01-2007 Press Releases

Innovation guru to give business lecture at Queen's
The role of innovation in enhancing competitiveness will be the theme of a major lecture to the local business community at Queen's University on Tuesday 06 February.

In a First Trust Bank Innovation Lecture entitled "Using Innovation to Drive Our Competitiveness" Professor Markides will examine the development and use of innovation to create value for customers and to underpin business growth.

Costas Markides is Professor of Strategic and International Management and Chairman of the Strategy Department at the London Business School. A native of Cyprus, he received his BA (Distinction) and MA in Economics from Boston University, and his MBA and DBA from the Harvard Business School. A member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society, and a Fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he has worked as an Associate with the Cyprus Development Bank and as a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School.

Professor Markides has a research background in strategic innovation, corporate restructuring, refocusing and international acquisitions. His current research interests include the management of diversified firms and the use of innovation and creativity to achieve strategic breakthroughs.

He is the author of a number of books on economic performance, and his articles have appeared in journals such as the Harvard Business Review, Business Strategy Review, British Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, and the Academy of Management Journal.

Sponsored by First Trust Bank and Invest NI, the Chair of Innovation initiative brings world experts in innovation to Northern Ireland to share their insights and knowledge with local business audiences.

Professor Markides's innovation lecture will be held in on Tuesday 06 February in G9, Lanyon North, Queen's University, starting at 6pm. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Claire McGivern at Queen's University on 028 9097 1145 or e-mail c.mcgivern@qub.ac.uk.


For further information contact:
Anne Langford, Tel 028 9097 5310

Notes for editors:
Media facilities will be available at the lecture. Arrangements to interview Professor Markides can be made by calling the above number.

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Phil Jupitus broadcasts BBC Breakfast Show from Queen's Radio
Well-known presenter Phill Jupitus pictured before he broadcast his BBC 6 Music Breakfast Show across the nation via Queen's Radio yesterday (30 Jan). Guests on the show included The Automatic and Clone Quartet.
Well-known presenter Phill Jupitus pictured before he broadcast his BBC 6 Music Breakfast Show across the nation via Queen's Radio yesterday (30 Jan). Guests on the show included The Automatic and Clone Quartet.

Queen's Radio today played host to well-known presenter Phill Jupitus, who broadcast his BBC 6 Music Breakfast Show across the nation via 6 Music from the station. Guests on the show included The Automatic and Clone Quartet.

Queen’s Radio, otherwise known as QR, is one of the freshest and most exciting societies at Queen’s. Located on the second floor of the Students’ Union building, QR is the first student radio station in Northern Ireland and broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The popular stand-up and TV comedian is well-known for his appearances on the pop music quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks. His hugely successful stand up tours have included Jedi, Steady, Go and Quadrophobia, and he has worked extensively on radio, variously as a contributor, panellist and presenter.

Further information from the Communications Office. Tel: 028 9097 3091


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Pharmaceutical Society honours Queen's Professor
The Professor of Primary Care Pharmacy at Queen's University Belfast, Professor Carmel Hughes has been appointed as the Practice Chair for the 2008 British Pharmaceutical Conference and will co-chair with Professor Andrew Lloyd from the University of Brighton.

Professor Hughes is the first pharmacist to have been awarded the Harkness Fellowship in Healthcare Policy and is currently the only pharmacist to have received the honour of a National Primary Care Career Scientist Award from the NHS Executive. Professor Hughes' research at Queen's focuses on long-term care for the elderly, rational prescribing, the interface between general practitioners and pharmacists, and evidence based health care. Currently she is undertaking studies through controlled trials in nursing homes evaluating the impact of an infection control intervention, and will soon begin on the potential impact of organisational culture on prescribing in nursing homes funded through the Academic Excellence Awards.

At the BPC 2001 she was awarded the Practice Research Medal, and says of her appointment as the BPC 2008 Practice Chair: It’s an honour to have been elected as the Practice Chair for 2008. Pharmacy practice research has developed over the years in terms of quality and importance in health care research generally, and the British Pharmaceutical Conference is an excellent vehicle to promote and celebrate this research.”


For more information please contact: Brendan Heaney, Communications Office, Tel: 02890 975320 or the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Public Relation Unit 020 7572 2335

Note for Editors:

In 2003 Queen's University came first in the national Athena Awards set up to celebrate the achievements of higher education institutions in encouraging more women to succeed in science, engineering and technology.

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Queen's lecture to 'rock' young scientists

Rock-and-roll music will strike the right chord for around 300 secondary schoolchildren at a unique science lecture at Queen's University on Wednesday.

Dr Mark Lewney, winner of the 2005 Channel 4 FameLab competition to discover the next generation of gifted science communicators, will use rock guitar music to explain the mysteries of physics to an audience of 15-18 year olds from throughout Northern Ireland.

Entitled “Rock Guitar in 11 Dimensions: Strats, Strads and Superstrings”, Dr Lewney's talk is the 2007 Tyndall Lecture, organised by the Institute of Physics in Ireland. In addition to Belfast, Dr Lewney will also deliver the Tyndall Lecture in Waterford, Carlow, Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick.

Dr Lewney studied Physics at Edinburgh University before gaining a PhD in acoustics from Cardiff University. He works at the UK Patent Office, dealing with new inventions in telecommunications, and pursues anthropological research in his spare time by playing rock guitar in Welsh pubs. He has appeared on CBBC’s ‘Xchange’ and Radio 4's ‘Material World’.

During his lecture, Dr Lewney will explain the physics of rock using riffs from Vivaldi to Queen and the theme music from ‘Bullseye’, reveal the secret of the Stradivarius and show how string vibrations might lie at the heart of the answers to questions about the Big Bang and the dimensions of the universe.

Local organiser, Queen's Professor Bob McCullough, said: “This event should be both very entertaining and informative. Physics is the study of the deepest mysteries of the cosmos, ranging from subatomic particles to outer space, and it has tremendous practical applications in everyday life. Demonstration lectures like Dr Lewney's have a vital role to play in enthusing and exciting our young people about the wonders of physics, and encouraging them to think about a career in science.”

The lecture series commemorates the 19th century Irish scientist John Tyndall, from County Carlow, a fellow of the Royal Society, whose research led to the discovery that light only becomes visible after bouncing off air particles, and also predicted the use of fibre optics for communications. 


For further information contact:

Anne Langford, Tel 028 9097 5310

Editor’s Note: The Tyndall Lecture at Queen's will take place in the Larmor Lecture Theatre on Wednesday 31 January, starting at 2.00pm. Media facilities will be available. Arrangements for interviews and photographs can be made by calling the above number.

