All matriculated students are members of the "Union Debating Society", a student debating society that holds weekly public debates in Lower Parliament Hall, often hosts notable speakers, and participates in competitive debating in both national and international competitions. The University of St Andrews (Scots: University o St Andras, Scottish Gaelic: Oilthigh Chill Rìmhinn[5]; abbreviated as St And, from the Latin Sancti Andreae, in post-nominals) is a public university in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. The university was founded in 1410 when a group of Augustinian clergy, driven from the University of Paris by the Avignon schism and from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge by the Anglo-Scottish Wars, formed a society of higher learning in St Andrews, which offered courses of lectures in divinity, logic, philosophy, and law. The Principal is the chief executive of the university and is assisted in that role by several key officers, including the Deputy Principal, Master of the United College and Quaestor. [136] St Salvator's has a full peal of six bells, and is therefore the only university chapel in Scotland suitable for change ringing. Alumni have also gone on to serve as diplomats including the current Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations and former British Ambassador to China (2015-2020) Dame Barbara Woodward, former Ambassador to Russia (2008-2011) Dame Anne Pringle and Thomas Bruce who is known for the removal of the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon. If you mentioned Bejant Smith in the Edinburgh 'Student' no one would know whom you were referring to. Alumni in the fields of academia and education have gone on to found the University of Melbourne Medical School (Anthony Brownless) and the Scottish Church College in Calcutta (Alexander Duff was also the first Scottish missionary to India), become the first Regent and first Principal of the University of Edinburgh (Robert Rollock), Dean of Harvard Divinity School (David Hempton), the Vice Chancellors of Aberdeen University (Ian Diamond), University of Nottingham (Shearer West), Open University (Walter Perry was also the first Vice-Chancellor) and Sydney University (Gavin Brown), Chancellor of the University of Maine system (James H. Page), provost of Eton College (Eric Anderson), discoverer of the Berry Phase (Sir Michael Berry) and inventor of the Leslie cube John Leslie. [57] St Leonard's College is now responsible for all postgraduate students.[58]. Outside of the UK, alumni include the Financial Secretary of Hong Kong credited with laying the foundations for Hong Kong's economic success John James Cowperthwaite, former Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the U.S. National Security, Council Fiona Hill, David Holmes (both were involved in President Trump's Impeachment Inquiry),[194] and the first female cabinet minister in Egypt Hikmat Abu Zayd. In 1972, the College of St Leonard was reconstituted as a postgraduate institute. [148] To students, the most notable of these is the cobblestone initials "PH" located outside the main gate of St Salvator's College. The collections have been forming since shortly after the University was founded, as the first university in Scotland, between 1410 and 1414. A Canadian businessman and his wife have gifted almost £8 million to the University of St Andrews, believed to be one of the biggest pledges ever made to a Scottish university, in an effort to help it lead international marine research. Scotland’s first university, founded in 1413, is now one of the most attractive destinations in the world for Americans heading overseas to study. [8][37] This is the highest proportion and absolute number of American students amongst all British universities. Martinmas semester runs from early September until mid-December, with examinations taking place just before the Christmas break. Established in 1901, it is affiliated to BUCS and encompasses around sixty sport clubs,[177] who compete at both a recreational and high-performance level. Agnes Forbes Blackadder became the first woman to graduate from St Andrews on the same level as men in October 1894, gaining her MA. The library collection contains over a million volumes and over two hundred thousand rare and antique books. ScotGEM is Scotland's first graduate entry programme for medicine and it is jointly delivered by the Universities of Dundee and St. Andrews, in collaboration with the University of the Highlands and Islands and partner Health Boards. There follows an inter-semester period when Martinmas semester business is concluded and preparations are made for the new Candlemas semester, which starts in January and concludes with examinations at the end of May. [29] In response to the increasing number of female students attending the university, the first women's hall was built in 1896 and was named University Hall.