St Andrews in the News

October 2015

Welcome to the October edition of St Andrews in the News, the monthly e-newsletter that keeps all our alumni, parents, donors and friends in the loop about current news, information and events. This month new and returning students can bathe in the reflected glory of their University's spectacular performance both in the league tables and on the rugby pitch.

And while we're on the subject of spectacular, many of you living in other parts of the world won't have had the chance to see the aurora borealis in the skies over St Andrews this month, so we thought we would lead with a photograph of this natural phenomenon taken by student Ben Thomson. Enjoy!

University news
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When the Saints came marching in … and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat

The oldest varsity rugby match in the world between the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh ended with a last-minute 27–26 victory for the St Andrews Men's first XV. Read all about it from one who was there.

We are all completely beside ourselves …

… because the University's collaboration with the Booker Prize Foundation continues to grow from strength to strength since it was launched in 2009. Karen Joy Fowler recently appeared at the Byre to talk about her shortlisted novel We Are all Completely Beside Ourselves while Professor John Burnside of the School of English is a member of the judging panel for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015.

St Andrews high in the national and international rankings

The University has been in the news again because it continues to achieve high rankings, not only at home but also internationally. It has gained its highest ever placing in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015–16.

Meanwhile, St Andrews has been ranked top university in Scotland and fourth in the UK by the Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016.

St Andrews students sweep the boards

More good news for the University as its students have swept the boards at the 2015 Undergraduate Awards, often referred to as the 'Junior Nobel Prize'. This is the world's largest academic awards programme and recognises excellence in research and original work across the sciences, humanities, business and the creative arts.

St Andrew's Day honorary degrees announced

Sir David Edward, Vicky Featherstone and Professor Cheryl Praeger will all be awarded honorary degrees during the St Andrew's Day Graduation ceremonies taking place on Monday 30 November.

These three honorands from the worlds of academia and the arts will join hundreds of students participating in the three ceremonies taking place at the University's Younger Hall.

St Andrews Hong Kong Foundation launch

The University of St Andrews Hong Kong Foundation will be formally launched at an event hosted by the Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau, Caroline Wilson, on Thursday 29 October. We look forward to welcoming alumni and friends of the University to the launch event. For further information about the University's Hong Kong Foundation please contact
Alumni news
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Dates for your diary

General Council of the University of St Andrews
The next meeting of the General Council takes place on Saturday 28 November 2015 at 10.30am in Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews. Tea and coffee are available from 10am.
Further information about the General Council

Alumni Carol Service
Join in the carol service at St Salvator's Chapel on Wednesday 2 December 2015 at 7pm. A mulled wine and mince pie reception follows the service. More information coming soon.

Alumni Festival Weekend 2016: 15–17 April 2016
Put this date in your diary and prepare to relive your student days with a wide range of sports, social and arts activities. Further information will be available soon.

Careers Winter Shadowing Scheme  

Do your bit and host a student at your place of work for a day! To find out more about the Worldwide Shadowing Programme and what this involves, register your interest and availability here by Sunday 1 November.

Visa advice for international alumni

Calling all international alumni! Interested in coming back to the UK? Immigration Lawyer Jamie Kerr is running a virtual seminar on Wednesday 18 November exclusively for St Andrews alumni. For more information register here.

Rake out your old sports photos!

Do you recognise yourself or any peers in this photo? We have recently been sent a selection of team photos from the 1964–65 academic year and would love to build up an archive of more. We might even display some in our new Sports Centre. You can share any photos you may have with us either by post (to Alumni Officer, University of St Andrews Sports Centre, St Leonard's Road, St Andrews, KY16 9DY) or by email.

Alumni events worldwide

Save the Date for this year's candle-lit Alumni Carol Service at St Columba's Church, Pont Street, on Wednesday 16 December at 7pm. Further ticket information coming soon.

Attend an exclusive screening of Ever to Excel, the University's 600th Anniversary film, Sunday 8 November: Baltimore MD21204. Register at by Friday 30 October to confirm your attendance. Full location details will be provided upon registration.

New York
Join us on Thursday 29 October at 7pm to discuss 'Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Creation of a Media Phenomenon' with Professor Andrew Pettegree of the School of Modern History. The discussion will take place at the Strand, 826 Broadway, New York City, NY 10003. Contact with any queries. Tickets are available online.

The New York Alumni Club would like to invite you to The Scottish Ball 2015 on Saturday 7 November at 7pm – a black-tie evening of reeling, whisky-tasting, dinner and a raffle. The Ball is being held at Abigail Adams Smith Ballroom on 417 East 61st Street, New York. Contact or Tickets are available online.

Washington DC
Join the Washington DC Alumni Club at our happy hour on Tuesday 3 November at James Hobans – an Irish pub on the Red Line. Meet at the DuPont Circle metro stop from 6pm.

Dubai – UAE
The UAE Alumni group will be meeting for a casual drinks evening in Dubai on Wednesday 4 November from 7–9pm in Moods Bar at the Sheraton Dubai Marina Resort. Director of Development, Robert Fleming, will be joining us to give an update on all things St Andrews. Please register to attend:

Wolfson at 60

As a key supporter of the University, we are delighted that the Wolfson Foundation celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2015 and has marked the occasion by holding a series of lectures across the UK. These are now available to listen to online.
What's on

St Andrews Voices

This year's St Andrews Voices Festival presents inspirational concerts from 22–25 October celebrating the voice in all its many guises.
See the Byre’s full programme
See the Music Centre's full programme

The First Computers in St Andrews


An exhibition charting the changes in computing technology at the University

1 October – 31 October, Byre Theatre, free admission

Recording Britain


Life and Landscape During World War II

9 May – 6 December, MUSA, free admission
Alumni authors

Redemption Road


Lisa Ballantyne, MA 1995

Price: £3.85 (paperback) from Amazon

Lisa Ballantyne will be talking about her work on Thursday 26 November at 8pm at Topping & Company Booksellers, 7 Greyfriars Garden, St Andrews. Book your place now!

The Boys Who Wouldn't Grow Up


Lauren Mangiaforte, MLitt 2010

Price: £13.26 from Amazon

Lauren Mangiaforte will be giving a lecture on the book to the Literary Society in October

Aid and Development: A Brief Introduction


Myles A Wickstead, MA 1974

Price: £20.00 (hardback) from Oxford University Press
Happy Raisin Weekend everybody!

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