Queen Mary Students' Union (QMSU) is a democratic membership organisation that is the voice of all Queen Mary students. You automatically become a member of QMSU when you join Queen Mary. The Union’s mission is to improve students’ lives through listening to your feedback, electing students to represent your views, and by providing opportunities and services. If you are studying medicine or dentistry, you will also become a member of the Barts and The London Students’ Association (BLSA).
The Union is a registered charity so every penny of profit goes back to you to support campaigns, welfare and student activities. Across the QMUL campuses, the Union also runs social spaces, gyms, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants where you can take a break, relax or grab something to eat.
- Democracy and representation
- Student groups
- Give back
- Sports and fitness
- Develop your skills
- Buddy Scheme
- Venues, shops and cafes
- Other facilities
Democracy and representation
The Union is led by students across Queen Mary. Every Queen Mary student is automatically a member of the Union and has a say in how it is run through elections and their representatives. Elected students set the direction of the Students' Union, decide on student policy and run campaigns and projects to improve the student experience. These elected students include course representatives, part-time officers and executive officers, who take a year out of their studies to work full-time at the Union. Find out how you can get involved in democracy and representation.
There are hundreds of student groups you can get involved with to help you make new friends, spark new interests and gain new skills. With over 250 societies, 60 sports clubs and a variety of media outlets, there is something for everyone. If a group suited to your interests doesn’t exist, you can always set one up! Find out about student societies and sports societies here.
The Union supports the local community through volunteering, fundraising and sports programmes. Volunteers can participate in one-off and on-going opportunities with charities and not-for-profit organisations. Volunteering groups, set up 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.
The Union also has a Community Sport programme where students are trained as sports coaches and referees, delivering a range of sports both on and off-campus for the local community.
Sports and fitness
Qmotion is the Union’s sport and fitness centre on the Mile End Campus. The gym is equipped with the latest 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.
If you want a more laid-back approach to sports clubs and the gym, Get Active is the Union’s turn up and play social sports programme. Get Active offers a large range of fun sports and activities at affordable prices. Activities include swimming, badminton, fencing, diving, cheerleading and more, as well as a women’s only timetable. Find out more information about Get Active here.
Develop your skills
Getting involved in student groups and representation is a great way to develop your employability skills, but if you want to take it to the next level, the Queen Mary 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 understand the work-ready skills you gain 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 they get the most out of their time at university. The Buddy Scheme gives new students a chance to get to know other people on their course, as well as gaining tips and advice about university life from experienced mentors.
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 Union’s student groups also run a variety of events so there’s always something going on!
Venues, shops and cafés
You can eat, drink and shop in the Union’s 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, pub quizzes and more. If you’re looking for QMUL branded clothing, stationery or food and drink, visit our Infusion shop and the Village Shop. For drinks, sandwiches, snacks and relaxing social spaces, visit Ground Café, The Learning Café or The Shield Café. Find out more about our on-campus restaurants here.
The Union also offers a range of additional facilities including bookable rooms for student groups, social spaces to chill out and relax in, and a multi-faith space for prayer and contemplation.