Dissertation printing and binding

You are reminded that Print & Design are ideally set up to help with the printing and binding of your dissertation. Black and white printing costs 6p per side and colour printing costs 60p or less per side (based on a sliding scale). Soft bindings cost £5 each.

Send your dissertation electronically (PDF format) to: printanddesign@st-andrews.ac.uk

Please allow 2 working days for production (combined time for printing and  binding).

Tell us in your email:

  • How many copies
  • Which pages (if any) are to be printed in colour
  • Whether printed single-sided (standard) or double-sided (on request – please check page numbering is set correctly for this and that blank sides are added where necessary)
  • Whether to be bound fabric spine or Unibind style
  • Date required


Please note: All dissertations printed at the Design Unit, (16 The Scores) will be Unibound.  If your preference is for fabric spine binding, you must collect the prints from the Design Unit and take them to the Print Unit (65 North Street).

Alternatively, if you choose to print your dissertation yourself, you can bring it in to the Design Unit, 16 The Scores for Unibinding or to the Print Unit, 65 North Street for fabric spine binding. Binding can normally be completed while you wait.

NB:  Unibinding is available with or without acetate cover sheets.  If you choose not to use acetate, a sheet of black card will be added at the back as usual.  Please check first with your supervisor that this will be acceptable.

For more details about prices and services (including PhD thesis soft and hard binding), please see:


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Evening Languages – still time to sign up

Teaching for evening languages begins in week 2 of the semester, so there is still time to sign up.

Details are available on https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/non-degree-courses/evening-language-courses/ .

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Last Chance…Fundraisers wanted for the Spring Telephone Campaign. It’s good to talk! (deadline 26 Jan)

We are currently recruiting for our Spring Telephone Campaign which will run: Monday 10th February to Sunday 1st March.

There will be compulsory training on 8th and 9th of February from 10:00-17:00.

The role will involve calling alumni and parents from across the globe to update them on projects at St Andrews, gather feedback on publications and activities and to ask for donations in support of our current fundraising priorities.

Fundraisers are expected to commit to two weeknights and one weekend per week and full training will be provided.

Students must be fairly flexible as patterns may change depending on how the campaign progresses but there may be late nights for calling international alumni but will predominantly be a UK campaign.

As this campaign has international reach, we are looking for diversity in our calling team; from all year groups/subjects, backgrounds and cultures with excellent communication skills and a friendly, enthusiastic telephone manner.

T4 visa holders should note they can only work a maximum of 20 hours per week in total.

Please apply at: https://buffalofc.formstack.com/forms/standrewstelethon2019_20

Closing date: Sunday the 26th January 2020

If you need more information, please contact annualgiving@st-andrews.ac.uk.
Thank you!

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Participants wanted: How people react in a disaster? A social immersion experiment

Experience a simulated flood and make decisions in several tasks. This study is being conducted as part of my, Meng Zhang’s PhD Thesis in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience. You should be at least 18 years old and have no prior experience of flood. £3/approx. 20min.

The study aims to explore how people react in a flood. We invite you to participate in an experiment where you will experience a simulated flood, and some scenarios adapted from previous field studies in 2018. In the experiment, you will need to report your feelings and perceptions of the event, and you will also need to make choices in certain scenarios. The information you provide will be anonymous and held confidentially by researcher and supervisor involved in this project. Before agreeing to participate in this research you will be given a Participant Information Sheet that will further detail my research before consenting to participate.

Ethical approval code: PS14557
SONA link: https://st-andrews.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=1127

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Global Essay Competition (deadline 1 Feb)

Come up with a disruptive idea and qualify for free participation as a “Leader of Tomorrow” in the world’s premier opportunity for intergenerational debates: The 50th St. Gallen Symposium (7–8 May 2020) in Switzerland.

Meet outstanding current and future leaders – present your ideas to a global audience – become part of a unique community – win CHF 20,000 prize money – all expenses covered.

Leaders of Today who have attended the symposium in the past include Niall Ferguson, Jack Ma, Christine Lagarde, Paul Polman, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Ratan Tata, and Muhammad Yunus.

Register now and apply until 1 Feb ’20 at https://www.symposium.org/essay-competition.

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Evaluation of Public Engagement (17th February)

This comprehensive GRADskills workshop is aimed at staff and research postgraduate students looking to learn more about what you want to achieve with your public engagement and whom you want to engage with. In this workshop, several important areas related to public engagement will be covered. This workshop is for you if you want to know more about:

  • What is an appropriate level of evaluation for different activities?
  • What sort of data should we be collecting?
  • And how can we make sure that evaluation is integral but not inhibiting our engagement activities?

