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St Andrews in the News
July 2013


Welcome to the July issue of St Andrews in the News, our regular e-newsletter for alumni, friends and supporters around the world. We would like to offer our congratulations to all our new graduates.


Curiosity and caricatures

curiosityYou can read the Principal's Graduation address 'Curiosity and caricatures' and all the other 2013 Graduation addresses on our website.

Principal's Medal winners

medalTwo extraordinary students, Natasha Latysheva and Bennett Collins, have been awarded this year's Principal's Medals, in recognition of their exceptional endeavour and achievement during their time at St Andrews.

Honorary Graduates

honoraryWe would like to congratulate our new Honorary Graduates and the recipient of the University Medal: Professor Christopher Brown CBE, Terry Jones, Professor Richard Schrock, Miss Lorna EM Walker, Katherine Grainger CBE, Harry James Benson CBE, Dr Ian Johnston, Professor Mary McAleese and Sir Jonathan Edward Harland Mills. You can read all the Laureation addresses here.

Monkey business

monkeyA new study, led by scientists at St Andrews, has revealed that well-connected monkeys learn new cultural habits faster, and sometimes better, than their less-popular peers. The research was conducted on two separate groups of squirrel monkeys at the University's 'Living Links to Human Evolution' Research Centre ('Living Links') in Edinburgh Zoo.

High fliers

high fliersAccording to The 2013 High Fliers report, St Andrews graduates are amongst those who have the 'highest chance' of securing graduate level jobs. Almost 20,000 final year students at 30 universities were interviewed for the report, which looks at the career and salary prospects of graduates. Other High Fliers' data shows that 62% of graduating St Andrews' students have had internship experience by the time they graduate, the fifth highest percentage in the UK. St Andrews also features in the top 5 of UK universities for producing self-made millionaires.

Resurrecting Bishop Wardlaw

wardlawA new statue of University founder Bishop Henry Wardlaw has been unveiled by Chancellor Sir Menzies Campbell in the grounds of St Mary's College.

The future of the Botanic Gardens

botanicsThe University has agreed to lease its Botanic Gardens to a local trust at a peppercorn rent of £1 in the hope that the gardens can be maintained as a viable local attraction.

Latin primers

irisClassics students at St Andrews have been visiting six primary schools near Glenrothes and giving pupils an exciting introduction to Latin. The course is designed by the 'Iris Project', an educational charity, and these visits mark the first use of the Iris curriculum in Scottish schools. Teaching about Latin is combined with a taste of ancient history and classical mythology - as well as educational games, such as Latin bingo. For more information tune in to BBC Radio 4 at 11am on 16 August!

Sporting support

athleticThe University's Athletic Union has presented Wooden Spoon and the Jonny Wookey Memorial Fund with cheques for £2,160 and £2,000 respectively.

Sensitive cetaceans

whaleAn international team of scientists, led by the University of St Andrews, has found that one species of whale may be even more sensitive to military sonar than previously thought.

The end of the world

endA St Andrews research student has predicted the end of life on Earth in 2.8 billion years as falling levels of CO2 lead to the disappearance of plants and animals and our planet becomes a world of microbes. At the same time the Earth will be depleted of oxygen and will dry out as the rising temperatures lead to the evaporation of the oceans.

The St Andrews 600

caddyFor three days at the end of June, a mix of students, alumni, parents and friends descended upon St Andrews for The St Andrews 600 - a special Anniversary event combining three rounds of golf (Kingsbarns, The Duke's, Old Course) with a range of social events (lectures, dinners, exhibitions) hosted at some of the University's historic locations. The event, which featured the launch of the Lawrence Levy photography exhibition at the University Library, raised funds for an endowed lectureship in American Literature, our Special Collections department, and for the establishment of a brand new scholarship in the name of golfing royalty, Dr Arnold Palmer (LLD, 2005).

