It’s reading week at QMUL, and many of you are starting to work on essays and prepare for exams. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be highlighting all of the support and services on offer to you, which can help you in your studies and general wellbeing during this time.

To start, check out our overview of student services and support, each of which can help you perform to the best of your ability in your work. We’ve also put together a list of insightful student blogs on topics ranging from study techniques to dealing with stress. There’s also a handy A-Z of student services available on my.qmul.

Keep an eye on the QMUL Facebook page for our 'service spotlights' over the next couple of weeks, featuring a wealth of useful information on how to access these services and insights from students who have used the services before.


Students rate QMUL careers service in the UK top 10
Students praised the helpfulness and effectiveness of the Careers and Enterprise service, which attracted a five star rating, placing QMUL eighth out of all the UK’s universities. Why not find out how they can help you?

QMUL Banking and Finance Society welcome BP to host trading simulation
Multinational company BP delivered a trading simulation workshop last month, giving society members an insight into trading, research and analytics at the firm.

Lecture theatre named in honour of former Chair of the Council
The ‘Montagu Lecture Theatre’, on the sixth floor of the Graduate Centre (Mile End), was officially renamed in honour of Sir Nicholas Montagu, who served as Chairman of QMUL Council from August 2009 until July 2017.

Tower Hamlets launches bid to become 'London Borough of Culture'
Back the bid to earn £1.1m in funding for Tower Hamlets, the London borough where our Mile End and Whitechapel campuses are based. You can also share views and images of cultural life in the borough on social media using the hashtag #ShowTimeTH.

Announcing the winner of this year’s ‘Dance Your PhD’ contest
QMUL PhD student Judit Pétervári wins in the social sciences category with "The evaluation of creative ideas—analysing the differences between expert and novice judges."

Queen Mary in the media

A selection of appearances of QMUL staff and students in the media. To submit a story or subscribe to daily updates, email press@qmul.ac.uk.

Things every psychiatrist wants their patient to know

Hidden planets may surround closest star to our Solar System, astronomers discover

MP and 'Hindutva' charity accused of 'pushing into the long grass' the proposed law on caste discrimination

The views expressed in the articles do not reflect those of Queen Mary University of London as an organisation.


#QMULwelcome photo competition winners announced

We recently ran a photo competition asking you to tag your Welcome Week photos with the #QMULwelcome hashtag. We’ve taken a look at all the entries and would like to congratulate Supaset Sothonsirimongkol, Marie Sicard, and an anonymous winner for putting forward the best photos. You can take a look at the winning images along with all your entries here

Celebrating Living Wage Week as a Living Wage employer

Sunday 5 to Friday 10 November is Living Wage Week, and Queen Mary is proud to be a Living Wage employer. QMUL was the first accredited university in the UK in 2008 to pay a real living wage, and is also a founding partner of the Living Wage Foundation established in 2011 to recognise the leadership of employers who choose to pay a real Living Wage based on the cost of living. Find out what earning the London Living Wage means to Queen Mary Students’ Union receptionist Barbara Sikora in her video.

Briefing on anti-social behaviour at Whitechapel campus

Staff and students have been reporting concerns about the behaviour of some individuals who have been sleeping in the Newark Street area of the Whitechapel campus. If you travel through this area, or know anyone who does, please read the guidance on my.qmul. Queen Mary takes the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff seriously, and we are working with the Police, NHS Trust, and local charities to try to address the situation. We also recognise that there are underlying issues for some people who commit anti-social behaviour, and there is information on my.qmul about how Queen Mary contributes to preventative programmes and support services. 

Library Report – October 2017

The October 2017 edition of the Library Report is now available to view. In this issue, you can find information on the new 24/7 opening of Mile End Library, extended opening times at Whitechapel Library and an introduction to the new University Librarian, Kate Price.

 Money and support

Development workshops from the Advice and Counselling Service

The Advice and Counselling Service are providing three separate, one-off personal development workshops this term, covering topics such as helping you get through studying block, building your confidence, and improving the quality of your sleep.

Drug and alcohol support service at QMUL

The QMUL drug and alcohol support service run by RESET – the Tower Hamlets drug and alcohol service – is available to all students living in Tower Hamlets. This service is also relevant for concerns around study, or 'smart', drugs. They offer one-to-one support around reduction, motivational work around changing habits, and coping with change. Contact the Advice and Counselling Service at welfare@qmul.ac.uk to book a session.

Money Matters – Financial Capability Week

Drop in for a confidential one-to-one appointment with a Welfare Adviser during Financial Capability Week on Monday 13, Thursday 16 and Friday 17 November, 11am–1pm. The team will check if you are receiving all the money you’re entitled to, let you know about money saving ideas, how to plan your budget, and any additional funding for which you may be eligible.

Student profile: Cherry Jain
Cherry Jain is in her second year of a medical degree at QMUL. She recently took part in the Miss India UK 2017 competition, winning Miss Photogenic. We caught up with her to find out what the competition entailed, talk about her goal of raising awareness around mental health and women empowerment, and what’s in store for her next.
 Jobs and careers

QConsult: Get paid and develop your employability skills working on a consultancy project

Applications close on Monday 27 November for QConsult Spring which takes place from Monday 8 January to Friday 2 March. Participants will work in teams to conduct a research/consultancy project on behalf of a business or charity. Each student is paid the London Living Wage (£9.75/hr) to work on their project for 20 hours, with free training sessions on top.

