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1st February 2022

In this weeks Student News

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Bike available for hire!

Cycle Connections has a medium Whyte Whitechapel bike available for hire for the semester (£40 hire fee + £50 refundable deposit) - first come first served, email cycleconnections@qmu.ac.uk to inquire!

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Graduation - 3rd and 4th July 2023

Graduation ceremonies will be held on Monday 3rd July and Tuesday 4th July 2023 at the Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh. 

The format of the Graduations will be as follows: 

 

 

Monday 3rd July 2023

 

Afternoon Ceremony – 2.30pm  

 

Division of Psychology, Sociology and Education

 

Division of Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences, Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Radiography

 

 

Tuesday 4th July 2023

 

Morning Ceremony - 10.30am

 

Division of Occupational Therapy & Arts Therapies

 

Division of Nursing & Paramedic Science

 

Division of Speech & Hearing Sciences

 

Institute for Global Health & Development

 

 

Afternoon Ceremony – 2.30pm

 

Division of Business, Enterprise and Management

 

Division of Media, Communication & Performing Arts

 

 

A reception for graduates and their guests will be held on campus from 5pm on each Graduation day. 

Full Graduation information and booking details will be issued electronically to potential graduates in May 2023. Further details can be found on the website at https://www.qmu.ac.uk/current-students/current-students-general-information/graduation/

 

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QMUSU Annual LGBT+ Flag Raising

February is LGBT+ History Month, and your Students' Union would like to welcome all students and staff to join us at the flag poles (by the bus stop and turning circle) for our 6th annual LGBT+ flag raising ceremony.

 

Join us tomorrow at 1pm to watch the flag being raised over campus.

 

The flag will fly throughout February in celebration of equality, diversity and inclusion at QMU.

We are looking forward to seeing you all there!!

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Players needed for ‘Walking Fit-ball’, a new Physical Activity and Wellbeing project.

We are happy to announce the start of ‘Walking Fit-ball’, a new and exciting Physical Activity & Wellbeing project. Walking Fit-ball aims to welcome older men from the local communities for a game of walking football with QMU students at our own Sports Centre.


The intergenerational nature of this project is expected to be fun, engaging and quite rewarding for all participants. In addition to the physical activity benefits, participants will have the chance to socialise, share stories and experiences, and engage in conversations that can raise awareness around mental health and physical impairments in young and old age, as well as tackle isolation and health inequalities.


The sessions are open to men older than 60 years of age from the general public, and male QMU students. A Sports Membership is not required, and all sessions will be free of charge for all players. After the waking football session, all participants can head to Maggie’s where a hot drink (tea/coffee) and a piece of fruit will be provided free of charge, providing an additional opportunity for a wee chat.


• The football sessions will take place every Thursday (26th Jan – 11th May) at 2-3 pm at QMU’s main Sports Hall followed by a hot beverage at Maggie’s at 3 pm for all players.


• Please note that the spaces are limited, so if you want to sign up for a session please email QMU Sports at SportsReception@qmu.ac.uk


For more information about this project, please drop an email to Dr Christos Theodorakopoulos @ Ctheodorakopoulos@qmu.ac.uk
Thank you!

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A1 Junction update – what you need to know

As part of the A1 Junction Upgrade project, there is some work required to improve the off-ramp from the A1 towards QMU. To protect the safety of construction workers and allow work to be done quickly and efficiently, there will be a planned off-ramp closure period.

Off-ramp closure
The off-ramp will close from Monday 6 Feb at 7am and re-open on Monday 13 Feb at 4pm. During this time, all traffic travelling towards QMU will access the campus via Whitehill Farm Road and over the bridge at the railway station. Traffic management processes will be in place, but delays could occur first thing in the morning, so please take this into account when planning arrival times.

On-ramp to A1
The on-ramp to the A1 will remain open throughout this period and will continue to be the exit route from the campus as normal. Cars are not permitted to exit over the rail bridge!

Diversion signs will be in place to assist drivers.

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Prue Leith’s one-woman show (Tickets for Edinburgh and discounted tickets for Glasgow) 



QMU’s Chancellor, Dame Prue Leith, will bring her first one-woman show to Edinburgh on 4th February and to Glasgow on 5th February.  The TV presenter, businesswoman, restauranteur and author will be cooking up a storm in her frank, revealing and funny show ‘Nothing in Moderation’. Expect an array of insightful stories about feeding the rich and famous, cooking for royalty and even poisoning her clients! Known for her positive attitude, she is sure to be singing the praises of food, love and life, so it should be a cheery show to pep up your winter social calendar. 



QMU discounted tickets for Theatre Royal, Glasgow 



QMU staff and students have been offered discounted tickets for the show in Glasgow on 5th Feb. Get your QMU discounted tickets here: Glasgow Tickets. 



Tickets for show at EICC, Edinburgh 



The Principal and some staff and students will be going along to the Saturday evening show in Edinburgh on 4th February. Please let Lynne Russell, Communications Manager, E: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk know if you’d like to join the QMU group and we can all arrange to meet on the night at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Tickets available from £25 - £31 for 7.30pm, Saturday 4th February, EICC at Prue's one-woman show. 

 

 

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Wellness Walk

Come along to the next walk in our 2023 series.

Friday 10th Feb - meeting by the bench in front of the sport centre ( future walks on the 22nd Feb & 10th March)

Sign up for free on Eventbrite: Wellness Walks Booking

 

Walks will last 1hour and give you a chance to meet others, explore the local area and have a break.

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Student Elections

It’s time for the annual Students’ Union Elections! These will take place week commencing 6th March and you will receive details on how to vote nearer the time.

 

However we are looking for candidates to run in the SU Student Elections 2023 and have the following positions available: 

 

President – Academic Life (FT- Paid role)

President – Student Activities (FT – Paid role)

Equality & Diversity Officer (PT – Voluntary role)

Events Officer (PT – Voluntary role)

Post Grad Officer (PT – Voluntary role)

Societies Officer (PT – Voluntary role)

Sports Officer (PT – Voluntary role)

Welfare Officer (PT – Voluntary role)  

 

Please have a look at our Election Guidelines to check out the job descriptions and if you would like to find out more about the roles please fill in this form and we can arrange a chat. The SU is a great place to be involved with and you have the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the student experience.

 

Looking forward to meeting with our future Student Officers J

 

 

 

 

25th January 2023

In this weeks Student News:

 

Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund – OPEN for applications  - Please Tell Your Students!

Applications from QMU students are now invited for funding to help you achieve your academic, personal or vocational goals and ensure you experience life as a QMU student to the fullest. 

The generous donations from alumni, friends and QMU staff help fund student-led projects which would not happen without receiving financial support.

This award is open to individuals, clubs and societies or other groups made up of QMU students.

The deadline for this round of applications is 5pm on Monday 6th March 2023

For more details and to download the application form visit:

https://www.qmu.ac.uk/alumni-and-friends/the-student-vice-chancellor-s-development-fund-guidelines/

If you have any questions please contact development@qmu.ac.uk

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£10k per year Scholarship opportunity – Calling all 2nd-year student on a four-year course or 1st-year students on a 3 year course

Are you a 2nd-year student on a four-year course or a 1st-year student on a three year course?

Santander is giving one QMU undergraduate from an underrepresented group (including mature students and those from low-income backgrounds) the opportunity to win a £10k a year scholarship for the next three years (£30k total).

If you think you will benefit from this programme or know someone who will, follow the link to learn more

http://ow.ly/1ymz50M8ml0

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Harvard Referencing Online Workshop on Thursday 26th January, 2-3 PM

Do you need some help with the practicalities of referencing? Join us at this workshop to find out how to cite and reference different sources in Harvard Cite Them Right 11th edition style, the required format of referencing for most courses at QMU. Learn how to use Cite Them Right Online to format your references and citations correctly. You'll have the chance to bring your own referencing questions and troubleshoot tricky sources in a supportive environment. This is an online workshop therefore you will need your own device to link to it since campus terminals do not have microphones and speakers.

To attend, registration is required. Please register here: https://qmu.libcal.com/event/3903452

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Lunchtime skills session

If you are interested in developing cycling skills during lunchtime- get in touch with cycleconnections@qmu.ac.uk to sign up for a skills session! These are flexible and can be arranged around the commitments of the participants. From clothing and bike checks to roundabouts, each session can be tailored to your needs! 

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£10 Tickets for Jersey Boys at the Playhouse!

Follow the link below to get a ticket for tonight’s (25th January) performance of Jersey Boys at the Edinburgh Playhouse. Show starts at 7.30pm.

https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/jersey-boys/edinburgh-playhouse/tickets/5660FDFB-5163-49C2-A7B7-B0E8043BE9EA/?pc=D8538EDC-6009-4AD6-9B87-DC1D54EE4DCF

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Job Opportunity: Social Events Co-ordinators needed

ELS is looking to recruit a small team of Social Co-ordinators who will work together to organise and run a series of social events and meets ups both online and on campus. The team will decide on the most suitable events and schedule, plan, advertise and facilitate these. The events are intended to build a sense of community and friendship and help to inform participants about the support provided by ELS, such as the summer Resit Programme.

This role is flexible, with co-ordinators able to decide on the volume and type of events as appropriate. We anticipate that each co-ordinator may work between 2-4 hours per week, however there will be flexibility to vary the hours as required.

For a full job description and application, please contact els@qmu.ac.uk.

ELS recognises the immense benefits of drawing on the diversity of student experiences and identities at QMU, so please do get in touch with us if you would like to discuss any aspects of the job role that could be made to better fit your access needs.

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Last chance to sign up for the Cycling Scotland cycling confidence course

Last chance to sign up for the cycling confidence course this Sunday! The session will last from 10am-1pm at the QMU campus and will be led by a Cycling Scotland trainer. This will help you gain the confidence to get out on your bike more. Email cycleconnections@qmu.ac.uk if you are interested!

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Free books from the Library

We have weeded some of our book stock and we have a couple of trolleys of free cookery/gastronomy books available for students or staff to pick up from the LRC. The trolleys are to be found along the windows opposite the LRC entrance, past the Helpdesk. Please ask at the Helpdesk if you can’t locate them.

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Free food in 1875 - Thank Goodness it’s Thursday is back!

All students welcome at TGIThursday - 26th January, 5pm – 7pm, which will be held every Thursday ending on 6th April.

The TGIThursday initiative is part of QMU’s wider work in building a stronger community and supporting students through the cost of living crisis.

We know from student feedback that many of you really appreciate the free hot meals and meal packs, as well as the opportunity to socialise in a fun, warm, supportive environment. We are therefore delighted to confirm that TGIT events will continue throughout the semester.

TGIThursdays would not be possible without our wonderful staff, from many different areas across the university, who have volunteered their time and energy to ensure TGIThursday’s is the best night of the QMU week, as well as the support from our Senior Leadership Team.

We hope the first TGIThursday of 2023 helps to go some way to lightening the load and reducing stress at the start of the year. We look forward to seeing students in 1875 on Thursday 26th January.

THIThursdays dates and social activity details below:

26th January:

2nd February: Boardgame Night

9th February:

16th February:

23rd February:

2nd March: Bingo Night

9th March:

16th March:

23rd March:

30th March:

6th April: Quiz Night

Date TBC: Exam Edition!

Get more details about Cost of Living support  at Cost of Living | Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (qmu.ac.uk)

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Student Elections 2023

It’s time for the annual Students’ Union Elections! These will take place week commencing 6th March and you will receive details on how to vote nearer the time.

However we are looking for candidates to run in the SU Student Elections 2023 and have the following positions available: 

President – Academic Life (FT- Paid role)

President – Student Activities (FT – Paid role)

Equality & Diversity Officer (PT – Voluntary role)

Events Officer (PT – Voluntary role)

Post Grad Officer (PT – Voluntary role)

Societies Officer (PT – Voluntary role)

Sports Officer (PT – Voluntary role)

Welfare Officer (PT – Voluntary role)  

Please have a look at our Election Guidelines to check out the job descriptions and if you would like to find out more about the roles please fill in this form and we can arrange a chat. The SU is a great place to be involved with and you have the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the student experience.

