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QUEEN MARY,

UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

ORIENTATION NOTES

FOR

STUDY ABROAD ASSOCIATE STUDENTS

FALL SEMESTER AND FULL YEAR 2004/05


These notes, together with other useful information are also available on the web at
http://www.qmul.ac.uk/international/saall.shtml
Useful contacts at Queen Mary

Director of Study Abroad Study Abroad Officer


Andrew George Harry Gibney
Queens' Building, CB06A Admissions and Recruitment Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5071 Queens' Building, Room CB02
email: a.j.george@qmul.ac.uk email: h.gibney@qmul.ac.uk
tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5071 tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5074
fax: +44 (0)20 7882 5556 fax: +44 (0)20 7882 5588

Study Abroad Officer


Sarah Wildman
International Office
Queens' Building, Room E104
email: s.l.wildman@qmul.ac.uk
tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3066
fax: +44 (0)20 7882 5556

Departmental and Academic Advisers


Within each academic department there is a member of the staff who will be available to advise you on
academic matters Departmental advisers are responsible for approving your course registration
choices within their department.

Department Name Tel. Room e-mail

Business Studies Dr Roger Johnston 5535 MedSci r422 R.J.Johnston@qmul.ac.uk


Biology Dr Jenny Schmid-Araya 3040 Biol 103 J.M.schmid-araya@qmul.ac.uk
Chemistry Dr Geoff Hawkes 3261 Chem G9/B G.E.Hawkes@qmul.ac.uk
Comp Science Dr P Malacaria 5231 CS 428 PM@dcs.qmul.ac.uk
Economics Dr Andrea Cipollini 7809 CB.315 A.Cipollini@qmul.ac.uk
Electronic Engineering Mme Janine Lajudie 5337 EngE207 Janine.Lajudie@elec.qmul.ac.uk
Engineering Dr Tatjana Micic 3749 Eng225 T.Micic@qmul.ac.uk
English & Drama Dr J Majeed 7797 Arts323 J.Majeed@qmul.ac.uk
Modern Languages Mrs Jill Evans 3335 Arts108 J.K.Evans@qmul.ac.uk
Geography Dr Jon May 5427 Geog111a J.May@qmul.ac.uk
History Ms Naomi Adama 5017 Arts237 N.J.Adams@qmul.ac.uk
Language Learning Unit Mrs Rosa Martin 3246 Queens EB1 R.M.martin@qmul.ac.uk
Laws Mr Nick Bernard 7434 Laws112 N.Bernard@qmul.ac.uk
Materials Science Dr Tom Peijs 5281 EngE406 T.Pejis@qmul.ac.uk
Mathematical Sciences Dr Ian Chiswell 5475 Maths 256 I.M.Chiswell@qmul.ac.uk
Politics Dr Brendan O’Duffy 5583 Arts342 B.P.ODuffy@qmul.ac.uk
Physics Dr Rob Jones 5041 Phys223 R.B.Jones@qmul.ac.uk

Residences Office Advice and Counselling Service


Queens' Building, Room E01 Geography Building, Ground Floor
email: residences@qmul.ac.uk email: welfare@qmul.ac.uk
tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5522 tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5175
fax: +44 (0)20 8981 8630 fax: +44 (0)20 7882 3617

Fees and Awards Office College Health Centre


Queens' Building, Room W117 Geography Building, Ground Floor
fees@qmul.ac.uk tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3176
tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3086
fax: +44 (0)20 7882 5588 Disability Coordinator
Val Morgan
College security email: v.a.morgan@qmul.ac.uk
Security Lodge, Queens’ Building tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5175
Extension 5000 on internal phone system or fax: +44 (0)20 7882 3617
7882 5000 on an external phone

External Emergency services


Ambulance, Fire Brigade and the police are
contactable on extension 3333 on the internal
phone system or on 999 on any external phone line.
Orientation Programme September 2004

Welcome to Queen Mary College, University of London and to London’s East End. These notes are
written to make your first few days at Queen Mary as straightforward as possible. The objective of the
orientation programme is to provide you with useful information so that you can get into the swing of
things quickly and easily.

