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News archive 2017


High value jobs at new St Andrews technology company

Wednesday 20 December 2017

Building links between industry and academia


Travel back in time to see iconic St Andrews building as it appeared 500 years ago

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Digital reconstruction created of university quad


Should we replace stars with planets on our Christmas trees?

Monday 18 December 2017

Mystery of the Star of Bethlehem


From lab bench to front bench

Thursday 07 December 2017

University of St Andrews scientist visits politicians in Westminster


“Studentification” and HMO policy in St Andrews: a case of bad public policy?

Tuesday 05 December 2017

First independent assessment of the local impact of growth in HMOs


Crafty crows know what it takes to make a good tool

Thursday 07 December 2017

New study provides surprising insights into how crows manufacture their hooked foraging tools


Breakthrough in clean diesel research

Thursday 30 November 2017

A powerful approach to tackle air pollution could save thousands


New research could revolutionise the future of electronic devices

Monday 27 November 2017

University leads innovative electronic states in solids research

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Sports legends in St Andrews

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Global Youth Mentoring Programme launched in Scotland


Domestic violence turns women off masculine men

Thursday 23 November 2017

Violence within partnerships influences women’s future partner preferences


Winter graduation celebrations at St Andrews

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Over 900 students and five distinguished individuals to be honoured


Scottish cybersecurity and cyber resilience experts join forces

Friday 17 November 2017

Cyber Nexus establishes thought leadership community


Navy efforts to protect whales have limited effect

Thursday 16 November 2017

Whales remain at risk from sonar sounds


Street names indicate how "Scottish" you feel

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Study of British streets reveals identity


Sarah Waters discusses ingenious tale of fraud, insanity and secrets

Friday 10 November 2017

Booker Prize nominated author delivers free public lecture


New low-carbon living community space opens its doors

Friday 03 November 2017

The Kernel based in Botanic Gardens


Frankenstein to be brought to life at University

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Halloween reading of Shelley’s novel


Green data centre wins gold award for third time

Tuesday 24 October 2017

St Andrews remains only university with accolade

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Lost letters from historical greats rediscovered

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Letters from Burns, Lord Byron, Beethoven and Ben Franklin among those donated to the University


Can a CEO’s cultural heritage affect corporate performance?

Monday 23 October 2017

New study finds cultural heritage can influence corporate profitability and success


Funding available for remote access to sensitive data

Monday 09 October 2017

£1.5 million to roll out University of St Andrews invention


St Andrews Dean of Medicine to be new Chief Scientist Health

Monday 09 October 2017

Professor David Crossman joins Scottish Government team


St Andrews graduate is Young Software Engineer of the Year

Friday 06 October 2017

Women swept the board at Scottish software engineering awards


Events held to mark 500th anniversary of Reformation

Tuesday 03 October 2017

St Andrews plays prestigious role

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Condensed matter physics research could revolutionise data transfer and storage

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Maximal Rashba-like spin splitting via kinetic energy-coupled inversion symmetry breaking

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University choir celebrates music of the Reformation

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Musical collaboration launches CD and concert


New book shows people in 16th-century Venice treated paintings as if alive

Monday 25 September 2017

Were Venice’s living portraits inspiration for Hogwarts?


St Andrews top in the UK for student experience

Sunday 24 September 2017

Scotland’s first University maintains enviable record at the top


Revolutionary guitar string rocks the guitar world

Friday 22 September 2017

Interest from greats of rock and roll


Significant step made towards understanding Rift Valley Fever virus

Thursday 21 September 2017

First insight into the architecture of viral filaments

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University signs memorandum of agreement with Beijing’s largest teaching hospital

Monday 11 September 2017

Progress on student exchanges and scientific collaborations


Global environmental conservation prize opens for entries

Monday 04 September 2017

$150,000 US dollars in cash prizes


New technology could revolutionise smartphone use

Monday 04 September 2017

Mobiles able to identify different materials


“Simple” chess puzzle holds key to $1m prize

Thursday 31 August 2017

Challenge issued to computer programmers


New study calls for better information on changes in wild animal populations

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Technology and citizen science can boost biodiversity monitoring


£5M Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funding for photonics

Thursday 10 August 2017

Light research could revolutionise the biomedical world


St Andrews top in the UK for student satisfaction

Wednesday 09 August 2017

Scotland’s first university aces new poll


£252,000 to encourage St Andrews scholars

Tuesday 08 August 2017

The Wolfson Foundation announces funding to support researchers in the humanities


