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.

Induction Video

Please click here to watch a short video about Induction for new students at QMU

Registration & Document Check

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. You will not be able to receive your Student Card unless you have your ID. Please note that there is a fee of £20 to replace your student card so please keep it in a safe place.
  • 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. You can also email this information to
  • International students:   All international fee paying students must bring copies of relevant documentation including your Passport, Visa and original qualification certificates.
  • Students with Dual Nationality:
    Students with dual nationality, where one or both nationalities are outside of the EU, must also bring their passport.
  • 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 Friday 17th January 2020. If you fail to show your BID your IT access will be restricted.

Please click here for more information on Student Smartcards


Parent Information Sessions

Please note that QMU will be holding Parent Information Sessions so if your parents/guardians wish to attend these sessions we strongly recommend that you plan your arrival for that day.

The sessions will be led by a senior member of staff with input from Student Services and the Students’ Union and will explain how our students are supported during their studies. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and is followed by the opportunity to talk to staff from several support departments, over tea & coffee.

Date Room Times
Friday 6th Sept Halle Lecture Theatre (Room 3148) 3pm
Saturday 7th Sept Halle Lecture Theatre (Room 3148) 1pm
Saturday 7th Sept Halle Lecture Theatre (Room 3148) 3pm

Personalised Timetables

Personalised Timetables

You will be able to access your personalised timetable via the Student Portal shortly. You will also need to have completed online matriculation. This will display up-to-date time and room information. More general Module and Group timetables are 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 at QMU (including instructions on how to access QMU wireless), via our Digital Experience Tour -, this will help you get connected to WIFI, Email, HUB, Free Cloud Storage, Mobile Apps and lots more.

If you have a scheduled IT session as part of your induction, please bring your own laptop along if possible.

If you have any IT queries during induction week, we will be running a Digital Experience Festival, in room 1162 (LRC) 
Find out all about the DIgital Experience Festival by clicking here.


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.

International Student Induction

There will be a an induction session for International students on Sunday 8th September. If you are an International Student, it is vital that you attend this session. Registration opens at 9.30am and the induction starts at1 10.00am.

The session is open to all International and EU students however our students from Ireland may not find the session useful as our systems are largely similar. Attendance is compulsory for Tier 4 Visa students.

If you are unable to attend, please ensure that you speak with a member of the International office when you arrive.

More information can also be found here

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.

Wellbeing & 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. Please click here for more information.

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. Please click here for more information.

Meet your Programme Team

Meet and Greet with Programme Leader

In this session your Programme 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.

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.

Attendance Policy

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 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 16th September 2019 until 1st May 2020 and for Postgraduate students from 16th September 2019 until 31st August 2020.

Student A-Z Guide to QMU

Click here to access the Student A-Z

Student Induction Checklist

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 highly recommend that all students attend all of their induction sessions. We do however understand that for some students, this won't be possible. If you are unable to attend your induction, please email in advance of induction week so we can make contact and send you further information. When you arrive please visit either the School Office or Registry Information Point and request a copy of the Student Induction Checklist which will lists all of the important things you should do in order to complete the induction process.

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.

Bringing Food Products to the UK

Please note that there are strict rules governing the import of food produce into the UK.  

Please see the link below for further details: