St Andrews in the News

November 2012


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


Royal Event

Royal EventThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended a charity dinner in Middle Temple Hall, London in support of the University of St Andrews’ 600th Anniversary Campaign. The Duke, who is Patron of the Campaign, described the importance of St Andrews to both him and the Duchess:

We all love St Andrews. We love it for the academic start in life it gives us. We love it for its traditions - traditions that lie at the very heart of Scotland's history. We love it because it made us look beyond St Andrews, beyond the borders of Scotland, to the wide world. But perhaps most important of all, we love it for the friendships it has given us.

You can view the Duke's speech coutesy of Bubble TV.

Lord Mayor's Show

ParadeFor the first time in our 600-year history, the University has taken part in the Lord Mayor’s Show in London. A walking party of over 40 undergraduates, including costumed students representing key figures from the University’s past, processed from the City of London to the Royal Courts of Justice in the City of Westminster, cheered on by enthusiastic crowds and watched live on BBC television by millions more.

Unveiling the history of galaxies

GalaxiesA revolutionary survey of nearby galaxies by an international team of astronomers, including academics from St Andrews, will allow scientists to map their different properties – opening the way for new understanding of the origins of life and the growth of the Milky Way.

Human Shield

ShieldOver 1,000 University students and staff gathered in St Salvator’s Quadrangle today to bring the University’s coat of arms to life by organising themselves into an extraordinary, mass formation of the iconic crest.The spectacle was organised as part of the University 600th Anniversary celebrations.

You can view STV's coverage of the event.

University awarded top green honour

LaboratoryAn ambitious new state-of-the-art laboratory on the North Haugh has been rated the most environmentally-friendly in the country. The top green rating, given to the University's Biomedical Sciences Research Complex (BSRC) Annex, makes it the first laboratory in the UK, and the only building in Scotland, to receive such an award. The 'Outstanding' rating awarded by BREEAM - the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings - is only given to buildings around the world given a sustainability score of over 85%.

Large numbers of salmon are killed by parasites, finds new study

ParasiteAn “unexpectedly large” number of free-ranging salmon are being killed by parasitic lice in European waters every year, according to a study by a major international research group that included the University’s Scottish Oceans Institute.

Ice scientists study the birth of an iceberg

IcebergThe moment of birth of an iceberg has been analysed in detail for the first time. A team of scientists from the Universities of St Andrews and Aberystwyth has completed a detailed and thorough survey of the interface between a large marine-terminating glacier and the ocean.

Touch-screen technology to address malnutrition in older adults

RapportResearchers in the University’s School of Psychology and Neuroscience have developed a touch-screen computer to help detect malnutrition in older adults. It is the culmination of a three-year project with partner institutions to develop a simple and easy-to-use system for measuring diet, cognition, mood and physical function.

Peter Hirst MBE

StudentsPeter Hirst BSc 1989, PhD 1992, alumnus and Trustee of the University’s American Foundation was at Buckingham Palace last Friday to receive the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the promotion of UK/USA business interests and academia.

Anthropology award

RapportProfessor Nigel Rapport, Department of Social Anthropology, has recently been awarded the 2012 Rivers Memorial Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. The Medal, founded in 1923,, is among the highest honours conferred by the Institute.

Students save drowning woman

StudentsSt Andrews students taking part in Raisin Weekend celebrations have helped to save the life of an elderly woman drowning in the sea off East Sands.

Now we are one

The Chancellor’s Circle, our legacy recognition society, celebrated its first birthday at the beginning of November. Happy Birthday Chancellor’s Circle and thank you to our legacy pledgers for helping to safeguard the future of St Andrews.

600 Years: St Salvator's Chapel Choir CD

CDSt Salvator's Chapel Choir, the University’s flagship choir has recorded a CD to celebrate the 600th Anniversary. Featuring choral works ancient and modern, the CD is priced at just £15 and can be ordered here.

A short video has been produced to provide more information about this very special release.

A special concert to mark the launch of the CD will be held in St Salvator’s Chapel on 30 November at 6.30pm.


