QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 75 - Page 26

GRADUATES’ A S S O C I AT I O N NEWSLETTER from Graduates’ Association President, Maureen Paterson MEMBERSHIP If you are not already a member of the Graduates’ Association, I’d like to encourage you to join. Membership allows you to attend Networking Lunches which usually take place on the last Saturday in the month (September to November and January to April) plus the Annual General Meeting in June, details of which can be found below. Also it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the comfortable ambience of our seaside house, Madras Lodge, Gullane which is available to rent all year, including Christmas and New Year. NETWORKING LUNCHES ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Annual General Meeting took place on 2 June 2012 at The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, Queen Street, Edinburgh. An update on the University was given by Development and Alumni Manager, Craig Rutherford. GRADUATION Graduation took place on Friday 6 July 2012 and the Graduates’ Association was represented in the procession. We would like to congratulate all of this year’s graduating students and wish them the very best of luck in their future endeavours - and of course we invite you all to join the Graduates’ Association. On 28 April 2012 members attended FEAST 2012 at Jewel & Esk College, which was organised in conjunction with QMU. (See the full article on FEAST on page 9) Those attending enjoyed sampling dishes prepared by some of the students, as well as demonstrations from some of Scotland’s top chefs, using some of the best local produce. On 18 January 2012 several members met at the Museum of Edinburgh for a special visit to the ‘Stitch In Time’ exhibition, which was curated by the Museum around the collection of the late Maud Pentland, who had studied at Atholl Crescent in the 1930s. It was good to exchange memories of time spent at Atholl Crescent and see some of the wonderful work created by Maud and others. Helen Edwards, the Curator of Applied Arts at the Museum, gave a talk on the exhibition and its historical context. Craig Rutherford, QMU’s Development and Alumni Manager, and Scott Anderson, Lecturer in Media, Communication and Performing Arts, were there to represent the University. EVENTS We host regular networking lunches, to which all of our members are welcome. In the last few months we have enjoyed meals at La Lanterna and La Petite Folie in Edinburgh. Musical performer, industry leader, public servant and academic awarded honorary degrees J ULY’S GRADUATION CEREMONY was buzzing with excitement this year as founding chancellor Sir Tom Farmer conferred honorary degrees on musical performer Susan Boyle; the eminent developmental psychologist Professor Colwyn Trevarthen; leading hotelier and hospitality industry champion Norman Springford and Professor Ian Percy CBE, former chair of QMU’s board of governors. Susan Boyle, who once studied towards a Certificate of Higher Education for Carers at QMU, was recognised for her contribution to the creative industries. Colwyn Trevarthen, who has published over 200 articles and chapters on brain development, infant communication and child learning and emotional health, received an honorary doctorate for his services to education. Norman Springford, owner of Apex Hotel group, was honoured for his significant services to the hospitality industry and Professor Ian Percy for his contribution to public service and his six year tenure as Chair of QMU’s Governing Body. Professor Wend said: “Each honorary graduate was recognised for the relevance of their work to society at large reflecting the university’s own commitment to enhancing lives in the communities it serves.” Q.M.U.G.A. CONTACTS President Maureen Paterson 2 Fettes Court 5 Craigleith Road Edinburgh EH4 2DL T: 0131 332 0097 E: maureenlpaterson@gmail.com 26 Membership Secretary Helen Kerr 26/6 Hawthornbank Lane Edinburgh EH4 3BH T: 0131 220 2714 E: helenkerr@gmail.com QMYOU / Graduates’ Assocoation Social Secretary Dorothy Finlayson 4 Brunstane Road North Edinburgh EH15 2DJ T: 0131 669 5341 E: alan.finlayson@virgin.net Madras Lodge, Gullane For bookings contact:- Anne Vokes T: 07817 328035 E: mlbook@qmuga.org.uk