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News archive 2007

Tiny Technology

Thursday 20 December 2007

A switch just one-tenth the size of a human hair has been developed by Scottish scientists to boost communication technologies.

Scots children top of the class

Wednesday 19 December 2007

A ground-breaking study testing an innovative method of teaching primary children to read and spell has shown that Scots children are the top of the class.

Can a scientist believe in the resurrection?

Wednesday 19 December 2007

Major new lecture series launches at the University tomorrow with a talk by the Bishop of Durham.

BBC science presenter to deliver lecture

Thursday 13 December 2007

Iain Stewart will deliver the first Public Christmas Lecture organised by the School of Geography and Geosciences.

Students launch environmentally-friendly fashion show

Thursday 13 December 2007

Next year's show aims to highlight sustainability issues.

Unlocking the mysteries of cross-gender writing

Thursday 13 December 2007

Fresh research into the phenomenon of transvestism in literature will attempt to unlock the mysteries of cross-gender writing.

GRADskills wins national award

Thursday 06 December 2007

Innovative programme wins Times Higher Award.

Early cervical cancer detection

Thursday 06 December 2007

Researchers at St Andrews have developed a new technology that could enhance early detection of cancer and potentially save lives.

At the heart of science and religion

Wednesday 05 December 2007

An ambitious new series of lectures sees St Andrews at the heart of debate.

How do elephants keep in touch?

Wednesday 05 December 2007

St Andrews' scientists have worked out how elephants keep in touch in the jungle.

University a 'massive success story in Scotland'

Friday 30 November 2007

First Minister praises University in his St Andrew's Day graduation address today.

Lifelong learning at St Andrews

Friday 30 November 2007

87 year old chemist receives PhD.

First Minister returns to first University

Wednesday 28 November 2007

The Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP will deliver Friday morning's Graduation address.

Arthouse cinema project launch

Wednesday 03 October 2007

Innovative project brings arthouse cinema to St Andrews.

Probing the nurseries of miniature planetary systems

Tuesday 20 November 2007

New research led by a University of St Andrews astronomer has found evidence for what might be the raw material for the beginning of shrunken versions of our solar system.

Cancer experts gather in St Andrews

Monday 19 November 2007

Scientists from around the world are in Scotland this week to share ideas in the fight against cancer.

A different way of working

Friday 09 November 2007

Exhibition of work by one of Britain's leading abstract artists opens at the Gateway tomorrow.

St Andrews and Cornell join forces in condensed matter physics

Thursday 08 November 2007

A distinguished Cornell physicist has been appointed to a research professorship.

Groundbreaking terrorism course launched

Wednesday 07 November 2007

Innovative internet-based postgraduate course is launched at St Andrews.

Spotlight shines on solar physicist

Tuesday 06 November 2007

Lecturer in Applied Mathematics is awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize.

The physics of a golf swing

Tuesday 06 November 2007

Expert in the science behind the swing visits St Andrews.

Astronomer's role in new planets discovery

Wednesday 31 October 2007

A St Andrews researcher is part of the leading team of planet-hunting astronomers that have discovered three new planets.

Chemists 'attract' grant for £2m magnet

Wednesday 31 October 2007

Chemists at St Andrews are part of a UK team managing one of the largest magnets in the world.

'Braveheart' managers of the future

Monday 29 October 2007

Management academics have designed their own tartan which embodies the essential skills of managers of the future.

Elephants can 'smell danger'

Thursday 18 October 2007

Elephants can tell whether a human is a friend or foe by their scent and colour of clothing, according to St Andrews' researchers.

Credit-card medical detection kits one step closer

Tuesday 16 October 2007

Groundbreaking technology developed by St Andrews physicists.

Under attack

Monday 15 October 2007

Chimpanzees exaggerate their screams when under attack, according to St Andrews researchers.

Former Iranian hostages visit St Andrews

Monday 15 October 2007

Two leading figures in the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979 paid a visit to St Andrews today.

World on our doorstep

Friday 12 October 2007

Students from 80 different countries gathered in town today to mark the end of Student Experience Week.

Heartfelt generosity

Wednesday 10 October 2007

Local charity makes life-saving donation to University.

Science students inject new life into schools

Tuesday 09 October 2007

St Andrews leads Scotland with new science module.

