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The magazine for alumni and friends of Queen Margaret University ISSUE 70, DECEMBER 2009
QUEEN MARGARET UNIVERSITY FIRST MINISTER VISITS QMU QMU’S NEW PRINCIPAL QMU PROVIDES BOOST TO THE ECONOMY
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Note from the Principal
News in brief
04 - 05
Dr Petra Wend becomes new principal
Economic Impact - QMU provides £77m boost to economy
QM wins top sustainability awards
Does play@home make a difference?
Since joining QMU in September, I have been focusing on outlining my vision for the university to staff, and acting as an ambassador for the university externally. I should reassure you that this new vision, which brings together all the activities of the university under the theme of relevance, is a refinement, rather than a complete re-working, of our existing strategy. We will continue to focus on professionally-relevant courses in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, and doing research with immediate, practical impact on people’s everyday lives.
Research identifies how football changes lives
2KT - transfering knowledge to industry
Podiatry clinics at QMU
US philanthropists set wheels in motion
Supporting students and volunteering
Postcard from Wilma Erskine
Celebrating QMU’s history
Reunions and classnotes
Graduates’ Association newsletter
Alumni and other friends of QMU are an important part of the university community, and so it a real pleasure for me to welcome you to this issue of QM News.
The new vision will focus around 4 ‘i’s inter-professional, inter-disciplinary, industryrelevant, and international. Staff across the university are currently working on projects to make the vision a reality, to enhance the performance and reputation of the university, benefitting our current students, alumni, partners, and the wider community. If you would like more information on our plans, please don’t hesitate to contact me on E: firstname.lastname@example.org Turning to the content of this issue of QM News, you will find some wonderful examples of our research, such as our work with Street Soccer Scotland and the Play@home project which is helping to improve the quality of people’s lives. Our Saving Voices feature also clearly demonstrates the professional relevance of QMU’s ground breaking speech research by having a positive impact on people’s health, reducing sickness levels in the workplace and ultimately improving the working environment. Our 2kT project, in association with Edinburgh Napier University, is creating the perfect opportunity for academics to use their skills to help businesses with their development. If QMU can assist your businesses in any way, please get in touch with the Head of 2kT.
Of course, it is always wonderful to hear how well our graduates are doing and the impact that they are making on society. Please keep in touch with our Alumni and Development Office and take the opportunity to attend some of the wonderful events that will be taking place at our campus. I look forward to meeting with many of you in the months and years to come. Dr Petra Wend PhD, FRSA Principal and Vice Chancellor
Front page photo: First Minister, Alex Salmond talks with students Kirstin Russell and Carmen Falla. Inside cover: First Minister with students (left to right) Sophie Williams, Kirstin Russell, Carmen Falla, Amanda Charters.
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NEWS IN BRIEF INTERNATIONAL RENOWNED ARTIST GIFTS PAINTING TO QMU
FIRST MINISTER VISITS QMU
The internationally renowned painter, John Bellany, has gifted a wonderful seascape painting to QMU to mark the university’s relocation to his home county. Born and bred in Port Seton, East Lothian, John Bellany was, this summer, awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by QMU in recognition of his significant contribution to the creative arts. Influenced by his East Lothian upbringing, much of Bellany’s earlier work depicted the harshness and struggles faced by the local fishing community – the sea, the rituals and superstitions of fishing, and the frail wooden boats which fishermen used to scrape a livelihood. In recent years, his work has taken a more optimistic turn with many of his paintings reflecting the more joyous side of life. The painting titled ‘Cockenzie’ demonstrates Bellany’s well known use of bright colours, and of local people set against the backdrop of the Firth of Forth. Rosalyn Marshall, Vice Principal at QMU, said: “The vibrant, bold and colourful painting, Cockenzie, is a wonderful and generous gift to Queen Margaret University from a much loved and internationally recognised local artist. The painting has been given a prominent position in the university where it can inspire future generations of students and be admired by staff and visitors, particularly those from the East Lothian community.”
From left to right: Dr Petra Wend, First Minister and Rosalyn Marshall
The first minister, Alex Salmond, visited QMU’s new campus for the first time in September. The focus of Mr Salmond’s visit was to take part in a meeting of the Council of Economic Advisers which was being held at QMU. However, the meeting presented an opportunity for new Principal, Dr Petra Wend and Vice Principal, Rosalyn Marshall, to meet the First Minister and Council representatives and give them an insight into the work of QMU.
EDUCATION MINISTER TOURS QMU
PRINCIPAL’S SHOWCASE To mark the retirement of Professor Anthony Cohen, QMU’s former Principal, researchers and departments from across the university held an interactive showcase of their work. The event attracted a wide selection of public and private sectors representatives all keen to learn more about the work of QMU. The event proved to be an excellent way of communicating the social relevance of QMU’s work.
RESEARCH HELPS IMPROVE POLICING IN SCOTLAND Researchers from QMU’s School of Business, Enterprise and Management carried out a major study of the quality of service offered by Strathclyde Police. The study, which analysed the views of over 900 people who had been in touch with the police service earlier this year, will help Strathclyde Police report the levels of satisfaction with the service and consider improvements for the future. The QMU team worked in collaboration with a Senior Lecturer in Strathclyde University's Department of Marketing to conduct the study. This is the third time Strathclyde Police has commissioned the researchers to conduct a service quality study. This work is a good example of how QMU’s research is shaping policy and practice.
OFF THE RECORD Fiona Hyslop meets lecturers Scottie Anderson and Polly Lister, and Costume Design & Construction student, Nikita Tavares, from QMU’s School of Drama
Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning also made a special visit to QMU in September. She spent a morning meeting staff and touring departments learning about the relevant, practical focus of QMU’s research and teaching, and the university’s commitment to sustainability.
A team of QMU students won a national newspaper marketing competition for their work in developing an impressive marketing strategy. Their aim was to get as many people as possible to register their details on a website to win £1,000 towards their student loan. QMU’s team ‘Off the Record’ won a trip to New York to visit a high profile news corporation as well as work placements at News International in Glasgow.
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DR PETRA WEND TAKES UP POSITION AS QMU’S NEW PRINCIPAL
Dr Petra Wend took up her new position as Principal and Vice Chancellor of Queen Margaret University in September 2009, following the retirement of Professor Anthony Cohen. Dr Wend is a strategic thinker with an international perspective and a keen eye on the social horizon. Fluent in five languages, she has worked consistently throughout her career as an academic to cross borders, geographically and socially, in order to realise the full potential of institutions she has been associated with and individuals within them. This driving force is determining her approach now that she has taken over the reins at QMU. Dr Wend takes up the post of QMU’s new Principal from her position as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Deputy Chief Executive at Oxford Brookes University. She has most recently been on secondment to London Metropolitan University, working with the Executive Group on a number of strategic projects and developments a relationship, she says, that has been highly productive, especially in the context of the university working under extreme financial duress. Her views on social exclusion have been shaped by her own personal experience. Born and raised in Germany, Petra Wend (pronounced ‘Vent’) was given her first break by a primary school teacher who managed to persuade her parents that she had potential. Both Dr Wend and her brother consequently became
the first generation in her family to attend university. “If it hadn’t been for that primary school teacher it would not have occurred to my parents to encourage me. I have had first hand experience of social exclusion and throughout my career I have always encouraged those around me to explore opportunities that may not at first have seemed open to them”, she says. “My brother is now a politician and I have enjoyed an extremely rewarding academic career. I felt the benefit of people believing in me and I am grateful for their support. At QMU I intend to build on the good work already being undertaken to widen access to the university, and in particular I hope to further strengthen links, not only with secondary, but also with primary schools. QMU is fortunate to have a strong Performing Arts capability which is an excellent vehicle for community work. As the Mussel-In project has already shown, drama is accessible and very visible.” Dr Wend combined her view of a borderless society and open access when she won a place on a competitive leadership programme at Harvard University for global women leaders. Recognising that women have very different negotiating styles from their male counterparts, the programme brought together a cross section of women from all walks of life to develop business models in an academic environment.
