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News archive 2001

Scots landmarks crumbling into sea

Monday 24 December 2001

Some of Scotland's most prized historical landmarks are crumbling into the sea according to a University of St Andrews researcher.

Scotland's first Chief Advisor on Science

Monday 17 December 2001

Professor Wilson Sibbett, Wardlaw Professor of Physics at the University of St Andrews, has been appointed Scotland's first ever Chief Advisor on Science.

Photonics innovators launch on-line catalogue

Monday 17 December 2001

Scottish researchers have launched an innovative on-line catalogue selling specialist 'quasi-optical' components which can be used for applications such as security scanning, improving mobile telephone signals and car crash avoidance.

New funding for student lifeline

Wednesday 12 December 2001

A groundbreaking scheme aimed at arming a team of students with the skills to help those in need of assistance is to be expanded with news of extra funding.

Prestigious appointments for management Professor

Tuesday 11 December 2001

A University of St Andrews Management expert has been elected to the executive of two prestigious Academies.

Christmas star does the twist!

Monday 10 December 2001

A team of Scottish and French astronomers have discovered a festive star that does the twist.

Ancient minerals could sustain mobile phone boom

Monday 10 December 2001

Ancient minerals inside volcanoes in Greenland may hold the key to new sources for a rare element used in mobile 'phones.

Women in science

Wednesday 05 December 2001

A University of St Andrews scientist will return this week from attending a prestigious international conference in Sweden for women scientists.

Saltire award for university historian

Monday 03 December 2001

A University of St Andrews historian has been awarded a prestigious prize for research by the Saltire Society.

Accolade for battery expert

Monday 03 December 2001

A University of St Andrews scientist who is pioneering new materials for smaller, lighter and less toxic batteries has won a prestigious funding award aimed at retaining top academics within the UK.

Principal's st andrew's day graduation address

Friday 30 November 2001

Chancellor, Rector, Ladies and Gentlemen

International marine mammal conference

Monday 26 November 2001

Almost 20 marine biologists from the University of St Andrews have been invited to attend a prestigious Marine Mammal Conference in Canada this week (beginning Monday 26th November, 2001).

Boost for 'rubbish' study

Thursday 22 November 2001

Scottish environmental historians who specialise in the history of pollution and waste have been awarded almost £900,000 to establish a unique international centre for research.

University signs green energy deal

Wednesday 21 November 2001

Students at Scotland's oldest University are plugging into green energy following a deal to use Green Source, the new ScottishPower brand name for green energy.

Funding for new chimpanzee culture study

Wednesday 21 November 2001

CAPTION: Researcher Sarah Marshall teaches a young chimp how to crack nuts with a hammer stone at the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Uganda.

Boost for university's hospitality rating

Tuesday 20 November 2001

The University of St Andrews' reputation for providing the best hospitality to everyone from students and the business community to newly married couples has been given a boost.

St andrew's day celebrations

Thursday 15 November 2001

Musical, political and medical achievers, sixty-five students and eight academics are among those receiving formal recognition at a St Andrew's Day ceremony later this month (St Andrew's Day - Friday 30 November 2001).

Student's role in Colombian landmine campaign

Monday 12 November 2001

A University of St Andrews student has been invited by Save the Children Norway to act as official interpreter for a 16 year old Colombian peace maker at the Symposium on Children, Peace and Security in Oslo next month.

Forecasting space weather

Tuesday 06 November 2001

A study by St Andrews solar scientists to establish why one of the most dramatic forms of solar phenomena occurs could lead to a significant contribution to the development of 'space weather forecasts'.

Good forecast for mobile phone signals

Monday 05 November 2001

Scots scientists are one step closer to solving the problem of mobile phone signals breaking up in bad weather.

From iron collar to irn-bru

Thursday 01 November 2001

A book hailed as the most definitive record of Scotland's history is claiming to puncture the nation's best-known stereotypes.

Science minister to visit biomolecular centre

Wednesday 31 October 2001

Science Minister Lord Sainsbury will hear of the University of St Andrews' crucial role in fighting infections and searching for new drugs when he visits the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences (CBMS) later this week (Friday 2 November 2001).

Diabetes in Scotland

Wednesday 31 October 2001

Does the care and treatment of young diabetics vary depending on geographical and cultural factors?

Ancient Scots ball game kept alive

Wednesday 24 October 2001

An ancient Scots ball game has been brought back to life thanks to the University of St Andrews Museums Collections unit.