Looking forward to meeting with our future Student Officers

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(meno)Pausitivity & Menopause Allies Workshop

Our interactive day of learning and myth busting on the topic of menopause is taking place tomorrow (26th January) from 10am until 3pm in the atrium so please pop along to find out what it’s all about

(meno) Pausitivity @QMU


We also have spaces on our bitesize Menopause Allies Workshop 1-1.45pm in room 0047 from which will explain a bit about why we should all be concerned about the potential impact of menopause in the all areas of life.

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Players needed for ‘Walking Fit-ball’, a new Physical Activity and Wellbeing project.

We are happy to announce the start of ‘Walking Fit-ball’, a new and exciting Physical Activity & Wellbeing project. Walking Fit-ball aims to welcome older men from the local communities for a game of walking football with QMU students at our own Sports Centre. Walking football is a gentle form of exercise, very beneficial throughout the lifespan. It is like normal football with one key difference, running is not allowed – fast walking is perfectly fine though.

The intergenerational nature of this project is expected to be fun, engaging and quite rewarding for all participants. In addition to the obvious physical activity benefits, participants will have the chance to socialise, share stories and experiences, and engage in conversations that can raise awareness around mental health and physical impairments in young and old age, as well as tackle isolation and health inequalities.

The sessions are open to men older than 60 years of age from the general public, and male QMU students. A Sports Membership is not required, and all sessions will be free of charge for all players. After the waking football session, all participants can head to Maggie’s where a hot drink (tea/coffee) and a piece of fruit will be provided free of charge, providing an additional opportunity for a wee chat.

  • The football sessions will take place every Thursday (26th Jan – 11th May) at 2-3 pm at QMU’s main Sports Hall followed by a hot beverage at Maggie’s at 3 pm for all players.
  • Please note that the spaces are limited, so if you want to sign up for a session please email QMU Sports at SportsReception@qmu.ac.uk    

For more information about this project, please drop an email to Dr Christos Theodorakopoulos @ Ctheodorakopoulos@qmu.ac.uk

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Scottish Music Group traditional Slow Session on campus Saturday 4 Feb 1-3pm

We are running a slow session on Saturday 4th Feb 2023 at QMU, and invite anyone along who would like to play traditional folk tunes. This session is aimed at beginners and intermediate players who can read music, or play by ear, at a slow to moderate pace. If you are not sure, get in touch to find out if this session is for you. 

 £7 per person to cover costs and any profit will be donated to the Scottish Music Group. 

Payment in cash on the day, or via bank transfer

Music will be selected from SMG tutor- Nigel Gatherer’s website ( https://www.nigelgatherer.com/) and will be sent out on confirmation of booking.

 

Nigel Gatherer's Traditional Music

Detailed information about my classes, workshops, and events.: Tunes Explore my vast archive of downloadable tunes in various formats. Resources This section under construction

www.nigelgatherer.com

Please bring a music stand if you need one. As we are playing in a classroom, we will also project the music onto a screen.

If you would like to meet up for lunch beforehand we will see you at Maggies for lunch at 12

The session will run for 2 hours from 1 till 3pm. 

Please share this email with anyone who might be interested, and if you have already let me know you are joining us, could you please confirm your attendance again? Thanks. 

Jane Culpan email jculpan@qmu.ac.uk

 

 

18th January 2023

In this weeks Student News:

A very warm welcome to the new semester, whether you are a new or a returning student. We wish you every success and fulfilment in your studies. Do call on support when you need it in the course of the semester. For more information on the services available, see our Student Services website.

As returning students will know, we issue Student News by email each week. We hope you find it helpful.

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Beat the January blues with a Pub Quiz!

We all know January can be a tough month, but why not beat those blues and come along to Maggie’s on Tuesday 24th January for some fun at a Pub Quiz! Everyone welcome, no matter your course or level of study, so please feel free to join us.

Team entry only £1! With fun prizes to be won!
6.30pm for 7pm start, Tuesday 24th January @ Maggie’s

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Student Cycling Commuting Group

Want to cycle to university but don't want to do it alone? This month, Cycle Connections is setting up a commuting group for QMU students so that you can share the joy of cycling on the way to university.

The first session will be on the 26th of January and will focus on the route connecting Edinburgh to QMU. The timing is flexible and can be suited to the needs of the participants.

If you are interested, or want to ask a question, just contact cycleconnections@qmu.ac.uk !

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Increase your confidence on the bike!

On the 29th of January at QMU, there will be an adult cycle training course run by Cycling Scotland. This will involve improving your skills riding on the road, and your general cycling confidence. Email cycleconnections@qmu.ac.uk if you are interested!

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Lunchtime Cycle Skills Sessions

Cycle Connections will be running lunchtime cycle skills sessions every Thursday- sign up here: https://forms.office.com/e/w8Qwieyu6n. These are being run to build your confidence on the bike if you are unable to commit to day-long training courses. Timings and session content is suited to the participants. 

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Free porridge at The Nook

On these cold mornings this week, we will be continuing with our offer of FREE porridge for all students and staff.

We are serving hot porridge and toppings just outside The Nook every day this week 8.30am – 9.45am.

Start your day off the right way with something hot & nutritious at no cost.

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Beer Lovers Wanted for Consumer Research!

The Food Team at QMU are looking for ale drinkers who are happy to provide their opinions on new formulations. All samples are blinded so you will not know which brand you are tasting.

Date of testing: Saturday 11th February
Location: Queen Margaret University
Remuneration: £10 John Lewis or Amazon voucher for attending and entered into a draw to win £100 John Lewis or Amazon voucher
To apply email: consumerpanels@qmu.ac.uk
We cannot allow anyone with a food allergy or intolerance on our consumer panel
Attendees must be 18 or over.

Please share with friends and family who may be interested.

If you are not a beer lover but would like to join our consumer panel mailing list please email for the application form. Panels are normally carried out in the sensory suite on QMU campus on a range of food and drink products.

Follow the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.

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(Meno) pausitivity @ QMU – Thursday 26th January 2023
10am-3pm – Atrium Tiers

We are the first HE institute in Scotland to bring the fabulous Lesley from Over the Bloody Moon onto campus with her ground-breaking MenoVest. The vest uses heat pads to simulate authentic menopause hot flushes and allows the wearer to build empathy and understanding. Our target audience is those with limited knowledge of menopause and our aim is to open discussions, raise awareness, remove stigma, help understanding and have a fun filled day. We really hope you can attend and also help us to spread the word.

As students, many of you will go on to be managers, health professionals and work in public facing roles. This is your opportunity for some active learning in a fun environment. Hot flushes impact on concentration, cause headaches and can literally soak through clothing. You can see a clip here of Jeremy Vine trying to present his radio show wearing the vest to show how the heat in the vest simulates symptoms and dramatically affects many things such as concentration, headaches and continuous overheating.

Event Details:
• Senior QMU staff members will be will be wearing the MenoVest from 10-11am & reporting back on how the experience was for them with other staff wearing the vest later in the day
• Our Student Presidents, Aasiyah and Louise, are taking part in a 24 hour challenge which replicates some of the symptoms of menopause & recording their experiences.
• Expo on Menopause and its impact in the atrium from 10am-3pm
• MenoVest interactive drop-in session where people can try the vest to experience a hot flush
• 45 minute interactive workshop for menopause allies (starts at 1pm – details & booking link below)
• A hormone imbalance stool
• Information with the QMU Lydia Osteoporosis Project
• Hey Girls! Award winning period products - https://www.heygirls.co.uk/
• Vadge Badges to buy https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/VadgeBadges
• Information on fitness and nutrition
• Books to peruse, some of which are available in the LRC

Why are we doing this?:
• The Menopause affects EVERYONE whether it’s you, a loved one, a colleague, family member or friend
• Women of menopausal age are the fastest growing demographic in the workplace.
• There are over 33 different symptoms of the Menopause which can last for more than 10 years
• It’s estimated that 1 in 4 women consider leaving their jobs during menopause
• Approx. 10% do actually leave the workforce
• 67% of the QMU staff are women and just over half of these are aged 45 or over
• 75% of our students are female and many of them are mature students.
• Many of our students are likely to go on to careers where women are experiencing menopause as patients
• Members of your team may be going through this just now or supporting a family member or friend – we need to provide a safe place to enable discussion and understand how we can support each individual with very differing needs


45 Minute Menopause Allies Workshop (feel free to bring your lunch)
• Why Menopause matters at work
• Menopause 101 (diversity of menopause experiences and how to spot the signs)
• Menopause allyship (your role, traits and how to cultivate open, safe conversation)
• Signposting and resources
• Q & A

Book Workshop

We are really looking forward to the day and we hope to see you there. Please come along to find out more information, try on the Menovest and get the conversation going.
For any questions about the event and for more information please get in touch with us directly
(Meno) pausitivity starts here!
See you there!
Kirsten Baird (General Manager, Student Union) and Jo Burns (HR Partner)

 

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Refreshers - Music Bingo TONIGHT!!!

Music Bingo is tonight!  An amazing night where you can meet your Student Presidents and Part-Time Officers, meet new students and win prizes with your group! No need to book, just show up in Maggie's on 18th Jan at 7:30pm 

We can't wait to see everyone there!

£2 entry - all funds raised will be donated to Shelter

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Sport & Fitness Membership Offer

We're back for 2023!

To help get you started on your fitness journey this year, we have a fantastic membership offer that allows you to train for FREE in January.

Sign up to any direct debit membership and you'll pay NO JOINING FEE and get the remainder of January FREE!

For more information about our offer or to sign up visit: www.qmu.ac.uk/sports

Alternatively, pop over and see us in the Sports Centre and we’ll be happy to show you the facilities!

The Sports Team. 

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PAT training booking open- Important information to all Personal Academic Tutors and Doctoral Supervisors

We have now scheduled another PAT training session for those staff who could not attend the session organised in Semester 1.
PAT training is mandatory for new PAT’s and highly recommended for existing PAT’s who are interested in refreshing their knowledge of understanding of the PAT role, supports available, signposting and working with students facing difficult situations and challenges.
We will discuss the student experience of having a PAT and what students might expect and find challenging in engaging with their PAT. The session will cover what is expected of a PAT and the boundaries of the PAT role. It will also cover important information of when and how to signpost/refer to specialist services and additional supports as well as how to support students who are in distress and might be experiencing difficulties.
Session facilitators will include experienced PAT’s from both Schools. There will be an opportunity to hear from the Student President and time to share practice, challenges and solutions with colleagues.
The session will also be useful for Doctoral Supervisors to help them support candidates with referral.
We hope that the majority of colleagues will be able to attend on one of the dates below. Additional sessions will be arranged later in the year for colleagues who are unable to do so.
Booking can be made through iTrent self-service under the Learning tab
Date:
Tuesday 7th February 14.00-16.30
For any queries, please contact Jessica Lindohf, Head of Student Services jlindohf@qmu.ac.uk

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Free books from the Library

We have weeded some of our book stock and we have a couple of trolleys of free cookery/gastronomy books available for students or staff to pick up from the LRC. The trolleys are to be found along the windows opposite the LRC entrance, past the Helpdesk. Please ask at the Helpdesk if you can’t locate them.

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Nothing is off the menu in Prue Leith’s one-woman show at the EICC

QMU’s Chancellor, Dame Prue Leith, will bring her first one-woman show to Edinburgh on 4th February. The TV presenter, businesswoman, restauranteur and author will be cooking up a storm in her frank, revealing and funny show ‘Nothing in Moderation’. Expect an array of insightful stories about feeding the rich and famous, cooking for royalty and even poisoning her clients! Known for her positive attitude, she is sure to be singing the praises of food, love and life, so it should be a cheery show to pep up your winter social calendar.
During her visits to QMU, our Chancellor has always been very open and willing to share her experiences with students and staff – her successes and her failures. In the second half of her show, Clive Tulloh, joins Prue on stage to moderate a question & answer session from members of the audience. So, if you haven’t had the chance to ask Prue about her life during her open sessions at QMU, ‘Nothing in Moderation’ might be your chance.
The Principal and some staff and students will be going along to the Saturday evening show on 4th February. Please let Lynne Russell, Communications Manager, E: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk know if you’d like to join the QMU group and we can all arrange to meet on the night at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Tickets available from £25 - £31 for 7.30pm, Saturday 4th February, EICC at Prue's one-woman show.

