As a Queen Mary student you can get membership to the University of London’s Senate House Library with it’s lovely comfy armchairs and 3 million books to borrow. Pre-register for your membership card here.
Meet BoB, your new best friend
Long before Netflix ruled your eyeballs, universities created Box of Broadcasts which is a huge free archive of TV recordings. Login with your QMUL credentials and you’ll get access to movies, TV series and documentaries galore. We’re loving the Films, Mostly Gay and London Films watchlist!
We take your well-being seriously
Opening up when you’re feeling low can be the hardest thing, but if you are struggling to cope with life events or need a space to talk openly, our Advice and Counselling team are here to help. They offer a range of free and confidential professional services to all QMUL students including individual counselling, group therapy, specialist drug and alcohol support and much more.
We also offer students access to an online support service called ‘Big White Wall‘ who offer unlimited, 24/7 accessible online support from trained counselors and use other helpful resources – it’s totally free and confidential. Please
Finding a job can seem like a daunting task, but don’t crumble under the pressure! Whether you have a particular job in mind and want advice to help you get there, or are not sure what you want to do next, the Careers & Enterprise Centre provides QMUL students a range of support to help you prepare for your future. You can even book a practice interview with a Careers Consultant.
As a QMUL student, you’re automatically entitled to be a member of Student Central (formerly University of London Union). Membership is free and enables you to get involved with everything they have to offer including sports, societies, online tickets and access into our bars. Find out more here.
Need a room for you and your friends to study? You can book one of our library group study rooms up to one week in advance for up to four hours per week. The Mile End group study rooms contain a touchscreen PC, connectivity for laptop use and a whiteboard. Whiteboard pens are available from the Library Welcome Desk.
You may have a big presentation coming up, or perhaps you’re unsure of how to start that 3000 word essay or you may have serious issues with managing your time effectively – spending way too much time looking at memes while procrastinating . Whatever it may be – if you feel like you need extra guidance to brush up on your study skills you can book a free one-to-one tutorial with our Learning Development team. You can even have your tutorial through Skype if you are unable to come to campus. Find out more about their services here.
Your QMUL library account gives you access to much more than just books. Along with laptops, stationary, videos and DVDs, you also get access to a number of paywall content providers such as The Financial Times. Find out more here.
9. The 339 bus is a local legend
As a QMUL student, you have the added advantage of being at the heart of East London – one of the most diverse and culturally rich areas in the world. Not only can you eat food from virtually anywhere in the world, but the public transport system means you can get around without needing a car – true Londoner style. Also, free Wi-Fi at underground stations – bonus!
10. SED Freebies
Finally, we want our students to have nice things. Come and say hi or tag us @qmulsed to receive some of our SED freebies. We have an awesome range of products including pens, notebooks, bags and postcards. Also, don’t forget to check out our Instagram and Twitter to see the #sedfreebooks we have available!
We can’t wait to see our new students on 16 September 2019 for welcome week!
Please see below for key info for undergraduate students.
Postgraduate info will be coming very soon via email to those with offers.
Welcome Week Information
Any questions? Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUND ON for this one please…
Our online webinar from 24 July 2019 for all the information you need to know…
Questions & Contacts
Limited places are available on our courses as follows:
Please call: 0800 376 1800 (UK) or +44 (0) 203 053 0793 (overseas).
Results Day and Confirmation
On Thursday 15 August 2019 A-level students will receive their grades and this will trigger the next steps to starting with us. If you already have your grades and haven’t heard anything or have any questions please contact us.
What’s your status?
- Unconditional or met your Conditional Offer? If you have an offer with us and you are unconditional or you have met your predicted grades that your offer was made on you will automatically be confirmed and you should receive an email and your UCAS track update should say you are placed.
- Not met your predicted grades? We will assess your offer and in some cases honour it despite your grades as we see potential in you or we may ask for extra information or reject your offer. If you have any doubts or would like to talk to us about your place please call: 0800 376 1800 (UK) or +44 (0) 203 053 0793 (overseas).
- Changed your mind or now want to study with us? Please call: 0800 376 1800 (UK) or +44 (0) 203 053 0793 (overseas).
Not sure about Queen Mary or need more information?
Lots of our students, alumni and staff use the Edinburgh Fringe to showcase and critique new performance work.
Queen Mary Theatre Company
This year QMTC have four shows heading up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Here’s the blurb for all of the shows…
Auto-Nation by Cindy Kim
On the verge of a natural disaster, a prison guard is called into work and discovers a newcomer to the team – an Artificial Intelligence named Sally. When the city is evacuated, what happens to the prisoners?
