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Students and staff taking part in Hearts of Light. Further details from the Chaplaincy at Photo credit: Gayle McIntyre, University of St Andrews

St Andrews in the News

September 2020

Welcome to the September edition of St Andrews in the News – and an especially warm welcome to our new graduates from the Class of 2020 and to our new family programme members of the incoming Class of 2024.

As usual, we have much 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!
Find out what’s happening in the University community
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St Andrews second to Oxford in UK

According to the Guardian University Guide 2021 the University of St Andrews is the top university in Scotland and second to Oxford in the UK. Read more...
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UK Government funding for Covid-19 research

A team of physicists and virologists at St Andrews has won £270,000 UKRI-NIHR UK Government funding to test different surfaces and coatings for their effectiveness in killing the Covid-19 virus. Read more...
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A partnership approach to social responsibility

The University has taken a number of measures – including publishing a Covid Code for students and establishing a Covid Rapid Response Team – to build community resilience and provide practical support and reassurance to students, staff and townspeople. Read more...
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Appeals update

Thank you so much for your continuing and unwavering support during the summer for our Covid-19 Appeal. Your contributions have now reached over £1 million and have enabled us – amongst other things - to set up a Digital Inclusion Fund to help students study remotely, provide extended stipends for postgraduate researchers and provide much-needed childcare for almost 70 children of staff and students via the Junior Saints Summer Sports Camp. If it’s possible and you haven’t yet had the chance please help us - the pandemic and the issues it has created are still very much with us.
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Applications for the Study UK Alumni Awards are now open!

The Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries. More information and how to enter.

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Coffee Connect – Find inspiration through conversation!

Thank you to all 762 of you (396 alumni and 366 current students) who signed up to take part in our Coffee Connect initiative. We were blown away by your enthusiasm!

If you missed out this time – don’t worry! Coffee Connect will be back for another round soon.

In the meantime please register for Saint Connect, the exclusive University of St Andrews platform for alumni, students and parents. Keep St Andrews in your pocket by registering or downloading our app using one of the links below:

Saint Connect on the Apple Store (download Graduway Community app, then search University of St Andrews).

Saint Connect on Google Play Store.
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The 606

The University of St Andrews shop is delighted to announce that the University has partnered with Glenfarclas to offer a limited edition, 12-year-old whisky – the 606. This small run is limited to 606 bottles and is only available for purchase in store at St Mary's Place St Andrews KY16 9UY. Find out more at
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SaintsFunder is open to all students, alumni and University staff, so get in touch with your ideas at . Meanwhile, watch this space for lots of exciting new projects in the pipeline this semester!
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Lots of you have also been sharing your experiences with us through blogs and videos. We hope you enjoy this selection from Madeline Silton (third year undergraduate) who describes why she became interested in filmmaking, Dr Ian Clark (MB ChB 1972), Dr Jennifer Lowles (MB ChB 1972), Stephen Barrow (MA 1990) and Jenny Barrow (née McIvor) (MA 1990) who explain why they give back and Olivia Dovernor (MChem 2020) who has created The Student Bubble – a property app to make it easier for students to apply for private rental accommodation in St Andrews.
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Saints Talk

Our latest lecture in the Saints Talk Series took place on Tuesday 22 September 2020 at 5pm, when Professor Stephen Reicher talked about New norms for a new normal? How Behavioural Science can help us through the pandemic.

Some of the themes covered are in Stephen’s latest book Together Apart: The Psychology of COVID-19, which is available to download for free.

If you have missed this or any of the past Saints Talk Lectures, you can watch them again on our YouTube channel.
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Meet the Author: Dr Eric Motley (PhD 2001)

Thursday 29 October 2020 at 5pm (GMT)
Dr Eric Motley is joining us to read from and answer questions about his autobiographical book Madison Park: A Place of Hope.
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Calling alumni in New Mexico, USA

If you currently reside in New Mexico and would be interested in joining an alumni club, we encourage you to express your interest by reaching out to alumnus Craig Rochette via email at
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Yesterday’s Blonde


Mark Bunyan, MA 1971
Price: £2.22 Kindle edition


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Coco the Cat


Alison Wainwright, MA 1999
Price: £8.59 paperback

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