Sandy McRaisin – Alumni Mascot

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I’ve been keeping you up to date with all of the news from St Andrews and thought it about time I introduced myself properly. The name’s Sandy McRaisin, St Andrews alumnus and ………. all round supporter of the University (sorry for the long paws, I’ve always had them!). I love going on adventures, meeting my fellow St Andrews alumni, and I cannot express my love for ice cream enough. You’ll usually see me wearing my favourite red St Andrews jumper, but I did bear all for the May Dip!


St Andrews will soon be filled with students ready to don their graduation gowns and make their way down the cobbled streets to Younger Hall and receive their degrees. I’m looking forward to welcoming our graduating students back to St Andrews for a truly special week. My graduation week was full of excitement, friends, celebrations and free meals. Mother bear always made sure I got my favourite dish – tagliateddy – but I had to be careful not to eat too much or else I’d feel stuffed!

I remember my days in St Andrews well; meeting my academic parents, Yogi and Paddington, at a picnic, trying to get my bearings around hall (John Bearnet) and getting soaked in Sallies quad after my final exam. It’s these special memories that made me loyal to the University even after graduation and helped me decide I wanted to work for you all here as your mascot. Becoming an alumnus does not mark the end of the St Andrews experience, there’s so many ways that the university can help us out whether it be careers advice, brilliant discounts or helping us keep in touch with each other. The Class of 2014 will be warmly welcomed into the huge network of alumni worldwide.  I can’t wait to see what everyone gets up to in the next few years and I hope to be friends with you all!

Sandy West Sands



Bear Hugs,


PS: I’ve taken over the alumni network twitter feed this week, so come chat to me there!

(Facebook  Twitter  Vine  Alumni Website)


A week in the life of an intern…

As part of the Careers Centre Summer Internship programme, Fiona Lewis (3rd year Chemistry) joins us for six weeks, working on a range of different projects. Read on to find out more about Fiona’s first week!

Image91 North Street, the home of the Development Office, became my new place of work at the beginning of June as I embarked on the first day of my summer internship. The initial tour of the office allowed me to meet the team behind the University’s fundraising and alumni relations and also gave me an insight into the many aspects that the Development Office encompasses to achieve sustained and successful alumni relations and giving.

The Development Office is responsible for the University’s philanthropic fundraising and relations with alumni, parents and benefactors worldwide. Development is intrinsic to strengthening the University’s position in terms of teaching, learning and research by promoting active participation, investment and loyalty to the University. With this in mind, I wanted to help Sophie and Phil, my internship advisors, in any way they needed.

I had a great first impression of the Development Office as I immediately felt valued when Sophie tasked me with putting together letters for Canadian and US donors. It seems working with the Development Office will definitely not be the stereotypical internship where I make tea and photocopy hundreds of things! My impression is that I will be able to contribute, offer my opinion, be listened to and encouraged to achieve as much as I can from the experience.

Later in the afternoon, I met with Sophie and Phil to chat over what the internship will involve and bring me up to speed with what they have been working on. Strands of my internship will involve preparing for and attending Graduation Week events, particularly in relation to Class Gift, writing reports on topics like the Student Activities Fund, researching and compiling a young alumni newsletter and, of course, working with Sandy McRaisin, the St Andrews alumni mascot, to put together some impressive Vine videos! (Check out our first one here).

My first week in Development was a big learning curve as I had to get to grips with new software and take in a lot of information. However, everyone definitely made me feel welcome and I am getting settled into the internship and the different projects involved. I’m looking forward to seeing what is in store in the weeks ahead and I’m eager to learn from everyone in the Development Office!

Jovial June…

As May has rolled into June and the ‘summer sun’ has started to show itself a little more regularly in St Andrews, we’ve got a whole host of events happening around the world run by our alumni clubs and the University! Here’s what’s coming up:

Friday 6 June, 7pm, LONDON ALUMNI CLUB Join the Alumni Club for a celebration of it’s Golden Anniversary with a special ceilidh evening in Shoreditch! The Club was founded in 1954 and to mark our 60th birthday we’re organising “Ceilidh Club’ on Friday 6th June at the fantastic venue of Kachette, 347 Old Street, EC1V 9LP. Tickets available on the door:

– a modern ceilidh between 7pm and 11pm provided by Licence to Ceilidh: London’s Top Ceilidh Band.
– welcome drink on arrival, with further drinks available from a pop-up bar all evening
– DJ from 11pm – 1am
– Tickets are available from Eventbrite here:
– Dress code: Come as you are!

Saturday 7 June, 4pm, NEW YORK ALUMNI CLUB Please join us for an afternoon of Pimms and tea sandwiches couples with a lively Scottish Country Dance party led by the organizers of the Scottish Ball. The Party will take place in the church’s beautiful garden and Dreasel Hall. Please feel free to bring friends and enjoy the kick off to summer! This is our last major event before summer so you don’t want to miss out!

Additional Information:
Tickets: $35, inclusive of unlimited Pimms and sandwiches
Dress: Summer Cocktail (hats, stripy blazers, boaters and shorts welcome!) Tickets are available from Eventbrite here:   More to follow with events in Shanghai, Oxford, Hong Kong and Networking Nights across the USA in the next month – keep checking the blog!