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St Andrews in the News
October 2013


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


Top of the class

top of the classSt Andrews has been named 'Scottish University of the Year' in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2014. We have also been ranked 4th in the United Kingdom, equalling our highest ever ranking by either The Times or The Sunday Times in the past. St Andrews was also placed 83rd in the QS World University Rankings 2013/2014, our highest ever placing in the table. We were ranked particularly highly – 16th in the world - for our ability to attract the best students from overseas.

Join us for the Worldwide Film Weekend, 19-20 October

ever to excelIt is not too late to sign up for one of the many public screenings of the University's 600th Anniversary film, Ever to Excel, during our worldwide film weekend taking place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October.

With 140 screenings across 28 different countries, there are plenty of opportunities to join fellow alumni to enjoy the film, have fun and reminisce about life at St Andrews. Funds raised during the weekend will help establish the new Sir Sean Connery Scholarship fund, named in honour of the star of the film, as part of our 600th Anniversary campaign.

If you would like to attend one of the many public screenings in the UK and worldwide, you can view further details on how to register. Do keep checking online for further information and updates on additional public screenings near you.

Lord Mayor's 600th Anniversary Ball

catwalkJoin the Lord Mayor of London at The Guildhall on Saturday 2 November, to celebrate the 600th Anniversary of the University of St Andrews. The evening will feature a catwalk show from the UK's foremost student fashion organisation, The St Andrews Charity Fashion Show. The evening will fuse fashion, fine dining and live entertainment.

To purchase tickets please click here.

Westminster Abbey Christmas Service

westminsterWestminster Abbey will play host to a special University of St Andrews Christmas service this year. Alumni and friends will gather in one of the most historic churches in the United Kingdom, as the University's 600th Anniversary celebrations draw to a close. Tickets have now been released for the service which will take place on Tuesday 10 December 2013 at 6.30pm.

More than 2,000 places have been made available for the service, which is being organised by the University's London Alumni Club in collaboration with Westminster Abbey.

You can register for tickets here.

Martyrs Kirk

martyrs kirkThe former Martyrs Church on North Street has just reopened as the Martyrs Kirk Research Library, a magnificent addition to our research provision. The building consists of two reading rooms: a Research Reading Room (occupying the former church) and a Special Collections Reading Room (in the church hall).

Music of the mind

music of the mindA new study by St Andrews researchers suggests that musical activity could protect against decline in mental abilities through age or illness. The results showed that playing a musical instrument, even at moderate levels, improves the ability to monitor our behaviour for errors and adjust subsequent responses more effectively when needed.

Varsity victory

varsity victoryThe University of St Andrews RFC have come out top in the latest annual Scottish Varsity game. Last Saturday St Andrews took home the trophy with a 24-15 victory over Edinburgh, in front of thousands of spectators at Richmond Athletic Ground, London.

The upper hand

upper handA genetic study led by St Andrews researchers has identified a biological process that influences whether we are right handed or left handed. The team found correlations in developing embryos between handedness and a network of genes involved in establishing left-right asymmetry.

Football and domestic abuse

back of the net!Researchers at St Andrews have found firm evidence of a link between domestic violence and 'Old Firm' football matches. The study is the first to confirm long-held beliefs that reports of domestic violence in Glasgow increase following matches between Rangers and Celtic.

Shellfish sound pollution

Shellfish sound pollutionMan-made noise in the oceans may have significant damaging effects on shellfish populations, according to a new international study by a team of researchers from the Scottish Oceans Institute at St Andrews, working with international colleagues.

Tattoo taboo

Dr Andrew TimmingRecent research by Dr Andrew Timming of the School of Management has focused on the effects of tattoos on employment chances.

Academic Celebration

Academic CelebrationThe University of St Andrews' 600th Anniversary Academic Celebration in mid-September brought intellectual leaders, including former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, inventor of the world wide web Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and Dr Jane Goodall DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, to St Andrews for two days of celebration and academic debate about the issues facing the world of tomorrow, culminating in a torch-lit procession and dramatic firework display. You can now enjoy a flavour of these celebrations in our Highlights video.

You can still watch the whole of the 600th Anniversary Honorary Graduation online and view our picture gallery.

