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QM Alumni e-Newsletter Issue 15, August 2008

Previous IssuesI Issue 14 I Issue 13 I Issue 12 I Issue 11 I Issue 10 I

beijing reunion
alumni giving

Alumni in the News
Mr Michael Attenborough (Law, 2006)
Mr Philip Beck (Law 1981)
Dr Stephen Deuchar (Westfield, PhD History, 1986)
Professor David Drewry (Geography, 1969)
Kate Egerton (English, 2001)
Eva Figes née Unger (English 1953)
Professor Parveen Kumar (q MBBS, Barts, 1966)
Professor Adrian Newland (q MBBChir, The London, 1974)
Dr Nirmala Rao (PhD Political Science, 1993)
Na’ima B Robert

2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours
Former students (7)
Former staff (1)
Current staff (2)

Alumni News and Notices
Queen Mary Alumni Giving Programme
Women at Queen Mary
Recent graduates
New Health and Fitness Centre on campus
Nominations for Officers of BATLAA
Web email Directory

International News
Beijing Alumni Reunion, 28 July 2008
Double degrees success celebration in Beijing
2008 British Business Awards (Alumnus of the Year)
Hong Kong
University of London Symphony Orchestra Tour New Zealand, Australia and Oceania
New regional group
London Patriots
8th True Purple

Queen Mary International Office Exhibitions

Graduation Ceremonies 2008
In London
Honorary graduates
Honorary fellows

Cristel Guajardo (Hispanic Studies, 2008)
Working together?
Alumni entrepreneurs wanted
Who most influenced you at university?
Engineering and Materials Alumni
PhD Geographers
Digitising your PhD thesis
Jobs at Queen Mary

Alumni Events
London Patriots
London Alumni Club
Family Welcome Reception
Westfield Reunion, 1967-69
Campus Visit Day
Alumni Campus Lunch and Mini-Reunions Day
QM Geology Department Reunion
Barts Class of 1978 - 30th Anniversary
25th Anniversary Reunion for Barts 1983
Bernard Corry Lecture
William Harvey Day
BATLAA Annual General Meeting
Starting Your Own Business
Barts and The London Alumni Association Dinner and Dance
Future events for your diary
Queen Mary Events Leaflet

Staff News
Professor Alastair Hudson
Professor Lisa Jardine CBE
Professor Peter McOwan
Professor Norman Williams

Former Staff
Mr Simon Gray

Research News
New heart disease centre
Noise filtering recording pendants
Honeybees dancing patterns
Beyond Text: Sounds, Voices, Images and Objects
Cassini sees collisions of moonlets on Saturn’s ring
Bumblebees help to track serial killers
Punk loving robots
Contraceptive coil on cancer

Queen Mary News
ApaTech Limited


Mr Michael Attenborough (Law, 2006), spoke to The Times Online about the benefit of gaining public speaking experience for those pursuing a career in law. He said that taking part in mooting – which is what he did as a student - to argue legal cases in a mock court is a perfect opportunity for professional advancement; "It gives you something concrete to back up your claims when you get into an interview and say, I am a good advocate.”  Michael was part of the group who won the 2006 Mooting competition beating students from more than 50 universities. Read more [opens in new window]

Mr Philip Beck (Law, 1981), Founder, Chairman and CEO of Planet Payments has been profiled in MoneyWeek. After 18 years as a successful international banking and corporate lawyer in New York he founded Planet in 1999. The company provides multi-currency processing solutions and payment networks to the banking and merchant industries. Beck believes that banks will turn to Planet in the current financial climate as they choose to outsource more activities.  Read more MoneyWeek

Dr Stephen Deuchar (Westfield, PhD History, 1986), Director of the Tate Britain, commented on the need to save a sketch for the ceiling of London’s Banqueting Hall by Rubens, describing the prototype for The Apotheosis of King James I as “an icon of British history”.


