Undergraduate Prospectus 2021 - Queen Margaret University

Undergraduate Prospectus 2021 - Queen Margaret University
                                  Prospectus 2021

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Undergraduate Prospectus 2021 - Queen Margaret University
Undergraduate Open Days                                                                                                Contents
26 September and 17 October 2020, 11am-4pm

Join us at our open         At the open days you can:                      With our knowledgeable, friendly and
                                                                           approachable staff and many current
                            - speak to academic staff about the
days to get a better           courses that interest you;                  student helpers in attendance, we aim
                                                                           for your open day experience to be really
insight into our range of   - listen to subject area presentations;
                                                                           informative and enjoyable.                  Step into QMU                                                          Step ahead: Your future
                            - attend talks which will be relevant
undergraduate courses         to all potential students; and               Please keep an eye on our website for       Our courses                                                    2       Graduation and beyond                   52

and a real feel for         - check out our great facilities on           more information and to book a place.       Welcome to QMU                                                 3
                              a campus tour.                                                                                                                                                  Our courses                             54
studying at QMU.                                                           MORE INFO:
                                                                           www.qmu.ac.uk/open-days-and-                Why QMU?                                                               See page 2 for full course list
                                                                           meeting-us                                  10 reasons for joining us                                      4
                                                                                                                       A campus university with all the benefits of a capital city    6       Is QMU right for you?
                                                                                                                                                                                              All you need to know before
                                                                                                                       Your learning experience:                                              applying
                                                                                                                       Giving you a step up                                                   Your next steps before applying        148
                                                                                                                       How we teach and how you’ll learn                              8       The application process                150
                                                                                                                       Preparing you for employment: placements, careers and                  Writing a personal statement           152
                                                                                                                       employability                                         12               Application and access                 154
                                                                                                                       Inspiring entrepreneurs                                       16       Terms and conditions                   158
                                                                                                                       Your personal development: extracurricular learning                    Student fees and funding               160
                                                                                                                       opportunities and funding                                     20       International scholarships             164
                                                                                                                       Broadening your horizons: study abroad                        22       QMU bursaries                          165
                                                                                                                       Helping you succeed: student support services                 24
                                                                                                                       Making the most of your time at university                    28       Other useful information
                                                                                                                       The international student experience                          30       How to get to our campus               168
                                                                                                                                                                                              Useful contacts and more information   170
                                                                                                                       Your individual needs                                                  Acknowledgements                       171
                                                       “I was keen to study something in                               Joining us from college                                       34       Alphabetical course index              172
                                                                                                                       Associate students: an alternative way to get a degree        36       Our research                           173
                                                                                     the arts and had
                                                                                                                       Your student lifestyle
                                                                                        looked at other                City of Edinburgh, coast and countryside                      38
                                                                                                                       Edinburgh — a city of events, attractions and festivals       42       At QMU you’ll be part of a thriving
                                                                       universities, but after going                   Your accommodation                                            44
                                                                                                                                                                                              student community
                                                                                                                       Your Students’ Union                                          46
                                                                   along to the open day, QMU                          Clubs, societies and sports                                   48       where you need never be lost in the crowd,
                                                                                                                       Budgeting and living costs                                    50
                                                                         became my first choice.”                                                                                             based at a
                                                                                                                                                                                              modern campus with easy access
                                                                                                  Charlotte Barron
                                                                                                 BA (Hons) Drama                                                                              to Edinburgh.

Undergraduate Prospectus 2021 - Queen Margaret University
Our courses                                                                                                         Welcome
Step into QMU

                                                                                                                                    to QMU

                Drama and Performing Arts                       54 Health Sciences                                           104
                Acting and Performance                           56       Nutrition                                           106
                                                                                                                                                                                                            We perform at the highest level in
                Costume Design and Construction                  58       Nutrition case study                                108                              Welcome from the Principal                   pioneering expertise that cuts across
                Drama                                            60       Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing             110                                                                           our specialisms in health and
                                                                                                                                                               Thank you for considering Queen              rehabilitation, creativity and culture and
                Drama case study                                 62                                                                                            Margaret as your university.                 sustainable business.
                Theatre and Film                                 64       Management                                         112                               QMU offers you the opportunity for an        We were delighted to be named as the
                                                                          Business Management/ Business Management with                                        outstanding education founded on             top ranked modern university in
                                                                          Enterprise/ Business Management with Finance/                                        innovation and excellence. You will get
                Film, Media and                                           Business Management with Marketing                  114                              a warm welcome as a member of a
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Scotland in the Times Good University
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Guide 2020.
                Communications                                  66        Business Management case study                      118
                                                                                                                                                               thriving university community. Our
                                                                                                                                                               lovely, modern campus provides great         Queen Margaret has an excellent
                Film and Media                                   68                                                                                            facilities in which to study and enjoy all
                                                                          Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship)       120                                                                           reputation for its distinctive approach.
                Film and Media case study                        70
                                                                          Events and Festival Management                      122   With a heritage going      aspects of university life. And you can
                                                                                                                                                               also take advantage of all that
                                                                                                                                                                                                            We promote an engaged and nurturing
                Media and Communications                         72                                                                                                                                         learning environment with students at
                Public Relations and Marketing Communications    74
                                                                          Events and Festival Management case study           124   back to 1875, Queen        Edinburgh has to offer.                      the centre. Our campus, and our
                                                                          International Hospitality and Tourism Management    126                                                                           approach to teaching, encourages
                Public Relations and Marketing Commuications    76
                                                                          International Hospitality and Tourism Management    128
                                                                                                                                    Margaret University        Queen Margaret is a university with an
                                                                                                                                                               open and inclusive outlook which
                                                                                                                                                                                                            people to work together in a friendly,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            supportive and stimulating way.
                case study
                                                                          case study                                                has consistently           warmly embraces people from all
                                                                                                                                                               backgrounds. Indeed, that openness –         I wish you all the best with your studies
                Health Professions                              78 Psychology and Sociology                                         focused on improving       to people, to ideas and to working in        and I look forward to welcoming you to
                                                                                                                             130                               partnership – is fundamental to our
                Dietetics                                        80
                                                                          Psychology                                          132
                                                                                                                                    the quality of the lives   ethos. We are committed to social
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Queen Margaret University.
                                                                                                                                                               justice and to helping our students
                Dietetics case study                             82
                                                                          Psychology and Sociology                            134   of individuals through     make a positive difference in the world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sir Paul Grice FRSE
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Principal and Vice-Chancellor
                Nursing                                          84
                Nursing case study                               86
                                                                          Public Sociology                                    136   immediately relevant
                                                                          Public Sociology case study                         138
                Occupational Therapy                             88                                                                 education and
                Paramedic Science                                90
                                                                          Teacher Education                                  140    research. We are
                Physiotherapy                                    92
                Podiatry                                         94
                                                                          Education Studies (Primary)                         142   committed to social
                                                                          Education Studies                                   144
                Podiatry case study                              96                                                                 justice and to helping
                Radiography: Diagnostic                          98                                                                 our students make a
                Radiography: Therapeutic                        100
                Speech and Language Therapy                     102
                                                                                                                                    positive difference in
                                                                                                                                    the world.

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10 reasons for                                                                                                             Student statistics (2019/2020)
                                                                                                                                      Total undergraduate student numbers*        3,111
Why QMU?

           joining us                                                                                                                 Undergraduate students by school
                                                                                                                                      Health Sciences                             1,259
                                                                                                                                      Arts, Social Sciences and Management        1,852

                                                                                                                                      Undergraduate students by age
                                                                                                                                      20 and under                                2,105
                                                                                                                                      21 and over                                 1,006
           Thinking about studying at QMU?
           Let us tell you why we think you                                                                                           Undergraduate students by location
           should...                                                                                                                  Scotland
                                                                                                                                      Rest of UK
                                                                                                                                      EU                                          20%
                                                                                                                                      Outside EU                                   2%

                                                                                                                                      *excluding students studying with us at partners
            1. QMU is ranked top modern university in Scotland in       6. We offer a variety of learning and teaching methods      institutions abroad.
               the Times Good University Guide 2020.                          to maximise your student experience: lectures,
                                                                              seminars, tutorials, group work, placements, study
                                                                              abroad, independent work and hands-on projects
                                                                              with real clients.
            2. QMU is among all Scottish higher education
               institutions in terms of employment of our
               undergraduate leavers, with 97.1% of them in
               employment or further study six months after
                                                                          7. The campus is located less than six minutes train
                                                                              ride from the centre of Edinburgh.
               graduation (HESA, 2018).

