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SPARC Terms and Conditions


To be eligible to register you must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Graduate, honorary graduate or non-graduating alumni (i.e. have completed a course or module of study including year or semester abroad students)
  • Current / former parents who are / have been registered with the University’s Family Programme

Requests for membership will be considered from donors to the University of St Andrews who do not fall into one of the above categories. Please email: to request further details.

Persons who register for SPARC become a 'Member'.

Terms and Conditions of Use of SPARC

1. The University reserves the right to change the terms and conditions. You are responsible for regularly reviewing these terms and conditions. Your continued use of the SPARC system constitutes your agreement to all such terms and conditions.

2. The service is offered free to graduates, honorary graduates, non-graduating alumni of the University and parents registered with the University's Family Programme, solely at the Development Office's discretion and may be terminated at any time, although there is no intention to withdraw the service.

3. The Development Office and the University cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage due to the failure or termination of the service, although we will make reasonable efforts to let you know in advance of foreseeable service interruptions.

4. By registering for SPARC, you consent to receive emails from the Development Office, informing you of services, future events, fundraising activities etc. The email address used for this would be your personal / home email address as found in your My SPARC section.

5. Once approved, confirmation of registration will be sent by the Development Office to the email address you supply on registering.

6. The service is strictly for personal and non-commercial use. It is not intended as a business service (e.g. a helpdesk or ordering e-mail address) and the Development Office reserves the right to terminate the service if business use is suspected.

7. While the Development Office and the University will not make any attempt to gain access to the content of emails, their complete security cannot be guaranteed since email is not a secure transmission medium.

8. The SPARC Alumni Portal is provided by the University of St Andrews to facilitate communication among members of the University's alumni community. Certain uses are inconsistent with this purpose, including, but not limited to activities that are illegal or fraudulent, use that inaccurately implies endorsement, approval, or sponsorship by the University of St Andrews (or any individual member of staff at the University) and use that can be confused with official University communications. The University will deny further access to the secure portion of the website to those who engage in these or similar practices.

9. The deliberate sending of email infected with viruses or other malicious attachments is forbidden.

10. The deliberate sending of junk or spam emails is forbidden.

11. You undertake to register for SPARC using accurate and current information about yourself, including your correct name, address and any other details requested. Fraudulent use or manipulation of another individual’s details by posing as that individual is forbidden.

12. If you see anything on SPARC which appears to contravene the Agreement, then please contact us at

13. If any third party site is linked to/from SPARC, it does not mean that the University endorses, or has any responsibility for the site in question, or anything which appears on it. We are not responsible for the privacy notices of any such linked websites.

14. Your use of SPARC is entirely at your own risk.

Questions about our policies

If you have any questions about the terms and conditions of use, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, you can contact us at


Updated 19 April 2019