 

 

11th January 2023

In this week's QMU student news:

 

Free breakfast 24th January

Do you actively travel to QMU? Or take the bus or train? If you commute sustainably, you can get a free tea/ coffee AND a scone/ pastry/ muffin on the 24th of January. For more information and to reserve your ticket please see the Eventbrite page. Note that you will need to provide evidence of sustainable travel (details on the Eventbrite) and you will need to collect your food voucher from 1875 on the morning of the breakfast.

 

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£10k per year Scholarship opportunity – Calling all 2nd-year student on a four-year course or 1st-year students on a 3 year course

Are you a 2nd-year student on a four-year course or a 1st-year student on a three year course?

Santander is giving one QMU undergraduate from an underrepresented group (including mature students and those from low-income backgrounds) the opportunity to win a £10k a year scholarship for the next three years (£30k total).

If you think you will benefit from this programme or know someone who will, follow the link to learn more

 

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Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund – OPEN for applications

Applications from QMU students are now invited for funding to help you achieve your academic, personal or vocational goals and ensure you experience life as a QMU student to the fullest.

The generous donations from alumni, friends and QMU staff help fund student-led projects which would not happen without receiving financial support.

This award is open to individuals, clubs and societies or other groups made up of QMU students.

The deadline for this round of applications is 5pm on Monday 6th March 2023

For more details and to download the application form visit here

 

If you have any questions please contact development@qmu.ac.uk

 

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Decolonise Research NOW - January Meeting  

 

Decolonise Research NOW is a reading and conversation space where we interrogate the legacies of colonialism in our research and institutions.  

 

The next meeting takes place on 24 January at 12pm. Prof. Paul Miller (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) & Anti Racism Adviser to QMU's Principal) will join us for an open conversation about his role at QMU and his work on anti-racist practice in education.   

  

Decolonise Research NOW is open to all staff and students. Everyone is invited to come along. Please RSVP at the following link

 

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Lunchtime cycle skills

 

Cycle Connections will be running short, lunchtime cycling sessions to help you improve your confidence on the bike. These will begin on the 19th of January (weather permitting) and will be tailored to the needs of participants. Please fill in this form to sign up. Sessions will be held at, or around, the QMU campus. Note: you will need your own bike.

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Beat the January blues with a Pub Quiz!

We all know January can be a tough month, but why not beat those blues and come along to Maggie’s on Tuesday 24th January for some fun at a Pub Quiz! Everyone welcome, no matter your course or level of study, so please feel free to join us.

 

Team entry only £1! With fun prizes to be won!

6.30pm for 7pm start, Tuesday 24th January @ Maggie’s

 

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Cycle Confidence Session- 29th of January

Cycle Connections has organised another Cycling Scotland Cycle Confidence session on the 29th of January (10am - 1pm @ QMU). This is open to anyone that wants to become more confident on their bike, and is a great way to meet others and share the joy of cycling! Email cycleconnections@qmu.ac.uk to sign up or to ask any questions.  

 

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Wi-Fi Maintenance

Essential maintenance work is happening on the Wi-fi infrastructure between 17:30 to 18:00 Thursday 12th January. The work is security fixes and general improvements

 

During that period, you may be disconnected, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by the essential work.

21st December 2022

In this week's QMU student news:

 

Vacancy: QMU Student Champion

Job Title: QMU Student Champion

Rate of Pay: £10.97 per hour

Contract Duration: Fixed term from February – July 2023

Person Specification: You will be a matriculated student at QMU (undergraduate or postgraduate) with a minimum of one year remaining on your programme, and ideally with experience of representing the views of your peers, e.g. as a class representative. We are also particularly keen to receive applications from QMU International students and QMU Doctoral candidates (Postgraduate research students).

Essential Experience: Applicants should have excellent communication skills, good organisation skills with attention to detail, and able to work both independently and as part of a team.

Essential Qualities: Applicants should be committed to enhancement of the student experience and wellbeing at QMU, as well as embedding a Students as Partners approach across the institution.

Description of Duties: Student Champions will work with QMU staff and students to support the development and delivery of initiatives to enhance and support the student experience at QMU. These projects will be in line with the priorities identified in the QMU Student Experience Strategy delivery plan, and the current Enhancement Themes institutional project that focusses on loneliness and isolation.

 

Individual Student Champions will represent and help to champion specific areas of focus that will include:

  • Loneliness and Isolation
  • The Learner Journey

 

Additional areas of focus may include:

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sustainability and Social Justice
  • Students as Partners
  • Healthy Universities
  • Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Quality Enhancement,
  • Innovation in Learning Teaching and Assessment

This is a student focussed role which will require you to draw from your own experience as a student (either undergraduate or postgraduate), as well as skills in supporting the development of resources, projects and communications and delivering these to staff and students.

Contract Basis:

A maximum of 70 hours in total (across all paid roles at QMU) over an twelve month period. This role will involve a minimum of 4 hours/month, however the total time commitment is not fixed, and there will be some flexibility to vary the hours/month as required.

For students from overseas on a visa, depending on your course of study and student visa, you must not work more than 20 hours per week in term time (which includes resit periods during vacation or the writing up period for taught postgraduate and research degree students). Please state clearly on your application form the course being studied and your current visa status.

All Student Champions will be required to attend in person training at QMU in February 2023 prior to commencing their role. Student Champions will also be required to attend supplementary training over the course of the year. All training time will be paid.      

Work will commence in February 2023 and could continue until July 2023.

How to Apply: Please request an application form by contacting academic@qmu.ac.uk.  Please note that the University is closed from Friday 23 December to Wednesday 4 January 2023 inclusive.

The Closing date for completed applications is Sunday 22nd January 2023.

Interviews will be held on Teams during the week commencing 30th January 2023.

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Free breakfast 24th of January

 

Do you actively travel to QMU? Or take the bus or train? If you commute sustainably you can get a free tea/ coffee AND a scone/ pastry/ muffin on the 24th of January. For more information and to reserve your ticket please book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-travel-breakfast-tickets-471012800967. Note that you will need to provide evidence of sustainable travel (details on the Eventbrite) and you will need to collect your food voucher from 1875 on the morning of the breakfast. 

 

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Introducing new lunchtime cycle skills sessions!

 

Cycle Connections will be running short, lunchtime cycling sessions to help you improve your confidence on the bike. These will begin in the new year and will be tailored to participants. Please fill in this form: https://forms.office.com/e/w8Qwieyu6n to sign up. Sessions will be held at, or around, the QMU campus. 

 

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 Recent Phishing Attempts and Guidance for the Holidays

 

In light of recent phishing attacks and with the holidays approaching, IT Services would like to remind all staff and students of the dangers of phishing.

 

Phishing emails are common and can spread quickly because once one person is compromised their email account is likely to be abused to phish their personal and work contacts, exploiting the mutual trust between them and making the attack more likely to succeed. Although some phishing can be very good a lot of it is quite poorly composed but still succeeds due to its reliance on various psychological and behavioural quirks that cause people to act without analysing the message or thinking things through the consequences.

 

The NCSC has a good list of the common tactics of phishing emails and similar scams, which can be found at: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/collection/phishing-scams/spot-scams. We would urge everyone to familiarise themselves with this information. Staff with access to MetaCompliance security training (mainly core staff) can also take or revisit the phishing training available there.

 

The simplest thing you can do to protect yourself is slow down and adopt a healthy scepticism to email and other communications. Take a moment to consider the likelihood that the request you have received is realistic.

 

Would a student or member of staff ask you to fill in a form to protect your account?

Would IT email you at 9pm at the weekend?

Would the Principal or your line manager or lecturer really contact you from a Gmail account to ask if you’re free and can do them a favour?

Is the tone and quality of language consistent with other communications you’ve received from the same source?

 

If the answer to any of these questions is no, do nothing and seek advice from the Helpdesk, reporting the email as an attachment where possible to give us the best chance to analyse it fully.

 

Although IT staff do keep an eye on things over the break, we have the same holidays as everyone else and would like to enjoy them! We would therefore appreciate your vigilance over the break. In particular please note the common tactics listed at the article above.

 

IT staff will not be sending emails over the Christmas holidays threatening to close your account, stop your emails or anything like that. We also do not ask people to extend their own accounts; students should matriculate, staff should have a contract of employment and AccessQMU users should have a valid form filled out by their line manager/requestor. To allow more time for scams to be detected and handled and for your own peace of mind and to enjoy the break, you may also wish to change your settings to reduce or stop unnecessary notifications from your work account.

 

On behalf of IT Services, we wish everyone a safe and Happy Christmas and New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

14th December 2022

In this week's QMU student news:

 

Implementation of MFA for Office365 (The mandatory process will go live December 19th )

Information Technology Services (ITS) are going to enable Multifactor Authentication (MFA) for accessing Office 365 resources (SharePoint online, Webmail, Outlook, Teams etc) when not connected to the Horizon desktop.

 

The mandatory process will go live December 19th and access to Office365 applications will only be possible if you have signed up to MFA prior to the 19th. The process to sign up is easy and quick with multiple authentication options available to you.

 

If you are signed up and using MFA to access Horizon, then no action is required. If you have not signed up for MFA then please see Multi Factor Authentication | Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (qmu.ac.uk) for more information and guides.

 

If you are unsure if you have previously registered, please visit My Sign-Ins | Security Info | Microsoft.com and log in with your QMU email to see if you have signed up. The minimum requirement is a mobile number, but ITS highly recommend using the Authenticator app for faster logins.

 

If you are having difficulty, then please email helpdesk@qmu.ac.uk or pop down to the Helpdesk located in the LRC where you will be assisted.

 

ITS will be communicating the change via multiple mediums over the next few weeks to ensure everyone is aware of the change. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this is essential work that needs to be undertaken. MFA protects your data and QMU from external perpetrators from accessing our system.

 

If you have any questions or concerns not addressed by Multi Factor Authentication | Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (qmu.ac.uk) then please drop Mark Glancy mglancy@qmu.ac.uk an email.

 

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Planned Catering & Retail Festive Opening Hours

 

1875

  • Closed from Thursday 15th December *(slightly earlier than originally advertised)
  • Reopening from Monday 9th January till Monday 16th January from 11.30am – 2.30pm with a reduced lunch offer (This is due to essential works taking place in the kitchens, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause)
  • Full service resumes Tuesday 17th January

 

Starbucks

  • Closed from the 17th December till Monday 9th January 2023
  • Reopen Monday 9th January

 

Maggie’s

  • Closed Friday 23rd December at 12 noon with reduced hours in the run up to this date (Full details around reduced hours will be advertised via Maggie’s Social Media platforms!)
  • Reopen Thursday 5th January

 

The Nook

  • Closed Friday 23rd December 4pm

 

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Getting a new phone for Christmas? Remember and update MFA first

Christmas and January sales are a popular time for getting a new mobile phone.

 

If you do get a new device then How do I change my MFA device? (qmu.ac.uk) has instructions to ensure you are not locked out of QMU resources as Multi factor authentication (MFA) is associated with your older device or phone.  

 

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(meno) Pausitivity @ QMU

 

The people in your life who are experiencing menopause (in its many forms*) need you! They need you to be educated, to be empathetic and for you to know how to support them.

 

We are delighted to bring you this interactive event on Thursday 26th January 2023. Everyone experiences menopause* differently however the most common symptoms are hot flushes (day and night), brain fog, memory loss and fatigue. All of these can have a significant impact on day to day life and work. This event gives you the opportunity to learn a bit more about this, ask questions and to actually experience a hot flush yourself (or watch others experience it).

