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Seal on Skye

Research Excellence Framework 2014 results

Thursday 18 December 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014 places St Andrews top in Scotland.

Global HEalth

£1 million to support Global Healthcare Implementation

Tuesday 16 December 2014

Stagecoach founder establishes Scotland’s first Global Healthcare Implementation Programme

malawi children bw

Birth Gap Link to Breast Feeding

Monday 15 December 2014

Breast feeding should be considered as a family planning tool, valuable to global women’s health

Corals

World's First Coral Fluid Chemistry Reconstruction

Thursday 11 December 2014

Carbon chemistry of coral fluid may hold conservation clues

Professor Louise Richardson

St Andrews New York Gala Benefit: Principal's address

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Speech by Professor Louise Richardson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

The Duke of Cambridge

St Andrews New York Gala Benefit: the Duke of Cambridge's address

Wednesday 10 December 2014

The Duke of Cambridge – who is Patron of St Andrews’ 600th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign – thanked fellow alumni, parents and friends for their overwhelming support of their university at a crossroads in its history.

Robert Crawford

St Andrews New York Gala Benefit: Robert Crawford's address

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Professor Robert Crawford, of the St Andrews School of English, addressed the guests of the St Andrews New York Gala Benefit.

The Duke of Cambridge

St Andrews New York Gala Benefit boost for scholarships

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Duke of Cambridge thanks alumni for enduring support

Robot arm

Light-Controlled Limbs

Tuesday 09 December 2014

Researchers shine light into muscle to detect instructions for artificial limbs

Jellyfish

Jellyfish Help Build World’s First Solid-State Protein Lasers

Monday 08 December 2014

New research uses bioluminescent jellyfish as optical engineers

Graduation

Laureation address: John Wallace

Monday 01 December 2014

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music

Graduation

Laureation address: Anne Carson

Monday 01 December 2014

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Younger Hall

Graduation address: Professor John Haldane

Monday 01 December 2014

Graduation address for Monday 1 December 2014, 3.30pm

Graduation

Laureation address: Bunny Christie

Monday 01 December 2014

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Graduation

Graduation address: Philip Roscoe

Monday 01 December 2014

Graduation address for Monday 1 December 2014, 12.15pm

Younger Hall

Laureation address: John Carnochan

Monday 01 December 2014

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

Graduation

Graduation address: Professor Verity J Brown

Monday 01 December 2014

Graduation address for Monday 1 December 2014, 9.30am

Younger Hall

Citation: Catherine Robertson

Monday 01 December 2014

University Medal

Jean Johnston B&W

A Special Collection

Friday 28 November 2014

Locally-based artist pays tribute to University collections

New Mace

600th Anniversary Papal Mace

Friday 28 November 2014

New mace to play key role in St Andrew’s Day graduation ceremony

St Andrews Cathedral

St Andrews turns modern

Thursday 27 November 2014

New app brings ancient town to life

Digital faces

Size Matters

Thursday 27 November 2014

Research shows taller, heavier men are perceived as more masculine 

Centipede

Secrets of the Scottish centipede

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Blind Brora centipede unlocks clues to the origins of creepy crawlies

Martin Dominik

From Observing Planets to Observing Parliament

Monday 24 November 2014

St Andrews academic to shadow local MP in London

Observatory

Doors open to star factory

Monday 24 November 2014

Open night at the observatory presents opportunity to explore an unusual cluster of young stars

Seal

Fish Tags Create Dinner Bell Effect

Wednesday 19 November 2014

Research find seals ‘eavesdrop’ on scientific fish tags for dinner

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Royal couple to attend St Andrews New York Gala Benefit

Friday 14 November 2014

The University of St Andrews is to host a major fundraising event at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Tuesday 9 December 2014.

Being Human Exhibition

Being Human, in St Andrews

Friday 14 November 2014

Photographic exhibition exploring migration to open at University

Transition St Andrews

Funding boost for Carbon Cutting efforts in St Andrews

Friday 14 November 2014

Town-gown partnership wins a share of £2 million Climate Challenge funding

Peace Processions

St Andrews to remember the fallen

Tuesday 11 November 2014

London Christmas Service to mark WW1 centenary

Maggie Ellis

Tapping into dementia

Sunday 09 November 2014

How non-verbal communication can help families reconnect

Graduation

St Andrews Honours

Thursday 06 November 2014

St Andrew’s Day graduation celebrates outstanding contributions

Monkey Puzzle

Monkey Puzzle

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Simple task suggests primate understanding of objects, say scientists