Alumni News, Clubs and Services

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2013: Friday 28 – Sunday 30 June

Old friendships were rekindled and new ones forged last weekend when 250 alumni and friends gathered in St Andrews for a weekend of reunion activities, including a black tie Reunion Dinner in Lower College Hall and a Reunion Ball with a lively ceilidh band and disco in the Younger Hall. Some were celebrating special anniversaries of their own graduation, while others travelled from far and wide to celebrate the 600th Anniversary of the University's foundation. With graduation years spanning 68 years, from 1943 to 2011, alumni joined us from the US, Canada, Mauritius, China, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Switzerland and The Netherlands, as well as from all parts of the UK.

The dates for next year's Reunion Weekend are Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June 2014. Why not start planning your reunion now? We can help you to find lost friends and to spread the word. E:

Careers Networking Nights

We are pleased to announce three North American-based Networking Nights this summer in Washington, DC, New York City, and Toronto. These evening events will allow students and recent alumni the chance to learn about different industries through making connections with those who are best placed and willing to give advice.

We hope you can participate. Whether you are working for a company who is presently hiring, you have experiences that would be useful to share, or you have retired from a career in a certain industry, we hope you will consider attending and being available for our alumni and students.

The dates of the events are as follows: Washington, DC - Tuesday, July 30, 18.30-20.30, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace New York - Wednesday, July 31, 19.30-21.30, PricewaterhouseCoopers, 300 Madison Toronto - Thursday, August 1, 18.30-20.30, Ryerson University

Register your interest here.

Combined British Universities Happy Hour – 11 July

We are pleased to invite you to a British University Alumni Happy Hour in Washington, DC. The event will be co-hosted and attended by the DC alumni chapters of LSE, Oxford, Cambridge, Kings, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, SOAS, LBS, and LSHTM.

We have space reserved - look for signs. No need to RSVP. Questions... please contact Anne Wingate, AFLSE DC Chapter Chair on

Thursday, July 11th, from 6.00 until 9.00pm James Hoban's Irish Bar 1 Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC

Alumni Facebook Cover Photo Competition

graduationHas the 2013 Graduation or Alumni Reunion left you feeling nostalgic for your graduation? Send us your favourite graduation pictures (from 2013 – or whenever you graduated!) and the winner will become our new Facebook and Twitter cover photo. Help fill the empty space on our facebook page and remember a fantastic moment in your life.

See the website for more information. Finalists will be chosen by 12 July!

Bute Medical Society

buteThe Bute Medical Society is rapidly approaching 100 years since it was established in 1915, "to introduce junior members of Medicine to the wider aspects of Medical Science and to organise such activities as may promote fellowship in the Medical Faculty". We are hoping to collect and curate a selection of stories, objects, photos and memories to celebrate the people that have contributed to what has consistently been one of the largest and busiest student societies in St Andrews. If you have any fond memories, enthralling stories or interesting memorabilia (including photographs) of your time with the Bute Medical Society, or would like to know more about our initial plans, please contact the committee by emailing

Worldwide Alumni Film Weekend

evertoexcelJoin 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.

Postcards Home

postcardsAs part of our 600th Anniversary celebrations we are inviting alumni, students and staff around the world to send a postcard home to St Andrews. The Postcards Home project aims to gather enough postcards to create a giant collage for public display; demonstrating the University's global reach with alumni and friends playing their parts all across the world stage. To make sure you're represented in our 600th Anniversary collage please send a postcard, whether from near or far - Anstuther or Auckland, to: POSTCARDS HOME, University of St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AJ.

The Auld Grey Toon

buffaloThe University of St Andrews own staff-led band Dry Island Buffalo Jump are back, raising awareness about the need for student scholarships through music. All donations raised by their new song, 'The Auld Grey Toon' (also available online for download) will help towards scholarships for students in financial need.

University web store – discount available

shopA 10% discount is available to readers of St Andrews in the News at our 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


Gateway Workshop - Make a Treasure Chest

Become a pirate, make your own version of the University charter chest and fill it with treasure! Shiver me timbers! Times: Ages 3-6 at 10am-10:45am and 2pm-2:45pm. Ages 7-12 at 11am-12 noon and 3pm-4pm. Free but booking required.

Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews
Monday 8 July

For details of other family workshops at the Gateway Galleries this summer, please visit our webpages.

Music at MUSA - The Major Groove

Lunchtime jazz by a five piece band. Free, no booking required.

MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Monday 8 July, 2.00pm – 2.30pm

MUSA has a full summer programme of workshops, talks, walks and concerts for adults and children. For further details, please visit our Events webpage.

Summer Recital Series - Elgar, Schubert and Vivaldi

Laura Sergeant - cello; Ian Watt – guitar.

St Leonard's Chapel, St Andrews
Tuesday 9 July, 8.00pm – 9.00pm

For details of all concerts in the Summer Recital Series, please visit the Music Centre webpages.

No Impact Man - Free film Screening

impactPart of the Summer Film Series (a set of five inspiring films about the environment and climate change) organised by Transition: University of St Andrews. No Impact Man follows the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact. The film screening is free and open to all.

Buchanan Theatre, Union Street, St Andrews
Wednesday 10 July, 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Details of the other screenings in the Summer Film Series are available on the Transition: University of St Andrews webpages.

Hradetzky Organ of St Salvator's Chapel 40th Anniversary Recital Weekend

A weekend of recitals to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the installation of the Hradetzky Organ in St Salvator's Chapel given by organ scholars at Scottish Universities. Features music by Buxtehude, Bruna, Couperin, Naji Hakim, Leighton, Mendelssohn, Bach, Hindemith, Gibbons, de Grigny, Sweelinck, Messiaen, Franck, Reger, Saint-Saëns.

Tickets: £3 per recital (£1 students). Weekend ticket £10 (£4 students). Other offers available. Free to Music Centre Members

St Salvator's Chapel, North Street, St Andrews
Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 July, various times

School Of Classics Conference - Rethinking Late Hellenistic Greek literature and the Second Sophistic

This two-day conference aims to shed new light on the connections between the Greek literary and intellectual culture of the late Hellenistic and Augustan periods (second century BCE to first century CE) and the period often known as the 'Second Sophistic', i.e. the late first to early third centuries CE.

All welcome. There is no charge but registration is required.

School of Classics, Room S11, Swallowgate,
Butts Wynd, St Andrews
Thursday 5 – Friday 6 September

General Council

The next meeting of the General Council will take place in St Andrews at 6.30pm on Wednesday 27 November 2013 in Parliament Hall, St Andrews. It will be followed by an alumni reception. Further information, including details about how to book a place, will be available from the General Council website later in the year.

The results of the recent election of ordinary members to the Business Committee can be found here.

For further General Council news, please visit our website.


Contemporary Artist Series: Doug Cocker Exhibition

cockerSchool of Art History Reception, 79 North Street, St Andrews
Continues to Friday 26 July, Monday – Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm

Making the cut: the golf photography of Lawrence Levy

levyIn the first-ever exhibition of work by noted golf photographer Lawrence Levy, the University invites you to enjoy some of the most recognisable images in golfing history as well as previously unseen glimpses into the world of professional golf.

Opening times: Monday-Friday 1000-2200, Saturday-Sunday 1000-1900
Admission free

Main University Library, North Street, St Andrews
Continues to Monday 5 August

X Marks the Spot: The MUSA Young Artist Award 2013

spotTreasures are usually objects of great beauty that inspire the imagination and give fascinating insights into individuals and societies. Is this always the case? What are those insights? And what messages can we give through the treasures we create? Pupils from across Fife responded to these questions and the stunning treasures on display at MUSA for this year's Young Artist Award. See the winning entries here and discover that Fife really does have talent.

Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews
Continues to Saturday 10 August


Alumni Authors

The Chaplains of the East India Company 1601-1858

blondeThe Reverend Dr Daniel O'Connor PhD 1981

Price £22.49 from Bloomsbury

Rowing After the White Whale:
A Crossing of the Indian Ocean by Hand

reality gpJames Adair MA 2004

Price £12.99 from Birlinn

Making a Gift

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.

Social Networking

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.

Questions: Please email

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Tel: +44 (0)1334 462113

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