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From rare bugs to test tube drugs

Tuesday 23 December 2008

Scientists have created exotic biological compounds in a test tube by uncovering some of Nature's chemical secrets.

Principal's portrait unveiled

Friday 19 December 2008

The official portrait of the outgoing Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, Dr Brian Lang, has been unveiled.

Would you describe yourself as old?

Friday 19 December 2008

Researchers are investigating people's perceptions of when an individual should be called old.

Research Assessment Exercise 2008

Thursday 18 December 2008

St Andrews is one of the leading research institutions in the UK.

St Andrews academic makes a splash

Wednesday 17 December 2008

The research of a St Andrews academic was highlighted on tea-time television this week.

Prestigious prize for English Head

Wednesday 17 December 2008

Annual prize awarded for academic work on Shakespeare.

Historian wins national award

Wednesday 17 December 2008

St Andrews' researcher awarded Scottish History Book of the Year title.

Glasgow gang members in violence summit

Friday 12 December 2008

Peter Donnelly, Professor in Public Health Medicine, will evaluate the £5M plan to tackle gangs.

Prestigious German research prize for St Andrews academic

Thursday 11 December 2008

Dr Nathan MacDonald has been awarded a prestigious research prize by the German Federal Minister of Education and Research.

Professors of rock

Wednesday 10 December 2008

St Andrews academics pool resources to form their own band.

Scottish firms in the spotlight

Wednesday 10 December 2008

A senior economist has warned that Scotland's hi-tech firms must grow.

The Lizard King OAP

Monday 08 December 2008

Researchers reveal what Jim Morrison might have looked like if he were alive today.

St Andrews receives major funding for new centre

Friday 05 December 2008

Funding from the EPSRC will help train a new wave of scientists.

Research centre wins international award

Thursday 04 December 2008

The Organic Semiconductor Centre (OSC) has won a major award for its innovative work.

Broadcaster to give Christmas lecture

Wednesday 03 December 2008

Distinguished zoologist and broadcaster, Aubrey Manning, will deliver this year's public Christmas lecture.

Over 100 scholarships recognised

Tuesday 02 December 2008

This year's recipients officially welcomed to the University.

The future of sex and gender studies

Tuesday 02 December 2008

St Andrews' academics discuss hot topics in sex and gender studies at an international conference.

Award-winning arts duo

Monday 01 December 2008

Two academics have been awarded top UK prizes for their world-leading contributions to the arts.

University honours female academics

Friday 28 November 2008

The University of St Andrews has highlighted the role of women in its history with the unveiling of two new portraits.

Honorary Degrees 27th November 2008 (pm)

Friday 28 November 2008

Principal Dr Brian Lang and Bridget McConnell made honorary doctors.

Honorary Degrees 27th November 2008 (am)

Friday 28 November 2008

Simon Pepper, Barbara Rae and Sir Jackie Stewart honoured.

Opening graduation address

Thursday 27 November 2008

Today's opening address in full.

Formula One legend makes a pitstop in St Andrews

Thursday 27 November 2008

Sir Jackie Stewart is made an honorary doctor.

Principal to graduate today

Wednesday 26 November 2008

Dr Brian Lang to be awarded honorary degree.

Rebus author meets Burke and Hare

Tuesday 25 November 2008

Fife-born crime author Ian Rankin officially opens new Museum of the University of St Andrews.

The light syringe

Friday 21 November 2008

Scientists have developed a novel form of syringe, formed solely from light.

La question

Thursday 20 November 2008

Fifty years after the publication of "La Question", journalist Henri Alleg will make his first trip to Scotland to discuss the controversial book.

Observatory opens night sky to the public

Tuesday 18 November 2008

Open Evening on Saturday 29th November.

Pupils put through their paces

Tuesday 18 November 2008

School pupils from across Fife were put through their paces at the University of St Andrews.

St Andrews to honour its Principal

Monday 10 November 2008

Dr Lang to be awarded honorary degree this month.

£4M Euro grant for new studies on mental evolution

Friday 07 November 2008

How did humans evolve?  Why did we evolve in the way that we did?

Scotland the brave or Scotland the victim?

Wednesday 05 November 2008

Leading historians gather in St Andrews for debate on Scottish identity.

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

Wednesday 05 November 2008

Intrepid explorer Paul Rose visits the University of St Andrews.