            3. Our range of undergraduate degrees focus on               8. Our staff are experts in their field and are actively
               preparing you for a meaningful and interesting                 involved in research activities ensuring that our
               career, and aim to provide the optimum balance of              courses are up to date and relevant.
               theoretical and practical training.

                                                                          9. We are a socially responsible university that
            4. We have a contemporary, student-friendly campus               emphasises the importance of social justice and
               with superb facilities for learning and teaching.              have won numerous ‘green/sustainability’ awards.

                                                                          10. We have an impressive range of career-enhancing
            5. You need never be lost in the crowd — our size and              extracurricular opportunities and our size means
               campus environment mean it’s easy to get to know                 that a high proportion of students can easily take
               lots of people, and to get support from staff.                   full advantage of these benefits. These include
                                                                                awards, scholarships, internships, overseas travel,
                                                                                special paid employment projects, community
           MORE INFO                                                            volunteering opportunities — the list goes on!
           W: www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/

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A campus
Why QMU?

           university with
           all the benefits
           of a capital city                                                                                                                         “Choosing to stay in halls at QMU is a great
                                                                                                                                                     move. You get to meet new people and make
                                                                                                                                                     lifelong friendships.”

                                                                                                                                                    Calum McEachern
                                                                                                                                                    BSc (Hons) International Hospitality
                                                                                                                                                    and Tourism Management graduate

           QMU is an attractive      Location                                     Campus living
                                                                                                                              Sports facilities at QMU include a gym,
                                                                                                                              an impressive sports hall, as well as an
                                                                                                                                                                          friendships. Our ResLife programme
                                                                                                                                                                          offers a range of fun social, educational
           campus university         Located fewer than six minutes by train      A campus university offers everything
                                                                                                                              astro turf pitch, weights room and a
                                                                                                                              dance studio — for more information,
                                                                                                                                                                          and cultural opportunities for you to get
                                                                                                                                                                          involved in. It’s a great way for you to
           located to the east of    from Edinburgh city centre, the position
                                     of our campus affords spectacular
                                                                                  you need in the one place, and at QMU
                                                                                  everything is close to hand.
                                                                                                                              check out pages 48-49.                      relax, create a social life and settle into
                                                                                                                                                                          your new university community. For
           Edinburgh. The beach,     views across Edinburgh, including
                                     Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano in the     Our main academic building houses the
                                                                                                                              For students on our drama and               more information on our
                                                                                                                              performance courses, there is a             accommodation and ResLife, visit
           countryside and           middle of Scotland’s capital city, and
                                     East Lothian’s attractive coastline.
                                                                                  core teaching areas including lecture
                                                                                  theatres, classrooms, seminar rooms,
                                                                                                                              dedicated theatre space, which is used      pages 44-45.
                                                                                                                              for learning and teaching, as well as for
           shops are all nearby,     The campus is easy to reach by car
                                                                                  labs and clinics for our health courses.
                                                                                  It also includes our Learning Resource
                                                                                                                              public performances on campus.
                                                                                                                              Drama students also have access to
           and it’s just six         and public transport, particularly by        Centre — the hub of our campus —            rehearsal and workshop spaces within
                                     train, from Edinburgh city centre. It also   which, aside from library facilities,
           minutes train ride from   offers easy access to the coastal town       offers numerous study spaces and a
                                                                                                                              this area of the campus.
                                     of Musselburgh and beyond into East          plethora of IT facilities to support your
           all the amenities of      Lothian. The N1 Cycle Route runs             studies.
                                     alongside the campus, making QMU
           Edinburgh’s stunning      also easily accessible by bike. The A1       Catering facilities are also located
                                                                                                                              Student accommodation

           city centre.              is located next to the campus, which
                                     ensures quick access to the east, west
                                                                                  within the main academic building.
                                                                                  Our food court offers a wide variety of
                                                                                                                              Less than a one-minute walk from the
                                                                                                                              academic building is our Student
                                     and south of Edinburgh and beyond.           eating options. There is also a shop on     Village, which has 800 study bedrooms
                                     Less than half an hour’s drive away is       campus offering basic groceries and         each forming part of a self-contained
                                     Edinburgh International Airport which        snacks, and a Starbucks outlet.             flat. These flats accommodate three,
                                     offers flights across the UK, Europe                                                     four, five or six people sharing. Each
                                     and many international destinations.         Across University Square, a central         shared flat is well equipped with all the
                                                                                  outdoor space with tables and benches       facilities that you need for ‘home life’.
                                                                                  for you to enjoy during the summer          Importantly, 24/7 security on campus
                                                                                  months, are the sports centre, drama        means you can feel safe, and relax and
                                                                                  and performance spaces, the Students’       enjoy your time as a student.
                                                                                  Union (SU) bar/cafe area (Maggie’s)
                                                                                  and the SU office area. For more            If you choose to live on campus, you
                                                                                  information on the SU, see pages            will quickly become part of a
                                                                                  46-47.                                      welcoming and friendly community.
                                                                                                                              Living on campus is a great way to
                                                                                                                              meet people and make lifelong

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How we teach
Your learning experience: Giving you a step up

