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St Andrews in the News

September 2012


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

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New Director of Development

Director of DevelopmentThe University is delighted to welcome Robert Fleming as our new Director of Development. An experienced professional fundraiser, Robert comes to St Andrews from a career as a Development specialist in higher education, the arts and consultancy. He was previously Director of Development at both Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Edinburgh where he planned and launched the largest capital campaign in Scotland’s history. Robert will oversee the delivery of St Andrews’ 600th Anniversary campaign, which will support new scholarships, research and teaching facilities across the University.

St Andrews at the Olympics

Rowan AtkinsonThe University was represented in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games when a number of our students were featured running alongside Mr Bean on the West Sands. Read Class of 2012 graduate Philip Goose’s account of the filming of that scene.

Chris HoyWe would also like to extend our congratulations to honorary graduate and former St Andrews student Sir Chris Hoy on his sixth gold medal win. Chris studied Mathematics and Physics between 1994 and 1996 and received University Blues in his first year. He was voted Sportsman of the Year in 1996.

World MapIn the wake of the Games, Dr Carson Farmer, Research Fellow in the Centre for GeoInformatics in the School of Geography and Geosciences, has created a map which displays the spread of Olympic Medals gained at London 2012.

Seeing in a new light

SeeingUniversity scientists have made a breakthrough in fibre optic research which could allow doctors to see inside some of the hardest to reach parts of the human body with imaging devices no thicker than a human hair.

Thinking ahead

Peter ClarkProfessor Peter Clark of the School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies has been appointed President-elect of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science.

Help save our historic coastline

LandscapeUniversity archaeologists and SCAPE (Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion) are launching a project to encourage public-spirited volunteers to offer their support in saving the potential destruction of more than 940 coastal sites of historic importance around the country.

Toxic gas remedies

MoleculeWorking with colleagues at UHI, St Andrews chemists are researching the potential of exciting new gas-releasing materials for medical applications. The gases in question - carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide and nitric oxide - are usually considered to be highly poisonous, but they are also made in small quantities in the body.

Graduate of the year

LeoLeo Anthias, 22, who graduated in English and Modern History this summer, has been named ‘Graduate of the Year’ by UK Job Search Engine Adzuna.

Saints Sport

SportsIt has been a busy summer for the University Sports Centre, as described by Athletic Union President Emily Griffiths in the new Saints Sport Newsletter.

Ian Kidd: A Man of Town, Gown, and Beyond

Ian KiddEven after his death, Emeritus Professor Ian Kidd's legacy continues his key belief that high standards of research, devotion and selfless service are the major factors which contribute to the perseverance of a great university.


Doors Open Day

DoorsThe University is throwing open its doors and visitors are welcome to visit the Bell Pettigrew Museum (as featured in this month’s BBC History magazine), MUSA Collections Centre, Parliament Hall and the Senate Room. Admission free but booking required for Collections Centre tours.

Various venues, St Andrews
Sunday 2 September, 12.00pm – 5.00pm

MUSA Collections Centre Tour

Come along to the MUSA Collections Centre to explore behind the scenes in the museum store! Discover items from the University's collection of over 112,000 objects. Find out about how we display and care for the University's collections of fine and applied art, silver, textiles, furniture, chemistry and historic scientific instruments. This is a free event but booking is required.

MUSA Collections Centre, 87 North St, St Andrews
Wednesday 5 September, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Welcome Chapel Service

The University Chaplain, Revd Dr Donald MacEwan, leads a service to introduce the new academic year.

St Salvator’s Chapel, St Andrews
Sunday 9 September, 11.00am

Book Swap at Gateway Galleries

Leave a book and take a book. Don't let your lovely old books get dusty or thrown away! Come and swap them at this second-hand book exchange. Take your chance to see the exhibition 'A Royal Foundation: 400 Years of the King James Library'.

Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews
Saturday 22 September, 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Centre for Film Studies Talk: The Caesura as a Distinctive Feature of Modern Cinema

Chris Fujiwara, Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Arts Lecture Theatre, St Andrews
Tuesday 25 September, 5.15pm – 7.00pm

University of St Andrews Alumni Club, London: A Special Evening at the House of St Barnabas

BarnabasMembers of the St Andrews Alumni Club, London and guests are invited to visit the House, with London's last complete set of rococo plastered fine rooms, its Chapel (both Grade 1 listed buildings) and, unusually for Soho, a private garden where we shall enjoy a cash bar. The evening will consist of a talk by our hosts Sandra Schembri and Revd Dr Adam Scott, a tour of the House and Chapel and, for those who wish to participate, a service of compline in the Chapel with Rev Dr Jamie Walker (University Chaplain from 1993–2011).