The St Andrews Experience

Monday 08 October 2007

Staff and students are hosting a week-long series of special events this week.

Prestigious award for eminent psychologist

Wednesday 03 October 2007

Psychologist receives prestigious anthropology award.

Research grant for eczema drugs

Thursday 27 September 2007

Scientists secure £1 million funding to combat eczema.

Spinning slowly in the web

Wednesday 26 September 2007

Astronomers trace magnetic web binding baby stars to their surrounding gas and dust.

Treasures from special collections

Tuesday 25 September 2007

University Library unveils exhibition featuring some of the earliest treasures from its Special Collections.

St Andrews top Scottish university

Friday 21 September 2007

The University of St Andrews is named as the runner up for The Sunday Times UK University of the Year award 2007.

Satisfaction guaranteed

Wednesday 12 September 2007

Students at the University of St Andrews have voted themselves the most satisfied in the country.

Scotland's heritage on the edge

Wednesday 12 September 2007

Scotland's leading environmental and social historian highlights plight of the country's threatened coastlines.

400 go wild for art competition

Tuesday 04 September 2007

Award-winning artistic creations based on University's natural history specimens announced.

10 year Tibet project launched

Monday 03 September 2007

A major new research project on Tibet is to be launched at the University of St Andrews.

Physicists aim to predict volcano eruption

Wednesday 29 August 2007

Scientists awarded grant to create on-site life-saving device to help predict volcano eruption.

Improving patient safety

Wednesday 22 August 2007

A new collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews is launched today.

The secrets of leadership

Monday 20 August 2007

New research at St Andrews finds that leaders are most effective when they transform themselves into 'one of us'.

Study into 'recipe' for breast cancer

Thursday 16 August 2007

St Andrews scientists have been awarded funding to investigate a potential new method of treating breast cancer.

Three in a row

Thursday 16 August 2007

St Andrews has been named top university in Scotland once again.

Virtual laboratory to give £40m boost to brain imaging research

Wednesday 08 August 2007

SINAPSE brings together experts from the universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and St Andrews.

New insights into seal behaviour

Wednesday 08 August 2007

St Andrews researchers lead an international study into the behaviour of elephant seals.

Macho men 'bad choice'

Wednesday 08 August 2007

Women see 'masculine' men as unsuitable long-term partners, according to new research from the Universities of St Andrews and Durham.

Scientist float levitation theory

Monday 06 August 2007

St Andrews physicists have discovered a new way of levitating tiny objects.

Orangutan charades

Thursday 02 August 2007

Orangutans communicate as if they were playing charades, according to new research.

University top in Scotland again

Tuesday 31 July 2007

Latest guide names St Andrews top in Scotland and 5th in UK.

FC Barcelona say 'gracias'

Tuesday 31 July 2007

University is presented with a commemorative plaque.

Young adult suicide 'cluster' found in Scotland

Friday 13 July 2007

Suicide rates in young adults have increased dramatically in Scotland's most deprived areas, according to new research.

Reversing the signs of Alzheimer's

Monday 23 July 2007

St Andrews scientists are one step further to finding a cure for Alzheimer's.

Geoscientists investigate art rock movement

Thursday 12 July 2007

A St Andrews researcher is investigating the ancient Spanish rocks said to inspire surrealist artist Salvador Dali.

Golfing great to give public lecture

Thursday 12 July 2007

One of the most respected woman golfers of the last 40 years is to give a public lecture at the University of St Andrews.

Excavation of storm-ravaged Iron Age houses

Tuesday 10 July 2007

Researchers to excavate remains of Iron Age houses uncovered by ferocious storm.

Piranhas and primates at national science exhibition

Tuesday 03 July 2007

Research into piranhas and primates is being showcased at a national science exhibition this week.

Community saves threatened ancient settlement

Tuesday 03 July 2007

Ancient Shetland settlement saved by coastal erosion project.

Student trio awarded for contribution to music and drama

Thursday 28 June 2007

New graduates receive special awards for drama and music.

Helping teachers save science

Thursday 28 June 2007

Drive to help Scots science pupils strengthen their university applications.

Making it all add up

Tuesday 26 June 2007

UK maths experts have been debating the growing national problem of students who struggle with the mathematical component of their degree.

Honorary degrees (22 June 2007 pm)

Friday 22 June 2007

The Rev Joel Edwards, Jenni Murray and Sir John Sunderland are the final honorary degree recipients.

