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St Andrews in the News

October 2020

Welcome to the October edition of St Andrews in the News.

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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New Rector of St Andrews

Dr Leyla Hussein has been elected by the student body as the next Rector of the University of St Andrews. Read more...
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Principal unveils support for students

Principal Professor Sally Mapstone recently emailed students to announce the support the University is offering them during the coming weeks and months. Read more...
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‘Significant’ Covid-19 drug breakthrough

According to new research carried out at the University of St Andrews, a new inhalation treatment for preventing the spread of Covid-19 is potentially far more effective than existing versions. Read more...
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Mackenzie Institute – one year on

The Mackenzie Institute for Early Diagnosis was launched in September 2019. Read more about the ground-breaking projects it’s been undertaking since then.
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Ever to excel

Hockey scholar Emily Dark and 600 Club Performance Golf scholar Megan Ashley have been in the news recently for achievement in their respective sports. Read more...
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Meet the Author

Join Dr Eric Motley on Thursday 29 October when he will discuss and read extracts from his book Madison Park: A Place of Hope (Zondervan, 2017) and describe his journey from the small Alabama community of Madison Park to Special Assistant to President George W Bush.

In this special event of the series we will be joined by the Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sally Mapstone who will introduce the author, and by the Vice-Principal (International Strategy and External Relations) Professor Brad MacKay who will moderate the discussion.

Please either submit your question(s) by Tuesday 27 October to alumni@st-andrews.ac.uk or during the event using the chat function.

Join us live on Thursday 29 October at 5pm GMT (1pm EST) via Microsoft Teams Live.
Please note you can join a Teams event whether or not you have a Teams account.
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Class Gift 2021 has now launched!

This year the Class Gift Committee has decided to raise money to help the Student Support Fund. Please support them if you can or sign up as a follower/helper and look out for the great ideas they’ve got coming up this year.

SaintsFunder is open to all students, alumni and University staff, so get in touch with your ideas at SaintsFunder@st-andrews.ac.uk Meanwhile, keep watching this space for the other exciting new projects in the pipeline this semester!

Know a spooky story? Submit your story to the Class Gift.
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Calling all graduates!

Given the extraordinary circumstances in which we still find ourselves, please help to welcome our next Class of 2020 to our worldwide alumni community at the beginning of December.

Send a message of congratulations, words of advice or an inspirational quote, together with your name, subject and year of graduation by Friday 20 November.

Your messages will then be collated and shared online on the days on which the degree conferrals take place.
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Winter meeting of the General Council: Saturday 28 November 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it will unfortunately not be possible to hold this winter’s General Council meeting in person. However, plans are being made to provide members with a video update. Further details will be provided in the Billet for the meeting, which will be issued to all members in due course.
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University of St Andrews online Christmas service

SAVE THE DATE for our online Christmas service on Sunday 13 December at 7pm. The Service will be live streamed from St Salvator’s Chapel and all staff, students, alumni, parents and other friends of the University are invited to join in. Find out more in next month’s edition!
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We hope you enjoy this month’s selection of stories from Sagar Kumar (BSc 2020) who embarked on a journey of self-discovery while at St Andrews and Emily Dark, a third year physics undergraduate and University of St Andrews hockey player who has been invited to train with the full Senior Great Britain (GB) Women’s Hockey team.
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Alumni Clubs

Two new alumni clubs have just been launched:
Malaysia – follow the group's LinkedIn page to register and for updates
Turkey – as above visit the LinkedIn page to register and for updates

The Alumni Club, Netherlands is hosting an online Halloween Party on Saturday 31 October at 7.30pm. Join the event using Microsoft Teams.

The Deans Court Alumni Association welcomes all former residents! Visit the Deans Court website, fill out our membership form or contact the Association at deanscourtalumni@gmail.com if you would like to know more.
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Saints Talk

Our latest lecture in the Saints Talk Series took place on Tuesday 20 October 2020 at 5pm, when Professor David Borchers spoke about Wildlife Population Assessment in the Digital Age.

If you have missed this or any of the past Saints Talk Lectures, you can watch the lectures again.
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US Industry Panels - 12 and 18 November 2020

The University of St Andrews Careers Centre and US Development Team invite you to join us at the next series of US Industry Panels, where US-based alumni will discuss strategies for entering careers in their particular industries, give advice to students and alumni and answer questions.

Click below to find out more and register your place via Saint Connect
Careers in US Non-Profits Panel
November 12 at 12pm EST

Media & Entertainment Industry Panel
November 18 at 12pm EST

Please contact Leah Dalton (Manager of Alumni and Family Engagement) US at ld207@st-andrews.ac.uk if you have any queries.
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The Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research

Talking Constitutions
The Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research (ILCR) is hosting a series of podcasts that explores how and why constitutions matter in the world today. Each episode brings together a range of people with connections to the University of St Andrews and ILCR.
Download via Podbean or Apple Podcasts.

Listen again to an ILCR seminar given by the Right Honourable Prof Sir David Edward (former Court of Session judge and EU Court of Justice President) and Prof Malik Dahlan on “The 'Breathing Space' Project and the Rule of Law” .
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Enjoy high-quality online performance, music, images, objects, films, poetry, literature and podcasts from the University of St Andrews:


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The Law of Freedom: Justice and Mercy in the Practice of Law


Daniel Rentfro, MLitt 2016
Price: £12.04 paperback


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The Big House: Toronto General Hospital from 1972 to 1984


Hugh Cameron, MB ChB 1969
Price: £15.95 paperback

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