St Andrews in the News

June 2013


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


Prestigious award

PrincipalThe Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, has been awarded the Centennial Medal by the Graduate School of Harvard University. The medal citation describes Professor Richardson as one of America's "most astute scholars and observers of terrorism." She was also praised for being "as enterprising and visionary an administrator as she is a scholar".

Ever to be the best

StudentsThe University has been placed 4th in the UK and top in Scotland in the new Guardian University Guide (2014). Consistently ranked one of the UK's top ten over the last decade, St Andrews is judged to be the UK's best multi-faculty university next to Oxbridge. Once again, we are the only Scottish university to feature in the top ten.

Honorary degrees

HonoraryA Python, an Olympic rower and the former President of Ireland are among those to be honoured by the University later this month. Terry Jones, Katherine Grainger and Mary McAleese will all be awarded honorary degrees during the summer graduation ceremonies.

Sino-Scottish golf links

SeveThe University's internationally recognised Special Collections are to benefit from the support of Mission Hills Group in China, the world's largest golf facility. The Group has committed a six-figure sum to fund the development of the Collections, which include the extensive golf photography archives of Lawrence Levy and George Cowie, covering the development of golf from the nineteenth century onwards.

St Andrews and Mission Hills will also work to strengthen Scottish-Sino links during the University's 600th Anniversary Golf Tournament being held this month, and will promote academic ties through scholarships for Chinese and Scottish exchange students.

Combating drug-resistant bacteria

WellcomeA major £2m grant by the Wellcome Trust has been awarded to Professor James Naismith and his team at the University's Biological Sciences Research Centre (BSRC) to pursue research aimed at developing new therapies to tackle drug-resistant bacteria.

New thinking

DillonDr Sarah Dillon, Senior Lecturer in the School of English, is one of just two researchers in Scotland to be hailed as a New Generation Thinker in the BBC Radio 3 and Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) initiative.

Buoyed by success

NessA new instrument that can detect whales, dolphins and other marine mammals, has successfully completed its first trials on water. PAMBuoy™, a real time passive acoustic monitoring system that can detect and classify marine mammals, was trialled at Loch Ness recently.

Identifying illicit stills

WhiskyScientists in the School of Physics and Astronomy have developed a new technique for detecting dangerous fake whisky, and other spirits. Using a laser, they can now carry out detailed analysis of a spirit sample no bigger than a teardrop and can even confirm whether or not it is toxic.

Stylish scholarships

FashionThe 2013 St Andrews Fashion Show Committee is delighted to announce that the funds raised by this year's Fashion Show will create two scholarships, the St Andrews Charity Fashion Show 2013 Wardlaw Scholarships, the first of which will be awarded in Autumn 2014. In addition to the two scholarships, the Committee will contribute £3,500 to the Students' Association Bursary Fund, a collaboration between Your600th and the 2013 Class Gift.

To learn more, visit or

Alumni News, Clubs and Services

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2013: Friday 28 – Sunday 30 June

ReunionIt is not too late to book your place at this year's Reunion Weekend. We will continue to accept bookings, on a first-come first-served basis, up until Friday 14 June when we will be required to submit our final numbers. Please note that places at the Saturday Dinner and the Informal Buffet Lunch/Tour of MUSA are already very limited. Please book these, and any other events, as soon as possible to avoid disappointment and to help us with our planning.

For full details of all of the events on offer and to book your accommodation, please visit:

1858 Club

1858The University of St Andrews RFC is proud to announce the creation of a supporters' club, the 1858 Club, which will help ensure the future of rugby at the University. Alumni and friends can join the Club with a minimum contribution of £50, and each member will receive a rugby newsletter, an 1858 Club tie and invites to rugby events throughout the year. For more information or to join the 1858 Club, please visit or contact David Ross, Director of Rugby, on

Worldwide Alumni Film Weekend

Ever To ExcelJoin 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.

Shadow-For-A-Day 2013

Can you host a student for a day at your place of work? At the end of the summer, during the week of 2 September 2013, the Careers Centre is organising the first annual Shadow-Day - an opportunity for alumni and parents to provide exceptional access for students interested in their career area. For busy professionals that might not have the time for formalised mentorship, or for those looking for an easy way to provide an invaluable experience for students, click here for more information.

St Andrews CV / Resumé Bank

The Careers Centre is asking alumni and parents to help contribute CVs to their CV / Resumé bank. So often the act of writing CVs and cover letters is much more art than science. Drawing on the wealth of experience of employed alumni and parents, students will be able to see real-world examples of excellent CVs for the industry of their interest. For more information, click 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 2013

Class GiftClass Gift is a student-run initiative that encourages the graduating class to help future students as they depart on new adventures and this year, the Class Gift will help establish a new bursary. Watch our student-made video and find out more here.


Spelling Bee for French, German and Spanish

The finals of the Spelling Bee language competition for schools in Scotland, hosted by the School of Modern Languages.