Professor David Drewry (Geography, 1969), Honorary Fellow and Visiting Professor at Queen Mary, has been appointed to serve a four-year term as a Trustee of the Natural History Museum. Professor Drewry is currently Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull.

kate egertonKate Egerton (English, 2001), was featured in an article in The Times which described the difficulties of finding pupillages and the need for experience in the legal profession. Kate graduated with a degree in English in 2001 before converting to law. She recently qualified as a barrister following an internship at the International Bar Association in the Human Rights Institute. Read more [opens in new window].

journey to nowhereEva Figes (née Unger) (English, 1953) has written a book Journey to Nowhere, about her family’s, modest, penniless, Jewish housemaid who survived the First World War in Germany, emigrated to Palestine and returned to live with them in London before disappearing for good. Eva Figes is a Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary. Read more [opens in new window].

kumarParveen Kumar (q MBBS, Barts, 1966), Professor of Medicine and Education at the Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, was awarded the Gold Medal of the British Medical Association for her distinguished contribution to medicine and medical education. Read more [opens in new window]

Professor Adrian Newland (q MBBChir, The London, 1974), Centre Lead for Haematology in the Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, won the 2008 British Society for Haematology Medal. Professor Newland’s major research interests include the immunology and cell biology of low platelet counts in blood.

Dr Nirmala Rao (PhD Political Science, 1993), an expert on urban governance and public policy, has been appointed Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning) at the School of Oriental and African Studies.


Na’ima B Robert, former Bow resident and Queen Mary graduate, has published a book on Somali culture and what it means to be a female, Muslim, Somali teenager living in the UK. From Somalia, With Love is a new book about teenage Somalis living in East London. The book will now be used as a resource for young people in Tower Hamlets, helping them to learn about, understand and gain an insight into British Somali Muslim life.

2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours
A number of Queen Mary people were honoured in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours list:

Former Students

  • Dr Yvonne Burne (Westfield, French with German, 1968; PhD French, 1971), former Headteacher of the City of London School for Girls, was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to education in London.
  • Mr Jonathan Douglas (English, 1978), was awarded an MBE on the overseas list for services to the British arts in Hong Kong.
  • Dr Peter Richard Elliott (q MBBS, The London, 1969), former General Medical Practitioner received an MBE for services to healthcare and to the community in Suffolk.
  • Dr Edward Major (q MBBS, The London, 1972), Clinical Director of the Intensive Care Unit in Swansea, was awarded an OBE for services to the NHS.
  • William Robert McQueen (Geography, 1973), former Deputy Chief Executive, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal, Scottish Executive was awarded a CBE.
  • Professor Sir Anthony Newman Taylor (q MBBS, Barts, 1970), former chairman of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, received a knighthood  for public service.
  • Dr Anthony Zideman (q MBBS, The London, 1972) was awarded the Royal Victorian Order (LVO); he is Honorary Physician (civilian) to the Queen.


Former Staff  

  • Professor Christopher Edwards (Lecturer in Medicine 1969-75; Senior Lecturer and MRC Senior Research Fellow, 1975-80 at St Bartholomew’s Hospital) received a knighthood for services to higher education, medical science and regeneration in the North East.

Current Staff

  • Professor Fran Balkwill, Head of the Translational Oncology Laboratory in the Institute of Cancer, was awarded an OBE for communicating science to children.
  • Professor Sir Nicholas Wald, Director of the Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine, received the title Knight Bachelor for services to preventative medicine.


qm givingQueen Mary Alumni Giving Programme
Queen Mary has launched its first Alumni Appeal to raise funds from its former students and staff to support student opportunities, scholarship and research through the Queen Mary, University of London Foundation. All donations received by the Foundation over the next 36 months from alumni and friends of the College worldwide will be eligible for the Government's matched-funding scheme.

The scheme, launched on 1 August 2008, is intended to promote and encourage individuals to make philanthropic gifts to the higher education sector. This will increase the total value bl givingof each gift given to the Queen Mary, University of London Foundation by at least 50 per cent. You can see how your gift could be enhanced by visiting our web-site.

Please look out for your next issue of QUAD which will have information about how you can participate in the Alumni Giving Programme. Alternatively, you can contact Susan Nettle at or visit our website at

Finally, a big thank you to members of the Barts and The London Alumni Association who have already responded enthusiastically to our Alumni Giving Programme.


women at qmWomen at Queen Mary
A commemorative book, Women at Queen Mary, has been published to celebrate the contribution of women as students and teachers to the development of the College. The pioneering work of Constance Maynard in the establishment of Westfield College, is placed alongside the work of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Elizabeth Blackwell at Barts and The London Hospitals, who both proved that women could qualify and work as doctors. This highly illustrated book can be purchased from the Alumni Relations Office for £7.95 (excluding p&p). Proceeds from the sale of this book will support the work of the Queen Mary, University of London Foundation. Please click here to download an order form [782 KB]..