Literary lunch with McCall Smith

Friday 31 October 2008

Scottish author will visit the University on Monday (November 3rd).

Kevin Dunion takes over as Rector

Friday 31 October 2008

Scotland's FOI Commissioner elected for three year term.

St Andrews in £5m sustainable hydrogen drive

Thursday 30 October 2008

The University will play a major role in a new drive to produce the technology to make clean, cheap and sustainable hydrogen energy.

Like father, like son?

Wednesday 29 October 2008

Macho men produce macho sons, according to research.

St Andrews community beach clean

Tuesday 28 October 2008

Staff and students call on volunteers to help tidy up the local landscape.

Who will win the battle for Rectorship?

Friday 24 October 2008

Three Scots in the running for Rectorial race.

Formula One legend honoured by St Andrews

Friday 24 October 2008

'The Flying Scot' to be awarded honorary degree.

In search of a 'Holy Grail' of modern science

Monday 20 October 2008

An international team of researchers has collaborated to perform a landmark experiment which could revolutionise the future of new technology.

'Wellcome' funding for superbug research

Thursday 16 October 2008

St Andrews leads the way thanks to £5m funding package.

Awards for undergraduate research projects

Thursday 16 October 2008

Results of new University Research Internship Programme rewarded.

What coastal erosion could mean for St Andrews

Monday 13 October 2008

Renowned golf course may sink into the sea thanks to coastal erosion, warns expert.

£1.4 million for cancer research at St Andrews

Thursday 09 October 2008

Research into improving the survival chances of cancer patients by academics at the University of St Andrews is to receive a £1.4 million funding boost.

First students on trailblazing medical programme

Thursday 09 October 2008

Overseas students arrive in St Andrews.

Does God interact with his suffering world?

Wednesday 08 October 2008

Leading physicist turned priest to pose challenging question during public lecture in St Andrews.

Italian Ambassador visits St Andrews

Tuesday 07 October 2008

Ambassador Aragona delivers public lecture to staff and students.

Top UK science awards for St Andrews students

Thursday 02 October 2008

Two students awarded prestigious prizes for their studies.

Gluttons, drunks and fools

Tuesday 30 September 2008

An academic from the University of St Andrews has delved into the Bible to provide food for thought on the subject of eating and drinking.

Light throws a curve ball

Monday 29 September 2008

Researchers at the University of St Andrews have made a surprise discovery using light beams that can travel around corners.

Capitalising on Scotland's creative industries

Monday 29 September 2008

A collaborative creative initiative spearheaded by the University of St Andrews has won a major funding award of £1.5 million.

Success prompts growth

Thursday 25 September 2008

The University of St Andrews will welcome its biggest ever population of students this year.

Forgetting facts

Wednesday 24 September 2008

Researchers investigate the way in which we forget information.

Army medic awarded Fife Provost's Prize

Tuesday 23 September 2008

Outstanding student on the University's Part-Time Evening Degree Programme recognised for his commitment.

Bottlenose whale sightings

Monday 22 September 2008

Young scientists investigate rare Icelandic whale sighting.

St Andrews cuts carbon costs

Tuesday 16 September 2008

As well as being Scotland's first university, the University of St Andrews is now aiming to be one of the nation's greenest.

Young artists inspired by secret garden

Friday 05 September 2008

Award-winning creations in the MUSA Young Artist award 2008.

Breakthrough in fight against superbugs

Friday 29 August 2008

Scottish research could help combat infectious diseases.

Students celebrate Vettriano sale

Wednesday 27 August 2008

Auction raised £32k for student charity.

Big step in tiny technology

Wednesday 27 August 2008

St Andrews researchers make significant leap in nanotechnology.

How accurate is your memory?

Wednesday 27 August 2008

New research provides major insights into 'false childhood memories'.

25 year old message in a bottle reunited with its owner

Wednesday 20 August 2008

Eco-volunteers track down 11 year old Orkney boy.. from 1985

Bronze Age building saved from the sea

Wednesday 20 August 2008

Environmental team preserve ancient Shetland site for generations to come.

Mystery of young stars near black holes solved

Wednesday 20 August 2008

Scottish team make important discovery using computer simulations.

US Ambassador opens £8m arts building

Wednesday 13 August 2008

New home for international relations at St Andrews officially opened.

Seals help unlock secrets of the ocean

Monday 11 August 2008

Sensors developed by St Andrews researchers collect vital information on climate.

