School of Biology Internal Newsletter: 26 March, 2019
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BMS building fire update meeting for all Biology staff and Brexit travel

1. There will be an update meeting for all Biology staff about the BMS building fire on Tuesday 26 March at 3.30 pm in Purdie Lecture Theatre A.

2. There is now only one Sunday to Brexit -- maybe, and the fact that we know neither what will happen nor when is clearly a matter of concern. The University has set up two informational web pages on Brexit matters,

one for staff:

and one for students:

I would especially like to highlight the case of EU and other non-UK citizens who'll be travelling at or near the Brexit date. Since we don't know what (if any) deal will be in place, the University believes it's vital that you carry all of the relevant following information:

- passport -- *not* an ID card, which might not remain valid as a travel
- (for staff) a copy of your contract of employment, available from HR
- (for students) a copy of your student status letter, available from ASC
- proof of residence, for example a utility bill

Hopefully none of these precautions will be necessary, but it's best to be sure. I will be happy to try to answer any questions anyone may have.

Frank Gunn-Moore, Head of School


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Staff publications

All staff publications are drawn from entries into the PURE research database, so if you need help with PURE, please do get in touch (dp61, x3626) Donna
Active natural product scaffolds against trypanosomatid parasites: a review
Cockram, P. E. & Smith, T. K., (2018) Journal of Natural Products. 81(9), p. 2138-2154. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.8b00159
Future directions in research on beaked whales
Hooker, S. K., De Soto, N. A., Baird, R. W., Carroll, E. L., Claridge, D., Feyrer, L., Miller, P. J. O., Onoufriou, A., Schorr, G., Siegal, E. & Whitehead, H., (2019) Frontiers in Marine Science. 5, 514. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00514
Social learning strategies regulate the wisdom and madness of interactive crowds
Toyokawa, W., Whalen, A. & Laland, K. N., (2019) Nature Human Behaviour. 3, p. 183-193. DOI: 10.1038/s41562-018-0518-x
Structure of the chromatin remodelling enzyme Chd1 bound to a ubiquitinylated nucleosome
Sundaramoorthy, R., Hughes, A. L., El-Mkami, H., Norman, D. G., Ferreira, H. & Owen-Hughes, T., (2018) eLife. 7: e35720. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.35720
The comparative genomics and complex population history of Papio baboons
Rogers, J., Raveendran, M., Harris, R. A., Mailund, T., Leppälä, K., Athanasiadis, G., Schierup, M. H., Cheng, J., Munch, K., Walker, J. A., Konkel, M. K., Jordan, V., Steely, C. J., Beckstrom, T. O., Bergey, C., Burrell, A., Schrempf, D., Noll, A., Kothe, M., Kopp, G. H. Liu, Y., Murali, S., Billis, K., Martin, F. J., Muffato, M., Cox, L., Else, J., Disotell, T., Muzny, D. M., Phillips-conroy, J., Aken, B., Eichler, E. E., Marques-bonet, T., Kosiol, C., Batzer, M. A., Hahn, M. W., Tung, J., Zinner, D., Roos, C., Jolly, C. J., Gibbs, R. A. & Worley, K. C., (2019) Science Advances. 5(1): eaau6947. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau6947
Variations in age- and sex-specific survival rates help explain population trend in a discrete marine mammal population
Arso Civil, M., Cheney, B., Quick, N. J., Islas-Villanueva, V., Graves, J. A., Janik, V. M., Thompson, P. M. & Hammond, P. S., (2019), Ecology and Evolution. 9(1), p. 533-544. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4772

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Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC) Time Allocation Survey

