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Intersectionality in HE - 9 May 2018, 1pm, School II, United College, University of St Andrews

Open to: All staff and students.

The third in a series of events on race and ethnicity in HE led by UCU St Andrews. Victoria Showunmi is a researcher and teacher at UCL Institute of Education. She has published widely on ethnicity, gender and class in education and leadership. In this talk she will address intersectionality, the simultaneous consideration of social-demographic identities, in higher education.

Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Research Conference - 8 May 2018, 10am-4pm, Parliament Hall, University of St Andrews.

This event celebrates the first year of the University of St Andrews’ Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Research Fund, which provides pump-priming funding for research projects focussed on that theme. Speakers include those funded in the first round of the scheme, who will be reporting on their research to date and their future plans, along with specially invited presenters from St Andrews and further afield.

  • Prof Iyiola Solanke, University of Leeds - Where are the black female professors in the UK?
  • Session 1: Chair, Prof Ruth Woodfield
  • Session 2: Chair, Prof Sharon Ashbrook
  • Closing Keynote: Dr Gurchathen Sanghera
  • Conclusion: Principal, Prof Sally Mapstone 

ECWN event: Career chat + coffee/cake - 11 May 2018, 10-11am, Seminar Room 3, Gateway, University of St Andrews.

Join other early career women to chat about careers. As a basis for discussion, we'll use the 'Academic Women Here' booklet (2018), which gives a helpful overview of the many varied lives of MID-career staff in St Andrews. Click here for the booklet (we will also bring some hard copies). There will be cake (with vegan options) and coffee too. Let us know about dietary requirements by emailing Please register at eventbrite.

ECWN event: Sexism at Work Event + Lunch, Friday, 20 April, 1-3pm Arts Lecture Theatre, University of St Andrews.

Local politician Jenny Gilruth, Member of the Scottish Parliament, and University academics will discuss the varied and complicated nature of sexism in the workplace. Followed by Q&A, a (free) vegan lunch and mingling. Feel free to bring children. Let us know about dietary requirements by emailing us at This event is open to all. Please register at Eventbrite.

ECWN event: Institutional Policy Q&A with HR + Lunch - 12 April 2018, 12-2pm, Seminar Room 1, MBS Building, University of St Andrews.

A Q&A with University of St Andrews HR and policy workers. We will discuss maternity leave, short term contracts and other issues that disporportionatly affect early career women. Bring your questions to our colleauges in HR for a constructive debate. A vegan lunch will be served, and there will be time for casual mingling after. Feel free to drop in/out and bring children; but note that the talk will be at the beginning of the event. Please let us know if you have further dietary requirements by emailing us at This event is open to all. Please register for this event at Eventbrite.

The Women Who Shaped St Andrews - 13 April 2018 7:15pm-8pm

Open to: All staff, students and the public.

Venue: Museums and Collections University of St Andrews (MUSA), 7a The Scores, St Andrews

Enjoy an exclusive screening of our short documentary, ‘The Women Who Shaped St Andrews’ and discover the legacies of the powerful female benefactors who influenced everything from natural history research to student accommodation. Ponder the reasons why stories of these women are often ‘hidden’ from view, and join us as we celebrate their contribution to the University we know today. View the Enduring Gifts exhibition before settling down to the documentary.

St Andrews PRIDE - Sat 7 April 2018 from 1pm 

Open to: All staff, students and the public. 

Fife's longest running PRIDE event is back and bigger than ever, with local and national business and charity partners, schools, community organisations and loads of student groups taking part. St Andrews PRIDE is a chance for the entire community to come together to show support for the LGBT+ community, supported by @univofstandrews @SaintsLGBT @standrewsunion #standrews #pride @LGBTYS @StonewallScot. The procession starts at 1pm from St Salvators Hall lawn and will be followed by a reception with live music, a bar and promotions from local business and charity partners from 2pm to 5pm in the Stage. Both are free and all are welcome.


Inspiring Women - Wed 7 March 2018, The Old Course Hotel, Old Station Road, St Andrews, KY16 9SP.


  • 5:30pm – Networking + Sandwiches, hot & cold drinks
  • 6pm – Speakers + Q&A
  • 7pm [Approx] – Networking, sandwiches and drinks

8 March 2018 is International Women's Day. On the eve of this annual celebration of the contribution women have and continue to make to our world, St Andrews Business Club is honoured to have inspiring women who have achieved much to date in their careers and lives share their stories, lessons learned and advice to other women. 

Speakers: Prof Sally Mapstone, Principal (keynote), and Nicola Dames, Founder, Vanilla Blush 

Centre for Minorities Research (CMR) - launch event led by the Principal

1-4pm 16 Feb 2018, Parliament Hall. Keynote speech by Prof Philomena Essed, Antioch University, known for her outstanding work on 'everyday racism' and gender studies. Members of the CMR board will engage in a panel discussion.

Stress-busting and Relaxation Express Event 

Tue 13 Feb 2018, 12-1pm, Arts Building, Seminar Room 9.