Dr Wend is ‘enormously impressed’ with the good work she has seen at QMU and with the themes of collaboration and relevance that have driven its progress to date. The university, she says, is well placed to contribute to government initiatives for integrated health and social care workforces through cross-disciplinary education, encompassing, for example, speech, health and psychology, which adds value to people’s lives. “The academic offering will determine our future strategy and financial sustainability will follow. My aim will be convergence of academic and economic agendas. Our success will come from identifying those academic strengths and marrying them with financial opportunities.” Not rocket science perhaps, but Dr Wend describes herself as a strategic manager first and foremost, and her focus on potential third stream income that will result from excellent research is undoubtedly a vision that will be realised. “I am very driven and believe that things can always be made better by hard work. I don’t give up. QMU has everything it needs to move up the league tables, and we will see that it does. We will work with the Scottish Funding Council, other universities and commercial partners to achieve the best result financially and academically.”
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She describes herself as a ‘European’. After graduating from Münster University with a degree in Italian and French Language and Literature and Education Dr Wend lived in Bologna while undertaking research and also enjoyed a brief spell as a windsurfing instructor in Spain before eventually moving to the UK to complete her PhD research. She was awarded a PhD in Italian Language and Literature for her work on The Female Voice: Lyrical Expression in the writings of Five Italian Renaissance Poets.
On her vision for QMU’s future global approach Dr Wend is clear, “A proactive approach and strategic partnerships will be key to QMU’s future success internationally. More is not always better and our focus will be on evaluating the quality of our partnerships and the student intake. In addition, I believe there is an opportunity to attract European students, in particular, who have great potential to enrich the university academically.”
On a personal note, Dr Wend is a passionate artist and managed to fund some of her studies by selling her paintings. She loves Italy, sport, keeping fit and, as a keen supporter of Arsenal football club, attends all home games with her family.
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QMU PROVIDES £77 MILLION BOOST TO THE ECONOMY
A new study by the University of Strathclyde reveals QMU’s relocation to a new campus in East Lothian has brought significant benefits to the local economy. The study, which was commissioned by East Lothian Council and the university, concluded that QMU is worth £77 million to the UK economy, with the majority accruing in Scottish industries and a significant proportion likely to benefit East Lothian. The report also reveals that every £1 million of university spend generates four new jobs outside the university and a further impact of £380,000 in East Lothian, another £830,000 and seven jobs in the rest of Scotland plus a further £280,000 and three jobs outside Scotland in the rest of the UK.
Commenting on the report QMU Vice Principal, Rosalyn Marshall, said: “As well as the immediate economic benefits we are pleased that we have been able to bring longer term benefits to the community and assist the council in achieving its strategic priorities. Twenty eight percent of our students come from outside Scotland and this report shows that they bring with them off-campus spending power of £11 million, in addition boosting tourism and raising the profile of the region in the UK and abroad. Facilities and services, such as sports facilities and podiatry clinics, are open to the community and the presence of a higher education institution in East Lothian has provided many business, social and personal development opportunities to the area.”
QMU relocated to its new award winning campus in East Lothian from a scattered Edinburgh estate in 2007. There are over 450 full-time equivalent direct employees at QMU, and the study estimates that the university generates an additional 466 new jobs in Scotland, including 138 in East Lothian alone. The university now represents 3% of all East Lothian employment.
THE COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE Councillor Paul McLennan, East Lothian Council’s economic development spokesman said: “The Council is pleased that having fully supported QMU’s move to East Lothian and welcomed it as our first institute of higher education, the university is making a significant impact on the local economy and equally important, has become a valued member of the local community. The Council will work closely in partnership with QMU in the future to ensure that this early success continues.” Gregor Murray, Executive Director of Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce, commented: “These impressive statistics underline QMU’s substantial value to this region as well as further afield. The university’s move to East Lothian
has proved a welcome boost for the local community. The Chamber of Commerce looks forward to working closely with it to further develop the already fruitful relationship between the university and local businesses.” Tim Cocking of Edinburgh based property lettings agency JVR Properties, which opened a second branch in Musselburgh in 2008, is optimistic about the future impact of the university on the business:
“We are confident we will see a gradual increase in student lettings over the next two to three years as the mindset of students gradually changes in favour of living in Musselburgh, rather than commuting from Edinburgh. Canny investment landlords are also eyeing up the possibilities here, as the performance of the East Lothian rental market is set to improve further.”
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TOP SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS MAKE EVERYONE GREEN
GREEN GOWN AWARD QMU picked up a top award for sustainability at a gala event in London in June, and was highly commended in a second award category, for sustainable construction. Vice Principal, Rosalyn Marshall, Estates Director, Steve Scott and Information Services Director, Fraser Muir picked up the prestigious Green Gown award for ICT which recognises the growing environmental importance of computer technology within further and higher education. QMU’s new campus was the largest scale project shortlisted in the sustainable construction category with the highest BREEAM score, the globally recognised measure of the environmental impact of buildings. The Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK to become more sustainable. The Awards are administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), the sector champion for environment and sustainability, and governed by a cross agency steering group of sector support agencies. QMU’s new campus has become a national showcase for the benefits of sustainable development in higher education. Innovative ICT, centred on a ‘thin client’ infrastructure, has been fundamental in delivering the exemplar energy and environmental performance ratings of the new campus. With thin-client, users do not have hard drives at their desks. Instead, processing is performed on central servers and users have a low-power terminal. This technology minimises heat generation, reducing the need for ventilation. Consequently, the building design requires minimal air conditioning and mechanical ventilation.
The QMU team celebrates at the Green Gown Awards. Left to right: Steve Scott (QMU); presenter, Kate Humble; Stephen Blowers (Dyer Architects); Rosalyn Marshall (QMU); Fraser Muir (QMU); Dr Malcolm Read (JISC)
GREEN APPLE AWARD QMU gained even more international recognition of its environmentally sustainable new campus when it was presented with yet another award in June - a Green Apple. The Green Apple trophies are awarded annually in recognition of building projects that enhance the built environment and/or protect our architectural heritage. QMU was presented with a silver award in the International Green Apple Award 2009 for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage. The S
Steve Scott, Director of Estates, was presented with the trophy on behalf of the university by Kate O’Mara, star of stage and screen and a keen environmentalist, at a ceremony in London. The Green Apple Awards campaign is run by The Green Organisation, an independent non-political, non-profit organisation that recognises, rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world.
QMU’S CAMPUS – AN EXEMPLAR CASE OF SUSTAINABLE DESIGN A new report by the Scottish Funding Council features QMU’s campus as an exemplar case of sustainable design. SFC’s ‘Building Knowledge: Investing in the Infrastructure of Scotland’s Universities’ report demonstrates the role of estates investment in enhancing the success of the Scottish higher education sector. It centres around a number of case studies including the new QMU campus. The report describes how QMU’s new campus takes account of the importance of student-centred learning and the need for learning to be a social activity. It shows how the open-plan design promotes multidisciplinary teamwork and interaction as well as making sense in terms of sustainability. It also highlights the impact of the green travel plan, which has reduced the proportion of staff and students accessing the university by car from 50 percent to 30 percent.
