Queen Mary is a truly global university. Their home is in London but they have sites in China, Malta and Paris. Their community includes students and staff from over 160 countries around the world, which enables them to deliver teaching and research with an international dimension and impact.
They are proud to trace the roots of today's Queen Mary University of London back to the great charitable institutions of the city's East End.
The London Hospital Medical College was founded in 1785, part of The London Infirmary that served the poor. The People's Palace, opened in 1887, brought accessible education, culture and recreation to the East End – uncovering so much ability that technical education soon blossomed into academic excellence in science, arts and the humanities. St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College can trace its history back nearly 900 years to 1123, the reign of Henry I.
The East End is renowned for its resilience. Continually reinventing and reshaping itself in response to an ever-changing world, it's a part of London that has been a constant scene of social, political and environmental change. By the 19th century, many workers in the capital called the East End home, and at its heart grew an institution committed to providing them with educational and cultural opportunities.
From the East End to the world
Today, Queen Mary University of London has evolved into an international hub of education and research excellence. They offer hundreds of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and also offer an inspiring environment in which to undertake a PhD.
They have formed partnerships with like-minded institutions both in the UK and overseas.
Students and staff from all over the world are a part of our family and they continue to bring world-class education and opportunities to all students who have the potential, whatever their background. They still continue to keep their commitment to their home in east London – whether they are working with local schools, businesses, charities or community groups, they take pride in their philanthropic roots..
From the very beginning, their founders aimed:
…to create an institution in which, whether in Science, Art or Literature, any students may be able to follow up his education to the highest point by means of Technical and Trade Schools, Reading Rooms and Libraries…
Sir Edmund Hay Currie, Chairman of the Beaumont Trust