QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 77 - Page 4

NEWS IN BRIEF QMU is joint 5th amongst Scottish universities for graduate employment QMU’s graduate employment rate is 93.8% - that puts QMU in joint 5th place out of 17 Higher Education institutions in Scotland. It also means that QMU has the joint 22nd highest score in the UK, out of 151 institutions. The performance indicators published by HESA show that 93.8% of QMU graduates go onto work or further study within six months of graduating. Having improved its performance since last year (90.9% in 2012) and outperformed its benchmark this year, QMU’s current graduate employment rate is above the Scottish average of 92.8% and above the UK average of 90.8%. Governance was hot topic at communications conference PUBLIC RELATIONS EXPERTS at QMU hosted a prestigious international communications conference which debated the topical issue of governance. The June event brought together PR and communication academics from all over the world. The University’s Centre for Dialogue hosted this pre-conference to the International Communication Association (ICA) conference that took place in London. The two-part pre-conference focused on three themes — stakeholder engagement, dialogue, and corporate social responsibility. However, it was the conference’s emphasis on governance that had mass appeal for communication delegates. Dr Magda Pieczka, co-chair of the Centre for Dialogue and Reader in Public Relations at QMU, said: “Governance, or the act of governing, is a hot topic right now and one which requires significant attention from governments as well as public, private and voluntary organisations. Our pre- 4 QMYOU / News in Brief conference event investigated governance, focusing on the role communication expertise and practices play in the way governance is constructed and enacted by government and business organisations.” Dr Pieczka concluded: “Our success in winning the bid to run the pre-conference is testament to the University’s expertise in dialogue. We hope that this pre-conference assisted in advancing the subject of Public Relations as an important developing academic subject.” ❒ Award-winning cook highlights the natural wonders of Scotland AWARD-WINNING COOK and food writer, Lady Claire Macdonald, highlighted the dynamism of Scotland’s entrepreneurial food producers in her presentation which was part of the ‘Edinburgh Lectures’ series. In her QMU sponsored lecture, ‘The Natural Wonders of Scotland’s Culinary Landscape’, Lady Claire drew attention to many different small food producers which are helping to revolutionise modern Scottish cooking by creating exquisite produce, experimenting with preparation methods to appeal to international markets, and pushing the boundaries of service delivery. She believes all of these activities are positively influencing Scotland’s growing reputation for culinary excellence. Feedback from Lady’s Claire’s lecture was outstanding. The event, which chimed well with QMU’s specialist work in food and drink, was a sell-out which confirmed Lady Claire’s popularity as a food specialist as well as people’s growing interest in Scotland’s developing food culture. ❒ Lead role in Irn Bru advert JAMES ROTTGER, QMU acting graduate, 2012, is appearing in the lead role in the new Irn Bru advert. He has also appeared in the most recent series of Gary Tank Commander. ❒ Top Scottish chef gets digging in QMU allotment NEIL FORBES, who was named Scottish Chef of the Year at the acclaimed Scottish Restaurant Awards 2011, has an allotment at QMU. Neil, who is Chef Director at Café St Honoré in Edinburgh, prides himself on using ingredients sourced locally. He is also a supporter of the ‘Slow Food’ philosophy. Neil hopes to use his QMU allotment to teach students about horticulture and food production. Neil is a great supporter of QMU projects. He recently conducted a cookery demonstration which kicked off the first round of events for QMU’s Good Food Society. His talk, ‘Smart Cooking’ went down a storm with the students. His cooking skills also took centre stage at QMU’s first major alumni reunion ‘Connect 2013’. ❒ Bronze Athena Swan Award QMU HAS GAINED a Bronze Athena SWAN Award in light of its commitment to assisting the recruitment and retention of women in science, engineering and technology (SET).The Athena SWAN Charter is a recognition scheme for UK universities and their science, engineering and technology (SET) departments. It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and progression of women in SET. ❒ Long strides for Allan QMU STUDENT, Allan Hamilton, who missed the recent British Universities Championships due to exams, bounced back to win his first significant outdoor competition of the season when he won the long jump in the British League Premier Division match at Cardiff. ❒ NEWS IN BRIEF QMU is joint 5th amongst Scottish universities for graduate employment Q MU’s graduate employment rate is 93.8% - that puts QMU in joint 5th place out of 17 Higher Education institutions in Scotland. 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