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2021

Queen Mary Building News story: Queen Mary commits to Tower Hamlets’ anti-racist pledge
26 October 2021

Queen Mary University of London has formally signed up to Tower Hamlets’ Anti-Racist Pledge, as part of the University’s continued efforts to challenge racial inequality and ensure staff and students can work and learn in a racism-free environment.

Blue pills. Credit: iStock.com News story: New artificial intelligence offers hope for liver cancer patients with less than 13 per cent chance of survival
25 October 2021

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London and King’s College Hospital have shown that a new computer-based algorithm can rank drugs used to treat primary liver cancer, based on their efficacy in reducing cancer cell growth.

Professor Fran Balkwill standing beside the CanBuild project display at the opening of Cancer Revolution Science, innovation and hope. News story: Queen Mary research features in new Science Museum Group exhibition on cancer
25 October 2021

A research project led by Professor Fran Balkwill from Queen Mary University of London's Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) features in a world-first free exhibition exploring the revolution in science that is transforming cancer care.

Glioblastoma under microscope with dyes. News story: Research breakthrough could mean better treatment for patients with most deadly form of brain tumour
21 October 2021

Scientists studying the most common and aggressive type of brain tumour in adults have discovered a new way of analysing diseased and healthy cells from the same patient.

The Last Breath Society (Coughing Coffin) performed at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, August 2021, image by Holly Revell. News story: Queen Mary academic wins prestigious Leverhulme Trust research award
20 October 2021

Dr Martin O’Brien from the School of English and Drama has been announced as a winner of the 2021 prize.

Wasafiri New Writing Prize announced News story: Winners of the 2021 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize announced
19 October 2021

The winners of the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2020 include authors from the UK, Ireland, and India. 

Queen's building lit up blue News story: Queen Mary supports Tower Hamlets with Covid-19 commemoration ceremony
19 October 2021

Queen Mary University of London held a ceremony in recognition of the local community’s efforts against Covid-19 and to mark the pandemic’s impact.

Health Pioneers event at Queen Mary's Mile End Campus News story: Queen Mary hosts local young people as they tackle health inequality
18 October 2021

Health Pioneers, a charity founded by local doctors and educators, empowers teenagers in East London to boost their own health education - and spread the word

A profile image of Peston Lecture David ‘Danny’ Blanchflower News story: People’s happiness levels show recession is coming, warns renowned economist David Blanchflower
18 October 2021

The wellbeing of the average man or woman on the Mile End Road omnibus – their thoughts, feelings, worries and anxieties – currently suggests an incoming recession in the UK and is the very best indicator around, according to noted economist David ‘Danny’ Blanchflower.

Image of students sitting in front of computes in a lab News story: Queen Mary University of London launches new degree apprenticeship
18 October 2021

Queen Mary University of London has today (Monday 18 October), with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), become the first Russell Group University in London to offer a degree apprenticeship in data analytics.

Sustainability week. News story: Queen Mary launches Sustainability Week to boost climate awareness
18 October 2021

Queen Mary University of London is holding a ‘Sustainability Week’ during the week of 18 October, to highlight the risks associated with climate change and other major environmental challenges.

News story: Queen Mary reuniting Stepney Words poets for 50th anniversary event
15 October 2021

Queen Mary University of London professor Nadia Valman and BBC journalist Alan Dein are reuniting Chris Searle – the teacher at the centre of the extraordinary Stepney Words story and subsequent protests across London – with some of the original Stepney Poets. The reunion will mark the significance and legacy of Stepney Words and recognise the continuing radical potential of poetry in east London, as part of the Being Human festival.

General practitioner reassuring a patient. Credit: iStock.com/AJ_WATT News story: Queen Mary study wins ‘Research Paper of the Year’ award
14 October 2021

A study led by Queen Mary University of London has today been announced as the overall winner of the Royal College of General Practitioners Research Paper of the Year award.

Blog: What has happened to western Europe’s centre right?
14 October 2021

Professor Tim Bale from the School of Politics and International Relations has co-written an article for The Conversation analysing western Europe's centre right, looking at recent election results and trends in Germany and other nations.

Queen Mary student learning clinical skills News story: Queen Mary partners with Health Education England to launch new medical degree pilot
12 October 2021

Prospective medical students in England will soon be able to choose to study flexibly thanks to a new pilot scheme launched by Health Education England and delivered by Queen Mary University of London.

Engineer The Story team at recent workshop News story: Queen Mary launch storytelling workshops to inspire engineering students
12 October 2021

Students from Queen Mary University of London’s School of Engineering and Materials Science have been coached by world-class storytellers and creatives as part of an exciting new project.

Queen Mary student in a laboratory News story: Queen Mary partner with industry to train next generation of ‘AI-native’ biological scientists
12 October 2021

Queen Mary University of London are partnering with Exscientia, Merck and Heptares Therapeutics to deliver a new doctoral training programme that will train researchers to apply cutting-edge AI expertise to the discovery and development of new drugs.

News story: Queen Mary researchers launch new project to support rewilding
8 October 2021

Queen Mary University of London researchers have partnered with pioneering lowland rewilding site Knepp Wildland on a project that will help rewilding efforts up and down the country.

News story: Queen Mary academic and author shortlisted for prestigious Goldsmiths Prize
8 October 2021

Dr Isabel Waidner, author and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing/Performance at Queen Mary University of London, has received the recognition for their novel Sterling Karat Gold.

Modeling contagions and superspreading events through higher-order networks. News story: Mathematical model offers new insights into spread of epidemics
7 October 2021

Mathematical models have been widely used to guide government decisions on the Covid-19 pandemic, from forecasting outcomes to even testing potential interventions.

Traffic light labelling on food packets. Credit: iStock.com. News story: New study supports call for mandatory front-of-pack labelling to improve diets
6 October 2021

A new systematic review and meta-analysis led by researchers from Action on Salt and Sugar based at Queen Mary University of London supports the call for mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labels in directing consumers towards healthier options.

News story: Queen Mary’s stop smoking service expands to Waltham Forest
4 October 2021

Experts from Queen Mary University of London have launched a stop smoking service to deliver advice and support for people in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

The signing ceremonies at Queen Mary (top) and HUST (below)Queen Mary cements partnership with the Huazhong University of Science and Technology
1 October 2021

Queen Mary University of London has signed a partnership agreement with the Wuhan-based Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in a move that will create opportunities for collaboration and open doors to students, researchers and staff.

Blog: Keir Starmer’s first conference speech as Labour leader was a serious affair – here’s what you need to know
30 September 2021

Dr Karl Pike, Lecturer in British Politics/Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London has written for the Conversation on Keir Starmer's speech at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton.

Gothic castle News story: Queen Mary researcher translates Marquis de Sade novel into English for the first time
30 September 2021

Dr Will McMorran, a world-leading expert on the Marquis de Sade at Queen Mary University of London has translated the infamous author’s The Marquise de Gange into English for the very first time for Oxford World’s Classics.

Credit: Anthony Hutchings News story: Two new species of large predatory dinosaur discovered on Isle of Wight
28 September 2021

A new study, involving Queen Mary University of London, suggests that bones found on the Isle of Wight belong to two new species of spinosaurid, a group of predatory theropod dinosaurs closely related to the African giant Spinosaurus.

Image of child being measured. Credit: iStock.com. News story: Young children from England’s poorest areas are shorter, according to new Queen Mary study
28 September 2021

Primary school children from England’s most deprived areas are nearly twice as likely to be short than those in the least deprived areas, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London.

Blog: Labour conference: members aren’t quite tearing chunks out of each other but a distinct air of unease remains
28 September 2021

Professor Tim Bale from Queen Mary's School of Politics and International Relations has written for the Conversation on this year's Labour's Party Conference.

News story: Queen Mary researcher develops new abortion support resource
28 September 2021

Queen Mary University of London researcher Dr Sydney Calkin has developed a new online resource so that people across Europe can safely access abortion services when they are unable to in their own country. It was developed in collaboration with the Abortion Support Network. Countries include Poland, Ireland and Malta – in response to particularly high levels of need in some locations.

News story: Queen Mary researchers help develop nasal spray that prevents Covid-19
27 September 2021

Queen Mary University of London professors Rakesh Uppal and Áine McKnight have been at the centre of a new clinical trial finding that pHOXWELL – a nasal spray developed by biotech company pHOXBIO - reduced SARS-CoV-2 infection by 63 per cent in the group given pHOXWELL compared to the group given the placebo. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes Covid-19.

