InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Conference 2013 taking place in Riddel Hall 31 October - 1 November 2013
Queen’s ground-breaking breast cancer research wins international award
Accounting and Finance at Queen’s University ranked 7th in the UK
Queen’s University Management School (QUMS) is pleased to announce a number of new International MBA scholarships for home/EU and international postgraduate students commencing their studies in September 2014.
QUMS International MBA Scholarships*
4 Scholarships of £7,200
3 Scholarships of £4,500
4 Scholarships of £1,000
* INTO Queen’s students are not eligible for QUMS International MBA Scholarships
INTO Queen’s Progression Scholarship**
2 Scholarships of £2,000
**Applicable to INTO Queen’s students only
On the announcement of the Scholarships, Professor Mark Palmer, International MBA Course Director commented;
‘These Scholarships represent an investment by the Queen’s University Management School, providing students with financial assistance to follow a course of study, leading to a globally recognised International MBA postgraduate qualification’
For full details of the Scholarships and the International MBA please visit the International MBA homepage at the following link:
Queen’s University Management School is pleased to launch a new series of half day courses aimed specifically for professionals with an interest in investment analysis and risk analytics. Given the structure and content of these courses, they can count towards Continual Professional Development (CPD) activity, as required under FCA guidelines. Each course can contribute towards 4 hours CPD, and upon completion of each course attendees receive a CPD certificate for their own records. The purpose of these courses is to develop a deeper understanding of financial markets, asset classes and the inherent risk within. Emphasis throughout is placed on what this means in practice for the investor.
These courses will be based in the First Derivatives Trading Room and make use of live market feeds via Bloomberg. Queen’s University is the only University in Northern Ireland – and in the minority of UK and Irish Universities - to have this facility.
Further information and online registration http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/QueensUniversityManagementSchool/TradingRoom/CPDCourses/
The QUMS Taster Programme is specifically designed for any students who will be applying through UCAS in 2014 for 2015 entry and who are potentially interested in applying for one of the following degree programmes.
Actuarial Science and Risk Management
Economics and/or Business Economics
International Business with a Modern Language (French or Spanish)
The event is being held on Wednesday 29 January 2014 in the Peter Froggatt Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.
The purpose of this event is to provide students with an opportunity to learn more about Queen’s University Management School and life at Queen’s in general. There are also opportunities to speak informally with staff and students within the School and to find out more about the specific degree programmes which we offer. This will hopefully allow students to better differentiate amongst the various degree programmes and to make a more informed choice when applying through UCAS.
To book a place for your school/college please contact Barry Sheppard firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 028 9097 5512
Queen’s University Management School is holding two Open Events for prospective undergraduate students holding offers for September 2015 entry.
Friday 14 February 2014 (morning) and Wednesday 26 March 2014 (evening)
The purpose of these half-day events is to allow you to gain further information about your potential course and to seek clarification and/or advice on any queries you might have. There are opportunities to speak informally with staff and students within the School, to find out more about the specific degree programmes for which you are holding offers, to learn more about Queen’s University Management School and life at Queen’s University in general. Ultimately, we hope that you choose our programmes as your firm (CF) and insurance (CI) choices.
In addition to the scheduled talks, there are opportunities to visit the award winning McClay Library, the Physical Education Centre, and The Elms Village (student accommodation). There are also opportunities for students who are interested in our Finance undergraduate programme to visit the First Derivatives Trading Room in QUMS in Riddel Hall.
Over 30 City Scholarship participants were presented with certificates at a special ceremony at Queen’s in early November, which also saw the launch of a vibrant new student society aimed at supporting these future leaders as they progress through University.
In June 2013, 33 first year undergraduates were awarded scholarships in leading companies in London (19), New York (7) and Dublin (7) as part of the University’s City Scholarship Programmes. Scholarships include a financial award, practical support and advice, tailored networking and professional development events, and an opportunity to access the City Leadership Group.
Speaking at the presentation and launch, Councillor Ó Muilleoir said: “Queen’s City Scholarship Programme and Queen’s Young City Leaders Society, offers students a fantastic opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading business people throughout their time at University, giving them an edge when they begin their careers internationally”.
