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January - March 2008 News Items

Decision time looming for A level students

Susan is double prize winner of Queen’s Executive MBA awards

MSc Finance student is ifs Uni Investor Challenge Monthly Prize Winner

AS Level Day - 30 January 2008

New Appointments

Postgraduate Open Day: Queen's University Management School

Decision time looming for A level students

Over 250 prospective students and their guests flocked to Queen's University Management School to hear about the full-time undergraduate programmes on offer. Students who have been given conditional offers for September 2008 entry were keen to hear more about the programmes they are considering before shortly making their final selection through UCAS.

Current students and staff were on hand in the exhibition area to talk to the prospective students, parents and friends. Presentations were also given to provide an insight into Queen’s, the programmes on offer and the types of career opportunities available.

A further event is arranged for 16 April 2008 for students holding offers who did not have the opportunity to attend the first event. Further information about our programmes is available at:

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Susan is double prize winner of Queen's Executive MBA awards

Susan Glenn, who graduated with the Queen's Executive MBA in December 2007 was awarded two prizes today for Best Student (from Chartered Management Institute) and Best Dissertation (from Ulster Bank).

Susan, from Ballymena, focused on Internationalisation of SMEs for her dissertation, having undertaken ten case studies of SMEs across Northern Ireland.  The organisations that Susan studied employed between 50 and 250 employees.  The findings suggested that there is a correlation between the smaller size SME and the use of the process model approach.

Working currently as an accountant at McMullan Architectural Systems, Moira, Susan has found that by undertaking the Queen’s Executive MBA programme this has broadened her knowledge and skills base.

Further information on the programme is available at: or telephone 028 9097 3683.

28 February 2008


Susan Glenn accepting the Best Student prize from Stanley Wallace, Chartered Management Institute, Regional Manager for NI

Susan Glenn accepting the Best Dissertation Prize from Stephen Cruise, Ulster Bank, Regional Manager for NI

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AS Level Day Queen's University Management School

Over 180 pupils and teachers from across 13 grammar and secondary schools in Northern Ireland attended an AS Level Day held by Queen’s University Management School on 30 January 2008 in the Whitla Hall.

Queen’s University Management School wishes to engage more with local schools and with pupils at an earlier age.   This event provided the perfect opportunity for AS Level pupils to experience learning within a higher education environment and learn more about the programmes on offer.  The pupils were also able to talk on a one-to-one with current students and staff during the exhibition.

Two Open Days will be held on 27 February 2008 and 16 April 2008.  All UCAS applicants who have been given conditional/unconditional offers to the School will be invited to one of the Open Days to hear more about the programmes on offer before making their final selection through UCAS.

The School is also participating in a large number of the careers conventions and school visits in the region, including assisting at mock interviews and giving presentations on its programmes on offer at schools.  The School will be represented at the UCAS Recruitment Fair on 12 and 13 March 2008 in the Kings Hall, Belfast.

Meanwhile Edith Caulfield, who is responsible for marketing at Queen’s University Management School, says if there is anything they can do to assist your school please ring her on 028 9097 3356 or email Website:

Two groups of students who won the creativity game during AS Level Day

Bloomfield Collegiate

Bloomfield Collegiate: Alex Henderson, Judith Garrett, Gillian Brown, Sarah McMillan, Lisa McKim

Campbell College

Campbell College: Tyne Stafford, Kevin Tang, Benson Leung, Alex Todd, Peter Johnston




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MSc Finance student is ifs Uni Investor Challenge Monthly Prize Winner

Conor Ward, a postgraduate studying on the MSc Finance programme at Queens University Belfast, has won the monthly ifs Uni Investor Challenge prize for the impressive performance of his investment portfolio.

The annual ifs Uni Investor Challenge is open to any University student in the UK and there are currently students from almost 100 Higher Education institutions from across the UK participating.

The Challenge is split into two categories – undergraduate and postgraduate - and involves investing a fantasy £100,000 in the stock market over a three month period. Whilst the overall winner will scoop £9,000 (undergraduate league) and £3,000 (postgraduate), there are monthly prizes of £150 for the best performing portfolio.

Conor Ward had the best performing portfolio in the postgraduate league during January and picks up a cheque for £150 as a result. His success continues a strong record in the competition for Queens University students as Martin Conway, who was also studying at Queens University, won the £3,000 top prize last year.

Conor said, “I made many trades in January, locking in profits and cutting my losses quickly.
I feel very grateful for this accolade and will be using the money to buy my books for next semester.”

Rod McKee, Head of Financial Capability at the ifs School of Finance, said:
“The ifs Uni Investor Challenge is a useful introduction to finance, giving students a practical insight into stock markets, savings and investments  - providing real life skills in a risk free but competitive setting.

Conor has done very well indeed to increase the value of his investments from £100,000 to more than £139,000, beating competition from almost 100 other Universities across the UK in the process.  

I wish Conor, and all the other participants, the very best of luck for the remainder of the Challenge.”

Further information about the ifs Uni Investor Challenge can be found at

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New Appointments

Katherine Young was appointed as a Teaching Fellow for the BSc Actuarial Studies degree in January 2008. Ms Young holds a first class honours degree in French and Mathematics from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, and is an Associate of the Institute of Actuaries. Katherine has extensive actuarial experience with a leading global consultancy firm, predominantly in the Lloyd’s and London markets. Key areas of expertise include quarterly reserving and forecasting for a broad range of general insurance lines of business. In addition, Katherine has significant lecturing experience across a spectrum of subjects for professional qualifications. Her research interests lie in the quantification and management of the General Insurance cycle.

Mr Colin O'Hare was appointed as a Teaching Fellow for the Actuarial Studies degree on 1 January 2008. Mr O'Hare holds MMath (with first class honours) in Mathematics from Warwick University and is an Associate of the Institute of Actuaries. Colin has worked as a Pensions Actuary for over nine years in Birmingham, Manchester, London and Belfast. He has worked for Mercer Human Resource Consulting. PriewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Watson Wyatt. His research interests are in the area of pension scheme valuation and risk mangement and he will be completing a PhD in this area whilst working as a Teaching Fellow.

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Postgraduate Open Day: Queen's University Management School

Thursday 21 February 2008, 1.00 pm, Whitla Hall, Queen's University Belfast.

This event will provide final-year undergraduate students and graduates with the opportunity to
find out more about the full-time postgraduate programmes that are on offer by Queen's University Management School (September 2008 entry). Talks will be given and an exhibition will be held so that attendees can talk to current students and staff.

This event is open to students and graduates from any university

Contact: Edith Caulfield, 028 9097 3356,
University Management School.

Further information about programmes on offer please click here:

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