QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 77 - Page 6

L o t h i a n school pupils enjoy Science Festival magic F OR A SECOND YEAR, QMU extended the magic of the International Science Festival to school children in the Lothians. The fun-filled event, which had a strong healthcare focus, offered hands-on learning experiences for hundreds of school pupils. The week-long ‘Broken Bodies’ event saw hundreds of S1 – S3 school pupils making full use of the University’s high-tech clinical facilities whilst getting experience of the treatment and rehabilitation of ‘patients’. Ken Aitchison, ‘Broken Bodies’ organiser, said: “The pupils got a great insight into a range of healthcare professions including speech and hearing sciences, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, nursing, occupational therapy, dietetics and nutrition. It’s the equivalent of ‘kids’ casualty’ - hands-on patient treatment with loads of excitement, and the inevitable gore for good measure.” Ken continued: “To create the impression of a real-life situation, the kids got involved in every aspect of the patient journey from admission and diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation. They dealt with various patient scenarios including knee injuries, diabetes and stroke. This allowed pupils to use specialist healthcare equipment to help patient recovery.” Professor Gilloran, QMU Deputy Principal, said: “This type of event, not only emphasises our work in health and rehabilitation, it confirms our commitment to the local community and our wish to support learning and skills development in our young people. ‘Broken Bodies’ presents us with a really positive way to engage with young people, and get them, at an early age, through the doors of a university. Ultimately, this project introduces them to some of the fascinating things that go on within a university and helps fire up their curiosity about treatment and patient care.” ❒ 6 QMYOU / Community Engagement Pipes and drums now part of QMU celebrations T HE PIPES AND DRUMS are adding a truly Scottish flavour to QMU’s future celebrations. Pupils from the Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band will take centre stage at some of QMU’s most important annual events. The band members, aged between 12 and 17 years, will play at QMU open days and graduation, as well as its Freshers’ Fayre, and new parent and student welcome talks. The band will also perform an important role in high profile development events. The band is made up of pupils from the high school in Prestonpans which is situated close to QMU. In preparation for the band, musical training begins in the feeder primary schools – Prestonpans Primary School, St Gabriel's RC in Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton Primary schools and Longniddry. Professor Alan Gilloran, QMU’s Deputy Principal, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have developed this new partnership which will significantly enhance our University events. QMU has always been proud of our Scottish roots and the addition of music to our celebratory events has been enthusiastically welcomed by staff, students and particularly our international visitors and partners.” He continued: “The new relationship with Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band also fits well with QMU’s community engagement work and we are pleased to be able to provide some funding which will continue to support the band’s future development.” The band, which won third place in the British Pipe Band Championships in May, is made up of 25 girls and five boys from the high school. Lee Moore, Pipe Major, said: “This new partnership with QMU marks an important step forward as it helps secure the band’s future development. It also provides at least seven opportunities throughout the year for the young people to perform at the University’s high profile events.” Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band began its new role as QMU’s pipe band at the graduation on 5 July. The band marked the opening of each graduation ceremony with a performance outside the Usher Hall. This was followed by another at the graduation reception for students and their parents in University Square at QMU’s Musselburgh campus. ❒