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Welcome back to the University of St Andrews and to the School of Management. We are proud of our graduates and the contribution you continue to make, both locally and globally, in the worlds of business, academia and public service.

Ewen R Cairns MA (2003) LL.B, Dip LP, WS NPA graduate reflects on sustainable development and responsible enterprise

Ewen R Cairns visited St Andrews in spring 2016 as a conference delegate.  He took time to stop in to the Gateway, the School's "new" home (since the year after he graduated).  He told us that lecturers in the School had inspired him to go on to study law, and that he now works with Ecotricity, Britain's leading green energy supplier.  Ewen sent us these comments:

"As Scotland's first University, it is fitting that St Andrews should again be leading the way in the field of sustainable development and responsible enterprise. The University of St Andrews should be applauded for the hard work involved and the vision behind the steps it is taking towards becoming the first energy carbon neutral university in the UK.

"Percolating through the entire University is a belief in responsible enterprise and sustainable development. This can be seen through showpiece projects such as the Guardbridge Energy Centre. It is also clearly visible in the University's approach to teaching and research. The School of Management offers a variety of courses including 'sustainable development and management', 'corporate social responsibility' and 'the business of doing good'.

"The School and the University continue to produce excellent graduates and are helping to create the next generation of responsible and sustainable leaders. I look forward to continuing my relationship with the University and the School of Management and to watching the School flourish as a global centre for sustainable development and responsible enterprise."

Ewen R Cairns MA (2003) LL.B, Dip LP, WS NP

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Leading sustainability initiatives

2nd Annual Dulwich Environment Conference, held at Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi in March 2018 - logo‌Alumnus Ross Allan (MLitt in International Business) is the global director of business administration with Dulwich College International. As part of his work, he leads sustainability initiatives across the group.

On the news pages of the college, Ross speaks about the 2nd Annual Dulwich Environment Conference, held at Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi in spring 2018. Echoing a vision shared by the School of Management, he says that "sustainability is going to be the heart of so many jobs from finance through to engineering, and we want our students to be prepared for what is going to be an extremely exciting future." The conference gave students aged from 11 – 14 the opportunity to work with sustainability leaders in practical sessions where they could formulate their own ideas for creating greener, healthier classrooms and spaces.

The event followed other initiatives including the first Dulwich Climate Conference, held in Suzhou in 2015, which included key speakers from the University of St Andrews: Professor Jan Bebbington and Dr Shona Russell of the School of Management, and wildlife cameraman Doug Allan who has an honorary Doctor of Science degree. In 2016, Ross won an award for his work in developing the green campus at Dulwich College Suzhou.

Living Abroad Successfully - book cover‌Alumna author's second book published

Rachel Smets, MLitt in Management (2008), is a TEDx speaker and cross-cultural trainer. Her second book was published in 2017. Living Abroad Successfully aims to help in planning a move, understanding cultural differences and building confidence for new situations.

Alumnus wed in Delhi

In 2016, Martin Dowling was a guest at the wedding of alumnus Vaarunya Bhalla and his bride Dyuti Biswas. Vaarunya graduated from the University of St Andrews School of Management with an MLitt in International Business in 2008. He met his wife Dyuti, who holds an MBA from the University of Pune, when they were both working in Dubai for the advertising agency FCB. They were married in Delhi and at their traditional Indian wedding were joined in the celebrations by many family members and friends, including Shahira Akkter, MLitt in Human Resource Management (2008).

Since he graduated, Vaarunya has been an active member of the University's alumni group in India (link requires FaceBook login) and has supported Martin on visits to the country concerning School and University business. Vaarunya and Dyuti have set up home in Dubai and the School wishes them all the best for their future together. Our picture shows (from left) Martin, Dyuti, Vaarunya and Shahira.

The wedding of Vaarunya Bhalla, MLitt in International Business (2008), attended by Martin Dowling

Ms Julie Brooks, Director of Postgraduate Programmes, was in Taiwan and Thailand in 2015. She was delighted to meet with alumni in Taipei and Bangkok, as well as prospective students via UK UniTour and McDucation.

