600th anniversary lecture: Ever to Excel

Wednesday 21 September 2011

In recognition of the 600th Anniversary of the University of St Andrews, Dr Norman Reid will deliver a special lecture on the process of narrating the University’s rich past tomorrow (Thursday, 22 September ).

Rooted in the fractured religious and secular politics of late medieval Europe, the University has played a part in the local, national and international events of six centuries. It has shaped generations of scholars and leaders in most fields of human endeavour, and retains its own unique character and traditions to this day.

There has never been a better time to connect with the history of Scotland’s oldest University and to learn about its wider impact on society, religion, politics and intellectual thought.

Dr Reid, the University’s Head of Special Collections,  is author of ‘Ever to Excel: An Illustrated History of the University of St Andrews’.  In this lecture, he will help explain what the anniversary has to celebrate, talk about his own attempt to uphold the University’s motto, and his purpose and approach in writing the book.

University of St Andrews Principal, Professor Louise Richardson, commented, “In Ever to Excel, commissioned as part of our 600th anniversary celebrations, we gain an insight into the role the University has played across the centuries and in all areas of society on local, national and international stages. On a more human scale, we catch the enthralling glimpse of the lives of those upon whose shoulders our University still stands.”

The lecture is open to the public, all welcome. The Lecture will be delivered at 1300 hours in School III, St Salvator’s Quadrangle, North Street, St Andrews.


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