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Principal's message to all students

Wednesday 7 August 2013

Message sent by the Principal, Professor Simon Gaskell to all staff and students:

Dear Staff and Students,

I am pleased to announce that from 2014, we will be awarding our own degrees. This represents a significant moment in the history of QM, which reflects not only our growing success as an institution, but also the views of our students, who identify QM as ‘their university’.

Whilst as an institution we have had the ability to award our own degrees for about six years, it was felt that now was an appropriate time to exercise these powers, particularly given our increasing national and international profile. We have taken this step following appropriate discussions with the University of London, our staff and student representatives from QM’s Students’ Union.

The new degree certificates will retain a reference to the federal University of London and clearly show that we are a part of University of London (UoL), so employers, funders and sponsors will recognise the awards in the same way. We recognise that existing students who applied to receive a UoL degree may not want to change and may still wish to be awarded a UoL degree. Current students, and those who accept a place to study with us before the end of 2013, will therefore have the opportunity to choose a Queen Mary University of London degree or a University of London degree.

It is also important to note that QM will retain its status as a member of the University of London and that other UoL Colleges, such as King's, UCL and the LSE, are also exercising their degree awarding powers.

Further information on the new certificates and on associated questions can be found on the Student Enquiry Centre website, and Connect for staff.

This is an exciting development for Queen Mary and it will be a proud moment for us all when our first degrees are awarded in 2014.

Kind regards,

Simon Gaskell


Queen Mary University of London


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