Julie Brooks with alumni, January 2015 Julie Brooks with alumni, January 2015

Alumnus recognised in Undergraduate Awards 2014

Undergraduate Awards logo‌School of Management alumnus David Cihelna (See Reflections below.) has been Highly Commended in the Business category of The Undergraduate Awards 2014, for his essay,'Does location matter in a digital music industry?'. Highly Commended entrants are shortlisted to win the top prizes in their category, which are announced in late September. The awards recognise students "for their innovative approach to their subject area – creating world-class research to tackle some of the world's toughest challenges". David, who graduated MA(Hons) in June 2014, was the 2013-2014 recipient of the School of Management's Head of School Prize, awarded to students who have contributed to the School, in particular in its outreach activities. Congratulations!

10th Anniversary Postgraduate (Masters) class photos displayWelcome Back reception for School of Management Masters Alumni
The School of Management held an alumni event to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of our Postgraduate (Masters) programmes as part of the University of St Andrews reunion weekend in June 2014. Alumni returned for a reception to help the School celebrate and mark the occasion. Speaking about the event, Director of Postgraduate Programmes, Julie Brooks, said, "it was wonderful to see our students return to St Andrews with their classmates and friends and to have them visit the School while they were in town. We are very proud of our alumni and their achievements since completing their studies with us and it gives us great pleasure to hear about their career and personal progress since leaving the School of Management." The event was attended by alumni from a range of cohorts including one alumnus from the very first MLitt Marketing cohort, Daniel Wade Clarke, who also completed his PhD in the School of Management. A highlight of the School's preparations for the reception was the creation of a wall display of all ten class photos (shown).

Alumni meet with Julie Brooks in Moscow, July 2013In July 2013, Director of Postgraduate Programmes Julie Brooks met up with University of St Andrews Alumni in Moscow. Julie said, "It was great to see our alumni and hear all of their news, as well to help them begin planning for the 600th Anniversary screening of Ever to Excel, scheduled for 19 October in Moscow." In the photo (upper right) are Varvara Podbiralina, Julie Brooks, Tim Golovin and Olga Ivanova.

'Graduates of the University of St Andrews are amongst those who have the "highest chance" of securing graduate level jobs, according to a new report.'
See University of St Andrews Press Release, June 2013: Good news for graduates.

Two Management graduates organise a special alumni event in Soho, London

Sandra Schembri, CEO of House of St Barnabas, and Revd Dr Adam Scott, shown at the HouseIn September 2012, two Management graduates organised a special evening for members of the St Andrews Alumni Club London at the historic Grade 1 listed House of St Barnabas in Soho, London. Former Management lecturer and PhD (2010), the Revd Dr Adam Scott has, for many years, been helping with the House, which is a charity dedicated to creating a future where sustainable employment is a reality for those affected by homelessness. ‌Alumnus Paul Hoffman, BSc (Hons) Management (2000), shown left, is a committee member of the alumni club and he worked closely with Dr Scott to organise a very successful evening which included a wine reception, talks by Dr Scott and House of St Barnabas CEO Sandra Schembri (both shown right), a tour of the House and its Chapel, and a service of compline with the Revd Dr Jamie Walker (University chaplain from 1993–2011). More details on joining the St Andrews Alumni Club London can be found at

Information and resources

While the School is relatively new in its current form, having grown from the merger of the Department of Management and the Centre for Business Education/Graduate Business School in 2004, it has expanded rapidly in recent years. In addition to our well-established Undergraduate Degree Programmes, the School offers a range of Taught Masters Programmes in Banking and Finance, Finance and Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Management and Information Technology, and Marketing. We also have a vibrant postgraduate doctoral population - information on our research degrees can be found at Research Degrees.

Homes of Management and Business: Kennedy Gardens, North Street, St Katharine's West, the Gateway

News of our alumni is always welcome. If you are in the area on business or vacation, please drop in and see us. You will find many familiar faces on our People pages and information on our recent research activity.

You can also sign up at the University of St Andrews Alumni Email Forwarding Service for email forwarding that uses a St Andrews alumni address. The University's "SPARC" and Alumni Relations offer a St Andrews alumni directory, news, benefits and services.

