St Andrews in the News

January 2013


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


Prestigious appointment

principalThe University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, has been elected to serve on the prestigious Carnegie Corporation of New York Board of Trustees.

Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation’s work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of democracy.

Now showing

evertoexcelThe University is delighted to announce the Edinburgh and London premières of Ever to Excel, the film directed by Murray Grigor OBE and starring Sir Sean Connery that provides a thrilling account of the University’s 600-year history. Alumni and friends have the opportunity to view the film in the glorious surroundings of the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh (21st February) and at BAFTA, the home of British film, in London (28th February). Both screenings will be preceded by a cocktail reception, and a strictly limited number of tickets is now available for sale via the webpage. The film is also being screened on 16th February as part of the Glasgow Film Festival.

Proceeds from the ticket sales for the Edinburgh screening will support the 600th Anniversary Scholarship Fund and those for the London screening will support The London
Scholarship fund.

IT for industry

sicsaSome of the best Computer Science brains in Scotland are to help national and global IT businesses under a new knowledge exchange scheme launched by Scottish universities.

SICSA is a collaboration of universities which includes St Andrews, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee. Its goal is to develop and extend Scotland's position as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education. Now, the Scottish Funding Council has approved funding for a range of new initiatives that will enable SICSA to significantly improve knowledge exchange between Scottish-based Informatics and Computing Science researchers and businesses, both national and global.

Salt of the earth

natureScientists are heading to Essex to find out more about the effects of climate change. A group led by the University of St Andrews will visit the Essex salt marshes to investigate the increasing demands placed upon nature by a growing population.

History of science revealed

scienceA new £1m project, led by University historians, will tell the story of the world’s oldest surviving scientific journal, Philosophical Transactions. Launched in 1665, academics say the journal’s immense duration is "unique in the history of publishing". It is hoped that the study of the journal and related documents will deepen understanding of how much science and scientific publication has changed over the last 350 years.

The greatest show on earth

showFor four years a team of British and Indian researchers has been studying The Kumbh Mela, the Hindu festival on the shores of the Ganges, seeking to understand how people treat each other, how they experience the crowd and what impact the crowd has on their everyday lives. The researchers will announce their findings at a special event at Allahabad University on 24 January.

The London Scholarship


We would like to congratulate the 600th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving Steering Committee, under the chairmanship of The Viscount James Younger of Leckie, and London Alumni Club chair, James North, for organising the hugely successful service at St Paul’s Cathedral in December. This proved to be the largest ever St Andrews alumni event, attracting a capacity attendance of over 2,000 alumni and friends. Images from the event can be viewed on the London Club website.

The London Scholarship fund was established by the Steering Committee as a permanent legacy of this milestone anniversary event. Through ticket sales and generous donations, over £87,000 has already been raised – enough to fund one London Scholarship at the University. The Steering Committee is now planning future events to help boost the fund and create additional scholarships at the University. For those of you have not yet made a donation or who would like to make a further donation to the University in support of The London Scholarship fund, you can do so online or by requesting a donation form: E: or T: 01334 462154.

Alumni News, Clubs and Services

New Year - new web store available!

shopWe are pleased to announce that a web version of our recently opened retail store, situated at 144 Market Street in St Andrews, has been developed to allow all our alumni and friends to purchase unique quality branded items and help support the University. Even better, by using a specific discount voucher code, you get 10% off! The discount is only available online and is valid across the entire shop, excluding shipping charges. This is an excellent opportunity to treat family and friends, or yourself, to some official University merchandise. All proceeds directly support the University in achieving its academic and research aims. To get your 10% discount add the discount voucher code – SPARC600 – when prompted to do so. The address for the retail store is

World Economic Forum

meghannSt Andrews graduate Meghann Gunderman (MA 2005) has been chosen to participate in the 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos as a Global Shaper. 50 Young Global Shapers from around the world have received the coveted invitation to join the global conversations in Davos this year. Meghann is the founder and Executive Director of The Foundation for Tomorrow (TFFT), a non-profit organisation that works to secure quality education and emotional support for orphaned and vulnerable children in Tanzania.