Recent Graduates

If you haven’t already done so, please remember to collect your Alumni ID Card which you purchased while booking for your graduation ceremony. Outstanding cards can be collected from the Alumni Relations Office in Room CB100, on the first floor of the Queens’ Building on the Mile End Campus - please bring two passport-sized photos with you. Alternatively, you can send two passport-sized photos, including a self-addressed stamped envelope, to the Alumni Relations Office, QMUL, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS. Please ensure that your photos are clearly marked with your name, or email your photos to Steph Mannion at
For more information about the Queen Mary Alumni ID Card please click here.


q motionNew Health and Fitness Centre on campus
QMotion, the new Students’ Union health and fitness centre at Mile End, is scheduled to open in September. Facilities include a gym offering fitness equipment, free weights, studio classes, a ladies only space, sports hall, squash court, personal training and treatment rooms. The Drapers Bar has also been refurbished.

Alumni are invited to take up membership which entitles you to use the facilities at a discounted rate of £30 per month. Membership options are also available for 3, 6, or 12-month periods.
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Alumni who currently hold lifelong membership of the Students’ Union are entitled to further benefits of two fitness instructor sessions per year, a complimentary squash court booking and use of the bar.

Visit or telephone +44(0)20 7882 8458 for more information.

Nominations for Officers of BATLAA: one Vice-President (Trustee) and five Ordinary Members
The terms of office expire for Vice-President Trustee William Lloyd (q BDS, 1973) and five Ordinary Members. Nominations are invited for one Vice-President (preferably a dentist), and five Ordinary Members to serve from 1 January 2009. The Vice-President will also be a trustee of BATLAA.

Nomination forms are available from the Alumni Relations Office and from the alumni website. Forms must be signed by nominee, proposer and seconder, all of whom must be members of BATLAA. These should be received by the Alumni Relations Office by Tuesday 2 September 2008 (6 weeks before the AGM). The results of the election will be announced at the BATLAA AGM on Tuesday 14 October. Click here to download a nomination form.


Web email Directory
Almost 3,700 members have now joined our password-protected email directory. Please email Stephanie Mannion if you would like to gain access or to have your name added to the list. Do remember to let us know when you change your email address.

Have we got your most up to date address? If you have moved and have not yet been in touch to let us know, please complete our ‘Change of Details’ form to ensure you receive your next copy of QUAD magazine. QUAD contains news and features about what is happening at Queen Mary, interviews with alumni and the Catch-Up section which includes short news pieces from alumni. Change of details FORM



beijing reunion Beijing
Alumni Reunion, 28 July 2008 Over 40 Queen Mary alumni gathered at the Peninsula Hotel in Beijing for a reunion. It was the last time that The Principal, Professor Adrian Smith FRS would host such an event, as he leaves the College on 31 August.

Members heard The Principal talk about the many close links with China that the College has established during his 10 years in office, including the establishment of the Joint Programmes between Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications(see below).

Members also expressed great enthusiasm for the establishment of a QM Beijing Alumni Group. 

bupt ceremonyDouble degrees success celebration in Beijing

The inaugural graduation ceremony of the Joint Programmes between Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and Queen Mary, University of London was held on Tuesday 29 July. In total, 111 students were awarded both a Bachelor’s Degree from BUPT, and a University of London Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree.

Launched in 2004, the Joint Programme initiative was the first of its kind in the world, awarding Chinese students with ‘double degrees’ which are taught jointly between the two institutions. The four-year programmes are taught in China, predominately in English, by staff from BUPT and Queen Mary. The BSc(Eng) in Telecommunications Engineering with Management and the BSc(Eng) in E-Commerce Engineering with Law reflect BUPT and Queen Mary’s strong links with the IT industry and the joint and absolute commitment to training world-class professionals.

Professor Fang, President of BUPT, announced during the ceremony that all the graduating students from the Joint Programme had found employment. 70 per cent are going on to continue their studies at Master’s level at universities in China and around the world. This is a record for any programme at BUPT and also Queen Mary. The remaining 30 per cent of students are taking-up posts in companies throughout China.

