Please click on the headings below to learn more about the sessions you will be taking part in as part of your induction and also other important information about studying at QMU.
Covid 19 FAQs
Please click on the link below to view our Covid 19 FAQs for new applicants
What are the precautionary measures I should take?
Roll up your sleeves: if you are not already double vaccinated (or not vaccinated at all), please act now (see NHS Inform’s vaccination website)
Test and test again (even if you are vaccinated): by getting tested twice a week you can help stop the spread (and test before travelling to term-time accommodation). For more information on regular testing, see our asymptomatic testing website.
Be kind: Please wear a face covering when moving around indoors on campus.
Keep your distance: please don’t congregate in narrow walkways or communal spaces, and try to avoid crowded spaces generally.
Keep your hands clean by washing them regularly throughout the day and using the hand gel at sanitiser stations on campus.
Go cashless: If possible, please use contactless to pay for food and drink with the Round app, your QMU smartcard or another form of contactless payment.
Swipe for security: students will be asked to swipe into teaching spaces at the start of class to help us with Test and Protect.
Enjoy fresh air: try to keep windows open, and where you can, socialise outside.
Look out for safety signage on campus by following the rules, we can all keep disruption to a minimum.
Be a good citizen: download the Protect Scotland app and self-isolate immediately if you asked to.
Covid Testing before you Travel
(Note: If you are travelling to university from outside the UK, different arrangements to those below apply.)
Guide to Accessing Collaborate (Virtual Classroom Tool)
Attending a session
Please Do Not use the Horizon VMWare remote access to open Chrome.
Instead please open a Chrome browser and click on the link below to attend the session
QMU Student ID Smartcard
QMU Student Smartcard
In order to visit the QMU campus, you must have a Student Smartcard. Student Smartcards are used for security, ID purposes, paying for Catering Retail via the QMU Way2Pay system and for taking books out of the library.
Once you have completed online matriculation via the Student Portal, you can then submit a photo via the following link. A Smartcard will then be posted to you.
If you have any questions about your Smartcard or unable to submit your photo, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parents Talk will take place on Friday 4th of September at 2pm via the link below.
The Parents Talk is to provide information for parents whose young people will be starting their studies at QMU this September. This half hour session has input from a senior member of academic staff who will talk about studying at QMU, from a member of the Student Services team who will explain the support services available to students and from the Students’ Union who will detail the support that they offer and how to get involved in university life.
University Welcome Talks
The University Welcome Talk for new students is held to provide information for students who are starting their studies at QMU this September. This half hour session has input from a senior member of academic staff who will talk about studying at QMU, from the Head of Student Services who will explain the support services available to students and from the Students’ Union who will detail the support that they offer and how to get involved in university life.
Links to these sessions will be emailed to students shortly
If you were unable to attend your induction, please click here to view the induction checklist.
International Student Registration
In order to receive your student card you must email the following items to International@qmu.ac.uk:
Visa Students: Students on a Student Visa must email the data page of their passport and the vignette showing initial entry to the UK. Student Route students will also be required to go to a pre indicated Post Office to collect their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) within ten days of arrival in the UK. There is some flexibility on this and if you cannot go within ten days due to the need to self-isolate, you should go as soon as you are able to. Although students will be able to matriculate without sending the University their BRP, they will be required to send the BRP to the International Office by Friday 1st October 2021. If you need more time to submit your BRP you must email the International Office to explain the situation. Students who fail to show their BRP will have their IT access restricted.
EU Students: Students who hold EU Settlement status will be required to submit evidence of either Pre-Settled, or Settled status. Please request a proof of settlement status here, and select the option “other” purposes. If you have made an application to the EU Settlement Scheme, but do not yet have a decision, you should send a Certificate of Application. Evidence should be sent to International@qmu.ac.uk.
Upon receipt of your documents we aim to send your student card out within 48 hours Monday to Friday.
International Student Induction
Information about your transition to QMU can be found in our International Student Handbook.
All International Students on a Student visa are required to attend the International Student Induction. There will be two face-to-face sessions as follows:
Tuesday, 21 September - 4.00pm-6.00pm - Halle Lecture Theatre on Level 3 - Book your ticket here
Tuesday, 28 September - 4.00pm-6.00pm - Halle Lecture Theatre on level 3 - Book your ticket here
Spaces are limited to 50 people for each face-to-face session, and must be booked in advance. If you book a space and can no longer attend, please get in touch with the International@qmu.ac.uk.
If you are unable to join a face-to-face session due to being completing a 10 day self-isolation or you don't feel comfortable joining us for the in-person sessions, we will also run two sessions online as follows:
All sessions will include the following schedule:
4.00pm-4.30pm - Student Visas and how to protect your immigration status
4.30pm-6.00pm - Open Q&A on a range of topics to help you settle in
If you do not need a Student visa, but are from overseas, you are still welcome to join us from 4.30pm for the Q&A session. You only need to attend one session.