If I Die On Mars by Clarice Montero
The final 24 candidates for The Mars Mission Programme have been observed for a month by the public in a reality TV show designed to choose the final four. The public have voted and the candidates are about to be sent off to Mars with no hope of return… as soon as the final confirmation is granted.
At This Stage by Megan Young
Have you ever loved a show so much that you wished you could kidnap all the actors, keep them in your basement and get them to perform it again for you? No? Just Rupert?
Rock’n’Roll Girls by Rachel Jermy and Ellie Calnan
Lola, Eleanor Rigby, Brown Sugar, Roxanne, and Monica – you may know their names, you may even remember singing them in the shower or at a party. What you probably don’t know is their stories. Neither do they, but they’re trying to figure it out.
Alumni at the Fringe
Georgie Jones is part of this highly acclaimed sketch troupe who are performing their new show ‘Suitable’ at the fringe.
‘Celebrating their final year as Europeans, island monkeys Becca and Louise got invited to the 2018 European Capital of Culture in Malta. Lads on tour…Sh!t Theatre went to drink rum with Brits abroad but found mystery and murder in the fight to be European. Here it is, another excuse for the multi award-winning Sh!t Theatre to get drunk on stage. ‘
‘From an Essex-based, sad, weird kid to a less sad, trans, lesbian loudmouth. She’s grown up, gotten hurt and she’s still here and ready to share in her debut hour. Winner of the Best Comedy Show Award at the Brewery Fringe Festival.’
Criticism and Insight
Bechdel Theatre: BT talk gender and representation on stage and list shows that pass the Bechdel Test.
To Do List: Rupert Dannreuther from the admin team is a blogger with a mission to bring the offbeat underdogs to the fore at this year’s fringe.
Did we miss a show? Leave a comment…
We’re not going anywhere this summer.
Join us for a London staycation full of sizzling summer events in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.
Join us for a FREE Noughts & Crosses (Malorie Blackman) panel event that asks questions like: ‘What wider questions does this production raise about drama and power? How is drama power for you?’. Join Esther Richardson (Director of Noughts & Crosses) and cast members, Drama academics and students from Queen Mary University of London to discuss and explore the powers of Drama. Book here
The panel includes: Heather Agyepong (Sephie, Noughts and Crosses), Esther Richardson (director, Noughts and Crosses), Gail Babb (QMUL and Goldsmiths lecturer and theatre producer, Talawa), Avaes Mohammed (poet, playwright, performer), Dee Ndlovu (QMUL Drama student and theatre maker).
Show and Tell at All Points East (28 May, Free Festival in Victoria Park, Mile End):
Join us for inspiring mini talks in the park at this free festival which has top street food, stalls and free activities.
Our line up talking about studying and working in the creative industries includes comedian Ahir Shah (BBC3, Live at the Apollo), writer Ayisha Malik, Masterchef winner Natalie Coleman and more pictured above. RSVP here
Open Days (21-22 June, QMUL)
Never been to our campus? Get a feel for the place and get tours and more information from our support departments. Book here
Is your English teacher always telling you to refer to literary and historical context but you’re unsure what this looks like in practice? Have you heard that there are theoretical and philosophical approaches to texts but aren’t confident using them yourself? Do you wish you knew more about the Gothic genre and how this could link to more contemporary genres, such as Science Fiction?
Three outstanding academics, from Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama, are here to help.
An expert in the body and technology in contemporary culture, Zara Dinnen, a specialist in the Gothic across the nineteenth century, Sam Halliday, and an expert in Romanticism with interests in theory and philosophy, Shahidha Bari, will be unpicking issues around context, theory, genre and ‘Frankenstein’. They will share their expertise on context, theory and genre, to unpack how the text could have been received then and how readers receive it now. They will discuss different frameworks that can be used to interpret this seminal text, and demonstrate to you what it looks like to apply those frameworks in practice.
You will leave this event with a better sense of how to use literary and historical context to develop your analysis of this text; and you will leave knowing what it would be like to study English at Queen Mary, where diversity of ideas is at the heart of what we do.
It promises to be the type of lively and engaging discussion our School of English and Drama is known for!
As it’s mental health awareness week we thought it would be good to do a quick run down of all the support available at QMUL.
Please do get in touch with these services if you need support. If you’re confused about which ones why not speak to a Mental Health First Aider.
Our advice and counselling service runs 1-2-1 counseling, group sessions, informal drop-in advice, information on other organisations.
Queen Mary has just subscribed to online support service Big White Wall. It’s available for students and staff 24/7 and there are trained professionals on the platform who can help.