Congratulating members of the new group, Professor Tony Gallagher, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Planning, Staffing and External Relations at Queen's, said: “The Queen’s Young City Leaders Society is a unique club open to young developing professionals and emerging philanthropists at Queen’s, which will help cultivate and support the next generation of business leaders.
“Through the support of alumni and friends Queen’s has successfully established City Scholarship Programmes in three of the world’s most vibrant cities – New York, London and Dublin – primarily in financial services and law. The students receiving certificates today, inaugural members of the Young City Leaders Society, have had privileged access to – and a chance to learn first-hand from – some of the University’s most prominent business alumni, both locally and outside Northern Ireland.”
Welcoming the launch of the group, a founding member of the City Scholarship Programme, Mr Sean Hunt (Managing Director at TFC Investment Management, London), said: “The Young City Leaders Society will complement the University’s City Scholarship Programmes and will undoubtedly strengthen each student’s ability to compete for the most highly sought after placements and graduate jobs. The Society will give undergraduates, who are the University alumni of the future, a vehicle for reciprocating the benefit they have received and a platform for helping other students."
Initially set up in London in 2011, the City Scholarship Programme has trebled from 11 students in 2012 to 33 in 2013 in London, New York and Dublin. In addition, plans are now underway to develop it in other disciplines such as engineering and technology and in other areas like the West Coast of the US.
For further information on the Queen's Young City Leaders Society and the City Scholarship Programmes contact Rachael Sands (028 9097 3233 or email email@example.com)
This year's conference theme is Shaping Your Organisation for Success. The objective of the conference is to bring together academics, business practitioners and policy makers interested in promoting business innovation and competitiveness.
The programme is delivered in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast, NUI Galway and University College Dublin.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Robert Simons, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Professor Simons will deliver two keynote lectures entitled:
There will also be speakers from the local business community as well as academics presenting their latest research relating to business related innovation.
These lectures will be of interest to established organisations and businesses, start-ups, government bodies, academics, policy makers and anyone who is interested in stimulating the local economy.
QUMS and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) recently held a highly successful, major joint conference at Riddel Hall under the banner ‘Charity Accounting, Reporting and Regulation: Reflections and Imminent Changes’. The conference was organised to coincide with imminent changes in regulation and reporting for charities, aimed at providing a stable platform for the continuing health and growth of the sector.
In excess of 150 delegates attended this over-subscribed event on Friday 4th October 2013. Opening the conference, Prof. Noel Hyndman (QUMS) offered his reflections on the development of UK charity reporting and regulation over the past thirty years as a context to understanding the proposed changes. Drawing on past research, he sketched a sector that had evolved from loose regulation and questionable accounting, to one which had a much tighter (and proportionate) regulation and reporting regime. This was followed by a presentation from Ray Jones (Head of Accounting Policy, Charity Commission for England and Wales), who outlined the rationale and thinking behind a number of proposed key changes in the Charity Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP). Moreover, he detailed the extensive consultation process underway in the UK and Ireland regarding these changes (due to be finalised in SORP 2015), and encouraged charities, umbrella organisations, accountants and other stakeholders to engage in this. Finally, Frances McCandless (Chief Executive, CCNI) explored the importance of appropriate regulation in the sector. In addition, she presented CCNI’s consultation on the interim reporting requirements for Northern Ireland charities that are scheduled to operate from 2014.
These presentations led into a series of lively roundtable discussions, the results of which were fed back to CCNI and the Charity Commission (England and Wales). Prof. Ciaran Connolly (QUMS) facilitated exchanges between the conference participants and both Ray Jones and Frances McCandless.
The significance of this conference to the sector and to QUMS was highlighted by Prof. Noel Hyndman (QUMS):
‘This conference comes at an important time for Northern Ireland charities as CCNI consult on what they will require from local charities from 2014, and with forthcoming changes to the SORP, which forms part of those requirements. In QUMS, and in the Accounting Group in particular, we value the opportunity to continue to engage with the charity sector and with programmes of research that underpin the valuable role of the sector in both Northern Ireland and internationally.’
Queen’s University and the University of Stirling have won an international scientific research award for two breast cancer studies which found women working in certain occupational sectors face an elevated breast cancer risk.
The two complementary studies on breast cancer and occupational exposures by the team, including Professor Matthias Beck of Queen's University Management School, have won the American Public Health Association (APHA) Occupational Health Section’s Scientific Research Award.
