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Hello from Professor Peter McOwan, Vice-Principal for Public Engagement and Student Enterprise

Monday 7 October 2013

I hope that now the term is a few weeks old you will be enjoying all that QM has to offer, and getting used to (or settling back into) your life here. As the Vice-Principal for Public Engagement and Student Enterprise, I’m in charge of overseeing all of the ways that Queen Mary and its staff and students engage and communicate with the outside world.

A key part of this for me is student volunteering and also student enterprise. Although you might not yet be thinking about your steps after university, there is no better time to get started planning your own career or business. QM has a great tradition of enterprising students; our success stories from vegan cake making to technology companies. If you’d like to get started down the path to being the next Deborah Meaden, a great first point of call is our Careers and Enterprise Centre, which has a wide variety of opportunities.

If you are interested in finding out more about how QM connects with the public, we have teamed up with one of our own alumni – entrepreneur Sam Amrani, who has founded the company TAMOCO. Sam uses tiny NFC chips, which will act like QR codes, pulling up interesting content to your smart phone. These tags are now scattered across campus, so why not take the time to find a few and learn more about QM’s amazing research and how we make it relevant to the world.

I hope you are enjoying all that QM has to offer you, and making the most of the many opportunities that will come your way.

Peter McOwan
Vice-Principal for Public Engagement and Student Enterprise

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