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April - June 2007 News Items

New Appointments

Business and Management Studies at Queen’s Remains in the Top 10

Neo's story of Queen's University life wins 'international student' title

Simply the ‘Best’

New Appointments

Diane Holt joins the team at the School of Management and Economics as a Lecturer in Management and Sustainability and will be helping the School to deliver their contribution to the University’s major initiative in Sustainability. Her previous appointment was as a Principal Lecturer in Environmental Management at Middlesex University Business School where she was based from 1996. She  undertook her doctoral work part time and was awarded her PhD in 2005. She also has an MSc in Environmental Management (1993) and a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science from Stirling University. Diane is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has experience in a range of academic roles, including programme leadership and curriculum design. In 2005 she was seconded to the Middle East for three semesters to oversee the set up of Middlesex’s business school programmes at their new campus in Dubai. She has been involved in a range of international marketing, and student recruitment activities in Kenya, Uganda, Seychelles, Mauritius, Malaysia, UAE, Oman, mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Her research interests lie in the areas of corporate environmental management and sustainability, in particular green supply chain management, ecopreneurship, and environmental education.

Dr Antony Potter has been appointed Research Fellow in Supply Chain Management, and will begin his new post on 19th March 2007. Dr Potter is working with Dr Benn Lawson on a two-year EPSRC research project investigating supplier involvement in new product development.  Antony holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Sheffield (pass with no corrections) and a BSc with Honours (First Class) in Economics and Geography from Kingston University . He has also spent four years working as an economics researcher and policy analyst for the European Commission Objective 1 Programme. His main research interests are in supply chain management, the performance of manufacturing firms, economic development and forecasting. Dr Benn Lawson has been appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Operations Management from March 2007. He holds a PhD from The University of Melbourne, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, UK .  Previously, he was a lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and The University of Melbourne. Benn’s main areas of research are in supplier relationship management and technology management, particularly the integration of suppliers into a firm’s new product development processes.

Dr Graham Brownlow was appointed Lecturer in Economics on 1 February 2007.  Dr Brownlow holds a BA (with first class honours) in Economics and Economic and Social History from the University of York and a PhD from Queen's University Belfast.  He has lectured previously at Dublin City University, the University of East Anglia and Auckland University of Technology.  His main research interests are in the areas of institutional economics and economic history; he has recently had articles in these areas published in the Cambridge Journal of Economics and the Economic History Review.

Dr Ciaran Connolly has been appointed to a senior lectureship in Accounting with effect from 1 December 2006. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, he holds a DPhil from the University of Ulster and an MBA from Queen’s University, Belfast. Ciaran’s main area of research is in the field of public services, particularly the financial and performance measurement aspects of the voluntary / charitable sector. His teaching interests are in the area of financial accounting and not-for-profit accounting.

Mr Eunsuk Hong has been appointed lecturer in Management and took up his appointment on 1 November 2006. He holds MBA in International Business from Korea University and MSc in International Management for China from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is currently completing his PhD at the Department of Financial and Management Studies, SOAS, University of London. His research interests include the internationalization strategy and spatial allocation of foreign direct investment, with an emphasis on the context of China and East Asia.

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Business and Management Studies at Queen's Remains in the Top 10

Business and Management Studies (including accounting and finance) at Queen's University Belfast has been ranked in the top ten in the UK Guardian University Guide 2008.The Guide can be used by students as a starting point in considering higher education study and it covers all full-time, undergraduate courses at higher education institutions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.It is aimed at students wishing to start university in the 2008 academic year.

Data has been used from the National Student Survey to develop an understanding of what students think about their experience at university.The courses were rated against a criterion which included: teaching quality, as rated by graduates of the course, feedback, as rated by graduates of the course, spending per student, staff/student ratio, job prospects, value added - comparing students' degree results with their entry qualifications, and entry score.

The School of Management and Economics was previously ranked 6th in the UK out of 90 Business Schools, by the Times Higher Education Supplement (2004).It was also rated excellent for teaching quality by the UK Quality Assurance Agency in October 2001 and ranked joint 18th, out of 97 submissions to the Business and Management Panel, in the most recent UK Research Assessment Exercise.

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Neo's story of Queen's University life wins 'international student' title

International Student of the Year Yu Huai Zhang (Neo) pictured with Queen's Senior International Officer Monica Yang and Lord Kinnock, Chair of the British Council

Chinese student Yu Huai Zhang's inspirational story of his experiences at Queen's University Belfast and in Northern Ireland has earned him the title of International Student of the Year 2007. Yu Huai, who is known as Neo to his fellow students, beat off stiff competition from more than 2000 students representing 130 nationalities, to win the title and the £2,000 prize.