At the ceremony two outstanding scientists were recognised for their pioneering contribution to development of optical fibre technology. Dr George Hockham was created an Honorary Visiting Professor at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and Professor Charles Kao, also former Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, was made an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary, University of London. Read more [opens in new window]

2008 British Business Awards (Alumnus of the Year)
Led by British Chamber of Commerce in China and supported by the British Council China, United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI) of The British Embassy, China-Britain Business Council and Confederation of British Industry, the British Business Awards aims to recognise and reward people who are building businesses and brands in China through innovation, enterprise and endeavour.

Five awards including Alumnus of the Year, Company of the Year, Innovative Product of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Programme of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year will be awarded at a ceremony in Beijing in November.

These Awards are not limited to Chinese nationals only, they are open to anyone who has studied in the UK and is able to demonstrate their innovative spirit and a strong commitment to developing UK-China business, education and or cultural relationships. Information on how to enter this competition can be found at

The deadline for applications is 29 August 2008.



University of London Symphony Orchestra Hong Kong Tour
The University of London Symphony Orchestra (ULSO), in alliance with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), will be touring Hong Kong this summer. ULSO will showcase London’s most talented students in a series of concerts in a cultural student outreach programme from Thursday 28 August to Friday 5 September.

The Orchestra is made up of students of different disciplines from the various colleges of the University of London. Students from Queen Mary include recent graduate Eva Nowak-Solinska (q BDS, 2008) who is also the current Chair of the ULSO.

International renowned soloists, violinist Nicola Benedetti (BBC Young Musician of the Year 2004, and Classical Brit 2008 Best Performing Artist) and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich will be joining the tour. Please click here to download the tour's flier.

New regional group
Alumni living or working in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania are invited to join this newly formed regional group coordinated by Tom Lumb (Geography, 1963). To join this group or to express interest in the type of activities that you would like the group to undertake, please complete our International Alumni Joining form

dragon boatLondon Patriots

The "London Patriots", the dragon boat team for members of the University ofLondon, is again taking part in the Swiss national races in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, on 16 and 17 August. The team is looking to recruit new members. For more information on how to join, visit

8th True purple
This year’s "True Purple", the University of London Intercollegiate Evening will take place on Monday 8 December in Switzerland. This event is organised by Mercel Bigger (MSc 97 LSE), Secretary General for the Swiss LSE Alumni Association. More information will be sent, nearer the time, to alumni working or living in Switzerland.

Queen Mary International Office Exhibitions
Our colleagues in the International Office attend a number of education exhibitions for prospective students around the world to which alumni are invited. Please visit our website for further information about these exhibitions or to contact your Country Officer.


This summer more than 7,000 family and friends joined us to celebrate the success of over 2,500 students who passed their degrees and also attended their graduation ceremonies. For the first time ceremonies were held in both London and Beijing.

The Graduation Ceremonies are also an opportunity for the College to recognise the achievements of men and women who have made outstanding contributions to society. In total, nine new Honorary Fellows of the College and four Honorary Graduates of the University of London were recognised.

In London:
Honorary graduates:

Professor Marilyn Butler, Doctor of Literature (honoris causa) literary critic of the Romantic period and formerly Rector of Exeter College, Oxford
Professor Julia King, Doctor of Science (honoris causa), Vice-Chancellor of Aston University
Sir Richard MacCormac CBE, PPRIBA, RA, Doctor of Science (Social Science) (honoris causa), architect
Professor Pierre Rosanvallon, Doctor of Science (Social Science) (honoris causa), political theorist

abdul bariHonorary fellows:
Professor Will Alsop, OBE, RA, architect
Dr Abdul Bari, MBE, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain
Professor E. Mary Cooke, OBE, MD, FRCPath, FRCP, clinical bacteriologist and sometime Deputy Director of the Public Health Laboratory Service
Dr Dennis Gillings, CBE, entrepreneur and philanthropist
Lord (Roy) Hattersley, former Labour politician and former Member of Parliament for Sparkbrook in Birmingham
lord rixBaroness Elaine Murphy of Aldgate in the City of London, formerly Chair of the NE London Strategic Health Authority
Lord Justice Rix (Sir Bernard Rix), Lord Justice of the Court of Appeal
Baroness Gillian Shepherd of Northwold, PC, JP, DL, former Conservative politician and former Member of Parliament for SW Norfolk

