Page 1: Introduction and Shortlist

We’ve recently opened a range of exciting new spaces in the Mile End Library as part of a £1.5m refurbishment to improve our study environments and facilities and we’d like to ask for your help in naming our new flexible learning and study centre. 

We’ve compiled a diverse shortlist of people with a direct connection to QMUL and/or East London who have each forged a strong and lasting commitment to equality, education and achievement.

Vote for your first choice from the shortlist and we’ll select one winner who voted for the most popular name to receive £50.00 of Amazon vouchers.

This competition closes on 28 February 2017 and we’ll contact the winner immediately afterwards. We’ll shortly be holding an event to celebrate the naming of this space. More information will follow soon and we hope to see you there!


Rosemary A. Bailey
Rosemary A. Bailey (born 1947) is a British statistician who works in the design of experiments and the analysis of variance and in related areas of combinatorial design, especially in association schemes. She is Professor Emerita of Statistics in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. She is currently Professor of Mathematics and Statistics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. 

Stuart Hall 
Stuart Hall, FBA (3 February 1932 – 10 February 2014) was a Jamaican-born cultural theorist, political activist and sociologist who lived and worked in the United Kingdom from 1951. Known as the "godfather of multiculturalism", Hall had a huge influence on academic, political and cultural debates for over six decades. He discussed notions of cultural identity, race and ethnicity and believed identity to be an ongoing product of history and culture, rather than a finished product. Stuart Hall was Queen Mary’s second Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Humanities between 2004-2007.  

Minnie James
Minnie James (1865-1903) was appointed assistant librarian at the People's Palace for East London in 1887. Two years later, in 1889, she became head librarian. James played an important role in building the collections of the People's Palace Library. Her writings display respect and sympathy for the library's working-class clientele, whom she tried to accommodate by adequate opening times and by the acquisition of novels and light reading. She is also recognised for her work to promote librarianship as a profession for women.  

Minnie Lansbury
(1889 - 1 January 1922) was a leading suffragette and an alderman on the first Labour-led council in the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar, England. Minnie Lansbury became a teacher, and joined the East London Federation of Suffragettes in 1915. She was also chairman of the War Pensions Committee, fighting for the rights of widows, orphans and wounded from World War I. She was elected alderman on Poplar’s first Labour council in 1919, before women received Parliamentary suffrage.  

Ursula Martin
Ursula Martin CBE (born 1953) is a British computer scientist, with research interests in theoretical computer science and formal methods. She is also known for her activities aimed at encouraging women in the fields of computing and mathematics. From 1992 to 2002, Martin was Professor of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She was the first female professor at the University since its foundation in 1411. Ursula Martin was chair of Computer Science in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at QMUL, where she was Vice-Principal of Science and Engineering, 2005–2009  

Bushra Nasir
Bushra Nasir CBE (a QMUL student of Genetics and Microbiology, graduating in 1974), Headteacher of Plashet School for Girls in East Ham since 1997, was the first female Muslim headteacher of a comprehensive school in the country. She was named 'Professional of the Year' at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in 2005 for being 'one of the most inspirational educators in the UK today.’ Bushra was made an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary in 2008.  

Now go to the poll!

1.1. Who do you think the name the new Mile End Library 1st Floor Active Learning and Study Space should be named after? Vote for your first choice from the list below.