St Andrews in the News

April 2013


Welcome to the April issue of St Andrews in the News, our regular e-newsletter for alumni, friends and supporters around the world.


St Andrews Prize

prizeThree projects have been shortlisted for this year's prestigious St Andrews Prize for the Environment, following receipt of 289 entries from 64 countries. The chosen projects could see bees used to protect African crops from elephants; a new desalination process providing millions around the globe with access to fresh drinking water; and technology transforming barren floodlands into fertile fields in Bangladesh. The winner, to be announced in May, will receive $100,000 USD (£66,300 GBP).

Watching me watching you

watchingComputer scientists at St Andrews have developed a new, interactive, multi-display system that can tell when you are not paying attention. The revolutionary system, called 'Diff Displays', aims to prevent computer users from missing anything new on their screen. The system detects when its user is not looking at a display and replaces the regular screen image with a calm and non-distractive visualisation of the screen's activity instead.

Brilliant minds

rseThree leading St Andrews academics - Professor Peter Cawood, Department of Earth Sciences; Professor Moira Jardine, School of Physics and Astronomy; and Professor Alan Sutherland, School of Economics and Finance – have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). Fellows play an important role in ensuring that the RSE can continue its work for the advancement of learning and knowledge.

In addition, five St Andrews researchers have been elected to the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS), which brings together the most able and innovative young academics and professionals in Scotland. The researchers, Catherine Suzanne Julienne Cazin, School of Chemistry; Chris Jones, School of English; Per Ola Kristensson, School of Computer Science; Christian Rutz, School of Biology and Andrew Richard Timming, School of Management, took up their positions at the beginning of April.

A lasting legacy

medicalOne of the University's medical graduates has left an estimated £600,000 legacy to benefit medical research. The distinguished neurologist Dr Bryan Ashworth (MB ChB 1952, MD 1969) has bequeathed one fifth of his estate to the University's School of Medicine. His legacy will support the continued work of the University's internationally recognised research programmes in areas such as cancer biology, infection and immunity, child and adolescent health, and health psychology.

Winning students

golfersThree female golfers have been given prestigious Winning Students scholarships to help them combine their studies at St Andrews with their pursuit of their sport. Ailsa Summers, Gabrielle Macdonald and Gemma Bradbury have each been selected to receive up to £5,500 of tailored support in golf. The scholarships are designed to give students performing at the highest level a platform to excel both on an academic and sporting front.

Tribute to Professor Wilkinson

wilkinsonUniversity colleagues have paid tribute to the late Professor Paul Wilkinson, world-renowned expert in terrorism, by completing the book he never managed to finish. State Terrorism and Human Rights: International Responses since the End of the Cold War was edited by Professor Wilkinson's former colleagues Gillian Duncan, Orla Lynch, Gilbert Ramsay and Ali Watson and includes a dedication by co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at St Andrews, Professor Bruce Hoffman, as well as a foreword by the Principal, Professor Louise Richardson.

The book can be purchased here.

Primacy among primates

primateProfessor Andrew Whiten, an expert in primate behaviour and psychology at St Andrews, has been awarded the senior prize for the Life Sciences by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In being honoured with the Sir James Black Prize and Medal, Professor Whiten is recognised for his "outstanding contributions to making Scotland foremost in the UK in the study of primates and animal behaviour".

Fashionable philanthropy

fashionThe sell-out St Andrews Charity Fashion Show has raised a record-breaking £27,500 for the University's 600th Anniversary campaign. The funds will benefit the Wardlaw Scholarship scheme, which provides financial assistance for academically gifted students who would otherwise struggle with the cost of studying at St Andrews.

Alumni News, Clubs and Services

Reunions 2013

Join us in St Andrews this year for one of our special reunion events.