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Professional voice users, such as teachers, lecturers and call centre workers, are set to benefit from pioneering voice research conducted by specialists at QMU. Increasing evidence shows that people who rely on their voices for work are at risk of developing voice problems. Time off work due to voice stress and strain costs the UK economy £200 million each year and has a detrimental impact on the education profession and businesses which rely on a large percentage of their workforce using the voices consistently throughout the working day. QMU researchers are aiming to find a quick, easy way of identifying problems before they become serious enough to require medical treatment and to develop appropriate advice which will allow people to protect their voice. The research team has been establishing the extent of voice problems reported by primary and secondary school teachers in Musselburgh. Dr Janet Beck, researcher on the Fitvoice project, explained: “We already know that up to 80% of teachers experience voice problems and one in five have taken time off due to voice problems in any given year. Our experience has shown that in order for any method of voice protection to be effective, people need individualised advice at regular intervals.” The team has devised software which can be used on the Apple iPhone and
iPod Touch, and a trial service will be offered to teachers early next year. The software allows regular voice monitoring, including audio recordings and selfreports of voice state (eg whether the throat is tight, painful or aching, or whether the voice sounds better or worse than usual). The new technology enables this data to be transmitted via the internet to a database which is accessible by the voice researchers. The researchers can then monitor the voices and provide ongoing personal feedback and advice to teachers as to how to protect their voice or at what point to seek specialist medical care.
Felix Schaeffler, researcher on the project, said: “The aim of the research and of the new technology is to help professional voice users to work effectively and to reduce both short and long term voice problems.” He concluded: “The Fitvoice project has the potential to have a positive impact on professional voice users across various professions and businesses, with significant possibilities for the call centre industry.” Fitvoice is an excellent example of QMU’s socially relevant research and fits with its philosophy of improving quality of life.
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DOES ‘PLAY@HOME’ MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
QMU researchers are involved in the evaluation of a project which encourages parents to play with their children. The first seven years of a child’s life are the most influential for their overall development. In Scotland over 25% of boys and over 30% of girls are not active enough. Responding to the worrying fact that Scottish children are becoming more sedentary and are the third most obese in Europe, 10 years ago, Fife Council and NHS Fife launched the play@home scheme which encourages parents to play and interact more with their children. The scheme, which is perceived as a example of best practice, aims to improve bonding and communication between parent and child and to encourage greater levels of physical activity in pre-school children. Play@home is based on a series of three books, each of which is suitable for a particular stage of child development – baby, toddler and pre-school. The books are given to parents to encourage them to play, interact, have fun and engage in physical games with their children. Supported by the Scottish Government, the project, in the last year, has been rolled out to other Scottish regions. As part of the scheme’s ongoing development QMU received a £150,000 grant from NHS Health Scotland to evaluate what influence it is having on pre-school children and also whether the scheme is meeting its initial aims.
The interdisciplinary evaluation project brings together researchers from the specialism of physiotherapy and the Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research at QMU. To evaluate the outcome of the play@home scheme, exercise science specialist Professor Tom Mercer, along with Abi Fisher and Jane Hislop, developed an evaluation framework which would assess achievement of the objectives of pre-school physical activity. The evaluation research will compare the outcomes of the play@home scheme in Fife, where it has been in operational for some time, to the Forth Valley area which currently does not have the scheme. It aims to focus on three age groups – four months, 24 months and 42 months, over a nine month period. Andrew Grainger, researcher on the project, explains: “Currently it is recommended that children should get 60 minutes of daily physical activity. In the older children’s age group we are using an Accelerometer, a device which is attached to the child’s waist, which measures the amount and pattern of their daily physical activity over a seven day period.” An ‘Ages and Stages’ questionnaire also allows parents to feedback to the researchers what their children can do in relation to movement, communication and problem-solving. Andrew Grainger continued: “To date there has been a lack of data which has
objectively evaluated physical activity in pre-school children across Scotland. This research will give a much needed insight into the relationship between parent and child as well as evidence of the amount and pattern of physical activity of pre-school children in different locations throughout Scotland.” Professor Tom Mercer concluded: “The project will provide solid evidence of the success of the play@home scheme which will shape the future development of the scheme. It is also an excellent example of QMU’s research which is dedicated to improving quality of life and building the evidence-base for policy and practice development.”
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RESEARCH IDENTIFIES HOW FOOTBALL CHANGES LIVES We all know that physical activity and team sports are beneficial for our health and wellbeing, but do they really change lives, enhance communities and improve society as a whole? Social researchers at QMU are working with the inspirational organisation, Street Soccer Scotland to identify how the lives of many homeless people can be turned around by playing football. Street Soccer Scotland is a social enterprise which aims to use sport to tackle social exclusion and improve the lives of a range of socially disadvantaged groups. Its goal is to enhance the life of each of the individual participants in the programme while simultaneously benefiting the wider community. The organisation believes that football has the power to dramatically change people’s lives for the better. But how powerful is it, can it really change lives and how long for? And importantly, can they prove it? David Duke, an experienced community worker and founder of Street Soccer Scotland saw a need for positive change amongst some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities. Having been homeless himself after a series of personal difficulties in 2003, David’s been there and knows what it feels like to be excluded from society. David believes that by involving participants in regular grass roots football, coaching and mentoring, people who may be affected by homelessness, dependency issues or
mental health problems, are able to gain a fundamental source of purpose, motivation and pride. This, in turn, can positively impact on the community. Having played in the 2004 Homeless World Cup (HWC), David rediscovered his love of football but also his ability to positively influence people’s lives. His eventual role as Manager of the Scottish Homeless World Cup team confirmed the unquestionable impact which football had on individuals. Following the 2007 Homeless World Cup in Copenhagen, the social impact report showed that 93% of all players had found a new motivation in life, 83% experienced improved social relations, 73% significantly changed their lives, 29% found work, 32% had gone into education and over 25% had addressed a drug or alcohol problem.
He explained: “Street Soccer helps people to acquire the skills of team work. It also allows them to get used to success and failure, introduces discipline and a framework for living – getting up at a certain time, attending training sessions, abiding by rules – as well as responsibility for yourself and others. These are all necessary skills and disciplines for a successful life.” Discussing the role of the university research team, he said: “We are providing Street Soccer Scotland with an independent, robust framework to evaluate what they do. This will allow them to confidently demonstrate the value of their work by being able to measure the impact which the project has on people’s lives. Importantly the framework has been designed to apply to street soccer projects world wide.”
With offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and state-of-the art pitches in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Hamilton (provided free by PowerLeague), Street Soccer Scotland is spreading its influence to an increasingly wider population. But in order to expand and develop, organisations need funding and for this they need proof that their work produces tangible results.
Pilot work carried out by Fiona O'May, researcher on the project, has certainly shown positive changes in the lives of the 2008 Scottish team members. Following the World Cup tournament in Melbourne, in December 2008, the majority are now employed, all those who went through drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation are still abstinent, one has joined the army, and another has started a college course.
Professor Alan Gilloran, Vice Principal at QMU, is leading the research project. A social scientist himself he is particularly interested in the health education aspect of the project and how this assists people to find alternative lifestyles to the drugs and alcohol culture.
Fiona attended the 2009 HWC tournament in Milan in September, and saw first hand the impact that participation in such an event can have on disadvantaged people from all over the world. She accompanied HWC Foundation staff providing monitoring
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and evaluation training, as part of the evaluation framework, to team coaches and project workers from several countries. She also conducted volunteer and spectator surveys, building on work conducted at the Melbourne HWC by researchers from LaTrobe University, with whom the QMU research team are collaborating. David Duke has also evolved with the project – playing for Scotland in the 2004 HWC, becoming Assistant Manager of the team, coaching the Scotland team in 2006 and leading Scotland to become 2007 World Champions in Copenhagen, and to the semi finals in Melbourne 2008. “David brings with him solid experience as a football player, coach, manager, and youth worker along with his personal experience of homelessness”, said Professor Gilloran. “He is truly inspirational and his dedication to and vision for the project is the reason that is so successful.” He concluded: “David’s work in aiming to change the lives of some of society’s most deprived people for the better fits well with QMU’s philosophy of enhancing quality of life. We are sure that future research and evaluation carried out by QMU will provide Street Soccer Scotland with a strong platform to expand their work for the benefit of all communities across Scotland.”
