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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On Soakings

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

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 

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

Networks that nurture us: female solidarity in academia

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

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

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: St Andrews Artist

The latest article by volunteer blogger, Anna Venturini, reflects on the life and legacy of the St Andrews-born artist, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. At Museum Collections, we have a number of Barns-Graham's paintings in our stores. You can search through our collections catalogue here:  https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/adlib/search/simple   Nowadays, St Andrews and its university are home to a number … Continue reading Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: St Andrews Artist