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This is the final edition of QMUL Student of the semester, and we wanted to take this opportunity to wish you season’s greetings and happy holidays. It’s been a great start to the academic year, with plenty more in store for the next semester. We’ve provided information on closures over the holidays and there’s an advice blog for international students on the festive period.

Since this is the time for holiday spirit and giving back, we’re highlighting some of the various ways you can get involved with volunteering at QMUL. Whether this is through the opportunities provided by Careers & Enterprise, volunteering with the Students’ Union, or joining a student-led volunteering group, there are plenty of options.

Below we highlight the volunteering experience of one of our alumni, student blogs on volunteering, testimonials on volunteering schemes at QMUL, and some exciting upcoming volunteering opportunities you can get involved with.

 News

QMUL attends Shanghai University of Finance and Economics’ centenary celebrations
President and Principal Professor Colin Bailey and Professor Kathryn Richardson from QMUL’s Confucius Institute attended the 100th anniversary celebrations held in Shanghai.

QMUL launches partnership with Ateneo de Manila University
The partnership with Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines demonstrates our commitment to build on existing and establish new links in South-East Asia.

QMUL announces joint scholarships for Chilean postgraduates
Students from Chile will be eligible for fully funded scholarships to study at QMUL, thanks to a new partnership with the Chilean government.

Queen Mary in the media

A selection of appearances of QMUL staff and students in the media. To submit a story or subscribe to daily updates, email press@qmul.ac.uk.

Consistent industrial and financial policies to achieve EU climate objectives

Trophy hunting may drive extinctions, due to climate change


More needs to be done to tackle the most polluting vehicles


The views expressed in the articles do not reflect those of Queen Mary University of London as an organisation.

 Volunteering

QMSU Volunteering Shoebox Project

This Christmas season, QMSU Volunteering and the Barts and The London Volunteering Officer Steph Yeung are organising a shoebox project in aid of the poor and homeless in London. Items such as toiletries will be delivered to the local Whitechapel Mission. Get yourself and your society members involved and donate whatever items you can at drop-off points at the Student’s Union Hub reception (Mile End) and Barts and The London Students’ Association Box Office (Whitechapel). There will be a gift packaging event tomorrow, Wednesday 6 December in Drapers Lounge, 1–3pm. Find out more information and how to get involved here.

Join in with QMSU’s Volunteering Week, Monday 22–Sunday 28 January

Monday 22–Sunday 28 January is QMSU’s very first Volunteering Week. They’ll be running an extensive programme of events on and off campus for students to get involved in the local community. The theme is ‘New Year’s Resolutions’, so why not make yours to volunteer? If you have any questions, please email su-volunteering@qmul.ac.uk

London Marathon: RAG places

There are three guaranteed spaces in the 2018 London Marathon, and QMSU are looking for QMUL students who can take on this challenge to represent their RAG charities. Apply to run the London Marathon for one or more of these five charities: Step Forward, Nightline, Barts Guild, Rape Crisis and Street Doctors. Apply now.

 Notices

Islamophobia Awareness Month

Islamophobia Awareness Month at QMSU has been designed to highlight the inclusivity of our Students’ Union and Queen Mary as a whole, as well as the benefits of good community cohesion and the effects Islamophobia can have on our student body. There are still events to get involved in, and you can find more about the campaign here

Stop Hate UK: hate crime reporting helpline

Stop Hate UK has a dedicated helpline for anyone affected by hate crime. This applies to victims of hate crime, witnesses to incidents that could be hate crimes or anyone who is a third party to an incident that could be a hate crime. You can call 0800 138 1625 or visit the Stop Hate UK website to report any incidents. 

Apple security update for macOS High Sierra

If you’re running macOS High Sierra on your Mac, please update it as soon as possible if you haven’t done so already. A bug was discovered that makes it possible to gain entry to the machine without a password. Apple has released the fix for this bug and more information is available on the IT Services status page.

Don’t be fooled – don’t become a money mule

Money muling – where fraudsters ask you to receive money into your bank account and transfer it into another account – is on the rise in the UK, especially among students. We’ve teamed up with Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) and Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, to raise awareness of this type of serious fraud to help you stay informed and avoid getting involved. Find out more.

 Money and support

Money and Welfare Matters: Are you thinking of interrupting or leaving your programme?

This might be for medical, financial, personal, or other reasons. It is important not to rush into a decision, and talking to someone who is used to advising students about these matters might help you to consider options you did not know about. Find out how we can help here.

QMUL Bursary 2017/18

If you are from a low-income family and you do not wish to take out any loans, you could still be eligible for the QMUL Bursary, but you still need to be assessed by Student Finance England for your eligibility. Or, if you have been fully assessed but still haven’t received a bursary email, this could be because there is no ‘Consent to share’ information option selected on your account. Find out the next steps to take in both of these cases here.

Alumna profile: Isil Etes – QMentor

Isil Etes is an alumna from the School of Law, with a Master of Laws (LLM) in Public International Law who graduated in 2011. Isil is now a Contract Analyst at The Walt Disney Company, as well as a long-standing mentor on our QMentoring scheme. We caught up with her to find out about her volunteering work in this capacity and other volunteering projects she has been involved with at QMUL. Read.

 Volunteering blogs

If you’re looking for more inspiration and advice on how to get involved with volunteering, both in and outside of QMUL, these student blogs have a wealth of information available to you.