Where did Scotland come from?

Monday 22 October 2001

Scottish geologists studying one of the major fractures in the Earth's crust may be able to prove once and for all the origins of the pieces of the Earth's crust which make up Scotland.

Virtual medical school

Friday 19 October 2001

A revolutionary approach to training tomorrow's doctors using the latest advances in e-learning and technology is being explored in an ambitious initiative involving all five Scottish medical schools.

Tripping the light fantastic

Friday 05 October 2001

A new degree aimed at meeting the needs of tomorrow's engineering industry has been created by the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews.

Protecting the earth from catastrophes

Thursday 04 October 2001

What can be done to protect the earth from the consequences of environmental catastrophes? And how can we protect ourselves and future generations from them?

St Andrews scoops share of biotech award

Tuesday 02 October 2001

Three Scottish Universities have welcomed a joint £2.25 million boost to commercial spin-out activity with the success of their triple consortium bid to the University Challenge Fund.

Reception for access summer school students

Wednesday 19 September 2001

Over 20 students who have made the transition from school, college or work into University will be congratulated for their achievements at a reception in Andrews later this week (Friday 21 September 2001).

New Zealand war veteran study collaboration

Friday 14 September 2001

A New Zealand-based chromosome researcher studying the long-term genetic effects of British nuclear testing on New Zealand war veterans, is spending the week (beginning Monday 10th September, 2001)in St Andrews collaborating with a fellow chromosomal specialist.

Launch of virtual shipwreck!

Thursday 13 September 2001

An interactive CD-Rom allowing primary school pupils to find out about sunken historic shipwrecks is to be launched in a Fife school today (Thursday 13 September).

Medical funding chief in St Andrews

Thursday 06 September 2001


Could chopsticks idea help save the planet?

Thursday 06 September 2001

A new design of chopstick which could save vast numbers of trees from the axe and a pioneering way of creating electricity through road traffic noise are just two of the ideas vying for the St Andrews Prize.

European psychology conference

Wednesday 05 September 2001

Themes such as 'Children surviving Cancer', 'Scottish female dentists are under-paid and overworked', 'Smoking and cervical Cancer', 'Writing letters can save lives' and 'Does your job affect your diet? will be explored when 500 of the most eminent Psychologists come together in St Andrews this week (5th to 8th September, 2001).

'Super plastics' at science festival

Wednesday 05 September 2001

A University of St Andrews scientist explained how new materials could develop roll-up tv screens and make the internet faster at one of the UK's biggest science festivals today (Wednesday 5th September, 2001) in Glasgow.

Hi-tech learning tool to teach ancient Greek

Friday 17 August 2001

An innovative hi-tech scheme to teach the Classics through interactive learning will be launched next year at the University of St Andrews.

The Cairngorms: contested mountains

Tuesday 14 August 2001

The first ever historical study into one of Scotland's most bitter landuse and environmental conflicts has been produced by a University of St Andrews historian.

Lifelong learning award for 79 year old student

Friday 10 August 2001

A 79-year old St Andrews student has been commended for her dedication to lifelong learning.

New insight into chimpanzee behaviour

Thursday 09 August 2001

Chimpanzees display some of the same cultural diversity as people, according to two of the world's leading primate experts.

Explaining memory performance in old age

Thursday 09 August 2001

Quality of life for the elderly could be improved with the launch of a new study into memory performance in old age.

'one-man odyssey'

Monday 06 August 2001


Showcase of new wildlife population techniques

Wednesday 25 July 2001

Nearly 100 wildlife biologists from across the world will gather in St Andrews next week to discuss new ways of determining the density or abundance of wildlife populations.

BBSRC visit to university

Wednesday 25 July 2001

The head of Britain's leading funding agency for academic research and training in the non- medical life sciences visited St Andrews today (Wednesday 25th July, 2001) to take a tour of the University's state-of-the-art Centre for Biomolecular Sciences (BMS).

Scots scientist's superbug funding

Monday 23 July 2001

A Scottish Biomolecular Scientist has been granted a triumverate of awards which will enable him to continue his work in tackling 'superbugs' such as Salmonella and E-coli.

Swinging Europe concert

Monday 16 July 2001

Tickets are still available for the hottest seats in town next Monday night, as some of Europe's most gifted young jazz musicians take to the stage in St Andrews as part of the 'Swinging Europe' Tour.

£½ million funding to improve public services

Thursday 12 July 2001

A new £½ million research centre, which aims to improve public services such as education, health care and criminal justice, has opened at the University of St Andrews.