 

We have partnered with Over the Bloody Moon (OTBM) to bring an interactive day of menopause awareness to QMU. As well as their excellent expo materials and information, they will bring their fabulous interactive Menovest* which simulates the feeling of hot flushes and the associated symptoms that can come with the flushes. The aim is to have a range of non-menopausal people try on the vest and describe how it feels. Its use so far has been successful in terms of peaking interest but overwhelmingly successful in building empathy and a desire to provide more support.

 

We will also have information and input from our QMU Lydia Osteoporosis project and Hey Girls who provide our sustainable sanitary products.

If you are interested in taking part in the event or have any ideas please contact Kirsten on kbaird@qmu.ac.uk or Jo on jburns1@qmu.ac.uk

 

If you don’t want to take an active part please still come along and encourage your peers to do so too. We’ll be in the atrium from 10am until 3pm that day and want to build a community of positive allies here at QMU and have our students begin their professional life as well informed colleagues and practitioners.

 

*Menopause, peri-menopause, early menopause, surgical menopause, menopause symptoms associated with gender affirming hormone treatment

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Free Student Accommodation for Peer Flatmates

 

Rock Trust are looking for committed and motivated individuals to become Peer Flatmates as part of the My Place project in East Lothian. Peer Flatmates each live in a flat in Musselburgh with 2 care-experienced young people who have been at risk of homelessness and help them to make a success of independent living and to become active members of their community.

 

All peer flatmates will have access to:

Free rent (excluding bills and council tax)

Your own private large bedroom

Free internet

Training from the Rock Trust and 24/7 support

 

Formal interviews will be held for the roles which will be arranged once applications have been received. We encourage anyone who is interested to contact us and discuss the role in an informal fashion in the first instance.

 

To apply or enquire, visit www.rocktrust.org/volunteering , call 0131 557 4059 or email admin@rocktrust.org.

 

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Rail Strikes Affecting Your Exams – be prepared

 

Students with on-campus exams on Tuesday 13th December, Wednesday 14th December or Friday 16th December should be aware that there are rail strikes planned for these dates. It is the student’s responsibility to plan ahead, arrange alternative transport and give themselves the necessary time they will need to ensure they get to campus on time. At the time of writing, it appears that Scotrail is planning to run one train an hour on the Waverley to North Berwick line between 7.30am and 6.30pm on Tuesday 13 December until Saturday 17 December, but please check this information for yourself before travel. See link for times: www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/passenger-disruption/industrial-action. We emphasise again that it is important to keep an eye on the Scotrail website as things can change.



Remember, you may find that alternative methods of transport could be busier than usual on these days due to the strikes.



Students should also note that transport difficulties do not fall within the University’s definition of extenuating circumstances, so it’s very important that you prepare in advance for your travel to campus on these dates. This could mean leaving your accommodation a lot earlier to travel by bus, sharing a ride in a car with a friend, staying closer to the University the night before at a friend’s accommodation, travelling by bike etc.



The exam timetable showing dates, times and venues of exams can be found on the Examinations and Assessment website. Please check the timetable regularly as this is subject to change.



Keep up-to-date with any disruption on the railways due to the strike action: www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/passenger-disruption/industrial-action .



We wish you all the best in your up and coming exams.

 

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The Widening Participation and Outreach (WP) team are looking to hire a social media assistant to help with the delivery of this year’s Step into Health at QMU programme.

The step into Health @ QMU programme is aimed at S5 and 6 students who are interested in a career within the health care industry. The programme is fully online with content being shared through media outlets like MS Teams, Twitter, and Instagram. The programme runs from March to June and we are looking for a current Health Sciences student to help us develop a strong social media plan to support this programme going forward.

What do I have to do?
The individual who is successful in this role will be responsible for the development and delivery of a bespoke social media plan that promotes and engages the targeted ‘Step into Health’ audience. The role will allow you to enhance and diversify your written and verbal communication skills, through creating social media posts, programme Newsletters, and writing up a short report of the impact social media posts had on the success of the Step into Health @ QMU programme.

Is this role paid and how many hours am I expected to work?
This is a paid role, and the contract will run from Monday 9th January to Wednesday 31st May. Ideally we are looking for a student who can commit to 2 ½ hrs a week for 21 weeks, equalling to 51.5hrs of work to be completed during the contract term, at the rate of £10.68 per hour.

How will this benefit me?
This is a paid opportunity, allowing you to earn money around your study schedule. It is a great opportunity to get creative with communication, using the platforms that companies have moved into since the Covid-19 pandemic. You will gain real life work experience whilst being supported by the WP team, and enhance your confidence and knowledge around online presence and using various social media platforms, which has become a more sought after soft skill.

If you are interested in applying for this role and you would like further details, please contact Suzanne Ewing on SEwing@qmu.ac.uk.”

 

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Abandoned bikes on campus to be donated

 

Cycle Connections tags bikes on campus with slips of paper if we deem them to be abandoned. If this tag is not removed, or nobody gets in touch, we remove these bikes and donate them to the Bike Station so that they can be fixed up and sold second hand.

 

If you have a bike on campus, please check if it has a tag and remove it if you do not want your bike to be donated. 

 

If you want to donate your bike, please get in touch using our email address: cycleconnections@qmu.ac.uk 

 

Abandoned bikes will be removed after the end of this week. 

 

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Silver Swans Awards - student film screening - Friday Dec 16th

 

Silver Swans Awards, Friday December 16th, 2-3ish, Halle Lecture theatre

 

The Silver Swans Awards screen the best films from 1st , 2nd and 3rd Year Film & Media / Theatre & Film students... and the audience vote for the award winners in each category.

 

Hopefully you can make the event. Please bring friends & family!

 

(Films lengths vary between 1 min / 3 min / 8 min)

 

07th December 2022

In this week's QMU student news:

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16 Days of Action 

16 days of action started 31 years ago to recognise Violence against Women. 16 days starts on the 25th of November on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on the 10th of December on Human Rights Day it also includes the commemoration of the femicides at Polytechnique Montréal which were instrumental in the formation of 16 days of action.

 

During the 16 days we want to take the opportunity to remind you all about our students of the Report and Support platform that we launched in October, and which is available to all students at QMU. We encourage students to use the platform to gain information as well as ask for support and/or report what has happened to them. 

 

Whether or not you choose to make a report, you will find useful information, support and signposting on:

Bullying and Harassment

Rape, Sexual Assault and Harassment

Relationship Abuse and Coercive Control

Discrimination

Hate Crime

Violence and Assault

Online Abuse

Stalking



HOW TO REPORT AN INCIDENT ON REPORT AND SUPPORT

 

There are two ways to make a report on Report and Support:

 

Anonymous reports let the University know something has happened, monitor trends and allow us to target awareness raising activities and prevention work. Please note that with an anonymous report, we won’t have your contact details so we can’t reach out and offer support or advice. To do this we would need you to report with contact details.

 

Reporting with contact details allows you to get support from one of our advisers within three working days. They can discuss what options you might wish to consider and you choose how and when you want to proceed. All information remains confidential unless there is a serious safety, welfare or duty of care concern.

 

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7030 MindClub

 

Hello everyone, the next meeting of the 7030MindClub is tomorrow! 

The 7030 Mindclub is a multidisciplinary youth-friendly space that promotes well-being. It is a project initiated by QMU’s current postgraduate officer (Anthony Ataekong 21009095@qmu.ac.uk) and is open to all. 

Anthony has our support on this, I'm delighted to invite you to the next meeting on Thursday 8th December @ 4.30pm in the Piano Bar. 

Anyone interested in being a part of the club or postgraduate students contemplating an avenue to actively participate and engage with other activities while on campus would find it useful to reach out to 21009095@qmu.ac.uk  

Please contact Anthony if you'd like to know what's next or if you're interested in being a part of the club. 

See you on 8th December 2022 at 4.30pm in the Piano Bar.

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Implementation of MFA for Office365

Information Technology Services (ITS) are going to enable Multifactor Authentication (MFA) for accessing Office 365 resources (SharePoint online, Webmail, Outlook, Teams etc) when not connected to the Horizon desktop.

 

The mandatory process will go live December 19th and access to Office365 applications will only be possible if you have signed up to MFA prior to the 19th. The process to sign up is easy and quick with multiple authentication options available to you.

 

If you are signed up and using MFA to access Horizon, then no action is required. If you have not signed up for MFA then please see Multi Factor Authentication | Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (qmu.ac.uk) for more information and guides.

 

If you are unsure if you have previously registered, please visit My Sign-Ins | Security Info | Microsoft.com and log in with your QMU email to see if you have signed up. The minimum requirement is a mobile number, but ITS highly recommend using the Authenticator app for faster logins.

 

If you are having difficulty, then please email helpdesk@qmu.ac.uk or pop down to the Helpdesk located in the LRC where you will be assisted.

 

ITS will be communicating the change via multiple mediums over the next few weeks to ensure everyone is aware of the change. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this is essential work that needs to be undertaken. MFA protects your data and QMU from external perpetrators from accessing our system.

 

If you have any questions or concerns not addressed by Multi Factor Authentication | Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (qmu.ac.uk) then please drop Mark Glancy mglancy@qmu.ac.uk an email.

 

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Social Mobility Commission - careers advice survey

 

The UK Government’s Social Mobility Commission  (SMS) has asked us to share a short survey with QMU students. They are looking into how young people are making decisions on their future. They aim to improve the information young people can access on the job prospects of different post-18 qualifications, so they can make informed decisions on their future and choose the right courses for them to fulfil their potential.

You can fill in the survey here.  It is open until 21st December and only takes a few minutes to complete.

Your answers will provide SMS with  insights on how students accessed job prospects information to decide what course to enrol in, and what they thought of the available resources.
They will use the results to try to improve the information available to young people.

The Marketing and Communications Team (marketing@qmu.ac.uk)

 

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University Wide ILP Submission Date and Winter Break 2022/3

 

Dear Students,

Christmas Closure Dates (closing evening of Friday 23rd December 2022 – reopening Thursday 5th January 2023)

The University will close during the festive period on the evening of Friday 23rd December 2022 and reopens on Thursday 5th January 2023.

ILP Submission Dates

Please note that Thursday 5th January 2023 has been agreed as the standard submission date, both for hard (as directed) and e-copy submissions for all students with an ILP submission date between Saturday 24th December 2022 – Wednesday 4th January 2023. As an example, if your original submission date is 21st December, you would normally submit a week later on the 28th December if you had an ILP of 7 days. Due to the Winter closure period your ILP is extended until QMU reopens on the 5th January 2023.

Please be reminded the University is closed from the evening of Friday 23rd December 2022 and reopens on Thursday 5th January 2023. There will be no technical support, with respect to electronic hand-ins from 17:00 on Friday 23rd December until 0900 on 5th January 2023.

Feedback/Provisional Mark Return Dates

Some feedback return dates may fall during the Winter closure period. Wherever possible, the University will aim to release your marks and feedback by 23rd December 2022, however please note that feedback turnaround times are based on working days (i.e. Monday – Friday; University closure days are not included as working days) and so some return dates will not be due until the New Year.

If you have any queries please contact the Academic Administration team in advance of the Winter Break at AcademicAdministration@qmu.ac.uk.

With all good wishes for the assessment period – and wishing you a safe and restful festive winter break.

The Academic Administration Team

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Last chances to buy gifts from the STEKAskills stall today and on the 13th and 14th December

 

The QMU based charity STEKAskills wants to thank everyone for all their support and encouragement at their stalls in the run up to Christmas. They'll be running three more before the semester ends (from 12-3 on the 6th, 13th and 14th December).  Each sale really does make an impact - find out more about this Malawian led charity which is making marginalised women and children’s voices heard (and is partnered with QMU*) at stekakills.com or on Facebook . 

*QMU has a formal relationship with the charity STEKAskills and the Malawian care home STEKA whereby QM students and staff benefit from getting involved in STEKAskills' practical and research-based projects and young people in Malawi benefit from QMU expertise and education.  Together we've made amazing progress, developing the anti-white saviour Youth Solidarity Critical Dialogue Groups 

 

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Rail Strikes Affecting Your Exams on Campus 

 

  • Be prepared in advance so you can get to campus on time.

