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Queen Mary Student


September 2015


Welcome back to Queen Mary

We would personally like to extend a warm welcome to you as you return to Queen Mary for another academic year.

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 are part of 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. Right now, the Queen Mary Student Survey (QMSS) is open to all returning undergraduate students, giving you the opportunity to tell us how we can improve what we offer you.

Best wishes,

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


Queen Mary Student Survey - every comment counts!

The Queen Mary Student Survey (QMSS) is an annual survey, developed in partnership with the Students’ Union. It is designed to give you the opportunity to tell us your thoughts in order to help us make the changes that you need. The survey is open to all returning undergraduate students, who are invited to reflect on the previous year of study – how your course is going, and what you think of our services and support. It's open now, and you can complete it online here until Friday 30 October. More information is at: my.qmul.ac.uk/qmss. Remember – every comment counts.

Investing in our campuses

You may have noticed a number of construction works going on at the Mile End campus, some of which are new since you were here last semester. 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. Link

QMUL students win hackathon with innovative app

Congratulations to our team of Computer Science students who recently won a hackathon with a travel advice solution called Avita, which recommends places users can visit based on factors such as budget, theme and length of stay. Link

QMUL student takes top prize at IBM Best Student Recognition event

A QMUL student has won a prestigious industry award for developing a smart solution to food waste. Balwinder Singh, a student of Multimedia and Arts Technology in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, won the award at IBM’s Best Student Recognition event in Amsterdam. Link

TEDxQMUL videos now available online

Over the summer, QMUL hosted our first ever TEDxQMUL event at the Mile End campus. Students and staff worked together to create a day of talks, food and networking around the theme of ‘Community’. The independently organised and community-inspired showcase sought to connect the local community with students, staff and alumni. Link

IT changes over the summer

Over the summer, IT Services have refreshed and updated more than 1,500 computers on campus to Windows 8.1. We’ve also introduced OneDrive, which lets you store all your files in one location in Microsoft’s cloud environment. And we are now providing additional evening and weekend IT support for QMUL students and staff. Link

News from Queen Mary Students' Union (QMSU)

Community sports project shortlisted for prestigious award

Drapers Bar and Kitchen achieves the gold standard in bar management

Student groups unite at the Big Hello

Your QMSU Executive Officers

The Queen Mary Students' Union (QSMU) 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 with anything you can bring. 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.

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

Get Active from QMSU

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 the Get Active webpage for the full range and to find out how you can get involved.

Elite Athlete Programme

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

Volunteer Fair on Wednesday 21 October

On Wednesday 21 October a number of charity stalls will fill the Students’ Union Hub at the Mile End campus. 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

My.qmul and the Student Guide – your online resource

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, an easy to use guide to refer to throughout your time at QMUL, with information and advice on your studies, your services and making the most of your time here.

Welcome back 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. Link

Student Health Service

Returning students registered with the Student Health Service who have moved out of Mile End or Whitechapel campus accommodation or who have moved out of Tower Hamlets need to register with a new surgery close to where they live. To find out where your closest surgery is, visit the NHS website.

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.

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 every week day in CB01 on the ground floor of the Queens’ Building at the Mile End campus, and provides a wide range of services and information.

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.

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.

Music at QMUL

Do you enjoy music and singing? Music at QMUL has just launched a brand new website. You will find information about music scholarships and ensembles as well as our exciting programme of events


Top ten money tips for the new academic year

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

Get involved

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 you 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.

Win awards for public-focused projects and student entrepreneurship

This year marks the first QMUL Awards for Engagement and Entrepreneurship, rewarding outstanding projects that involve the public with teaching and learning at QMUL and to recognise enterprising student businesses. Apply before Monday 5 October for a chance to be presented with a prestigious university award at our ceremony this November in the Octagon at the Mile End campus. Link

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

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.

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

QMplus video competition for QMUL students

Can you produce an engaging video aimed at fellow students describing the various features of QMplus? Then the E-Learning Unit competition is one for you.

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

'Miracle Materials' 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 Skeel Lecture Theatre, Mile End campus. The lecture 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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