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Student profile: Fatima Abukar
12 April 2021

Meet Fatima Abukar, English and Drama student and spoken word artist, who has just published her first poetry collection. She talks about the inspiration behind her collection and her future career aspirations in the creative industries.

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25 January 2021

Meet Dimitrisz Sopisz, the Grounds and Gardens Supervisor at Mile End. He came up with the idea of planting a campus orchard and has been involved in a number of sustainability inititiatives across the campus including building hedgehog houses and planting a wildflower lawn.

Student profile: Declan McLoughlin
15 December 2020

Meet Declan McLoughlin, final-year Law student who was named 'Student of the Year' at this year’s NEON Awards for his work enhancing social mobility in the East Midlands through his charity Channels. He also shares how he came from a disadvantaged background himself and why it's important for him to give back. 

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21 April 2020

Meet Lizzie Hunter, final-year Geography student and Sustainability Officer in the Students’ Union. Tomorrow, Wednesday 22 April, is Earth Day. Lizzie shares her top tips for helping to protect our planet and volunteering opportunities you can do from home.

Staff profile: Mike Wojcik
31 March 2020

Student Profile: Marwa Alzarrad
24 March 2020

Marwa Alzarrad is a final year Pharmaceutical Chemistry undergraduate. In addition to her studies, she also works for Frontline, a leadership development graduate scheme which provides on the job training for those who want to become social workers. 

Staff profile: Philip Tamuno
17 March 2020

Philip Tamuno is Queen Mary's Head of Sustainability and he works very close with QMSU to make sure that the university is doing all it can to encourage us to live more sustainably. 

Executive officer profile: Annika Ramos
11 February 2020

Annika is a Pharmaceutical Chemistry graduate and VP Education for the Students’ Union. We caught up with Annika to discuss her plans for this academic year, as well as to discuss the important role student feedback has in helping to enhance the university experience.

Staff profile: Tom Barringer
4 February 2020

Meet Tom, Representation and Democracy Co-ordinator for the Students’ Union and co-chair for QMOut, the LGBTQ+ Staff network at Queen Mary.

Student profile: Corina Deacu
23 January 2020

Meet Corina Deacu, a final-year student from the School of Engineering and Materials (SEMS). Corina speaks to us about what it’s like to be a Course Rep, what’s on her reading list for 2020 and the importance of the student voice and having your say, which is especially important with yesterday’s launch of the National Student Survey.

Student profile: Paniz Nobahari
26 November 2019

Paniz is a first-year Geography student. We met her to talk about her time at Queen Mary so far, her plans for her degree and the importance of the national Estranged Students Solidarity Week, a time to raise awareness of the difficulties that students who are not in contact with their families may face.

Executive officer profile: Shamima Akter
19 November 2019

Meet Shamima Akter, Computer Science graduate and VP Welfare for the Students’ Union. We caught up with Shamima to discuss her plans for this academic year, as well as to find out more about Islamophobia Awareness Month.

Student profile: Aleksandra Olszewska
28 October 2019

Aleksandra is a second-year Biomedical Sciences student. She shares her experience of taking part in the first Future Global Leaders Forum last year, and offers advice to students interested in taking part this year.

Student profile: Giulia Olayemi
15 October 2019

Giulia is a second-year medical student, President of the Barts and The London African & Caribbean Society (BL-ACS) and the organiser of the Queen Mary Black-Owned Business Fair. Today, she speaks with us about the importance of Black History Month and where she draws her inspiration from.

Student profile: Rubayet Ahmed
7 October 2019

Rubayet is a third-year History student at Queen Mary. In 2018, he suffered a life-changing injury whilst on holiday which left him paraplegic. Ready to continue his studies after a year off, he shares his inspiring story about living with a spinal cord injury, as well as the fantastic podcast he is involved in. 

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1 October 2019

Hannah is a third-year English Student at Queen Mary. Hannah currently serves as Creative Director for the Black Girl Book Club society and is a leading student representative for this year's Black History Month events, led by Queen Mary Students' Union. Hannah speaks to us about what it means to her to be a Black woman and the importance of Black History Month. 

Student Profile: Uthman Isahaq
5 March 2019

Thursday 7 March is University Mental Health Day. We speak to Uthman Isahaq, a student in the School of Politics and International Relations, and the Vice President of Queen Mary's Unity Society, about the state of mental health at universities, what Queen Mary offers, and how he thinks they could help to support students' mental health even further.

Alumnus profile: Jesse Ashman
5 February 2019

Jesse Ashman studied English at Queen Mary, graduating in 2014. He is now Client Account Executive at the LGBT+ charity Stonewall. Jane Smith, Diversity and Inclusion Adviser, caught up with Jesse to hear about his experience of being trans at Queen Mary, and hear his advice on being a visible member of the LGBT+ community.

Society profile: United Nations Association
23 October 2018

Wednesday 24 October is United Nations Day, marking the anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter and the founding of the United Nations. To mark the occassion, we caught up with Queen Mary's own United Nations Association to find out what opportunities it offers its members for developing their skills and knowledge of international issues, and to hear about the upcoming Queen Mary Model United Nations conference organised by the Association.