Students with on-campus exams on Tuesday 13th December, Wednesday 14th December or Friday 16th December should be aware that there are rail strikes planned for these dates. It is the student’s responsibility to plan ahead, arrange alternative transport and give themselves the necessary time they will need to ensure they get to campus on time. Remember, you may find that alternative methods of transport could be busier than usual on these days due to the strikes. 



Students should also note that transport difficulties do not fall within the University’s definition of extenuating circumstances, so it’s very important that you prepare in advance for your travel to campus on these dates. This could mean leaving your accommodation a lot earlier to travel by bus, sharing a ride in a car with a friend, staying closer to the University the night before at a friend’s accommodation, travelling by bike etc.  



The exam timetable showing dates, times and venues of exams can be found on the Examinations and Assessment website. Please check the timetable regularly as this is subject to change. 



Keep an eye on the Scotrail website so you are up-to-date with any disruption on the railways due to the strike action.  plan your rail journey 

We wish you all the best in your up and coming exams.  

 

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SPSS Maintenance 08:30 Friday 9th December

 

The SPSS Licence server is undergoing maintenance between 08:30 and 08:45 on Friday 9th December

 

SPSS will not be usable between those times. We apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

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Lunchtime social ride to Portobello

Hello!

 

Join the team at Cycle Connections for a casual ride to Portobello next Wednesday from 12-1!

 

You will need to bring your own (roadworthy) bike and festive apparel if you have any! 

 

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/festive-lunchtime-ride-to-portobello-tickets-482545916827 

 

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Job Opportunity: ELTI Tutoring Initiative School Subject Tutors

Due to the ongoing disruption to schooling in the past two years, the provision has been extended to cover pupils in the coming exam cohort (2022/23). Eligible pupils from 7 high schools in Mid and East Lothian have been invited to take part in weekly tutoring sessions, over two 10-week periods, pre and post-Christmas. Tutors will be required to deliver both online and in-person sessions. In-person training will take place prior to commencement of the tutoring starting in January 2023.

Tutors will have achieved a Higher (or equivalent) in the subject to be tutored and either completed a degree or successfully progressed into the 4th year of an undergraduate degree (not necessarily in the same subject). We are particularly interested in receiving applications for the following subject areas: Science, Maths, Geography, Modern Studies, German and Business.

Tutors should be able to demonstrate the following qualities:

• Well organised and able to solve problems.

• Patient and willing to adapt when required.

• Able to develop relationships with a diverse group of people.

• Creative and innovative.

The initiative is being hosted and co-ordinated by Queen Margaret University, funders include the STV Children’s Appeal.

For informal enquiries and to request an application pack, please email elti@qmu.ac.uk.

Closing date: Wednesday 14th December at 5pm.
Interviews will take place on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th December 2022. On-campus training at QMU will take place week in early January.

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Cycle Ride Leader Course- only three spaces left!

 

There are only three spaces left on the Cycle Ride Leader course- email cycleconnections@qmu.ac.uk to sign up. 

 

This is a 1-day course which will give you the skills for leading groups of cyclists on roads and cycle paths. It will run on the 8th of January 2023. 

 

30th November 2022

In this week's QMU student news:

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Winter Wheelers starts soon!

Wrap up warm, get outside, and Love to Ride will support you with #WinterWheelers. Whether you’re a regular rider, or haven’t been on a bike in years, you’re invited to take part in this chilly challenge. Every day from 1-25 December, you can win prizes for riding your bike and encouraging others. Let’s get more people riding in a winter wonderland!

Email cycleconnections@qmu.ac.uk for help with riding in the cold or anything bike related

 

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Job Opportunity: ELTI Tutoring Initiative School Subject Tutors

 

In response to the educational challenges faced by young people due to COVID-19, the ELTI Tutoring Initiative was set up to help 4th - 6th year students who were due to complete N4, N5 and Higher assessments in the spring of 2021, and was extended to cover academic year 2021/22.

 

Due to the ongoing disruption to schooling in the past two years, the provision has been extended to cover pupils in the coming exam cohort (2022/23). Eligible pupils from 7 high schools in Mid and East Lothian have been invited to take part in weekly tutoring sessions, over two 10-week periods, pre and post-Christmas. Tutors will be required to deliver both online and in-person sessions. In-person training will take place prior to commencement of the tutoring starting in January 2023.

 

Tutors will have achieved a Higher (or equivalent) in the subject to be tutored and either completed a degree or successfully progressed into the 4th year of an undergraduate degree (not necessarily in the same subject). We are particularly interested in receiving applications for the following subject areas: Science, Maths, Geography, Modern Studies, German and Business.

 

Tutors should be able to demonstrate the following qualities:

 

  • Well organised and able to solve problems.

 

  • Patient and willing to adapt when required.

 

  • Able to develop relationships with a diverse group of people.

 

  • Creative and innovative.

 

The initiative is being hosted and co-ordinated by Queen Margaret University, funders include the STV Children’s Appeal.

 

For informal enquiries and to request an application pack, please email elti@qmu.ac.uk.

 

Closing date: Wednesday 14th December at 5pm.

Interviews will take place on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th December 2022. On-campus training at QMU will take place week in early January.

 

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To Media Students with Adobe Access

You may received an email stating you are removed from the old product “all apps” but you shouldn't lose access as you will still be assigned to “all apps EDU”. If you have an issues with your Adobe access, please contact The Helpdesk helpdesk@qmu.ac.uk

 

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Your feedback is wanted!

As we approach the new year, I want to ask for your feedback on what Cycle Connections could do to improve the cycling community at QMU. This will help us deliver events that you want and get 2023 off to a great start! Access the feedback form here: https://forms.office.com/r/hU4GwzfBsd

 

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Planned Catering & Retail Festive Opening Hours

 

1875

  • Closed from the 17th December 2022
  • Reopening from Monday 9th January till Monday 16th January from 11.30am – 2.30pm with a reduced lunch offer (This is due to essential works taking place in the kitchens, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause)
  • Full service resumes Tuesday 17th January

 

Starbucks

  • Closed from the 17th December
  • Reopen Monday 9th January

 

Maggie’s

  • Close Friday 23rd December at 12 noon with reduced hours in the run up to this date (full details around reduced hours will be advertised via Maggie’s Social Media platforms!)
  • Reopen Thursday 5th January

 

The Nook

  • Close Friday 23rd December 4pm
  • Reopen Thursday 5th January

 

 

 

 

23rd November 2022

In this weeks student news:

 

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QMU Food & Drink Focus Group

WANTED: YOUR CATERING IDEAS!


QMU Food & Drink Focus Groups are an informal setting where students and staff can weigh in on QMU's retail & catering outlets: Maggie's, Starbucks, 1875 and the Nook. ...over some free food, naturally! We want to hear your thoughts & feedback on everything food & drink related!

WHEN: Tuesday 29th November, 12:15-1pm

WHERE: Room 66 (just off 1875)

INTERESTED? Send an email to Alex to book your spot: AVelinov@qmu.ac.uk

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Scottish Music Group traditional Slow Session Saturday 26 November 1-3pm

We are running a slow session on Saturday 26th Nov 2022 at QMU, and invite anyone along who would like to play traditional folk tunes. This session is aimed at beginners and intermediate players who can read music, or play by ear, at a slow to moderate pace. If you are not sure, get in touch to find out if this session is for you.

£7 per person to cover costs and any profit will be donated to the Scottish Music Group.
Payment in cash on the day, or via bank transfer

Music will be selected from SMG tutor- Nigel Gatherer’s website and will be sent out on confirmation of booking.

Please bring a music stand if you need one. As we are playing in a classroom, we will also project the music onto a screen.

If you would like to meet up for lunch beforehand we will see you at Maggies for lunch at 12


The session will run for 2 hours from 1 till 3pm.

Please share this email with anyone who might be interested, and if you have already let me know you are joining us, could you please confirm your attendance again? Thanks.
Email -JCulpan@qmu.ac.uk

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Converge Drop-in session – 24/11

Converge is supported by the Scottish Higher Education Institutions. Our QMU membership gives us access to their company creation programme for researchers, aimed at creating a new generation of entrepreneurs in Scotland. To find out the essentials of starting a business you can access the Converge workshops series tailored specifically for business propositions coming out of academia.

Converge supports staff, students, and recent graduates from QMU to create innovative new businesses and translate their research. Lissa Herron Enterprise Manager, Converge is available all day for drop-in meetings and advice sessions to help you take the next step in your entrepreneurial journey. You can find her in the Business Innovation Zone here at QMU. Contact: rkedu@qmu.ac.uk.

Next session will be held on 24/11

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Menopause Café – Focussing on Nutrition and Menopause – Tues 29th November 2022 - 10.30am in Maggie’s


Come along to our friendly and relaxed Menopause Café to chat, listen or get a bit more information about additional support. We’re in Maggie’s at 10.30am to 11.30am on Tuesday 29th November so please do drop in – this month we have our guest Heather Donald, Lecturer in Dietetics at QMU who will be talking to us about our diet and nutrition in the Menopause. Refreshments will be provided.

This is an opportunity for staff and students to come along and meet over a cuppa. Whether you are experiencing menopause symptoms, are a friend, colleague, partner or family member of someone going through menopause or you are beginning the perimenopause stage, all are welcome to come along!

Please email Kirsten Baird, Student Union Manager - KBaird@qmu.ac.uk or Jo Burns, HR Partner - JBurns1@qmu.ac.uk if you would like more information, a confidential chat or have any queries.

We look forward to seeing you there – you don’t need to book in, just come along!

Here are some useful and informative links for more information or help and support:

Balance Menopause Booklet


The Menopause Charity


Balance Menopause


Menopause Support

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Celebrating Scottish Gypsy, Traveller Culture - Wednesday 30 November 2022, 2-4pm, Studio 51

Please join us for an afternoon celebrating the richness and diversity of Scotland's Gypsy Traveller Community with songs, stories, poems, material culture and discussions with community members.

Christmas treats included!

Guests include:
• Joss Cameron: singer and musician
• Jess Smith: storyteller and author
• Samantha Donaldson: poets and filmmaker
• Christian Brothwick: speaker


FREE and open to all QMU staff and students.

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Haggis Lovers Wanted for Consumer Research!

The Food Team at QMU are looking for people who consume haggis and are happy to provide their opinions. All samples are blinded so you will not know which brand you are tasting.

Date of testing: Wednesday 30th November & Thursday 1st December


Timings: Many sessions throughout Wednesday and Thursday, lasting approximately 45 minutes. Formal invite will be sent on 25th November.


Location: Sensory Suite based at QMU


Remuneration: £10 John Lewis or Amazon voucher for attending


To register your interest please email: consumerpanels@qmu.ac.uk


We cannot accept anyone with a food allergy or intolerance on our consumer panel
Attendees must be 18 or over.

Please share with anyone who would be interested!

 

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16th November 2022

In this weeks student news:

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Bus Barrier Operation

We have been advised by East Lothian Council that the bus barrier will return to normal operation from Wednesday 16th November.  This is a message to advise that use of the bus barrier is limited to buses and emergency vehicles only.

 

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Trip to Newhailes market this Saturday!

 

Join Cycle Connections this Saturday as we visit the market at Newhailes estate! There will be a walking (20mins) and a cycling group (10mins), so choose what works for you and sign up for free here

 

 

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Want to learn about cycling law?

 

Cycling Law Scotland is hosting a webinar on all things cycling law. Join us to learn about updates to the Highway code, compensation, and more. This session is designed to empower anyone who takes a bike on the road and introduce them to cycling law.

 

Sign up for free here

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Wellness Walk

 

Come along to the next walk in our autumn series.

Wednesday the 16th November - meeting by the trees, out front of Maggies. (future walks on the 2nd & 14th December)

Sign up for free on Eventbrite: Wellness Walks Booking

 

Walks will last 1hour and give you a chance to meet others, explore the local area and have a break!

 

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Ride to Portobello this Saturday!

