In this edition of QMUL Student, we're focusing on global opportunities available to you. 

Studying abroad as part of your degree, or having an international experience while studying, can be invaluable in helping you develop your skills, understanding and global outlook. 

Here you can find a host of valuable information about all the global opportunities available to you as a Queen Mary student, as well as useful insights, upcoming events, and student profiles and blogs.

Students inspired to look beyond the horizon at the GO Abroad Fair
The Global Opportunities team hosted their annual GO Abroad Fair last week on Monday 16 October, giving students the opportunity to find out about various programmes on offer, which are designed to provide an international experience.
Queen Mary to launch new five-year Arts and Culture Strategy
The Arts and Culture Strategy will focus on the themes of global research, community engagement, and creative leadership, in order to ensure that we maintain our reputation as a global arts institution at the forefront of developing links between the creative industries and higher education. All students are invited to the launch event on Wednesday 8 November.

Apprentice to v-c: Queen Mary boss’ unlikely route to the top
Principal Professor Colin Bailey discusses his background and new job at Queen Mary with Times Higher Education.

QMUL presented with plaque to commemorate partnership with DisabledGo
On Thursday 21 September, as part of our Welcome Week activities, QMUL was presented with a plaque to mark the work we have undertaken with DisabledGo to provide access guides to all our buildings.
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.

Cannabis intoxication may be stopped with anti-obesity drug

Londoners identify as citizens of city first before 'British', 'English' or 'European', poll finds

Computers will soon be able to fix themselves – are IT departments for the chop?

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

Bicycle security on campus
The Security team would like to raise awareness of attempted bicycle thefts on campus. If cycling, you are encouraged to make full use of the facilities on campus and to report any problems to Security on 0207 882 5000. Please always remember to lock your bike securely, preferably with a D-lock. Further tips and advice on bicycle security and safety can be found on the Security webpages.
 Money and support

Top 10 self-help online resources 

The Advice and Counselling Service has put together a useful list of self-help websites for those times when you may need a little extra help. 

Undergraduate scholarships and bursaries

There’s still time to apply for QMUL undergraduate scholarships  for the academic year 2017/18. The deadline for applications is Friday 3 November. You can also find out if you’re eligible for the QMUL Bursary 2017/18.

Student profile: Elias Badin
Originally from Syria, Elias Badin came to the UK to escape the dangers of the civil war. Originally settling in Brighton, Elias is now studying medicine at QMUL. We caught up with him to hear about his experience coming to the UK, and how he managed to overcome the odds and fulfil his dream of training to become a neurosurgeon.
 Useful information on living abroad

If you're thinking of gaining some international experience and living abroad, these student profiles and blogs will give you a better idea of what to expect:

 Jobs and careers

Apply now to be QMUL’s Social Media Intern

We are looking for an intern (10 hours a week) to promote QMUL via social media. Working with the Marketing and Communications Directorate to engage with prospective students using a variety of social media platforms, you will be responsible for the generation and posting of relevant, dynamic content on a regular basis. Find out more and apply.

Take part in the new QChallenge Abroad programme

The Global Opportunities team are excited to bring you a new opportunity called QChallenge Abroad. You’ll gain an international immersive experience, challenging you to adapt and thrive in a new context. Along with students from Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) Royal Institute of Technology and University of Malaya, you’ll step into a different cultural setting and play a part in tackling the biggest issues facing businesses, governments and societies worldwide. Applications opened to undergraduate students on Monday 16 October and will close at midnight on Sunday 19 November.

Undergraduate research opportunities

The Learning Development team is looking to fund 36 students to attend the British Conference of Undergraduate Research 2018 and Posters in Parliament 2018. Both events are invaluable experiences and an excellent opportunity for you to develop your interest in research and experience an interdisciplinary academic conference. Find out more.

Win an iPad mini by completing a short survey on sleep and personality

A postgraduate student from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is inviting you to participate in a research study about sleep and personality for a chance to win a new iPad mini. The study involves answering questions about your personality, daily routine and sleep quality and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. You must be aged between 18 and 30 years old to take part, and the survey will close on Friday 1 December.

See more art with the Student Art Pass

While many museums and galleries offer free entry, some still require you to pay a fee. The Art Fund has launched their new Student Art Pass, offering you free access to over 240 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK, as well as 50 per cent off major exhibitions. The pass is £5, and is available until Sunday 10 December here.

Exchanges and summer school discussion and Q&A

The Global Opportunities team will be holding a talk about exchanges and summer school options available to you on Wednesday 1 November, 2–3pm in Mason Lecture Theatre, Mile End campus. There will also be a Q&A session to answer any questions you may have about gaining international experience. For more information, please contact Harry Gibney at 

Arts and Culture Strategy launch event

We will be celebrating the transformative cultural experiences that students, staff and members of the public enjoy at QMUL during an evening of cultural performances on Wednesday 8 November from 6pm in the Great Hall of the People’s Palace, Mile End. Focusing on the themes of the new strategy, the event will bring together artists from the QMUL community with international leaders from the cultural sector.

Skills workshop: study guidance and adapting to UK higher education

Are you a new student to QMUL and recently arrived in the UK? The Language Centre and Learning Development teams are offering you another opportunity during reading week to come along and find out more about the study skills support and advice available to students. Find out more.

Chinese painting and calligraphy at the Confucius Institute

QMUL’s Confucius Institute will be hosting a series of Chinese cultural events throughout the year. They are kicking off the semester with a Chinese painting class on Wednesday 18 October, 6–8pm, and following this with a Chinese calligraphy class on Wednesday 25 October, 6–8pm. Find out more.

Celebrate with the Confucius Institute

The QMUL Confucius Institute invites you to celebrate their two-year anniversary with a traditional Chinese Guqin concert on Wednesday 1 November, 6.30–8.30pm in St Benet's Chaplaincy, Mile End campus. The event is free and you can register for tickets here.

Long table: BME success beyond QMUL

The School of Business Management is looking to include students at the heart of their curriculum design and employability strategy. They are inviting you to this open discussion to consider experiences of careers and employability support at QMUL and potential differences in graduate employability between students, particularly those of a black and minority ethnic (BME) background.

Barts piano concert

Professor Shakila Thangaratinam form the Blizard Institute and Josh Bhatt from the Royal London Hospital warmly invite you to an evening of classical piano music next Friday, 27 October from 5.30–8pm in Barts Great Hall (North Wing), West Smithfield campus. They are fundraising to buy a grand piano to be placed in the Royal London Hospital’s foyer, as live music in hospitals has been shown to improve the experiences of patients by reducing stress and pain. You can buy tickets or donate here.

George Lansbury Memorial Lecture 2017: The Media and Politics, Kevin Maguire (Associate Editor, Daily Mirror)

Taking place on Thursday 23 November, this year’s annual lecture will focus on George Lansbury’s contribution to and legacy for the media. A pioneering campaigner for peace, women’s rights, local democracy and improvements in labour conditions, Lansbury made a great contribution to local as well as national life and was the founder the Labour newspaper the Daily Herald. Book your free ticket here

Suicide awareness sessions

You can still sign up for the suicide awareness sessions in collaboration with the Samaritans this November. The sessions aim to raise awareness and provide information on supporting individuals in need. Registration is required.

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