Catherine Stihler

New St Andrews Rector Announced

Thursday 30 October 2014

Uncontested appointment of Catherine Stihler delivers second female Rector 

Sponge genomes

Ghosts in the genomes

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Ghosts in the genomes

Stressed birds

When Stressed Birds Fly the Nest

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Researchers discover juvenile stress increases sociality in zebra finches

The Dragon

St Andrews writer slays in UK Theatre Awards

Thursday 23 October 2014

‘Dragon’ wins Best Play

The Byre Theatre officially opens

The Byre Theatre officially opens

Wednesday 22 October 2014

The Byre Theatre officially opened this week (Tuesday 21 October 2014) under the management of the University of St Andrews.

Sophie McKay Knight exhibition

The Art of DNA

Tuesday 07 October 2014

An art exhibition exploring the link between science and art will launch at the University of St Andrews this month.

Alexander Ward

Challenge Accepted

Monday 06 October 2014

St Andrews physicists triumph in entrepreneurial awards

Mentors

Looking after the future

Monday 06 October 2014

St Andrews launch mentoring scheme for local youngsters

BBSRC Logo

£14.5m to support next generation of scientists

Friday 03 October 2014

Announcement of funding for PhD students

Castle Sands

St Andrews among top in the world for Arts and Humanities

Thursday 02 October 2014

University scores highly on research, international outlook and citations

Bird's Nest

Birds colour-match their interior designs

Thursday 02 October 2014

Research shows zebra finches apply principles of camouflage to nest building

Gregory Meridian Line

St Andrews: Where Time Began?

Wednesday 01 October 2014

St Andrews celebrates fine line between possible time zones

Chimps copying

Right place, right time for chimpanzee study

Tuesday 30 September 2014

St Andrews scientists in ‘extraordinarily rare’ real-time discovery

Professor Grotzinger

NASA’s chief scientist to speak at St Andrews

Friday 26 September 2014

Curiosity's mission of exploration at Gale Crater, Mars

Athena Swan

Supporting Women in Maths and Science

Thursday 25 September 2014

St Andrews wins Athena SWAN Charter awards for action to help female scientists to reach the top

Sam Torrance

Levy photographic collection goes online

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Classic Ryder Cup moments publicly available online for the first time

Castle Sands

St Andrews is Scottish University of the year Again

Friday 19 September 2014

St Andrews declared top in Scotland by the Times and Sunday Times second year in a row

Michael Morrissey

St Andrews academic awarded Royal Society research fellowship

Friday 19 September 2014

Dr Michael Morrissey, of the University of St Andrews, has been appointed a University Research Fellow by the Royal Society.

angry chimp

Why chimps go ape

Friday 19 September 2014

Lethal aggression is NOT a result of human interference, say researchers

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes to speak about The Sense of an Ending

Thursday 18 September 2014

Award winning novelist to deliver free public lecture

St Andrews from the West Sands

Young ethnic minority Scots positive about Scotland

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Study finds two thirds of young Scots spoken to likely to vote ‘No’.

Aerial view of St Andrews by Dr Stephen Evans

St Andrews among the world’s best

Tuesday 16 September 2014

The University of St Andrews has again been ranked one of the top 100 in the world.

Michael Downes

Leadership for the Byre

Friday 12 September 2014

New appointments give Byre Theatre clear direction

Alien Life

The search for Alien life: have we been doing it wrong?

Friday 12 September 2014

Major discovery could help with search for Alien life

Stonehenge Stone

'Super Henge' Unveiled

Tuesday 09 September 2014

Why Stonehenge will never be the same again

HR Excellence

University of St Andrews still one of the best places to work

Tuesday 09 September 2014

University of St Andrews still one of the best places to work

TB Drug

TB drug trial paves the way for future progress

Monday 08 September 2014

Global trial yields important scientific findings

Wild monkeys learn by watching TV

Wild monkeys learn by watching TV

Friday 05 September 2014

Scientists have found that wild monkeys have the ability to learn new tricks – after watching videos of other monkeys in action.

An accurate representation of the visual impact of the Kenly renewable project.

Developer sought for Kenly development

Wednesday 03 September 2014

University of St Andrews seeks developer to bring Kenly Windfarm into operation.

Sven Hoefling

The Merits of Science

Thursday 28 August 2014

St Andrews scientists awarded prestigious Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Musa exterior

MUSA is going greener

Tuesday 26 August 2014

University museum awarded gold Green Tourism award

superabsorbing ring - camera pixel

Superabsorbing ring could make light work of snaps

Friday 22 August 2014

The ultimate camera pixel has been brought a step closer by a scientific study published today (Friday August 22, 2014).

Elephant Seal

New tool to assess noise impact on marine mammals

Thursday 21 August 2014

New tool to assess noise impact on marine mammals

Barbara Rae - Achill Fence

A Rae of Artistic Sunshine

Thursday 21 August 2014

Esteemed artist to exhibit at University of St Andrews

St Andrews from the West Sands

St Andrews Operating Theatre - Byre Brought Back To Life

Tuesday 19 August 2014

The Byre Theatre in St Andrews is to re-open under the management of the University of St Andrews.

Graduation

St Andrews top in UK for teaching and academic quality

Monday 11 August 2014

National Student Survey success for St Andrews

Nick Rengger

A Pleasant Surprise

Thursday 07 August 2014

St Andrews Professor invited to join leading European academy

polina the chimp

We Are Family

Tuesday 05 August 2014

Social bonds are crucial for adoption in wild chimpanzees

superconductor

Scientists in search of the 'Holy Grail' of physics

Thursday 31 July 2014

Scientists in search of the 'Holy Grail' of physics

NT Wright

St Andrews professor receives major honour

Thursday 31 July 2014

Divinity professor to receive Academy medal for services to Biblical Studies

halliwell

Professor Stephen Halliwell recognised for high achievement

Monday 21 July 2014

St Andrews professor elected a Fellow of the British Academy 

baby seal

Putting the wind in their seals

Monday 21 July 2014

Seal foraging patterns show offshore wind farms can be fertile feeding ground

old english sheep dog

Ten Years Younger

Friday 18 July 2014

How dogs can make the elderly fitter and more youthful

Light

£1.5m funding turns spotlight on St Andrews

Friday 11 July 2014

New project to harness light in new ways

Internet

Casting the net

Thursday 10 July 2014

Internet access influences who you find attractive, say researchers

Corals

What's killing corals?

Wednesday 09 July 2014

New research shows how the daily grind shapes coral death

Research shows that stickleback fish recognise familiar fish

Fish are friends

Wednesday 09 July 2014

Research shows that stickleback fish recognise familiar fish

Elephant

Elephants know their audience

Wednesday 09 July 2014

Research finds elephants understand different visual perspectives

Chimpanzees

All in hand

Friday 04 July 2014

Researchers work out what chimp gestures mean

Iceberg

The last ice age

Wednesday 02 July 2014

Scientists discover giant ‘burp’ of CO2 triggered the end of last ice age

Young Academy Scotland elect pair

Bright Young Things

Tuesday 01 July 2014

St Andrews academics appointed to Young Academy

Dusa MacDuff

Laureation address - Professor Dusa McDuff

Friday 27 June 2014

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science.

Bernard Silverman

Laureation address - Professor Bernard Silverman

Friday 27 June 2014

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science.

Fish

Invasion of the monogamous fish

Friday 27 June 2014

Research shows that restricting guppies to one partner does not impede colonisation ability.

Silvia Gherardi

Laureation address - Professor Silvia Gherardi

Friday 27 June 2014

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner - graduation 2014

Laureation address - Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Thursday 26 June 2014

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music.

Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak T

Laureation address - Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Thursday 26 June 2014

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters.

Professor Peter Brown - Graduation 2014

Laureation address - Professor Peter Brown

Thursday 26 June 2014

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters.

Lyse Doucet - Graduation 2014

Laureation address - Lyse Doucet

Thursday 26 June 2014

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws.

Prof Higgs

Laureation address - Professor Peter Higgs

Wednesday 25 June 2014

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science.

Professor Dana Scott graduation 2014

Laureation address - Professor Dana Scott

Wednesday 25 June 2014

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science.

Professor Timothy Shaw

Laureation address - Professor Timothy M Shaw

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Professor Christina Romer

Laureation address - Professor Christina Romer

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science.

Professor Sara Coakley

Laureation address - Professor Sarah Coakley

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity.

Castle Sands

Debt-averse businesses are holding back economic recovery

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Current policies fail to recognise the needs of growth-orientated SMEs

 On Your Marks: The MUSA Young Artist Award 2014

Record-breaking year for Games-themed art competition

Friday 20 June 2014

Young Artist Awards celebrate their eighth year.

drug resistant bacteria cell

Researchers discover Achilles’ heel in drug-resistance bacteria

Thursday 19 June 2014

A team of scientists from the University of St Andrews and University of East Anglia have made a major breakthrough in the race to solve antibiotic resistance.

