Memos for: Undergraduates

Spring Break History Society Trip Applications Open (deadline 2 October)

Applications for the 2018 History Society Spring Break Trip are now open!
https://www.standrewshistorysoc.com/trips
From 18-26 March, join the History Society as we travel to Lisbon and Coimbra, Portugal where we will discover the past and present wonders of the current and medieval Portuguese capitals!
The trip cost, which includes all transportation to, from, and within Portugal from St Andrews, all accommodation in Portugal, and all events, museums, and activities planned over the course of the week will be £350.
We will be having an information session/pub quiz social on Tuesday 26 September, more details on that to follow.
If you have any questions, please email historysoc@st-andrews.ac.uk.

The final deadline for applications is Monday 2 October at 17:00.

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Looking for help funding a student drama production?

Looking for financial assistance for a dramatic or other stage production? The Student Drama Advisory Group may be able to help.

For more information, including the application form, please visit http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/money/bursariesandscholarships/antonytudorfund/

The deadline for this round of applications is 1pm on Wednesday 4 October 2017.

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Collaborations and Study Abroad – First Abroad Scholarships (information session 4 October)

Calling all Scottish First Year students. Would you like to spend a few days at the College of William & Mary in the US, experiencing academic and co-curricular activities and learning about the benefits of Study Abroad? After that, do you like the sound of securing a paid internship at the Collaborations and Study Abroad Office? What about gaining a Saltire Scholar prize that appears on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Record) transcript? Would you like it if all of this was covered by a Scholarship?
Then the First Abroad Scholarships 2017-2018 will definitely interest you. All the details can be found via the following link:

https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/studyabroad/outgoingstudents/financeandscholarships/firstabroadscholarships/

The Collaborations & Study Abroad Team will be holding an information session Wednesday 4 October at 2pm in St Katharine’s West, 16 The Scores, where you will be able to find out more about the programme. There will be a short presentation followed by a question and answer session. We hope to see you there!

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Conference Call for Papers

Conference Call for Papers

The History Society is calling for budding historians to present at their fourth annual Undergraduate History Conference, on Saturday 10th February 2018. The most engaging, scholarly and thought-provoking paper presented at the conference will win the Dean’s Prize, worth £100.

We invite papers of 15-20 minutes (approx. 3000-4000 words) on any issue that interests you and relates to this year’s theme, History and Memory.

 If interested, students should send a proposal (approx. 500 words) by email at ughistconf@st-andrews.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 20th October 2017. The proposal should include a summary of the topic and a note of at least five sources consulted.

By Friday 3rd November 2017 you will receive an email that will let you know if your proposal has been accepted. Proposals will be evaluated on academic merit and originality.

 

If you require further information, please email our Conference Co-ordinator Sophie at ughistconf@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Open Association Lectures and Courses

We still have places available for our Sign Language courses. Choose from iBSL which runs over both semesters or Introduction to British Sign Language which is for just one semester. Also, have a look at our fantastic selection of Friday Evening Lectures, ranging from Deep-Water Marine Archaeology, Plague and the Black Death, How Extremists use Social Media, Coastlines of Britain and many more. For further information visit the Open Association website: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/non-degree-courses/open-association/

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Apply to be on an On The Rocks subcommittee!

Subcommittee applications for On The Rocks 2018 are open!

On The Rocks is the largest student-run arts festival in the UK, as well as a subcommittee of the Students’ Association.

2018 will be the 10th anniversary of the festival, so the committee are hoping to make the festival even bigger and better than ever before. There are positions available on our events, venues & tech, press, community & outreach and marketing & design subcommittees, and we are also looking for enthusiastic individuals to take up the roles of Art On The Rocks Officer, Sponsorship Officer and Logistics Officer.

Being on a subcommittee is a wonderful way to get involved in the arts in St Andrews and we look forward to having you on board!

Applications can be found on our website: http://www.ontherocksfestival.com/subcommittee-applications-otr2018 and are open until Wednesday 27th September.

