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16 December 2021 by QMU Sustainability

Hedgehog Friendly Campus Award Recently a small group of students and staff have gotten together to read more

10 November 2021 by IGHD

A research study on the experience of the United Nations for Relief and Works Agency of Palestine Re read more

10 November 2021 by IGHD

Researchers from Queen Margaret University (QMU), in collaboration with the United Nations for Relie read more

26 October 2021 by Stephanie Arsoska

Blog by Stephanie Arsoska and the Practice Research Group. This short reflection explores some of t read more

30 September 2021 by Dr Geetha Marcus

Early in September this year, the Senior Management Team at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh led read more

24 August 2021 by Queen Margaret University Blog

For any new students starting their first semester at QMU this September 2021, we’ve created a mini- read more

02 August 2021 by Victory Oforji

As we work towards creating a truly inclusive curriculum which allows all students to reach their po read more

21 April 2021 by Dr Geetha Marcus

Stephen Lawrence was a black British teenager who was murdered in an unprovoked racially motivated a read more

01 April 2021 by Dr Sarah Kantartzis

This column originally appeared in The Scotsman (1 April 2021) It is no secret that children learn read more

26 February 2021 by Gavin McNee

Growing up in the late 1990s/early 2000s, being gay wasn't something that I discussed with my friend read more

17 February 2021 by Jack Parkhouse

Starting university is scary for everybody. It’s an enormous change, treading anxiously into that br read more

04 February 2021 by Dr Fiona Maclean

During this pandemic, the ongoing kindness, expertise and resilience of the diverse professions whos read more

17 July 2020 by IGHD

There is no doubt that affluent, mostly Western, societies have significantly contributed to greenho read more

17 July 2020 by Bianca Mastrominico

There is widespread evidence that the Coronavirus pandemic has brought many in the performing arts c read more

01 July 2020 by IGHD

[Published by Dr Alison Strang, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Health and Develo read more

24 June 2020 by Gift Thompson

My name is Gift Thompson and I am from Malawi. I'm a second year student studying Public Sociology read more

22 June 2020 by Bryanna Lazich, Sheldon McDonald and Rachel McCaffrey

We are Bryanna Lazich, Sheldon McDonald and Rachel McCaffrey, three international students from all read more

17 June 2020 by Mark Gillham

Photographers love a challenge and what better than an opportunity to document the impact of a world read more

25 May 2020 by Christopher Green

Within one minute of going onto social media, in this case Facebook, it’s clear to see that we are r read more

22 May 2020 by Charlotte Cranston

My educational journey has been less like a marathon and more like a really long game of hopscotch read more

22 May 2020 by Almut Echtler

Ever since I was quite young, I have enjoyed spending time on the British Isles. I’ve always liked t read more

19 May 2020 by Dr Eurig Scandrett

What is the future for public sociology in and after COVID-19? Certainly it would seem, some of our read more

18 May 2020 by Silviya Sotirova

It feels like just yesterday that my year group arrived at university as fresh-faced freshers diving read more

11 May 2020 by Staff - Dr Helen Coker

During lock-down schools across the world have gone ‘online’ and are using digital platforms to keep read more

20 April 2020 by Megan Kingsbury

Being quarantined or in lockdown at first is like a new unexplored adventure, finally many of us are read more

08 April 2020 by IGHD

After graduating from the Institute of Global Health and Development (IGHD) with an MSc Global Healt read more

06 April 2020 by RUHF

In this blog post, I would like to reflect on my experience of travelling in the COVID-19 crisis. I read more

27 March 2020 by RUHF

On 9th March I arrived home from working in South Sudan, and had a few days at home before leaving f read more

26 March 2020 by Silviya Sotirova

Silviya Sotirova, a 4th year QMU film and media student shares her optimistic thoughts on keeping yo read more

17 March 2020 by Dr Anthony Schrag

Often, ‘Practice Research’ is referred to by different names — practice-led research, practice-based read more

10 March 2020 by RUHF

Last year I was in a position to reflect with some of our UK, Lebanon and Jordan-based Refugee Hosts read more

25 February 2020 by RUHF

I am a Community Health Advocate and freelance citizen reporter for the media group ‘On Our Radar’ read more

17 February 2020 by Professor David Stevenson

In many countries it is not unusual to hear of cultural organizations attempting to diversify their read more

10 February 2020 by RUHF

In 2007 I spent a year working at the Witness and Victims Section of the Special Court for Sierra Le read more

28 January 2020 by Dr Anthony Schrag

It perhaps seems counter-intuitive to celebrate our failures. Who, after all, wants to draw attentio read more

10 January 2020 by RUHF

The GHI Research Team shares impressions from exploratory fieldwork on a neglected issue. read more

17 December 2019 by Dr Anthony Schrag

In my artistic and academic work, I am interested in exploring art within the processes and practice read more

17 December 2019 by Dr Stefanie Van De Peer

From 25 October to 3 November 2019 my festival colleagues and I celebrated the 14th edition of the a read more

22 November 2019 by RUHF

Completing a PhD was a lifetime ambition of mine, as a Demonstrator and later an Associate Lecturer read more

23 October 2019 by Jared Baker

Queen Margaret University (QMU) student, Jared Baker, was given the opportunity to study a semester read more

16 October 2019 by Dr Anthony Schrag

Practice-research is a methodology in which knowledge is gained via the doing of something, rather t read more

17 September 2019 by Karen Keith

Choosing a university is a big decision. As well as scoping out what kind of courses are on offer, a read more

23 August 2019 by RUHF

Nadine Zablith and Maria El Koussa, RUHF researchers based at the Global Health Institute at AUB, de read more

22 August 2019 by Karen Keith

If you’re reading this, chances are you are thinking of studying at Queen Margaret University, Edinb read more

