Studying at Queen Mary
Queen Mary, University of London is a highly academic college part of the internationally recognised University of London. It is the only campus–based University of London college in Central London. The College has over 9000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and is committed to teaching and research to the highest standard.
Queen Mary has a long and varied history. It began life in 1887 as the People’s Palace, a philanthropic centre for the intellectual and cultural improvement of the east Londoners. It has developed over the years merging with Westfield College (which was founded in 1882 in Hampstead) in the 1980’s and with two leading medical colleges to create Bart and The London, Queen Mary’s school of Medicine and Dentistry.
Queen Mary is a research-led institution, which ranks in the top 25% of all UK universities. In the most recent RAE over 80 per cent of the College’s research staff were judged to be producing work of national or international significance, compared with a national average of 64 per cent.
Over the past decade more than £100 million has been invested in building and refurbishment programmes on college sites. One is the new student village has been designed for the Mile End campus and is set for completion in 2004. Set around a college green and next to the existing waterside residences, it will comprise of shops, bars, eateries, a multi-gym and a dance studio. New student beds will enable the college to accommodate 2000 students on campus.
A newly refurbished nursery with state-of –the-art facilities is available on campus. Other facilities on campus include restaurants, cafes, a travel cent, bookshop and bank.
The College is active in the community – current undergraduates have the opportunity to interact with local schools as part of the DfES-funded National Mentoring Pilot Project and the Student Tutoring Scheme. Queen Mary students gain valuable experience in a working environment while the school pupils also gain from the interaction.
Queen Mary is situated in the heart of the East End of London. Central London is 20-30 minutes away on the tube with all its sights, facilities and excitement. No matter what your hobbies or interest are London has something to offer everyone; For your entertainment there are theatres, museums, music venues, art galleries, cinemas, clubs, pub, etc. What ever you’re into you can find places to cater for you, for example weird music or foreign films. Remember all the big blockbuster films premier in London first, all the big music acts will always come to London on a tour. On a more academic note … we have hundreds of libraries, including the British library which includes at least one copy of every book published in the UK. London also has a huge student population; there are over 300,000 students in London, so there’s plenty of chances to meet people and plenty of events organised especially for students. And the London Transport means that even though London is big it’s always easy to get around on the tube or bus.
The East End itself has plenty to offer with its kaleidoscope of different cultures and traditions. Nearby is Canary Wharf with its amazing buildings (and great shopping), Victoria Park (for a walk by the canal), Wapping with all its historical buildings, Brick Lane with its 24 hour bagel bars and curry houses and the trendy areas of Spitalfields, Shoreditch and Hoxton with lots of exciting bars and clubs.
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