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St Andrews in the News

February 2019

Welcome to the February 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
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Professor Sally Mapstone with Saathi’s Kristin Kagetsu

And the winner is …

Saathi – a project that produces 100% biodegradable and compostable sanitary pads using agricultural waste from banana tree farmers – has won the St Andrews Prize for the Environment 2019. Read more.

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Fire in the Biomedical Sciences Building

The fire that broke out in the BMS building on Sunday 10 February was dealt with effectively by teams of local firefighters. The University is committed to restoring timely access to lab facilities and equipment, although it could take a year or more to do so. Read more.

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Sound + light: the future of drug discovery?

Research led by the University of St Andrews has revealed that a combination of sound and light could hold the key to diagnosing the early stages of various diseases, including cancer. Read more.


Medical advances could revolutionise treatment of TB

An international team of scientists led by the University of St Andrews has published research outlining new methods that could revolutionise the ability to treat previously undetected tuberculosis (TB). Read more.

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Drones key to monitoring wildlife population trends

Professor Steve Buckland, Director of the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) and recipient of the Guy Medal in Gold from the Royal Statistical Society predicts that mobile phones and drones will play a key role in monitoring wildlife population trends. Read more.

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We are excited to announce the launch of 2 new projects. Ewan Davies and Rachel Nixon have been selected to take part in Project Zambia this summer. Their preparations are underway to visit Kazemba to support teachers and students in the local school alongside our own University staff team. Please support them if you can.

Read about Alex and Merlin as they continue their intrepid journey across Africa delivering the ground-breaking Arclight device in the fight against preventable blindness and deafness. Please support them if you can.

We would love to hear from students, alumni and staff alike about fundraising initiatives that could benefit the University community, so please contact us! 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.


Mapping baboon genomes could unravel evolutionary history

Researchers at St Andrews are part of an international team of scientists who have completed the genome sequencing of individual baboons across six separate populations. This could help unravel the evolutionary history of modern humans. Read more.


St Andrews Summer Sports Camps

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

The five-day camps provide an insight into all aspects of performance sport at University. They incorporate individual specialist skills like coaching, and focus on technical drills within team play, general fitness and conditioning sessions. Book now.

More information
Phone: +44 (0)1334 462190
student callers

Spring telephone campaign: take time to talk

Our student callers will be busy phoning parents and alumni all over the world until the spring telephone campaign ends on Sunday 10 March. If they get in touch, please consider taking the time to talk to them, and they will let you know about the amazing things currently taking place in St Andrews.

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Professor Reginald Christian Memorial Concert

Sunday 17 March 2019, Byre Theatre, St Andrews: 2.30-c5.30pm, followed by buffet and refreshments
All former students, colleagues, fellow orchestra members and other friends are warmly invited to attend a memorial event being organised by the family of the late Professor Christian, Professor of Russian (1966-1992) and a former Dean of Arts at the University, who died in May 2018. The event will take the form of a concert of Russian music interspersed with spoken tributes, with refreshments afterwards. The event is free, but ticketed. Please book your place(s) online and let the family know you are attending by sending an email to Professor Christian’s daughter, Jessica.

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Report sheds new light on London riots

A new report on the 2011 London riots summarises a three-year research project by a team of leading crowd specialists, including St Andrews social psychologists Professor Stephen Reicher and Dr Fergus Neville. Read more.

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The University code cracker!

Jonny Woods, a student at the University of St Andrews, has recently cracked coded religious documents that previously left generations of academics baffled. Read more.

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Celebrating town and gown relationships

Professor Sally Mapstone, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, recently welcomed more than 100 local societies, clubs and groups to an event to celebrate the relationship between the University and the town. Read more.


Calling recent graduates and current postgraduate students

If you’re a graduate of the last three years, the Careers Centre is still available to help with your career planning. Whether you’re studying a postgraduate degree and preparing for your next step, wanting to change jobs, or still looking for your first graduate role, the Careers Centre is still available for free guidance, advice and application support, wherever you are in the world.

