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Queen Mary, University of London

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Who are Queen Mary, University of London?

Queen Mary has its roots in four historic colleges: Queen Mary College, Westfield College, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College and the London Hospital Medical College. One of our founding colleges, Queen Mary College, began life in 1887 as the People's Palace, a philanthropic centre to provide east Londoners with educational, cultural and social activities. Another founding College was Westfield College established in 1882 in Hampstead as a pioneering college for the higher education of women. This heritage permeates our vision and strategy to this day.

In 1995, Queen Mary and Westfield merged again, this time with two distinguished medical colleges, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, established in 1843, and the London Hospital Medical College, England's first medical school, founded in 1785. This merger created Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and brought clinical medical and dental teaching to Queen Mary for the first time.

Queen Mary is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With 21,187 students, 4,000 staff and an annual turnover of £300m, we are one of the biggest University of London colleges. The university has 21,187 students in total, compromising of 15,474 undergraduates, 4,842 postgraduates, and 871 study abroad students from more than 45 countries. Our diverse student community includes 155 nationalities.

Russell Group institution

Queen Mary is one of 24 leading UK universities represented by the Russell Group, that are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, excellent graduate employability and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

“Our membership of the Russell Group reflects our achievements over the last decade, notably the considerable improvement in research strength across a broad academic range, acknowledged in the 2008 RAE and the expansion in student numbers with steadily increasing entry standards. These achievements have been made alongside our firm commitment to our local community and to widening participation.” - Professor Simon Gaskell, President and Principal of Queen Mary

Facts and figures

  • 21,187 students in total
  • 15,474 undergraduates and 4,842 postgraduates
  • 871 study abroad students from more than 45 countries

Our diverse student community includes:

  • 155 nationalities
  • More than 3,000 students studying joint programmes overseas, mostly in Nanchang and Beijing (China) but also in Piraeus (Greece) and Paris (France).
  • More than 500 distance learning students, mostly in medicine, but also in humanities and social sciences
  • 19,977 full-time students and 1,210 part-time students

What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women's recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are Queen Mary, University of London involved in?

QMUL are committed to:

  • Reducing the Gender Pay Gap for University staff
  • Making sure that women are used more on recruitment panels
  • Increasing the proportion of women who apply for promotion
  • Achieving the institutional Athena SWAN Silver award
  • Increasing the proportion of female academic staff appointed and promoted to Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor levels

In 2008, The Women in Science and Engineering Society was set up as an informal group of discussion/networking for Queen Mary Students and Postdocs interested in the role of female participation in science and in medicine.

In 2013, QMUL achieved the bronze institutional award from the Athena SWAN initiative and are working toward achieving the silver award in our 2016 submission.

Why did Queen Mary, University of London join WISE?

“We joined WISE to complement other initiatives and achievements, e.g. our Athena SWAN Awards, which help us attract and support female students and staff.”

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