Genetic cancer research awarded funding

Tuesday 10 July 2001

Scottish researchers are to launch a new study which aims to explain why some individuals are more susceptible to cancer than others.

Insight into life at Scotland's 1st university

Saturday 30 June 2001

The University of St Andrews Scottish Studies Summer Programme 2001 will be officially launched next week (Monday 2 July 2001).

Record interest in St Andrews prize

Friday 29 June 2001

The St Andrews Prize has been bombarded with a record level of inquiries from throughout the world since its launch just three weeks ago.

New student accommodation plans unveiled

Friday 29 June 2001

The University of St Andrews has unveiled plans for a new student accommodation development.

Honorary degrees

Monday 18 June 2001

The following individuals will be awarded honorary degrees by the University of St Andrews later this week.

Unlocking the history of Scapa flow

Friday 15 June 2001

A seven-day survey to investigate the final resting place of the seven German warship wrecks at Scapa Flow, Orkney, began this week (beginning Tuesday 12th June, 2001).

"Swinging Europe" hits St Andrews

Thursday 14 June 2001

Some of Europe's most gifted young jazz musicians are set to hit the high notes in St Andrews next month (July) as part of the "Swinging Europe" Tour.

Scottish youngsters in classics drama

Wednesday 13 June 2001


Wanted - inspirational environmentalists

Friday 01 June 2001

Are you passionate about the environment? Do you have the inspiration to create a practical solution to an environmental problem? Would you like $25,000 and the support of an elite network of renowned environmental practitioners to turn your dreams into reality?

Fold-up TV's one step closer with 700k grant

Monday 28 May 2001


Teachers take techniques back to classrooms

Wednesday 23 May 2001

Chemistry teachers from every corner of Scotland will descend on the University of St Andrews next week (Thursday 31 May 2001) to learn about the latest developments in the world of chemistry and how they can take them back to their classrooms.

Classics and Maths top UK league table

Tuesday 22 May 2001

The University of St Andrews has been voted the top UK institution to study Classics and Maths.

The Melville State Bed

Monday 21 May 2001

The School of Art History at the University of St Andrews is to present a landmark lecture on the Melville State Bed next week (Thursday 31 May 2001), one of the most significant pieces of 17th Century furniture in the UK.

University opens doors for museums month

Monday 14 May 2001

The University of St Andrews is to open its doors to the public as part of the national Museums and Galleries Month 2001.

Project to save Kenyan lake wins St Andrews prize

Friday 11 May 2001

A project aimed at saving the world's second largest fresh water lake and its people from environmental hazards was today (Friday 11 May 2001) awarded the prestigious St Andrews Prize, an annual initiative aimed at finding new and inspiring ideas to help the environment.

Schoolboy powers his way to St Andrews!

Wednesday 09 May 2001


Lasers put tiny objects in a spin

Friday 04 May 2001

University of St Andrews scientists have designed a novel way of spinning the most delicate microscopic objects - from a hamster chromosome to a glass bead - without damaging them.

Overseas students gain experience in local firms

Wednesday 02 May 2001

A group of Taiwanese and Chinese University of St Andrews students are hoping to gain an insight into the world of business management when they spend work placements with local companies over the next few days.

Sir Malcolm Knox memorial lecture

Monday 30 April 2001

One of the world's most distinguished philosophers is to give the annual Sir Malcolm Knox Memorial Lecture at the University of St Andrews.

Principal's installation address

Friday 27 April 2001

Chancellor, Rector, Ladies & Gentlemen, Colleagues

Student tutoring reception

Tuesday 24 April 2001

Nearly 40 University of St Andrews students who have been supporting teachers in their classrooms are to be thanked at a special ceremony next week (Wednesday 2 May 2001).

Principal's installation

Monday 23 April 2001

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews will be officially installed later this week (Friday 27 April 2001).

Historian appointed to prestigious body

Monday 23 April 2001

Professor Rab Houston from the School of History has been elected a fellow of Academia Europaea.

Did Shakespeare study creative writing?

Monday 23 April 2001

Shakespeare's creative language is to be examined at a one-day symposium at the University of St Andrews, it was announced today (23 April: Shakespeare's birthday).

Honorary degree for renowned scientist

Thursday 19 April 2001

Former Director of The Wellcome Trust, Dame Bridget Ogilvie, is to receive an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews.