Conferral of the award will take place at a ceremony at this year’s APHA annual convention in Boston USA in November. Dr James Brophy, lead investigator from the University of Stirling will collect the award on behalf of all the researchers and discuss the findings of the two studies in a presentation entitled Breast cancer and work: Why research and preventive action are needed.
Professor Matthias Beck, co-investigator on the study and from Queen's University Management School in Belfast, says: “Our studies add to the growing scientific literature pointing to the necessity to eliminate exposures to toxic chemicals in the work environment in order to prevent breast and other cancers. They also highlight the need for researchers from different areas to collaborate in order to improve our understanding of workplace hazards."
Dr James Brophy, from the University of Stirling, says: “As researchers and public health advocates we are delighted with this recognition from what is the oldest and most noteworthy public health association in the world. We believe this award will encourage a closer examination of the breast cancer risks faced by countless women employed in a host of chemical-laden industries and will advance the development of precautionary strategies.”
Professor Andrew Watterson, co-author and Head of Stirling’s OEHRG says: “This award is testimony to the relevance of such research within the breast cancer field, the work of the OEHRG and the high quality doctoral training offered by the University of Stirling.”
The selection panel for the award made its recommendation based on the two studies’ exceptional scientific merit. Dr Eduardo Siqueira MD, chair of the selection panel, said: “The findings of the research conducted by Dr. Brophy et al provide strong evidence that industry has to change the production processes used in manufacturing and agriculture to eliminate exposures to carcinogens”.
Findings from the first of the two studies – a case control study looking at over 2100 women in southwestern Ontario Canada – were published in the open access journal Environmental Health. The research found a 42 per cent increased breast cancer risk for any women employed in occupations where they were exposed to high levels of chemicals that were identified as either mammary carcinogens or endocrine disrupting chemicals.
It also observed an elevated breast cancer risk among women who worked for ten years in agriculture, food canning, automotive plastic manufacturing, metalworking and casinos or bars.
The second complementary study, published in the journal New Solutions, provided additional evidence to support the findings of the first study. It was a qualitative piece of research focused on exposures in the automotive plastics industry. It reported workers’ experiences of exposures alongside a review of industrial hygiene consultants’ reports to government and industry.
The research was funded by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Sandra Palmaro, CEO, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Ontario Region says: “The Foundation is proud of the work that Dr. Brophy and the team have contributed towards a better understanding of the impact workplace-associated breast cancer risk has on women in Canada. The Foundation would like to congratulate the team on this very prestigious and well deserved award.”
Media inquiries to Claire O’Callaghan, Queen’s University Communications Office, Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5391 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
· Professor Matthias Beck is available for interview. Interview bids to Claire O’Callaghan Queen’s University Communications Office, Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5391 email: email@example.com
The Times Good University Guide 2014 has placed Accounting and Finance at Queen’s University 7th in the subject tables in the UK. The subject performed exceptionally well having climbed up the rankings by a massive 22 places on the previous year.
The Guide’s subject tables were based on four indicators: research quality, entry standards, graduate prospects and student satisfaction. Accounting and Finance at Queen’s University scored an excellent 90.8% on student satisfaction and 86.7% on graduate prospects. Entry standards for Accounting and Finance remain high with a mean tariff point score on entry for first year of 414.
The overall quality of research was based on the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) of 2008. In this RAE 95% of Queen’s University Management School’s research, where Accounting and Finance is based, was deemed of an international standard and 55% of its research rated as world-leading and internationally excellent.
Mark Curran from Castlewellan, who has commenced studies on the BSc International Business with Spanish programme, is amongst the ten scholars from Northern Ireland who will have their annual tuition fees paid for by the University for the duration of their undergraduate degree.
Mark, who studied at St Colman’s College, Newry, was one of the winners selected from 138 students nominated by 74 schools and colleges across Northern Ireland.
Each school or college was asked to nominate those pupils who could demonstrate exceptional achievements outside academic life, whether in sport, music and the arts, business and enterprise or through community work, with a particular focus on leadership, enterprise and social responsibility.
Prior to the winners being announced, a shortlist of 51 pupils attended a selection day at Queen’s where they were assessed on a range of competencies by a number of business leaders, including Queen’s Graduate of the Year and RTE Dragon’s Den star Ramona Nicholas.
