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News archive 2002

Leopards reveal new insight into primate evolution

Tuesday 17 December 2002

Pic caption - (left) the adult leopard male "Cosmos" during a nighly patrol walk. credit: Dr David Jenny. (right) the Diana monkey - one of the species of monkeys under threat of predation by leopards in the Tai Forest. credit: Dr Zuberbuhler.

The perfect man?

Friday 13 December 2002

CAPTION: The computer-generated image of the 'perfect man'. CREDIT: A.C. Little and D. I. Perrett

Lighting up the future

Friday 13 December 2002

Professor Ifor Samuel of the School of Physics and Astronomy delivered his inaugural lecture this month.

Poetry book raises funds for Maggie's centre

Tuesday 10 December 2002

CAPTION: Martin Crawford, the final-year undergraduate, who organised the book.

Picasso v Matisse

Thursday 05 December 2002

CAPTION: Professor Peter Read, University of St Andrews CREDIT: Laurence Campa

Universities combine to tackle health issues

Friday 29 November 2002

A unique new institute is to be launched by two leading Scottish universities, combining their expertise to address the many elusive social factors underpinning one of the nation's most pressing areas of concern - public health.

Graduation address

Friday 29 November 2002

By University of St Andrews Master and Deputy Principal, Professor Colin Vincent:

First 'results' of partnership

Friday 29 November 2002

CAPTION: Environmental Biology Graduates, 2002 CREDIT: The University of St Andrews

Double boost for research achievements

Thursday 28 November 2002

Two University of St Andrews academics have been awarded £50,000 prizes for outstanding research achievements.

Role of hymns in September 11th aftermath

Wednesday 27 November 2002

The role which hymns have played in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks has been highlighted by a University of St Andrews theology lecturer.

Scots trio to be honoured on St Andrew's day

Tuesday 26 November 2002


Award-winning writer joins St Andrews staff

Monday 25 November 2002

*Pic caption - A L Kennedy at St Andrew statue, St Andrews. Credit - Alan Richardson*

University creates 'ideal city'

Thursday 14 November 2002

Academics at the University of St Andrews are creating an innovative simulated model of a virtual city, which will be trailed nationally and internationally as the 'ideal city'.

Learning what not to fear

Thursday 14 November 2002

CAPTIONS: (L-R) Harbour Seal, Transient killer whale breaching CREDITS: Volker Deecke

Classic 'first' in St Andrews

Tuesday 12 November 2002

The University of St Andrews will host the first of a series of new events organised by the 'reborn' Tayside Classical Association tomorrow (Wednesday 13th November, 2002).

Plans for new computer science building unveiled

Thursday 07 November 2002

The University of St Andrews has unveiled plans for a new state-of- the-art Computer Science building.

Academic homage to Bob Dylan

Thursday 07 November 2002

Front Jkt: Pic of Bob Dylan coypright Bettmann/Corbis

Scientific solution for business problem

Tuesday 05 November 2002

University of St Andrews scientists are working in partnership with the world's leading premium drinks business to beat counterfeit fraudsters.

Link between maths and cricket!

Monday 04 November 2002

The role of mathematics in cricket bats has been highlighted by a University of St Andrews mathematician who has been awarded a prestigious prize for her honours project.

Launch of multi-million pound research venture

Thursday 31 October 2002

CAPTION: (l-r) University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Dr Brian Lang with SASOL Chief Executive, Pieter Cox

Permanent tribute to Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday 29 October 2002

A permanent tribute to American scientist Benjamin Franklin is to be unveiled in St Andrews tomorrow (Wednesday 30 October 2002).

Sir Clement Freud elected as new rector

Monday 28 October 2002

CAPTION: (l-r) University Clerk, Ian Wright; Principal and Vice- Chancellor, Dr Brian Lang; Sir Clement Freud and Students' Association President, Rory O'Hare after the elections.

Chembus hits the road

Monday 28 October 2002

A mobile chemistry lab is touring various schools throughout Tayside and Fife this/next week (Friday 1 - Friday 8 November 2002).

Marine divers' recovery of 18th century warship

Friday 25 October 2002

St Andrews marine archaeologists have played a key role in the excavation of an 18th century warship.

