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Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Information for students

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry has one of the most diverse student populations in the UK. We are extremely proud that we attract such a diverse staff and student body, and are fully committed to providing an environment where everyone is supported to flourish and fulfil their potential, irrespective of their background. 

Inclusivity is one of our fundamental core values at Queen Mary: it is intrinsic to who we are.
— Professor Colin Bailey, President and Principal

Information and support for specific student groups

There is a range of support at Queen Mary for students from particular groups. Find out more about this here.

It is very important that you protect your health while studying at Queen Mary

There is a free Student Health Service available on campus (located in the Geography Building at Mile End Campus). The Student Health Service is provided by Globe Town Surgery. Students living in Queen Mary accommodation at Mile End or Whitechapel and students living in the borough of Tower Hamlets (E1, E2, E3 and E14) are encouraged to register with the Student Health Service. Also, if it is clinically appropriate and practical in your individual case, the SHS offers out of area registration without home visits for the students who live within inner London. Registrations can take place online or at the Student Health Service on campus. You may still need to visit the GP practice to confirm your registration, follow the instructions from the GP practice. 

If you live in Dawson Hall at the Charter House Square campus or outside Tower Hamlets, please ensure that you register with a doctor close to where you live. A list of local doctors is available.

The Health E1 GP practice in Brick Lane is available for people to register who are sofa surfing, street homeless or in hostel accommodation in the borough of Tower Hamlets.

The Student Health Service provides a complete range of medical services including immunisations, sexual health advice and psychological counselling.

Students with a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty

If you have a disability or long-term medical condition or specific learning difficulty that affects your ability to study effectively, you are advised to contact the Disability and Dyslexia Service to discuss any support that you may be able to access. All queries to the service will be treated in the strictest confidence, although if you will require support we will encourage you to permit us to discuss this with your school or academic department.

For further information

Queen Mary is committed to creating an inclusive environment where individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds can thrive.

Definition of Race under the Equality Act 2010

Under the Equality Act 2010, race is a protected characteristic, and you must not therefore be discriminated against because of your race. 

Race can mean your colour, or your nationality (including your citizenship). It can also mean your ethnic or national origins, which may not be the same as your current nationality. For example, you may have Chinese national origins and be living in Britain with a British passport.

Race also covers ethnic and racial groups. This means a group of people who all share the same protected characteristic of ethnicity or race.  A racial group can be made up of two or more distinct racial groups, for example black Britons, British Asians, British Sikhs, British Jews, Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers.

You may be discriminated against because of one or more aspects of your race, for example people born in Britain to Jewish parents could be discriminated against because they are British citizens, and/or because of their Jewish heritage – either is unlawful.

Circumstances when being treated differently due to race is lawful

A difference in treatment may be lawful in employment situations if:

  • Belonging to a particular race is essential for the job. This is called an occupational requirement. For example, an organisation wants to recruit a support worker for a domestic violence advice service for black women. The organisation can say that it only wants to employ someone who is black or from a minority ethnic group.
  • An organisation is taking positive action to encourage or develop people in a racial group that is under-represented or disadvantaged in a role or activity. For example, an employer gets hardly any applicants for its graduate recruitment programme from African candidates, so it sets up a work experience and mentoring programme for African students to encourage them into the industry.Queen Mary became a signatory of the Race Equality Charter Mark (REC) in July 2018. A requirement of membership is that the university apply for an award within 3 years i.e. by2021.The REC provides a framework through which institutions work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of minority ethnic staff and students.Member institutions develop initiatives and solutions for action, and can apply for a Bronze or Silver REC award, depending on their level of progress.
  • REC is underpinned by five fundamental guiding principles:
  • Run by Advance HE, the REC aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

The Race Equality Charter Mark

  1. Racial inequalities are a significant issue within higher education. Racial inequalities are not necessarily overt, isolated incidents. Racism is an everyday facet of UK society and racial inequalities manifest themselves in everyday situations, processes and behaviours.
  2. UK higher education cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population and until individuals from all ethnic backgrounds can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.
  3. In developing solutions to racial inequalities, it is important that they are aimed at achieving long-term institutional culture change, avoiding a deficit model where solutions are aimed at changing the individual.
  4. Minority ethnic staff and students are not a homogenous group. People from different ethnic backgrounds have different experiences of and outcomes from/within higher education, and that complexity needs to be considered in analysing data and developing actions.
  5. All individuals have multiple identities, and the intersection of those different identities should be considered wherever possible.

By becoming a member REC, Queen Mary is committing to following these principles in how it approaches race equality and how it addresses its institutional culture.

REC covers:

  • professional and support staff
  • academic staff
  • student progression and attainment
  • diversity of the curriculum

Faith Societies and Groups

There are many faith societies at QMUL, as well as an atheist society. Our faith societies include Christian, Bahai, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Krishna and Sikh. To contact or join these societies, go to the QMSU societies page.

There is also a QMUL Christian Network for staff and Students. Further information

Other local places of worship

The Chaplains can help you find a place of worship if you wish to. 

For further information about sexual orientation at Queen Mary, including information about our LGBT+ staff network, QMOUT, and support for staff & students

If you're a student and a parent, Queen Mary can provide support and facilities to help you manage your studies alongside family life. If you are a parent or about to become one, you may be eligible for extra financial support depending on your circumstances. It can often be useful to discuss your options with a Welfare Adviser, especially if you have specific questions about your circumstances. Further information

Being a mature student is a very different experience compared to whose who are fresh out of school, and sometimes it can feel overwhelming and a little lonely. And so, a few of your fellow mature students at Queen Mary have started a Mature Students Society to begin to build a network of like-minded people sharing the same experiences!

We'll plan to hold regular events; whether its filling that void where once you shared a post-work, midweek drink at the nearest, most agreeable bar with your workmates, or perhaps even a cheese and wine evening because that’s what you’re supposed to do when you’re an adult, so I hear.

As well as social events, we'll be planning non-social events, such as study advice workshops for mature students who have returned to education after some time out, and financial advice workshops where we'll have a financial advisor come in and give advice to mature students on loans, bursaries, childcare, etc.

The Mature Students Society has been set up for students at Queen Mary who are aged 21 years and over when beginning their studies.

Useful links

British Medical Association

The BMA is the doctors' professional organisation established to look after the personal and professional needs of doctors. It has a number of resources for medical students.
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British Dental Association

The BDA is the dentists' professional organisation established to look after the personal and professional needs of dentists. It has a number of resources for dental students.
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The Havens

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted in the last 12 months, they are there to help you to recover physically and emotionally from your ordeal. Their staff are fully trained and hugely experienced. They are experts in advising, supporting and treating those who have experienced sexual violence. For more information visit their website.
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Office of the Independent Adjudicator

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education ("OIA") operates an independent student complaints scheme pursuant to the Higher Education Act 2004. All higher education institutions in England and Wales are required to comply with the scheme and the service is free to students.
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Citizens Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice.
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Trades Union Congress

The TUC is the voice of Britain at work. With 66 affiliated unions representing nearly seven million working people from all walks of life, they campaign for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad. You should be able to find contact details for your own Trades Union through the TUC website.
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Nightlines offer listening support to students. Nightline volunteers cover the phones throughout the night, and allow university students to talk about whatever’s on their mind. Each individual Nightline is run by students for students at their university.  They don’t judge, they don’t give advice, and they certainly don’t tell callers what to do – they just listen. Best of all, Nightline is confidential and anonymous, meaning students accessing the service don’t even have to give their name.
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