Staff are invited to attend the Early Career Women Network (ECWN) stress-busting and relaxation express event. This session, which encompasses hints and tips, breathing techniques and visualisation/relaxation followed by an informal chat, will be led by Melanie Atkins.  A selection of fruit will be available. Please sign-up on Eventbrite.

International Women In Science Day

12 Feb 2018, 5:30-8:30pm, Club 601 (in the Students' Union building) free event for staff/students and public.

The day in which we can celebrate, admire, and try to understand the forces of nature which have triumphed in adversity. Scientists such as Jane Goodall and Marie Curie are well known, however, countless other female scientists have had major impact on the world go unnoticed by most other than the select few. In honour of this day the Biology Society, in conjunction with SUMS, Physoc & Chemistry are hosting a talk-panel with female scientists from Biology, Physics, Maths & Chemistry, and a presentation by our guest speaker Prof Clare Peddie, Head of the School of Biology.

'Working at the crossroads between evidence and practice to achieve gender equality' 

Mon 12 Feb 2018, 1-2:30pm, The Boardroom, University of St Andrews, The Gateway building, North Haugh, St Andrews, KY16 9RJ

Led by Dr Nikola Balvin, Knowledge Management Specialist, UNICEF Office of Research

To attend please email Jasmin Hinds - by 6 Feb 2018. Please do specify any dietary requirements.  

‘Academic Women Here! On being a female academic at the University of St Andrews’ - launch event led by the Principal

11am-12pm Mon 5 Feb 2018, School of Chemistry Common Room (Purdie Building, North Haugh) RSVP by 29 Jan 2018 here

New diversity staff networks

To support University staff we will be launching 4 new networks - please complete the following online interest forms before 31 Jan 2018:

LGBT Charter awarded to the University on 15 Dec 2017 by LGBT Youth Scotland


Early Career Women (EWC) Network 

Weds 13 Dec 2017 11am-1pm, Medical Sciences Building (Seminar Room 1)

This will be a casual affair with coffee, tea and cakes (vegan and gluten free will be provided, plus milk alternative for coffee). Our idea was that it would be nice to have a bit of time to get to know each other while eating cake. We hope you agree! Please sign-up on Eventbrite

Transgender Day of Rememberance

Marks the culmination of Saints LGBT+ TRANSFEST, our second annual festival of gender identity. We will assemble in St Salvator's Quad for 6pm and there will be a torchlit procession down to the pier, where representatives from Saints LGBT+ and the Students' Association will read poems, prayers and benedictions, along with a list of those who have died in the last year due to violence against transpeople. This is a chance to show that the St Andrews community stands in solidarity with transgender people. Ceremonial dress is encouraged.

Presenter: Saints LGBT+Open to: All staff and studentsDate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017, 6-7pmVenue: St Salvator's QuadContact: Ryan Hay 

Impossible and inevitable: Caribbean culture/queer belonging and the literary

Thur 16 Nov 2017, 5:15-7pm, Lawson Lecture Room, Kennedy Hall

  • Presenter: School of English
  • Open to all staff, students and public
  • Contact: Laura Mackintosh, email:

What does it mean to talk about the Caribbean as a 'queer place'? In one sense this proposition is clearly a provocation, a brushing against the grain of the Caribbean’s dominant cultural framing as a homophobic region, even ‘the’ homophobic region. In another sense, it is the logical conclusion to a line of reasoning that has persistently and persuasively positioned the Caribbean as a place that undoes the usefulness of thinking about identities in terms of origins, singular ancestries, guaranteed lineages and culturally discreet groupings. It is this fundamental contradiction in terms of framing the relationship between Caribbeanness and the idea of a sexual continuum that has animated the thinking of Professor Alison Donnell in relation to a number of literary works that represent the queerness of Caribbeaness from VS Naipaul to Shani Mootoo, and from Andrew Salkey to Junot Diaz. Professor Donnell of the University of East Anglia will present some of her findings in this English Language Seminar.

Gender Fluidity in the Ancient World: research and pedagogy

Weds, 15 Nov 2017, 11am-5pm, Arts Building Lecture Theatre, University of St Andrews.

A workshop convened by the School of Classics to consider concepts of gender fluidity in relation to the classical world, Greek and Roman. The aim of the workshop is both academic and pedagogical: to consider how the concept of gender fluidity can allow us to shed new light on ancient society, and how the changing makeup of the student body in universities – students now tend to enter university with a broad and nuanced understanding of gender identities – can or should influence the topics we teach and the ways in which we teach them.


11am-11:15am Welcome (Jason König, Head of School, Classics) and introduction (Sian Lewis)
11:15am-11:45am Queer Realities: A Cultural and Historical Survey of Gender (Hayden Cooper, University of St Andrews)
11:45am-12:30pm Athena as Non-Binary Deity (Olivia Huntingdon-Stuart, Age of Athena Project)
12:30pm-1pm Philosophers on Genderless Gods (Alex Long, University of St Andrews)
1pm-2pm Lunch
2pm-3pm Womanly Men and Girly Boys: Approaching Gender Fluidity in Classical Athens (James Robson, Open University)
3pm-4pm The Fe/Male Eunuch: Gendering Eunuchs in Antiquity and Beyond (Shaun Tougher, Cardiff University)
4pm-5pm Round-table discussion: Gender Fluidity, Teaching and LearningPanel: Jon Hesk, Briana King, Sian Lewis, Kirsten Schauff.