If you have a mental health condition, it is important that you register with a doctor so you can access the necessary support and medicine you may need. In order to ensure that you access all the support you need during your studies, please also make an appointment (preferably before the start of your studies) with the Mental Health Coordinator to discuss what can be put in place for you. Email email@example.com or call 020 7882 2756.
If you’re in crisis or just need to know where to go next please come and talk to trained Mental Health First Aiders. In the School of English and Drama there are lots of us including Rupert Dannreuther and Suzi Lewis in the School office.
On site we have a medical centre for students if you’re diagnosed with a mental health disorder or think you should be diagnosed.
Need some headspace? Download this map.
Whatever you’re going through, you can call Samaritans any time, from any phone for FREE. Call 116 123
A 24/7 new text service for people in crisis. Text Shout to 85258. If your life is in imminent danger, please call 999.
The Crown Jewels Festival is two days of exciting new performance by final year Drama students at QMUL. Over the last five months, the artists have been leading their own independent and group practice based research projects. Their hard work in the studio has investigated a wide range of topics from explorations of body and identity politics, to pushing the form of durational performance, to using soap in performance and much, much more. Come and join us at Chats Palace on 16th and 17th May to see some new performance!
Follow us on social media! We will release a link to book tickets for the festival soon. Admission is free, but book to reserve a space!
Welcome to the May Newsletter.
May is an exciting month for us including Mad Hearts: The Arts and Mental Health conference and a free outdoor edition of inspiring mini talks series Show and Tell at All Points East: In the Neighbourhood in Victoria Park.
Pictured above: Our MA Live Art cohort and staff took over the Victoria and Albert Museum on for V&A Friday Late on Friday 26 April. Photo credit: Hydar Dewachi.
Throughout May-July 2019
DIY LIFE SKILLS
May-July 2019 | QMUL – Mile End
We’re launching a programme of 10 unmissable workshops to help you develop your skills to work in the creative and cultural industries. The creative skills project formerly known as DIY HIGH SCHOOL is back for 2019 as DIY LIFE SKILLS.
DIY LIFE SKILLS gives our Queen Mary University of London students and our community vital extra practical skills for working in the creative and cultural industries. These include making videos, photography, tax, CVs, public speaking, social media for work and WordPress/blogging. The workshops are free for our students and our local community. See the programme
Identify: A research network for neurodivergent students – second meeting
Fri 3 May | Room 2.18, ArtsTwo, QMUL, Mile End
Identify is a postgraduate study group that will meet regularly to build a research cohort within SED. Participants identify as having Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), including dyslexia, dyspraxia and other neurodivergent ways of being that impact our study patterns, academic activities, and research outputs.
Their second meeting will be held on Friday 3rd May from 4-6pm in room 2.18, Arts Two. All are welcome. If anyone requires directions or wants to get in touch for more information, they’re welcome to email John Dunn on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English Seminar
Wed 8 May, 1pm | Room 2.17, ArtsTwo, QMUL – Mile End
Mimi Ensley (University of Notre Dame, London Global Gateway)
will speak on ‘Meeting Lydgate’s Ghost’.
Wed 8 May, 4.30pm | Theatre Peckham
If you are considering studying drama make sure to book a spot on this. Email email@example.com
Sat 11 May, 6.30pm | Royal Vauxhall Tavern
‘Introducing Dr Duckie – aka our very own Ben Walters (Drama department) – in a public explanation ünt examination of his just completed PhD with Queen Mary University of London on Duckie in the Community
It’s about the neo-liberal wobble, the technology of queer fun, and doing family differently.
Aimed at community theatre workers and grass roots performance activists – and random interested punters – it unpacks methods of performance, cabaret and event culture interventions for so-called ‘marginalised’ communities”.
A Nation of Tea Drinkers: British Culture and the Global Tea Trade
Sat 21 May, 5.15pm | Senate House
This free talk will explore the history of tea and the performance of its consumption at the Georgian tea-table. Markman Ellis (English department) will examine tea as a commodity, an event and an idea by looking at poems, essays, satires and paintings from the early 1700s. These highlight the event of tea-drinking, its context in the global trade of the East India Company and its construction among high-status women.
‘Queer Occulture and Feminist Ritual Performance’: Dennis Denisoff
Thu 23 May, 6pm | ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, QMUL – Mile End
All are welcome to attend this insightful lecture on the connections between Victorian and Modernist authors and writers and queer/feminist reformulations of gender.
Tue 28 May, 2.15pm | Victoria Park, Bow
Queen Mary University of London presents Show and Tell a podcast recording of 10 inspiring mini talks from current students and special guests on studying and working in the creative industries. Discover the insider secrets to working in the arts, humanities and social sciences and hear young people with something to say from one of London’s most inclusive universities.