 

Join us at 1pm this Saturday for a led cycle ride from QMU to Portobello! Email Cycleconnections@qmu.ac.uk if interested

 

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Trans Day of Remembrance at QMU

 

This Sunday, 20th November, marks the 23rd International Transgender Day of Remembrance. Here is an invitation to anyone who would like to, to join members of the LGBT+ Student Society and LGBT+ Staff Network to mark this occasion, firstly with a vigil, and then with a social event at Maggie's.

We will begin at 1400 on 20 November 2022 in Room 0047. This event is open to all staff and students.

 

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Scottish Music Group traditional Slow Session Saturday 26 November 1-3

 

We are running a slow session on Saturday 26th Nov 2022 at QMU, and invite anyone along who would like to play traditional folk tunes. This session is aimed at beginners and intermediate players who can read music, or play by ear, at a slow to moderate pace. If you are not sure, get in touch to find out if this session is for you. 

 

 £7 per person to cover costs and any profit will be donated to the Scottish Music Group. 

Payment in cash on the day, or via bank transfer

 

Music will be selected from SMG tutor- Nigel Gatherer’s website ( https://www.nigelgatherer.com/) and will be sent out on confirmation of booking.

 

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Tackling Sexual Violence

 

Despite covering a serious topic the sessions are fun and engaging with feedback from students always excellent. Challenging topics are discussed in an open and sensitive manner which encourages more open dialogue around campus and beyond.

 

The sessions are open to all students and the next dates are on Thursday 24th Nov 2-4pm or Friday 25th Nov 10am-12pm. Book via https://qmusuevents.native.fm/

 

If you have any questions please contact Kirsten Baird on kbaird@qmu.ac.uk

 

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9th November 2022

In this week's QMU student news:

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Writing Workshops with Dr Kat Lord-Watson (Open to all Doctoral Candidates and Masters level students)

Please join Dr Lord-Watson at a two-part writing workshop series to help you establish effective writing habits. At the Writing Workshop: Part I you will practice strategies for effective writing and be introduced to research problem statements. At the Writing Workshop: Part II you will review problem statements and be introduced to purpose statements. Please bring coloured pens and coloured paper to the sessions. Attendance at both workshops is mandatory (so you can't attend just one). Refreshments will be provided.

Writing Workshop: Part I on Monday 5th December 10:00 - 12:00
Writing Workshop: Part II on Wednesday 7th December 10:00 - 12:00

The sessions will take place on campus with not option to attend virtually.

To register to attend, please email GraduateSchool@qmu.ac.uk to book your place.

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QMUSU is looking for Student Trustees

 

The Students’ Union at Queen Margaret University (QMUSU) is seeking new Student Trustees. QMUSU is a dynamic, student focused organisation whose priority is to support and enhance the holistic student experience at QMU. Elected Student Officers work with a small, dedicated staff team to provide student representation, academic and welfare support, student activities, events and campaigns.

The Trustee Board is comprised of 6 student Trustees and 3 external Trustees. Our Student Trustees bring their experience of being a QMU student and learn how the SU and Trustee Boards work.

If you have an interest in supporting and developing the student experience at QMU and enhancing your skills we’d love to hear from you.

To arrange an informal discussion please contact Kirsten Baird, General Manager on kbaird@qmu.ac.uk

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Free weekend trip to Newhailes Market!

 

Cycle Connections will be facilitating a group walk and a separate group cycle to Newhailes Estate, where we will spend a relaxing morning visiting the stalls of Newhailes market. Everyone is welcome, so come along!

When? Saturday 19th November @10am outside Maggies

Sign up here

Journey times:
• Walking: 20 mins
• Cycling: 5-10 mins

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Click & Collect, and Click & Deliver app for Maggie’s

We are delighted to announce that our new Click & Collect, and Click & Deliver app for Maggie’s is going live!
This means you can get all your favourites on the go with a click of a button and a great way to beat those lunch time queues! 😊

1) Download the App
Go to your App Store
Search FUEL ON CAMPUS
Download!
Allow it access to your location when using the app
Create your account – you’ll only need to do this once!

2) You will be asked to enter a location code, this is 4534.

3) There are then 2 options:
QMU Maggie’s – This is for everyone who is NOT a student
Maggie’s Student – This is for everyone who IS a student
Our team will do random checks to ensure those ordering from the Student option are students, please ensure you have a valid student card which you will be asked to present when picking up your meal or drinks.

A variety of deals and loyalty programs will be available through our new app with 1875 and Starbucks being added soon, keep your eyes peeled on our @maggiesbarandcafe Facebook page for further information!

If you have any feedback please send them to onlinecatering@qmu.ac.uk

 

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Review QMU and be in with a chance of winning £2,000!

 

We value our opinions and so we would love you to review QMU!


We’re really excited to take part in this year’s Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs).


The WUSCAs are compiled from the reviews which students like you leave on Whatuni, and rank institutions according to the things that students really care about – student support, campus facilities, lecturers and teaching quality, and so on.


Whatuni is the UK’s largest source of independent, real, honest student reviews – reviews which have several benefits:


1. They give students like you a really important voice and platform to share your views.
2. They allow us to find out what you really think, so we can make improvements to our offering.
3. Your review could win YOU a £2,000 voucher for taking part.

We’d really love you to participate in the review collection process and give QMU a review!
It will only take a few minutes of your time.


Please click here to review your institution or visit https://www.whatuni.com/university-course-reviews/ and click the button to ‘Write a Review’.

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Work Opportunities - Love Wednesdays

Our Students' Union social sponsor, Love Wednesdays, are on the lookout for Hostesses, Cash desk attendants & PRs for ongoing flyering shifts throughout the year. Staff members get paid £10 per hour, per shift, they also receive free entry every week to Love Wednesday and can attend monthly staff nights out as well as other perks based on performance!

If you’re interested in joining the Love team then get in touch with Scott Linton via text on 07867425662 or email scott@lovewednesdays.co.uk

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Congratulations to the QMU Entrants’ Survey prize winners

The two survey prize winners, each winning a £25 Amazon gift voucher, are Adam Scott who studies Film and Media and Fern Mackay who studies Physiotherapy. Well done both!

Thanks also to all those that completed the survey. The survey results are being discussed next week at the Transition and Induction Working Group and they’ll also be considered at the Student Experience Committee.

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Turnitin: Submission receipt reminder

Please remember that submission receipts are no longer automatically emailed to you after you submit to a Turnitin submission link. You are able to download a copy of the receipt instantly at the time of submission or by returning to the Turnitin submission link at any point after submission.

Turnitin guidance for students

If you have any questions or issues with submissions please do review our guidance or contact us via helpdesk@qmu.ac.uk

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Free Weekly Mindfulness Drop In Sessions – Every Thursday 1-2pm

We are happy to advise that Derek Goodman from Mindfullybeing will be running weekly mindfulness drop in sessions on Zoom.
These are FREE and you don’t need to book in – please join if you are able


Here are the log in details:


Mindfulness Drop in Session for Students and Staff - Led by Derek Goodman


Running every Thursday 1 – 2 pm starting on 29th September 2022 to 1st December 2022
The practice of mindfulness is well known as an effective means of managing stress. The training involves exercising an appreciative awareness of the senses, the body and the breath so that we feel more naturally in tune with the present moment. Participants also learn how to view their thoughts and feelings from a broader, more open, perspective.


These drop in sessions are suitable for people new to mindfulness as well as more experienced practitioners. We will start each session with either a general introduction to the practice or with a reading or brief reflection to provide some inspiration, then meditate for about twenty minutes, briefly discuss the experience and finish with a second shorter meditatation


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 882 0861 8996


Passcode: QMU_MIND

 

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Cost of living resources

Don’t forget that there is a page on the QMU website website with information on how the University is working to support students with the cost of living crisis, and sources of further information. We hope that you find it helpful.

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Semester 1 Examination Timetable

The Semester 1 Examination Timetable has been published and can be viewed on our website.

The exams will take place both online and on campus, so please check the timetable carefully for information regarding your exam. We also advise that you check this regularly as the timetable is subject to change.

Students who have Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) for examinations will be contacted in due course with details of their specific exam arrangements.

More information about examinations can be found on the QMU website via the link above.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email the Examinations Team at Examinations@qmu.ac.uk

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Want to get trained in leading bicycle rides?

Cycle Connections is running a cycle ride leader course on Sunday the 4th of December. This course is aimed at individuals who want to lead group cycles either now or in the future.

This is a great opportunity to develop your road riding skills alongside learning how to lead and manage others on bikes.

Email cycleconnections@qmu.ac.uk for more information and to sign up!

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SPSS maintenance 20:00 Saturday 12th November

The SPSS licence server is undergoing maintenance between 20:00 and 21:00 on Saturday 12th November.

SPSS will not be usable between those times. We apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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2nd November 2022

In this weeks Student News:

 

Cycle Connections can help you build your cycling confidence!

Saturday 5th November @10am- first confidence building group ride

Saturday 12th November @10am- second confidence building group ride + maintenance session

Saturday 19th November- group fun ride

 

The confidence building group rides will be led by Cycling Scotland trainers and the fun ride will be led by Cycle Connections.

 

Email cycleconnections@qmu.ac.uk to sign up!

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International PALS session 

 

Are you an International Student? Would you like more help and support adapting to university and academic life in Scotland?

 

We are International Students who have successfully made our way through the first years of university and we have designed these PALS (Peer Assisted Study Scheme) sessions to share our experiences and pass on some advice and support.

 

The sessions are open to all International Students: Undergraduates and Postgraduates.

 

The next session is on: 

  • Thursday 3rdNovemberat 14:00 On Campus

 

The session will focus on assessments and how to tackle them, but you are welcome to come along with other questions, or even just to connect with other International students.

 

  • You can book a place here!

 

We look forward to meeting some of you on Thursday!

 

The PALS Team

 

To find out more about PALS at QMU:

 

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Beer Loves Wanted for Consumer Research!

 

The Food Team at QMU are looking for ale drinkers who are happy to provide their opinions on new formulations. All samples are blinded so you will not know which brand you are tasting.

 

Date of testing: Saturday 26th November

Location: Surgeon’s Quarter, Edinburgh City Centre

Remuneration: £10 John Lewis or Amazon voucher for attending and entered into a draw to win £100 John Lewis or Amazon voucher

To apply email: consumerpanels@qmu.ac.uk

We cannot accept anyone with a food allergy or intolerance on our consumer panel

Attendees must be 18 or over.

 

Please share with friends and family who may be interested.

 

If you are not a beer lover but would like to join our consumer panel mailing list please email for the application form. Panels are normally carried out in the sensory suite on QMU campus on a range of food and drink products.

 

Follow the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.

 

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Student Focus Group - Food & Drink on Campus

Come along in person for an informal chat to hear more about our plans for QMU food and drink on campus. We also want to know what you’d like more of (and less!) on the menus, how important sustainable options are for you, and if service times work, as well as anything else you want to tell us.

Help us understand how we can keep improving, and enjoy some free sampling at the same time!

When: November 10th, 12.15-1.00pm

Where: 1875

How to join: just email Alex to let us know you’re coming AVelinov@qmu.ac.uk

 

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Veterans at QMU

As part of my role at QMU, I am the University’s Armed Forces Champion and I recently met with one of our Public Sociology students, Simon Spence, who served in the Armed Forces, to explore establishing Veterans at QMU – The Veterans and Armed Forces Society. In order to foster a sense of community amongst the defence community at QMU we would like to extend membership to serving regulars and reservists as well as the siblings and family members of veterans.  

 

In order for the Student Union to support the set-up of a new Society, the instigator must secure the support of 9 other students who have a similar interest and this note is in effect our first call out to defence community at QMU to establish support for the proposed Society.

 

Simon is keen to establish the Society as a vehicle to initially support an informal monthly meet up of members on campus.

 

If the Society is something that would appeal to you, both myself and Simon would be incredibly grateful if you could email wpo@qmu.ac.uk to express your support.

 

We would be grateful if you could email by 5pm on Monday 7th November, after which Simon and I will collate responses and get back in touch with an update and next steps.

 

Many thanks for taking the time to consider - we look forward to hearing from you.

