QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 84 - Page 23

Students benefit from pioneering scholarship programme S IX QMU STUDENTS are currently benefitting from a pioneering widening access programme developed and part funded by The Robertson Trust. As the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland, The Robertson Trust is dedicated to achieving positive change in Scotland. Its Scholarship programme was set up in 1995 to help fund ten young Glaswegians. Today, it helps more than 460 young people from across Scotland studying on a wide range of undergraduate courses, including the students at QMU. Robertson Trust Scholars not only receive financial support, they also embark on a self-development programme called the ‘Journey to Success’, which includes personal support through peer mentoring, employability workshops and paid internships. All of this ensures the scholars are able to maximise their potential at university and compete successfully for graduate level jobs with increased self confidence. Scholars are nominated by their school, college or university as talented individuals who show real potential despite their life experiences. Often they are the first in their family to go to university, from low income families or have spent time in care. Claire Kenny, one of the first Robertson Trust Scholar at QMU, is now in her second year of the BSc in Psychology. Claire acknowledges that she has benefitted from the partnership between QMU and The Robertson Trust. She explained: “The Robertson Trust Scholarship has made both studying, and moving away from home, a lot easier. I believe if it wasn’t for the Trust’s help and support, my first year at QMU would have been a lot more stressful. Although it supports scholars financially, it also supports us in so many other ways. The team really does want the best for us.” This coming year, QMU will select one further Robertson Trust scholar thanks to matched funding from former QMU Court member, Mark Laing. Mark, who is also a trustee of the Robertson Trust, is passionate about access to education for all who have the ability, yet may not have the financial means. Mark explained: “The scholarship programme mirrors QMU’s ethos of widening access and broadening students’ horizons, so I am delighted to be involved, as both a trustee of the Robertson Trust and a donor to QMU. To find out more about how you can support widening access initiatives at QMU, contact Heather Edie, QMU Development & Alumni Manager, E: hedie@qmu.ac.uk T: 0131 474 0000. ❒ Mark Laing and Dr Annie Doyle from the Robertson Trust with QMU's Robertson Trust Scholars. Wise Up About Dementia Q MU STUDENTS ARE being offered the opportunity to deliver ‘Dementia Friends’ awareness sessions to student peers, school pupils on QMU’s Health and Social Care Academy, and young learners who are part of the Queen Margaret Children’s University. The aim of the initiative is to raise awareness about dementia as a condition; become more aware of how people can ‘live well’ with dementia; and discuss what we, as a society, can do to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in our communities. Led by the QMU Dementia Working Group, students from across the School of Health Sciences can participate in the co-design and co-production of the dementia awareness sessions. A group of students from the Division of Nursing delivered the first session in January. This initiative contributes to QMU’s drive to become a Dementia Aware university and has been made possible by development funding from Santander Universities. Dementia Friends is a UK wide &V7BffW&VB'ǦVW.( 066FBv627W'FrG0VVFF"R2v6RB'VF6&PVW'2V66W766FG0FV&ƗG&fW76&7F6RBvV&R7GVFVG2F&RFVVFg&VFǒ&W6W&6W2vFFV"f֖ƖW2B6VFW2) ՔRFWfVVBbVWw0#