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The Making of Queen Mary explored in new history book

From its days as a pioneering philanthropic project in the Victorian East End, through multiple mergers, groundbreaking scientific discoveries and massive expansion, the history of Queen Mary, University of London is chronicled in a new book.

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The elegantly designed and illustrated The Making of Queen Mary, University of London, by Ruth Valentine, briefly explores the University’s first 100 years, before focusing on the last quarter century- the university’s greatest period of growth and change.

It captures Queen Mary’s most impressive achievements to date, and charts the merger of four separate institutions in the 1980s: St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, The London Hospital Medical College, Westfield College and Queen Mary College.

The book charts the ambitious development of the University’s five campuses and details the first-rate research of staff over several decades, through major breakthroughs in science, medicine and the humanities. It looks at the University’s international partnerships, Nobel laureates, unique architecture and engagement with east London, with highlights including Queen Mary’s entry to the Russell Group of leading universities in 2012.

Queen Mary’s Principal Professor Simon Gaskell says: “Higher education has changed drastically over the last decade and as we navigate through this period, it’s important for us to remember the history and the characteristics that define Queen Mary as an institution. This book is an acknowledgement of how far we have come and it helps set the scene for the future.”

The Making of Queen Mary, University of London is available to buy online, priced at £15.00 (+ p&p):

All proceeds will go toward the Queen Mary, University of London Foundation, which provides scholarships and support for gifted young people, allowing them to access a world-class education at Queen Mary.


The Making of Queen Mary, University of London – Reviews

Ruth Valentine has woven a skilful route through a mass of archival sources, written contributions and interviews to produce a very readable and indeed, fascinating account

-Dr Ray Hall, Senior Lecturer in Geography


“More than simply an illustrated timeline, The Making of Queen Mary also reveals the effect that the last fifty years of higher education policy and changes in the governance arrangements of the University of London have had in the development of the College … [it] succeeds in conveying this story in a highly entertaining and engaging way.”

-Professor Mike Curtis, Deputy Vice-Principal Health and Director of the Blizard Institute

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