Saturday-Sunday 18-19 September

Arrival – for students travelling independently (i.e. not through a programme such as Arcadia or Butler)
we will be operating a bus service with buses running from Heathrow on these days – see website for
details and booking form http://www.qmul.ac.uk/international/intpickup.shtml

Move in to College accommodation – room keys are available from your hall if you arrive during office
hours (9.00am to 5.00pm) if you arrive outside these hours your keys can be collected from reception
in Sir Christopher France House in the student village.

Monday 20 September

The orientation will be held in Drapers Lecture Theatre Hall in the Geography Building (see map).
Please bring a pen and notepaper with you.

9.45am Collect information packs

10.10am Welcome by Professor Adrian Smith, Principal of the College

10.20am Introduction to the programme – Harry Gibney and Sarah Wildman, Study Abroad
Officers

11.15am Health & Advice services at Queen Mary – Lizy Pollard, Welfare Advisor

11.30am Introduction to the Students’ Union - SU President Laura Blomeley

11.45am Sports at Queen Mary - Mick Lane, Sports and Recreation Manager

11.55am Introduction to STA Travel services

12.00pm Lunch break – packed lunches provided

1.00pm Enrolment procedures – Harry Gibney

2.00 pm Campus Tours

3.15pm-4.00pm International Students’ Information Fair in the Foyer of the People's Palace - a chance
to meet QM support services, UK banks, International Students House and other
external organisations.

Evening Optional Thames boat trip – this must be booked in advance (see web site for
booking form http://www.qmul.ac.uk/international/pre_enrol.shtml#booking
Tuesday 21 September

9.30am Academic procedures - Harry Gibney, Study Abroad Administrator, in Drapers Lecture
Theatre Hall in the Geography Building.
10.00am Departmental presentations

11.00am Course Registration – Drapers Lecture Theatre Hall in the Geography Building.

1.00-1.30pm Enrolment (family names A to L) - The Octagon, Queens’ Building

1.30-2.00pm Enrolment (family names M to Z) - The Octagon, Queens’ Building

6.00pm Welcome Reception & Buffet - Global Village Restaurant – New Student Village

7.00pm Students’ Union welcome party for International students – E1 nightclub in Students’
Union

Thursday 23 September

2.00pm Bus tour of London - this must be booked in advance see web site for details:
http://www.qmul.ac.uk/international/pre_enrol.shtml#booking

Enrolment Procedures & Payment of tuition fees

Enrolment as a student at Queen Mary will take place from 1pm until 2pm on Tuesday 21 September
in the Octagon on the ground floor of the Queens’ Building.

To enrol you will complete a Queen Mary Enrolment Form, after which your photograph will be taken
and you will be given your Student Identification Card/Library Card. You will also be asked to check the
personal details that the College has on file (name, address etc.). You will be asked to give details of
your next of kin for use in emergencies. Please notify the Recruitment and Admissions Office of any
changes to your London (or home) address during your study.

What you need to bring to enrolment:

1. Passport as proof of identity.

2. Proof that your tuition fees have been or will be paid. (If you are coming through a programme,
e.g. Arcadia/Arcadia, or if you are an exchange student or are paying your fee direct to your
home institution, then you do not need this proof).

3. If you do not fall into a category in section 2, you will need to pay your tuition fees prior to
enrolment. Payment can be made by any of the methods below:

 By cash delivered to the Cashier's Office, 1st Floor, Queens' Building, Mile End Road. Please
keep the receipt to bring with you to enrolment.
 By cheque in British pounds payable to 'Queen Mary, University of London', delivered or sent
to the Cashier's Office, Queen Mary College, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS. Please keep
the receipt to bring with you to enrolment.

 By banker's draft in British pounds payable to 'Queen Mary, University of London' delivered
or sent to the Cashier's Office, Queen Mary College, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS. Please
keep the receipt to bring with you at enrolment

 By debit card (Connect, Switch etc) in person to the Cashier at the above address, or by
phone to the Fees Office, tel: +44 (0) 20 7882 3070. Please keep the receipt to bring with you
to enrolment.

