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06-2006 Press Releases

Gala Banquet to celebrate 75 years of the GAA at Queen’s University
Pictured at the announcement at Queen's of a Gala Banquet to celebrate 75 years of the GAA at the University are (from L to R): Down great, Sean O'Neill, Antrim’s Kevin McGourty, Vice President of Queen's Clubs and Services and Armagh's Diarmuid Marsden, a graduate of Queen's.
Pictured at the announcement at Queen's of a Gala Banquet to celebrate 75 years of the GAA at the University are (from L to R): Down great, Sean O'Neill, Antrim’s Kevin McGourty, Vice President of Queen's Clubs and Services and Armagh's Diarmuid Marsden, a graduate of Queen's.

President McAleese and GAA President to attend November 10th event

Plans for the biggest re-union in the history of Queen’s University GAA were launched at the university this morning by Gaelic Football legend Sean O’Neill, former Armagh star Diarmuid Marsden and present QUB and Antrim player Kevin McGourty.

The event, a gala dinner in the Armagh City Hotel on Friday, November 10, will bring together hundreds of past members and friends to celebrate a milestone of 75 years of the Gaelic Football Club at Queen’s.

Several prominent dignatories have already been confirmed for the event, including our honorary life members President of Ireland Mary McAleese and Dr Mary McAleese, as well as the new GAA President Nickey Brennan and university Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson.

The club has emerged from rather humble beginnings to play an ever-increasing part in the overall development of the GAA at Queen’s and Ulster.While a team had been formed in the early twenties, it was the moves to establish an actual club in the1931/32 season that initiated Gaelic Games permanently at the college.

Achievements over the years have included seven titles in the Sigerson Cup (mostly recently under the captaincy of Marsden), as well as further seven in the Senior and Intermediate leagues; hosts of many successful Sigerson finals; while a host of All-Ireland mediallists and Allstars have featured with Queen’s over the generations.

There are however many unique elements about the 75 history that allows the present club and past members to celebrate three-quarters of a century of development.The occasion will also allow alumni to reunite with old friends and will form part of the overall 75th celebrations that will include the hosting of Sigerson 2007 next Spring.

Down stars Sean O’Neill, Greg Blaney and James McCartan and Derry’s Anthony Tohill were named as ‘Sporting Greats’ of the university in 1999, having won All-Ireland and Sigerson medals and Allstar awards, this particular list now also includes five members of the Armagh and Tyrone teams that have enjoyed success on a national stage in recent years.

The university hosted the historic GAA Congress in 1971, when Rule 27 was abolished, and in recent years the GAA club has hosted a special exhibition at the university as well as ground-breaking events at Belfast City Hall and Stormont.Former members Alf Murray and Peter Quinn have held the office of GAA Presidency, while countless others have attained some of the highest honours in the game.In 2007, they will host the Sigerson Cup finals weekend, and having come so close in three consecutive finals, James McCartan’s side will be determined to finally land that eighth title.

QUB GFC Gala 75th Anniversary Banquet

Date:Friday 10th November 2006

Venue:Armagh City Hotel

Time:Drinks reception at 19:00 followed by dinner

Dress Code:Black Tie

Cost:Table price of £600 (for table of ten) or individual ticket price of £60.00

Further details on the banquet will be announced in due course through local and national press, and will be soon be available through the university’s alumni office and a new website at www.queensgaa.com, which will be launched within the coming weeks.

Those interested in buying a table or attending the event should contact:

Karl Oakes - k.oakes@qub.ac.uk or 028 90 387688

James Higgins – james02@mcaleer-rushe.co.uk

John Devaney - jackdevaney@yahoo.co.uk

 

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Holmes and Harte among Honorary Graduates at Queen's Graduation Ceremonies
Mervyn Farrell (c), Special Projects Officer at Queen's, pictured with his daughters Kathryn (L) and Amy (R) before their graduation at Queen's next week. Mervyn, who has led several graduation processions in the past at Queen's, will this year be lucky enough to lead the graduation procession on the days his daughters are graduating.
Mervyn Farrell (c), Special Projects Officer at Queen's, pictured with his daughters Kathryn (L) and Amy (R) before their graduation at Queen's next week. Mervyn, who has led several graduation processions in the past at Queen's, will this year be lucky enough to lead the graduation procession on the days his daughters are graduating.

A host of well-known names from the worlds of business, science, medicine, public service, sport and performing arts will be in Belfast next week when they will be conferred with honorary degrees by Queen's University. Those to be honoured include Eamon Holmes, Mickey Harte, Angela Feeney, Jonathan Porritt and Sir Digby Jones.

The first honorary graduand will be well-known entertainer Eamonn Holmes. Holmes, who will receive his degree on Monday, 3 July, has had an extensive career in broadcasting and was the face of breakfast television on GMTV for the last twelve years before moving to present Sky Sunrise earlier this year. Also the host of the BBC’s National Lottery Jet Set programme, he will receive an honorary degree from the University for services to broadcasting.

Top GAA coach, Mickey Harte will also be honoured for his services to Gaelic Football. The county Tyrone manager brought the Sam Maguire Cup to his native county for the first time in 2003, before repeating the feat in 2005.

Another 11 individuals are set to receive honorary degrees, including journalist Robert Fisk, soprano Angela Feeney, well-known environmentalists Jonathan Porritt and Sara Parkin and prominent businessmen, Dr John King, Lord Browne of Madingley and Sir Digby Jones.

Queen’s graduations are the highlight of the academic year and some 4,000 students and their friends and families will celebrate their academic achievements in 12 ceremonies, beginning on the morning of Monday, 3 July and finishing on the afternoon of Friday, 7 July.

One such family will be the Farrells from Killyglen, Larne. Making Queen’s graduation week a real family occasion, sisters Kathryn (21) and Amy (22), will both be graduating, while making sure they receive a well earned round of applause will be their father, Mervyn Farrell, who will lead the procession at each of their ceremonies. Amy will be graduating with First Class Honours as a Primary School Teacher specialising in Science and will also be awarded the Maeve Ann Winters Award for Early Childhood Education from Stranmillis College, while Kathryn will graduate from Queen’s with a BSc (Hons) in Food and Nutrition.

Mervyn, who has led several processions at Queen’s during his 37 years at the University, will be retiring in September and he is delighted that his last two graduation processions will involve his favourite graduates of all. Speaking about his delight, Mervyn, who is Special Projects Officer at Queen’s and who was cited as Science and Engineering Ambassador of the Year at the Seagate Young Innovators Event, held in the Odyssey Arena last Friday night said: “I have been privileged to lead some very distinguished honorary graduands and students in graduation processions in the past at Queen’s, but this week will be extra special. I have watched my daughters work hard to obtain their degrees and I feel it is another privilege on graduation day to be leading the processions at their ceremonies.”

Extra special graduation days are also in line for the two recipients of the Graduate and Student of the Year Awards. Queen’s Student of the Year will be presented on Thursday 06 July, while Graduate of the Year will be presented on Friday 07 July. The main social event of graduation week, the gala dinner for the Summer 2006 honorary graduands, will take place on Tuesday 04 July, with an address by Baroness Susan Greenfield.

Notes to Editors Press Officers will be on duty at the Sir William Whitla Hall before, during and after each of the ceremonies and photo opportunities have been identified for each ceremony. Media packs will be available for journalists containing copies of the addresses and citations. Requests for interviews with honorary graduands should be made to the Communications Office.