Alumni News, Clubs and Services

Forthcoming London Club events

Lord Mayor's 600th Anniversary Ball

Join the Lord Mayor of London at The Guildhall, to celebrate the 600th Anniversary of the University of St Andrews. The evening will feature a catwalk show from the UK's foremost student fashion organisation, The St Andrews Charity Fashion Show.

Saturday 2 November 2013, 6.00pm - midnight
Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HH

Choral Evensong for St Andrew's Day

Join fellow Alumni to celebrate Scotland's patron saint with a beautiful service of Choral Evensong, followed by a Champagne Reception. Free to attend. More details to follow.

Thursday 28 November, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
St Botolph without Bishopsgate, Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3TL

Service of Thanksgiving for the 600th Anniversary at Westminster Abbey

A special Service of Thanksgiving to mark the conclusion of St Andrews' 600th Anniversary celebrations.

Tuesday 10 December, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Westminster Abbey, London SW1P 3PA

Forthcoming New York Club Event

St Andrews Anniversary Gala

St Andrews Anniversary GalaJoin us this December to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the University of St Andrews. The Down Town Association, a private club in downtown Manhattan, will be taken over by alumni from around the globe for a night of dining and dancing as we usher in yet another century of excellence.

6.30pm – 8.00pm: Reception and Dinner
8.00pm – 10.00pm: Banquet
10.00pm – 1.00am: Ball

Saturday 7 December 2013
Down Town Association, 60 Pine Street New York, NY 10005

Winternships 2014

With the recent changes to the academic calendar, a new initiative has been set up to help provide work experience opportunities for St Andrews students all over the world during the winter break in January. More information and how to get your organisation involved here.

Nightline calling!

Were you a member of Nightline? Looking to reconnect with fellow members of the organisation or interested in joining our new alumni community? If so, please email for more information.

University web store – discount available

storeA 10% discount is available to readers of St Andrews in the News at our online shop, 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



St Andrews Voices

voicesThe St Andrews Voices festival of vocal music continues until Sunday. Don't miss Sally Beamish's 'Hagar in the Wilderness' at Holy Trinity Church this evening (Friday) and The Sixteen, conducted by Harry Christophers, at the same venue on Sunday evening. Full details from our website.

Various venues, St Andrews
Continues to Sunday 6 October 2013


Be inspired by the 17th-century gloves on display in 'Treasured' and have a go at embroidery with specialist Jan Marshall. Held at MUSA, free but booking essential.

MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Saturday 5 October, 2.00pm

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

Keynote of the ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2013 Conference

ITS is the premiere venue for research in the design and use of new and emerging table top and interactive surface technologies. The ITS 2013 Organising Committee is pleased to announce that Jeff Han, General Manager of the Perceptive Pixel group recently acquired by Microsoft, will deliver the Keynote for the ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2013 Conference.

Further information available here.

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Monday 7 October, 9.00am - 10.15am

600th Anniversary Lecture: The Deep Early History of Life on Earth

Professor Andrew H KnolProfessor Andrew H Knoll, Fisher Professor of Natural History and Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University.

Our planet is some four and a half billion years old - what kinds of organisms characterised our planet's youth and middle age? How do we establish the nature of life and environments on the early Earth? Professor Knoll will attempt to answer these questions and more, drawing on the evidence of comparative biology, rock chemistry, and palaeoecology.

Further information on the lecture is available here.

Free admission and all are welcome.

Medical and Biomedical Sciences Building Lecture Theatre, North Haugh, St Andrews
Thursday 10 October, 5.15pm – 7.30pm. Followed by drinks reception in the foyer.

CFS Talk: Laura Mulvey – Hitchcock's blondes and feminist film theory: a cinema of voyeurism or a cinema of self-reflexivity?

Laura MulveyThe 'Hitchcock blonde' has become an established cliché image within popular culture today, recognised, recounted and discussed beyond film theory circles. In this lecture Laura Mulvey returns to the significance of Hitchcock's blonde heroines and his voyeuristic cinema for the development of her feminist and psychoanalytic approach to film in the 1970s. Recently, after a gap of 40 years, she has returned to the 'Hitchcock blonde' to reflect on his cinema as, perhaps, revealing and self-reflexive rather than simply misogynistic.