 By credit card (Mastercard & Visa only) in person to the Cashier at the above address, or by
phone to the Fees Office, tel: +44 (0) 20 7882 3070

 By direct bank transfer to: Barclays Bank plc, Mile End Branch, 240 Whitechapel Road,
London E1 1BS. Sort code 20-57-06, for the account of Queen Mary, University of London,
account number: 40736805 quoting your name and/or student ID. The payment should be
sufficient to cover both the tuition fees and our bank's transaction charges, estimated at £20
sterling. Any excess payment will be refunded to you on request. We recommend bringing
copies of all documentation with you to enrolment.

Payment by cheque or bank transfer should be made at least two weeks before enrolment to
allow time for cheque clearance. If you have any queries on the above please contact Paul
Smith in the Fees Office, email: p.r.smith@qmul.ac.uk or tel: +44 (0) 20 7882 7752.

Please note that if you pay your fees in full before you enrol your fees will be discounted by
2%. However if you pay by credit card this discount is not available. If you are paying your
fees in full before enrolment you may EITHER pay the full amount and we will then give you a
2% refund OR you may first deduct 2% from the full amount and pay the reduced sum.

The tuition fee for the Autumn semester 2004 or Spring semester 2005 semester is £4340. The
2004/05 Full Year fee is £8680.

Medical history form


When you arrive at the College you will need to complete a medical history form which will be included
with your Orientation Pack on arrival. You should hand this in directly to the College Health Centre
(located on the ground floor of the Geography Building) or to the Admissions and Recruitment Office,
Room CB02 in the Queens’ Building (it will then be passed unopened to the College Health Centre).
All students staying in the UK for less than six months must have private health insurance.

Special needs
We have a wide range of services and facilities for any students who have disabilities or require
special needs during their stay at Queen Mary. Please ensure that Harry Gibney in the Admissions
and Recruitment Office, Room CB02 is made aware of any requirements you may have (this includes
extra time in examinations for students who have dyslexia).

Queen Mary e-mail address


As part of the enrolment process, you will be given a QM e-mail address. It is very important that you
check this account at least once a week as any news, reminders on procedures to follow and details of
deadlines you need to know about, will be sent to this address.

Course registration
You will be given a Course Registration Form during the orientation programme and we will explain
how to complete it. If you have pre-registered for a course this will already be entered onto your form
and needs no further action. If you are signing up for additional courses during registration you must
be signed up for each course you wish to take. To do this, you need to speak to the appropriate
Departmental representative. Once they have approved the course, you may fill in the appropriate
section in the Course Registration Form. Once completed the form must be returned to Harry Gibney
by Friday 8 October. Failure to do so may result in your being issued with an incorrect transcript of
studies when you leave Queen Mary. It is your responsibility to ensure the Registration Form is
returned.

Course load
The full course load is four QM course units each semester (eight over the full academic year) – this
will almost always be four courses although there are a few double unit courses. Please note that
although many departments now operate a pre-registration system, there will still be the opportunity to
join classes in these departments, space permitting, during course registration at orientation. The only
exception to this is English and Drama in which all courses are closed after pre-registration.

Changing courses
If you make any changes to the courses you are taking during the two-week add/drop period (see
below), you must complete a Course Amendment Form (available from Harry Gibney). This should be
signed by your adviser and returned to Harry. Please feel free to see Harry if you wish to check which
courses are shown on your record. If any of your details change please let us know.

Course credit and assessment


US institutions usually give credit for study at Queen Mary on the basis of four hours for each
semester course: four semester courses equals 16 credit hours, for full year students eight course
units will equal 32 credit hours. Check with your home institution in case it follows a different policy. To
obtain credit for a course you must submit all course work and complete examination assessments
required by the course organiser and fulfil all the academic requirements laid down for the course.