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Queen's gift of life just the ticket for Valentine's Day
Professor Gerry McCormac, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Queen’s, with medical students, Eimear King,  Johnny Boylan, Phillip Hall as Cupid, and (kneeling) First Trust Bank Student Advisor Gwyn Brewer.
Professor Gerry McCormac, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Queen’s, with medical students, Eimear King, Johnny Boylan, Phillip Hall as Cupid, and (kneeling) First Trust Bank Student Advisor Gwyn Brewer.
Fourth year Medicine students model a selection of fashion on the catwalk at this years 30th annual SWOT Fashion Show.
Fourth year Medicine students model a selection of fashion on the catwalk at this years 30th annual SWOT Fashion Show.

The SWOT society (Students Working Overseas Trust) announced that this year was the 30th anniversary of the Queen’s University SWOT Fashion Show, which last year raised almost £50,000 for vital medical equipment in third-world hospitals. Tickets are on sale from today for the fashion show which takes place on Tuesday 13 February in the Whitla Hall at Queen’s. Attending the event is not only the ideal Valentine’s aperitif for all fashionistas, but is also a valuable gift for the thousands of people in hospitals in third-world countries who will benefit from the show’s proceeds.

Organised by fourth year Medicine and Dentistry students at Queen’s, the Fashion Show will feature a range of clothes from over 20 Belfast high street stores including Coast, Miss Selfridge, Primark, Hobbs’ and even 70’s shop The Rusty Zip.

Last year over £45,000 was raised, with one of the main beneficiaries, Chitokoki Mission Hospital in Zambia, using their donation to buy life saving surgery equipment, which included a diathermy unit. This is a standard piece of equipment in GP surgeries across Northern Ireland that prevents excessive blood lose. The staff in Chitokoki Mission Hospital had previously been tying catgut stitches until they received this valuable piece of equipment.

Explaining how the money is raised, Joseph Kane, a member of the SWOT Committee said: “All students who join SWOT take part in fundraising events during the year, from taking blood pressure in shopping centres to the fashion show. We then get together and decide which third-world locations will benefit most from the money raised.”

The event is sponsored by First Trust Bank and Gwyn Brewer, Student Advisor at the University Road branch said: “This is the seventh year that First Trust Bank has supported the SWOT Fashion Show and we are delighted to once again be involved with such a vital fundraising event. We fully commend the dedication and hard work of SWOT, as they use their talents to enrich the lives of others.”

Thanking the students for their efforts, Professor Gerry McCormac, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Queen’s added: “These students give up their time throughout the whole year to raise money, and especially for the Fashion Show. People who attend just have to enjoy themselves, by buying a ticket they have already contributed to the SWOT charity."

Tickets costing £20 will are available from the Students’ Union, Belfast’s Virgin Megastore and by telephoning TicketMaster on 028 9032 3744.

 For further information on SWOT or the fashion show, please contact members Lynsey Downing, 07739 306 869, or Joseph Kane, 07745 541 457, or visit the website www.qubswot.co.uk

Notes to Editors

SWOT was founded thirty years ago by Max Lewis, a lecturer in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Membership of the society is open to all fourth year Medicine and Dentistry students at Queen’s, this year 120 students joined.

Medical students are obliged to work overseas for a six week period at the end of their fourth year. Students are required to cover their own costs, and to arrange their own placement.

A Diathermy Unit causes the coagulation (clotting) of tissue using a high-frequency electrical current applied locally with a metal instrument or needle with the aim of stopping bleeding.

For further information please contact: Judith Rance, 028 9097 5292, j.rance@qub.ac.uk


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26/01/2007: Award-winning Queen's female engineer "an excellent role model"- Gregson
Queen's University lecturer Dr Maire McLoone, winner of the national WES (Women's Engineering Society) Award
Queen's University lecturer Dr Maire McLoone, winner of the national WES (Women's Engineering Society) Award

A young female academic from Queen's University has emerged as one of the top women engineers in the United Kingdom.

Dr Maire McLoone was yesterday announced as the winner of the national WES (Women’s Engineering Society) Award, and runner-up for the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Young Woman Engineer of the Year title. The competition attracted hundreds of high-calibre candidates.

Congratulating Dr McLoone, Queen's Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson said: “This is a very prestigious award which recognises both the quality of Dr McLoone’s innovative research and her role as an excellent role model for future engineering students, particularly females interested in a career in this area.

“Queen's is committed to advancing the role of women in the traditionally male-dominated fields of science, engineering and technology. In 2003 the University came first in the national Athena Awards set up to celebrate the achievements of higher education institutions in encouraging more women to succeed in these academic areas. Dr McLoone's success will be an incentive to others and we extend to her our heartiest congratulations.”

Dr McLoone is a lecturer and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow for ECIT (Electronics, Communications and Information Technology) Research Institute at Queen's University, Belfast. Her achievements include making a number of key contributions in the field of data security, leading a research team, lecturing in electronics at the University, building key international relations, securing funding for her research projects and also giving talks to other young women about the profession.

She said: “I was very honoured to receive the 2006 Women's Engineering Society prize. I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the field of electronic engineering and I would strongly encourage other females to consider engineering as a career choice.”

The Institution of Engineering and Technology is the largest professional engineering society in Europe and reflects the interdisciplinary, global and inclusive nature of engineering and technology. The Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award seeks to reward the very best female engineers that the United Kingdom has to offer, to highlight achievements of women in engineering and to encourage others to enter the profession.

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Flags survey - progress being made, with room for continued improvement

A survey of flags being flown on main roads in Northern Ireland conducted by Queen's University, confirms that progress on the flags and emblems issue has been made with the support of local communities, although flags are still used to mark out territory in some areas.

The Flags Monitoring Project 2006 undertaken by the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's and funded by the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister, set out to see how much responsibility people in local communities and organisations took for flags and other emblems displayed over the summer months and how many flags were then left. The survey will be a baseline for assessing further improvements in flagging and evaluating a Flags Protocol.

Two significant surveys were conducted in 2006, one at the start of July, the second in mid-September during the period covering the Loyal Order marching season and the 25 Anniversary of the Hunger Strikes. Results show that when displays were placed in areas where local people took responsibility, such as on private houses or on Orange Halls and around Orange Arches, the flags and bunting were nearly always taken down. However, there were large numbers of flags left flying at the end of September on major road routes all over Northern Ireland. At the end of the summer 2499 flags and emblems remained on display, a nett reduction of approximately 1650 or 40%. Indicators are that the figure of 2499 was further reduced after the survey period.