International Student Drop in Sessions
If you have any questions for the International Office, please join one of these sessions which will run every Tuesday until induction week
Tuesday from 12 – 1pm: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/1f54a063ba31404c85df14215c0278e7
Tuesday from 4 – 5pm: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/9e46619aea8d4736b5d661f5ec00af95
Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS) at QMU
PALS (Peer Assisted Learning) operates in several different subject areas at QMU. If you are studying one of these subject areas there will be a PALS Session for you:
- BA (Hons) Business Management
- BA (Hons) Events & Festival Management
- BA (Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
- BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology
- BSc (Hons) Public Sociology
- BA (Hons) Drama
- BA (Hons) Theatre & Film
- BA (Hons) Education Studies (Primary)
- BA (Hons) Education Studies
- BA (Hons) Film & Media
- BA (Hons) Media & Communications
- BA (Hons) PR Marketing Communications
- BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
What is PALS?
PALS Sessions are student led learning sessions. They are a relaxed, fun and informal way to receive support for your learning at QMU. You can use a session either to help you understand something you were struggling with, or perhaps to consolidate and develop the learning you have already completed. We also run revision sessions so you can brush up on your knowledge in the run-up to your exams.
The students who run them are known as PALS Leaders and they have all been where you are now and want to support you by sharing their experience.
PALS sessions run on a regular basis throughout term, and you will be notified by email, HUB announcements and your lecturers about upcoming sessions. Some sessions are also advertised on Student Central.
The sessions are not mandatory – some people just pop along to a session when they have a particular area of study they are struggling with, while others attend every session because they appreciate the extra support and the experience of the PALS Leaders.
Find out more about PALS and how it works at: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/student-services/pals/
You can also watch this video for more information https://drive.google.com/file/d/1shIswo4MRiQqpE2JQlQOndHV7JLOnNX3/view?usp=sharing
Want to get involved?
If you would like to attend a session, contact us or keep an eye out for information in your QMU inbox/HUB page about sessions coming up and join us! You will also find information about upcoming sessions on Student Central.
If you would like to be a Leader, please contact us – we look forward to welcoming you to the PALS Team!
Once the timetable has been published, you will be able to access your personalised timetable via the Student Portal and via the MyQMU app which will display up-to-date time and room information. Please note you will need to complete online matriculation in order to view your timetable. Information on matriculation will be emailed to you in August. More general Module and Group timetables will be available via the website.
Information Services, Hub & QMU Email Accounts
Information Technology / Digital Learning Technologies
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. Registry will contact you once we are ready for you to complete the process.
IT will also be running some online sessions to assist you with any queries you may have. Further details to follow.
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.
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:
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, representation, extra-curricular activities through sports and societies, volunteering opportunities, events and a student focused café and bar.
All students are advised to register with a Medical Practice within the area they are living when they arrive at QMU Registration with a GP (General Practitioner/ Doctor) healthcare and prescriptions are free and delivered by the NHS in Scotland.
QMU are working in partnership with the Riverside Medical practice and students living on campus or in Musselburgh are encouraged to register with this practice. You can register with the practice online through theriversidepractice.co.uk/the-practice/registering-with-the-practice/
Paper forms have also been made available in student accommodation on campus or you can download the form fill it in and email it to the practice on this email address: Clinical.email@example.com
Student Support Services
Support is at the heart of making your experience at QMU a positive one, and our services for students play an important role in supporting you from application to graduation. Our staff within the services, and throughout the University, aim to help you make the most of your time at University, and to reinforce your learning, your well-being and your personal development.
Our Wellbeing Service offers support for your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing and facilitates building up resilience and healthy living to support you on your journey through University. We can offer advice on help and support for mental health issues.
Student Services Team
Student Services are here to support students at QMU and our services play an important role in supporting you throughout your time at QMU. We have a range of services for you to access such as careers and employability, disability services, student funding services, wellbeing and counselling services.
All of our support services for students will continue to be available to our students over the coming academic year. We are offering a variety of online appointment and face to face appointments. We will be responsive to your needs as far as possible and will be able to provide support whether you are on campus or not.
Our services are bookable through Student Central in the first instance but if you struggle to access you can email student services and we can make an appointment for you. More information on our services are available through the Student Services Web page.
Student Guide to Services
Student A-Z Guide to QMU
Please click on the link below to view the Student A-Z
Tuition Fee Funding
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 please email this information to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit this information during matriculation (online registration).
You can also view information on tuition fees and funding via the following links:
Meet your Programme Team
In this session your Programme (Course) Leader will 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.
This is normally a two hour session during which the Programme Leader (and other staff as appropriate) discuss course specific matters such as the course structure, activities across the year, placements, attendance requirements, course specific regulations and any other matters that you wish to discuss.
Both of these sessions may take place either on campus or online. Please check your induction schedule for more information
Council Tax Exemptions
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 20th September 2021 until 29th April 2022 and for Postgraduate students from 20th September 2021 until 26th August 2022.
Module Selection - Part Time Students
If you are studying part time, please inform the School Office about the modules who will be studying this academic year. Please do this by emailing email@example.com
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.
Please click on the link below to listen to a recording of the Welcome Talk