House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, Soho Square, London W1D 4Q
Tuesday 25 September, 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Music Centre Lunchtime Concert Series

Agnieszka Opiola (violin) and Gusztav Fenyo (piano).

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Wednesday 26 September, 1.10pm

Talk by the Man Booker Prize shortlisted author Sebastian Barry

BookThe University is delighted that its successful collaboration with the Booker Prize Foundation is continuing into its fourth year. This year, all entrant undergraduates will receive a copy of Sebastian Barry's novel A Long Long Way. Sebastian Barry will talk about this novel and about his writing more generally.

Buchanan Lecture Theatre, St Andrews
Wednesday 3 October, 5.15pm – 6.15pm

Scottish Chamber Orchestra Early Evening Concert

Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn), Aisling O'Dea (violin) and Simon Smith (piano) play Brahms and Ligeti Horn Trios.

Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews
Wednesday 3 October, 5.30pm

Big Draw at the Gateway Galleries

Come to the Gateway and help make a giant book inspired by the beautiful books on show in the exhibition 'A Royal Foundation: 400 Years of the King James Library'. No booking required.

Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews
Saturday 6 October, 12.00pm – 4.00pm


A Royal Foundation: 400 Years of the King James Library

PosterIn 1612, James VI / I founded the University Library in St Andrews. His family, Queen Anne, Prince Henry, Prince Charles (later Charles I) and Princess Elizabeth (later Queen of Bohemia), also presented a fascinating selection of books. The Library became an important centre for research and scholarship, housing scientific instruments and 'curiosities' as well as written material. This 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
Saturday 8 September – Saturday 8 December

Alumni News, Clubs and Services

600th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving & Reception

St Pauls

The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, London warmly invites you to join over 2,000 other graduates and their families in a special service to commemorate the 600th Anniversary of the University of St Andrews in the magnificent surroundings of St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Service will be held on Thursday 20th December 2012 at 7.30pm. Tickets and further information will be available via the London Club's website from Thursday 6th September.

Alumni Carol Service 2012

Our annual Alumni Carol Service in St Andrews 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.

The Service in St Salvator’s Chapel will be held on Tuesday 4 December 2012 at 7.00pm. The Reception will follow in Lower College Hall, St Salvator’s Quadrangle at approximately 8 pm. Tickets for the Reception following the Carol Service will be available for purchase nearer the time.

Just a Minute!

N ParsonsFormer University Rector and honorary graduate Nicholas Parsons took time to visit Living Links at Edinburgh Zoo between his shows and recording ‘Just a Minute’ at the Festival Fringe. Here he takes his place in 'My Primate Family Tree' with Professor Andy Whiten, Scientific Director of the Centre.

Opened in 2008, Living Links is a field station and research centre of the University of St Andrews, established in partnership with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and Edinburgh Zoo. The Centre supports studies by scientists at the Universities of St Andrews, Stirling, Edinburgh and Abertay, who together form the Scottish Primate Research Group (SPRG). Members of SPRG study primate behaviour at many field-sites in the wild, as well as in captivity.

General Council of the University of St Andrews

Meeting of the General Council - 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.

Further information, including details of how to register, will be available on the General Council website in the coming weeks.

Social Networking

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.

Making a Gift

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.


Godly Kingship in Restoration England: The Politics of The Royal Supremacy, 1660–1688

Dr Jacqueline Rose, School of History

Godly Book

Price £60 from Cambridge University Press

Winner of the Royal Historical Society Whitfield Prize

Alumni Authors

Turning Points: Stories to Change your Life

Julia Ogilvy, MA Art History 1997

Turning Points

Price £8.99 from Lion Hudson

The Journeys to Coolangatta: Alexander Berry, the Scottish Settler, and the Australian Succession

Malcolm Sealy, MA English-Spanish 1952


Price £40 available from Abebooks

Kindle edition £9.86 available from Amazon

A Misted Mirror

Gillian Jones MA 1966

Misted Mirror

Price £10.80 from Amazon

Travels to the Ends of the Earth

Kester Brown, MB ChB 1960


Price $29.95 AUD available from Pan Macmillan Australia

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