Welcome to the School of Mathematics and Statistics in 2016!

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students and to let you know about the advising procedure and the events during orientation week in our School.

For those coming for the first time this year, you will have an opportunity to meet staff over coffee and cake. We will also be holding three information sessions during orientation week to help you understand the advising process and to give you some details about our 1000 level and 2000 level programmes.

For the returning students, we will be holding an information session for those of you either taking level 2000 modules, entering junior honours or in your last year (the latter of which will focus on the honours project element).

A very important part of next week is the advising process and as part of this you need to sign up for a session with your advisor via MMS and then meet with your advisor as organised. If for some reason you need to change your agreed time you must let us know as soon as possible to arrange another. Apart from the fact that it’s a valuable session, it is a legal requirement that we meet with all students.

Questions you might have

  1. When can I see an advisor?

Individual advisors will have a slightly different range of slots, so students should go straight to their own advisor to see what is on offer. However, advising for new entrants will largely occur on Tuesday while advising for second year students will typically occur on Wednesday. Advising for honours will predominantly occur on Tuesday or Wednesday, although some may offer time slots on the Monday depending on their availability.


  1. When can I sign up for advising?

The sign up process via MMS will only be live from Friday the 2nd September. If for some reason you must change your time after the system is closed you will need to email your advisor to organise the change.

  1. How do I sign up for advising?

You need to log into MMS and choose a slot in the Advising section which should be visible to you when you log in. Full instructions about how to use the system can be found online in the same section.

More information

More details about orientation week with dates, times and locations (including another link to MMS) can be found here:


We are very much looking forward to you joining us this year and if you have any questions feel free to email your advisor, the advising co-ordinator (Dr. Richard Scott) or myself directly (Dr Monique Mackenzie).

With very warm wishes,



Dr. Monique L. Mackenzie,

Director of Teaching,

Senior Lecturer in Statistics, School of Mathematics and Statistics

University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

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