Eimear McGinn, who has commenced studies on the BSc Finance degree, was one of the finalists in the race for the scholarships.
For more information on the Queen’s undergraduate scholarships visit www.qub.ac.uk/scholarships
Almost 100 current undergraduates enjoyed a unique opportunity to hear from an expert panel of successful Queen's graduates on how to get ahead in the world of finance.
The five graduates on the panel all work in London and Belfast and were chaired by Professor John Turner from Queen’s University Management School (QUMS). Panellists were:
Áine Black (BSc Finance 2007), Associate Director, Barclays Corporate Banking
Ben Canning (BSc Accounting 2000), Managing Director, BNP Paribas
Nick Norris (BSc Finance 2005), Energy arbitrage and market making, formerly employed with Hess Energy Trading Co
Peter Jameson (BSc Accounting 1999), Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Gerry McGinn (BA French 1979), Managing Director, First Trust Bank
The panellist’s roles included corporate finance, capital markets and energy trading. They were able to provide the students with a real insight into the variety of roles available as well as giving tips for success on how to make the most out of their time at Queen’s to improve their prospects.
After the panel discussion both students and alumni participated in a lively Q&A session which was then followed by a networking opportunity.
The event, which was held at Riddel Hall, was organised by the Development and Alumni Relations Office in collaboration with Careers, Employability and Skills and QUMS. The evening proved to be a huge success with several students making useful links with the panel members and enjoying the chance to pick up some one-to-one advice.
A Queen’s University lecturer has been named the 2013 Economics Network Best New Lecturer.
Dr Chris Colvin, a lecturer in economics at Queen’s University Management School, won the national teaching prize in recognition of exemplary teaching practice that encourages understanding of and interest in economics.
The award, judged by the Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics, is designed to recognise the best economics lecturer working in the UK who is less than three years in first post.
Speaking about his award, Dr Colvin said: “I am honoured to have received such recognition for my work. Queen’s is devoted to excellence in teaching and learning and I am delighted that my contribution to that has been recognised in this way. I intend to continue to deliver world-class economics education here at Queen’s.”
Professor Rob Gilles, Head of the Queen’s University Management School, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Chris’s excellent work in the classroom has been formally recognised in this way. Through his innovative teaching and assessment methods, Chris has really made economics come alive in the classroom. Students have been very receptive to the approaches he has taken and to his overall enthusiasm and passion for the subject area.”
The Economics Network supports the higher education economics community and aims to enhance the quality of learning and teaching in economics higher education. It does this by developing and disseminating teaching resources, undertaking research into economics education, running training events and conferences and recognising outstanding teaching though an annual awards scheme.
Dr Alvin Birdi, Undergraduate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Bristol, who coordinates the Economics Network, said: “The judging panel was impressed by how well-thought out Chris’ industrial economics module was both in terms of teaching and assessment. In particular, Chris stood out compared to the other nominees because of the range of innovative teaching methods he uses, making an exceptionally engaging and effective economics module, worthy of an award.”
Chris teaches second-year and final-year undergraduate students at Queen’s University Management School as part of its rigorous up-to-date economics programmes which have a proven track-record of preparing students for graduate study and careers in areas such as management, consultancy, financial services, teaching and public service.
For more information about Dr Chris Colvin and Queen’s University Management School visit http://www.qub.ac.uk/mgt/
Media inquiries to Claire O’Callaghan, Queen’s University Communications Office, Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5391 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
· Dr Chris Colvin is available for interview. Interview bids to Claire O’Callaghan Queen’s University Communications Office, Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5391 email: email@example.com
A Queen’s University student has fought off competition from across the country to be named UK Intern of the Year by leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP.
Samantha Rogers, from Limavady, and a final year accounting student at Queen’s, fought off competition from 72 other penultimate year university students from across the UK to win the award.
Samantha, who completed a six week internship in the Belfast branch, was shortlisted as a regional finalist and was named the winner after delivering a stand out final presentation.
Speaking about her win Samantha said: "I am delighted to have won the intern of the year award - it is such an honour and I am very grateful to Grant Thornton. As President of the Accountancy Society at Queen’s and final year student I appreciate the importance of internships such as these and I am thankful to Queen’s for the opportunities afforded to me so far."
