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St Andrews in the News

April 2021

Welcome to the April 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
Peter Allis

Leverhulme Awards for St Andrews

Two top research grants have been awarded to academics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and the School of Chemistry by the Leverhulme Trust. Read more
Peter Allis

Saints Walks: Traditional Sunday Pier Walk

To celebrate the Virtual Alumni Weekend we took a virtual traditional Sunday Saints Walk from St Salvator's chapel down to St Andrews Pier. Watch here
Lucy with her award

Inspiration through coffee and conversation!

Coffee Connect has been the most effective joint alumni and careers initiative of this year, with almost 1400 students and graduates applying to chat over a virtual coffee about possible career paths and experiences after university. Visit the website or email Eddie Findlay for more information.
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Virtual Alumni Weekend

Between 16 and 18 April hundreds of alumni, staff, students, parents and friends of the University joined us from across six continents on all manner of devices for our first ever Virtual Alumni Weekend. Read more and watch the events if you missed them.

Please note that the Public Meeting has been moved to Saturday 24 April at 5pm. If you have already registered to join the event you do not have to do so again.
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are pictured greeting academics At College Hall during a Royal visit in June 1955

Death of the Duke of Edinburgh

The Principal Professor Sally Mapstone wrote to all staff and students following the announcement of the death of HRH The Prince Philip on Friday 9 April. Read more
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University of St Andrews Music Centre 2021 Soloist Competition

Enjoy these stunning performances from the 2021 soloist competition prizewinners.
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Visualising War Project

The University’s Visualising War Project’s podcast series – where we explore our interest in how war stories work and what they do to us – was launched on 21 April. We would love to hear from you! If you have an experience of conflict and how it is represented and would like to tell your story, email or visit us on our website or on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
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This month’s spotlight falls on the Art for all team, who are on a mission to make the University’s art collection available to people all over the world. Find out more

We have many talented students and staff whose exciting projects include taking part in the Formula Student 2021 competition, raising funds to replace 30-year-old geology microscopes and photographing the influence of the sea. Find out more

SaintsFunder is open to all students, alumni and University staff, so send your ideas to
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This month’s selection features Julian Duncan (PhD 1964) who describes how he ‘became fully the person he is today’ at St Andrews, Daphne Biliouri-Grant (MLitt 2001) who came back to St Andrews after a successful career to pursue her twin passions of environmental issues and social inequality and Charlie Andrews (MSc 2020) who won the biggest fight of his life with a little help from his friends at St Andrews.
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Saints Talk in May

3 May at 5pm BST – Professor Gareth Miles: Neurons, their neighbours and Motor Neuron Disease; best-laid schemes o' mice an' men

18 May at 5pm BST – Dr Cathy Adamson: Tackling SARS-CoV-2: on surfaces, in the air and in the body.

Registration and joining instructions will be available soon.
Sakshi Gupta


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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The Woman before Wallis


Bryn Turnbull, MLitt 2016

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questions for water


Virginia Crawford, MLitt 1995

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