Welcome respite to carers at University of St Andrews

Monday 07 August 2017

Free accommodation during summer

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New communication technique helps people with dementia

Thursday 03 August 2017

Method could reduce social isolation


University of St Andrews professors honoured by British Academy

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Professors Sir Hew Strachan and Nicholas Roe elected Fellows


Song cultures of whales give rare insight into evolutionary learning

Tuesday 25 July 2017

‘Animal culture’ reshapes ideas about evolution


‘Animal culture’ reshapes ideas about evolution

Monday 24 July 2017

Adaptation led by cultural change may shape genetic evolution

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Animal cognition expert honoured by the British Psychological Society

Monday 24 July 2017

Lifetime Achievement Award for Professor Richard Byrne


St Andrews students to represent the UK at world championships

Sunday 23 July 2017

Ultimate Frisbee Championships 2018

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New book reveals the fascinating life of whales

Friday 21 July 2017

Insights into the sea mammals published by Natural History Museum


How “great” an ape are you?

Thursday 20 July 2017

Online test reveals if humans instinctively understand our closest relatives

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MRSA emerged years before methicillin was even discovered 

Thursday 20 July 2017

University of St Andrews and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Genome Biology study


Race under wraps

Wednesday 19 July 2017

Top British companies unable or unwilling to publicise ethnic makeup of management


Laser research revolutionises the diagnosis and treatment of dementia and cancer

Friday 14 July 2017

Innovative research using ultra-pure lasers could benefit researchers looking for new ways to diagnose and treat dementia and cancer

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Celebrating imagination at St Andrews

Friday 14 July 2017

Sir James Black, Nobel Laureate and alumnus of St Andrews, takes centre stage to commemorate 400 years since the grant of British Patent Number One

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St Andrews named Best Buy

Thursday 13 July 2017

St Andrews is the only university outside North America named in Fiske’s prestigious list


Explore the streets, markets, palaces and churches of 16th century Edinburgh

Friday 07 July 2017

Virtual time travel opens doors to Edinburgh’s historic past


Milky Way could have 100 billion brown dwarfs

Friday 07 July 2017

St Andrews astronomer reaches for the stars


Newly-discovered peatlands must be protected to prevent climate change

Monday 20 March 2017

Commercial agriculture also threatens iconic species


New guide ranks St Andrews among UK’s best

Tuesday 16 May 2017

University placed top in Scotland as it seeks to strengthen European ties


Carbon nanotubes turn electrical current into light-matter quasi-particles

Tuesday 18 July 2017

Strong coupling in carbon nanotubes may hold the key to electrically driven organic lasers


Honour for Professor Kishan Dholakia

Friday 30 June 2017

Outstanding and exceptional contribution to the strength of physics


How the optics of soap bubbles may help us understand the mechanics of immune cells and cancer

Monday 19 June 2017

Measurements of “mind-blowing” precision


University hosts Tay Cities Deal 'speed dating' event

Wednesday 28 June 2017

Organisations bidding for slice of £1.8 billion investment


Coastguard praises quick thinking St Andrews University student

Friday 30 June 2017

University staff and undergraduate student in dramatic rescue


Dramatic differences spotted in chimp communities

Friday 23 June 2017

Neighbours vary in hunting and rank


St Andrews scoops top teaching award

Thursday 22 June 2017

University secures Gold in new Teaching Excellence Framework


Chimps’ cultural traditions extend beyond family

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Social tradition in chimpanzees mimics human culture


Britain’s smallest bird affected by cold winters

Thursday 15 June 2017

New analysis methods relate wildlife abundance to weather


New study reveals light-bending celestial phenomenon

Wednesday 07 June 2017

First time this effect has been observed beyond the solar system


The Meaning of Fife

Friday 05 May 2017

Michael Palin to be honoured by University of St Andrews


St Andrews marks over a decade in top 100

Thursday 08 June 2017

University of St Andrews continues to attract international talent


New study finds young Scots still have sweet tooth

Wednesday 17 May 2017

But St Andrews researchers say increased physical activity is ‘encouraging’


'Scrambled light' wavemeter breakthrough

Monday 05 June 2017

Measures changes one million times smaller than an atom

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New technology opens doors to the past

Friday 02 June 2017

Virtual holiday-makers can visit 16th century Edinburgh this summer


Chimps pass on knowledge to the next generation

Thursday 01 June 2017

Apes have ability thought to be unique to humans


Living fossil challenges thinking on brain evolution

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Ancient sea creature discovered to have complex brain