Honorary degrees will be awarded as follows:

Monday

AM: Eamonn Holmes  DUniv For services to broadcasting
 PM: Dr John King  DSc For services to the pharmaceutical industry
 NIGHT: Robert Fisk    DUniv For distinguished contribution to journalism
 Tuesday
 AM: Baroness Susan Greenfield    DSc For distinction in pharmacology and for public service
 AM:  Lord Browne of Madingley  DSc (Eng) For distinction in engineering and services to business and commerce
 PM:  Sir Digby Jones DSc (Econ)  For services to business and commerce
 PM:  Sir Harry Kroto  DSc For distinction in chemistry
 NIGHT  Graduation Dinner  
Wednesday
 AM: Jonathon Porritt    DUniv For distinction in sustainable development
AM:    Sara Parkin  DUniv For distinction in sustainable development
 PM:  Prof Christopher McCrudden:  LLD For services to the legal profession
NIGHT    David Figgins  DSc (Eng) For distinction in engineering and services to business and commerce
Thursday
 PM:  Mickey Harte  DUniv For services to Gaelic Football
Friday
 PM:  Angela Feeney  DMus For services to the performing arts
For further information, please contact: Communications Office + 44 (0)28 9097 3091

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Queen's formalises links with top Medical Research Institute in India
Professor Surolia, Director of NII New Delhi,(left) receives a print of Queen's from Professor Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University joined by Northern Ireland Health Minister, Paul Goggins MP, and Lord Rana.
Professor Surolia, Director of NII New Delhi,(left) receives a print of Queen's from Professor Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University joined by Northern Ireland Health Minister, Paul Goggins MP, and Lord Rana.

Following Trade Visit Initiatives to India led by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and then Northern Ireland Secretary of State Peter Hain MP, Queen's University has confirmed a new partnership agreement with The National Institute of Immunology (NII) in New Delhi, one of the top Medical Research Institutes in India.

Senior scientists including the Director of NII, Professor Avadhesha Surolia, have just completed a six day visit to Northern Ireland and confirmed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise research partnerships and joint collaborations in translational cancer medicine with Queen’s in Belfast. The formal links now pave the way for student internships and post-doctoral opportunities in both institutions and a follow up visit to India by Queen’s scientists has been agreed for this autumn.

The visit from New Delhi was stimulated by the Secretary of State, Peter Hain MP when he led a trade investment delegation to India in April this year and stressed the key role of education, research and development in driving innovation and realising the full potential of the knowledge economy for Northern Ireland.

During their visit the scientists toured the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital and the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) at the Queen’s University campus. Leading scientists from CCRCB presented the outcomes of their recent research to the visitors from Delhi, detailing ways of improving the susceptibility of cancer cells to chemotherapy drugs and radiotherapy. The Indian delegates were particularly interested in recent research being conducted here in lung and breast cancer, the incidence of which is increasing rapidly in the Asian sub-continent.

Prof. Patrick Johnston, Director of CCRCB at Queen’s referred to the importance of global collaboration in tackling cancer in both our own society and the developing world.

“Each year 19,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed and 11,000 deaths attributed to cancer throughout Ireland. Five thousand five hundred people are treated at the Belfast City Hospital for cancer each year and the numbers are increasing. The opportunity to collaborate with others in tackling cancer is what we see as a key part of our mission if we are to eradicate this killer. For that reason we greatly appreciate this opportunity to formally agree to share expertise and knowledge with the National Institute of Immunology and their leading edge work in India.”

Professor Surolia and his colleagues were attracted to Belfast by the strength of the Translational Medicine programmes conducted by scientists within CCRCB and clinical consultants working within the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital. These programmes connect basic research to patient care, so that the research outcomes can be applied to deliver improved and better informed treatment strategies to cancer patients. Professor Surolia shared his vision for developing similar translational medicine programmes at the National Institute of Immunology with his counterparts at Queen’s,

“Detecting cancer at the earliest stages means that current or future treatment should have a higher likelihood of a true cure and we view a partnership with Queen’s University as contributing to our mission of an internationally competitive intellectual knowledge base,” Dr Surolia said.

The medical scientists from the National Institute of Immunology were special guests at a dinner hosted by Queen’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson and attended by the Northern Ireland Minister for Health Mr Paul Goggins MP, and Lord Rana.

The last day of the visit involved presentations by medical spin off companies initiated by Queen’s including ALMAC Diagnostics, now part of the multinational ALMAC Group based in Craigavon founded and led by Sir Allen Mc Clay. The Diagnostic Division has expanded from its early days at Queen’s in 2003 to comprise 50 staff and recently announced major recruitment of scientists here and in the United States where it has established a new facility in North Carolina to meet the demand for its services in the North American market.

For further information, please contact: Brendan Heaney, Communications Office, 028 9097 5320.

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Queen’s University Belfast was awarded £2.3 million in 2004 to help establish with Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham and UCL a Cancer Grid for the UK and generate international standards for recording incidences of Cancer.

In September 2005 CCRCB at Queen’s hosted an International Scientific Symposium on Cancer attended by 150 delegates from around the world.

In January 2006 Professor John Mann, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Queen’s in conjunction with Professor Stephen Neidle of the London School of Pharmacy announced an important breakthrough in understanding how cancer cells can be forced to ‘fold-up’ and eventually die.

In March 2006, internationally recognised breast cancer research expert, Professor Edison Liu, Executive Director of the Genome Institute of Singapore delivered the inaugural Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Lecture at Queen’s. Professor Liu was awarded the President’s Public Service Medal for his work in helping Singapore resolve the SARS crisis.

In April 2006, Secretary of State Peter Hain launched a two day symposium on Cancer in New Delhi, India which was jointly organised by Queen’s University and the National Institute of Immunology New Delhi.

In June 2006, Professor Surolia, Director of NII led a delegation to Northern Ireland to discuss formalising an international partnership with Queen’s University which was agreed on 22 June. Professor Surolia is responsible for the discovery of the fatty acid synthesis pathway in human malarial parasite paving the way for new drug development to treat malaria. His original strategies for drug and DNA delivery are internationally acclaimed.

Spin-out companies from Queen’s University now account for 900 jobs and total turnover reached £50 million in 2006.

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Racial prejudice in Northern Ireland

New report shows increase of people who say that they are prejudiced.
25% of people questioned for the 2005 Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) survey report being either very prejudiced (1%) or a little prejudiced (24%) against 'people of minority ethnic communities'. This is a significant increase in the decade since 1994 when just over one in ten reported being either very prejudiced (1%) or a little prejudiced (10%) against ‘people from other races’.

Between 1994 and 2005 the proportion of Catholics who report being prejudiced has doubled from 9% to 18% and over the same period the equivalent figure for Protestants has almost trebled from 12% to 33%. The proportion of Protestants who say that they are prejudiced towards ethnic minorities is almost twice as high as Catholics and those who claim no religion.

These are some of the findings from the 2005 NILT survey which incorporated a module on attitudes towards visible minorities, including questions on racial prejudice. A new report, released today, uses data from the 2005 survey along with comparative data from previous years of the NILT survey (1998-2004) and the Northern Ireland Social Attitudes (NISA) survey (1994) to explore changes in attitudes towards visible minorities in Northern Ireland over the last decade.

