Vice-Chancellor’s Fund helps QMU student join Study China Program

By Press Office

A first year Film and Media student from QMU is fulfilling a lifetime dream to study in the Far East, thanks to support from the University’s Vice-Chancellor’s Fund.

Neil McLeod applied to the Vice-Chancellor’s Fund earlier this year to help finance his travel and living costs, as part of the Study China Program.

His successful application to the Fund is allowing him to study Chinese history and culture, as well as learn Mandarin in Shanghai this summer.

Set up by QMU’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Petra Wend, the annual bursary of up to £500 per applicant, aims to fund travel, either wholly or in part for suitable overseas academic, professional or vocational initiatives.

Commenting on his successful application, Neil McLeod, said: “This is a huge opportunity and I’m extremely excited to be a part of it. I’m honoured to have received an award from the Vice Chancellors Fund. Without it I would have not been able to fund my time with the Study China Programme.

I would like to thank QMU its support and I look forward to representing the University whilst in Shanghai.”

As with all beneficiaries of the Vice-Chancellor’s Fund, Neil will be required to produce an evaluation report of his studies, outlining how the experience benefitted him personally and academically, and Queen Margaret University as a whole.

Neil is already sharing his study experience in Shanghai through an online blog. 

Some of the awards that have been made by the Vice-Chancellor’s Fund in the past have been to support a range of activities, including fieldwork for a research project and Masters dissertations, professional placements, attendance at international conferences and summer schools, as well as visits to overseas universities for collaborative research purposes. Such projects actively benefit QMU, the wider community and have led to publishable papers.

For more information on the Vice-Chancellor’s Fund and to apply, visit Our Funds. Completed application forms should be returned to Applicants are asked to supply a statement of support from their QMU supervisor with their application.

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