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Queen Mary Student


September 2015


Welcome to Queen Mary

As a new student to Queen Mary, we would personally like to extend a warm welcome to you as you start your academic career with us.

During the coming year we will look to build on our recent achievements, notably the latest set of National Student Survey results, which showed that we are joint top in London for student satisfaction. We were also very pleased with the outcome of the recently published Sunday Times Good University Guide, which ranked us as one of the top five universities in the capital. These results, allied with the outcome of the Government’s most recent assessment of research quality, which placed QMUL ninth amongst UK multi-faculty universities, will hopefully confirm that you have joined an institution of the highest academic standards.

We continue to look for ways to improve your experience and we are always interested to hear your views. There are many ways that you can tell us what you think and share your ideas for improvements. Please also feel free to email principal@qmul.ac.uk with any comments you may have.

Best wishes,

Professor Simon Gaskell (Principal of QMUL) and Professor Rebecca Lingwood (Vice-Principal for Student Experience, Teaching and Learning)

The essentials

Getting started and finding your way around

Although Welcome Week and Student Induction are now over, don't forget to refer to the Student Induction website where you'll find lots of handy hints for your first few weeks at QMUL. To help you find your way around, you can download the campus maps here. They’re also available on the QMUL student mobile app.

My.qmul is your online portal to everything you might need as a QMUL student. On my.qmul you’ll also find the Student Guide, a quick reference guide for your time at QMUL, with information and advice on your studies, your services and making the most of your time here.

Investing in our campuses

You may have noticed a number of construction works going on at the Mile End campus. QMUL offers access to unparalleled state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities in London. But we are going further, investing in all of our campuses, and you will see several buildings undergoing exceptional transformations. We’ve published a microsite to give you more information about some of the building works taking place.

IT Services – top five useful things for new students

From the IT Helpdesk, Wi-Fi setup, PC availability, printing, email access and online learning, we’ve listed the top five useful things you should know to get you started with IT at QMUL.

Student Health Service - register now

It is important that you protect your health while studying. New students studying for more than six months and living on campus in Mile End or Whitechapel, or living in Tower Hamlets, should register as soon as possible with our Student Health Service. If you don’t live in these areas, visit the NHS website to locate your closest doctor or surgery. We strongly recommend that you register even if you are not ill. Do not wait to be ill to register as this may lengthen the time you have to wait to see a doctor or nurse. Further information can be found on the Student Health Service website.

Meningitis information

Due to a rise in the number of cases of meningitis, we strongly advise that you get immunised against meningitis. If you are not vaccinated, please make a medical appointment as soon as possible. Further information on how to register with the Student Health Service or finding a doctor can be found here.

Your Students' Union

Queen Mary Students' Union (QMSU) is the collective voice of all students studying at QMUL. The Executive Officers represent and work for Queen Mary students. This year, they are Carolina Mantzalos (President), Imran Hussain (Vice President Education), Miranda Black (Vice President, Welfare) and Will Atkins (Vice President Barts and The London). Find out more about your representatives.


QMUL entrepreneurs

James Quigly and Uche Aniagwu are currently in their fifth year of Medicine at QMUL. Together with Computer Science student Vahizan Vijayanathan, they have developed the new lunch deal app Yapnak, which looks for tasty offers for students. Link

Your Students' Union

Convoy to Calais – collecting items for refugees

On Thursday 1 October, a host of students will be collecting winter supplies for refugees who are stranded in Calais. Please find them from 9am to 4pm in Library Square at the Mile End campus. A list of essential items and useful supplies can be found here. The organising team will be very grateful for anything you can bring, and to anyone who can help to sort items.

Get Active with a range of low cost sports activities

Get Active has an exciting programme of recreational sports activities offered on a low cost, low commitment basis. Over 40 sessions are delivered each week in 15 different sports, so why not play some of your favourite sports or try out something new. Sports include archery, badminton, swimming, table tennis, trampolining, football and much more – check out www.qmsu.org/getactive to view the timetable and to find out how you can get involved.

Elite Athlete Programme

If you’re a high performing athlete or sports person and would like to gain further support from QMSU to aid your performances and development, check out the Elite Athlete Programme and application process at www.qmsu.org/clubsport/eliteathleteprogramme. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 30 September.

Volunteering welcome talks

Volunteering in your local community is a way to gain new experiences and skills, meet new people, and make a difference. To find out what volunteering opportunities are on offer and how you can get involved, come to one of this week’s welcome talks on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday (29, 30 September or 1 October) from 1-2.30pm in the Blomeley Rooms, Students’ Union Hub, Mile End campus. Link

Volunteer Fair on Wednesday 21 October

On Wednesday 21 October a number of charity stalls will fill the Students’ Union Hub. Come along any time between 1-5pm to see what community volunteering opportunities are on offer for you to get involved with. All welcome! For more information, visit: www.qmsu.org/events

Your student services

Films to help you to make the most of QMUL

We have a range of films to help you start out at Queen Mary, including top tips for settling in and developing your employability as well as a range of money management films. Watch them on our YouTube channel.

Introducing the Student Enquiry Centre

The Student Enquiry Centre is a general enquiry service for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students and the front line service for the Academic Registry and Mile End Admissions teams. It’s open Monday to Friday in CB01 on the ground floor of the Queens’ Building at the Mile End campus, and provides a wide range of services and information.