In Beijing:
Honorary Fellow:

Charles Kao, CBE, FRS, FREng, FIET, FIEEE, pioneer together with Dr George Hockham of the field of optical fibres, former Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Selected profiles of this year’s honorary fellows and graduates can be viewed at



cristel wedding Cristel Guajardo (Hispanic Studies, 2008)

During her time at Queen Mary, recent graduate Cristel worked for the Education Liaison Department as a Student Ambassador. As well as marketing the college to prospective students and parents who visit the college, through campus tours, Student Ambassadors can also work for various offices within the Department of Corporate Affairs. This is how Cristel had the opportunity to work in the Alumni and Events Office, on a weekly basis, where she gained experience in office administration, organising alumni and public events, customer service and other skills such as working as part of a team.

As part of her 4-year degree programme, Cristel had an opportunity to return to her native Chile for her year abroad where she studied at the prestigious Universidad Católica in Santiago. Apart from learning to survive and study in a country with a different academic system, Cristel found the love of her life whom she married in June this year. Juggling the requirements of finishing her degree, in addition to planning her wedding meant that she had to be very decisive about hunting for a job.

Cristel acknowledges that her Queen Mary experience has fulfilled all her expectations, “I believe the academic and work experience I gained at Queen Mary were the basis for securing my first job as an Alumni Officer for the English-Speaking Union at its headquarters in Mayfair, and also gave me the professional tools for establishing a career in fundraising or working in the charitable sector”. 

If you have not already been in touch to let us know how you acquired your first job after graduation, please do, soon. [PROFILE FORM]

Working together?
Do you know of other former students who are working for your organisation, or perhaps you have recruited a recent Queen Mary graduate? We would like to hear from you if you are working with, for or alongside other former students of the College. By informing us of how you or your peers are progressing professionally, you are expanding our knowledge base of how our graduates are making a significant economic contribution worldwide, email


Alumni entrepreneurs wanted
Come and share your experience of starting and running your own business. This seminar, organised by the Careers’ Office at Queen Mary will take place on Tuesday 18 November from 3 – 6pm, and will give current students an insight into what it is like to run their own business. Alumni entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to discuss what they have learnt about starting their own business and what they would do differently. They will also give general advice to current students and young alumni who may be thinking of starting out on their own. To participate in this programme, please contact Anila Memon at

Who most influenced you at university?
Many of you have completed our Alumni Profile form and have told us who most influenced you while a student, 87 per cent of you were most influenced by your lecturers while 11 per cent of you were influenced by fellow students. If you have not yet written to tell us who influenced you , please do so soon. Many current students and recent graduates are finding your advice a valuable resource. To submit your profile or to view what some of your contemporaries are doing, please visit our alumni profiles website

Engineering and Materials Alumni
Where are you and what are doing? Do we have your contact details? The Department of Engineering and Material Science would like to know how you are benefiting from your degree and whether the skills you acquired from your university days are serving you well. Please get in touch by completing our online Alumni Profile form.

PhD Geographers
Did you receive your PhD qualification from the department of Geography in the last ten years? Your former department would like to hear from you. Please complete our online Alumni Profile form.

Digitising your PhD thesis
The British Library has launched a new service, Electronic Theses Online Service (EthOS), for storing theses online. EthOs plans to digitise up to 20,000 UK PhD theses during 2008. Once digitised, the full text will be available online in EthOS, free at the point of use, to anyone both online and in the College’s own online research repository “QMUL eprints”.
We are therefore calling all our PhD alumni to take up this opportunity and make available to a worldwide audience the significant research that you have undertaken.

If your thesis is selected for EThOS you will be sent a ”Deposit Agreement” by which the College seeks permission to supply your thesis to the British Library for digitisation and subsequent inclusion in QMUL eprints and EThOS.

If you already have an electronic copy of your thesis that you would like included in the new service please write to the QMUL E-thesis Office.

If you do not wish your thesis to be digitised you should also contact the E-thesis Office at:

QMUL E-thesis Office
The Library
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4NS


Jobs at Queen Mary
Queen Mary employs more than 3000 staff in a variety of roles including: Teaching and Research, Clinical and Medical, Management and Professional and Administration, if you are interested in working for the College, please visit our Human Resource website


Saturday 16 -Sunday 17 August 2008

London Patriots
The "London Patriots", the dragon boat team for members of the University of London, is again taking part in the Swiss national races in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. The team is looking to recruit new members.