Dr Dominic Bryan at the Institute of Irish Studies said: “We are aware that there has been much work undertaken in communities to try and reduce the flying of flags to periods when specific celebrations or commemorations are taking place. The evidence we have from these surveys demonstrate that while significant numbers of flags are being removed voluntarily, a large number are being left on lampposts to apparently mark territories. At the same time there is increasing evidence that such marking of territories is recognised by communities as being economically detrimental to their area. We could commend communities for progress made and encourage the continuation of their positive approach to developing shared space.

“There is also evidence of a reduction in the flying of paramilitary flags with only 194 recorded at the beginning of July and 17% having come down by mid-September. By far the greatest number of flags which remained on display was on lampposts at arterial routes rather than town centres, schools and hospitals.

“The surveys provide a baseline for assessing further improvements in flagging and evaluating the Flags Protocol introduced in 2005 and the evidence clearly points to progress being made, with room for further improvement,” the Queen's University expert said.

For more information please contact: Brendan Heaney, Communications Office, Tel: 02890 975320 Mobile 07704449590 or Dominic Bryan on 02890 97 3386.


Notes for Editors:

Interviews with Dr Bryan can be arranged through the Communications Office.

Since 2005 the PSNI have led a multi-agency joint-protocol on flags in relation to the display of flags which calls for the removal of flags and emblems from arterial routes, town centres and areas such as interfaces, schools, hospitals and places of worship. This is to be done, as much as possible, with the support of communities.

The Government's policy of a Shared Future sets as one of its major aims ‘freeing the public realm from threat, aggression and intimidation while allowing for legitimate expression of cultural expression, creating safe and shared space for meeting, sharing, playing, working and living’.

The Report can be viewed from 26/01/07 at: www.qub.ac.uk/iis  And at: www.ofmdfmni.gov.uk/index/equality/equalityresearch/research-publications/gr-pubs.htm.  

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Queen's brings pioneering Bioengineering industry event to NI for first time
Professor John Orr, Queen's University, Chairperson of the 13th Bioengineering Conference in Ireland (L) and Dr Fraser Buchanan, of the Northern Ireland Biomedical Engineering Society (R), pictured with one of the most common wonders of Bioengineering , the hip replacement, prior to this weekend's conference in Fermanagh.
Professor John Orr, Queen's University, Chairperson of the 13th Bioengineering Conference in Ireland (L) and Dr Fraser Buchanan, of the Northern Ireland Biomedical Engineering Society (R), pictured with one of the most common wonders of Bioengineering , the hip replacement, prior to this weekend's conference in Fermanagh.

The world of Bioengineering, which has provided many exciting breakthroughs enabling us to win the fight against many of the costliest and most harmful diseases around, is set to come to Fermanagh this weekend, as some of the World’s leading experts in the area attend a two-day event organised by Queen’s University, in association with the Northern Ireland Biomedical Engineering Society.

From hip replacements to tissue engineering, the pioneering world of Bioengineering sees the design and problem solving expertise of engineering coupled with the medical expertise of physicians to help improve patient health care and their quality of life. According to Peter Donnelly of Bio Business Northern Ireland, the Life and Technologies Sector in Northern Ireland employs over 4,000 people and has a turnover of £310 million. In ROI the Medical Devices sector employs some 26,000 people with an annual turnover of €6 billion, while the ROI’s Biotechnology sector takes in 59 companies and 4,000 employees.

Bringing together industry representatives, clinicians, academics and other interested parties to discuss the latest thinking in the area, the event at the Manor House Hotel, Killadeas, is the first time that the Annual Conference of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, has been held in Northern Ireland. Sponsors of the event include InterTradeIreland, BioMed Ireland, Invest NI and the Irish Medical Device Association.

Having his work recognised at the event will be Mr David Beverland of Musgrave Park Hospital, one of Northern Ireland’s senior consultant orthopaedic surgeons. He has been invited to give the Samuel Haughton Lecture and receive a Silver Medal from RAMI, while Professor James Kirkpatrick, originally from Northern Ireland and now Director of the Institute of Pathology at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, will be the event’s other keynote speaker.

Commenting on Queen’s University’s work within the sector, Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson, whose research on the performance of load-bearing medical devices is internationally acclaimed, said: “A recent Irish Medical Devices Association survey has shown that within the next five years there is going to be a 60 per cent increase in demand from employers for graduates at PhD level. At Queen’s we are experiencing high demand for our graduates and many of our existing students have already been approached by companies in the sector. It is a strong indicator of the levels of growth expected in the industry and Queen’s University is proud to be providing research and leadership in such a burgeoning area.”

Professor John Orr, Conference Chairperson and Director of the Medical Polymers Research Institute at Queen’s University added: “It is novel nowadays to have an event which is not only attended by researchers and academics from every University in Ireland but also industry experts and clinicians. That, however, is what we will be bringing to Fermanagh this weekend. We hope this event will be a platform for future collaborative partnerships that will place bioengineering firmly at the heart of the manufacturing process and also encourage multi-nationals and other SMEs to invest in the sector.”

InterTradeIreland Strategy and Policy Director Aidan Gough said: “Recent figures clearly show that R&D activities fall far short of the 3% target set for the EU to be the world’s most competitive knowledge based economy by 2010. “We need to make the most of the knowledge and expertise which exists within the research institutions and clinical environment on the island and encourage greater collaboration with industry. By pooling resources, we can create an environment which is a source of real competitive advantage for both Northern Ireland and Ireland.”

Donal Durkan, Director of Life Sciences division at Invest Northern Ireland said that “Northern Ireland’s Life Sciences sector benefits from strong links and close co-operation between academia and industry in commercializing university research. This event will provide further opportunities for collaboration in research and development which is a critical factor in the ongoing development of the Northern Ireland economy”.

Further information on the conference can be found at www.bini.ie

Notes to Editor

Media Opportunites are available at 1.00pm on Saturday, 27 Janaury, 2007 at the Manor House Hotel, Killadeas, Co. Fermanagh. (The event also runs from 12.30pm to 7.30pm on Friday, 26 January).

Sponsors of the event are AGB Scientific Ltd, Creganna Medical Devices, Depuy, Fermanagh District Council, Institute of Biology, InterTradeIreland, BiomedIreland, BioBusinessNI, Irish Medical Devices Association, Invest NI, MATCH, MTS, Premier Scientific Limited, Queen’s University Belfast, R&D Office NI HSS Central Services Agency, Smith and Nephew, Stryker Instruments, Ulster Anesthetics aka Vector Scientific/Nikon and Zwick.

