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More than £1 million of International Scholarships for 2014/15
Fully-funded PhD Scholarships in Economics: closing date 20 June 2014

Giving Northern Ireland announces £12,000 funding for philanthropy research
Queen's University student wins top UK award
Part-time MSc Finance and MSc Risk Management and Financial Regulation programmes launching

Queen's Postgraduate Taught Scholarships Announced - Business and Financial Services
QUMS tours available for prospective students

Final year Business Management students win the 25th Anniversary Queen's University Science Shop award
QUMS Postgraduate Prize Giving and Winter Graduation
Taster Programme Event: Presentations available online
GREAT Queen's University Scholarships - India
BDO launches mentoring programme for Queen’s students
QUMS is currently inviting applications for 7 new doctoral studentships, commencing 1 October 2014
Human Resource Management programmes receive five commendations from CIPD



More than £1 million of International Scholarships for 2014/15

Queen’s University Belfast is delighted to announce its scholarship programme for 2014/15. Deciding to study overseas is for many of our applicants a lifelong ambition, which requires a strong commitment. In order to help our applicants achieve their goal and reward their academic talents, Queen’s is pleased to offer a range of exciting scholarships. For further information and details on how students can apply, please visit our dedicated website:

www.qub.ac.uk/internationalscholarships 

or contact any member of our international team.

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Part-time MSc Finance and MSc Risk Management and Financial Regulation programmes launching

Dr Youwei Li Programme Director MSc Finance

Professor Donal McKillop Programme Director MSc Risk Management and Financial Regulation

From September 2014 both the MSc Finance and MSc Risk Management and Financial Regulation programmes will be offered on a part-time basis. To cater for professionals in the workplace the programmes will be taught on a week night from 6-9 pm, two evenings per week.

We are pleased to be able to offer this part-time mode of study for professionals, which will enable them to continue with their positions whilst at the same time enhancing their career development.  Special features of the programmes include:

  • First Derivative Trading Room – where a number of the modules will be taught.  This facility imitates the style of a professional trading room, and students have access to the Bloomberg professional service – a market leader in financial data, news and analytics.
  • The MSc Finance programme has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program.  This status is granted to institutes whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.  Students on this programme also have direct access to up-to-date international financial data sets, such as DATASTREAM, Thomson ONE Banker Analytics and Osiris.
  • The MSc Risk Management and Financial Regulation programme will provide students with the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Financial Risk Managers (FRM) Certificate.  The programme is also accredited by the Professional Risk Manager’s International Association (PRMIA).
  • Queen’s University Management School has one of the biggest finance groups in the UK; the teaching quality is excellent, the research profile is high, and the international linkages are exceptional.

  • The programmes will be taught at the Riddel Hall campus, home of Queen's University Management School.  The campus has dedicated facilities and resources for postgraduate students, including a new lecture theatre, the First Derivatives Trading Room, postgraduate common room and computer suites.

Further information on the programmes is available at:

MSc Finance

MSc Risk Management and Financial Regulation

Applications are now open via the direct entry portal

Register your interest in the programmes by emailing Edith Caulfield (who will send details of the forthcoming Postgraduate Open Evening):

e.caulfield@qub.ac.uk

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Fully-funded PhD Scholarships in Economics - closing date 20 June 2014

Queen's University Management School is inviting application for 3 fully-funded scholarships for full-time PhD students in Economics to commence in October 2014. We will consider exceptional applications in any area of economics, finance or management but are particularly keen to recruit  students in the following areas:

  • game theory and mechanism design with some emphasis on the economics of networks and institutions;
  • economic history, including business and financial history; anthropometrics and demography; health, wealth and inequality over the long run; politics, democracy and growth; the economic history of partition in Ireland;
  • health economics, labour economics, and the economics of education;
  • long-term development and the economics of crime;
  • behavioural/experimental economics with some emphasis on social learning.

The studentships are open to suitably qualified home/EU and international/overseas students.

All of the studentships are for 3 years and comprise university fees and annual stipend (£13,863 per annum).

Candidates must have a minimum of a First Class or 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area and an appropriate Masters degree with an overall average of 65% of higher.