Nurse taking patient's blood pressure. Credit: iStock.com News story: Queen Mary awarded funding for new Primary Care Research Fellowships
25 September 2021

Queen Mary has received funding for three fellowships in primary care as part of our membership in the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research (SPCR).

News story: Queen Mary student nominated for two AHRC research awards
24 September 2021

Queen Mary University of London PhD candidate Alex Widdowson in the Department of Film Studies has been nominated for both the Best Doctoral or Early Career Film of the Year and Best Animated Film of the Year awards by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

News story: Launch event held for Queen Mary professor’s book on Irish political prisoners
22 September 2021

Professor Seán McConville of Queen Mary University of London appeared alongside Minister James Browne - Minister of State at the Department of Justice – and Professor Eunan O’Halpin of Trinity College Dublin at a launch event in Dublin yesterday evening for Professor McConville’s book Irish Political Prisoners 1960-2000: Braiding Rage and Sorrow.

News story: New report urges reforms to give families better access to the digital assets of deceased loved ones
21 September 2021

Families need better support from social media companies and the government when it comes to accessing the digital assets of ill or deceased loved ones, according to the Cloud Legal Project at Queen Mary University of London and STEP.

News story: Queen Mary a winner at Pearson’s inaugural HE Innovate Awards
20 September 2021

Queen Mary University of London has won the award for ‘Most innovative hybrid or blended learning project’ at the first ever HE Innovate Awards.

News story: Queen Mary’s People’s Palace Projects research sheds light on violence and mental health in Brazilian favelas
17 September 2021

Favela residents with more personal experience and fear of violence have higher levels of mental distress and poorer quality of life, according to the main finding of the international research Building the Barricades.

News story: Queen Mary opens new building designed for modern working
17 September 2021

Queen Mary University of London has opened its doors to Dept W – its new building for professional services staff fully designed specifically for agile working.  

Dr Chris Chen News story: Queen Mary researcher awarded medal for outstanding contributions to space science
15 September 2021

Dr Chris Chen from Queen Mary University of London has won American Geophysical Union’s James B. Macelwane Medal for his significant contributions to the geophysical sciences as an early career scientist.

Professor Chloe Orkin News story: Queen Mary Professor appointed as President of UK’s leading organisation for women doctors
14 September 2021

Professor Chloe Orkin from Queen Mary University of London has been appointed as President of the Medical Women’s Federation.

Blog: I’ve been talking to Afghans stuck on the Bosnian border – their predicament is horrifying
14 September 2021

Benedetta Zocchi, Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholar at Queen Mary University of London has written for The Conversation recounting the harrowing testimonials from Afghans on the Bosnian border.

Blog: Work as we knew it has changed. Time to think beyond the wage
13 September 2021

Dr William Monteith, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London has written for The Conversation on the concept of work and the need to reimagine it based on the experiences of the global majority.

Radiologist reading a CT scan. Credit:peakSTOCK/iStock.com News story: UK lung cancer trial shows screening at-risk groups lowers mortality rates
13 September 2021

Results from the UK Lung Screening Trial (UKLS), the first lung cancer CT screening trial in the UK, have provided unequivocal support for lung cancer screening in identified high risk groups.

Relay of iron-sulfur clusters (red-yellow cubanes) that wire electrons from ferredoxin (Fd) to plastoquinone (Q) in photosynthetic complex I from cyanobacteria (schematically shown in green). Example double electron-electron resonance (DEER) traces are shown in blue – DEER is the pulse EPR technique used to assign the properties of the clusters to their location in the protein structure. News story: Insight into power generation in photosynthesis may lead to more resilient crops
10 September 2021

A study into the energy-making process in plants could help engineer crops more resistant to stress or bacteria that produce pharmaceuticals.

News story: New study shows 9/11 prepared firms for economic effects of COVID-19
9 September 2021

A new study involving a Queen Mary University of London researcher has shown companies that experienced the financial impact of 9/11 were more resilient to the economic effects of COVID-19.

News story: Queen Mary students provide valuable insight into European superyacht industry
8 September 2021

Queen Mary University of London students Katharina Pietsch and Benedikt Hülsmann have completed a research project – funded and requested by MYBA, The Worldwide Yachting Association – that investigates the economic contribution of the superyacht industry in European countries.

Starfish with everted stomach (left) and the same animal 6 min after injection with SK/CCK-type neuropeptides (right), the stomach is completely retracted. News story: Scientists discover chemical signals in starfish that stop them eating
7 September 2021

Like humans, starfish produce chemicals that tell them they’re full and to stop eating, according to a new study published today in the journal eLife.

News story: New paper urges clinics to take responsibility for what IVF add-ons they offer and how
6 September 2021

A new study by Queen Mary University of London, published in Social Science and Medicine warns both private and publicly funded clinics should take responsibility for what IVF add-on treatments they offer and how these are framed to patients.

Queen Mary Chemical Engineering students and colleagues in the Waternet labs, Amsterdam News story: New study involving Chemical Engineering students could help produce high-quality drinking water at lower cost
3 September 2021

An international research collaboration involving students and researchers from Queen Mary University of London provides new insights to help improve drinking water treatment processes.

Stock image of Labour party rosette. Credit: stocknshares/iStock.com Blog: Can Labour fix its relationship with its Muslim voters before it’s too late?
31 August 2021

Farah Hussain, PhD Researcher from the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London has written for The Conversation on whether Labour can build electoral support among Muslim communities.

News story: New study shows intervention alone does not decrease post-surgery deaths in Africa
24 August 2021

A new study from a team of researchers, including from Queen Mary University of London, has provided valuable insight into reducing death following surgery in African hospitals. It found that intervention methods alone, such as having nurses conduct more regular checks of patients or placing patients in a higher care ward, are not enough to bring down the number of deaths.

News story: Queen Mary University of London professors awarded prestigious medals by the Royal Society
24 August 2021

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

News story: Queen Mary campuses help preserve one of Britain’s rarest trees
19 August 2021

Queen Mary University of London President and Principal Colin Bailey has taken part in planting a Black Poplar – one of Britain’s rarest trees – on the University’s Mile End campus.

News story: Call to Stop Misleading Parents with Child Friendly Packaging and Health Claims on Children’s Yogurts as Only 1 in 20 Contain ‘Healthy’ Sugar Levels
19 August 2021

Progress to reformulate and reduce added sugar in yogurts with child friendly packaging (and in line with government guidance) is disappointingly sluggish, according to research carried out by Action on Sugar based at Queen Mary University of London.

Hospital sign in London. Credit: georgeclerk/iStock.com. News story: New study reveals patients from minority ethnic groups are more likely to be admitted to hospital
19 August 2021

Patients from minority ethnic groups have a disproportionately higher rate of emergency hospital admissions, according to research by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust.

Nemisindo logo News story: Queen Mary spinout Nemisindo launches online sound design service based on procedural audio technology
18 August 2021

Queen Mary University of London spinout Nemisindo are launching a new online service that will allow users to create sound effects for games, film and VR without the need for vast libraries of sounds.

Wound healing in fetal membranes. Images show collagen (left) and cells (right). News story: Researchers uncover new evidence that fetal membranes can repair themselves after injury
18 August 2021

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and UCL have shown that fetal membranes are able to heal after injury in a new study published today in Scientific Reports.

Pregnant woman News story: Researchers successfully identify new gene variants that cause hypertension in pregnant women
13 August 2021

An international study, led by researchers from Queen Mary University of London and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, has found a unique pair of gene variants that causes sudden onset high blood pressure in pregnant women.

Financial graph. Credit: iStock.com/monsitj. News story: Queen Mary’s Digital Environment Research Institute hosts first Fintech event
13 August 2021

Queen Mary’s new Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI) recently hosted their first industry-focused event with leading London financial technology companies.

Coronavirus particles spread through tiny droplets of liquid floating through the air. Credit: fpm/iStock.com News story: Queen Mary part of international research collaboration to prevent spread of Covid-19 and TB in India
12 August 2021

Queen Mary University of London is part of a new international research collaboration that aims to develop low-cost air sanitisation technologies to stop the spread of airborne diseases such as tuberculosis and Covid-19 in indoor spaces.

News story: Queen Mary student wins award for learning disability-inclusive work
11 August 2021

The SEED award, which stands for Student Enhanced Engagement and Development, is awarded by the Queen Mary Academy to students who apply and are registered at Queen Mary University of London each year to recognise their important contribution in shaping and co- creating education at the University.

