Intricate Shapes: the Intriguing World of 19th Century Crystallography

Volunteer MUSA blogger, Anna Venturini writes about the development in the field of crystallography in the 19th century. When I was a child, geology ranked third in the list of my strongest passions, right after astronomy and palaeontology. I used to collect any sort of crystals and minerals I could get hold of, especially during … Continue reading Intricate Shapes: the Intriguing World of 19th Century Crystallography

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The Seafaring Art of Barbara Rae CBE RA

In our latest post, volunteer blogger Adam Polánek writes about the renowned Scottish artist, Barbara Rae CBE RA. I had never been to Scotland prior to my studies in St Andrews. Growing up in central Europe, to me Scotland was Robert Burns’ poetry (in translation), Trainspotting, bright-coloured postcards of the highlands, and textbook excerpts describing … Continue reading The Seafaring Art of Barbara Rae CBE RA

St Andrews and the Blackstone

Between May Dip and post-exam soakings, the month of May is lively with student traditions. MUSA volunteer blogger, Selena Putri, tells us about an examination tradition that has (mercifully!) died out since St Andrews’ foundation. Please note that this article has hyperlinks embedded that you can follow for more information. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s … Continue reading St Andrews and the Blackstone

Louise Richardson & Sally Mapstone: bridging the gender leadership gap at St Andrews

Volunteer MUSA blogger, Vanessa Silvera, discusses the first two female Principals of the University of St Andrews.  Over the past six centuries, several remarkable women have played an integral role in shaping the history and identity of St Andrews. Two such women are Louise Richardson and Sally Mapstone. They became the first and second female … Continue reading Louise Richardson & Sally Mapstone: bridging the gender leadership gap at St Andrews

Margaret Fairlie: Scotland’s first female professor 

Volunteer MUSA Blogger, Alyssa Skvarla writes about one of St Andrews' trailblazing alumni, who paved the way to enable women to rise up the ranks in academia in the early twentieth century. Margaret Fairlie, a graduate from University of St Andrews holds a special title that no other graduate will ever hold: she was Scotland’s … Continue reading Margaret Fairlie: Scotland’s first female professor 

Design a Museum of the Future!

Is that a rocket blasting off to deliver visitors from floor 1 to floor 14 (I wouldn’t want to be in charge of cleaning that museum)? Or is that a robot showing visitors around the museum, pointing out the first ever teleportation device? There could be Egyptian mummies reanimated Frankenstein-style, or talking taxidermy animal heads; … Continue reading Design a Museum of the Future!

Franki Raffles: A photographic portfolio on feminism

Volunteer MUSA blogger, Katryn Kavaliova, celebrates the life and work of photographer and St Andrews alumna, Franki Raffles. The photographic body of work by Franki Raffles serves as a poignant insight into the fight for women’s rights at the end of the twentieth century. After graduating from the University of St Andrews in 1977 (M.A. … Continue reading Franki Raffles: A photographic portfolio on feminism

The Duchess of Cambridge

As part of our 'Women of St Andrews' theme, volunteer blogger, Jana Antalova, writes about one the most talked-about female graduates of the University of St Andrews: Kate Middleton. After revealing which university they attend, it comes as no surprise to most St Andrews students to hear an exhilarating “That’s where Will and Kate met, … Continue reading The Duchess of Cambridge