The things that I do that I would class as hobbies I seem to have picked up since moving to QMU. I do a yoga class at a place on George Street and Roller Derby training in Musselburgh every week on top of going to the uni gym (it’s so cheap!). I also have this really bad habit of binge watching TV shows on Netflix when I’ve got nothing better to do.

Hometown: The Hope Valley, Derbyshire

Year of Course: 1

How did you come to choose this course and why QMU?

I found QMU on the UCAS course search tool. I had to check out all different university websites as not many actually offer my course. I liked the look of it and decided to attend the open day last October; this convinced me that if I got offered a place I would definitely come here.

If you are living in halls what’s the best part?

The independence of living in halls is the best part. You can just do things whenever you want without having to check if it’s alright with anyone else (except your flat mates occasionally.) Things like laundry and food shopping can be done whenever, you can go out when you want and generally just live your life the way you choose.

What are the top three items that you packed that you wouldn’t be without?

  1. Laptop + DVDs
  2. Blanket
  3. Cupboard staples (Dried and tinned food that live in your kitchen cupboard. Getting your parents to buy you these before/ when you get here can save you a lot of money and it means you have something to eat when it’s raining and you can’t be bothered to go shopping.) 

What’s the best experience you’ve had so far in Edinburgh? Are there any hidden ‘gems’ you’d like to share?

I’ve found a fair few hidden (mostly not so hidden) gems in Edinburgh, such as the free yoga class I go to on Sunday morning. The best thing about Edinburgh is the amount of decent, independent coffee shops and eateries such as The Boozy Cow and Hula Juice Bar. Having these things so close by to use at my convenience is really different to me and I’ve really enjoyed just finding new parts of the city. A great thing about QMU is the fast transport connections into Edinburgh that mean in halls you have the quiet of being in the suburbs yet easy accessibility into the city.

"The highlight of this course is how diverse it is in nature. Alongside garment construction we get to do design work, theatre production and have experience on real shows. We are also given many opportunities outside of working hours such as going to see performances and attending events like museum lates."
Jess Hawley

Did you attend an Open Day? If so was there any aspect of the University which made up your mind for you?

I attended an open day in October 2014. I liked how modern and forward thinking the uni was, especially when it came to the student experience. The halls were nicer than some I’d seen in other universities and the tutors seemed to have a real passion about what they teach. The proximity to Edinburgh also played a big part - I fell I love with the city so it was a great package deal really.

Any advice for students who might be interested in this course? 

After conferring with several course mates we came up with this: research the subject and make sure it’s something you’re really passionate about because it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. There will be many days where you will spend a lot of hours in the studio and it can drain you emotionally but when you see what you’ve achieved it pays off 100%. It helps immensely if you already have an interest in sewing, fashion, film, theatre and history as these components make up the very basis of the course.

Any future plans after graduation?

I’ll be honest, that’s a little far away to think about right now. I’d like to work in film and TV though, or maybe find something in conservation.

Are you a member of a QMU club or society? If so, what was the reason behind your choice and what do you enjoy most about it? 

I’m a member of the Good Food Society which means that I get to do things like chocolate tasting and going to the Good Food Show in Glasgow. I find that being in societies is a really good way to meet people outside my course and immediate surroundings.

What’s your ‘top tip’ for making the most of being a student?

Take every opportunity you can even if you think that it might not be your thing. You’d be surprised how much you can enjoy something you never thought you would.


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