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January - March 2009 News Items


Queen's Graduate scoops top award for research

Greenhouse gas performance of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland assessed

Employers Gather to influence the direction of finance education

A Taste of Higher Education for Local Schools

Queen's graduate scoops top awards for research
Stanley Wallace, CMI (Chartered Management Institute) Regional Manager; Billy Pollock, CMI; Jonathan Roberts, prizewinner; Terry Robb, Ulster Bank, Regional Sales Manager NI; Dr Frances Hill, Director, Queen’s Executive MBA Programme.
Stanley Wallace, CMI (Chartered Management Institute) Regional Manager; Billy Pollock, CMI; Jonathan Roberts, prizewinner; Terry Robb, Ulster Bank, Regional Sales Manager NI; Dr Frances Hill, Director, Queen’s Executive MBA Programme.

A Queen’s Executive MBA graduate has won two prizes for his research into business and market intelligence.

Jonathan Roberts, from Belfast, was named best student by the Chartered Management Institute and was judged to have completed the best dissertation by the Ulster Bank.

Jonathan, who works for drinks company Diageo NI as a business analyst, completed the part-time executive MBA through Queen’s University Management School.

He focused his work on Diageo NI as a case-study example, and identified sources of business intelligence, how these are used and interpreted and ultimately how central these are in the decision-making process within the company.

His research indicates that the company has the appropriate framework for business intelligence to flourish.

Jonathan said: "Receiving this acknowledgement is a privilege. The MBA at Queen's is a very challenging qualification to obtain and yet an extremely rewarding experience. My colleagues at Diageo were really supportive throughout my studies and I am indebted to them for their support and encouragement.

“I believe the MBA at Queen's has developed me as a person and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to develop their understanding of the modern business world."

Stanley Wallace, Regional Manager of the Chartered Institute of Management, said: “The Institute supports the MBA project because it develops the talent of senior managers.

"We are pleased to be associated with the project as it recognises the excellence of entrepreneurial talent in Northern Ireland and this is demonstrated through Jonathan's work.”

Terry Robb, Regional Sales Manager, from Ulster Bank, said:  “We are proud to be associated with these awards, recognising the outstanding ability and achievements of MBA graduates.

“The Queen's University Executive MBA programme is very useful as it provides an excellent platform for managers to improve their effectiveness. The dissertation is one of the most challenging elements of the MBA programme and it is a great credit to Jonathan that he has produced such a high standard of work. I congratulate him on his exceptional achievement."

For media enquiries please contact: Emma Blee, Press & PR Unit, +44 (0)28 9097 2576, press.office@qub.ac.uk 

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Greenhouse gas performance of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland assessed

Researchers of Queen’s University Management School in cooperation with partners from Euromed Management School (Marseille/France) and the Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment (Berlin/Germany) have assessed the greenhouse gas performance of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The researchers used the sustainable value approach, which links greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and economic performance to calculate greenhouse gas performance in monetary terms. The researchers found that Northern Ireland could increase its economic activity by more than £14 billion, if the Northern Irish economy operated at the GHG-efficiency level of England, Scotland and Wales.

Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales all underperform compared with the English economy with respect to GHG emissions, with Wales having the least efficient performance of all four countries when carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane are taken into account.

Differences in industry structure may account for this, with the iron and steel industry playing a more important role in Wales than other parts of the UK.

In terms of carbon dioxide efficiency, however, Northern Ireland did manage to narrow its performance gap between 1990 and 2006.

The main findings of the research are published in a Queen’s Sustainability Briefing Note, which can be accessed free of charge on the group’s website at www.qub.ac.uk/mgt/sustainability .

At Queen’s University Management School the research was conducted by Frank Figge, Ralf Barkemeyer, Herb Castillo and Andrea Liesen. The researchers can be contacted at sustainability@qub.ac.uk

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Employers Gather to influence the direction of finance education

Representatives from a number of key organisations including PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Bank of Ireland, Barclays Bank, Citco, Citi, Community Foundation and ASM Horwath recently participated in the BSc Finance Employee Liaison Group. The BSc Finance Degree offered by Queen’s University Management School has been established for over 15 years. This meeting provided an excellent forum to assess recent developments in the financial world and was an ideal opportunity for employers to discuss their preferences for the degree programme and influence the direction of finance education.

             

A nine month placement in a financial work environment is an integral part of the BSc Finance degree. A number of these employers provide a platform for students to gain a valuable insight into the world of work and develop their professional and soft skills through placement.  Also, during placement students have opportunity to undertake an additional award known as The City & Guilds Licentiateship (LCGI).  The Licentiateship of the City & Guilds of London Institute (LCGI) is a work-based qualification which may be used to complement a degree by accrediting relevant experience and competence gained during work placement. Competition for the best graduate jobs has never been more challenging, and employers are looking for more than just academic qualifications.  This award complements the students’ work experience and proves to employers that students have the key workplace skills and experience they are looking for.


          

Students from Queen’s University Management School’s BSc Finance degree who received the City and Guilds Diploma Award 2009 at the official City and Guilds Awards Ceremony

4 March 2009


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A Taste of Higher Education for Local Schools
Students from Belfast Royal Academy
Students from Belfast Royal Academy
Students from Bloomfield Collegiate School win the Business Management Competition.  Amber Gourley, Fiona McVicker, Rebecca Blakley, Rebekah Robinson, Victoria Potts.
Students from Bloomfield Collegiate School win the Business Management Competition. Amber Gourley, Fiona McVicker, Rebecca Blakley, Rebekah Robinson, Victoria Potts.

Over 130 pupils and teachers from schools in Northern Ireland attended an AS Level Day held by Queen’s University Management School on 28 January 2009.    This is the right time for AS Level students to start thinking about higher education, and gives them a head start, as they will have to decide which university courses they would like to select on their UCAS form for September 2010 entry over the next few months.

This event provided an excellent 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 basis with current students and staff during the exhibition.

Two Open Days will be held by Queen's University Management School on 17 February 2009 and 8 April 2009.  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 the forthcoming UCAS Recruitment Fair in Belfast.

Edith Caulfield, who is responsible for marketing, invites careers teachers to contact her if there is anything Queen's University Management School can do to assist schools.  Tel 028 9097 3356 or email e.caulfield@qub.ac.uk website: www.qub.ac.uk/mgt

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The AS Level Day Exhibition
The AS Level Day Exhibition
Students making airplanes as part of the Business Management Competition
Students making airplanes as part of the Business Management Competition
Students involved in the Business Management Competition
Students involved in the Business Management Competition
Chris Shotton and Keith Douglas, final year BSc Finance students who provided information about placement opportunities to AS Level students
Chris Shotton and Keith Douglas, final year BSc Finance students who provided information about placement opportunities to AS Level students
Nicola McCoy, Cathryn Maybin and Hannah Hutchinson.
BSc Business Management students who assisted at the event
Nicola McCoy, Cathryn Maybin and Hannah Hutchinson. BSc Business Management students who assisted at the event