Register as a graduate on CareerConnect today to find the latest vacancies and events, access appointments or online advice:

Careers Centre summer work shadowing

The Careers Centre is looking for support from St Andrews alumni, parents and friends around the world in Summer 2019. Can you give the current generation of St Andrews students a head-start in their future careers by offering them a work shadowing opportunity while they are home during the summer? Find out more and register your opportunity by 18 March.
Alumni news


New on the blog this month: we catch up with Ian Dorward, MA 1959, who was a St Andrews exchange scholar to Queen’s University, Canada in 1956-57. If you have an idea for a blog post, or would like to tell your story, contact us.
Alumni clubs
View a full list of University of St Andrews Alumni Club activities

New England

Join the Alumni Club of New England for a Winter Warmer Network Night on 28 February at 6pm at Trillium Brewing Company, 50 Thomson Place, Boston, MA.

We are also looking to fill the committee roles of Vice President, Secretary and Director of Technology. All ages and levels of experience are welcome to apply. For more information about these roles, upcoming events or the club itself, please contact Alexandra Habashi, or visit Facebook.


The Alumni Club of Philadelphia has organised a Trolley Tour and Pub Crawl on Friday 8 March. The tour will depart at 6.30pm from Old City. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Matthew Adams.


Calling all alumni in and around Zurich! Join us for our next drinks event on Thursday 14th March at 7:00pm. Venue: "Le Raymond" bar, Bleicherweg 8, 8001 Zürich. For more info, check out our Facebook event or email us.

Washington DC

The Alumni Club of Washington DC has several events coming up. If you are in the DC area, we hope you can join us!
Six Nations Championship Rugby Watch (Scotland vs France) on 23 February at 9.15am at James Hoban’s, 1 Dupont Circle
NW Scottish Universities Happy Hour on 6 March at 5.30pm at Mackey’s Public House, 1306 G Street NW
Six Nations Championship Rugby Watch (Scotland vs Wales) on 9 March at 9.15am at James Hoban’s, 1 Dupont Circle NW
Six Nations Championship Rugby Watch (Scotland vs England) on 16 March at 1pm at RiRa (Georgetown), 3125 M Street NW

We are also looking for volunteers to serve in leadership positions on the alumni board as the need arises. Please email for more information. Join the Facebook group for up-to-date information about the Club’s activities.
Alumni events
View a full list of University events in St Andrews and further afield

Class of 1989 reunion

If you graduated in (or near to) 1989, a reunion is being planned in St Andrews from 14-16 June 2019. Email Kez Garner.


Alumni Festival Weekend 2019: Friday 5 to Sunday 7 April

Register now to join us in St Andrews in April for this year’s Alumni Festival Weekend. The Alumni Relations team is here to help if you have any questions, would like to contact friends or organise a group to come along together. Please visit our dedicated Alumni Festival Weekend website to see the programme as it currently stands, register to attend and book your tickets for the special Alumni Dinner on Saturday 6 April in Lower College Hall.

There are sports and society showcases and events, with plenty of opportunities for socialising and careers networking and news about all the latest developments at the University. Please keep checking the website for additions to the programme and join us on the Alumni Festival Weekend Facebook page.

Tartan Day Parade, New York: Saturday 6 April

Save the date for the famous Tartan Day Parade 2019 on Saturday 6 April! Details to follow.

St Andrews (After Many Days Club): Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June

The June Reunion Weekend will be held between Friday 28 and Sunday 30 June: save the date in your diary! Details to follow.
What's on

"Party" by Tom Basden

Kingsgate Community Centre, 107 Kingsgate Rd, NW6 2JH
Friday 22 February, 8pm
Nearest tube: West Hampstead (7 minute walk from station)

"Party" is a comic play about small minds tackling big issues. Support this cast of St Andrews graduates in their Off the Rocks production.

St Andrews Africa Summit 2019

The Byre Theatre, Saturday 23 February, 10am
St Andrews Africa Summit (SAASUM) is a student-led initiative that promotes a versatile discussion about Africa as a place, a people, and a catalyst towards a greater future. This year’s summit is about exploring how traditional and emerging forms of art both challenge and assert what it means to be African today.

Yale University Glee Club and St Salvator’s Chapel Choir:
Sacred and Profane

Holy Trinity Church, South Street, St Andrews, Sunday 10 March, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
(tickets available on the door)

This unique and unmissable match-up of Yale University’s leading mixed-voice choir and the flagship vocal ensemble of the University of St Andrews is directed by Jeffery Douma and Claire Innes-Hopkins.

See the Byre’s full programme
See the Music Centre's full programme
Alumni Authors
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Creating Economy


Nicola Searle, MSc 2006, PhD 2011

Price: hardback £55.00
Available from: Amazon

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Love Stuck


Susie Gilmour, MA 1995

Price: hardback £14.70
Available from: Amazon


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