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19/04/2010: Michael Palin funds Queen’s drama scholarships in memory of late Festival Director
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14/04/2010: Dancers with disabilities partner Queen's in pioneering project
12/04/2010: New Pro-Vice-Chancellor appointed
12/04/2010: Political Psychology Research Centre to open at Queen’s University Belfast
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07/04/2010: New STEM website encourages budding scientists
01/04/2010: Queen’s poet scoops prestigious €5000 award
There are eight teams in the semi-final. Their business ideas include an innovative mountain board that emulates the movements associated with snowboarding without the need for snow, and a purifying additive aimed at solving the problem of indoor pollution. Another project from Cambridge University strives to improve the technology behind the flat panel display industry.
Professor Richard Harrison, Director of Queen’s University Management School, is delighted that such strong links have been forged by this scheme: “We are pleased to be working with a number of leading UK universities and the Chinese authorities in this exciting competition.“The judges will assess each business plan on criteria including market and competitor analysis, their project development and financial plans, risks and proposed mitigating factors, management of intellectual property and promotion of UK-China business links.” The Minister Counsellor for Science and Technology of the Chinese Embassy, His Excellency Mr Futao Chen, will address the first semi-final which is taking place in Queen’s on Thursday 29 April, with the second taking place in Lancaster University. The overall winner will be announced at the national finals at University College, London in June.
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Capturing all of this activity through a camera lens was Belfast-based photographer Colin Cairns, who said: “In chronicling this project, I have been challenged in the process to reconsider how truly open minded I am in judging other people’s ability. It has been a truly enjoyable and fun experience. The seriousness of the choreography and need to perform is intrinsic to every dance session, but I cannot recall one that did not have laughter and smiles. I hope this collection will leave those who view it with that same sense.”
An integral part of the exhibition is a short film created and produced by Queen’s students and service users from Ravenhill Adult Education Centre who participated in the Interprofessional Arts in Mental Health Project 2010. The film articulates the participants’ experiences and concepts of mental illness and well-being. The Arts Council Northern Ireland, the lead funder for this whole project, has made it possible for the exhibition to tour to four different locations across Northern Ireland following the Naughton Gallery event. The tour will be accompanied by a series of integrated contemporary dance classes facilitated by the dancers of Orbit Dance and Kompany Maine and offered to schools and day centres in each area.The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council Small Grants Lottery Fund, The Naughton Gallery at Queens, the Centre for Excellence in Interprofessional Education at Queen’s University, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and Arts Care. It will run from Thursday 15 April until Friday 2 May, Tuesday to Sunday, 11am - 4pm, at Naughton Gallery at Queen's.
On Saturday 17 April at 1.00pm Colin Cairns, photographer and Jenny Elliott, choreographer will deliver a Gallery Talk.
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Professor Evanthia Lyons
Political Psychology is the focus of a timely new research centre being launched at Queen’s University Belfast this week.
Queen’s Centre for Research in Political Psychology (CResPP) will mark its launch with an international conference entitled Tearing Down the Walls: Rethinking the Political in Political Psychology, from Wednesday 14 April to Friday 16 April.
Political psychologists from across the globe will be discussing topics such as political participation and civic engagement; perceptions of the legitimacy of political violence against the West among Saudi students; adversarial discourse in Prime Minister’s questions; and policing psychology, democracy and human rights at the event.
Members of the public are also being invited to attend an evening climate change debate at 6pm on Wednesday 14 April in the Canada Room at Queen’s. Entitled A Climate of Crisis? A public conversation on what psychology, politics, religion and technology can contribute to addressing climate change, the event is being chaired by the BBC’s William Crawley.
Director of the new Centre is Professor Evanthia Lyons from Queen’s School of Psychology. She said: “Political Psychology examines the psychological dimensions of political processes, including not only formal politics, but also the relationships between individuals and societies. Questions we as political psychologists are often faced with include how do individuals process political information and form their opinions? What role do emotions play in forming political opinions? And how do political leaders make decisions?
