QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 75 - Page 5

S RIEF QMU was delighted to sponsor the lecture by Olivia Giles OBE. Olivia’s lecture, ‘The Power of Opportunity’ described her life-changing circumstances following the amputation of her lower arms and legs due to meningitis. A partner in an Edinburgh legal firm before her illness, Olivia now runs the charity ‘500 miles’, which supports amputees in Malawi and Zambia by helping to buy and fit prostheses and orthoses. Her moving and inspirational speech described her illness and recovery. She described why, in many ways, she believes that her changed circumstances has transformed her life for the better and what her experience has taught her about the potential within all human beings. She said: “Being alive and receptive to the opportunities that present themselves in everyday life is the first step to finding the courage to grasp them and the stamina to deliver on them.” Professor Petra Wend, QMU’s Principal, said: “Olivia’s personal journey and inspirational attitude clearly demonstrates how a traumatic life changing event could be turned into life enhancing experience. It was a privilege to learn how Olivia has used her personal experience and positive attitude as an opportunity to improve the quality of life of other people in similar circumstances in Malawi and Zambia.” For further information about Olivia Giles and her charity ‘500 miles’ visit: www.500miles.co.uk Health specialist contributes to health committee at Westminster C ONGRATULATIONS TO JIM BUCHAN, Professor in Health Workforce Policy at QMU, who has been appointed as special adviser to the House of Commons Health Select Committee inquiry on NHS workforce planning. Professor Buchan’s role involves briefing the Commit tee on workforce policy and planning; assisting in the development of Committee briefs; preparing questions for the witnesses that are called by the Committee, including Health Ministers and Royal Colleges; and contributing to the final report. The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2012 stated that seven people chased every undergraduate place at QMU last year. Also, QMU moved up several places in the rankings in The Complete University Guide. •  A fishy tale: A QMU research project which encouraged nursery children to eat more oily fish as part of a balanced diet has inspired the production of a new recipe book which highlights the recipes and activities used during the project. ‘Simple Fishy Snack Recipes for Nursery Children’ is a collection of tried and tested recipes for fishy snack foods. The book was launched at the Scottish Government Early Years’ Conference. • On your bike: A collection of tried and tested recipes for fi shy snack push foods QMU’s on developed at Greengables Nursery School in Edinburgh £2.50 power recently paid off with the pedal Edited by Dr Jane McKenzie, Queen Margaret University award of ‘Cycle Friendly Employer’ from Cycling Scotland. • Eliminating stigma: QMU has signed the ‘See Me’ Pledge to help eliminate stigma and discrimination against those with mental ill health. Through the Pledge, QMU has made a public commitment to tackling the stigma experienced by people with mental health problems. • T he Olympics: Toby Harris, a 2nd year Podiatry student from Edinburgh, was selected to be a ‘Coca- Cola Future Flame’. Toby carried the Olympic flame on the 14th June through the village of Walkerburn in the Scottish Borders. James Austin, a final year health psychology student, competed in Judo in the Olympics. QMYOU / News in Brief 5