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 

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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

A history of women in St Andrews: the Lady Literate in Arts scheme

The University of St Andrews may be over 600 years old, but women have only been allowed to study here for just over 100 years! MUSA blogger, Heather Taylor, tells us about the scheme that first allowed women to study at St Andrews. Currently, around 60% of students at the University of St Andrews are … Continue reading A history of women in St Andrews: the Lady Literate in Arts scheme

Agnes Blackadder: Scot, Scientist, Suffragette.

Continuing our theme of 'Women of St Andrews', MUSA blogger Laura Gianesi tells us about the extraordinary life of the person behind the well-known name in St Andrews, Agnes Blackadder. When St Andrews students hear the name Agnes Blackadder, the first – and arguably only – thing that comes to mind is Agnes Blackadder Hall, … Continue reading Agnes Blackadder: Scot, Scientist, Suffragette.

Women of St Andrews: Kate Holt and the stories behind her photographs

Here at MUSA we are delighted to welcome on board a new team of volunteer bloggers. May we introduce Selena Putri, who for this month’s theme ‘Women of St Andrews’, has written about and interviewed the fascinating photojournalist and St Andrews alumna, Kate Holt. Kate Holt’s photographs tell the true story of life in the … Continue reading Women of St Andrews: Kate Holt and the stories behind her photographs

Why the Lang face?

This November, we're celebrating our furry-faced alumni for Movember. MUSA Volunteer, James Fox, looks at the life, achievements (and moustache!) of the writer, Andrew Lang.   Consider the moustache of Andrew Lang. As the author of some 249 books and articles numbering in the thousands, his distinguished profrusion of facial hair was doubtless the result not of any fashion choice, but … Continue reading Why the Lang face?

On Growth and Form of a Moustache!

    Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Chair of Natural History at the University of St Andrews and celebrated Victorian polymath, proudly wore, as many respected Victorian gentleman did, notable facial hair.  In this article, MUSA Visitor Services Facilitator and Geology student Emily Brown looks at the man behind the moustache! In his youth, as the … Continue reading On Growth and Form of a Moustache!

Students at the Limits: Geordie Stewart

Achievements at St Andrews aren't always related to academic prowess.  In our continuing series of articles on the new objects on display in Gallery 2, Ellen Jardine, MUSA volunteer and undergraduate student reflects on a spectacular achievement by a relatively recent alumni! One of the newest additions to the Gallery 2 collection is the Down Jacket … Continue reading Students at the Limits: Geordie Stewart

Alexander Duff

Alexander Duff, born at Auchnahyle in the parish of Moulin, Perthshire, was the first Church of Scotland missionary to go to India. He studied arts and theology at the University of St Andrews before being ordained in 1829. The foreign mission committee of the Church of Scotland’s general assembly invited Duff to be their first … Continue reading Alexander Duff