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Connect 2013 - the QMU alumni reunion (8th June)

Book your place now!


Chef demonstrations, tutor-led wine tastings, artisan cheeses, and cream teas are just some of the offerings at QMU’s alumni reunion. Explore the menu here.

Make your booking now for Connect 2013 – our first major alumni reunion and remember places are limited for the wine tasting sessions so be sure to reserve your place in advance.

Saturday 8 th June 2013 is your chance to meet up with old friends, make new ones, find out about what’s happening at QMU and have some fun.

Whether you graduated within the last 5 years or 50 years ago, this event is for everyone who has graduated from QMU and its predecessor institutions. You can even bring your friends and family!

It’s going to be a great day out, so take a look at what’s in store and make sure all your QMU contacts know it’s going to be taking place. It’s a great line-up of fun-filled events so we don’t want anyone to miss out.

 So what’s on offer?


Neil Forbes, chef director of Café St Honoré and Scottish Chef of the Year (Scottish Restaurant Awards 2011) will be showing us how to make the most of local, seasonal produce.


Richard Bouglet from l’Art du Vin , will be leading two tutor-led wine tasting sessions followed by some artisan cheese tastings from Jane Stewart, QMU alumni and owner of St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company. Places are limited for Richard’s wine-tastings – ‘Do you know your classics?’ and ‘Wines of the Season’. There are only 30 places in each of his two sessions so book now to avoid disappointment E: (put ‘Connect Wine Tasting’ in the subject box when enquiring about your wine session booking).


Find out what QMU is great at these days with our fascinating, interactive demonstrations.

Some of our academics and research staff will be showcasing their projects. Find out why QMU’s is buzzing about Portobello honey! Dr Mary Warnock asks if you’re getting enough? – antioxidants, that is! We’re just crazy about the health benefits of East Lothian’s superfruit, Seabuckthorn so we want to share news about our nutritional trials in that area. Our business experts get juicy with microwave technology – yes, our collaborative work with microwave pioneers AMT is set to revolutionise the food processing industry. If the programme, so far, hasn’t set your taste buds tingling, Professor Isobel Davidson might shed light on whether you’re a supertaster or a non-taster – you might get a surprise which one you are.

We all know that good communications is often the key to success. Dr Wood will be doing some ‘sweet talking’ when she showcases some tongue tricks with EPG speech technology. Our other researchers will be getting ‘tongue tied with ultrasound technology’ when they show you what the tongue is doing inside your mouth during speech.

It doesn’t stop there. Our film work is sweeping the boards on the international film festival circuit so we’ll be showing off some of our short films and trailers and telling you about our work in dialogue with local young people. Phew – we have so much to tell you, but come and see for yourself.


No visit to the University would be complete without partaking in a wee QMU scone. We’ll have plenty to share at the morning coffee reception. A delicious brunch will follow and you can catch up with old friends (and new ones, hopefully) while indulging in a cream tea during the afternoon.


If you haven’t had the chance to visit the campus before, we’d be delighted to show you around our impressive modern facilities.


If that sounds like a plan, then please put the word out through your graduate networks, book your place at Connect 2013, pop the date in your diary and start making plans for your visit to QMU. You can even book a room in halls (a change from the old days of Guthrie and Stevenson halls – the rooms are all en-suites so no queuing for the showers!)

So – NOTE TO SELF – book place at QMU’s Connect 2013 here, Saturday 8 th June,

PS: We can assist you in arranging get-togethers, including assisting with room bookings for the day, overnight stays on campus and group bookings.

Graduates, mums, dads, big sisters, kids, friends - all welcome (but please book in advance).

To find out more, contact us at E:


Ticket price £20 per delegate

9.15am – 9.30am: Registration

9.15am – 10.10am: Coffee, QMU scones and welcome

10.15am, Showcase sessions:

  • Are you a supertaster?’
  • ‘Get tongue tied with ultrasound technology’
  • ‘Why QMU’s buzzing about honey!’ and ‘Are you getting enough? Getting fruity with antioxidants! Dr Mary Warnock introduces us to Seabuckthorn, the East Lothian superfruit.’

10. 50am – 11.45pm: Brunch followed by short talk by Deputy Principal, Professor Alan Gilloran.

11.55pm – 12.30pm, Showcase sessions:

  • ‘Sweet talking’ : Dr Sara Wood demonstrates tricks of the tongue with EPG speech technology
  • ‘Getting juicy with microwave technology: Revolutionising the food industry and supporting Scotland’s food and drink SMEs’
  • Film screening and Alcolols: ‘Kinetic Edinburgh, greedy bankers and teenage drinking’

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Chef demonstration.

Neil Forbes shows us how to make the best of local, seasonal produce.

1.45 – 5pm: Cream tea.

Catch up with friends, network and relax.

2pm – 3.15pm. Tutor-led wine tasting: (30 MAX: BOOKING ESSENTIAL)

Richard Bouglet from l’Art du Vin asks us ‘Do You Know Your Classics?’ followed by cheese from Jane Stewart, St Andrews Farm Cheeses.

3.30pm – 4.45pm: Tutor-led wine tasting: (30 MAX: BOOKING ESSENTIAL)

Richard Bouglet from l’Art du Vin introduces us to ‘Wines of the Season’ followed by Jane Stewart, St Andrews Farm Cheeses.

5pm: Depart


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