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2006 News Items


Finance Prize-Giving Ceremony 

Teaching Awards

Executive MBA student a triple award winner at Queen's graduation

Queen's Executive MBA Graduate Brings New Style of Living to Belfast   

Undergraduate students reap the rewards of their hard work

Scholarships awarded to Shenzen students

New Degree Programmes

Major New Report by EFRG'S Peter Dunne and Michael Moore  

One of the Top 10 Schools for Business Studies in the UK

Finance Prive-Giving Ceremony

The Winter Graduation Ceremony on 15 December 2006 was followed by a special Prize Giving event for the Finance students from the School of Management and Economics.

This year corporate sponsors offered six prizes to the best Finance students as follows:

Sponsor

Prize

Student

First Trust

Best Student, MSc Finance degree 2006

Gareth Campbell

Microgen

Best Student, Options, Futures module, MSc Finance degree 2006

Andrea Murdock

Financial Times

Best Graduate, BSc Finance degree 2006

Jenna Moore

Bank of Ireland

Best Student on the Placement Year of the BSc Finance degree 2006

Aine Black

KPMG

Best Second Year Student, BSc Finance degree 2006

Ryan Kee

Rensburg Sheppards

Best First Year Student, BSc Finance degree 2006

Keith Douglas




Left to right:
Keith Douglas, Jenna Moore, Gareth Campbell, Andrea Murdock,
Philip Hamill (Co-ordinator, BSc Finance), Aine Black.

 

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Teaching Awards

 Each year the University makes awards for excellence in teaching.  Clive Cochrane, lecturer in Management has received a QUB Teaching Award for 2006 in the category “experienced teacher”.  The award acknowledges his experience as a teacher, the wide range of learning opportunities he provides his students, the use he makes of technology to enhance his students’ learning experience and his commitment to his own professional development.

Another Teaching Award was awarded to Dr Maura McAdam, a lecturer in Management and Mr. David Gibson, Senior Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship. The award was made in recognition of the development of a programme which provides students with ‘Enterprise Skills for Life’. This programme was based on the Experiential Learning Approach which encourages students not only to actively engage with the Entrepreneurship Agenda but also reflect upon this engagement. The panel was convinced that the students involved received an exciting and valuable experience.


Left to right: Mr Clive Cochrane, Dr Maura McAdam, Dr Claire Leitch, Mr David Gibson.

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Executive MBA student a triple award winner at Queen's graduation

Angela Higgins justified a triple celebration when she received her Masters in Business Administration, passed with Distinction, at Queen's University on Friday. For Angela has also been commended in her final year dissertation, winning the Joint Best Dissertation Award and her name has separately been forwarded by the Chartered Institute of Management for MBA Student of the Year 2006.

No stranger to academic success, the Martinstown woman already holds a BSc Hons Degree in Nursing and works as a Senior Occupational Health Nurse in the United Hospitals Trust in Antrim.

As an Occupational Health specialist, Angela considered the MBA a new challenge, giving over the last two years for advanced study as a part-time student at Queen’s. She said: “It is nice to be able to look back on an achievement and celebrate success. There are always challenges out there and the MBA has encouraged me to look for solutions that bring positive change and help me influence and manage change in my day to day environment.”

Her final year dissertation evaluated the Effectiveness and Barriers to Rehabilitation Programmes in the Management of Long-Term Sickness Absence within Health Trusts in Northern Ireland. The issue has engaged considerable interest from policy makers, health care professionals and occupational health specialists. Angela has now been invited to submit a paper on her MBA Thesis to the Federation of Occupational Health Nurses within the European Union at their 2007 FOHNEU Congress.

The triple winner was joined at the graduation ceremony by her husband Colm who worked in Bombardier Aerospace before joining Queen's as Business Manager in the Northern Ireland Technology Centre, supporting companies in all industrial sectors here to improve their ability to compete on the world stage.

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Queen's Executive MBA Graduate Brings New Style of Living to Belfast

When Colonel Leo Callow stepped up to receive his Executive MBA from Queen’s University, he did so knowing he was about to offer a whole new ‘style of living’ concept to the people of Belfast.

Leo began his MBA while serving as a Commanding Officer in the Royal Irish Regiment, meaning many of his assignments were completed in some rather unusual locations while on operational tours of duty.

