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I didn't think I would enjoy my degree as much as I have done, you can choose where you're going in a way that you can't at school. At school you are following a track and working towards leaving, whereas here you're working towards the rest of your life.
Helen Pritchard-Smith, Pharmaceutical Chemistry

You can expect an outstanding education at a top university in a supportive and inspiring environment when you study at Queen Mary. You will be taught by academics who are passionate about their subject, and you can enjoy life in one of the world's most exciting cities.

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Lewis Alexander Church

Lewis Alexander Church

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“Having completed my BA at Queen Mary, I was aware of the fantastic opportunities offered by the Department of Drama, in terms of working with staff and visiting artists, and excellent postgraduate student resources.

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

Overall Queen Mary has a fantastic attitude to research and performance practice. Department staff are willing to support and develop original ideas and interests, rather than limiting students to pre-set areas of investigation. They are always approachable and eager to offer help with any aspect of research. They are also brilliant when it comes to organising contact with artists and organisations, and I have been able to work closely with several artists in a way that I do not believe would have been possible at any other institution.

The facilities at Queen Mary are exceptionally well equipped. In the last few years the library has expanded to include a massive amount of resources, particularly in theatre and performance, and the University has strong connections with various arts organisations that compliment the materials available on campus.

East London is a great area to live in, with local pubs, restaurants and clubs, and easy transport links to central London. Culturally, there is a massive artistic community, which means that there are constantly opportunities arising to perform, see new work or meet artists and arts professionals. Queen Mary itself hosts many different events, and there is almost always something interesting going on somewhere!”

Graduate profile:

Amanda Raphael

Amanda Raphael, PhD in the History of the British Natural Childbirth Movement

Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?

“I studied History as an undergraduate at Queen Mary and when I decided to take on the challenge of a PhD, the welcoming atmosphere and the wealth of academic expertise and innovation within the Department drew me back.

What kind of help and support did you receive throughout your course?

My supervisor was a continuous source of encouragement from the start, and I was also allocated a mentor. Being a mature student and mother to two young children, my requirements for study were flexibility, understanding and support. The great thing about Queen Mary is that I get all of this alongside the fantastic library, computing, research and other facilities one would expect from a University of London college.

Overall experience at QMUL:

The College has, I think, got the balance right: it is not at all intimidating, yet sets high standards for its postgraduate students; it fosters independence, yet encourages participation in seminars and discussion groups; finally, it offers the friendly and supportive atmosphere of a campus right in the heart of London’s bustling East End.”

Graduate profile:

Noareen Raja

Noareen Raja

BSc Business Management – graduated 2007 (first class honours)

Working for JP Morgan in Asset Management. 

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
Firstly it is part of the University of London and has a good reputation. I was also greatly impressed with the Business and Management programmes on offer.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
The biggest lesson I learned is that hard work pays off. I worked incredibly hard during my time at the university and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The education I received has given me confidence to think that I am capable of working with the best of the best. The lecturers are absolutely outstanding. I was amazed at how helpful they were. The level of support they offered encouraged me to take charge of my own learning, and really delve into the subjects.

Steve Day

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

I chose Queen Mary as I wanted to study in London: Queen Mary had excellent research facilities and was located in an interesting part of London. The feeling on the open day was good - the staff and students struck me as very friendly and approachable. I was also keen to earn a University of London degree.

I graduated with a Law degree in 2001 and currently advise Network Rail on its history and consequent liability to adjoining landowners and the public.

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

My time at Queen Mary helped me develop my research and analysis skills, and I use the legal principles I learned daily. I gained experience of writing clear, concise reports and addressing all the issues in a case. Many of the lectures I had the pleasure to attend were perfect examples of public speaking.

The seminars I attended gave me experience of speaking in front of groups of people and confidently justifying my views, whilst being appreciative of the views of others. I also learned to think on my feet.

The opportunity to improve my interpersonal skills was invaluable. I am able to tackle any new area of law I encounter systematically and successfully.

This is an exciting time for Network Rail, with the railways of Britain being better maintained and performance improving. I hope to stay with Network Rail and possibly transfer to other areas of the company or take on greater responsibilities. I have already been involved in projects to build the railways of the future, and each day throws up fresh challenges to meet.

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