A flour­ish­ing cam­pus life

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eS­TAB­LISHED in 1850, St Mary’s Univer­sity in Lon­don has been pro­vid­ing stu­dents with first-class ed­u­ca­tion and unique so­cial ex­pe­ri­ence for more than 160 years. Si tu­ated in south­west Lon­don, nearby Straw­berry Hill sta­tion and the River Thames, stu­dents of St Mary’s ben­e­fit from hav­ing ac­cess to Cen­tral Lon­don and the sur­round­ing parks which pop­u­late the bor­ough of Richmond, recog­nised as one of Lon­don’s safest districts.

Last month, St Mary’s was awarded full univer­sity sta­tus by the Bri­tish Privy Coun­cil, recog­nis­ing its years of sta­ble growth, the qual­ity of cour­ses on of­fer and the ex­cel­lent univer­sity ex­pe­ri­ence pro­vided to stu­dents.

A new vice-chan­cel­lor, Fran­cis Camp­bell, will join St Mary’s in March, ush­er­ing in an ex­cit­ing new era. Camp­bell comes with an ex­cel­lent record, hav­ing worked in the Bri­tish Diplo­matic Ser­vice since 1997 and acted as Pol­icy Ad­viser to the Prime Min­is­ter, Pri­vate Sec­re­tary to the Prime Min­is­ter, First Sec­re­tary at the Bri­tish Em­bassy in Rome, Se­nior Pol­icy Di­rec­tor with Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, Am­bas­sador to the Holy See and Deputy High Com­mis­sioner to Pak­istan. Camp­bell will leave his cur­rent role as Head of the Pol­icy Unit and Di­rec­tor of In­no­va­tion at UK Trade and In­vest­ment to take up the post at St Mary’s.

Re­ceiv­ing univer­sity sta­tus, along with the ap­point­ment of Camp­bell, her­alds the be­gin­ning of an ex­cit­ing time in St Mary’s long his­tory.

An­other new ad­di­tion to St Mary’s is the chal­leng­ing course, BSc (Hons) Ap­plied Physics, de­liv­ered in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Phys­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory. From the weird worlds of quan­tum me­chan­ics and rel­a­tiv­ity to ra­di­a­tion mon­i­tor­ing and med­i­cal imag­ing, from op­to­elec­tron­ics and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions to su­per­con­duc­tiv­ity and space physics, from 3D man­u­fac­tur­ing to the as­sess­ment of ath­letic per­for­mance by biome­chan­ics, the Ap­plied Physics de­gree pro­gramme has been de­signed to sup­port stu­dents in their fu­ture ca­reers via a strong en­gage­ment with high tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies at the cut­ting edge of re­search and de­vel­op­ment.

The pro­gramme aims to de­velop the abil­ity of stu­dents as the next gen­er­a­tion of physi­cists to form ed­u­cated and well-in­formed opin­ions on a range of topics of im­por­tance to mankind (en­vi­ron­men­tal re­sources and fu­ture en­ergy needs) and to the fu­ture tech­no­log­i­cal well-be­ing of the United King­dom (aid to high tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies, prop­er­ties of novel ma­te­ri­als of sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal im­por­tance).

BSc (Hons) Ap­plied Physics is a great course for stu­dents in­ter­ested in En­gi­neer­ing and Physics but who are not yet sure which area they would like to spe­cialise in. Re­ceiv­ing such a broad ex­po­sure to key themes within each sub­ject helps to pre­pare stu­dents for post­grad­u­ate study with a specialist fo­cus.

St Mary’s has steadily built a pro­file in Malaysia, wel­com­ing stu­dents to a range of un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate de­gree pro­grammes and pro­vid­ing teacher train­ing cour­ses to govern­ment-spon­sored stu­dents. Its wel­com­ing, nur­tur­ing and mul­ti­cul­tural cam­pus pro­vides stu­dents with an ex­cel­lent base to study, so­cialise and ex­plore.

First year in­ter­na­tional stu­dents are guar­an­teed a room in one of St Mary’s var­i­ous halls of res­i­dence, ei­ther on site or in the lo­cal area. Prices vary ac­cord­ing to the size and fa­cil­i­ties of each room.

With the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment be­com­ing in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive, St Mary’s works to sup­port stu­dents in gath­er­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, record­ing progress and putting for­ward their achieve­ments in an en­gag­ing way to em­ploy­ers.

The Cen­tre for Workplace Learn­ing pro­vides stu­dents with in­tern­ships and work place­ments rel­e­vant to their course and pos­tu­ni­ver­sity am­bi­tions.

Re­cently, the In­ter­na­tional of­fice at St Mary’s in­tro­duced a range of un­der­grad­u­ate and post­grad­u­ate scholarships which pro­vide dis­counts of up to £1,000 (RM5,507) at un­der­grad­u­ate level and £3,000 (RM16,535) at post­grad­u­ate. Recog­nis­ing that stu­dents ex­cel in dif­fer­ent ar­eas, the scholarships are not limited only to aca­demic ex­cel­lence, but also sport­ing achieve­ment, lan­guage skills and so­cial en­gage­ment. Full de­tails are avail­able on the web­site with all stu­dents ap­ply­ing from out­side of the Euro­pean Union el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply.

Derek Tan, a BSc Psy­chol­ogy stu­dent at St Mary’s, of­fers his in­sight into life at St Mary’s, the tran­si­tion be­tween Malaysian and Bri­tish cul­ture and his ca­reer hopes af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

St Mary’s BSc Psy­chol­ogy stu­dent Derek Tan is en­joy­ing cam­pus life in the UK.

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