If you have any questions, please direct these to the On The Rocks website, Facebook page or to the committee, who will be more than happy to answer them!

Best of luck!

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Malinda Carpenter, School of Psychology and Neuroscience (27 September)

Wednesday 27 September 2017 at 5.15pm in School III, St Salvator’s Quadrangle.

The Lecture will be followed by a reception in Lower College Hall.

All Welcome.

Our children’s social and prosocial development:

The good news, the bad news and what we can do to help

I will present a broad overview of my research on infants’ and young children’s social and prosocial (e.g., helping and sharing) behaviour.  The good news coming out of this research is that, beginning already in infancy, we are extremely affiliative and prosocial:  We care about others’ feelings and needs, we help others achieve their goals, we enjoy cooperating and we try to behave morally and fairly.  The bad news is that these positive behaviours are often directed selectively at our ‘in-group’ members – people who are like us – which can result in serious negative consequences such as prejudice and exclusion toward people who we may see as different from us.  Luckily, my research shows just how easy it can be to intervene to increase various types of positive behaviour in young children.  While presenting this research, I will highlight potential links with other academics (e.g., in philosophy, computer science and international relations).  I will also mention plans to partner with interested educators to develop simple programmes for use in nurseries and schools to promote positive values like equality, inclusion and considerateness.  Finally, I will briefly introduce the University of St Andrews Baby and Child Research Lab to parents who might be interested in participating in this and other developmental psychology research with their children.

 

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ID cards: Magnetic Swipe Door Reader Replacement Project

Project:  University Access Control Project – Semester 1, September 2017 – ID card magnetic swipe door reader replacement

Summary:  IT Services are about to embark on a project to standardise on access control readers across the University.   We will be replacing all magnetic swipe door access readers (306) with proximity (‘prox’) card readers.

This means that staff and students will simply have to present their ID card to the door reader to gain access (similar to ‘contactless’ technology).  Prox readers are currently in place at over 600 doors at the university.

When:  September 2017 – November 2017 (approx)

What does this mean for me/my School/Unit?  When replacing a mag swipe reader, third party engineers will be on site to carry out this work.  For straightforward replacements, this work should take approximately one hour.  If re-wiring is required, this may take a little longer.  The Access Control team will be in touch with individual Schools/Unit Building Managers to discuss the proposed schedule of work.

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Peer Support is Recruiting!

St Andrews Peer Support is recruiting! If you’ve finished your first year of study and you’re looking to give something simple back to the St Andrews student body, look no further.

Successful applicants will be peer supporters, offering a one-to-one meet-up service to any student looking for extra company and friendship during their time at St Andrews. They’ll be trained in listening skills and asked to be available for coffee and a chat, to accompany someone to a society event, or so on. Meet-ups are commonly once a week for about an hour, and can easily be tailored to your own personal circumstances. If you’re happy providing a listening ear for any issue, big or small, or happy providing reassuring company for someone trying out new things, then please apply, we’ll be looking forward to your application.

The deadline for applications is 1pm on Friday the 22nd of September. To apply, please fill out the application form (found at https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/media/student-services/Peer%20Support%20Network%20Application%20Form.docx) and answer a few simple questions, then email the form to peersupport@st-andrews.ac.uk. Previous experience isn’t required, we’ll be trying instead to get a feel for your personal experience and interests. You may be invited to a short interview afterwards at your convenience. More information generally can be found at https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/advice/support/peer-support/.

 

Good luck!

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Call for Papers

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, the University of St Andrews History Society are launching a special edition of their biannual academic journal.

We invite papers of 2,500 to 3,000 words (excluding the bibliography) on any aspect of Reformation history. If interested, students should send a short abstract of around 200 words to stahistoricaljournal@gmail.com.

Completed papers must be submitted by midnight on Friday 20th October 2017 and should include a title and optional sub-title, a bibliography of cited primary and secondary literature and a short biography of the author (50 words) written in the third person.

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