Congratulations on your offer of a place to study at QMU.

If you are coming to QMU having completed a college course we hope you will find this page useful.  Keep checking back as we will be updating it regularly with copies of our Coming from College newsletter, and as we progress through the online induction, we will upload recordings of the various academic skills or student support services presentations and accompanying seminars in the tabs below.  Plus, we’ll add other useful links about things you need to know as a student at QMU for you to refer to at your leisure.

We hope you find it a useful resource and look forward to seeing you at QMU soon!

Please click on the links below to view the Newsletters:

Newsletter One

Newsletter Two

Newsletter Three

Newsletter Four 

Newsletter Five

Friday PALS Podcasts

  • College Life vs Uni Life – what you need to know to succeed. Listen to this Podcast here.
  • PALS – who we are, what we do and why you need to know. Listen to this Podcast here.
  • Remote Learning. Listen to this Podcast here.
  • IT at QMU. Listen to this Podcast here.
  • Teaching & Learning Methods, part 1.  Listen to the podcast here.
  • Lectures and Seminars. Listen to the podcast here.
  • Understanding the Marking Criteria.  Listen to the podcast here.
  • Answering the Question.  Listen to the podcast here.
  • Critical Reading and Research Skills. Listen to the podcast here.
  • Library Resources.  Listen to the podcast here
  • Academic Writing.  Listen to the podcast here.
  • Study Skills and Support for Learning. Listen to the podcast here.
  • Teaching and Learning Methods, part 2.  Listen to the podcast here.
  • Having a PAT (Personal Academic Tutor). Listen to the podcast here.
  • The Student Union.  Listen to the podcast here.
  • Submitting your Work.  Listen to the podcast here.
  • Student Services at QMU.  Listen to the podcast here.
  • Making the Most of Your Time at QMU.  Listen to the podcast here.
  • Using the HUB.  Listen to the podcast here.


Enjoyed the PALS Podcasts?  You can subscribe to QMU PALS on YouTube and listen to many more – check out Megan’s Podcast mini-series with the Student Services Team! 

Episode 1 is an interview with one of the Student Counsellors – find out what an appointment is like, what you can expect from the service and how to make an appointment.

Subscribe and access the other episodes in the series: Well-being, Student Funding, Disability Services, Careers.

You can also follow QMU PALS on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok!

The Formative Essay

Formative Essay

We are basing some of the activities in the Coming from College induction on a “Formative Essay” task.  This means that you are being given a chance to submit a formative essay in advance of starting your Degree studies.

This formative essay is voluntary, but it is designed to give you practice and experience which should help you to do well in your future assignments at the University. The formative essay will give you experience of:

  • working towards a series of academic outcomes
  • dealing with an assignment brief
  • delimiting the scope of a topic
  • planning an essay
  • searching for suitable sources using a wide range of search media
  • writing and submitting a (short) essay.


On submission, your essay will be read by an academic member of staff and you will receive feedback on how to build on your essay writing skills. This is a unique opportunity to try out essay writing at university before the grade counts!

Please read the assignment brief and marking criteria carefully and follow the submission instructions to make sure your essay gets to the right people and can be marked and returned in a timely fashion.


Assignment Brief

Coming from College induction formative essay



To what extent do colleges prepare their students for transition to university? Discuss in regard to academic norms. 

The given essay question is open to interpretation so that it can be answered by students from various divisions. Students should ensure that their essay addresses the question and that the focus of their essay is made clear in the introduction.

The essays will, necessarily, not be anonymously marked as formative feedback will be given.

The following should be adhered to:

  • Word count: 500 – 700 words (reference list is not included in the word count).
  • Presentation:
    • Cover page with name, matriculation number, programme and year of study
    • Arial font, size 11 or Times New Roman font, size 12
    • 5 line spacing. Left-justified
    • No tables, diagrams or appendices
  • Citation and referencing: a minimum of 4 academic sources to be cited. Follow QMU referencing format: (Cite them Right will be used from the new academic year).


Marking Criteria:

The Essay demonstrates effective command of the key features detailed in the following marking criteria:


An INTRODUCTION which provides a ‘map’


A CONCLUSION which seeks to bring the discussion together


The Answer addresses the Question


Effective Paragraphing


Cohesion (between and within paragraphs)


Use of literature (including correct citation thereof, with accurate reference list; citation and reference list must correspond with Harvard norms; only minimal direct quotation is acceptable)


Presentation (appearance, language, tone)




Submission details

Essays should be submitted by Tuesday 14th September 2021 at 4pm. All essays will then be marked and you will be contacted to receive feedback in week beginning 20th September.

If you wish to submit earlier, you can and we will endeavour to provide feedback as soon as possible (even before 20th September).

PALS Leaders will provide you with guidance on how to submit your essay using the HUB.  If you have any difficulty submitting it via the HUB, please send it as a word document in an attachment in an email to

Please make the subject of the email: DE formative essay

Please use the following email template, where necessary removing the example details (given in underlined italics), inserting your own details, and choosing how you would like to receive your feedback:


Please find attached my formative essay which was given as part of the Coming from College induction.

I am studying Film and Media and am in Level 2. My student number is 19009090.

I would like to receive my feedback via email/in person/on MS Teams.

Best regards



Meet the ELS Team

Please click on the link below to view a short video on the vital work that the Effective Learning Service team do and how they can assist you with your learning experience at QMU:

Who are PALS and why you need to know