Scots trio to be honoured on St Andrew's day

Monday 21 October 2002

Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson, University of St Andrews Rector Andrew Neil and Commissioner for Public Appointments Dame Rennie Fritchie are to be awarded honorary degrees next month.

Great, great grandson views Professor's work

Monday 21 October 2002

CAPTION: Hamish Johnston and Master and Deputy Principal Professor Colin Vincent admiring the new display CREDIT: University of St Andrews

First "results" of partnership to graduate

Thursday 17 October 2002

The first students to complete a joint degree from the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews finish their postgraduate studies this month with some students securing PhD places to do some very fishy research.

Refugees study disproves misconceptions

Wednesday 16 October 2002

The positive contribution which refugees can make to society has been revealed by a team of University of St Andrews health population experts.

Tackling alarming loss of species

Tuesday 15 October 2002

The world's Governments may not be able to reach international targets for saving plant and animal species and their habitats because there are no reliable measurements of the rate at which they are disappearing, the Royal Society warned today (15th October 2002).

Enterprise cash to help calm war of words

Monday 14 October 2002

Scottish Enterprise Fife has awarded a substantial grant to a University of St Andrews economist's drive to produce high- quality on-line and print economics journals at a fraction of the price of their commercial counterparts.

University devotes seafront property to poetry

Thursday 10 October 2002

*Caption - left-right - Professor Robert Crawford, John Burnside, Kathleen Jamie and Don Paterson - courtesy of Steve Lindridge*

Bursaries reception 2002

Thursday 10 October 2002

Over sixty students from across Scotland were among those awarded bursaries from the University of St Andrews yesterday (Wednesday 9th October).

Artist brings student diner back to life

Thursday 10 October 2002

CAPTION: Jack Vettriano and student Eloise Govier outside the refurbished Old Union Diner. CREDIT: Ian Jacobs Photography

Lasers in medicine

Monday 07 October 2002

Scientists in Scotland are developing new studies into how the latest laser trapping methods can assist in the safe and non-destructive delivery of therapeutic molecules into cells, which may lead to new, improved methods for drug delivery.

Scientists leading the way in TB cure

Monday 30 September 2002

Scottish Scientists have made a key discovery which brings them ever closer to finding a cure for tuberculosis (TB) - the contagious disease which currently affects one third of the population of the planet.

Do humans 'own' culture?

Friday 27 September 2002

Experts in evolution and animal behaviour will gather next week to debate whether chimpanzee 'culture' is any less real than human culture - the outcome of which may lead to a rethink of the human evolution process.

Partnership blazes a trail

Thursday 26 September 2002

Pic caption - l-r - Larry Fortune and Ron Adams. Credit: University of Dundee.

At the tip of the iceberg

Thursday 26 September 2002

CAPTIONS: L-R, 'Glaciar Leones', 'The remote control boat in action'.

Recognition for success of Summer School students

Wednesday 25 September 2002

Over 20 students who have made the transition from school, college or work into University were congratulated for their achievements at a reception at the University of St Andrews today (Wednesday 25 September 2002).

Smoking in Scotland: nurses -v- teachers

Tuesday 24 September 2002

A University of St Andrews graduate has discovered that smoking is more prevalent in Scottish nurses than Scottish teachers.

Funding to protect Scots landmarks

Thursday 19 September 2002

Scots historians have been awarded £100,000 to help local communities prevent Scotland's most prized historical landmarks from crumbling into the sea.

Students plug into energy incentive scheme

Monday 16 September 2002

A payback scheme diverting cash saved by energy efficiency into new student computer equipment is to be launched at the University of St Andrews.

St Andrews voted UK University of the Year

Saturday 14 September 2002

The Sunday Times University Guide has named the University of St Andrews as UK University of the Year.

Physicists 'score' with beer-can idea

Thursday 12 September 2002

CAPTION: The light-emitting display material being developed by University of St Andrews' Scientists.

From ship to shore

Thursday 12 September 2002

The extraordinary role of a Hampshire water mill in preserving evidence about the construction of a late 18th century American warship has been revealed by a Univeristy of St Andrews maritime archaeologist.

Breakthrough in 'self-healing' light beams

Thursday 12 September 2002

CAPTION: Cross section along a reconstructing Bessel beam. The beam propagates from left to right. The beam is blocked at the marked position and is seen to reform a short distance later.

