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2021

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.

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.