St Andrews in the News

January 2016

Happy New Year and welcome to the January 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.

We lead this month with an artist's impression of the New Gatty, which will reinforce the University's reputation as a world leader in oceanic research and species protection.

University news
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New state-of-the-art marine lab for St Andrews

The new marine biology lab, planned to replace the Gatty Marine facility at East Sands in St Andrews, will provide a global hub for marine research. Read more.

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


You may remember the R&A Scholars, Chris Lally and Danny Beech, who were attempting to travel the Pan-American Highway by bike. Well, they did it! Covering 14,421 miles accross 14 countries, their total journey time of 130 days was just five days off world record pace. Well done! Read more

...and away...

Meanwhile, Sabrina Mohsin and Elle Berry are still abroad travelling and working in South Asia and Africa, courtesy of the R&A International Scholarship.

Prestigious award for Don Paterson

Professor Don Paterson, Professor of Poetry in the School of English, has won the 2015 Costa poetry award for his latest collection 40 Sonnets. Read more

Leverhulme Awards for three St Andrews academics

Dr Karen Spencer (School of Psychology and Neuroscience) and Dr Nicola Allison (School of Geography and Geosciences) have been awarded top research grants from the Philip Leverhulme Trust, while Dr Rebecca Sweetman (School of Classics, pictured) has been awarded the prestigious Philip Leverhulme Trust Major Fellowship. Read more

Renaissance figure reassessed

New research led by Dr Laura Moretti at the University of St Andrews has shed new light on Daniel Barbaro (1540–70) – a key Renaissance figure and patron of the arts. Read more

Alumni Festival Weekend 2016

The Alumni Festival Weekend for 2016 is coming! From 15–17 April St Andrews will be full of events put on by current student clubs, societies and groups across the University with a programme to help you relive your student days. Keep checking future editions of St Andrews in the News and the Festival Facebook Page for further information.
Alumni news
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The Other Guys tour North America

The Other Guys – the University of St Andrews all-male a cappella group – are touring North America this month. 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.
Free tickets available here

Career Forum – Hong Kong  

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

Dates for your diary

Tartan Noir comes to New York
Ian Rankin – author of the Inspector Rebus novels and honorary graduate – is taking part in a Q&A session with Patrick Pacheco on Friday 5 February between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at The Grolier Club (47 East 60th Street). $75 per ticket (limited availability $100 VIP tickets). All enquiries to Margaret Kennedy 001 212 861 6613

Sonoma County, California
Kishan Dholakia from the School of Physics & Astronomy will be in California on Saturday 19 March – further details in February's St Andrews in the News.

Andrew Pettegree of the School of History will be giving a lecture in Boston on Wednesday 30 March – further information to follow.

New York City
Save the date for the University of St Andrews New York Alumni Club May Ball on Saturday 14 May at the Down Town Association. Tickets will be available in the coming months.

Alumni events worldwide

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

The UAE Alumni Group will be enjoying a special Burns Night dinner on Saturday 23 January at the Aquara Lounge in the Dubai Marina Yacht Club. They will also be meeting in Abu Dhabi from 7.30pm at Hyatt, Park Grill and Bar on Sunday 24 January. All welcome! Contact Guy Perry or Development for further information and to be added to the UAE mailing list.

San Francisco
Come to the first Alumni Mixer of the year on Tuesday 19 January at 7pm to meet fellow St Andreans and other British alumni at the University Club of San Francisco (fourth floor), 800 Powell Street, CA 94108. Register online for free or contact Dominic Frantzis with any questions.

Los Angeles
Alumni from the Los Angeles group met in December for brunch aboard the historic Queen Mary ship - see the group photo below.

After Many Days Club Winter Lunch

The After Many Days Club will be holding their annual January lunch for members on Saturday 30 January at 12.30 for 1pm at the Scores Hotel in St Andrews where the speaker will be James Hearsum, Director of the St Andrews Botanic Garden Trust. It is not too late to book your place.

Join the Austria Alumni Club

Established in 2008, The University of St Andrews Alumni Club, Austria, is based in Vienna and holds a mixture of events throughout the year. Recently the Club has partnered other UK alumni clubs for pub quizzes, St Andrews Day Drinks and Burns Night. Whether you live in Austria, or are merely passing through, the Club would love to hear from you - contact Johanna Weberhofer.

What's on

Lunchtime concert – Arunda Wind Trio

This young, Scottish-based reed trio are members of the Live Music Now! scheme and have been featured at the St Magnus Festival and World Saxophone Congress. Byre Theatre, Wednesday 27 January at 1.10pm

NT Live Screening: Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Following the hugely successful broadcasts of Coriolanus and King Lear, National Theatre Live brings the Donmar Warehouse's highly anticipated new production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to cinemas – broadcast live from the Donmar's London home. Byre Theatre, Thursday 28 January at 7.00pm

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

One World: Exploring Cultures Across Continents

Discover how different cultures respond to the challenges we all face, from conflict to commerce and fishing to farming, through rarely seen items from across the globe. MUSA, 14 January - 30 October

See MUSA's full programme

General Council

Election of General Council Assessor to the University Court
General Council members are reminded that the closing date for nominations for the above position is Friday 29 January 2016. In the event of there being more than one valid nomination, an online election will be held from 16 March to 6 April 2016. Further information and nomination forms are available on the election page of the General Council website or by contacting the Registrar and Clerk c/o Alumni Relations Office, Development, 91 North Street, St Andrews KY16 9AJ
: T: +44 (0)1334 461913
Alumni authors

The Song of the Fall: An Epic Poem


Christopher Impiglia, MA 2011

Price: $10.99 (paperback edition) from Amazon

A House Divided


Margaret Skea, MA 1978

Price: £3.59 (Kindle edition) from Amazon

The Polar Regions: An Environmental History


Adrian Howkins, MA 2001

Price: £20.00 (hardback) from Wiley
Happy Burns Night wherever you are in the world!

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