                                                 and how you’ll learn

                                                 Our teaching is                              Course length                                Modules
                                                 focused on building                          Many courses at QMU offer the                All of our courses follow a modular          put the knowledge and experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Class sizes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You can find staff profiles by subject on
                                                                                                                                                                                        gained in the classroom into practice in                                                  our website at www.qmu.ac.uk/
                                                 your knowledge and                           opportunity to study over three (Ordinary
                                                                                              level) or four (Honours level) years. The
                                                                                                                                           pattern. Core modules, and examples of
                                                                                                                                           optional modules, if relevant, are listed    a real-life environment and better
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Class sizes at QMU vary according to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  schools-and-divisions/. Please note that
                                                                                                                                                                                        prepare you for your future career. In                                                    our staffing is subject to change.
                                                 confidence,                                  four-year degree system in Scotland is
                                                                                              different from that offered in the rest of
                                                                                                                                           on each course page in this prospectus.
                                                                                                                                           While modules listed are correct at the      addition to your classes, you will also be   your course. However, the relatively
                                                                                                                                                                                        required to undertake self-supported         small size of the University means that
                                                 developing your                              the UK (although qualifications are
                                                                                              recognised and accepted both across
                                                                                                                                           time of print (February 2020), they may
                                                                                                                                           differ slightly from those offered in 2021   learning, making use of online resources     you can quickly get to know our staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and fellow students on your course,          External review
                                                 problem-solving skills                       the UK and internationally). The             and later years. Where optional modules      and those in the Learning Resource
                                                                                                                                                                                        Centre to complete independent               while also experiencing a range of
                                                                                              four-year honours degree is designed to      are listed, please be aware that not all                                                  teaching and learning opportunities
                                                 and preparing you for                        allow students to study their chosen         options may run in an academic year.         research or work on group projects.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     aimed at enhancing your overall student
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All Scottish universities, including QMU,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  are subject to regular periodic external
                                                                                              subject in greater depth and breadth. A      Placements are considered as modules.                                                     experience. You need never feel lost in a
                                                 a successful career.                         number of our healthcare courses offer
                                                                                                                                                                                        Assessment will take place in a variety
                                                                                                                                                                                        of ways, including written, oral and         crowd of students in a huge lecture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  review. This is undertaken by the Quality
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Assurance Agency. The review process
                                                                                              only a four year honours degree option.                                                                                                theatre.
                                                                                                                                                                                        practical examinations, depending on                                                      is called Enhancement-led Institutional
                                                                                                                                           Location                                     your course of study. Most courses will                                                   Review (ELIR). ELIR focuses on the
                                                                                              From 2020 entry onwards we will also
                                                 Academic year and timetables                                                                                                           also include forms of continuous                                                          University’s arrangements for managing
                                                                                              offer a four-year integrated
                                                                                                                                           Teaching mainly takes place in our           assessment such as essays, group work                                                     academic standards and enhancing the
                                                                                              undergraduate master’s degree in our                                                                                                   Staff expertise providing real-life
                                                 QMU’s academic year is divided into two                                                   academic building on campus. However,        and presentations. Our assessment                                                         quality of the student learning
                                                                                              health profession specialisms. Students                                                                                                learning
                                                 semesters. Semester One runs from                                                         if you are following a course that           regulations, which include our policy on                                                  experience. QMU’s most recent ELIR
                                                                                              will commence their chosen course with
                                                 September to December with                                                                includes a practical placement (see          assessment turnaround times, can be                                                       visit was in 2018. The outcome was a
                                                                                              a view to graduating with a master’s                                                                                                   We take pride in ensuring that our
                                                 assessments taking place before the                                                       individual courses), this will normally      found on our website at www.qmu.ac.                                                       judgement of effectiveness. This is the
                                                                                              degree in four years. Year’s Three and                                                                                                 teaching is relevant to today’s
                                                 Christmas break. Semester Two runs                                                        take place off campus. More information      uk/about-the-university/quality/                                                          highest of three possible outcomes. The
                                                                                              Four will be taught alongside                                                                                                          workplaces and prepares students for
                                                 from January to May, also culminating in                                                  regarding placements can be found on         committees-regulations-policies-and-                                                      full ELIR report is available at www.qaa.
                                                                                              postgraduate students studying on the                                                                                                  their chosen careers. You will be taught
                                                 assessments. The majority of our                                                          the individual course pages. Some            procedures/regulations-policies-and-                                                      ac.uk/reviews-and-reports/
                                                                                              relevant Pre-Registration* postgraduate                                                                                                by academic staff with in-depth
                                                 undergraduate degree courses are                                                          courses also offer a study abroad option     procedures/                                                                               provider?UKPRN=10005337#.
                                                                                              course. Students have the opportunity                                                                                                  knowledge and experience of their
                                                 modular with most students undertaking                                                    — please see the individual course                                                                                                     Wl3D25q7KJB
                                                                                              to exit with a BSc (Hons) at the end of                                                                                                subject area. Our staff ensure that they
                                                 six modules each academic year (three                                                     pages and page 22 for further                For more information on teaching,
                                                                                              Year Four and will still be eligible to                                                                                                are up to date with the latest knowledge,
                                                 in each semester).                                                                        information on this.                         learning and assessment activities for
                                                                                              apply for registration with the Health and                                                                                             thinking and developments in their field
                                                                                                                                                                                        individual courses, please visit the
                                                                                              Care Professions Council (HCPC).                                                                                                       and have strong links with industry and
                                                 The Academic Calendar will be available                                                                                                relevant course entry on our website (the
                                                                                                                                                                                        URL is noted on each course page in          professional bodies. Some continue to
                                                 to view at www.qmu.ac.uk/about-the-          *Pre-Registration postgraduate courses                                                                                                 practise professionally in their own areas
                                                 university/quality/committees-               are for students who already have an         Teaching and learning activities and         this prospectus) and refer to the
                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘Teaching, Learning and Assessment’          of expertise, while others are involved in
                                                 regulations-policies-and-procedures/         undergraduate degree in a relevant area      assessment methods
                                                                                                                                                                                        section.                                     world-leading research, shaping future
                                                 academic-calendar/. During term time,        who want to gain a health professional                                                                                                 discussion and methodologies in their
                                                 teaching is usually between 09:15 and        qualification.                               As a student at QMU you will benefit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     profession. You may also be taught by
                                                 18:15 Monday to Thursday and 09:15                                                        from a range of teaching methods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     visiting lecturers from across the globe,
                                                 and 17:15 on Friday, with undergraduate                                                   ensuring you have the opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     attracted to the University and its
                                                 teaching normally ending by 13:15 on                                                      make the most of your chosen course.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     location in Scotland’s capital. Doctoral
                                                 Wednesdays to allow participation in         Part-time study                                                                                                                        students with a relevant and current
                                                 sports and societies activities.                                                          Teaching methods include lectures
                                                                                                                                           (some of which may feature interactive                                                    research focus make an important
                                                 Timetables are available from mid-July       Our undergraduate courses are                                                                                                          contribution to teaching on some of our
                                                 (but subject to change), with continuing     designed to be studied full-time,            approaches including live voting
                                                                                                                                           systems), and seminars and tutorial                                                       undergraduate degrees. QMU provides
                                                 students able to see their personal          although it may be possible to study                                                                                                   initial training and ongoing development
                                                 timetables around this time. While efforts   some on a part-time basis. Please            groups allowing for more in-depth
                                                                                                                                           discussion of the topics being studied. A                                                 opportunities for doctoral students
                                                 are made to make the timetables as           contact Admissions (admissions@qmu.                                                                                                    acting in this role.
                                                 student friendly as possible, teaching       ac.uk) for advice on part-time study         number of our courses also include
                                                 can take place at any time during the        options.                                     practical placements. These allow you to
                                                 teaching week, and may not be
                                                 consistent on a week-to-week basis.

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Our teaching aims                           We aim for our graduates to be:                                                Teaching and learning facilities on campus
Your learning experience: Giving you a step up

                                                 Based on student and employer                                                                                                             - Traditional lecture theatres and smaller seminar-style classrooms
                                                 feedback, we have identified a number       Confident and self-reliant with the    Creative problem-solvers who can        Teaching
                                                 of qualities that will put you in a great   academic, professional and             bring together skills of enquiry,       spaces         - Specialist teaching facilities for students on some of our health courses, including: clinical skills
                                                 position to take advantage of future        personal skills for successful         research evidence and critical                           laboratories; biochemistry laboratories; and a fully functioning podiatry clinic used by the public
                                                 opportunities. These qualities are          personal and career development.       analysis to investigate problems and
                                                                                                                                                                                           - Film and video editing suites, including a one of only two ‘infinity’ green screen facilities in Edinburgh
                                                 known as our ‘Graduate Attributes’ and                                             propose solutions.
                                                 are set out opposite. Through our                                                                                                         - A drama studio and spaces
                                                 teaching, we aim to help you develop                                                                                                      - A nursing simulation suite
                                                 these attributes.                           Positive contributors to building a    Adept at using many sources of
                                                                                                                                                                                           - A range of technology facilities including a TV studio, photographic and graphic studios, and a video
                                                                                             just and sustainable society.          information to sift, create and share
                                                                                                                                                                                             conference suite

                                                                                                                                                                            Learning       - Open 24 hours a day and forms the heart of our campus
                                                                                                                                                                            Resource       - Contains resources and facilities which are an essential support to your learning and teaching at QMU
                                                                                             Professional and ethical employees     Lifelong learners who can reflect       Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                           - A combined facility for directed and independent study, based on integrated library and information
                                                                                             with an understanding of how other     and build on their experiences to                        service provision
                                                                                             fields relate to and work with their   achieve success.
                                                                                             own.                                                                                          - More than 1,000 study spaces are available with a variety of social, quiet and silent study areas and
                                                                                                                                                                                             bookable group study rooms
                                                                                                                                                                                           - Access to a range of books and journals, both print and electronic, other electronic resources and
                                                                                                                                                                                             audio visual material to support your studies
                                                                                                                                                                                           - Help and support for users is provided
                                                                                                                                                                                           - Liaison librarians make sure you are trained in accessing the wide range of electronic resources
                                                                                                                                                                                             available to support your learning

                                                                                                                                                                            Assistive      - Designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities
                                                                                                                                                                            Technology     - Contains a range of assistive software, ergonomic and accessible peripherals, and adaptive furniture

                                                                                                                                                                            Computing      - Study spaces offer access to the QMU networked IT and research facilities via cutting-edge
                                                                                                                                                                            facilities       thin-client technology
                                                                                                                                                                                           - Each terminal provides access to up-to-date software including the Microsoft Office applications suite,
                                                                                                                                                                                             subject-specific specialist applications, and internet and email access via our own high-speed network
                                                                                                                                                                                           - Access to high-quality printing, copying and scanning, and a variety of academic and research software
                                                                                                                                                                                           - All rooms in our student accommodation offer high-speed wireless internet access
                                                                                                                                                                                           - Our ‘Remote Desktop’ service enables you to access the majority of applications and electronic
                                                                                                                                                                                             off campus wherever an internet connection is available