Honorary degrees (22 June 2007 am)

Friday 22 June 2007

Professor Janet Thornton and Professor Neil Douglas are awarded honorary degrees.

University staff graduate

Friday 22 June 2007

Two members of staff from Admissions graduate through the part-time degree programme.

Young at heart

Friday 22 June 2007

Seventy-one year old graduates from the University of St Andrews.

Honorary degrees (21 June 2007)

Friday 22 June 2007

Dr Richard Fortey and Professor Dame Janet Nelson are awarded honorary degrees.

Double first for husband and wife

Thursday 21 June 2007

Mature students Stuart and Jenny Baker are celebrating this week as they both graduate with first class honours degrees.

Honorary degrees (20 June 2007)

Thursday 21 June 2007

The Rt Hon Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve and Sir Brian Heap are conferred honorary degrees.

Theologians win international honour

Thursday 21 June 2007

Two theologians at the University of St Andrews have been awarded a prestigious international honour for outstanding work in their field.

Honorary Degrees (19 June 2007)

Wednesday 20 June 2007

Professor Lisa Jardine is awarded a Doctor of Letters.

Opening Graduation address

Wednesday 20 June 2007

Professor Keith Brown delivers the opening Graduation address.

Bike to work breakfast

Tuesday 19 June 2007

University of St Andrews staff were given a tasty incentive to cycle to work yesterday.

Honorary degrees 19 - 22 June 2007

Monday 18 June 2007

Figures from the worlds of academia, broadcasting and business will be awarded honorary degrees by the University of St Andrews this week.

Making small businesses big

Monday 18 June 2007

What makes small businesses in Scotland tick?

Overseas students celebrate exam success

Monday 18 June 2007

Over 60 overseas students have completed this year's University of St Andrews Foundation Programme, which prepares international students for study in the UK.

Staff matters

Thursday 14 June 2007

Researchers exploring the best human resources practices are descending on St Andrews for a one-day conference.

St Andrews tops poll of Scotland's 'green' universities

Friday 08 June 2007

The University of St Andrews has been rated one of the greenest universities in Scotland.

Chimps learn 'local customs'

Thursday 07 June 2007

Chimpanzee communities can acquire their own local customs and maintain their own 'multiple-tradition cultures', according to researchers at St Andrews.

Jargon-free science!

Thursday 07 June 2007

A St Andrews student has straight-talked his way into the finals of a national science competition.

Researcher's find sparks major python hunt

Tuesday 05 June 2007

A major python hunt is underway in Florida after a University of St Andrews researcher literally stumbled upon a ferocious eight foot snake.

Close encounter with sun-like star

Monday 04 June 2007

Researchers capture the first close-up image of the surface of a sun-like star beyond the solar system.

St Andrews to host major virology conference

Friday 01 June 2007

The threat of avian flu and new developments in the search for an effective vaccine will be on the agenda for a major conference in St Andrews next week.

The case for reform

Tuesday 29 May 2007

University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Dr Brian Lang calls for an independent review of HE funding at a major event in Edinburgh today.

Capturing the coastlines

Monday 28 May 2007

Scotland's crumbling coastlines should be recorded before it's too late, according to University of St Andrews researchers.

The mathematics of the sun

Monday 21 May 2007

St Andrews' scientists have created a numerical model of the sun.

Chemist elected to Royal Society

Friday 18 May 2007

Professor Peter Bruce elected to the Fellowship of The Royal Society.

Students rewarded for creative writing

Tuesday 15 May 2007

St Andrews' students awarded up to £1000 by the SALTIRE Student Essay competition.

Female of the species as deadly as the male

Tuesday 15 May 2007

Female chimpanzees can be as violent as males, shattering the stereotype that males are more aggressive.

University signs up to carbon management programme

Monday 14 May 2007

St Andrews becomes the only Scottish university to sign up to the innovative programme.

Next generation of lasers

Thursday 10 May 2007

Scientists at the University of St Andrews are one step closer to creating a new generation of remotely-controllable lasers.

University named fourth best in UK

Thursday 10 May 2007

Guardian University Guide names St Andrews the 'big success story of the year'.

University named fourth best in UK

Thursday 10 May 2007

The University of St Andrews has been named fourth best university in the UK and the 'big success story' of this year's Guardian University Guide.

