St Andrews in the News

July 2016

Welcome to the July 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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Now, go celebrate!

So Acting Principal Professor Garry Taylor exhorted the graduates of 2016 in his closing address on 24 June. You can see from the photo gallery that they didn't need any encouragement! We wish all the newest members of our alumni community the best of luck as they leave St Andrews and encourage you all to keep in touch with your alma mater!

EU Referendum: Message from the Principal Elect

Read the message from the Principal Elect about the EU Referendum.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational - a winning team!

The annual Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in support of Saints Golf was held at The Castle Course at the end of Graduation Week. The splendid new trophy, kindly commissioned for the event by long-time supporters George and Wendy David, was snatched from their hands at the last as parent of a graduating student, Jay Diesing and his golfing partner, Director of Development Robert Fleming, came home with a fantastic winning better ball score of 64.

Director of Golf, David Watt has already begun the planning for the next edition, slated to take place on Saturday 24 June, 2017Read more about the tournament

Calling all citizen scientists!

Marine scientists are appealing to citizen scientists to collect information about Britain's saltmarshes with a new, free mobile phone app. Read more

New Gatty building endorsed by Wolfson Foundation

The Wolfson Foundation has awarded The University of St Andrews up to £500,000 towards the cost of the aquarium in the Gatty Multi-School Aquarium and Experimental Facility. Read more


Sponsor a bleacher seat

As part of the University's project to redevelop the Sports Centre, we are delighted to offer you an opportunity to show your support! Alumni and friends are invited to sponsor a bleacher seat in the new Sports Arena with 400 seats now available for naming. Find out more about how you can make your mark on the Arena

From St Andrews to the Andes

Pachamama – a documentary made by two St Andrews students about the effect of climate change on an indigenous population in the Bolivian Andes – was premiered at a special screening at the University at the end of Graduation week. 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.

The final few spaces are still available. To reserve your place at 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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Saint Connect Nights

St Andrews has a truly global community of alumni and friends and this year we want to prove it! With over 30 events already confirmed around the world, 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.

Varsity Rugby

Save the date for this year's Varsity Rugby match on Saturday 24 September. Here are last year's highlights. Keep up with the latest news, including how to get hold of tickets at the Facebook page.


Alumni events worldwide

Save the date this St Andrew's Day 2016 for a special Edinburgh Alumni Club event. Join us on Facebook or contact us at and keep an eye on this space for the details, coming soon!

Save the date for a whisky tasting in Chicago on Saturday 24 September. Details to follow…

Hong Kong
The St Andrews Hong Kong Group will be holding an alumni Croquet and Pimm's Garden Party on Saturday 20 August 2016 from 2.00–6.00pm. If you think croquet sounds boring then prepare to be surprised. Players of all abilities are welcome, especially beginners! Tickets are now available to buy priced at HK$200 per person (plus booking fee).

What's on

Brian Bannatyne-Scott

Byre Theatre, Tuesday 19 July at 7.30pm
Brian Bannatyne-Scott (Honorary Professor of Singing at the University of St Andrews) has performed on the world's greatest operatic stages throughout his long and highly distinguished career. In this recital with Walter Blair, he performs Vaughan-Williams' Songs of Travel alongside songs by Schubert, Borodin and Haas.

Byre in the Botanics

Botanic Gardens St Andrews, Friday 22 July at 8.00pm
Long-time friends Barbara Dickson and Rab Noakes perform a wonderful blend of folk songs, classic pop influences and self-written favourites.

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

Nature Week: Seed Bomb Making

Wednesday 3 August, 10.00–10.45am (3–6 years) and 11.00am–12.00pm (7–12 years)
How do plants grow? Bring some explosive colour to your garden at home, at school, or simply in an empty space. Build your own seed bomb and learn what it will take to grow your own flowers. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

See MUSA's full programme
Alumni authors

The Most Fatal Distemper – Typhus in History


George Cowan, MB ChB 1963, Hon MD 2008

Price: £4.99 (paperback) from Lulu


Battling with the Truth


Ian Garden, MA 1980

Price: £15.58 (paperback) from The History Press

Ian Garden has been invited to speak about his book at Edinburgh International Book Festival on 18 August in a session chaired by Brian Taylor of the BBC (a well-known alumnus of the University of St Andrews). More information

600 Years in the Making

Dr Helen C Rawson, Co-Director, Museum Collections Unit (Collections & Exhibitions), PGDip 1998, PhD 2010

Price: £7.99 (paperback) from Waterstones

St Andrews in the News takes its well-earned Summer break in August - we'll see you in September!


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