For further information please contact Lisa Mitchell, Communications Office. Tel: 028 90 97 5384.


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Queen's Launches Report on Community Restorative Justice Projects
Launching the Community Restorative Justice Project Report are l-r back Padraic Quirk, Atlantic Philanthropies; Harry Mika, Queen’s University; Jim Auld, CRJI; l-r front Professor Kieran McAvoy, Queen’s University, Debbie Watters, Northern Ireland Alternatives; Martin O’Brien, Atlantic Philanthropies and Tom Winston of Northern Ireland Alternatives.
Launching the Community Restorative Justice Project Report are l-r back Padraic Quirk, Atlantic Philanthropies; Harry Mika, Queen’s University; Jim Auld, CRJI; l-r front Professor Kieran McAvoy, Queen’s University, Debbie Watters, Northern Ireland Alternatives; Martin O’Brien, Atlantic Philanthropies and Tom Winston of Northern Ireland Alternatives.

A report on the operation of two Community Restorative Justice projects launched today by Queen’s University’s Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, has shown significant success in the reduction of punishment beatings, shootings and exclusions in the areas evaluated.

Professor Harry Mika monitored and evaluated two projects, funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, over a six-year period between 1999 and 2005 that looked at the value and benefit of community restorative justice in reducing punishment violence and alleged anti-social behaviour.

Northern Ireland Alternatives working specifically in a number of unionist/loyalist estates and Community Restorative Justice Ireland operating in several republican sites throughout Northern Ireland, have facilitated and promoted non-violent community alternatives to paramilitary punishment attacks and exclusions.

These interventions used a blend of activities including facilitated meetings and negotiations, involvement in community based programmes, community based therapeutic activities as well as referral and liaison with statutory organisations.

Speaking about his work, Professor Mika said, “Over the six year period in two specific phases, I verified and assessed a total of 498 cases where young people were in real danger of being attacked or excluded by the paramilitaries for their alleged behaviour. This represented around three to four percent of the work being carried out by the organisations in these specific areas.

“The results showed that in Phase II of the project CRJI activity stopped some 82% of potential paramilitary punishments from happening in its impact area while Northern Ireland Alternatives comparable figure was 71%. Beatings and shootings also fell to zero in all but one project site by 2005. “Most significantly the acceptance of community restorative justice solutions by armed groups increased significantly throughout Phase II. In the case of Northern Ireland Alternatives in 2003 its caseload represented only 40% of the potential paramilitary punishments in their area but this rose to 90% in 2005. In CRJI areas this rose from 78% to 94%.

“In relation to the young people involved up to 91% of interventions resulted in their agreement being fully completed and when monitored at between six and twelve months three quarters of the young people experienced no further problems within their communities. “However critical needs remain within the communities in relation to services for victims of crime and anti-social behaviour. There is a need for 24 hour crisis management of conflict and more prevention and aftercare work with offenders and youth at risk.

“The work of Northern Ireland Alternatives and CRJI is having a measurable and significant impact in their communities but in the final analysis, punishment violence, threat and exclusion cannot end solely because of the existence of community-based restorative justice projects.

“There is little disagreement amongst the broad spectrum of individuals consulted over the course of this evaluation that what is desperately needed in all working class areas of Northern Ireland is cooperation and collaboration between Government, statutory organisations and properly resourced community counterparts.” Professor Kieran McEvoy, Director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law, Queens University Belfast added:

“I am delighted to welcome this evaluation as a significant contribution to the ongoing discussions concerning restorative justice. In recent years, largely as a result of political wrangling concerning policing in Northern Ireland which is well beyond the control of the groups involved, the public debate concerning restorative justice has been characterised by more heat than light. At last, here is a cold eyed, analytical and pragmatic assessment of the practical work of the projects.

“This report relates only to a small percentage of their work – interventions to prevent punishment violence – but it is undoubtedly the most difficult and challenging. It underlines the highly significant impact these programmes have had on reducing levels of punishment violence. I commend it to all who have a genuine interest in developing restorative justice in Northern Ireland, transforming cultures of violence and creating real partnership between community and statutory justice organisations.”

Notes to Editors

A copy of the report can be obtained by contacting the Communications Office. Tel: 028 9097 3091

Harry Mika is Professor of Sociology at Central Michigan University (USA), and Professor (Honorary) in the School of Law, Queens University of Belfast (Northern Ireland). An applied researcher and practitioner, he teaches advanced courses in social justice, community development, peace-building, and child welfare. He provides evaluation and monitoring of innovative justice investments in the United States, Northern Ireland and South Africa for several philanthropies, foundations and trusts. Harry Mika has held post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University, The Hague Academy of International Law (Netherlands), and has been a recipient of a Fulbright New Century Scholars award for the study of sectarian conflict.

For further information please contact Lisa Mitchell, Communications Office. Tel: 028 90 97 5384.


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Queen's Professor Aims to Secure Greater Scientific Singapore-UK Collaboration

Queen's University will today be helping to make a further impact on links between Singapore and the UK in the burgeoning Electronic Systems Industry, as Professor Roger Woods from the University’s Institute of Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), will welcome delegates from around the world to the first Singapore-UK Microelectronics & Embedded Systems Workshop, as co-chair of the event. Taking place in The Biopolis, Singapore, MES 2007 is a key event of the UK–Singapore Partners in Science’ Initiative endorsed by the Prime Ministers of both countries.

Imagine the implications of a real-time wearable device that can predict a faint fall of an elderly person, especially those staying alone, or a calculator-size, portable wireless hard disk which can connect seamlessly with your laptop or desktop, complete with security features. An important component of what makes these possible is microelectronics and embedded systems, and as well as being Co-Chair of the MES 2007 event, Professor Woods will also present on the work currently being undertaken at the Programmable Systems Laboratory in Queen’s in that area.

Speaking about the significance of the event and how it came about, Professor Woods, who is also Chairman of the Microelectronics and Embedded Systems Professional and Technology Network of the IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology), who organised the event said: “This landmark event originally came about as the result of an informal visit I undertook in December 2004 to the British High Commission. With their support and the support of my colleagues in the IET, the Agency for Science, Research and Technology, Nanyang Technology University and of course Queen’s, we have now created a vital common platform for scientists and industry members to exchange ideas on this fast growing technology area that will hopefully spark new innovations.

