Welcome back, and we hope you had an enjoyable Easter break! The exam season is upon us once again, and we know that this time of year can feel particularly stressful. We want to ensure that things go as smoothly as possible, so here's a few things which might help:

If you’re feeling nervous about exams, check out these tips from the Advice and Counselling Service on how to overcome exam anxiety and perform to the best of your ability. 

As part of the Study Well campaign, the Students' Union have produced this 
guide to help you take care of yourself during the exam period.

You can also read the student blogs around exam tips, including quality versus quantity of revision and the importance of prioritising.

Remember to check your exam timetables which are available on MySIS, and familiarise yourself with the FAQs and exam regulations here. Please also ensure that you have a valid student ID card to gain entrance to the exam.

There's still lots going on around campus however, so if you feel that you need a break from revision, there's plenty to choose from. Take a look below to see what's on.

QMUL and QMSU sign Tower Hamlets 'No Place for Hate' pledge
Chief Operating Officer, Laura Gibbs, joined Chief Executive Officer of QMSU, Mike Wojcik, and QMSU VP Welfare, Adam Sparkes, in signing the pledge.
QMUL wins Guardian University Award
The discovery of an earth-sized planet that may be the closest possible home for life outside the Solar System has won the Research Impact category.
Two QMUL student start-ups reach final of Mayor’s Entrepreneur competition
The start-ups from QMUL’s enterprise programme ‘InQUBEate’ beat 300 applicants to make it to the live final.
Two QMUL students present their research in Parliament
Samuel Mathews and Angelica Hill presented their research at the Posters in Parliament event on Tuesday 14 March, alongside 52 undergraduates from over 20 UK universities.
 Important information
Register to vote in the June 8 General Election
On Tuesday 18 May, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that there would be a General Election on Thursday 8 June 2017. If you haven’t already registered to vote then you can do so as soon as possible. We’ve put together some guidance on how to do this, as well as more information on the voting process including voter eligibility and what to do if you can’t vote in person on the day.
 Money and support
Money Matters
In this edition of Money Matters, the Advice and Counselling Service provide some tips for claiming back overpaid Income Tax, applying for student finance for next year, advice for those who have a long-term illness or disability, and more.

QMUL Bursary 2016/17 – am I eligible this year?
Many students will now have had the first instalment of their QMUL Bursary. If you think you should be getting a bursary but have not, see the checklist along with more information on the QMUL Bursary here.

Expeditions Fund 2016/17
Get your application in soon – the closing date for applications is this Friday, 28 April. QMUL’s Expeditions Fund is open for applications from continuing undergraduate and postgraduate students who wish to apply for a grant towards travel in summer 2017. You can see reports from previous summers and more details on the website.

Stop Hate 24-hour helpline
From Monday 1 May, Stop Hate UK will be opening a dedicated helpline for anyone affected by hate incidents or hate crime who works or studies at QMUL. The service is available to you whether on campus, at home, or elsewhere. Wherever the incident occurs, help will be offered to you. More.

Keeping your valuables safe
Now that the libraries have extended opening hours, it is important to be vigilant and ensure your valuables are kept safe. Check out these tips for keeping your valuables secure around campus and at home. Security have also put together this guidance for keeping your bike secure.
 Student profile
CISCO Switch-Up Challenge
Kapil Dipak Narshidas Pau, Yusuf Pholby, Harriydaran Rajendran, Aathishankar Thayanantha and Prodige Tukala from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science recently won the CISCO Switch Up Challenge. We caught up with Kapil and Yusuf to talk about how they become involved with the competition and why they think their idea had the winning formula. Read.

QMUL language scholarships scheme
The QMUL language scholarships scheme is now open for applications to returning undergraduates. 108 scholarships are available and the language module that you will take is non-credit bearing. More.

In conversation with Robert Peston: Brexit Britain
To celebrate the move of the School of Economics and Finance into the new Graduate Centre and to inaugurate the Peston Lecture Theatre, the School of Economics and Finance are delighted to invite you to ‘In conversation with Robert Peston: Brexit Britain’ on Thursday 11 May. More.

Summer opportunities in Medellin, Colombia
If you want to brush up on your Spanish or learn about Latin American culture, Universidad de Antioquia has you covered. This summer opportunity will enable you to meet like-minded students and witness first-hand the beauty of Colombia. Contact summerabroad@qmul.ac.uk or click here to find out more.

Erasmus+ traineeship grants available for soon-to-be graduates – deadline Sunday 30 April
Applications for the Erasmus+ grant are open until noon on Sunday 30 April. This is open to QMUL students finishing their bachelors, masters or doctoral-level PhD studies in June/July this year who are planning to complete a traineeship (internship/work placement) outside the UK but in Europe over the coming summer, to help towards their living costs. More.

Life Sciences Initiative image awards
There are just a few weeks left to get your entry in for the Life Sciences Initiative (LSI) Image Awards. Shortlisted entries will be shown at a public exhibition in Whitechapel, with the winner receiving an iPad. Enter by 5pm on Tuesday 2 May. More.

Could you be a travel advisor?
Comparethemarket.com is looking for a ‘travel advisor’ to take a once in a lifetime trip, capturing content of some of the world’s most beautiful settings and most exciting activities. More.


Scamspotting – choose online safety
University students up and down the country are often targeted by fraudsters through phishing emails commonly disguised as opportunities and offers which may seem too good to be true. Check out this video on how to stay safe online, and avoid falling for these scams. 

Queen Mary in Spring – spring festival
The spring festival, Queen Mary in Spring, will be taking place on Friday 28 April, from noon to 3pm in the Student Village on the Mile End campus. There will be a £1 barbecue, games, a mobile farm, freebies, and lots more. More.

Bike Week 2017
Bike Week 2017 will be taking please from Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 May. Events include free bike maintenance, free cycle marking, bike sales, free smoothies from the smoothie bike, cycle training information, cycle freebies and more.

 Students' Union
Study Well
Now that the exam period is upon us, the Students' Union's Study Well campaign is here to help you avoid the common stresses and anxiety that come with studying for your exams. Check out the information on the Study Well webpage, as well as the handy Study Well guide.
Spring festival: Queen Mary in Spring – Friday 28 April

Bike Week – Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 May

In conversation with Robert Peston: Brexit Britain – Thursday 11 May

Festival of Communities – Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 May
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