Blog: Home schooling is hundreds of years old – here’s what its history teaches us about learning through play
11 August 2021

Dr Rachel Bryant Davies, Lecturer in Comparative Literature has written for The Conversation on how looking at historical playful learning can help us moving forward.

Blog: Has the Time Come to End Anonymity on Social Media?
9 August 2021

In response to recent discussions about social media and racism, the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre and legal firm Mishcon de Reya have published a joint editorial piece tackling the issue of anonymity online.

From left-to-right: Dr Emma Elliott, Dr Tallulah Hall and Dr Jaimini Vadgama News story: Dentistry students win Gold Medal in prestigious head-to-head competition
9 August 2021

Recent Dentistry graduates from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, have won all three prestigious University of London Gold Medal 2021 awards.

Dr Tessa Baker Feature: Research Spotlight: Testing the laws of gravity
6 August 2021

Supported by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant, Queen Mary researcher, Dr Tessa Baker, is aiming to develop new statistical techniques to identify how the laws of gravity governing the universe are different to those on earth.

Woman holding plastic water bottle after workout. Credit: JohnnyGreig/iStock.com. News story: Preventing Plastic Pollution project helps Team GB athletes to kick plastics out of sport
5 August 2021

Queen Mary University of London is working in partnership with 18 organisations from across France and England to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on the marine environment. As part of the project, Team GB athletes have been invited to make a pledge to tackle plastic pollution.

Dr Jahnavi Daru Blog: Pregnant women need more information and options for treating their anaemia
4 August 2021

In this blog post, Dr Jahnavi Daru, Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, discusses her latest research showing the vast differences in iron treatments that are available for pregnant women with anaemia. Reflecting on her current experience as a pregnant woman and obstetrician, she highlights the need for open and transparent discussions between patient and clinician on the range of treatments that may be available.

News story: Queen Mary’s Summer Book and TV Musts
30 July 2021

We can all agree on the benefits of an engaging book or TV series. Our academics regularly author books on a number of fascinating topics, and one of our students is currently starring in a hit TV show. Each of the below will certainly captivate you over the summer.

Blog: 3,600 microphones and counting: how the sound of the Olympics is created
28 July 2021

Professor Joshua Reiss from Queen Mary's School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science has written for The Conversation on the audio history of the Olympics and Covid-19's impact on Olympic sound design.

News story: Queen Mary launches partnership with Rotary International to improve education and research in Pakistan
27 July 2021

Queen Mary University of London has entered into prestigious partnership with the Rotary Club of Karachi. In signing the Memorandum of Understanding, Queen Mary will jointly improve access to education in Pakistan and help young people improve not only their lives, but potentially those of generations to come.

Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences seeks to enhance understanding of the world in which we live News story: Queen Mary academics elected to the British Academy
23 July 2021

Two academics from Queen Mary University of London, Professor Galin Tihanov, and Professor Amanda Vickery, have been elected to the British Academy Fellowship in recognition of their contribution to the humanities and social sciences.

A family seeking refuge after fleeing war News story: New report reveals the harsh reality of life for the UK’s migrant communities
22 July 2021

A new report produced by Queen Mary University of London and the Racial Justice Network has revealed that a toxic combination of government policy, Brexit and the pandemic have had a devastating impact on migrant communities particularly accessing life saving medical treatment, mental health services and food.

Professor David Williams holding the IADR Gold Medal Award News story: Queen Mary professor receives prestigious Dentistry Gold Medal
21 July 2021

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) has announced Professor David Williams, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, as the 2021 recipient of the IADR Gold Medal Award.

A person checking financial data on a smartphone News story: Bank of England must spell out risks of quantitative easing, according to new report
21 July 2021

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has published its report on the policies of the Bank of England. An academic at Queen Mary University of London acted as Special Advisor to the group, providing expert evidence, which informed the findings.

Screenshot from Our Genes Our Health campaign video News story: Genetics study in Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities will take action on health inequality
20 July 2021

This Eid, Social Action for Health and Queen Mary University of London are calling on Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities to take part in world’s largest genetics study into people of their heritage, to help scientists understand and treat the causes and consequences of poor health.

Doctor with building blocks News story: Queen Mary researchers to study the link between physical and mental health
19 July 2021

Researchers from the Genes & Health programme at Queen Mary University of London have received significant funding for an international collaborative project to better understand why some people develop multiple chronic health conditions.

Landfill Blog: Coastal landfills risk leaking long-banned toxic chemicals into the ocean
16 July 2021

Professor Kate Spencer from Queen Mary's School of Geography has co-written an opinion piece for The Conversation on landfills and the need to address their role in leaking toxic chemicals into the ocean.

Droplets with tail-like filaments. Credit: Emily Lin. News story: Scientists create rechargeable swimming microrobots using oil and water
15 July 2021

A new study, published today in Nature Physics, has shown that it is possible to create tiny, self-powered swimming robots from three simple ingredients.

The onshore wave energy converters in operation at Gibraltar wave energy station. Credit: Eco Wave Power News story: Queen Mary researchers win grant to establish the first onshore wave energy converters to power Thailand’s remote islands
15 July 2021

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have been awarded around £300,000 from Innovate UK to develop the first microgrids powered by onshore wave energy converters (WECs).

A lateral flow Covid-19 test News story: Lateral flow tests are 95% effective at detecting Covid-19 when used at the onset of symptoms
14 July 2021

A new study by researchers at Queen Mary University of London, University of Oxford, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, and the Medical University of Graz, has found that lateral flow tests detect Covid-19 with similar accuracy to laboratory-based PCR tests, providing they are used at the onset of infection and soon after symptoms start.

Stock image of Labour party rosette. Credit: stocknshares/iStock.com Blog: Why some people switch political parties - new research
13 July 2021

Professor Tim Bale, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London explores party-switching politics – including how many people switch allegiances and why they do so.

A photo showing intermediate age-related macular degeneration. Credit: National Institutes of Health News story: Breakthrough into leading cause of blindness
13 July 2021

A team of scientists, including researchers from Queen Mary University of London, has discovered that the most common form of adult blindness is probably caused by a failure of at least one of five proteins to regulate the immune system.

People with placards and posters on global strike for climate change. News story: Future UK trade agreements need to be compatible with its obligations on climate change, according to new report
13 July 2021

Ahead of the UK hosting COP 26 later this year, the Trade Justice Movement and Queen Mary University of London are calling for the UK government to ensure that trade agreements help rather than hinder climate action.

News story: Queen Mary and the English Speaking Union of Pakistan partner to boost education and research in Pakistan
13 July 2021

Queen Mary University of London has entered into prestigious partnership with the English Speaking Union of Pakistan. In signing this Memorandum of Understanding, Queen Mary will jointly improve access to education in Pakistan and help young people improve not only their lives, but potentially those of generations to come.

Research reveals that peer reviews and bibliometric analysis should be seen as complementary modes of assessment when it comes to research evaluation. News story: When it comes to research evaluations, peer reviews and bibliometric analysis should be viewed as complementary rather than determinate, according to new paper
12 July 2021

New research from Queen Mary University of London suggests that when it comes to large-scale research evaluations such as the Research Excellence Framework (REF), peer reviews would be more cost-effective if targeted to publications not appearing in outstanding journals.

Sexual Health and HIV All East Research (SHARE) Collaborative News story: New HIV centre set up to tackle inequality and improve treatment
12 July 2021

A new HIV research centre is being set up by Queen Mary academics to address health inequalities and improve quality of life for everyone affected by HIV.

Heart MRI scan showing the area of fat detected by the AI tool News story: AI predicts diabetes risk by measuring fat around the heart
7 July 2021

A team led by researchers from Queen Mary University of London has developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool that is able to automatically measure the amount of fat around the heart from MRI scan images.

Professor Colin Bailey, Queen Mary’s President and Principal met with the Principal of the National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico, Professor Arturo Reyes, to secure a historic relationship between the two institutions. News story: Queen Mary’s landmark partnership with National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico cemented in latest meeting
6 July 2021

Professor Colin Bailey, Queen Mary’s President and Principal met with the Principal of the National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico, Professor Arturo Reyes, to secure a historic relationship between the two institutions.

Professor Sir Mark Caulfield News story: Professor Sir Mark Caulfield appointed as CEO of Barts Life Sciences
1 July 2021

Professor Sir Mark Caulfield has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of Barts Life Sciences.