Professor Dame Linda Partridge: Ageing Healthily

Friday 10 Nov 2017, 1-2pm. Venue: Byre Theatre Auditorium, University of St Andrews.

The School of Biology recognises the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science with a public lecture introduced by Principal Professor Sally Mapstone and presented by Professor Dame Linda Partridge, leading scientist in the field of ageing and ageing-related diseases. Her lecture, 'Ageing Healthily', discusses some of the recent discoveries made on preventing ageing in humans without side effects, from repurposing existing drugs to understanding environment and dietary restrictions.

Interconnect Student Networking Evening for Women in STEM

  • Date: Friday 10 Nov 2017
  • Location: School of Chemistry, Purdie Building, University of St Andrews.
  • Details: Informal networking supporting female students studying in STEM subjects, for staff and students
  • Contact: Tanya Bykova Equate Scotland Interconnect website Facebook Interconnect St Andrews
  • 17.20 - Welcome Reception (Common Room)
  • 17.30 - 19.15 Talks (Lecture Theatre B)
  • 17.35-18.05 Susie Mitchell, Programme Director at Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow
  • 18.05-18.20 Heather Lambert, Business Development at Fluorochem Ltd, Manchester
  • 18.20-18.30 COMFORT BREAK
  • 18.30-18.45 Rita Tojeiro, Research Fellow at Physics and Astronomy, St Andrews
  • 18.45-19.00 Tanja van Mourik, Reader at Chemistry, St Andrews
  • 19.00-19.15 Ruth Letham, Lecturer at Computer Science, St Andrews

Scotland Women In Technology Awards (Oct 2017)

Gender Equality Champion Winner: Sjoukje Inge Sophie Ijlstra, University of St Andrews 

Sjouke has experienced first hand the gender discrimination that can occur in the technology sector. But took that experience and channelled it into supporting other women to learn coding and digital expertise. She is an ambassador not just in Scotland but in two other countries and is involved in a number of women into technology initiatives in her university and beyond.  

Out of the Box: Diwali - Each Sunday in October 2017, 1-3pm (all ages), Museum of the University of St Andrews, 7a The Scores, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AR. 
Celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. Decorate a henna hand, find out the story of Rama and Sita and add some colourful, crafty fireworks to our night sky. 

Casting Race on Stage and Screen - free ticketed event, The Byre, University of St Andrews, 7pm, 4 Oct 2017. 

With Dr Julia Prest exploring casting in relation to race and ethnicity, the opportunities and challenges through interviews with actor Satya Bhabha and Mezzo Soprano Andrea Baker, who sings a short a cappella excerpt from Sing Sistah Sing!

Queer Question Time:

7:30pm 28 Sep 2017, Parliament Hall, University of St Andrews - panel speakers: 

  • Calum Irving (Director of See Me, Scotland’s programme to end mental health discrimination since Jun 2016)
  • Dr Elisabetta Girelli, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, University of St Andrews
  • Commander Douggie Ward MBE, joined the Royal Navy in 1997, Logistics officer, qualified submariner and Barrister
  • Juno Roche, writer and campaigner - publications range from Refinery29, Diva, the Tate Magazine, ES Magazine, Photoworks
  • Dr Matthew Sothern, Director of Teaching, School of Geography & Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews

Shared Care Scotland: Welcome respite to carers at University of St Andrews (7 Aug 2017)

The University is helping to acknowledge the unsung heroes who provide care for their loved ones 24 hours a day by participating in a national scheme providing free holiday accommodation for carers. Several families have enjoyed short breaks within the University’s accommodation service as part of the Respitality scheme: Respite and Hospitality, a project that works to provide short breaks to full-time unpaid carers, run by Shared Care Scotland. Free overnight stays have been gifted in residences (David Russell Apartments, McIntosh Hall, University Hall and the Agnes Blackadder Hall) to carers during the academic summer break. 

From Syria to St Andrews (20 Jun 2017)

Haian Dhukan left Syria in 2012 to study his PhD in International Relations at the University. Since then the ISIS takeover of Palmyra forced his family to flee – eventually reaching Southern Turkey with a caravan of refugees. Today Haian graduated with his PhD following a thesis entitled: Syrian Regime and Arab Tribes: Informal Alliances and Conflict Patterns in Contemporary Syria. He was joined by his son, who was born in the UK while Haian was studying.

Haian said: “My St Andrews experience has been amazing. When I came to do my PhD I didn’t expect that I would be graduating with my son here at the same time as well.  

A wheelchair user since childhood due to a physical disability, Haian has also used his time in St Andrews to highlight access issues faced by disabled people. He set up The St Andrews Access Group (SAAG), which has worked with the University’s equality and diversity officer to create a webpage called ‘Reporting accessibility difficulties across Fife’. Haian commented: “The University has made good progress in making many of their buildings accessible".

Haian Dhukan - who graduated from his PhD in International Relations in June 2017 - with his son.


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