[30]. [115], In North America, the highly competitive Bachelor of Arts International Honours program, run in conjunction with The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, allows students studying Classical Studies, Film Studies, International Relations, English, History, or Economics to spend two years at each institution and earn a joint degree from both. ", United College of St Salvator and St Leonard, Governance of the University of St Andrews, Principal of the University of St Andrews, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Museum of the University of St Andrews, United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment, University of St Andrews Students' Association, Coalition of Higher Education Students in Scotland, University of St Andrews Rugby Football Club, Academic dress of the University of St Andrews, List of alumni of the University of St Andrews, Category:Alumni of the University of St Andrews, United States Declaration of Independence. The university also boasts of a rich roll of honorary graduates whose members vary from Benjamin Franklin to Hillary Clinton, from Bob Dylan to Arvo Pärt, from Maggie Smith to Sean Connery, from Nora K. Chadwick to Noam Chomsky, from Joseph Stevenson to Lisa Jardine, from Seamus Heaney to Bahram Beyzai, from Georg Cantor to David Attenborough.[195]. St Andrews is characterised amongst Scottish universities as having a significant number of students who live in university-maintained accommodation. 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Forbes, founder of The Week Jolyon Connell, current Downing Street Director of Communications and former Controller of BBC World News Craig Oliver, Political Editor of BBC Scotland Brian Taylor, BBC News Presenter Louise Minchin, BBC Sport TV Presenter Hazel Irvine, Primetime Emmy Award winning screenwriter David Butler, Pulitzer Prize winning author James Michener, feminist writer Fay Weldon, musician The Pictish Trail and actors Siobhan Redmond, Crispin Bonham-Carter, Ian McDiarmid and Jonathan Taylor Thomas. These older students act as informal mentors in academic and social matters and it is not uncommon for such academic family ties to stretch well beyond student days. [123] The library was designed by the architects Faulkner-Brown Hendy Watkinson Stonor based in North East England at Killingworth. [153] It promotes Scottish culture to students of the university and the wider community. The four academic faculties collectively encompass 18 schools. In 2017, St Andrews was named as the university with the joint second highest graduate employment rate of any UK university (along with Warwick), with 97.7 per cent of its graduates in work or further study three and a half years after graduation. Other notable alumni include 'father of the poll tax' Douglas Mason, founders of the Adam Smith Institute, Madsen Pirie and Eamonn Butler, former Lord Justice General Lord Cullen, two currently sitting members of the Inner House, Lord Eassie and Baroness Clark of Calton, one of the leading figures in the formation of the United States Golf Association Charles B. Macdonald, the captain of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. The University of St Andrews Sutton Trust Summer school offers a fantastic opportunity to take part in an intensive academic learning programme similar to that undertaken by first year students. [137] The Chapel of St Leonard's is located in the grounds of the nearby St Leonards School. [171][172], St Andrews is home to several other private clubs, such as The Kensington Club, founded in 1739 by Alexander Laird Balgonie and is an all-male dining club that organises private events for members. [173][174] The St Andrews Fight Club hosts an annual boxing match, training 20 amateur boxers in an intensive course. [86] The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 revealed that 24 of the 26 subjects offered by St Andrews ranked within the top 6 nationally with 10 subjects placing within the top 3 including English, Management, Philosophy, International Relations, Italian, Physics and Astronomy and Classics and Ancient History. [6] The university occupies historic and modern buildings located throughout the town. [75] St Andrews was ranked 9th overall in The Sunday Times 10-year (1998–2007) average ranking of British universities based on consistent league table performance,[76] and is a member of the 'Sutton 13' of top ranked Universities in the UK.