St Andrews in the News

March 2013


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


Major donation boosts St Andrews terrorism research

handaThe University’s Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) is to expand its work as the result of a generous donation from the Worldwide Support for Development (WSD), chaired by Japanese philanthropist Dr Haruhisa Handa. This gift will enable the Centre to offer new bursaries and studentships to attract the brightest minds in the subject to study and research in Scotland and to stage major symposia, attended by the world’s leading scholars in terrorism and political violence.

Come join the dance

danceYou are invited to join us in South Street this Sunday, 10 March to try and set a new record for the world’s largest Scottish country dance. The University’s Athletic Union is organising the event to celebrate St Andrews’ 600th Anniversary. The event is also raising awareness for the Healthy Mind Healthy Body Award, which the Union supports in conjunction with Scottish Student Sport. We are looking for 2,000 people to join us at 2pm on Sunday for this historic event.

Open Minds 2013

lectureThe University is again throwing open its doors to invite members of the public to join in on scheduled lectures across all four Faculties of Arts, Divinity, Science and Medicine. As a special addition this year several of the schools are also hosting drop-in events where you can meet staff and find out a bit more about the research taking place in the University. This is an opportunity for everyone to experience the St Andrews learning experience, to learn a bit more about something that interests you or perhaps try a completely new subject.

All events take place between Monday 1 April and Friday 5 April inclusive. A full programme of events is available here.

Places are free but limited and booking is essential. Bookings can be made by email to or by calling 01334 461901.

Predatory use of language

insectIn a new report, University researchers suggest that cultural stereotypes may influence how we view animal sexual behaviour. By comparing the language used to describe sexual cannibalism they found that females were more likely to be described with active words and males with reactive words.

Super cyber service

ITSt Andrews has become the first university in Britain to receive a prestigious award for its IT provision. Two-Star Service Desk accreditation from the Service Desk Institute (SDI) is awarded to only those organisations which can demonstrate the best possible Information Technology Service.

The gift of life

organThe University’s Organ Donation Society has teamed up with NHS Blood and Transplant to raise awareness of organ donation among students and staff. The unique initiative was inspired by the tragic death of St Andrews student Alex Richardson in 2009. His mother, Annie, conceived the idea and has worked closely with the NHS and St Andrews’ students to develop the scheme.

Bottlenose bonding


According to new research by marine biologists at St Andrews, dolphins mimic those closest to them as a way of getting in touch. Bottlenose dolphins are one of the very few species in the animal kingdom that use vocal learning to develop their own vocal signature early in life.



Eight Saints Sport teams have recently been crowned champions of their Scottish leagues within British Universities and Colleges Sport competition.

The latest issue of the Saints Sport newsletter is now available online.

Physics goes to extremes

mackenzieResearchers in the School of Physics and Astronomy, led by Professor Andy Mackenzie, have found that even at ultra-high temperatures of a trillion trillion degrees, the basic building blocks of life behave in the same way as they do when cold atomic liquids are chilled to a billionth of a degree.

The economics of ageing


Researchers at the University’s Centre for Housing Research (CHR) say that an ageing population is a ‘global phenomenon’ that presents a new dynamic to how families transfer wealth or poverty onto the next generation.

Interested in golf?

surveyWe would like to know about your interest and involvement in the game of golf

For a chance to win one of ten sleeves of Titleist, St Andrews University golf balls, please take a moment to fill in our golf survey.

Alumni News, Clubs and Services

Reunions 2013

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

Reunion Weekend 2013

quadBooking is now open for Reunion Weekend 2013 – a weekend of events from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June. Graduates of years ending ‘3’ or ‘8’ (ie those for whom 2013 marks a special anniversary of their graduation) will automatically receive an invitation, but everyone is welcome to join us irrespective of when they graduated. We have a variety of events on offer and accommodation available to book at Agnes Blackadder Hall (formerly New Hall). Highlights of the weekend include a black tie dinner and ball and opportunities to see the 600th Anniversary film, Ever to Excel.

For details of all the events on offer and instructions on how to purchase tickets and book accommodation please visit our website.

We look forward to welcoming you back in June.

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.

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.

Worldwide Film Weekend

grigorFollowing the success of the sold-out premieres in Glasgow and Edinburgh, during the London premiere of the 600th Anniversary film Ever to Excel at BAFTA last week, the Principal announced our intention to ensure the film is shown to a greater audience, enabling anyone who couldn’t make it to one of the screenings the chance to share in the cinematic history of Scotland’s first University.

