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.

Feeling unwell? If you symptoms of coronavirus Isolate, Test and Tell following the guidance in our FAQs for staff and for students.

For advice on symptoms and what to do if you think you have coronavirus, plus general advice on self-isolation, visit NHS Inform


Covid Testing before you Travel

(Note: If you are travelling to university from outside the UK, different arrangements to those below apply.)

To help avoid the spread of COVID, it is important that you take a COVID test before travelling to your term-time accommodation, and that you continue to test regularly thereafter.   Please don’t travel to your term-time accommodation if you have COVID systems.

In its latest guidance to universities, issued 10 August, the Scottish Government advises that pre-travel testing for students without symptoms may be accessed through either the universal LFD Collect service (free lateral flow tests available to all the community) or through the PCR Test Before Travel service, which is also free.

Students currently living in Scotland or in Wales who are returning to a university in Scotland, and who don’t have COVID symptoms, can access the PCR Test Before Travel service currently via a UK Government self-referral page.    Students living in England or in Northern Ireland can access LFD testing.

The Scottish Government is working to update the information available to students about the PCR Test Before Travel service. For the moment though, when booking a test via theUK Government self-referral page you should answer ‘No’ to all questions until you reach the question on page 5 of the web form that reads  "Why are you asking for a test?"  This question should be answered by selecting: “I've been told to get a test by my nursery, work or place of education”.   

Further guidance on the Test Before Travel scheme will be available on the Scottish Government’s  Student Information Scotland website in due course. Please consult that website for updated advice.

Please self-test again using the LFD Collect service once you have arrived in term-time accommodation (and regularly after that).  An LFD collect service will be introduced on campus, the details of which are subject to discussion between the Scottish Government and universities in Scotland. We will publish details of the arrangements on our asymptomatic testing website as soon as they are available.

Thank you for your support.

Guide to Accessing Collaborate (Virtual Classroom Tool)

View a quick guide to accessing Blackboard Collaborate.

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

Test Room - Test your computer audio and video work using the test room

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 


Parent Talks

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

Induction Checklist

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 students:   All international fee paying students must email the data page of their passport, and if relevant, the visa/immigration documents showing permission to studying in the UK.

Students with Dual Nationality: Students with dual nationality, where one or both nationalities are outside of the UK, must also email the data page of their passport, and if relevant, the visa/immigration documents showing permission to studying in the 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.  

Documents should be saved and sent as a PDF, JPEG, GIF or .Doc with a max file size of 2048kb. Please save your documents as: LAST NAME first name - STUDENT NUMBER – document type  e.g. SMITH John – 20000000 – Passport or SMITH John – 20000000 – Visa

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

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  

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:

Thursday, 23 September - 4.00pm-6.00pm

Thursday, 30 September - 4.00pm-6.00pm

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:

Tuesday from 4 – 5pm:

Induction Video


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:

You can also watch this video for more information

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!


Personalised Timetables

Personalised Timetables

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.

You can learn more about IT and Technology via Getting Started guide via our website

Advice on studying away from campus.

IT will also be running some online sessions to assist you with any queries you may have. Further details to follow.


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.

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:

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, representation, extra-curricular activities through sports and societies, volunteering opportunities, events and a student focused café and bar.

More information and how to get involved or join our Freshers 2020 Facebook group to keep up to date with welcome activities and events.

GP Registration

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 

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:  

If you are not resident on the QMU Campus, you can seek out your nearest practice here 

 Further information on Health and Chaplaincy 


Student Support Services

Student 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.

The services range from looking after the administration of your studies to helping you build up lifelong career planning skills.

More information on student services.

Wellbeing Services

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.

More information on Wellbeing services.

Student Services Team

Student Services

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 A-Z Guide to QMU

Please click on the link below to view the Student A-Z

Access 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 or submit this information during matriculation (online registration).

You can also view information on tuition fees and funding via the following links:

Tuition Fees

Student Funding




Meet your Programme Team

Programme talk

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

Module Selection

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

Contacts Page

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.

Welcome Talk

Please click on the link below to listen to a recording of the Welcome Talk