QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 83 - Page 4

NEWS IN BRIEF Improving results in National Student Survey - Nursing and Human Biology top in UK Q MU RECENTLY HAD some impressive results in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016. Queen Margaret’s score of 86% for overall student satisfaction was up 1% on last year. This new score exceeded QMU’s benchmark and matches both the UK and Scottish university averages. Human Biology and Nursing both rank top in Scotland for their subject areas and joint top in the UK. Our PR programmes also performed very well nationally, ranking first in Scotland. The areas of ‘Acting for Stage and Screen’, ‘International Hospitality and Tourism Management’, and ‘Public Sociology’, all scored 100% for overall satisfaction. Our students were also happier this year with ‘Academic Support’, resulting in QMU being ranked in the top quartile in Scotland for this area. Other areas which improved included ‘Assessment & Feedback’ and ‘Teaching on my course’. The increase in scores year on year, in the majority of the NSS questions, demonstrates the University’s focus on continuous improvement. For more information on the NSS results visit: www.unistats.com ❒ ‘Soar’ stunning aerial footage of QMU A STUNNING AERIAL FILM of the QMU campus at Musselburgh has been produced by the award winning filmmaker Walid Salhab and colleague Michael Grant from the University’s Kinetic Film Project. Filmed on a sunny day in April 2016, using a DJI Inspire 4K flying camera, Walid captures the scale of QMU’s campus, which encompasses an impressive academic building, students union, sports facilities and student village. The film shows students enjoying the good weather in the landscaped grounds and relaxing on the decking. Walid even captures the swan on the SUDS pond and, if you look closely, you’ll spot music therapy students dancing in the gardens. Walid’s film demonstrates the University’s proximity to the stunning East Lothian coastline and the surrounding town of Musselburgh, as well as Arthur’s Seat and the Pentland Hills. WATCH 'Soar' here: https://goo.gl/CYzpUL ❒ Lord Dunlop visits campus New book by world-leading authority in events management P ROFESSOR JOE GOLDBLATT, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Planned Events at QMU, has launched his new book ‘The 21st Century Meeting and Event Technologies: Powerful Tools for Better Planning, Marketing, and Evaluation’. This is the first book to specifically and comprehensively address the rapid changes and advances in technology in the planning, management, and marketing of meetings and events. Professor Goldblatt, the world-leading authority in events management, co-wrote the book with two of his former students to produce a text with multigenerational appeal. The book covers the most important aspects of using technology for today’s meetings and events. https://g.co/kgs/9zMXM ❒ 4 QMYOU / News in Brief U NDER-SECRETARY of State for Scotland, Lord Dunlop, visited the campus in July as part of QMU’s programme of stake holder consultation on the innovation park which lies adjacent to the campus. As well as learning about the Edinburgh Innovation Park proposals, QMU Principal, Professor Wend, gave the minister an overview of the University’s general work whilst also showcasing some of the innovative research taking place within the Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre and the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation. ❒