The Scotland team in Milan
Case study John is 37 years old and lives in the west of Scotland. He grew up on a housing estate, where he saw young men selling drugs, and living well on the proceeds. Attracted by this, he drifted into a life of violence and crime, experiencing long-term drug and alcohol problems, which ultimately led to several periods of incarceration, totalling approximately 15 years of his life. During this time, he was not in touch with his daughter. Following his last release from prison, and having returned to his old lifestyle, John decided that he had to change his life drastically. He entered a drug rehabilitation project and whilst there, played street football through Jericho House and Street Soccer/Homeless World Cup, and attended the trials for the Homeless World Cup 2008, for which he was picked. Whilst in prison, he achieved qualifications as a physical
fitness trainer, and was passionate about training for the HWC. Six months after the tournament, John became a fully qualified personal trainer, working in the gym where he was training. He has his own flat and has built a close relationship with his daughter. He has gained community respect, including from police who used to arrest him. John remains alcohol and drug free, attends and facilitates Narcotic Anonymous meetings regularly, and also supports and encourages other people to attend. John said: "Through getting picked for the HWC team, to represent Scotland – it made me see that my life is worth living. It’s changed my whole way of thinking. It let me see that people did think I was something, that I meant something, that I could be something. People believed in me.”
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2KT, TRANSFERRING KNOWLEDGE TO INDUSTRY The university project which is helping businesses reach their potential
In the current economic climate most businesses could do with a little bit of expert support and guidance, never mind a cash injection. The much needed expertise necessary to take a business to the next level can often be found within QMU, along with funding. 2kT, a collaboration between QMU and Edinburgh Napier, aims to increase university links with small and medium sizes enterprises across Scotland. The special project, which has been operational for two years, focuses on creating partnerships which boost knowledge transfer between academics and businesses. The highly successful 2kT project pulls on the expertise of 1000 academic staff across both universities, to support small and medium sizes enterprises in the development of products, processes and service innovations. Neil Bowering, Head of 2kT, explained: “Now, more than ever, educational institutions have an important role to play in supporting the future of Scottish business. 2kT provides much needed dedicated support, enabling effective translation of academic knowledge and ensuring the effective partnership can be formed in the development of new products or services. 2kT can provide expert help and advice to businesses across a broad spectrum of specialist areas and can also offer assistance with accessing funding for specific projects.”
2kT is made up of a team of Business Development Managers aligned to Scotland’s key sectors including tourism, food and drink and the creative industries. These managers can provide a range of information, advice and support including access to finance through specific funding schemes such as the 2kT Innovation Fund. This fund can provide businesses with up to £5000 to underwrite the costs of bringing an academic on board to help develop a specific project. Neil continued: “Businesses can reap rewards from a fresh approach. Often smaller companies just need a new perspective on their challenges. Many companies just don’t have enough staff to be experts in all areas of the business and it can be immensely helpful to have an individual who is dedicating their time, energy and expertise to a specific area of the business.” Since 2007, 2kT has supported over 312 businesses across a range of sectors and the knowledge provided has enabled over 50 businesses to undertake innovative projects with either QMU or Edinburgh Napier. These projects represent an investment in research and technology development made by SMEs of over £650,000 with an additional £1 million plus funding attracted from other external project funders. Martin Simpson, Director of Deeside Springwater, said: “Working with 2kT’s expert staff has allowed us to assess
what kind of future studies we might want to undertake to provide additional substantiating data on the positive health effects of Deeside Mineral Water.”
Some examples of projects undertaken by QMU staff via 2kT include: The Gathering 2009 Consultancy with experts in tourism and events to provide the organisers of The Gathering 2009 with an in-depth understanding of their target audience and their marketing motivations. Belhaven Fruit Farm Developing a successful marketing strategy tying together re-branding and re-positioning and new product development and analysis. Local Information Vending Assistance in the development of a concept enabling foreign tourists to receive information about places of interest in their native language, using mobile phone and MP3 technology. If your business could benefit from some additional expertise or funding please don’t hesitate to get in touch and chat through the possibilities. Contact Neil Bowering on M: 07511 910 724 to
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PODIATRY CLINICS AT QMU
As healthcare specialists, QMU runs a variety of clinics from its new campus. Below are details of the private 121 podiatry clinic as well as the teaching clinics. 121 PODIATRY Aside from podiatry clinics which involve students and are run during term time, QMU also has a private clinic called ‘121 Podiatry’ which has been operational for nearly a year. The clinic, which operates as a part-time practice, is run by the university’s podiatry lecturers, John Veto and Colin Thomson. Servicing the local community in the evenings and occasionally during the day, it offers a whole range of podiatric care including routine nail and skin care, biomechanical assessment including gait analysis biomechanics, provision of orthosis, steroid injection therapy for joint pain and nail surgery for ingrown toenails. John Veto explained: “The 121 Podiatry clinic probably has the best podiatry facilities in Edinburgh. The gait analysis lab and theatre suite offer patients a modern purpose built environment which surpasses any facilities available at general podiatry clinics.” The clinic is run by practitioners with a wide range of experience in dealing with routine and complex foot problems. Its
services come highly recommended by Michelle Donaldson from Fife.
STUDENT PODIATRY CLINICS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Michelle was experiencing severe pain on the heel of her foot. She said: “I was amazed to receive a diagnoses in minutes of my consultation and it was a relief to know what the problem was and that it was easily treatable. The podiatrist taped the foot to create more of an arch. They then showed me how to do the taping myself so that I didn’t have to keep returning to the clinic. I wore the strapping for four weeks and the pain disappeared. If the pain reoccurs in the future I am able to deal with the problem easily. The care I received at the 121 Podiatry clinic was exceptional. The service was efficient, the treatment was effective and the podiatrist quickly alleviated my fears about my injury.”
Students on the BSc Podiatry course have the opportunity to hone their practical skills by treating patients from the general public in a variety of clinics. The students work is conducted under the supervision of experienced staff.
121 Podiatry is a private clinic and patients are able to use their private healthcare or can pay at the time of treatment. An initial consultation and assessment costs between £25 and £40 depending on the nature of the problem. To find out more visit the clinic website www.121podiatry.com or call John Veto on M: 07748444846 and Colin Thomson on M: 07908458789.
Aside from the excellent facilities that exist at QMU’s campus, teaching clinics are also available in Leith. Three clinics exist: Nail Clinic – assesses and manages nail problems such as ingrown toe nails. It is situated on campus and held on Thursdays, throughout term time only. Biomechanics Clinic – deals with the assessment and treatment of lower limb problems. This is held on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1.30pm during term-time. Community Clinic - routine podiatry is offered at the clinic. This joint initiative is organised in conjunction with NHS Lothian. Available Monday - Friday, during term-time. Held at Inchkeith House on Leith Walk, Edinburgh. For appointments at our community clinic T: 0131 537 4550. Before booking an initial appointment, you will be required to fill-in a short form, available from any of the clinics, to ensure that you attend the correct resource. There is currently no charge for patients attending these teaching clinics as it provides invaluable clinical experience for students. For more information contact: John Veto, Lecturer in Podiatry, or Mary Gray, Clinic Administrator, T: 0131 474 0000.
