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Activities and Programmes

This page gathers information about clubs, programmes and other activities available to Queen Mary staff.  If you would like to advertise an regular activity on this page, please contact

Book Club  

The Book Club meets every two months to discuss books on subjects including mental health, equality, diversity and inclusion.  To find out more or to join the Book Club, email Eirini Marouli.

Community Foundation 

Community Foundation is the Students’ Union’s sport leadership and workforce development programme. All QMUL staff members are welcome to register as leaders to facilitate sport and physical activity with schools, sport clubs and other organisations in the local community. In return for your outreach, you can benefit from a host of rewards including certificates, clothing and funded sport qualifications.  

Club Sport  

If you are a staff member who is part of the Queen Mary University alumni, you can continue taking part in a sport or explore a new one to take part in. There are plenty of opportunities within Club Sport for you to get involved. Clubs are run by students for students and alumni, and the Students' Union is home to over 65 sports teams.  

Join a sports club, represent your university and compete in local, national and international competitions. Being part of a club is a great social experience and an excellent way to develop your sporting skills.  

A photograph of a cluster of purple crocusesQM Gardening Group  

The QM Gardening Group is made up of staff and student gardeners, or anyone wanting to understand more about planting, potting and seeding. The group is a free to join and lead by Queen Mary's Gardens Supervisor, Dimi Sopisz, our expert on all things green.

We run regular events that focus on our campus-based planters, showcasing how to plant trees, shrubs and vegetables (including rockets, lettuces, beetroots and courgettes). We meet regularly at the allotments on Mile End campus (behind the Village Shop).

If you’d like to join us you will need to register for our gardening events, so that we know how many to cater for on the day. No need for any knowledge or to bring anything with you.

If you would like to become a member, please request to join the Microsoft Teams channel to keep up to date with activities and events: QM Gardening Group. For more information email our Sustainability Coordinator, Tom Stockton.

Get Active  

Get Active is the Students’ Union’s recreational sport and activities programme available to all students, staff and alumni. The programme consists of weekly timetabled sessions like wellbeing walks, staff football, Badminton and Volleyball, and structured courses such as Couch to 5k and Beginners'/Intermediate Tennis.

Get Active also gets exclusive access to Tower Hamlets based event such as the Vitality Big Half Marathon. All ability levels are welcome, and no specialist equipment or clothing is required.

Principal Colin Bailey jogging in a t-shirt that reads 'Run for Fun'

Running Group  

The QM Running Group meets every Wednesday at 12.30pm, in the Principal’s Corridor, on the ground floor of the Queens Building on Mile End campus. The regular Wednesday run is a distance of approximately 4.5 miles to various local destinations. The group consists of staff and student runners. The local area is superb for running, with easy access to the Regent’s Canal, the Thames, Docklands, and even Tower Bridge and London Bridge. We aim out to build runners up from complete beginner’s level to 5k, 10k races, half marathons and beyond! It's totally free to join; please just bring your enthusiasm to run!

  • Request to join QM Running Group by emailing Paul Kent

Social Leagues  

Social Leagues are the Students’ Union’s intramural sports offering, which is available to all students, alumni, and staff. The programme consists of leagues that run on each day of the week and across the duration of three semesters. Sports offered include Football 7-a-side, Football 11-a-side, Basketball, women's futsal, and Netball. Social Leagues take place either on or near campus and are open to all abilities and backgrounds. At the end of each semester, finals week is held and teams in each league battle it out to be awarded medals and trophies and be crowned Social League winners.  

Wellbeing Walks

Take a break from your desk and join us on our weekly Wednesday Wellbeing Walks. The Wellbeing Walk gives you the opportunity to get active, explore the local area and meet new people. Regular routes include walks to Regents Canal and Limehouse Basin, and our Victoria Park loop. Meet at 12:30pm every Wednesday next to the sign in Library Square. This is part of the Get Active programme which is open to all staff, students and alumni. 

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