St Andrews in the News

February 2016

Welcome to the February 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.

Happy Chinese New Year! Our lead image this month illustrates a recent collaboration between St Andrews and China involving the translation of classic Chinese poetry into Scots.

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Chinese Makars

This fascinating project began with a challenge that Professor Robert Crawford set for creative writing students at the University. Read more

St Andrews in China

Continuing the St Andrews/China connection, staff from the Principal's Office, Development, Admissions and the Careers service represented the University recently at three key alumni events in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong last month. Read more

Super microscope aids kidney disease diagnosis

A new super-resolution, structured illumination microscope (SIM) adapted by physicists at the University of St Andrews can help doctors to 'see' the critical changes in kidney cell processes, enabling them to diagnose kidney disease more efficiently. Read more

St Andrews "twende" project to fight TB

The University has been awarded a 440,000 euro "twende" project to overcome the barriers to and improve tuberculosis diagnostics.

The project is supported by the European Union and funded by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). Read more

Top of the bench

Pupils from Fife, Tayside and Perthshire secondary schools recently took part in the regional final of Top Bench - a national competition aimed at generating interest in Chemistry.

The event was hosted by the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews, in collaboration with the Tayside local section of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Read more


New University Sports Arena opened

A major new addition to the University's sporting facilities was opened this week. A crowd of over 300 students and staff watched the inaugural match in the Sports Arena as St Andrews Women's Basketball team defeated rivals Robert Gordon University by 51–49, thanks to a last minute score.

Spectators sat on the new arena's bleacher seats for the first time. They will ensure that we can host more competitions and encourage greater spectator support for our teams. You, too, can add your support by leaving a lasting legacy and naming a seat for £350.

Alumni Festival Weekend 2016: 15 – 17 April

The Alumni Festival Weekend 2016 programme is taking shape, with student clubs, societies and sports teams getting ready to welcome back alumni and former members.

There's a wide range of activities from rugby 7s and golf to performances in the new Students' Assocation theatre, if the arts are more your thing. Our vibrant student community will help you to roll back the years and relive your own student days!

As events continue to be added to the schedule, keep up to date by checking the Students' Association and Saints Sport websites regularly or through the Festival's Facebook page.

A blast from the past …

Last month we featured an artist's impression of the New Gatty. In response to this, Professor Herbert MacGregor (BSc 1958) kindly sent us a photograph of how the marine lab looked in the 1960s.
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The Arnold Palmer Invitational 2016

Join us in St Andrews this summer on Saturday 25 June for a memorable golfing experience on The Castle Course, the newest addition to St Andrews Links at the Home of Golf, followed by a prize-giving dinner at the fantastic St Andrews Links Clubhouse. This one-day tournament will bring together alumni, parents, friends and supporters of the University's performance golf programme, Saints Golf. Read more

StANZA (2–6 March 2016)

Each StAnza poetry festival focuses on two themes that give it its own unique flavour. Themes for StAnza 2016 will be City Lines and Body of Poetry. Read more

Summer Shadowing Programme  

The world–wide Summer Shadowing Programme is back for 2016. During the winter programme over 130 students were offered the opportunity to make a great start to their career planning by observing alumni, parents and friends for a day at their place of work. Our students are always incredibly grateful for the support of the wider St Andrews community and we welcome opportunities from all over the world.
Further information and offer your support or email the Careers Centre

Dates for your diary

Sonoma County, California
Keep your diary free for the Kishan Dholakia evening on Friday 19 February. Register here

Andrew Pettegree of the School of History will be giving a lecture in Boston on Wednesday 30 March. Purchase tickets here

Alumni events worldwide

Do you live in or around Edinburgh? Want to meet up with some fellow St Andrews alumni? Join us for the first alumni drinks of 2016 at 99 Hanover Street on Thursday 25 February at 6pm. We hope to see you there! Edinburgh Club Facebook Page

The St Andrews University Women's Association, Edinburgh Branch, is also on the lookout for new members. Anyone interested should email Sallie Bryson.

New York
The University of St Andrews New York Alumni Club will once again be marching in this year's Tartan Day Parade on Saturday 9 April. The Parade goes down 6th Avenue, and is a great opportunity for all our alumni communities in New York to celebrate their Scottish connection. This is not a ticketed event. Information about a happy hour afterwards will be forthcoming.

Save the date, too, for the Club's May Ball on Saturday 14 May at the Down Town Association. Tickets will be available in the coming months.

The Renaissance Singers – 60th Anniversary Concert

The Renaissance Singers celebrate their 60th anniversary on Saturday 30 April with a concert at St Salvator's Chapel involving the existing choir and returning alumni. For more details contact Tamsin Elsey.

What's on

Green Film Festival: A Dangerous Game

Byre Theatre, Thursday, 18 February at 9.00pm

SAMS: The Hot Mikado

Byre Theatre, Tuesday 23 – Friday 27 February at 7.30pm (extra matinee at 2.30pm on Friday

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

One World: Exploring Cultures Across Continents

Discover in this exhibition how different cultures respond to common human challenges through rarely-seen items from across the globe. MUSA, 14 January – 30 October

See MUSA's full programme

General Council

General Council Assessor to the University Court Position
Nominations for the above position, to be filled in 2016, closed on 29 January. An online election will be held from 16 March to 6 April 2016. All members of the General Council, excluding members of the Senatus Academicus, are eligible to vote. Further information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the election page of the General Council website.

Voting will be via a secure online voting system, or by a postal ballot if specifically requested by contacting Elaine Cartwright, Alumni Relations Officer at:
: T: +44 (0)1334 461913
Alumni authors

Head over heels; in the hotseat at Millfield School


Christopher Martin, MA 1963

Price: £14.99 (hardback edition) from Moonrise Press

The Relational Theory of James E. Loder: Encounter and Conviction


Kenneth Kovacs, PhD 2002

Price: £55.87 (hardback edition) from Amazon


Fracktured!: A Village Divided


Gillian Jones, MA 1966

Price: £6.99 (paperback edition) from Amazon


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