For more information on how to join and how to book, visit [opens in new window]

Wednesday 20 August, 7pm - 9pm
London-Beijing Alumni Club

Study London in association with the London Development Agency welcomes you to a reunion of London alumni to celebrate the successes of the Beijing-London partnership. If you would like to attend please contact Simon at or
Click here for a booking form.

Saturday 13 September, 11.30am and 2.30pm

Family Welcome Reception
If your son or daughter is coming to Queen Mary this September, you are invited to join us for a welcome cup of coffee and cake. Hosted by Professor Morag Shiach, Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning) and Mazdak Alizadeh, President of the Students’ Union, there will be two sittings at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Venue: Level One Study Area, First Floor, Catering Building, Mile End Campus

If you would like to attend or join the Family Programme, please contact Anila Memon at


Sunday 21 September 2008, 12:30pm
Westfield Reunion, 1967-69
Graduates of Westfield College from 1967-1969 are invited to a reunion in London at Haz Restaurant near Liverpool Street. This reunion is being organised by 1968 French alumnae Katherine O’Neil (née Hunter), Pat Walker (née Littlewood) and Barbara Calderbank.
For more information about this event and booking information, contact Stephanie Mannion at

Saturday 27 September 2008, 10am - 3pm
Campus Visit Day

This day is organised for anyone who is thinking of starting an undergraduate course at Queen Mary. You will have the opportunity to meet admission tutors, go on a campus tour which includes the student accommodation. For more information visit

Saturday 4 October 2008, All day
Alumni Campus Lunch and Mini-Reunions Day
This year’s programme includes an optional morning tour of St Bartholomew’s, Britain’s oldest hospital, and West Smithfield. Founded in 1123 by a monk named Rahere and granted by Henry VIII to the City of London in 1546, Barts has long been a centre for medical education. It became a constituent college of the University of London in 1900, merged with the London Hospital Medical College in 1989 and, finally, Queen Mary and Westfield College in 1995.

campus luchYour tour will be conducted by a City of London guide and commence at Barts, taking in historic sites such as the church of St Bartholomew’s the Less, the Hospital’s square, the North Wing and the Great Hall which was designed by James Gibbs, as well as Hogarth’s famous biblical paintings.  Following the tour, guests will make their own way up to campus which is a short tube ride away. Limited spaces are available for the tour so please book early to avoid disappointment.

From 12.30pm, you may enjoy a glass of wine upon arrival in the Octagon, formerly the College Library. Lunch will be served at 1pm; tables can be booked in advance for groups wishing to sit together so do round up your friends and get a group together. Alternatively, if you would like help tracing lost contemporaries, do get in touch and we will try to reconnect you.

We already have group bookings for alumni from QMC History 1968, QMC Geography 1968 starters and QM Geologists (for more information, please see below). Please contact us for further information about joining these groups.

Following lunch, you will be able to take departmental (subject to demand) or campus tours where you can see the latest developments on campus. Afternoon tea will also be served.

Lunch and afternoon tea, £28 per person
Tour, lunch and afternoon tea, £33 per person

Booking deadline: Wednesday 24 September

To download a booking form, please click here [WORD 41KB]. If you require more information or if you would like help putting a table together, contact Anila Memon at

QM Geology Department Reunion
The Kirkaldy Society is hosting a special reunion for geologists at the Alumni Campus Lunch to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Professor Kirkaldy, with an exhibition of his life and work, as well as the tenth anniversary of the Society.

You will have the opportunity to hear a presentation about the exhibition and the life and work of Professor Kirkaldy, enjoy lunch together in the Octagon, followed by the Kirkaldy Society AGM and tea in the afternoon.

For more information about this special celebratory reunion, please contact Anila Memon at The Kirkaldy Society is particularly keen to hear from geologists whom they have lost touch with.