Restoration of a rearing Diplodocus by Charles R Knight, 1911.

Size matters

Thursday 12 June 2014

How giant dinosaurs ended up with tiny eggs.

Andrew Abercromby with pupils of Buckhaven High School

Astronaut finds signs of intelligent life in Fife

Tuesday 10 June 2014

NASA engineer shows the way from Buckhaven High School, and beyond!

Alistair Darling

Darling: "We belong together"

Tuesday 10 June 2014

Alistair Darling to use public address to make the case for Scotland remaining in the UK.

Byre actors for Albert Herring

The lights come on for Britten in the Byre

Thursday 05 June 2014

Byre Theatre reopens to welcome Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring

View of St Salvator's Chapel from Butts Wynd

St Andrews is best in UK for teaching

Tuesday 03 June 2014

University equals highest ever ranking in new Guardian guide

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop with what may be remains of Olaf Guthfrithsson.

St Andrews expert solves royal and ancient puzzle

Friday 30 May 2014

Historian makes Viking link to 10th century skeleton 

Fables in Fife - Two Mice from Seamus Heaney: Five Fables

Fables in Fife

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Two St Andrews academics star alongside Scottish comedian Billy Connolly in an innovative new app.

St Andrews in the twilight

Forgive to forget

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Forgiving you is hard but forgetting seems easy

St Andrews from the West Sands

St Andrews' league table success

Monday 12 May 2014

University named one of UK’s best.

Peter Higgs among leading figures to be recognised by the University of St Andrews

St Andrews honours father of the Higgs Boson particle

Wednesday 07 May 2014

Peter Higgs among leading figures to be recognised by the University of St Andrews

James Naismith

Major honour for St Andrews scientist

Thursday 01 May 2014

Structural Biologist elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society.

Beyond £'s

"Politicians have lost the plot"

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE calls for a revolution in thinking.

Lightning

The science of lightning

Wednesday 30 April 2014

St Andrews’ researcher sheds light on phenomenon.

Eden Estuary

Coastal flood defences in the Eden Estuary

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Launch of survey.

Scotland in pictures

Scotland in pictures

Monday 28 April 2014

‘Visual legacy’ of Scotland to be created for future generations.

Unique concert to take place in St Andrews Beethoven’s Choral Symphony to be performed by St Andrews Chorus and St Andrews Chamber Orchestra

Unique concert to take place in St Andrews

Tuesday 22 April 2014

Beethoven’s Choral Symphony to be performed by St Andrews Chorus and St Andrews Chamber Orchestra

Masai Warrior

‘Eight people who are changing the world' descend on St Andrews

Monday 21 April 2014

Former winners of St Andrews prize showcase life-changing projects.

Most Famous Living Philosopher Visits St Andrews Professor Michael Sandel Continues St Andrews’ Links with Andrew Carnegie

Most Famous Living Philosopher Visits St Andrews

Friday 18 April 2014

Professor Michael Sandel Continues St Andrews’ Links with Andrew Carnegie

Forest - northern Mozambique

New research challenges understanding of biodiversity crisis

Thursday 17 April 2014

International study finds consistent change in biodiversity rather than systematic loss.

Pope Francis - His Life and Thought

‘Highly awaited’ biography of Pope released

Thursday 17 April 2014

St Andrews text will guide all future references.

Zebra finches apply string theory birds apply knowledge of material structural properties to nest-building

Zebra finches apply string theory

Tuesday 15 April 2014

Birds apply knowledge of material structural properties to nest-building

Shortlist for £100,00 St Andrews prize Three finalists announced for prestigious environmental award

Shortlist for £100,000 St Andrews prize

Tuesday 15 April 2014

Three finalists announced for prestigious environmental award

The new biologic (green) binding to the surface of cells (blue nuclei), protecting the cells from invasion by the influenza virus.

New treatment could 'protect against any strain of the flu'

Monday 14 April 2014

St Andrews team lead novel development.

View of St Salvator's Chapel from Butts Wynd

X marks the science

Thursday 10 April 2014

A new £1m state-of-the-art laboratory will open at the University of St Andrews today (Friday 11 April 2014).

The Byre Theatre, photo credit to Jim Bain

University proposes teaching and theatre alliance with the Byre Theatre

Thursday 10 April 2014

The University of St Andrews has proposed a major rescue package for the Byre Theatre, which would see the award-winning venue reopen permanently for university and community use.