It's enough to make you blush

Thursday 07 August 2008

An academic is to delve into a series of embarrassing situations in an attempt to discover who makes us blush.

Rare Vettriano to be auctioned for charity

Monday 04 August 2008

St Andrews' student charities to benefit from painting sale.

Talking to the animals

Friday 01 August 2008

Unique animal communication conference gathers in St Andrews.

Challenge of a lifetime

Thursday 31 July 2008

A member of staff is undertaking the challenge of a lifetime in memory of his inspirational niece.

Unravelling breast cancer susceptibility

Thursday 31 July 2008

Low-dose radiation helps scientists unravel susceptibility to breast cancer.

New infectious disease lab opens

Monday 28 July 2008

Facility will help develop better understanding and possible cures for a range of diseases.

From Bollywood to YouTube

Thursday 24 July 2008

A leading film academic looks into diverse world cinema.

New planet discovery announced

Thursday 24 July 2008

The discovery of yet another new planet is announced during international astronomy conference in St Andrews.

Is there life outside planet earth?

Tuesday 22 July 2008

Scottish astronomers are leading the way in the search for life outside planet earth.

Is there life outside planet earth?

Monday 21 July 2008

The Northern Star, whose vibrations were thought to be dying away, appears to have come to life again.

Cool Stars over St Andrews

Wednesday 16 July 2008

One of the world's largest astronomy meetings will come to the UK for the first time next week.

The future of the Eden Estuary

Friday 11 July 2008

A team of St Andrews researchers is to play a key role in the conservation of the Eden Estuary.

New team take the helm at Students' Association

Thursday 10 July 2008

Four new sabbatical officers have taken up their positions.

International ecology conference

Tuesday 08 July 2008

Delegates from 32 countries gather in St Andrews for a major three-day conference on Statistical Ecology.

Public health chief to join St Andrews

Monday 07 July 2008

Scotland's Deputy Chief Medical Officer is leaving his Scottish Government post to take up a new Chair at the University of St Andrews.

Last choir standing

Thursday 03 July 2008

St Andrews students compete in talent show on BBC One - Saturday July 5th at 7:45 pm.

Piranhas on show at University museum

Tuesday 01 July 2008

The 'true story' of one of nature's most feared animals on show this summer.

Catch a new planet

Monday 30 June 2008

Is there anybody out there? Looking for new worlds.

'Amazing' student graduates from St Andrews

Friday 27 June 2008

Fife-born student with Asperger's syndrome graduates this week.

Honorary degrees 27 June 2008

Friday 27 June 2008

Major General George Cowan, George Monbiot, Sir Kenneth Murray and Professor Rene Girard honoured by the University.

Honorary degrees 26 June 2008

Thursday 26 June 2008

Henning Mankell, Dame Nancy Rothwell and Adam Hochschild are conferred honorary doctorates.

Honorary degrees 25 June 2008

Wednesday 25 June 2008

Professors Angus Deaton and Nicholas Wright, Renee Powell and Baroness Helena Kennedy are awarded honorary degrees.

Honorary degrees 24 June 2008

Wednesday 25 June 2008

 Dame Judi Dench and Dr Simon Campbell honoured.

Sustainable students

Wednesday 25 June 2008

St Andrews is home to Scotland's first graduates in Sustainable Development.

Opening graduation address

Wednesday 25 June 2008

The following address was delivered at the opening Graduation ceremony yesterday (Tuesday 24 June) by Professor Jan Bebbington, School of Management.

St Andrews academics recognised

Monday 23 June 2008

Two academics from the University of St Andrews are among the recipients of awards in this year's Queen's birthday honours list.

Ancient ancestor gives insight into evolution

Thursday 19 June 2008

Genome sequence of marine animal provides clues to the past.

Identical twin stars reveal surprising differences

Wednesday 18 June 2008

The youngest identical twin stars discovered to date are not identical at all, according to scientists.

How female chimps call off the competition

Tuesday 17 June 2008

New research suggests that females use copulation calls strategically to prevent competition.

Apprenticeship scheme hailed a success

Thursday 12 June 2008

University's first `modern apprentices' enter their second year.

Honorary degrees - June 2008

Thursday 12 June 2008

Full list of recipients announced for this summer's ceremonies.