“Virtually every device from avionics to the home will be based on platforms involving research on microelectronics and embedded systems. They are already widely used in items such as our mobile phones, medical equipment and our car braking systems, and the work in the PSL at Queen’s is aimed at creating design tools and methodologies to cope with the challenges of building the next generation of such electronic systems. In addition to the staff based at our renowned ECIT Institute, colleagues are also working in the University’s Sonic Arts Research Centre where they are creating new musical instruments.

“This is a key event for the IET, emphasising its worldwide commitment to members throughout the globe and shows how the IET can work with government agencies and worldwide institutions to organise world-class events focuses for specialised technical areas.”

Endorsing the event, Mr David Campbell, Acting British High Commissioner, Singapore, said: “MES 2007 is a significant event in the collaboration between the UK and Singapore.”

The workshop was launched by Rear-Admiral (NS) Lui Tuck Yew, Minister-of-State for Education as the Guest-of-Honour, and has attracted about 300 delegates from UK and around the region.

Further information on the event can be found at http://www.mes2007.ntu.edu.sg/

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


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Six Thousand Northern Ireland Children Trained to Save Lives

Six thousand Northern Ireland primary school children have been trained by Queen's students to save lives through a University programme called ABC for Life.

The ABC for Life programme, which has just been granted charitable status, has been developed by Dr David McCluskey and a group of medical students at Queen's University. Designed to teach basic life support skills to primary school children, pupils in year 7 are taught how to assess an unconscious casualty, make an emergency call for ambulance assistance and give mouth to mouth resuscitation and chest compressions.

Speaking about the programme Dr McCluskey said: "I am delighted that the programme has been granted charitable status. Every day in Northern Ireland 20 people suffer a heart attack 8-10 of these are sudden and without warning and are termed cardiac arrests with death often occurring before medical or paramedical help can arrive. It has been estimated that if all of these people were given early basic life support and electric shock treatment by paramedical staff 5-6 lives could be saved each day. This would mean a saving of between 1,800 - 2,000 lives per year. Hopefully this programme can go some way to reducing these deaths."
All of the 900 primary schools in Northern Ireland were invited to participate in the programme and within a few months over half had enrolled. To date pupils from over 260 schools have been trained and approximately 6,000 children are now capable of giving basic support. Each year the entire year 7 class of these schools will be trained.

As part of the programme each school is issued with a resuscitation training manikin and given other training equipment and teaching aids to assist learning. The ABC for Life Association is now a charitable organisation whose aims are to raise funds so that training equipment can be issued to every school taking part in the programme, to develop and provide teaching aids to assist school teachers in this training programme and to carry out research into basic life support training in the community.

The charity relies on donations all of which are used entirely to purchase training equipment for schools or to fund research into the delivery of basic life support. Any donation will be greatly appreciated and should be made payable to the ABC for Life Association and sent to ABC for Life, Department of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Science, Grosvenor Road, Belfast BT12 6BA. 


Notes to Editor

Further information about this scheme can be obtained by contacting Dr David McCluskey in the Department of Medicine at the above address or by e-mail at d.mccluskey@qub.ac.uk.

The ABC for Life Association is a charity which was formed in February 2006 to support a programme of training developed by medical students at Queen's University Belfast.

For further information please contact: Kevin Mulhern, Head of Communications Tel: 028 9097 5323, Email: k.mulhern@qub.ac.uk.

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Queen's Drama Graduate Nominated for Irish Times Award
Lisa McGee
Lisa McGee

Queen's Drama Graduate Lisa McGee, from Prehen, Derry, has been nominated for a prestigious Irish Times Theatre Award. Her play Girls & Dolls , produced by the Tinderbox Theatre Company and which premiered at Queen’s Studio Theatre at the end of last year, will compete for the title of Best New Play alongside well-known playwrights Enda Walsh, Tom Murphy and Donal O'Kelly.

As a drama student, Lisa was assessed as a playwright in the 'Practical Theatre 3' module, before the same script How to Get to Heaven from Belfast was brought to ISDA where it won the award for Best New Play.

Since her time at Queen's, Lisa has been employed as a writer for both stage and screen. She was Tinderbox's first writer on attachment (2005/2006), writer on attachment to the National Theatre London (Autumn 2006), and was nominated by the National for inclusion in 'The 50' - a year long new writing program with the BBC and the Royal Court Theatre. She is also a member of local theatre company SNEAKY Productions with Drama Lecturer Jonathan Harden, who produced and directed her stage plays, Jump! and The Young Man with the Cream Tarts. Her screen credits include Totally Frank (Channel 4) and short films, The Killing and The Meeting.

Lisa is currently extremely busy with theatre, TV and film projects at present and is under commission to the Rough Magic Theatre Company (Dublin), is developing a new television series, The Things I Haven’t Told You with Tiger Aspect for BBC 2, and is working on her first feature, Jump! (based on her original stage play) with Hotshot Films and the Northern Ireland Film Commission.

Congratulating Lisa on her achievements, Jonathan Harden, Lecturer in the School of Languages, Literatures & Performing Arts at Queen’s said: “Lisa last visited Queen's in October to talk with students on the Theory & Practice of Directing module, something they found very rewarding. This is the first time one of our graduates has been nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award and I and my colleagues at Queen’s would like to congratulate Lisa and wish her well for the awards ceremony on the 18th of February.”

For further information please contact Lisa Mitchell, Communications Office. Tel: 028 90 97 5384.


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Science-Fiction or Science Fact? Queen's has the answer

'Science Fiction or Science Fact?' will be the question addressed by Professor Francis Keenan and Dr Robert Ryans of Queen's University over the coming months as the duo has been awarded funding from the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC), for the development of a novel presentation to schoolchildren and the general public on the science in science-fiction films and television programmes.

Funded under the auspices of the PPARC Public Understanding of Science scheme, Prof Keenan and Dr Ryans’ presentations will use clips from various films and television shows to highlight how science-fiction film and television writers usually get the science completely wrong.

The title of the first presentation, Captain…I can't change the laws of physics!, was a phrase used by Chief Engineer Scott to Captain Kirk in Star Trek, often before he changed them considerably. It deals with the accuracy of science in a number of areas popular in science-fiction films and TV programmes such as space travel and contact with aliens, while the second presentation, We come in peace, shoot to Kill! covers weaponry and wars in science-fiction in detail.

Explaining the rationale behind the development of the presentations, Professor Keenan, Head of the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen’s said: “With fifty per cent of the top 30 grossing films of all time being in the science-fiction genre and programmes such as Dr Who still winning viewer awards, it is no surprise that most of the general public’s only exposure to the world of science is what they see in science-fiction films and television. As a consequence, many people believe what they see on screen is scientifically accurate, at least on some level.

