QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 76 - Page 2

Principal’s Introduction Snow White A team of first and second year Costume Design and Construction students created these stunning outfits for the pantomime, Snow White, which was performed at The Byre Theatre, St Andrews. This was the first professional show which this student team had worked on. They were responsible for the design, production and delivery of each costume. I am delighted to welcome you to another edition of QMYOU. However, more importantly, we want to welcome you to QMU’s campus. We’re having an alumni reunion – Connect 2013 – and we would be delighted if you could join us on the day to re-connect with old friends and make new ones. We’ll also be offering brunch, cheese and wine tutor-led sessions and a chef demonstration from Neil Forbes, as well as the opportunity to hear about some amazing research projects taking place at QMU. You can read more about the reunion on page 24 and I hope that this information will make you want to mark Saturday 8th June in your diary straightaway. One really inspirational aspect of our research featured in this magazine is our pioneering work in speech technology and therapy which is helping more children with Down’s syndrome improve their speech communication. Eleven-year-old schoolgirl Grace just loved showcasing the EPG speech technology for BBC Reporting Scotland in February. And our work in the area of health and nutrition captured people’s attention when we publicised our research findings into the properties of Portobello honey. Find out more from our feature article on page 10 and 11. You will see from articles on our commercial and hospitality work that we are totally committed to supporting Scotland’s food and drink industry as well as its hospitality and tourism industry. In particular, we are proud to share news of the incredible impact that our Hospitality and Tourism Academy is having on the skills development of young people. You can also read about our research into the properties of rapeseed oil and how this work has helped an East Lothian farmer. It is always thrilling to hear about the successes of QMU alumni and it’s exciting to see our performing arts graduates on TV. We have been keeping track of Angel Coulby’s career progression over the last ten years and it has been wonderful to watch her in the BBC fantasy series ‘Merlin’ and, more recently, enjoy her stunning vocal performance in ‘Dancing on the Edge’. It’s also heartening to hear about James Rottger’s quick success in his acting career since graduating only a year ago, as featured in this magazine, and April Cumming, who graduated in 2011 and is now working at the Scottish Parliament. Some of our students have significant barriers to overcome to reach their goals and on page 22 you can read about how QMU’s specialist support helped Terrie Howie cope with dyslexia and ultimately develop a successful career as a story teller. Enjoy reading QMYOU and, for those of you who are QMU alumni, we hope we can reconnect with you at our reunion on the 8th June 2013. Professor Petra Wend, PhD, FRSA Principal & Vice-Chancellor Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh 2 QMYOU / Principal’s Introduction