QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 77 - Page 21

T the provision of travel grants to support research overseas. They play an important part in enhancing the university experience of students and staff, and we are most appreciative of Santander Universities’ continued generous support.” HE EVENT, hosted by QMU Principal, Professor Petra Wend, provided the ideal opportunity to thank Santander Universities UK for its support over the last five years in enhancing the university experience of students, staff and recent graduates through the awards. Luis Juste, Director of Santander Universities UK, said: “Twelve registered local charities or not-for-profit social enterprises in Edinburgh and the Lothians each received a Santander Community Award of £500 after being nominated by a QMU student who is an active volunteer with them.” Santander Universities UK, a global division of Banco Santander, has contributed £135,000 to QMU over the last two years through its provision of scholarships for study and research, travel grants, community awards for volunteering activities and paid internships. Luis Juste, Director of Santander Universities UK, was at the event to celebrate the success over the last two years of around 50 Santander Scholars and award winners, all of whom are students, staff or graduates of QMU. CELEBRATING THE SUCCESS OF SANTANDER UNIVERSITIES SCHOLARS QMU was delighted to celebrate the success of its Santander scholars and award winners in May when it hosted a Santander Universities Scholars’ Reception. In addition to study and research scholarships a nd travel grants, the latest tranche of awards included £6,000 in Santander Community Awards which was awarded to local charities as a result of the volunteering activities of QMU students. Professor Petra Wend said: “Santander scholarships and awards enable our students and staff to continue or deepen their studies or research, and to gain an international perspective, through Former staff member continues to support student development A former Head of Hospitality, To u r i s m and Leisure Management at QMU, has continued her association with the University after her retirement in 2008 by gifting a generous donation to support student development and building on her previous gifts. Sandie Randall, who is both a QMU graduate and former member of staff, has for many years, supported hospitality and tourism students in different ways. Her most recent donation is a scholarship award of £200 which will be given to the highest achieving third year student on the BA International Hospitality and Tourism Management. Sandie has agreed to support this award for five years with the first Sandie Randall Award being presented in 2014. Not only does Sandie seek to motivate, inspire and support emerging talent, she has set up this donation in the hope that it will also encourage others to consider gifting to the University. There are so many different ways that people can support the institution as well as students. Sandie tells us why she has pledged her support. She says: “As a former student and staff member I have a deep appreciation of The charities included The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling, a new not-for-profit social enterprise nominated by Danish mountain biker Sidse Sorensen, an undergraduate on QMU’s BA (Hons) PR and Marketing programme. Launched earlier this year, the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling aims to encourage more individuals to take to two wheels and gain health benefits for themselves and environmental benefits for the city. Among the other charities which benefited were the Hollies centre, Musselburgh, an invaluable local resource which aims to counter isolation among the local elderly through its lunch club, respite care facilities and other services. Fergus Boden, Kara-Jo MacFadyen, Lorna Rew, and Dane Thomson, students on QMU’s BA (Honours) PR and Marketing programme, became involved with the local social enterprise after working on a project with the Hollies as part of their studies. Other charities to benefit from the £500 awards included: Mayfield and District Breastfeeding Support Group; East Lothian Special Needs Play Scheme; Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland; The Engine Shed; Bethany Christian Trust; South Leith Parish Church Breakfast Club; No Limits; CHANGES, Musselburgh; Waverley Care and the Pilmeny Development Project. ❒ the distinctive ways in which QMU helps its students develop their expertise and potential, which in turn contributes so much to society at home and overseas. While no longer directly involved myself, I am pleased to be able to support this good work by funding a student prize. This prize is intended to encourage and support student aspiration at a time of increasing financial hardship. In addition, I hope this example will also encourage others in the QMU community to give.” If you would like to discuss different ways of supporting student development at QMU or indeed options to support other aspects of the University's work, please contact Lisa Gillespie, Development and Alumni Manager on E:lgillespie@qmu.ac.uk, T: 0131 474 0000. ❒ QMYOU / Development News 21