“Occasionally scenes will be presented as a possibility in order to create dramatic effect, - for example a spaceship will not make a sound in space due to the vacuum, but often it adds to a film and is dramatically better if sounds are made - however, in most cases the errors are due to ignorance or carelessness.

“Our presentations will convey the real science in a stimulating and fun manner and having presented them to several groups of schoolchildren and teachers, we are now very excited at bringing the world of Science to a wider audience.”

Anyone interested in hosting one or both of the presentations should contact Professor Keenan via email at F.keenan@qub.ac.uk or by telephoning 028 90 973686.

For further information please contact Lisa Mitchell, Communications Office. Tel: 028 90 97 5384.

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Queen's University Continues Global Recruitment Drive

Following on from Queen's recent acceptance into the elite Russell Group of universities, the Belfast-based institution is continuing its recruitment drive to attract yet more leading academics from around the world. This week sees 23 key academic positions advertised internationally in renowned journals such as Nature, The British Medical Journal and several national newspapers.

The £28 million recruitment drive forms part of the University's overall £250 million investment in staff, students and infrastructure which will further develop a community of world-class academics and students at Queen’s.

A total of 140 academics will be appointed over the next five years. One of the largest recruiters in the current round of advertisements is the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, with eight new posts bound for Queen’s £22 million Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology due to open in June 2007 and the £60 million Northern Ireland Clinical Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital. A further seven jobs in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Pharmacy are also advertised, including a Chair in Health Sciences.

Other key posts currently on offer include a Chair in Sociology within the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work. The School is one of the leading Schools in Social Work in the UK and research earnings currently run at £1.6 million per year. A new Chair in Management and Sustainability in the School of Management and Economics has also been advertised and the person appointed will be vital to the success of the University’s new £10million Institute for a Sustainable World launched late last year.

Speaking about the University’s largest academic recruitment exercise to date, Queen’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Gregson said: “We are now a member of the Russell Group of the 20 leading UK universities, and we are creating an environment in which premier research informs premier teaching. This is the focus of our ongoing £250 million investment in staff, students and facilities.

“There can be no doubt that Queen’s is an attractive proposition for leading academics. We are a research-driven University with increasingly strong international links. We have excellent students and offer a wide range of facilities, and we enjoy a good quality of life in Northern Ireland.

“My colleagues and I look forward to welcoming new academics to Queen’s over the coming months. In joining a world-class and committed academic community, they will ensure that Queen’s students continue to be provided with a world-class education.”

Full details on the positions currently available, including those also advertised in The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; The School of Languages, Literatures and Performing Arts; The School of Music and Sonic Arts; The School of Education and The School of Psychology can be found at www.qub.ac.uk/jobs

For further information please contact Lisa Mitchell, Communications Office. Tel: 028 90 97 5384.


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New Catalogue of Material on the Northern Ireland Conflict Launched Today

A new catalogue detailing the large amount of under-used, and until now, incompletely documented body of material from the Northern Ireland conflict over the last 35 years, will today be made available to the public for the first time. Available at www.ark.ac.uk/qual/conflict/, the catalogue has been created by researchers at ARK, a social and political archive for Northern Ireland run jointly between Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster.

Containing comprehensive descriptions of a range of material from academic sources such as transcripts of research interviews and observation notes, as well as non-academic sources such as video and audio recordings, photographs, collections of political pamphlets and other memorabilia, the catalogue and its associated archived material will be a valuable resource for researchers and commentators on the conflict and will help commemorate the experience of the people of Northern Ireland who have lived through the conflict.

Commenting on the new catalogue, Professor Robert Miller from the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s, said: “This material has great potential for addressing issues of reconciliation and the study of violence, both for comparative research and to help promote the peace process in Northern Ireland. It adds a valuable dimension to ARK’s coverage of Northern Ireland society.

“While some blocks of the material relating to the conflict in Northern Ireland contained in the catalogue are archived in sites such as the BBC, UTV and the Linenhall Library, effective use of the bulk of what is potentially available had been thwarted by its wide dispersion and the lack of any comprehensive central index.

“Now, in keeping with its mission of making social science information available to the widest possible public, the ARK Project has indexed this material together into a single searchable database. The addition of the qualitative catalogue to ARK’s other research resources will mean that anyone – from academic researchers and documentary film makers, to secondary school students and interested members of the general public – will be able to discover quickly the scope of the qualitative material on the Northern Ireland conflict that is held in archives and collections and will know how to go about viewing or obtaining access to the material.”

Professor Miller, Dr Peter McLoughlin and Dr Mark McNally, will present the catalogue at a seminar held at NICVA, Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, at noon on Wednesday, 17 January.

Notes to Editor:

Media Opportunities will be available at NICVA at 1pm on Wednesday, 17 January.

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 production of the Northern Ireland Conflict Archive was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council through a grant from their Qualitative Demonstrator Scheme.

ARK – A Social and Political Archive for Northern Ireland -- is a joint project between Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster.

For further information please contact: Lisa Mitchell, Communications Office. Tel: 028 90 97 5384

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Queen's congratulates Seamus Heaney on TS Eliot Prize

Queen's University today added its congratulations to one of its most famous sons, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, who was announced last night as the winner of the prestigious TS Eliot Prize.

Queen's Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson said: “"This is wonderful news and yet another well-deserved accolade for Seamus who continues to make an enormous contribution to poetry at Queen's. All of us at Queen's are delighted at Seamus's achievement and send him our warmest congratulations".

Seamus Heaney won the TS Eliot Prize, described by Poet Laureate Andrew Motion as “the prize most poets want to win” for his latest collection, ‘District and Circle’, published by Faber & Faber. ‘District and Circle’ is Seamus Heaney's twelfth collection of poems. The sonnet sequence which gives the collection its name harks back to a summer in the early Sixties when Heaney spent rush hours travelling to work on the District and Circle underground lines.

Sean O'Brien, Chair of the judges, said: “Seamus Heaney's ‘District and Circle’ is a commanding, exhilarating work. In an outstandingly strong field, this was an exceptional collection of poems.”

The TS Eliot Prize is awarded annually to the writer of the best new single-author collection of poetry published in the UK or Ireland. The Prize was inaugurated in 1993 to celebrate the Poetry Book Society's 40th birthday and honour its founding poet. The Prize was presented by TS Eliot's widow, Valerie Eliot, to Seamus Heaney's daughter, Catherine, at a ceremony in central London.

Another Queen's graduate and award-winning poet, Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Muldoon, was among those short-listed for the award.

