Take a look at behind the scenes at life at QMU, with advice, opinion and top tips from our students and staff.


Who’d want to be a teacher?

By: Professor Brigid Daniel

Who’d want to be a teacher? Today, far from being seen as valued professionals, teachers are portrayed as over-worked, under-appreciated and working in a context of out of control children and angry parents.

A strong sense of community

By: Bea Welmer

Queen Margaret has the upper hand in terms of a strong sense of community compared to other universities in Edinburgh, given its relatively small size.

Family business innovation

By: Simon Sohm (MBA Family and Smaller Enterprises student)

Innovation is becoming ever more important and a challenge in family business.  My objective in studying the MBA is to gain more knowledge of innovation, governance and succession planning, as in the future I’m keen on joining my family’s 78-year-old family business, a label printing company.

Speaking up for up for young offenders

By: Dr Ann Clark

Communication difficulty is the most common type of disability experienced by children and adults and can have a serious impact on a person’s life chances.

From CIA to STARdom

By: Adrian Crighton, PR student.

Adrian is a PR student at QMU, who has spent the last four years at QMU, first as an Academies student.

Tackling the global migration crisis

By: Professor Alastair Ager

Alastair is the Director of the Institute of Global Health and Development and a full member of the Institute for Global Health and Development Research Centre. He has worked in the field of global health and development for over twenty-five years.

One student's top tips

By: Callum McEachern, BA (Hons) Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Top tips for everything from attending an open day to life in halls.

Coping with culture shock

By: Taja Strle, BA (Hons) Film and Media.

An international student's experience away from home. How to make the most of both university and the cultural offerings in a new environment.

Exchange study adventures

By: Paul Surgenor, BA Public Relations and Media.

One student's tales of exchange adventures, studying overseas.

Careers and employability

By: Marion Pollock.

Marion is the Careers Adviser for the School of Health Sciences at QMU. She enjoys helping students to explore their careers options and prepare for their next steps after graduation.  In her spare time she likes to keep fit, enjoys music, and is engaged in voluntary work.

Policy and public administration

By: Dr Ian C. Elliott (BA(Hons), PhD, SFHEA, FRSA)

Senior Lecturer in Business & Public Services in the Queen Margaret Business School, co-director of our Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme and an experienced doctoral supervisor. 

Family business

By: Professor Claire Seaman (D.B.A.)

Claire is an expert in Enterprise and Family Business in our Queen Margaret Business School. She is also a full member of the Centre for Applied Social Science.

Trump, Brexit and how you rewrite your own history

By: Dr Stephen Darling (PhD)

Senior Lecturer in the Psychology and Sociology Division, teaching across the psychology programmes, but mostly on cognitive psychology and memory (which is his true academic muse!).

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If you are a current student and would be interested in blogging we'd love to hear from you! Email Kerry Browne to find out more.


Blog for QMU!

Are you a current student or staff member and an avid blogger, with a real passion for words?

If so - then we'd love to hear from you!

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