Watch your step: the curse of the ‘PH’

Set against a backdrop of cathedral ruins, picturesque beaches, and the world’s oldest golf course, it is immediately apparent that studying at the University of St Andrews is nothing short of unique. Among the many features that set the University apart are its student traditions, a handful of which date back to its early history. … Continue reading Watch your step: the curse of the ‘PH’

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Fridjtof Nansen: Explorer, Scientist, Humanitarian, and Rector.

Fridtjof Nansen is an individual you need to know about. A Norwegian visionary, explorer, pioneer, diplomat, humanitarian, champion, artist, and scholar, Nansen had a hunger for adventure and a quest for knowledge, venturing into uncharted territory time and time again. He held a Nobel Peace Prize, several world records, and to top it all off, … Continue reading Fridjtof Nansen: Explorer, Scientist, Humanitarian, and Rector.

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

Rudyard Kipling

  Winston Churchill once described ‘If’ (1895) by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), as his ‘spiritual autobiography’, which eloquently embodies the impact of Kipling’s writing upon both the individual and the collective. Kipling’s works have become part of British culture and heritage, still resonating with many today and often quoted by many in motivational speeches and remembrance … Continue reading Rudyard Kipling

Brewster’s Law

David Brewster was a renowned figure in 19th-century science and also served as Principal of the United College of the University of St Andrews from 1838-1859. Brewster was born in Roxburghshire, Scotland and started his academic career studying at the University of Edinburgh. His contributions to science are many, but perhaps his most famous work … Continue reading Brewster’s Law

John Burnet

On  December 9th 1863, Classicist John Burnet was born. Burnet began his studies in his hometown of Edinburgh, studying at Edinburgh’s Royal High School and Edinburgh University. In 1883 he moved to Balliol College, Oxford gaining a First Class in both Classical Moderations and Literae Humaniores. The bulk of Burnet’s academic career though was spent … Continue reading John Burnet

Optics and Illusions

    Did you know that the kaleidoscope was invented by a St Andrews Principal? Sir David Brewster was a physicist, mathematician, astronomer, writer and historian, who invented the popular toy by accident while carrying out pioneering studies into the science of optics. An Introduction to Brewster       David Brewster was born in Jedburgh, Scottish … Continue reading Optics and Illusions