Applicants must also have excellent written and spoken English language communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a closely knit team as well as autonomously.

The closing date for applications is Friday 20 June 2014.

Further details on the application process which must be completed on-line.

Our programme is one of best evaluated Doctorate degree (PHD) programmes of the top research-intensive universities in the UK which is testimony to the rigorous standards and quality of our programme. It was also rated as 'world leading' in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) undertaken by HEFCE. We will support you throughout your programme of study with a faculty of leading scholars and a network of international partnerships with other top ranked universities. This means that you will have access to a broad set of facilities and specialised courses, and you are able to build a global knowledge network with top scholars around the world. This ensures you will receive unmatched support to maximise your chances of achieving excellence in your doctorate research.

More information about the Economic group.

In case you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Duncan McVicar (D.McVicar@qub.ac.uk), or Anthony Ziegelmeyer (a.ziegelmeyer@qub.ac.uk).

 

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Giving Northern Ireland announces £12,000 funding for philanthropy research
Launching the Giving Northern Ireland post graduate bursary scheme are (left to right): Professor Donal McKillop, Professor of Financial Services in the Management School of Queen's University; Alison Snookes, Development Services Manager, University of Ulster; Janet Leckey, Giving Northern Ireland Board member and head of the selection panel; Gary Mills, Chair of Giving Northern Ireland and John D'Arcy, National Director of the Open University. A post graduate student from each university will receive a £4,000 bursary to conduct research into philanthropy

Giving Northern Ireland has announced the establishment of three bursaries to promote post graduate masters research into philanthropy.

Three successful post graduate students from The Open University, the University of Ulster and Queen’s University will each receive a Giving Northern Ireland Bursary of £4,000 to conduct a piece of original academic work in this area.

The announcement was made on the first day of Philanthropy Fortnight, a celebration of Northern Ireland’s proud tradition of giving which takes place from May 6-15.

The three bursaries will be available to post-graduate Masters level students during the next academic year.

A Bursary Selection Panel, headed by Giving Northern Ireland board member Janet Leckey and distinguished academic Professor Hugh McKenna, will choose the three successful candidates based on the strength of their research project ideas.

Sandara Kelso-Robb, Strategic Advisor to Giving Northern Ireland said the bursaries were in line with the organisation’s aims to promote awareness of philanthropy, research into giving and to encourage a more strategic approach.

She added: “These bursaries will encourage people with fresh and innovative ideas to look at philanthropy through new eyes.”

Earlier this year the Giving Northern Ireland Board approved the bursaries in consultation with the three universities. Students from within the business/management schools of each of the institutions will be eligible to apply.

Board Director and Chairman of the Bursary Selection Panel, Janet Leckey said that the bursary scheme was one of many initiatives set up by Giving Northern Ireland to promote its aim of championing and supporting philanthropic activity in Northern Ireland.

She added: “As the organisation moves forward, inspiring and educating will become important elements of the next phase of the work. We are delighted that we are in a position to create three post graduate research bursaries, one each with the University of Ulster, Queen’s University and the Open University. The Bursary Selection Panel looks forward to receiving applications and would envisage that the potential of the successful research proposals will contribute to the knowledge of philanthropy and assist in the development of a better understanding of the philanthropy environment.”

Giving Northern Ireland was launched in April 2013 with the aim of stimulating and supporting a culture of giving in Northern Ireland.

While philanthropy may be perceived to be the province of the wealthy donor it is much more than financial giving. It includes the giving of time, skills and expertise.

It has already commissioned and published a research report ‘Giving By High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) in Northern Ireland’, which found that while there is a relatively small pool of HNWIs in Northern Ireland, many are involved in active giving.

The report revealed that most prefer to keep their giving private and identifies this culture of private philanthropy as a barrier to giving in Northern Ireland. It highlighted the need for role models or champions to talk publicly about their experience of giving.

To access the full Philanthropy Fortnight programme go to:

www.givingnorthernireland.org

For more information contact Kelly PR on teri@kellypr.co.uk or gary@kellypr.co.uk or by calling 02893 340275, 07957142915 or 07581282723.

