During your QMU induction you will meet staff who will provide information on all aspects relating to your course. We are looking forward to meeting you and supporting you through your studies at Queen Margaret University.

You must bring the following items with you to your Induction Programme:

  • Photographic ID  Acceptable forms of Photographic ID are a passport, driver's licence or European Union Identification Card. Credit/debit cards are not acceptable forms of ID.
  • Proof of Tuition Fee Funding   If you are sponsored by SAAS or Student Finance NI / England / Wales you do not need to bring your sponsor letter with you to induction. If you are being sponsored by your employer or other external organisation then we may need to see proof of this. Please therefore ensure that you bring any letters or documents relating to your funding along to your induction.
  • International students   All international fee paying students must bring copies of relevant documentation including your passport, visa and certificates.
  • Tier 4 Visa Students Students on a Tier 4 Student Visa will be required to go to a pre indicated Post Office to collect their Biometric Identity Document (BID) within ten days of arrival in the UK. Although you will be able to matriculate without showing the University your BID you will be required to show your BID to the Registry Information Desk by Friday 19th January 2018. If you fail to show your BID your IT access will be restricted.

You can find more information about the activities that you will be taking part in during your Induction Programme below:

Student ID Smartcard Collection

During this session you will have your photographic ID checked and your photo taken for your Smartcard.

Students are reminded that they should not join the queue for Smartcard collection if they have not yet matriculated. Registry staff will be on hand to assist with any queries.

Find out more about our Student ID Smartcards.

Personalised Timetables

Students at Queen Margaret University can access their personalised timetable via the portal and this will display up-to-date time and room information. Personal timetables can also be viewed via your University Outlook account or an iCal feed. More general Module and Group timetables are available via the website.


QMU’s Hub is your online presence in the wider learning environment at QMU and is an important aspect to your study. Tutors may ask you to complete learning activities, submit assignments, access readings or contribute to online discussions, all within the Hub.

There will be combined IT and Hub Drop in Sessions scheduled during the first week of term. These sessions will be advertised in the library and via Twitter. 

You can find out more information about The Hub via this link

International Student Induction

The International Student Induction will take place on 11th January at 11.15 in Room 3162.

Meet and Greet with Programme Leader

This is a half hour session during which Programme Leaders welcome you, introduce themselves, advise how they can be contacted, provide a brief outline of activities taking place during induction week and provide any other relevant information/guidance.

Programme Specific Talk

This is normally a two hour session during which the Programme Leader (and other staff as appropriate) discuss programme specific matters such as the programme structure, activities across the year, placements, attendance requirements, programme specific regulations and any other matters that you wish to discuss.

Library Induction

Using the Learning Resource Centre (LRC/Library) effectively is crucial to getting good grades in your assessments. This session will show you how to get started with the Learning Resource Centre with links to key information on how to find information in books and journals and to help you use our systems.

Find out more about the LRC.

Information Services

IT and technology will play a large part in your studies at QMU. Before you can access QMU IT facilities - such as the Hub, webmail and wireless access in the halls of residence, you must have completed the online matriculation process. You can matriculate online using the student portal. Click here to learn more about the matriculation and enrolment process.

ITS will also be hosting a session as part of your induction day on the 11th January and also drop in sessions during the first week of term (dates and times to be confirmed.

You can also learn more about IT and technology at QMU (including instructions on how to access QMU wireless), via our QuickStartIT web page for students.

QMU Email Accounts (Webmail)

Once you have completed matriculation you will also have access to your QMU Email Account. We will use this account to keep in touch with you so please ensure you clear out any unwanted emails on a regular basis.

Your QMU email address is your Student Number followed by @qmu.ac.uk (for example 12345678@qmu.ac.uk).

Find out more information on QMU Email Accounts.

Students' Union

As a student at Queen Margaret University you are automatically a member of the Students’ Union whether you are part-time, full-time, distance learning, undergraduate or postgraduate.

The Students’ Union is a student led organisation specialising in enhancing the student experience. We offer advice and support services, extra-curricular activities through sports and societies, volunteering opportunities, events and a student focused café and bar.

Please clicker here for more information and how to get involved.

QMU Round 2

The SU will also be running several events during the week commencing the 22nd January in order to welcome new and returning students. Please click here for more information or visit https://www.qmusu.org.uk/top-menu/events/what-s-on

University Welcome Talk

A University Welcome Talk has been scheduled for the 11th January at 12.30 in Room 3148. The talk will be led by the Deputy-Principal and offers a welcome from senior staff, along with information about the University, being a QMU student, and encouragement and advice on settling in as one of our QMU community. The Head of Student Services will provide an insight into the range of support that is available to help students overcome possible issues and succeed in both their academic studies and personal student life.

Last but not least, the Student President introduces the role of the Students' Union in both its fun and serious aspects.

Attendance Policy

Attendance Registration was introduced at QMU in 2015.

Please click here to view our Attendance Policy

Please click here to view out Attendance FAQs

Please click here to view a You Tube video which also includes further information.

Council Tax Exemption

If you are a full time student with a term-time address in the City of Edinburgh Council or East Lothian Council catchment areas then we will pass on confirmation of your enrolment at the University, term-time address and official term dates to the Council.

 Those students living in the Edinburgh Catchment Area should also register via the following link every year for the duration of their studies:

Edinburgh Council Tax Registration Form

For Undergraduate students these dates will run from 11th September 2017 until 4th May 2018 and for Postgraduate students from 11th September 2017 until 31st August 2018.

Free Time

There may be periods during your Induction Programme when you don't have anything scheduled. You can use this time to socialise, visit the Students' Union, get to know the campus or experience the events and atmosphere that make Freshers' Week at QMU such an enjoyable experience.

Student Induction Checklist

Induction is a very important part of starting a course at QMU as it is an opportunity to meet with Academic staff, learn about the course and meet with other students. We therefore recommend that all students attend. We do however understand that for some students, this won't be possible. If you have missed your induction, please visit either the School Office or Student Services Desk and request a copy of the Student Induction Checklist which lists all of the important things you should do in order to complete the induction process. You can also download a copy of the checklist here


If you have any queries about any aspect of your induction or studies at QMU please see our Contacts Page for details of staff at QMU who will be happy to help.