TRAC is the Transparent Approach to Costing and for almost the last 20 years has been the standard method used by all UK Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) for determining the cost of supporting their main activities - teaching, research and other core activities. TRAC is becoming increasingly important in the assessment of HEI’s future sustainability and in informing the public funding of higher education.
Our annual TRAC return, including the results of your Time Allocation Survey (TAS), is submitted to the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and audited by UKRI as part of the Quality Assurance Validation (QAV) process. The results of TRAC have direct implications for planning decisions made at national level and for the last 10 years, all Scottish HEIs have been using TRAC data to estimate the cost of teaching. This data has been submitted to the SFC as part of our annual TRAC return.
You are being asked to complete the web diary for three periods of 2 weeks - making 6 weeks in total throughout the academic year. The aim is to achieve a minimum response rate of 75% in each school, which will both provide statistically reliable data for inclusion in TRAC and, if the response rate reaches 75%, you will not need to repeat the diary again until academic year 2021-22!  If we have a response rate of less than 75% of the school, unfortunately everyone will have to repeat the diary survey again next year.
So, with this incentive, we're asking all staff who are contracted to carry out both research and teaching (if you are being included, you will have received an email from the TRAC team in Finance) to please to fill in the survey. Our colleagues in the BMS will do their best, so we're especially asking all of the eligible staff in the SOI and CBD to complete their surveys so we won't need to ask again for another two years.

The next weeks for diary completion in Semester 2 this year are the weeks beginning:

  • Monday 1st April
  • Monday 8th April
  • Monday 10th June
  • Monday 17th June
Instructions and guidance notes are on the University's TRAC web page. If you have any questions about the process, just email Kathryn Davidson at
Thank you all,
Clare Peddie, Head of School

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Digest of deadlines for all those things we're being asked you to do:

  1. Biology Equality and Diversity Committee new members applications (all staff), deadline 22 March 2019 [See accompanying news item]
  2. GDPR online Data Protection training module (all staff), deadline 31 March 2019
  3. Non-academic (Professional support staff) reviews (staff who line-manage professional support staff), deadline 31 March 2019
  4. Encryption of university-owned devices (staff who have had an email from Sean Earnshaw), deadline 31 March 2019
  5. Biology Ethics Committee ethical approval applications (all staff and students): deadline last day of every month (31 March 2019)
  6. TRAC diary completion for the week beginning Monday 18th February (all teaching and research contract staff who have received their TRAC email) The next diary completion will be for the week beginning Monday 1st April.
  7. Principal's Medal Nominations (all staff), deadline Monday 8 April 2019
  8. Being Human Festival Hub opportunity (all staff), deadline Monday 8 April 2019
  9. Research Committee funding applications (all staff), deadline 1 May 2019.
  10. Undergraduate Research Assistant programme (all staff with programme students) Semester 2 report deadline Friday 7 June 2019
  11. Undergraduate Research Assistant programme (all staff) Summer application deadline Friday 5 July 2019

We plan to run this 'deadline digest' reminder each week, so if you know of a deadline that other staff also should be aware of, please send it to, along with an information link if one is relevant.


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Biology Equality & Diversity Committee

New committee members needed
Please respond by 22 March if you are interested in this service contribution to the school.
Would you like to join the Biology Equality and Diversity Committee and help make the school and university a fairer and more supportive environment for everyone?  Many of our committee members find this a particularly rewarding committee to be involved with.  Equality and Diversity is about everyone in the department.  The Athena SWAN awards, although originally established to look at gender, are largely now about fairness and good practice.   
Having received our Silver Athena SWAN award last year, we would like to submit for Gold in the next couple of years.  There are only two Biology Departments (York and Queen’s Belfast) which currently have this status, and no departments in St Andrews.  This will take some effort as we need to show that we are making impact within our department, acting as a beacon of achievement in gender equality and championing and promoting good practice to the wider community.  On that note (whether you are a part of the committee or not) please let me know about any initiatives that you may be involved with (e.g., scientific meetings/grant-review boards) which have helped promote principles of fairness/equity. While a gold award is not an end in itself, it would be great for us all – supporting school strategy and our REF environment section, for example. 
Our committee endeavours to rotate membership regularly.  We are currently looking for new members to join us, and would welcome anyone who would like to contribute.  However, ECU guidance* suggests that the proportion of men and women on the committee should reflect the gender profile of the department and thatsenior staff should be engaged in the process and sharing the workload.  Participation is also expected to be recognised in appraisal, considered as evidence of leadership and/or contributing to the running of the department in promotion.  We are therefore particularly looking for two or more senior male members of academic staff to join us.**
Committee members are expected to participate in up to 8 meetings/year (when available) and to help us to identify and complete tasks to improve the working environment of our school.  Staff members receive 1 hour per week in the workload model for this.  We are looking for motivated individuals to contribute to a strong and effective team. 
For more information about the committee and the work we do, please look at:
** Successful gold-award institutes appear to be those that acknowledge “it is essential for all leaders to be actively involved in the Athena SWAN initiative”
Sasha Hooker, Chair, Biology Equality and Diversity Committee