Saturday 11 October 2008, 7pm
Barts Class of 1978 - 30th Anniversary
This anniversary reunion led by Elizabeth Cox will be held in the Great Hall at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Tickets: £67 per person

For more information please email Stephanie Mannion at  

Saturday 18 October
25th Anniversary Reunion for Barts 1983 Leavers
Dr Paul Veys (q Barts 1983) is organising a reunion dinner in central London for medics who qualified from Barts in 1983 on Saturday 18 October. If you are interested in attending or if you would like to receive more information, please email Anila Memon at

Tuesday 14 October 2008, 8.30am - 10pm
William Harvey Day

This year’s William Harvey Day will feature internal and external speakers including television presenter Adam Hart-Davis, Professor Pierre Corvol from the College de France, alumnus and Professor Jack Cuzick (MSC Mathematics 1971, Westfield College), Professor Alan Ashworth and many more. The day will also showcase some of the cutting edge research currently underway in the School with posters displayed in the Great Hall.  The day will end with the St Luke’s tide Service in the dramatic setting of St. Bartholomew-The-Great and Dinner at The Butchers' Hall, EC1.  If  you wish to attend all of the day, or just a part of it, please contact George Foden, Events Manager on +(0)20 7882 7866 or email

Venue during the day: Robin Brook Centre and Great Hall at Barts

Subscription dinner: £TBC per person

Tuesday 14 October 2008, 1pm - 2.30pm

BATLAA Annual General Meeting
Barts and The London Alumni Association invites all its members to join
the Trustees and Committee for the Annual General Meeting over a buffet
lunch. Members are warmly encouraged to attend and become more involved.

Venue: TBC, near The Great Hall at Barts

To book your place or for more information, contact the Events Office at  
Queen Mary at

Wednesday 22 October 2008
The Bernard Corry Lecture
This year’s lecture will be given by Dan Corry, Director of the Downing Street Policy Unit
Time and Venue: TBC
To book your place or for more information, contact the Events Office at Queen Mary at


Tuesday 18 November, 3 - 6pm
Starting Your Own Business
Young Alumni are invited to attend this event hosted by the Careers Office. If you would like to attend or if you are an entrepreneur and would like to share your experience of starting your own business, please contact Anila Memon at

dinner and dance 2006Friday 21 November 2008
, 7.15 for 8pm
Barts and The London Alumni Association Dinner and Dance
Tickets are still available. This year, we are hoping to reunite Cup winning sides of our Rugby Clubs, and medics and dentists celebrating an anniversary year since qualifying.
If you would like to book your place, or a table, please contact Jo Stiles at Alternatively you can download a booking form [PDF 132KB].

Future events for your diary

You can request further information about any of the events listed below by emailing:, with your contact details.

Friday 28 November – Hong Kong Alumni Reunion and VTC graduation ceremony
Monday 8 December – Switzerland. Annual ‘True Purple’ University of London Intercollegiate Evening – all QM alumni welcome. Details to be announced.
Monday 27 April – 2 May 2009 Queen Mary’s Third Arts Week events

Queen Mary Events Leaflet

Queen Mary holds over 160 inaugural and public lectures each year, in addition to research days and conferences. To be kept informed about 'What's on', you can opt to receive our termly events leaflet by emailing Or check our events pages on the web at



Professor Lisa Jardine CBE, from the School of English and Drama and chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), was interviewed in the New Statesman (26 May 2008). At the beginning of April, Professor Jardine became the new chair of the HFEA, the regulatory body tasked with overseeing the areas covered by the new bill. Professor Jardine said: “One in seven couples will have trouble conceiving. This bill is about helping them. ” Read more [opens in new window]

Professor Peter McOwan of the Department of Computer Science and Professor Alastair Hudson of the Department of Law won individual awards in recognition of  their outstanding contributions to teaching and learning. The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme aims to raise the status and visibility of teaching in higher education, and to provide a national focus for institutional teaching and learning excellence schemes. Read more [opens in new window]

Professor Norman Williams
, Centre Lead for Academic Surgery in the Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, has been elected to an honorary fellowship of the American Surgical Association, the highest distinction the association may confer on international surgeons. Professor Williams, one of only two practising UK surgeons to have the honour, specialises in coloproctology, and he is currently Chair of the Academic and Research board of the Royal College of Surgeons and President-Elect of the Society of Academic and Research Surgery.