Scholarship programme goes from strength to strength

Tuesday 10 June 2008

St Andrews students are one step closer to compiling a catalogue of the burgh records of the town.

Recording the truth in Iran

Wednesday 04 June 2008

First chance to view new exhibition of work by famed photojournalist.

Pedal power

Tuesday 03 June 2008

Four students undertake a charity challenge down the Thames - in a pedalo.

University names next Principal

Tuesday 03 June 2008

University of St Andrews names Dr Louise Richardson of Harvard University as its next Principal.

Volcanic bug aids 'Children of the Moon'

Friday 30 May 2008

Ancient protein will help understanding of rare genetic disease.

Work starts on new St Andrews Medical School

Friday 30 May 2008

University Principal and benefactor will launch construction next week.

Distinguished actress to be honoured by University

Wednesday 21 May 2008

Dame Judi Dench to be made a Doctor of Letters.

What makes us human?

Monday 19 May 2008

Living Links to Human Evolution Centre established.

Unfinished business

Thursday 15 May 2008

A mysterious document from the 18th century is unveiled at the launch of The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland.

Universe shines twice as bright

Thursday 15 May 2008

Astronomers discover that Universe is actually twice as bright than was previously thought.

The credit crunch... in the 16th Century

Monday 12 May 2008

A major new parliamentary record to be launched this week tells how Scottish politicians faced issues such as fuel shortages and binge drinking hundreds of years ago.

Black holes not black after all

Monday 12 May 2008

International scientists have used flowing water to simulate a black hole, testing Stephen Hawking's theory that black holes are not black after all.

Futures in management

Thursday 08 May 2008

Is Management a subject, a profession, or a way of life? How will it be interpreted tomorrow, next year, next century? Does the future even have a role for Management?

Switching on cancer killer gene

Thursday 08 May 2008

Scottish scientists have discovered how to control a major anti-tumour gene that could lead to more effective chemotherapy.

Schoolchildren drawn to St Andrews secret garden

Tuesday 06 May 2008

Scotland's oldest university is inviting local pupils to let their imaginations run wild this spring at St Andrews Botanic Garden.

'Rainbow' lasers light up the future

Monday 05 May 2008

Colourful new technology developed by University scientists.

Do you really remember the sixties?

Sunday 04 May 2008

St Andrews' historian revisits the sixties with a less nostalgic outlook.

Celebrating charitable efforts

Thursday 01 May 2008

An outstanding total of over £160,000 was raised by student fundraising efforts in St Andrews this year.

New discovery linked to DNA repair and cancer

Thursday 01 May 2008

St Andrews' scientists discover important new protein.

Dream whale trip on offer

Tuesday 29 April 2008

One lucky young person can win a trip around Madeira.

Nobel Prize winner to deliver public lecture

Thursday 24 April 2008

Nobel Laureate Professor Tony Leggett to talk on quantum liquids next week.

Golfing great to be honoured

Tuesday 22 April 2008

Pioneering woman golfer Renee Powell to be awarded an honorary degree.

Stereotyping success

Tuesday 22 April 2008

Why the power of stereotypes can cause poor performance.

Medieval minds

Thursday 17 April 2008

Modern man would be astounded by the silence and smell of society in the Middle Ages if catapulted back in time, according to a leading medieval historian.

Bollywood in St Andrews

Wednesday 16 April 2008

The latest student fashion show will be a cross-cultural affair fusing kimonos with kilts.

God's 'universal' appeal

Wednesday 16 April 2008

Leading Islamic cosmologist will talk at the University this week.

Tree planted in memory of great supporter

Thursday 10 April 2008

University pays tribute to one of its most active supporters.

A good innings

Thursday 10 April 2008

A high number of test match appearances is linked to a longer life in English cricketers, according to St Andrews' research.

Why the dating game is taken at face value

Wednesday 09 April 2008

New research gives deeper insight into mate attractiveness.

St Andrews hosts innovative conference

Friday 04 April 2008

Researchers were given the opportunity to find out how their work could affect society at a unique one-day conference in St Andrews.

Fife: The home of economics

Thursday 03 April 2008

The prestigious appointment of a St Andrews' academic will bring the UK's Learned Society for Economics to Scotland for the first time in its history.

Astronomers find baby planet

Tuesday 01 April 2008

St Andrews researchers find 'the youngest embryonic planet ever seen'.