QChallenge London – a new programme from Careers and Enterprise

This new programme for undergraduate students designed in partnership with Common Purpose allows you to work in a team to explore a major challenge for a London organisation with a focus on health, housing and transport. You will meet leaders from global businesses, government and not-for-profits, developing the leadership skills and networks for your future.


National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain to perform at the People’s Palace

Music at QMUL is proud to welcome the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain. They will perform 'Legends of Jazz', which celebrates the greatest jazz classics ever written, featuring tunes by jazz masters such as Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. More.

Arts and Culture Strategy launch event – tomorrow, Wednesday 8 November 

There’s still time to register for the Arts and Culture Strategy launch event – an evening of cultural performances on Wednesday 8 November from 6pm in the Great Hall of the People’s Palace, Mile End. The event will focus on the themes of the new strategy, bringing together artists from the QMUL community with international leaders from the cultural sector. More.

Wellbeing Hub – Thursday 16 November

Come and visit the Wellbeing Hub on Thursday 16 November, 11am–3pm in Library Square, Mile End to get information on the student wellbeing services available to you at QMUL, as well as advice on sexual health, drug and alcohol use, and staying safe and healthy while at university. We will also be giving out ‘mocktails’ (non-alcoholic cocktails) as part of the 2017 Alcohol Awareness Week (Monday 13 to Friday 19 November). #QMWellbeingHub. More.

The Confucius Institute and QMBL Table Tennis Club Tournament Cup

The Confucius Institute and QMBL Table Tennis Club are collaborating to bring you their first Table Tennis Tournament Cup. They welcome players of all abilities, from beginners to professionals. Come down to the tournament tomorrow, Wednesday 8 November, 2–6pm at QMotion, Mile End to meet some new people and win some amazing prizes!

Lunchtime Chinese painting and calligraphy classes in November

If you didn’t get a chance to attend the Chinese calligraphy class in October, there will be another session tomorrow, Wednesday 8 October, noon–2pm. More

'I Am Human' – a new audio walking tour of The Royal London Hospital

A team led by Richard Meunier from The Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum, and Nadia Valman from the School of English and Drama, have developed a new audio walking tour of The Royal London Hospital. Dramatising material drawn from the Hospital’s archives, the walking tour offers a new perspective on the life of Joseph Merrick, the so-called 'Elephant Man', and medical care in Victorian Whitechapel. More.

Industry-led lectures on the fundamentals of drug development

QMUL’s Life Sciences Initiative and the Centre for Population Genomic Medicine will co-host an afternoon of industry-led lectures on the fundamentals of drug development on Wednesday 15 November, 1–5pm in the Rotblat Lecture Theatre, Joseph Rotblat Building, Charterhouse Square campus. The lectures will be given by current and former Pfizer representatives, who have a wealth of expertise in drug development ranging from early stage research to clinical development. More

Events taking place during this year’s Being Human Festival

This year’s Being Human Festival – a national forum for public engagement with humanities research – runs nationally from Friday 17 to Saturday 25 November. A number of QMUL staff are taking part:

  • QMUL’s Centre of the History of Emotions invites you to enter a pop-up world of activities, talks and performances investigating what we feel about objects, covering everything from fetishes to the hidden objects found in houses. Register now.

  • Organised by the School of English and Drama, 'The great Yiddish parade' is a re-enactment of a protest march by Jewish immigrants in Victorian Whitechapel, demanding better conditions for all East End workers. Register now.

  • ‘Music in the age of artificial creation’ will explore how staff in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science are using state-of-the-art machine learning methods to enhance human creativity in both music performance and composition. Register now.

  • ‘Lost and found through the migrant experience’ will explore how objects, such as photo albums, smartphones and personal artefacts, can evoke complex stories of displacement, as well as their representation in exhibitions, film and through social media. The event is organised by the Centre for Childhood Cultures, a partnership between QMUL and the V&A Museum of Childhood. Join the waitlist.

  • Dr Matthew Ingleby from the School of English and Drama presents ‘Bloomsbury and the grounds for philanthropy’ and will lead a panel discussion exploring the role urban geography has played historically in revising the bounds of human sympathy. Register now.

Migrant Children – Dreams and Reality 

‘Migrant children – dreams and reality’ is a benefit event featuring a screening of Ugwumpiti, a film directed by the School of Geography’s Eithne Nightingale that is shortlisted for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s prestigious 2017 Research in Film Awards. Proceeds will go to Hackney Migrants Centre, Child Migrant Stories and Calais Children initiative. More.

Free public lecture: ‘Emergency radiology – the inside story’

The Royal College of Radiologists invites you to their free event on Thursday 9 November, 6.30–7.30pm. You’ll be putting yourself in the shoes of an emergency radiologist on a busy Friday night in A&E. Please email rcrlecture@rcr.ac.uk to register for a place.

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