Meet up with fellow alumni at these exciting events!

Spring alumni events are in full swing around the globe as St Andrews graduates from Brussels to Cape Town get together to catch up and share their fondest memories from University. Check out the variety of events below to see if there is an alumni event in your city!

Edinburgh — the St Andrews Alumni Club of Edinburgh is holding their next drinks on Thursday 21 April from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm at 99 Hanover Street. Feel free to swing by, but if you have any questions the club can be contacted at, or via their Facebook page.


Alumni in Edinburgh catching up in November 2015.

Cape Town — Alumni are invited to join Dr Anne Mullen (Vice-Principal International), Prof Derek Woollins (Vice-Principal Research) and Mrs Julie Ramsay (Director of Admissions) for an informal alumni drinks evening on Monday 2 May from 7.00pm to 9.00pm at The Westin Cape Town (Lower Long Street, Cape Town 8000).

To register please email

Hong Kong — Dr Silvia Paracchini from the School of Medicine presents her talk ‘Are left-handed people really going to die younger?’ on Wednesday 11 May from 7.00pm-9.00pm at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club.

To register please email

New York
— The University of St Andrews New York Alumni Club is holding its annual May Ball on Saturday 14 May at the Down Town Association. This promises to be a great event, with interesting performers and a great DJ.

Tickets available now. More details available on the Facebook event.

NYC May Ball 2015

Guests at the 2015 New York May Ball.

Brussels — The University Rector, Catherine Stihler, MEP, will host an Alumni Drinks Reception at the EU Parliament, Members’ Salons on Tuesday 24 May from 7.00pm-9.00pm.

Registration required by email to


Current University Rector and MEP Catherine Stihler.

Washington DC — There is an exciting evening coming up in the Washington Navy Yard on Tuesday 24 May at 6.30pm! This is one of federal city’s oldest institutions and will be an interesting event, with a presentation from Rear Admiral Yancy B Lindsey (Commandant Naval District Washington) highlighting the state of the United States Navy, the role of Naval District Washington and his naval career. Afterwards, St Andrean Ed Furgol will provide a tour of the navy yard. Participation is limited to 24 people.

Contact by 12.00pm on Thursday 12 May to book your place.

Please share photos of your meetup on the St Andrews Alumni Network Facebook or Twitter pages.



Let’s go east

After completing their MSc in Sustainable Development at St Andrews, Amy Louisa Cowan and Annika Scharbert are applying the skills and knowledge they learned in the classroom to improve gender equality and women’s empowerment in Vietnam.

Amy and Annika were first drawn to the Bubble by the interdisciplinary teaching methods of a Sustainable Development degree. During their studies they learned how communities can come together to tackle some of the world’s largest challenges. Field trips, like the one to the eco-village of Findhorn in northern Scotland, showed them the possibility of sustainable living through the practical application of transition theory.

Annika - visit to Findhorn

A visit to the eco-village in Findhorn during the MSc studies

While at St Andrews, Annika and Amy used the knowledge gained through their courses to conduct community-led research that aimed to deliver real improvements to their surroundings. Amy’s action research project focused on the issue of food waste in halls of residence at the University.

Amy and Annika at Annikas Graduation in November 2011 crop

Amy and Annika at Annika’s Graduation in November 2011

Upon graduation Amy worked in the field of development in Vietnam while Annika wrote her PhD thesis on sustainability-driven entrepreneurship. The accumulation of these life experiences led them to start The intiMate Initiative®. While officially launched in May 2015, The intiMate Initiative® has been a long time in the making. Amy moved to Vietnam in 2012 and three years later, when Annika came to visit, they decided it was time to “get their hands dirty.” They are passionate about expanding access to sexual health information for young people in Vietnam, grounded in the belief that education plays a key role in empowering people to make informed and smart decisions about their bodies and sexual relationships.

Visit to St A in October 2015

Amy and Annika back in St Andrews in October 2015

They have received incredible support from the University, including the opportunities to participate in Enterprise Week and on a panel on social entrepreneurship. The relationship with the University and its students is important to Amy and Annika, and is something they are maintaining today. They are currently working closely with the student enterprise SAVE which sells menstrual cups to university students—and published a post about their efforts on The intiMate Initiative®’s blog.

Find out more about how sustainability takes shape in Annika and Amy’s enterprise: have a look at their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.