In this workshop we will explore how to make evaluation timely, effective and informative without being dull, time-consuming and alienating.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=10366

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “Massively helpful with exploring the different perspectives in running the evaluation process. Also enjoyed the structure of the workshop.”
  • “The presenter was simply amazing! Love how we engaged with all the other like-minded participants.”
  • “This is an amazing event to lose the fear of evaluation and to improve both your research and well as public eng. [sic] activities. This is very relevant for any career development.”
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Make a movie on your mobile: advanced (18th February)

This CAPOD workshop is for all students who wish to gain advanced skills to make movies on their mobile. From crowdfunding videos to filming presentations, short films are increasingly important to communicating effectively with an audience. The workshop goes into greater depth on how to film and edit a movie on your iphone, ipad, iMac or tablet. This practical skills session is delivered by Kate Smith, an academic, researcher, journalist, writer, blogger and trainer, and someone with a lot of experience making and editing videos.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=9499

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Regression and Curve Fitting using R (18th & 25th February)

Regression is used to investigate and quantify the relationships between variables, to see how one variable changes in response to changes in other variables and factors. This two-day GRADskills workshop (lunch is provided) begins with a detailed examination of simple linear regression, and then progresses to include:

  • Exponential and sigmoid regression curves
  • Smooth Splines
  • Multiple Regression and variable selection
  • Non-linear modelling
  • Generalised linear models (glms)
  • Additive models

This workshop is open to research postgraduates and academic/research staff. A small number of places will be held for taught postgraduates. Please note that you must sign up to both days.  In order to participate in this workshop, you must bring a laptop with R or RStudio already installed and configured to access the Eduroam wireless network. These links will each open in a new browser window.

Request a place (Day 1): https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=9392

Request a place (Day 2): https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=9393

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “It was very helpful indeed. The material was excellent and was very well presented.”
  • “The manual is great, v. useful, explains everything in a very clear way. I liked the fact we had time to practice the exercises during the course.”
  • “If you want to understand how people interpret the results of their research (especially in social sciences, psychology and medicine) and want to know how to analyse your data using regression, this definitely is a workshop for you.”
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Obtaining ethical approval for research involving humans (18th February)

All research at the University of St Andrews which involves human subjects, their data or samples requires ethical approval. Incorrectly or partially completed ethical applications can delay your research. Knowing how to complete the form, navigate the process, and common mistakes to avoid will help you understand how to obtain ethical approval as quickly and easily as possible. CAPOD has put together a session specifically focused on helping attendees understand how to obtain ethical approval for research with human participants at the University of St Andrews.

This training will be delivered by Dr Rachel Nutt (RIS) and is for staff and students who plan on making (or supervising) an application for ethical approval at the University.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=10321

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Writing Retreat (19th February)

Struggling to put words on paper? This structured half-day writing retreat, facilitated by CAPOD, aims to give dedicated writing time to staff and research postgraduates for the purpose of progressing any writing projects.

So be it a manuscript in development or a presentation that needs your attention, you can work towards it within a supportive, non-surveillance environment. Participants are not only provided with with a distraction-free setting to write, they will also have the opportunity to speak to and seek feedback from other writers.

All participants need to bring their own laptop, power cable, and any relevant papers or notes. It is also recommended that you prepare a project plan beforehand, in the form of document headings / presentation slide headings for example.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=10201

More Writing Retreats this term:

There is a CAPOD writing retreat every month (19 March, 24 April, 18 May, 16 June) – to see the full list go to:


What previous participants have said about the Writing Retreats:

  • “A great way to get away from distractions of usual working space. Treat it as a ‘capsule’ of time to focus on one thing only.”
  • “Great structure and set up. Very good for focusing on writing”
  • “Friendly and productive atmosphere – good to have a change of scene to write.”
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Fundraising for your postdoc (20th February)

For many PhD students, the next step after submitting a thesis is to secure a postdoctoral position. This GRADskills workshop for research postgraduate students and research staff will explore the options, from short-term Fellowships, to a fully-funded academic position supported by charities (Leverhulme, Nuffield) or research councils, to jobs within government research or industry.

It will explore how to identify potential funders, avoid common mistakes and pitfalls, ensure your application is as attractive as possible, and keep on top of the reporting and evaluation required if successful.  The session will be followed by an informal Q&A session, where you can discuss your plans, and get advice on the best approaches.

Request a place: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?mode=single&query=9354

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “Excellent! Very interesting & informative. Really feel that I have a much clearer idea about what I need to do – possible pitfalls, tricks of the trade, etc.”
  • “Excellent range of info – very detailed and also lots for humanities.”
  • “Ben offered interesting insights into the ‘thought’ processes that funding body panels have when looking through applications.”
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