QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 83 - Page 29

GRADUATES’ A S S O C I AT I O N NEWSLETTER By Elaine Acaster, Graduates’ Association President The Graduates' Association, which celebrated its centenary year 2014/15, welcomes new members at any time following graduation including new members from the Colleges which formed QMU as we know it today. Members of staff are also most welcome to join. Life Membership of £45 (or £35 in the year of graduation) gives the opportunity to join social networking events and also the opportunity to rent Madras Lodge, the Association's seaside house at Gullane (see page 32). Contact details for membership enquiries are given below. PRESIDENT’S REPORT It was a huge honour to be confirmed as the new President at the Annual General Meeting of QMUGA in June, and I hope to be able to meet many members of the Association at our events in the coming year and also to welcome new members. At the AGM we recognised the leadership of our recent past-President Maureen Paterson during a five year period. Maureen renewed and strengthened links with the University and was instrumental in organising the centenary celebrations of QMUGA. She will remain on the committee and I have already benefited from her wisdom and experience. Fiona Byrne our Minutes Secretary also stood down at the AGM, and I hope she will join us at Association events in the future. Cecilia Young and Liz McIver were welcomed as committee members each bringing varied experience and ideas. During the summer months, members of the Association enjoyed a number of QMU events culminating in a remarkably varied and exciting Film and Media Showcase the evening before graduation. I attended the enjoyable and moving graduation ceremonies at the Usher Hall on behalf of the Association, while Maureen Paterson presented the Atholl Crescent Prize for Personal Development to a very worthy winner Greg Clark. See details of the Atholl Crescent Prize winner pictured above. I look forward to meeting you and I would be delighted if you would contact me at any time with questions and your ideas for future development of the Association. ❒ MATURE STUDENT WINS ATHOLL CRESCENT AWARD FOR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT T hirty-five year old Greg Clark from West Lothian was awarded a prestigious Atholl Crescent Award for Personal Development at the recent graduation ceremony. The Atholl Crescent Award is presented annually by QMU’s Graduates’ Association to a final year student who has made a significant contribution to the University and their personal development. The Award is named after the QMU’s original location on Edinburgh’s Atholl Crescent. Greg, who graduated with a BA (Hons) PR & Marketing, was presented with his award by Maureen Paterson from the QMU’s Graduates’ Association. Commenting on his award and QMU experience, Greg said: “I’m delighted and extremely proud to have won this award. It really is the perfect end to three great years at QMU. “One of the things I loved about studying at QMU is that the lecturers get to know you. You’re not just a face in a lecture theatre. I’d especially like to thank my lecturers, Ann Turner and Emma Wood, who have played a vital part in my success. “The work placement and internship opportunities offered on the course are second to none. I was worried about being a mature student but I really think I found my calling in marketing and PR and there is no doubt QMU played a huge part in the development of my skills.” Before coming to QMU, Greg studied HNC Advertising, Marketing & PR at West Lothian College. Since graduating, he has returned to the College to work full time as its Marketing Officer. ❒ GA Programme of autumn events: Event:  Forth Bridges Bus and Boat Tour Date: 12th September Details:  The boat tour provides a close-up view of the progress of the New Forth Crossing. Time: Leaving Waverley Bridge at 12.15pm returning at 3.45pm Cost: £20 or £18 for usual concessions Event:  Informal lunch and visit to The Secret Herb Garden Date: 7th October Details: w ww.secretherbgarden.co.uk Time: Meet at Secret Herb Garden, 32A Old Pentland Road, Lothianburn EH10 7EA, at 12noon Event: Visit to Scottish Parliament Date: November date tbc Event:  Christmas Lunch at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School Date: December date tbc Further information and bookings for these events - contact Dorothy Finlayson (contact details below). Q.M.U.G.A. CONTACTS President Elaine Acaster E: elaineacaster@gmail.com T: 07816 661561 Social Secretary Dorothy Finlayson E: dottyfin@outlook.com T: 0131 669 5341 Membership Secretary Sylvia Northcott E: sylvia@thenor thcotts.net T: 01968 674161 Treasurer Anne Scagell E: annescagell49@gmail.com T: 01259 214668 QMYOU / Graduates’ Association & Events 31