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Employability and Enterprise Festival

 

 

 

 

 

The week-long festival of employability activities and presentations, to be held from 12 – 16 February, will span the specialisms of arts, performance and entertainment; business & enterprise; health and the voluntary sector.

The programme of events aims to entertain, inspire and motivate the University students to develop a passion and understanding for key sectors, and to enhance their student experience of learning. Importantly, QMU’s employability festival puts a significant emphasis on encouraging students to develop as entrepreneurs and includes lots of talks and interactive learning activities with academics and business leaders.

Students will meet organisational leaders from all walks of life, including the high profile social enterprises Social Bite and Street Soccer Scotland; Marc Crothall, CEO Scottish Tourism Alliance; Gordon Dewar, CEO Edinburgh Airport; Stevie Middleton, Radio Scotland producer and record company owner; Orla O’Loughlin, Artistic Director at the Traverse Theatre; and Elaine Millar who runs her own physiotherapy practice.

Students will also benefit from skills development workshops in competency-based interviews and CV development, and entrepreneurial sessions with Converge Challenge, Scotland’s largest entrepreneurial training programme. Participants will also engage with many academics during the week who will host panels discussions on Brexit and lead entrepreneurial brainstorming walking sessions.

Professor Petra Wend, Principal

Queen Margaret University, said: “QMU is top in Scotland and third in the UK for employability of our undergraduate leavers. 98.2% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation. We are committed to ensuring that our students are work ready and have the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. Events like this employability festival are important in enhancing the student experience and encouraging students to view entrepreneurships as a first destination graduate career option.”

The entrepreneur, food expert and TV celebrity, Prue Leith CBE, will also attend the festival. Prue, who is Chancellor of Queen Margaret University, will provide QMU’s MSc Gastronomy students with an insight into her career as a business woman, and formally relaunch the University’s ‘Business Innovation Zone’ (BIZ) which supports students and new graduates to set up their own businesses.

Professor Wend concluded:

"We have a packed programme of exciting and useful events over the week. We are sure that our industry speakers, entrepreneurs and academics will help our students gain clearer insights into different industries and professions, whilst inspiring them to be ambitious in their outlook and achieve their goals."
Professor Petra Wend, Principal Queen Margaret University

As part of QMU’s community outreach work, the University is pleased to extend an invite to people from the community, other universities, businesses and organisations to take part in the Employability and Enterprise Festival.

See the festival programme below

  • Monday 12 February
  • Tuesday 13 February
  • Wednesday 14 February
  • Thursday 15 February
  • Friday 16 February

11.15 - 12.15 - Principal's welcome and keynotes
Alice Thompson, Co-founder and Director Social Bite Ltd
Sian Downes and Sarah Rhind, Street Soccer Scotland

Location: Halle (3148)

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivalprincipalswelcome.eventbrite.co.uk

 

12.15 - 13.15 - Lunch

 

15.15 - 16.15 - The value of work opportunities throughout your studies
Stewart Sands, QMU SU President and Isabel Canepa, Business Management Student  (Level 4)

Location: 2177

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivalthevalueofworkopportunities.eventbrite.co.uk

 

 

 

09.15 - 10.15 - Dreaming Pragmatically

Location: Boardroom

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivaldreamingpragmatically.eventbrite.co.uk

09.15 - 10.15 - Starting out, starting over: tales of a serial entrepreneur
Alison Stone, Three Minutes to Midnight and Terrier Partners Risk Management

Location: 3169

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivalstartingout.eventbrite.co.uk

10.15 - 12.15 - Reflections on volunteering

Location: 2093

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivalreflectionsonvolunteering.eventbrite.co.uk

12.15 - 14.15 - Preparing for competency-based interviews
David Stevenson, Head of Division (Media, Communication and Performing Arts)

Location: 2175

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivalcompetencybasedinterviews.eventbrite.co.uk

12.30 - 14.30 - Street Soccer football match
Street Soccer v QMU team

Location: Football pitch

12.30 - 13.30 - Walking brainstorm with Anthony Schrag
Picnic lunch provided

Location: campus

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivalwalkingbrainstorm.eventbrite.co.uk

13.30 - 14.30 - Walking collaboration with Anthony Schrag
Picnic lunch provided

Location: campus

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivalwalkingcollaboration.eventbrite.co.uk

 

13.15 - 15.15 - Jobs for sociologists
How to apply the sociological imagination to the job market

Location: 3090

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivalhowtoapplysociologicalimagination.eventbrite.co.uk

 

15.15 - 16.15 - 'Gusset Grippers'
Elaine Miller, Physiotherapist

Location: Halle (3148)

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivalgussetgrippers.eventbrite.co.uk

10.15 - 12.15 - Working in the music business and in radio production
Stevie Middleton, Radio Scotland producer, record company owner and DJ

Location: Boardroom

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivalworkinginthemusicbisandradioproduction.eventbrite.co.uk

12.15 - 13.15 - Walking with experts
Evelyn McDonald, CEO of The Scottish Edge (picnic lunch provided)

Location: campus

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivalwalkingwithexperts.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Afternoon free for student sports

 

 

10.15 - 12.15 - Converge Challenge workshop

Location: 3165

Got an idea? Our fun and interactive workshop will help you develop your entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.  For more information: https://www.convergechallenge.com/about/

To book your place: https://eefestivalconvergechallenge.eventbrite.co.uk

11.15 - 12.15 - Working for a charity
Jackie Brock, Chief Executive, Children in Scotland charity

If it is your ambition to work for a cause or to help others, a charity might be right for you. But, a charity needs a lot more than commitment to be successful. Jackie Brock will talk to you about working for a charity or even setting up your own - the benefits and the challenges for you to use the full range of your skills and expertise.

Location: Boardroom

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivalworkingforacharity.eventbrite.co.uk

 

12.15 - 13.15 - Women leaders in the arts sector - panel discussion
Orla O'Loughin, Director and Joint CEO Traverse Theatre
Kate Gray, Director, Collective Gallery
David Stevenson, Head of Division (Media, Communication and Performing Arts)

Location: Boardroom

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivalwomenleadersintheartssector.eventbrite.co.uk

 

13.15 - 15.15 - Brexit on employment and enterprise - panel discussion
Chaired by Petra Wend, Principal QMU with Professor Brendan McCormack, Marion Ellison, Professor Monika Foster and Paul Gilfillan.

Location: Halle (3148)

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivalviewsonimpactofbrexitpaneldiscussion.eventbrite.co.uk

 

11.15 - 12.15 - Make it your No.1

Marc Crothall, CEO Scottish Tourism Alliance

Location: Boardroom

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivalmakingityourno1.eventbrite.co.uk

12.15 - 13.15 - The Rabbie's Story

Robin Worsnop, Chair of ETAG (Edinburgh Tourism Action Group) and founder of Rabbies

Location: Boardroom

For more information and to book your place: https://eefestivaltherabbiesstoryrobinworsnop.eventbrite.co.uk

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Queen Margaret University Main Telephone Number
0131 474 0000

Event Details

Location Queen Margaret University
Date & Time Start 12 February 2018
11:15am End 16 February 2018
5:15pm
Cost FREE Please note: some events within the programme require advanced booking.