School of Economics and Finance

Welcome new students

Welcome to the School of Economics and Finance! If you are joining as a new student in September 2018 please see below the welcome talks and activities scheduled for you.

First year | Year 2 and 3 Welcome Back LunchFAQs

Year 1 – New students

Please note this schedule may be subject to change until mid-September.

Welcome Week for Year 1

Please see the Mile End Campus Map for more detailed information on locations. For more info on events this week visit the Student Union’s website.

Monday 17th September

12:30 - 14:00 Welcome by Head of School - an introduction to the School of Economics and Finance Peston Lecture Theatre - The Graduate Centre
14:00 - 15:30 Reception - an informal mixer with refreshments provided! Marquee
15:45 - 16:15 Enrolment - make sure you bring everything you need. Check: Octagon - Queens' Building

Tuesday 18th September

10:30 – 12:00 Research Talk - a chance to hear more about the research the School has engaged in. Drapers Lecture Theatre - Geography Building
11:30 – 12:30 Meet your adviser - an introduction to your personal adviser who will be working with you throughout your studies Graduate Centre - TBC
14:00 – 17:30 Trade Game - we'll be putting your economics skills to the test! Marquee

Wednesday 19th September

11:00 – 13:00 Treasure Hunt - familiarise yourself with the campus and work with your peers to earn prizes 


13:00 - 14:00

Maths Tests - a short test to see if any additional support is required (please remember to bring along your non-programmable calculator, pens/pencils)

Calculators [PDF 204KB]

Peston Lecture Theatre & GC101 - Graduate Centre

Thursday 20th September

10:00 - 12:00

Student and learning resources talks - the year will be split into 4 groups and each will attend 2 talks a day across Thursday and Friday. We will let you know which group you will be in closer to the time.

 STUDY SKILLS - Laws 1.00CAREERS - Laws 1.02LIBRARY - Laws 2.07SENIOR TUTOR - Laws 2.09
10:00-11:00 Group A Group B Group C Group D
11:00-12:00 Group D Group A Group B Group C
12:00 - 13:00 Student Union and Socities Talk - a chance to learn more about the student union and some of the societies you can join at QMUL. Skeel Lecture Theatre - People’s Palace
14:30 - 17:00 Canary Wharf Finance Tour An optional session with only 60 places available! Find out more. To be confirmed

Friday 21st September

10:00 - 12:00

Student and learning resources talks continued...

 STUDY SKILLS - Laws 1.00CAREERS - Laws 1.02LIBRARY Laws 2.07SENIOR TUTOR - Laws 2.09
10:00-11:00 Group C Group D Group A Group B
11:00-12:00 Group B Group C Group D Group A
12:00 - 13:30 Imagery competition, Volunteering opportunities and Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) - take part in our School competition and learn more about volunteering at QMUL Peston Lecture Theatre - Graduate Centre
15:00 - 17:30 Museum of London Docklands guided Tour -  An optional session with only 35 places available! Find out more. To be confirmed

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Welcome Week - Key locations

Welcome Week Map

18 - The Graduate Centre - home of the School of Economics and Finance! (Peston Lecture Theatre)

19 - Queens’ Building - where Enrolment will take place (The Octagon)

36 - Law Building - where Student Services group talks will take place (Laws 1.00, 1.02, 2.07, 2.09)

16 - People’s Palace - SPARE HOUR  

26 - Geography Building - location of the Research talk (Drapers Lecture Theatre)

Blue Circle - Marquee location - where the Reception, Trade Game and Treasure Hunt will take place


We look forward to meeting you in September!

Year 2 and 3 Welcome Back Lunch 

The undergraduate team have arranged welcome back lunches for our year 2 and 3 students in week 1, we’ve done our best to schedule it outside of any teaching you may have. Lunch will be provided along with this year’s SEF goody bag! Many academic staff and the careers team will be present so please do join us, if only for a little while!


