QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 78 - Page 28

GIVING TO QMU We rely on the generosity of individuals and organisations to assist us in supporting students’ development and enhancing their opportunities, as well as furthering academic research that will ultimately improve the lives of people in Scotland, the UK and internationally. There are a number of ways that you can support the University but the Martlet Club and our 'Trees of Life' project are two good examples. Read more about them below. The Martlet Club for supporters of Queen Margaret University The Martlet Club exists to acknowledge supporters of QMU who make a donation of £120 or more each year, or a monthly donation of £10 upwards. Vice-Chancellor Award – vital support for current students QMU is committed to supporting our students, helping them to make the most of the opportunities available and ensuring they have the best possible learning experience during their time here. The Vice-Chancellor’s Fund was set up in 2010 with the sole aim of supporting students who wish to take part in study or research abroad. These overseas projects enrich students’ academic experience, broaden their horizons and help them to make a real contribution to their field or to serving society’s needs. With your help and generosity we have been able to offer part-funding for student trips to destinations as diverse as India, the USA, Australia, Malaysia and the Czech Republic. The Fund has already supported 15 students over the past two years. In 2013 there have been a further eight awards to part-time and full-time students. One student who was lucky enough to be funded through the 2013 round of awards was Elaam Leung, a level 4 student in BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy. With the help of the VC Fund, Elaam travelled to Moldova, as part of the SKIP (Students for Kids International Projects) Edinburgh team. The team volunteered in an orphanage for disabled boys in Orhei, Moldova for three weeks. Resources and equipment were limited and the boys were living in cramped conditions, with care facilities stretched to one carer per 10 boys and with carers working 24 hour shifts. 28 QMYOU / Development News The name is taken from the martlet emblem on the QMU coat of arms. This emblem, which is associated with learning, represents Queen or Saint Margaret, after whom the University is named. As the campus is a haven for wildlife, including swans, ducks, herons and moorhens, the name of the club also reflects the University’s commitment to sustainability and to enriching the community. Elaam said: “Due to limited resources and being the only occupational therapy student in my group, creativity was key, and I was always thinking on my feet about how to give a range of therapy to the boys. Another challenge for me was to justify therapy purposes to both group members and the carers, educate them on how to carry out simple therapy and also ask carers to sustain therapy when I left. “Upon my return to Scotland, I feel very strongly motivated to raise money for the charity, Bettlyn Moldovan Relief. The charity buys mobility equipment, which in turn helps to raise the standard of care in the orphanage. I also invited SKIP Edinburgh to the Student Occupational Therapy Links Scotland (SOTLS) 2013 Conference at QMU. They run a workshop to raise aware ne ss of the proje ct and increase numbers of OT student volunteers.” Also benefiting from the 2013 awards was David Stevenson, then a PhD student in Cultural Policy. David spent one week at the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen. During his time there he developed a co-authored paper with international academics as well as having the opportunity to network and develop contacts in his field. David also gave two guest lectures. Both were well received by the students and staff in attendance. David said: “Two benefits came from these sessions. Firstly they provided me with an opportunity to reflect on my professional development as an educator. Secondly, the head of the Cultural Policy Centre has To join the club, send an email to E: development@qmu.ac.uk expressing your interest and we will give you full details. Your gift will support the work of QMU, providing relevant teaching and research that makes a real practical impact and transforms people’s lives. Funds will be put towards a number of projects, for example allowing students to complete CV-enhancing projects or supporting initiatives focused on using QMU’s expertise to the community’s advantage. encouraged me to write up my second presentation and submit it for publication. This had not been a consideration but it took an outside eye to see that I had constructed an case study that would be of interest to an international readership.” Like the other students who have benefited from the fund, Elaam and David have expressed their gratitude. Elaam said: “I am extremely grateful to the Vice-Chancellor's Fund as financial issues for a full-time student can be a major obstacle in taking part in a project like SKIP. Having received the VC Fund I was able to fully focus and engage in the process; and to apply and consolidate my OT skills in a setting that I will never come across in the UK. I feel very fortunate to have received this funding. 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