Mrs Danielle McConville, Lecturer in Accounting at Queen’s University Management School said: “Queen’s is committed to providing our students with much more than a degree. We encourage our students to take placements and summer internships so that they are workplace-ready when they graduate and liaise closely with employers to ensure such opportunities are available. Samantha is a shining example of the benefits of such internships and reflects Queen’s commitment to employability.”
Samantha’s internship manager at Grant Thornton, Padraic Little, said: "We have undoubtedly secured a really enthusiastic and driven trainee for the future here in Belfast. Samantha had a model internship with us, and we're extremely proud that she takes such a positive view of our firm back to her Queen’s University peers."
Partner and National Leadership Board member at Grant Thornton, Sacha Romanovitch, who judged the presentations, said: "The Summer Intern programme plays an important role in taking early opportunities to engage with and attract future employees. Interns get the chance to see what it’s like working with us, and we in turn get to find out if they are a good fit for our organisation. Last year, more than 80 per cent of our interns went on to become trainees with the firm – probably one of the reasons we were recently voted 'top placement and internship employer' by RateMyPlacement.co.uk. Grant Thornton is rated no.1 company on the site for under-graduate placements.”
Samantha will continue her final year of study at Queen’s University before joining the Belfast office within the audit department.
Media inquiries to Claire O’Callaghan, Queen’s University Communications Office, Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5391 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
· Samantha Rogers is available for interview. Interview bids to Claire O’Callaghan Queen’s University Communications Office, Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5391 email: email@example.com
Dr Sara Melo and Professor Matthias Beck of QUMS have won the Best Developmental Paper Award of the Public Management and Governance Stream at the recent 2013 British Academy of Management Conference in Liverpool for their paper “Guidelines versus flexibility in healthcare management”.
The way staff interact with colleagues from the same or other professional groups within healthcare facilities has been the subject of extensive long-standing research. In healthcare, the evidence-based medicine movements has had a crucial impact on the re-shaping of the medical and nursing professions, resulting in changes on how these professionals interact with their peers and colleagues from different professional and occupational groups.
The award-winning paper highlights the tensions between guidelines versus flexibility in healthcare management and adds to the critical understanding of the challenges faced by modern healthcare providers.
Welcome Week for Year 1 undergraduates took place from Monday 23rd September- Thursday 26th September 2013. Resources are provided below from the sessions that took place.
Monday 23rd September
Tuesday 24th September
Accounting Induction – Click here for powerpoint slides
Actuarial Science and Risk Management Induction – Click here for powerpoint slides
Wednesday 25th September
Business Management and International Business with a Modern Language Induction – Click here for powerpoint slides
Business Management Induction - Click here for powerpoint slides
International Business with a Modern Language Induction - Click here for powerpoint slides
Thursday 26th September
Economics Induction – Click here for powerpoint slides
Finance Induction – Click here for powerpoint slides
For further information, please contact your peer mentor (you can identify them using the attached list) or speak to one of your lecturers. Additional information is available in the School Handbook, which will soon be available on the School Website
Welcome to Queen’s and specifically to your degree programme in the Management School. We hope you enjoy the next 3-4 years with us. Please click here for further information.
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Welcome to Queen’s and specifically to your degree programme in the Management School. We hope you enjoy the next year with us.
International MBA students please click here for further information.
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As the beginning of the new academic year approaches, we will be writing to you with some information about enrolment and registration. You will be able to re-enrol online using the Registration Wizard from 16 September.
Attached below, by programme, are the modules which you will have to complete in any given year.
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The recent QUMS Presentation of Awards and Prize-Giving Ceremony, hosted in the beautiful surroundings of Riddel Hall, recognised the academic excellence of the undergraduate students from first to final year.
Gratitude was expressed for the continued support of QUMS' sponsors, some of whom have long-standing relationships with the School.
Sponsors: Allstate Northern Ireland, ASM, Barclays, BDO, Bombardier Aerospace, Buck Consultants, The Company of Actuaries Charitable Trust Fund, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Financial Times, KBC Bank Ireland, KPMG, Mercer, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Randox Laboratories, UTV, Xafinity Consulting, Equinity Claybrook, Allen & Overy, CIMA, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, SCOR Global Life, Spence and Partners, ASG, Belfast Telegraph, Ulster Bank, and the family of Brian O'Reilly.