The Buchanan Building, St Salvator's Quad and MUSA, St Andrews
Friday 14 June, 11.00am – 3.00pm

Collegium Vocale di Crema

The St Andrews Renaissance Singers are this summer participating in a musical exchange with the prestigious Italian choir Collegium Vocale di Crema. Their programme is 'From Alps to Highlands', featuring the music of Haydn, Mendelssohn and Schubert. Entrance is free.

St Salvator's Chapel, St Andrews
Sunday 16 June, 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Literary Interactions under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian – School of Classics conference

The conference will give scholars with a wide range of expertise the opportunity to examine literary activity across the Roman empire under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian and to see what emerges when this rich and interconnected body of texts is studied collaboratively. All are welcome to attend. There will be a small conference fee of £10 per day to cover the costs of conference documents, coffee, tea and lunch.

School of Classics, Swallowgate, Butts Wynd, St Andrews
Wednesday 19 – Thursday 20 June

The Middle Ages in the Modern World

A multidisciplinary conference on medievalism in the post-Middle Ages. Over a hundred speakers from all over the world and from the disciplines of History, Philosophy, English, Modern Languages, Musicology, Film Studies, Theology and Art History, as well as poets, novelists and museum curators will be talking on all aspects of the appropriation, invention, abuse, use and interpretation of the Middle Ages in the post-medieval world. Including a lecture by Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney on 28 June.

Various venues, St Andrews
Tuesday 25 – Friday 28 June

600th Lecture - Terry Jones 'Columbus, America and the Flat Earth'

Terry JonesJoin writer, film director and Python, Terry Jones, as he explodes the myth that everyone in the Middle Ages thought the world was flat, exposes Columbus for the chancer he really was and reveals the baleful legacy he bequeathed to America.

Tickets are free of charge and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis from 6pm on Thursday 6 June from this webpage or by calling 01334 461901 or 01334 461905 from 6pm-8pm.

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Tuesday 25 June, 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Ever to Excel film screening

A special Graduation Week screening of the University film Ever to Excel, hosted by the 2013 Class Gift Committee.

School III, St Salvator's Quadrangle, St Andrews
Wednesday 26 June, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

St Salvator's Chapel Choir Graduation Concert

ChoirJoyful music in the wonderful surroundings of St Salvator's Chapel, filled with new graduates, gives this event a unique atmosphere; made even more special by the world premiere of James MacMillan's latest organ work. This is the perfect way to begin an evening of celebration.

St Salvator's Chapel, North Street, St Andrews
Thursday 27 June, 5.30pm – 6.15pm

600th Anniversary Chapel Service

The service is led by the University Chaplain, the Rev Dr Donald MacEwan and the St Salvator's Chapel Choir. It will be a celebration of the University''s 600th Anniversary, focusing on the future. The sermon will be given by the Very Rev Professor Iain Torrance, Honorary Professor of Early Christian Doctrine and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh.

St Salvator's Chapel, North Street, St Andrews
Sunday 30 June, 11.00am – 12.00pm

Across the Universe - adventures from St Andrews to Mars and beyond

UniverseBring your family along for a fun and informative afternoon exploring the future of the University, looking at sustainability, technology, science and space exploration. You can design and launch your own rocket, explore the night sky in our very own planetarium, time travel in a virtual TARDIS or simply relax with a tasty treat and enjoy the atmosphere! Free entry, all welcome.

Lower College Lawn, entrance via St Salvator's Quad, St Andrews
Sunday 30 June, 12.30pm – 3.00pm

Networks of Influence: Readers, Owners, and Makers of Manuscripts and Printed Books, 1350-1550

Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Early Book Society.

Arts Building, The Scores, St Andrews
Thursday 4 - Monday 8 July

2013 International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)

Over 800 of the world's leading scholars in biblical literature will be attending this prestigious international conference.

Various venues, St Andrews
Sunday 7 – Thursday 11 July

Politics and Texts in Late Carolingian Europe, c. 870-1000


The Carolingian dynasty (751-987) ruled the last pan-European empire of the Middle Ages, a territory spanning over one million square kilometres at its height. This two-day conference will explore the relationship between political authority and textual production in the final century of Carolingian rule in western Europe.

Department of Mediaeval History, St John's House, South Street, St Andrews
Monday 8 – Tuesday 9 July

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. Please register your attendance here.

Online voting for the Business Committee vacancies will close at 12 noon on 10 June 2013. To find out more please visit the elections webpage.

For further General Council news, please visit our website.


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 10.00am - 10.00pm, Saturday-Sunday 10.00am - 7.00pm. Admission free.

Main University Library, North Street, St Andrews
Wednesday 19 June – Monday 5 August

X Marks the Spot: The MUSA Young Artist Award 2013

X Marks 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 Hockey Stick Illusion
Climategate and the Corruption of Science

blondeAndrew Mountford BSc 1989

Price £8.35 from Amazon

My Father, The Man Who Never Was
Ronnie Reed: the Life and Times of an MI5 Officer

reality gpNicholas Reed MPhil 1980

Price £9.95 from Lilburne Press

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.


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