mark your calendars for the evening of Tuesday, 23 July for a night of careers conversations and time to celebrate the Vancouver St Andrews community. This event will take place at the Red Truck Beer Company, 295 E 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC, and will be open to all St Andrews alumni, current students, and their families. Further details to follow.

School of Psychology
Join with us in celebrating 50 years of Psychology at the University of St Andrews. More details will follow about events taking place between 23 – 25 August 2019.

Watch this space for more information in the coming months.
Alumni news

Notice of Business Committee Elections: May/June 2019

Elections to fill seven vacancies on the General Council's Business Committee will take place in late May. The closing date for nominations is 12 noon on Friday 17 May 2019. Candidates must be members of the General Council and be proposed and seconded by a General Council member.

Provided there are more candidates than vacancies, elections will be by online voting, using the single transferable vote system, between Monday 27 May and Friday 21 June 2019.

Information on the procedures for the online voting system will be sent to members in May 2019 and will be available on the election page of the General Council website.

The result of the elections will be announced at the next meeting of the General Council on Saturday 29 June 2019 at 10.30am in Parliament Hall, St Andrews, with tea and coffee available from 10am.

For further information, please contact


Huda Ismail founded the Institute of International Peace Building to develop the means to reform former terrorists and reintegrate them back into mainstream Indonesian society through research, arts and civil society initiatives. In this month’s IncomparaBubble he reflects on the time he spent studying at St Andrews, and how it has prepared him for this role. If you have an idea for a blog post, or would like to tell your story, contact us.
Alumni clubs
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If you are interested in joining the University of St Andrews Alumni Club Greece, please contact Politimos at, Phone: +30 6981656500 or find us on Facebook.
Our first event will take place after the spring break. Stay tuned!

London: 2019 Alumni Ball

After last year’s hugely successful inaugural ball, we are delighted to invite all University of St Andrews alumni, partners and friends to the 2019 Alumni Ball, to be held in the magnificent Senate House building at the University of London on Saturday 8 June. We hope you can join us to reunite and reminisce with friends old and new.

Book your tickets now to ensure that you don’t miss out.

North West Alumni Association (Manchester)

We are looking for engaged and enthusiastic alumni based across the north west to contribute to our growth. We are based in Manchester, so if you’re within travelling distance and are interested in helping us develop into an active support network for alumni of all ages, please contact us.

Washington DC

The DC Alumni Board is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as our Membership Outreach Coordinator and Event Coordinator. Becoming a Board Member is a great opportunity to gain leadership experience, build your resume and network with fellow alumni!

If you are interested, please email Kaitlyn Smithwick at with a brief statement of interest and a resume.
Alumni events
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After Many Days Club Annual Reunion Weekend:
Friday 28 – Sunday 30 June, St Andrews

We hope existing members and new members will join us for our annual reunion weekend. We have added some new events to the programme for this year, including a wine tasting and a visit to the new Scottish Oceans Institute on the East Sands. Please see our Reunion brochure (pdf) for details of the full programme and for booking information, including how to book accommodation and noting the 7 June booking deadline. Further information about the After Many Days Club is available on our website.
What's on
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St Andrews Baroque Ensemble

St Salvator’s Chapel, Thursday 2 May, 7.30pm
Claire Luxford directs the Baroque Ensemble in a performance of music for The Tempest by Matthew Locke, ‘Composer in Ordinary’ to Charles II, interspersed with readings from the play. The concert will also feature music by his friend and successor Henry Purcell.


A Night at the Opera

St Salvator’s Chapel, Saturday 4 May, 6pm
Alumni Laurie Slavin (tenor) and Caroline Taylor (soprano) return to their alma mater for an early evening concert at St Salvator’s Chapel, with duets from Puccini’s La Bohème, Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. The performance is free, but donations are welcome to further their opera studies.


The Byre Theatre, Thursday 9 May, 7.30pm
Marie is a darkly comic new play inspired by the life of Mary Queen of Scots, but with a modern twist.
See the Byre’s full programme
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Mémorial d’un Grognard

Conférence illustrée en français par Pascal Dubrisay
School 5, St Salvator’s Quadrangle, Tuesday 28 May, 5pm

This talk is sponsored by the St Andrews-Loches Alliance and supported by the French Department of the School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews
Alumni Authors
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Ka Mate: Travels in New Zealand


Daniel Coxon, MA 1997

paperback £8.99
Available from: Amazon

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Kids, Cuddles & Caffeine


Edmund Farrow, BSc 1996

paperback £10.00
Available from: Amazon


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