Imaging turns a corner

Imaging turns a corner

Monday 07 April 2014

Seeing more with curved sheets of light

St Andrews scoop prizes from RSE

St Andrews scoop prizes from RSE

Tuesday 01 April 2014

Leading academics from the University of St Andrews scooped half of this year’s Royal Society of Edinburgh prizes.

An artist’s impression of how the rings might look from close to the surface of Chariklo. Credit: ESO/L. Calçada/Nick Risinger

20 seconds that changed our understanding of the Solar System

Wednesday 26 March 2014

Surprise discovery of double-ring system around asteroid-like body.

Aerial view of St Andrews by Dr Stephen Evans

Trading archives chart how Britain’s taste for tea grew

Tuesday 25 March 2014

New computer software gives new insights into the commercial growth of the British Empire

Chloe Hill at a UN event

Presidential summit

Friday 21 March 2014

St Andrews graduate peaks at UN event

Koenig’s Apparatus for the Analysis of Sound made by J Lancelot (1862-1938).

The story of sound

Thursday 13 March 2014

Students offer history lesson in ancient acoustics

St Andrews from the West Sands

The John Lewis Economy is ‘Alive and Well’ in Scotland

Thursday 13 March 2014

Employee owned businesses show strong performance

Swilcan Bridge

St Andrews looks to transform student sport

Wednesday 12 March 2014

The University of St Andrews has taken an important step towards an ambitious and wide-ranging redevelopment of its sports facilities.

3-star award for IT department

3-star award for University IT department

Monday 10 March 2014

The University of St Andrews has become the first university in the UK, and the second in the world, to be accredited with 3-star Service Desk Certification from The Service Desk Institute (SDI).

Fife pupils solve international crisis

Fife pupils solve international crisis

Wednesday 05 March 2014

Youngsters learn to be ‘global citizens’.

Professor Wei Huang with Professor Ifor Samuel during the visit.

Chinese delegation in Fife

Wednesday 26 February 2014

Nanjing Tech University comes to St Andrews

Infant monkey and mother

Keeping it in the family

Wednesday 26 February 2014

How young monkeys learn from their mums

Sally Magusson thumbnail

Where memories go

Wednesday 19 February 2014

St Andrews researcher helps with broadcaster’s dementia book

Aerial view of St Andrews by Dr Stephen Evans

Leading cancer experts gather in St Andrews

Tuesday 18 February 2014

‘Hippo pathway’ opens up new avenues in research

Literature of the 1940s: War, Postwar and 'Peace'

The true age of austerity

Monday 10 February 2014

The original age of austerity has unexpected lessons for us all, suggests academic.

Families First cheque presentation

Warm-hearted students raise funds through heart-warming drinks

Monday 03 February 2014

St Andrews students raise £270 through scheme.

St Andrews in the twilight

St Andrews: Home of Independence?

Friday 31 January 2014

Seeds sown in Fife in the 1930s by an American eccentric, claims author.

NT Wright

University of St Andrews theologian publishes lifetime's work

Wednesday 29 January 2014

Book on Paul expected to become key text.

View of St Salvator's Chapel from Butts Wynd

Chemical masterminds

Monday 20 January 2014

Young chemists prepare for final of regional competition

Duncan Maclennan, of the University’s Centre for Housing Research, has been awarded lifetime honorary membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute

Talk of the Town

Friday 17 January 2014

University researcher awarded by leading body

The Rock

The art of graduation

Thursday 16 January 2014

Exhibitions reveal new insights into old traditions.

Aerial view of St Andrews by Dr Stephen Evans

Bad public policy is stunting UK high growth potential

Tuesday 14 January 2014

Support for high-growth firms by the UK and Scottish Governments is substantially misconceived and could be holding back economic growth, according to new research to be published this week.

Bannockburns cover

To a yes?

Friday 10 January 2014

The Bard would vote for independence, says leading expert.

One of the planets studied

Seeding life in the clouds of alien worlds

Friday 10 January 2014

Studies of alien worlds’ atmospheres explore electrified gas clouds.

Castle Sands

SMEs invest over £7m in innovation

Tuesday 07 January 2014

Over 1,000 SME opportunities through Business Innovation Exchange partnership.

Geography & Geosciences photo competition - first prize: Caught in the Act, Beach Profiling near Oban by Alastair Stokes

New beginnings

Thursday 02 January 2014

St Andrews student Alastair Stokes captured an evocative black and white image during a field trip near Oban.