Queen Mary, University of London



Overall ranking: Came 36th out of 123 in the Complete University Guide for 2015.

History: Queen Mary was formed in 1887. Its first home was the People's Palace, designed as an educational, cultural and social hub for east Londoners. Queen Mary's association with the University of London began in 1915. Westfield College, established in 1882, was the first college aimed at preparing women for University of London degrees. Following a merger in 1989, Queen Mary and Westfield College was formed. In 1995, Queen Mary merged with two leading medical colleges, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College and the London Hospital Medical College, to create Barts and The London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry. In 2000, the college adopted its present title of Queen Mary, University of London.

Address: Queen Mary consists of four campuses across central and east London. The largest of these campuses is at Mile End, in the old East End of London. Three other campuses are based at West Smithfield, Whitechapel and Charterhouse Square and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies is housed in Lincoln's Inn Fields - the heart of 'legal London'.

Ambience: Deeply urban and very London. Set in the multicultural melting pot of the East End, it's close to Brick Lane with good links into the city.

Who's the boss? Professor Simon Gaskell, current chair of the Board of the Higher Education Statistics Agency, recently stepped into position.

Prospectus: 0800 376 1800 or download one here.

UCAS code: Q50

What you need to know

Easy to get into? No- In 2012/13 the average tariff for QMUL was 424 UCAS points, according to the Times Good University guide.

Vital statistics: Queen Mary is one of the leading colleges in the federal University of London, with over 17,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and an academic and support staff of over 4,000. One of 24 Russell Group universities dedicated to the highest levels of academic excellence in teaching and research.

Added value: Queen Mary has invested over £250m in new facilities across all five campuses over the last 15 years. A new medical school building - the Blizard - was opened on the Whitechapel Campus in 2005, while developments at the Mile End campus include a new biochemistry building. Also at Mile End, the award-winning Westfield Student Village boasts 2,000 study bedrooms, a café-bar, launderette, restaurant and bank, plus a new £6m gym and fitness centre, opened in September 2008. A £78m investment recently saw the Institute of Dentistry move to the Alexandra Wing of the Royal London Hospital. The development is the first UK dental school to be built in 40 years, housing state-of-the-art facilities in "one of the most modern learning environments for dental education in the country." Other developments include a new Life Sciences Initiative, which will bring together work from the university's three faculties and aim to improve health outcomes for people locally and worldwide, bringing with it an appointment of up to 100 extra academic staff and 2,000 student places.

Teaching: Ranked 48th out of 123 in the Complete University Guide.

Graduate prospects: 44th out of 124 with 68.7 per cent finding graduate employment.

Any accommodation? Yes. Queen Mary's Mile End campus is the largest self-contained student campus in central London and - with a 2,000-bed Student Village at Mile End - one of the largest in Britain. Weekly rent is between £118 and £157, including gas and electricity. Other campuses include the Charterhouse Square campus, ranging from £119-£142, and University of London Halls, where a single room will set you back £190 per week.

Cheap to live there? Nope, it's London, and with the east becoming trendier by the day, prices are only going to go up. Expect to pay £100 plus for a room in a shared house or flat.

Transport links: Excellent. By tube it's just 15 minutes from Oxford Circus.

Fees: £9,000 per year for full-time home and EU undergrads.

Bursaries: The university has bursaries in place for students coming from low-income families - £1,500 for those from households with an income of less than £25,000, and £1,200 for those from households with an income between £25,001 and £42,600. See here for more details.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: The so-cool-it-hurts clubs and bars of Shoreditch and Spitalfields are nearby.

Price of a pint: Being in London, drinks aren't cheap, so a pint will cost you around £3.65.

Sporting reputation: Not the most sporty- ranked 56th in the BUCS league at present.

Notable societies: Disney Society brings a touch of animated magic to the East End while Horse Racing Society organises day trips to race meets.

Glittering alumni: Graham Chapman, late Monty Python member; writer Malcolm Bradbury; Lord Robert Winston; Professor Sir Michael Lyons, the first chairman of the BBC Trust; Ruth Prawer Jhabvala CBE, Oscar and BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter, who received the 1975 Man Booker prize for her novel Heat and Dust; Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden; The Rt Hon Peter Hain MP, shadow Welsh secretary; Sarah Waters, award-winning author of Tipping the Velvet and The Night Watch.

Alternative prospectus: Pay The Student Room a visit to ask questions of current students and discuss "everything from being the only campus university in London to sleeping to the lullaby of sirens".

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