St Andrews in the News

November 2015

Welcome to the November 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.

Raisin Monday took place this year on 19 October – our leading photo illustrates the sheer exuberance of all the St Andrews students who took part in the celebrations. The person who made this outstanding dragon gets our vote for the most imaginative and inventive costume, but make up your own mind by checking out our online gallery on Facebook.

University news
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Launch of the St Andrews Hong Kong Foundation

The Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson launched the University of St Andrews Hong Kong Foundation at the residence of the British Consul General on the Peak this month. Donors, parents and graduates from 1968 through to 2015 joined the Principal and the British Consul General, Caroline Wilson to celebrate the Foundation which will strengthen our existing links with Hong Kong.

We were delighted to receive several founding gifts which were pledged on the evening in support of scholarships for students from Hong Kong, joint research and further collaborations between St Andrews and Hong Kong. In addition to their support for postgraduate scholarships in Economics and Biochemistry, George and Stella Lee have now generously established an endowed Wardlaw Scholarship for an undergraduate student.

Contact for further information about the Foundation and how you can show your support.

Guardbridge development plans revealed

The University has recently provided a series of open door information sessions to inform the community about its plans for a £25 million energy centre on the former paper mill site at Guardbridge. Drop in sessions were held at the Byre and at the Eden Mill Brewery at the development site in Guardbridge.

Chancellor's Circle

Alumni and friends of the University joined Lord Campbell of Pittenweem CH CBE QC at the gathering of the Chancellor's Circle on Saturday 7 November. The team from the Scottish Oceans Institute presented the world-leading work being done at the Gatty Centre and introduced guests to the plans for a new Gatty Multi-School Aquarium, Experimental Facility and Research Building.

If you would like more information about this project or about the way that legacies can benefit the University, please contact our team at

The health of Scotland's youth

A study commissioned by the NHS and carried out by academics at St Andrews has found declining mental health patterns among 13–15 year-old girls.

The Principal Investigator for the study was Candace Currie, Professor of Child and Adolescent Health and Director of CAHRU (Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit) at the University. Among the headline findings, researchers noted an increase since 2006 – especially amongst 15 year-old girls – in young people feeling pressured by schoolwork.

A conversation with Jean-Pierre Jeunet

The renowned French film director of Amelie, Alien: Resurrection, Delicatessen and A Very Long Engagement appeared in conversation at Byre World last month as part of the University's new cultural events programme.

Byre World was conceived by the University's School of Modern Languages and its programme includes foreign language films, conversations with international figures from cultural and creative industries and informal literary cafés.

Professor Robert Crawford shortlisted for Saltire Literary Award

Professor Robert Crawford has been shortlisted for a Saltire Society Award for Young Eliot, his ground-breaking biography of T.S. Eliot. The other nominees are Kate Atkinson, Irvine Welsh, Gavin Francis, Daniel Gray and Alan McCredie.
Alumni news
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Alumni events in Scotland

General Council
The next meeting of the General Council takes place on Saturday 28 November at 10.30am in Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews. Tea and coffee are available from 10am. This meeting will give you the opportunity to hear first-hand about the University's recent achievements and proposed future developments.
Further information about the General Council
Please register to attend the General Council

Alumni Carol Service, St Andrews
Join in the carol service at St Salvator's Chapel on Wednesday 2 December at 7pm. An optional mulled wine and mince pie reception in Lower College Hall (priced £7.50) follows the service.
Further information and register to attend the Carol Service/Reception

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.

Career Forum - NYC and Hong Kong  

NYC Career Forum
The fourth annual New York Alumni Career Forum takes place in New York City on Thursday 7 January, 2016. The evening will feature a panel of professionals and a networking reception for alumni, parents, students and employers.
Further information and register to attend

Hong Kong
The second annual Hong Kong Career Forum will take place on Wednesday 20 January, 2016 at the British Council in Hong Kong.
Further information and register to attend

Visa advice for international alumni

A reminder that Immigration Lawyer Jamie Kerr will be running a virtual seminar on Wednesday 18 November exclusively for St Andrews international alumni hoping to return to the UK. For more information register here

New alumni clubs

Devon & Cornwall
If you are interested in forming a new Devon & Cornwall University of St Andrews alumni group please "like" our Facebook page or contact Frank O'Donnell (MA 2008) at

New Zealand
Two recent alumni in Wellington, New Zealand are hoping to establish a new St Andrews alumni group in the area. If you are interested in joining, please visit their Facebook page or contact

A late degree?