Queen's and Northern Ireland's tradition of poetic excellence is celebrated in a major new anthology which was published in November. ‘The Blackbird's Nest’, reflects the richness and diversity of poetry at Queen's since the early 20th century. Among the poets featured are Helen Waddell, John Hewitt, Philip Larkin, Michael Longley and Medbh McGuckian, as well as many others who have made a vital contribution to the development of poetry at the University and in Northern Ireland.

In 2003 Queen's established the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry to enhance the University's thriving creative and critical tradition.


For further information contact: Anne Langford, Tel 028 9097 5310

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'Save Belfast Festival at Queen's Campaign'
Queen's University has thrown its support behind a campaign to 'Save Belfast Festival'. The campaign follows a series of crisis meetings with the Festivals major funders aimed at securing its future. If new funding arrangements cannot be agreed by the end of this month there will be no Festival from 2007.

The public can help support the Festival by logging on to www.qub.ac.uk and signing the online petition.

Belfast Festival at Queen's contributes £6.5 million to the Northern Ireland economy annually, and is the centrepiece of the regions destination tourism offering.

But public sector funding levels, well below comparable international festivals have put its future in doubt.

Queen's Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson said: "We want to secure Festivals future by building real partnerships with those organisations that benefit from it."

Belfast Festival has survived this long because of Queen's, and we are proud of our association with it, but it is a cultural resource for the region. The University cannot continue to carry the burden without the help and active support of our funding partners who benefit directly and indirectly.

"Queen's commitment to culture and arts is tangible, and the University is willing to continue investing in the Festival. However, it cannot sustain an organisation which is structurally underfunded, and it cannot be expected to continually cover deficits which are the result of overall lack of investment by those who benefit."

In meetings with key partners, the University has been told that the Festival adds value to their work in cultural and economic development. The City Council and Tourist Board each see Festival as central to the development of Northern Ireland as a major tourist destination, the Arts Council sees it as a vehicle to project Northern Ireland on an international stage and to open local artists and audiences to international influences. The private sector also sees real benefits from Belfast Festival. Audiences also believe Festival is important and worth keeping.

Queen’s has taken a number of initiatives to try and secure the future of Festival as a sustainable entity. However, cutbacks by other funders have undermined these initiatives.

Since news broke of the threat to Festival, the University has been given unreserved cross-community and political support with all five main parties here backing the Festival.

Over and above its academic provision in music, drama, film and creative writing, Queen's has invested £2.5 million in culture and arts activity over the past three years. In 2006 Queen’s invested more than £400,000 in the Belfast Festival.

The Vice-Chancellor concluded by saying: "Substantial funding is needed to ensure delivery of a genuinely international festival.

"Yet the stark reality is that if others do not rise to the mark then a Festival that reached out to 100,000 people will be lost to Belfast and Northern Ireland for good."

The public can help support the Festival by logging on to www.qub.ac.uk and signing the online petition


Media enquiries to Kevin Mulhern, Head of Communications, telephone 028 9097 5323 / 07813 015431

Notes to Editors

Over the past three years there has been a 32% cut in government funding of Festival.

Last year’s Festival, with attendances in the region of 100,000 people, is expected to see a loss of £150,000.
There has been a steady decline in core funding support from Government sources—DCAL, the Northern Ireland Events Company and the Arts Council—from £378,000 in 2002 to just £69,500 in core funding last year.

In the past three years, Queen's University has invested more than £2,500,000 in Culture and Arts activities.

Currently, Festival is estimated to contribute £6,500,000 to the Northern Ireland economy. The Euclid report, commissioned by the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure identified Belfast Festival as Northern Ireland’s flagship festival. It is an international branded event which is genuinely cross-community in its reach.

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Queen's Open Learning enrolment now available
Queen's University are inviting application to their new Open Learning Programme and classes which will run to the end of March are available for adult learners regardless of qualifications or experience. Many of the lecturers and teachers on the short courses include well known contributors to local media such as Malachi O'Doherty and Patrick Mahony on a wide range of topics which include creative writing, working out what is happening with pensions, and how to accentuate the positive in your life.

Launching the 2007 brochure, Dr Tess Maginess, Programme Coordinator in the School of Education said:” The New Year Programme is packed with courses to meet all tastes from practical subjects like First Aid or Digital Photography for Beginners, to a guided tour of some of the finest scenery in Ireland in ‘Some Ulster Landscapes’ which comprises ten weekly sessions from 7.00pm to 9.00pm commencing Monday 22 January. Language courses for beginners in main European languages all fill up quickly. There are also new topical programmes such as ‘Life Begins at 40’, or try ten Thursday evenings with an exploration of the development of the modern peace process in ‘Northern Ireland, 1969-1998’.”

Enrolment is at the School of Education offices in 20 College Green, Belfast or by telephone to 028 9097 3539. The first classes begin as early as Monday 22 January. Potential students should note that the closing date for registration is Wednesday 17 January. However there may be places still available on certain courses up until the first week of classes so please check with the Open Learning Office Many of the classes outside Belfast in: Armagh; Bangor; Carrickfergus; Dromore; Hollywood; Portadown; Portrush; Randalstown and Whitehead are already underway but it is still worth checking if places are still available. Many of the Courses carry CAT points and can lead to a Certificate in Liberal Studies awarded by Queen's University.

Details of the full range of courses and venues around Northern Ireland where courses are run is available on the Queen's University website www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofEducation/ProspectiveStudents/OpenLearning/ or in print form in the programme brochure which is available from the Open Learning Division of the School of Education by telephoning (028) 9097 3539/3323.


For further information please contact: Brendan Heaney, Communications Office, Tel: 02890 975320 or the School of Education, Tel: 02890 973323/5941.

Notes for Editors:

Fifteen hundred students are expected to enrol on the New Year programmes at Queen's and the Courses are proving increasingly popular with average fees of £44 for a ten week class of two hours duration. Concession rates are available and courses this year are being run in ten towns or cities outside Belfast.

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Deane's at Queen's Opens
Deane's at Queen's: (L to R): Prof Ellen Douglas-Cowie, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof James McElnay, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, Michelin Star chef and restaurateur Michael Deane and Prof Tom Millar, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Deane's at Queen's: (L to R): Prof Ellen Douglas-Cowie, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof James McElnay, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, Michelin Star chef and restaurateur Michael Deane and Prof Tom Millar, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

In a unique joint venture, Queen's University and Michael Deane have opened a stunning new Bar and Grill in College Gardens, opposite the historic Lanyon Building.

