QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 83 - Page 6

Children’s University all aboard the zoo bus Y OUNGSTERS FROM Queen Margaret Children’s University came face to face with a range of fascinating wildlife in QMU’s University Square in June. The children, aged five to 14, who are part of QMU’s widening access learning initiative, benefited from wildlife sessions on board ‘The Wild About Scotland’ zoo bus. The bespoke double decker bus, run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), offered an entertaining programme of wildlife education which aims to inspire young people and encourages them to appreciate and respect wildlife and the environment. Queen Margaret Children’s University was delighted to host the zoo bus, and grateful for the opportunity to inspire children to connect with nature on their own doorstep. ❒ Making a commitment to student carers D URING NATIONAL CARERS Week, QMU made a pledge to young carers which will help support them during their studies at university and improve their lives chances. In Scotland alone, it is estimated that there are at least 759,000 carers aged 16 and over and 29,000 young carers. Irene Hynd, University Secretary at QMU, said: “Three out of five of us will become carers at some stage in our lives and 1 in 10 of us is already fulfilling some sort of caring role. Students with caring responsibilities can experience hurdles and barriers when juggling their caring role with academic work.” Irene continued: “QMU is committed to widening access for students and we are therefore pleased to partner with Carers Trust Scotland to develop a Student Carers’ Support policy. This will help to ensure that students with caring responsibilities are given the support they need to reach their potential, no matter what their circumstances are.” L-R Irene Hynd QMU, Aileen Campbell; Public Health Minister, Paul Traynor, Carers Trust Scotland Paul Traynor, from Carers Trust Scotland, said: “Young adult carers are four times more likely to drop out of college or university than students who are not young adult carers. Carers who have the opportunity and ability to go to university should not be negatively impacted because of their caring responsibilities. Our ‘Going Higher for Student Carers’ campaign wants to see student carers being put at the forefront of the higher education agenda in Scotland. “QMU’s new Student Carers’ Support policy has the potential to positively impact the lives of current and future student carers at QMU; ensuring they are supported to have a fairer chance to be successful in their higher education studies.” Public Health Minister, Aileen Campbell, joined Irene, Paul and some student carers at QMU to launch to new policy. ❒ 6 QMYOU / Community Engagement & Widening Access