The Forum takes place between 20-26 January and you can follow Meghann’s involvement via her blog from Davos.

New York Careers Forum

careersThe University’s American Foundation recently organised their first ever Careers Forum in New York City to help give our students and recent graduates a boost in their job search. You can read an account of this hugely successful event by Lynn Butcher, President of the University of St Andrews American Foundation, on our Development blog.

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2013: Friday 28 - Sunday 30 June

reunionA weekend of reunion activities in St Andrews, including a black tie dinner and ball on Saturday, 29 June 2013. Other events being planned include a Wine Tasting on the Friday (28th) evening, a buffet lunch at the Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) followed by a guided tour on Saturday (29th), a 600th Anniversary Chapel Service on Sunday (30th), film screenings of the 600th Anniversary film, Ever to Excel on Saturday (29th) and/or Sunday (30th) afternoon. Details will be confirmed as soon as possible. Also during Reunion Weekend, the General Council will meet on Saturday, 29 June at 10.30am in Parliament Hall. Further information available here.

Geology Reunion: 16 – 18 August 2013, St Andrews

geologyA weekend of reunion activities for those who studied Geology/Environmental Geosciences/Geosciences – including a buffet supper, a half-day field trip to the Rock & Spindle volcano SSSI followed by a colloquium and a poster display demonstrating current departmental research and developments, a dinner and ceilidh and a light-hearted presentation on the history of staff and students through the ages entitled ‘Biography of Geology at St Andrews’. Accommodation will be available at Agnes Blackadder Hall (formerly New Hall). For further details, including how to book your place, please visit here.

The Viscount Younger of Leckie appointed as Business Minister

leckieSt Andrews graduate Lord Younger (MA 1979) has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills by the Prime Minister. Lord Younger will be responsible for all of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills business in the House of Lords, in particular steering the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill through its final stages in the Lords. He will also have responsibility for the Intellectual Property portfolio. Lord Younger was previously a Government Whip in the House of Lords.


University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Washington DC: Burns Night Supper

For further information, please contact Jordan Berger at

Friday 25 January

After Many Days Club Members Luncheon

The speaker at this year’s luncheon will be Robert Fleming, the University’s Director of Development. Musical entertainment by members of the student Madrigal Group.

For further information, please contact the Club’s officers

The Scores Hotel, St Andrews
Saturday 26 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

Arty Saturdays 'Mathematical Beauty'

Held every Saturday during our exhibition of art inspired by the science of D'Arcy Thompson, Arty Saturdays invite families to drop into the Gateway Galleries and be inspired by our exhibition! With a different activity provided each week all ages can enjoy getting creative, helped by museum staff. Drop-in, no booking required.

Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews
Saturday 26 January, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

MUSA Crafty Fridays

Join us at these craft sessions, held every Friday, and get help from experts and all those attending to take forward your craft skills. This relaxed drop-in session is held in the Learning Loft - stay as long as you like. Please bring your own lunch, tea/coffee is provided.

MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Friday 1 February, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

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

Professor Ali Ansari to open Edinburgh Iranian Festival 2013

iranianAli Ansari, Professor of Modern History at St Andrews and founding director of the Institute of Iranian Studies, will deliver a lecture during the Opening Ceremony of the Edinburgh Iranian Festival. This lecture honours the Shahnameh by the great Persian poet Ferdowsi, celebrating over a millenium since he wrote this poetic account of the history of Iran. In the Opening Ceremony Professor Ansari will discuss this heritage as the backdrop to modern Iranian history. Tickets £5 (over 12s only).

St John’s Church, West End Princes St, EH2 4BJ
Friday 1 February, 8.00pm – 10.30pm

Department of Film Studies 'Cinema St Andrews' screening: Sherlock Jr (1924)

‘Silent cinema' is a common misnomer used to describe the early years of film. In reality, screenings were often raucous affairs with live music, performances and, in the case of 'Sherlock Jr', audience laughter accompanying the films. We will celebrate this era by screening this classic Buster Keaton comedy with live piano accompaniment by the fantastic pianist Jane Gardner.