Society profile: Pan-African Society
8 October 2018

October is Black History Month in the UK, and the Queen Mary Pan-African Society has a number of events planned to which everyone is invited. We caught up with Rhoda Manu, President of the Pan-African Society to find out more about the events that they will be holding during October and beyond, why the society was founded and how you can get involved.

Study abroad profile: Barana Iala
8 October 2018

Barana Iala is a first-year undergraduate student who is interested in studying abroad on one of the programmes offered by the Global Opportunities team as part of his degree at Queen Mary. We caught up with Barana to find out his motivations for studying abroad and what he hopes to gain from the experience.

Study abroad profile: Christian Markham
8 October 2018

Christian Markham is a first-year undergraduate student who is interested in studying abroad on one of the programmes offered by the Global Opportunities team as part of his degree at Queen Mary. We caught up with Christian to find out his motivations for studying abroad and what he hopes to gain from the experience.

Study abroad profile: Emmanuel Kiese
8 October 2018

Emmanuel Kiese is a second-year undergraduate student who is interested in studying abroad on one of the programmes offered by the Global Opportunities team as part of his degree at Queen Mary. We caught up with Emmanuel to find out his motivations for studying abroad and what he hopes to gain from the experience.

Student profile: Nina Clifton
21 September 2018

Nina Clifton has just finished her MSc in Global Public Health and Policy at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. While she was still completing her studies, she bravely took on the Man vs Coast challenge to raise money for the charity Help Refugees. We caught up with her to find out more about the event and why she is so passionate about this cause.

Society profile: Barts and The London (BL) Commuters
8 August 2018

Are you a commuting student? Or, will you be commuting to university when you join us in September? We caught up with the Barts and The London (BL) Commuters Society to find out what useful activities they have planned to help you settle into life at Queen Mary, as well as help you to meet other commuting students and make friends along the way.

Student profile: Ben Earl
4 June 2018

Ben Earl was recently announced as part of the 31-man England rugby squad on tour in South Africa during June. He’s a regular fixture of the under-20 team and is signed to Premiership club Saracens. On top of all that, he’s just finishing his second year studying Comparative Literature in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film. We caught up with him to find out how he manages to juggle all of his commitments.

Student profile: Nathan Long
3 May 2018

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) recently interviewed Nathan Long, a second-year Pharmaceutical Chemistry student, as part of their ‘Meet the Undergraduate’ series. Take a look to get an insight into the life of a SBCS student, and find out more about his interests and plans for the future.

Student profile: Justine Tizzard – QChallenge Abroad participant
19 April 2018

Justine Tizzard recently took part in the QChallenge Abroad programme in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia through the Global Opportunities team at Queen Mary. We caught up with her after her trip to find out what she discovered about the city, hear about the people she had the opportunity to meet, and learn which skills she has developed as part of this valuable overseas experience.

Society profile: LGBT+ Society
20 March 2018

The LGBT+ Society was established to provide a community of representation and support for all LGBT+ students and friends at Queen Mary. The society increases visibility of LGBT+ students and raises awareness of the issues faced by the community. We met with society President Jemima Hindmarch to find out more about the support on offer and the various ways you can get involved with their activities and events.

Alumnus profile: Sakher AlQahtani
5 March 2018

Queen Mary alumnus, Sakher AlQahtani, from the Institute of Dentistry in Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, was recently nominated for a British Council Study UK Alumni Award for his work creating The Atlas of Tooth Development. He was a finalist for the Entrepreneurship category of the ‘Saudi alumni of British universities’ branch of the awards.

Student profile: Jesus Esquivel – QChallenge Abroad participant
19 February 2018

Jesus Esquivel is a first-year student studying MEng Aerospace Engineering in the School of Engineering and Materials Science. We caught up with him at the QChallenge Abroad pre-departure event to find out more about his upcoming trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Student profile: Vanessa Lok – QChallenge Abroad participant
19 February 2018

Vanessa Lok is a first-year student studying BSc Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. We caught up with her at the QChallenge Abroad pre-departure event to find out more about her upcoming trip to Stockholm, Sweden.

Society profile: Unmanned Aerial Systems society
5 February 2018

The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) society is designing and manufacturing an aerial system capable of autonomously launching, navigating and delivering a light payload to compete in the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) UAS Challenge 2018. We caught up with UAS Society President Muhammad Arslan to find out how the society was founded, who they are looking for to help them compete, and how the competition is going so far

Student profile: Mihai Velciu
22 January 2018

Queen Mary Business Management student Mihai Velciu recently took part in the Queen Mary Confucius Institute China Summer Camp, spending two months in Shanghai learning Mandarin Chinese and exploring all that China has to offer. He shares with us some of the exciting things he got up to while he was out there, as well as insights into everyday life in China, why he's fallen in love with travelling, and how you can gain international experience too!