Join 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 or 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.

Take part in worldwide celebrations by sharing your experiences and photographs with us on Twitter, Facebook or other live media.

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.

A gallery of images from the recent Edinburgh premiere of the film can be viewed here and a video discussion between film-maker Murray Grigor (pictured above with the University Principal) and First Minister Alex Salmond (both St Andrews graduates) can be viewed here in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.

Fashion Show 2013 offers discounted luxury villas for alumni

seaviewFollowing a very successful St Andrews show for 1,500 guests in a purpose-built marquee on Lower College Lawn, the St Andrews Charity Fashion Show travelled to London for an inaugural alumni fashion show on 22 February. With over £25,000 already raised, FS 2013 is continuing to fundraise for the Wardlaw Scholarship, with the auction of week-long holidays in either a secluded Tuscan Farmhouse (sleeps 10) or a luxury villa in Marbella, Spain (sleeps 10). The properties are available exclusively to alumni at a heavily discounted rate for any week before 14 June or after 29 September. For more information on the properties, see the website. All proceeds support the Fashion Show Wardlaw Scholarship.

Interested parties should contact FS Charity Convener Charlotte Daman Willems E:

Alumni football match

footballAlumni of the men’s football club will be holding their annual match against the University’s current team at Tannadice, home of the Scottish Premier League side Dundee United in April. The alumni match plays a key role in the weekend of celebrations which include a 6s tournament for all the returning alumni, a ball at the Scores Hotel and a chance to watch the current teams in Saturday action as part of the Fife Amateur Football Association programme.

Everyone is invited to come along on the evening of Friday 12 April to watch the 11-a-side match between alumni and the current University squad at Tannadice, Dundee – kick-off 7.00pm. The 6s tournament will take place at the University Sports Centre at 10.00am on Saturday 13 April and, again, all are welcome.

Further information is available from Stuart Milne, Director of Football at the University, at We look forward to seeing you there.

Whaur the only bling in sicht wis the sparkle of their talent

legacySt Andrews’ celebrated international festival of poetry is in full swing and continues until this Sunday, 10 March. As ever, University alumni, students and staff feature prominently. Read about their activities on our blog.

New University web store – discount still available

shopA 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


CFS Symposium: Texture in Film

One-day symposium hosted by the Centre for Film Studies. This symposium will seek to explore ways in which thinking about texture can reinvigorate discussion of film form across a variety of cinematic contexts, with particular emphasis on approaches drawn from understandings of texture originating in study of visual art, music and literature.

Kennedy Hall, St Andrews
Saturday, 9 March, 9.00am – 6.00pm

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

Trashed eco-documentary

trashedThe first Fife showing of this award-winning 2013 documentary in which Jeremy Irons tracks the extent and effects of our global waste problem as he travels round the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution.

New Medical Science Building Lecture Theatre, North Haugh, St Andrews
Monday 11 March, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Haydn: Symphony No 60 'Il Distratto'

Mahler (arr. Cortese): Das Lied von der Erde

Younger Hall, St Andrews
Wednesday 13 March, 7.30pm

The SCO will also be performing an early evening concert in the Younger Hall at 5.30pm on Wednesday 20 March. For details of this and a range of other music talks and recitals, please visit our website.

Grill an Environmentalist

greenweekA panel discussion on climate change with five specialist presenters: Andrew Montford, the author of The Hockey Stick Illusion, Dr Mark Imber, Dr Rob Wilson, Dr Bill Austin and Roddy Yarr, the University's Environment Manager. Each presenter will give a brief introduction on themselves and their background before we open to floor to questions. Entry is free and wine and cheese will be provided.

School I, St Salvator's Quadrangle, St Andrews
Wednesday 13 March, 5.30pm – 7.00pm

For full details of all Transition University of St Andrews Green Week events, please visit our website.

Science Discovery Day

scienceA day of interactive and engaging science across all subjects at the University with activities for all the family.

School of Physics and Astronomy, North Haugh, St Andrews
Saturday 16 March, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Science and Sea Monsters

monsterDr Charles Paxton of the School of Mathematics and Statistics will lead an informative and fun family-friendly Science and Sea Monsters lecture with demonstrations to explore what science tells us about the existence of sea monsters.

