St Andrews in the News

December 2015

Welcome to the December 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.

It snowed - for one day! Our lead photo (by Management postgraduate Sanja Dotling) shows fellow postgraduate student Katharine Ganser making the most of it.

University news
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London Alumni Carol Service

The 11th annual London Alumni Carol Service took place on Wednesday 16 December at St Columba's Church in Knightsbridge. Almost 600 alumni, students and friends attended the service which was followed by a wine and mince pie reception in the church hall. Vice-Principal (International) Dr Anne Mullen delivered an address detailing the successful fundraising efforts undertaken by the University of St Andrews Alumni Club London since 2012, which has led to news that a second London Scholarship will be available at the University from September 2016.

To find out more about the University of St Andrews Alumni Club London, you can visit their new Facebook page or website.

The St Andrews Alumni Carol Service in St Salvator's Chapel also took place in December with a great turnout of local alumni. You can read all about it at our blog, Incomparabubble.

School of English staff making cultural waves

Two members of staff in the School of English have been making waves recently in the world of culture. Zinnie Harris has directed 'Tracks of the Winter Bear' – a new play that opened on 5 December at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, while Oliver Emanuel has written several episodes for the new Radio 4 series Blood, Sex and Money by Emile Zola starring Glenda Jackson.

Around the world on St Andrew's Day

What did you do to celebrate St Andrew's Day this year? Many of our alumni clubs around the world got into the spirit with our Cambridge Club holding their annual alumni dinner, the St Andrew's Ball in Hong Kong, a Scottish Ball in New York and drinks at the Dubai Marina Yacht Club (pictured above).

Meanwhile, in Uzbekistan, alumni posted their memories of their time in Scotland on the Uzbek Embassy's Facebook page

Sandy Mackenzie - local legend

We are saddened to report the sudden passing of Sandy Mackenzie – Bar Manager at the Students' Association. Known for his colourful and extensive collection of novelty ties, Sandy has spent the last 20 years working at the Union and helping hundreds of student events get off the ground. Sandy's funeral took place on Saturday 12 December where around 250 mourners attended before heading to raise a glass to Sandy in the bar named in his honour in 2014 at the Students' Association building.


Graduation addresses

You can still read the graduation addresses from this year's St Andrew's Day ceremonies as distinguished lawyer Professor The Rt Hon Sir David Edward, theatre director Vicky Featherstone and mathematician Professor Cheryl Elisabeth Praeger received their honorary degrees.

Career opportunities at St Andrews

We are moving beyond the 600th Anniversary campaign into our seventh century with a number of exciting new fundraising priorities, including a new Music Centre, state-of-the-art sports facilities and a range of scholarships. If you are already working in the development sector, have a passion for philanthropy and a strategic and creative approach, we would like to hear from you as we recruit for these two important positions:

Development Officer (Major gifts)
Development Officer (Legacy and Memorial Giving)
Alumni news
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The Other Guys go on tour

The Other Guys, the University of St Andrews all-male a cappella group, will be touring North America in January 2016. The group will visit a number of cities across the US and Canada, giving performances and teaching a cappella in high schools, universities, and a few other places in between. Registration is now open!

Career Events

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

Alumni events worldwide

The UAE Alumni Group will be enjoying a special Burns Night dinner on Saturday 23 January 2016 at the Aquara Lounge in the Dubai Marina Yacht Club. All welcome! Contact Guy Perry for further information, and to be added to the UAE mailing list.

Beijing & Shanghai
We will be holding alumni drinks evenings in Beijing on Tuesday 19 January and Shanghai on Friday 22 January. Venues information can be found at the registration pages linked above.

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.

Run by the Students' Association, Saints Sport and Development, the 2016 Festival is set to be even bigger and better than last year's and we hope to welcome you back to St Andrews.

Further information will be available soon.

General Council

Election of General Council Assessor to the University Court in 2016

Mr Nigel Christie completes his term of office as General Council Assessor to the University Court on 31 July 2016, after one initial four-year term. Mr Christie is eligible to stand for re-election.

The nomination period is now open and will run until 29 January 2016. In the event of there being more than one valid nomination at the expiry of the nomination period, an online election will be held from 16 March to 6 April 2016. Voting will be via a secure online voting system or by a postal ballot if specifically requested by any General Council member. Nominations from women and other groups currently under-represented on Court are particularly welcome.

Further information and nomination forms are available on the elections page of the General Council website election page or by contacting the Registrar and Clerk c/o Alumni Relations Office, Development, 91 North Street, St Andrews KY16 9AJ
E: T: +44 (0)1334 461913
Alumni authors

The Dragon's Blade: The Reborn King 

Michael Miller, MA 2014

Price: £3.29 (Kindle edition) from Amazon

From Ice Floes to Battlefields: Scott's 'Antartics' in the First World War


Anne Strathie, MA 1970

Price: £18.99 (hardback) from Amazon

Second Language Students in English-Medium Classrooms: A guide for teachers in International Schools


Coreen Sears, MA 1965

Price: £24.95 (paperback) from Multilingual Matters
Season's Greetings! We want to wish all our alumni and friends a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2016!

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