QMU’s TGIT Shortlisted for Prestigious WhatUni? Student Choice Awards

By Press Office

Queen Margaret University is delighted that its Thank Goodness It’s Thursday (TGIT) project has been nominated at the WhatUni? Student Choice Award 2023. As one of only three Scottish universities to be nominated across all WhatUni? Award categories this year, we are proud to see TGIT receive recognition in this prestigious award scheme.  

We would like to thank the great work of all the volunteers who bring TGIT to life, without whom this important event could not be possible. This includes academic and professional services staff of QMU, and staff at our catering partner BaxterStorey. 

The WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2023 are voted on by students. This year, over 35,000 students from across 240 Higher Education institutions in the UK submitted reviews.  

The awards aim to empower students and their families to make informed choices by giving them feedback on universities from those who have recently graduated or are currently studying. 

This year's awards were themed around the ongoing cost-of-living crisis and QMU’s own cost-of-living support scheme, TGIT, was shortlisted for their Submission Award category.  

Starting at the end of last year, TGIT is a volunteer-led support initiative created to tackle the cost-of-living crisis by bringing students together for free meals, takeaway meal packs and social activities in a warm, supportive environment. Welcoming all students across QMU, not just those in need of support, TGIT addresses spiralling food costs as well strengthening the university’s sense of community.  

 Run by a dedicated group of volunteer staff, TGIT has quickly become a favourite among students across the university.  

As well as offering free, hot meals, TGIT also gives students two-day meal packs to enjoy over the rest of the week. These meal packs come with detailed recipe cards to guide students on how best to use them. 

Initially a six-week pilot scheme, it has now been rolled out throughout the academic year.  

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For further media information contact John Gillespie, Media Relations and Content Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, E: jgillespie@qmu.ac.uk, and copy to press office E: pressoffice@qmu.ac.uk.