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April - June 2012

Prestigious Santander Mobility Scholarships awarded to QUMS students
Queen’s University Students to Represent Ireland in CIMA Global Business Challenge
Prestigious Santander Mobility Scholarships awarded to QUMS students

Anna Crawley who is in the final year of the BSc International Business with Spanish, travelled to Brazil in early June having been awarded a prestigious Santander Mobility Scholarship. 

Anna is undertaking a business research project on foreign direct investment from the UK/Ireland to Brazil.  This will mainly focus on institutions such as investment banks and government institutions, the equivalent of InvestNI, which help people set up business in Brazil.

With contacts in Queen’s and San Paolo Anna will be trying to aim the project at Santander to look at how they facilitate foreign direct investment.  Anna will also focus Gavea, an investment bank, owned by JP Morgan.

Anna will have an opportunity to present her findings to next year’s final year BSc International Business with a Modern Language class, and provide a report to Santander University branch based in Queen's Students' Union.

Anna said about the scholarship “It is a fantastic opportunity, not only to explore Brazil but also to conduct research in an area of interest. The generosity of Santander has enabled me to travel to Brazil and take advantage of links to allow a piece of work that has so far been interesting.”

Whilst on placement as part of her degree programme Anna worked for Amadeus IT Group in Madrid from June 2010 until September 2011, mainly in finance roles – both revenue management and commercial finance. Anna said “she really enjoyed the placement”.   Anna’s role and experience in Amadeus lead her to choose the business research project topic.

Anna will be commencing Telefonica’s European Graduate Scheme in London in a finance role in September 2012.  Having been offered two jobs Anna’s final decision to take up the graduate scheme was swayed as it will offer her the opportunity to undertake the CIMA examinations. The graduate scheme will offer Anna a range of different experiences within the finance area including accounting, cost controlling and investments.

Anna thoroughly enjoyed her time at Queen’s and whilst looking forward to graduating she is sad that the programme has come to an end.  A strong bond was formed with other classmates.  Anna’s biggest highlight of the programme was the placement year abroad.

Anna would recommend the BSc International Business with a Modern Language programme.  She said “the placement year and chance to live abroad is an opportunity not to be missed and one that I most thoroughly enjoyed. On placement you start to learn about international companies and that links are made across the world every day re-enforcing some of the modules undertaken in the programme.”

Craig O'Mahoney who is studying on the MSc International Business programme has also been awarded one of the prestigious Santander Mobility Scholarships.  He too travelled to Brazil to undertake a business project.

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Queen’s University Students to Represent Ireland in CIMA Global Business Challenge

Left to right: Colin Stevenson, Owen McMeel, Julie Niblock, David Galbraith, Donnchadh Long with (centre) Alan Flanagan Chairman, CIMA Ireland.

Students from Queen’s University Belfast have won the Irish Final of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Global Business Challenge (GBC) which was held on Saturday 9th June 2012 in Dublin.

The Queen’s team, which is known as Q Consulting, comprises:

  1. David Galbraith (Final Year – Computing and Information Technology)
  2. Donnchadh Long (2nd Year – Actuarial Science and Risk Management)
  3. Owen McMeel (2nd Year – Product Design and Development)
  4. Julie Niblock (Final Year – Business Management)
  5. Colin Stevenson (2nd Year – Accounting)

Q Consulting beat off strong competition from eight other Irish colleges and business schools, and will now represent Ireland against 22 other countries in the Global Final in Sri Lanka on the 23rd and 24th July 2012.

The academic mentors for Q Consulting were Ciaran Connolly (Queen’s University Management School), Martin Kelly (Queen’s University Management School) and Roisin Copeland (Queen’s Careers Employability and Skills).

The CIMA GBC, which is held in partnership with Barclays and sponsors BPP, is designed to give a taste of the boardroom and of business to students by casting them in the role of a firm of consultants reporting to a board of a fictitious company.

The teams were initially provided with a case study containing background information on a company and its industry which they were required to analyse in advance and conduct research into the general business context in which the case was set. On the day of the competition, the teams were required to deliver a 20-minute presentation of their strategic analysis and recommendations to the board of the company and respond to a series of questions from the board members.




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