Admission includes the chance to visit the Museum’s current exhibition about sea monsters. Adults £6, Concessions £5, Children Free

Scottish Fisheries Museum, St Ayles, Harbourhead, Anstruther, Fife KY10 3AB
Saturday 16 March, 2.30pm – 3.45pm

The Star and Ship Enterprise

musaTeleport into MUSA for a special late-night opening of hands-on activities, object talks and much more. Learn about the Great Astrolabe and Reflecting Telescope and try your hand at Viking navigation! Afterwards, why not head over to the University's Observatory for some modern star-gazing fun? Refreshments provided. Free, drop-in, no booking required.

MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Saturday 16 March, 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Animal Madness

Come along to handle some real-life creepy crawlies and other fantastic animals while surrounded by our fabulous zoological collection at the Bell Pettigrew Museum. Learn more about the animals from a member of the ZooLab team and find out how species adapt to survive. Free, but booking is essential.

Bell Pettigrew Museum, Bute Medical Building, St Andrews
Sunday 17 March, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

University of St Andrews Alumni Club, London: AGM and City Drinks

“Can the publishing industry survive the digital onslaught?”

With guest speaker Giles Clark, publisher of Inside Book Publishing, the standard textbook for students of publishing. Please register for this event here.

Brokers wine bar, 9 Leadenhall Market,
London EC3V 1LR
Tuesday 19 March, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Inaugural Lecture: Professor Moira Jardine

"Star spots and flares: living with a delinquent star"

Professor Moira Jardine, School of Physics and Astronomy

School III, St Salvator's Quadrangle, St Andrews
Wednesday 20 March, 5.15pm – 6.30pm

Science in the Galleries

scienceRelease your inner scientist through a range of exciting hands-on activities throughout MUSA. Wander through the galleries to learn about all the scientific innovations and discoveries associated with St Andrews and chat to University professors about science today. Free, drop-in, no booking required.

MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Saturday 23 March, 12.00pm – 4.00pm

The Bell Pettigrew Museum will also be open during the afternoon from 12 noon to 5.00pm.

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

Out of the Flames Guided Walking Tour of St Andrews

Enjoy a leisurely walking tour of historic St Andrews. Led by the curators of 'Out of the Flames', the tour will visit many of the important sites featured in the exhibition. Get a closer look at spectacular stained glass, plentiful Gillespie and Scott architecture and find out more about the town's eventful past from local specialists. Leaves from the Gateway Galleries, free but booking essential.

Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews
Saturday 6 April, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

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
Saturday 6 – Sunday 14 April

Create a Time Capsule

Did you know there's a time capsule built into Martyrs' Church? Drop in and help to create a time capsule that records and celebrates life in St Andrews in 2013. Why not come along and tell us your story - draw a picture, write a postcard, bring some newspaper cuttings or record a piece - there's something for everyone to do! Free, no booking required.

Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews
Wednesday 10 April, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

George Jack Memorial Lecture: Mr Tom Duncan

jack“Editorial Obligations and the Middle English Lyric”

Thomas G Duncan is Honorary Senior Lecturer in Mediaeval English Literature, School of English

The Lawson Lecture Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English, St Andrews
Wednesday 10 April, 5.15pm - 6.45pm

Building St Andrews

Come along and get involved in recreating the iconic buildings of St Andrews, using a variety of materials, some original plans and your imagination! Free but booking essential.

This is a workshop designed for children between 3 and 6 years old. An identical workshop will be held between 2.00pm and 2:45pm. Additional workshops are scheduled on the same date for children aged from 7 to 11 years old. For details and booking, please contact

MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Friday 12 April, 10.00am – 10.45am

General Council of the University of St Andrews

gcThe 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 behind 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
Friday 15 March – 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
Saturday 16 March – Sunday 12 May


State Terrorism and Human Rights:
International Responses since the End of the Cold War

fischerEdited by Gillian Duncan, Dr Orla Lynch, Dr Gilbert Ramsay, Professor Alison MS Watson, School of International Relations

Foreword by University Principal, Professor Louise Richardson

Price £25.99 from Routledge

Slaves to Rome:
Paradigms of Empire in Roman Culture

glas-edinDr Myles Lavan, School of Classics

Price £60.00 from Cambridge University Press

Alumni Authors

Productivity Knowhow

animalsDick Smythe, BSc 1965

Price £20.00 from the PMA

The Experience of Language Teaching

storiesDr Rosemary Senior, MA 1964

Price £24.79 from Amazon

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!

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