The University of St Andrews Careers Centre offers tools for networking among both alumni and students. You can write about your own "real-life account of graduate employment" on the Careers Centre Case Studies: Share your story. The University of St Andrews Career Alumni Network is Saint Connect, which is easy to join either directly or via your existing account in LinkedIn or Facebook.

Reflections from MLitt graduate Ross Allan

Reflections from past undergraduate students

David Cihelna, MA(Hons) Management – Graduated 2014

David Cihelna, AlumnusFusing academic critical thought with transferable skills, the School has made the study of management an exciting prospect. When I started, I didn't know what I was getting into. I noticed that my degree was applicable to everyone life - we learned about how to communicate, how society is organised and how business fits into the bigger picture. The degree managed to teach a bit of everything, from sociology, psychology to finance and marketing. Moreover, what was taught felt relevant. The ability to choose from a wide range of modules allows you to create your own course and follow your own interest. I recommend doing your own research project, it allows you to follow your own academic passion, independently researching and engaging with a topic. My interest in the music industry prompted me to research a topic, and it was the most rewarding experience of my degree. I'm happy to have completed a degree that is critical of its own practices in a place that is open enough to allow students to think and develop new skills and strains of thought.

Anette Ringnes, MA(Hons) International Relations and Management – Graduated 2014

Anette Ringnes, AlumnaI could not have been more content with my choice of combining my interest in International Relations with the varied and highly applicable curriculum of the School of Management.

The Management degree programme is very diverse and offers a wide range of modules to pair with specific interests whether one is pursuing a Single or Joint Honours degree. In my case, I found it particularly rewarding to be able to combine knowledge from Management's modules in International Business and Banking with my engagement in International Relations' teaching in International Political Economy, as I plan to pursue a career within Economic Development.

By studying Management I have been able to broaden my range of analytical skills in relation to my interests. This has been particularly facilitated by the introduction to very comprehensible courses in statistics and accounting useful in any career aspect, as well as the more social and psychological features of organisations, providing a well-rounded understanding of society and the place of organisations within it. The flexible structure of the programme beyond the core modules is very conducive to a customised and constructive learning experience. The School of Management often draws upon techniques of group work and the expertise of visiting lecturers to enrich the learning experience, and the modules are characterised by close engagement and a strong focus on critical thinking.

The School of Management also has a significant asset in its highly responsive, helpful and skilful academic and administrative staff. Lecturers and tutors support learning by being available for one-to-one discussion and sympathetic School staff both teach and enable students to organise their work around a comprehensible system so that everyone gets the chance to maximise their learning and their assessment opportunities. The School has clear guidelines and staff help students every step along the way.

Studying Management has given me a well-rounded perspective on one of the most important components of society, at the same time has allowed me to understand more thoroughly the other areas of my degree at St Andrews.

Ludovine Tarsia, MA(Hons) International Relations and Management – Graduated 2014 to read for the MSc Management, Organisations and Governance at LSE

Ludovine Tarsia, MA (Hons) My time at St Andrews has been extremely rewarding at an academic, professional and personal level.

The interdisciplinary approach of a Joint Honours in International Relations and Management has allowed me to appreciate the complex interaction of both business and government systems. The range of undergraduate module choice has allowed me to combine insights from international business with detailed studies on the role of international organisations, and this gave me a competitive edge in selecting and applying for management-related postgraduate courses. The School of Management has also played a fundamental role in steering my career orientation. Following my Masters degree, I wish to acquire experience within the sector of strategy consulting for business and, in the longer-term, to transfer this expertise from the working environment to the public sector, by ultimately working within economic development policy analysis for an international institution.

Beyond the course curriculum, the School of Management offers a range of opportunities to deepen academic knowledge and refine professional skills. I had the opportunity to carry out an independent research project on the impact of non-economic factors on economic development. I was also assigned responsibility roles as tutorial coach for the Enterprise and Creativity module, and as Management Class representative.