The report is being launched by Dr Chris Gilligan, from the University of Ulster, at a seminar which is taking place in Belfast today. The seminar will be held at the Institute of Governance, Queen’s University Belfast at 12.00 noon and is organised by ARK - the Northern Ireland Social and Political Archive.

The key points to come out of the research are that:

  • Most respondents (68%) thought there was more racial prejudice in Northern Ireland in 2005 compared to five years ago and very few (6%) thought there was less.
  • Protestants (33%) were almost twice as likely as Catholics (18%), or those with no religion (19%) to say they were either very or a little prejudiced. In 1994, the figures were similar for Catholics (9%), Protestants (12%) and those with no religion (10%).
  • Supporters of Unionist parties were significantly more likely to say they were prejudiced against minority ethnic communities than supporters of other parties.
  • In the case of national identity, respondents who identified themselves as British (35%) or Ulster (35%) were more likely to say they were prejudiced than those who self-identified as Northern Irish (25%) or Irish (15%).
  • Respondents who had daily contact with someone from a minority ethnic background were much less likely to report prejudice (13%) than those who said they never had any contact (30%).
  • In 2001, 39% of respondents thought that most white people in Northern Ireland would mind if a suitably qualified person of Chinese origin was appointed as their boss, and 19% said that they personally would mind. In 2004 the respective figures were 55% and 13%.

Dr Gilligan says "There has been a significant shift in perceptions of the growth in racial prejudice in Northern Ireland compared to a decade ago. In addition, more people say they are racially prejudiced today than in 1994. Despite this, it is important to remember that three quarters of respondents to the 2005 Life and Times survey say that they are not prejudiced at all against people of minority ethnic communities. The findings show that there is a need for further research to explore the issue of racial prejudice and the ways in which these attitudes relate to actual behaviour towards minority ethnic communities”.

Full results of all the questions from the 2005 Life and Times Survey are available on the website from today on www.ark.ac.uk/nilt as is the Racial Prejudice in Northern Ireland report, at www.ark.ac.uk/publications

Notes:
The Life and Times Survey is a constituent part of ARK – Northern Ireland Social and Political Archive (www.ark.ac.uk – which makes social and political material based on Northern Ireland available to the widest possible audience.

The race questions on the 2005 Life and Times survey were funded by the Equality Commission and OFMDFM. ARK is a joint research project between Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster.

For further information, please contact: John O'Farrell Communications Officer, INCORE j.ofarrell@ulster.ac.uk, 028 7137 5504.

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Queen's Hosts First Public Debate on NI Sustainable Development Strategy
Pictured at Queen's at the announcement that students from the University are to host the first public debate by leading politicians on the recently launched Sustainable Development Strategy for Northern Ireland are:<br/>Dr Peter Doran, Convenor of the Msc in Leadership for Sustainable Development at Queen's, his son Oisin Doran from Derry and BBC Northern Ireland's Jim Fitzpatrick, who will chair the event, which is happening tomorrow night in the Canada Room at Queen's.
Pictured at Queen's at the announcement that students from the University are to host the first public debate by leading politicians on the recently launched Sustainable Development Strategy for Northern Ireland are:
Dr Peter Doran, Convenor of the Msc in Leadership for Sustainable Development at Queen's, his son Oisin Doran from Derry and BBC Northern Ireland's Jim Fitzpatrick, who will chair the event, which is happening tomorrow night in the Canada Room at Queen's.
Pictured at Queen's at the announcement that students from the University are to host the first public debate by leading politicians on the recently launched Sustainable Development Strategy for Northern Ireland, are organisers (L to R): Grainne Jones, Enniskillen; Ciara Brennan, Belfast and Cormac Ó Coileáin, Dublin with Dr Peter Doran, Convenor of the Msc in Leadership for Sustainable Development.
Pictured at Queen's at the announcement that students from the University are to host the first public debate by leading politicians on the recently launched Sustainable Development Strategy for Northern Ireland, are organisers (L to R): Grainne Jones, Enniskillen; Ciara Brennan, Belfast and Cormac Ó Coileáin, Dublin with Dr Peter Doran, Convenor of the Msc in Leadership for Sustainable Development.

Students from the new Masters programme in Leadership for Sustainable Development at Queen's University, will tomorrow, Thursday 22 June, bring together representatives from all of the major political parties in Northern Ireland for the first public debate on the region's new Sustainable Development Strategy, since it was launched last month by Secretary of State, Peter Hain MP.

Chaired by Jim Fitzpatrick, presenter of BBC Northern Ireland’s ‘Politics Show’, the high-level round table discussion will feature, Patricia Lewsley, SDLP; David Ervine, PUP; Jim Wells, DUP; David Ford, Alliance Party; John Barry, The Green Party; Mitchel McLaughlin, Sinn Fein and Brian Crowe, UUP. The event is also being streamed live via the University’s Gibson Institute website at www.qub.ac.uk/sites/GibsonInstitute.

Entitled: ‘Question Time - From Abstract to Reality: A Political Response to Sustainable Development in Northern Ireland’, the event will take the format of a questions and answers roundtable discussion on the Department of the Environment produced strategy, entitled ‘First Steps Towards Sustainability’.

The event has been organised by Ciara Brennan from Belfast, Cormac Ó Coileán from Dublin and Grainne Jones from Enniskillen, three students from the MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development course at Queen’s, now in its second year.

Speaking about the project, Ciara Brennan said: “With the launch of Northern Ireland’s Sustainable Development Strategy in May and the Secretary of State, Peter Hain’s decision to move Sustainable Development from the Department of the Environment (DoE) to the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM), Sustainable Development is expected to climb steadily to the top of the cross-cutting challenges facing local politicians and all stakeholders.

“Making abstract ideals and principles into coherent policy and strategy practicalities is a difficult task and the challenge we now face is the implementation of these principles. Truly sustainable development requires constitutional issues to be resolved in order to allow politicians to look to the future and deal with the realities surrounding the issue and its challenges for Northern Ireland. This event at Queen’s will put the politicians under the spotlight and find out how far they are willing to go to ensure that sustainability becomes a priority for local politics.”

Convenor of the MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development at Queen’s, Dr Peter Doran added: “As our political representatives debate the future of the Assembly, it is worth remembering that all our futures are on the line, in the wake of climate change and our ‘scorched earth’ approach to economic development.

“With our local addiction to oil and gas, the private motor car, and a deplorable record on protecting our coastline from pollution, Northern Ireland is crying out for leadership on the environmental front. It is often overlooked that the North’s environment must be counted as one of the tragic casualties of our thirty-five year conflict.”

Dr Doran continued: “Already significant finance has been made available through the Environment and Energy fund to reduce Northern Ireland‘s 97% dependence on fossil fuel for our energy needs. This fund is intended to ensure the support of research and development into new innovative, environmental and renewable technologies. Queens University is also preparing to lead, following in the footsteps of our Chancellor, Senator George Mitchell, who – in his role as Senator Majority Leader in Washington – led the field when it came to the legislation designed to protect air quality and the environment”.

‘Question Time - From Abstract to Reality: A Political Response to Sustainable Development in Northern Ireland’, will take place in the Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University at 7.00pm on Thursday 22 June. Attendance is by invitation only. Please telephone Ciara Brennan on 07842032979 for further information.

