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QMU holds first Fairtrade Christmas Market

Queen Margaret University intends to kick off its festive celebrations in the true spirit of Christmas by hosting its first Fairtrade Christmas Market.

The event, which will be held inside the academic building, will not only help to confirm the University’s commitment to Fairtrade, but also its aim of involving the local community in its activities.

Queen Margaret University became a Fairtrade University in May this year and is very keen to take every opportunity to raise awareness of Fairtrade amongst its student and staff population, but also the local community.

Sandra Grieve, lecturer at QMU, who is organising the event, explained: “In our increasingly challenging global marketplace it’s important that universities, such as Queen Margaret, embrace the concept of fairness in international trading. QMU focuses on improving quality of life and it’s therefore fitting that we encourage students, staff and the community to use their purchasing power responsibly. What better time to be doing this than at Christmas when any money spent on Fairtrade products can have a positive impact on the rights and dignity of producers in developing countries.”

She continued: “We are delighted to host our first Fairtrade Christmas Market and we’d like to welcome and encourage as many local residents to come along and enjoy some of the excellent products that will be available on the day. Hopefully there will be quite a few sweet treats in store as well as lots of gift ideas.”

The Fairtrade Christmas Market will take place on Tuesday 29 th November from 11am – 3pm at Queen Margaret University at Craighall, Musselburgh, EH21 6UU.


For further media information please contact Lynne Russell, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, tel: 0131 474 0000, mob: 07711 011239, E:

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