Choosing your courses


There may be some limitations on your choice of courses due to:
 timetable restrictions
 overlap restrictions (e.g. where two courses are similar in content)
 prerequisite restrictions (e.g. you may not have the necessary academic background to take an
advanced course)
 restrictions imposed on you by your home institution - please note that it is your responsibility to
check with your home college that you will receive full credit for the courses for which you register
at Queen Mary
 courses which have a limit on student numbers

Keeping in mind these restrictions, you may register for courses of the following types:
 those which are self-contained fall semester courses.
 In the Directory of Courses these are shown as being taught in Semester 1, 3 or 5. (These are the
fall semesters of first, second and third level courses respectively).
 there are some full-year courses which Study Abroad/Associate students can take for the fall
semester only. In the Course Directory these courses are shown as being taught in Semesters 1
and 2 (first level) or 3 and 4 (second level) or 5 and 6 (third level). However, you may register for
this type of course only if there is a specific entry in the directory saying that the course is
available for fall semester associate students. (Please note that courses shown as available only
in Semester 2 or 4 or 6 are spring semester courses and are therefore not taught in the fall
semester).
 Full Year students can either register for all their classes (including Spring options) during
orientation or can register for Spring courses later in the semester.
Understanding the Queen Mary Course Directory and Timetable
Use these notes when working out your class schedule for your stay at Queen Mary. You can visit our
schedule of classes for the 2004/05 academic year on the web by going to:
http://www.qmul.ac.uk/~codir/ThisYear/contents.html

Each department lists courses available, which are divided into the year a student of a UK degree
would expect to take that course (Years 1-3 inclusive). At the top of each year listing, there is a link to
the timetable for those courses. The course code will be found listed with a note on whether the
session is a lecture (lec) or laboratory (lab) or tutorial (tut). Please ensure that you do not have a clash
of lectures or laboratories in your schedule. Tutorial overlaps can usually be resolved.

When you click on a particular subject, you will be taken to a course description with a heading such
as the following:

DRA525= Staging the USA


1.0 cu Semester: 3 or 5 Timetable: D Tut 26-29
Followed by course details

If the title is followed by (+), this is an introductory course. (*) means the course is normally not
available to study Abroad students. (cu) refers to the value of the course. Generally, a one
semester course will be worth one course unit, a full year course has a value of two cu. A one
semester student must be registered for four cu, eight for a full year student. The semester refers to
the semester the course is taught. 1, 3 and 5 are Autumn (Fall) classes - a class taught in semester 1
would be a first year Fall course, one taught in 5 would be a third year Fall course. 2, 4 and 6 refers to
the Spring courses. Courses taught over a full year will have the following details: (Semester: 1 and 2),
etc.

The timetable details can be translated using the following table:

Starting time 9.00 10.00 11.00 12.00 13.00 14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00
Hour number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Day

1 Monday A A A A X B B B B
2 Tuesday C C C C A D D D D
3 Wednesday A/J C/J E/J G/J X X X X X
4 Thursday E E E E G C/F F F F
5 Friday G G G G E H H H H

Using our example of ‘Staging the USA’, we can see the letter D tells us the tutorial (this course does
not have a lecture) takes place on Tuesday afternoon. The number 26 should be separated into 2 and
6 with 2 standing for the day and 6 representing the hour - in this example the class starts at 2pm on
Tuesday. 29 refers to the end of the lesson - 5pm on Tuesday (2 is Day 2, Tuesday, and 9 is the hour
number, 5pm). We now know that in the above example, Staging the USA is taught in the Fall
semester (normally taken by a second or third year student) and takes place on Tuesday afternoon
between 2-5pm. Sometimes a number may follow the ‘Tut’ with an ’*’ (eg. Tut 3*). This means that the
class is divided into three groups. The phrase ‘1 of’ which appears sometimes indicates a choice of
times.

