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Queen Margaret University
|Queen Margaret University College
Queen Margaret College
|Chancellor||Dame Prue Leith DBE|
|Principal||Sir Paul Grice FRSE, FRAcSS|
Queen Margaret University (formerly Queen Margaret University College and Queen Margaret College) is a university, founded in 1875 and located in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is named after Saint Margaret, wife of King Malcolm III of Scotland. Its predecessor, Queen Margaret University College, was awarded full university status becoming Queen Margaret University in January 2007.
The University was founded in 1875, as The Edinburgh School of Cookery and Domestic Economy, by Christian Guthrie Wright and Louisa Stevenson, both members of the Edinburgh Ladies' Educational Association. The School was founded as a women-only institution, with twin aims of improving women's access to higher education and improving the diets of working class families. Teaching was initially delivered via lectures at the Royal Museum, supplemented by a programme of public lectures and demonstrations delivered nationwide, but in 1877 the School established a base at Shandwick Place, in Haymarket.
The school moved in 1891 to Atholl Crescent, expanding its courses and offering residential places to students. In 1909, the School was designated a Central Institution and brought under the public control of the Scottish Education Department. The first Principal appointed was Ethel De la Cour. De la Cour retired in 1930, and in the same year the School became the Edinburgh College of Domestic Science.
In 1961, the College acquired its Corstorphine campus, purchasing a portion of the Clermiston estate from developers. The campus was first occupied by the College in 1970, opened by Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester who was Patron of the institution until her death in 2004. In 1972, the name Queen Margaret College was adopted to dissociate the College from the narrow field of domestic science. Thereafter, the College broadened its range of courses, especially in the dramatic arts and paramedical healthcare fields. The following institutions have since been absorbed by Queen Margaret:
- The Edinburgh College of Speech and Drama (established 1929, joined 1971)
- The Edinburgh School of Speech Therapy (established 1946, joined 1975)
- The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh School of Physiotherapy (established 1940, joined 1978)
- The Astley Ainslie Hospital Occupational Therapy Training Centre (established 1937, joined 1979)
- The Edinburgh Foot Clinic and School of Chiropody (established 1924, joined 1984)
- The Edinburgh School of Radiography (established 1936, joined 1992)
- The Edinburgh University Settlement School of Art Therapy (established 1992, joined 1997)
In 1992, the Privy Council granted Queen Margaret College powers to award its own taught degrees, and in 1998, the College was granted full degree powers, which enabled it to award its own research and higher degrees. As a result, in 1999 the College took the name Queen Margaret University College. After the University College attained the final criteria of acquiring a minimum of 5000 students (something that could not be gained earlier as the former campuses could not accommodate this number of students), the institution was awarded full university status, becoming Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in January 2007.
In 2012, QMU became the first university in Scotland to have a Business Gateway  on campus.
Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond announced in May 2010 that QMU was to be the official host of the archives for Homecoming Scotland 2009. The Homecoming Scotland Archive  will provide the University with a unique opportunity to collect, catalogue and preserve materials associated with Scottish Homecoming 2009 for the benefit of people in both Scotland and across the world.
Before moving to a new campus just outside Edinburgh near Musselburgh, Queen Margaret University had been based in campuses in Corstorphine (to the West of Edinburgh), in Leith, and at the Gateway Theatre – Scotland's International Drama Centre – (a former television studio previously owned by Scottish Television) on Elm Row, Leith Walk.
In 2007-2008, the university brought together students from its three campuses in Edinburgh by moving to a new purpose-built campus near Musselburgh, East Lothian. Costing £100 million, the new campus covers 35 acres (14 hectares) and holds educational buildings, a students union, a small gym and halls of residence of more than 800 rooms.
QMU has been "touted as the country's greenest University campus". The campus was designed by Dyer Architects to exceed current environmental standards and sets a new benchmark in sustainable design. The entire development transformed a 35-acre (14-hectare) site from low-grade farmland into landscaped parkland.