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2013: Friday 28 – Sunday 30 June

quadHave you booked your tickets and accommodation for Reunion Weekend yet? You may be celebrating a special anniversary of your graduation year, would like to make a return visit to St Andrews during the University's celebration of its 600th Anniversary or have been looking for a good opportunity to meet up with fellow alumni from your university days. Why not join us for this year's Reunion Weekend in this special year in the University's history? With plenty of events to choose from, including a dinner and ball on Saturday 29 June, and accommodation available at Agnes Blackadder Hall (formerly New Hall), we are here to help in any way we can, including helping you to make contact with 'lost' friends or with your arrangements to attend as a group.

Book now or contact the Alumni Relations Office E: T: +44 (0)1334 461913 / 467194 for assistance.

University Hall and University Hall St Andrews Graduates Association (UHStAGA) members Reunion: 7 - 9 June 2013

Celebrate not only the 600th Anniversary of the University but also the 100th Anniversary of the extensions to Hall Old Wing and the 50th Anniversary of the opening of Lumsden Wing by making a return visit to Hall for a special residential weekend with a variety of celebratory events. Full details, including a booking form, can be found here.

Geology Reunion: 16 – 18 August 2013, St Andrews

A weekend of reunion activities for those who studied Geology/Environmental Geosciences/Geosciences. For further details, including how to book your place, please visit our website.

Worldwide Alumni Film Weekend

film weekendJoin fellow alumni around the world this October for a truly unique event: a 48-hour simultaneous inter-continental viewing of the 600th Anniversary film Ever to Excel. On Saturday 19 October and Sunday 20 October 2013, we are offering you the chance to show Ever to Excel in your part of the world. Your showing can take place in a cinema, in a club, in your own home or even in the open air and can be to a group of alumni, friends, work associates or close family members.

All you need to do is register your event here and we will send you your copy of the film along with an event organiser's pack nearer the time.

600th Anniversary Dinner and Reception in Toronto – Tuesday 4 June 2013, 5.00pm – 9.30pm

Please join fellow alumni and friends of the University at a reception and dinner to celebrate the 600th Anniversary of the University in the company of Professor Louise Richardson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

This event will be held at the Toronto Golf Club and tickets may be purchased online here.

New University web store – discount available

storeA 10% discount is available to readers of St Andrews in the News at our new Online Payment Services, which sells high-quality official University-branded merchandise. The discount is only available online and is valid across the entire shop, excluding shipping charges. All purchases made on our online store help to directly support teaching and research at the University of St Andrews.

To get your 10% discount add the discount voucher code – SPARC600 – when prompted to do so.

The address for the retail store is

Class gift video

class giftThe Class Gift is an initiative run by students for students, encouraging graduating class members to support their University as they depart on new adventures. This year, the Class Gift will help establish a bursary for a new student who may not otherwise be able to attend St Andrews.

Watch our student-made video and find out more here.


On the Rocks Festival

rocksOn The Rocks is St Andrews' student-run arts festival, showcasing art, fashion, theatre, photography, film and music from the student body and wider community.

Various venues, St Andrews
Continues to Sunday 14 April

Political Documentary: Waves of Revolution

Two-day Department of Film Studies symposium exploring how documentary has always been influenced by and has contributed to the birth of new attitudes and ideas, social trends and public debate.

School III, St Salvator's Quadrangle and Gateway Boardroom, North Haugh, St Andrews
Friday 12 – Saturday 13 April, various times

The full programme of this season's Film Studies events and screenings can be viewed here.

A family-friendly concert for Families First

Easy listening music by Dvorak, followed by the University Jazz Group.

Free entry with retiring collection for Families First.

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Saturday 14 April, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Pregnancy: start or end of a life

A series of interactive talks looking at birth and growing up in a local and global setting, comparing the situation at home with the one that many mothers and their babies face overseas.

Part of the ‘It’s her body’ event series.

