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Sharing memories; shaping futures

Every year, a number of students take up a role with the Development Office to call alumni, parents and supporters of the University as part of our Telephone Campaign. Here, Izzy Turnbull (MA 2017) blogs about her experience on the campaign and why she has come back to supervise the Autumn 2018 campaign.


My name is Izzy and this year, I’m the callroom supervisor for the telephone campaigns. My role is to support our student callers as they phone alumni and parents and tell them about the amazing things that are happening here at the University of St Andrews.

As an alumna I have many fond memories of my time at St Andrews, so it’s fantastic to give back to the University in this way! My degree is in Art History, and I really enjoyed my course. I studied everything from classical art to surrealism, and I found it extremely interesting to explore all the different concepts and ideas involved.

My dissertation was about Alphonse Mucha and Czech history and I thoroughly enjoyed a more in-depth analysis of this topic. I also studied modules in Medieval History and Classics during my first two years, which has broadened my general education.

IzzyBlog2I stayed in Albany Park during my four years here, and it absolutely made my St Andrews experience: the community was so friendly and welcoming and the beach was on my doorstep and was the perfect place to unwind and have an occasional bonfire night! I was on the committee for two years and organising the end-of-year hall ball is one of my standout memories. Another memory I will treasure is helping out with the On The Rocks Festival.

Working at The Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) during my third and fourth year was something I will never forget: I loved being in a museum environment and gaining such fantastic work experience, as well as learning a lot about the history of the University!


St Andrews is so unique and I loved my time here, so it’s fantastic to be able to come back and work with the University on the telephone campaigns this year! I hope you feel just as enthusiastic as me about supporting St Andrews and that you will give a little of your time to speak to current St Andrews students, and offer your support.



The Autumn 2018 Telephone Campaign takes place from 3-18 November. Our students are looking forward to hearing about the experiences our alumni have had while studying at St Andrews, and the path they have taken since leaving. They will also talk about some of the ways in which alumni and parents can get involved with the University through attending events, volunteering and donating. 

Find out more about some of the callers and read about our priority projects.

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