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Female animals portrayed as "femmes fatales" by researchers Professor John Haldane: The Church can overcome

Female animals are unfairly sexually stereotyped by researchers, according to experts at the University of St Andrews. [Read more]

Donor boost in memory of student

Strip for St Andrews Scotland’s first University is calling for volunteers to help St Andrews to make history again; by setting a new record for the world’s largest Scottish country dance on Sunday March 10, 2013. [Read more]

St Andrews University plans world record dance event

Prestigious award for University IT department

St Andrews University ‘open’ to idea of college campus in town

St Andrews has become the first university in Britain to receive a prestigious award for its IT provision. [Read more]

Dolphins Give 'Names' By Copying Each Other's Whistles, Study Suggests

Kind-hearted students launch organ donation campaign Kind-hearted students at the University of St Andrews have joined forces with the NHS to help promote organ donation. [Read more]

American student at St Andrews University faces extradition for nearly killing friend after 'spiking his wine with deadly anti-freeze'

Food for thought On Russia and Russianness: there is continuity between the Russian and the Soviet - a view from the West

Fife is a leading light in the UK’s local food revolution, according to the organisers of a special event held in St Andrews. [Read more]

Independent Scotland faces nuclear arms ban

Brian Taylor’s Big Debate: Lower College Hall, St Andrews

WHAT’S ON Fairtrade coffee morning

60 Hour Film Blitz Screening

When: 1 March 2013, 9.30am Where: Parliament Hall, South Street

When: Friday 8 March 2013, 7.00pm Where: Buchanan Lecture Theatre

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, we will be holding a staff coffee morning to raise awareness of Fairtrade and to raise money for the Fairtrade Foundation. Fairtrade teas, coffees, juices and cookies will all be on offer as well as Gillian Gamble's Universi'tea' range! [More info]

The 60 Hour Film Blitz is a film festival designed to celebrate the 600th anniversary of St Andrews by encouraging local film makers students and citizens alike - to take to the streets of this historic town and get creative by producing a short three minute film. The completed films will be screened on the evening. [More info]

600 SPOTLIGHT The Big Strip On Sunday 10 March the University’s Athletic Union is hoping to lead the world’s biggest ever Strip the Willow country dance to celebrate St Andrews’ 600th Anniversary. The event is also raising awareness for the Healthy Mind Healthy Body Award, which the Union supports in conjunction with the Scottish Student Sport. Staff are being called to sign up to take part and to help strip Edinburgh of its crown. The current record is held by the City of Edinburgh, where 1,914 people danced on 30th December 2000.

YOUR SPACE To let: House in St Andrews 3-bedroom house for Rent on Doocot Road, St Andrews, £700pcm. Available from the end of March. Comprises downstairs living and dining room, hallway with ample coat hooks and under stair storage space, and separate kitchen; upstairs 3 bedrooms and shower room. Benefits from double glazing, gas central heating, off street parking, garage, and front and back gardens. Cats are welcome and the back door has a cat flap. Would suit a couple or young family (no sharing students). Please contact Ingeborg van Knippenberg ( for further information or to arrange viewings. To let: Flat in St Andrews Quiet two bedroom flat in South Street, St Andrews. Would suit a couple or two sharing. Lease is available from 01.09.13 to 31.08.14. £850 per month. For further information please contact Leslie on

To let: Flat in Lundin Links

The University’s 600th Anniversary celebrations will take to the streets, hoping to encourage 2,000 people to dance on South Street at 1400 hours on Mothering Sunday. Why not take your mum for a spin? The event promises to be fun for all the family and Scotland’s rockiest ceilidh band, The Cutting Edge Ceilidh Band, will be performing live. Assistant Director of Student Services Rob Warren said: “This is shaping up to be a really exciting event, one that everyone involved will remember and one that people will not want to miss. You don’t need to know how to do the dance as there will be someone there to tell you. All you need to do is turn up, be ready to have fun and take part in making history.” To register email

Available now, an attractive freshly decorated, furnished 1 bedroom ground floor flat. Double glazing, new gas boiler and central heating. A cottage garden to the front of the property and garden grounds to the rear, the property is perfectly situated for all local amenities, including 2 golf courses, a bowling club, tennis club, sailing club, restaurants and a selection of shops. 20 minute drive from St Andrews with a regular bus service to St Andrews town centre. £360 pcm. For more information phone 07969544245 Holiday let: Durisdeer Ferndale Studio Cottage is in the beautiful conservation village of Durisdeer, 90 minutes south of Edinburgh. Endless walks in the Lowther Hills beginning a few yards from the front door. Sleeps 2 , from 40 per night. More information can be found online or by telephoning 01848 500322.



Student Records Co-ordinator - ML1127, Academic Registry

Dr Andrew Timming award

Teaching Fellow in Computer Science - SB1061, School of Computer Science Research Fellow in Supramolecular/Nanochemistry - ME1288, School of Chemistry Volunteer Patient Coordinator - ML1020, School of Medicine GeoBus Assistant - ML1163, School of Geography and Geosciences Reader in Inorganic Chemistry - ME1131, School of Chemistry Lectureships in Human Perception or Cognition - SB5522, School of Psychology

Congratulations to Dr Andrew R Timming, Reader in the School of Management, on his election to the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland. The Young Academy of Scotland is an organisation that promotes inter-disciplinary collaboration among emerging leaders in their fields. It brings together academics, professionals, artists and business and civil society leaders in order to provide them with an influential voice in order to tackle the most challenging issues facing Scotland and the world.

