Our research If you choose to study at QMU, you will be part of an academic community that is involved in addressing real-world issues through research and knowledge exchange. Not only that, our research activity will help ensure that your learning takes account of the latest thinking, allowing you to hit the ground running when you enter the workforce or go on to further study. Importantly, a high proportion of our staff are research active. This means that our students often learn directly from academics who are involved in research projects. Our research impacts directly on quality of life: it builds the evidence for change and development in policy and practice. This means that, we have a real influence on the bodies that have the power to improve and transform lives and which are major employers of graduates — government, businesses, healthcare providers, third sector organisations, National Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and cultural organisations. In 2014, The UK’s national audit of research in higher education, the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), showed that over 58% of our research is world leading or internationally excellent. Amongst the highlights was our success in Speech and Language Sciences, in which the proportion of research classed as internationally excellent or world leading is 92%. At the time the results were published, Times Higher Education singled us out as a ‘notable riser’ in terms of REF performance. Some examples of our research and knowledge exchange work • Our global health researchers have been looking at how creating child-friendly spaces in countries affected by conflict can keep children safe, and how refugees coming to Scotland can integrate better into society. This type of work helps shape policies of government and NGOs on child education and protection, and on refugee integration. • Our nursing staff are involved in research in osteoporosis that is helping to educate front line healthcare workers in the moving and handling of patients in hospital. • Our speech and language experts are developing technologies to help improve the speech communication of children with Down’s Syndrome. • Our film and media lecturers are continually developing and researching different techniques and styles of filming. Some of them are award-winning filmmakers who have had significant success with showcasing their films on the international film festival circuit. They have been able to share their new filming techniques with students, as well as advising them on the process of getting films selected for screening at film festivals all over the world. • We have a strong track record in building relationships with businesses, particularly small and medium-sized local businesses, as well as large national organisations, which helps us develop research which can help business development in the UK. Our work with small businesses has also led to a number of internship opportunities for students. We also work with international partners including NGOs and academics at universities abroad, to develop collaborative research with a global reach.