Queen Mary, University of London is one of London and the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. Amongst the largest of the colleges of the University of London, Queen Mary's 2,800 staff deliver world class degree programmes and research across a wide range of subjects in Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws, in Medicine and Dentistry and in Science and Engineering.
With a budget of £200 million per annum and a yearly economic impact on the UK economy of some £500 million, Queen Mary offers a strong and diverse environment to its 13,000 students.
Queen Mary offers a strong and diverse environment to its 13,000 students.
Having made a £200 million investment in facilities, Queen Mary is unique amongst London's universities in being able to offer a completely integrated residential campus, with a 2,000-bed award-winning Student Village on its Mile End site.
Queen Mary, as a member of the 1994 Group of research-focused universities, has made a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research, but also to the best possible educational, cultural and social experience for its students. Indeed, we believe that a vibrant research environment means that our students have access to the world's leading experts in their chosen subjects. We have invested in this principle through a systematic programme of recruiting to Queen Mary the best academic staff in their disciplines from around the world.
Queen Mary's distinctiveness also arises from its commitment to an engagement with international excellence in education and research and a twin commitment to bring that engagement to bear on its London and Thames Gateway environment through educational outreach and knowledge transfer projects.
Queen Mary's locations span London's diverse districts. Two of our four campuses are in east London, in the Borough of Tower Hamlets between The City and Canary Wharf, a multicultural and socially diverse area that is one of the most rapidly developing parts of London. We have the advantage of being the London research-focused university closest to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games, only two miles from the Mile End site, our main residential campus. Whitechapel is home to part of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, focused on the stunning Will Alsop Blizard Building, housing the largest open plan laboratories in Europe.
Our other campuses are in central London: at Charterhouse Square and Barts Hospital, on the edge of the City of London, the key financial district, one of the two campuses of Barts and The London Medical School; and at Lincoln's Inn Fields, in London's Legal District, the home for our Graduate School of Law [new window] and the world-famous Centre for Commercial Law Studies.
In addition to our London locations, we offer two Joint Degree Programmes [new window] to a projected population of 2,000 students in Beijing, in collaboration with our close partners, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), the first such programmes to be approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education. These programmes are a key component of our comprehensive International Strategy, which is focused around the concepts of partnership and a sustainable involvement in a range of countries around the world, as well as the value we place on our 2,800 international students.
Queen Mary has been ranked in the top 14 universities in the UK and in the top 100 in the world. We have consistently been in the top group of universities for year on year increases in funding from the Higher Education Funding Council. We achieved an outstanding performance in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, with 80 per cent of staff in departments assessed as being of international or national excellence, and we look forward to the results of the 2008 RAE to endorse our research standing. Our staff members have been honoured by election to Fellowships of the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Medical Science and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
“(Queen Mary) has been setting the agenda academically for more than 100 years. Headteachers and academics rate it highly….the modern Queen Mary is a true all-round institution with excellence in medicine and dentistry, science and engineering, and the social sciences and arts."
Sunday Times Good University Guide
A rich history
Queen Mary has its roots in four historic colleges: Queen Mary College, Westfield College, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College and the London Hospital Medical College.
The Mile End campus is historically the home of Queen Mary College, which began life in 1887 as the People's Palace, a philanthropic endeavour to provide east Londoners with education and social activities. It was admitted to the University of London in 1915.
Westfield College was founded in 1882 as a pioneering college for the higher education of women, and was granted its Royal Charter in 1932. In 1995, Queen Mary and Westfield merged with two distinguished medical colleges, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, established in 1843, and the London Hospital Medical College, England's first medical school, founded in 1785. Pooling strengths, expertise and resources, this brought clinical medical teaching to Queen Mary for the first time. Queen Mary is now fully integrated.
University of London
Although the size and diversity of Queen Mary gives it all the characteristics and facilities of a university in its own right, it is also part of the federal University of London, a wide-ranging body comprising some 40 academic institutions and 120,000 students. Together, these make it the largest and most diverse university in the country. It also means that, although Queen Mary is a self-governing institution, our students are able to take advantage of the wide and varied educational and social facilities of the University of London. These include the Senate House library, which contains more than 1.4 million volumes, and the University of London Union (ULU), which is amongst the most active and lively in the country.