Add/drop
Though you should take four course units per semester, there is an Add/drop period of about two
weeks at the start to allow you to finalise your choice. You are strongly advised to use this period only
for dropping courses. Adding courses after teaching has started is much more difficult, especially as
you will not be accustomed to British methods of teaching and learning. You may, therefore, register
for five (or occasionally six) courses per semester initially, and drop one (or two, as appropriate) by the
end of the Add/drop period. In arranging your class schedule, please ensure that you avoid clashes
between classes.

End of course evaluation


We greatly value the comments of our study abroad/associate students which we use to assess and
improve the service provided by Queen Mary. You will be sent a College Evaluation Questionnaire
shortly before the end of your study for this purpose.

Grades
Individual faculty members may use different grading schemes when marking papers, some use letter
grades, others use percentages. If you do not understand a particular grade ask the teacher
concerned. The most common grading system uses five letter grades (A-E) to indicate the various
levels of pass. These correspond approximately to final honours degree classification for Queen Mary
undergraduates. An A grade is exceptional while a B is a good grade and C would be considered an
average grade. D is a passing grade here in the UK but must be regarded as below average. F, of
course, indicates a fail. On your transcript, you will be given a passing grade, a fail or an absent as
appropriate (‘Absent’ is the rough equivalent of the US ‘incomplete’). Your Queen Mary transcript will
include a recommended conversion for US grades.

Location of Queen Mary


The Queen Mary campus is situated on the Mile End Road in the heart of London’s East End. As the
name suggests the college is situated one mile, or a ten-minute bus/tube ride, from the City - London’s
financial district. Docklands, Canary Wharf and the River Thames are even closer. The Mile End Road
is one of London’s most important and historic thoroughfares and forms part of the highway which
heads eastwards from the shops and entertainments of Oxford Street, Covent Garden and the West
End, through the City with its banks, restaurants and wine bars, across Whitechapel and right past the
front door of the College at Mile End.

The East End


The East End is an area rich in history and cultural diversity. Due to its location on the River Thames,
east London has long been the shipping and merchandising centre of the capital and up until recently
was home to enormous dockyards stretching from Tower Bridge down river as far as Essex and Kent.
As a consequence of its history as a port there is a long tradition of immigration, integration and
shifting population that reveals itself in the changing architecture, culture, religion, commerce and
industry of the area: synagogues converted to mosques; warehouses transformed into expensive
riverside flats; pubs becoming wine bars and then reverting to pubs again. The religious, cultural and
ethnic mix displays itself in a huge variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and markets that would
be hard to match anywhere else in the UK. The area has long been favoured by London’s Art
community and is reputed to have more working Artists than anywhere else in Europe. For the student
there are many advantages to be found here. The area is less expensive than many others in London,
both for accommodation, living costs and social activities. Shopping in the district’s street markets
means a huge variety of produce from all over the world is available at good prices. You can choose
from Petticoat Lane, Brick Lane, Whitechapel High Street, Bethnal Green Road and Roman Road
markets for cheap food, vegetables and clothing. Columbia Road flower market is one place you must
visit at least once – but it does mean getting up early on a Sunday morning – it runs from 8am to 1pm.
Search out the good places (and student discounts are plentiful) and this part of London can offer a
huge variety of experiences at good value.

Within a few minutes walk of the College are a huge range of restaurants and cafes from the Indian
sub-continent as well as cuisine of Jewish, Thai, Somalian, Chinese, Greek, Vietnamese, French and
Italian origin. Vegetarians are well catered for in many of these establishments. For the adventurous,
traditional East End food such as jellied eels and pie and mash can still be found in the area.

We are fortunate in having plenty of green spaces nearby. Mile End Park, which is across the canal at
the eastern boundary of the campus, was recently landscaped as a millennium project. A “living
bridge” has been built across the Mile End road to link the two halves of the park the park is zoned into
areas dedicated to arts, sports and the environment. Also in the park is one of London’s best indoor
climbing walls. At the north end of the park is Bow Wharf – a historic canal wharf converted into a
leisure area. North of Bow Wharf is Victoria Park, the largest park in the East End, originally
established to provide recreational activities for the local working population, all these green areas
together with the canal towpath alongside the campus provide great places for jogging – in the
interests of safety we recommend that you always jog with a group of friends.