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Coloured windows at QMU. Original image flipped twelve times.
Artic Tern sculpture at the Sea Bird Centre, North Berwick. Original image flipped four times.
FIRST PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION OPENED EYES TO EAST LOTHIAN The first public photographic exhibition ever to be held at QMU’s new campus helped shed new light on architecture within East Lothian. 'Kaleidoscope: An Optical View of East Lothian Architecture' showcased the work of Edinburgh photographer, Dougie Barnett. The exhibition was generously supported by East Lothian Council as part of its Homecoming Scotland programme. Dougie’s photographs portrayed a variety of East Lothian buildings in a completely new light – using optical art, he transformed the original look of a building into a modern spectacle which intrigued and challenged the viewer. The photographs were printed large scale and on display in various locations throughout the university. Lynne Russell, QMU’s Press and PR Officer, said: “Dougie’s work helped to raise awareness of some of the fascinating buildings which are scattered throughout East Lothian. The positive feedback received from guests who attended some of our private viewings confirmed that the exhibition had encouraged people to go exploring within the county, to seek out some of the lesser known architectural gems as well as viewing some of the public buildings through fresh eyes.”
HOMECOMING FINALE QMU’S Homecoming celebrations came to a close with a day to be remembered on 28th November. ‘A celebration of all things Scottish’ - a day of free fun, interactive and informative activities celebrating Scottish culture - was generously supported by East Lothian Council. An illustrated lecture on tartan in film, poetry writing workshop, Masterchef session and a student photography exhibition were just some of the many activities which kept everyone intrigued and entertained. However, the highlight of the event was the
St Andrew’s Night dinner and ceilidh which was concluded with a spectacular firework display.
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CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF DISTRICT NURSING This year QMU joined in the celebrations of the Queen’s Nursing Institute and the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) to mark 150 years of District Nursing. Links between QNIS and QMU date back to the late 19th century when Miss Guthrie Wright, one of Queen Margaret’s founders, served as the first honorary secretary to QNIS. Nursing has a long history at QMU starting with the education of the Princess Louise’s Children’s Nurses at Atholl Crescent. It is one of the original subject areas which led to the creation of QMU as we know it today. To mark the occasion, QMU hosted a celebration of District Nursing in September. The event presented an excellent opportunity for people to meet nurses from all generations and for QMU to inform guests of its vision for future development in nursing. The event, which took place at QMU, gave guests the opportunity to tour the new campus, view the Nursing Clinical Simulation Suite and explore an exhibition of work developed by current nursing students at QMU.
District nurses and invited guests enjoying their evening.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY PROFESSORIAL LECTURES Each year QMU organises a number of professorial lectures which highlight some of the university's specialist subject areas and give an insight into academic research. These events are free and are open to the public. If you are interested in attending any of these events please contact Sarah Whigham, Events Manager, to book your place. E: firstname.lastname@example.org or T: 0131 474 0000. All of the professorial lectures below will take place at QMU, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6UU. More details about each of these lectures can be found on the QMU website. Who: Professor Isobel Davidson Professor of Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences What: Peripheral Regulation of Food Intake: Providing a Sense of Proportion or Just a Gut Feeling? When: Tuesday 26th January 2010 ............................. Who: Professor Joe Goldblatt Director of the International Centre for the Study of Planned Events at QMU What: Planned Events and The Next Enlightenment When: Tuesday 9th March 2010 .............................
Who: Professor Kirsty Forsyth Professor of Health Sciences What: Transnational Scholarship - A Way Forward When: Monday 3rd May 2010
OPEN EVENING What: Postgraduate Open Evening This informal event allows you to drop in at a time that suits you. It’s suitable for anyone interested in finding out more about: N studying at postgraduate level; N research degree opportunities; N enhancing career prospects by achieving a postgraduate qualification; N updating and further developing personal skills and knowledge. When: Wednesday 28th April 2010, 5.30pm - 7.30pm Where: QMU For any enquiries about the postgraduate open evening contact: Admissions T: 0131 474 0000 E: email@example.com Further details will be posted on the QMU website nearer to the event.
REUNION WEEKEND Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June 2010. See page 22 for more details.
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UNIVERSITY COLLABORATION CREATES SCOTLAND’S FIRST FESTIVALS’ STUDY TOUR A unique partnership between QMU and an American university has created Scotland’s first ever international festivals’ study tour for undergraduate students.
conducting feedback surveys with international visitors at The Gathering 2009, these students experienced more in a month than many people experience in a life time”, said Professor Goldblatt.
QMU’s events specialists joined forces with a theatre professional from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas to develop the International Festivals’ Experience Study Tour (I-FEST). The new venture brought undergraduate American business and theatre students to Edinburgh in July and August to experience the city’s rich theatre culture.
Sheila Gordon, Professor of Acting and Voice at St Edwards University, explained: “We can give students the theory but there is nothing like learning in a live environment and Edinburgh has it all. The partnership brings together students from different academic backgrounds – business and drama. The students not only learn from each other but experience all of the elements that go into creating a festival and making a theatre performance at the Fringe work – planning, producing, managing, publicity, administration and audience gathering.”
Professor Joe Goldblatt, Director of the Centre for the Study of Planned Events at QMU, lead the project on the UK side and is also an American himself. He explained: “We all know that Americans like to do things big, but there is still little to match the variety of festivals that Edinburgh has to offer, particularly during this year’s Homecoming. Based at QMU for a month the American students experienced The Gathering, the Mela, the Book Festival, and the Fringe as well as the International Edinburgh Festival. “With backstage tours of the Festival Theatre, the opportunity to promote a real Fringe performance and a live role in
Professor Goldblatt concluded: “This was an outstanding opportunity for students to gain multiple skills and experience Scotland’s impressive festival culture. We now intend this tour to become an annual event, and in the future, we hope to develop a programme that will allow QMU students to visit Austin, Texas where they can experience South By Southwest, one of the world’s most significant international music festivals.”
Celtic drummer performing at the Edinburgh Festival
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE COURSE LAUNCHES IN SINGAPORE
QMU is extending its profile and influence within the Singapore healthcare profession through the development of the first face-to-face nursing top-up degree. QMU nursing specialists have been working alongside the university’s partner institution in Singapore, East Asia Institute of Management, to assist qualified nurses in Singapore to top up their diploma to degree level. Dr Lindesay Irvine, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, explained: “This move will result in assisting the Singapore Government’s aim of an all-graduate nursing profession by 2015. “Currently the majority of top-up degrees in Singapore are conducted by distance learning with Australian universities. However, QMU’s programme is parttime face-to-face delivery which offers students the opportunity to share, discuss and debate healthcare issues and receive support from experienced nursing lecturers. Dr Irvine concluded: “This is a big step forward for the nursing profession in Singapore. We are delighted that the programme has received Singapore Nursing Board accreditation and that it is benefitting from having a very experienced programme leader in Mrs Theresa Cheong.”
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US PHILANTHROPISTS SET WHEELS IN MOTION AT QMU An American couple, who made their fortune in the wheel and tyre business, received honorary degrees in recognition of their philanthropic deeds.