Show and Tell has been running for 2 years at Queen Mary with over 35 speakers from TV producers, award-winning writers, researchers and journalists inspiring over 300 people to enter these industries.
Add to your calendar
S A L O N – LONDON presents PRODUCED BY LOVE: REPRODUCTION IN FEMINIST POETICS, featuring Amy De’Ath and Nisha Ramayya
Fri 31 May | King’s College London
At this event, Amy De’Ath and Nisha Ramayya will discuss their current research, sharing a combination of critical writing and poetry. They will consider the overlaps in their work via the concept of reproduction in feminist poetics. Book tickets
Live Art Now
1 June | QMUL, Mile End
The Live Art Development Agency and the Drama Department at Queen Mary University of London present a day of discussions around kickstarting and maintaining a Live Art practice and an opportunity to find out more about the exciting new MA Live Art programme.
Photo credit: Molly Horner by Holly Revell
Romanticism at The Royal Institution
Fri 7 June | The Royal Institution, Green Park
In a special addition to its regular programme, the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar has partnered with the Fordham Romanticism Group (New York) and the Royal Institution of Great Britain to hold a half-day symposium on the theme Romanticism at the Royal Institution.
Picture: Surrey Institution Ackermann 1808
Tamara Atkin and Jaclyn Rajsic (English department) have edited and published a collection of essays called: Manuscript and Print in Late Medieval and Early Modern Britain: Essays in Honour of Professor Julia Boffey. The people of Twitter showed their love for our very own Professor Julia Boffey here.
Shahidha Bari (English department) hosted the launch of Queen Mary University of London’s Strategy 2030 at Victoria and Albert Museum on 3 May 2019. See the strategy
Jen Harvie (Drama department) appeared on two BBC broadcast discussions at BBC Free Thinking Festival which you can listen to on iPlayer:
- ‘The Emotions of Now’, Sage Gateshead, 29 March 2019, BBC Radio 3, 8 April 2019, 22:00 Listen here
- ‘The Actors’ Guide to the Emotions’, St Mary’s Church, Gateshead, 31 March 2019. BBC Radio 3, 7 April 2019, 18:45 Listen here
Gabriel Krauze (English graduate) has got a book deal with
Fourth Estate for a “breath-taking” debut work of autofiction about London
gang-life. Read more
Gem Stokes (English student) is our very first student of the month. Read our interview with her here.
This is the first in the series where you can meet our students. First up is Gemma who describes herself as…
A 6 foot queer infatuated with gigs, films and literature.
Tell us about your time at QMUL. What have been your highlights?
My first year at Queen Mary has been a whirlwind. I wish my highlights were something cool like a crazy night out or a hilarious experience, but my fondest memories I’ve made are the times spent drinking tea, deep chats in the middle of the night or nerdy conversations about literature with the friends I’ve made here.
How has your course at Queen Mary helped you to progress into the world outside? What’s next?
Focusing on the study of English has made me fall back in love with literature and I’ve felt myself progress more into the literary sphere. In the last year I’ve invested more time in my journalism, writing articles (and finally being brave enough to actually share them). This will likely aid me in developing my future, as I aim to become a foreign news correspondent or music journalist.
Aside from course content what have been your favourite elements of the experience of studying here as a whole?
Coming from a small town to a big city, I’m enjoying the huge LGBTQ+ community here and the inclusive environment that Queen Mary provides.
Tell us about your life outside Queen Mary including any projects, ambitions or jobs you’ve had.
In London, I work as a nanny and back in Kent, as a customer adviser in the food service industry. Although I do not aspire to continue these positions forever, I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had. I’ve possessed an interest in journalism for as long as I remember, and currently write monthly articles for a local newsletter, but aspire to progress further in this field and search for new opportunities in this field.
What could be improved to enhance future students’ experience at Queen Mary?
I feel Queen Mary as a university is very active in aiding students’ issues, but I’ve been wanting to campaign about trigger warnings for a while: lectures often bring up triggering/upsetting subject material which I myself am often unprepared for. I wondered if it would be beneficial to other students, as well as myself, to release a general list of common triggers mentioned in each specific lecture to allow students to prepare more adequately whilst dealing with trauma.
Queen Mary students going through a tough time can now access free online support with Big White Wall. Whether you’re struggling to sleep, feeling low, stressed or unable to cope, Big White Wall can help you get support, take control and feel better.
You will have access to a 24/7 online community and professional support from trained counsellors. Big White Wall provides a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings, get creative and learn how to self-manage your mental health and wellbeing.
