69ý and the Community

69ý aspires to be a ‘campus without borders’ and we aim to be a true asset to the local community, and indeed the wider world. Our local community includes people living nearby, local schools, and the businesses who call on our expertise and facilities. We work closely with East Lothian Council and a host of other local partners.

Our campus is open to everyone and we encourage walking, including dog walking, in our grounds. Beyond that though we have a host of activities and services that connect us with the community, as set out below. For example, community members can take advantage of our library and catering facilities. We also run a number of events, for example professional lectures, which are open to the public.

We have a strongtrack record inoutreach andare committed to widening accessamongst students who have previously been inhibited from entering higher education for social, economic or cultural reasons.

Witharound 500 staff, we are one of the largest employers in East Lothian, and according to aneconomic studyby the University of Strathclyde in 2009, employment attributable to the University represents 3% of all East Lothian employment. The same survey calculates that QMU is worth £77 million to the economy as a whole.

More broadly, the University community is international in scope, with students and partner organisations across the world.

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Sports and Leisure Facilities

We offer a range of facilities to staff, students and the general public and provide a safe, friendly and informative environment. Enjoy your chosen sport to the full!

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Hiring our Facilities

Are you looking for a cost-effective venue for a meeting or event? Do you regularly arrange conferences and events? Then 69ý could be the venue you’re looking for.

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How to access a range of resources and get the most from 69ý's Learning Resource Centre.

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Outreach Overview

Examples of our outreach-focused community engagement at national, regional and local levels.

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Working with Colleges

69ý has worked with college partners for many years to create a wide variety of different routes of entry to our degree programmes for college students.

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Working with Schools

The Widening Participation and Outreach (WPO) team work closely with our local schools, offering tailored support and engagement activities to both staff and pupils.