QMU invites business and community members to learn about its work 

By Press Office

In April, Queen Margaret University is set to welcome representatives from business, industry and voluntary organisations, along with members of the local community and alumni, to its annual open event to learn about the fascinating range of work that is going on at the University. 

People from across Edinburgh and the Lothians are invited to the campus in Musselburgh to find out about a variety of the University’s initiatives and build links with its staff.

The event will provide an insight into QMU’s research and innovation work, educational and community engagement initiatives, and its economic impact both locally and internationally.  

Visitors can expect an insight into the use of immersive virtual reality to help paramedic students navigate real life emergencies; portable ultrasound technology to help detect swallowing difficulty in acute and community settings, community arts projects, and QMU’s impressive international education partnerships. 

 Portable ultrasound technology to help detect swallowing difficulty

For those interested in the great outdoors, this will be a chance to tour the newly opened Outdoor Learning Hub and Discovery Trail, located in campus grounds, and to hear about QMU’s focus on outdoor learning.  

In a brief presentation and Q&A session, those attending will hear directly from the University’s Principal, Sir Paul Grice, and Chair of Court, Pamela Woodburn, who will discuss the institution’s recent developments and ambitions for the future, as well as how QMU’s work makes a difference to people’s lives locally, nationally and globally.  

Visitors will be invited to chat to researchers and academic staff at an informal fair in the University’s atrium, where they can learn about research projects and academic work being delivered by the School of Health Sciences and the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management.  

"We look forward to welcoming people from across the Lothians. The evening will provide a great way for people involved in the business community, arts and cultural organisations, charitable and third sector organisations, food businesses, healthcare providers and local QMU graduates to find out how Queen Margaret University might benefit their organisation, or them individually.  The evening will provide an excellent platform to support informal networking, and to make new connections with visitors and university staff which could be of mutual benefit."
Pamela Woodburn, Chair of the University Court

A presentation, stallholder event, Outdoor Learning Hub tours, virtual reality demo, light refreshments; and networking opportunities will all be part of this friendly, interactive evening event, which will run on 17th April 2024 from 4.30pm – 7pm.  

Attendance at QMU’s Annual Open Event titled ‘Local Impact and Global Reach’ is free. Book your place at Eventbrite (QMU’s open event).  

Event Timings:   

  • 4.30-5.30pm, Registration and opportunity to explore exhibits, speak with University representatives, including Court members, and tour the Outdoor Learning Hub.  
  • 5.30-6.10pm – formal presentation  
  • 6.10-7pm - exhibition continues, along with tours 
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available in the atrium tiers along with the informal exhibition. 

Open Event Exhibition Stalls 2024

As part of our 2024 open event, there will be an informal exhibition and fair showcasing a range of projects and developments from across the University. List of stalls

Notes to Editor

For further media information contact Lynne Russell, Communications Manager, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh on E: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk, (please also copy to E: pressoffice@qmu.ac.uk)

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