Next generation of lasers

Thursday 10 May 2007

Scientists at the University of St Andrews are one step closer to creating a new generation of remotely-controllable lasers.

Honorary degrees 2007

Wednesday 09 May 2007

The University announces its 2007 honorary degree recipients.

Honorary degrees 2007

Wednesday 09 May 2007

The University of St Andrews will award the following honorary degrees next month (19-22 June 2007):

Bollywood in St Andrews

Tuesday 08 May 2007

Film scholars will recognise the global importance of Indian cinema at a special event charting the rise of Bollywood at the University of St Andrews tomorrow (Wednesday 9th May 2007).

Bollywood in St Andrews

Tuesday 08 May 2007

The University's Centre for Film Studies hosts a special event charting the rise of the Indian film industry.

Superbugs cured by bullfrogs?

Monday 30 April 2007

University of St Andrews researchers identify potential cure for MRSA.

Superbugs cured by bullfrogs?

Monday 30 April 2007

Scientists have found a possible cure for MRSA from an unlikely source - American bullfrogs.

Support for self-care

Friday 27 April 2007

Research shows that supporting people to manage their own health can improve health outcomes, increase patient satisfaction and help in deploying the biggest collaborative resource available to the NHS and social care - patients and the public.

New sports hall of fame

Friday 27 April 2007

Sir Menzies, above, running at White City in 1966.

Health in Fife and Tayside

Thursday 26 April 2007

The Universities of St Andrews and Dundee will host an event tonight (Thursday 26 April 2007) aimed at bringing together research-active health professionals from Tayside and Fife.

Cult Spanish film director to visit St Andrews

Thursday 26 April 2007

One of the most important filmmakers to emerge in Spain in the 1990s will arrive in Scotland next week to attend a special screening arranged by the University of St Andrews and the Consulate of Spain in Edinburgh.

£2.6m for university mathematicians

Monday 23 April 2007

Researchers at the University of St Andrews have been awarded £2.6 million to study magnetic activity in the atmosphere of the Sun and the Earth's magnetosphere.

Physicist wins prestigious award

Friday 20 April 2007

A University of St Andrews scientist has won a highly prestigious award from several prominent scientific organisations for his work on semiconductors, light and the treatment of cancer.

Classics come to life

Thursday 19 April 2007

Families can enjoy learning about the worlds of ancient Rome and Greece this weekend at a day of activities, lectures and performances for all ages hosted by the University of St Andrews.

Life in a new light

Tuesday 17 April 2007

Cutting-edge research into the use of light and optics in healthcare by the University of St Andrews will be showcased in a new state- of-the-art education programme.

Schoolchildren inspired by 'wild things'

Monday 16 April 2007

CAPTION: Some of the University's natural history collection

New museum for university

Tuesday 10 April 2007

The future of, and public access to, many of the University of St Andrews' ancient artefacts will be safeguarded, thanks to a near-half million pound grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

One in eight 'financially excluded'

Wednesday 28 March 2007

Leading researchers in banking and finance will highlight the 'hidden crisis' of financial exclusion in the UK during a public event today (Wednesday 28 March 2007).

Scotland: from the 90s to the 00s

Monday 26 March 2007


Deputy First Minister visits university

Monday 26 March 2007

CAPTION: Nicol Stephen at the University today (Monday 26 March 2007)

Critically thinking about philosophy

Monday 26 March 2007

CAPTION: 130 school pupils and 20 teachers attended today's Philosophy outreach event.

Vitamin G = good health?

Friday 23 March 2007

Most people know their Vitamin C from their Vitamin A, and importantly which foods contain them, but how many are familiar with Vitamin G?

Represeantations of Romanies

Friday 23 March 2007

The peculiarities of the representation and exoticisation of marginalised European Roma throughout history is to be discussed at a major event at the University of St Andrews this weekend (23-25 March 2007).

The lives of Romani people

Thursday 22 March 2007

Films featuring the lives of European Roma, or Romanies, will be shown during a special weekend dedicated to the subject at the University of St Andrews.

'Popular crucifixions'

Wednesday 21 March 2007

An internationally renowned theologian will deliver a lecture on the subject of 'popular crucifixions' at the University of St Andrews today (Wednesday 21st March 2007).

