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School of Geography

Student support and experience

Students on our programmes have access to a variety of advice and support services both within the School and the wider university. From study skills enhancement to financial advice, health services to careers coaching, our dedicated support teams are here to help our students achieve their potential across their degree programme:

Support within the School of Geography

Academic support

All students have a personal tutor in their first year and a dissertation supervisor in their third year that they meet with on a regular basis to develop key study and independent research skills. Tutorials and supervisions take place in a small group of students and sometimes on a one-to-one basis, so that students get regular personalised and peer academic support.

All teaching staff have two hours set aside each semester week as Advice & Feedback hours during which students can drop-in to staff offices to get timely feedback and support on their modules and wider learning.

Pastoral support

All students have an academic advisor that they meet with at the beginning, middle and end of each semester to review their studies and to check-in on their well-being. Academic advisors signpost relevant university support services to students in need of professional support and also track individual engagement, attendance and attainment on modules.

The School’s Student Support Officer acts as key point of contact for all student pastoral questions and concerns. They oversee our engagement monitoring and extenuating circumstances procedures that provide mitigations where assessments are impacted by circumstances outside of a student’s control.

The School has a number of trained Mental Health First Aiders who can provide first-level support and signpost those experiencing poor mental health to appropriate professional support in the university. The identity and contact details of our Mental Health First Aiders are prominently displayed in the School reception area and in our online learning environment.

Careers support

The School has a dedicated Careers Advisor who offers bookable individual careers coaching sessions, posts relevant job and work experience opportunities, and hosts a regular series of on-campus careers events featuring both employer and alumni roundtables.

Our modules embed careers and employability into the curriculum with module content, transferable skills and authentic assessments designed to equip our students for a variety of graduate destinations at the end of their studies. There are often paid or voluntary opportunities for students to support staff research projects that provide immersion in advanced research skills and evidence project management ability.

Support across our university

Offers in depth and specialist advice on financial, practical and legal issues such as student finance, housing rights, immigration law and international student issues. It is a completely free and confidential service.

Queen Mary students going through a tough time can now access free online support with Togetherall. Whether you’re struggling to sleep, feeling low, stressed or unable to cope, Big White Wall can help you get support, take control and feel better. You will have access to a 24/7 online community and professional support from trained counsellors. Togetherall provides a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings, get creative and learn how to self-manage your mental health and wellbeing. Togetherall is totally anonymous, so no one will know you’ve chosen to use it unless you tell them!

Supports students in all aspects of career development - from finding work experience and graduate jobs to starting your own business, or pursuing further study.

Provides guidance and support for students with disabilities and learning differences for example dyslexia and dyspraxia.

QMUL offers bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas. Email to find out more.

Provided for all students living in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Students should register with the Globe Town surgery at the Student Health Centre at the beginning of term. Students living outside Tower Hamlets can be treated on campus in the event of an urgent medical situation.

Language Centre

Gives you the opportunity to learn a language and so enhance your employment prospects. It can also help you with your studies if English is not your first language. Students can apply for language bursaries to take a non-credit bearing module in their second or third years. 

Self-service libraries mean that staff have more time to help you find what you need and to offer expert advice on QMUL’s collections. You will also have access to the University of London’s central library of more than two million books, periodical and eResources at Senate House in Bloomsbury.


The Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) scheme is a course-based mentoring scheme, where first-year students have the opportunity to explore their problems with higher-year students (mentors) in a friendly, informal environment, to help them settle into university life, their department and their studies.

Qmotion is Queen Mary’s health and fitness centre, equipped with a range of exercise machines and weights. It offers a women’s only area and a variety of classes such as yoga and spinning. There’s a squash court and sports hall on campus, as well as a swimming pool nearby.

Sport is a good way to relax after a day spent studying – our sports teams regularly complete against other university teams, and there is a great after-match social scene, including a regular social night, Hail Mary, which is hosted by different sports teams each month. 

As well as home to a wide range of societies – including our very own Geography Society –, sports clubs, activities and social events, QMSU offers an Academic Advice service of help and representation on a number of academic welfare issues. You automatically become a member of QMSU, an active and flourishing union run by students, for students. 

Can provide you with information and guidance on many aspects of your studies, such as your student records (MySIS), your finances, your exams, official documents and letters, immigration, discounted travel, bursaries, grants, scholarships and much more.

A series of short video resources developed by the School of Geography, featuring current students sharing their top tips for success at university. The videos are packed with practical, down-to-earth advice and tips, and are invaluable for new students starting their studies at QMUL. 

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