Policy, Strategy and Facts and Figures

See below for some quick facts and figures about Queen Margaret University. From this page, you can also access our Statement of Accounts and our Strategic Plan.


Infographic showing QMU's ranking in the top 5 (out of 18) Scottish higher education institutions for Learning Community

National Student Survey 2022

76.4% of our students said they were satisfied with the quality of their course. This is 4.1% above our benchmark and 0.1% above the UK average.

We are ranked 5th out of the 18 Scottish higher education institutions for Learning Community.

We are ranked 2nd of the 18 Scottish higher education institutions for Students’ Union representation of students’ academic interests

We are ranked 6th out of the 18 Scottish higher education institutions for Student Voice. 

There is 100% overall satisfaction with our Acting and Performance course.

There is 95% overall satisfaction with our Diagnostic Radiography course.

Other rankings

We are ranked in the top 57% of universities in the world in the QS World Rankings 2023.

We are ranked 1st among UK universities for Complementary Medicine (covering Music Therapy and Podiatry) (Complete University Guide 2023) 

We are in the top 5 of UK universities for Counselling, Psychotherapy and Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide 2023) 

We are in the top 12 of UK universities for Drama and Dance (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)

Student Statistics (21/22 academic year)

Infographic showing our student statistics - 10,007 total students and 3,733 studying for a a QMU degree through our overseas collaborations

10007 students (including 3733 studying via our partners overseas)

42.8% are from Scotland;

8% are from the UK outside of Scotland;

36.2% are from Europe;

13% are from outside Europe.

Graduate Employability

At 3%, QMU has the lowest level of unemployment in Scotland for its graduates 15 months after they have graduated. The average figure for Scotland is 5%. (Graduate Outcome Statistics 2018/19, published by HESA in 2021).

Research Excellence

Infographic showing our research excellence - 100% impact in Nursing, Allied Health and Communications, Cultural and Media Studies is world-leading or internationally excellent

REF 2021 (the system of assessing, through peer review, the quality of research in UK higher education institutions) showed that :

  • QMU has world-leading or internationally excellent research in every one of the seven REF 2021 ‘units of assessment’ to which we submitted research. 
  • 100% of our research impact in Communications, Cultural and Media Studies was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent
  • 100% of our research impact in Nursing and the Allied Health Professions was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. 
  • 75% of our research impact in Speech and Language Science was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • 75% of our research impact in Global Health and Development was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • 50% of our research impact in Business and Management Studies was as rated internationally excellent.
  • 50% of our research impact in Psychology was rated as world-leading.

Fostering Innovation

Infographic showing QMU has hosted 100 graduate start-ups in our Business Innovation Zone and the 1st Scottish university to host a Business Gateway on campus.

We have hosted 100 graduate start-ups in our on-campus Business Innovation Zone

We are the 1st Scottish university to host a Business Gateway on campus

Staff and Financial Statistics

Infographic showing QMU's staff and sources of income. 309 Academic members of staff, 254 professional services staff.

QMU staff (as of December 2022)

309 Academic

254 Professional Services

67.5% Female

32.5% Male


Income (2021-22)


Total income: £48.3m

Sources of income (2021-22)

Scottish Funding Council: £21.6m (44.7%)

Student tuition fees: £17.1m (35.4%)

Research grants and contracts: £2.8m (5.8%)

Other income: £6.8m (14.1%)

Other Interesting Facts

  • We were established in 1875. Throughout our history, we have focused on serving the community and improving the quality of life through education and research which is relevant to society’s needs.
  • We offer the broadest range of allied health professional degrees in Scotland including nursing, dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, audiology, art psychotherapy, music therapy, and speech and language therapy.
  • We have won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our work in speech science.
  • Through collaborative agreements, students are studying for our degrees in India, Nepal, Greece, Egypt and other countries.

Some of our Alumni

  • Michael Matheson, MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport in the Scottish Government
  • Shirley-Anne Somerville, MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills in the Scottish Government
  • Matt Baker, TV presenter (formerly ‘Blue Peter’, currently ‘The One Show’ and ‘Countryfile’)
  • Ashley Jensen, actor (US hit TV series ‘Ugly Betty’)
  • Edith Bowman, Scottish music critic, radio DJ and TV presenter (BBC Radio 1)
  • Kevin McKidd, actor (‘Trainspotting’, TV hit series ‘Rome’, Grey’s Anatomy’)

Read our alumni (and current student) case studies

Economic Impact

  • According to research by the University of Strathclyde, QMU is worth £77 million to the economy (2009)
  • Employment attributable to the University represents 3% of all East Lothian employment
  • Students from outside Scotland who come to study at QMU generate an estimated £11 of economic output each year

Our Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan 2020-2025 demonstrates how we will contribute to society’s recovery and recalibration following COVID-19. It sets out how we will help create a better society through teaching, learning and innovation. It shows how we will nurture our distinctive person-centred approach to learning, and how we will build on our unique academic portfolio. Promoting creativity, agility, resilience and collaboration, the strategy holds true to the ethos of social justice on which this institution was founded.

Find out more about our strategy in our Strategic Plan

Annual Accounts

Find our Annual Accounts in the Finance section of our website


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