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Times Higher Education World University Rankings: success for QM

QM has been named among the top universities in the world in the influential Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14, after rising more than 30 places in one year to 114th position. The rankings also place QM at 14th position in the UK, up from 145th globally and 21st in the UK last year. Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at QM is rated 8th in the country and 57th in the world for health subjects.


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News from QM

Did you know that QM has 2,700 students in China?

Our award-winning degree programme with the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications (BUPT) has now been running for nine years. We have also just launched a joint programme with Nanchang University (NCU), and just welcomed the first cohort of 104 students. The students will study for a Queen Mary BSc in Biomedical Sciences alongside their medical degree in China.

QM alumnus uses smart tags to create public engagement treasure hunt

Sam Amrani, who studied Law at Queen Mary, will be showcasing his smart ‘tagging’ system on QM’s campuses to help students and staff discover through their mobiles more about how our research engages with the public. The tags will be placed on posters at various locations at the Mile End campus initially – such as the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Centre for Public Engagement – then rolled out at our other campuses over the coming weeks. Users simply need to unlock their smart phone and hold it next to the tag, and then their web browser will automatically open directing the user to more information about the activities taking place in that building.

QMSU Festival of Sport kicks off the Sporting Year

Queen Mary Students’ Union launched its sporting year with a bang on Friday 20 September with the ‘QMSU Festival of Sport’ held at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Over 130 students attended the event offered students the opportunity to access this high profile Olympic venue and have a go at a variety of different sporting challenges. This event was generously supported by the Queen Mary Annual Fund which is made up of donations from over 1,000 former students, staff and friends of QM.

Sustainability champions celebrated at Green Impact and Student Switch Off Awards

Students and staff involved in sustainability projects came together in August at QM’s annual Green Impact and Student Switch Off awards. This year a record number of teams achieved high scores and were recognised with awards for their efforts. Find out more about this year’s awards, and how you can get involved this year.

PhD student wins first sound engineering scholarship from top audio brand

Brecht De Man, a PhD student from QM’s Centre for Digital Music – part of the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science – has been named as the first recipient of a new scholarship for audio engineers, sponsored by international audio brand Harman.

Cultural impact of London universities celebrated at Inside Out Festival

A talk at the National Portrait Gallery on Elizabeth I’s image as the Virgin Queen, a guided walk through a famous Shoreditch slum and a computing magic show at Somerset House are some of the fascinating events featuring academics from QM in this autumn’s Inside Out Festival.

QM’s catering recognised for excellence

QM’s catering outlets have recently earned two awards for excellence. The National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, gave The Curve and Mucci’s a 5* grading. QM has also joined seven other Russell Group universities who have received formal recognition in an awards scheme that celebrates high-quality and sustainable catering. The Curve and The Hive have earned a Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark in recognition of their commitment to serving healthy and ethical meals to students, staff and visitors.

News for QM’s cyclists

QM’s Sustainability team has organised a free cycle marking session on Wednesday 16 October and is introducing new cycle lockers from Wednesday 9 October.

Katarina Nordanger, your SU VP Welfare

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The Essentials

Problems with student timetables - we apologise for the recent confusion

We realise that some of you have experienced significant problems with your timetables during the start of term. Here we explain the background and benefits of the new timetable system and how we are resolving the problems that have occurred.

Student Enquiry Centre

The Student Enquiry Centre is a general enquiry service for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students. They can assist you with anything from enrolment queries, bursaries and scholarships, production of official QM letters, provisional transcripts, replacement ID cards and much more! The Student Enquiry Centre is based in the Queens’ Building, opposite the Octagon, at the Mile End campus.

IT support for students

A range of quick links and support is available for new and returning students - such as accessing your email, wi-fi access, QM Plus, printing and photocopying and where to go for help.

Be on your guard against phishing – report suspicious emails to the IT Helpdesk

There has been an increase in email phishing activity being reported recently, and IT Services has asked everyone to be more vigilant than usual. Please be especially careful of any email that asks you for your QM username and password, either directly or indirectly, ie via a link to change your password or increase your mailbox quota.