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TGIThursday: come along for free food and more

Through TGIThursday, we are making sure that for one evening a week you have the option to hang back on campus before heading home, and, in doing so, that you don't have to cook a meal or heat your home. Plus, if you come along to TGIThursday, you can also choose to take part in a social or a wellbeing activity if you're looking to connect with others. Alternatively, you can find some quiet connection with yourself with the meditation and yoga that will be on offer in our wellbeing space on the night. At each event, there will meal kits to take home and enjoy over the weekend, and opportunities to win prizes.

Join us at TGIThursday, in 1875 from 5-7pm. There is no need to pre-book – just turn up on the night!

TGIThursday is a joint initiative between the Students’ Union and the University. It’s part of a broader programme of work support students through the cost of living crisis. For more information on that work, and cost of living resources, see the QMU website.

 

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Wellness Walk (Students)

 

Come along to the next walk in our autumn series.


Friday 4th November, 11:00-12:00- meeting out front of Maggies.


Sign up for free

Walks will last 1hour and give you a chance to meet others, explore the local area and have a break!

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Paypal Phishing Scam Seen at QMU

A new type of PayPal phishing scam was reported to QMU IT yesterday. Because blocks were put in place quickly we are hopeful that very few people have been affected but we are publicising it in case it comes back in a changed format which evades our blocks. It could also be something you see in your personal email account.

The email claims to be an invoice from the “Billing Department of PayPal”. Although this business name is false, the email really does come from PayPal (unlike most phishing emails, which come from compromised or untrustworthy email accounts or servers). The scammer has setup a PayPal account and is actually using PayPal’s invoicing feature to send invoices for goods and services which have not been requested. In addition to the invoice itself, the emails also contain a paragraph of text from the “seller”. This includes a US phone number (although it has been formatted with the +44 international dialling code so could be dialled from the UK). If dialled, this number leads to a malicious call centre which will try to persuade you to install malware on your computer or do something else to benefit the scammers.

These emails can simply be ignored, as a further paragraph in the email makes clear. PayPal’s template likely includes this clarification because they are aware of the risk of abuse of the invoice feature.

A write up of this type of scam can be found at the following link:
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2022/08/paypal-phishing-scam-uses-invoices-sent-via-paypal/

If you receive emails like this to your QMU address please forward them as attachments to the Helpdesk. QMU IT will investigate and try to block similar emails, where possible.

Garry Haining
Cyber Security Analyst

 

26th October 2022

In this weeks Student News

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To Absent Friends Festival 2022

https://www.toabsentfriends.org.uk/

 

Wednesday 2nd November, 12.30 – 13.30 in Room 2104

 

In the spirit of storytelling and story listening, we invite staff and students to join together to share stories and memories of absent friends (those who continue to be with us in memory and spirit).

To facilitate this process, we invite you to bring an object that you are comfortable to share with those attending – perhaps it belonged to them, reminds you of times/places/events, symbolises something that was shared. Across our lives we receive and retain objects for many different reasons. We will bring them together to represent the stories that live within and between us, and in remembrance of those unable to tell their own stories now.

If you are interested in joining, please arrive for 12.30pm. You are very welcome to bring your lunch with you

 

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Student Art Pass – a year of art + opportunities for a fiver

A Student Art Pass lets you dive into culture on a budget with free entry to hundreds of museums and galleries across the UK, and 50% off major exhibitions.

 

Plus, you’ll gain access to paid arts opportunities and grow your network by joining the #WeAreArtful @StudentArtPass community. All for just £5 a year.

 

Available for a limited time. Get your £5 pass today:

Click here  

 

if the above link does not work, please just use: https://www.studentartpass.org/get-a-student-art-pass

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TGIThursday: free food, and more

 

Through TGIThursday, we are making sure that for one evening a week you have the option to hang back on campus before heading home, and, in doing so, that you don't have to cook a meal or heat your home. Plus, if you come along to TGIThursday, you can also choose to take part in a social or a wellbeing activity if you're looking to connect with others. Alternatively, you can find some quiet connection with yourself with the meditation and yoga that will be on offer in our wellbeing space on the night. At each event, there will meal kits to take home and enjoy over the weekend, and opportunities to win prizes.

 

Join us at TGIThursday, launching on Thursday 27th October in 1875 from 5-7pm. There is no need to pre-book – just turn up on the night!

 

TGIThursday is a joint initiative between the Students’ Union and the University. It’s part of a broader programme of work support students through the cost of living crisis. For more information on that work, and cost of living resources, see the QMU website.

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Launch of Report and Support

We are pleased to announce the launch of Report and Support, a platform to allow various forms of harassment and violence to be reported that also provides access to advice and support. 

We are launching Report and Support in partnership with the Students’ Union, as part of QMU’s commitment to provide a safe and supportive environment for all students and staff, free from any form of discrimination or harassment. Report and Support is used by many higher education institutes across the UK.

Whether or not you choose to make a report, you will find useful information, support and signposting on:

 

Bullying and Harassment

Rape, Sexual Assault and Harassment

Relationship Abuse and Coercive Control

Discrimination

Hate Crime

Violence and Assault

Online Abuse

Stalking

 

In addition we will use the platform to run campaigns highlighting particular issues and sources of advice and support, such as our current one on drink spiking.

 

We will run an information session on Report and Support which all students and staff are welcome to attend

Thursday 03 November 1.15-1.45

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

 

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Santander - 10 chances to win £1k -Students

 

LAST CHANCE!! - 10 x £1,000 Santander scholarships open to all students

Apply now for your chance to win one of 10 grants worth £1,000 each to support your student experience! Enter here

 

It only takes a few moments to enter

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The GoSEStran app making commuting easier!

GoSEStran is a new free app designed as a one -stop -shop to make travel around East Lothian simpler. 

The app allows you to plan your door-to-door journey around East Lothian (and beyond!) and gives you the various sustainable travel choices available, showing how long each one takes, the likely cost, and even the predicted CO2 emissions. Just type in your desired destination and travel time and you will get an instant overview of the best routes and transport options. The app allows you to compare prices and buy tickets for certain modes and you also have the option to add a concession pass to save money. Watch out for the addition of new modes on the app, including a new demand responsive bus route in East Lothian, which will be advertised via the GoSEStran app! 

Go ahead and download GoSEStran off the Google Play and Apple App Stores now to give it a go!  

 

19th October 2022

In this weeks Student News:

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Free Cycle Confidence Course running at campus on the following dates:

 

  • Friday 21 October 1400-1700
  • Saturday 22 October 1100-1400

To register please set up a Cycling Scotland account: www.cyclinghub.scot/register

and then book onto your chosen course

 

Course 1 Friday 21 October

www.cyclinghub.scot/view-teaching/7238

Booking Code QMUECS1

 

Course 2 Saturday 22 October

www.cyclinghub.scot/view-teaching/7239

Booking Code QMUECS2

 

Brush up on your cycling cycles and learn about safe manoeuvres on campus and local quiet roads.

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Free Spin Class

 

Come along to the sport centre on Wednesday the 19th for a FREE spin class.

The class will aim to cover the 150mile virtual trip to the highlands.

Only 15 spaces so book soon to avoid missing out.

Book here: Free Spin Class

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Workshop on Compassion for Self Criticism 

Tuesday the 22nd November, 1pm – 3.30pm 

In person, on campus 

In this workshop we will look at how and why we criticise ourselves and feel common anxieties or low self-esteem.  We will see why Compassion Focused Therapy can give us some useful tools when working with these thoughts. 

COMPASSION?!! 

Don’t worry – this isn’t touchy-feely nonsense!  In Compassion Focused Therapy, ‘compassion’ is wise, kind, courageous strong and pretty helpful. 

The session will be run by counsellors Konstantina and Sophie. 

Please email them on counselling@qmu.ac.uk for more information and to book a place.  Please give your name and matriculation number. 

 

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Turnitin interface changes

Dear student,

 

Turnitin have made us aware of changes to their interface within the Hub. In addition to improved stability and a visual upgrade, it brings changes for staff and students.

 

We have updated our Help and Support webpages together with the guidance on the Hub to reflect this. This cover how to submit assignments, access submission receipts, how to interpret the similarity report and accessing marks and feedback.

 

For students the two main changes include:

  • A simplified interface to submit and access feedback
  • Submission receipts will no longer be automatically downloaded. They will need to be downloaded at either point of submission or by returning to Turnitin link at any point after submission

 

Turnitin guidance for students

 

If you have any questions or issues with submissions please do review our guidance or contact us via helpdesk@qmu.ac.uk

 

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TGIT Thursdays: Information for Students

 

Hi Everyone,


Thank you for your feedback via the Padlets last week. We hear you. We understand this is a difficult time for so many of our QMU students, and we want to support you as best as we can. We cannot fix everything, but we can try to take some of your stress and worry away by making sure one evening a week you have the option to hang back on campus before heading home, and in doing so you don't have to cook a meal or heat your home. Plus, if you come along, you can also choose to take part in a social or wellbeing activity if you're looking to enjoy connecting with others or finding some quiet connection yourself. 

 

Join us at TGIT Thursdays, launching on Thursday 27th October in 1875 from 5-7pm, with the BIG QMU Clothes Swap. So, start looking out your gently used clothes, coats, shoes and boots now - more information on when and where to drop them off will come out soon. After that, we've organised a series of themed nights, with the option to head to the wellbeing space always on offer each week as well, and prize vouchers for Maggie's to be won!

 

Thursday 27th October: Clothes Swap 

Thursday 3rd November: Movie Night & Movie Trivia Quiz

Thursday 10th November: Boardgames Night

Thursday 17th November: Bingo Night

Thursday 24th November: Quiz Night

Thursday 1st December: Festive Crafts, Treats, and Film Night

 

Looking forward to seeing you all there! Any questions or comments? Email Dr Kat Lord-Watson at klord@qmu.ac.uk.

The TGIT Thursdays Team

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Wellness Walk this Wednesday

 

Come along to the next walk in our autumn series.

Wednesday the 19th October - meeting out front of Maggies.

Sign up for free on Eventbrite: Wellness Walks Booking

 

Walks will last 1hour and give you a chance to meet others, explore the local area and have a break!

 

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Free Spin Class

 

Last chance to sign up for our FREE spin class in the Sports Centre on the 19th of October at 5pm.

 

Spin is a fun and unique way to cycle- as well as being a great way to exercise! Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-spin-class-tickets-431668932397

 

Hope to see you there!

 

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Absent Friends Festival 2022

 

https://www.toabsentfriends.org.uk/

Wednesday 2nd November, 12.30 – 13.30 in Room 2104

In the spirit of storytelling and story listening, we invite staff and students to join together to share stories and memories of absent friends (those who continue to be with us in memory and spirit).
To facilitate this process, we invite you to bring an object that you are comfortable to share with those attending – perhaps it belonged to them, reminds you of times/places/events, symbolises something that was shared. Across our lives we receive and retain objects for many different reasons. We will bring them together to represent the stories that live within and between us, and in remembrance of those unable to tell their own stories now.
If you are interested in joining, please arrive for 12.30pm. You are very welcome to bring your lunch with you.

 

12th October 2022

In this weeks Student News:

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Essential IT Maintenance

Network drives, Z: and G: will be unavailable between 20:00 and 21:00 on Wednesday 12th October to allow IT to carry out essential works. The Horizon desktop will also be unavailable during that period.

We ask that all staff and students be logged off by 20:00 o’clock on that date. A moderator message will be sent once the work is complete and users can log back in.

If there are any queries or concerns regarding this work, please email me.

IT apologise for any inconvenience caused by this essential maintenance.

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Don't feel confident enough to cycle on the road?

Confidence shouldn't stop you getting on your bike. Cycle connections is organising a confidence boosting module to give you the skills to ride on the road and take care of your bike. We plan to do group rides and maintenance sessions, alongside some e-learning. Email Cycleconnections@qmu.ac.uk if interested! 

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FREE spin class

Cycle connections is running a FREE spin class in the Sports Centre on the 19th of October at 5pm. Spin is a fun and unique way to cycle- as well as being a great way to exercise! Sign up

Hope to see you there!

