When you come to Queen Mary University of London, you automatically become a member of Queen Mary, University of London Students’ Union (QMSU). The Union aims to improve your student experience by listening to your feedback and opinions, representing your views, and providing student-led activities and services. If you are studying medicine or dentistry you will also become a member of Barts and The London Students’ Association (BLSA).
There are hundreds of student groups to get involved with that will help you make new friends, spark new interests and gain new skills and experiences! With over 200 societies, 60 sports clubs and a variety of media outlets, there is something for everyone. Plus, if a group suited to your interests doesn’t exist, you can always set one up. Find out about student societies.
The Union supports the local community through volunteering, fundraising and sports programmes. Volunteers log thousands of hours in one-off and on-going opportunities with charities and not-for-profit organisations. Volunteering Groups, setup by students, deliver projects in local hospitals, schools, community centres and more. Raise and Give (RAG) raises thousands of pounds each year for student nominated charities and offers the chance for students to plan their own events and fundraising campaigns. There is also the opportunity to gain coaching qualifications and deliver sports sessions in schools & the local community as part of the Union’s Community Sport programme.
In addition to joining to sports clubs or participating in community sport, there are plenty of other ways to get fit and stay healthy. Get Active is the Union’s turn up and play sports programme. Funded by Sport England, Get Active features special sessions at the Olympic Park, women’s only activities and low cost sessions for all students. You can also create a team with your friends, course mates or student group to compete in basketball, football, netball, table tennis or tennis sport leagues. Find out more information about sports societies.
Develop your skills
Getting involved in student groups and representation is a great way to develop your skills and employability but if you want to take it to the next level, the QM Skills Award is here to help. All students involved in Union activities can register for the award. This training and accreditation programme helps you to record your experiences and understand the skills gained through extra-curricular activities.
Settling into University can be a scary experience, but not when you’ve got a buddy. The Union Buddy Scheme matches current Queen Mary students (mentors) with incoming first year students (mentees) to ensure you get the most out of their time at university. The Buddy Scheme gives new students a chance to meet other new students from their course, as well as get tips and advice about university life from experienced mentors.
Visit, Eat & Shop
Did you know? The Union is a registered charity so every penny of profit goes back to you supporting campaigns, welfare and activities. Across the QMUL campuses the Union runs social spaces, gyms, shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and reception points for you to take a break, relax or grab something to eat.
Venues, Shops & Cafes; Eat, drink and shop in the Unions bars, restaurants, cafes and shops. By day Drapers Bar and Restaurant and The Griff Inn serve quality food and snacks suited to a range of dietary requirements. By night each venue transforms for club nights, comedy nights or pub quizzes. If you’re looking for QMUL branded clothing, stationary or food and drink visit Infusion shop, The Village Shop. For take-away or stay-in hot drinks, sandwiches, snacks and relaxing social spaces, visit Ground Café, The learning Café or The Shield Café. Find out more here.
Sport and Fitness: Qmotion is the Union’s sport and fitness centre on the Mile End Campus. The gym is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, holds a wide range of group exercise classes, and offers a number of additional services such as personal training. The Union also operates Fitness to Practice, a smaller gym at Charterhouse Square.
Other Facilities: The Union also offers a range of other facilities including bookable rooms for student groups, social spaces to chill out and relax and a multi-faith space for prayer and contemplation.
The Union runs a lively events programme offering a range of activities including day trips, live music, club nights, spoken word and more. Some past favourites include gala balls, language lessons, graffiti painting and a floating cinema. The Unions student groups run a variety of events as well so there’s always something happening!