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Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh campus


Queen Margaret University is a modern university located in the city of Musselburgh in East Lothian, Scotland. It is named for St Margaret, the wife of King Malcolm III of Scotland. It began life as the Edinburgh School of Cookery and Domestic Economy that was founded in 1875 by two members of the Edinburgh Ladies’ Education Association. It acquired a new campus in 1961, by which time it was the Queen Margaret College. After a series of mergers with other local establishments, it became a university in 1992.

International students

Around 17% of students attending the university are from outside the UK. The Recruitment and International Liaison Office is the first place for international students to contact regarding matters around their studies. They are available to provide a range of information and assistance on subjects that commonly are encountered when coming to the UK including immigration and visas, accommodation, bringing family members with them, fees, and funding issues. In addition, there is English language support for those students who don’t speak the language as their first language. The student union is on hand to offer a range of advice and support for students as well as organising extra-curricular activities, volunteering opportunities and even services such as entertainment venues. One of these is Maggie’s the student union bar and café where students can meet friends, have a drink or a meal and make use of the pool tables. It is also used as a venue for special events from parties to fundraising events and much more. There are a host of sports on offer at the university ranging from traditional team sports such as basketball, football and rugby to solo sports such as badminton and tennis. There are even special Scottish sports on offers such as Camogie and Gaelic football. The societies on offer are equally diverse and range from interest groups such as the Anime Society to cultural and religion groups such as Christian Union and into the arts such as the Drama or Dance Societies. These also include volunteering and charity groups.

Campus life

The main campus in Musselburgh was acquired in 2007-8 and moved the students from three separate locations to one single 35 acre site. The campus was designed by Dyers Architects and is often said to be one of the ‘greenest’ in the country. Features include Student Union building, Drama School, sports facilities and both a Learning Resource Centre and an Education Resource Centre. The location of the campus means it is close to features such as the Fort Kinnaird retail park as well as the historic town centre and its various features and facilities. Finally, the capital city of Edinburgh is also a relatively short distance away. As well as the main campus, there is an Asia Campus home to some 1600 students in the Balestier district of Singapore. The university has a student village that accommodates around 800 students in either standard or premium grade rooms, clustered into groups of self-contained flats each with shared kitchen and communal areas. All have Wi-Fi access and security in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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