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Welcome new students

Welcome to the School of Economics and Finance! If you are joining as a new student in September 2017 please see below the welcome talks and activities scheduled for you.

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Year 1 – New students

Please note this schedule may be subject to change until mid-September.

Welcome Week for Year 1

Please see the Mile End Campus Map for more detailed information on locations. For more info on events this week see the Student Union’s Events Guide.

Monday 18th September

15:00 - 17:00 Welcome by Head of School - an introduction to the School of Economics and Finance Peston Lecture Theatre - The Graduate Centre
17:00 - 18:00 Reception - an informal mixer with refreshments provided! Senior Common Room (SCR), 1st floor, Queens' Building

Tuesday 19th September

10:45 – 11:30 Enrolment - make sure you bring everything you need. Click here for more information. Octagon, Queens Building
11:30 – 12:30 Meet your adviser - an introduction to your personal adviser who will be working with you throughout your studies Graduate Centre - TBC
14:00 – 17:30 Trade Game - we'll be putting your economics skills to the test! Room 1.13 – 1.13a, Bancroft Building

Wednesday 20th September

11:00 – 13:00 Treasure Hunt - familiarise yourself with the campus and meet your peers 

Peston Lecture Theatre - Graduate Centre

13:00 - 14:00

Maths Tests - a short test to see if any additional support is required (please remember to bring along your non-programmable calculator, pens/pencils)

Calculators [PDF 204KB]

Peston Lecture Theatre - Graduate Centre
15:00 – 16:00 Buddy Scheme - pair up with Y2 & Y3 mentors to give you a helping hand Peston Lecture Theatre - Graduate Centre

Thursday 21st September

10:00 - 12:00

Library, Careers, Study Guidance & Senior Tutor talks - the year will be split into 4 groups and each will attend 2 talks a day across Thursday and Friday. We will let you know which group you will be in closer to the time

10:00-11:00 Group A Group B Group C Group D
11:00-12:00 Group D Group A Group B Group C
12:00 - 13:00 Economics Society, Student Union and Student Enquiry Centre talks - these talks will give you an idea of the extra-curricular opportunities and learning resources available Drapers Lecture Theatre - Geography Building
15:00 - 17:30 Visit to the Bank of England - ‘Keeping on an even keel’ a session introducing the Bank’s monetary policy and financial stability roles. An optional session with only 50 places available! To be confirmed

Friday 22nd September

10:00 - 12:00

Library, Careers, Study Guidance & Senior Tutor talks continued...

10:00-11:00 Group C Group D Group A Group B
11:00-12:00 Group B Group C Group D Group A
12:00 - 13:30 Imagery competition, Volunteering opportunities through SU, and the Peer Assisted Study Scheme - take part in our School competition and learn more about volunteering at QMUL Peston Lecture Theatre - Graduate Centre

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Welcome Week - Key locations

Welcome Week Map

18 - The Graduate Centre - home of the School of Economics and Finance! (Peston Lecture Theatre, rooms GC101 and GC601)

19 - Queens' Building - where Reception and Enrolment will take place (SCR Lounge, the Octagon and EB1)

25 - G.O Jones Building - where Students Services talks will take place (Rooms UG1 and LG1)

26 - Geography Building - location of Students Unions talks and PASS (Drapers Lecture Theatre)

31 - Bancroft Building - location of the Trade Game (Rooms 1.13 & 1.13a)


We look forward to meeting you in September!

Year 2

Welcome back to our new Year 2 students, we hope you’re looking forward to returning to your studies!

We have put together a short induction session for you, all events will take place on Thursday 21st September.

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch Reception Bancroft 1.15
14:30 - 14:45 Welcome Back from the Head of School Skeel Lecture Theatre, People's Palace
14:45 - 15:15 Senior Tutor talk
15:15 - 15:45 Careers talk
15:45 - 16:15 Investment Management Certificate Talk (to be confirmed)
16:15 onwards Meet with your academic adviser


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When does teaching begin?
Teaching begins from Monday 25th September 2017 but from Monday 18th September you should attend the welcome activities taking place throughout the week, please see above schedule (welcome week is compulsory). Teaching takes place anytime from 9am-6pm, usually at the Mile End campus.

