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State of the Union – January 2018

A brief update from Queen Mary Students’ Union

SU President, Yasir Yeahia, announced that the refurbishments to the Hive building will be finished by February. The new décor will not only provide students with a modern and alternative workspace to the library, but also have more suitable acoustics to bring the noise levels down. Discussions were also held on possibly renaming the east Hive building. A popular suggestion was renaming the building after a notable and respected alumni.

Yas highlighted the commitment Queen Mary has to going greener with plans now being discussed regarding how to implement biodegradable straws rather than plastic ones around the University. 

VP Barts and The London announced the petition to move the Rites of Passage ceremony to coincide with the Graduation ceremony had reached 1,200 signatures. This will allow graduates to celebrate both ceremonies on the same day. Rakin also announced a £30,000 grant to student sports clubs at Barts and The London.

The Vice President Education is launching the student experience survey and looking at digital resources across the university.

The Vice President Welfare aims to launch the mental health app, ‘What’s Up?’ at Queen Mary. Still being trailed, if successful, students would have 24 hour access to the service allowing them to find information as well as seek support. The app would highlight the Union’s desire to provide the most up to date and necessary help to students when it comes to mental health.

February is Asian heritage month and the Union will be holding many celebrations including events for Chinese New Year.


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