Just a little over three years ago, I was working in Dundee University’s Students’ Union as an event coordinator and it came to me – why not study and work towards something that doesn’t make you feel like you’re in a ‘job’. With one week until the semester was due to start, I made one of the best decisions of my life. I called Queen Margaret University (QMU) and asked if I could enrol on their Events Management programme. 

Tell us a little about yourself such as your hobbies/interests that are related or not related to your course of study

I love being outside mucking around and having fun. I spend my summers camping and winters sat by a roaring fire. When I’m not out and about I enjoy quality time with my boyfriend and best friends. We enjoy relaxing and games nights.  

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

As I went through clearing QMU was the only university left in Scotland that had a good dyslexic support unit.

Living Away from Home

What are the top three items that you packed that you wouldn’t be without?

  1. Duvet.
  2. Laptop.
  3. My 'onesie' - I love being cosy.

Life in Edinburgh

What’s the best experience you’ve had so far in Edinburgh? Are there any hidden ‘gems’ you’d like to share?

For my 21st last year I finally got to see my all time favourite band play - Stornoway. They played at the Pleasance and it was by far the best intimate gig I've been to!

Hidden gems:

  • The Elephant House for breakfast
  •  The Bridges for charity shop shopping!
"My advice for others thinking of studying Events Management is to go all out for your second year project! It's where you learn the most, maybe not what to do right, but definitely what NOT to do! Also I would really recommend getting an internship as earlier on as you can. The work load only gets more intensive and it's a great way of getting more experience. The possibility of an internship will definitely improve my employability in the future."
Annie Fowden

The Course

What’s been the highlight of the course so far? What have you learnt, or which particular activity has been the most interesting?

My time at QMU has taught me that in order to be a professional events manager, you require an understanding of planning, management, logistics, legal issues, budgeting, staging, marketing, promotions and evaluation, as well as understanding the impact of events on the host communities.

In second year we designed and implemented our own event. The project, “Hide and Seek Cinema” hosted an event raising £900 for The Teapot Trust, a very worthwhile charity specialising in art therapy classes for children in hospitals. I now volunteer for the Teapot Trust and am their event coordinator for their New Year event. I recently won the Execspace prize available to students on the course, with the monetary proceedings going to the Teapot Trust.

Any future plans after graduation?

My main aspiration in life is to do good and contribute in a positive manner, being able to learn from QMU has enabled me to take forward my new skills into organisations that may be in need of assistance. This is also why I would apply for the Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) at QMU; the course aims to ‘build on professional experiences by engaging critically with, and reflecting on, key developments in public administration in order to better deliver public service outcomes on a rapidly changing environment’.

Life as a Student at QMU

What’s your ‘top tip’ for making the most of being a student?

Learn your own learning style, make your own deadlines but most importantly be happy and enjoy your course.


Story published 2016-2017

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