The Campus and its history


The College and its academic departments, library, Students’ Union and administrative buildings are
all on one campus. This makes the College unique amongst the University of London’s central
colleges. Having all academic departments together has advantages in terms of scale of centralised
facilities, as well as improving communication and giving the College a strong sense of identity. Many
students following combined-subject courses across two or more departments have found the
closeness of academic departments particularly helpful, as it saves time and allows them greater
choice of timetable combinations. The College has approximately 10,000 students, including over
1,600 students following postgraduate and research programmes. As a result of a merger in 1995
Queen Mary incorporates two medical Colleges: St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London. These are
situated west of the College, Barts near St Paul’s and the Royal London in Whitechapel.

The oldest building on campus is the Queens’ Building built in 1887; originally known as The People’s
Palace, it was built to provide entertainment and cultural opportunities for the local population. The
campus buildings range in style from the Victorian splendour of the Queens’ Building, set back from its
clock tower and lawn, to newer buildings including the Faculty of Arts Building, Library and Halls of
Residences overlooking Regent’s Canal. The campus continues to develop with a new Chemistry
building and additional accommodation blocks and catering facilities in the new student village.
A recent refurbishment of the Students’ Union has enhanced its reputation as one of the best-
equipped and most active unions in London. The SU is the social hub of the College providing sports
facilities and opportunities to make friends in its bars, food outlets and the E1 nightclub.

As a student at Queen Mary you are also a student of the University of London, Britain’s largest and
most diverse university with over 90,000 students and consisting of around 50 colleges, schools and
research institutes. You can get access to the libraries of other colleges and to the central library at
Senate House and you can also use the Students’ Unions facilities at other colleges.

Local Transport
You will of course want to explore London beyond the campus and the East End. Easy access to
transport facilities such as underground (usually referred to as the tube) and bus means that you can
be in the West End in 20 minutes and in Docklands or The City even more quickly. There are two tube
stops close to campus (Mile End and Stepney Green) giving access to the Central, District and
Metropolitan lines. The Docklands Light Railway is also within easy reach from Bow Church station.
The number 25 bus runs up and down the Mile End Road throughout the day and night (as the N25
night bus) connecting the College to the City and the West End.

Please remember that London is also a great city for walking around, you MUST get yourself an A-Z
map book – absolutely essential for Londoners as well as visitors to negotiate the maze of the capital’s
streets.

Local Amenities

Supermarkets
Budgens - under the Mile End bridge (opening hours 7am - 11pm, 7 days)
Co-op - turn right out of the College towards Stepney Green tube (opening hours 7am - 11pm, 7 days)
Sainsbury’s – Whitechapel (opening hours Monday - Saturday 8am -10pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm)
Tesco – Bromley-by-Bow (open 24 hours from 8am Monday until 10pm Saturday. Sunday 10am -
4pm)

Pubs, bars and restaurants


Besides the Students’ Union venues there are a number of pubs and bars in the area popular with
students:
New Globe – On Mile End Road across the canal – popular with students and locals
L’Oasis – on Mile End Road towards Stepney Green -good food, closed Mondays
Matsu – under Mile End bridge – excellent, good value Japanese noodle bar
Zeera - under Mile End bridge – up-market Indian cuisine
Ankaboot – under Mile End bridge – middle eastern/Mediterranean cuisine
Venus in the Park – under Mile End bridge - Greek/Mediterranean cuisine, pricey
Half Moon – on Mile End Road towards Stepney Green - cheapest beer around and decent pub food
Soma – on Mile End Road opposite Stepney Green tube - DJs and big sofas
The Hayfield on Mile End Road towards Whitechapel -part of the ‘It’s a Scream’ chain
Fat Cats – bar and diner at Bow Wharf
Jongleurs – comedy club and bar at Bow Wharf
The Morgan Arms – recently refurbished foody pub on Morgan Street – well worth finding
Organic pub – Victoria Park -excellent organic food wine and beers
Royal Inn on the Park – north side of Victoria Park - good food, great place for an evening drink or
Sunday lunch.