                                                                                                                                                                            Effective      - Supports you in developing and enhancing your learning strategies and skills for university study
                                                                                                                                                                            Learning       - Offers informal workshops as well as one-to-one appointments offering individual guidance and advice
                                                                                                                                                                            Service          on a range of topics including essay writing, referencing and exam preparation skills. Provides
                                                                                                                                                                                             specialist English language support for international students
                                                                                                                                                                                           - Offers easily accessible study resources

                                                                                                                                                                            Personal       - You will receive guidance in producing a PDP which encourages students to carry out key learning
                                                                                                                                                                            development      processes, including reflecting on what you are learning, planning and recording your personal
                                                                                                                                                                            plans (PDPs)     objectives, and communicating these to others
                                                                                                                                                                                           - Plans help you develop the key skills you require for learning and employment, and prepare for your
                                                                                                                                                                                             future career
                                                                                                                                                                                           - The process is used to support student learning in different ways, according to the course of study

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Preparing you for employment:
Your learning experience: Giving you a step up

                                                 placements, careers
                                                 and employability

                                                 With the jobs market                        Our courses aim to enable you to have a
                                                                                             positive impact on people’s everyday        Placements
                                                 becoming ever more                          lives and the type of careers that our
                                                                                             graduates enter are ones which will         Many of our courses include an integral
                                                 competitive, we want                        bring job satisfaction and the              placement as part of the curriculum. This
                                                                                                                                         can range from a few weeks to several
                                                                                             opportunity to contribute to society.
                                                 to ensure that our                                                                      months of each year depending on the
                                                                                                                                         course, and some courses offer
                                                                                             We are one of the leading providers of
                                                 graduates are fully                         courses allied to medicine, and the         opportunities in the UK and overseas.
                                                                                                                                         Our placements are set up to provide
                                                                                             professional accreditation, approval and
                                                 equipped with the                           registration provided by these courses      students with an environment for
                                                                                             allows our graduates to begin working       practical learning, utilising what you
                                                 knowledge and skills                        immediately, often in the National Health   have learnt in the classroom in a
                                                                                                                                         real-world setting and offering the
                                                 to compete                                  Service, as, for example,
                                                                                             physiotherapists, podiatrists,              opportunity to learn on the job, within                                                   access to part-time jobs, seasonal work,    attractive to future employers and
                                                                                                                                         the supportive environment of the            Careers and employability
                                                 successfully in the                         occupational therapists, radiographers
                                                                                             and dieticians. Our other health sciences   University.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   voluntary work, internships and graduate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               equipping you to compete in the jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                      You may have clear ideas about what
                                                 jobs market.                                courses can lead graduates into
                                                                                             commercial research work, further           Not only are placement opportunities an      career you are heading for. On the other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   As a QMU graduate you can continue          Another great way to strengthen your CV
                                                                                                                                         invaluable tool in the learning process,     hand, you may be uncertain which
                                                                                             academic research and                                                                                                                 to receive support from us throughout       and enhance your time at QMU is to get
                                                                                                                                         they can also help students towards          direction to take or even what your
                                                                                             entrepreneurship.                                                                                                                     your career.                                involved with the Students’ Union –
                                                                                                                                         their future career. By gaining real-world   options are.
                                                 Our employment rate                                                                                                                                                                                                           whether it be as a Class Rep, part of the
                                                                                             Our range of business courses produce       experience, our students are more                                                         For more information about Careers and      student officer team who run the Union
                                                                                                                                         prepared for the working world and can       The Careers and Employability team at
                                                 97.1%* of those graduating from a           graduates who go on to very successful                                                                                                Employability, visit our website at         or by joining a sports team or society.
                                                                                                                                         often find their placements help them        QMU assists all students regardless of
                                                 full-time undergraduate degree course at    careers either running their own                                                                                                      www.qmu.ac.uk/campus-life/careers-
                                                                                                                                         with job opportunities. Getting a ‘foot on   degree discipline, level of study or stage
                                                 QMU go on to employment or further          businesses or working in the marketing,                                                                                               and-employability                           Paid internships and other
                                                                                                                                         the ladder’ while at university can help     in career planning. Our team of
                                                 training within six months of graduating,   retail, events, hospitality and tourism                                                                                                                                           extracurricular opportunities (see pages
                                                                                                                                         secure a job in the future, and the          professionally qualified advisers work
                                                 which demonstrates that our graduates       sectors. Our arts and social sciences                                                                                                                                             20-21) can develop your skills and
                                                                                                                                         network of contacts you build can prove      closely with each subject area to ensure
                                                 have the skills and knowledge that          graduates also go on to have successful                                                                                                                                           confidence, helping you stand out from
                                                                                                                                         invaluable over time.                        that support is tailored to your needs.      Strengthen your CV
                                                 employers value. QMU’s graduate             careers in a variety of fields, with many                                                                                                                                         the crowd and enhancing your
                                                 employment rate is well above the           now carving out self-employed careers,                                                                                                                                            employability.
                                                                                                                                         More information on the placement            Our Employability Centre provides a          We recognise that it is not just your
                                                 Scottish university sector average of       for example, establishing their own
                                                                                                                                         opportunities in each course can be          comfortable space to conduct your            qualifications that employers will take
                                                 95.3%. Indeed, we are third in Scotland     theatre companies.
                                                                                                                                         found on the individual course pages in      career research and to chat with             into account when interviewing and
                                                 for employment of our graduate leavers.                                                                                              members of the careers team on a
                                                                                             There are also great career opportunities   this prospectus. Many of the student                                                      selecting candidates. We have worked        Part-time or holiday employment
                                                                                                                                         case studies in this prospectus and on       drop-in basis. You can attend seminars       hard to ensure that our courses also
                                                 *Source: HESA, July 2018                    for our education graduates.
                                                                                                                                         our website also mention placement           and workshops on topics such as CV           enhance your employability by providing     Many students choose to obtain
                                                                                             Examples of the variety of jobs in which    experiences.                                 writing and preparing for interviews. Our    opportunities for you to reflect on your    part-time work throughout their studies
                                                                                             our students have found employment                                                       annual recruitment fair puts you directly    learning and skills, recognising your key   sometimes with more full-time hours
                                                                                             are provided on the individual course                                                    in touch with employers, and our             strengths and developing areas you wish     over the summer break. Whether you
                                                 Courses designed for a satisfying
                                                                                             pages and case studies in this                                                           Employer Mentoring Programme helps           to enhance. Many of our courses also        want something specifically related to
                                                                                             prospectus, and on our website.             Internships                                  you gain an invaluable insight into the      provide opportunities to engage actively    your studies, or just some extra cash,
                                                 QMU provides a range of professionally                                                                                               graduate world of work.                      with employers not only through formal      our Careers and Employability team can
                                                                                                                                         We offer a number of internships through                                                  practical placements, but also through      provide you with information on
                                                 relevant courses, at both undergraduate
                                                                                                                                         Santander Universities which give            You can access the Careers and               guest lectures or other informal            part-time jobs and seasonal work. Due
                                                 and postgraduate level, and produces
                                                                                                                                         students and recent graduates the            Employability Team online through the        opportunities.                              to the location of the University, there
                                                 graduates who are well prepared to
                                                                                                                                         opportunity to gain invaluable work          University’s learning intranet platform,                                                 are numerous opportunities for
                                                 enter a career after graduation.
                                                                                                                                         experience — see pages 20-21 for more        and their Facebook and Twitter               At QMU there are countless                  employment for QMU students.
                                                                                                                                         information.                                 accounts. In addition, our online            opportunities for you to hone your skills
                                                                                                                                                                                      vacancy service provides you with            and experience, making you highly

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Undergraduate Prospectus 2021 - Queen Margaret University
“We benefited greatly from the Business
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                                                        Innovation Zone. Aside from free access
                                                   to office space and equipment, we have also
                                                 received advice from experts from the Business
                                                 Gateway, as well as academic and support staff
                                                                 at Queen Margaret University.”

