Prize-winning Business graduate takes her local government career to next level

By press office

2022 marked an important year for the Queen Margaret Business School as it saw its inaugural cohort of students on the BA (Hons) Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship) programme tread the boards of the Usher Hall to receive their degrees – the culmination of four years of both full-time work and education.

One such student is Gemma Slight, who graduated with first-class honours and is the proud recipient of the Dean’s Cup. The prize recognises the highest academic achievement and is awarded to one student per Business School programme each year. The knowledge and skills gained on the course have assisted Gemma in moving into an exciting new role with East Lothian Council as a Business Growth Officer, but the 36-year-old Wallyford local is no stranger to the local authority, having continued to work there throughout her studies as a Business Development Assistant.

Queen Margaret University’s (QMU) graduate apprenticeship route in business management allows students to ‘work, earn and learn’ by studying for a degree while continuing in employment. The course has been tailor-made for those wishing to develop their expertise with their current employer, who, in turn, benefit from having highly skilled, more motivated and ambitious employees.

"It was just a positive experience from day one, really. Our tutors were always supportive, enthusiastic and engaging – even though we were only in for one day a week."
Gemma Slight


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