Queen Mary is one of the largest colleges of the internationally renowned University of London. The College has a student population of over 16,000 students, around 20% of whom are from overseas, contributing to a truly cosmopolitan environment that is extremely welcoming to students from all over the world.
Queen Mary is one of London and the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. Queen Mary's 3,000 staff deliver world class degree programmes and research across a wide range of subjects in Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws, in Medicine and Dentistry and in Science and Engineering.
Alongside our global research excellence, we have a strong commitment to our London environment. Queen Mary spans London's diverse districts. Two of our four campuses are in east London, in the Borough of Tower Hamlets between The City and Canary Wharf, a multicultural and socially diverse area that is one of the most rapidly developing parts of London. We have the advantage of being the London research-focused university closest to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games, only one mile from the Mile End site, our main residential campus. Whitechapel is home to part of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, focused on the stunning Will Alsop Blizard Building, housing the largest open plan laboratories in Europe.
Our other campuses are in central London: at Charterhouse Square and Barts Hospital, on the edge of the City of London, the key financial district, one of the two campuses of Barts and The London Medical School; and at Lincoln's Inn Fields, in London's Legal District, the home for our Graduate School of Law and the world-famous Centre for Commercial Law Studies.
Queen Mary was ranked 13th in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) according to the Times Higher Education. The Guardian places Queen Mary even higher, 11th in the UK. Our staff members have been honoured by election to Fellowships of the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Medical Science and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Amongst University of London multi-faculty colleges, Queen Mary was ranked fourth, 10 places ahead of King's College London, which was ranked 22nd in the country.
As a member of the 1994 Group of research-focused universities, Queen Mary has made a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research. We have invested in this principle through a systematic programme of recruiting to Queen Mary the best academic staff in their disciplines from around the world. In 2012 Queen Mary, University of London accepted an invitation to join the Russell Group of universities, a group of 24 leading UK universities committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, excellent graduate employability and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.