                                                                                             Michal Korzonek
                                                                           BA (Hons) Film and Media graduate

                                                                                                               Business Gateway and the Business         Further study
                                                                                                               Innovation Zone (BIZ)
                                                                                                                                                         Once you have completed your
                                                                                                               QMU is the first Scottish university to   undergraduate studies, you may be
                                                                                                               have an on-campus Business Gateway        interested in undertaking a postgraduate
                                                                                                               service. Located within QMU’s Business    qualification. Dedicated to lifelong
                                                                                                               Innovation Zone (BIZ), the Business       learning and continuing professional
                                                                                                               Gateway offers advice and support to      development, QMU offers a range of
                                                                                                               students who are interested in            postgraduate qualifications to enable
                                                                                                               developing as entrepreneurs and setting   you to expand your knowledge and
                                                                                                               up their own business.                    perhaps specialise in a specific area of
                                                                                                                                                         your chosen field. With an
                                                                                                               BIZ provides business incubation space    undergraduate degree in a relevant area,
                                                                                                               for QMU’s start-up companies, including   you would be able to progress to a
                                                                                                               desk space, meeting facilities and easy   course at master’s level either
                                                                                                               access to Business Gateway services.      immediately upon completion of your
                                                                                                               BIZ tenants have won a number of          undergraduate degree or after a period
                                                                                                               entrepreneurship awards and you can       in employment. Graduates of the
                                                                                                               read about a few of our ‘inspiring        University who hold a verified QMU
                                                                                                               entrepreneurs’ on the next few pages.     undergraduate or postgraduate award
                                                                                                                                                         and who are admitted to a postgraduate
                                                                                                               For more information on BIZ, visit our    award at QMU will be eligible for a 10%
                                                                                                               website at www.qmu.ac.uk/services-for-    discount on the published fees. You can
                                                                                                               business-and-industry/business-           check out our range of postgraduate
                                                                                                               innovation-zone-entrepreneurship/. Also   courses on our website at www.qmu.
                                                                                                               see pages 16-19 for stories of our        ac.uk/study-here/postgraduate-study
                                                                                                               student start-ups.

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Undergraduate Prospectus 2021 - Queen Margaret University
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                                                                                                                                                                                        Amy Elder, BA (Hons)
                                                                                                                                                                                        Drama and Performance
                                                                                                                                                                                        Company name: Elderberry

                                                                                                                                                                                        At Elderberry Arts we believe
                                                                                                                                                                                        in creating memorable
                                                                                                                                                                                        moments! Our goal is to

                                                 Inspiring                                                        Jake Elliott-Hook and Amee Ritchie, BA (Hons) Psychology
                                                                                                                  & Sociology
                                                                                                                  Company name: S’wheat
                                                                                                                                                                                        spread passion and
                                                                                                                                                                                        enjoyment for performing arts
                                                                                                                                                                                        across generations. We
                                                                                                                                                                                        deliver fun and stimulating

                                                                                                                  S’wheat is an ethically and sustainable minded brand, which           experiences during our
                                                                                                                  produces eco-friendly reusable water bottles. The S’wheat             interactive musical theatre
                                                                                                                  Bottle is pure, practical and made from plants, making it fully       classes. Our early years ‘adult
                                                                                                                  biodegradable and ensuring that it will never end up in landfill or   and me’ programme has been
                                                                                                                  the oceans.                                                           specifically designed to
                                                                                                                                                                                        provide adults and their little
                                                                                                                  We began our journey after adopting a healthier lifestyle, which      ones the chance to bond
                                                                                                                  included drinking more water. We purchased many re-usable             while developing their
                                                                                                                  water bottles but found they did not last as long as we had           creativity, imagination and
                                                                                                                  hoped due to unwanted smells, lack of practicality and poor           confidence.
                                                                                                                  quality. This presented to us a great business opportunity where
                                                                                                                  we could create a bottle which would meet our needs while also        The support I received during
                                                                                                                  benefiting the environment.”                                          my time at QMU and
                                                                                                                                                                                        thereafter when joining the
                                                                                                                                                                                        BIZ helped to reassure me
                                                 We are passionate                       We are incredibly proud to support our
                                                                                         BIZ membership of over 40 start-ups in
                                                                                                                                        flavour of the enterprising spirit that
                                                                                                                                        abounds in our staff, students and
                                                                                                                                                                                        that I do have the necessary
                                                                                                                                                                                        skills and knowledge needed
                                                 about developing                        film and media, costume design, arts
                                                                                         and festival management, drama and
                                                                                                                                        alumni. We hope it will inspire you.            to build a business in my field.
                                                                                                                                                                                        My previous training in
                                                 entrepreneurial skills                  performance, food and drink, business
                                                                                                                                                                                        musical theatre meant that I
                                                                                         and physiotherapy. Their businesses
                                                 and attributes in our                   may be diverse but they share a passion                                                        was fortunate enough to gain
                                                                                                                                                                                        lots of experience working for
                                                                                         to drive forward their ideas, taking
                                                 staff, students and                     control of their professional and creative                                                     a variety of different
                                                                                         lives and learning the key entrepreneurial                                                     companies as a performing
                                                 graduates.                              skills and attributes that are essential for                                                   arts and musical theatre           Eadaoin McCormack, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
                                                                                         success.                                                                                       teacher while studying at          Company name: Mums Empowered Mums
                                                 Our commitment to this is exemplified
                                                                                                                                                                                        university. These work
                                                 through the wide-ranging services we    Our aim is to create an ecosystem that
                                                 offer to support innovation and                                                                                                        opportunities as well as           Mums Empowered is an innovative pre- and post-natal healthcare app that
                                                                                         nurtures creative, innovative and
                                                 enterprise in our Business Innovation                                                                                                  placements I went on during        offers mothers easy access to advice and education from healthcare
                                                                                         entrepreneurial ideas with a focus on
                                                 Zone (BIZ) and the unique partnership   health innovation, creative                                                                    university modules gave me         professionals, as well as safe and tailored exercises they can do in the
                                                 that we have established with East      entrepreneurship and social enterprise.                                                        the chance to build up my          comfort of their own home to improve their physical and mental health.
                                                 Lothian Business Gateway. We are very                                                                                                  skills and confidence, and
                                                 proud to be the only university in      These four pages bring together a                                                              helped me to realise not only      The first pre- and post-natal healthcare app of its kind, Mums Empowered
                                                 Scotland to have a Business Gateway     selection of our student and graduate                                                          my ambitions as a business         aims to revolutionise women’s health, helping mums regain control of their
                                                 office on campus and our                entrepreneurs supported by BIZ. These                                                          woman but also where there         body and embrace motherhood.
                                                 groundbreaking collaboration has been   reflect the breadth of talent and ambition                                                     was a gap in the market.
                                                 pivotal in establishing QMU on the      at the University and our aim is to give a
                                                 entrepreneurial map in Scotland.

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Tess Whittaker, BSc (Hons) Speech and Language
Your learning experience: Giving you a step up

                                                                                                                   Company name: Teresa-May Whittaker Voice-Over

                                                                                                                   I’m a voice-over artist and am registered as a sole trader. My
                                                                                                                   voice has been used for audiobooks, adverts, corporate
                                                                                                                   videos, animation films and much more! Clients have
                                                                                                                   included HSBC, Nivea, Royal Mail and many different
                                                                                                                   authors. I have a home recording studio, which allows me to
                                                                                                                   create the final, polished audio tracks.

                                                                                                                   After a serious accident in 2009, I plucked up the courage to
                                                                                                                   return to university to retrain in a career that I was really
                                                                                                                   passionate about. During my first year, the voice-over world
                                                                                                                   exploded and with new technology emerging it became
                                                                                                                   possible for me to utilise my previous acting skills from

                                                                                                                   The Senior Experimental Officer for the Speech and Hearing
                                                                                                                   Department at QMU was a fountain of knowledge in getting
                                                                                                                   my home recording studio up and running. My Speech and
                                                                                                                   Language Therapy (SLT) training helped me to safely
                                                                                                                   develop character voices and accents.

                                                                                                                   Due to university contacts, I’m now in the amazing position
                                                 Hannah Gordon, BA (Hons) Film and Media                           to also be part of Fitvoice, a community interest company,
                                                 Company name: Crossroad Games                                     which allows me to combine my skills as an actress and SLT.

