St Andrews in the News

December 2012


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


Widening access


The University has warned that it expects to face a considerable and continuing challenge to widen access because so few young people from Scotland’s most deprived areas are achieving basic university entry grades.

St Andrew’s Day Graduation


The Graduation Addresses and Laureation Addresses from our St Andrew’s Day Graduation ceremonies are available to read online.

Foot and mouth funding

foot and mouthThe University is leading on a £5.6m research project to find a new vaccine to combat Foot and Mouth Disease in livestock.

The Rectors' Fund

laserA new fund to help make internships affordable for St Andrews students has been set up by the Rector Alistair Moffat and the Rector’s Assessor, Chloe Hill.

Royal recognition

rectorProfessor Russell Morris, of the School of Chemistry, has recently been awarded the Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for Innovation 2012. He was given the award in recognition of technology he has developed that could significantly improve wound healing in people, such as those suffering from diabetes, the elderly and the obese. The innovation could also greatly cut associated wound treating costs to the NHS.

The light fantastic

morrisUniversity researchers have been awarded more than half a million pounds as part of an international project to develop new laser-based methods to more quickly and accurately diagnose major diseases, including skin cancer.

Primary thinking

gautAt a recent conference in St Andrews examining Philosophy in Schools, Professor Berys Gaut suggested that the subject could bring major benefits to the under-5s.

Spell check

beeThe School of Modern Languages will be hosting the first Spelling Bee of its kind in Scotland in collaboration with St Leonards School, St Andrews. The three languages being tested are French, German and Spanish. Over 30 schools have registered to take part and the finals will be held at the University in June 2013.

Salmon soundings

accousticThe new PAMBuoy™ acoustic monitoring system officially launched in September by SMRU Ltd, the spin-out company from the University’s Sea Mammal Research Unit, is being used to protect salmon in the River Forth estuary during the construction of the new Forth Road Bridge.

Birds and butts

birdAccording to new University research, birds are keeping their nests warm and pest-free by lining them with cigarette butts. The nicotine and other chemicals in discarded filters act as a natural pesticide that repels parasitic mites.

Absolutely fabulous guide

musaMUSA, the Museum of the University of St Andrews, has launched a multi-media guide to its collections, narrated by honorary graduate Joanna Lumley.

Team Penguin

penguinFour St Andrews students, known as Team Penguin, are set for the Arctic Circle after winning the RWE npower Future Leaders Challenge.

Name that seal

sealsA new computerised photo-ID system, developed by University scientists, in collaboration with Conservation Research Ltd and Durham University, is helping scientists monitor and track the grey seal population in the UK and beyond.

Information status green

sealThe University has won a top award for the green design and performance of a new computer data centre which is helping to reduce the institution’s carbon footprint. St Andrews is the first UK public-sector organisation to achieve a Gold Award from the British Computer Society under the Certified Energy Efficient Datacentre Award (CEEDA) scheme.

Alumni News, Clubs and Services

The Other Guys’ Christmas

albumSt Andrews student a cappella group The Other Guys have released a new album in time for Christmas. It is available here.

Sales of the single, ‘Does Christmas Get Worse Every Year?’ are raising funds for student bursaries at St Andrews and you can help by downloading the single (which recently hit the top 5 of the Amazon download chart), sharing on Facebook and tweeting the link with the hashtag #1dream.

The video can be viewed online and the single can be purchased online from just 69p at Amazon and 79p at iTunes.

600 Years: St Salvator's Chapel Choir CD

choirSt Salvator's Chapel Choir has recorded a CD to celebrate the 600th Anniversary.

Featuring choral works ancient and modern, the CD is priced at just £15.

A special Christmas offer is currently available – buy three copies and get one free. Further information about the CD is available here.


Carols by Candlelight

carolsA family celebration of Christmas as darkness falls on Christmas Eve, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

St Leonard's Chapel, St Andrews
Monday 24 December, 4.00pm – 5.00pm

University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Japan: 600 Years Celebrations & Alumni Party

Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Saturday 5 January 2013, 4.30pm – 7.00pm (in UTC+09)

British University Alumni New Year's Mixer

James Hoban's Irish Bar, 1 Dupont Circle NW, Washington DC
Wednesday 9 January, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

MUSA - Inspired by Sport

After a sensational summer Olympics and Paralympics, Debby Sargent, Performance Sport Manager, discusses the pathways to excel at sport and gives an insight into the University’s changing role in supporting performance sport. Held in MUSA, no booking required.

MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Thursday 10 January, 1.00pm – 1.30pm

For full details of MUSA’s events programme, please visit our website.

US Careers Forum

The University, in coordination with the American Foundation, is hosting its first-ever US Careers Forum. This networking event will enable current students and recent alumni to meet with employers from throughout the New York Tri-State Area. Students and recent alumni who would like to participate should fill out the Student Participant Registration Form. Alumni, parents, and friends of St Andrews who would like to serve as employer representatives should fill out the Employer Registration Form.

2nd Floor conference center of Bank of America, One Bryant Park, New York, NY 10036
Thursday 10 January, 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Oxford & Cambridge Society of New England, Inc.: The 6th Annual Ancient Universities Alumni Burns Nicht

The evening will begin with a reception with open bar starting at 5.30pm. A bagpipe and drum demonstration and a performance by Highland Dance Boston will follow. After dinner, the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will perform and then lead in country dancing until 11.30pm.

The cost of the dinner is $130 per person. Please be sure to make your reservation before Friday 4 January. You can book online using your credit card or Paypal account, or send in the reservation form and mail it in with your check.

Cambridge Boat Club, 2 Gerry's Landing, Cambridge, MA 02138
Saturday 12 January

University of St Andrews Alumnus Club Oxford: Burns Night Supper

USAACO has been holding annual Burns Night Suppers since its foundation in 1995. We follow the traditional menu and format, honouring the immortal bard and our University. As befits the occasion we dress formally in Highland dress or black tie. This year our guest speaker will be Dr Norman Reid, Head of the University's Special Collections.

Oxford Brookes University Restaurant, Gipsy Land, Oxford
Saturday 26 January

For further information, please email Michael Heavens at


childrenPhilosophy for Young Children
A Practical Guide

Professor Berys Gaut, School of Philosophy and Morag Gaut

Price £19.99 from Routledge

macleanWill Maclean

Exhibition catalogue with essay by Dr Tom Normand, School of Art History

Published on the occasion of an exhibition at the School of Art History, University of St Andrews, November - December 2012

Price £13.95 from blurb

Alumni Authors

godequationLucy and David and the God Equation

Dr Alan McKenzie, PhD 1976, DSc 2003

Price £7.99 from Amazon

janeaustinThe Jane Austen Pocket Bible

Holly Ivins, MA 2006

Price £6.99 from Amazon

Mark your diaries

Thank you for your continued support throughout the year. 2013 will bring the culmination of our 600th Anniversary celebrations and we hope you will be able to join us during the course of this special year for the University. So please mark your diaries early for some of the signature events that will launch us into our seventh century of intellectual inquiry. Further details will be available nearer the time.

Special screenings of the University film Ever to Excel

Screenings in Glasgow (Saturday 16 February), Edinburgh (Thursday 21 February) and London (Thursday 28 February).

Founders and Benefactors Service

St Salvator’s Chapel, St Andrews
Sunday 24 February, 11.00am

Open Minds

Your chance to experience lectures across all our faculties.

Various venues, St Andrews
Monday 1 – Sunday 7 April

The St Andrews 600 Golf Tournament

Various courses, St Andrews
Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 June

Reunion Weekend

A weekend of reunion activities to include a black tie dinner and ball, wine tasting, chapel service and film screening. Further information available here.

Various venues, St Andrews
Friday 28 – Sunday 30 June

Papal Bull Cycle Relay

Retracing the journey of the Bulls of Foundation issued by Pope Benedict in 1413 from Peniscola in Spain to St Andrews.

Mid-August to Friday 13 September

600th Anniversary Academic Celebration

The University will be holding a series of events to celebrate 600 years of academic achievement, and to bring together world-renowned ‘great minds’ to debate the future of universities.

St Andrews
Friday 13 – Saturday 14 September

St Andrew’s Day Anniversary Celebration Finale

St Andrews
Saturday 30 November

Christmas closure 2012

The University will be closed from 5pm on Friday 21 December 2012 until 9am on Thursday 3 January 2013.

Making a Gift

Social Networking

Our 600th Anniversary campaign was launched last year by our campaign Patron and alumnus, 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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