London school visit to St Andrews

Wednesday 11 September 2002

A group of pupils from a South London school were invited to the University of St Andrews today (Wednesday 11th September) to gain a unique insight into the workings of University research.

Golfing greats exhibition tees off

Wednesday 11 September 2002


Life reached land a billion years ago

Tuesday 10 September 2002

A University of St Andrews scientist has discovered that life colonised the land more than a billion years ago, far earlier than previously thought.

St Andrews represented at major science event

Monday 09 September 2002

A group of University of St Andrews academics will join 400 of the best scientists from home and abroad at the BA Festival of Science 2002 this week (9th - 13th September, 2002).

Chemical reaction for Scottish school pupils

Wednesday 04 September 2002

Nearly 200 Scottish school pupils will learn the importance of chemistry to everyday life at the University of St Andrews next week.

World experts study ancient Scottish rocks

Monday 02 September 2002

PIC CAPTION: Sheared rocks from Arctic Greenland which had originally been buried ~30 km below the Earth's surface more than 1 billion years ago. CREDIT: Dr Ian Alsop, University of St Andrews

Scientists explore loch's hidden depths

Thursday 29 August 2002

University of St Andrews scientists have teamed up with French experts this week, to explore a remote Scottish sea loch for secrets of climate change.

Funding for on-line projects

Tuesday 20 August 2002

Six projects to develop on-line learning and teaching materials are underway at the University of St Andrews.

First Minister launches innovative business p'ship

Tuesday 20 August 2002

L-R: Joe Noble, Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise Fife; First Minister, Jack McConnell and University of St Andrews Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Dr Brian Lang in St Andrews today.

Access all areas: award for part-time student

Tuesday 20 August 2002

A mature student studying for a part-time evening degree at the University of St Andrews has been rewarded for the dedication she has demonstrated over the last year.

17th century Fife & Europe - trade links revealed

Monday 19 August 2002

CAPTION: A maritime sketch drawn by Alexander Gillespie - the cross illustrates a windmill on the skyline at Brill, Netherlands. CREDIT: University of St Andrews Library

Proof of "beer goggles" theory

Sunday 18 August 2002

Scots scientists have established scientific proof of the "beer goggles" effect, the theory that uglier people look more attractive after a few drinks.

The state of Scottish history

Saturday 17 August 2002

A leading Scottish historian has warned that future generations will be oblivious to the life and times of their ancestors unless schools inject more excitement into the subject.

New wildlife population software goes on-line

Wednesday 14 August 2002

New software aimed at estimating numbers of wild animal and plant populations is to be showcased to an international audience this week.

Tomorrow's postgraduate

Tuesday 13 August 2002

Around 80 student representatives will descend on the University of St Andrews later this week as part of a national conference to discuss the changing face of postgraduate study in the UK.

Could tadpoles reveal secret of animal movement?

Wednesday 07 August 2002

University of St Andrews scientists have been awarded a grant to explore how the nervous system controls animal movements like walking and swimming.

'Green' appointment for university

Monday 05 August 2002

The University of St Andrews has underlined its commitment to being 'green' by appointing its first Environment Manager.

Biology student represents UK in Europe

Thursday 01 August 2002

A University of St Andrews PhD student has represented the United Kingdom at a European event for science students in France.

New university court members

Wednesday 31 July 2002


New head appointed to university court

Monday 29 July 2002

A new Senior Governor has been appointed to the University of St Andrews Court.

Scientists join tomorrow's world 'on the road'

Friday 19 July 2002

Scientists from the University of St Andrews will join the 'Tomorrow's World' roadshow in Glasgow next week, in support of the BBC's efforts to 'take science on the road'.

National award for St Andrews chemists

Wednesday 17 July 2002

PICTURE CAPTION: L-R Michael Fish, BBC Weather Presenter, Professor David O'Hagan, University of St Andrews and Derek Lohman, Environmental Consultant and Chair of the Judges Panel.

Official recognition for university collections

Tuesday 16 July 2002

*Pic caption - Mace of St Salvator's College, 1461*

First turf cut at new student residence

Tuesday 16 July 2002

A ceremony to signal the start of work on the University of St Andrews' new student residence was held today (Tuesday 16 July 2002).