                                                 Crossroad Games is a Community Interest Company
                                                 (CIC) that provides a client-based, visual novel games
                                                 development service with tailored illustrations and
                                                 interactive, dialogue-driven storylines that are highly
                                                 informative and engaging. Our aim is to construct
                                                 compelling storylines to motivate players to develop
                                                 emotional connections and engage with the messages
                                                 being portrayed.

                                                 Coming to QMU has restored my confidence and
                                                 self-belief. While rediscovering my skills and creativity,                                      Anton Winters and Louise Duncan, BA (Hons) Film and Media
                                                 I realised the potential use of gamification in certain                                         Company name: Naka Media
                                                 areas of business, particularly community
                                                 engagement. I have always loved creating visual novel                                           At Naka Media we work to create innovative media products, primarily for advertising,
                                                 video games and I’m now passionate about how it                                                 with a focus on videography, photography and graphic design. Our goal is to
                                                 has the potential to help young people in Scotland as                                           empower local businesses and charities by using our understanding of digital culture
                                                 well as changing the perception of video games.                                                 to deliver content with a contemporary look and mindset.

                                                                                                                                                 For several years, we have been working diligently on our own freelance work,
                                                                                                                                                 however, we both recognised that our skillsets were complementary and that by
                                                                                                                                                 combining our talents we could work on more ambitious projects. This also allows us
                                                                                                                                                 to spread our time collaboratively across a wider array of projects, giving us space to
                                                                                                                                                 continue to be creative.

                                                                                                                                                 We established Naka Media with the goal of creating new engaging products, larger
                                                                                                                                                 than the sum of its parts, developing our current skills to create videos for business
                                                                                                                                                 that have heart and soul. We wanted to step away from traditional, corporate ideas,
                                                                                                                                                 and work towards a brighter, more personal future that everyone involved is proud of.

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Your personal development:                                                                                                                Harry Jackson (pictured right)
                                                                                                                                                                                           BSc (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen graduate

                                                                                                                                                                                           Graduate Harry is Artistic Director for Amplify Time Productions, which was awarded
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                                                 extracurricular learning
                                                                                                                                                                                           funding from the Student Development Fund.

                                                                                                                                                                                           This funding helped Harry’s theatre projects get off the ground, allowed his company
                                                                                                                                                                                           to support 30 students in a classical production of Doctor Faustus by Christopher
                                                                                                                                                                                           Marlowe and to perform Antigone by Anne Carson at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

                                                 opportunities and funding                                                                                                                 These productions allowed the students to widen their personal skill sets, get
                                                                                                                                                                                           company experience, and have an opportunity to show what they can do and
                                                                                                                                                                                           market themselves for future work outside of the University and in industry.

                                                                                                                                                                                           Harry said: “Amplify is bringing arts into Scotland and supporting students. By
                                                                                                                                                                                           producing shows open to the public, we are contributing to the culture of Edinburgh
                                                                                                                                           part in activity that enhances their
                                                 Initiatives, including                       elective physiotherapy placement. Lucy
                                                                                              said: “My course required me to              learning and their understanding of the
                                                                                                                                                                                           and showing friends, family, professionals and other creatives what we have
                                                                                                                                                                                           achieved, alongside an amazing show experience which can be enjoyed by all. I
                                                 internships and                              complete a self-arranged elective
                                                                                              placement in my final year, anywhere I
                                                                                                                                           sector. Funding from the Crerar Hotels
                                                                                                                                           Trust and the Lord Forte Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                           cannot put into words my gratitude and thanks to the Student Development Fund.
                                                                                                                                                                                           The support it gave helped students such as myself and all those in Amplify Time
                                                 special funds, enable                        chose. Being able to do an acute
                                                                                              placement in Singapore was a great
                                                                                                                                           ensures that restricted finances do not
                                                                                                                                           limit students’ personal development
                                                                                                                                                                                           Productions opportunities to shine and show our skills and talent in their individual
                                                 our students to                              learning opportunity. My communication       opportunities.
                                                                                              was greatly challenged as I interacted
                                                 enhance their learning                       with a wide range of ages, cultures and      Megan Gillis was the University’s first         Harry’s company is now based within the Business Innovation Zone at QMU, where
                                                                                                                                                                                           he benefits from access to small business start-up support and guidance from the
                                                                                              nationalities”.                              recipient of the Crerar Hotels Trust
                                                 experience, build their                                                                   Access Bursary. she said: “I’m really           campus-based Business Gateway, as well as QMU’s rehearsal facilities.
                                                                                                                                           grateful to The Crerar Hotels Trust and
                                                 confidence, improve                                                                       QMU for their support and for helping
                                                                                              Become a Producer                            me secure my place at university. I now
                                                 their employability and                                                                   feel able to achieve my full academic
                                                                                              The Become a Producer Fund provides          and career potential without the financial
                                                 broaden their                                support for students on the BA (Hons)        constraints. My hope is that this course     knowledge into practice and work on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The Student Development Fund
                                                                                                                                                                                        real-life projects and build professional
                                                 horizons. See some                           Film and Media course. The grants cover
                                                                                              the costs of producing your final year
                                                                                                                                           will allow me to not only progress
                                                                                                                                           towards my career, but also gain             networks. For further information about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Grants from QMU’s Student
                                                                                                                                                                                        Santander Internships, please see our
                                                 examples below.                              piece of work — this can be costumes,
                                                                                              travel, hiring professional actors etc.
                                                                                                                                           valuable insight into how the hospitality
                                                                                                                                           industry works”.                             website at www.qmu.ac.uk/alumni-and-         Development Fund are designed to
                                                                                                                                                                                        friends/opportunities-to-give/santander-     support specific student-led projects,
                                                                                                                                                                                        universities/                                initiatives and activities which have a
                                                                                              Beth Hendy received £440 towards her                                                                                                   positive benefit for the student and/or
                                                 The Vice-Chancellor’s International          film. She said: “As a young female                                                                                                     the University.
                                                 Travel Fund                                  creative in Scotland, I am acutely aware     Santander Universities Support
                                                                                              of the limited arts funds and the                                                                                                      Whether students are continuing their
                                                                                              intensely competitive nature of funding.     Santander Universities provide a range       The Saltire Scholarship
                                                 The Vice-Chancellor’s International                                                                                                                                                 personal development, building on their
                                                 Travel Fund was set up with the sole aim     Therefore, I genuinely do appreciate         of outstanding opportunities for QMU                                                      knowledge or expanding their horizons,
                                                                                                                                           students through a variety of                The Saltire Foundation provides paid
                                                 of supporting students who wish to take      knowing that the University is willing to                                                                                              the Student Development Fund helps
                                                                                                                                           scholarships and awards. These include       internships in international businesses to
                                                 part in study or research abroad. These      provide support for someone starting                                                                                                   them to take advantage of a unique
                                                                                                                                           generous scholarships and bursaries for      Scotland’s most talented students – an
                                                 overseas projects enrich students’           out in this industry. With this film, I am                                                                                             opportunity. The Fund is designed to
                                                                                                                                           new and existing students, awards for        opportunity to which they may not
                                                 academic experience, broaden their           hoping to be accepted for a                                                                                                            support only those projects, initiatives
                                                                                                                                           overseas exchanges or research and           otherwise have access.
                                                 outlook on the world and help them to        postgraduate course to further my                                                                                                      and activities which would not happen
                                                 make a real contribution to their field or   portfolio and understanding of the           grants for community projects involving                                                   without additional financial support. The
                                                                                                                                                                                        In 2018, three QMU students were
                                                 to serving society’s needs.                  industry to enable me in my filming          students. For further information about                                                   Student Development Fund is an
                                                                                                                                                                                        selected to take part in summer
                                                                                              career. With these funds, I will be one      the funding available from Santander                                                      ‘opportunities fund’ supported by
                                                                                                                                                                                        internships as part of this competitive
                                                 With funding from the scheme, BSc            step closer to achieving my goals and        Universities contact santander@qmu.                                                       donations from QMU graduates and
                                                 (Hons) Nursing student, Ross                 hopefully be able to fulfil my aspirations   ac.uk                                                                                     friends. The Fund can help students
                                                 Macdonald, travelled to Uganda with          once I leave university”.                                                                 For more information on the Saltire          make the most of their time at QMU. All
                                                 First Aid Africa to provide first aid                                                                                                  Scholarship, visit www.scotland.org/         students are eligible to apply.
                                                 training to local communities. Ross                                                                                                    study-in-scotland/scholarships/
                                                                                                                                           Santander Universities Internships
                                                 commented on the experience: “I found                                                                                                  saltire-scholarships                         For more information on the Student
                                                 my time here to be very beneficial. It       Industry Support                                                                                                                       Development Fund, visit our website at
                                                                                                                                           Through the Santander Universities SME
                                                 made me more confident in my skills in                                                                                                                                              www.qmu.ac.uk/alumni-and-friends/
                                                                                              Every year QMU students are fortunate        Internship Programme, QMU offers a
                                                 communication and presentation. I also                                                                                                                                              opportunities-to-give/our-funds/
                                                                                              to have the opportunity to apply for         variety of paid internships with SMEs
                                                 learned about health in a different
                                                                                              financial support from the corporate         (small to medium-sized enterprises) from
                                                                                              sector. Funding from the hospitality and     across a wide range of sectors. These
                                                                                              tourism industry, from companies such        internships give our students and
                                                 BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy student, Lucy
                                                                                              as Apex Hotels, Dakota Hotels and the        graduates the chance to secure valuable
                                                 O’Brien, received funding to travel to
                                                                                              Kitchin Group, enables students to take      workplace experience, gain insight into
                                                 Singapore to complete a four-week
                                                                                                                                           the relevant industries, put theoretical