People's Palace Projects at Queen Mary investigate what it would mean to confer museum status on existing Indigenous lands News story: Queen Mary's People's Palace Projects open video installation in Glasgow ahead of COP26
30 June 2021

Researchers from People's Palace Projects at Queen Mary University of London are set to exhibit their work at the Glasgow Science Centre ahead of COP26.

Houses of Parliament 150 News story: Queen Mary Students Complete ‘Virtual’ Parliamentary Placements
30 June 2021

Another group of Queen Mary politics students have had the chance to work with an MP as part of their degree programme. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, for the first time ever, the placements have been held entirely online.

Cigarette and an e-cigarette. Credit: Andrey_Popov News story: E-cigarettes more helpful than nicotine replacement treatments for dependent smokers
30 June 2021

E-cigarettes are more effective than nicotine replacement treatments in achieving long term smoking reduction and cessation, according to the results of a clinical trial by Queen Mary University of London.

Blog: Gibraltar reform is a small – but important – step for abortion rights in Europe
29 June 2021

Dr Sydney Calkin, Lecturer in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London discusses the recent abortion reform in Gibraltar.

For Flo and Jon, lockdown was an opportunity to spend time with their teenage children News story: New book provides unique and fascinating record of life under lockdown
29 June 2021

People pose in their doorways, holding a range of possessions - dumbbells and dartboards, guinea pigs and gardening tools, accordions and artwork. These are just some of the images captured in a new book, Life Under Lockdown, which provides a unique insight into life during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Blog: Why study at Queen Mary University of London?
28 June 2021

By Elizabeth Mantilas, Head of Admissions

Deciding where to study is a decision no student takes lightly. It takes a lot of research and consideration of many factors.

Black Lives Matter Protest in Washington DC in June 2020 (Instagram: @koshuphotography) News story: Queen Mary academic contributes to major report on urban violence
25 June 2021

Dr Ashvin Devasundaram from Queen Mary University of London has contributed to a new report from the British Academy on the theme of urban violence.

Professor Shoshana Zuboff is a world-leading scholar News story: Shoshana Zuboff on The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
23 June 2021

The Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) at Queen Mary University of London has held its Annual Symposium. Delivered by Professor Shoshana Zuboff, the event addressed the topic of her recent and influential book The Rise of Surveillance Capitalism.

News story: New mouth cancer centre to improve survival and quality of life for thousands of patients
23 June 2021

A new cancer centre is being set up to improve survival rates and quality of life for thousands of people affected by squamous cancer – a specific type of cancer which affects the mouth, skin, lungs and cervix.

Human cancer cell. Credit:Luismmolina/iStock.com News story: Queen Mary researchers part of international team shortlisted for Cancer Grand Challenges awards
22 June 2021

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have been selected to share their ideas on how they would solve one of cancer’s toughest challenges.

Credit: FJZEA/iStock.com Blog: To end COVID-19 we need vaccine justice for developing countries not outdated charity
21 June 2021

Professor Sophie Harman, Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University of London and colleagues, discuss the importance of global vaccine equity in this article for the Conversation. 

News story: First nationwide study reveals millions of cancelled operations due to COVID-19 and high risk of death
18 June 2021

The first nationwide study of the impact of COVID-19 on surgery at NHS hospitals has revealed that more than 1.5 million operations were cancelled or postponed during the pandemic and surgical patients who became infected with COVID were five times more likely to die.

Blog: Why University Matters – Follow your passion
18 June 2021

By Lucie Langley, Faculty Education Manager, Humanities and Social Sciences

University can have a tremendously positive impact on people and communities in all areas of life. It provides opportunities to enrich expertise and allows students to find and build on their great passions. Here we take a look at two Queen Mary students who have made the best of the experience.

Close up of two blue dragonflies. Credit: iStock.com Blog: New evidence links insect population collapse to dams
17 June 2021

In this article for the Conversation, Queen Mary PhD researcher Liam Nash shares the findings of a recent study that sheds new light on insect population declines in tropical regions. 

Professor Fran Balkwill OBE News story: Queen Mary academic receives prestigious science learning award
16 June 2021

Professor Fran Balkwill OBE, Professor of Cancer Biology at Queen Mary University of London, has been announced as the 2021 winner of the Beetlestone Award which recognises leadership and legacy in the field of informal science learning.

News story: Queen Mary’s School of Business and Management recognised as a leader in public good
14 June 2021

The Chartered Association of Business Schools has published its latest report which recognises the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London as a leader in delivering public good.

News story: NHS Health Checks are not helping people who need them most
14 June 2021

According to a seven year study led by researchers at Queen Mary University of London, involving more than three million people, only 8 per cent of those at greater risk of heart disease who would benefit from taking statins, were prescribed them.

Queen Mary Building News story: Queen Mary University of London launches new degree programme
14 June 2021

Queen Mary University of London has today (Monday 14 June), with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), launched a new degree in accountancy and joined PwC’s Flying Start Degree Programme.

Smartwatch News story: Could your smart watch alert you to risk of sudden death?
9 June 2021

Researchers have developed an algorithm that could ultimately enable smart watches to alert wearers to potentially deadly changes in their heart rhythm. The research, presented at the British Cardiovascular Society conference, could help to identify people at risk of sudden death.

Stella Corradi completed a BA Film Studies and Hispanic Studies (2008) and MA Film Studies (2009) at Queen Mary University of London. News story: Queen Mary alumna wins BAFTA for Best Single Drama
7 June 2021

Stella Corradi has won a BAFTA for Best Single Drama for her film Sitting in Limbo, which was inspired by the Windrush scandal.

Blog: G7 summit - what to expect from Boris Johnson as Joe Biden visits the UK
7 June 2021

Professor Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, with the School of Politics and International Relations has written an opinion piece for The Conversation on the G7 summit, Joe Biden’s first trip to the UK as US President, and what we can expect from his meeting with Boris Johnson.

Renal denervation system News story: Procedure using ultrasound energy found to treat high blood pressure
7 June 2021

A minimally-invasive procedure that targets the nerves near the kidney has been found to significantly reduce blood pressure in hypertension patients, according to the results of a global multicentre clinical trial led in the UK by researchers at Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust.

Blog: COVID-19’s impacts on the brain and mind are varied and common – new research
4 June 2021

Dr Cameron Watson, Junior Doctor and Dementia Researcher, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London has written an opinion piece for The Conversation on COVID-19’s impacts on the brain and mind.

Healthcare worker News story: More than 1 in 4 healthcare workers seek mental health support during Covid
3 June 2021

The harsh impact of the Covid pandemic on healthcare workers’ mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing has been laid bare in a study showing how the impact intensified the longer the pandemic dragged on.

World Environment Day. Credit: elenabs/iStock.com News story: World Environment Day – How Queen Mary research is helping to protect the planet
3 June 2021

For World Environment Day (5 June), we take a look at some of the groundbreaking research from across Queen Mary's Faculty of Science and Engineering that is helping to improve global understanding of environmental challenges, restore ecosystems and support sustainable development.

A report published by Queen Mary University of London reveals major racial disparities in police Stop and Scan practices News story: Arabic people nearly 50 times more likely to be stopped and scanned by police, according to new report
3 June 2021

A report published by Queen Mary University of London reveals major racial disparities in police Stop and Scan practices.

Current agreements relating to climate change are said to be ineffective since they are unenforceable News story: The trade system is key to tackling climate change, not environmental agreements, according to new book
2 June 2021

A new book authored by an academic from Queen Mary University of London provides a radical new insight into how climate change can be tackled by using the trade system.

Economics graph Blog: Inflation might well keep rising in 2021 - but what happens after that?
1 June 2021

Brigitte Granville, Professor of International Economics and Economic Policy at Queen Mary University of London has written an opinion piece for The Conversation on the recent concerns about serious inflation damaging the global economy. 

Glass of water. Credit: taa22/iStock.com News story: Quark-gluon plasma flows like water, according to new study
27 May 2021

What does quark-gluon plasma – the hot soup of elementary particles formed a few microseconds after the Big Bang – have in common with tap water? Scientists say it’s the way it flows.

Green car. Credit: EduardHarkonen/iStock.com News story: Queen Mary launches new research project to tackle safety concerns with zero emission vehicles
27 May 2021

Queen Mary University of London researchers have been awarded funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to develop new, lightweight and low-cost materials for the manufacture of safer zero emission vehicles. 

Blog: To what extent are we ruled by unconscious forces?
27 May 2021

Dr Magda Osman, Reader in Experimental Psychology at Queen Mary University of London, provides her perspective on this question in an article for the Conversation's new series, Life’s Big Questions, co-published with BBC Future.  

