QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 75 - Page 2

Principal’s Introduction White Nights An extravagant array of costumes evocative of the style worn by the Russian nobility during the reign of Catherine the Great (1729 – 1796). These beautifully detailed costumes were created by level 1, 2 and 3 Costume Design and Construction students in 2012 and showcased at The Albert Roux Dinner at QMU. (see page 8) I am delighted to be able to introduce our new look magazine, QMYOU. I am confident that this refreshed, modern look will help to convey a sense of what our University is all about - being distinctive, through providing socially and economically relevant teaching and research, which is responsive to the needs of society, and ultimately improves quality of life. This issue of QMYOU offers a great insight into our work in the area of sustainable business. Our new East Lothian Hospitality and Tourism Academy (pages 16-17) helps to show how we are working to improve Scotland’s hospitality and tourism industry, a key economic priority area for the Scottish Government. This partnership project is also a good example of how education institutions can work together, and with other business partners, to create excellent learning and training opportunities for young people – an important step forward in our current economic climate. Our drive to be responsive to the changing needs of society can also be seen with the introduction of our condensed three year honours business degree, which we believe will be attractive to Scottish students who wish to graduate faster, and those from outside Scotland who wish to reduce their spend on tuition fees. Over the last few months, QMU has been involved in a number of wonderful events. Most recently, both FEAST 2012, our joint student-led food festival with Jewel & Esk College, and our Albert Roux Dinner, have helped confirm the University’s commitment to Scotland’s food and drink industry. Both events have been supported by some of Scotland’s finest chefs, have showcased the very best of Scotland’s produce and have provided outstanding hands-on learning opportunities for our students. We have also been celebrating the talents of our media graduates and staff. Our graduate, Agata Jagodzinska’s short film won a BAFTA – an outstanding achievement, and Walid Salhab, a media lecturer, has had his short film shown at the Artisan Festival at Cannes. We love hearing about our graduate successes and, if you are a QMU graduate, we invite you to keep in touch with our Development and Alumni Office. Tell us your news, share ideas and contacts, let us know how we can assist with your business needs and, above all – stay connected. Professor Petra Wend, PhD, FRSA Principal & Vice Chancellor Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh 2 QMYOU / Principal’s Introduction