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Your learning experience: Giving you a step up

                                                 your horizons:
                                                 study abroad

                                                 Studying abroad          With great links across the world, you
                                                                          can choose to study part of your QMU          QMU courses which offer an exchange
                                                                                                                                                                Current exchange partners
                                                 through our exchange     degree in Europe, Australia, New              include:
                                                                          Zealand, Canada, the USA or Hong
                                                 programmes can be        Kong. Living in another country, and          •   BA/ BA (Hons) Business
                                                                                                                            Management (all routes)             Erasmus+           Metropolitan University College, Denmark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “I chose to study at
                                                                          studying at another institution, will allow
                                                 one of the most          you to make new friends from across the       •   BA/ BA (Hons) Drama
                                                                                                                                                                Europe             Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Saxion University of Applied
                                                                          world and acquire invaluable life skills.                                                                ESCE International Business School, France
                                                 exciting and rewarding   Importantly, it will also help you develop
                                                                                                                        •   BA/ BA (Hons) Events and Festival
                                                                                                                            Management                                             ETOS Osnabrück, Germany                               Sciences. While on my exchange
                                                                          a greater feeling of independence and
                                                 challenges for a         confidence. Not only does an exchange         •   BA/ BA (Hons) Film and Media                           Kempten University of Applied Sciences, Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I experienced a different
                                                                                                                                                                                   Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
                                                 student to experience.   programme allow you to stretch your
                                                                          wings, it will undoubtedly bring you
                                                                                                                        •   BA/ BA (Hons) International
                                                                                                                            Hospitality and Tourism                                Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands      learning environment, different
                                                 The opportunity to       benefits for years to come.                       Management
                                                                                                                                                                                   Escola Superior de Saude do Alicoitao, Portugal       cultures and had the opportunity
                                                                                                                        •   BA/ BA (Hons) Media and
                                                 travel and live in       Where exchanges are available, students
                                                                          can spend a semester at an overseas
                                                                                                                                                                                   Lulea University of Technology, Sweden
                                                                                                                                                                                   Malmo University, Sweden
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to travel to many new places.

                                                 another country, learn   university. Care has been taken to select     •
                                                                                                                            BSc/ BSc (Hons) Nutrition
                                                                                                                            BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I gained so much from studying
                                                                          appropriate international partnerships,
                                                 different customs and    ensuring that a period spent on               •   BSc/ BSc (Hons) Psychology          Worldwide          Griffith University, Australia                           abroad — from increasing my
                                                                          exchange gives QMU students credit                                                                       La Trobe University, Australia
                                                 traditions, meet new     towards their studies.
                                                                                                                        •   BSc/ BSc (Hons) Psychology and
                                                                                                                            Sociology                                              Acadia University, Canada
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         independence and confidence to

                                                 people and build a       A number of scholarships up to the            •   BSc/ BSc (Hons) Public Sociology                       Brock University, Canada                                          broadening my mind
                                                                          value of £5,000 exist to help fund study                                                                 MacEwan University, Canada
                                                 future career, draws     abroad for students facing financial
                                                                                                                        •   BA/ BA (Hons) Public Relations
                                                                                                                            and Marketing Communications                           Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and enhancing my employability.”

                                                 many students into       difficulties.
                                                                                                                        •   BA/ BA (Hons) Theatre and Film                         AUT University, New Zealand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kevin Thomas
                                                 the exchange             Please note that exchange opportunities
                                                                          are subject to availability. In addition,
                                                                                                                                                                                   California State University, USA
                                                                                                                                                                                   Central Connecticut State University, USA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BA (Hons) International Hospitality
                                                                                                                        MORE INFO:
                                                 programmes.              please note that where exchange
                                                                          opportunities are arranged in the EU,         E: studyabroad@qmu.ac.uk                                   Eastern Connecticut State University, USA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and Tourism Management

                                                                          Erasmus+ funding is available subject to      W: www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/                               Southern Connecticut State University, USA
                                                                          the UK remaining in the Erasmus+              international-students/exchanges-and-                      Slippery Rock University, USA
                                                                          scheme.                                       study-abroad/                                              St Edward’s University, USA
                                                                                                                                                                                   UMass Amherst, USA
                                                                                                                                                                                   University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

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“The support I received from QMU’s

                                                 Helping you                                                                                                                                                                                                       Disability Service team has had one of

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the most positive influences
Your learning experience: Giving you a step up

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     on my experience at QMU. The help

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           I’ve had has given me a huge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   confidence boost and has allowed me

                                                 student support                                                                                                                                                                                                         to reach my academic potential,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        as well as opening doors to new

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   career opportunities.”

                                                 services                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Annie Fowden
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           BA (Hons) Events and Festival Management