Filmmaker to visit St Andrews

Monday 19 March 2007

A Canadian filmmaker will 'stow away' to St Andrews when he visits the town this week for a special screening of his first feature film.

Gifford lectures 2007

Friday 16 March 2007

Astronomer Royal, Professor Martin Rees will deliver two special lectures at the University of St Andrews next week.

University's 'hidden treasure' to be revealed

Tuesday 13 March 2007

CAPTION: Before and after - an artists impression shows how the gate will look.

Teachers come together to save science

Monday 12 March 2007

A desperate shortage of scientists in the UK has led to the launch of a special programme in Scotland aimed at encouraging youngsters to study the subject at university.

Fair to showcase ethical living

Monday 12 March 2007

Students, staff and local residents will find out how to consume and travel more ethically this week as the University of St Andrews launches its first Ethical Living Fair.

'Pioneers' made fellows of RSE

Friday 09 March 2007

Present-day pioneers at the University of St Andrews have followed in the footsteps of distinguished names such as Sir Walter Scott by being elected new Fellows of The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

From St Lucia to St Andrews

Wednesday 07 March 2007

Caribbean Banana farmer to speak in St Andrews during Fairtrade Fortnight.

From mousetraps to fighting robots!

Tuesday 06 March 2007

The recent lunar eclipse was captured at the University Observatory by Nick Dunstone, Thomas Robitaille and Katherine Johnston.

Scots schoolchildren can apply for summer school

Wednesday 28 February 2007

It's not too late for Scottish pupils to apply to spend a free week at the University of St Andrews this summer to learn about university life, courtesy of the Sutton Trust.

Museum partnership in running for prize

Tuesday 27 February 2007

An innovative museums project for which the University of St Andrews was a founding partner is in the running for the UK's largest single art prize.

St Andrews plots novel developments in crime

Monday 26 February 2007

The University of St Andrews will host a unique event that brings four celebrated crime writers together with distinguished academics to discuss the state of crime fiction as a genre.

Gordon Brown to open £35m residence

Friday 23 February 2007

A flagship new student residence at the University of St Andrews, the most environmentally friendly in the country, is to be opened officially by the Chancellor Gordon Brown today (Friday 23rd February 2007).

Gordon Brown hails 'innovative' residence

Friday 23 February 2007

The Chancellor pictured during the opening event today. Credit: Alan Richardson, Pix-AR

One giant waste of time?

Thursday 22 February 2007

Research into the darker side of space exploration, which views the 1969 moon landing as '$35 billion ego trip', has been published by a historian at the University of St Andrews.

Dedicated staff rewarded

Thursday 22 February 2007

CAPTION: Some of the staff pictured during the awards ceremony.

The buried secrets of earth's past

Monday 12 February 2007

Dr Ian Alsop studying rock folds in Oman.

Mathematicians win ¿3.4m to study sun

Friday 09 February 2007

Eric Priest (centre) signing the EU contract with co-researchers Alan Hood and Ineke De Moortel.

St Andrews researcher leading light

Wednesday 07 February 2007

Dr Adrian Finch studies corals up to 1m years old.

£77m for life sciences in Scotland

Friday 02 February 2007

The University of St Andrews is one of six Scottish universities collaborating with the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to invest £77.4 million to transform biology and life sciences research in Scotland.

The greatest show on earth

Friday 02 February 2007

CAPTION: Just some of the images taken during the Mela by Professor Steve Reicher.

Scots boys too shy for summer school?

Tuesday 30 January 2007

Scottish schoolboys are being encouraged to overcome their shyness and apply to spend a free week this summer at Scotland's oldest university courtesy of the Sutton Trust.

Are baboons savvy shoppers?

Tuesday 30 January 2007

Baboons in the Blouberg Nature Reserve. Credit Rahel Noser.

100 scientists gather at St Andrews

Friday 26 January 2007

Future is bright

Declining harbour seal populations

Friday 19 January 2007

Populations of harbour seals in Orkney and Shetland have suffered an as yet unexplained decline of about 40% over the past five years, according to new research carried out by the Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St Andrews.

Study of galaxy reveals 'football-shaped' bulge

Friday 12 January 2007

Scientists at the University of St Andrews have carried out a new study of one of the oldest parts of the Galaxy. The collaboration between astronomers at St Andrews and UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) is the largest survey to date of the speed of stars within the 'Galactic bulge'.