Bruce and Diane Halle at the plaque unveilling of QMU’s large lecture theatre
In a unique graduation ceremony held in June, QMU paid tribute to the entrepreneurial couple, Diane and Bruce Halle. Staff, students and guests from the East Lothian community were invited to take part in what was a unique and intimate graduation ceremony – the first ever to take place at the university’s new campus. The event afforded guests a one-off opportunity to hear from two world class entrepreneurs, Bruce Halle and Sir Tom Farmer, QMU’s Chancellor. Bruce Halle established the Discount Tire Company nearly fifty years ago. The Company is now America’s largest independent tyre and wheel retailer, with over 750 stores, three national distribution centres, and 12,000 employees in 23 regions throughout the US. Guests were treated to an inspirational talk by Bruce Halle who described his early efforts to develop his business from scratch – at a time when he was deep in debt and only had a handful of nuts, bolts, a wheel trim and a used tyre – to the present day which now sees his company generate $2.5 billion in annual sales. Rosalyn Marshall, Vice Principal, explained: “Bruce Halle’s personal philosophy of closely involving the local community with his businesses mirrors this university’s wish to contribute in every appropriate way to our new East Lothian community. Bruce and his wife,
Bruce Halle addresses the audience
Diane, have an extraordinary record of selfless philanthropy, with particular interests in healthcare, education and the visual arts.” As President of the Halle Foundation, Diane Halle's charitable objectives are to provide grants to organisations and causes which will enhance the quality of individual lives. Rosalyn Marshall confirmed: “The Halle’s philanthropic activities precisely matches QMU's mission and we were therefore
Diane and Bruce Halle
delighted to award this inspirational couple with honorary degrees during this very special ceremony.” In recognition of a generous donation to QMU, the couple’s philanthropic lifestyle and their business success, QMU officially named the 250 seat lecture theatre after Mr and Mrs Halle.
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SUPPORTING QMU SUPPORT QMU STAFF AND STUDENTS There are many ways in which graduates and friends of QMU can support the university and get involved in university life. Share your Professional Experiences As recent QMU graduates currently face a difficult time in the jobs market, the professional experiences, contacts and advice of other graduates in employment are invaluable. Many universities are appealing to their alumni to share their knowledge and pass on advice on the recruitment and selection process in their particular field in order to improve graduates’ chances of employment. Several graduates have already been generous enough to give up their time to speak to students. If you feel that you would be able to help, please contact Fiona Boyle, Employability Co-ordinator in the Centre for Academic Practice, E: firstname.lastname@example.org Gifts in Kind QMU has recently received two very different donations. On his retiral, Professor Martin Eastwood, a consultant physician in Gastroenterology in the NHS based at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh made a significant donation of books to the department of Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences in recognition of the regard in which the university is held. Professor Eastwood believes that nutrition is a key science in healthy living and has a long standing research interest in the beneficial effects of dietary fibre. The second donation was a chest phantom, used by students in Radiography when practicing their clinical skills. Both donations are valuable additions to the departments’ learning and teaching resources, saving the university considerable expenditure for which we are extremely grateful.
NURSING CLINICAL SIMULATION SUITE AUDIOVISUAL SYSTEMS APPEAL Clinical Simulation Suite
The Nursing Clinical Simulation Suite is a purpose built, state-of-the-art facility designed to ensure QM nursing students receive the best and most up-to-date learning experience possible. It is a flexible resource which can be adapted to simulate a range of healthcare settings: home, rehabilitation, hospital, high dependency. Using models, computerised patient simulators and volunteers from the local community acting as patients, a realistic environment is created allowing students to practice and develop their clinical skills in a safe and controlled environment, building up their confidence and proficiency. In order to to keep our place as a leading provider of nursing education in Scotland, we are now planning to install a new audiovisual system which has been developed for the teaching and assessment of all clinical skills, foundation and advanced.
A student practices clinical skills
Remote controlled, networkable cameras will be installed at each bed in the Suite to record simulation exercises for later evaluation or for videostreaming in real time and can be shown in lecture theatres on or off campus by simply linking a computer system. The system is operated from a control room where lecturers will be able to observe the students remotely, thus reducing the effect of performance anxiety and helping students to develop problem solving and leadership skills. QMU Nursing staff have identified the audiovisual system as a key addition to the existing healthcare teaching facilities and have launched an appeal to fund the £52,000 equipment. Donations are coming in but all contributions would be very gratefully received. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Development Office on T: 0131 474 0000.
Lecturers can observe students from the audiovisual system control room
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SUPPORTING STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEERING SUPPORTING STUDENTS TO HELP OTHERS Being a student today isn’t easy and many are under financial pressure to balance academic work with paid employment. However, students are still strongly encouraged to make the most of their time at QMU, to develop personal skills, broaden their work and life experiences and maximise their talents not just for their own benefit and ultimately their employability but also for the benefit of the wider local and international communities. The Student Fund is one way to help students fulfil their potential and offer opportunities that might not otherwise be available. Grants are given to support student led projects, initiatives and activities that have a positive benefit to the student, university and wider community. On behalf of all the students who have benefitted from this fund, we would like to thank all our donors for their support and we hope the Fund will continue to benefit as many as possible. Volunteering is a key part of many students’ lives at QMU. Students offer their services to a wide range of organisations both in the UK and across the world and their experiences are rich and varied. The university promotes local volunteering options through the oncampus JobShop and its links with East Lothian Volunteers. QMU is joint leading a pilot project with the Open University entitled Scottish High Education Employability Network project ‘WorkRelated Learning in the voluntary sector’ which aims to facilitate links with the voluntary sector, providing opportunities for students across Scotland to gain experience with organisations such as the Samaritans while also highlighting the voluntary sector as a graduate career.
Rio voluteering in Malawi
The Students Union, under the presidential team of Rio Floreza (President) and Andrew/Rusty McClean (Vice-President) have enthusiastically taken Volunteering as a key theme of the SU’s activities. In addition to launching an innovative Volunteer Recognition Programme, they initiated, organised and fundraised to take 15 students to Malawi to work in an HIV project, partly supported by Santander Universities. Their achievements have won recognition at a national level, with presentations to the Annual NUS conference on the Malawi trip and a request to showcase their examples of student involvement in the community at the NUS Annual Reception held at the Scottish Parliament. Santander Universities Community Awards The dedication, enthusiasm and generosity of volunteer QMU students are recognised through the Santander Universities Community Awards. £500 is donated to the charity chosen by the award winning student. The beneficiaries this year included: Penumbra, Clanski, International Student Volunteers, Edinburgh Sick Kids Radio Lollipop and Exodus Youth Club. Santander community award winners
QMU student, Ever Dundas, set up and ran an art group for young people involved in the mental health charity, Penumbra. Many of the young people had experienced social isolation. Ever, ran the group for eight weeks each summer for three years. The purpose was to provide a regular space for the young people to take time out, get to know each other and express themselves through art. In 2009, Ever gained a first class BSc (Hons) Psychology & Sociology and is now studying for a Masters at QMU. International student volunteer project
Two other projects were equally effective and successful. Agnieszka Grzybek was a founder member of the charity, Clanski. Its aim is to integrate young Polish people into the Scottish Community. The International Student Volunteering Project has more than fulfilled its goal of fostering links between QMU international students and the local community. A tea party was organised for local elderly residents in the Students’ Union, primary schools were invited onto campus and students visited schools to explain and share their cultures. International students said that participation in the project had greatly enhanced their time at QMU and the popularity of the project has encouraged other students to get involved. Vera Winchester Award Elaine Warner BSc (Hons) Human Biology 2009 became the first QMU student to be awarded the Vera Winchester Award from the Edinburgh Association of University Women for her volunteering work looking at Ghana’s healthcare provision during her final year.