Alumna profile: Isil Etes
1 December 2017

Isil Etes is an alumna from the School of Law, with a Master of Laws (LLM) in Public International Law (2011). She is now a Contract Analyst at The Walt Disney Company, as well as a long-standing mentor on QMUL’s QMentoring scheme. We caught up with her to find out about her volunteering work in this capacity and other volunteering projects she has been involved with at QMUL.

Student profile: Joe Davies – PASS Mentee, Mentor and Student Organiser
20 November 2017

As part of our Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) scheme spotlight, part of the wider student services spotlight series, Joe Davies shares his experience of being both a PASS mentee and mentor, as well as student organiser and what these roles entail.

Student profile: Chelsey Lewington – PASS Mentee, Mentor and Student Organiser
20 November 2017

As part of our Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) scheme spotlight, part of the wider student services spotlight series, Chelsey Lewington shares her experience of being both a PASS mentee and mentor, as well as student organiser and what these roles entail.

Student profile: Karen Engelberg
20 November 2017

Karen Engelberg is a mature student in her final year of a History degree at QMUL. In this interview, she discusses how she identified that she needed assistance when embarking on her academic journey, and how the Learning Development team provided the guidance necessary for her to succeed.

Society profile: Banking and Finance Society
17 November 2017

The QMUL Banking and Finance Society was founded in order to help educate and inform its members on financial careers, and help those who were struggling to identify what jobs they wanted to apply for by helping them understand their future career options. We caught up with President Nicolae Lojecico, and Vice-President and Treasurer Shahzaib Asif to see what opportunities are available to their members, and hear about recent workshops provided by key industry sponsors.

Student profile: Cherry Jain
7 November 2017

Cherry Jain is in her second year of a medical degree at QMUL. She recently took part in the Miss India UK 2017 competition, winning Miss Photogenic. We caught up with her to find out what the competition entailed, talk about her goal of raising awareness around mental health and women empowerment, and what’s in store for her next.

Student profile: Charlotte Jones
23 October 2017

Charlotte Jones, an English literature and linguistics student from the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, shares with us her experience of studying on a semester abroad at Boston College, USA last year.

Student profile: Isabella Rousell
23 October 2017

Isabella Rousell from the School of Geography shares with us why she attended the Global Opportunities GO Abroad Fair on Monday 16 October.

Student profile: Stephanie Kaye
23 October 2017

Stephanie Kaye, a psychology student from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, shares with you her experience of studying on a semester abroad at Richmond University, USA.

Student profile: Alizée Currell
23 October 2017

Alizée Currell shares why she attended the Global Opportunities GO Abroad Fair on Monday 16 October.

Student profile: Murray Glynn
23 October 2017

Murray Glynn from the School of Politics and International Relations shares with you his experience of studying in Hong Kong during his time at QMUL.

Student profile: Elias Badin
23 October 2017

Originally from Syria, Elias Badin came to the UK to escape the dangers of the civil war. Originally settling in Brighton, Elias now has a place studying medicine at QMUL. We caught up with him to hear about his experience coming to the UK, and how he managed to overcome the odds and fulfil his dream of training to become a neurosurgeon.

Society profile: Formula Student Society
26 September 2017

We caught up with Awais Yousaf and Paras Sidhu from the Queen Mary Formula Student Society to find out how they got on at the annual Formula Student competition at Silverstone in July, and what’s in store for the team in the coming months!

Society profile: Syria Solidarity Society
5 June 2017

QMUL’s Syria Society was recently highly commended as the 'most improved society' at the National Society Awards 2017. We caught up with them to find out what work they’ve been doing and what they’ve got planned for the future.

resize Society profile: Alpha Kappa Psi
31 May 2017

Dating back to 1904, Alpha Kappa Psi is the most prestigious business fraternity in the world. QMUL now has its own chapter, so we caught up with one of the QMUL founding 'brothers' and co-president Daniel Bui to find out just what it means to be a part of this fraternity, and what sort of opportunities are available to its members.

resize Student profile: CISCO Switch Up Challenge
24 April 2017

A team of five students from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science recently won the CISCO Switch Up Challenge. Kapil Dipak Narshidas Pau, Yusuf Pholby, Harriydaran Rajendran, Aathishankar Thayanantha and Prodige Tukala, who are all studying computer science degrees, earned themselves a trip to the CISCO headquarters in California this summer. We caught up with Kapil and Yusuf to talk about how they become involved with the competition and why they think their idea had the winning formula.

Student society: Student Tech Clash
10 January 2017

Adnan Salehin, Ayush Verma, Aniruddha Ray and Giorgi Karkashadze won a Europe-wide tech clash in November 2016 with their idea to create a collaborative virtual reality platform for education. We caught up with Adnan and Ayush to find out why they think their idea had the winning formula.

Mental Health Awareness Society Society profile: Mental Health Awareness Society
17 November 2016

We caught up with Zainab Shaikh, president of the Mental Health Awareness Society, to talk about the important work they do to promote openness and discussion around mental health among QMUL students, and to get her take on recent mental health trends.