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QMUL Student


July 2016


News Profiles Uni admin Funding Activities for the holidays

So, your exams are over (or coming to an end) – well done!

At this time of year, some people are still having to work hard revising for exams, others are in the middle of theirs or have resits looming and some lucky students have finished altogether. Accepting that everyone is going to finish at some point, the Advice and Counselling Service has put together some tips for winding down post exams.

Take a look at our news section for some of our success stories and what’s going on, and check out the notices below for ideas on activities to fill the summer holidays, including volunteering, getting to know the local area, applying for funding and scholarships, and getting your CV in order.

And may we wish a very happy Eid to everyone celebrating it!


News from around QMUL

QMUL PhD student selected for opportunity to explore the crossover between arts and science

Judit Petervari, a PhD student from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, has been successfully selected for Roche Continents, a programme in which 100 top-talented students from European institutions attend the Salzberg Festival in Austria. Participants will have the opportunity to experience a unique journey exploring sources of inspiration at the intersection of science and art, as well as the creative processes that drive innovation. Click here to read Judit’s advice on putting yourself out there and making applications.  


The United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union

We’ve contacted all students with information on what the referendum result means for the QMUL community as well as offering assurances to our current non-UK EU students that their fee status will remain unchanged for the duration of their course. Visit my.qmul for links to the full statements and a link to the ‘EU morning after briefing’ organised by our Mile End Institute and chaired by prominent journalist Matthew d’Ancona.


Why it’s important to save London’s bees – the view from one of our PhD students

On Wednesday 22 June, QMUL researchers released hundreds of bees with individual number plates from the rooftops of Queen Mary in an attempt to uncover the secret lives of London’s bees. PhD student Marie Guiraud, who works on the project, says: “Because one of the main threats for bees is habitat loss, we want to encourage people to help us save the bees by planting bee-friendly flowers, such as lavender, clover, thyme and cow vetch. To better inform gardeners, we raised and tagged bees from several colonies and set up a competition where you can have fun getting to know the furry little insects wandering round your garden, and be in with a chance of winning some Amazon vouchers.”


Improvement works taking place in the Library at Mile End

Building work will be taking place in the Mile End Library from Wednesday 6 July to improve the Library infrastructure and ensure the building can cope with increasing numbers of visitors. Take a look at my.qmul to see what improvements will be made and look out for an update in the next edition of QMUL Student in September.


Join the WISE (women in science and engineering) Campaign – open to all students of all genders

We’re very proud to announce that QMUL is now a member of the WISE Campaign. WISE inspires girls and women to study and build careers using science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). They advise organisations on how to create environments where those women can do their best work and thrive. Our staff and students – both men and women – can join as individual members for free.


QMUL alumnus wins Iceland’s presidential election

Gudni Jóhannesson, who holds a PhD from QMUL’s School of History, has won Iceland’s presidential election. On leaving QMUL, and publishing widely in his field and others, he took up lectureships at Reykjavik University and at the University of Iceland and remained there as an associate professor of history before making his bid for the presidency of Iceland.


School of Economics and Finance masters ranked eighth in UK and top 40 worldwide

The MSc in Investment and Finance has been ranked eighth in the UK and 37th in the world by the Financial Times in its Masters in Finance Pre-experience 2016 list. Elsewhere in the rankings the programme placed third in the UK and 12th in the world for the careers criteria which assessed the career status of alumni three years after graduation. 


We want to hear your graduation stories!

Our PR team is looking for interesting stories to share with the press and on our social media channels, in the run-up to graduation and during the week of ceremonies. Have you or someone you know achieved something extraordinary during your time at QMUL? Have you had to overcome major hurdles to get your degree? Do you or anyone you know have particularly quirky or inspirational plans for after graduation? If so, please contact press@qmul.ac.uk with the details, and follow #qmulgrad on Twitter and Instagram during graduation week.


This month’s updates from the Students’ Union

The Students’ Union has lots going on over the summer, including our biggest graduation ball yet, the QMSU Student Support Survey, Get Active activities and summer volunteering opportunities.


QMUL Student: Matt Mahmoudi

Matt Mahmoudi has been extremely busy during his time at Queen Mary, from creating a magazine with the aim of getting students more involved with politics, to organising and speaking at our TEDxQMUL events. Take a look at his profile to read his views on the problem with politics and accessibility.


Events, notices and getting involved

Sorting out your uni admin

Remember to update your contact details – especially if you’re graduating. Don’t forget to update your details on MySIS while you still have access – this will ensure that important documentation such as your results and degree certificate are sent to the correct address.

Results, progression, transcript and re-enrolment information for continuing undergraduate and postgraduate taught students and results, transcript and degree certificate information for finalists.

Scholarships and funding

Masters opportunities at Queen Mary: There are a number of scholarships available to carry on your studies at Queen Mary. Visit my.qmul to find out more and sign up for our Postgraduate Virtual Open Day on Wednesday 20 July.

The Annual Fund is a pot of generous gifts from our alumni, whose support makes a significant difference to Queen Mary. Find out more here.

QMUL Bursary 2015-16: The final date that we will assess you for a 2015-16 bursary is Sunday 31 July and it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive all the relevant information from Student Finance by this date.

The Matinée Voice-Over Scholarship is available for students to demonstrate their language, writing and marketing skills.

Things to do in the holidays

Don't forget that Careers and Enterprise is open throughout the summer and consultants are available for appointments.  Visit for CV, application and interview advice or help with the job-hunting process. See the QMplus page (click ‘careers’ under the student life menu’) to access resources including an online interview simulator and sample psychometric tests.

Summer volunteering opportunities: If you’re looking for something exciting and worthwhile to do this summer, check out the Students’ Union’s list of featured community volunteering opportunities.

Use your creativity! The Advice and Counselling Service has some tips on exploring your creativity as a great way to de-stress and unwind, as well as something that might help with symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Do you know anyone looking for accommodation in London this summer? Visitors staying at QMUL can save 10% on their booking using the promotion code QMUL2016.

Explore 19th-century Jewish East London with a new walking tour app.

Special ticket offer for all students to the Royal Academy of Music’s summer musical theatre shows.


Got a story? Please send your student news to qmul-student@qmul.ac.uk.

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