 Jobs and careers

Volunteer your time next summer and gain invaluable experience in the charity sector

QProjects Summer is QMUL’s award-winning work experience programme, which gives you the opportunity to undertake a charity placement during the summer months. Past projects have included developing a marketing campaign, data analysis, running healthcare workshops, assisting with human rights campaigns, and many more. Applications for the programme will open in spring 2018, and you can sign up to the mailing list here.

Check out some of the testimonials from past project leaders on the programme below.

 

Rosie Vincent, who studies English and Drama at QMUL, volunteered at Rosetta Arts for six weeks this summer as a Marketing Project Leader.

Svetlana Lepekhina, who studies Global Health at QMUL, volunteered at Stepney City Farm as an Evaluation Project Leader over the summer for six weeks.

Will 2018 be the year you finally pursue that business idea?

On Saturday 13 January, qEnterprise is teaming up with Enterprise Nation to host StartUp 2018, the UK’s biggest enterprise event of the new year. Whether you have a business idea or simply want to improve your entrepreneurial skills, this is the event for you. There are a limited number of free tickets available by entering the code ‘QMUL’ at checkout. Register now.

Second open call launched for €2.4m competition to create sustainable and ethical wearable technologies

WEAR Sustain is a collaboration between seven organisations across Europe including Queen Mary. Rachel Lasebikan, Senior Research and Innovation Manager in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, said: "Our awardees are creating prototypes for air pollution, circular design in production and recycling, reuse of electronic components, health, stress, biodegradation, human impact and more. We are looking for new applications that propose valuable solutions to real problems.” Find out more.

 Opportunities

QMUL joins ‘Go International: Stand Out’ campaign

Universities UK International has launched ‘Go International: Stand Out’, a new campaign to help the higher education sector increase the percentage of students participating in study, work and volunteer abroad placements. QMUL has pledged to increase the number of students we send overseas, widen participation of our student demographic in outward mobility, provide more funding and support for disadvantaged student groups and create more opportunities for students to go abroad as part of existing programmes. For more details, please get in touch with the Global Opportunities team.

China Summer Camp 2018

Together with the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, the QMUL Confucius Institute gives you the opportunity to take part in a summer camp in Shanghai. The programme gives you the chance to discover the economy, culture, language and history of China today. The programme runs for two weeks from Monday 16 July to Sunday 29 July. Check out the blog to see what students have got up to in our previous summer camps, and watch the Summer Camp 2017 video. More information and how to register can be found here.

Beginners’ Chinese language and culture courses in January

The Confucius Institute will be running beginners’ Chinese language classes from Wednesday 10 January. More information on the course and how to register can be found here.

Would you like to participate in research to evaluate a new approach for maintaining a healthy mouth?

A team from QMUL’s Centre for Oral Clinical Research is researching the daily use of a probiotic lozenge as a novel approach for the maintenance of a balanced oral flora consistent with healthy gums. The study is open to all students aged 18–30, excluding dentistry students in years 2–5. Find out more.

Take part in a short survey on student module choices and win a £10 Amazon voucher

Julius Chiu, a third-year Computer Science student, is looking for volunteers to complete a short survey for his final-year project to improve the understanding of the factors that contribute to student module choices. The survey will take around five minutes to complete and there will be a prize draw for a £10 Amazon gift card, just in time for Christmas! Take the survey.

Turn up and play sporting opportunities


Whether you are looking to try a new sport or carry on with something you have played before, Get Active gives you the opportunity to take part in sport in a fun, social, affordable and relaxed environment for no more than £2.50.

University of London art competition – deadline extended to 31 December

The University of London has extended the deadline for expressions of interest in its public art competition celebrating 150 years since women first accessed university education in Britain. The competition is open to all QMUL students and you could win the chance to create a piece of public art and bag the £5,000 prize.


Stepney City Farm Christmas Market and student discount

Stepney City Farm is offering a 10 per cent discount with Queen Mary student cards in their newly re-launched cafe, all day during the first day of their Christmas Market on Friday 15 December. The market will run on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 December and will feature live music, hot food and drink, and 25 stalls selling local produce and crafts. Find out more.

 Events

Rise4Rohingya presents: Global Islamophobia

A screening of the world’s most persecuted minority taking place on Thursday 7 December, 6–9pm in Bancroft 2.40, Mile End campus.

QMUL Music Society Christmas concert

Join QMUL Music Society for a special Christmastide concert to celebrate the academic term’s work on Sunday 10 December at 3pm in The Octagon, Queens’ Building, Mile End campus. QMUL Orchestra, Choir, Big Band, A Cappella, and Chamber Ensemble perform music by Mozart, Beethoven, Britten and a host of others.

Barts and The London Music Society’s Christmas concert

There will be a traditional service with readings and carols, with music from the choir and orchestra, at St Dunstan and All Saints church in Stepney High Street from 7pm on Friday 8 December.

London International Development Centre (LIDC) and The Guardian Debate: Can aid help counter violent extremism and terrorism?

The fifth debate of the LIDC and The Guardian Development Debate Series will take place this evening, Tuesday 5 December, 6–8pm at City, University of London. The debate is free to attend for QMUL students who are registered members of LIDC. Register now. You can become a free member of LIDC thanks to QMUL’s membership status. If you have an interest in international development and a desire to solve some of the world's greatest challenges, sign up here.

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