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Queen's University student wins top UK award

A Queen’s University student has been named UK Undergraduate Of The Year in a national competition.

Third-year Finance student Mark Devine, from north Belfast, won the Mathematics, Economics and Finance category of the annual TARGETjobs Undergraduate Of The Year awards, putting him in prime position to launch a career in international trading, starting with a 12-week internship at Gazprom Marketing & Trading Ltd (GM&T).

The internship, which will begin after Mark graduates next month, comprises 11 weeks at GM&T head office in London and one week in the company’s Singapore branch. Mark will be working as part of the Product Control team.

An award-winning student within the Queen’s School of Management, Mark has already worked for a year with financial-services giant Morgan Stanley and has scored a scholarship to sit the US-based Chartered Financial Analyst exam this summer.

A keen musician who plays guitar, violin and piano, Mark displayed an entrepreneurial streak at an early age, setting up a string-quartet business while still a pupil at St Malachy's College in Belfast. He has in more recent years been a member of the Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra.

In order to win his latest award, the 23-year-old was subjected to a gruelling series of assessments, including individual and group challenges as well as an interview with senior management at GM&T. He was picked out of 20 finalists in his category. Resourcing Partner at GM&T, Ben Carney, said it wasn’t only Mark’s strong academic record that put him ahead of the posse. “Mark displayed all the key attributes that we look for in an intern. Not only is his academic prowess impressive, but he demonstrated a real interest and a feel for the area we work in here at GM&T. He displayed an instinctive understanding of the corporate world. Although all the candidates were of a very high standard, Mark did stand out for possessing such a well-developed and balanced skill set.”

Mark’s award was one of 12 TARGETjobs awards presented by veteran broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald at Canary Wharf in London last week. The awards are organised by graduate recruitment agents, Group GTI. Each award was sponsored by a major graduate recruiter including Mars, Marks & Spencer, Nestle and Rolls-Royce.

Dr Gareth Campbell, Programme Director for the BSc Finance at Queen’s said: “Mark has been an excellent student throughout his time at Queen's, and he fully deserves this award. As well as maintaining very high academic grades, Mark has always displayed a well-rounded approach.”

Mark himself said he was very surprised to win the award. He said: “The finalists included two students from Cambridge University, one from Oxford University, one from the London School of Economics. The standard was very high so I was completely stunned.

“But I’m very excited by the internship. GM&T is an exciting company as it’s still quite young but it’s rapidly expanding. I’m hoping the internship may lead to further opportunities.” 

For further information contact Queen’s University Communications Office, Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3087 email: comms.office@qub.ac.uk

 

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Queen's Postgraduate Taught Scholarships Announced - Business and Financial Services

Queen's University Belfast offers a full range of scholarships including awards of £2,500 available for full-time postgraduate courses commencing in September 2014

Queen's is looking to attract the brightest and the best postgraduate taught students. If you want to maximise your career opportunities, postgraduate study allows you to achieve your academic ambitions in a stimulating learning environment.

As part of our new Postgraduate Taught Scholarships initiative, we are now offering awards of £2,500 for those applying for a PGT programme that contributes to Northern Ireland’s economic competitiveness and prosperity in global markets.

Read more and download an application form

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QUMS tours available for prospective students

Are you a prospective student that would like to have a look around the state-of-the art facilities at Riddel Hall and Queen's University Management School (QUMS)?   You could also make an appointment to speak to a member of academic staff about a programme that you are interested in. We are happy to provide this service, and are offering tours on a fortnightly basis.  

Riddel Hall is a grade 2 red brick listed building, set in its own attractive landscaped grounds.  It has been sympathetically renovated to retain many of the original features.

Alongside the original Riddel Hall building, and joined to it by a glass walkway, is the Conference and Training Centre.   The facilities include the First Derivatives Trading Room, lecture theatre for 130, computer labs and postgraduate common room as well as the conferencing centre.

QUMS is situated beside the Conference and Training Centre, where all of the academic and support staff are housed.

