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Scottish Oceans Institute
The Marine Laboratory was founded in 1896. Since then, science here has grown in scale and influence, with the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) transferring to St Andrews from the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge in 1996 and the formation of the SOI in 2009 – now recognised as one of the most dynamic marine research centres in the world.
As the SOI's international expertise and standing have expanded, its facilities have not: they are no longer fit for modern research and space has become limited with the result that our scientists are scattered across the town in different buildings.
To address this, the University has identified the new SOI as its most urgent capital project, and has plans to develop a new £15m laboratory complex, incorporating a state-of-the-art aquarium and research and teaching facilities. This will create a global hub for marine research by bringing together research colleagues in one building and will also accommodate visiting scientists and enhance our facilities for outreach work.
For the first time, the centre will also house a public aquarium and visitor centre to engage children and adults and promote public understanding of the world's oceans.
Throughout the history of St Andrews, the gifts and legacies the University has received have enabled us to establish the scholarships, awards and bursaries to support talented undergraduate and postgraduate students – regardless of their background and irrespective of their ability to afford fees, accommodation and living expenses.
There are many young people who can only dream of studying here because of their financial circumstances. That's why it is essential to provide funding for scholarships and bursaries every year.
Our Wardlaw Scholarship Programme for undergraduates was founded in 2003 to provide help with accommodation costs in St Andrews for our undergraduate students. These means-tested awards provide £3,000 for each year of study and enable students to live in St Andrews and participate in the University's vibrant student life. In addition, by offering postgraduate scholarships we can attract the brightest and best students from around the world to start their research careers here.
We also have a postgraduate programme which also provides invaluable support and can transform lives of talented students.
As our student population has grown, so has the range and number of opportunities for students to take part in music. The Younger Hall – where the current music facilities are located – is not soundproofed and was never designed to cope with around forty ensemble rehearsals, almost 30 individual lessons and hundreds of hours of private practice every week.
The University requires a custom-built music centre in the heart of the town that will offer the full range of soundproofed, acoustically-appropriate practice, rehearsal, teaching, recording and performance spaces that everyone in our musical community can use.
The new building will occupy a site to the south west of the Bute building and to the east of St Regulus Hall, linking through to St Mary's Quadrangle and onto South Street. The site is also very close to the Byre Theatre, meaning that the theatre and new Music Centre will effectively operate as the town's 'cultural quarter'.
MUSA displays key pieces from the University's collections within four galleries. An educational space – the Learning Loft – is the focus of a wide-ranging educational and community events programme. This includes everything from tours, education workshops and talks from curators and academics to geology walks and theatrical and musical performances inspired by the collections.
Increased demand for both outreach work and exhibition space has led to the design of a £1.5m extension.
The University is planning to create an extension to MUSA to provide two new galleries for temporary exhibitions, an environmental control system to provide optimal display conditions and a studio workroom to provide extra space for teaching and public engagement. This will be attached to the east of MUSA and will hopefully be completed by 2019.
The University's vision of sporting excellence, experience and engagement was previously undermined by limited and outdated facilities. We therefore committed to undertake a £14 million refurbishment and extension of our Sports Centre. During phases one and two we have completed a new eight-court sports arena with 400 bleacher seats, a 130-station fitness suite and a new, larger strength and conditioning suite.
Phase three is currently underway and will involve the construction of a four-court indoor tennis facility. This is the only one of its kind in the region, and will ensure that the tennis club can operate throughout the year. It has been endorsed as a regional centre for excellence, and will cater for students, staff, schools, local clubs and disability groups by offering sessions for all levels.