Welcome to QMUL!
To all our new and returning students, the Sustainability Team would like to give you a very warm welcome, we hope you will enjoy your time at Queen Mary University as much as we do!
As a student at the university you will be able to benefit from some of the great food, events and opportunities that are available here. Below are some of the “sustainable highlights” at the university that we hope you’ll get involved in;
Seasonal Menus at The Curve
The Curve is Queen Mary’s onsite facility for delicious hot and cold food. The Curve is Fairtrade and Soil Association certified so you can be rest assured that your lunches are low impact.
Each month, the chefs at The Curve also create dishes containing the “seasonal vegetable” of the month and have created recipe cards and fact sheets inspired recipes. September’s seasonal ingredients are blackberries and butternut squash – you can find out how to make delicious pancakes with blackberry compote and stuffed butternut squash on the Curve website. We’ll definitely be making both of these, if you do too, let us know how they were in the comments below, we’d love to get your feedback!
The Sustainability team at QMUL host events throughout the year which have previously included a giant robot made of recycling bins (yes, you did read that right), a free smoothie bar which was powered by bicycles, free cycle repair events and sustainable food trucks.
The first event we have planned is the Green Mary Day which we will be holding on the 22nd of September. You can join us for a fun filled day of sustainability and get involved in finding out about sustainable food and travel as well as getting the chance to sign up to our new energy saving campaign for those that will be staying in halls of residences.
Green Mary Garden
The Green Mary Garden includes a sensory garden as well as a medicinal and herb garden. The garden is accessible to all staff and students and you are welcome to pick as many herbs as you want for cooking and using in herbal teas.
As well as the gardens, the Mile End campus also has a new allotment; teams of staff and students are now able to grow fresh herbs and vegetables for their own use. An allotment space is available on a first come, first served basis so get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to find out more.
We’ll be officially opening the Green Mary Garden and allotments at Green Mary Day on the 22nd of September.
Do let us know in the comments below if you are planning on getting involved with these or any other activities during your time with us.