Several of the modules on his Executive MBA led the Dublin man to think about new ventures and upon completion of his course Leo decided to create his own property development company. Entitled Holywood Homes, Leo’s company is developing a new brand of luxury homes in Belfast, which amongst other services, will see new residents offered IT experts to help them with their computers and broadband services and a team of sound specialists who will help develop personalised integrated sound and entertainment systems in their homes.

Speaking about his transition from commanding troops to managing his own firm, Leo said: “Having spent many years working in the public sector, I decided to undertake the MBA Course at Queen’s in order to gauge how my skills could be best put to use in the private sector and to improve my commercial knowledge and expertise.

“Several of my modules got me thinking of new ventures and I was very much encouraged to think outside of the box, so upon completion of the course I left the Regiment and proceeded to set up Holywood Homes.

“I like to think of it as bringing a little bit of D4 to BT9, and offering residents a hassle free lifestyle, courtesy of our premium management company. We have several exciting projects ongoing throughout the Greater Belfast area at the moment, including Cultra, Belmont and Crawfordsburn and I know the knowledge gained via my Executive MBA from Queen’s will stand Holywood Homes in good stead as it develops and expands.”

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Undergraduate students reap the rewards of their hard work



Hard work has paid off for a number of the undergraduate students in the School of Management and Economics.Ten students were presented with their awards at the Sponsored Accounting and Economics Prize Ceremony on 24 November 2006 at Queen’s University Belfast.

A number of top companies sponsored the awards and representatives from the companies presented the prizes to the fortunate students for their achievements.The prizes ranged from Best Graduate, to Best First or Second Year student.Other students were awarded for their achievements in different modules.The full list of prizes and sponsors is detailed below.

Accounting Prizes 2005-06

SPONSOR

PRIZE

STUDENT

KPMG

Best Graduate

Francis Irvine

KPMG

Best First Year 101/103

 Samuel Cottney

 Deloitte

Best Second Year Student

Brenda Dolan

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Best Financial Accounting 204/310

Paula O’Neill

CIMA

Best Management Accounting 205/311

Michael Cox

BDO

Taxation

Francis Irvine

Ernst & Young

Auditing & Accountability (210ACC309)

Laura Hyland

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

International Financial Management

 Kiera McKenna

Economics Prizes 2005-06

SPONSOR

 PRIZE

 STUDENT

KPMG

  Best Graduate Economics

 David McAlister

QUB

 McKane Medal & Prize

 Conor Bell



Prize Winners: Sponsored Accounting and Economics Prize Ceremony, 24 November 2006


Left to right: Francis Irvine, Michael Cox, Laura Hyland, Samuel Cottney, Paula O’Neill, David McAlister, Conor Bell, Brenda Dolan.

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Scholarships awarded to Shenzhen students

Nine students were awarded scholarships by Queen’s University, six in Social Sciences and three in Engineering Sciences.

Thirty-two Shenzhen students received their International Certificate in Foundation Studies on 17 November 2006.

The Joint Foundation Programme is a pre-degree programme run jointly by Queen’s and Shenzhen University in Shenzhen.

The students were presented their award by the Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Ellen Douglas-Cowie.Seventeen of the students have progressed to Management and Economics pathways, whilst fifteen have take up courses in Engineering pathways.

There are now over 330 students who have come to Queen’s from the foundation course, which is in its ninth year of operation.  

 


Shenzhen students receive their International Certificate in Foundation Studies 17 November 2006



Social Sciences: Xianjun Feng, Yi Tian Xu, Yue Xie, Ruiqiong Liu, Zhifang Fan, Su Cen Chen; Engineering: Jiao Fu, Wenjun Wang, Zixi Lu     

Pictured along with Professor Richard Harrison, Head of School of Management and Economics, Professor Ellen Douglas-Cowie, Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr Pat Corr, Director of Education (School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and Mrs Anne Davies, Head International Programmes (School of Management and Economics)

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New Degree Programmes

BSc Honours in Actuarial Studies From September 2007, the School of Management and Economics is offering this new undergraduate degree programme.
 

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Major New Report by EFRG'S Peter Dunne and Michael Moore
Peter Dunne and Michael Moore, along with Richard Portes of London Business School, have published a report on the regulation of European government bond markets: Transparency of European Bond Markets

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One of the Top 10 Schools for Business Studies in the UK

The School of Management and Economics at Queen’s has been consistently ranked within the top ten UK Business Schools in the Times Higher Education league tables. This ranking is based on our performance in research, the quality of our student intake, and the employment destinations of our graduates.

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