Award-winning student beats eating disorder

A student from Queen Margaret University (QMU), Musselburgh, East Lothian, has won an academic excellence award, the Sandie Randall award, after overcoming an eating disorder.

Caitlin Canavan, a fourth year International Hospitality & Tourism Management student, has now become a Scottish Young Ambassador for national eating disorder charity, Beat, to help support other young people in Scotland affected by eating disorders.

The news comes as National Eating Disorders Awareness Week begins in the UK, from 23rd February to 1st March 2015.

Caitlin Caravan award winner 2014Caitlin has donated half of her Sandie Randall award money to Beat, to help fund the charity’s work. Sandie Randall, former Head of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Management at QMU, has continued her association with the University after her retirement in 2008 by gifting the generous annual award to support student development.

Commenting on her Sandie Randall Award and her experience of living with an eating disorder, Caitlin said: “Starting university whilst recovering from an eating disorder is both scary and exciting. It can be challenging to fit your regular meals around classes and to eat with new people. In my case, studying hospitality at QMU meant attending cookery school, where I struggled at first with the tasting stage of the cooking process. However, university can offer many people a new start, a fresh slate and a new environment.

“I’ve proven that you can be academically successful after beating anorexia. Winning the Sandie Randall Award has allowed me to reflect on my time at university and to recognise what recovery has enabled me to do. Recovery has allowed me to enjoy four years of study, to make lifelong friends, and to achieve in a healthy way.”

Caitlin’s advice to anybody studying at university whilst in recovery from an eating disorder is to engage with all student services available, including the University’s counselling services and support via the Queen Margaret Students’ Union.

The Beat charity has also played a huge part in Caitlin’s recovery. The consistent message from Beat is that “eating disorders can be beaten”. This message has provided continual hope for Caitlin and her family during her recovery.

For more information on Beat and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week visit www.b-eat.co.uk

Britain’s Got Talent to stage auditions at Queen Margaret University

BGTThe Britain’s Got Talent production team will be attending a special open audition at Queen Margaret University Student Union at 1pm on Monday 3rd November looking for a range of fresh talent. If you’re interested in meeting them, then come on down and say hello!

The auditions are open to all local people living in Musselburgh and across East Lothian.

Award-winning Edinburgh film-maker launches: Kinetic Edinburgh III (Festival City in Motion)

An award winning Edinburgh film-maker has launched the latest edition to a series of short films showcasing Scotland’s beautiful capital city: Kinetic Edinburgh III (Festival City in Motion).

Walid Salhab (@SalhabWalid), a media practice lecturer at Queen Margaret University (@QMUniversity), has just released his stunning new time-lapse/stop-motion film captures Edinburgh during the 2014 Fringe Festival.

Festival City in Motion 1There are some amazing and unique views of Arthur’s Seat, as well as some great footage of Edinburgh Castle, The Scottish Parliament, Scottish National Gallery, St Giles’ Cathedral, Festival Theatre, The Hub, Usher Hall and the majestic firework finale to the International Edinburgh Festival.

Walid spent six solid weeks filming Kinetic Edinburgh III and 10,000 static photographs made it to the final edit of the film.

Often dubbed ‘Mr Kinetic’, Walid Salhab has also captivated international audiences with his spectacular portrayal of The Kelpies in Falkirk, Edinburgh in winter (Kinetic Edinburgh II) and the original Kinetic Edinburgh I.  Walid’s suite of dynamic kinetic films has achieved millions of hits on social media.

Walid SalhabCommenting on his new film, Walid said: “I hadn’t planned to make this new film. I was on holiday and became inspired by the creative atmosphere of the Festival.  I wanted to offer people a unique view of Edinburgh as a festival city – something they hadn’t seen before.

The idea behind the film is to not capture the Festival itself, but to capture the atmosphere of the city during the Festival – the streets, buildings and parks.  The footage of Arthur’s Seat is very rare and difficult to capture with photography.

“Shooting stop-motion/time-lapse photography involves taking actual photos to create the illusion of movement, rather than using film or video. It’s a painstaking, complicated process with a very low success rate, in that much of the footage is discarded.”

Walid’s first short film, Bra-et Al Rouh (Innocence of the Spirit), about a six year old girl who befriends a homeless man on the streets of the city, won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival.

View Kinetic Edinburgh III (Festival City in Motion) online at http://vimeo.com/105378561

Queen Margaret University Professor awarded Royal College of Nursing Fellowship

Professor Brendan McCormack (low res)Professor Brendan McCormack, Head of Division of Nursing at Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh, has been awarded a prestigious Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Fellowship.

Celebrating the very best in nursing, the annual RCN Awards present Fellowships, Honorary Fellowships and Awards of Merit to those who have given an outstanding contribution to nursing.

RCN Fellowships are awarded to RCN members who are registered nurses in the UK and who have made an exceptional contribution to nursing or health care.

Professor McCormack is an internationally-renowned authority on the nursing of older people, person-centred nursing, and practice development. His seminal work, ‘Practice Development in Nursing’, explores the basis of practice development, its aims, implementation and impact on health care.

The Professor was appointed Head of Division of Nursing and Research Professor at QMU earlier this year, having left his post as Director of the Institute of Nursing and Health Research, and Head of the Person-centred Practice Research Centre, at the University of Ulster.

He brings a wealth of experience in academic leadership to his new role and his appointment underlines QMU’s commitment to its established international agenda and focus on research development.

Commenting on his RCN Fellowship award, Professor McCormack, said: “I’m really proud to have been awarded this honourable title from the UK’s official nursing industry body.

“Over the years, I have been keen to bring a different perspective to the professional development work of the RCN, enthusing QMU students and colleagues with passion for patients, so it’s hugely rewarding to have been recognised by my industry peers.”

In recognition of his continuing research commitments, he was awarded the status of ‘Senior Distinguished Research Fellow’ by the University of Ulster in 2011, and ‘Researcher Hall of Fame’ by Sigma Theta Tau International in 2014.

Professor McCormack was also recently named one of only 11 researchers in Irish universities on a list of the world’s top 3,000, compiled by the multinational media body, Thompson Reuters. Inclusion means that the research of each academic is listed in the top one per cent for the number of times their work has been cited by other scientists.

Those selected will also be published in a new book – the Thompson Reuters 2014 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. Inclusion in this publication means the researcher is among those ‘who are on the cutting edge of their fields. They are performing and publishing work that their peers recognise as vital to the advancement of their science.’

Professor McCormack is editor of the ‘International Journal of Older People Nursing’ and has more than 160 peer-reviewed publications, as well as eight books published. For the past five years Professor McCormack was also President of the All-Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association [AIGNA], Chairman of the charity ‘Age Northern Ireland’ and a Fellow/management committee member of The European Academy of Nursing Science.

Nursing has a long history at QMU and is one of the original subject areas which led to the creation of QMU as we know it today.

Over the years, the nursing portfolio has rapidly grown and today a number of nursing and nursing related courses are on offer. In addition to the BSc (Hons) Nursing programme, QMU offers a number of postgraduate and post-registration courses.

Lecturers teach across all courses and are constantly in contact with all levels of the nursing profession, which greatly benefits students. QMU also has important links with international nursing departments through staff exchanges.

For more information on annual RCN Awards and Fellowships, visit www.rcn.org.uk