The academic and administrative staff are true ambassadors of the School's pride in and respect for students. They are quick to respond to feedback, attentive to students' needs, and true experts at what they do, making students feel welcome and intellectually stimulated. I feel extremely lucky to have been part of the School of Management and sincerely hope to never lose touch with the friends and mentors I have met here.

Emily Williams, Management – Graduated 2009 to work for Procter & Gamble in Marketing

Emily Williams, AlumnaMy time at St Andrews was fantastic; four years I will certainly never forget. I studied a Single Honours MA in Management. The school of Management gave me some wonderful possibilities; such breadth of courses and excellent flexibility. I believe this variety really helped me when looking for jobs as the skills gained were numerous. The lecturers are very friendly, warm and welcoming and that made a real difference to me. They have such passion for their subject and this is evidently passed onto the students throughout the years. Since leaving St Andrews, I have been working at Procter & Gamble in Geneva for two years in Marketing. I have specifically been working on Duracell for Western Europe and Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. I am working as a Design Assistant Brand Manager which involves working with creative agencies to develop holistic communication; packaging, in store advertising, TV advertising, Print Adverts for total EMEA. St Andrews gave me all the necessary skills to be able to work in this environment and I am tremendously grateful. I would love to go back for another four years!

Torben Sherwood, Management – Graduated 2008 to read for an MPhil in Real Estate Finance at the University of Cambridge

St Andrews has provided me with many happy memories. I initially went up to read Computer Science, yet changed to Management, partly because of its very welcoming atmosphere. This is enforced by the team-based aspect to much of the work throughout all four years. Even though the first year class is large, it quickly becomes a friendly, close knit community. Another strength of the School is its diversity, spanning both Arts and Sciences. This attracts students from virtually every discipline within the University, meaning I was studying with Classicists, Geographers, Historians, Mathematicians, Physicists and Theologians. Much of my work was highly engaging and challenging, requiring in-depth knowledge of academic literature and current affairs. Yet whilst my work was intense, I also had the opportunity to socialise with my fellow students, through the many team-based projects, which in some cases meant spending the odd week living in each other's dining rooms, finalising presentations and pitches. I also found it possible to be on the committees of many clubs and societies, with no shortage of social events, parties, and shows from which to meet people from other parts of the University.

I feel my degree in Management at St Andrews provided me with a head start when it came to my post-graduate course in Real Estate Finance at Cambridge. Much of the analytical, financial, and team-based skills taught on my post-graduate course were already covered by St Andrews. I also feel I have gained a worldwide network of friends, many of whom I'm sure will be important people to know in the years to come. I would highly recommend Management at St Andrews to anyone who is looking for a challenging and thrilling discipline, at one of the best schools within one of the country's best universities!

Murdo Findlay, AlumnusMurdo Findlay, Management - Graduated 2009

I shall remember with great fondness my four years in the 'Auld Grey Toon', it amazes me just how quickly they have passed. What I most appreciated about studying within the School was the flexibility we had in shaping our degrees towards our own areas of interest, made possible by the diverse selection of modules across a wide range of topics. We all, even as undergraduates, had a good working relationship with our lecturers, whether it was over coffee in the Gateway or the more formal tutorial environment, we had ample opportunity to take advice or bounce ideas for projects around.

I'm left in no doubt that my experiences throughout the degree programme boosted my employability and gave me a definitive edge, especially in the current employment climate. As well as the rigorous academic discipline installed through research projects and literature reviews, the School's focus on group work and presentations from day one, meant that working with people under pressure and against sometimes tight deadlines became a challenge to relish rather than dread.

It was, of course, not all work and no play! I was always impressed by the diversity of activities and events that the students of the University managed to pull off, resulting in what seemed to be barely a week passing without some incredible event, everything from black tie balls to two day music festivals. Couple that with some world class golf courses and striking sea views, and I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend my years at University.

