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Queen Margaret University

Musselburgh, United Kingdom

Public -1875

Education, Social Sciences, Business

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History, Affiliations and Rankings

Situated in the city of Musselburgh, Scotland, Queen Margaret University is a public university which was founded in 1875 as The Edinburgh School of Cookery. It was later elevated to the status of a university in 2007. During the two world wars the College performed some important duties. These included training staff to provide the catering on military and Air Force camps; and producing advice during the formation of rationing allowances and drawing up guidance for households on how to make the most of chronically scarce food supplies.

In 2007, shortly after winning full university title, the institution relocated to an award winning, purpose built campus. Queen Margaret University has created an idyllic environment for its students due to its location in a quiet residential area. The institution focuses on high quality education which can be accessible to all. Its partnerships include but are not limited to Ace International Business School (Kathmandu), BBI (Luxembourg), Institute of Technology and Management (ITM) (Nerul,Oshiwara,India), Edinburgh Stage Management School (Edinburgh) and Fife College (Glenrothes). 

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

Queen Margaret University stretches across three campuses in the city of Musselburgh arranged around a series of quadrangles of lawns and trees. It offers a range of courses in the subject areas of Accounting and Finance, Humanities, Social Sciences, History, Mathematics, Psychology, Law, Sport and Health, Drama, English and Creative Writing and many others. The courses are developed in such a manner that instills transferable skills which are useful for study or employment in the future.

Accomplishments and Alumni 

The key feature of Queen Margaret University is it offers a prime balance of theoretical and practical education to formulate its students for efficient careers, in a friendly and supportive learning environment. The university proves to be different by believing that higher education should allow individuals to develop new ways of making a positive impact in the world.

The institution has invested over £100 million to build vibrant campuses crammed with all the basic amenities, teaching spaces, cafes and restaurants , learning and education centers, laboratories and libraries. It is focusing on building a sustainable campus to regulate energy consumption and minimize the use of carbon. At 3%, Queen Margaret University has the lowest level of unemployment in Scotland for its graduates 15 months after they have graduated. The average figure for Scotland is 5%. (Graduate Outcome Statistics 2018/19, published by HESA in 2021). Notable Alumni from Queen Margaret University include but are not limited to Caroline Ashley(Actress), Edith Bowman(DJ), Michelle Duncan(Actress), Hugh O’Donnell(Politician), John Paisley(Actor) and James Mackenzie(Actor). 

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

Queen Margaret University’s international alumni network includes over 30,000 alumni from over 90 countries across the globe whose knowledge, achievements and expertise are recognized in fields such as politics, health care, business and the arts. Currently, according to the statistics provided by the University, there are about 5000 international students from around 80 countries. Out of the approximately 52.4%, 38.0% are from Europe and 14.4% are from Outside Europe. The top companies to hire graduates from Queen Margaret University include but are not limited to Lloyds Banking Group, abrdn, The University of Edinburgh, and NatWest Group. 

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