The Association of Business Schools (ABS) recently held its first Irish Policy Network as part of a wider series, this event brought business schools and stakeholders from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland together at Queen’s University Management School to discuss issues around: Is it Possible to Balance Student Demands with Business Needs?
This event provided a platform for key stakeholders in higher education (HE) policy and business school practice to engage in debate and discussion around pressing issues. The Irish network session has allowed challenges and opportunities to be explored in relation to the specific HE policy and business school environment in Ireland.
Kirsty McManus, Assistant Director, CBI Northern Ireland gave a keynote presentation on the importance of linking business schools to businesses in Ireland and the integral role that business schools and their stakeholders play, she said:
“Business need strong leadership and solid management will be essential to compete in today's diverse, globally-dispersed, super-connected and resource-constrained organisations. Business Schools have a key role in up skilling our business leaders to compete in this global environment”.
Stephanie Strickland, Assistant Director (Projects and Governance) said:
“With the recent announcements re the Business School MSB Task Force-Business School/Mid Sized business (MSB) Collaboration, the ABS Innovation Report and new Advisory Board network, ABS is in a prime position to use the feedback from these policy networks to drive the HE policy agenda forward.
It is imperative that business schools and businesses work together, more effectively and efficiently to help grow UK Plc and make Britain’s businesses stronger and more nimble”.
The themes identified provide clear channels to pursue a collaborative agenda in Ireland, in an effort to align government priorities, industry requirements and business school best practice.
Developing these relationships across a triple-helix of stakeholders will help ensure that the research, advancement and teaching within Irish business schools is effectively communicated and therefore best positioned to further innovation and economic development.
These aims are fundamentally related to ensuring that graduates from business schools are fully equipped with the necessary skills and presented with the best possible opportunities for their long-term employability.
Findings from this event and the Scottish, Welsh, Canadian, Australian and four London sessions will be presented in a policy brochure later on in the Summer and findings discussed at all three of the major party conferences at ABS fringe events.
The Team Award 2013 for Excellence in Teaching was presented by the Vice-Chancellor to Jill McGrath and Lisa Burns from the Placement Office in Queen’s University Management School. The award was presented for the development of a mature, thorough Placement Learning Module which incorporates a wide range of good practice. In receiving the award Jill said “we are extremely supportive of our students and facilitate their development of important employability skills through a student-centred approach. We actively seek out and respond to student feedback to improve the module, and have received excellent feedback from employers.”
Jill and Lisa are delighted to receive this team award as recognition for Excellence in Teaching, this provides acknowledgement to the additional efforts they have made to support students over the last few years during the difficult economic climate. As a result of this the students undertaking a placement have achieved a high success rate into graduate employment and are well equipped for life in a global society. Jill said “we have developed a wide portfolio of extremely supportive employers who we would like to express our gratitude to”.
Seven Queen’s University Belfast students who undertook their placement in June with leading financial firms in New York are back in Belfast after two successful weeks. Three of the students – Eoin Cunning, Aveen Connolly and Ryan Armstrong who are from the Queen’s University Management School collectively said “They had an experience of a lifetime”.
Ryan Armstrong who is studying his degree in finance was placed at Fortress Investment Group. Ryan said “I feel I grew a lot during the scholarship and developed a sense of confidence. I learnt not to be intimidated by large figures or companies dealing with billions of dollars of money. He added “It was also a great opportunity to network and make lasting connections in the financial capital of the world.”
The student also joined our New York Association members on Thursday 6th June for a welcome reception at the 59E59 Theater off Broadway. Hilary Tuohy, Queen’s University New York Association President said “We were delighted to welcome the students to New York. It gave them the opportunity to meet with our Queen’s University alumni who have been living in New York and to ask questions about living and working here in the longer-term”. She added “I think the students were surprised to see how much we stayed connected to the University”.
CIM is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide and exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners. Queen's University Management School has joined forces with CIM to give our students the opportunity to gain CIM professional qualifications through their Multi Award Pathway (MAP). CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and MAP alongside our own degrees, ensures we are equipping our students with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.