Big White Wall is totally anonymous, so no one will know you’ve chosen to use it unless you tell them!
93% of members feel better as a result of using the service, and nearly 90% use Big White Wall as an out-of-hours support.
To join Big White Wall, simply go to www.bigwhitewall.com and sign up under Queen Mary University of London with your university e-mail address.
Our MA Live Art student Şenay Camgöz will screen her 6 minute film, ‘Introducing HALA’ at the V&A tomorrow, Thursday 25 April 2019 at 8.30pm following a talk about art school with QMUL’s Dr Dominic Johnson and Dr Martin O’Brien.
The event is free and is part of the museum’s V&A Friday Late series.
Develop your skills to work in the creative and cultural industries with this series of free workshops at Queen Mary University of London. The creative skills project formerly known as DIY HIGH SCHOOL is back for 2019 as DIY LIFE SKILLS.
DIY LIFE SKILLS gives our Queen Mary University of London students and our community vital extra practical skills for working in the creative and cultural industries. These include making videos, photography, tax, CVs, public speaking, social media for work and WordPress/blogging.
DIY LIFE SKILLS is supported by Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. The workshops are free for our students and our local community.
Sadly you missed
Monday 20 May 2019
11-3pm – Intermediate
3-6pm – Beginners
Take your poster out of word and create stunning visuals for social media headers and print posters.
#2: TAKE GREAT PIX: Digital Photography 101 – DSLR with Holly Revell
Wednesday 22 May 2019
2-5pm: Intermediate DSLR
A picture is said to be worth a 1000 words and this is more true than ever in the age of social media. Join us for an afternoon of photography with DSLR cameras for intermediates. The workshop will include a showcase of Holly Revell’s work and top tips for better performance photography.
#3: VLOG LIKE YOU MEAN IT: Video Production 101
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS
Work with professional videographers to plan, film and edit a short film in one day with pros from Signature Pictures. The intermediate workshop will look at more advanced editing techniques and film production.
Wednesday 22 May 2019
WordPress is a professional platform for creating websites and blogs, forget clunky paid for services like Wix and get familiar with customising your site.
Wednesday 29 May 2019 / 6-8pm
Social media = jobs & opportunities. Ignore it at your cost. This session will cover moving away from using social for well, ‘social’ purposes and look to how these channels can be used to network and make important career connections.
Wednesday 12 June 2019 / 4-6pm
Stand out from the crowd with a video CV or online portfolio.
Wednesday 5 June 2019 / 4-6pm
Perfect your key marketing document: work in small groups to improve your CV with the help of Caroline Lisser and her years of challenging students to tailor their CVs for success.
Monday 17 June 2019 / 6-8pm
Hate speaking in public? Build your confidence with this interactive workshop aiming to enhance your communication competence.
Tuesday 25-Wednesday 26 June 2019 / Various appointment times
Book a 1-2-1 appointment to get a bespoke plan for your needs.
Wednesday 3 July 2019 / 4-6pm
The most boring subjects imaginable live and in 3D. But seriously, tax can be complicated so come and get this guide for beginners to the world of work.
If you have any questions or need help booking please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a selection of things you can apply for in April 2019.
Paid Internships & Jobs
Nothing to your tastes? Why not book an appointment with the Queen Mary careers service.
We are currently accepting late applications for our suite of undergraduate English, Drama and joint courses. Here’s some key points about the application process for 2019:
You can still apply to study English and Drama with us in 2019
The main UCAS deadline has passed but you can still apply to our courses through UCAS.
Once you apply we will look through your application and aim to make an offer within 4 weeks of receiving your application via UCAS.
If you need help or would like an update on your application please email: email@example.com
Outstanding Potential Award & Offer Holder Days
Our undergraduate Outstanding Potential Award scheme is now closed. Congratulations if you were given the Outstanding Potential Award or other offer with us.
Don’t worry if not or you are worried about your grades we would love to hear from you on results day if you have any questions about your offer.
Our Offer holder Days have now all taken place for 2019 entry.
Missed an Offer Holder Day?
Campus Tours: To get a general tour of the Mile End campus. Book online. Let us know when you’re coming via email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to arrange someone from English and Drama to talk to you.
Questions: If you have any questions about your offer or applying please email: email@example.com
Results Day and Clearing
A-level results day is Thursday 15 August 2019 and this is when the main clearing and confirmation process begins.
We recommend adding it to your calendar if you wish to apply to us through clearing. We are likely to have limited vacancies for some courses.
If you need any advice or would like to talk to us before this date please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8910