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Festival of Communities: living and learning together in Tower Hamlets

If you fancy a break from revision and exams, come along to this year’s Festival of Communities taking place on Saturday 20 May in Stepney Green Park and Sunday 21 May on the QMUL Mile End campus, 11am–5pm on both days.

The weekend will be full of activities, performances, demonstrations and stalls to showcase and celebrate life, and explore living and learning together in Tower Hamlets. From fun inflatables, face painting and give-it-a-go sports, to QMUL researchers hosting thought-provoking and hands-on activities, and community organisations running stands and events, there will be something for all to get involved in.

All students are welcome to come along, and everything is free!
More details can be found at www.qmul.ac.uk/festival.

 News
QMUL recognised for improving gender equality
QMUL has received a Silver Athena SWAN award for the first time, in recognition of our commitment to the advancement of gender equality in academia.
QMUL tops UK league table for Dentistry
QMUL is the UK’s highest ranking university for Dentistry, as published in The Complete University Guide league table for 2018.
£1.5m awarded to apply preventive medicine to brain disorders
QMUL will establish a new Centre for Preventive Neurology, thanks to £1.5m of funding from Barts Charity.
London school pupils pitch exciting business ideas with help of QMUL law students
Ideas presented at this QMUL event included video-recording contact lenses and a virtual reality application which reduces stress.
QMUL researchers discover two new species of African mole-rat
The species, formally described as Fukomys hanangensis and Fukomys livingstoni, were found around Mount Hanang and at Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, both in Tanzania.
 Important information
Register to vote in the June 8 General Election

The deadline for registering to vote in the General Election on Thursday 8 June is Monday 22 May. We’ve put together some guidance on how to do this, as well as more information on the voting process including voter eligibility and what to do if you can’t vote in person on the day.
 Money and support

Relaxation techniques from the Advice and Counselling Service

The Advice and Counselling Service have put together a guide on relaxation tips and techniques to help you during the exam period. The guide is full of useful quick exercises you can do anywhere to help lower your levels of tension and stress. You can also check out their advice on managing exam stress.

New drug and alcohol support service for students

RESET, the Tower Hamlets drug and alcohol service, will be running weekly sessions at the Advice and Counselling Service to provide QMUL students who are resident in Tower Hamlets with specialist one-to-one support for drug and alcohol issues. More.

Brexit briefing sessions and FAQs

On Thursday 25 May, we will be holding briefing sessions for students on the EU referendum and Brexit, with the opportunity to discuss student-specific issues and time with our immigration expert to ask questions. There are also practical workshops to walk you through your own application process for permanent residence and naturalisation as a British citizen taking place on
Tuesday 16 May. All the details can be found on my.qmul: my.qmul.ac.uk/eu-referendum.

General student FAQs regarding the referendum are also available here: qmul.ac.uk/eu-referendum/student-faqs, and FAQs on making an application for permanent residence or naturalisation as British citizen are available here: qmul.ac.uk/eu-referendum/immigration-faqs.

QMUL scholarships video

The International Office has produced a new video on opportunities available to students via QMUL’s own scholarship schemes and those available from external funding sources. You can check it out here.

Society profile
Two QMUL societies have been nominated for awards at the National Societies Awards, taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham on Friday 19 May. The Syria Solidarity Society is in the running for the ‘Most Improved Society’ category, and the Pokémon Society is up for the ‘Best Hobby and Interest Society’ award. Check out what their respective presidents had to say here.
 Opportunities

Stop Hate UK and Tower Hamlets Council to visit QMUL

Stop Hate UK and Tower Hamlets Council will be coming to Library Square, Mile End campus on Monday 15 May, 11am to 3pm to talk about the ‘No Place for Hate’ pledge and the new Stop Hate 24 hour helpline which launched at QMUL on Monday 1 May, as well as anything related to hate crime. More.


QMUL researchers to take science to the pub with Pint of Science London

More than 30 QMUL scientists will appear in local watering holes as the world's largest festival of public science talks returns to London between Monday 15 and Wednesday 17 May. London will join over 100 cities around the world taking part in this global festival highlighting recent scientific breakthroughs. More.
 
Celebration of Communities – Wednesday 17 May

The Celebration of Communities will be taking place on Wednesday 17 May, showcasing the great community-based work taking place in collaboration between QMUL staff and students with organisations and residents in east London and beyond. More.


West Smithfield Library open consultation

Library Services are holding an open consultation to hear from you and explore ideas for providing a sustainable service at West Smithfield Library that meets your needs. The consultation will take place on Wednesday 17 May, 10–11am in Rotblat G.05, West Smithfield campus. In appreciation of your contribution, each person who attends will receive a £15 Amazon voucher. More.


The 5-2 diet trial – participants needed

QMUL researchers are looking for participants in a study comparing different ways to lose weight. If you’re interested, please visit the 5-2 trial webpage for further details.

 Notices

New online process for reporting accidents and incidents

You can now report accidents and incidents online at: qmul.oshens.comThe form should be used when reporting an incident or accident that happens on campus, or while engaged in QMUL activities off-campus. More.

 Events
In conversation with Robert Peston: Brexit Britain – Thursday 11 May

Stop Hate UK and Tower Hamlets Council visit – Monday 15 May

Pint of Science London – Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 May

Practical workshops on applications for permanent residence and naturalisation as a British citizen – Tuesday 16 May

Celebration of Communities – Wednesday 17 May


West Smithfield Library open consultation – Wednesday 17 May

Festival of Communities – Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 May

EU referendum and Brexit briefing sessions – Thursday 25 May
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