Upon successful completion of the MSc Marketing programme students will have maximum exemptions from the CIM's Professional Diploma in Marketing, CAM (Communication Advertising Marketing Foundation) Diploma in Digital Marketing (awarded by CIM) and CIM Professional Certificate in Marketing. Students of the MSc Marketing programme will be registered as students with CIM and will have access to all CIM resources. Students will be able to attend local CIM branch events and seminars, which will offer networking opportunities and the chance to keep abreast of current marketing thinking and practice.
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Over 40 Year 1 and 2 Accounting students recently attended two Insight Events at the offices of KPMG in Belfast. The events were organised by the Accounting Peer Mentors – Year 2 and 3 Accounting students who volunteer to support our Year 1 students in settling into university life.
The events included talks from staff at a range of levels in KPMG, offering a general insight into the firm, their audit, tax and advisory departments, and their graduate opportunities and training schemes. Students also had the opportunity to question and chat informally with a range of staff (from trainees to partners) about their experiences with the firm.
Danielle McConville from the Accounting Group in Queen’s University Management School, commented that 'This is just one of nearly twenty events held with Accounting employers in 2012/13, with real benefits for the students attending the events and in this case for the mentors who liaised with one of our major graduate employers to arrange the event. The great relationships we have with our graduate employers help our students in making informed decisions about their career paths and reinforce our reputation with those employers as providers of excellent graduates.'
QUMS will be holding two open evenings for prospective part-time and full-time postgraduate students as follows:
QUMS Part-time Postgraduate Open Evening
This event will be held on Wednesday 22 May from 5.45 pm to 7.30 pm in Riddel Hall. This event is specifically for those interested in the following part-time programmes:
MSSc Organisation and Management
MA Human Resource Management
QUMS Part-time and Full-Time Open Evening
This event will be held on Thursday 20 June from 5.00-7.00 pm in the Teaching and Conferencing Block at Riddel Hall. This event is open to prospective students interested in any of the following programmes
MSc Accounting and Finance
MSc Computational Finance and Trading
MSc Human Resource Management
MSc International Business
MSc Risk Management and Financial Regulation
MSSc Organisation and Management
MA Human Resource Management
Register your interest in attending and find further information
The annual KPMG1 Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Event is organised by the Accounting Group within Queen’s University Management School and sponsored by KPMG (Northern Ireland). The 2012-13 KPMG Distinguished Visiting Lecturer was John McMullan2 and his lecture addressed the theme of Social Enterprise – Fad, Fiction, or Fact.
This year’s event took place on 15th May 2013 and was hosted by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Planning, Staffing and External Relations, Professor Tony Gallagher. He began by thanking KPMG for their continued support of the Distinguished Visiting Lecturer initiative in association with Queen’s University Management School over the past 10 years. Professor Gallagher then reflected on the long history of the third sector in making a vital contribution to society and highlighted the growing importance of social enterprise. He also outlined the valuable work undertaken by the Bryson Charitable Group and recognised the achievements and contribution of John McMullan.
In his address, John McMullan provided the audience with a fascinating account of the journey that Bryson Charitable Group has made from a traditional early 20th century grant-dependent charity to a modern social enterprise. He explained the organisation’s vision to be a leader in creating a just and sustainable society, together with how it was committed to identifying and developing sustainable responses to existing and emerging social needs. In particular, he emphasised the importance of the organisation’s staff in enabling it to grow and continue to provide high quality services which are validated externally through inspections and accreditations. John also gave an insight into the social enterprise business model and speculated on the future role and challenges for social enterprise in a rebalanced mixed-business economy. Some of the challenges he identified were:
1 KPMG website http://www.kpmg.com/ie/en/Pages/default.aspx
2 John is the Chief Executive of the Bryson Charitable Group, Northern Ireland’s leading social enterprise. He received an MBE in 1998 and an OBE in 2011. John was acknowledged as the Northern Ireland and subsequently the UK Social Enterprise Leader of the Year in 2011 and awarded the Northern Ireland Institute of Directors Third Sector Director of the Year in 2012. The Bryson Charitable Group is currently the UK Private Business Social Enterprise of the Year, has recently received the Ireland Excellence Award (EFQM) and is ranked 3rd in the Royal Bank of Scotland Top 100 UK Social Enterprises by turnover. The Bryson Charitable Group operates through seven subsidiary companies in a range of social business markets including: social care; energy efficiency and fuel poverty; training services for people in unemployment; supporting ethnic minority families/communities and recycling. The Bryson Charitable Group currently employs over 670 staff, has an annual turnover circa £35 million and delivers over 25,000 services every day across Northern Ireland.
