For over three decades our students have been calling alumni and parents all over the world as part of our annual telephone campaigns. The University will be calling from 01334 46 5010 through 5024 and we hope you have the time to talk to the student.
The campaign is a wonderful opportunity for current students to thank you for your support, to let you know about some of the exciting developments that are taking place at the University, to update you on life in St Andrews and to receive your feedback on our alumni programmes. The telephone campaigns also offer great opportunities for the students to widen their skill set as they move towards completion of their degrees.
During the 2016–2017 telephone campaign, over 500 pledges were received from our generous alumni and parent community: these raised around £300,000 in pledges for the projects listed below.
How you can help
Thank you very much if you took the time to talk to one of our student callers and discuss the possibility of supporting one of our many priority projects with them. If you haven’t had the chance to talk to a member of our student-led team, you can still find out about the Phone Campaign projects below.
Become a supporter
Join our pledge, donate now and help us to build a bright future for generations of students to come by making your gift this year and showing your support.
If you are a graduate and a US taxpayer your gift could be matched by our University of St Andrews American Foundation.
If you give a gift to the University of St Andrews American Foundation this year (but you didn’t last year) your gift will be matched 100%. If you are a regular donor and you increase your gift, the increase will be matched 100% and additional gifts will also be matched 100%.
Phone Campaign projects
Below is a description of the Phone Campaign Projects for 2018–2019.
Area of Greatest Need
The Area of Greatest Need is a reserve that the University can use at short notice to support a particularly urgent project or an area of specific need. This fund is perfect for donors who would prefer the University to allocate their donation where it is most needed. In recent years the Area of Greatest Need has been used to support initiatives such as the St Salvator’s Quadrangle improvement project and the expansion of our Library’s Special Collections at The Richardson Research Library at Martyrs Kirk. It has also been used to increase the number of postgraduate scholarships available.
To donate to the Area of Greatest Need select Area of University's current greatest need as the project in the online donation form.
Family Book Fund
The Family Book Fund is a key initiative that enables the University Library to expand and enhance its academic collection so that students and academic staff can access the highest quality resources for their research. Donations go towards securing online literary manuscripts, collections of e-books and an extensive database of journals, surveys, photographs and reports published throughout the UK and overseas.
Contributions make a tangible impact: a £50 gift goes towards the purchase of an undergraduate textbook for students to share within a module, £70 gives us access to an electronic source that hundreds of students can access and review simultaneously and £250 secures a highly-coveted or rare multi-volume journal or text.
To donate to the Family Book Fund select Family Book Fund as the project in the online donation form.
Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA)
The Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) opened to the public in 2008 to showcase some of the University's 110,000 artefacts. MUSA has consistently been awarded five stars under Visit Scotland's Quality Assurance Scheme - the only university museum in Scotland to achieve this. The University has planned an extension to MUSA to cope with the overwhelming demand for the schools and community outreach programme and to develop temporary exhibition space to showcase its collections.
To donate to the MUSA Extension Fund select MUSA Extension as the project in the online donation form.
The Laidlaw Music Centre
As our student population has grown, so has the range and number of opportunities for students to take part in music. The Younger Hall – where the current music facilities are located – is not soundproofed and was never designed to cope with around forty ensemble rehearsals, almost 30 individual lessons and hundreds of hours of private practice every week.
The University requires a custom-built music centre in the heart of the town that will offer the full range of soundproofed, acoustically-appropriate practice, rehearsal, teaching, recording and performance spaces that everyone in our musical community can use.
To donate to The Laidlaw Music Centre select Music Centre as the project in the online donation form.
More than half of St Andrews students participate in sport in anything from 50 clubs and 45 weekly classes to 100 highly competitive national and international teams: the redevelopment of the Sports Centre will provide them all with the essential facilities and resources they need to develop and improve.
To fund this sporting facility we are giving you – our alumni and friends – the opportunity to make their mark by putting a personalised message (such as your name, an inside joke or your favourite sports team) on the bleacher seats in the new sports arena.
A donation of £350 or $500 will secure a personalised bleacher seat and will enable current and future students to watch their friends compete and enjoy new and improved sporting facilities for all.
To name a Bleacher Seat please use our dedicated online form.
For centuries, St Salvator's Quadrangle has been the physical and spiritual heart of the University and it holds special memories for many St Andrews alumni, parents and friends. Now, you can have the opportunity to make those memories last for many years to come with a personalise flagstone.
Donors can have a large or small inscription as below:
- Large: 20 characters including spaces £1000 or $1500
- Small: 4 characters including spaces £500 or $750
All gifts are allocated to the 600th Anniversary Scholarship Fund which is awarded to students to help them with the cost of studying a full time degree.
To inscribe a flagstone please use our dedicated online form.
Scottish Oceans Institute Building (SOI)
The Marine Laboratory was founded in 1896. Since then, science here has grown in scale and influence, with the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) transferring to St Andrews from the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge in 1996 and the formation of the SOI in 2009 – now recognised as one of the most dynamic marine research centres in the world.
As the SOI's international expertise and standing have expanded, its facilities have not: they are no longer fit for modern research and space has become limited with the result that our scientists are scattered across the town in different buildings.
To address this, the University has identified the new SOI as its most urgent capital project, and has plans to develop a new £16.5m laboratory complex, incorporating a state-of-the-art aquarium and research and teaching facilities. This will create a global hub for marine research by bringing together research colleagues in one building and will also accommodate visiting scientists and enhance our facilities for outreach work.
The centre will also house a public aquarium and visitor centre to engage children and adults and promote public understanding of the world’s oceans.
To donate to the SOI select SOI as the project in the online donation form.
Sport is an important part of student life at the University of St Andrews and we have one of the highest participation rates of any university in Scotland.
The University's vision of sport for all through the three pillars of excellence, experience and engagement led to a £14 million refurbishment and extension of our Sports Centre, to benefit not only students but the community of north east Fife.
The new Sports Centre comprises a state-of-the-art arena, a fitness centre (including a strength and conditioning suite for our elite athletes) and a four-court indoor tennis centre. We have further plans to add more facilities, including a much-needed swimming pool.
You can leave your mark on this redevelopment by personalising a bleacher seat within the arena or customising a seat inscription from £350 for generations of athletes and audiences to see.
To donate to the Sports Centre select Sports Centre as the project in the online donation form.
Student Activities Fund
There are currently 145 different societies within the University of St Andrews Students’ Association, covering every interest from theatre to sport to Harry Potter. This diverse collection of clubs and initiatives is one of the ingredients that makes the St Andrews experience so unique.
The Student Activities Fund will act as a match fund for all student projects fundraising on SaintsFunder, the new University crowdfunding platform. Student groups can apply for a match fund to top up their own fundraising efforts. We are pleased to be able to support new clubs and initiatives or to maintain existing ones, but this is only possible through generous contributions from alumni, parents and friends.
With your help, we can give as many students as possible the chance to benefit from the experiences these societies provide and, in turn, enable them to give back to the St Andrews Community.
To donate to the Student Activities Fund select Student Activities Fund as the project in the online donation form.
The Wardlaw Scholarships scheme gives recipients the financial security to concentrate on achieving a world-class education and to participate in experiences that are truly special to St Andrews. In recent years, the generosity of alumni has resulted in more undergraduates being able to benefit from these bursaries than ever before. Sponsor a Wardlaw Scholarship, and you can help to transform the life of a well-deserving student.
To donate to Wardlaw Scholarships select Wardlaw Scholarships as the project in the online donation form.