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St Andrews in the News

January 2019

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. Photo credit: Oli Walker, Tilted Frame Photography

University news
View a full list of news from around the University

St Andrews Prize for the Environment: finalists announced

Three finalists have been selected from entries from around the world for this year’s prestigious St Andrews Prize for the Environment. Read more.

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New funding for neurodegenerative research

A new funding pool administered by the University of St Andrews will benefit researchers in neurodegenerative conditions from universities across Scotland. Read more.

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Not your common-or-garden periodic table …

A periodic table chart discovered during a clear-out at the University’s School of Chemistry is thought to be the oldest in the world. Read more.

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Top research fellowships awarded to St Andrews

St Andrews academics from the School of Modern Languages and the School of Chemistry have been awarded Research Fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust. Read more.
Pictured: Dr Allan Watson, School of Chemistry and Professor Derek Duncan, School of Modern Languages

Professor Stephen Reicher

Why people obey orders

A collaborative study published by psychologists and computer scientists from the universities of St Andrews, Barcelona, Queensland and University College London challenges the traditional understanding of why people obey orders. Read more.

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Game of Thrones actor supports Careers Week

Actor Maisie Williams (famous for her role as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones) is coming to the University’s Careers Week to promote her new social networking app for young artists. Read more.
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We’re still avidly watching the progress of Alex and Merlin as they tandem-cycle across Africa to deliver (and train health workers in the use of) the ground-breaking Arclight device in the fight against preventable blindness and deafness.

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.

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St Andrews advances use of radar sensing

Computer scientists at the University of St Andrews have made further advances in the use of miniature radar techniques that could transform the way we interact with computers. Read more.

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New addition to St Andrews Special Collections

One of the most famous nineteenth-century collaborations between a poet and a photographer has found a home at the University of St Andrews Special Collections. Read more.

Professor Christian

Professor Reginald Christian Memorial Concert

Sunday 17 March 2019, Byre Theatre, St Andrews: 2.30pm
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 (1976 - 1978) at the University, who died in May 2018. The event, which will take the form of a concert of Russian music interspersed with spoken tributes, followed by refreshments, while free, is nevertheless 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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Spring telephone campaign

We are currently recruiting students for our spring telephone campaign (from Monday 11 February to Sunday 10 March) when we will be calling parents and alumni across the world. If they get in touch please consider taking the time to chat to them about your connections to St Andrews, or your time spent studying here and what you have been doing since graduation. In return, they will let you know about the amazing things currently taking place in St Andrews. If you know a student who would like to be part of the team, they can sign up here.


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: careerconnect.st-andrews.ac.uk
Alumni news


New on the blog this month: we catch up with Alumni award-winning marine biologist Asha de Vos. If you have an idea for a blog post, or would like to tell your story, please contact us.
Alumni clubs
View a full list of University of St Andrews Alumni Club activities

Austin, TX

Welcome to our newest alumni club! Our first event is an Alumni Burns Night Social on Friday 25 January at 6pm at Full English, 2000 Southern Oaks, Austin, TX. If you are in the area and would like to network and socialise with fellow St Andrews alumni, please contact Charlotte Gorman, Emma Freer or see Facebook.


Join us for a New Year’s brunch and social (€25 per person) on Sunday 27 January between 11am and 4pm. See Facebook for more information.


Come for a snowdrop walk at Anglesey Abbey followed by optional lunch at Wheatsheaf on Saturday 9 February from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Contact details.

Chicago, IL

We are holding a Scottish Universities Burns Night on Thursday 24 January at 6pm. More details from alumni@st-andrews.ac.uk or from Facebook.


Come along to the Alumni drinks event at McLaughlin's Irish Pub, Kurze Str.11, 40213 on Thursday 7 February at 8.00pm. Contact Frank Anders, Manuel Lange or see Facebook.


Join fellow alumni for a post-work January social to celebrate the new year on Thursday 24 January from 5.30pm to 7.00pm at Copper Blossom, 107 George Street. Contact details.

Los Angeles, CA

Come along for Burns night drinks and dinner on Friday 25 January at 6.30pm at The Pikey Café and Bar Scottish pub, 7617 W Sunset Boulevard. Email for more information.


Professor Richard Whatmore (St Andrews) is giving a lecture as part of The Carlyle Lectures: "The End of Enlightenment: The Collapse of the Commonwealth Tradition" on Tuesday 5 February at 5.00pm in Examination Schools, High Street. Contact Alan Slater.


Come along to the annual Burns Supper and AGM on Friday 25 January from 7.00pm to 10.00pm. Bring something to share with our hosts! RSVP or see Facebook.

Washington DC

Join us for a Meetup and Happy Hour on Wednesday 6 February from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Mackey’s Public House, 1306 G Street Northwest. Contact details.
Alumni events
View a full list of University events in St Andrews and further afield

Calling all 1969 Maths/Applied Maths/Statistics graduates

Michael Lucas, BSc 1969, is arranging a small informal 50th anniversary reunion – probably a leisurely lunch in St Andrews in June – of contemporaries who graduated in 1969 in Maths/Applied Maths/Statistics. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact him.


Alumni Festival Weekend 2019: Friday 5 to Sunday 7 April

Register now and start making your plans 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 or would like assistance with contacting friends or organising 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.

Also featuring sports and society showcases and events, there will be plenty of opportunities for socialising and careers networking, and to hear 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.

Alumni Spring Ball, London: May

Check here for more details about the annual Alumni Spring Ball 2019 in May.

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

Mermaids: The 39 Steps

The Byre Theatre, Tuesday 12 February to Wednesday 13 February, 7.30pm
A rip-roaring adaptation of Hitchcock’s film for four actors by Patrick Barlow.
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Heisenberg Ensemble: 30th Anniversary Concert

Younger Hall, Saturday 2 February, 7.00pm
(tickets available from The Byre Box Office)

The Heisenberg Ensemble celebrates its 30th anniversary with a wonderful programme, featuring the SCO’s brilliant Principal Horn Alec Frank-Gemmill performing Richard Strauss’ First Horn Concerto.

See the Byre’s full programme
See the Music Centre's full programme
Alumni Authors
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The Backyard Before you


Benjamin Ong, MSc 2017

Price: paperback RM40 (current exchange rate £7.55)
Available from: Areca Books

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Franchising: The key to rapid business growth


Manzoor GK Ishani, MA1972

Price: paperback £63.62
Available from: Amazon


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