21 August 2019 by Alexandria Brown

Alexandria Brown is a student from Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh. Alexandria, who studi read more

04 June 2019 by Dr Rachel Mapson

Rachel Mapson, BSL/English Interpreting Lecturer, looks at the benefits and drawbacks of a National read more

14 May 2019 by Jessica Vetters

When I first visited Queen Margaret University (QMU) on an Open Day, it struck me that a lot of stud read more

29 April 2019 by Dr Kristen Knowles

As the age-old advice goes, don’t judge a book by its cover. We are so prone to the pre-judgement of read more

04 April 2019 by Yeliz Cavrar

The past semester has been the biggest adventure for me. It is not easy to put this experience into  read more

12 February 2019 by Ysabelle Graham-Smith

Going to a UCAS exhibition can be an overwhelming experience. The events are bustling, with lots of read more

19 October 2018 by Ylenia Saitta

As I start my fourth year at QMU, I’ve been reflecting back on the incredible experience I had inter read more

30 August 2018 by Claire Seaman

Family owned firms are the most common form of business in existence. Definitions vary (and are inde read more

29 August 2018 by Ysabelle Graham-Smith

At this time of year, we start sending out invitations to interviews to applicants for courses where read more

20 June 2018 by Professor Brigid Daniel

Who’d want to be a teacher? Today, far from being seen as valued professionals, teachers are portray read more

18 April 2018 by Bea Welmer

Queen Margaret has the upper hand in terms of a strong sense of community compared to other universi read more

13 March 2018 by Simon Sohm

Today, family firms represent from 80 up to 98 per cent of all companies globally and reach between read more

09 January 2018 by Dr Ann Clark

Communication difficulty is the most common type of disability experienced by children and adults an read more

22 December 2017 by Jacqueline Ackermann and Franziska Karthaus

When our lecturers first suggested in class how great it would be if students set up a Psychology/So read more

05 October 2017 by Mel Fraser

PR, marketing and events management... it’s an industry I know I want to spend my working life in. I read more

25 September 2017 by Stephen Darling

In the classic film ‘Casablanca’, there is a famous scene when Humphrey Bogart instructs the piano p read more

25 September 2017 by Adrian Crighton

At this point it's fair to say that I'm all about QMU. At one stage this year I not only studied, bu read more

25 September 2017 by Dr Olivia Sagan

When Labour MP Jo Cox was brutally murdered on June 16th last year, on her agenda was a plan to laun read more

14 September 2017 by Professor Alastair Ager

Edinburgh recently welcomed the 1,000th person granted refuge in Scotland through the Syrian Resettl read more

07 July 2017 by Lynne Russell

Returning to work from holiday is often a chore however, on this occasion my spirits were lifted as read more

17 June 2017 by Amy Millar and Amy McCue

We are Amy Millar and Amy McCue - more commonly known on our course as “The Amy’s”. Both being 20, w read more

16 June 2017 by Callum McEachern

“How to make the most of your studies?” is a question that is often asked. What are the best techniq read more

16 June 2017 by Callum McEachern

Prepare before you get to the University. Consider attending an open day event to find out what is i read more

16 June 2017 by Callum McEachern

Moving away from home can be daunting whether you are undergraduate or a postgraduate. At Queen Marg read more

16 June 2017 by Iain Scott

For me higher education is about working towards achieving your potential to catapult you into the n read more

16 June 2017 by Kim Lawlor

From where I started my academic journey, like many things in life, I have arrived at a very differe read more

16 June 2017 by Lucie Weir

Life in general is a bit tricky on a student budget. Believe me, I know. I’ve been there. Once the s read more

16 June 2017 by Lucie Weir

Have you ever wondered, where do you even begin with food shopping? Well, hopefully this strategic a read more

16 June 2017 by Lucie Weir

When at university, the mere thought of exams can be exhausting - as deadlines, essays and group wor read more

16 June 2017 by Lucie Weir

As I mentioned previously in the part I of this series [exam fuel – snacks], trying to cook and eat read more

16 June 2017 by Lucie Weir

I’m sure you are probably quite well aware that we are recommended to eat five portions of fruit and read more

16 June 2017 by Mohammed Maj Meah

There is a completely different feeling living outside the campus and inside. I lived in halls of re read more

16 June 2017 by Paul Surgenor

My experience and the things I learned from a Semester Down Under.... read more

16 June 2017 by Taja Strle

Moving abroad isn't easy. No matter how prepared we are, it is inevitable that we'll have some sort read more

16 June 2017 by Claire Seaman

The links between migration and starting up a small business are well established – starting a busin read more

16 June 2017 by Claire Seaman

Family business as a research field has developed significantly in recent years and there is quite a read more

16 June 2017 by Claire Seaman

Family and Smaller Enterprises (FaSE) Impact and Sustainability for Family and Smaller Enterprises read more

16 June 2017 by Stephen Darling

By now, the outcome of the US election has lost its novelty and, you have probably begun to acknowle read more

16 June 2017 by Lynne Russell

With a new year, comes a renewed drive to trim the waist line and shed the extra pounds gained durin read more

16 June 2017 by Chris Gill

To mark World Consumer Rights Day in 2016, experts from Queen Margaret University’s Consumer Dispute read more

08 May 2017 by Professor Sophie Witter

Tuberculosis continues to be one of the world’s biggest killers, and remains in the top 10 causes of read more

28 November 2016 by Professor Alastair Ager

In the summer of 2005, when Scotland hosted the G8 summit at Gleneagles, global health issues were h read more

19 September 2015 by Professor Alastair Ager

The youth and community centre in Mafraq we were visiting bore all the familiar hallmarks of a facil read more

13 July 2015 by Professor David Stevenson

It’s August and once again Edinburgh is festooned with creativity. Street performers holler from sti read more