Being a small university makes us a close-knit community of staff and students, but our community is more than that. Our community extends to all the people living near by, to the local schools and the businesses who use our facilities for wonderful research.
Our campus is open to local residents and we encourage walking, including dog walking, around the campus trail. Beyond that though we have a host of activities that take place within our buildings.
Sports and Leisure Facilities
Our excellent sporting facilities are open to the students and can also be used by local residents.
Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
We welcome members of the local community to take advantage of the learning resources offered our University. Our LRC has an extensive range of services which are open to the public.
Local residents can enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee of tea, or sample one of our delicious lunches in our main eating area, 1875.
Podiatry and Chiropody Clinics
Fully supervised chiropody and podiatry clinics give our students a valuable opportunity to learn whilst providing you with a great service.
Public Lectures and Events
We run a range of public events and lectures throughout the year, designed to appeal to a broad audience.
We have a small allotment space on campus where students and staff or anyone who's interested can get together to grow vegetables. If you are interested in working with us, or would like further information, please email us and you can also find us on Facebook (Search: QMU Allotment).
Our Economic Impact
According to an economic impact study by the University of Strathclyde, QMU is worth £77 million to the economy and employment attributable to the university represents 3% of all East Lothian employment.
Longer term, the researchers suggest that relocation of QMU to East Lothian will raise the profile of the region in the rest of the UK and abroad and increase tourism.
Employment at QMU
With over 500 staff, QMU is one of the largest employers in East Lothian. Find out about job opportunities at QMU.
Our research has a direct impact on the lives of people in communities across the World, as it is focused on addressing practical problems. We recognise the importance of contributing to society by sharing knowledge with the communities with which we work and we were an early signatory to the Manifesto for Public Engagement, produced by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.
Business Gateway and Business Innovation Zone
East Lothian Council’s Business Gateway and QMU’s Business Innovation Zone, situated together on campus, provide easily accessible information and advice for new start-ups and established local businesses, including entrepreneurial students and graduates who may be considering starting up their own businesses.
CPD and Lifelong Learning
Perhaps you have decided that now is the time for some further study, either to advance your career or merely for pleasure. We have a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and lifelong learning courses that you can study with us.
South East Academies Partnership
The South East Scotland Academies Partnership is spearheaded by Queen Margaret University and Edinburgh College in collaboration with East Lothian Council, Midlothian Council, Scottish Borders Council, City of Edinburgh Council, Borders College and industry partners. Four academies exist for pupils in S5 and S6 and offer opportunities to schools in East Lothian, Midlothian, Edinburgh, and the Scottish Borders.
The Children’s University
Queen Margaret University is the first higher education institution in the east of Scotland to host the Children’s University. The Queen Margaret Children’s University aims to help school children, aged between 7 and 14 years of age, become confident learners and broaden their horizons. It will be the second Children’s University established in Scotland but the first initiative for young people in the east of the country.
For further information about this initiative please contact Mary De la Peña, Director of the Queen Margaret University Children’s University at Mary.DelaPena@childrensuniversityscotland.com.
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