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UK Research Office News

1.  MSCA Conference 2019: Pre-Registration is Open

Pre-registration is now open for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) 2019 Conference: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions to Foster Scientific Excellence. The event is organized under the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in Bucharest, on 4-5 June 2019.

The draft programme is available on the conference website. Session topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Widening participation and sharing excellence;

  • Improving synergies with other European funding programmes;

  • Open European scientific landscape; and

  • Inter-sectoral mobility

2.  Call for Tenders: European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has published a call for tenders with a view to develop, maintain and disseminate high resolution digital maps of the topography of the European seabed. EASME is planning to conclude four service contracts, one for each of the following thematic lots:

  • Lot 1: Geology;

  • Lot 2: Seabed Habitats;

  • Lot 3: Physics; and

  • Lot 4: Chemistry.

Tasks to be carried out by the contractor are further detailed in the tender specifications in section 1.

Further information on this contract is available at Tenders Electronic Daily OJS (18.13.19).

Calls for Tenders are public procurement notices looking for specific goods, services or work in exchange for payment. They are published daily in the Tenders Electronic Daily (TED), the supplement to the Official Journal to the EU.

3.  Call for Tenders: Study on Integrating an Ecosystem-based Approach into Maritime Spatial Planning
The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has published a call for tenders with a view to conclude a service contract for a study on integrating an ecosystem-based approach into maritime spatial planning, in particular in the context of the implementation of the Directive 2014/89/EU.

The tasks to be carried out by the contractor are further detailed in the tender specifications in Section I.

Further information on this contract is available at Tenders Electronic Daily OJS (18.13.19).

Calls for Tenders are public procurement notices looking for specific goods, services or work in exchange for payment. They are published daily in the Tenders Electronic Daily (TED), the supplement to the Official Journal to the EU.  


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Research-related deadlines

  1. Russell Trust Awards (Postgraduate): deadline Friday 29 March 2019 [see accompanying news item]
  2. St Andrews Global Fellowship Scheme: the next selection round will take place in April 2019.
  3. Breakthrough prize in Life Sciences (all staff): deadline 1 April 2019
  4. Royal Society Scientific meeting proposals: deadline Wednesday 3 April 2019
  5. Tenovus Scotland Research Studentship: deadline Monday 15 April 2019
  6. NERC Global Partnership Seedcorn Fund: deadline (NoI) Monday 15 April 2019
  7. International Prize for Biology 2019: deadline Friday 19 April 2019 [see accompanying news item]
  8. Fondation BNP Paribas "Climate and Biodiversity Initiative: deadline Sunday 28 April 2019
  9. Scottish Neurological Research Fund: deadline 20 May 2019 (see accompanying news item)
  10. British Heart Foundation Big Beat Challenge: deadline Friday 14 June 2019 [see accompanying news item]

We plan to run this 'deadline digest' reminder each week, so if you know of a deadline that other staff also should be aware of, please send it to, along with an information link if one is relevant. Thank you.


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Biology Ethics Committee Information

Deadlines for submission of ethical approval applications fall at the end of every month.

