By press office 25 January 2021

The TV star, cook, restaurateur and novelist Prue Leith is one of the entrepreneurs lined up to speak to university students at an up and coming careers’ event.

Prue, who is Chancellor of Queen Margaret University and probably best known for her role as a judge in The Great British Bake Off, will be headlining at the Festival of Careers 2021 run by QMU. The event aims to provide advice and inspiration to help students and graduates plan and develop their career pathway.

The event, which will be online this year, will include an interview with Prue hosted by Professor Richard Butt, QMU’s Deputy Principal. The ‘In Conversation with Prue Leith’ session will focus on the QMU Chancellor’s fascinating journey as an entrepreneur, as well as her commitment to social responsibility. Built in to Prue’s one hour slot will be a 20 minute question and answer session. This will help students and recent QMU graduates gain a clearer insight into the challenges and successes that the business woman has experienced throughout her long and varied career.

QMU’s Festival of Careers is an opportunity to hear career stories and develop industry insights from graduates, QMU mentors and other industry professionals. The event will kick off w/c 1st of February with the talk ‘Entrepreneurship as a Career Option’ involving speakers from the University’s Business Innovation Zone and Business Gateway, as well as QMU business graduate and entrepreneur Lauren Leisk from the specialist food company Fodilicious.

The Festival will run at various times throughout February and will cover a wide range of career areas specific to QMU courses including healthcare; careers with a social or environmental impact; psychology and mental health; new careers in a digital era in events, tourism and hospitality; networking; the creative industries; getting into teaching and the business and retail sector.

Juan Garcia, Employment and Development Adviser at QMU, said: “Our students love hearing from Prue Leith and she is always incredibly open and honest when sharing information about her successes and failures. She is such a positive and energetic individual who is passionate about supporting our students and helping them prepare to enter the world of work and gain graduate level employment.”

Juan concluded: “It’s been a tough year for everyone, but Prue always has vision, determination and a ‘can-do’ attitude, so we very much look forward to her input into this year’s Festival.”

The ‘In Conversation with Prue Leith’ session will take place on Wednesday 10th February from 12noon to 1pm. QMU students and recent graduates can sign up for the session with Prue, as well as other career talks at: https://studentcentral.qmu.ac.uk/s/careers.

 

Notes to Editor

For further media information contact Lynne Russell, Communications Manager at Queen Margaret University at E: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk, M: 07711 011239 or contact the press office at E: pressoffice@qmu.ac.uk

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