QUEEN MARY

STUDENTS' UNION

Queen Mary Students’ Union is a student-led organisation that is the voice of all Queen Mary students. Every student is automatically a member and has a say in how it is run through elections and student representatives. We work to improve your experience at University by representing your views, supporting your development and providing you with hundreds of activities, services and events.

This year will be like no other and we’re sure you’re both nervous and excited to start! This is a challenging time for everyone for lots of different reasons. However, we’ve been working hard to make sure that you receive an unforgettable welcome at Queen Mary. Keep an eye on our website for the latest updates as like everything right now, plans may have to change!

We want to make your time at University as exciting and unforgettable as it can be, and this year we’ll be bringing you some of the best student events in London both online and on-campus, so wherever you are you will not miss out! We’ll be releasing our events line-up at the start of September so join our mailing list to be the first to find out what’s on! We’ll also be running campaigns and celebrations throughout the year, including Black History Month in October, LGBT+ History Month and Lunar New Year. There’s something for everyone!

Welcome Week

Welcome Week is all about bringing people together, creating friendships, helping you settle in and introducing you to life at Queen Mary. This year will be no different and you’ll be able to view our Freshers’ line-up in early September, so check back then to see what’s on. We’ll be offering a mix of on-campus and online activities and events for you!

We have over 250 diverse Sports Clubs, Societies, Student Media Outlets, Volunteering & RAG Groups to get involved in to help you make new friends, spark new interests and gain new skills and experiences. You can also get involved in sustainability projects and take part in our Try Something New programme.

There are also lots of ways to get involved in Sport at Queen Mary through Club Sport, Get Active, Sports Leagues, the Community Foundation and Qmotion Sport and Fitness Centre.

Our student groups will still be active, and they can’t wait to get started and meet you. You’ll be able to join groups whether you are in London or joining remotely, and they’ll be running welcome events and activities throughout Welcome Week and semester one.


Our Welcome Fair and Welcome Market events will be your opportunity to find out more about the opportunities at Queen Mary, talk to our student groups and grab some freebies. Our Welcome Fair will be held online for the first time, whilst our Welcome Markets will feature stalls outside on our campuses. These events will be one of the highlights of September and October so check back soon for further information.

The Students’ Union mission is “Together we improve students’ lives” and in these uncertain times we’re committed to ensuring you have an incredible Queen Mary experience. We are led by students, for students, and you have the power to influence how we and the University works. You can get involved and have your say by submitting ideas through our ideas page, representing students views by becoming a Course Rep our Student Council member in our Autumn Elections or by voting in the Elections!

Did you know we are a registered charity? That means every penny of profit we make in our cafes, shops and venues goes back to you through funding the campaigns, activities, wellbeing initiatives and services we run on campus for you. We run a number of bars, cafes, restaurants and student spaces at our Mile End, Whitechapel and Charterhouse Square campuses. We also run the Qmotion Sport & Fitness Centre, Academic Advice Service, Multi-Faith Centre, Nest Study Space and Students’ Union Hub social space.

Currently, we plan to open all of our spaces in September, albeit with reduced capacity. We’ve been working hard to ensure we’re ready to welcome you into our spaces in a safe way.

Our response to COVID-19

Everything in life is a bit different for all of us right now. We’ve put all the necessary measures in place to keep you safe if you do visit us on-campus. You’ll find social distancing measures, clear signage, multiple hand sanitiser stations, a new online way of ordering food and drink in our outlets and enhanced cleaning throughout the day.

We’ll also be here for you whatever happens. We’ve had to change and have been providing most of our services remotely since March, and this will continue! So, we’ll still be here to represent you, provide support, create change and help you take part in activities that help you to form friendships and communities of your own. Keep in touch and please check back for updates! We cannot wait to meet you.

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