Deadline: 31 March
SEC Meeting: 15 April TBC

All research projects involving vertebrates and cephalopods at the University of St Andrews require ethical approval. This includes studies involving live and dead animals or material from animals, purely observational studies, and data analysis projects even if data were collected by other researchers or institutions, including museums.

Similarly, ethical approval is mandatory if you are conducting research involving human participants and/or human tissue. This includes surveys, questionnaires, expert elicitation, interviews, psychology studies, case studies, sports science studies, as well as invasive testing. It is fundamental to the policy of the University Teaching and Research Ethics Committee that retrospective approval is not permitted for research involving humans.

These requirements apply to Undergraduate Honours, Masters and PhD students as well as members of staff. Ethical approval from St Andrews is still required even if projects are being led by other institutions, or have been approved by the relevant committee of those institutions, or by other review boards, such as the NHS.

More information and the current ethics application forms are available on the Biology Ethics Committee webpage. Please note forms do get updated so always download the latest versions. Please do contact the relevant convenor if you have any questions.

Luke Rendell (Human Ethics) and Patrick Miller (Animal Ethics), Biology School Ethics Committee Convenors


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Russell Trust Awards (Postgraduate) - Applications Now Open

The Russell Trust Awards (Postgraduate) opened for applications at the end of February, with awards of up to £1,500 available for PhD students who need assistance to cover the costs of travel connected with their research. 

The deadline for applications is Friday 29 March, with shortlisted applicants being invited for interview in early May.

A memo inviting applications will go up shortly, but can I also please ask for your assistance in highlighting this opportunity to your students either by displaying the poster on your noticeboards or directing them to the Russell Trust webpage  


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Large funding opportunity: $3m Breakthrough prize in Life Sciences

The Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences are given annually for accomplishments in life sciences broadly defined.
Up to four annual Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences – $3 million each.
All prizes are individual and should recognize a single person’s contribution to the field of life sciences, with special attention to recent developments.
There are no age restrictions and a person can receive a prize more than once.
Anyone can nominate a candidate at the online nominations page during the open nominations period. Self-nominations are not allowed. A valid nomination will have basic biographical information on the nominee and nominator and at least one third-party letter of recommendation. Candidate citations (up to 10) from a specified academic publishing database are required.
During the nominations period please see the nominations form at
Selection Committee:
Past recipients of the prizes are invited to serve on the Selection Committee to select recipients of future prizes.
Deadline for Prize nominations: 1 April 2019



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St Andrews Global Fellowship Scheme

The St Andrews Global Fellowship Scheme provides prestigious awards enabling talented scholars from around the globe to spend anywhere between one week to a month at St Andrews to undertake a course of research and study, to explore potential collaborations, enhance existing relationships, advance research work, or simply to find the space to think in an inspirational environment.

Full details of the new Fellowship can be found at:

This new scheme responds directly to imperatives in the Global St Andrews and World-Leading St Andrews sections of the new University Strategy, and also signals St Andrews’ intention to build international relationships at a time when the UK is largely focused on dismantling traditional alliance with Europe. 

The next selection for the inaugural Global Fellowships will take place in April 2019.

Professor Brad MacKay, Vice-Principal International and External Relations
Professor Derek Woollins, Vice-Principal Research

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Royal Society Scientific meeting proposals

The Royal Society invites scientific meeting proposals to be held as part of the 2020 scientific programme.

Royal Society scientific meetings bring together scientists from around the world to present and discuss new research in all areas of science.

All proposals should be submitted via Flexi-Grant®. Please log in or register an account and follow the instructions. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and guidance notes on how to complete a proposal form for more information.

The deadline for scientific meeting proposals is Wednesday 3 April 2019.

