The focus of this VIP is to evaluate, improve, develop and apply detection and classification methods for passive acoustic data collected from dolphins.

This project pursues exciting, multi-disciplinary strands of inquiry into veterans’ return from war. It analyses war veterans in diverse post-war contexts, with a focus on West Africa and the United States. It collates war veterans’ narratives of return based on transcripts of original qualitative interviews, focus groups, and participant observation, and additionally uses archival resources to build narrative histories of post-war adjustment. 

'Curious St Andrews’ aims to develop effective and sustainable options for engaging members of the public with the history of research, scholarship and enquiry in St Andrews. It will complement the work of the University Museums, by encouraging users to visit sites around the town of St Andrews and showcasing the people and discoveries associated with them.

Fife council has stopped issuing House in Multiple occupation licenses in St Andrews. How does that policy affect rent, property prices, and student housing? The goal is to evaluate quantitatively the impact of the HMO licences freeze on the St Andrews housing market. This means building an economic model of the housing market, gathering and using data to calibrate the model, and generating predictions with and without the HMO licenses freeze. The outcomes of interest are rent prices, student residential choice, property values.

During the first semester of this project student will learn software development best practices (version control systems, continuous integration, and so on) through Software Carpentry Workshops ( and interactions with other participants. These best practices will then be applied to the development of high-level features of one of the systems under development by the group (such as the Semigroups and Digraphs packages for GAP). 

This project monitors biodiversity in and around the estate of the University of St Andrews, to determine how the University’s Biodiversity strategy is impacting on wildlife while increasing basic environmental literacy skills in St Andrews students.

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Engagement with biodiversity is proportional to a person’s knowledge: a walk in a natural environment is more rewarding to someone who can identify the species they encounter. But relatively few undergraduates, even those studying biology, know how to identify the animals and plants around them. This module takes monitoring of birds, plants and insects as a starting point to a natural history education. By training students in field identification, survey and analysis techniques, and scientific communication we will create a database to monitor biodiversity change as the University manages its estates and create a natural history culture at St Andrews