St Andrews in the News

May 2016

Welcome to the May 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.

University news
View a full list of news from around the University

Professor Russell Morris elected to Royal Society

Professor Russell Morris of the School of Chemistry has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS). This is a rare achievement and only scientists of exceptional international standing are recognised in this way. Read more

St Andrews launches innovative research apprenticeship

The University of St Andrews School of Computer Science has launched Scotland's first Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Computer Science in partnership with The Data Lab. Read more

St Andrews ranked top in Scotland

The University of St Andrews is ranked top in Scotland and fifth in the UK according to the Complete University Guide. Read more

Ransome Scholarship safeguarded

The future of one of Scotland's most prestigious student scholarships has been secured by a new partnership between the University of St Andrews and The R&A Foundation. Read more

Winner of the St Andrews Prize for the Environment 2016

This year's St Andrews Prize for the Environment winner is a sustainable lighting project, which aims to empower communities without electricity in Brazil by teaching them how to create light sources. Read more


Unsung hero now given due recognition

Madras pupil Brynja Duthie won the Young Scot Unsung Hero Award for raising funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) to support her recently diagnosed maths teacher. Funds are being donated to Dr Gareth Miles' research into MND here at St Andrews. The University has offered the use of its sports fields for what will become an annual event. Read More

Art disrupts public space – but how?

To find out, visit the exhibition Disruptions: Artistic Interventions in Public Space - Voices from the Kyrgyz Republic at the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre curated by Professor Sally Nikoline Cummings, School of International Relations, between Monday 23 and Thursday 26 May. For further details, contact

Register now: Patrons' Programme

8–9 September 2016
We invite you to join us for a unique 'behind–the–scenes' event exclusively for supporters of the University. You will have the opportunity to visit some exceptional private homes surrounding St Andrews, to interact with academic staff members, attend lectures and experience traditional Scottish fare and entertainment all while soaking up the full St Andrews experience.

To register your interest in this exclusive event, please contact us: or call +44(0)1334 461901

Find out more here, or for those in the US/Canada, here

Alumni news
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Mission Hills - St Andrews Scholarship Invitational

This year's Mission Hills golf tournament is being held on Tuesday 31 May at the Olazabal Course. For more information email

The After Many Days Club AGM

The AMDC will hold its AGM on Friday 24 June at 5.00pm in the Gateway and its annual lunch on Saturday 25 June at 12.30pm for 1.00pm in Lower College Hall. Details are in the Yearbook, which should reach members soon

Image of rugby players with text - Scottish Varsity Match

Varsity Rugby

Save the date for this year's Varsity Rugby match on Saturday 24 September. Here are last year's highlights

St Andrews Voices comes to London

Two St Andrews alumni – Laurie Slavin and Donald Macleod – feature in a concert for the St Andrews Voices Festival next month. Alumni and friends are warmly invited. The Scottish-themed recital is at 22 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NR on Thursday 16 June. Read more

St Andrews Institute of Scottish Historical Research

Some estimates suggest that up to 30% of the current Scottish population may have Flemish roots. This conference in St Andrews, which is open to alumni and the general public, will explore the links between Scotland and Flanders. Thursday 16 and Friday 17 June. Further information and registration


The Arnold Palmer Invitational 2016

Join us in St Andrews on Saturday 25 June for a memorable golfing experience on the Castle Course. Priced at just £250/person this event includes a round of golf, dinner, refreshments at the course and your exclusive tournament gift bag. Please register by Friday 03 June. Read more

Image of rugby players with text - Scottish Varsity Match

Saint Connect Networking Nights

St Andrews has a truly global community of alumni and friends and this year we want to prove it! With over 20 locations around the world already confirmed, our relaxed alumni Saint Connect Nights networking events will be run throughout the Summer with the help of some of our fantastic alumni. If you don't see one in your area and would like to get involved we would love to hear from you! Registrations, locations and further information can be found here

MadGroup Reunion – 70th Anniversary reunion

Calling all former members of the Madrigal Group! Celebrate our 70th anniversary by joining us on Friday 27 May at 7.30pm for our Summer Tour Opening Concert and on Saturday 28 May at 7.00pm for a relaxed evening and sing-song. For more details contact Edwin Wilton-Morgan and follow the group on Facebook

What's on

Dementia Friendly St Andrews

Byre Theatre, Tuesday 24 May
Two events for anyone interested in making St Andrews a 'Dementia Friendly Community'. The launch event (12.00pm – 1.30pm) is free but ticketed, and the lecture by Dr Maggie Ellis on 'Adaptive Interaction' costs £12 (including a copy of the book) and takes place from 7.00pm – 8.00pm

The Ivor Novello Story

Byre Theatre, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 May
In this wonderful script by John Cairney, Scottish writer, actor, painter and raconteur, Ivor Novello's story and songs are brought to life by an actor, two singers and a pianist.

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


MUSA, Monday 6 June, 2.00pm–2.45pm (Ages 3–6) and 3.15pm–4.15pm (Ages 7–12)
Take a trip around the world and discover the different ways that people across the continents catch their food. Practise using South American bolas to trap birds, create your own Pacific island fishing hook and learn how the Inuit harpooned whales. Free, but booking required.

See MUSA's full programme

General Council

The next meeting of the General Council will take place on Saturday 25 June in Parliament Hall at 10.30am. For more information, please visit the General Council website.
Alumni authors

The Amber Shadows


Lucy Ribchester (MA 2004)

Price: £7.99 (paperback) full price or £5.99 from Waterstones
The book is being launched at Waterstones, St Andrews on Saturday 28 May.

The Wrong Kind of Clouds


Amanda Fleet (BSc 1993)

Price: £8.99 (paperback) from Troubador

The book is being launched at Waterstones, St Andrews on Thursday 2 June at 6.30pm. The event is free and unticketed, and includes a glass of wine.

Austro-Hungarian Cookery: Leaves from a Family Kitchen

Dr Mark Grant (MA 1983, PhD 1988)

Price: £9.99 (paperback) from Amazon


image of Guy Perry paddling in the sea at Kerala, India

And finally... Guy Perry (MA 1983) – of the University of St Andrews Alumni UAE – sends a May Dip tribute "to hardy Caledonian souls, all the way from a heatwave in Kerala, India"


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