If you would like to book a tour and/or meeting with a member of staff please email Edith Caulfield, e.caulfield@qub.ac.uk stating the programme(s) you are interested in, your contact telephone number, school/university you currently attend or your place of employment.

Programmes currently on offer

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Final year Business Management students win the 25th Anniversary Queen's University Science Shop award

L-R Aaron Hunter, Professor Tony Gallagher, Tim Greeves, Sarah Maxwell

L-R Aaron Hunter, Catherine Ward (Runner-Up), Tim Greeves, Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Sarah Maxwell

A joint collaboration between Queen’s University and the University of Ulster, the Science Shop, which supports hundreds of community groups across Northern Ireland, today celebrates its 25th anniversary.

The Northern Ireland Science Shop benefits the community and voluntary sector across the region and is part of the wider European network of Science Shops. The Science Shops support community organisations in developing research projects which can be carried out by students as part of their degree programme.

Over the past 25 years the Science Shop has delivered almost 2,500 projects and worked with more than 650 community groups including sports clubs, youth groups and recycling centres.

This year’s winners of Queen’s University Science Shop Award are final year Business Management students; Tim Greeves, Aaron Hunter, Sarah Maxwell and Leanne Millar. They worked with Bryson Recycling’s Claire McCallum through the Business Analysis module at the Queen’s University Management School. The students examined the productivity of Bryson Recycling’s new vehicle design comparing it to the design of their older vehicle and the implications for waste collection.  They found that there was an 8.5 per cent productivity increase in the new vehicle and a 20 per cent increase when miles per gallon were factored out.

One of the University of Ulster’s Science Shop winners is Tomas Gorman a Social Policy with Politics graduate from the University of Ulster’s Jordanstown campus. Tomas worked with Trademark, an anti-sectarian organisation where he analysed worker-owned cooperatives to explore whether this represented a social policy approach to communal division and poverty.

Commenting on the benefit of the Science Shop to the local community, Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said: “The work carried out by the Science Shop projects is fantastic and has such a positive impact on our local communities. Not only do our communities benefit from the projects, the students also benefit from implementing the skills they have learnt during their degree studies. The Science Shop should be immensely proud of their achievements over the last 25 years.”

Queen’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor James McElnay, said: “The Science Shop is a powerful initiative harnessing the talents, knowledge and enthusiasm of students at Queen’s and the University of Ulster. Over the past 25 years, it has become a tremendous force for good, making a real impact on communities around Northern Ireland. It encourages students to apply their knowledge and learning to real-life problems, helps them to understand the challenges facing various groups within our society, and encourages them to give back to the community.


“Today’s celebration is a tremendous milestone for all involved in the Science Shop, and both the universities and the community groups with whom they have worked over years should be extremely proud of this success story.”

Professor Anne Moran, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Ulster said: “The Science Shop is a 25 year partnership between both universities which continues to contribute valuable research expertise and enable knowledge transfer into the community and voluntary sectors.

“It is a mutually beneficial endeavour in which students can see how their skills and knowledge can be applied and make a difference in the real world, while the voluntary and community groups can access expertise and research data that can shape and inform their services, policies and strategies. I am confident that the University of Ulster and Queen’s University can continue to build upon the success of the Science Shop for future generations.”


The Science Shops at Queen’s University and the University of Ulster is a joint community resource and are funded by the Department for Employment and Learning through their Higher Education Innovation

Queen’s University Science Shop
University of Ulster Science Shop

Media inquiries to Anne-Marie Clarke (Wed) 028 9097 5320 or Michelle Cassidy (Thurs/Fri) 028 9097 5310 at Queen’s University Communications Office, or email comms.officer@qub.ac.uk

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QUMS Postgraduate Prize Giving and Winter Graduation
L-R Katherine Lynn, Dr Mariann Liguori, Yan Qu
L-R Katherine Lynn, Dr Mariann Liguori, Yan Qu

Graduands were awarded prizes for their academic excellence at the recent annual postgraduate prize giving ceremony.  This event was hosted on the same day as winter graduation.

Sponsors of the prizes for the postgraduate programmes include: Allen and Overy, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Chartered Management Institute, First Derivatives, ICAP, Randox Laboratories, and the Ulster Bank.  Sponsors were thanked for their continued support.

