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St Andrews in the News

July 2019

Welcome to the July 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. And an especially warm welcome to all our new alumni who graduated in June!
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University news
View a full list of news from around the University
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St Andrews top for student academic experience

According to the National Student Survey 2019 the University of St Andrews is best in the UK for student academic experience for the eleventh time in the past 13 years. Read more.

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Graduating against all odds

Twenty-two year old Tashi Tahir – who fled Pakistan in 2004 because of religious persecution and overcame the challenges of seeking asylum in the UK – graduated from the University with an MA in Management on Friday 28 June. Read more.

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Biomedical Sciences: business as usual

In February this year, a fire badly damaged two labs in the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) building on the North Haugh. Since then, the University has been working with Portakabin to develop purpose-built modular buildings that will enable staff and students to continue their world-leading research. Read more.

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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

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.

Milly Clover and Sophie Dorothe Lieke

PLASTIC: Unwrapped

Thanks to an R&A travel scholarship, Milly Clover and Sophie Dorothe Lieke – two biology students who graduated this June – are travelling through six continents within nine months to seek solutions to plastic pollution. This project is particularly apposite given recent shocking research, and will showcase how individuals and initiatives around the globe are using plastic responsibly as a resource, rather than ignoring the problem.

Visit SaintsFunder for more information about this and other exciting projects, including the Boat Club (who are fundraising to get their second boat) and the Futsal Women’s team (who are aiming for an away kit). Find out how you can show your support!

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Boat Club makes history!

The Boat Club’s Senior Men’s Coxed Four made club history recently at Henley Royal Regatta while at Henley’s Women’s Regatta our Women’s Aspirational Academic Coxless Four reached the quarter-finals. Read more about the men’s coxed four triumph and the women’s coxless four achievements Find out how you can support these teams on SaintsFunder.

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Singing with the seals …

New research carried out at St Andrews has discovered that grey seals can copy human speech and songs using the same sound production mechanisms as humans. Read more.

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Curious shoes: raising awareness of dementia

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sally Mapstone recently introduced a special performance of Curious Shoes – a play for people living with dementia – at the Byre Theatre. Read more.

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Scottish Varsity Matches 2019

The ancient rivalry between Scotland’s two oldest university rugby clubs returns to BT Murrayfield on Saturday 21 September. Join thousands of fans to watch the University of Edinburgh and University of St Andrews’ rugby teams clash on the international pitch! Tickets go on sale on Friday 2 August priced £5 (students); £10 (adults); free entry for U16s when accompanied by an adult. Keep in touch with the event build-up and ticket information by following @ScottishVarsity or by visiting the website.


Careers Centre: calling all St Andrews graduates!

Whether you are looking for your first graduate opportunity, considering career options or need to brush up your CV, the Careers Centre is still looking forward to helping you achieve your goals after graduation. Explore what the Careers Centre can do for you.

It has never been easier to get inspiration for your graduate career and to inspire others along the way …
Alumni news

General Council News

2019 General Council Business Committee Election results
Many thanks to all those who stood and who voted in the recent Business Committee election to fill seven vacancies on the Business Committee from 1 July 2019. Congratulations to the successful candidates: Dr Stephanie O’Rourke, Mr Alan Chalmers, Mrs Grace Lyon, Mrs Annabel Hamid, Mr Gregory Newman, Ms Eliane Sum and Mr Stuart Bryan. The full results can be accessed via the General Council election page.

The next meeting of the General Council is scheduled to take place on Saturday 30 November 2019 in Parliament Hall at 10.30am. Members will be notified closer to the time. Email:


This month we feature Michael Docherty in a video blog telling us about his journey from Philosophy at St Andrews to the post of Administrative Director in Centre ValBio, Madagascar. If you have an idea for a blog post, or would like to tell your story, contact us.
Alumni clubs
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All alumni are invited to a beach event at Badeschiff Wien, Donaukanal, 1010 Vienna on Friday 30 August, from 5pm. Come and enjoy a couple of drinks and a beautiful sunset on the Donaukanal!


Alumni in Berlin (and alumni visiting Berlin) are invited to the Summer BBQ on 27 July from 2pm. We are meeting in Mitte and from there will head to the city outskirts. Tickets cost €10 and are only available via If you are interested in attending, please register at Saint Connect.
Members are also invited to an information event about Babbel (the language learning app) at Lesson Nine GmbH, Max-Beer-Straße 2, 10119 Berlin, on Thursday 26 September from 6.30pm Tickets are free. If you are interested in attending, please register at Saint Connect.