Wholly devised and run by the Deanes Restaurant Group, Deane's at Queen's is open to the public, as well as servicing staff and students at the University, and has totally transformed the former Varsity Restaurant.

Michelin Star chef and restaurateur Michael Deane says he is honoured and delighted that this is the first business partnership of its kind between the higher education and private sectors: “I have always admired Queen’s as a very far-sighted institution, and the opportunity to go into business with them has been a real revelation of the kind of ‘can do’ businesslike attitude that exists in the management team and the Senate.

I have no doubt that this will be an enormous success and Queen’s will share in that financial reward.”

Queen’s University is equally delighted with the addition of a Michelin Star Chef as part of their international marketing offensive.  Isabel Jennings, Queen’s Director of Commercial Services explained the partnership highlighted how Queen's was tailoring its catering services to not only meeting the needs of its student and staff population but also to the wider community: “We have been consciously taking on board the views of our customers and driving up the standard and choice of our catering facilities at Queen’s, making sure we have a range of cost options and outlets to meet these needs.

“This partnership with Michael Deane is literally the icing on the cake, providing us with a facility which reflects the status of Queen’s as a new member of the prestigious Russell Group and a University with an international reputation.

“We also wanted to ensure we had an offering which would attract members of the business and commercial communities as well as our neighbours, allowing them to become even more involved with Queen’s.”

The new restaurant will be open seven days a week. Monday and Tuesday: 11.30am to 9.00pm, Wednesday to Saturday: 11.30am to 10.00pm and Sunday: 1.00pm to 7.00pm.

For further information, please contact: the Communications Office, 028 9097 3091.


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Waste Recycling Manager of the Year sets new targets at Queen's University
Adrian Davis:  Environmental Manager at Queen's with his award from Sustainable Ireland Magazine as Best Waste/Recycling Manager for 2006.
Adrian Davis: Environmental Manager at Queen's with his award from Sustainable Ireland Magazine as Best Waste/Recycling Manager for 2006.

Queen's University is on target to significantly reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfill this year as part of a new sustainable waste management strategy designed to reduce the Institution's impact on the environment. Initially formulated to decrease the amount of waste generated across the University, the strategy has also involved new investment in recycling and follows on from the announcement of Queen's Environmental Manager, Adrian Davis, as Best Waste/Recycling Manager by Sustainable Ireland Magazine for 2006.

Queen's University changed its energy contracts in 2004 so that the majority of its energy is now generated from renewable technology (wind turbines), reducing its carbon emissions by almost 60% in the process. Upgrading its recycling capacity and investment in new equipment such as a portable waste compactor and cardboard baler has also produced significant financial savings, while dedicated waste recycling receptacles for waste paper and fluorescent tubes have also been introduced to service the 250 buildings which comprise the University's main Estate.

Queen's use of renewable technologies in all its new-builds is expected to further reduce CO2 emissions during its current £170 million building and refurbishment programme, while the introduction of a combined Heat and Power Plant to Queen's newly refurbished Physical Education Centre is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by 200 tonnes in 2006/07.

In the coming year a university-wide waste management program will introduce recycling of plastic bottles, aluminium cans, glass and additional volumes of waste cardboard. Improvements in monitoring and the reporting of waste generated have also been made to support the waste strategy and the University's environmental policy.

Speaking about the new targets, Adrian Davis said: “The target to reduce by 80 tonnes the amount of waste going to landfill for this year has been met through a combination of reducing waste in the first instance, and increasing our recycling activities.

“A lot of the strategy is about educating people and encouraging individual responsibility for waste and recycling issues. Raising awareness and providing equipment such as recycling stations aim to make recycling habit-forming. I can say it has worked to date because we have the figures to prove it and there is no reason why the University cannot aim higher for next year. It is important to note the contribution made by the University's Cleaning, Portering and Maintenance staff as without them the improvements to date would not have been as significant.”

“When we set our waste management strategy outcomes against our environmental strategy, combined with our energy management campaigns, it is clear that Queen's students and staff are responding very positively to help reduce waste and generate a more sustainable, carbon-friendly footprint for the University and our shared futures.” the award winner added.

For further information please contact: Brendan Heaney, Communications Office Tel: 02890 975320


Notes for Editors:

Sustainable Ireland Magazine announcing its 2006 Awards stated: ‘This award (Best Waste/ Recycling Manager) is presented to the individual who has successfully implemented an outstanding programme of waste management and recycling within their organisation’.

The winner works at Queen's University which has over 100 of 1100 litre bins spread over 20 locations, 12 large skips in 10 locations, waste compactors and balers, as well as dedicated waste recycling receptacles for waste paper and fluorescent tubes.

In October, Queen's new Institute for a Sustainable World was launched to focus on the importance of sustainable development, the need for carbon reduction, cleaner renewable sources of energy, procurement and capital investment policy to embed sustainability on a global basis.

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Queen's Students Receive Prestigious Accolade
‘HANS’ ON TOP SCIENTISTS: From left, Frew Johnston, Joseph Walsh and Aaron Stirling are pictured at the Hans Sloane Awards ceremony which recognises Northern Ireland’s finest young scientists. Joseph (centre), formerly of St Columb's College, scored the highest ‘A’ Level marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in Northern Ireland with former Ballymena Academy pupil Frew Johnston and former Regent House pupil Aaron Stirling joint second.
Two Queen's University students were recently presented with one of Northern Ireland's most prestigious accolades, the Hans Sloane Award. The three highest achievers in ‘A’ Level Physics, Chemistry and Biology were awarded a monetary prize as well as a Hans Sloane certificate.

Presented by Dr Sally Montgomery, chief executive of the W5 Science Discovery Centre, at a special awards ceremony held at Queen's University, the first prize of the Hans Sloane medal was given to former St Columb's College pupil and current QUB medic Joseph Walsh from L'Derry. Joseph achieved the highest aggregate mark in Northern Ireland in ‘A’ Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Former Ballymena Academy pupil Frew Johnston, who is also studying medicine at Queen's, was joint second with Aaron Stirling from Regent House.

Established in 1960, the Hans Sloane Memorial Fund was founded to commemorate the life and work of the notable physician, scientist and collector Sir Hans Sloane. Marshall McKee, Honorary Secretary to the Trustees of the Hans Sloane Memorial Fund, said the memorial fund has been celebrating outstanding achievement in science for over 45 years. “The Hans Sloane Memorial Fund was established to recognise exceptional young people in the sciences and play a part in encouraging young scientists in the pursuit of excellence. Joseph, Frew and Aaron fully deserve recognition for exceptional academic performance.”


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