Notes:
Media Opportunities will be available from 6.45 pm to 7. 20pm on Thursday 22 June, in the Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University.

Photographs to accompany this new release will be issued to your picture desks, captioned in IPTC Info.

The Masters programme in leadership for sustainable development was launched last year by Sara Parkin CBE of Forum for the Future, at the Gibson Institute, Queen’s University. The innovative course provides up and coming leaders in the sustainability field to learn through experience in the field (on placement with NGOs, government and the private sector) and in the class room.

Applications for the 2006-07 intake are still being accepted. Write to Dr Peter Doran at p.f.doran@qub.ac.uk  The Sustainable Development Strategy can be viewed online at http://www.doeni.gov.uk/epd/susdev.pdf

For further information, please contact: Lisa Mitchell, Communications Office,  028 9097 5384 or m0781 44 22 572.

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Queen's invests £259 million in "world-class future"

Queen's University today announced a £259 million investment to secure its position as a global leader in research and education, and ensure a world-class experience for its students.

The investment in staff, students, and facilities will underpin the University's Academic Plan for the next five years, which was agreed by Queen's governing body, the Senate, this morning.

The programme includes £189m of expenditure on major capital projects funded by the University and from external sources. These include Queen’s £45 million landmark new library, one of the most ambitious building projects in Northern Ireland, which is due for completion in 2009.

£28 million is to be invested in a major recruitment programme to attract 140 high-calibre academics from around the globe. The first phase of the campaign starts this week, with the advertisement of 45 posts in fields from English to Law, from Management and Economics to Chemistry and from Pharmacy to Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

A further £10 million will be invested in new centres of excellence to build on the University’s track record of research in the areas of sustainability, health improvement, Irish studies, and child protection and welfare.

Other highlights in the Academic Plan are:

  • The investment of £21m in student bursaries, scholarships and studentships
  • The introduction of 46 new educational programmes.

Queen’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson said: “This Plan is not just an investment in Queen’s and in our staff and students but in the future of Northern Ireland. It will ensure that we offer our students the opportunity to acquire qualifications which are valued around the globe in a world-class learning environment. It will also enhance our role as a driver of local economic, social and cultural development. By reinforcing Northern Ireland’s reputation as a centre of international research, it will make a major contribution to job and wealth creation and act as a magnet for international investment.”

“The Academic Plan is a blueprint which will ensure our future as an internationally-renowned centre of academic excellence at the heart of the community we serve. Our aim is to promote a spirit of creativity and innovation and nurture a dynamic community of world-class academics and students with the ability and imagination to contribute to society around the world.”

For further information, please contact: Head of Communications Kevin Mulhern, telephone 028 9097 5323 / 07813 015431

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Secretary of State Visit to India brings cancer experts to Queen's
Dr. Joe O'Sullivan of Queen's University Belfast shows one of six huge linear accelerator machines used to target and destroy cancerous tumors in patients at Belfast City Hospital to a delegation of cancer scientists from the National Institute of Immunology in Delhi who are in Northern Ireland at the invitation of Queen's University and its Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology.
Dr. Joe O'Sullivan of Queen's University Belfast shows one of six huge linear accelerator machines used to target and destroy cancerous tumors in patients at Belfast City Hospital to a delegation of cancer scientists from the National Institute of Immunology in Delhi who are in Northern Ireland at the invitation of Queen's University and its Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology.
Professor Surolia, Director of the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, examines a prostrate cancer screen at the new Cancer Centre in the Belfast City Hospital. A delegation of senior cancer scientists from India are on a three day visit to Northern Ireland at the invitation of Queen's University. A new Cancer research facility for Queen's is due to be opened at the City Hospital site in March 2007 at a cost of £24 million.
Professor Surolia, Director of the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, examines a prostrate cancer screen at the new Cancer Centre in the Belfast City Hospital. A delegation of senior cancer scientists from India are on a three day visit to Northern Ireland at the invitation of Queen's University. A new Cancer research facility for Queen's is due to be opened at the City Hospital site in March 2007 at a cost of £24 million.

Top cancer experts at the National Institute of Immunology (NII) in New Delhi India, will visit Queen's University Belfast Monday 19- Wednesday 21 June to discuss joint research projects to fight cancer.

The visit is a direct outcome of the recent delegation to India led by the Northern Ireland Secretary of State Peter Hain MP in April when he said:

"The presence of Northern Ireland's Universities as part of this trade mission emphasises the key role of education, research and development in driving innovation and realising the full potential of the knowledge economy. Globalisation is not an effect limited to business and commerce and the links forged between our respective institutions are vital in addressing and exploiting the opportunities that now exist."

Director of Research and Regional Services at Queen’s, Trevor Newsom, who was part of the University delegation said:

"The high levels of political support in both India and Northern Ireland have been very important to this visit which will discuss global partnerships in medicine.

“Collaboration and sharing of information will accelerate the race towards finding cures for diseases, and direct contact between scientists here at the University and our new colleagues from India represents the prospect of a highly significant global partnership in tackling cancer.”

Professor Paddy Johnston, Scientific Director of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s said he was looking forward to meeting Professor Surolia and his eminent colleagues.

“The National Institute of Immunology already works at the critical edge of cancer research and translation medicine supporting the growing determination to tackle cancer at a global level. The three day programme here will involve an extensive range of presentations from our specialist teams to demonstrate the cutting edge work going on in Northern Ireland for the development of cancer treatments.

“It is exciting times to have a prestigious panel of researchers visit and contribute to our work at Queen’s and the Belfast City Hospital. The visit coincides with the opening of the £60 million Northern Ireland Cancer Centre on the Belfast City Hospital campus, coupled with the official opening of the new £24 million Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology by the University in March next year which will create the first comprehensive Cancer Centre on the island of Ireland. Promoting international, high quality research programmes linking Queen’s, the Health Service and other funders of cancer research is something we see as part of our international mission and role in the global fight against cancer.”

For further information, please contact: Brendan Heaney, Communications Office, 028 9097 5320 or Mobile 07704449590

Photo Opportunity:
There will be a Photo Opportunity at 11.00am on Monday 19 June at the entrance to The Cancer Centre at the Belfast City Hospital at the beginning of a Tour of the Laboratories including the Radiotherapy Suite. Interviews can be arranged with members of the visiting delegation for Wednesday 21 June by contacting the Communications Office.

Notes:
Scientists from Queen’s and the National Institute of Immunology used the opportunity of the visit to New Delhi in April to share information at a two day Symposium launched by Secretary of State Peter Hain MP.

Areas of information exchange included treatments and research in : prostrate and breast cancer; clinical implementation of new radiotherapy technologies in the treatment of prostrate and lung cancer as well as macular degeneration.

The visit will also involve presentations on the final day from some of Queen’s University spin-off companies including ALMAC-Diagnostics, now a part of ALMAC Sciences which has just announced a major breakthrough in the treatment of bowel cancer.

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Queen's Reopens its Mourne Activity Cottage Today

Pictured at the reopening of Queen's Mourne Cottage are from L to R:  Queen's Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Gerry McCormac; Camilla Fitzpatrick, Mourne Heritage Trust; Deirdre Deery, Dawson Stelfox and Marueen Cusdin, Director of Sport and Recreation at Queen's.
Pictured at the reopening of Queen's Mourne Cottage are from L to R: Queen's Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Gerry McCormac; Camilla Fitzpatrick, Mourne Heritage Trust; Deirdre Deery, Dawson Stelfox and Marueen Cusdin, Director of Sport and Recreation at Queen's.