“With a general election on the horizon, the battle to win hearts and minds is raging. I am delighted therefore that the opening of our new Centre has turned out to be so timely. CResPP is well placed in Belfast, benefiting from the socio-political history of, and recent developments in, Northern Ireland.As part of Queen’s continuing contribution to the wider community we hope our research will provide innovative and useful answers to ongoing global and societal concerns.”
The new Centre will undertake research, teaching and community projects with a particular focus on understanding new forms of political engagement, citizenship, inter-group relations and political life in the context of diverse societies.
Also on offer through the Centre is the only MSc programme in Political Psychology in any University within the UK/EU.
The full conference programme is available at www.psych.qub.ac.uk/CRESPP/Conference/programme.aspx
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Professor John Mann
Professor Mann said that no legal highs can be considered safe despite claims to the contrary from sellers. "Whatever the basic pharmacology of the main component, this compound is likely to be contaminated with side-products of the synthesis and agents added to the drug to 'cut' it. The consumer will never know what these contaminants are. Even if the compounds are pure, their effects on the consumer will differ from person to person. This is what makes LSD so dangerous: one person's fantastic trip is another's invitation to commit suicide."
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Prof Tom Millar and Methodist College pupils Jake Cush and Yixi Bi help launch Queen’s STEM website.
Queen’s has launched a new STEM Academy and website to encourage more pupils to choose a career in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Available online at www.qub.ac.uk/STEM, the new STEM Academy and website offers pupils an easy to use guide to the huge choice of careers and benefits open to them should they choose a STEM degree. It also offers a simple guide to which A-level subjects will help pupils gain entry to the various degrees on offer.
The new online resource provides pupils with the chance to discover what career options might best suit their interests and skills through a fun, interactive ‘futurise me’ section.
On average, early career salaries in science, technology, engineering and maths are £23,000 per year, against a £19,000 average for graduates across all sectors. Last year’s graduates from Queen’s School of Electronics, Electronic Engineering and Computer Science began their careers on starting salaries ranging from £16K-£36K.
Professor Tom Millar, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Queen’s said: “For too long STEM subjects have been a bit of a mystery to pupils, as it was often difficult to obtain simple, clear information on the career pathways that different degrees lead to. Pupils understand that if they successfully study medicine, they can become a doctor, but pupils can often be unaware of the array of exciting career paths open to them should they choose to study subjects such as physics, maths or chemistry.
“Choosing the subjects needed to enter a degree and then choosing an actual degree, are two of the most important decisions pupils have to make. We hope this new website will take a lot of the stress out of making those decisions and inform them of the career paths open to them should they choose to study a STEM degree.
“Increasing the number of STEM graduates is key to securing a prosperous economic future for Northern Ireland. Queen’s is confident that the launch of its STEM Academy and accompanying website will play an important part in achieving that goal.”
A recent CBI study found that nine out of ten firms want STEM-skilled graduates and 40 per cent of employers across all sectors need STEM-skilled people to design and innovate new products and services.
The new STEM Academy will be introduced to pupils through a programme of school visits aimed at helping those under 16s who have yet to decide on their A-level choices and those aged 16 plus who are faced with choosing their Higher Education options.
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Queen’s poet Dr Sinéad Morrissey has won the prestigious €5000 Irish Times Poetry Now Award for her book Through the Square Window.
The award was presented to Sinéad, who is based in the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's, at the DLR Poetry Now festival in Dun Laoghaire’s Pavilion Theatre. Irish Times reviewer Fiona Sampson called the book a work of ‘confident, inquiring intelligence that makes itself felt on every page’.
The author of three previous books of poetry, Sinéad said: “It was extremely stiff competition this year as the five shortlisted collections were so strong. I’m delighted to have had my work selected for the prize.”
Sinéad received a Lannan Literary Fellowship in 2007 and one of her previous books, The State of the Prisons, was also nominated for the Irish Times poetry prize. Through the Square Window is the third of her collections to be nominated for the T S Eliot award.
Also honoured by the judges and shortlisted for the award was well-known Queen’s poet Ciarán Carson for his book On the Night Watch.
The judging panel for the award included poets John F Deane and Alan Gillis (Edinburgh University) and academic and literary critic Maria Johnston.
Through the Square Window is published by Carcanet Press and is now available from The Bookshop at Queen’s and other leading outlets.
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