Can I get a copy of my teaching timetable?
A lecture schedule will be available online at the start of welcome week and after you have enrolled and have a Queen Mary IT account, you will be able to access your personalised timetable on QMPlus after logging in (click MyTimetable in the top left hand side).
Classes go over some of the topics covered in lectures and attendance is compulsory.

What is QMPlus?
QMPlus is an online learning environment where you will find resources, information and material for each of the modules on which you are registered. Module content is provided by your module convenor (lecturer) and you will have access once you have enrolled. There will also be other dedicated areas visible to you on QMPlus such as the UG Info Zone, which we will also refer to throughout the year so it's a good idea to get familiar with this section too.

Is there any pre-reading I should do before starting?
No, there is no specific pre-reading that you should do before you start your experience at Queen Mary. You will be given details about all the reading for each of the modules that you will study in your first lecture. Enjoy the remainder of your holidays but if you really do want to begin some preparation you could recap some of the topics you covered in Maths A Level (or its equivalent qualification).

When do I need to enrol?
You must enrol with Queen Mary on Tuesday 19th September in the Octagon, Queens' Building, 10.45am-11.30am but there is also the option to book an early enrolment slot between Friday 15th September to Sunday 17th September (subject to availability), for more details please see here.

I will miss the enrolment slot, what should I do?
You should make every effort to attend your enrolment slot. Welcome week activities begin from Monday 18th September so you should be in attendance from this date. If you think you will miss the start please let us know so we can make you sure you have the information you need. International students who expect to arrive late must contact the Admissions CAS team at

If you miss the enrolment slot on Tuesday 19th September it might be possible for you to enrol on the following dates and times in the Octagon, Queens' Building (building no.19 on the campus map)

  • Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd September between 10:00-16:45
  • Monday 25th September between 13:00-16:45
  • Tuesday 26th September until Friday 29th September between 10:00-16:00

From Monday 2nd October anything enrolment related will take place in the Student Enquiry Centre, Ground floor, Queens’ Building.

Please collect your welcome pack from Poppy Brooks, in the School office, GC306, 3rd floor, Graduate Centre after you have enrolled and please do let us know if you anticipate missing the start of the week.

What documents do I need to bring to enrolment?
Please see the information here.

What is the maths test?
The mathematics test we hold on the Wednesday of induction week is a compulsory test that all year 1 students are expected to take. The test is not a formally assessed examination. Students join our Economics courses from all over the world and although we require all students to have attained a certain mark or grade in a formal mathematics examination, because there are different qualifications a student can take, with different examination boards and syllabi, it is possible a student may have gaps in their knowledge of the subject, even if they achieved a good grade in their exams. The test is designed to allow us to see if a student has such a gap in their understanding, and if so, we can identify this and offer that student additional support during their first year.

The results of the maths test are not formally recorded, nor do they affect your first year grades. It is not something you need to revise for and we do not give out past papers. It is a test to help ensure that you do not struggle with the level of mathematics you will need to be able to fully engage with your programme. The test is marked by one of the tutors and any students we feel may benefit from support classes will be asked to attend them. The support classes are provided free of charge by the School and will run throughout the year alongside your degree’s core modules.

I am studying a joint degree, who can I contact in my other school?
For BSc Economics, Statistics and Mathematics/ BSc Mathematics, Statistics and Finance your contact is also William Ng (, 0207 882 5454).
For BSc Economics and Politics your contact is also Bronwyn Murphy (, 0207 882 5623) or Jason Salucideen (, 0207 882 8599).

Further information:

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact,

Poppy Brooks
UG Student Support Manager
Telephone: +44 (0)207 882 6230.

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