Grant for new volcano hazard warning system

Monday 15 July 2002

* Pic caption - Dome of Montserrat volcano. Grey plume reaches temperatures of hundreds of degrees and destroys everything in its path. Credit - Montserrat Volcano Observatory. *

Inside Al Qaeda

Wednesday 10 July 2002

A University of St Andrews terrorism expert has produced the first serious in-depth account of the origins and workings of Al Qaeda and how it mutated into a multi-national terrorist enterprise across the globe.

Transformation for 16th century building

Tuesday 09 July 2002


St Andrews launches Sutton Trust Summer School

Monday 08 July 2002

An innovative Summer School offering Scottish school pupils a helping hand towards a University place was officially today (Monday 8 July 2002).

Appointments to the British Academy

Saturday 06 July 2002

Two University of St Andrews Professors have been elected Fellows of the British Academy.

Top European award for laser expert

Thursday 04 July 2002

PICTURE CAPTION: Professor Sibbett with an ultrafast-laser which is excited by simple red diode lasers.

Graduate to teach conflict resolution in S.Africa

Thursday 04 July 2002

CAPTION: Gert Danielsen

Tay search begins

Wednesday 03 July 2002

The search for a fleet of Cromwellian ships which sank at the mouth of the River Tay in 1651 begins today (Wednesday 3 July 2002).

Making science less 'geeky'

Friday 28 June 2002

In an effort to make science less 'geeky', scientists will team up with a group of London teachers this week with the aim of improving the image of science to children.

Alzheimer's research to be showcased

Wednesday 26 June 2002

Almost 200 experts in the field of dementia and Alzheimer's Disease will gather in Dundee tomorrow (Thursday 27th June, 2002) to showcase the range of dementia research currently taking place in Scotland.

St Andrews science in national spotlight

Monday 24 June 2002

Imagine a beam of light that can trap and manipulate microscopic objects like the tractor beam in Star Trek. Science fiction? No, science fact, thanks to the 'optical tweezers' used at the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews.

Next week's honorary degrees

Friday 21 June 2002


Principal calls for even playing field in HE

Thursday 20 June 2002

The Principal of Scotland's leading University has called for a more even playing field in higher education across the world, at a major conference in Washington DC.

Domestic management of terrorist attacks

Wednesday 19 June 2002

Less than a year after the catastrophic events of September 11 2001, the University of St Andrews is to embark on new research into the domestic management of terrorist attacks in the UK.

World terrorism experts gather at St Andrews

Friday 14 June 2002

The World's leading experts on Terrorism gathered at St Andrews last week (7th - 8th June) to take part in a major international two- day conference organised by the University of St Andrews.

Scots youngsters in classics drama at St Andrew

Thursday 13 June 2002

Classically minded school pupils from all over Scotland gathered at St Andrews yesterday (Wednesday 12th June, 2002) to take part in the traditional Annual Recitation and Project Competition organised jointly by The Tayside Classical Organisation and the University of St Andrews.

Long live the small firm

Wednesday 12 June 2002

Factors which affect the survival or demise of small firms have been revealed by a University of St Andrews economist. Professor Gavin Reid, together with Bernadette Power, Lecturer in Economics at University College, Cork, have been examining how some small firms can survive as long as 25 years and others collapse within months of launching.

Honorary degrees

Tuesday 11 June 2002

Figures from the world of commerce, science and literature are among those receiving honorary degrees from the University of St Andrews later this month.

A taste of the Caribbean

Tuesday 11 June 2002

A taste of the Caribbean is expected to arrive in Fife this week when a conference on the Early Modern Caribbean takes place at the University of St Andrews.

Leading cancer expert appointed Dean of Medicine

Monday 10 June 2002

*Picture caption - Dr Hugh MacDougall*

Seals phone home

Thursday 06 June 2002

Seals are to be given mobile phone technology to "phone home" new insights into their whereabouts, feeding and behaviour.

Sea water improvement plan

Thursday 06 June 2002

£300,000 worth of works to improve the sea water quality at the University of St Andrews' Sea Mammal Research Unit are to commence next week (w/c 10 June 2002).