If you have any queries, please email:


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Being Human Festival Hub Opportunity

Our team would like to put in an application to host a Being Human Festival Hub for 2019--an event about bringing people together. We are at this stage looking for researchers who might like to contribute events. A template is attached here. Some details:
  • Being Human is a UK-wide Festival of the Humanities.
  • Events have to take place between the 14th and 23rd of November 2019.
  • Up to £4,000 is available for putting on events, but all Being Human funding must be matched by the hosting organization (making a potential total of £8k). This can be in terms of in kind funding, e.g. venue costs.
  • Deadline is 8th April 2019.
  • The theme of the 2019 festival is ‘Discoveries and Secrets’. We feel we can really hit this in terms of headline events that have been in the news recently – something the funders ask for - with e.g. the conservation of the Periodic Table and the Divinity Code. These pave the way for attracting hub funding for wider events.
  • Another ask is to reach under-served communities, something our team has been very successful at - evaluation detail available on request.
For more information you can click here, contact the StAndEngaged team ( or myself, Mhairi Steward (
Mhairi Stewart, Head of Public Engagement with Research
University of St Andrews

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Nominations for The Principal's Medal Invited

The Principal's Medal is an award made to students who have displayed exceptional endeavour and achievement during their time at St Andrews. Each award will carry a value of £2,500 in addition to a specially produced medal.

The Principal's Medal is open to any discipline. In addition to high academic standards the achievements considered could include sporting, musical, charitable or other activities or a combination of some or all of these.

Award process

Nominations should be made from now on with a closing date of Monday 8 April 2019. Student nominations must be made by a member of University staff. To be eligible for nomination, students must be either in their final year of undergraduate study or be a final year postgraduate student. (Self-nominations will not be accepted).

Further information is available from Dr Fiona Thompson, the Executive Officer to the Principal’s Office, College Gate. To make a nomination, nominators are required to complete an application form with details of the achievement/endeavor, available at the university's Principal's Medal web page.

The winning student (and nominators) will be notified in May and the medal will be awarded at an appropriate graduation ceremony.

Full information is available on the university's Principal's Medal web page.

Professor Paul Hibbert, Vice-Principal Education (Proctor)


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Tenovus Research Studentship Call

TENOVUS SCOTLAND, of which Tenovus Scotland Edinburgh, Grampian, Strathclyde and Tayside are branches, exists to foster high quality research within the health care professions in Scotland.  It provides financial support for projects investigating health and wellbeing in the fields of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, the Medical Sciences and allied professions. 

All projects must have a clear research component and fall within the general areas of clinical or medical science, or applied health research.  Supervisors can apply with or without a nominated student for projects starting from September 2019.

Please read the guidelines for grant applications carefully prior to preparing your application. 

Applications (a completed Word Document, and a signed PDF) should be emailed to along with one signed hard copy to Tenovus Scotland by 5pm on Monday 15 April 2019.


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NERC Global Partnerships Seedcorn Fund

NERC is inviting proposals to its Global Partnerships Seedcorn Fund (GPSF). The Global Partnerships Seedcorn Fund allows UK environmental science researchers to forge new partnerships and networks with the best international researchers wherever they are located and seed collaborations that will be sustained beyond the lifetime of the grant.
Proposals for Global Partnerships Seedcorn Fund grants may request funding of a maximum of £100,000 (at 100% full economic cost) with a duration of up to two years. The full proposal must be submitted using the research councils' Je-S. Applicants should select Proposal Type - 'Standard Proposal' and then select the Scheme - 'Directed International' and the Call - 'Global Partnerships Seedcorn Fund 2019'.
Closing date for Notification of Intent: 15 April 2019
Closing date for Full Proposals: 16:00 BST on 9 May 2019

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Scottish Neurological Research Fund opportunity

The Scottish Neurological Research Fund has been established to research the causes, prevention and management of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental conditions, and this is a new funding source for fundamental science, diagnosis, and practice-based research and caring sciences.

The two funders, Chief Scientist Office and the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust have committed £150,000 for the first year’s pilot. The University of St Andrews is leading the initiative, with support from the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium, and I am supporting this as I see the value of working collaboratively across centres to promote new ideas in this important field.

You will find more information in the application form and associated guidance.  I would be happy to speak further with you about the aspiration of the fund, and its parameters, if helpful.

