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Queen Margaret University: Supporting local SMEs and Charities

Posted: 17th June 2021

We are proud of the work that QMU students and graduates have done to support Scotland during the pandemic, working in the NHS and healthcare organisations, volunteering with local charities to support the most vulnerable, and conducting research which will make a practical impact on all of our lives. We know that their impact on Scotland’s recovery will be equally important.

As lockdown measures are relaxed in Scotland and we all hope to return to a sense of normality, organisations and business can address the challenge of finding suitable staff by looking to the workforce of 60k students who study in Edinburgh.

Queen Margaret University, whilst traditionally associated with health, social sciences, culture and the service industry, offers a wide range of degrees aligned to Edinburgh City Region economy and business needs, including business, finance, hospitality, events, allied health professions, PR, marketing, film and media.

Our students and graduates working part time or after graduation bring knowledge of business functions and challenges and a range of skills developed through well designed courses, work based learning such a placements and internships and extracurricular activities.

Whatever your sector, our students and graduates are keen to connect with you to demonstrate their expertise and support your organisation to achieve its aims. If you are interested in finding talented staff with a range of skills, whilst supporting the next generation of professionals in your sector you can get in touch:

The QMU Careers and Employability team provides free consultancy on recruitment of QMU students and graduates. We can direct you to colleagues within degree programmes if you are interested in, for example, offering placements to students.  We can also create and facilitate opportunities for you to talk directly to our students. When it comes to advertising vacancies, you can do so through our QMU vacancy service, Qmployer.

Careers Events and Jobs Fairs

Throughout the academic year, we deliver a number of careers events including our annual Recruitment Fair. These events give you the opportunity to meet and assess potential candidates both in the autumn and in February.

Our Employer Mentoring Programme provides professionals with an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and nurture the next generation of professionals and entrepreneurs. Mentors receive professional mentoring training and support to develop coaching and mentoring skills, meet like-minded individuals from across sectors and get new ideas on engaging with young people to support business growth.

QMU seeks to position itself as an engaged and entrepreneurial university, supporting our graduates and our industry partners, particularly SMEs, in realising Scotland’s economic aspirations. Our portfolio of work in the provision of research, knowledge exchange and consultancy services to SMEs and industry continues to grow.

If you are interested in finding out more, you can visit our website, check our social media or email us at or .




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