In June 2015, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh announced it would hold public consultations for plans to build a new innovation park and shopping hub on open land around the Musselburgh campus. Site proposals are being developed by CAM-SCI, a Cambridge-based economic consultancy, which has developed science parks across the UK.
The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) comprises approximately 4,500 square metres (0.45 hectares) of the main academic building. Located at the heart of the campus, it provides library, IT and AV services to students, staff and visitors of the university. The LRC consists of a facility for both directed and self-directed study, based on an integrated library and information service provision. The LRC has 1,000 study spaces organised as a mixture of silent and group study areas, bookable group study rooms, training rooms, assistive technology, student learning support and a postgraduate study room.
The Education Resource Centre provides audio-visual services to the university. This includes the provision of AV equipment in classrooms and lecture theatres as well as more specialised services such as graphics, photography, video-conferencing and TV studio facilities.
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Following restructuring in early 2010, the Schools of Social Sciences, Media and Communication, Business, Enterprise and Management, and Drama and Creative Industries were merged. The present Dean is Professor David Stevenson. The School offers courses in 'Business, Enterprise and Management'; 'Governance, Justice and Public Management'; 'Hospitality and Gastronomy'; Creativity and Culture'; and 'Public Relations' .
QMU is part of the Scottish Drama Training Network  which was set up by the Scottish Funding Council in 2010 to foster cohesion across stage and screen professional practice, education and training. Through the Network, QMU in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University delivers the BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen.
The School is the only institution in Scotland that is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations to deliver the postgraduate CIPR Diploma in Public Relations. The School's Bachelor of Science (BSc) courses in psychology; MSc in Health Psychology are accredited by the British Psychological Society.
BA (Hons) in Media graduate, Agata Jagodzinska, was awarded for Best Writer at the BAFTA in Scotland New Talent Awards. 
It is also only one of three places in Scotland to offer a degree in Costume.
School of Health Sciences
The School of Health Sciences offers courses in dietetics, nutrition and biological sciences; nursing; paramedic science; speech and language therapy, audiology, occupational therapy and art therapy; physiotherapy; podiatry; radiography; art psychotherapy, dance movement psychotherapy and music therapy.
The subject area of Speech and Hearing Sciences won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for research into the clinical applications of speech technology in 2002 carried out in the Speech Science Research Centre.
Sir Paul Grice assumed the role of Principal and Vice Chancellor in October 2019. He was Chief Executive and Clerk of the Scottish Parliament prior to his appointment to Queen Margaret University succeeding Professor Petra Wend.
Petra Wend CBE joined Queen Margaret University in September 2009. She originally read Italian and French Language and Literature, and Education at the University of Münster in Germany. Following a series of positions at UK universities, she joined Oxford Brookes University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Deputy Chief Executive in 2005. She retired from her position in 2019.
Rankings and reputation
|Times / Sunday Times (2022)||89|
In June 2012 the management team at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, was presented with the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Team Award.
QMU won the e-Government National Award 2010  in the category for sustainable, ‘green IT’ or ‘carbon-efficient’ services. In autumn 2010 it picked up gold at the Scottish Green Awards, and in 2009 it won an award  for a waste management project, as well as a Green Apple Award.
The university has three flagships: health and rehabilitation; creativity and culture; and sustainable business.
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, has seven research centres:
- Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research
- Centre for Applied Social Sciences
- Centre for Person-centred Practice Research
- Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre
- Institute for Global Health and Development
- Centre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies
- Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation
The University operates an open access repository of the research output of the university, called eResearch, with the intention of making the work of researchers open and available to the public via the web.
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, researchers in food and drink in partnerships with Advanced Microwave Technologies Ltd (AMT), won two major awards for innovation and partnership in 2012 for their collaboration to explore the application of microwave technologies to the food and drink sector.