                                                 We provide high-        Pre-entry services                            or meeting, please contact a Disability
                                                                                                                       Adviser (see contact details on page
                                                                                                                                                                     If you are considering joining the
                                                                                                                                                                     University, having studied an HNC or           Support for care leavers                   QM Cares
                                                 quality facilities in   If you are contemplating going to             27).                                          HND programme at college, we will be
                                                                                                                                                                     able to provide guidance and                   We recognise that care leavers who         QM Cares is our student-led support
                                                                         university, we recognise that it’s not only
                                                 which to study and      information about the course that you         It is helpful to contact a Disability         information on opportunities to enter the      have spent time in local authority care,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    either in residential accommodation,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               group for students with caring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               responsibilities, care experience and
                                                                         need. Everybody’s circumstances are           Adviser as soon as you have firmly            University directly into Years Two or
                                                 excellent support       different and new students may have to        accepted an unconditional offer of a          Three of our degree courses (often             foster care or under supervision orders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    at home, may require additional advice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               those who are estranged from their
                                                                                                                       place on a course at QMU. This helps          referred to as articulation, direct entry or
                                                 services, to ensure     consider issues such as finance,
                                                                         childcare or disability. We are well aware    to provide us with useful information so      advanced standing). Direct entry               and support during both the pre-entry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    period and during the transitional         As part of QM Cares you will have
                                                                                                                       we can begin to put support                   students will also benefit from the Direct
                                                 you have an all-round   that you will require information on these
                                                                         areas before making your final choice.        arrangements in place for you as soon         Entrant Induction programme which              period. We offer all care leavers          access to:
                                                                                                                       as possible.                                  includes a range of activities in local        individual support through our
                                                 positive experience     The Admissions team, Student Funding
                                                                         Adviser and Disability Team are available                                                   colleges and a designated induction            Widening Participation and Outreach        •      advice and guidance to support
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    team. We can work with care leavers               your application;
                                                 during your student     to ensure you obtain all the information                                                    event for direct entrants at the start of
                                                                                                                                                                     the academic year. For more information        and their social workers to ensure that
                                                                         you need before and during the                                                                                                             applicants are supported appropriately     •      access to our pre-entry and
                                                 journey.                decision-making process to come to
                                                                                                                       Funding                                       on joining us from college, see pages
                                                                                                                                                                     34-35.                                         through their time at QMU.                        mentoring support programmes;
                                                                         university.                                   Our Student Funding Adviser provides
                                                                                                                       information on the funding that will be                                                                                                 •      the chance to become a paid
                                                                         You can make contact with any of the          available to you to support your studies                                                                                                       student ambassador;
                                                                         services highlighted on this page by          — for example student loans,                  Mentoring
                                                                         phone, email or in person to discuss          bursaries, tuition fee loans and                                                                                                        •      help with accommodation options
                                                                         issues in a confidential and accessible       childcare funds. For more information         QMConnect, our mentoring scheme,                                                                 and
                                                                         manner, before or during the application      on funding and how to contact the             offers new students the opportunity to
                                                                         process.                                                                                                                                                                              •      funding advice guidance.
                                                                                                                       Funding Adviser, see pages 160-161.           be matched with a trained mentor. This
                                                                                                                                                                     service is open to all new students.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               For more information about QM Cares,
                                                                                                                                                                     Mentors are current students in Years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               please contact wpo@qmu.ac.uk
                                                                         Disability                                                                                  Two, Three or Four who have
                                                                                                                       Mature students and college leavers           volunteered and have been trained to
                                                                         We aim to support all students in our                                                       support other students. We aim to
                                                                                                                       If you are returning to education after a     recruit mentors who are studying the
                                                                         diverse learning community to                 long gap you may feel a little anxious
                                                                         participate fully in their studies and                                                      same or a similar subject to you, but
                                                                                                                       about learning and studying again. Our        we cannot guarantee this. Mentors and
                                                                         university life. For students with            Widening Participation and Outreach
                                                                         disabilities such as sensory                                                                mentees meet regularly to discuss a
                                                                                                                       team can answer queries that you may          variety of issues, both social and
                                                                         impairments, medical conditions,              have on studying at higher education
                                                                         mobility issues, mental health                                                              academic, which can help make that
                                                                                                                       level. Eligible students will be invited to   first year of study at QMU a more
                                                                         difficulties and specific learning            join QMAdvance — a short pre-
                                                                         difficulties such as dyslexia, we offer a                                                   enjoyable experience.
                                                                                                                       induction course that helps ensure that
                                                                         wide range of support. If you would like      new students have a smooth transition
                                                                         to find out more information, or arrange      into QMU, as they embark on their
                                                                         a personal and confidential phone call        chosen course.

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“I gained a wide range of experience while undertaking an
                                                  internship through QMU’s Careers and Employability Service.
Your learning experience: Giving you a step up

                                                  The opportunity has been an integral part in my successful achievement
                                                  of a graduate role and has further enhanced my employability.”

                                                 Callum Shearer,
                                                 BA (Hons) Public Relations and Marketing (now ‘PR and Marketing Communications’)

                                                 Post-entry services                          Funding                                      Health                                        Personal Academic Tutor                      Personal Development Planning              Useful contacts/
                                                 If you decide that QMU is the right          Our Student Funding Adviser provides         QMU works in partnership with local           Each student is assigned a Personal          Our Personal Development Planning          more information
                                                 choice for you, there are further services   information on funding to support you        medical practices to ensure you can           Academic Tutor (PAT) who will help           (PDP) process aims to help all our
                                                 and facilities available once you            while you are studying. In addition,         access NHS services when you need             guide you through your studies. Your         students develop the key skills they
                                                 commence your studies. The majority of                                                                                                                                                                                          College Partnership Manager
                                                                                              advice can be given to students              them. All students are advised to             PAT will normally be your main source        require for learning and employment,
                                                 these are located in one central area        regarding support that may be available      register with a local medical practice        of advice and guidance relating to your      and to prepare for their future careers.   E: wpo@qmu.ac.uk
                                                 within our main academic building,           if they encounter financial difficulties     after they arrive at QMU.                     academic studies and can also refer          PDP is used to support student
                                                 providing a one-stop shop for all your       — for example, childcare funding and                                                       you to other support services if needed.     learning in different ways according to    Student Services
                                                 needs.                                       discretionary and hardship funds. For                                                                                                   the course of study. It is a guided        W: www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/
                                                                                              more information on funding, see                                                                                                        process which encourages students to       student-services/
                                                                                              pages 160-165.                               Worship and reflection                                                                     regularly carry out key learning
                                                                                                                                                                                         School Office                                processes. It can involve reflection on    Careers and Employability
                                                 Careers and Employability                                                                 There is a contemplation room on                                                           what you are learning, planning and        W: www.qmu.ac.uk/campus-life/
                                                                                                                                           campus which is open to all students          QMU’s School Office provides a bridge        recording your personal objectives, and    careers-and-employability/
                                                 Our Careers and Employability Service        Counselling                                  for prayer and quiet contemplation and        between you and your academic
                                                 can provide information, advice and                                                                                                                                                  communicating these to others.
                                                                                                                                           is designed to reflect the multi-faith        subject area. Staff in the School Office                                                Counselling
                                                 guidance on all matters related to your      The Counselling Service offers               nature of the staff and students at           will be able to assist with timetabling or
                                                 career. Armed with information on            confidential one-to-one, professional,                                                                                                                                             W: www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/
                                                                                                                                           QMU. We also work closely with St             general subject area queries, receive
                                                 part-time jobs, seasonal work, voluntary     brief counselling for any emotional or       Albert’s Catholic Chaplaincy at the           and return assignments and make                                                         student-services/counselling-service/
                                                 work, internships and graduate               psychological issue affecting your           University of Edinburgh, which is             contact with lecturers or tutors on your
                                                 opportunities, the service assists you in    academic work or your general health         located at 23-24 George Square,               behalf.                                                                                 Disability Service
                                                 finding employment during your degree        and wellbeing.                               Edinburgh and is open all day.                                                                                                        W: www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/
                                                 and after graduation. Advisers are                                                                                                                                                                                              student-services/disability-service
                                                 pleased to help you make decisions                                                                                                                                                                                              E: disabilityadvisers@qmu.ac.uk
                                                 about your career and support you in
                                                 making successful applications. The aim      Wellbeing                                    Learning Resource Centre and Effective                                                                                                Student Funding
                                                 is to see you make a successful                                                           Learning Service                                                                                                                      W: www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/
                                                 transition into the graduate world of        Our Wellbeing Service offers support for
                                                 work or on to further study. See pages       your mental, emotional and physical                                                                                                                                                student-services/funding-advice-
                                                                                                                                           The Learning Resource Centre and
                                                 12-15 for more information on careers.       wellbeing and facilitates building up        Effective Learning Service provide a                                                                                                  service/
                                                                                              resilience and healthy living to support     range of facilities and services to support                                                                                           E: studentfunding@qmu.ac.uk
                                                                                              you on your journey through university.      your learning needs. These include
                                                                                              We can offer advice on help and support      24-hour access to printed and electronic                                                                                              Effective Learning Service
                                                 Disability                                   for mental health issues. In addition, our   resources and access to group and                                                                                                     W: www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/
                                                                                              Stay-on-Course Programme provides            individual help on enhancing your study                                                                                               student-services/effective-learning-
                                                 Working closely with a network of key        rapid support to students identified as      techniques.                                                                                                                           service-els/
                                                 academic and non-academic staff, we          needing help through monitoring
                                                 can offer reasonable adjustments and         academic engagement and referrals                                                                                                                                                  Learning Resource Centre
                                                 assessment arrangements, as well as          from staff and students.
                                                 providing guidance for eligible students                                                                                                                                                                                        W: www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/
                                                 about Disabled Students’ Allowance                                                                                                                                                                                              learning-facilities/library/
                                                 (DSA) funding. DSA Needs Assessments
                                                 can be arranged, as can specific                                                                                                                                                                                                Wellbeing
                                                 one-to-one support such as note-takers                                                                                                                                                                                          W: www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/
                                                 or individual dyslexia tutors where                                                                                                                                                                                             student-services/wellbeing-service
                                                 appropriate. For more information about                                                                                                                                                                                         E: wellbeing@qmu.ac.uk
                                                 DSA please contact the Disability
                                                 Advisers (see contact details on poage                                                                                                                                                                                          Worship
                                                 27).                                                                                                                                                                                                                            W: http://scotland.op.org

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