There are also many historic riverside pubs at Limehouse such as The Grapes, Captain Kidd and
Prospect of Whitby that are well worth a visit. Nearby the Docklands area is busy on weekday
evenings and offers numerous eating and drinking options.

Brick Lane west of Whitechapel, also known as Banglatown: this is the centre of London’s
Bangladeshi community and is home to hundreds of Bangladeshi and Indian restaurants and clothing
and music shops – a great place to explore. The restaurants get particularly busy on a Friday night
when they are filled with large groups of City workers. Other days of the week and Sundays are more
civilized. Restaurants are too numerous to recommend anywhere in particular – just look at the prices
and pick one you like the look of. The north end of Brick Lane and Spitalfields are great for a night
out: particularly recommended are:

The Vibe Bar – 91-95 Brick Lane - DJs, cocktails, beer and a large courtyard for sunny days. Gets
packed at weekends by a young(ish) friendly crowd.
93 Feet East – 150 Brick Lane - Large 3 roomed club featuring DJs and live bands.
Spitz – In old Spitalfields market on Commercial Road – incorporates a bar, restaurant gallery and live
music venue.
Golden Heart – 110 Commercial Street – small, traditional, Victorian pub much frequented by leading
lights of the local Artist community.
Pride of Spitalfields – Heneage Street, off Brick Lane, traditional pub with a real locals feel and an
eclectic clientele.
Big Chill Bar - Dray Walk off Brick Lane – very cool!

North of Spitalfields are the Hoxton and Shoreditch areas which are the destination of choice for
London’s artsy/trendy types, both areas are packed with bars, restaurants and clubs.

Cinemas
Genesis cinema towards Whitechapel – much cheaper than West End cinemas
UCG cinema at West India Quay
Picturehouse at Stratford

Sports clubs
Queen Mary Students’ Union
Fitness First at Bow Wharf
LA Fitness at Canary Wharf
York Hall swimming pool – Cambridge Heath Road
Checklist for your first few days at Queen Mary

1. Moving in – accommodation is available from Saturday 18 September. On arrival you should


collect your keys from your hall of Residence (9.00am – 5.00pm)

2. Orientation – will take place on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 September. It will start at 9.45am
in the Drapers Lecture Theatre Hall in the Geography Building

3. Medical form – this should be completed and returned to the College Health Centre or to the
Admissions and Recruitment Office, Queens’ Building, Room CB02

4. Course Registration - Complete the Course Registration Form using the 2004/2005 Course
Directory. You must get each course approved by the member of staff in charge of the course
(except where you have pre-registered) and return your completed form to Harry Gibney,
Admissions and Recruitment Office (Queens’ Building, Room CB02)

5. Enrolment as a student at Queen Mary will take place from 1pm until 2pm on Tuesday 21
September in the Octagon on the ground floor of the Queens’ Building

6. Add/Drop Period - forms will be available from the Admissions and Recruitment Office, Room
CB02 Queens’ Building. Any amendments to your original course registration must be notified
to this office. The changes will have to be approved by your Departmental Adviser and
returned to Room CB02 within the first two weeks of the semester

Semester Dates 2004/05

Autumn Semester

Arrive on campus Saturday 18 September


Orientation Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 September
Semester begins Wednesday 22 September
Semester ends Friday 17 December

You are free to leave College after the 17th but your accommodation is available through until
December 30th, if you need it.

Spring Semester

Semester begins Monday 10 January


Semester ends Friday 8th April
Spring vacation Thursday 24th – Wednesday 30th March AND Saturday 9th – Sunday 24th April
Exam period** Monday 25th April - Friday 3rd June
**Students are required to remain at College until assessments for all their courses have been
completed and should not make any arrangements for leaving College before they know the dates of
their examinations. Year students should note that the exam timetable is published towards the end of
the Spring semester.