QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 84 - Page 2

Principal’s Introduction As ever, QMYOU offers a wonderful opportunity to share with you news about our students, staff and graduates and highlight some of the University’s new developments at home and overseas. Firstly, our feature on graduate Norman Todd’s incredible journey from deep sea fisherman to offshore medic in the East Irish Sea demonstrates the impact that education can have on one’s career. Norman’s inspiring story shows how he discovered his love of learning and how higher education is helping him fulfil his potential as a health professional on the high seas. In this edition, we have increased the ‘Where are you now?’ alumni section which allows us to highlight more fascinating stories about our graduates’ career developments and achievements. For example, recently, we were delighted to welcome back to QMU Tracy MacInnes, a dietetics graduate, who now works as the Associate Chief Health Professions Officer at the Scottish Government. Tracy accompanied Shirley Ann Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, also a QMU graduate, during her tour of the University. Tracy has been kind enough to share information about her career path. You can read about her career and current advisory role with the Scottish Government on page 26. QMU continues to focus its research on areas of relevance which will ultimately help to improve people’s lives both in Scotland and internationally. You can read about our audiology project which looks at hearing care for older people in residential homes (pages 12 & 13). Then there are our experts in international health and development who are identifying ways of improving access and care for patients with tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa and Latvia (page 14). Our Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation ensures that our commercial work in food and drink continues to go from strength to strength. The team of food and drink experts has an excellent track record in supporting the development of SMEs, as well as large scale organisations. Find out how our experts helped entrepreneurs develop a first-to-UK-market blend of high caffeine black tea. If you would like to be involved in our commercial food testing, you might like to sign up to become a taste panel member by emailing lboyd@qmu.ac.uk. Please do stay connected with QMU. If you are a graduate, you might consider sharing your career story with our Alumni team or mentoring a student. Other ways for people to engage and support the University are by funding a student scholarship, setting up an internship, donating a tree to be planted in the campus grounds, supporting research or donating to the Student Development Fund. You can remember us in your will or speak to our Development Manager about creating a lasting legacy for a departed loved one. We look forward to hearing your news, helping you with business solutions, discussing student support ideas, organising a reunion or taking you on a campus tour. Professor Petra Wend, PhD, FRSA, FRSE Principal and Vice Chancellor Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Young learners contemplate their future at the Queen Margaret Children's University. 2 QMYOU / Principal’s Introduction