The long wait is over, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are now in full swing. Our Olympic guests are all over the QM campus and many staff and students have taken up their volunteering roles. Only two miles from the main Olympic stadium (or one stop on the Central line), Queen Mary is the closest research-led university to the Games.
Staff at our Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine, based at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, are working at the Games: both on the Olympic organising committee and with athletes.
Queen Mary is actively supporting the Games: from supplying hundreds of student volunteers and organising local community events, to hosting Olympic guests in our Student Village.
The Olympics and Paralympics have inspired great thinking across the College, from exploring the history and political context of the Games, to looking towards the future legacy.
Olympic news from Queen Mary:
Olympic legacy: tackling the ‘East London Diabetes Belt’ is a major challenge
4 October 2012
A study by Queen Mary, University of London researchers has shown the scale of the challenge facing those in charge of delivering the Olympic legacy. In three London boroughs they have found that, overall, as many as one in ten of the local population has a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the next ten years. In some areas close to the Stratford Olympic Park up to one in six adults are at high risk.