The first round of funding is now open and our deadline is 20th May.

Prof Frank Gunn-Moore, fjg1, x3525


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£30m British Heart Foundation Big Beat Challenge

The British Heart Foundation invites outline applications for its big beat challenge. This supports a transformational solution to a significant problem in heart and circulatory disease. The aim is to highlight the urgent need for novel approaches to tackle all forms of heart and circulatory disease, and to enable world-class, multidisciplinary research teams to make real progress towards prevention, detection, treatment or cure for one or more of these conditions. The project may tackle any aspect of the entire spectrum of heart or circulatory diseases. Applications can focus on enabling significant transformation for small subsets of people, or smaller but globally important changes for large numbers of people. Proposals are sought for innovative solutions that move beyond incremental gains and work towards a tangible change that would not otherwise be possible.

Anyone in the world from any domain may apply, including applicants from academia, industry and technology. Teams must be highly collaborative, mobilising knowledge, skills and resources from multiple disciplines and sectors. Proposals must seek to address a specific area of unmet need with a clear route to patient benefit that is as comprehensible to the general public as it is to patients, healthcare professionals and researchers. Teams must demonstrate that their project would not be possible without the proposed scale of funding.

Deadline: 14 June 2019


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Achieving impact with the UK Parliament

Wednesday 27 March 2019
10.00-15.30, Parliament Hall

This is a new overview of how the UK Parliament uses research, with practical advice from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) staff on how to find opportunities to engage and communicate your research.

This event will provide an overview of how UK Parliament uses research, and covers ways to work with the institution including details on Select Committees, legislative scrutiny, the House of Commons and House of Lords libraries, and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

You will get practical advice on how to find opportunities to engage and how to communicate your research at Parliament, as well as information about parliamentary impact and REF2021. You will also have the opportunity to think and work through the policy relevance of your own research. The session will be delivered by Dr Sarah Foxen, Knowledge Exchange Manager, and Dr Abbi Hobbs, Head of Social Science, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, UK Parliament.

You can register for the event on the university's PDMS web site.


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Funder visit: UK Space Agency 11th April

I’m pleased to say that Nazneen Amin from the UK Space Agency will be visiting St Andrews on Thursday 11th April 2019 and will give a presentation on their funding opportunities. The meeting will be held between 09:30 – 13:00 in Seminar Room 2, School of Medicine, North Haugh and you can see the agenda here. Nazneen will also be available for networking and individual meetings. In addition, Dr Claire Cousins from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences will talk about her experiences of UKSA funding, followed by lunch and a networking opportunity.
Registration isn’t required however, if you plan to attend I’d be grateful could let Ann McDonald know, for catering purposes ( Ext: 2173).
If you would like a one to one meeting with Nazneen in the afternoon, please contact me (
Adam Heikal
Business Development Manager, Research Business Development & Contracts

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Service of thanksgiving for Prof Willie Russell

A Service of Thanksgiving for Emeritus Professor Willie Russell, Chair of Biochemistry, who died earlier this year. 

It will be in St Salvator’s Chapel on Wednesday 3 April 2019, at 12 noon, followed by a reception at the Beacon Bar, Students Association. 



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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Clare Peddie

Wednesday 3 April, 5:15pm
School III, St Salvators Quadrangle

"Teaching Tropical Marine Biology in the Field- Experimental learning in Action"

The Principal will take the chair.

The lecture is open to the public and all are welcome!