Mr Simon Gray (obituary)
The author and playwright Simon Gray has died on Thursday August 7 aged 71 . Famous for his black comedies, Gray’s best known works include ‘Quartermaine’s Terms’ and Cell Mates. Gray lectured at Queen Mary in English Literature from 1965-1985 and featured the College, under a pseudonym, in his 1997 novella ‘Breaking Hearts’. The Guardian p.36


New heart disease centre speeds research to patients bedside
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry together with Barts and The London NHS Trust have received a grant of £5.375 million from the National Institute for Health Research to establish a Biomedical Research Centre in cardiovascular disease.
The grant will be used to purchase a £1 million state-of-the-art CT scanner which uses leading-edge imaging techniques to diagnose and assess heart disease. In addition, monies will be allocated to establish a team of advanced cardiac imaging specialists to conduct translational research based alongside the Barts and The London Heart Attack Centre.
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Noise filtering recording pendants
Professor Mark Sandler of the Department of Electronic Engineering provides technological insight for an article on the future of music festivals in the July issue of Focus, the BBC’s science and technology magazine. Technologies profiled include an electronic pendant that can record live music and recommend similar bands, ultrasound transmitters to filter out reverb and other unwanted noise, and new security features including biometric tickets and motion detectors on perimeter fencing. BBC Focus pp.56-57


Honeybees dancing patterns
Research by behavioural ecologist Professor Lars Chittka of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences indicates that two species of honeybees perform differing dances on returning to the hive after finding nectar-laden flowers. Professor Chittka raises questions over the ability of the two species to communicate with each other, and speculates that, “honey bees can learn to interpret unfamiliar waggle dance moves.” Read more [opens in new window]

Beyond Text: Sounds, Voices, Images and Objects
Evelyn Welch, Academic Dean of Arts and Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama will direct a £5.5 million collaborative research programme supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to examine the role of non-written communication throughout history. Read more [opens in new window]

cassiniCassini sees collisions of moonlets on Saturn’s ring
A team of scientists led by Queen Mary’s Professor Carl Murray has discovered that the rapid changes in Saturn’s F ring can be attributed to small moonlets causing perturbations. Their results were reported in Nature (5 June 2008).

Saturn’s F ring has long been of interest to scientists as its features change on timescales from hours to years and it is probably the only location in the solar system where large-scale collisions happen on a daily basis. Understanding these processes helps scientists understand the early stages of planet formation. Read more [opens in new window]

bumblebeeBumblebees help to track serial killers
Geographic profiling (GP) is a technique used by police forces around the world to help them prioritise lists of suspects in investigations of serial crimes. It uses the sites of a serial killer’s crimes to predict where the killer is most likely to live. Scientists from Queen Mary’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences are helping to perfect this technique by testing it on bumblebees. Read more [opens in new window]


robotsPunk loving robots
Working with artist Fiddian Warman, Professor Peter McOwan from the Department of Computer Science, along with Andrew Tweedie (musical director) Jons Jones Morris (software), and Dr Barry Gibb (neurologist) have developed robots and trained them to love punk music and nothing else.  This was achieved by employing "adaptive resonance theory," which allows the robots to build up a history of patterns relating to different sounds, and analyze songs on the fly, matching the patterns against other types of music it has already listened to.

Professor McOwan explained: “Building computer systems that mimic the human brain is one of the ways we can test our understanding of biological process. In this case the punk robots give us a very challenging test bed; real time operation and a real live audience.”

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Contraceptive coil and cancer
According to new research, a contraceptive device used by millions of women could cut the risk of womb cancer. Scientists believe the form of the coil may prevent cancer of the uterus in high-risk patients. Scientists will test their theory in a four-year trial on 220 women using a coil called Mirena IUS. The study is a collaboration between Queen Mary, St George's, University of London and Cancer Research UK. Read more [opens in new window]

Queen Mary News

ApaTech Limited
ApaTech, a synthetic bone specialist spin-out of Queen Mary, has raised £23m from the private equity group 3i and Healthcor Partners of the US. ApaTech has developed a new silicon substance to encourage bone growth, helping patients to recover more quickly from surgery, such as spine or hip operations. Demand is growing fast for ApaTech's technology. Last year sales trebled to $15m. 3i will strengthen ApaTech's board by appointing Peter Chambré, former Chief Executive of Cambridge Antibody Technologies, one of the UK's few biotechnology success stories, as its Non-Executive Chairman. Simon Cartmell, Chief Executive of ApaTech, said 3i had been "the driving force" behind his company and he was confident of its continuing support, in spite of the private equity group's increasing focus on larger companies. Read more [opens in new window]


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