St Andrews makes top 5 of new league table

Tuesday 01 April 2008

The University of St Andrews has been placed fifth in a 'controversial' new league table which lets students decide for themselves what is important about universities.

Model UN in Mexico

Thursday 27 March 2008

Delegates from St Andrews visit Mexico to represent the University in a student simulation of a United Nations Conference.

Women as peacekeepers

Wednesday 26 March 2008

The inclusion of women in the peacekeeping process is more likely to gain positive results, according to a St Andrews academic.

Red gown goes green for charity

Thursday 20 March 2008

Student designer gives the red gown a `green' makeover for this week's charity fashion show.

Blake for Brits

Thursday 20 March 2008

St Andrews graduate up for top classical music award.

Sesquicentennial carnival

Monday 17 March 2008

Celebrations will be held in St Andrews this year to mark the 150th anniversary of the University's oldest sports society.

University gears up for Sport Relief

Friday 14 March 2008

Hundreds of people will run in various guises for charity this weekend.

Meaningful monkey calls

Monday 10 March 2008

New study may provide fresh insights into the evolution of human language.

Green cars gather in St Andrews

Monday 10 March 2008

Showcase of environmentally-friendly cars forms centrepiece of Green Week (10-16 March).

Black holes made of light

Thursday 06 March 2008

'Milestone' development may allow researchers to test Professor Stephen Hawking's radiation theory.

Seeing is believing at Science Week

Tuesday 04 March 2008

University students and staff will welcome visitors to an interactive festival from 8th-15th March.

Arthouse film project brings premiere to St Andrews

Friday 29 February 2008

Film Studies collaboration will introduce Russian documentary to Scotland.

Scotland through a lens

Friday 29 February 2008

A St Andrews academic has published the first book to present a survey of Scotland's role in the history of photography.

Discovery may assist future treatment of Alzheimer's

Thursday 28 February 2008

A new protein associated with the progression of Alzheimer's has been discovered by a St Andrews' researcher.

Shopping for food in the ocean

Thursday 28 February 2008

Study reveals fresh insights into marine predator behaviour.

First glimpse of star flip

Tuesday 26 February 2008

An international team of astrophysicists has, for the first time, discovered a star other than the Sun flipping its north and south magnetic poles.

Has science made religion redundant?

Tuesday 26 February 2008

Leading thinker will deliver second James Gregory lecture in St Andrews this week.

£1.8M for St Andrews researchers

Monday 25 February 2008

Two researchers from the University of St Andrews have been awarded some of the first prestigious grants from the European Research Council.

Shadow Defence Secretary spells out view on Iran

Monday 25 February 2008

Liam Fox MP delivers a public lecture at the University.

Shadow Defence Secretary to visit University

Friday 22 February 2008

Dr Liam Fox MP will deliver a public lecture on Iran.

St Andrews plans new school for medicine and the sciences

Thursday 21 February 2008

New development will be one of the first UK Medical Schools to fully integrate with the sciences.

Drifting off to sleep

Wednesday 20 February 2008

University researchers reveal a novel drifting behaviour in sperm whales.

University opens its heart for charity

Friday 15 February 2008

St Salvator's Quad to host student party in aid of cancer support.

Researchers find two new 'unlonely planets'

Friday 15 February 2008

University astronomers find two new planets, similar to Jupiter and Saturn.

New research opportunities for undergrads

Wednesday 13 February 2008

New research internship programme launched this summer.

Major new Mediaeval Institute opens

Tuesday 12 February 2008

The Institute of Mediaeval Studies brings together over thirty staff from across the University.

Bringing Africa to St Andrews

Tuesday 12 February 2008

St Andrews launches new online 'buddy' system with Malawian medical students.

The end to a mystery?

Thursday 31 January 2008

Astronomers at St Andrews believe they can 'simplify the dark side of the Universe'.

I think therefore I am... online

Thursday 31 January 2008

New online initiative for Philosophy teachers to be launched by University.

University recognised for 'green agenda'

Tuesday 22 January 2008

Travel Plan highlighted in national report.

University artefacts of 'national significance'

Tuesday 22 January 2008

Three collections recognised by the Scottish Museums Council.

St Andrews develops Pakistan partnership

Monday 14 January 2008

Major new academic collaboration to be sealed.

Chimpanzees and children

Wednesday 09 January 2008

Evidence that chimpanzees rely on role models more than children do has been published.