IQ Inside Queen's – A Student's Perspective



The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) are offering grants up to the value of £3000 for students entering 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of one of Queen’s University IET accredited programmes within the fields of Engineering and Technology from October 2012. These grants are an excellent opportunity for current students to help them financially for the continuation of their studies. To find out if your degree is an IET accredited program, please check out the directory of accredited courses here.

To be considered eligible for a grant, students need to have obtained 60% or more in their end of year exams (equivalent to a 2:1 classification) and will need to provide evidence of this. The deadline to apply for a grant is the 28th June 2012 at 5pm. Details on how to apply can be found via this link and for further information about the grant and other opportunities IET offers, please check out their website on


Forgotten your student card from your exam?

If you have accidently left behind your student card in one of your exams, don’t panic. At the end of every day, exam invigilators will drop all left student cards to the Information Desk,  level one of the Student Guidance Centre. If we have received your card, we will send you an email to your Queen’s email account the following morning. If you think you have left your card behind in an exam, you can either call us on 02890 972727, email us at or alternatively just call in to the Information Desk – we will be happy to help. 

Finding it hard to find a place to study?

As you are all aware, the Mc Clay library is absolutely hectic at the minute with students studying round the clock for their exams. If you are finding it difficult to find a place to study in the library, there are other places available such as:

  • Level one of the Student Guidance Centre has both workspace and computers available for students to study from 9:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday
  • The Space in the Students’ Union is open daily from 9am until approximately 11pm
  • The MBC Library is open Monday to Friday 8:00 to 22:00 and Saturday/ Sunday from 8:00 to 18:00
  • The Peter Froggart Centre (PFC) also opens Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 21:00
  • The Elmwood Learning and Teaching Centre (ELTC) also has areas for study that are open Monday to Thursday 9:00 to 21:30 and Friday from 9:00 to 16:30
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From Monday 14th May- Friday 29th June the out of semester careers drop in service will be available from 10.30am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm daily

Guidance interviews are also still available during out of teaching hours however these will be limited so if you would like to enquire about the drop in service or guidance interviews, please call into level one of the Student Guidance Centre or alternatively, call on 02890 972727.

To find out what career events are happening this week, check out the careers service weekly diary here.

You can also keep track of what various career events are happening over the next few weeks by logging onto the careers management system.

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Now that semester two is on its last week can only mean one thing….. EXAMS. The pressure of exams can be extremely overwhelming for all students so here are some useful tips to help you maintain at least a little bit of sanity:

  • The Mc Clay Library continues its Twenty-Four-Hour Opening until 5.30pm on Saturday 2nd June 2012.

During these dates The Mc Clay Library will remain open overnight every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening. Students will have access to study facilities but service points will not be staffed during the extended hours.

On Sundays the doors open at 12 noon and the building remains open all week until 1.00am on Saturday mornings. It then re-opens at 6.00am on Saturdays and closes on Sunday mornings at 1.00am before reopening at midday.

  • Ensure you have your exam timetable at the ready. You need your exam timetable for each exam not only so you know where you are going and when, but it also has your anonymous code which the examiners need. To get a copy of your exam timetable, go to the ‘administration link’ (bottom left-hand corner) of your Queen’s online account.
  • Make sure you have your student card. While this may seem an obvious fact, it is not uncommon for students to be so engulfed in revision that they lose track of where they left their student card. So if you find yourself in this position just before an exam…. DONT PANIC. Just come to level one of the student guidance centre were we will issue you with a new card there and then. Please note, we are open Monday to Friday 9-5 and the cost for a new student card is £10 cash.
  • It may seem impossible at the time but there are ways to help manage your stress during exam time. It is vitally important to take regular breaks to give your mind a rest from revision and you can do this any way; from going out with friends, to going to the gym or for a walk, or just by catching up on some much needed TV, taking a break from your revision can help refresh your brain, ready for the next session.
  • Know that you are not alone. A lot of students isolate themselves away from people in a bid to stay as focused as possible. At times, this may be good for concentration however by remembering that you are not alone, you can reach out for help either with classmates, family, or friends to get some of that stress and frustration off your chest.

For any students undertaking re-sit exams in August, the Re-sit Registration Wizard will be open on 22 June 2012, the day after the deadline for second semester examination results. You will be able to access the wizard via your QSIS account and select the modules you wish to retake.

Students will be sent email correspondence to your QUB email account so you should check it over the summer period. You will also be able to find information via the Exams website:

And finally, the Student Guidance Centre would like to wish all students the best of luck in their upcoming exams.

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We have had a growing number of queries regarding the changes in structure of tuition fees for the forthcoming 2012-13 academic year. If you are applying for a new course or have concerns that you will be affected by the coming changes, guidance is available on the website, or you can call into level one of the Student Guidance Centre to speak to a member of staff. Alternatively you can call us on 02890 972727 or email directly at

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