Mystery of rare volcanoes on Venus

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Play-doh planet too hot for volcanic activity


Cloud Atlas author to attend sold-out international conference on his works

Monday 29 May 2017

Award-winning author David Mitchell in St Andrews on Saturday


Hormone boost makes wild seals spend more time with each other

Wednesday 24 May 2017

Implications for conditions in humans like autism


Students’ end of term recycling effort

Wednesday 24 May 2017

Minimise waste and benefit the community


Manchester terror attack

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Phillips O’Brien, Professor of Strategic Studies in the School of International Relations comments


Beauty and the beholder

Thursday 18 May 2017

Familiar faces breed attraction, according to new research


Victorian Visions

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Insight into life in Victorian St Andrews


Less than 50 per cent of UK adolescents eat fruit or veg daily

Wednesday 17 May 2017

But the good news is young people are eating less sweets 


St Andrews announces membership of influential European university network

Tuesday 16 May 2017

A time to build, not burn, bridges says Scotland’s oldest university


Body snatchers to politicians – the secret history of St Andrews

Monday 15 May 2017

Alumni database reveals fate of former students


Estimating animal populations from camera trap surveys

Wednesday 10 May 2017

New analytical methods to estimate the size of wild animal populations from a distance


St Andrews academic shortlisted for Britain’s foremost history prize

Thursday 04 May 2017

Wolfson History Prize celebrating outstanding history


University of St Andrews contributes to a record £1bn in UK university donations

Wednesday 03 May 2017

Graduates help fund transformative teaching and research


‘Inner city’ seals may suffer hearing loss

Tuesday 02 May 2017

Underwater noise increasing in UK’s busy shipping lanes inhabited by seals


New study: 1.5 million whales, dolphins and porpoises in European Atlantic

Tuesday 02 May 2017

“Stable trend” in numbers found over 22 year study


St Andrews Prize for the Environment 2017

Friday 28 April 2017

$150,000 USD in prize awards


University nursery officially opened

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Key milestone to becoming a more open and diverse community


St Andrews rises to third in the UK in independent guide

Wednesday 26 April 2017

University top in Scotland again


Wilful blindness

Tuesday 25 April 2017

New study reveals Britain’s ‘conspiracy of silence’ during Mugabe’s atrocities


Medieval event takes St Andrews back to past

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Experience history in action


Celebrating a ten-year relationship with Santander

Thursday 20 April 2017

More than £1 million to benefit students


Cycling distinction for St Andrews

Wednesday 12 April 2017

University wins cycle-friendly accolade


Dressing to Remember

Thursday 20 April 2017

St Andrews researcher to highlight Dementia with vintage fashion show


Lost writing of the Inkas discovered

Thursday 20 April 2017

St Andrews anthropologist finds first phonetic Inka writing


Teaching Excellence Awards 2017

Wednesday 19 April 2017

Staff recognised for outstanding contribution


Fish pool their experience to solve problems collectively

Tuesday 18 April 2017

Implications for business and bio-inspired swarm robotics

Better than birdie for Saints golfers

Friday 14 April 2017

First year St Andrews student claims BUCS Order of Merit

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Dressing to remember

Friday 14 April 2017

St Andrews researcher to highlight Dementia with vintage fashion show


New research centre to inform housing policy in the UK

Thursday 06 April 2017

St Andrews key partner in independent centre


Booker Prize-nominated author comes to St Andrews

Monday 03 April 2017

George Macrae Burnet present 'His Bloody Project' in a public lecture and in conversation with Principal Professor Sally Mapstone


St Andrews Prize for the Environment

Wednesday 22 March 2017

2017 Finalists Announced


10 Days On The Rocks

Friday 31 March 2017

The largest student-run arts festival in Scotland returns to St Andrews


Aggressor or protector?

