Queen Mary, University of London is one of London and the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. Amongst the largest of the colleges of the University of London, Queen Mary's 3,000 staff deliver world class degree programmes and research across a wide range of subjects in Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws, in Medicine and Dentistry and in Science and Engineering.
Queen Mary has rankings of being 13th in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) according to the Times Higher Education. The Guardian places Queen Mary even higher, 11th in the UK. The staff members have been honoured by election to Fellowships of the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Medical Science and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Amongst University of London multi-faculty colleges, Queen Mary was ranked fourth, 10 places ahead of Kings College London, which was ranked 22nd in the country.
“The biggest star among the research-intensive institutions was Queen Mary, University of London, which went from 48th in 2001 to 13th in the 2008 Times Higher Education table, up 35 places.”
Having made a £200 million investment in facilities, Queen Mary is unique amongst London's universities in being able to offer a completely integrated residential campus, with a 2,000-bed award-winning Student Village on its Mile End site.
Queen Mary, as a member of the 1994 Group of research-focused universities, has made a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research, but also to the best possible educational, cultural and social experience for its students. Indeed, they believe that a vibrant research environment means that their students have access to the world's leading experts in their chosen subjects.They have invested in this principle through a systematic programme of recruiting to Queen Mary the best academic staff in their disciplines from around the world.
Queen Mary's locations span London's diverse districts. Two of four campuses are in east London, in the Borough of Tower Hamlets between The City and Canary Wharf, a multicultural and socially diverse area that is one of the most rapidly developing parts of London. They have the advantage of being the London research-focused university closest to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games.
In addition to London locations, they offer two Joint Degree Programmes to a projected population of 2,000 students in Beijing, in collaboration with close partners, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), the first such programmes to be approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education. These programmes are a key component of their comprehensive International Strategy, which is focused around the concepts of partnership and a sustainable involvement in a range of countries around the world, as well as the value they place on their 3,000 international students.