The April meeting of the CQI West of Scotland Branch was led by Vincent Desmond, CQI’s CEO. The meeting focused on the huge developments in the quality management discipline since the CQI’s establishment in 1919 and considered how rapid developments in technology, global trade, demographics and societal norms will accelerate that pace of change in the coming decades. Participants agreed that the diversity of skills, knowledge and experience within the profession and quality teams will need to develop quickly in coming years.

The meeting was hosted by the University of West Scotland (UWS) at their Paisley Campus. Ron Rivans, Chair of the CQI West of Scotland Branch, and Desmond took the opportunity to present the university with a certificate of CQI accreditation of the university’s MSc Quality Management degree. Michele Cano, Quality Engineer and Senior Lecturer in Quality and Project Management received the certificate on behalf of the university.

Ron Rivans said: “I am delighted that the West of Scotland branch has a strong relationship with the university. Reflecting on the themes in Vincent’s presentation, a key role of a professional body like the CQI is to link professionals, industry and academia to ensure that we understand and can fill the skills requirements and ensure that quality method adapts and changes in line with the external environment and industry needs.”  

Michele Cano said: “It is an honour to receive the certificate of accreditation of our Master’s programme in Quality Management, which I am delighted to accept on behalf of the university and our students. Thank you to Vince and the team at the CQI and to the West of Scotland Branch committee and members. I look forward to continuing and building on our collaboration with the CQI.”