Drone with transponder. Credit: Joe Woodgate News story: Radar tracking uncovers mystery of where honeybee drones have sex
20 May 2021

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and Rothamsted Research have used radar technology to track male honeybees, called drones, and reveal the secrets of their mating behaviours.  

Takumã Kuikuro is an award-winning indigenous filmmaker News story: Queen Mary researchers exhibit at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – The Venice Biennale
19 May 2021

Researchers from People's Palace Projects at Queen Mary University of London are set to exhibit their work at the Venice Biennale.

Heart News story: Having a healthier heart is associated with better problem-solving and reaction time
14 May 2021

People with healthier heart structure and function appear to have better cognitive abilities, including increased capacity to solve logic problems and faster reaction times, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London and the Radcliffe Department of Medicine at University of Oxford.

Whatsapp Logo Blog: WhatsApp’s controversial privacy update may be banned in the EU – but the app’s sights are fixed on India
13 May 2021

Dr Philippa Williams, Reader in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London has co-written an opinion piece for The Conversation about the roll out of WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, which critics warn will lead to more data sharing with its parent company Facebook. The piece was co-written with Dr Lipika Kamra from O.P. Jindal Global University.

Vaccine Blog: TRIPS waiver - US support is a major step but no guarantee of COVID-19 vaccine equity
13 May 2021

This piece by Dr Sophie Harman, Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary, was originally published in The Conversation and discusses the US agreement to support a waiver of the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs). 

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 10 to 16 May 2021. News story: #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek: Improving our understanding of mental health, resilience and well-being
13 May 2021

For Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re taking a closer look at how researchers at Queen Mary University of London are undertaking to better understand mental health and potentially find new ways to treat mental health conditions.

Queen Mary Building News story: Schools of History and Law receive gender equality awards
13 May 2021

Queen Mary University of London’s School of History and School of Law have both been awarded the prestigious Athena Swan Bronze Award by Advance HE.

The public want the government to prioritise the NHS News story: New poll reveals that the NHS, jobs and mental health are the public’s top priorities for rebuilding after Covid-19
12 May 2021

A study from academics at Queen Mary University of London's Mile End Institute examines public opinion and the commitment to ‘build back better’.

Sadiq Khan Blog: Sadiq Khan re-elected: What London mayor’s priorities should be for second term
12 May 2021

Farah Hussain, a PhD Researcher from Queen Mary's School of Politics and International Relations, has written an opinion piece for The Conversation about Sadiq Khan's re-election and his plans for the next three years.

Academy of Medical Sciences News story: Three Queen Mary scientists elected to prestigious fellowship
12 May 2021

Three scientists from Queen Mary University of London have today been elected to the highly prestigious Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship.

Keir Starmer is the leader of the Labour Party News story: Exploring Keir Starmer’s leadership of Labour one year on
11 May 2021

The Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London has brought together a panel of experts to discuss Keir Starmer’s first year as Leader of the Opposition in the aftermath of the major elections that took place in Scotland, Wales and other parts of the UK.

Dr Mark Freestone Audio: In conversation with Dr Mark Freestone - Post-Lockdown Anxiety
11 May 2021

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Communications Manager Joel Winston speaks to Dr Mark Freestone, Reader in Mental Health at Queen Mary University of London, about 'post-lockdown anxiety' and how people can manage their worries about socialising and returning to work.

News story: Scientists catch exciting magnetic waves in action
10 May 2021

Researchers have confirmed the existence of magnetic plasma waves, known as Alfvén waves, in the Sun’s photosphere.

The Tempest was adapted to a digital format in response to the Covid-19 pandemic News story: People’s Palace Projects hosts groundbreaking digital performance of The Tempest
7 May 2021

The online performance of the Shakespeare play was an adapted production in response to Covid-19, featuring young Peruvian people with autism.

A child being vaccinated News story: Queen Mary researchers help to tackle vaccine hesitancy in schools
7 May 2021

Queen Mary researchers have been working with schools to design resources to help young people better understand immunisation programmes.

Prison protests were taken to the extreme in the 1970s and 1980s Blog: Dirty protests - why Irish republican prisoners smeared their cells with faeces to make a political statement during the Troubles
6 May 2021

Professor Seán McConville from Queen Mary's School of Law has written an opinion piece for The Conversation on the history of the so-called dirty protests which took place in some prisons in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

Arbitration is viewed as the favoured form of international dispute resolution News story: Arbitration still seen as the best process for resolving international disputes, even in times of pandemic
6 May 2021

International arbitration is overwhelmingly the favoured option for dispute resolution, according to the International Arbitration Survey published by Queen Mary University of London.

Credit: Guillaume Couche/Wolf in Motion News story: Queen Mary researchers win prestigious design award for innovative sea turtle behaviour simulator
6 May 2021

Atlantis, a sea turtle behaviour simulator co-created by Queen Mary researchers and designers at Wolf in Motion, has won the IF award for User Experience design.

Innovation space at Queen Mary Enterprise News story: Queen Mary opens new life science business incubation space in Whitechapel
5 May 2021

Queen Mary University of London has announced the official opening of Queen Mary Enterprise (QME), a new innovation space in the heart of Whitechapel in east London.

COVID-19 vaccine News story: Prior SARS-CoV-2 infection rescues B and T cell responses to variants after first vaccine dose
30 April 2021

A single dose of vaccine boosts potent responses against SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus variants in those with previous COVID-19, a study has found.

The rise of digital platforms has brought challenges for policymakers News story: Brexit, Digital Platforms and Algorithms: Exploring Competition Policy in the UK
29 April 2021

Competition policy has become a central issue in economics and politics around the world, particularly in light of recent investigations into the practices of large technology companies. These topics were debated at a recent event hosted by the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London.

Illustration of patient data Blog: Preprints: how draft academic papers have become essential in the fight against COVID
29 April 2021

This piece by Dr Jonathon Coates, Postdoctoral Researcher at Queen Mary's William Harvey Research Institute, was originally published in The Conversation and discusses the advantages that draft scientific papers ('preprints') have brought to COVID-19 research during the pandemic.

Catalan flag flying News story: Queen Mary researcher awarded funding from the Institute for Catalan Studies
28 April 2021

The Generalitat de Catalunya prize, totalling more than €4,000, was awarded to Richard Huddleson, a recent PhD graduate from Queen Mary’s Centre for Catalan Studies.

Image of the novel capsule-based smell test News story: Researchers develop new smell test for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and COVID-19
28 April 2021

A new smell test developed by Queen Mary University of London researchers has been found to be easy to use in patients with Parkinson’s disease, and could also be helpful in diagnosing COVID-19 in the broader population.

Dr Michèle Levi (left) and Dr Kirsty Duffy (right) News story: Talented Early Career Researchers join Queen Mary on STFC-funded fellowships
26 April 2021

Dr Kirsty Duffy and Dr Michèle Levi have been awarded Ernest Rutherford Fellowships from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to establish their own innovative research programmes at Queen Mary University of London.

Michèle Barrett is Professor of Modern Literary and Cultural Theory at Queen Mary News story: The Queen Mary academic who uncovered inequalities in the way Britain commemorated its war dead
23 April 2021

Professor Michèle Barrett from Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama found a document which instructed that black and Asian troops from World War One were to be commemorated collectively whilst their white counterparts had headstones.

Parliament Blog: Is Keir Starmer any good? Don’t ask Londoners
23 April 2021

Dr Patrick Diamond, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London has written for The Conversation about how Keir Starmer recently celebrated his first year as leader of the Labour party. 

Dan Todman is Professor of Modern History at Queen Mary News story: Queen Mary historian wins Templer Medal book prize
22 April 2021

Professor Dan Todman from Queen Mary’s School of History won the book competition, organised by the Society for Army Historical Research, for his bestselling book on World War II.

A girl has her lung capacity measured by researcher (2018) News story: New research to study impact of air pollution on children’s brain development and mental health
22 April 2021

Queen Mary University of London researchers have been awarded a £300,000 grant to study the impact of air pollution on children’s brain function and mental health.

Europa, a map of Europe from the mid-sixteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries. Credit: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library News story: Queen Mary academic awarded major European Research Council grant
22 April 2021

Professor Warren Boutcher, Acting Head of the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London, has been awarded more than €2million by the European Research Council (ERC).