Some advice to help manage your money

Whether you’ve just started university or you’re returning for another year, advice is available from QM’s Advice and Counselling Service on how to manage your money and make sure you are getting the funding you’re entitled to.

My.qmul and the Student Guide - your online resource

My.qmul is your online portal to everything you might need as a QM student. On my.qmul you’ll also find the Student Guide, an easy to use guide to refer to throughout your time at QM – with information and advice on your studies, your services and making the most of your time here.

Student Health Service - have you registered yet?

It is very important that you protect your health while you are studying. If you are living at an address within these postcode areas E1, E2, E3 or E14 and are studying on a course of six months or more, you are expected to register with the Student Health Service to ensure you receive access to a doctor once you begin your studies. Don't wait until you become unwell to register. Register at

Events and opportunities

QMSU launches Mental Health and Wellbeing campaign on World Mental Health Day - Thursday 10 October

Queen Mary Students’ Union (QMSU) will be launching their Mental Health and Wellbeing campaign on Thursday 10 October, World Mental Health Day. They will sign the Time-To-Change pledge showing their commitment to tackling mental health stigma and discrimination at Queen Mary. It is 'Time To Talk' and on the day QMSU will encourage both students and staff to start conversations about mental health witha range of workshops, activities and a movie screening.

QM's Annual Fund - become an Annual Fund caller

Are you a good talker and a good listener? Are you persuasive? How enthusiastic are you about Queen Mary and your time here, and can you convey that message? The QM Development and Alumni Directorate is currently recruiting 40 paid student callers to help raise more than £200,000 for this year’s Annual Fund. Did you enjoy the Sports Clubs and Societies Launch event at the Copper Box? Have you visited the new Drapers2 space? You might be surprised to hear that these projects, and many more, were supported by the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is based on gifts from former students and staff who remembered the great student days they had at QM and want to help current and future students by giving something back through donating to the Annual Fund.

Student Switch Off volunteer training, Thursday 10 October

QM's Sustainability team are looking for enthusiastic, environmentally minded students living in QM halls to become Ambassadors for the Student Switch Off campaign, helping to save energy and boost recycling in your halls this year. Last year’s winning hall was France House so make sure your hall is the winner this year by coming along to our training session to find out more and get involved.

Faculty of Science and Engineering MSc Student Forums

All MSc students from Faculty of Science and Engineering Schools are invited to a series of student forums taking place throughout Semester 1. The next event will be held, with a free lunch available, on Thursday 31 October from 12-2pm in Blomeley Room 2 in the Student Hub. The forums will help you to meet other students from the Faculty, share experiences and meet with staff from your School. A further forum will be held on Thursday 28 November (Blomeley Rooms 1 and 2) between 12-2pm.

Barts Pathology Museum presents 'Kill or Cure': Would you have survived a headache 500 years ago?

We may be familiar with medical history through the eyes of doctors and surgeons – but what about the patient? On Wednesday 6 November at Barts Pathology Museum, West Smithfield campus, the author of new Dorling Kindersley book book Kill or Cure traces the experience of a patient through different historical eras.

Thinking of stopping smoking? Smokers needed for new study

The School of Medicine and Dentistry is testing several new methods to help smokers quit, in addition to the standard smoking cessation clinics. Students and their friends and relatives are invited to call 0207 882 8230 or email for more information.

Think pink for breast cancer!

On Friday 25 October various teams throughout QM will be raising money for wear it pink to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Campaign’s vital research. Look out for posters around campus to find out more. For more information and to get involved with wear it pink this year then please visit

ITV and Peter Andre to hold ‘One For the Boys’ male cancer checks at Westfield

On Friday 11 October, pop and TV star Peter Andre joins ITV’s This Morning to host a male health clinic at Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre – just one stop from Queen Mary’s Mile End campus - aimed at raising awareness of male cancers. Students aged 18-44 are invited for a testicular cancer check. No examinations will be filmed and experts will be on hand to answer questions on the day.