ICT Purchasing Officer - SB1165, IT Services Professor Richard Ingham A full list of vacancies can be found here. New colleagues In the Loop would like to welcome new staff to the University. Recent new starts include HBSC Research Communications Officer Joseph Hancock (School of Medicine), Programmes Manager Frances Trahar (Admissions), International Opportunities Manager Robert Gelb (Summer Careers Centre), Head of Development Events & Publications Laura Gordon (Development Office), Business Intelligence Graduate Developer Tereza Gregorova (IT Services) and Programme Manager Aoife Kelly (Knowledge Transfer Centre).

Honorary Professor of Jazz Education, Richard Ingham, was featured rd on BBC Radio 4’s Archive on 4 on Saturday (23 February). The programme explores the history of the saxophone and investigates the instrument's captivating journey through its musical and spoken archive. Professor Ingham acted as a historical consultant and source material adviser to the programme. You can listen again here on BBC iPlayer.

CAMPUS ROUND UP Seals make a splash Dr Paddy Pomeroy from SMRU made a splash onscreen this week (Tuesday) with a BBC One Show feature on his research. The programme visited the Isle of May with Paddy to look at his work tracking the seal population and the use of ‘Rocky’ the robot seal in examining individuality in the species. You can view the show again via iplayer (from 13.20 mins).

Art History brushes up website A newly decorated website for the School of Art History was launched by the Web Team yesterday (Wednesday). New features to the pages include: easier navigation for current and prospective students, connection of Art History events to the main website calendar and the use of central media such as the course catalogue and prospectus. All updated features will lead to easier maintenance of the new website and the old version is now history. Previous users who had bookmarked the old AH homepage at will need to update to the new address:

Feeling the burn? Need to get away from the office for some muchneeded team time? Or are you looking for a secluded spot out of St Andrews to host a reading party? Don’t forget about The Burn, a unique educational retreat available to St Andrews, amongst other Scottish th universities. The elegant 18 century mansion house, surrounded by a private 200 acre estate, can accommodate and cater for over 50 guests and is nestled at the foot of Glenesk. For further information contact them on 01356 648281 or email Adam Smith at St Andrews

Paul Gardner (School of Psychology and Neuroscience) and Bess Rhodes (Reformation Studies) recently hosted a visit of students from Adam Smith College. The visit was attended by students who are studying NCSS and NQHIGH. During the visit, Bess gave the students a guided tour of important Reformation sites in St Andrews, literally bringing history to life for them. Paul, meanwhile, gave a talk on the range of expertise within his school, as well as potential career paths. Students reported back that the visit gave them inspiration to study at St Andrews. Paul and Bess would like to extend their gratitude to Mr Andy Cunningham (Senior Janitor, St. Mary’s) and Mr George Donaldson at Holy Trinity church for helping with the tour.

THELMA awards To Oscar, Tony and Emmy now add…. The Thelma. The 2013 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards are now open for entries. This unfortunately-acronymed but no less valued accolade recognises “all the hard work, skill and dedication that goes on behind the scenes at our universities.” Thelmas are given for excellence in service provision in Higher Education. Categories for the 2013 awards include Outstanding Leadership and Management Team, Outstanding University Fundraising Team, Outstanding Human Resources Team, Outstanding Estates Team, Outstanding Finance Team, Outstanding Marketing / Communications Team, Outstanding Library Team, ICT Initiative of the Year, Outstanding Student Services Team, Outstanding International Strategy, Knowledge Exchange / Transfer Initiative of the Year, Outstanding Student Admissions Team, Outstanding Registry Team, Outstanding Departmental Administration Team and Outstanding Procurement Team. For more information on the awards, visit the awards website (, or contact Antonia Mitchell on 020 3194 3250, email What are you waiting for?

STAFF MEMOS Robbie Ewen Fellowship 2013 Applications are now invited for the Robbie Ewen Fellowship for 2013. The Fellowship exists to help administrators benefit from seeing alternative approaches and systems in higher education institutions in other countries. A single or multiple award can be made by the Trustees. Past awards have covered areas such as planning, estate management, quality assurance, student support, and freedom of information, in a range of countries including the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. A condition of application is the support of your head of department and an agreement from your institution to match or exceed any funding awarded. For more information can be found here. Vacancies for 2 Assistant Wardens A vacancy has arisen at David Russell Apartments and Fife Park for 2 Assistant Wardens, available to Research Postgraduate (PhD) students and members of staff on at least a 0.5 FTE load. Further information can be found here. Read more Staff Memos here.

HIGHER EDUCATION NEWS 850 new postgraduate places at Scots universities Hundreds of extra postgraduate places are to be created at the country’s universities following a £30 million investment from the Scottish Government. [Read more] Minister may intervene on university inequality The lack of women on the governing bodies of Scottish universities has been described as stark and alarming by a Government minister. [Read more] The interloper who fooled a Cambridge college The well-spoken man who could be seen in a Cambridge library at all times of the night certainly seemed dedicated to his studies. [Read more]

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