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

San Francisco

Join alumni from St Andrews and other UK universities on the third Tuesday of each month at the bar on the fourth floor of the University Club (800 Powell). The next event is on Tuesday 20 August at 7pm. Preferred dress code is business casual.

South Africa

The next meeting for Cape Town alumni will take place at 33 Tritonia Road, Table View, Cape Town on 25 August at 12.30pm. New faces are always welcome!


The next meeting of the University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Sydney will take place at Taylor’s Rooftop (at The Republic Hotel) (69-73 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000) on Saturday 27 July between 3pm and 6pm.

Western Australia

The club is planning another catch-up this year around St Andrew's Day. The group is considering joining up with other like-minded souls from the Auld Country and taking several tables at the St Andrews Society of WA, St Andrew's Day Ceilidh on Friday 29 November 2019 in Perth. Contact Robert Malabar by email if you’re interested in attending.

New Alumni clubs

The following alumni clubs have just been launched and are looking for new members:


The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Hungary is hoping to reconnect St Andrews Alumni through socials and networking events in the Budapest area, while also serving as a link to the University. Our first event will be a casual drinks reception. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, contact Glenn Mills at
Like and follow our Facebook page for more updates.


The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Madrid has just been launched and is planning to hold its first event in September. Please follow and like the Club’s pages on Facebook and LinkedIn to give an indication of how many alumni are interested, so it’s possible to work out the best date and venue for this.

North Germany

Calling all alumni based in North Germany (Hamburg/Bremen/Oldenburg/Hannover). Mr Salvatore Coppola would like to start a club in this area and is hoping to hold the first event in August. If you are interested, then please complete the doodle poll to confirm which date suits you best.
Join the club’s LinkedIn page for more updates.


Amera Iqbal has created and launched the University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Pakistan and is looking for new members!
Like and follow our Facebook page for more updates.
Alumni events
View a full list of University events in St Andrews and further afield
Chicago Industry insiders
When: Monday, 29 July from 6:00-8:00pm
Where: On Tour Brewing Company, 1725 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
Who: All Current Students, Parents of current students, and St Andrews Alumni
What: Join us for an evening of food and drink, career conversations, and a celebration of the Chicago St Andrews community!
Deadline for registering to attend: Friday, 26 July.
Sign up on Career Connect.
Current parents should email Kristyn
School of Psychology
Golden Anniversary Celebrations: 23−25 August 2019

We hope that Psychology alumni and former members of staff will help us mark this milestone anniversary by joining us for a special reunion weekend, the highlight of which will be a celebratory dinner/ceilidh on Saturday 24 August. Tickets can be purchased online at a cost of £45 per person, including wine. Accommodation is also available to book online with a special alumni discount.
If you have a story or memory you would like to share, or would like to send an anniversary message, please email these to:
To help us with our planning and arrangements, it would be extremely helpful if you could book your tickets for the dinner as soon as possible and by 9 August at the very latest.

St Mary’s College Alumni Afternoon Tea 2019
Divinity alumni are warmly invited to join us for our annual Afternoon Tea on Saturday 31 August at 2.30pm in St Mary’s College Hall, St Mary’s College. Reservations are free of charge but need to be made in advance by email to: or call +44 (0)1334 462851
Deadline for reservations: Monday 12 August.
What's on
Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming presents: Connections

Byre Theatre, Sunday 4 August, 7.30pm
Come along for an evening of entertainment with renowned Scottish actor Alan Cumming and friends in aid of Neurosurgery at Ninewells.

St Andrews Organ Week: Une Soirée au Salon at Leven Parish Church

A concert evoking nineteenth-century Parisian salon culture on the historic organ at Leven Parish Church. The programme includes repertoire by Dubois, Fauré, Bonnal and Guilmant.

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

Ivory Wings

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 1 – 24 August, 11.50
Ivory Wings is a one-woman show with a live piano score written by Susie Coreth (MA 2014). It explores Alzheimers and the therapeutic effect of music on patients’ memory set within the context of RAF bases during World War II.
Alumni Authors
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Autism: A new introduction to psychological theory and current debate


Sue Fletcher-Watson, BSc 2003

Price: paperback £19.99
Available from: Amazon

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Your Country Needs You - The Secret History of the Propaganda Poster


James Taylor, MA 1985

Price: hardback £8.02
Available from: Amazon


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