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POSTCARD FROM WILMA ERSKINE Secretary Manager of Royal Portrush Golf Club
Wilma has held the position of Secretary Manager of Royal Portrush Golf Club in Country Antrim, Northern Ireland since 1985. Situated on the beautiful North Antrim Causeway coast, Royal Portrush Golf Club is considered to be one of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world. The Club has hosted several Senior British Open Championships and in 2011 The Senior British Open Amateur Championships will take place there. What course did you study and why? I studied at Queen Margaret College from 1976 - 1979 and qualified with an HND in Hotel, Catering & Institutional Management. After attending school in Ballymoney I didn’t really know what to do and having worked in hotels and restaurants during holidays I thought the course would give me a wide based qualification. Any memorable lecturers? I remember Jock Anderson who made accounts quite interesting! Did you continue your education after Queen Margaret? I studied a postgraduate course in Secretarial, Business and Management Studies at Bristol Polytechnic. It combined hotel and institutional business with other management and business skills. I really do feel that both courses helped immensely in my job as Secretary Manager.
What attracted you to golf club management? Coming from a sporty background I felt that golf was made for me. The opportunity to move into club management allowed me to combine my love of golf with my business and management skills. Ultimately, it’s my dream job. Was it difficult to get into club management? Golf club management was traditionally a male dominated world and attracted retired military or bankers into the position, so you can guess the world shook when in walked a 22 year old into my first golf club management job at Portadown Golf Club, let alone at 26 when starting at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Even the Daily Mail did an article and generally I was given a very short life span! Golf Club secretaries are a little like football managers - survive on results! Tell us about your job? Royal Portrush Golf Club has two 18 hole and one nine hole courses employing up to 80 staff. It has almost £3 million turnover and is in the top 20 courses in the world. It attracts visitors from all over the world but mainly from USA and Canada. I am responsible for bars, catering, shop and administration of the club and attend all the club committee meetings. Working in a golf club is different every day. You have the business element to cater for as well as the members who can be very demanding and concerned on a daily basis about the price of a scone! Thick skin, flexibility and good listening skills are all essential. It’s not a 9-5 job weekend work is essential.
Have you met any famous people? Many famous golfers have visited such as Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, Phil Mickelson and of course, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell are attached to the Club. Actors such as Michael Douglas and Bill Murray have also visited. Any career highlights? It has to be hosting the Senior British Open and Royal and Ancient events which give a great sense of satisfaction in organising and seeing a successful event. Any thoughts on your future? When I finish working at the Club, I’d like to carry out consultancy work within the leisure industry and perhaps get some non executive director work which means I can work less hours and get paid more money! For further information about Royal Portrush Golf Club visit: http://www.royalportrush.com/
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CELEBRATING QMU’S HISTORY
QMU CELEBRATES ITS 135TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2010
how relevant and topical their thinking is 135 years later. Further details will follow.
In 2010, there are various events and activities planned throughout the year to recognise the importance of the university’s history and the former staff and students who have helped to make QMU what it is today.
SHARE YOUR MEMORIES – QMU’s 135th Anniversary Project QMU’s history is full of action and surprises and many graduates have told us fascinating stories from their student days. As part of the anniversary celebrations we would like to collect as many personal memories (and photos) of student life as possible, telling the story of the university and its predecessor organisations from the inside. We have started an ‘Alumni Reminisce’ page on the website with a contribution from Rosamund Berry, who at the age of 96, is our oldest known graduate and who has shared many valuable memories with us. Our aim is to have at least one story or memory from each decade and that includes the 1980’s, 1990’s and 2000’s. We plan to make these available to everyone, either through the website or through booklets that can be posted out. If you would like to be part of this project, please send your memories (handwritten is fine) to Ann Hubbard Alumni & Development Assistant E: email@example.com.
Event - Recreation of The Edinburgh School of Cookery Launch 1875 Jamie Oliver’s crusade to promote healthy eating to the masses is nothing new and the same battles were being fought 135 years ago, when the effect of serious malnutrition was a matter of life and death. Christian Guthrie Wright and Louisa Stevenson founded The Edinburgh School of Cookery in 1875 to educate all levels of society in the benefits of good health practices and diet. The school was launched on 9th November 1875 with a public cookery demonstration in a lecture theatre in the Museum of Edinburgh. The event caused a sensation with an audience of reportedly 1,000 including “ladies of fashion, young and old, being quite as numerous as plump cooks and girls apparently of the domestic servant class” The Scotsman, 1875 “University dons, influential citizens, blooming maidens, spectacled bluestockings, grave matrons and with an occasional ‘lewd fellow of the baser sort’ were found to be converging… And what do our readers suppose was the cause of this remarkable excitement?.. the new thing that in this instance brought the whole city together was – the cooking of an omelette!” Dunfermline Saturday Press, 1875 We are hoping to mark this important anniversary with a recreation of this first lecture, to show just how pioneering and forward thinking the founders were, and
QMU Archives The QMU archive continues to grow and we are always very grateful for any donations received. In the year of the Homecoming, it was particularly interesting to hear from Mrs Roberta Grater from USA. Roberta had been investigating her family history and visited QMU to donate a portrait of her grandmother, Cecilia Melville, born in 1865 in Blebo, Fife. She also donated a copy of her graduation certificate from the Edinburgh School of Cookery, 1902. The course work donated by Marlyn Moffat (nee Hendrie), Diploma in Domestic Science 1967-1971, was very
much appreciated as the archive was lacking in examples of practical needlework from this period. Marlyn’s dissertaton investigating Prostitution in Leith was also of great interest. She still has a letter from the police explaining why she was conducting research, just in case her identity was mistaken. Mystery Object The mystery object featured in the last QM News generated a lot of interest from around the world. ‘Goffering Irons’ (heated and used to pleat and crimp collars, hats etc) was the answer most frequently given, but a suggestion that it was a mould, perhaps for chocolate casing, was more on the right lines. Thanks to QM graduate, Mayukh Dewan, a Lecturer in the School of Hospitality and Tourism, Taylors College in Malaysia, we finally identified their use and function. This equipment is a mould which is to be dipped in savoury flour batter and then dipped in hot oil. It is called a ‘pai tee’ mould. This produces distinctive shaped pastry cases which are stuffed with various fresh vegetables and served as snacks or canapés. They can still be bought today in Southern Asian shops selling traditional MalaysianChinese utensils. Mystery object - ‘pai tee’ mould
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REUNIONS AND CLASSNOTES
40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s 00s
REUNION WEEKEND AT QUEEN MARGARET UNIVERSITY Friday June 25th 2010
CLASSNOTES Wendy Barrie, Dip HEC Home Economics, 1978 Wendy has many roles in the Food Industry, ie. Good Food Champion, Director of award-winning Scottish Food Guide and Education Convenor for Slow Food and much more. She has recently been appointed as Director of Food Studies at St George’s School, Edinburgh and has also launched a new student recipe section on her website www.scottishfoodguide.com.
Is it five, 10, 15, 20 or just three years since you graduated or just time to catch up with old friends? As part of the 135th Anniversary Celebrations, QMU would like to invite any year groups wishing to have a reunion to come and sample the campus accommodation and superb catering facilities over the weekend beginning Friday 25th June. The weekend will culminate with a dinner on Saturday 26th June. If you would like further details, please contact Stephanie Patterson, Accommodation Officer E: firstname.lastname@example.org or T: 0131 474 0000. If you need any further information on organising a reunion, please contact the Alumni Office (details on back page). 50 years Reunion – Household & Institutional Management Dip 1960, Class D5 In January 2010 it will be 50 years since Elizabeth Wright (Poole) started the Household In Management Dip (HIM) in 1960 (Class D5), going on to complete the High Class Cookery Demonstrations Certificate in 1962. Elizabeth would like to organise a Reunion of fellow classmates, especially from Class D5. If anyone is interested please contact Elizabeth via the Alumni Office on T: 0131 474 0000. Reunion of Speech and Language Therapists 1969-1972 Co-ordinated by Tricia Mitchell BA Speech and Language Therapy, 1972 Nine out of the 13 speech and language therapists who qualified in 1972 from The Edinburgh School of Speech Therapy got together in May 2009 to celebrate 40 years since we started our training.