Year 2 Welcome Back Lunch

Tuesday 25th September at 12:30pm in room ENG3.24 (Engineering Building)


Year 3 Welcome Back Lunch

Monday 24th September at 12:30pm in room FB1.13 (Bancroft Building)


We hope to see you next week.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When does teaching begin?
Teaching begins from Monday 24th September 2018 but from Monday 17th September you should attend the welcome activities taking place throughout the week, please see the above schedule. We strongly recommend that all students attend welcome week. It will acquaint you with the services and societies available on campus, introduce you to the School, your academic and administration contacts, and give you the chance to meet and interact with your peers at this early stage. The welcome week activities are designed to give you the best possible start to the academic year and your time at Queen Mary and feedback suggests that students that attend settle in much quicker. Teaching takes place anytime from 9am-6pm, usually at the Mile End campus.

Can I get a copy of my teaching timetable?
A lecture schedule will be available on the QMPlus page ‘UG Info Zone’ and online at the start of welcome week. After you have enrolled and have a Queen Mary IT account, you will be able to access your personalised timetable on QMPlus after logging in.
Classes go over many of the topics covered in lectures in greater detail and attendance is compulsory.

What is QMPlus?
QMPlus is an online learning environment where you will find resources, information and material for each of the modules on which you are registered. Module content is provided by your module convenor (lecturer) and you will have access once you have enrolled. There will also be other dedicated areas visible to you on QMPlus such as the UG Info Zone, which we will also refer to throughout the year so it's a good idea to get familiar with this section too.

Is there any pre-reading I should do before starting?
No, there is no specific pre-reading that you should do before you start your experience at Queen Mary. You will be given details about all the reading for each of the modules that you will study in your first lecture. Enjoy the remainder of your holidays but if you really do want to begin some preparation you could recap some of the topics you covered in Maths A Level (or its equivalent qualification).

When do I need to enrol?
You must enrol with Queen Mary on Monday 17th September in the Octagon, Queens' Building, 3.35pm – 4.15pm but there is also the option to book an early enrolment slot between Friday 14th September to Sunday 16th September (subject to availability), for more details please see here.

I will miss the enrolment slot, what should I do?

You should make every effort to attend your enrolment slot. Welcome week activities begin from Monday 17th September so you should be in attendance from this date. If you think you will miss the start please let us know so we can make you sure you have the information you need. International students who expect to arrive late must contact the Admissions CAS team at

If you miss the enrolment slot on Monday 17th September you can drop in to enrol on the following dates and times in the Octagon, Queens' Building (building no.19a on the campus map)

  • Thursday 20th and Friday 21st September between 10:00-16:45
  • Monday 24th September between 13:00-16:45
  • Tuesday 25th September until Friday 28th September between 10:00-16:45

If you need to enrol any later than this please let me know ( The enrolment deadline is Friday 5th October.

Please collect your welcome pack from Poppy Brooks in the School office, GC306, 3rd floor, Graduate Centre after you have enrolled and please do let us know if you anticipate missing the start of the week.

What documents do I need to bring to enrolment?
Please see the information here.

What is the maths test?
The mathematics test we hold on the Wednesday of induction week is a compulsory test that all year 1 students are expected to take. The test is not a formally assessed examination. Students join our Economics courses from all over the world and although we require all students to have attained a certain mark or grade in a formal mathematics examination, because there are different qualifications a student can take, with different examination boards and syllabi, it is possible a student may have gaps in their knowledge of the subject, even if they achieved a good grade in their exams. The test is designed to allow us to see if a student has such a gap in their understanding, and if so, we can identify this and offer that student additional support during their first year.

The results of the maths test are not formally recorded, nor do they affect your first year grades. It is not something you need to revise for and we do not give out past papers. It is a test to help ensure that you do not struggle with the level of mathematics you will need to be able to fully engage with your programme. The test is marked by one of the tutors and any students we feel may benefit from support classes will be asked to attend them. The support classes are provided free of charge by the School and will run throughout the year alongside your degree’s core modules.

I am studying a joint degree, who can I contact in my other school?
For BSc Economics, Statistics and Mathematics/ BSc Mathematics, Statistics and Finance your contact is also William Ng (, 0207 882 5454).
For BSc Economics and Politics your contact is also Bronwyn Murphy (, 0207 882 5623) or Jason Salucideen (, 0207 882 8599).

Further information:


If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact,

Poppy Brooks
UG Student Support Manager
Telephone: +44 (0)207 882 6230.


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