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A message from the Principal to new students

I am delighted to welcome you to the Queen Mary community, and congratulations on securing a place at what is now your University.


As a leading Russell Group University, competition for places is intense with, on average, over five applications for every student place. You should rightly celebrate your success so far – you have done so well! 

You will find many opportunities at Queen Mary, both within the course you have chosen to study and more widely within the University. I hope you take all the opportunities on offer and enjoy meeting new friends. I know that you will enjoy your time at Queen Mary and within our wonderful city. 

Our University is an institution that is recognised around the world for the quality of its research, education and people. True to our traditions and values, we remain passionately committed to engaging with our local community and to providing education of the finest quality to students from all backgrounds who come to us from all over the world. We combine this mission with a commitment to groundbreaking research, enabling us to create and share knowledge and, more importantly, to ensure that you receive an education based on the most advanced understanding of our many subject areas. 

We all look forward to welcoming you in September.

Best wishes,

Colin Bailey
President and Principal



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