QUMS Prize Giving Photo Gallery

QUMS Winter Graduation Photo Gallery


Prize winners were as follows:

MSc Accounting and Finance:

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Ireland: Best Student in International Financial Accounting and Reporting Module (ACC7001): Helena Hepburn & Katherine Lynn

The John McConnell Endowment Prize: Best MSc Accounting and Finance Dissertation: Katherine Lynn and Yan Qu

MSc Finance:

Best Student in Options, Futures and Other Derivatives Securities Module (FIN9007): Yu Zhang (in absentia)The John McConnell Endowment Prize: Best MSc Finance Dissertation: Tong Chen (in absentia)

MSc International Business:

Randox Laboratories Prize: Best Student in Fundamentals of International Business Strategy Module (MGT7100): Sherly Caroline

MSc Management:

Randox Laboratories Prize: Best Student in Winning Markets Module (MGT9028): Caroline Cissowski (in absentia)

MSc Risk Management and Financial Regulation:

First Derivatives Prize: Best Overall Student in MSc Risk Management and Financial Regulation: Vladislav Ionushas (in absentia)

Executive MBA:

Chartered Management Institute Prize: Best Overall Executive MBA Student: Emma Wilson

Allen and Overy Prize: Best Student in the Managing Information and Technology Module (MGT9009) Arlene Thompson

Ulster Bank Prize: Best Executive MBA Dissertation: Emma Wilson

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Taster Programme Event: Presentations available online

The recent Taster Programme Event, aimed at Year 13 pupils, attracted over 650 pupils and 40 local schools and colleges.  This event helps pupils forward plan and consider different degree programmes they are interested in for September 2015 entry to university.

Apart from a high number of schools from Belfast, other schools came from all corners of Northern Ireland.  Queen's University Management School is very pleased with the uptake on the event, which grows steadily in popularity year on year.  The opening presentations for the event were held in the Whitla Hall, which was at capacity, such was the demand for the event.  Pupils tend to like this event, and teachers have realised that this is key to assisting them deciding which choices they wish to include on their UCAS form come Autumn.

Taster Session Presentations for each of the degree programme are available as follows:

BSc Accounting
BSc Actuarial Science and Risk Management
BSc Business Management
BSc Economics and Business Economics
BSc Finance
BSc International Business with a Modern Language


Presentation by Darren Feely, Admissions and Access Service

Admissions Practices

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GREAT Queen's University Scholarships - India

Queen's is offering 4 GREAT Queen's University Belfast scholarships to well qualified students from India, who will be starting their studies in the 2014-15 academic year in one of the following degree programmes:

 

Degree Programme Scholarship value (one year only)          
Number of awards
BSc Business Management         £1,500 2
International MBA £1,500 2

 

Further information on the GREAT Queen's University Belfast Scholarship - India

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BDO launches mentoring programme for Queen’s students

(l-r) Laura Jackson, BDO Audit Principal; Eddie Wilson, 2nd year Queen’s student and Professor Ciaran Connolly, Queen’s University Management School

Leading Accountancy and Business Advisory firm, BDO Northern Ireland, is offering exclusive access to their student mentoring programme to the top three first and second year Financial Accounting students at Queen’s University.

This innovative mentoring programme is a three-part programme providing high achieving students the opportunity of work experience and summer placements. This work will be based in BDO’s Belfast office, giving the successful prizewinners the chance to learn the basics of accountancy and develop professional skills whilst working with a range of some of Northern Ireland’s successful businesses.  In addition to this, students are also being matched with a BDO Director, who will be their mentor for the remainder of their University career.  Students will also get to experience business travel and will have the opportunity to visit one of BDO’s high profile clients based in London.   

Nigel Harra, BDO Senior Partner and Head of Audit, said: “Traditionally, we have sponsored Financial Accounting modules at Queen’s but felt we could do more to help students gain the skills sets required as they begin to plan their future and their careers in the business world.   Our unique mentoring programme offers students access to our Senior Management team.  This additional support will provide a sounding board for students to help them prepare for the remainder of their Accountancy Degree and beyond.”