Tomasz Jurkanis, AlumnusTomasz Jurkanis, Management and Economics – Graduated in 2008 to work for McKinsey & Company

The choice of management was certainly the right decision. I changed my other major after first year (from German to Economics), but I particularly enjoyed the courses in the School of Management: Entrepreneurship, Dynamic Strategic Management and Corporate Finance - they helped me build a strong base for skills and knowledge I need in everyday life as a strategic consultant. My choice of professional career has been greatly driven by the knowledge I obtained in the School of Management as well as the professional advice I received from the University careers office. Having developed a variety of skills in areas like finance and strategy I felt well-prepared for post-university job hunting. Apart from the academic approach, the School of Management reflects the international atmosphere at the university. Friendly relationships between staff and students fulfil the picture.

Beyond the academic side, I experienced the great social life in St Andrews, particularly through involvement in numerous student societies and through the foundation and presidency of the Polish Society at the University. By spending my year abroad in Canada I expanded my horizons further. I did use my time in St Andrews to practice golf and develop my speaking skills in Mandarin and German. Looking back now, my four years in St Andrews were a great time in my life and I keep visiting the town as often as I can - also drop in to the School of Management.

Jack Few, AlumnusJack Few, Management – Graduated 2009

The School of Management opens up many possibilities for students to thrive and really make a degree course that will suit them. With the wide range of option modules, I was able to focus my education towards my own passions and develop a portfolio of subjects that would be relevant for me for when I graduated and move into the business world. The School also has a great approach to bringing in academics, ensuring that there is a mix of experienced academics and practiced business people.

Overall, St Andrews has given me a great start in opening up a wealth of opportunities in academia and business as well as allowing me to make some very close friends with both academics and fellow students alike.

Lisa Heidemanns, Management - Graduated 2005

‌I decided to study Management at honours level because I felt it would equip me with analytical thinking, research and teamwork skills necessary for a career in strategy consulting. I was able to pick from a wide variety of modules that suited my interest in global business management, including International Marketing, Scenario Thinking, International Banking and Dynamic Strategic Management. During senior honours, I particularly enjoyed working on a live project for the Scottish Motorsport Industry that investigated possible future scenarios for the industry. As a balance to academic life, I also took advantage of some of the University's diverse extra-curricular activities, including golfing on the world famous Old Course and organising the annual student Charity Fashion Show.

Choosing to study Management at St Andrews prepared me well for an MPhil in Strategy at Cambridge, as well as my current role at a boutique strategy consultancy, and I would certainly make the same choice again!

Andrew Prentice, Management with French - Graduated 2004

I chose St Andrews because of the flexible degree structure in first and second year. I originally applied to study Computer Science but chose Management and French as additional subjects, after which I decided to continue with them into Honours.

Management offers a wide range of subjects such as Marketing, Human Resource Management and Accounting over the four years of study, which has allowed me to gain insights into the many different areas of business management. All the staff are friendly and approachable, so they are always available to answer questions whether it is during or after classes.

Furthermore, the option to take a foreign language whilst studying a 'science' subject is a unique opportunity to add that little extra to your CV. 'Science' French involved reading scientific texts which means no French literature and is a fun, intensive French language course, with the option to study your science subject abroad for a year.

Arthur Lie, AlumnusArthur Lie, Management - Graduated 2004

I remember my days at the University of St Andrews with fondness. On both the academic and social levels it was a great place to complete my university degree. Academically it was and is the best university in Scotland. It has long-standing traditions, but has managed to adapt and take the best from the past and the present to mould the university into a place for young people to evolve intellectually and personally. In addition, it is known for being an international university where most students gain a wider understanding of cultural difference, and establish wide networks of people around the world.

When I first arrived at St Andrews I planned to do a degree in Psychology, but due to the flexible structure in sub-honours I also chose Economics and Management as my other subjects. During my first year of study I decided to change my Honours degree to Management. The School of Management offers modules that can be used in a wide variety of industries and sectors. The first two years give you a general foundation, which leaves you room to explore the subjects you like in more depth during your Honours degree. Think carefully about and target what you think will be useful to enhance your future career. For me, my degree and the modules I took made it possible to work abroad as an expat, and when I decided to move back to Norway, the name of St Andrews and the education I had received were perceived to be of the highest standard. The University of St Andrews will open doors for most students when it comes to starting a career. However, it is important to be dedicated and work hard to get your dream job.