Centres to help solve UK conservation problems

Thursday 12 April 2001

Two research centres which will bring together environmental experts, mathematicians and wildlife statisticians to help solve some of the UK's biggest conservation problems are to be developed at the University of St Andrews.

Wife bitten by husband's learning bug!

Tuesday 10 April 2001

One of the first success stories of the University of St Andrews part-time degree programme has passed the learning bug onto his wife.

University honour for Scots broadcaster

Tuesday 10 April 2001

Scots writer, broadcaster and journalist Sheena McDonald is to receive an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews.

Shortlist for major environmental prize

Tuesday 10 April 2001

Three environmental projects - from Africa, India and the UK - have been shortlisted for the prestigious St Andrews Prize.

£2.3 million to fight disease

Monday 09 April 2001

University of St Andrews scientists have today been awarded £2.3 million to fight infections and search for new drugs for everything from tuberculosis to foot and mouth disease.

Professor makes plastic fantastic

Sunday 08 April 2001

A University of St Andrews scientist claims that brightening up your wallpaper could soon become possible at the flick of a switch.

Government grant for high-tech laser research

Friday 06 April 2001

A range of infra-red lasers with commercial implications for gas leak detection and medicine are to be developed by University of St Andrews scientists.

Mixing housing types - good for social well-being?

Wednesday 04 April 2001

The impact of mixing housing tenures in socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods is to be examined by a University of St Andrews research team.

Royal society of Edinburgh appointments

Tuesday 03 April 2001

The following University of St Andrews academics have been appointed Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE):

Response to SHEFC funding announcement

Thursday 22 March 2001

The Scottish Higher Education Funding Council has announced allocations of £672M for 2001/02 to Scottish higher education institutions in a funding settlement which supports widening access, develops Scotland's knowledge base and boosts research infrastructure.

Article by university principal, Dr Brian Lang

Tuesday 20 March 2001

"Positively steeped in first class honours" - The Herald - 20 March 2001:

Russia's transition:10 years since end of the USSR

Monday 12 March 2001

The University of St Andrews is to host a conference this weekend (Saturday 17 March 2001) reflecting on Russia during the ten year period since the break-up of the USSR.

Brain awareness week

Tuesday 06 March 2001

Everything from addiction to chimpanzee behaviour will come under the microscope at the University of St Andrews this month (Saturday 17 March 2001).

Principal welcomes new website

Wednesday 28 February 2001

The Principal of the University of St Andrews will be presenting an award today to postgraduate student Tom Beddard for his design of a new homepage for the University website.

University website design competition

Monday 26 February 2001

A University of St Andrews postgraduate student will be presented with an award later this week (Wednesday 28 February 2001) after designing a new homepage for the University website.

New insight into UK historic fleet

Monday 26 February 2001

Following a period of consultation with organisations and individuals throughout the UK, the National Historic Ships Committee has made several revisions to the lists of Core Collection and Designated Vessels of Historic Vessels of the United Kingdom.

Can methane bubbles sink ships?

Friday 23 February 2001

The theory that methane bubbles on the seabed can sink ships will be discussed at a public meeting at the University of St Andrews next week (Wednesday 28 February 2001).

The Dan Hemingway prize 2000/2001

Thursday 22 February 2001


Museum status for university collections

Wednesday 21 February 2001

The Museum Collections of the University of St Andrews have been awarded Registered Museum status.

F. W. de Klerk lecture

Thursday 15 February 2001

Former South African President F. W. De Klerk is to give a public lecture at the University of St Andrews.

Flies to give new insight into mating rituals

Wednesday 14 February 2001

A study of one of the world's most common flies could improve the understanding of mating behaviour throughout the animal world.

Historian plays active role in new U.N initiative

Tuesday 13 February 2001

Dr Gerard DeGroot of the University of St Andrews is actively participating in a new United Nations initiative designed to improve the effectiveness of peacekeeping and peace support operations around the world.

Partnership spawns new environmental degree

Tuesday 16 January 2001

A new postgraduate research degree aimed at addressing some of society's most pressing environmental problems is to be launched by the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee, the first concrete example of the new partnership between the two institutions.

New magnetic device to measure climate change

Monday 15 January 2001

Experts from the lab and the land are joining forces to improve the understanding of climate history.

Retiral of university Vice-Principal and Proctor

Tuesday 09 January 2001

A presentation is to be held this afternoon (Tuesday 9 January 2001) to mark the retirement of the Vice- Principal and Proctor of the University of St Andrews.