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Coronavirus

The 2020 student experience

We are excited to be welcoming new and continuing students for the new academic year. We have prepared an innovative and inclusive blended educational offering and we have ensured all our campuses are Covid-secure.

What to expect in Semester 1

We’re excited to be welcoming new and continuing students for the new academic year. We’ve prepared an innovative and inclusive blended educational offering. For specific information about face-to-face activities on your programme, look out for communications from your school or institute.

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that life and study for all of us has changed in the UK and we understand you might have some questions about the educational and social aspects of our experience here at Queen Mary.   

Our primary concern is the wellbeing and safety of our students and staff. We have invested enormously in ensuring that we are following the latest government guidance and that all our campuses are Covid-secure so that we can welcome all students to our campuses in person. We have reconfigured our campuses – including our lecture theatres, libraries, and our study and social spaces – to ensure that we can all maintain social distancing and the hygiene standards necessary to mitigate the risk of coronavirus.

If you are able to join us on campus, please do so. If you can’t travel, we have made sure you can fully access your education from wherever you are and will look forward to welcoming you in person as soon as your circumstances allow.

To enable this, from September 2020 to January 2021, we are offering an inclusive blended learning approach, which has been co-created with our current students.

Blended learning is a mix of campus-based study and distance (online) learning. We are offering world-class online provision, supplemented by face-to-face campus-based educational activities for those who are able to travel to our campuses.

What is blended learning?

To ensure you can access your world-class education whether or not you can join us on campus, we are providing a ‘blended’ educational experience. This means it has a core backbone of online lectures and seminars, and wrap-around academic advising and mentoring support, all delivered online.

For those able to join us on our campuses, we are supplementing this backbone of online provision with face-to-face educational activities. For example:

  • our History students will enjoy our local history walking tours and weekly small group study sessions
  • our Law students can work with our award-winning Legal Advice Centre with online and face-to-face client interviews
  • our Foundations students in Computer Science, Maths and Physics will have access to face-to-face tutorials for each of their modules throughout the Semester 1
  • our medical and dental students will have a range of enrichment activities; and
  • across all programmes we are offering various academic advising activities weekly.

Your safety

The safety and wellbeing of our community remains our highest priority. For students learning remotely, our IT systems are equipped with the latest protection to safeguard you and your work. For students on campus, we are following the latest government guidance and ensuring that all our campuses are Covid-secure.

Keeping our campuses Covid-secure is a shared responsibility. We need everyone who steps onto campus to play their part. All students should take a moment to read the latest government guidelines, and to be alert to any changes in those guidelines.

To help ensure everyone knows how to be Covid-secure on campus, we have created:

  • The Queen Mary Covid Code, which sets out the behaviours we expect of everyone – students, staff and visitors.
  • Our safety guidance checklist for keeping Covid-secure on campus, including when to wear a face covering.

If you have health conditions that have required you to shield during the Covid-19 pandemic and you’re worried about returning to campus, you should make an appointment with your GP to discuss your concerns. If your GP recommends that you continue shielding, please let us know by emailing studenthealth@qmul.ac.uk.

Supporting you

We’re here to help you through the challenges and uncertainty this period brings. There are many ways we can help:

  • Your School/Institute is there to help you with academic and pastoral concerns
  • All students have the chance to take part in our Buddy Scheme, designed to help you settle into university life, socialise and meet new people by matching incoming first-year students with trained Queen Mary students from the same academic School in a group.
  • Find out about the range of student support services on our new students website.
  • Read our current students' tips on studying at home

There is a Financial Assistance Fund at Queen Mary. We are currently updating the guidance for 2020/21. We are committed to supporting all our students to study at Queen Mary. Please ensure you have adequate financial support for all of your tuition fees before starting your course.

You can find guidance on undergraduate funding at welfare.qmul.ac.uk/money.

We recommend that all students buy their own IT equipment. Visit our dedicated page for advice on adequate specifications and the financial support we have available: qmul.ac.uk/newstudents/before-you-arrive/it/

Your degree

The qualification you will receive at the end of your studies will be the same, whether you study face-to-face or by partial blended learning. 

Assessment changes 

All students will be informed about assessment arrangements by the module organisers at the start of each module, as was also usual practice before the Covid-19 outbreak.

Queen Mary accommodation and studying abroad

Student residences

We provide support for students living in on-campus accommodation, or in the private sector housing market.

If you have questions about accommodation, we’ve published guidance and information for current students and new applicants.

Returning home 

Visit gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest UK Government information and guidance.

Tier 4 immigration permission

Queen Mary's Advice and Counselling Service has a webpage with detailed guidance for Queen Mary current students and applicants about the immigration implications of the current coronavirus situation. This page is frequently updated in line with UK Visa and Immigration developments.

Field trips

The ban on international field trips, introduced by Queen Mary at the start of the pandemic, has now been lifted and students are permitted to travel to countries which have been updated by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and classified as ‘exempted’.

For full details, please visit our coronavirus travel page.

Students on overseas exchange programmes

The Global Opportunities Office and your Queen Mary School have sent out guidance to all students currently participating in overseas programmes or due to go abroad to participate in programmes during the 2020/21 academic year.

If you have any questions, please contact goabroad@qmul.ac.uk or your home school.

Modern Languages students from the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film should contact sllf-yearabroad@qmul.ac.uk.

MBBS Malta students

MBBS Malta applicants and offer holders can find further information here.

Current MBBS Malta students are encouraged to contact the Student Office should they have any questions.