World environment day launches international prize

Wednesday 05 June 2002

To coincide with World Environment Day, the University of St Andrews and Conoco today launched the fifth St Andrews Prize for the Environment, the UK's leading international environmental prize.

From the lab to the classroom

Friday 31 May 2002

Chemistry teachers from every corner of Scotland will descend on the University of St Andrews next week (Friday 7 June 2002) to learn about the latest developments in the world of chemistry and how they can take them back to their classrooms.

Celebration of local hero

Monday 27 May 2002

The life and legacy of one of St Andrews' and Atlanta's local heroes is to be celebrated at a week-long University reunion this summer.

Honour for fertility expert

Friday 24 May 2002

Leading fertility expert Professor Lord Winston is to be awarded an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews.

Bright spark creates powerful new light devices

Tuesday 21 May 2002

A University of St Andrews scientist is the bright spark behind some of the world's most efficient new lighting devices.

Liz Lochhead to be awarded honorary degree

Monday 20 May 2002

One of Scotland's most successful poet and playwrights is to receive an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews.

Study aims to halt superbug threat

Thursday 16 May 2002

A University of St Andrews scientist has been awarded Wellcome Trust funding to prevent people falling victim to "superbugs" in hospital.

Solar scientist appointed Royal Society Fellow

Monday 13 May 2002

An Applied Mathematician from the University of St Andrews has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society - a highly prestigious honour which represents the greatest academic recognition for a scientist in the United Kingdom.

Vietnam rice project wins St Andrews prize

Friday 10 May 2002

*Pic caption - Monina Escalada, winner of St Andrews Prize - credit, Alan Richardson*

Optical tweezing creates 3-D structures

Friday 10 May 2002

PICTURE CREDIT: The University of St Andrews

Dr Mary Archer to lecture on solar energy

Friday 10 May 2002

Dr Mary Archer is to give a public lecture on alternative energy sources at the University of St Andrews next week (Tuesday 14 May 2002).

Teenage peace maker's insight into war zone

Thursday 09 May 2002

A 16-year old peace maker, who has fought against landmines in Colombia since he was 10 years old, is to give a public lecture at the University of St Andrews next week (Wednesday 15 May 2002).

Surviving the elements

Tuesday 07 May 2002

Scots biologists have been awarded over £1 million to explain how plants, animals and microbes respond to changing environments, whether they have been introduced by accident or intentionally.

Support for crumbling wall

Wednesday 01 May 2002

Pic caption: Section of Long Walk Wall, supported by steel scaffolding

Opening of multi-million pound science facility

Tuesday 30 April 2002

A multi-million pound scientific research facility with applications as diverse as fuel cell-powered cars, battery- operated bionic limbs and smaller electrical components was officially opened today (Tuesday 30 April 2002).

The origin of species

Monday 29 April 2002


What species really do belong to Scotland?

Thursday 25 April 2002

PICTURE CAPTION: Beech and Scots Pine - Alien v Native Species

Student tutoring reception

Wednesday 24 April 2002

Nearly 50 University of St Andrews students who have been supporting teachers in their classrooms are to be thanked at a special ceremony next week (Wednesday 1 May 2002).

Corals unlock secrets of climate change

Wednesday 24 April 2002

PICTURE CAPTION: Coral Skeletons can be up to 100,000 years old.

Lifelong learning convention

Monday 22 April 2002

The University of St Andrews is to host an information day for adults interested in higher education.

Sutton Trust funding for Summer School

Wednesday 17 April 2002

Around 60 Scottish school pupils will be given a helping hand towards a university place thanks to a new Summer School being established at the University of St Andrews.

Biologists share multi-million dollar funding

Monday 15 April 2002

Scotland's marine biologists have been awarded a share of a $5 million international grant to develop new instruments for collecting information about marine mammals and create digital databases on the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life throughout the world.

University 'younger strings' trio selected for NCO

Friday 12 April 2002

Three young boys from St Andrews will join the cream of Scottish musical youth when they play for the National Children's Orchestra of Scotland (NCOS) at a concert tonight in Glasgow (Friday 12th April, 2002).

Marathon goal for St Andrews student

Thursday 11 April 2002

A St Andrews student who has set herself the gruelling goal of completing six marathons this year will continue her task this Sunday (14th April, 2002) with the London marathon.