Professor Colin Bailey at the signing ceremony with UABCQueen Mary to launch women-only MRes with the Autonomous University of Baja California to tackle gender inequality in STEM
21 April 2021

Queen Mary University of London has signed an agreement with the Autonomous University of Baja California in Mexico to develop a women-only Dual Master of Research programme (MRes) in Science and Engineering to help address gender inequality in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Image of waves breaking. Credit: Alvesgaspar/Wikimedia Commons News story: Queen Mary researchers to help unlock the potential of marine wave energy
16 April 2021

Queen Mary University of London have launched a new research project aimed at overcoming current challenges with devices that capture wave energy and convert it into electricity.

A brain scan News story: Scientists uncover secret of the hunger switch in the brain
15 April 2021

A 3D structure reveals how a unique molecular switch in our brain causes us to feel full – and may help develop improved anti-obesity drugs.

Heart News story: Study strengthens links between red meat and heart disease
15 April 2021

An observational study by Queen Mary University of London researchers in nearly 20,000 individuals has found that greater intake of red and processed meat is associated with worse heart function.

People entering a polling station Blog: Sadiq Khan is on course for a big win – so what do Londoners want from their mayor in a second term?
13 April 2021

Dr Patrick Diamond, Director of Queen Mary's Mile End Institute (MEI) has written an opinion piece for The Conversation on Sadiq Khan's chances in the upcoming Mayor of London elections. His analysis is based on recent polling commissioned by the MEI.

Dr Andrew McPherson News story: Queen Mary researcher awarded fellowship to develop a new generation of digital musical instruments
12 April 2021

Dr Andrew McPherson has been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering to improve the richness and nuance of digital musical instruments.

News story: Researchers discover new way to starve brain tumours
12 April 2021

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London, funded by the charity Brain Tumour Research and the Medical Research Council, have found a new way to starve cancerous brain tumour cells of energy in order to prevent further growth.

WISE@QMUL conference committee at the virtual event News story: Queen Mary students and staff celebrate International Women’s Day at online event
9 April 2021

For International Women’s Day, Queen Mary University of London's WISE@QMUL group hosted a two-day virtual conference to celebrate women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM).

Stock image of Labour party rosette. Credit: stocknshares/iStock.com News story: Mile End Institute poll sheds light on Londoners' views on Labour one year into Keir Starmer’s leadership
9 April 2021

Almost half of Londoners believe the UK Labour party is divided, according to a new survey from the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London.

Woman being vaccinated. Credit Geber86/iStock.com News story: Half of Londoners likely to have Covid jab if offered, according to latest Mile End Institute poll
8 April 2021

As the UK’s vaccination programme continues, results from the latest Mile End Institute poll for Queen Mary University of London suggest that half of Londoners are likely to have a Covid-19 vaccination if offered to them.

Sadiq Khan News story: New poll predicts Sadiq Khan on course for victory in London mayoral election
7 April 2021

Sadiq Khan is cruising to a convincing victory in the forthcoming mayoral election contest in London, according to an exclusive new poll carried out for the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London.

Illustration of patient data News story: How preprints accelerated science communication during the pandemic
7 April 2021

A new study led by Queen Mary University of London researchers has found that during the early phase of the pandemic, approximately 35 per cent of the COVID-19 scientific literature was shared as preprints – freely available manuscripts that are shared prior to peer-review in a journal.

Staff from Queen Mary and CIMAV involved in the partnership development. News story: Queen Mary to celebrate launch of new dual Masters programme with joint event
6 April 2021

On 15 April 2021, Queen Mary University of London and Mexico’s Research Centre for Advanced Materials (CIMAV) will host a joint event to mark the launch of their new MRes programme in Materials Science.

A mural depicting Bobby Sands who died in prison whilst on hunger strike in 1981 News story: Prisoners not politicians were key to the Good Friday Agreement succeeding, according to new book
1 April 2021

Irish Political Prisoners 1960-2000 by Seán McConville from Queen Mary University of London provides one of the most comprehensive accounts of the Northern Ireland troubles to date.

The yellow vest (gilets jaunes) movement began in France in 2018 News story: Political developments in France offer sharp lessons for the rest of Europe, according to new research
1 April 2021

A new book authored by an academic from Queen Mary University of London offers fresh insights into politics and society in France, providing a critique of French leadership in the run-up to the forthcoming presidential elections.

Image of DNA. Credit: ktsimage/iStock.com News story: Study provides first evidence of DNA collection from air
31 March 2021

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have shown for the first time that animal DNA shed within the environment can be collected from the air.

View over London from Queen MaryQueen Mary ranks as a leader in Research England’s first Knowledge Exchange Framework
31 March 2021

Queen Mary University of London's role as a leader in knowledge exchange has been recognised in the inaugural Knowledge Exchange Framework published by Research England.

People with autism and their carers have been amongst the worst affected groups in the global Covid-19 pandemic. News story: Building resilience among people with autism
30 March 2021

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London are collaborating with a range of stakeholders, including theatre companies and healthcare workers, to support people with autism through a unique project, Heartbeat – Creating Recovery.

Houses of Parliament 150 News story: Parliament should take the lead on constitutional reform in the UK according to Lord Chancellor
29 March 2021

Queen Mary University of London has hosted a major conference exploring the successes and failures of constitutional reform in the UK. Lord Chancellor Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP delivered the keynote speech, setting out the delicate balance that is required between institutions as the constitutional system continues to evolve.

Cinema was a new art form for Virginia Woolf Blog: Virginia Woolf on the magic of going to the cinema
26 March 2021

Dr Lucy Bolton, Reader in Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London has written for The Conversation about the work of Virginia Woolf and the impact that cinema had on her.

A snapshot of genetic code News story: New genetic clues point to new treatments for ‘silent’ stroke
26 March 2021

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have helped identify new genetic clues in people who’ve had small and often apparently ‘silent’ strokes that are difficult to treat and a major cause of vascular dementia.

A doctor wearing a protective face mask News story: Unique research programme investigates how arts-based methods can support the NHS staff during Covid-19
25 March 2021

The project will support those working in health to meet the challenges of wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and adapting to digital consultations and meetings.

News story: Queen Mary joins NIHR School to strengthen primary care research
25 March 2021

The NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) has announced the fourth phase of the School for Primary Care Research (SPCR), which now involves Queen Mary University of London, and a new focus on supporting the full spectrum of primary care research and building research capacity.

Phoebe Okowa is Professor of Public International Law at Queen Mary News story: Queen Mary Professor nominated to UN International Law Commission
24 March 2021

Professor Phoebe Okowa has been nominated to the United Nations' International Law Commission by the Government of Kenya.

Brain from wooden puzzles News story: Dementia death risk is higher among the socioeconomically deprived
23 March 2021

A large proportion of dementia deaths in England and Wales may be due to socioeconomic deprivation, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London.

The significance of home in the Covid-19 crisis has been far-reaching and profound. News story: New podcast offers an insight into real life experiences at home during lockdown
23 March 2021

Stay Home Stories, a project led by academics from Queen Mary University of London, has launched its first podcast of people’s experiences of home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jerry Brotton is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary News story: Queen Mary Professor turns detective for new BBC Radio 3 show
22 March 2021

Jerry Brotton, Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London is presenting a new ten-part series for BBC Radio 3’s The Essay.  

Fungal cultures on petri dishes. Credit: Rowena Hill Blog: How we discovered a hidden world of fungi inside the world’s biggest seed bank
22 March 2021

Rowena Hill, a PhD student at Queen Mary University of London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has written a piece for the Conversation about  a newly-discovered hidden world of fungi inside the world's biggest seed bank.

Catherine Silverstone delivering a lecture © People’s Palace Projects News story: Queen Mary honours Catherine Silverstone with posthumous promotion
17 March 2021

Queen Mary University of London has promoted Catherine Silverstone from the School of English and Drama to Professor, the first posthumous promotion of its kind at the University.

Icicles hanging from a pipe. Credit: Besjunior/iStock.com. News story: Scientists develop new approach to predict how liquids freeze
17 March 2021

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have developed a novel computational approach to better understand freezing in different types of liquids.

News story: Scientists develop rapid test for diagnosis of rare set of genetic conditions
17 March 2021

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London and Cardiff University have developed a rapid test for the diagnosis of a constellation of rare and debilitating genetic conditions, which is described as a ‘step-change’.

Queen Mary launched its Arts and Culture strategy in November 2017 with the aim of developing the University as a world-leading centre of excellence in arts and culture within higher education. News story: Arts and Culture Queen Mary launches its Conversations Week
17 March 2021

Queen Mary University of London is set to hold a week-long celebration of the art of conversation which will run from 9 to 16 April.

