Student volunteer taking local dogs for a walk Photo credit: Gayle McIntyre, University of St Andrews

St Andrews in the News

March 2021

Welcome to the March 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

Alumni Weekend – with a difference!

We are delighted to invite all friends of the University to our first ever online Alumni Weekend between 16 and 18 April. The highlight will be St Andrews has Talent, with the audience voting live for their favourite act. The traditional Sunday Chapel Service will be livestreamed from St Salvator’s Chapel, followed by a virtual pier walk. Take part by sending us your pier or pier walk photos with your name (and if you’re a graduate) your subject and year of graduation to

See the full programme and register now.

Thank you!

Thanks to the support of alumni, parents and friends, the University has purchased more than 100 Chromebook laptops to help children of staff and postgraduate research students with their home learning. Read more...

Calling all Saints Sport alumni!

Saints Sport would like to grow the professional networks associated with our sports clubs and use our graduates’ experience, knowledge and influence to support our current students on their future career paths. To this end, we recently held a Saints Rugby 6 Nations Super Saturday virtual preview, along with Saints Football alumni events.

If you’re interested in helping to develop this idea, please contact Fergus Knight

Art of Energy

Art of Energy - an exhibition created by the recently-launched Centre for Energy Ethics – is inviting visitors to notice and imagine the continuities and frictions forged in our energy lives. Read more...

Telephone Campaign – it was so good to talk!

Thank you so much to the more than 600 alumni and parents across the world who took the time to chat to our student callers this month about memories of St Andrews, careers advice and University projects.

These conversations meant a lot to our students and strengthened their sense of belonging to a strong University community. Read more...


This month’s spotlight falls on SPAD – a verified participant of the Formula Student 2021 competition in the Concept Class entry. Team members are currently drawing up engineering and business plans to submit to the competition this summer.

We have so many talented students and staff who are involved in various exciting projects such as digitising St Andrews’ art collection to make it globally accessible, raising funds to replace 30-year-old geology microscopes and photographing the influence of the sea. Find out more about SaintsFunder.

SaintsFunder is open to all students, alumni and University staff, so send your ideas to
This month’s selection features Romy Wyllie (née Rosemary Blair) (MA 1955) who describes what it was like to live through World War II before coming to spend four of her happiest years at St Andrews and Leah Allcock (MA 2019) who loved sport so much while she was at St Andrews that she made it her career.

Saints Talk

Our latest lecture in the Saints Talk Series took place on Tuesday 23 March 2020 at 5.15pm, when Professor Kathryn Rudy talked about Let it fake bleed: medieval objects and vegan meat substitutes.

If you have missed this or any of the past Saints Talk Lectures you can watch them again on our YouTube channel.


Check out the new podcast series The Curiosity Conversation from the Museums of the University of St Andrews. The March edition ‘Sea Change’ features Dr Chris Leakey and Hannah Ladd-Jones discussing the threats facing our oceans, what we need to do to protect them and how we can change behaviour. Available from Anchor, Spotify and other podcasting platforms.

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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Riches and Reform: Ecclesiastical Wealth in St Andrews


Bess Rhodes, PhD 2013


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Ben Dorain: a conversation with a mountain


Garry MacKenzie, MA 2007, MLitt 2008,
PhD 2014

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


While in-person events continue to be restricted by the pandemic, remember that you can still keep in touch with alumni clubs, friendship groups and old classmates online. Let us know if you want help to reconnect. If you’re a Club, we would be delighted to help you promote your online events. Just get in touch at

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