Queen's University will today reopen its Mourne Cottage to the public, after an extensive £100,000 refurbishment programme, funded by the University itself, Queen's Alumni Fund, Mourne Heritage Trust and the Donal Deery Fund.

Located in Ballymartin, half a mile from Silent Valley and one hours drive from Belfast, the cottage has always been a popular base for outdoor activities amongst many clubs and societies from the University. Now, thanks to an extensive refurbishment programme, it will be available to members of the public, schools, clubs and community groups for as little as £6 per person per night.

In addition to the funding provided by Queen’s and the Mourne Heritage Trust, a donation from the Donal Deery Fund, also contributed towards the refurbishment. The fund was set up in memory of the young Doctor from Belfast, who died in a climbing accident in New Zealand in January of last year. An experienced climber and former President of Queen’s Mountaineering Club, Donal’s parents suggested at the time of his death, that in lieu of flowers, people make a donation for the restoration of the Cottage, one of Donal’s favourite places.

Speaking at the opening of the cottage, Maureen Cusdin, Director of Sport and Recreation, said: “The opening of the Cottage will hopefully rekindle the many enjoyable occasions and memories previously experienced by University students and friends, including those of our former President of Queen’s Mountaineering Club, Donal Deery.

“The facility will add greatly to the existing portfolio of accommodation options in the local area and the development of an associated programme of activity will bring together students, members of the community and other users to create new sporting opportunities of which everyone involved can be very proud.

“I would also like to thank Mourne and Heritage Trust for their valuable assistance and funding in helping restore the Cottage and make this wonderful resource available for all.”

John Orr, current President of Queen’s Mountaineering Club, added: “Through the funding provided by Queen’s and Mourne Heritage Trust and the generosity extended to Queen’s Mountaineering Club by the Deery family, a new generation of mountaineers and many other people, young and old alike, will now be able to experience and enjoy the wonder of the Mourne Mountains. We are proud Donal’s memory will live on in Queen’s Mourne Cottage, which was always one of his favourite places.”

Mrs Camilla Fitzpatrick of Mourne Heritage Trust, who partly funded the refurbishment through the Natural Resource Rural Tourism Initiative currently being delivered in the Mourne and Slieve Croob area said: “The Mourne Heritage Trust is delighted to have been involved with this project. The cottage will provide low-cost accommodation for the activity user right in the heart of the Mournes and add to the tourism infra-structure of the area. In addition, through increased visitor spend, a positive contribution will be made to the regeneration of this rural area. We wish Queen’s every success with this exciting venture.”

The Mourne Cottage is a two-storey building with bunk-style bed space for 30 people. It also contains a large fully equipped kitchen, a living area with a large open fire complete with logs and coal, and a shower/ toilet block. It provides the perfect setting for residentials, team-building sessions and outdoor activity trips at a cost of £2 per night per person for Queen’s students, £5 per person per night for Queen’s Sports members and £6 per person per night for all others. There is also a one-off booking fee of £5 for Queen’s Students, £8 for Sports members and £10 for others. A planned programme of events will take place in conjunction with the local community to include training courses, pursuits, climbing and walking.

For further information and directions to the Cottage see www.qub.ac.uk/pec/Facilities/MourneCottage/

To make a booking please ring the Physical Education Centre (PEC) at Queen’s on 028 90 68 1126 or email on srsrecep@qub.ac.uk

Notes:

  • Media Opportunities will be available on Friday, 16 June at 2.30pm at Queen’s Mourne Cottage, Head Road, Ballymartin, County Down, BT34 4PU. In attendance will be Everest mountaineer, Dawson Stelfox, the parents and family of Donal Deery and representatives from Queen’s and Mourne and Heritage Trust.
  • Photographs will be issued on Friday afternoon to all picture desks.
  • Directions to Mourne Cottage:
    Belfast to Newcastle = 32 miles
    Follow the main coastal road out through Newcastle for 6.5 miles to the Halfway House Bar in Annalong (on right hand side at junction).
    Turn right up onto the Mill Road and drive for 1.5 miles to the T junction.
    Turn left at the T junction onto the Head Road and drive for approx 3 miles
    Mourne Cottage on right, down lane-way.
    Mourne Cottage to Silent Valley = 0.5 miles
  • Traditionally, the Cottage has been used by the mountaineering fraternity and has been a breeding ground for a large number of accomplished mountaineers.
  • Investment of £100,000 from Queen's University Belfast, Mourne Heritage Trust and the Donal Deery Fund has enabled the reopening of the Cottage. Work included the installation of electricity, a water supply and a major refurbishment.

For further information, please contact: Lisa Mitchell, Communications Office,  028 9097 5384 /m0781 44 22 572 or Debbie McLorinan, Development Manager - Marketing & Customer Services, Queen’s PEC, 028 9038 7660, d.mclorinan@qub.ac.uk.  

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Queen’s in Newry: Queen's VC meets Lord Ballyedmond, School Principals and other Opinion Formers from the Newry Area

Queen's Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson (L) and Prof Gerry McCormac, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Queen's (centre), pictured with Lord Ballyedmond (R), on a visit to his company Norbrook Ltd, as part of the Queen's Roadshow to the Newry area. Over 900 students currently studying at Queen's are from the Newry area and Professors Gregson and McCormac also hosted a round table discussion with School Principals and opinion formers from the area to discuss better ways of working together.

Speaking about the event, Queen’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson said: “Today is about enhancing our relationship with Newry. “Queen’s already has strong links with Newry and its surrounding area, and we want to build on these. Currently more than 900 students from the Newry area are enrolled at Queen’s, including some 300 entrants last September, and we have several important partnerships with businesses in the city and surrounding district. I hope this visit will help these connections to grow and flourish in the future.”

Those attending the event included the newly elected Mayor of Newry, Councillor Michael Carr; Thomas McCall. Chief Executive of Newry and Mourne District Council; Davy Hyland MLA, Dominic Bradley MLA; Danny Kennedy, MLA, Liam Ellis, Chief Executive, Intertrade Ireland and Conor Patterson, Chief Executive, Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency.

For further information, please contact: Lisa Mitchell, Communications Office, 028 9097 5384 or 0781 44 22 572

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The Lion, The Witch, The Wardrobe and a Letter from CS Lewis for Queen's
Anne Jenkins donated the letter she received, when she was 10 year old, from CS Lewis  to Queens University Pro-Vice-Chancellor Ken Bell.
Anne Jenkins donated the letter she received, when she was 10 years old, from CS Lewis to Queen's University Pro-Vice-Chancellor Ken Bell.
A letter written by CS Lewis in 1961 to Anne Jenkins, the letter will be on display in the CS Lewis Reading Room of the £44m new library CS Lewis Reading Room, due to open in 2009.
A letter written by CS Lewis in 1961 to Anne Jenkins, the letter will be on display in the CS Lewis Reading Room of the £44m new library CS Lewis Reading Room, due to open in 2009.

The original recipient of a handwritten letter by CS Lewis, in which the Belfast-born author explains the meaning behind the whole Narnian story, will be in Belfast today to donate the precious missive to Queen's University. The letter will be displayed in the University's CS Lewis Reading Room, which will feature in the Queen's new £44m Library, due to open in 2009.