Fresh fruit and vegetables. Credit:iStock.com/AlexRaths News story: Subsidies most effective way to encourage sustainable food choices, study shows
17 March 2021

Subsidising low carbon emission meals could encourage more people to choose them, according to new research. 

Logo for the India-UK ISCC News story: Queen Mary support new UK-India consortium to address global sustainability challenges
16 March 2021

Scientists from the UK and India have set up multi-disciplinary virtual platform for international collaboration on global sustainability challenges, such as carbon reduction and environmental remediation.

Joe Biden is President of the United States Blog: St Patrick’s day - why so many US presidents like to say ‘I’m Irish’
16 March 2021

Dr Richard Johnson, Lecturer in US Politics in Queen Mary's School of Politics and International Relations has written an opinion piece for The Conversation about Irish Americans and US foreign policy. He argues that US security interests will always come above personal identities.

Research has shown that the public support taking action on climate change News story: Democracy under threat as climate emergency deepens, according to Mile End Institute panel
11 March 2021

The Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London has hosted a webinar on democracy and climate change. Panellists included Hilary Benn, former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Caroline Lucas MP, former leader of the Green Party.

The invention uses a new type of pliable material made from seaweed News story: Queen Mary graduate helping to save the planet using seaweed
11 March 2021

Marcos Souto Ulloa, a graduate from Queen Mary University of London, has developed a revolutionary material made from seaweed aimed at preventing plastic seeping into the world’s oceans.

News story: Schools reopening without robust COVID-19 mitigation risks accelerating the pandemic
10 March 2021

A group of academics have set out a series of recommendations for schools to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission now that they have re-opened, in a letter published in The Lancet.

Heart News story: Having an unhealthy heart could lead to a higher risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19
9 March 2021

People with unhealthy heart structures and poorer functioning hearts have a significantly higher risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19 infection, according to research by Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (The University of Southampton).

Young plant growing in sunlight. Credit:iStock.com/RomoloTavani News story: Scientists’ discovery ends long-standing photosynthesis controversy
9 March 2021

New findings overturn conventional thinking about the location of a key plant enzyme involved in photosynthesis.

A brain scan News story: Convincing evidence that type 2 diabetes is associated with increased risk of Parkinson’s
8 March 2021

Research from Queen Mary University of London has concluded that there is convincing evidence that type 2 diabetes is associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease.

Illustration of patient data Blog: Why promising results from a large clinical trial into vitamin D and COVID-19 may not be all that they seem
8 March 2021

Sandra Eldridge is Professor of Biostatistics and Director of the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. In this blog post, Professor Eldridge discusses the recent excitement around some promising clinical trial results that suggest that vitamin D improved the recovery of hospitalised COVID-19 patients, and she explains why the trial may be flawed.

The course will focus on asset tracing and recovery News story: Queen Mary teams up with leading law firms to deliver Executive Education course
8 March 2021

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London has launched its first ever International Asset Tracing and Recovery Executive Education course.

Many women and girls worldwide continue to face discrimination as a consequence of HIV-related stigma. News story: BAFTA nominated film produced by Queen Mary academic released for International Women’s Day
7 March 2021

Pili, a feature length drama about living with HIV/AIDS in East Africa, has received its multi-territory release to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Seas remain a battleground when it comes to politics and business News story: New book explores how the sea continues to shape political and economic forces around the world
5 March 2021

A new book co-authored by an academic from Queen Mary University of London sheds light on the maritime origins of capitalism, as well as the political economy, ecology and geopolitics of the sea.

Image showing male figurines and stethoscope News story: Significant gender disparities revealed in COVID-19 clinical trial leadership
5 March 2021

Less than one-third of COVID-19 clinical trials are led by women, which is half the proportion observed in non-COVID-19 trials, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London, University of St Andrews, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Students at their graduation ceremonyQueen Mary graduate employability stats reveal our unique approach helps students get ahead
4 March 2021

Queen Mary graduate outcomes show our students leave university ready to take their place in an ever-evolving jobs market.

Conrad Khan is a Film Studies student at Queen Mary. Photo credit: EE/Tom Dymond © 2021 News story: Queen Mary student nominated for BAFTA Rising Star Award
3 March 2021

Conrad Khan, a student from Queen Mary’s School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is among the five nominees.

Breast screening News story: Attending consecutive mammography screens protects against breast cancer death
3 March 2021

Attending the two most recent screening appointments before a breast cancer diagnosis protects against breast cancer death, according to a Queen Mary study of over half a million Swedish women conducted over 24 years.

Alumni Angles: A conversation with BBC newsreader, Jane Hill
2 March 2021

On Thursday 25 February, the Alumni Engagement Team launched their flagship engagement series ‘Alumni Angles’ to showcase the talent in the Queen Mary alumni community.

The delegation from Queen Mary at CIMAVQueen Mary to launch dual degree programme for Masters in Materials Science with Mexico’s CIMAV
2 March 2021

Queen Mary University of London will launch a Masters in Materials Science (MRes) pathway this month for students with the Research Centre for Advanced Materials (CIMAV) headquartered in Chihuahua, Mexico.

A seventeenth-century trunk of letters bequeathed to the Dutch postal museum in The Hague. News story: Secrets of sealed 17th century letters revealed by dental X-ray scanners
2 March 2021

In a world first, an international team of researchers has read an unopened letter from Renaissance Europe – without breaking its seal or damaging it in any way.

Cinema has served as a vital bridge between cultures and countries for South Asian people in Britain. News story: Queen Mary academic to lead film collaboration in South Africa
2 March 2021

Dr Ashvin Devasundaram from Queen Mary’s School of Languages, Linguistics and Film will lead the inaugural South African edition of the Young Curators Lab.

Experimental ponds used in the study News story: Global warming poses threat to food chains
1 March 2021

Rising temperatures could reduce the efficiency of food chains and threaten the survival of larger animals, new research shows.

Houses of Parliament 150 Blog: Fake letters to politicians - the timing may be bad but it’s OK to test whether MPs reply to constituents
1 March 2021

Professor Philip Cowley from Queen Mary's School of Politics and International Relations has written an opinion piece for The Conversation in which he argues that the work that MPs do in their constituencies is important and deserves proper study.

The Advance HE logoQueen Mary awarded funding from Advance HE’s Collaborative Development Fund for education project
1 March 2021

Queen Mary University of London has secured funding from Advance HE's Collaborative Development Fund Education theme for the project "Developing flexible ecosystems for education that support student success: where are we now, what works and where next?"

Reading aloud can be deeply seductive Blog: How reading aloud can be an act of seduction
1 March 2021

Professor Kiera Vaclavik from Queen Mary's School of Languages, Linguistics and Film has written an opinion piece for The Conversation in which she argues that reading aloud can be a seductive act. Kiera Vaclavik is Professor of Children's Literature & Childhood Culture in the Department of Comparative Culture and Literature.

COVID-19 vaccine News story: Single dose of vaccine acts as ‘booster’ in those with prior COVID-19 infection
26 February 2021

People who have previously had COVID-19 have an enhanced antibody response with a single dose of RNA vaccine, according to a study of 51 UK healthcare workers, around half of whom had a previous laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection.

People form a purple ribbon to raise awareness for domestic violence News story: Researchers to explore the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on domestic abuse referrals in primary care
25 February 2021

A new study involving researchers from Queen Mary University of London will explore whether and how GP referrals to domestic abuse services have changed during the coronavirus pandemic.

A woman holding her smartphone checking a contact tracing app. Credit:mphillips007/iStock.com News story: New tool reveals security and privacy issues with contact tracing apps
25 February 2021

Researchers have developed a tool to identify security and privacy risks associated with Covid-19 contact tracing apps.

Dr Tina Chowdhury News story: New funding for storytelling project to inspire future engineers
24 February 2021

A Queen Mary project has received funding to continue to bring the art of digital and immersive storytelling into the world of science and engineering.

The pandemic is changing the way militaries are perceived News story: Pandemic is changing the way militaries operate and are perceived in the health space, according to new research
23 February 2021

A new study authored by a researcher at Queen Mary University of London has shed new light on how militaries act as health responders in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Salt News story: Salt reduction will prevent nearly 200,000 cases of heart disease and save £1.64bn
22 February 2021

England’s salt reduction programme will have led to nearly 200,000 fewer adults developing heart disease and £1.64 billion of healthcare cost savings by 2050, according to research by Queen Mary University of London.