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NERC Standard Grants: Internal review for July 2019 submission

The internal call for applications to the NERC Standard Grants Scheme – July 2019 is now open. The below information is also available on the University of St Andrews Research Blog.
  1. Internal deadline: completed “Intention to Submit” form (cc: and your FAS contact) 4PM, 12 APRIL 2019
  2. Internal deadline: draft case for support (4 sides of A4) (cc: and your FAS contact) 4PM, 15 MAY 2019
  3. Internal Selection Panel meet to review proposals Mid May - Early June 2019
  4. Successful nomination/s informed Early June 2019
  5. Fianl deadline for submitting proposal to NERC 4pm, 16 July 2019
1)      Intention to Submit forms for the July 2019 round should be returned to (cc: and your FAS contact) by 4pm, 12 April 2019.
All applications must be submitted for internal review to ensure only applications of the highest quality are submitted. Potential applicants are encouraged to put forward the strongest case possible and should take time to discuss their proposal with their Director of Research prior the internal review deadline. Please also consider the relevant sections of the NERC handbook.
To inform the composition of the internal review panel, all applicants wishing to submit a proposal as PI (lead), PI (component) or Co-I must return a completed Intention to submit form to (cc: and your FAS contact) by 4pm, 12 April 2019.
Co-Is who wish to apply for sub-award (e.g. not a Je-S component grant) through another lead institution should notify Research and Innovation Services ( and your FAS contact) their intention to submit to this call. However, they do not need to submit a case for support to the internal review panel.
Full call guidance can be found at: For guidance and support with your application, please contact your business development manager (
2)      Proposals for the July 2019 round should be submitted for internal review to (cc: and your FAS contact) no later than 4pm, 15 May 2019.   
Submissions will be assessed on their scientific excellence. An internal review panel will meet to assess the applications and select the proposal/s that will be submitted to NERC.
Your submission for internal review should include:
a)       Draft case for support (Maximum 4 sides A4)
The 4-page case for support for the internal panel review should mainly focus on the research project. It is recommended to include details of the anticipated impact.
b)      Track record of the researchers/expertise involved in the project (maximum 1 side A4)
Candidates are not required to submit any costing details to the internal review panel.
The Standard Grant Scheme also includes a route for New Investigators. Eligibility for the New Investigator call is restricted (see the research grants and fellowships handbook for further details), but beyond that the rules for the two calls are the same.

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Postponed: Annual Research Away Day 2019

Because of the disruption caused to staff and their research with the BMS fire, the annual Research Away Day that had been scheduled for Friday 3 May 2019 is being postponed.

It will be rescheduled when conditions are a bit more stable for everyone across the school.

Mike Ritchie, Director of Research

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Change the World £1,000 at a time

Apply for funding of up to £1,000 with the Careers Centre's Summer Internship Award for change.

Click here for more info, criteria and how to apply.


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Visualising War workshop and concert: final reminder

Visualising War in Different Media: Interplay and Intervention

Monday 8 April 2019, 13.15 to 18.30, Byre Theatre and St Salvator's Chapel

A final reminder that registration will soon close for this workshop (Monday 8th April, 2019), looking at the power of different media to generate different responses to war; for more information, please follow this link.

The workshop will start at 1.30 with a tour of the Conflict Textiles exhibition at the Byre Theatre, led by Dr Lydia Cole. Numbers are restricted for this, so only those registered for the workshop will be able to take part in this bespoke tour.

The workshop will end with a concert in St Salvator’s Chapel, 5.30-6.30, featuring music and poetry from the First World War (The Fateful Voyage: see attached advert). This concert is open to the public.


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University Professional/Personal Development: Sessions that might be of interest

