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St Andrews in the News

February 2021

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

We hope you enjoy this month’s edition, which features news, live and watch-again events and fascinating alumni 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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Centre for Energy Ethics

The Centre for Energy Ethics was launched this month with a two-day event and virtual art exhibition. The Centre – led by Dr Mette High – addresses how to balance our energy demands with our concerns for anthropogenic change. Read more
Peter Allis

Alumni Weekend

Registration is now open for this year’s online Alumni Weekend. Events include an alumni careers panel, talks, book events, the University’s annual public meeting, a livestreamed Chapel Service and virtual Pier Walk and a not-to-be-missed St Andrews has Talent show on Saturday evening. Find out more and register
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Saints Walks

Our latest Saints Walks was submitted by Sierra Leder (International Relations, 2016), who requested a walk down The Scores taking in views and landmarks such as the Arts Building, St James Church, West Sands, Martyr's Memorial, The Royal & Ancient Golf Club, and the Old Course 18th hole. Watch Sierra's Saints Walk
Lucy with her award

Post-Brexit Realities

The Centre for Global Law and Governance (CGLG) presents a Roundtable discussion on ‘Post-Brexit Realities’ with Professor Anand Menon, Catherine Stihler and Dr Fabian Zuleeg. Dr Mateja Peter of the University’s School of International Relations is moderating. Join the event via Microsoft Teams.
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Telephone Campaign – we’re looking forward to talking!

If you’ve received an email about our Telephone Campaign, you’ll know that our student callers are looking forward to phoning you from the safety of their own rooms between Sunday 21 February and 21 March. Read more about the projects this year’s Telephone Campaign is supporting.
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Calling all former wardens and assistant wardens…

The University would love to hear if your experience as a warden or assistant warden has shaped your career path, and whether you developed particular strengths or learnt key skills that have been useful in your professional life. What would your advice to current or aspiring assistant wardens be? And what do you wish you had known while you were in the role that perhaps you discovered once you moved on to your post-PhD career?

Please email your thoughts to Dr Penny Turnbull.
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Santander Freelancers Scheme for Universities

Santander are offering awards of £1000 to freelancers who graduated in the past three years. Find out more
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This month’s spotlight falls on ‘By the Seaside’ where the team of students are looking at the influence of the sea on our lives, and bringing this online through the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther. Please have a look before this closes.

We have so many talented students, and staff, who are involved in various exciting projects ranging from: building a Formula car, digitising St Andrews’ art collection, raising funds to support students and microscopes! Find out more

SaintsFunder is open to all students, alumni and University staff, so send your ideas to
Sakshi Gupta
This month’s selection features Alistair Galloway (BSc 2001) who describes how he and his team planned an expedition to and climbed Mont Blanc in the middle of the pandemic. Malcolm Cannon (BSc 1985) explains why St Andrews gave him such a ‘fantastic start to adulthood’. Finally, Patrick Foster explains why he decided to give back to the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

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StAnza 2021

This year’s festival – between 6 and 14 March – is a hybrid, digital event that will showcase poets and artists from all around the world as well as launch new talent. Read the programme

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Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research
Thursday 4 March, 5.15pm to 6.30pm

William Ewald, Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is giving the inaugural James Wilson Lecture in Law and Government – ‘The Forgetting of James Wilson’. Register here
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For a little wellbeing this month try the new Get Outdoors activity from the Museums. Or check out our new Critical Conversations series which focuses this month on Climate Justice. You can see this and all our other online workshops on our YouTube channel here.

Enjoy lots of other high-quality online performances, music, images, objects, films, poetry, literature and podcasts from the University of St Andrews:


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No Condition is Permanent: Risk, Adventure and Return: the Business of Life


Sir Bob Reid (MA 1955, Hon LLD 1987)

We are delighted that Sir Bob Reid has published the inspiring story of his lifetime of leadership and achievement. 

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From There to Here: War, Peace, Pandemic – a Memoir


Romy Wyllie, MA 1955


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A Scotsman’s Odyssey


Ian G Mcpherson, BSc 1958

Students on west sandsThree students in their ‘flat bubble’ on the beach


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