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ELS Criticality Café

If you have questions about Criticality, then the ELS Criticality Café is for you. Criticality comes up in almost all assignments here at QMU, so it’s well worth spending time to bolster your skills. Every fortnight, ELS runs a session on getting a bit more critical in your academic work; we call it the Criticality Café.

Each Criticality Café session starts with a ‘Twenty Minute Technique’ where an ELS advisor shares a concrete method for making your writing more critical. Then the remainder of the session will be a peer ‘Tune Up’ of your drafts-in-progress.

And the Café part? Feel free to bring something to eat or a drink to sip on over the course of these lunchtime sessions.

The Café happens every second Friday, from the 21st October onwards, 11.30am – 1pm.

The Café alternates every fortnight between an in-person (Room 1153) and online (via Collaborate) format. You can sign up and check out all the upcoming dates via the ‘Forthcoming Events’ page on Student Central.

You can book in regularly, though if sessions reach capacity then priority will be given to new attendees.

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Campus & Commercial Services Updates

A communications site has been created to inform staff and students on important updates across C&CS. This includes information on the range of services provided by the Directorate as well as updates on major IT programmes.

The site can be accessed at: https://qmu.sharepoint.com/sites/QMUCommunications

Please check back as information will be updated regularly.

Regards

Scott Kerr | Head of Information Technology

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Calling all 3rd and 4th year IHTM and Events Management students

I am pleased to inform you that you are eligible to apply for the Lord Forte Foundation Scholarship. This opportunity is open to all  3rd and 4th year students on the BA (H) International Hospitality & Tourism Management and BA (H) Events Management programmes.

There are six scholarship worth £2,500 each, for more information and an application form, contact the email below.

 

Closing date: Monday 17th October 2022

Enquiries: development@qmu.ac.uk

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Santander - 10 chances to win £1k

10 x £1,000 Santander scholarships open to all students

Apply now for your chance to win one of 10 grants worth £1,000 each to support your student experience! Enter here

 

It only takes a few moments to enter.

 

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7030MindClub

 

Hello everyone, it has finally arrived. The 7030MindClub is here!


The 7030 Mindclub is a multidisciplinary youth-friendly space that promotes well-being. It is a project initiated by QMU’s current postgraduate officer (Anthony Ataekong 21009095@qmu.ac.uk) and is open to all.


Anthony has our support on this, I'm delighted to invite you to the club's launch on October 14th, 4 pm @0051.


Anyone interested in being a part of the club or postgraduate students contemplating an avenue to actively participate and engage with other activities while on campus would find it useful to reach out to 21009095@qmu.ac.uk

Please contact Anthony if you'd like to know what's next or if you're interested in being a part of the club.
See you on 14th October 2022, 4 pm at 0051

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Menopause Café – Tues 25th October 2022 - 10.30am in Maggie’s

October is Menopause Awareness Month and we’re all about helping to make more people aware!

 

We’re happy to be back and look forward to seeing you at our Menopause Café in the coming months. We have lots of things Menopause related planned and are looking forward to shouting about it all soon!

 

Come along to our friendly and relaxed Menopause Café to chat, listen or get a bit more information about additional support.  We’re in Maggie’s at 10.30am to 11.30am on Tuesday 25th October so please do drop in – this month we are hoping to run a ‘mini book club’ so please bring along your thoughts on any menopause related books you would recommend. Refreshments will be provided.

This is an opportunity for staff and students to come along and meet over a cuppa.  Whether you are experiencing menopause symptoms, are a friend, colleague, partner or family member of someone going through menopause or you are beginning the perimenopause stage, all are welcome to come along!

Please email Kirsten Baird, Student Union Manager (KBaird@qmu.ac.uk) or Jo Burns, HR Partner (JBurns1@qmu.ac.uk) if you would like more information, a confidential chat or have any queries.​

We look forward to seeing you there – you don’t need to book in, just come along!

 

Here are some useful and informative links for more information or help and support:

 

https://balance-menopause.com/uploads/2022/01/Mental-health-and-emotional-wellbeing-booklet.pdf

https://www.themenopausecharity.org/

https://www.balance-menopause.com/

https://menopausesupport.co.uk/

 

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Business Gateway - Drop in Session

Our on campus East Lothian Business Gateway service offers drop-in sessions to support researchers who have an early or advanced idea for starting a business. The next drop-in session is on 12 October 2022 – between 1200-1300. The office at QMU is located in the Business Innovation Zone which is located in the glass bridge on level 1 overlooking the 1875 canteen.

The Business Gateway is a one-stop- shop open to anyone with an idea about starting a business including QMU staff students and graduates! They provide one to one advice along with free workshops and seminars on a wide range of topics such as marketing, branding, getting the best from your website and finance. In addition, the team at QMU are keen to provide further support to staff and can present into courses to support any entrepreneurial teaching in the curriculum on business creation.

 

5th October 2022

In this weeks Student News:

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Exchange Opportunities

 

Have you considered spending a semester abroad as part of your degree at QMU?

Exchanges are possible if you in on of the following courses and levels:

 

Course

Year

Business Management (including with route specialisms)

1 & 2

International Hospitality, Tourism & Events

2

Drama

2

Theatre & Film

2

Film & Media

2

Media & Communications

2

Public Relations & Marketing Communications

2

Psychology

1

Psychology & Sociology

1 & 2

Public Sociology

1 & 2

Nutrition

1 & 2

 

If you’d like to find out more about the exchange opportunities, come along to our information session on Thursday, 13 October 12.00noon-1.00pm. To book your place, please visit Student Central.

If you are unable to attend the event and would like more information, or have any questions, please email StudyAbroad@qmu.ac.uk

 

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Managing Anxiety Workshop

 

Facilitated by Louise Gill, QMU Wellbeing Adviser

Explores what anxiety is, the different ways anxiety can affect us, ways to manage your response to triggers, strategies you can try to manage your anxiety

In person session, on campus

Wednesday October 26th 2-3.30pm, room 0049

OR

Wednesday November 9th 2-3.30pm, room 2109

 

To book a place please email ‘wellbeing@qmu.ac.uk’

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Student Wellness Walks

Facilitated led free walks open to all students

 

Engage with nature, explore the area, space to talk

 

Walks last about an hour and are gentle pace

Running throughout semester on every second week

 

To book a place and find out more information please email ‘wellbeing@qmu.ac.uk’  or drop into student services and ask at reception.

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QMU Social Media Ambassadors

QMU's Communications team needs YOU! Come and help us develop ideas and new content for our official social media channels and drive engagement.

We're looking for applicants from across different subject areas who are happy to tell the story of life at QMU from their own student perspectives. Share your ideas and create fun and engaging content in your own voice to help the University connect with the student and wider community audience.

We want Ambassadors to take a proactive approach to storytelling, helping us generate new ideas and share experiences of student life. You’ll have an eye for a great photo, be able to produce engaging video content and understand the power of a good soundbite. There will be opportunities to cover student events on campus and to capture student experiences.

You don't need to study PR, marketing, film or media to apply – what's most important is that you live and breathe social media and have a good understanding of the type of content that works best on each platform (experience of TikTok is highly desirable).

As it's a paid position, you'll be working closely and sharing ideas with QMU's Communications team – it's a great chance to make strong connections, build your experience, develop a portfolio and boost your CV. To find out more and apply, please visit

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Calling all 3rd and 4th year IHTM and Events Management students

I am pleased to inform you that you are eligible to apply for the Lord Forte Foundation Scholarship. This opportunity is open to all  3rd and 4th year students on the BA (H) International Hospitality & Tourism Management and BA (H) Events Management programmes.

There are six scholarship worth £2,500 each, for more information and an application form, contact the email below.

 

Closing date: Monday 17th October 2022

Enquiries: development@qmu.ac.uk

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Cycling confidence module

The cycling confidence module for students’, is a free module designed to build road confidence whilst cycling. It comprises of some online learning, 2 group cycle confidence rides, a bike maintenance session, and a group fun ride at the end. This will be stretched out over the course of a month.

 

 

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All welcome at Black History Month Lecture

Professor Paul Miller, EDI and Anti-racism Advisor to the Principal will be giving a lecture at QMU to help us mark Black History Month. 

Paul will deliver a lecture on Systems conditions, anti/racism and leadership in education on Tuesday 11 October 5-6.30pm in the Halle Lecture Theatre.  

Lecture Summary:

Racism in our institutions does not exist in a vacuum. Racism is driven by factors or "conditions" in society. These factors or conditions are not widely discussed, as debates about racism tend to focus on the effects and not the source. This lecture identifies four 'system conditions' that contribute to the spread and sedimentation of racism in society and in institutions. The relationship between 'system conditions' and organisational culture is also examined, along with organisational practice. The presentation ends by sharing case studies of leaders leading anti-racist change, effectively going against the 'system conditions' whilst re/shaping their organisational cultures

About Paul:

Professor Paul Miller is a former Head of the School of Education at the University of Greenwich, is Professor of Educational Leadership & Social Justice and Director of the Institute for Educational & Social Equity. He is the first (and still the only) Black professor of educational leadership in the UK. With over 108 peer reviewed publications, he has researched, written and published significantly on the issues of racism and leadership, and how the curriculum can be used to tackle gender-based violence (GBV). 

Booking:

If you would like to attend this event please sign up

If you have any trouble accessing this link or booking a slot please try using Google Chrome, if this doesn’t resolve the issue please email ASmith2@qmu.ac.uk to book your place.

Get involved in our EDI and Anti-racism culture review:

Look out for details of how you can be involved in the EDI and Anti-racism culture review Paul is leading at QMU.

Kind regards

Angela Smith
Head of HR 

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What's on at the Students' Union

Our Sports & Societies put on social events and take part in matches against other Scottish Universities every week! There are so many opportunities to cheer other students on and have a bit of fun even if you're not part of one of them. Have a look at what's on this week and head to qmusu.org.uk for more info!

 

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Couch to 5k Group

Date: Every Wednesday starting 12th October

Time 14.30 – 15.30

Cost: FREE!

Have you ever thought about getting into running?

Not sure where to start?

Our couch to 5k group is a great place to begin!

Not only is it a great way to get active but it’s also a fantastic way to meet new people.

Couch to 5k lasts for 9 weeks and is a gentle introduction to getting the body moving.  The purpose of the programme is to help you progress from no running experience to being able to complete a 5k run at the end of programme. It is based on a weekly 3-run plan, with our Sport & Fitness team leading you through one of these runs each week.  We will start off alternating between walking and running small distances and build up endurance throughout the programme.

The group will meet each week on a Wednesday afternoon and complete one run together.  This will be led by one of our instructors. When the weather is on our side, runs will take place outdoors on campus grounds.  In the event of bad weather, the session will take place indoors within the Sport & Fitness Centre.

Our team of highly qualified instructors will be there to encourage you and support you throughout your journey.

To book your free place, please email: couchto5k@qmu.ac.uk

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Apply by Thursday 6th October - Student Ambassador vacancies, £10.68 per hour

for you! We are looking for a team of Student Ambassadors to offer prospective students a taste of student life and the student experience at QMU.

As a Student Ambassador of Queen Margaret University, you can be paid to help at a range of events and activities which are run by the Student Recruitment and Outreach & Community Engagement teams, both on and off campus. These events include Applicant Visit Days and Campus tours, as well as School Careers Fairs, workshops or UCAS events. We also have some work with social media, blogging, admin tasks, virtual events, mail outs or promotions. The role is really varied.

The role of a Student Ambassador is very flexible, and you can fit your time around your studies. We have events and activities throughout the year, but you can choose what work you take part in. So if you have placement or other commitments, you can step back for a time, then pick up more work when you're able.

We occasionally have work from other departments across the university too, including the Careers & Employability team, the Student Union and academic departments.

We are looking for any student who likes to talk about their experience of studying at Queen Margaret University. This is open to any subject area, any year of study and any background. We look for a diverse range of students to be part of our team. We will provide you with training on aspects such as campus tours, so don't worry if you are new to campus.

To find out more, please view the job description and apply before 12:00 6th October - Here

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