QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 82 - Page 4

NEWS IN BRIEF New Chair of Court appointed A DISTINGUISHED EDUCATIONAL LEADER and academic has been announced as QMU’s new Chair of Court. Dr Frances Dow CBE MA DPhil FRHistS FRSA took up her appointment as Chair of the University Court in March 2016 and will serve for three years in the first instance. She replaced Keir Bloomer BA MA FRSE, the outgoing Chair of Queen Margaret University’s Court, who has served in the position with distinction since October 2010. Dr Dow was appointed to the role after public advertisement and interview by an appointment panel, whose membership included staff and student members of the University.  With a strong background in higher education and recent involvement in healthcare improvement, Dr Dow brings to the role wide-ranging experience in academic leadership and in governance.  Dr Dow was a member of the Queen Margaret University Court between 2005 and 2012, and its Vice-Chair in 2011-2012.  Dr Dow has enjoyed a number of public appointments, including since 2014 ministerial appointment to the Scottish Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards for NHS consultants, and membership of the Appointments Committee of the General Teaching Council for Scotland. In 2013, Dr Dow chaired the Independent Review of Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s inspection of the care of older 4 QMYOU / News in Brief people in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. Previously she chaired two Scottish Government Health Directorates steering groups on the regulation of healthcare support workers and on Professionalism in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions. From 2007 to 2011, she was Chair of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, which oversees the award of Marshall Scholarships to highly-qualified US graduate students for study anywhere in the UK. Dr Dow was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours List 2012 for services to UK/USA relations. Dr Dow is currently Vice Convener of the Business Committee of the General Council of the University of Edinburgh, a Trustee of Scotland Inheritance Fund and a member of the Council for At-Risk Academics. The latter assists overseas academics, often refugees, who are threatened with discrimination or persecution. Commenting on her appointment Dr Frances Dow said: “It is a great honour to be appointed to chair the Court of Queen Margaret University. QMU’s excellence in research, teaching and knowledge exchange, and its commitment to social justice, are well established and I look forward to working with fellow Court members, staff and students, to enhance its renown as a leading centre of ideas and influence.”  ❒ QMU wins top Business Innovation Award Q 2016. MU has won the top Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce 'Innovation in Business' award QMU beat off stiff competition from businesses and organisations across Edinburgh to clinch the top accolade. An expert panel of independent L-R: Miriam Smith (Business Development Manager, QMU); Colin Henderson (Partner Manager for CityFibre on the Edinburgh CORE project – sponsor of award); Professor Petra Wend (Principal and Vice-Chancellor, QMU) & Joe Goldblatt (Professor of Events Management, QMU) industry judges singled out QMU for its innovative business partnership and engagement work, including the new Scottish Centre for Food Development & Innovation at QMU, the new Student Tourism Ambassador Role Scotland (STARS) initiative at Edinburgh Airport, supporting graduate start-up companies in the creative industries sector and the University's ambitions for the use of the land across the campus. The judges were looking for a high degree of creativity and dynamic approach to new market growth and those who had successfully developed and implemented innovative products and services. QMU was recognised for clearly demonstrating its vision to be an organisation of ideas and influence by addressing the future market needs. The judges also highlighted QMU's dynamic ‘can do’ attitude and its delivery of excellent results. David Birrell, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, said: “Edinburgh and Scotland needs to continue to embrace innovation and focus on raising expectations, to allow us to remain competitive on an international level. It was therefore great to see some of the exciting initiatives in the city showcased in the hotly contested ‘Innovation in Business’ category. QMU’s focus in this area is inspiring.” ❒