QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 77 - Page 2

Costume Showcase Costume created by student Emily Varnom for Costume Showcase 2013. This outfit was inspired by ‘The Dolly Sisters’, one of the most famous Vaudeville acts of the 1920s. Principal’s Introduction I am delighted to welcome you to another edition of QMYOU and also to thank those of you who attended the recent QMU reunion – Connect 2013. QMU staff and students had a wonderful time meeting university graduates and finding out what they have been doing in the years since leaving QMU. We were also delighted that people took time out of their busy schedules to travel from all over the UK and internationally to meet up on what was one of the sunniest days of the year so far. It would have been the first time that most of our Connect participants had experienced the new campus and it was wonderful that the day allowed everyone to, not only enjoy activities inside, but to drink champagne on our decking and relax in the grounds. Feedback from participants has been extremely positive and we do hope that you thoroughly enjoyed the QMU activities, reconnecting with friends and making new links with other graduates and university staff. We hope that this will now encourage you to stay connected with the university, to keep us updated with your developments via our Alumni office, and maybe also to share your years of experience by mentoring a current QMU student. Aside from Connect 2013, many QMU events have taken place over the last few months. We hosted a prestigious communications conference for UK and international PR and communications academics, as well as an international hospitality research conference. Our health science staff and students have run a health science festival for East Lothian school children ( page 6) and our Costume Design and Construction students have wowed audiences with their creative and inspiring catwalk showcase (page 12). You can read more about the continuing success of our Hospitality and Tourism Academy on page 15. Our progressive Academy model is now being widely recognised as a way to improve skills development in young people. We have therefore secured substantial funding which has allowed us to establish new Academies in different specialist areas for secondary school pupils in Edinburgh, Lothian and the Borders. We continue to be responsive to the needs of society and to provide a course portfolio which is both modern and attractive. Our two new fully funded masters programmes – an MSc in Gastronomy and an MA in Culture and Creative Enterprise – may be of interest to you or someone you know. See page 5 for more details. 2 QMYOU / Principal’s Introduction QMYOU will also keep you up-to-date with some of our relevant research projects, as well as our growing commercial work which focuses on supporting SME development. Remember, if you think our experts might be able to assist your company in its business development, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you. Professor Petra Wend, PhD, FRSA Principal & Vice-Chancellor Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh