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St Andrews in the News
Welcome to the July edition of St Andrews in the News. We’re looking forward to next week’s Class of 2020 conferrals and to welcoming our newest graduates into the St Andrews alumni community.
We hope you enjoy everything we have to offer this month from news to watch-again Saints Talk lectures and, as always, alumni and student stories and experiences. Please contact us if you would like to contribute your story, video or podcast to share with our online community!
This year we have asked for your help as never before because we are facing challenges we have never faced before. Your response has been completely overwhelming.
To date, you have helped us to raise just over £977,000 for the Covid-19 appeal – a staggering amount. With your help we can reach the £1 million target.
By donating, you are helping us to support our students, the University and the community. This is even more important as we enter Phase 3 in Scotland: loosening of restrictions brings a fresh set of challenges. Your generosity never ceases to amaze us. Quite simply – thank you.
Thank you also for your donations to the Wardlaw Scholarship appeal. Our returning Scholars are beyond grateful for both your financial support and for your advice and kind words.
Finally, the donations and heartwarming messages you have sent as a result of the supporting students appeal are helping us through one of our most testing times. If it’s possible and you haven’t yet had the chance please help us – the issues created by the pandemic will be with us for the foreseeable future.
The University of St Andrews requires that every member of our community treats others with dignity, courtesy and respect. The University will not tolerate any forms of unacceptable behaviour, abuse or violence.
The St Andrews Music Participation (StAMP) scheme – initiated by the Laidlaw Music Centre - has offered 60 local children the chance to learn a musical instrument. Read more and listen to Bede Williams and John Wallace speaking about this successful project in Jamie MacDougall’s Classic Unwrapped on BBC Radio Scotland. From left: Professor John Miller, Sandy Coffin, Dr Bede Williams
And Professor John Wallace.
If you finished your course 15 months ago, you will be contacted soon and asked to complete the Graduate Outcomes survey. This helps to provide information about where you are in your career and to inspire the next generation of students about their future careers.
When you are completing the survey, please give as much detailed and accurate information as possible – especially about your job title and duties.
Remember that the Careers Centre is still here to help you to progress in your early graduate career with all sorts of advice and CV checks. Visit our alumni careers web page for inspiration and support as a recent St Andrews graduate.
You can also visit our dedicated careers and alumni networking platform to keep up to date with the latest news from the Careers Centre and to find out more about how you can volunteer your time to help our student community.
Calling all past and present members of the St Andrews Ren Group/STARS! Do join us to celebrate our 65th anniversary in September 2020 by singing along in an online performance of Palestrina’s Alma Redemptoris Mater on 27 September. Find out more about this and other events on the dedicated website. Please note that the larger, face-to-face celebrations have been postponed until September 2021.
We want you to keep up to date with all of our latest events, so check your inbox for a dedicated events email starting from the beginning of August. You can also find out what’s on by looking at the events listing on our website.
ALUMNI AND STUDENT STORIES
Lots of you have also been sharing your experiences with us through blogs and videos. We hope you enjoy this selection from Fiona Croal (MA 2019) whose year as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra intern has changed her career direction, Alanood Sinjab (MA 2017) who started her law career in the middle of the pandemic and Gillian Chu who describes how the pandemic has impacted her PhD research in Hong Kong.
Forrest Pando (MLitt Film Studies student) and his wife Zaynah Akeel (Film Studies student) created a beautiful video to accompany the poem After Many Days by R F Murray as a lockdown project.
Our alumni, staff and supporters are among those making the news locally, nationally and internationally. Let us know if you spot any more 'Saints' in the news at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Fiona Hill (MA 1989) features in an in-depth interview in The New Yorker.
Stephen Reicher – Bishop Wardlaw Professor from the School of Psychology and Neuroscience and a member of the Sage subcommittee advising on behavioural science – wrote an opinion piece published in the Guardian.
Dr Richard Bates and Tim Kinnaird – both of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences – are part of a team that has discovered a major new prehistoric monument a short distance away from Stonehenge.
STAY CONNECTED: ONLINE EVENTS
There have now been three lectures in our popular online Saints Talk series. If you didn’t manage to watch this month’s two lectures first time round, you can watch them again:
Most Alumni and Club events have been cancelled for the time being, so why not use this time to reconnect with former classmates? Get in touch and we will be happy to pass on messages and promote any Club events you are holding. Look out for our schedule of online events for alumni and friends across the world!
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