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Students to benefit from investment in sport including special membership of the London Aquatic Centre

Queen Mary Students’ Union has received £180,000 over three years from Sport England, and an extra £35,000 added to its annual block grant from QMUL, to expand its successful Get Active sports programme. Students will also get the chance to play some of these new sports at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which offer world-class sporting facilities on their doorstep: QMSU has just secured the use of the London Aquatic Centre for swimming and diving sessions in addition to access to the Copper Box arena, and are working to get preferred access to more facilities. Find out more.

Drapers Bar wins National Venue Award

Drapers Bar was awarded with the Best Students’ Union Venue (capacity up to 1,000 persons) award at the Ents Forum awards held at Nottingham Trent University. The venue is a core part of social life at QMUL. A bar and restaurant during the day, Drapers turns into turns into a club venue at night. Also part of the venue is Drapers Lounge, a newly refurbished social space for students and staff to relax and take a break from their work and studies. Find out more.

QMUL alumni named ‘Rising Stars’ by Rare

Two recent Queen Mary graduates are amongst ten young people to be named ‘Rising Stars’ in an annual celebration of the achievements of black students in the UK. Sinead Rose and Tapiwa Chumbu were chosen by a panel of judges, including Trevor Phillips OBE, Jean Tomlin OBE and David Lammy MP, in recognition of their focus, drive and excellence. ‘Rare Rising Stars’, which is now in its sixth year, is run by diversity specialist recruitment firm Rare, and sponsored by Barclays, Slaughter and May and Thomson Reuters. Find out more.

Queen Mary climbs Guardian university rankings

Queen Mary has risen four places in The Guardian University Guide 2015 and is now ranked 32nd out of 116 UK universities and in the top five multi-faculty institutions in London. In the Guardian’s individual subject league tables several subject areas at QMUL, including Drama, Dentistry, Law and Economics appear in the top ten in their field. Find out more.