The competition - the British Council annual Shine International Student Awards - highlights the unique contributions of international students to life in the United Kingdom. Neo, who comes from Shenzhen and who studies Management at Queen's, had previously been named Northern Ireland's International Student of the Year.

The first Chinese national to become a student officer at Queen's, Neo has been active in promoting multi-culturalism and diversity by organising events, writing articles for the University's newspapers and presenting a talk-show on Queen's Radio. As Deputy Convenor of the National Union of Students and Student Union of Ireland (NUS-USI), he organised a cross-campus "Multicultural Awareness Training" event, which resulted in his being asked to help translate a prisoners' handbook into Mandarin and Cantonese. He also served as NUS-USI's Student Volunteering Officer.

During his internship with Invest Northern Ireland he was voted Best Newcomer 2006 by his colleagues, in recognition of both his work performance and his commitment to voluntary activities.

Congratulating Neo on his achievement, Queen's Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson described him as 'a role model' for all students.

Professor Gregson said: "Neo's enthusiasm for university life and his commitment to raising the profile of international students and promoting the benefits of a multi-cultural student body have been exceptional. Queen's is proud of its international students who do so much to enrich the university experience for all of us. Neo's well-deserved success reflects the contribution which these students make, not only to life at Queen's, but to Northern Ireland as a whole." 

Neo said: "I am very privileged and exhilarated to win this award.  It will spur me on to contribute more and fulfil my dream to become an entrepreneur.

"I came to Queen's because I wanted to experience a different culture and Queen's is a very good university with a long history, more than 150 years. I have really enjoyed my time here and I am delighted that sharing the story of my Queen's experience helped me to win this award.'

Entrants to the competition were asked to write a personal 'letter home' in English, detailing the out-of-class achievements that helped make their time in the United Kingdom so rewarding.  Neo recounted his experiences at Queen's in a letter to his father.

The Rt Hon Lord Neil Kinnock, Chair of The British Council, said; "All the students' stories have been detailed, perceptive - and sometimes very moving - personal accounts.  All have been impressive pieces of work, providing thousands of fine examples of how international students engage in an almost endless variety of extra-curricular activities to add value to their education and to enrich their personal development, their confidence, independence of mind, and understanding of humanity. 

"The International Student Awards show how much our campuses and communities would lose if we didn't have that diversity of cultures, talents and ideas from all over the planet."


For further information contact:

Yu Huai Zhang (Neo), Tel 07877 350956

For further information please contact:
Anne Langford, Corporate Affairs
Tel: 028 9097 5310
Fax: 028 9097 3401


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Simply the 'Best'

Two of Queen's recent graduates have been jointly awarded Best MBA Dissertations 2006 in a special presentation today at Queen’s University Belfast. Angela Higgins and Paul Kirkwood won the Ulster Bank sponsored award after gaining the highest marks in their Master of Business Administration dissertations.

Nursing specialist Angela, from Ballymena, wrote a dissertation examining the effectiveness and implementation of rehabilitation programmes in the management of long-term sickness.

Paul, from Maghaberry, focussed on the Northern Irish textile industry and the transition from manufacturing to outsourcing and goods supply, and the development of relationships with Far East suppliers.

Presenting the engraved vase prizes Ulster Bank Product Manager NI, Andrew McBrinn said: “Ulster Bank is delighted to be associated with these awards. Ongoing development is an important aspect of any manager’s role and the Queen's University Executive MBA programme provides an excellent platform for managers to improve their effectiveness. The dissertation is a challenging element of the programme and both Angela and Paul are to be congratulated on their achievement.

Angela also won Best MBA Student 2006, which is sponsored by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Presenting Angela her rose bowl trophy was Martin Arkins C. Mgr, Chair of the Belfast Branch of the CMI who said: “CMI is delighted to be associated with the Queen’s Executive MBA programme and to sponsor the Best MBA Student award. This is a key partnership where both parties strive to enhance skills to raise the performance of business by championing management”.


For further information, please contact Sarah Williams on 028 9097 5391.

Award winners Angela Higgins and Paul Kirkwood receiving their prizes from Andrew McBrinn of Ulster Bank (Left to right – Paul Kirkwood, Angela Higgins, Andrew McBrinn).

Angela Higgins receiving her award for Best MBA Student 2006 from Martin Arkins, Chair of the Belfast Branch of the Chartered Management Institute .

MBA Prize Giving Ceremony
Left to right: Stanley Wallace (Regional Manager NI CMI), Paul Kirkwood (MBA prize winner), Frances Hill (Executive MBA Course Director), Professor Richard Harrison (Head of School of Management and Economics), Angela Higgins (MBA prize winner), Andrew McBrinn (Ulster Bank Product Manager NI), Martin Arkins C. Mgr (Chair of the Belfast Branch of CMI).


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