St Andrews in the News

June 2016

Welcome to the June 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
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St Andrews hosts mental health and addiction European summit

Experts from all over the world recently gathered for a major European conference on mental health and addiction at the University of St Andrews. Read more

Children's hopes and dreams exhibited at Byre

Looked After Children from primary schools in Fife recently took part in a creative arts project with the Children's Parliament to learn more about their rights and to express their hopes and dreams for the future. The University hosted an exhibition of the results. Read more

Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw

Byre Opera will bring Benjamin Britten's ghostly masterpiece The Turn of the Screw to stages across Scotland and the North of England with a tour beginning at St Andrews on 22 June. Read more

Dedication of research library at Martyrs Kirk

Former Principal Louise Richardson will return to St Andrews this month to receive her honorary degree and to participate in the dedication of the research library at Martyrs Kirk – to be named The Richardson Research Library at Martyrs Kirk. Professor Richardson was the driving force behind the acquisition of Martyrs, its transformation to postgraduate research library and the successful appeal to fund the project.

Our former Principal also featured recently on BBC 4's Desert Island Discs. Listen again to find out what she chose as her luxury item…

Malawi's College of Medicine

Listen again on BBC 4 World Service to Trinitas Mhango describing the challenges faced every month by teenage girls in Blantyre, Malawi. Trinitas is Early Adolescent Study co-ordinator at one of our Global Health Initiative (GHI) school research sites. (The topic, entitled The Opium Field, begins at 12 minutes.) Read more

Photo: Malawi's College of Medicine


Art exhibition funds Alzheimer's research

Samuel Robin Spark – the well-known Edinburgh artist – is generously donating 20% of the sales from his latest exhibition (opening Thursday 30 June between 6.00-8.00pm at Pariothall Gallery in Edinburgh) to Professor Frank Gunn-Moore's research into Alzheimer's Disease. Professor Gunn-Moore has been invited to open the exhibition.

Leave a lasting legacy in the Quad

The redevelopment of St Salvator's Quad from 2014–2015 captured the imagination of over 1,500 donors and raised in excess of £700,000. Inscribing a flagstone and leaving a personal legacy has proved to be so popular that we are releasing more flagstones early next year. Read more

Broadcasters of the future

Following a nationwide search, Dr Anindya Raychaudhuri (a lecturer in the School of English) and Dr Victoria Donovan (a lecturer in Russian in the School of Modern Languages) have been selected by the BBC as "broadcasters of the future". Read more

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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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. Further information and registration


The After Many Days Club AGM

The After Many Days Club 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 members should now have received.


Alumni events worldwide

The next St Andrews Alumni - Edinburgh drinks will take place on Thursday 30 June from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at 99 Hanover Street. Contact

Alumni and friends are invited to an evening drinks reception, generously hosted by Sir Roger Gifford, at SEB, One Carter Lane, London on Wednesday 29 June. Deputy Director of Admissions and Director of UK/EU Admissions and Access, Mike Johnson, will give insight into our schools, access and scholarships programmes. Please RSVP by Friday 17 June to

San Francisco
Meet fellow St Andrews alumni and members of the Oxford and Cambridge clubs at The University Club of San Francisco bar on Tuesday 21 June from 7.00pm to 9.30pm. (800 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94108). The Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month. Register for this free event

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

What's on


Byre Theatre, Wednesday 15 June and Thursday 16 June at 7.00pm
Byre Youth Theatre's 12–14 and 15–18 year-old classes have created an original script that sheds light on the young person's mind. Every aspect of this performance has been carefully created and put together by BYT's students.

Feelin' Good by Spatz and Co

Byre Theatre, Saturday 25 June at 8.00pm
A show covering different types of music from the 1930s to the 1980s ranging from the big band sounds of Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington, the vocals of Sinatra and Ray Charles and the more recent Michael Bublé to the popular hits of Gerry Rafferty, Van Morrison and Billy Joel. Spatz and Co is a seven-piece ensemble comprising some of Scotland's finest professional musicians.

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

Creative workshops: Bushcraft Skills

MUSA, Sunday 26 June, 1.00pm–4.00pm
Have you got what it takes to survive in the wild for a night? Learn how to make a watertight shelter, lash it together with nettle-fibre string and light a fire to keep yourself warm and dry. Have fun discovering the basic skills that have sustained people the world over since ancient times – or just drop in to watch! Workshops begin on the hour. Free, but booking essential.

See MUSA's full programme

General Council

The next meeting of the General Council will take place on Saturday 25 June at 10.30am in Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews. Tea/coffee will be available from 10.00am. All General Council members (whose membership includes all graduates of the University) are encouraged to attend to hear about the University's recent achievements and the challenges it faces. The Chancellor, Lord Campbell of Pittenweem, will take the Chair and the Acting Principal, Professor Garry Taylor, will give the University address. Dr Anne Mullen, Vice-Principal (International), will give a presentation on the University's international agenda. Further information about the General Council is available from the General Council website.
Alumni authors

Shadows in a Photograph (by David McMichael)


Michael Smith, MB ChB 1960


Price: £3.50 (Kindle edition) from Amazon


Lean Sigma: Rebuilding Capability in Healthcare


Ian Wedgwood, BSc 1990

Price: £21.68 (paperback) from Amazon


Women, Travel and Identity: Journeys by Rail and Sea, 1870-1940 (Gender in History)

Emma Robinson-Tomsett, MA 2002

Price: £65.00 (hardback) from Amazon

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