International health conference

Wednesday 10 April 2002

Over 120 Health Care policy makers, researchers and analysts from over 20 countries will gather in St Andrews this week for a major three-day conference on Strategic Issues in Health Care Management.

The route to commercialisation

Tuesday 09 April 2002

A seminar highlighting the ways entrepreneurial academics and students can turn their research into commercially viable results is to be held at the University of St Andrews later this month (Thursday 18 April 2002).

Meet the relatives: microbes mirror mankind

Thursday 04 April 2002

*Caption: boiling volcanic pool in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming - typical conditions for growth of archaea*

Call for earwigs in classrooms

Wednesday 03 April 2002

A University of St Andrews biologist claims that earwigs could become a valuable learning resource for Scottish school pupils.

Lost in a forest

Monday 01 April 2002

People are terrified of getting lost in forests according to a University of St Andrews psychologist commissioned by the Forestry Commission to help shape the future of the nation's woodlands.

Fate could be fatal

Monday 01 April 2002

Most heart attack victims delay going to hospital because of a belief in fate, according to a University of St Andrews study.

"Green" schools wanted

Tuesday 26 March 2002

Plant Biologists at the University of St Andrews are looking for environmentally minded schools to take part in a new Schools Liaison Project at St Andrews Botanic Garden.

Science museum 'wellcomes' new battery technology

Monday 25 March 2002

Recent breakthroughs in research into rechargeable batteries at the University of St Andrews are being highlighted by The Science Museum in London.

The Dan Hemingway prize 2001 / 2002

Friday 22 March 2002

PICTURE CAPTION: This year's winner Tara Quinn with (left- right) Lucy Hemingway, Mrs Sue Hemingway, John Burnside and Dr John Hemingway. CREDIT: The University of St Andrews

St Andrews chefs cook up a storm

Friday 22 March 2002

A team of chefs from the University of St Andrews have scooped second prize in a national competition organised by The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO).

World first discovery of novel enzyme

Thursday 21 March 2002

PICTURE CAPTION: The discovery was made by Professor David O'Hagan and his fellow researchers at the Centre For Biomolecular Sciences.

Scot. Ent. grant for light in medicine project

Wednesday 20 March 2002

A University of St Andrews physicist has been awarded Scottish Enterprise funding to develop advances in optoelectronics to use light in helping diagnose and treat disease.

Whisky simplified!

Tuesday 19 March 2002

A University of St Andrews researcher claims his new book will take the confusion out of whisky-buying.

Students elect new president

Tuesday 19 March 2002

The University of St Andrews Students' Association has elected a new President.

Czech ambassador's tribute to fellow countryman

Tuesday 19 March 2002

The Czech Ambassador to Great Britain paid a visit to St Andrews today (Tuesday 19th March, 2002) to visit the site where fellow Czech Pavel Kravaø was burned at the stake for heresy.

Glowing accolade for solar physicist

Monday 18 March 2002

A University of St Andrews solar physicist is to be awarded one of the world's most prestigious accolades for his shining contribution to solar theory.

Budding chemists gather in St Andrews

Monday 18 March 2002


Another 'classic' for St Andrews

Tuesday 12 March 2002

A new Classics research centre at the University of St Andrews is to be formally opened this week (Friday 15th March 2002) with a lecture by one of the most distinguished academics in the field of Classics and Philosophy.

Celebration of physics

Monday 11 March 2002

An open event showcasing exciting science, from optical techniques in medicine to the possibility of creating artificial black holes here on Earth, is being held at the University of St Andrews.

Discovery of key antarctic food source under ice

Friday 08 March 2002

A robot submarine expedition under the Antarctic sea ice has discovered a major food reserve in the Southern Ocean.

Science and sea monsters

Thursday 07 March 2002

A University of St Andrews fisheries ecologist is hoping to explain the hard science behind reports and legends of aquatic monsters at an exhibition next week.

Melting the snowball earth theory

Wednesday 06 March 2002

Geoscientists in Scotland have found evidence against the controversial theory that the Earth was completely frozen for periods of many millions of years.

