London, United Kingdom
It began in the 1900s as a philanthropic venture to provide education, culture and entertainment to the people of East End , and slowly developed into the Peoples’ Palace, East End Technical College, Queen Mary College and finally was admitted to the prestigious London University as the Queen Mary University of London in 1915. Today it is a world renowned multi- faculty, public , research university, a member of the Russel group of Universities with 5 campuses in London and branches in Paris, Piraeus, Malta, China and Singapore. It has a student population of 25, 000 representing 162 nationalities. Approximately 9 % are from EU countries and 35 % are from other overseas countries. The university is in the Top 25 for its international outlook, within Top 5 in the REF2014 and ranked within the Top 10 universities in UK. The National Co-ordination Center for Public Engagement awarded the university the Gold Watermark in recognition of its public engagement activities.
The school is in the Mile End campus in East End London with the Regent’s canal on one side. The campus is well connected with the center of London through underground at Mile End tube station and Stepney Green tube station , and by rail and bus. It is centrally placed with the city of London to the west , the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park to the east, Canary Wharf and docklands to the south and the beautiful Victoria park to the north.
The mile End campus contain the academic schools, halls of residences, lecture theaters, Mile End library and faculties of Humanities and Social sciences, and Sciences and Engineering. The iconic Graduate center, with 7700 square meters of space for learning and teaching has a 200 seat lecture theater, a landscaped garden, student enterprise hub and a 24 hour work area tailor made for postgraduate work. The QUBE is a business work space for student entrepreneurs with latest computers, latest media creation and editing , ad business planning and project management software. The Think pod is an interactive collaboration space . The Innovation pod is a work space using quantitative data software. Four Bloomberg trading terminals are present for the exclusive use of the students. The libraries, Students’ Union and the gymnasium are the other main resources at the campus.
The Mile End campus is a self contained residential campus, which is regarded as the largest in London. There are en suite, non en suite, couple and family units at the campus. Standard size beds, WiFi, central heating, shared kitchen, launderettes, a shop, a 200 seat restaurant, a reception area and a security lodge are the main features of the residences. There are limited number of apartments for couples and families which are given on first come first serve basis. There are also 12 units for wheel chair users. The rent includes the utility bills and insurance cover.
The university provides informed guidance to obtain off campus accommodation in private apartments, private halls of residences, short stay, hostels, hotels and home stay through a student assistance portal.
Summers are short, comfortable and partly cloudy. The winters are long, very cold and mostly cloudy. The temperature varies between 39°F and 74°F and rarely goes below 30°F and above 84°F. The best period for warm weather activities is between late June and early September.
There are numerous scholarships, bursaries and studentships made available through the school and the university for postgraduate students. The commonwealth scholarship program, the Chevening scholarship and QMUL Alumni Awards are some of these. In 2017 approximately 10 £ million was given as postgraduate financial assistance. Around 550 Msc students benefited from these funds.
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