The following are just two of the many sessions and workshops CAPOD is offering over the next few weeks. If you want to see other options, CAPOD's full listing is on the university's Personal Development Management System (PDMS) web site.
Thursday 28 March 2019
10:00 - 11:00, Small Rehearsal Room, Students’ Association
St Andrews Carpentries is the local community of instructors and volunteers involved in Software, Data and Library Carpentry (The Carpentries) - the global volunteer organisations whose members teach foundational computational and data skills to researchers.
We are developing a network of support and collaboration here in St Andrews and cross-institutionally. Would you like to be involved? This is open to all staff and PGRs, but primarily aimed at those who have previously attended a Carpentry workshop, either at St Andrews or elsewhere and have an interest in being involved in upcoming Carpentry events / building a network of support.
Learn more about The Carpentries
2-day Software Carpentry workshops will be held on Thursday 2 May 2019 and Thursday 30 May 2019.
Monday 1 Apr 2019
09.00-16.30, C5 seminar room, Bute building
Key details: You must also book on Mixed Models (introductory) using R - Day 2 Monday 8 April 2019 (lunch is provided both days). You must already understand basic statistics, analysis of variance and multiple regression, and bring a laptop with R, Rstudio and Eduroam installed.
This workshop begins by describing random effects, how they are used in linear models, how they differ from fixed effects and how both random and fixed effects are combined in a single mixed model. This is all done using simulated data. The workshop will then use real data to illustrate the following categories of mixed model:
  • Nested and crossed random effects
  • Random regression effects
  • Repeated measures and longitudinal data
  • Multilevel models
  • Generalised linear mixed models for Binomial or Poisson data
  • Correlated random effects.
If you are not able to attend this set of 2-day sessions, additional workshops will be held on Mondays 11 and 18 November 2019 and Mondays 30 March 2020 and 6 April 2020.
Tuesday 2 April 2019
10.00-12.00, C5 seminar room, Bute building
This is a brief introduction to ideas on how students learn, with a focus on implications for your teaching practice. Open to all staff and PGRs.
This interactive session, delivered by CAPOD's Educational Developer, will provide a brief introduction to various theories of how people learn (cognitive science, constructivism, threshold concepts), with a particular focus on what this means for how we approach our teaching.
Tuesday 9 April 2019
10.00-13.00, C5 seminar room, Bute building
If you want to share your research with others, this workshop is for you. Can you capture what your research is about, ‘translating’ where necessary, in a way that engages people who might not share your background? In this workshop you will get a chance to hone this skill. You will learn to articulate your research succinctly without dumbing it down or making it too technical. And in doing so you will clarify (to others and perhaps to yourself as well) what it is that you do – and why it matters. This is also very important in light of the Research Councils' "impact" agenda.
If you are not able to make this session, additional sessions will be held on Wednesday 27 November 2019 and Tuesday 21 April 2020.

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St Andrews Biobltiz 2019

Save the date.. 7th and 8th June

Join-in with the annual 24-hour biodiversity survey ‘St Andrews Bioblitz 2019’ where we will survey wildlife around the Gatty Marine Laboratory/Scottish Ocean’s Institute at East Sands. 

All sessions are open to the public. 

If you are keen to get involved as a volunteer or expert, please get in touch with


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Exam module board dates

Semester 2 module boards:
5 June 2019
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Dates for your Diary!!

Staff Away Day:  

Wednesday 12th June 2019. The whole day, booked at Rufflets from 9.00 – 5.00 



School Meetings (26/03/19 to 25/06/19)

Management Group meeting
BMS: room 4.14, 10:00 AM, 28 Mar 2019

Biology Equality and Diversity meeting
Harold Mitchell: room Seminar room, 9:15 AM, 02 Apr 2019

Management Group meeting
BMS: room 4.14, 10:00 AM, 24 Apr 2019

Biology Equality and Diversity meeting
BMS: room 4.14, 9:15 AM, 15 May 2019

Management Group meeting
BMS: room 4.14, 10:00 AM, 29 May 2019

Management Group meeting
BMS: room 4.14, 10:00 AM, 03 Jun 2019

Biology Equality and Diversity meeting
Harold Mitchell: room Seminar room, 9:15 AM, 20 Jun 2019



Current vacancies tagged for 'School of Biology' from the University Vacancies Feed are listed below:

Seminars and Events (26/03/19 to 26/04/19)

From data to decisions: an introduction to multiple criteria decision analysis, Ian Durbach, University of St.Andrews.
Ian Durbach (University of St.Andrews.) The Observatory: Seminar Room, 2:00 PM, 27 Mar 2019

tba - Gopal Khanal
Gopal Khanal () The Observatory: Seminar Room, 2:00 PM, 24 Apr 2019
School of Biology University of St Andrews

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