Michael Gordon (MB ChB 1966) finally received his "degree" certificate from St Andrews this year - almost fifty years later. Read why it means so much to him and find out how to get your own beautiful decorative Latin Degree Certificate on our blog.

Alumni events worldwide

Tickets are now available for this year's candlelit Alumni Carol Service at St Columba's Church, Pont Street, on Wednesday 16 December at 7pm (doors open at 6.15pm). The service will be followed by a reception from 8–10pm.
Purchase tickets to attend the Carol Service

The next meeting of the UAE Alumni Group is on St Andrews Day, Monday 30 November at the Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Chart Lounge Terrace, from 7.30pm. All welcome! Contact Guy Perry for further information, and to be added to the UAE mailing list.

Los Angeles
Join the LA Alumni Club aboard the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach for a champagne brunch with live music on Sunday 13 December at 1pm. For more information and to book tickets contact Gena Roselius.

Washington DC Alumni Club

The DC Alumni Club was delighted to welcome Rector Catherine Stihler to their monthly gathering earlier this month.

The Club is looking for new blood – so whether you are a new alum in town and would like to meet other St Andreans, or you're already living here and would like to reconnect, then please get in touch!

We've also got whiskey tastings, happy hours and a Burns night coming up! To get involved, or to be added to the mailing list email

The Club's next event is on Saturday 5 December for The Campagna Center's Scottish Christmas Walk Parade in Alexandria, VA. The 14–block walk starts at 10am at South St. Asaph's and Wilkes and conclude by 1pm with a massed bands concert. Bring tartan/kilts/Saltires and contact if you plan to attend.

Recent graduate discount  

If you graduated in the last three academic years but miss the whole St Andrews experience so much that you want to come back for more, then a 10% fee discount is available if you apply for one of our postgraduate programmes. Visit our website for more information about the discount and range of courses on offer.

Calling all Computer Science alumni

The School of Computer Science is running a programme of Distinguished Lectures leading up to the 50th anniversary of the series in 2019. The first – entitled 'Scalability and Fault-tolerance: are they the same?' – will be given by Professor Joe Armstrong (co-inventor of Erlang) on Monday 16 November in the Byre Theatre, St Andrews.
For further information and to register

Save the date now for the second lecture to be given by Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College and former President of the ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) on Thursday 31 March, 2016.
What's on

Byre World 'Literary Cafe' series

Persian poetry in translation, with poet Rab Wilson (The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam in Scots) and Dr Saeed Talajooy. Wednesday 18 November, 2015 at 8pm

Meet the history writers

Meet SG Maclean, Andrew Williams and Aly Monroe. Friday 27 November, 2015 at 3.30pm

St Andrews Brass Festival

The St Andrews Brass Festival is the only festival of its kind in Scotland. It will be co-directed by teaching fellow Bede Williams and international trumpet virtuoso John Wallace CBE, who has just been appointed Honorary Professor of Brass by the University. Friday 13–15 November, 2015

See the Byre’s full programme
See the Music Centre's full programme

Recording Britain


Life and Landscape During World War II

9 May – 6 December, MUSA, free admission

St Andrews University Shop

Get online on Monday 30 November (from 9am) for our 24-hour-only Cyber Sale. Solve your Christmas shopping problems without having to brave the cold at our online store.

We ship internationally via Parcelforce, however if you would like to opt for an alternative shipping method, please contact us prior to order placement.
Alumni authors

Sewing the Shadows Together


Alison Baillie, MA 1968

Price: £2.99 (Kindle edition) from Amazon

Business Writing Tips


Robert Bullard, BSc 1985

Price: £9.00 (paperback) from Amazon

Tennessee Political Humor


Roy Herron, NGA 1975

Price: £12.95 (paperback) from Amazon
We wish everyone a happy St Andrew's Day and Graduation on 30 November!

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