Queen Margaret University to stage November Community Forum

People living in the surrounding communities of East Lothian and Edinburgh are invited to Queen Margaret University (QMU) to get an insight into the institution’s work.

QMU will host its Community Forum of this year at its Musselburgh campus in East Lothian on Monday 21st November from 6.30pm – 7.45pm. The QMU Community Forum brings together university staff, local residents, businesses, organisations, schools and council representatives twice a year to discuss university and local community issues.

Local people will have the opportunity to ask questions about the University and find out how it works with the community through its students, staff, commercial work and widening participation initiatives.

Speakers at the event will include Professor Chris McVittie, Director of the Centre for Applied Social Sciences, who will discuss student participation in QMU’s Volunteering and Community Engagement module.

Professor Petra Wend, Principal of Queen Margaret University, said: “The QMU Community Forum creates a link between local people in and around East Lothian, Edinburgh and the University and is part of our community engagement strategy. The event attracts interest from local residents, councillors and representatives from community groups and offers an excellent platform for local information exchange. It also provides an insight into how the university’s students and staff contribute to the community and opportunities for local people to engage in our activities such as public events, open days, drama projects and community/outreach initiatives.”

QMU is open to the local community throughout the year, providing a range of public facilities, including learning resources, gym and sports centre, café, restaurant and grounds for leisure activities and dog-walking. Local residents should keep a close eye on QMU’s Facebook and Twitter channels which often promote opportunities for the community to engage with the university through public events and research projects.

For more information and to register for the QMU Community Forum, contact Lynne Russell, Communications Manager, Marketing & Communications Office, QMU, T: 0131 474 0000, E: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk

QMU to offer sustainability campus tours during Climate Week 2016

Queen Margaret University in Musselburgh, East Lothian, will be offering special sustainability tours of its campus from 19th – 23rd September as part of its participation in Climate Week 2016.

The University’s innovative campus set a new benchmark in sustainable design when it opened in 2007. The tours will allow students, staff and visitors to see the University’s sustainable features at QMU’s campus, including areas that are not normally accessible, such as the biomass district heating energy centre. Tour guests will also have the opportunity to learn about the University’s sustainability practice and features, as well as its aspirations for its Climate Change Plan.

As keen promoters of green transport, the University is also inviting staff, students and members of the local community to take part in cycling events during Climate Week. A cycle ride through Musselburgh and East Lothian led by QMU’s Cycle Connections Active Travel Coordinator (23rd September), and a Bike Breakfast (23rd September) will encourage people to swap their cars and public transport for the healthier and more sustainable option of pedal power.

atrium3Craig Cathcart, Chair of the Sustainability Committee at Queen Margaret University, said: “QMU is totally committed to sustainability and our focus goes well beyond the physical building – our campus was recognised as an exemplar in sustainability within the higher education sector nationally and internationally when it was built in 2007. Now, QMU places sustainability at the heart of everything we do. We take a joined up, holistic approach to the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability. We want future generations to inherit a viable planet, and that is reflected in what we do, how we do it, and the partners across the globe with whom we work. However, we recognise there is much more to be done.”

QMU strives to embed sustainability in areas of its curriculum. For example, students on the Public Sociology degree take the ‘Changing World’ module, taught by Eurig Scandrett, which involves studying the United Nations policy for tackling climate change. A module in Sustainable Consumption is also studied by students on our Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing degree, and our Nutrition and Food Science degree.

Craig continued: “ We know that climate change is one of the most serious problems facing the world today. At our current rate of emissions of greenhouse gases, the world is likely to see increasing frequency of drought, storms, floods and disease. Moreover, most of the damage to the climate which has already happened is caused by us in ‘developed’, western, societies. We all share a responsibility to do what we can to reduce our impact significantly. Climate Week provides a great opportunity to engage the student community in QMU’s sustainability agenda. We also welcome people from the surrounding area and beyond to visit QMU during the week and take part in our sustainability tours and our other related activities.”

Sustainability Campus Tour will take place each day from 19th – 23rd September at 11.15am and 2.15pm. Bookings can be made by emailing E: ethoumire@qmu.ac.uk

Other sustainability activities include:

  • Bike Breakfast – Friday 23rd September (meet at 8.15am – 9.15am in 1875 food court – registration required)
  • Led Ride – cycle ride in local Musselburgh and East Lothian area led by our Cycle Connections Active Travel Coordinator – Friday 23 Sept (meet at 1pm in University Square at the Bike Racks )
  • Active Travel Plan Strategy consultation events on our revised and updated strategy – Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd September from 11am – 3pm. Meet in 1875 food court.

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