September 2017

English Language Teaching (ELT) Courses

We spent the first month of the PhD programme settling in to the School of Chemistry and the University, while following an intensive induction module, provided by ELT. This language training made our transition to study at St Andrews smoother, and we were able to get to know better many of the excellent CSC fellows in different disciplines that are studying here in St Andrews.

Photo: End of ELT course ceremony: we had a small party. (22/09/17)

Poster: 11/10/17

September 2017

Social Program

We have been involved in many social activities since arriving. We walked around the Stirling Castle to explore the mystery and history of Scotland. A very wet day saw us at the Deer Centre in Cupar where we saw lots of animals and even fed deer by hand! One Saturday we walked from Crail to Anstruther along the Costal Path. The Scenery was beautiful! At the Boathouse in Anstruther, we had fish and chips and a very lively ceilidh (a Scottish dancing Ttradition). We really have fantastic days here!

Photo: A snapshot of some CSC Ph.D. students at Stirling Castle. (09/09/17)

Poster: 11/10/17

September 2017

Welcome activities in Chemistry


Welcome to St Andrews! The School of Chemistry welcomes the new Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) Ph.D students in the 2017/18 round. 6 Ph.D. and 1 Joint-Ph.D. scholarships have been awarded by St Andrews University School of Chemistry in conjunction with the China Scholarship Council program. We recently had a lunch to welcome the new CSC students to St Andrews Chemistry formally. A number of supervisors, the Director of Postgraduate Research, Head of School and representatives from the English Language Teaching (ELT) Centre came to meet us. We also took photographs in front of the Chemistry building.

Photo: CSC Ph.D students in Chemistry, with some staff from Chemistry and ELT. (08/09/17)

Poster: 11/10/17

September 2017

Outside putting

David O’Hagan and Nick Westwood in Chemistry took us to play putting. We had a lot of fun and experienced a different side of life here. St Andrews is famous for its University and its Golf Course so this event combined two of the town’s best features.

Photo: Professor Westwood and some CSC students in the Himalayas. (08/09/17)

Poster: 11/10/17

September 2016

CSC Introductory Dinner – Thursday 1st September

The CSC 2016-7 cohort within the chemical sciences had an introductory session at the School of Chemistry followed by a dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate the start of their Ph.D. studies here in St Andrews.

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Photo: A snapshot of the School of Chemistry CSC Ph.D. students (and Prof. Nick Westwood) at Zizzi’s restaurant. (01/09/16)

Poster: 02/09/16

Introduction to PGR Studies – Wednesday 7th September


As part of the CSC-ELT course, you will meet Heather McKiggan-Fee, who is based in CAPOD and runs GRADskills, generic doctoral skills training. Heather will be running a session for new CSC students on Wednesday 7th September on the theme of professionalism.

Heather is also going to enrol new CSC students on her GRADskills Resources Moodle course, so you can also access a 30-minute video on Supervision: working effectively with your supervisor.

Posted: 01/09/16

August 2016

Introduction Session


Nick met up with the majority of the new CSC-funded chemistry PhD students at the start of their ELT course. It was great to see everyone and see that they had all settled in well. The next event involving chemistry is on Thursday 1st September.

Posted: 29/08/16

August 2016


Applications go online from the 1st October 2016 for the China Scholarship Council Ph.D. project. Closing date for applications will be 30th December 2016. Feel free to get in touch with potential supervisors in advance of this to express your interest.

Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

Posted: 02/08/16

August 2016

Welcome to CSC Cohort 2016-17! We look forward to welcoming you to the School of Chemistry this September.

Posted: 01/08/16

July 2016

9 Ph.D. and 3 Joint-Ph.D. scholarships have been awarded by St Andrews University School of Chemistry in conjunction with the China Scholarship Council program. A key focus of this program is to bring bright minds to our world-leading research facilities to broaden and shape the skills of future leaders in science.

Posted: 01/07/16