Seminar Room, New Medical Science Building, North Haugh, St Andrews
Monday 15 April, 5.00pm – 6.00pm

School of English Seminar: Who's Afraid of Niobe? Lord Byron and his Scepticism of Porous Women

Dr Norbert Lenarz, University of Vechta, Germany

The Garden Seminar Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English, St Andrews
Tuesday 16 April, 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Burt Memorial Lecture: Niall McCann 'Explorer. Adventurer. Biologist.'

mccannThe Biological Society is proud to present the annual Burt Memorial Lecture. This year Niall McCann will give a wide-ranging talk on some of his incredible experiences and research.

Main Lecture Theatre, Medical and Biological Sciences Building, North Haugh, St Andrews
Tuesday 16 April, 6.00pm – 8.30pm

Friends of the Library Lecture

evertoexcel'Ever to Excel: 600 Years of University History'

Dr Norman Reid, Head of Special Collections

Psychology Old Library (St Mary's Quadrangle), South Street, St Andrews
Thursday 18 April, 5.15pm – 6.15pm
(Followed by tea/coffee)

Moving Forward in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: The Roles to be Played by the International Community

congoTwo-day conference that will address the multitude of issues contributing to the current instability in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as well as the solutions and practical ways of tackling the complex challenges. It will provide a forum for both state and non-state actors to present and discuss the best methods to utilise in pushing for a stable and prosperous eastern DRC.

Advance tickets only from Conflict Free St Andrews.

Main Lecture Theatre, Medical Building, North Haugh (Friday) and Lower Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews (Saturday)
Friday 19th – Saturday 20th April, various times

History of Photography Annual Lecture

photo lect'Rough Surfaces: Pictorialist Photographs of Sculptures'

Dr Patrizia di Bello, Birkbeck, University of London

This lecture explores how far the success of Pictorialist photography of turn-of-the-century sculpture was predicated on shared aesthetic and ideological concerns, in particular that of emphasising the presence of the touch of the artist on the surface of the finished product, even when the work - sculpture or photographic print - was mechanically re/produced.

Old Union Diner, Butts Wynd, St Andrews
Wednesday 24 April, 4.15pm – 6.00pm

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Music by Birtwistle, Suckling, Britten & Mozart

John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn), George Benjamin (conductor).

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Wednesday 24 April, 7.30pm

For details of this concert and a range of other music talks and recitals, please visit our website. From 24 – 28 April, we will be celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten with a range of concerts and lectures by Roger Scruton and Michael Downes.

The Grand Dinner or the Statutory Meal: a Gilbert and Sullivan celebration for the 600th

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society welcomes you to their first formal dinner to celebrate the 600th Anniversary of our beloved University of St Andrews! Come along for an evening of fantastic company and entertainment, meet fellow Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiasts and rejoice in the musicality of our town and University at this special time in our history. Tickets are priced at £30 and include a three course sit-down dinner, up to two glasses of wine and bottled water, musical entertainment and speeches from a number of well-loved faces around the University.

All Saints Church Hall, North Castle Street, St Andrews
Friday 3 May, 6.30pm – 10.00pm

Louise Kirby Stitch Workshop

Join Dundee-based textile artist, Louise Kirby, in creating your own hand-stitched design. A lover of nature, Louise will inspire and assist you in decorating a bag to keep or to gift to someone you love. All materials provided, but feel free to bring any buttons or beads of your own to make your creation more personal. Proceeds will be donated to St Andrews Botanic Garden. Workshop places must be pre-booked on 01334 659380.

St Andrews Museum, Kinburn Park, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews
Saturday 4 May, 10.30am – 12.30pm

MUSA Walk - Medieval Meander

Chera Cole, PhD student in Medieval Literature, takes you on a tour of Medieval St Andrews. Please wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions. Starts and ends at MUSA, free but booking is essential.

Starts at MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Monday 6 May, 3.00pm

For full details of MUSA's events programme this season, please visit our website.