Anne Jenkins from Hertfordshire, was only 10 years old when she wrote to CS Lewis, asking him to explain the meaning behind a paragraph in his novel, ‘The Silver Chair’. Shortly afterwards, she received Lewis’s handwritten reply, which although failing to answer her question exactly, did give a fascinating insight into the background to the whole Narnian story.

A valuable collectors’ item, the letter, written in 1961, provided the inspiration behind the sculpture at the Holywood Arches in Belfast by Ross Wilson, which was erected in 1998 to mark the centenary of Lewis’s birth. Now, Anne will donate the letter to the new CS Lewis Reading Room at Queen’s, after a suggestion by her son Chris during a family discussion.

Speaking about her decision, Anne said: “We had a family discussion about what we should do with the letter. Lewis’s old university Oxford, had a collection of his letters in the Bodleian library, so that seemed like an obvious choice. However, my son Chris then spoke up and suggested Belfast.

“I already knew the statue was there and obviously CS Lewis was born in Belfast, so I decided to take some advice from the author Derick Bingham, whom I had met at the unveiling of the statue. Derick is extremely knowledgeable about CS Lewis, he lives in Belfast and is himself a graduate of Queen’s.

“As it turned out, I’m very glad I called him, because when he told me of all the work Queen’s had put in to their fundraising campaign for the new library and its plans for the CS Lewis Reading Room, it all clicked in to place and I knew Queen’s would be the right home for my letter.

“As a Christian, the writings of CS Lewis have helped me enormously in my life. My feeling about this letter is that so far I have kept it safe, as a low, steadily burning flame if you like, but now I need to hand it over so that it can be seen by many. I know that flame will now burn brighter and stronger in the care of Queen’s University Belfast.”

Professor Ken Bell, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s who will accept the letter on behalf of the University, said: “Queen’s is honoured to have been chosen as the home for this precious correspondence and is indebted to Anne Jenkins for her generosity and public spiritedness.

In donating the letter to our University, she has ensured that future generations will be able to view this wonderful part of Northern Ireland’s literary past; and in what better surroundings to view it, than in the CS Lewis Reading Room in the new library at Queen’s, in the city where C. S. Lewis was born.”

Queen’s also hosted the Irish film premiere of the well loved children’s story, ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ in December of last year, and the filmmakers have provided the design of the wardrobe doors featured in the film for use in the CS Lewis Reading Room.

Notes
Media Opportunities will be available between 11.30am and 11.50am on the first floor of the Old Library Building (entrance via the main Library on University Square), at Queen’s University (beside the Special Collections section), on Wednesday 14 June.

Photographs of the handover will also be issued to your picture desk by email.

For further information please contact, Lisa Mitchell, Communications Office. Telephone 028 9097 5384

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Over 1,000 Students Bound For Northern Ireland Graduate Recruitment Fair

The Northern Ireland Graduate Recruitment Fair, which is organised jointly by Careers staff from Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster, will be held on Thursday, 15 June, from 11.00am to 3.00pm, in the Assembly Hall at University of Ulster, Jordanstown.

Over sixty employers will be in attendance at the annual event as well as educational institutions and training providers, all of whom want to recruit from amongst Northern Ireland’s brightest young people.

Speaking about the Fair, John Copelton, from the Careers Service at Queen’s said: “We are very pleased with the response we’ve had to this year’s event, both from students and the wide range of employers who will be exhibiting on the day.

“Graduates of Queen’s have a strong affinity for Northern Ireland and the majority would love to start their first job here. As well as attracting many hundreds of our own graduates, this fair is being promoted to graduates originally from Northern Ireland who may have gone elsewhere to study for their degree.”

Over one thousand graduates are expected to attend the Fair on the day. A free coach service for Queen’s students is being provided and will depart from the side of Queen’s Students’ Union on Elmwood Avenue at 10.30am and again at 11.15am. Return coaches will leave the Jordanstown campus at 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm.

For a full list of the organisations attending the Recruitment Fair, go to http://careers.ulster.ac.uk/students/nigjf.html.

For further information, please contact: John Copelton, Senior Careers Advisor, 028 9097 4209

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Tension mounts for young scientist

A new name is competing to join the host of Northern Ireland presenters in the UK broadcasting world in the form of Karl Byrne who is a research scientist at Queen's University Belfast.

The PhD student has reached the final of FameLab, the UK science equivalent of Pop Idol, seeking to identify the broadcast science presenters of tomorrow. In keeping with the latest in science communication, the public have been able to listen and vote for the ten finalists from a 99 second podcast during the last two weeks with voting closed at noon yesterday.

The Queen's student who won the Northern Ireland Regional heat held at W5 in April will face his final challenge live at the Cheltenham Science Festival today. The finalists will have five minutes each to impress a panel of four judges by making scientific issues challenging and interesting.

“I have grown up watching David Attenborough on television and remember watching Life on Earth and thinking it was amazing. Every day science chips away at ignorance revealing a little bit more about our universe. My own personal quest would be to have more programmes about the microscopic world but I would say that because my research at Queen’s is in countering the effects of viral and bacterial infections. It has been a great experience throughout this competition and the challenge to your voice skills in radio broadcasting and now podcasting has been an exciting challenge and I am looking forward to hear today how the UK audience received my regional accent and message,” Karl said.

Notes:
The Final of FameLab will be held at the Cheltenham Science Festival, Cheltenham on Saturday 10 June 17.00. Full competition details, photos and profiles of the finalists are available at www.famelab.org The overall winner will be selected at a live event at the Festival when the results of public voting for the podcasts will also be revealed. The winner receives £2,000, the opportunity to work with a TV producer, put proposals to Channel 4 for future Science programmes, plus a tour of Science events.

For further information, please contact: Brendan Heaney, Communications Office,028 9097 5320 or Karl Byrne directly on Mob. 07779323145.

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Queen's University Reveals Research Findings on Wind Farm

Proposals for a wind farm for the Tunnes Plateau off the North Coast of Northern Ireland will feature in a symposium at Queen’s University tomorrow, when researchers from the University reveal the results of a year-long study examining the nature of conflict over wind farm developments.

Surrounded by constant reminders on the need for urgent action on climate change and with the prospect of a UK Government Energy Review on the horizon, Dr Geraint Ellis and Dr John Barry from Queen’s are hoping the research will provide important insights into the nature of such disputes, which many believe hinder a greater expansion of renewable energy.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the research was based on wide-ranging interviews with those who have expressed concern and support regarding the Tunnes Plateau Farm, along with detailed analysis of a wide range of documents in which the pros and cons of wind energy were debated, including government policy, newspapers, promotional material and campaign material produced by objector groups.

Speaking about the research findings, Dr Geraint Ellis of the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen's said: “Often, objectors to wind farms are written off simply as Windy NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard). However, our research has indicated that both sides of the debate share the concerns of climate change and energy security.

“What differs is their view on how best to address these concerns and there are few trusted ‘umpires’ who may be able to broker more productive deals on the topic. The Tunnes case study provided us with a sophisticated breakdown of the type of arguments used on both sides and we have devised various classifications of supporters and objectors.

