QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 84 - Page 4

NEWS IN BRIEF Community Forum helps locals engage with QMU’s activities P EOPLE LIVING IN the surrounding communities of East Lothian and Edinburgh are able to gain an insight into University’s work by attending QMU’s Community Forum. QMU celebrates real Living Wage commitment Q MU HAS JOINED a growing roll-call of Scottish univer sities making the real Living Wage commitment by becoming an accredited Living Wage employer. The University welcomed the Scottish Government’s Higher and Further Education Minister, Shirley-Anne Somerville, to celebrate the move on campus during Living Wage Week. The new UK rate of £8.45 was announced in the autumn. Dee Denholm, Head of Human Resources at QMU, said: “We believe that paying at least the real Living Wage to all QMU staff is the right thing to do. Paying each member of our team fairly is at the core of our values, and the Living Wage accreditation offers formal recognition for this.” Higher and Further Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville, said: “I’m delighted that Queen Margaret University is now accredited as a Living Wage Employer, which is a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to making our country a fairer place for everyone to live, work and study.” ❒ Recognition for excellence in supporting researcher career development Q MU’S WORK IN supporting the career development of its researchers was acknowledged when it retained the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award. Kim Gilchrist, QMU’s Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange Development, said: “QMU is one of first eight UK institutions to gain this accolade having retained its award following its six year review. The announcement demonstrates QMU’s long-term commitment to the career development of it research staff. The retention of this award is a fantastic endorsement of our commitment to increasing the international profile of QMU in attracting academics and promoting researcher mobility in Europe and beyond.” ❒ 4 QMYOU / News in Brief The Community Forum brings together university staff, local residents, businesses, organisations, schools and council representatives twice a year to discuss University and local community issues. Local people have the opportunity to ask questions about the University and find out how it works with the community through its students, staff, commercial work and widening participation initiatives. Professor Petra Wend, QMU Principal, said: “The Community Forum creates a link between local people and the University, and is part of our community engagement strategy. The event attracts interest from local residents, councillors and representatives from community groups and offers an excellent platform for local information exchange. It also provides an insight into how the University’s students and staff contribute to the community, as well as opportunities for local people to engage in our activities such as public events, open days, drama projects and community/ outreach initiatives.” For more information and to register for the QMU Community Forum, contact Jane Scott, Director of Marketing & Communications, T: 0131 474 0000, E: jscott@qmu.ac.uk ❒ Professor McCormack awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons P ROFES SOR BRENDAN MCCORMACK, Associate Director of the Centre for Person-centred Practice Research at QMU, recently travelled to Dublin to receive a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons. The prestigous award was in recognition of Professor McCormack’s global health expertise in person-centredness. ❒