Talks for schools and colleges
Members of the team are happy to visit your school and talk to your students either in a tutorial session or at an assembly. Talks are mainly aimed at sixth form students, but we are happy to work with younger year groups as well. Talks are general, not Queen Mary focused (although we are happy to talk about the College as well if you would like us to).
We are also happy to speak at any HE event for parents and to run training sessions for teachers/tutors on the HE application system, such as UCAS reference-writing. We also participate as speakers at conferences for teachers and careers advisers.
Examples of talks for students include:
- Why go to university? And what can it lead to?
- What, where and when? Choosing courses and universities: the UCAS system
- How to impress in a UCAS form, focusing on the Personal Statement
- Take the stress out of interviews!: how to prepare, what to wear and coping with the interview itself
- Student life: the realities: it’s different from school! Advice on taking responsibility for your life, studies, food and laundry!
- Managing your money: fees, loans and budgeting
- Studying in London
- The Queen Mary experience
We can of course provide a talk tailored to your particular needs and can organise subject talks by Queen Mary academic staff.
Mock university interviews
Staff are able to carry out mock interviews with sixth form students, which will give students the chance to experience being interviewed by someone who does not know them. Several members of the team have been lay-selectors for the School of Medicine and Dentistry and therefore have valuable advice to prospective medics!
Please note that we prefer schools to prioritise students who are likely to be interviewed by universities before receiving an offer.
Group visits to the College
We are happy to organise visits to Queen Mary for year groups or tutor groups who you feel will benefit from experiencing a campus university environment. Visits usually include a talk or talks on a general HE theme(s) such as student life, how to apply, etc, plus a tour of the Campus in smaller groups with a student ambassador. We can also arrange for specific subject talks or Departmental visits. Please contact James Ringer to book.
NB: please give as much advance notice as possible and note that during our teaching terms there are restrictions on room bookings so flexibility is appreciated.
Queen Mary hosts two major open days a year, one on a Saturday in the Summer term, open to anyone who wants to attend, including school groups. This is mainly aimed at year 12 students, but we are happy to welcome other year groups and mature students as well.
The second open day is held on a Saturday in September and is suitable for year 13 students about to make their final UCAS choices (although younger students are always very welcome to attend).
The dates of both open days will be confirmed very soon, so please do keep checking the website for information.
OnQ and other publications
We produce five editions annually of OnQ, our newsletter for teachers and careers advisers. The articles are of a general nature and designed to be used with students making HE applications; you are welcome to photocopy the articles as much as you like. If you are not already on our mailing list please email Isolyn McKenzie to add your details.
We also produce an annual Parents’ Guide to HE (also mailed nationally), a Teachers’ Guide to HE and a guide to HE for younger age-groups. For back copies or more information on these please email Roisin Hurst.
OnQ - issue 74 [PDF 155 KB]
Events for teachers and careers staff
We and organise biannual Information Sessions for teachers and careers staff, normally held in March and late November/December. These are a chance for you to update your knowledge of the College and our courses.
We also run an annual conference for teachers and careers advisers each June. This is on a more general HE theme. The next one will be held on Friday 24 June 2011 on the theme of admissions to competitive courses. If you receive OnQ you will automatically receive details of these events. Please contact Humayon Pramanik for more information.
Some of our students at Queen Mary volunteer to become Student Tutors, working with local schools as classroom assistants. They are useful role models for students who might not have considered Higher Education. The Scheme mainly works with primary and secondary schools in Tower Hamlets. If you are interested in Student Tutoring please contact Roisin Hurst.
Queen Mary students have the opportunity to take part in a number of mentoring opportunities at local schools and sixth form colleges in Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Hackney. By building up a confidential one-to-one relationship with the pupils, the students help them to develop a more positive attitude to their learning, personal growth and development. By becoming a mentor, students have the opportunity to participate in valuable training and development activities and to make a difference to a young person's life. To find out more about the projects, please contact Roisin Hurst.
Please do not hesitate to contact any member of the team with queries about higher education in general and the College in particular.