“Typical types of supporters range from Rationalising Globally - Sacrificing Locally, where those who care deeply about climate change believe changes should override any local impacts, to ‘Local Pastoralist – Developer Sceptic’, who have a more traditional, pastoral view of the environment, are unhappy about potential impacts on the North Coast but offer reluctant support in the recognition of the need for sustainable energy.

“Typical objectors include Anti-Wind Power - Local Resister, which refers to those who are deeply sceptical of the notion of wind power and who are confident the project can be resisted through local activism, to the Anti-Developer – Local Pragmatist, who holds deep suspicion of wind farm developers, are less concerned with big issues like climate change but who are motivated by the more tangible local impacts of the wind farm scheme, such as a possible loss of jobs.

“Using these insights it is hoped it will be possible to develop new approaches to renewable energy policy and the way in which the public are consulted on such schemes. The project has shown that the research methodology itself can play a part in bringing the two sides of the debate together. We hope to use this in a practical context where other wind farms are proposed so that we can offer both sides a more effective way of mediating such environmental disputes.”

A second event will also take place at 7.00pm in the Golf Hotel, Castlerock, on Monday 12 June, for an invited audience.

For further information on the event, please contact: Clive Robinson, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s on 07812 490 464.

For further information, please contact: Lisa Mitchell, Communications Office, 028 9097 5384

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Olympic Rower Receives Queen's Special Sports Achievement Individual Award
Pictured at the 2006 Queen’s Blues Awards Dinner are the panel of speakers and host for the evening, BBC NI’s Mark Carruthers. From L to R: Kevin McGourty, Vice President, Clubs and Services, Queen’s Students’ Union, Victoria Mallett, Soccer and Ladies Gaelic football; Mark Carruthers; Dame Mary Peters and Jim Kirkwood.
Pictured at the 2006 Queen’s Blues Awards Dinner are the panel of speakers and host for the evening, BBC NI’s Mark Carruthers. From L to R: Kevin McGourty, Vice President, Clubs and Services, Queen’s Students’ Union, Victoria Mallett, Soccer and Ladies Gaelic football; Mark Carruthers; Dame Mary Peters and Jim Kirkwood.
Olympic Rower, Richard Archibald from Coleraine, is presented with the 2006 Special Sports Achievement Individual Award by Mark Donnan of Sponsors Ulster Bank and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s, Professor Peter Gregson.
Olympic Rower, Richard Archibald from Coleraine, is presented with the 2006 Special Sports Achievement Individual Award by Mark Donnan of Sponsors Ulster Bank and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s, Professor Peter Gregson.

Olympic Rower, Richard Archibald, was last night, Wednesday 07 June, named as the 2006 winner of the coveted Queen's University Special Achievement Individual Sports Award, as sporting talent from across Northern Ireland, including Olympians Dame Mary Peters, Thelma Hopkins and Jim Kirkwood, gathered at the University for the annual Blues Awards Dinner held in the Whitla Hall.

Archibald, who was selected for the Irish Lightweight '4s' team for the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 and who is the current Irish title holder in the Senior Pairs, also took Silver at the Rowing World Cup Series in Munich just last week. The Coleraine man is also currently assisting with the development of a Rowing Academy at Queen’s, to follow in the mould of the already successful GAA and Rugby Academies at the University.

He will now join the ranks of other well-known Queen’s graduates and recipients of the Award who have gone on to develop outstanding sporting careers, including Rugby’s David Humphreys, Gaelic Football’s Anthony Tohill and Commonwealth Silver Medallist, Lisa Bradley (Judo).

Also receiving recognition last night was Queen’s Men’s Hockey 1st Team. The team was presented with the Sports Achievement Team Award for realising their dream of winning the Linden Cup for the first time in the Club’s history and finishing as runners-up in the Irish Universities’ Plate. The team also had one member selected for the Irish Universities team and two on the Northern Ireland Universities squad that claimed Gold at the British University Games in Swansea.

Rugby and Athletics were also in the spotlight as Paul Wilson of Queen’s Athletics and Triathlon Clubs and Robbie Moore of Queen’s Rugby were joint recipients of the Special Contribution to Queen’s Sport Award. Currently studying for his PhD in Civil Engineering, Wilson was instrumental in the creation of the Queen’s 5k Race Round the River and the Titanic Duathlon, which since its launch earlier this year, has attracted hundreds of competitors to the course around Belfast’s historic Titanic Quarter. Moore, who won the BBC NI Sports Unsung Hero of the Year Award in 2005, played with Queen’s in the 1970’s and since then has always been involved with the Club as a coach and mentor.

Coach of the Year went to Tim Clifford of Queen’s Trampoline Club, who pipped Innes Gray of Queen’s Men’s Soccer Club to the award. Since co-founding the Trampoline Club at Queen’s over 30 years ago, Clifford has helped several of his athletes on their way to World Championships and is now a high performance coach and judge.

Also recognised for their achievements were 35 students who attained full University Blues and 76 who achieved Half Blues, across 12 sports.

Speaking about the night, Queen’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson, said: “The Blues Dinner is a celebration of excellence which highlights the importance this University places on creating a vibrant and inclusive sporting culture. This is a crucial part of the Queen’s Experience - the University’s term for the invigorating blend of all the elements that make for a rewarding student life.

"Our commitment to the student experience is the impetus behind our major investment in student sport. A new £7 million extension to the Physical Education Centre will open in September. Later this month we will be reopening the University's outdoor pursuits base in the Mournes, and plans are also under way for a major redevelopment of both the Playing Fields at Upper Malone and the Boathouse at Stranmillis.”

Maureen Cusdin, Director of Sport and Recreation added: “Student athletes are the lifeblood of progressive sports and at Queen’s we place great importance on recognising and nurturing their abilities. The annual Blues Awards Dinner is a celebration of our students’ many and varied sporting achievements and I am sure we will be hearing much more about our winners tonight in the years to come.”

Commending the students on their accomplishments Glynis Hobson, Head of Retail Marketing with sponsors Ulster Bank said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Blues Dinner at Queen’s again. We pride ourselves on our association with Queen’s University and its students. The Blues Dinner is a key event in the local sporting and academic calendar and highlights not only the high quality of athletes at Queen’s such as Richard Archibald, but also the University’s commitment to excellence.”

Last night’s dinner was the 14th Annual Queen’s University Blues Dinner.

For further information, please contact: Lisa Mitchell, Communications Office,028 9097 5384 or 0781 44 22 572.

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Queen's Bitesize Chemistry Initiative For Primary Schools Reaches Finale at W5
Pictured at the finale of the Queen's Bitesize Chemisty event, held in W5 today are pupils from Ballinderry Primary School, Lisburn, who submitted a water feature based on the animals found in their eco and sensory gardens: L to R: Mr Ian Thomsson, P7 teacher and Sarah Ruddell and Louise Brown with the sculpture devised with the help of local artist Janet Crymble.
Pictured at the finale of the Queen's Bitesize Chemisty event, held in W5 today are pupils from Ballinderry Primary School, Lisburn, who submitted a water feature based on the animals found in their eco and sensory gardens: L to R: Mr Ian Thomsson, P7 teacher and Sarah Ruddell and Louise Brown with the sculpture devised with the help of local artist Janet Crymble.
Pictured at the finale of the Queen's Bitesize Chemisty event, held in W5 today are pupils from Campbell College Junior School, formerly Cabin Hill Prep School, Belfast, who submitted a project on the magic of crystals. L to R: Jason Li, Mrs Vivian Vance, Simon Coleman and Jamie Hunter with Prof Robbie Burch, Head of the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen's
Pictured at the finale of the Queen's Bitesize Chemisty event, held in W5 today are pupils from Campbell College Junior School, formerly Cabin Hill Prep School, Belfast, who submitted a project on the magic of crystals. L to R: Jason Li, Mrs Vivian Vance, Simon Coleman and Jamie Hunter with Prof Robbie Burch, Head of the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen's

Budding Chemists from 55 primary schools will descend on W5 at the Odyssey in Belfast on Monday 05 June, for the Finals of the Bitesize Chemistry Initiative organised by the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen's University.