The screening will be preceded by 20 minutes of early footage of the town of St Andrews from the Scottish Screen Archive.

Byre Theatre, St Andrews
Tuesday 5 February, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

For details of all of this season’s Department of Film Studies events, please visit our website.

SCO Early Evening Concert Series

Bach Chaconne for Solo Violin/ Stravinsky Suite Italienne/ Lutoslawski Partita

Ruth Crouch - Violin

Simon Smith - Piano

Tickets: £8 / £6 seniors / £3 students.
Available at the door.

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Wednesday 13 February, 5.30pm

Museum Late: 'Mathematical Beauty'

The evening of Friday 15 February will see us host the Gateways Galleries' first 'Museum Late'. Join us at the exhibition's BIG EVENT that will see the Gateway Building transformed!

Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews
Friday 15 February, 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Anderszewski plays Mozart

Witness the ultimate in multi-tasking: playing the piano and directing an orchestra at the same time. Anderszewski manages it effortlessly and has given many wonderful Mozart performances with the SCO, both in Scotland and on their many international tours. Complementing these marvelous pieces, a youthful spree from Schubert, and one of the most astonishing pieces in all music: Grosse Fuge is late Beethoven at its most visionary.

Tickets: £12 - £21 (concessions available).

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Wednesday 20 February, 7.30pm

General Council of the University of St Andrews

gcMembers of the General Council are invited to nominate fellow member(s) to stand for a position on the Business Committee and/or the Committee of the Alumnus Association. Nominations will close at 5pm on 29 March 2013. The terms of office will run from 1 July 2013 for four years (three vacancies on the Business Committee), and from 1 July 2013 for five years (one vacancy on the Committee of the Alumnus Association).

Further information and nomination forms are available here.


Will Maclean Exhibition

macleanAn intimate display of small works by Will Maclean. Mixed-media box constructions, montaged lantern-slides, modified picture postcards and collaged images, they present a compendium of the oeuvre of Scotland’s most illustrious artist. Framed and bordered in bleached, whitened surrounds the works allude to that subtle alchemy that is the distinctive feature of Maclean’s practice: an alchemy that blends history and memory, legend and myth, tradition and change, in an elusive visual imagining.

School of Art History Reception, 79 North Street, St Andrews
Extended until the end of January, by public demand

You can read a review of the exhibition here.

Mathematical Beauty: the Science & Art of Form

mathsDive into an exploration of the artistic legacy of noted biologist D'Arcy Thompson. Discover how science inspires art and influences artistic study of form. Be mesmerised by cutting-edge digital artist Daniel Brown's latest installation and revel in pieces by internationally renowned artists Henry Moore, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Will Maclean.

There will be two related art exhibitions in the Tower Foyer & Lamb Galleries at the University of Dundee, along with further special events. Visit here for more information.

Further information about the exhibition is available here.

Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews
Continues to Saturday 2 March


Something Like Happy

lovingProfessor John Burnside, School of English

Price £16.99 from Jonathan Cape

Professor John Burnside is the 2013 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence.

The Firth of Forth: An Environmental History

firthChristopher Smout, Emeritus Professor of Scottish History, and Mairi Stewart

Price £12.74 from Amazon

Alumni Authors

Loving Andrew: A Fifty-Two-Year Story of Down Syndrome

lovingRomy Wyllie, MA 1955

Price £10.63 from Amazon

Further information about this publication is available on Romy’s website.

Pause for Breath: Bringing the practices of mindfulness and dialogue to leadership conversations

pauseAmanda Ridings, BSc (Hons) 1983

Price £23.74 from Amazon

Further information about Amanda’s book is available here.

Making a Gift

Social Networking

Our 600th Anniversary campaign was launched in 2011 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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