Inaugural Lecture: Professor Berys Gaut

Gaut'Educating for Creativity'

Professor Berys Gaut, School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies

School III, St Salvator’s Quadrangle, St Andrews
Wednesday 14 November, 5.15pm - 6.30pm

University of St Andrews Symphony Orchestra

A concert featuring Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto played by guest soloist Tamas Fejes (co-leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra) and one of Rachmaninov's great masterpieces, his 2nd Symphony. Tickets £7 (£4 students) - available on the door.

Younger Hall, St Andrews
Thursday 15 November, 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Victims of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Approaches

One day conference. Registration required.

Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews
Friday 16 November, 9.00am – 5.00pm

How to Read Old Handwriting

Rachel Hart from Special Collections will give some tips and techniques on how to read old handwriting and understand the layout of documents. Free but booking is essential.

MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Friday 16 November, 11.00am

For full details of MUSA’s varied autumn / winter events programme, including workshops, talks and film screenings, please visit our website.

SCO Early Evening Concert

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is Orchestra in Residence at the University of St Andrews. This evening’s programme features wind serenades and sextets by Mozart, Beethoven, Seiber and Weber. Tickets: £8 / £6 / £3 (students) available at the door.

Younger Hall, St Andrews
Wednesday 21 November, 5.30pm

Damon Galgut and Meaghan Delahunt reading from their work and in conversation

An evening of readings and conversation with Damon Galgut, the twice Man Booker short-listed South African novelist, and Meaghan Delahunt, whose awards include a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and a nomination for the Orange Prize.

Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews
Wednesday 21 November, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Friends of the Library Lecture

Dunn‘The Writer in the Library’

Professor Douglas Dunn

Arts Lecture Theatre, St Andrews
Thursday 22 November, 5.15pm – 6.30pm

Meeting of the General Council and Graduate Reception, Glasgow

Professor Louise Richardson FRSE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, will take the Chair and Stephen Magee, Vice-Principal (External Relations) and Registrar to the General Council, will outline recent achievements and challenges currently facing the University of St Andrews. There will be an opportunity to put questions to the Vice-Principal (External Relations) following his presentation. We are also delighted that Professor Robert Crawford, Professor of Modern Scottish Literature in our School of English, will join us to deliver a talk entitled 'Glasgow and St Andrews'. The meeting will be followed by an optional wine and canapés Reception at approximately 8 pm. Tickets are required for both the meeting (which is free of charge) and the optional Reception (ticket price £8).

The Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow
Friday 23 November, 6.30pm - 8.45pm

E M Forster's Maurice: A Centenary Conference

ForsterTo mark the upcoming centenary of E M Forster's writing of Maurice, this 1.5-day conference is dedicated exclusively to the novel. Scholars from St Andrews and around the world will gather to discuss the formation, revision, and reception of the novel, which, at its publication in 1971, changed the direction of Forster criticism. Registration required.

Arts Lecture Theatre, St Andrews
Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 November

BBC Radio 4's Sunday Worship

BBC Radio 4's Sunday Worship will be broadcast live from the Chapel. All staff, students and others are invited to attend and participate.

St Salvator’s Chapel, St Andrews
Sunday 25 November, 8.00am – 8.50pm
(please be seated by 7.45am)

Choral Evensong and Reception to mark St Andrew’s Day

A Service of Choral Evensong to mark St Andrew’s day will be held at the Church of St Vedast Alias Foster on Foster Lane, in the heart of the City of London. The Service will also feature the blessing of the Alumni Club’s new mace, designed to commemorate the University’s 600th Anniversary. For catering reasons, if you can attend please respond here.

Church of St Vedast Alias Foster, London
Friday 30 November, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Scottish Varsity Rugby Match

VarsityThe world’s oldest university rugby fixture returns on St Andrew’s Day when The Scottish Varsity Match between University of St Andrews RFC and University of Edinburgh RFC takes place at London Scottish RFC, Richmond, London. Entry to the match is £10 with u16s free. There will be a big game atmosphere with bar open from 6pm, pre-match entertainment and post-game there is a late licence in the clubhouse alongside a band to dance the night away. Tickets may be purchased here or at the gate on the night. Updates will be available on the event page on Facebook.

