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Success stories

A small setback or change of heart can often lead to better opportunities. We spoke to students who joined us through Clearing to discuss the advantages of studying at Queen Mary.

International excellence

Hanyue Zhang

"I chose Queen Mary because - as an international student - the international reputation of an institution is really important to me. Queen Mary is a well-known university around the world and it ranks well in both the Times Higher Education and QS Rankings. If I go back home when I graduate, I’ll be recognised as a Queen Mary graduate which will help my employability."

Hanyue Zhang, Mathematics and Statistics BSc, 2018

A supportive community

Hugo Batista

"One of the best things about Queen Mary is the amount of support available for students. As a computer science student, I spend a lot of time in the Informatics Teaching Laboratory. It’s a place where students can hang out, work and resolve issues as one. There is a real sense of community; we all help each other. The Student Support Officers there are really friendly and can give you advice on anything from your course to finding internships. They’re even there if you’re having a difficult time and just need someone to talk to. We also have an amazing departmental Careers Advisor. She helped me secure a year-long industrial placement at a financial software company. As well as putting me in touch with the company, she also helped me through each step of the application and interview process."

Hugo Batista, Information Technology Management for Business with Industrial Experience BSc(Eng), 2018

Queen Mary lifestyle

"My favourite thing about Queen Mary is how friendly everyone is. I first visited the campus when I was at school for a robotics workshop and feel like I've fitted in ever since. When I say you fit in here, I don’t mean you become a blur in the crowd - you get to create your own unique experience within a supportive environment. For example, I'm involved with a sports programme called Get Active. We run around forty different sports sessions a week and have the chance to train with professionals. I've also performed at spoken word events, been a steward at a pancake race, volunteered at the London Marathon, and this summer I’m going to study Spanish in Colombia as part of Queen Mary’s summer school programme. I've never been to South America before so I’m really excited. You get to try a lot here."

Tanzina Khatun, Geography BA, 2017

Work experience


"Clinical Psychology is an incredibly competitive field. Even with a good degree, I knew I would need some valuable work experience too. The Queen Mary Students’ Union offers lots of opportunities to volunteer locally in a variety of sectors. They helped me secure a placement at St John’s Hospice in North West London where I cared for people with life-limiting illnesses. It was a really eye-opening experience that has helped prepare me for the sorts of difficult situations I will face in my future career. I originally planned to volunteer for six months but I ended up staying for a year and a half. My placement strengthened my passion for my chosen field and has put me on the right path to achieving my goals."

Taneesha Jones-Seale, Psychology BSc, 2016

The London advantage

"As an International Relations student, studying in London has given me the chance to be close to the centre of UK politics and take advantage of lots of different events. For example, I went to the Citizens UK London Mayoral Assembly and got to see candidates Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan debate live. The variety of faith organisations, schools and universities that came together to tackle important issues was definitely something you wouldn’t see in any other city on earth. I’ve also been active in the ‘Refugees Welcome in Tower Hamlets’ campaign with Citizens UK, which aims to resettle Syrian refugees in the borough of Tower Hamlets. Experiencing grassroots politics in action as a student has prepared me for a career in politics once I graduate."

Amrin Nahar, International Relations BA, 2016

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Success story

Second year Theoretical Physics student Sabrina Alam joined Queen Mary through Clearing and has already managed to secure a job for when she graduates.

Sabrina Alam

"I found out about the internship at Avention after reading one of the newsletters sent by the Careers and Enterprise team. The internship was targeted at second and third year students. However, I received a lot of support from my departmental careers officer which definitely helped with the challenging three-stage interview process. My internship allowed me to get practical experience in the corporate world of the City and gave me the opportunity to develop invaluable business contacts. It was hard work but it helped me to challenge myself. I was then offered a permanent position at the company for when I graduate by the Senior VP himself."

Sabrina Alam, Theoretical Physics MSci, 2018

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