Designed to give Primary Seven pupils a taste for Chemistry, while at the same time providing support for teachers to perform safe and easy experiments in the classroom, over 3,600 pupils signed up for the project when it began earlier this year.

Monday’s finals will see over 160 of the young scientists present the results of allocated investigative science projects, the last element in the five-month long Bitesize programme. Prior to the projects, pupils also benefited from live demonstration lectures given by staff at Queen’s and a programme of six simple classroom experiments.

Commenting on Monday’s event, Professor Chris Hardacre of Queen’s, who along with colleague Dr Marie Migaud, is responsible for the Bitesize initiative, said: “The programme has proven to be very successful, with thousands of schoolchildren in Northern Ireland introduced to the wonders of Chemistry. We are expecting a wonderful spectrum of scientific investigative work at our Finals. Be it a project on natural dyes or propulsion, I’m certain it will be a fascinating day for everyone involved.”

Ms Karen Beattie, a teacher at Strand Primary School, Belfast, added: “The Bitesize Chemistry programme has been a brilliant idea. It has been enjoyed not only by the pupils but also by teachers. Teachers were given flexibility to create interesting and fun practicals and the children have really expanded their knowledge of the world of science. Our pupils can’t wait to show off their work at Monday’s finals and learn what the other schools have been doing.”

Prizes will be awarded to the best project in each Education and Library Board and the judging panel will include Dr Marie Migaud of Queen’s University, Dr Sally Montgomery of W5, Colin Johnston of funders EPSRC and Professor Robbie Burch, Head of the School of Chemistry at Queen's University, who was recently elected to the prestigious Royal Irish Academy.

Notes:
Media Opportunities will be available from 10.45am to 12 noon on Monday 05 June. Please note the event is split into two halves. The first set of Awards will be announced from 11.00am to 11.15am and while this is ongoing, the second lot of schools will be setting up for the second judging round, with judging taking place from 11.30am to 12.50pm.

The Bitesize Chemistry programme was organised in conjunction with W5 and the Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland. The programme receives funding support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council as part of their Public Awareness Science Programme.

For further information, please contact: Lisa Mitchell, Communications Office, 028 9097 5384.

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NI Olympians Help Queen's University Celebrate Students' Sporting Excellence
Announcing the nominees for the 2006 Queen's Sports Achievement Award which will be presented at the Queen's University Blue Awards on Wednesday, 7 June in the Whitla Hall were (from L to R): 

Andrew McBrinn, from sponsors Ulster Bank; Olympians Dame Mary Peter and Jim Kirkwood and Queen's nominees Belfast's Suzanne Cave, Equestrian and Derry's Victoria Mallett, Soccer & Gaelic Football
Announcing the nominees for the 2006 Queen's Sports Achievement Award which will be presented at the Queen's University Blue Awards on Wednesday, 7 June in the Whitla Hall were (from L to R): Andrew McBrinn, from sponsors Ulster Bank; Olympians Dame Mary Peter and Jim Kirkwood and Queen's nominees Belfast's Suzanne Cave, Equestrian and Derry's Victoria Mallett, Soccer & Gaelic Football
Announcing the nominees for the 2006 Queen's Sports Achievement Award which will be presented at the Queen's University Blue Awards on Wednesday, 7 June in the Whitla Hall were (from L to R): 

Olympian, Dame Mary Peter, nominee Victoria Mallett from Derry City for Soccer and Gaelic Football, Olympian Jim Kirkwood, nominee Suzanne Cave from Belfast (Equestrian) and BBC NI's Mark Carruthers who will host the Awards Dinner.
(from L to R): Olympian, Dame Mary Peter, nominee Victoria Mallett from Derry City for Soccer and Gaelic Football, Olympian Jim Kirkwood, nominee Suzanne Cave from Belfast (Equestrian) and BBC NI's Mark Carruthers who will host the Awards Dinner.

Queen's University today announced the nominees for its prestigious Sports Achievement Award 2006, with help from Olympians Dame Mary Peters and Jim Kirkwood and BBC Northern Ireland's Mark Carruthers. The winner will be announced at the Queen’s University Blues Awards Dinner in the Whitla Hall at Queen's on Wednesday 07 June, which will be hosted by Carruthers.

Those Queen’s students nominated for the Sports Achievement Award 2006 are: Victoria Mallett from Derry City for her achievements in Gaelic Football and Soccer, Richard Archibald from Coleraine for his successes in Rowing and Suzanne Cave from Belfast for her Equestrian accomplishments. Previous winners of the Queen’s Sports Achievement Award (Individual), include Commonwealth Games Silver medallist Lisa Bradley (Judo); Rugby International, David Humphreys and Gaelic footballer, Anthony Tohill.

The Blues Dinner, which is supported by Ulster Bank, will also mark the achievements, across 12 sports, of students who attained University Blues (35) and Half Blues (76) during the current academic year. The Sports Achievement Awards for Coach of the Year and the Special Contribution to Queen’s Sports Awards will also be presented on the night.

Victoria Mallett, along with Olympians Dame Mary Peters and Jim Kirkwood, will form a panel of guest speakers on the night, which will also include Kevin McGourty, Vice-President of Clubs and Services at Queen’s Students’ Union.

Speaking about the forthcoming event, Maureen Cusdin, Director of Sport and Recreation said: “Student athletes are the life blood of progressive sports. Nurturing student talent, recognising and celebrating their achievements is an important part of University life.

“At Queen’s we are investing millions in making sure that the necessary support structures and player pathways are in place to ensure those students who wish to reach their full potential can do so.

“The Queen’s sporting experience is unique and with continued support from student-friendly companies like Ulster Bank, we plan to keep rewarding our students with the recognition they richly deserve for their endeavours, commitment and continued success through sport”.

Glynis Hobson, Head of Retail Marketing of sponsors Ulster Bank, added: “We are delighted to be supporting the Blues Dinner again. We pride ourselves on our association with Queen’s University and its students. The Blues Dinner is a key event in the local sporting and academic calender and highlights the high quality of athletes at Queen’s and the University’s commitment to excellence.”

This year’s event will be the 14th Annual Queen’s University Blues Dinner.

Notes:
The Blues Dinner will be held in the Whitla Hall, Queen’s University on Wednesday 07 June at 7.15pm. Reception begins at 6.45pm. Media facilities will be available between 6.45pm to 7.15pm and following the presentations at 10.30pm.

For further information, please contact: Lisa Mitchell, Communications Office, 028 9097 5384 or Marueen Cusdin or Bill Gardner, Queen’s PEC on 028 9038 7664.

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