Inaugural Lecture: Professor Candace Currie

candace'Understanding adolescent health: a journey across species and disciplines'

Professor Candace Currie, School of Medicine

Lecture Theatre, Medical and Biological Sciences Building, North Haugh, St Andrews
Wednesday 8 May, 5.15pm

OE Saunders Memorial Lecture 2013: Germaine Greer

greer'The Illusion of Authenticity: Aboriginal Art and the Crisis of the Market'

Germaine Greer, Professor Emerita, University of Warwick

At the time of contact Australian Aboriginal peoples had a rich repertoire of signs and gestures that was largely invisible to the European settlers. Their pictorial language was expressed in body painting and ceremonial objects that were unseen by strangers and often kept secret from all but the initiated within Aboriginal communities. The story of Aboriginal art is the story of trade objects, developed in response to exogenous commercial pressure. The once-burgeoning market for Aboriginal artefacts is now in crisis.

The lecture is followed by a drinks reception at MUSA, 7a The Scores.

Buchanan Lecture Theatre, St Andrews
Tuesday 14 May, 5.15pm – 8.00pm

General Council of the University of St Andrews

The next meeting of the General Council will take place in St Andrews at 10.30am, Saturday 29 June 2013 in Parliament Hall.

For further General Council news, please visit our website.


Out of the Flames: Martyrs' Church from Reformation to Renovation

flamesFor over 150 years, Martyrs' Church on North Street has stood at the heart of the town and community of St Andrews. As the church looks forward to a new lease of life following its purchase by the University, why not take the opportunity to explore the colourful past of the building and its people through this interactive exhibition? Discover the violent history behind the name, unearth the hidden stories within the stained glass and find out why this treasured church was so important to its congregation, the University and St Andrews.

Exhibition organised by postgraduate students on the MLitt Museum and Gallery Studies course.

Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews
Continues to Sunday 12 May

Botany: Cultivating Collections

botanyBotany: Cultivating Collections sets out to highlight the often overlooked people behind the science. The exhibition, which is curated by seven postgraduate Museum and Gallery Studies students at the University, focuses on the impact the field of botany has had on science, education, art and the community. It features stories of intrepid explorers and their far-flung travels, with displays of mementoes and equipment from botanical expeditions, weird and wonderful plant specimens from around the world and awe-inspiring art, both old and new.

St Andrews Museum, Kinburn Park, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews
Continues to Sunday 12 May


Shaping the Bible in the Reformation:
Books, Scholars and Their Readers in the Sixteenth Century

bibleEdited by Dr Matthew McLean, School of History, and Professor Bruce Gordon

Price €105.00 from Brill

Rethinking George MacDonald:
Contexts and Contemporaries

rethinkingEdited by Dr Christopher MacLachlan, School of English, Ginger Stelle and John Pazdziora (St Andrews PhD students)

Price £12.50 from The Association for Scottish Literary Studies

Alumni Authors

Yesterday's Blonde

blondeMark Bunyan, MA 1971

Price (Kindle edition) £1.91 from Amazon

Reality GP

reality gpDr David Carvel, BSc 1988

Price £7.99 from Troubador Publishing

Making a Gift

Social Networking

Our 600th Anniversary campaign was launched in 2011 by our campaign Patron and graduate, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. We aim to secure £100 million to support a range of projects and aspirational new developments integral to the University’s ambition to consolidate its status as a world-class centre for teaching and research. To view the exciting and varied projects that make up the campaign, please visit our 600th website. You can make a gift to the campaign in a variety of ways.

You can also make a legacy gift to the University to safeguard its future.

We look forward to welcoming you to our community of donors, committed to securing a seventh century of excellence for this great University.

Alumni and friends can keep up to date with the University activities and events online via Facebook, Twitter and our blog IncomparaBubble.


Follow our 600th Anniversary celebrations on Facebook.

US parents Facebook group is looking forward to hearing from you!

Network professionally through the alumni-run University of St Andrews Alumni LinkedIn group.

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