St Andrews in the News

September 2015

Following our Summer break, welcome to the September edition of St Andrews in the News, our monthly e-newsletter for alumni, parents, donors and friends of the University. This month we’re looking forward to the Scottish Varsity Rugby Match 2015 and celebrating international recognition for the University!

The Scottish Varsity Match 2015

This week sees the return of the annual Scottish Varsity Match as the rugby teams of St Andrews and Edinburgh universities renew rivalry, but this year with a difference. The oldest Varsity Rugby Match in the world will return home to Scotland after four years in London, taking place at the BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on Saturday 26 September.

First played over 150 years ago, the two university clubs, both founder members of the Scottish (Rugby) Football Union, have shared the spoils since the match was re-established in 2011, and St Andrews go into this year's game looking to record a third consecutive victory. This year, the Women's 1st XI will also take on their Edinburgh counterparts from 5pm before the Men's 1st XIs from 6pm.

Get Your Tickets Now!

Tomorrow (Tuesday 22 Sept) is the last chance for you to secure your FREE tickets to support the Saints at this year's Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish Rugby Varsity Match. We don't want to be outnumbered by the Edinburgh supporters!

Register online now (for free!), or buy online from Wednesday/at the turnstyle on the day for just £5. You can keep up with news on Facebook or Twitter.

PlayerLayer Signs On

Saints Sport (the Athletic Union) has teamed up with PlayerLayer as the new providers of official St Andrews sports kit for the teams. What's more, you can get your hands on some too!

Simply visit the bespoke St Andrews online store to find out more.

University News
See a full list of news from around the University here

QS World University Rankings 2015/16

This week has seen St Andrews receive further international recognition, achieving our highest ever placing in world rankings by rising 20 places to reach 68th position in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16. The QS ranking is the most extensive listing of its kind taking into account a range of factors such as academic reputation, research strengths, citations, reputation with graduate employers and international influence, and surveying over 3500 institutions worldwide.

 “This result speaks to our continuing commitment to academic excellence and to our enthusiastic adherence to the essential values of independent scholarly endeavour.”

Professor Louise Richardson, Principal & Vice-Chancellor

Scholarship support for Asian Students at St Andrews

The University of St Andrews and Missions Hills, China's premier golf and leisure brand, have taken a further step towards establishing scholarships to support bright Chinese students to study in Scotland. By hosting a high-profile charity golf tournament for the University, for a third year, at the Mission Hills complex at Dongguan, it is hoped that Chinese students will soon begin to benefit from the project.

This partnership comes hot on the heels of a successful series of University golf events centred around The Open Championship back in July, and ahead of the launch of the University's new Hong Kong Foundation later this year.

Alumni News
See a full list of alumni club activities here


London Alumni Club – City Drinks Nights

The next City Drinks Alumni Talk will take place on 30 September (6-8pm) at Brokers Wine Bar, Leadenhall Market, where the speaker will be Ann Wright, Director of Rough House Media - all welcome. To keep up with the latest London Club news, join our new Facebook Page.

There will also be an informal get-together drinks at 'Parlour' in Canary Wharf, London from 6.30pm on Wednesday 7 October. All alumni, parents and friends of the University are welcome - contact for more information.


Parents' Bootcamp  

An hour-long online session aiming to help parents to aid their son or daughter with their future career search. This event will be run by St Andrews Careers Centre's International Opportunities Manager, Robert Gelb. More information and register your place.

Graduation Accommodation 2016

The University is pleased to offer the 2016 graduating class and their families a discount on selected accommodation rates during graduation week in June 2016. More information and to book.

Pan-American Highway Cycle

Chris Lally and Danny Beech, the two St Andrews graduates aiming to break the world record for the fastest time to cycle the Pan-American Highway are well in to their 14,099 mile journey. Chris and Danny are very grateful for the support of alumni throughout Canada and the USA so far.You can follow their progress on their website

Education UK Alumni Awards 2016

Applications for the Education UK Alumni Awards 2016 are now open. Find out if you are eligible, read the judging criteria and follow the link to the online application or nomination form. Applications close on 31 October 2015.

NB: To enter, alumni must reside in one of the following countries: Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey or USA. 

Alumni Festival Weekend 2016

Save the date now for the 2016 Alumni Festival Weekend! Following last year's successful weekend, we'll be back with a wide range of sports and society activities, this is a great opportunity to return to St Andrews and relive your student days - 15-17 April, 2016. Keep up to date on the plans on Facebook.

Byre Theatre

The Byre Film Club continues this month plus there is an encore screening of NT Live's Coriolanus (24 September) and musical comedy I Will Survive (26 September) – see the Byre’s full programme.

Music Centre

A full programme of lunchtime and evening concerts pick up again for the new academic year including the Danish String Quartet (23 September), St Andrews ukelele band (25 September) and Rebecca Anderson, Soprano (2 October) – see the Music Centre’s full programme.

Life in Space

Astronaut Duane Carey, pilot of Space Shuttle mission STS109, will be giving a talk about Life in Space. Suitable for all ages and all welcome - Monday 21 September, 7:30-8:30pm, Physics & Astronomy Theatre A, North Haugh, St Andrews

“Creative Fifers”


Photo Exhibit featuring portraits of creative Fifers, taken by Walter Nielson

1 September – 30 September, Byre Theatre, free admission.


"Recording Britain"


Life and Landscape During World War II

9 May – 6 December, MUSA, free admission.
Alumni Authors

The Bonnie Road 


Suzanne d'Corsey, MA 1982

Price: £4.99 (Kindle edition) from Amazon

*Suzanne d'Corsey is taking part in a book reading and signing on Thursday 24 September at 7pm in Waterstones, St Andrews, 101-103 Market Street

Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom


Andrew Duff, MA 1993

Price: £19.99 (hardback) from Amazon
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