This weekend, St Andrews saw a spectacular medieval pageant, commemorating the 700th anniversary of the Consecration of St Andrews Cathedral, with costumes provided by the Kate Kennedy Trust. If you missed this event, then don't worry: every year in April, the Kate Kennedy Club put on a costumed parade of their own. One of our … Continue reading From Carousal to Pageant: St Andrews’ Kate Kennedy Procession
It’s that time of year again where the graduating class say goodbye to St Andrews and embark on their next adventure. For graduates, the words 'How does it feel?' will be ones they'll likely hear a lot on their big day. Volunteer MUSA blogger, Catriona Scott, gives us insight into what the experience of graduation is … Continue reading Reflections on Graduation
Across the UK, the 1st-7th June 2018 is Volunteers’ Week. For us in MUSA, it's a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution our volunteers make to the work we do here. Throughout the year, our student volunteers work at the reception desk, welcoming visitors, conducting hourly checks of the galleries, making craft activities … Continue reading A Big Thank You to our Volunteers
St Andrews is famed for its student traditions. If you're in the town this month, it will be hard not to notice the widespread exam-time festivities called soakings. Volunteer blogger, Olga Loza gives us an account of her own experiences of surviving a soaking! The month of May arrives in a whirl of blossoms, carrying … Continue reading On Soakings
MUSA blogger, Olga Loza, takes a serious look at the realities faced by women in academia, and recounts her experiences of the solidarity and friendship among female colleagues in St Andrews. Please note that in this article there are hyperlinks to external websites that you can follow for more information. The past century has brought about … Continue reading Networks that nurture us: female solidarity in academia
Now that the (academic) kids have had their fun, let's hear from the (academic) parents of Raisin. What is it like to throw a Raisin party? MUSA Visitor Services Facilitator and student, Emily Brown, tells us about her experience. I felt a lot of pressure to become an academic parent and adopt students in my … Continue reading Raisin the Kids
What is it like being a first year going through the infamous Raisin Weekend? MUSA Visitor Services Facilitator and student at St Andrews, Emily Brown, writes about her experiences. I spent my first Raisin Weekend on crutches. I'd sprained both of my ankles in early October (in a fight of stairs vs human, I recommend betting on the stairs) but I wasn't about … Continue reading Raisin Weekend as a Fresher
What exactly does the notorious 'Raisin Weekend' involve? MUSA Senior Visitor Services Facilitator and graduate of St Andrews, Monica Burns, tells you what you can expect to see this Sunday and Monday in St Andrews. The image of students covered in shaving foam is a sight unique to the University of St Andrews. Out of all our traditions, … Continue reading Raisin Weekend: What’s All the Fuss About?
By the middle of Freshers' Week you might be feeling a bit tired out! There's a lot to take in and as Lily Ratcliff, final year student and Visitor Services Facilitator at MUSA writes below - it's good to take a step back, relax and enjoy it! With this being my final year as … Continue reading Make memories, but remember to relax along the way!
Every year a huge cohort of Postgraduate Students arrive in St Andrews for the start of Semester. Freshers' Week is also a time for them to meet each other and find out about all that the University has to offer. Here, Visitor Services Facilitator at MUSA and post graduate student, Laura Scobie shares her experiences … Continue reading What about the Postgrads?!