QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 83 - Page 2

Principal’s Introduction Once again, we are delighted to share with you some exciting news about our students, graduates, staff and university initiatives. We are totally committed to enhancing the student experience and helping develop students who are job ready. In order to achieve this we have an incredible range of opportunities which help students develop their skills and confidence throughout their time at university. This includes scholarships, awards, internships, mentoring and community engagement opportunities. You can read about our Saltire Scholarship recipient (page 32), other award winners in our Development section (pages 24 - 25) and also find out how our podiatry students have used healthcare skills acquired at QMU to help refugees in the Calais migrant camps (page 19). We encourage our students to support community projects and this summer our Costume Design and Construction students were commissioned to produce a suite of spectacular costumes for a local ancient ceremony which is staged every 21 years. Find out how our students, staff and graduates contributed to the Musselburgh Riding of the Marches (page 6), and view some of the beautiful costumes which took centre stage in the event finale (page 14 – 17). We are always inspired by the work of graduates from our Institute for Global Health and Development. Many use the skills developed during their postgraduate courses to shape policies, improve healthcare systems and impact positively on the lives of communities both at home and internationally. We are delighted that Eunice Sinyemu, a Social Development and Health graduate and advocate for human rights, is sharing her career story with us. Eunice became a national voice for people with HIV around the time when Scotland began receiving a lot of Africans. Now based in Zambia, she has worked tirelessly for many years to improve healthcare for African’s with HIV and AIDS in the UK and in Africa (page 23). An untreated communication disorder at any stage in life can cause devastating and isolating effects on the well-being of an individual, affecting their family and social relationships, educational potential, career, and sense of self-worth. Our Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre is recognised internationally for the quality of its research which ultimately aims to improve the lives of adults and children with speech sound disorders. A wonderful example of the impact of our pioneering speech research is clearly demonstrated on page 20 and 21. Find out how our UltraPhonix project is using ultrasound technology to help youngsters find their voices. Please continue to stay connected to QMU. If you are a graduate, you may consider sharing your career story with our Alumni Office or mentoring a student. Other ways for people to engage and support QMU are by funding a student scholarship or award, donating a tree to be planted at the University, providing an internship, supporting research or donating to the Student Fund. You can remember us in your will or you may just like to join one of our taste panels run by the Centre for Food Development and Innovation. We look forward to hearing from you. Professor Petra Wend, PhD, FRSA, FRSE Principal and Vice Chancellor Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh 2 QMYOU / Principal’s Introduction Mystical costume created by Costume Design and Construction students