School of Economics and Finance

Extracurricular activities

The School of Economics and Finance strongly believes that education, personal and professional development also takes place outside the classroom.

Our students have the opportunity to engage in various extra-curricular activities that furthers their understanding of economics and finance and adds value to their student experience. These include:

Student clubs and societies

The School has two very dynamic societies, the Economics Society and the Trading and Investment Society. Queen Mary University of London's Student Union also offers many more clubs and societies to suit all interests.

The Economics Society

The Economics Society logo

The Economics society is currently the largest society on campus with over 400 members! They produce a popular magazine – Chronicle of Economic Affairs – and regularly organise a variety of events designed to expand economic knowledge and develop employability skills.

Trading and Investment Society


Queen Mary Trading and Investment Society is a student led finance society, which provides a dedicated environment for members to learn, discuss and engage in financially related topics.

The society aims to educate members on the financial markets and relevant topics and issues, assist in their career search, and provide an opportunity for networking. The society also runs a private live fund, which is used to demonstrate active trading and techniques.

Student support

We have a dedicated team of academic staff who support students to develop the skills required for learning, advising on the best approaches to learning to enable them to meet their potential based on their individual strengths and weaknesses. 

All School of Economics and Finance students are assigned an Academic Adviser who will usually remain with them for the duration of their studies. Academic Advisers will advertise office hours whereby students are welcome to drop in with any academic or pastoral related question. They will advise on module selection, extenuating circumstances submissions and any programme changes. Additionally, we have a Senior Tutor and Student Support Officer who are always available as a point of contact and will actively reach out to students where there are any concerns that they may be experiencing difficulties (e.g. low attendance or assessment issues).

The School has an intensive welcome week where students are able to meet members of staff at the scheduled welcome talks and at 'meet the adviser' sessions. The aim of these sessions is to help year one students’ transition into higher education and provide returning students with further support for their continuing studies.

Student Support Schemes

The transition into higher education is usually one of the most challenging steps for any new student. To help students cope with these various challenges the School of Economics and Finance organises two schemes aimed at supporting students during their first year at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL): the Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) scheme and the Study Buddy scheme.

Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS)

PASS Mentors

PASS is a mentoring scheme which provides first year students with the opportunity to explore any issues relating to university and their studies with higher-year student mentors in a friendly, informal environment. The scheme is run by students for the benefit of students. Every week the PASS mentors run drop in sessions ready to meet with year one students and discuss any relevant issue concerning their studies and their experience at University. PASS is a great way to benefit from the experience of students in higher years that have been in your position and are giving up their own time to make sure that you too can do well while at QMUL.


Queen Mary Buddy Scheme

Starting university is an incredibly exciting time, but it can also come with many challenges. The Queen Mary Buddy Scheme matches trained Queen Mary students (mentors) with incoming first year students (mentees) from the School of Economics and Finance in a group. We believe a sense of community should be at the heart of any university experience and the Buddy Scheme is at the centre of this from the beginning of your student journey. The Buddy Scheme is a voluntary scheme that will help new students settle into university life, socialise, meet new people and have some fun!

How does it work?

After you sign up, you will be matched with one of our buddy mentors from the School of Economics and Finance. You will meet your mentor for your first face-to-face meeting during Welcome Week. After that, your buddy will contact you once a week to see how you're getting on, and will organise an activity, event or drop-in session for you and your group fortnightly. You will be able to get some tried and tested tips and tricks from current students and get access to support when you need it.


Working with the School

Student Helpers and Ambassadors

Students have the opportunity to be a helper and assist the School in the organisation of events such as inductions and public talks and/ or they can be an ambassador and meet applicants interested in studying economics.

Research Assistant scheme

The research assistant scheme offers our second and third year students the possibility to become a research assistant to a member of staff in the School of Economics and Finance. Students have the opportunity to experience first-hand the process involved in carrying out economics research from model building to hypothesis testing. The scheme provides all participants with invaluable research skills and offers the unique opportunity to understand how economics is applied to the investigation of real world issues. The current research assistants are working on projects such as the competitiveness of the English Premier League, the efficient market hypothesis and identity economics.

Guest speaker lectures

Our students have the opportunity to meet and network with high profile individuals from various industries such as media, sport and academia. Previous speakers include:

  • Paul Mason – Channel 4 News Culture and Digital Editor and formerly BBC Newsnight Economics Editor
  • Tim Harford – Financial Times columnist and author of popular books such as The Undercover Economist
  • Robert Peston – BBC business editor
  • Scott Page – leading researcher on diversity and author of The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies
  • Lord Sebastian Coe – Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee
  • Professor Lord Richard Layard – a world expert in the economics of well-being.

Photography competition

The School of Economics and Finance organises a photography competition every year for its students. The aim of the competition is to use photography as a means to document in a creative and engaging way specific economics issues, debates and topics. The competition is judged by both staff and students and the winner is awarded with a prize. It is a great way to be creative!
Jack Ivory, Winner of the photo competition in 2017
"Very much like the rising and declining of water, this image represents the constant daily fluctuations within our economy caused by Brexit and other future uncertainties we face - I feel East London is very much at the heart this."

Winning Entry for 2017: Jack Ivory, BSc Economics and Finance with a Year in Industry