Three first year Queen’s Accountancy students will embark on the mentoring experience at the end of January and second year students will begin the programme in April.

Professor Ciaran Connolly from Queen’s University Management School, said: “The BDO(NI) sponsorship of the first and second year financial accounting modules provides Accounting students at Queen’s with an invaluable taste of working life, and the opportunity of a paid summer internship with a highly reputable accounting firm, together with the benefits of being mentored by a senior BDO(NI) member of staff throughout their time at Queen’s.”

This programme demonstrates BDO’s continued commitment to investing in future talent and enabling students to be confident in their ability to carve our successful careers, whether in accountancy, business or in future industry.

Jamie Armstrong, Employee Engagement Officer at Queen’s University, said: “We are pleased to have worked with BDO Northern Ireland on the module sponsorship initiative and are delighted that they have been able to offer students such a great opportunity. The short internships are a great way for students to be introduced to their chosen career but it is the mentoring scheme that makes this initiative so valuable. Through the mentoring scheme, students will have a dedicated contact at a Senior level in BDONI who can provide guidance and business insight on an ongoing basis throughout their University career.”

BDO has a strong reputation and commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and this programme represents their focus on creating a sustainable workforce for NI and beyond.

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QUMS is currently inviting applications for 7 new doctoral studentships, commencing 1 October 2014

Queen’s University Management School is currently inviting applications for 7 new doctoral studentships, commencing 1 October 2014.  

3 of these studentships are to undertake research on following projects:

A financial history of the BRICs;

Consumer Adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT): Trust and Security Considerations;

Talent Management’s Role in Public Health Delivery.

The remaining 4 studentships are open for applicants to propose research topics aligned with the research interests of QUMS and staff in any of the subject areas of Management, Accounting, Finance and Economics.  

These full-time research studentships comprise university fees and annual stipend (£13,863 per annum) up to three years.  

Candidates must have a minimum of a First Class or 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area and an appropriate Masters degree with an overall average of 65% of higher.

Applicants must also have excellent written and spoken English language communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a closely knit team as well as autonomously.

The closing date for applications is Friday 28th February 2014.

Further details on the studentships and the application process

Our programme is one of best evaluated Doctorate degree (PHD) programmes of the top research-intensive universities in the UK which is testimony to the rigorous standards and quality of our programme. It was also rated as 'world leading' in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) undertaken by HEFCE. We will support you throughout your programme of study with a faculty of leading scholars and a network of international partnerships with other top ranked universities. This means that you will have access to a broad set of facilities and specialised courses, and you are able to build a global knowledge network with top scholars around the world. This ensures you will receive unmatched support to maximise your chances of achieving excellence in your doctorate research.

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Human Resource Management programmes receive five commendations from CIPD

Queen’s University Management School is delighted to announce that it has received five commendations from the Chartered Management Institute of Personnel and Development CIPD for its Human Resource Management postgraduate pathway which include:

MA Human Resource Management (Part time)

MSc Human Resource Management (Full time)

The areas of commendations were:

  • The strong and positive leadership support that characterises the educational provision in the subject area.
  • The strong, mutually-supportive teaching team.
  • The recognition by students of a high quality teaching and learning environment and the level of support provided by staff.
  • The HR Insights event and the support it provides for student learning
  • The School and University’s strong support for staff professional development

 

The programmes are now accredited across each year of delivery which will enable graduates, who are student members of the CIPD, to apply for professional membership upgrade. In relation to professional membership, the CIPD state:

“Achieving professional membership of the CIPD demonstrates that you meet the rigorous criteria and professional standards for best practice. It showcases your ability to create a real impact in the workplace, and to make a difference to an organization’s strategy and people. Above all, it emphasises a commitment to your continuing professional development and a desire to stay current. There are three levels of CIPD professional membership: Associate member, Chartered Member and Chartered Fellow. For more information, please visit our professional membership pages.”

Further information on CIPD membership can be found at:

http://www.cipd.co.uk/membership/upgrading/default.aspx

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