Free Trade Agreements can have an impact on workers' rights News story: New book explores the impact of EU trade agreements on workers’ rights
18 February 2021

A new book, co-authored by academics from Queen Mary University of London, explores the contentious relationship between trade and labour, and the impact of the EU’s ‘new generation’ free trade agreements on workers.

Myanmar’s popular leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been in custody since the country’s military seized power in a coup Blog: Covid coup: how Myanmar’s military used the pandemic to justify and enable its power grab
17 February 2021

Dr Ronan Lee, Visiting Scholar at Queen Mary's International State Crime Initiative has written an opinion piece for The Conversation in which he explains how the Myanmar military have been able to take advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Research shows that organisations need to address diversity News story: New study shows that men receive more actionable feedback than women in the workplace
16 February 2021

A new study led by an academic from Queen Mary University of London has shed light on the way in which women's advancement into senior leadership roles remains slower than men's.

Professor Tom Powles. Credit: Reza Roozitalab News story: New class of drug leads to 30 per cent reduced risk of death for bladder cancer patients
12 February 2021

A new type of drug that helps target chemotherapy directly to cancer cells has been found to significantly increase survival of patients with the most common form of bladder cancer, according to results from a phase III clinical trial led in the UK by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust.

Queen Mary students in laboratory News story: Celebrating Queen Mary Women in Science
11 February 2021

The UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) aims to recognise the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities. 

Pandemics have a disproportionate effect on women (stock image) News story: Government report draws on evidence from Queen Mary
10 February 2021

Evidence from Queen Mary has been cited in a new government report from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee.

Indian migrant workers during the Covid-19 pandemic News story: New research project set to explore the role of civil society in supporting migrant populations during the Covid-19 pandemic
4 February 2021

Academics from Queen Mary University of London have been awarded funding from the University’s Strategic Research Priorities Fund to undertake a cross-regional study exploring the role of civil society organisations supporting vulnerable migrant populations in Brazil and India in the context of Covid-19.

Happy and sad symbols on wooden blocks. Credit:Chaiwiwat Duangjinda/iStock.com News story: Scientists propose new way to detect emotions using wireless signals
3 February 2021

A novel artificial intelligence (AI) approach based on wireless signals could help to reveal our inner emotions, according to new research from Queen Mary University of London.

Professor Kimberly Hutchings joined Queen Mary in 2014. News story: Professor Kimberly Hutchings appointed as chair of a Research Excellence Framework panel
3 February 2021

The four UK funding bodies have appointed Professor Kimberly Hutchings from Queen Mary's School of Politics and International Relations as chair of Sub-panel 19: Politics and International Studies for the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

The Wasafiri New Writing Prize champions new writers News story: Submissions now open for the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2021
1 February 2021

Representing more of the globe than any other prize of its kind, the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize is opening its doors for 2021 and welcoming work in fiction, poetry, and life writing from unpublished writers around the world.

News story: More symptoms need to be included in UK case definition of COVID-19
1 February 2021

Runny nose (coryza) and other indicative symptoms should be added as possible signs of COVID-19 infection, so that more people can access NHS covid tests, according to a Queen Mary academic writing in The BMJ, in an open letter to the Chief Medical Officer, supported by 140 east London general practitioners and health care professionals.

Takumã Kuikuro is an award-winning indigenous filmmaker News story: Queen Mary research featured as an impact case study by UK Research and Innovation
1 February 2021

Research from Queen Mary University of London’s People’s Palace Projects has been selected as a case study by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to showcase the impact of its Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

News story: Consuming omega-3 fatty acids could prevent asthma
28 January 2021

New research suggests that a higher dietary intake of long chain omega-3 fatty acids in childhood may reduce the risk of developing subsequent asthma, but only in children carrying a common gene variant. The study, led by Queen Mary University of London, is in collaboration with the University of Bristol and University of Southampton, UK, and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.

A stock market screen depicting the impact of Covid-19 News story: New study suggests that the financial impact of Covid-19 is comparable to the Wall Street Crash of 1929
27 January 2021

A study co-authored by an academic from Queen Mary University of London has shed new light on the true magnitude of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on financial markets.

Black woman travelling by bus wearing protective face mask. Credit: Drazen Zigic/ iStock.com News story: Commuting patterns could explain higher incidence of Covid-19 in Black Americans
27 January 2021

The disproportionately high Covid-19 infection rates observed in Black Americans could be linked to their daily commuting patterns, according to a new study published today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Professor Fiona Walter News story: Professor Fiona Walter joins Queen Mary as Institute Director
26 January 2021

Professor Fiona Walter has been appointed as the new Joint Director of the Wolfson Institute and Institute for Population Health Sciences, Queen Mary University of London.

STORM CHASER logo News story: Queen Mary researchers to trial drug to protect against COVID-19 exposure
26 January 2021

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust are looking for clinical trial participants who have recently (within 8 days) been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Illustration of a group of people being tracked for digital contact tracing. Credit: smartboy10/iStock.com News story: Study provides first real-world evidence of Covid-19 contact tracing app effectiveness
26 January 2021

An international research collaboration, involving scientists from the UK, US and Spain, has shed new light on the usefulness of digital contact tracing (DCT) to control the spread of Covid-19.

Life reconstruction of a Spinosaurus wading in the water and fishing. Credit: Robert Nicholls ©Nicholls2020 News story: Study sheds new light on the behaviour of the giant carnivorous dinosaur Spinosaurus as a monstrous heron
26 January 2021

New research from Queen Mary University of London and the University of Maryland, has reignited the debate around the behaviour of the giant dinosaur Spinosaurus.

Hospital News story: Patients from Asian and black backgrounds are more likely to die from COVID-19, large study reveals
22 January 2021

Patients of Asian and black backgrounds suffered disproportionate rates of premature death from COVID-19, according to a study of 1,737 patients by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust.

Investigating COVID-19 in Black, Asian and minority ethnic communitiesInvestigating COVID-19 in Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities
21 January 2021

A new study led by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust, and funded by Barts Charity, seeks to understand why Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities are so badly affected by the COVID-19 virus and address the lower uptake of the vaccine by people in these groups.

Student with laptopQueen Mary students show high levels of satisfaction
21 January 2021

A new survey has revealed that students from Queen Mary’s Language Centre have high levels of satisfaction when it comes to Pre-Sessional courses.

This computer-simulated image shows a supermassive black hole at the core of a galaxy. The black region in the center represents the black hole’s event horizon, where no light can escape the massive object’s gravitational grip. The black hole’s powerful gravity distorts space around it like a funhouse mirror. Light from background stars is stretched and smeared as the stars skim by the black hole. Credits: NASA, ESA, and D. Coe, J. Anderson, and R. van der Marel (STScI) News story: Scientists find black holes could reach ‘stupendously large’ sizes
20 January 2021

A recent study suggests the possible existence of ‘stupendously large black holes’ or SLABS, even larger than the supermassive black holes already observed in the centres of galaxies.

Scientist processing samples in the Queen Mary COVID-19 testing lab News story: COVID-19 testing lab goes online at Queen Mary
14 January 2021

A new COVID-19 testing lab at Queen Mary University of London has started processing NHS Test and Trace samples from the UK population, to increase the country’s testing capacity.

Professor Andrew Pollard Feature: Interview with Barts graduate Professor Andrew Pollard, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group
14 January 2021

Professor Andrew Pollard, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, studied Medicine at Barts and qualified in 1989. He recently spoke to the Queen Mary Alumni team to talk more about his studies here and provided an insight into the development of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which is now being rolled-out to the most vulnerable people in the UK and globally.

An illustration of the extinct large Dire Wolf hunting alone in the woods. Credit: Aunt_Spray/iStock,com News story: Ancient DNA from extinct dire wolves reveals their unique evolutionary history
13 January 2021

Extinct dire wolves split off from other wolves nearly six million years ago and were only a distant relative of today’s wolves, according to new research.

Woman wearing a wristband. Credit: grinvalds/iStock.com Blog: Could a wristband or certificate allow you out of lockdown after a negative coronavirus test?
6 January 2021

Dr Magda Osman, Reader in Experimental Psychology at Queen Mary University of London has written an opinion piece for The Conversation exploring whether freedom passes based on negative test results could offer a way to avoid placing restrictions on everyone.

News story: Queen Mary expands stop smoking service to Newham residents
5 January 2021

As people start their New Year’s resolutions, a free stop smoking service has launched in the London Borough of Newham, provided by experts at Queen Mary University of London.