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Whether women view men as aggressors or protectors predicts their masculinity preferences

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Living and Learning in St Andrews

Monday 27 March 2017

New museum gallery explores lives of University students


New tennis centre to breed future champions

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Four-court arena to be built in St Andrews to encourage more people to play tennis at all levels


New technology reveals old Edinburgh

Friday 17 March 2017

St Andrews research brings 16th Century capital back to life


SWiM: an evolution in one-handed texting

Friday 17 March 2017

Shape Writing in Motion


Running away from Einstein

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Galaxies flying away faster than current theory allows


Exposure for hidden learning

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Award-winning artwork inspired by women in science at University of St Andrews


Farming in Fife in the 1800s

Monday 13 March 2017

Local farmer’s diary provides fascinating insight into daily life in the 19th century


Biogenic haze formation fuelled planetary oxidation

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Revealing the hazy details of the Great Oxidation Event


St Andrews researchers help secure survival of the Baltic Sea harbour porpoise

Wednesday 08 March 2017

World’s largest ever acoustic wildlife survey helps shape conservation


Celebrating four decades of Transatlantic scholarship

Tuesday 07 March 2017

St Andrews students chosen for a year of study in the United States


Woody Woodpecker laughs in the face of politics

Wednesday 08 March 2017

New evidence suggests birds have mastered cooperative living


MSP marks Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Tuesday 07 March 2017

Willie Rennie meets University of St Andrews apprentices


Research into seal population decline takes centre stage at World Mobile Congress

Monday 27 February 2017

Sea Mammal Research Unit at the cutting edge of technology


University bid for 500 Tay Cities Deal jobs

Monday 27 February 2017

St Andrews has "ambitious" plans for the redevelopment of Eden Campus


Families at war

Wednesday 22 February 2017

The struggle between maternal and paternal genes is real, say researchers


You’re hired!

Tuesday 21 February 2017

St Andrews Apprenticeship scheme marks ten years with latest recruitment drive


Government funding for St Andrews Community Carbon Challenge

Friday 24 February 2017

Bid to reduce carbon emissions by 600 tonnes


Access scheme opens door to University of St Andrews

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Summer Schools offer university experience


RSE Honour for St Andrews Academics

Tuesday 14 February 2017

Two St Andrews academics join the Royal Society of Edinburgh


St Andrews scientist awarded Polar Medal

Tuesday 21 February 2017

Former director of SMRU recognised for his research on the ecology of seals


The Art of Religion

Friday 17 February 2017

Arts project teams researchers and composers with Sir James MacMillan


Promoting museum participation in remote Scotland, Latin America and the Caribbean

Tuesday 14 February 2017

Value of community museums focus of major international study


Dolphin population will take 40 years to recover from Deepwater Horizon disaster

Monday 13 February 2017

New international study highlights ongoing damage to marine mammals


Hisham Matar discusses tale of dissidents and betrayal

Thursday 09 February 2017

Booker Prize nominated author delivers free public lecture


PRIDE of St Andrews

Wednesday 08 February 2017

Fife’s longest-running LGBT+ Pride Parade invites community involvement


Nitrogen Revolution: study breathes new life into 2.3 billion year old ‘Great Oxidation Event’

Tuesday 07 February 2017

Nitrogen captured in ancient rocks from South Africa provides fresh insights into the co-evolution of Earth and life


Lizards and Ladders

Monday 06 February 2017

First evidence of how early social environment affects lizard learning

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The Liberal University and its Enemies

Friday 03 February 2017

Remembering the longest rectorial address ever delivered and revisiting its themes


St Andrews and the UK Teaching Excellence Framework

Thursday 26 January 2017

University to take part in new national appraisal of teaching quality


New research debunks honey bee pesticide study

Monday 23 January 2017

Agrochemical company’s findings “misleading”


Humanity through the lens of the Universe

Monday 23 January 2017

Multidisciplinary centre for exoplanet science to study what makes humanity ‘special’


Deputy First Minister’s commitment to diversity and equality in education

Thursday 19 January 2017

Address to education conference at University of St Andrews


University to unveil plans for new music centre

Friday 13 January 2017

£8m building proposed in heart of town


St Andrews excavations uncover valuable archaeology

Monday 09 January 2017

Pottery and flint tools reveal ancient trade


Arclight – a medical revolution

Thursday 12 January 2017

Device could save the sight of millions


New mapping reveals vast peatlands in the Congo Basin

Wednesday 11 January 2017

Area almost twice the size of Scotland


Around 60 remain of the world’s most threatened porpoise

Thursday 05 January 2017

Endangered species threatened by illegal fishing


Around 60 remain of the world’s most threatened porpoise

Thursday 05 January 2017

Endangered species threatened by illegal fishing


St Andrews excavations uncover valuable archaeology

Monday 09 January 2017

Pottery and flint tools reveal ancient trade


New mapping reveals vast peatlands in the Congo Basin

Wednesday 11 January 2017

Area almost twice the size of Scotland


Arclight – a medical revolution

Thursday 12 January 2017

Device could save the sight of millions