We had met on three previous occasions, but it was reassuring that everyone recognised each other immediately – and amazingly, remembered lots of information and stories that many of us had completely forgotten! We had our photo taken on the steps of Number 7 Buccleuch Place which had been our ‘college’ just as the vice-principal, Ann Wallace, had done on our last day in 1972. We thought it would be fun to replicate the photo, 37 years later! During a day of lunching and dining we visited the home of Moira McGovern, Principal of the College in 1972, where we had a very nostalgic time reminiscing. She enjoyed hearing about how we had all fared since she first met us 40 years ago. Most of the group are still practising speech and language therapists, with many having reached quite high positions – the best of all being Mary Turnbull (nee Meehan) who is currently Chair of RCSLT (Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists). We aim to repeat the gathering in 2012 – when we will celebrate 40 years of leaving ‘college’. Tricia Mitchell
Ms Leslie Spilman, MSc Art Therapy 1999 It's been a good ten years and it is hard to believe it's passed so quickly... In January 2009 I moved to a different department at the Royal Cornhill Hospital in Aberdeen. I am the Art Psychotherapist for the Eden Unit, a brand new inpatient eating disorder unit, for adults with anorexia nervosa. Challenging work, with a somewhat different focus from the borderline personality disorder patient group I have been working with for the past 10 years. It's a very good team of multi-disciplined professionals there, and in these days of dwindling NHS funds, I count myself lucky to be a part of this new venture. I see some of the folks from our course from time to time but should we ever want to have a wee reunion for ourselves, I would be happy to host it here at my house! Lady Helen Clarkson, BA Stage Management & Theatre Production, 2002 Still living the dream working in musical theatre. I have been working on the new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang UK Tour. Also, thanks to uni pals Ellie & Amy, my college nickname of 'Lady Clarkson' is no longer a joke! They bought me a real ladyship title as a gift last year!
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QMUGA NEWSLETTER by Graduates’ Association President, Anne Woodcock
Membership and our not-so-secret perk! If you haven’t yet joined, can I persuade you to join now, while membership fees are low, as we may have to put the price up next year. It’s a one-off payment and you become a member for life. The main advantage of membership is our beautiful seaside house at Gullane, Madras Lodge, which is available to rent all year round to Graduates’ Association members. Up-grading of Madras Lodge, has continued with the new shower-room in the House very much appreciated by this year's users. Plans are now in place for a new kitchen in the Loft with work to start shortly. Bookings for 2010 open on 1st November 2009 and members should contact Margaret Wyatt early for mid-summer dates. Bookings taken throughout the year with an off-season break from just £95 for two nights! Events Programme Regular networking lunches continue on the last Saturday of the month from September to November and January to April. Our next lunch will be on 30th January 2010.
Committee We have six committee meetings in the year 2009/10 before our AGM on June 5th 2010. We are always seeking new blood on the Committee so if you think you may be able to help please get in touch with me. Communication One thing I would like would be to have someone who could bring us bang upto-date with a blog or whatever else is current. Any offers?? Award I had the very pleasant duty of presenting the Atholl Crescent Award at the July 2009 Graduation. We recognise that for some students the academic journey can be long, difficult and challenging. The Atholl Crescent recognises this academic achievement in the face of adversity. This year the recipient was Peter Sanchez, who was nominated by his tutor, Dr Richard Bent. Peter won through to gain a First Class Honours BA in Marketing and Management.
Peter Sanchez with the Atholl Crescent Award, flanked by Anne Woodcock, QMUGA President and Dr Richard Bent.
QMUGA DIARY DATES & CONTACTS Website: www.qmuga.org.uk Membership All graduates and present or former staff of QMU and its constituent colleges are eligible for ‘life’ membership of 40 years. Cost: £35 in graduation year, £45 for others Contact: Helen Kerr 26/6 Hawthornbank Lane Edinburgh EH4 3BH T: 0131 220 2714 E: email@example.com Madras Lodge Prices start from £90 for 2 nights up to £280 for the week in summer You can check availability on the website: www.qmuga.org.uk Bookings Secretary Margaret Wyatt 11Langton View, East Calder, Livingston, West Lothian, EH53 0LE T: 01506 494483 E: Margaret10@blueyonder.co.uk Networking lunches Last Saturday in the month, September to November and January to April You can bring a friend if you’re a bit too shy to come on your own. Contact: Social Secretary Dorothy Finlayson 4 Brunstane Road North Edinburgh EH15 2DJ T: 0131 669 5341 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Committee and general communication To join our e-newsletter for members or just to let me know the news Contact: President Anne Woodcock 131 Clepington Road, Flat 1/L Dundee DD3 7PA T: 01382 816502 E: email@example.com
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NEWS UNIVERSITY HONOURS FEMALE FOUNDERS Staff, students and graduates from QMU joined the ‘Gude Cause’ procession as a way of honouring the women who founded the university in 1875. Around 4,000 people took part in the Gude Cause procession in Edinburgh in October. The event marked the 1909 suffrage procession in Edinburgh which highlighted the women’s movement for universal suffrage and peace. Gude Cause was launched in the Scottish Parliament in October 2008 following The Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre’s effort to encourage women, who would be sympathetic to the Peace Movement, to vote at the Scottish election. QMU staff and students joined the procession with a specially made banner, with the aim of paying tribute to Christian Guthrie Wright and Louisa Stevenson, founders of the Edinburgh School of Cookery which developed into QMU. Eurig Scandrett, Lecturer in Sociology and secretary of the University and
College Union at QMU, explained: “QMU was founded on campaigns for equal rights. The Gude Cause procession is an important way for us to honour the pioneering women who founded the institution. Although they didn’t live to see the 1909 procession, I’m sure Guthrie Wright and Louisa Stevenson would have been proud to see their students and staff joining the call for votes for women – and for the ongoing work for equal rights today.”
creation of the National Health Service.
Responding to the demand for social reform, improved public health and better education and career opportunities for females, Christian Guthrie Wright and Louisa Stevenson opened the Edinburgh School of Cookery, which eventually became QMU. They were also largely responsible for leading the campaign to secure the admission of females to Edinburgh University.
ACTING GRADUATE MAKES HIS MARK Graham Macgregor, who graduated from QMU with a Diploma in Drama in 1989 and a BA Acting 2004 has been awarded South Lanarkshire Leisure Employee of the Year. The award was presented in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Burnhill Children's Drama Group which he started in 2008.
Princess Louise (Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter) was patron of the Edinburgh School of Cookery. Along with founders Wright and Stevenson, she developed the Queen Victoria Jubilee Institute of Nurses. This initiative was the beginning of the district nursing service and was a vital development in the period prior to the
Since graduating from Queen Margaret, Graham has worked with Perth Repertory Theatre, the Edinburgh International Festival; the Byre Theatre in St Andrews; the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh; the Rowan Tree Company, Selkirk; the Warehouse Theatre, Lossiemouth; and has appeared in several plays at the Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow.
Eurig continued: “QMU students joined staff from the university’s trade unions in order to make a banner for the march. This represented the university’s history in the campaign for education for women, and the future in the promotion of education for equality and social justice.”
He’s also worked in seventeen consecutive pantomime seasons at various Scottish theatres and has made several TV appearances in ‘City Lights’, ‘Taggart’, Michael Winner's ‘True Crimes’, ‘Dr Finlay’, ‘Para Handy’, ‘Rab C. Nesbitt’, ‘The Baldy Man’ and ‘Bad Boys’. His film work includes an appearance in ‘Loch Ness’. Staff with the new Queen Margaret banner during the march
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