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Enterprise SU held an awards ceremony recently for the winners of What's the Big Idea 2013. Judith Alexander, a first year student from Queen’s University Management School, won the Best Green Business Idea.
Judith explains her award-winning green business idea:
“The product involves a negative continuous conductor situated approximately 2 inches beneath the tarmac on motorways and highways across the world, a positive magnetic contact will be situated on the under-body of motor vehicle. As the vehicle generates kinetic energy travelling along the road, the positive and negative contacts generate a magnetic field, thus generating electricity similar to the actions of a wind turbine. Stations would be situated at regular intervals along the stretches of road to offload the electricity to the national grid, thus, whilst cars continue with their regular and necessary journeys, a return can occur through the generation of electricity for local cities, power stations or perhaps governments.”
On receiving the award Judith said:
"I was delighted to win my category in the competition, especially as it is open to all students across all disciplines in the University. It provides an excellent confidence boost knowing that other people value your idea and fuels motivation to take steps towards actually doing something about it".
No stranger to competition the rising star Judith, from Markethill, also participated in the recent QUB Apprentice as the only first year entrant, and was placed runner-up. Judith managed to raise £3776.36 for the Simons Community charity in intangible and tangible donations in a week.
Judith was also a nominee for BICS (Board of Irish Colleges and Societies) Fresher of the Year 2013. Judith said “I was honoured to represent Queen’s at the Board of Irish College Societies awards as 'Fresher of the Year'. I was put forward for this due to my contribution to QUB Enactus throughout the year, representing QUB Business Club in the IBM University Business Challenge and my success in QUB Apprentice.”
The recent Students’ Union Education Awards 2013 rewarded Teaching Fellow, Danielle McConville with “The Most Involved Staff Member of the Year” award. This award seeks to recognise the staff member who has been most supportive of student clubs and societies, peer mentors, course representatives and other student groups.
Nuala McAdams, Vice-President Education for QUBSU said
“The Education Awards are for both staff and students who have gone above and beyond for students in the University. This is the first year we have held these awards and we received incredible nomination forms across the board. It is vital that we praise the work of both our staff and our students as they truly enhance the Student Experience here at Queen’s.”
In receiving the award Danielle, from Queen’s University Management School (QUMS), said
“I was really pleased to even be nominated for this award, and to win it was just the icing on the cake. Within QUMS, and the Accounting team in particular, we do a lot to engage with our students: supporting peer mentoring, our student society and employer events, in addition to providing advice and support on a one-to-one basis. I'm delighted that our students see and feel supported by our efforts, and for them to have taken the time to nominate me is really appreciated.”
Jill Lyttle, from QUMS was also nominated for the Personal Tutor of the Year Award. This award is for the Personal Tutor who meets with their students regularly, keeps in contact throughout the year and discusses and supports academic progress and personal development.
Applicants are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship (UK or EU residents only) examining the effectiveness of alternative interventions to alleviate debt and the implication of debt alleviation for wellbeing.
Please note the closing date:
Friday 31 May 2013
This project will be carried out as part of the work of the Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland which is one of just five such centres funded by the Medical Research Council in the UK. The Credit Union study group in the Queens University Management School led by Prof McKillop is highly-regarded and works closely with policy makers and representative bodies in Ireland, UK and globally. This studentship forms part of a close collaboration between the Centre of Excellence for Public Health and the Management School at Queens University. The three-year project will involve a Randomised Control Trial of indebted individuals in an area of significant socio-economic deprivation in Northern Ireland and compare the effectiveness of alternative interventions to alleviate debt. The trial will run for 24 months with interim outcome measures taken at 12 months. The trial will in addition investigate two other research questions: the effect of getting out of debt on overall quality of life and the role of personality characteristics versus economic circumstances in getting out of debt. The successful candidate will be primarily based at the Queens University Management School and will assist in designing the interventions, carrying out surveys, analysing results and disseminating findings to the financial sector as well as academic outlets.
For more details contact Dr Declan French or Prof McKillop.
For application details follow the link http://coe.qub.ac.uk/index.php/component/content/article?id=320 and click on ‘Relieving over-indebtedness and consequences for well-being’