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Student life at Queen Mary through the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on almost every aspect of society this year, and universities are no exception. Throughout all of the challenges, Queen Mary’s top priority has been to make sure that our students have a safe, high-quality learning experience. To fulfil this commitment, we’ve made sure that our campus environments, learning spaces and facilities are as Covid-secure as possible, and have developed an innovative ‘blended learning’ model to allow students to continue their education, whatever restrictions they face.

Student life at Queen Mary in September

On-campus education, depending on the subject area, is likely to be a mix of seminars, small-group teaching, practical sessions, and laboratory work. Lectures and large-group teaching will largely be online. We must plan for the possibility of continued international travel restrictions; any student who cannot join us at the start of the Semester should be able to follow their course online.

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 at Queen Mary

Despite these efforts, the threat of Covid-19 remains very real, and there are inevitably cases among our community of staff and students. Up-to-date information about the number of active, confirmed cases among all of Queen Mary’s UK-based staff and students is published daily.

Latest information 

Current coronavirus restrictions

As part of step 3 out of the national Covid-19 restrictions, all students can return for in-person teaching from Monday 17 May. Schools and Institutes will now be looking to offer in-person educational activities where possible, and we look forward to welcoming even more students back to our campuses in the coming weeks.

There will be no restrictions on the number of people who can participate in educational activities, but we will continue to ensure the facilities being used remain Covid-secure.

The most recent lifting of restrictions means we will be adding more activities to take full advantage of the new freedoms. From bungee jumping to quizzes and cinema nights, there is something for everyone.

From next Monday, students and staff will be able to sit inside to eat and drink in groups of six or fewer, or two households and the Students’ Union is now reopening Drapers Bar and Kitchen from next Monday.

The deadline for applications for the residential fee reduction has now passed. If you have applied, you will receive an acknowledgement shortly, and we will then contact you with the outcome of your application in the next few weeks. If you have any queries concerning your application, please contact our full statement on student accommodation.

Other important information

Ensuring fair assessment

QMSU Executive Officers have been working hard with the Deans for Education, Vice-Principal (Education) and other Queen Mary staff on the detail of the Covid Mitigation measures in relation to assessment for this academic year and during the remainder of the pandemic. In all our discussions, students’ wellbeing and fair assessment have been central to our approach.

We have now set out some of the details about the currently agreed mitigation measures. This builds on the core aspects of our approach, which are:

  • streamlining our Extenuating Circumstances Policy,
  • extending deadlines where necessary, and
  • asking our examination boards to analyse patterns of students’ performance based on student cohorts pre-Covid and make reasonable adjustments where appropriate.

These measures seek to mitigate against the overall negative effects the pandemic has had on students this year, alongside individual students’ challenges. We will continue to monitor the situation and if required and appropriate adapt in response to local and national circumstances to ensure assessments remain fair and robust during the pandemic.

Your School or Institute may already have been in touch regarding the implementation of these measures locally. If you have any questions, do in the first instance discuss them with your Advisor. Any other questions should be directed to your Programme Director, Student Support Officer or Director of Education. Alternatively, you can contact the Student Enquiry Centre.

Health services

It’s important for all students to look after their mental and physical health while at university to get the most out of studies and student life. All should make sure that they are registered with a local doctor’s surgery. Find out how to register with a GP.

If you live in Queen Mary accommodation or in the borough of Tower Hamlets, you can register with the Student Health Service, which provides a complete range of medical services including immunisations, sexual health advice and psychological counselling. Where possible, the Student Health Service offers out of area registrations, without home visits, for students who live in inner London. Learn more about accessing healthcare at university.

International students and travel

The Advice and Counselling service has published information on eligibility for the new Graduate ('Post Study Work') route if you start your course outside the UK.

Comprehensive, up-to-date information about international travel, including the latest guidance on visas and immigration permissions, can be accessed on our Coronavirus Travel page.