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Student life at Queen Mary University of London

Your time as a student is sure to be life-changing and we want you to get the most out of the time you spend with us.

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Social life

Your time at university is a great opportunity to meet people and develop your interests. What's more, you have a world-class city to explore.

Academic experience

Academic experience

You can expect an outstanding education at a top university in a supportive and inspiring environment when you study at Queen Mary.

Durim Manaj

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

I just loved the Queen Mary campus. It felt like a private little city within London. I thought it was beautiful and had everything I would need to enjoy my stay there, with student union, gym and library all being close to each other. I most enjoyed all the amazing and diversified people I met here, from friends to academic staff. I met people from all different walks of life and from so many different cultures, people of different ages and different ambitions in life.

“QM was fantastic in helping me find my job. Before my job interview, they organised a mock interview with me so I could prepare for the kind of questions to expect. I was lucky enough to have secured a job before I graduated and I have really enjoyed putting into practice everything I learnt at University. I am an Incident and Problem Manager for an IT consulting company.

How did you find your academic and social experience at QMUL?

It’s great to see how things I learnt in a lecture hall are now applicable to real life problems. I work on one of the largest web Digital Solution application currently being used in the UK. My team designed the application used by 40 million UK taxpayers to submit their tax forms every year. I ensure that all incidents and problems raised by people using the application are investigated by our technical teams and fixed where necessary. I also have regular meetings with our client to ensure they are happy with the support we provide them.

The best thing about my course was the academic staff and teaching assistants. The academics were first class. All were experts in their field, doing research in the area when not teaching. That meant we always got the latest information about the subjects we were taught.  The study facilities were excellent. We had a whole three-floor building just for my department, running the latest computers and software that we needed to excel. In my final year, Queen Mary was invited to join the Russell group, the elite group for the best 20 universities in the UK. We were all very proud when this was announced.

You can participate in any sport you want to at QM. If you couldn't find a sport offered, then you would be given funding and encouraged to start a new club yourself. In my first year I participated in Football, Jiu Jitsu and University of London Officer training Corps. I carried on with Jiu Jitsu, and I'm now one of the instructors at the club and have represented the university. I received three Golds in national competitions and was given full university colours. Even though I have graduated I still train at QM because the place is great.

Socially, it’s a great place too. There were club events at the student’s union every night, and if you wanted to go to central London, the tube only takes 15 minutes. Overall, it was a great place. Even though I wouldn't have said this while I was still a QM student, the place I miss the most is the Library. That is where my most important work got done, that is where I had the most fun with my friends in the final year (where we were practically living in the library for the last 3 months) and it is where I met my current girlfriend.

For my final year project I created an iPhone application for a real company. It was something I had always wanted to learn how to do. My best moment has to be when I finally printed off my 60-page dissertation. I had spent 2 months learning how to create iPhone applications, another 2-3 months actually creating the application and another 6 weeks writing the report, reviewing it over and over again until I was happy there was nothing else I could add. The feeling of seeing your report getting bound is priceless. Four years of university work depended on that report and I was very proud of it in the end. So were my friends and family.”

Graduate profile:

Robin Shevlane

Robin Shevlane

Studied:
BA in Politics and MA in Democracy and Democratisation – graduated 2006

Currently:
Halfway through a PhD on Scottish nationalism.

Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?
I initially chose Queen Mary for my undergraduate studies partly because of the good reputation of its Politics Department, and partly because I was interested in the east end of London where the university is located.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
As well as gaining two degrees awarded by the internationally recognised University of London, my time at Queen Mary has enabled me to meet an extraordinarily diverse group of people.

What are your career plans in the next five years?
I hope to finish my PhD in late 2009, after which I aim to pursue a career in academia.

Graduate profile:

Camilla Mathias

Camilla Mathias

Studied:
BA French and Drama

Currently:
Working as an actress (The Cazalets – BBC, Victoria and Albert – ITV, Kings and Queens – C5). 

How did your time at Queen Mary prepare you for your chosen career?
It gave me a foundation in French and English texts, a year in Paris (which I chose to spend at a French Drama School) and opportunities to perform in numerous productions – and meet friends I produce and perform with still. 

What ‘transferable skills’ did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
Specialist core modules in Brazilian Performance, 19th Century acting styles, and learning to be fluent in French and Italian have all come in very useful when on tour with theatre productions abroad and in translating plays I have produced. And I have performed in French and Italian a great deal too. 

What are you hoping to do, career-wise, in the next five years?
Produce and star in more of my own work, both on stage and screen, both here and abroad. And to be able to survive purely from acting work!!

Sandya Abrar

How did you find your academic and social experience at QMUL?

“The best thing about the programme is its goal: learning how to champion sustainable development through the implementation of engineering tools and knowledge. Last year we had to make a poster presentation on an existing source of renewable energy. My group was allocated tidal power, and I very much enjoyed doing the research. It was a challenging project, in the sense that we were given complete freedom to structure things in the way that we wanted to.

“There is plenty to do on campus and the Students’ Union is always organising great events. For example every night there is a themed party and on Sunday evening there is usually a movie with free popcorn. I really enjoy going to the Drapers’ Bar after lectures to chill with my friends, and play pool and table football. Once a week I join the ballroom dance society for a lesson. It is a great way to meet other students.”

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