Arts Lecture Theatre, St Andrews
Tuesday 15 October, 5.15pm - 7.00pm

Choristi Sanctiandree

Choristi Sanctiandree, directed by Thomas Wilkinson, perform choral music by Tallis and Byrd.

St Leonard's Chapel, St Andrews
Tuesday 15 October, 8.00pm

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Jaime Laredo (violin/director) and Sharon Robinson (cello) perform music by Dvorák, Saint-Saëns and Mendelssohn.

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Wednesday 16 October, 7.30pm

The 60th Anniversary of Russell Kirk's "The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot"

Come and hear how a doctoral thesis written by a St Andrews alumnus influenced the post-World War II conservative movement and the election of a US president. Speakers include: Professor Michael Bentley, St Andrews School of History; Dr George Nash, Historian of American Conservatism; the Rt Hon David Willetts MP. Admission free but registration required.

Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews
Saturday 19 October, 10.00am – 12 noon

The Ambassadors Ball

The St Andrews Foreign Affairs Society, in coalition with the St Andrews IR Department, presents the return of The Ambassadors Ball in honour of the 600th Anniversary of the University.

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Saturday 19 October, 8.00pm to 2.00am

Inaugural Lecture: Professor Robert Burgoyne

Professor Robert Burgoyne'The War Film as a Mode of Historical Thinking: Generational Memory in Letters from Iwo Jima'

Professor Robert Burgoyne, School of Philosophical, Social Anthropological and Film Studies

School III, St Salvator's Quadrangle, St Andrews
Wednesday 23 October, 5.15pm to 6.30pm

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Maximiliano Martín (clarinet), William Stafford (clarinet) and Scott Mitchell (piano) perform music by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann.

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Wednesday 30 October, 5.30pm

MGCI 9th Annual Public Lecture

'The Barnes Collection: In and Out of Context'

Derek Gillman, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

Buchanan Lecture Theatre, Union Street, St Andrews
Friday 1 November, 6.00pm to 7.30pm

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.

For further General Council news, please visit our website.


Medieval Maces: Power and Ceremony

macesMaces are emblems of authority, status, wealth and power. To mark the University's 600th Anniversary this exhibition brings together 14th and 15th century university maces from Heidelberg, Tubingen, Basel and Glasgow, and the crozier of Bishop Fox, founder of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Admission free.

Further information about the exhibition.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a varied events programme for adults, families and schools.

MUSA, 7a The Scores, St Andrews
Continues to Sunday 8 December




treasuredDelve into a feast of the University's treasures and explore objects from all areas of the University's collections that span 600 years. Discover the craftsmanship and beauty in the University's teaching collections. Admire the intricate hand-blown chemistry glassware and marvel over medieval tooled leather. Use this opportunity to view objects rarely seen by the public and uncover hidden gems found in University departments and residences. Admission free.

Further information on the exhibition is available here.

Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews
Continues to Saturday 14 December




Sam Smith – Boats, Beasts and Beauties

boats, beasts and beautiesAn exhibition of works on paper.

Sam Smith (1908-1983) was an artist best known for his hand-carved painted wooden toys and sculpture. His work often depicts themes of the sea, particularly boats and harbours. An admirer of the graphic tradition of Paul Nash, Edward Bawden and Eric Ravillious, Sam's influence can in turn be seen in the work of British Pop artists such as Peter Blake and the surrealism of psychedelia. For further information please contact Andrew Demetrius, Curator (

School of Art History, 79 North Street, St Andrews
Continues to Friday 20 December


The Film Festival Reader

Film Festival ReaderEdited by Professor Iordanova, School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies

Price £39.99 from St Andrews Film Studies

Literature of the 1940s: War, Postwar and 'Peace'

Literature of the 1940s: War, Postwar and 'Peace'Professor Gill Plain, School of English

Price £70.00 from Amazon

Alumni Authors

Y the X?: Unravelling intellectual disability and autism

Y the X?Prof Gillian Turner (Watkins), MB ChB 1956

Price $30 (Australian)

The Day the World went Loki

The Day the World went LokiRobert Harris, MA 1978

Price £5.39 from Amazon

Read more about the book on Robert's website.

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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