London Scottish RFC, Richmond, Surrey
Friday 30 November 7.30pm (gates open 6.00pm)

600th Anniversary Sports Ball

We would like to welcome you to the London Scottish Regimental Headquarters in London for an evening of Dinner and Dancing – and, of course, a chance to see old friends and acquaintances, and to relive your time as a member of St Andrews’ illustrious sporting heritage with all of its traditions. Tickets are available here.

London Scottish Regimental HQ, Horseferry Road, London
Saturday 1 December, 6.00pm – 11.00pm

I See a Star: Choral Music for Advent and Christmas

A concert of choral music for the festive season. The concert features a full performance of Bob Chilcott's magical ‘Advent Antiphons’ as well as works from a diverse selection of composers from Byrd to Maxwell Davies.

Tickets are £5 / £3 concessions and £2 students, available on the door.

St Salvator’s Chapel, St Andrews
Saturday 1 December, 6.00pm – 7.00pm

The 2012 Gifford Lectures: Genes, Determinism and God

giffordA series of four lectures on science and religion by Dr Denis Alexander of the University of Cambridge. Please see website for dates and lecture titles.

School III, St Salvator’s Quadrangle, St Andrews.
Monday 3 December – Friday 7 December, 5.15pm

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Music by Rautavaara, Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

Younger Hall, St Andrews
Wednesday 5 December, 7.30pm

600th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving and Reception

We are looking forward to a wonderful celebration at St Paul’s Cathedral. Join with other St Andrews graduates from across the generations to celebrate the 600th Anniversary of our University with a special Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, to be followed immediately afterwards by a Reception at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel, opposite the Cathedral.

St Paul’s Cathedral, London
Thursday 20th December, 7.30pm


A Royal Foundation: 400 Years of the King James Library

foundationThis exhibition explores the foundation and early years of the Library through the beautiful and inspiring books, manuscripts and artefacts associated with it.

Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews
Continues to Saturday 8 December

Alumni News, Clubs and Servcies

Alumni Carol Service 2012

carolserviceOur annual Alumni Carol Service in St Salvator’s Chapel will take place on Tuesday 4 December. The service will be led by Rev Dr Donald MacEwan, University Chaplain, with traditional carols led by the University Chapel Choir. A mulled wine and mince pie Reception will follow in Lower College Hall at approximately 8 pm. Tickets for the Reception following the Carol Service will be available for purchase nearer the time from the alumni website.

You can watch the Arts and Sciences ceremonies online.

New York Alumni Club St Andrews Day Reception - 30 November

You are welcome to join your fellow graduates and friends of the University of St Andrews for a St Andrews Day reception at the Leila Heller Gallery, 568 West 25th Street, New York from 6.30 – 8.30pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Cambridge Alumni Club Dinner - 1 December

The Cambridge Alumni Club invites all alumni in the local area to join them for their St Andrews Dinner on Saturday 1 December at 7pm. Their guest speaker is Susan Sellers, Professor of English and Related Literature and author of the best-selling novel Vanessa and Virginia.

General Council of the University of St Andrews

Meeting of the General Council and Graduate Reception, Glasgow’

The next meeting of the General Council will take place at 6.30pm on Friday 23 November 2012 in The Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow. The meeting wll be followed by an optional wine and canapes reception.

Further information, including details of how to register and book your tickets for both the meeting and the reception, is available from the General Council website.


The Architecture of the Scottish Medieval Church 1100 - 1560

ChurchProfessor Richard Fawcett, School of Art History

Price £50 from Yale University Press

Winner of the prestigious Alice David Hitchcock Medallion of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain

Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture:
Responses to the Work of David Brown

cultureEdited by Robert MacSwain and Taylor Worley

Price £65.00 from Oxford University Press

Alumni Authors

The Member for Scotland: A Life of Duncan McLaren

scotlandDr Willis Pickard, MA 1963

Price £20.00 from John Donald

For Love and Money: The Literary Art of the Harlequin Mills & Boon Romance

loveDr Laura Vivanco, MA 1996, PhD 2001

Price £14.95 from Lulu Marketplace. Also available as an ebook.

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 now keep up to date with the University activities and events online via Facebook and Twitter.

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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