- Katrina Bryan (Nina and the Neurons & Taggart)'
- Mark Cox (actor) (BBC Still Game) and (BBC Chewin the fat)
- Jeanie Drynan (actress) film Muriels Wedding
- Tam Dean Burn (actor)
- Angel Coulby (Merlin) Dancing on the Edge BBC series
- Michelle Duncan (Doctor Who & Lost in Austen)
- Kellyanne Farquhar (Monarch of the Glen)
- Vicky Hall (Teachers)
- Craig Hill (comedian & actor)
- Ashley Jensen (Extras and Ugly Betty)
- Sean Kane (River City and Stick Man)
- James Mackenzie (Raven and Taggart)
- Allison McKenzie (River City, Taggart & Rebus)
- Kevin McKidd (Dog Soldiers, Rome, Trainspotting and Grey's Anatomy)
- Janine Mellor (Casualty)
- Helen Modern (Respectable)
- Simone Lahbib (Bad Girls, Wire in the Blood)
- Douglas Anderson, television presenter
- Matt Baker (television presenter, Blue Peter and The One Show)
- Edith Bowman (BBC Radio 1 presenter)
- Sally Gray (television presenter)
- Mark Hirst, Reporter, STV News at Six, Producer, RT's The Alex Salmond Show Editor-in-Chief, Radio Sputnik
- Philip Edgar-Jones Director of Sky Arts.
- Susan Boyle, Grammy-nominated and World Music Award-winning singer
- Simon Neil, Singer and guitarist of Biffy Clyro
- Jamie Wilson, Rugby Union Player
Politics and Public Administration
- "Where do HE students study?". Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
- "History: From Edinburgh School of Cookery to Queen Margaret University". Queen Margaret University. Archived from the original on 26 January 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
- Tom Begg, ‘Cour, Ethel Maud De la (1869–1957)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, OUP, 2004 accessed 11 April 2007
- "Consultation on Award of University Title to Queen Margaret University College". Scottish Executive. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
- QM relocates Archived 31 August 2005 at the Wayback Machine
- "Business Gateway to be based at Queen Margaret University". Archived from the original on 26 January 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
- "Homecoming Scotland Archive to be hosted by Queen Margaret University". Archived from the original on 26 January 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
- "Press release: Royal opening for UK's 'greenest' university". Queen Margaret University. Archived from the original on 26 January 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
- "QMU pushes plan for Musselburgh business park". East Lothian News. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- "School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management". Queen Margaret University. Archived from the original on 26 January 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
- "Scottish Drama Training Network". Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
- "BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen". Archived from the original on 26 January 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
- "The CIPR Diploma in Public Relations". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
- "Undergraduate Psychology Courses: Queen Margaret University". British Psychological Society. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
- "QMU graduate wins BAFTA". Archived from the original on 26 January 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
- "Health Sciences". Queen Margaret University. Archived from the original on 26 January 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
- "Speech Science Research Centre: Queen Margaret University". QMU. Archived from the original on 26 January 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
- "Celebrity chef becomes Queen Margaret University chancellor". BBC News. 6 October 2016.
- "Professor Petra Wend". Archived from the original on 26 January 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
- "Complete University Guide 2022". The Complete University Guide. 8 June 2021.
- "Guardian University Guide 2022". The Guardian. 11 September 2021.
- "Good University Guide 2022". The Times. 17 September 2021.
- "QS World University Rankings 2022". Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. 8 June 2021.
- "Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Team Award". Archived from the original on 26 January 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- "QMU wons eGovernment National Award". Archived from the original on 26 January 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
- "QMU picks up gold at green awards". Archived from the original on 26 January 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
- "Award proves recycling is not a lot of rubbish". Archived from the original on 26 January 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
- "Queen Margaret University awarded 'Green Apple'". Archived from the original on 26 January 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
- "Queen Margaret University Postgraduate Prospectus 2013 = 2012-14-11". QMU. Archived from the original on 26 January 2007.
- "Research Centres, Institutes and Knowledge Exchange Centres". Queen Margare University. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
- "Microwave experts revolutionise global food processing". Archived from the original on 26 January 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
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