Survival skills of injured chimps

Tuesday 05 March 2002

Pic caption: Pandora, an adult gorilla which Professor Byrne studied at Karisoke, Rwanda. Her right hand is cut off across the palm - only the lowest segment of the thumb retains any movement and her left hand has two of the fingers paralysed.

Royal Society of Edinburgh appointments

Tuesday 05 March 2002

Eight University of St Andrews academics have been elected Fellows of The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

Scotland's powerful parliament

Monday 04 March 2002

Researchers exploring the history of the Scottish Parliament believe that the Parliament of the Middle Ages and beyond was one of the most argumentative and powerful parliaments in the world.

Fife students sign up for science partnership

Friday 01 March 2002

*Issued by Fife College - 1 March 2002*

Cleaning up at St Andrews

Thursday 28 February 2002

Caption - Archbishop Sharp by Sir Peter Lely.

Device to cut dolphin deaths

Wednesday 27 February 2002

Scots marine biologists are joining forces with fishermen to develop a new device that will help prevent dolphins becoming caught in trawl nets.

All in the mind

Tuesday 26 February 2002

The School of Psychology at the University of St Andrews is once again to open its doors for its annual event "The Psychology of Everyday Life".

Scots scientists to help save sinking Venice

Monday 25 February 2002

A group of Scottish scientists are to play a key role in a major £1 million EU-funded programme to prevent Venice from sinking into the sea.

Scientist appointed to Dundee science centre

Friday 22 February 2002

A University of St Andrews scientist has been appointed a Director of one of Scotland's top science centres.

New insight into monkey warning calls

Monday 18 February 2002

Pic caption - Diana monkey in the Tai Forest, Ivory Coast.

Scotland rocks!

Thursday 14 February 2002

A group of geoscientists may be one step closer to knowing where Scotland originally came from after a conference at the University of St Andrews this weekend.

Our enigmatic sun

Wednesday 13 February 2002

The Sun is classified as an ordinary, middle-aged star and yet its magnetic field is responsible for some of the most dramatic and energetic phenomena in the solar system, such as solar flares and other eruptions.

Do the drugs work?

Tuesday 12 February 2002

Biologists in Scotland have launched a study to prove that expensive animal 'vaccines' may not only be ineffective, but may cause more harm than good.

Access all areas

Monday 11 February 2002

Over 40 students from a West Fife community education centre will visit the University of St Andrews this week (Wednesday 13 February 2002) as part of a drive to encourage student progression from community learning to further and higher education.

Prestigious research position for Professor

Tuesday 05 February 2002

A University of St Andrews Professor has been appointed to an influential position in the organisation which funds most of the UK's social science research.

How parents affect our choice of partner

Thursday 31 January 2002

University of St Andrews psychologists have revealed that parents can affect our choice of partner in more ways than one .... by how they look.

S. African fuel giant & university form alliance

Wednesday 23 January 2002

Johannesburg-based Sasol Limited and the University of St Andrews have today (Wednesday 23 January 2002) announced an alliance to enhance catalyst research, creating around 25 new jobs in Fife.

Alliance welcomed by Enterprise Minister

Wednesday 23 January 2002

Welcoming the University of St Andrews/Sasol alliance, Wendy Alexander, Minster for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning said, "This is excellent news for Fife and Scotland.

Helping Alzheimer's sufferers remember

Tuesday 22 January 2002

Psychologists at the University of St Andrews are aiming to aid and improve the communication of Alzheimer's disease sufferers through the development of innovative interactive computer technology.

Diving for the Armada

Thursday 17 January 2002

Pic caption - One of the items discovered, this ewer is decorated with female satyrs - a likely centrepiece for the dining table.

The fall of Mary Queen of Scots

Tuesday 15 January 2002

Picture Credit: Mike Wilkinson

Innovative teaching of ancient art

Monday 14 January 2002

A new way of teaching the centuries-old art of philosophy could be pioneered by the University of St Andrews.

University staff working together on way ahead

Friday 11 January 2002

In line with its continuing commitment to staff development, communication and consultation, the University of St Andrews has completed its first staff survey - making it one of the first Universities in the country to do so.

OBE for services to higher education

Thursday 03 January 2002

Ann J Kettle has been awarded the OBE in the New Year's Honours list for services to higher education.