Welcome to the School of History from our Head of School Dan Todman and from all of the staff who will teach and support you in your time here!
We have created this page to bring together some of the key things we think you might need to know before joining us in September. It features tips and advice from our staff and students on managing the changes that come with starting University.
Life as a new student is an exciting time, but it can also bring its challenges, with a new location, new people, and new ways of learning and studying. In this video, Nancy talks about how Welcome Week helped her settle in and why you should make the most of opportunities offered in Welcome Week.
Whether you are moving onto campus from a different part of the country or live just around the corner, we hope that you will quickly settle into life as a student with us. Mosud and Fatima share two different experiences – one of growing up just around the corner from our Mile End Campus and the other of commuting in from further afield.
Studying history at university can be a little different from studying history at school. All of our first-year modules are taught in large Lectures and small-group Seminars. You’ll have to make your own choices on what you want to study and the topics you write about for each of these modules. It’s important to remember that everyone is in the same boat, and not to feel embarrased about asking questions! In this video, Priya talks about some of the differences she found when starting her studies.
With new ideas, a new location and new history to get used to, it is good to know what support options are available to you when you arrive.
Amanda Sciampacone, your First Year Tutor, tells you more about these. Within the School of History these include Office Hours with Academic Advisers and Seminar Tutors, and a dedicated Writing Tutors service which you can find out more about when you arrive.
Welcome Week is a great time to meet new people and settle into Queen Mary. Welcome Week begins on 16 September, when we will host a formal welcome talk, arrange a meeting with your advisor and then a welcome reception to give you a chance to meet your fellow new students. Have a look at the full schedule on our website, and check back regularly as we will be adding more information in the coming weeks.
Lots of you will be keen to get hold of your teaching timetables as soon as possible.
These will become available to you in early September, once you have completed your module choices and enrolment prior to Welcome Week.
You will receive an email with instructions on completing your module choices near the end of August. It is important you complete these selections as soon as possible.
When you are fully enrolled with Queen Mary, you will be given access to our online learning platform QMPlus.
As well as access to module pages and assignment submission, QMplus is also home to the School of History Undergraduate Handbook.
The handbook contains all sorts of useful information on writing style, contact details and general guidance on life as a student at Queen Mary. Once you’re able, take some time to familiarise yourself with the handbook.
There’s a lot to get your head around, and we know that you might have questions that we can’t answer here.
Once you arrive and have been assigned an Academic Adviser, they can help you with many questions about your degree, and point you in the right direction if someone else can help.
If in doubt, you can always come to ArtsTwo 4.14 and speak to Charlotte, Matt or Shima, the Undergraduate Programmes team in the School of History Office. Or if you can’t make it in to campus you can email email@example.com with any questions about your degree. Questions about your modules on QMplus can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IT Services in the Queens Building can help you with any questions about your IT Account, Email and more.
Making new friends and sharing new experiences is a big part of student life. Most of you will meet hundreds of new people in your time at QMUL.
To give you a chance to get to know each other before arriving, we have set up a forum where you can introduce yourself to other students, get to know each other, chat about your course, exchange tips and ideas about starting student life and more. Current History students Priya and Josh will be moderating the forum, and will be able to point you in the right direction for any questions that come up as part of the discussion!
We hope that this site helps you to feel a little more prepared to begin life as a student with us, but we know that there is a lot to take in!
At your Monday welcome talk in Welcome Week, we’ll try to cover as much as we can. We want to build the talk around your biggest questions, so we’ve set up a survey to find out. Let us know what you want to know more about – it could be about making friends, submitting work or where to go if you have a problem. It could be something else entirely! The system works best if you enter just a couple of words, but feel free to tell us what you want to know.
Remember that we won’t be able to contact you about your responses to the survey, so if you have any pressing questions, get in touch directly.
Follow us on Instagram @QMHistory to see more clips of our students talking about their favourite first year modules. Keep an eye on the Queen Mary new student pages to find out more about activities taking place outside of the School of History during Welcome Week. And finally, why not watch this short video on beginning life as a student at Queen Mary University of London.
We can’t wait to welcome you!