[77]. The President of the Students' Association and Director of Representation are ex officio members of the Court. The Museum Collections of the University of St Andrews relate to the University of St Andrews, its history, personalities and teaching and research fields. Faculty of Arts: art history, classics, economics, English, film studies, history, international relations, management, modern languages, philosophy, social anthropology. United College is responsible for all students in the faculties of arts, sciences and medicine, and is based around St Salvator's Quadrangle. It is important to look after yourself, especially during a time when it is natural to feel anxious, worried and isolated. Its most important functions are to appoint two assessors to the University Court and elect the university's chancellor. [16] Wardlaw then successfully petitioned the Avignon Pope Benedict XIII to grant the school university status by issuing a series of papal bulls, which followed on 28 August 1413. [168], The Kate Kennedy Club plays a significant role in the life of the university, maintaining university traditions such as the Kate Kennedy Procession, in which students parade through the town dressed as eminent figures from the university's history, and organising social events such as the Opening and May balls. [33] Today a highly competitive scholarship exchange, The Robert T. Jones Scholarship, exists between St Andrews and Emory University in Atlanta. Since 2013, the university's endowment has been invested under the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment (UNPRI) initiative with a sustainable ethical policy enforced since 2007. [34] She later went on to her next appointment as the Vice Chancellor to the University of Oxford. Founded in 1912, it is housed in the old Bute Medical School Building in St. Mary's Quad. St Andrews was eventually able to continue to offer the opportunity to study medicine through a new arrangement with the University of Manchester in England. University of St AndrewsCollege GateSt AndrewsKY16 9AJ, © 2020 The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland, No: SC013532. At this time, the majority of the teaching was of a religious nature and was conducted by clerics associated with the cathedral. A weekly update on confirmed numbers of positive cases of Covid-19 in our University community. One of the largest North American exchanges is with the University of California System, in which students can study at Berkeley, Los Angeles (UCLA), Santa Cruz (UCSC) and San Diego (UCSD). Pringle", "St Andrews University Library, Sources for Library History, 1 : A revised transcript of the 'Foundation List' of 1612–13, by R.V. The SOI is a world leader in interdisciplinary research studying the marine environment which forms a key focus for research excellence in the marine sciences. [47] Both London and New York also host the St Andrews Angels, an alumni led angel investment network, which centres upon the wider university communities in both the United Kingdom and United States. Martinmas, on 11 November, was originally the feast of Saint Martin of Tours, a 4th-century bishop and hermit. Up until the start of the 20th century, St Andrews offered a traditional education based on classical languages, divinity and philosophical studies, and was slow to embrace more practical fields such as science and medicine that were becoming more popular at other universities. University of St Andrews - Scotland's first university, founded 1413 St Andrews Can Do Supporting our community to develop Covid-safe activities with resources including a Can Do Guide, Can Do Marquee, and events programme. Top in the UK for student academic experience in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2020. There are regular dramatic and comedic performances staged at the Barron theatre. [180], The Scottish Varsity, also known as the 'world's oldest varsity match', is played annually against the University of Edinburgh.[181]. Since the 19th century the giving of raisins was steadily transformed into the giving of a more modern alternative, such as a bottle of wine (although presents are now rarely expected). [110], To commemorate the university's 600th anniversary the 600th Lecture Series was commissioned in 2011, which brought diverse speakers such as former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, naturalist David Attenborough and linguist Noam Chomsky to St Andrews. St Salvator's and St Leonard's both have their own choirs, whose members are drawn from the student body. [124] Faulkner-Brown specialised in libraries and leisure facilities and also designed the National Library of Canada in Ottawa and the Robinson Library at Newcastle University[125][126] In 2011 the main library building underwent a £7 million re-development. Postgraduates wear the graduate gown or, as members of St Leonard College, may wear a black gown trimmed with burgundy, introduced for graduate students whose original university is without academic dress. [119], The university library was founded by King James VI in 1612, with the donation of 350 works from the royal collection, at the urging of George Gledstanes, the then chancellor of St Andrews, although the libraries of the colleges of St Leonard's College, St Salvator's College and St Mary's College had existed prior to this. [167] Blind Mirth is the university's improvisational theatre troupe, which performs weekly in the town, and annually takes a production to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Start your journey today at the University of St Andrews. [113], The computing Distinguished Lecture Series was initiated in 1969 by Jack Cole. St Salvator's College was established in 1450 by Bishop James Kennedy. 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