Welcome from Careers & Enterprise

The QMUL Careers & Enterprise team has a huge range of events and support for you this term. From specialist appointments to work experience and careers fairs, they’ve got plenty of help for you to follow your career ambitions – because it's never too soon to start improving your prospects!

Council tax exemption update for residents of Tower Hamlets

From 2015/16, students registered on a full-time programme at Queen Mary and living in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets no longer need council tax exemption letters. Queen Mary will now inform the council directly if you are eligible for a council tax exemption. If you have received a council tax bill, please let the council know that you are a Queen Mary student (eg by completing their form) and that we will confirm your eligibility directly.

QMUL bursaries

QMUL bursaries are to assist undergraduate students who are most in need of financial support with the costs of being a student in higher education. To receive a QMUL bursary you must have applied to your regional student funding authority for income-assessed UK government financial support for higher education students. You do not need to make a separate application for the QMUL bursary, but please keep an eye out for our emails and letters. Link

Save money on meals at the Curve when you pre-pay

The Curve restaurant is based at the Mile End campus and is open Monday to Friday during term time. The Curve meal package promotion is now available for the new academic year, giving you the opportunity to pre-pay for your breakfast and a main meal (lunch or dinner) every weekday during term time. This means you can save up to 25 per cent on the daily walk-in cash price.

Transition to university

Leaving home, going to a new city or country, and starting at university can be a big upheaval. The Advice and Counselling Service has put together some useful information to help you manage the transition.


Top ten money tips for new students

The Advice and Counselling Service has got some useful tips and information to help you manage your money, including advice on funding, budget planning and getting the best deal to stretch your finances.

Get involved!

Interested in a career in the environmental sector?

Then why not volunteer as a Green Mary Project Assistant to gain skills for your CV. Becoming a volunteer Green Mary Project Assistant is a great practical way of getting involved in the sustainability initiatives taking place across QMUL. No previous experience is needed – just enthusiasm. Link

Get paid to help us help you

Are you a good talker and a good listener? Are you persuasive? Do you like getting to know new people? The Development and Alumni Directorate is recruiting 40 student callers to help raise money for QMUL’s student support, community and employability projects. They’re offering flexible hours, great pay and the chance to talk with former students who have gone on to do great things with their careers. Link

Are you a budding entrepreneur in need of funding?

If you have an idea for a new business or entrepreneurial project, our ‘Try It’ awards offer up to £500 to help you to market test it. If you’ve already been running a business and can show that you already have a product or service along with some customers, our ‘Grow It’ awards offer up to £5,000 to help you to develop it. The next deadline is Friday 9 October. For full details of how to apply, visit: www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/students/enterprise/Funding.

Queen Mary ‘Makers Market’ coming soon

Careers & Enterprise are launching a pop-up market on Thursday 29 October showcasing student entrepreneurs, designers, inventors and crafters. You’ll be able to buy and trial a range of products from Queen Mary’s enterprise community, including food, bikes, clothing, books and mobile apps.
If you have a product that you’d like to showcase or display, you can book a stall by emailing enterprise@qmul.ac.uk by Monday 5 October with details of your product, your business name (if you have one), and your key reason for wanting the stall.

Music at QMUL

Do you enjoy music and singing? The Music at QMUL website has lots of information about music scholarships and ensembles, as well as our exciting programme of events.

Black History Month

October is Black History Month in the UK. Many different events (from exhibitions to workshops and musical performances) will be happening around QMUL. A full list of events is available here.

Get involved with student public engagement

Are you interested in using skills and learning from your degree to create and contribute to public facing projects, whether it be with the local community, businesses, schools, museums or arts organisations? This ‘topic group’ on Wednesday 14 October gives you the chance to meet others and discuss how the university can help you to get involved with QMUL student public initiatives. Link

QMplus video competition

Can you produce an engaging video aimed at fellow students describing the various features of QMplus? Then why not take part in the E-Learning Unit video competition.

Don’t trust anyone under thirty? Being old in the sixties

Professor Christina Von Hodenberg, Professor of European History, will be holding her inaugural lecture ‘Don’t trust anyone under thirty? Being old in the sixties’ on Thursday 22 October at 6.30pm, with a drinks reception to follow. The lecture will take place in the Skeel Lecture Theatre, People’s Palace at the Mile End campus. The lecture will look at generational conflict in West Germany, a country deeply affected by the aftermath of war and Nazism. Link

'Material Miracles' from Professor William Gillin

Professor William Gillin, Professor of Experimental Physics, will be holding his inaugural lecture ‘Material Miracles’ on Wednesday 25 November at 7pm, with a drinks reception to follow. The lecture will take place in the Skeel Lecture Theatre, Mile End campus. He will look at how technological breakthroughs are based on developments in the fabrication of new materials. Link

Join Peter Hennessy for the ‘Writing the history of one’s own times’ lecture

Lord Peter Hennessy returns to QMUL to deliver this lecture on Friday 2 October. Peter will examine the pleasures, pains and pitfalls of writing contemporary history and the potent impact of memory – individual and shared – on how we react to breaking events. The lecture is open to all current and former staff and students at QMUL, and will take place in the Great Hall, People's Palace at the Mile End campus from 6.30pm. Book now through Eventbrite.

Be part of a research study

Volunteers are needed for a joint decision making experiment

Take an online questionnaire on public attitudes to animals

QMUL study on e-cigarettes – if you are a smoker interested in quitting, call 0207 882 8230 or email health-research@qmul.ac.uk.

Are you running your first marathon and would like to take part in research?

Be part of a study to assess Ebola vaccines


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