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Doorstep Saints

Summer in St Andrews is usually the time when graduating students and their families converge en masse to celebrate, graduate and reflect one last time on life in ‘the bubble’.

This year, for the first time ever due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, students were not able to graduate together in person and in one place; instead, degrees were conferred virtually, with the Class of 2020 being given the opportunity to return to St Andrews in 2021 to graduate.

Virtual graduands for the day, the subjects were captured, from a safe distance, on their doorsteps, with their partners, flatmates and families.

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The Doorstep Saints

Doorstep Saints

"I never take anything for granted anymore and will form my own opinion rather than take that of others."

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"I think the pandemic has taught the class of 2020 to be more resilient and resourceful, but also to remember to slow down and reflect on what is important."

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"Looking forward I hope that all us graduates can help in some way to shape a better future. "

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"Get involved with as much as you can, your time in St Andrews will fly by so quickly you don’t want to regret not trying anything!"

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"I have found the education here to always encourage and support diversity in all its forms."

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"We weren’t treated any differently but you all benefit from having a huge variety of backgrounds in a class as that brings different perspectives to discussions."

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"It’s the people you meet along the way that make St Andrews so special."

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"The University has a massively supportive network in place for anyone that needs it. That's what I'll miss most."

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"Embrace St Andrews entirely."

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"I’ll not only miss the amazing friends I’ve made but also the ability to chat to the variety of brilliant scientists and other academics in St Andrews."

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"Look after yourself, ask for support if you need it, and get involved with societies that reflect your interests."

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"St Andrews is a place where you are free to be yourself and really discover things you’re passionate about outside of studies."

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"I will miss my fellow students. They were very much part of my journey at St Andrews."

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"I think we are going to be some of the most resilient graduates the University has ever had."

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With thanks

With thanks to all of our Doorstep Saints of 2020, their families, friends, partners and pets who took part. Special thanks to Ede & Ravenscroft for the complimentary supply of official Graduation gowns, to the Graduation office, Joanna Fry (Lifelong & Flexible Learning) and to our outgoing Chancellor’s Piper Sarah Lamorte for making a special appearance in St Andrews.

All photography by Gayle McIntyre except portraits of Alexandra McNicol (by Caroline Weiss) and Zoë Nengite (by Toby Lowenstein).


 The lifelong learning office provides preparation for study sessions, and all the modules are designed to help students develop their skills. 

Modules are also available on a standalone basis for CPD, or there are exit routes at Certificate or Diploma level.  Funding may be available, and a staff fee concession rate applies for eligible staff.

To find out more contact: lifelonglearning@st-andrews.ac.uk.   

With thanks to Becky and Alice for being Doorstep Saints and to Jo Fry for her assistance.

Doorstep photography by Gayle McIntyre.