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January - March 2010

QUMS International Postgraduate Scholarships

Joint QUMS and EEECS DEL PhD Research Studentship

US Economic Envoy shares his experiences of entrepreneurialism with Queen's University Management School students (Watch QTV)

Postgraduate Open Day Wednesday 3 March 2010

Del Sponsored PhD Research Studentships

Queen's University Management School Open Days

KPMG Distinguished Visiting Lecture: New Public Management in the Global Financial Crisis - Dead, Alive or Born Again?

£1m on offer to entrepreneurs in international competition

Sustainability Researcher wins Best Paper award at International CSR Symposium

QUMS International Postgraduate Scholarships
 

Queen's University Management School is offering 8 MSc Scholarships for international students from the University's Priority 1 Market (China, India, Malaysia and USA). 

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Joint QUMS and EEECS DEL PhD Research Studentship
 

Queen’s University Management School and the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science / Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) 

Queen’s University Management School (QUMS) in collaboration with the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) is delighted to offer a DEL PhD research Studentship commencing 1 October 2010.   

The successful applicant will be required to work as part of an interdisciplinary research programme involving collaboration between the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) and QUMS. Experience of prior attempts to exploit and commercialise certain technologies – notably system on a chip exploiting silicon IP – suggests that existing commercialisation models are flawed and ineffective. This project seeks to identify and define an effective business model for the commercialisation of new technology through licensing, spin-outs and collaboration with industrial partners. 

DEL Funding and Eligibility Requirements 

A DEL studentship may cover approved tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £13,290 pa (tax free) up to three years.   

To be eligible for consideration candidates must satisfy criteria relating to academic qualifications, residency and nationality/citizenship, ie a candidate must:

  • hold or expect to obtain  a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area.
  • be a British Citizen, or have indefinite leave to remain in the UK, or be an EU national or be the child / spouse of an EU national.
  • be ordinarily resident in the UK and / or Islands (since 1 October 2007).  For (non-UK) EU applicants, ordinary residency in the UK may include full-time education.  

For further details re DEL eligibility criteria applicants should consult the Postgraduate Office website: http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/Research/PostgraduateOffice/PostgraduateAwards/ 

To apply 

Applications must be made electronically via the Queen’s postgraduate admissions online application portal at https://pg.apply.qub.ac.uk/home by the closing date of Friday 26 March 2010.  

As part of the on-line application process, applicants are required to submit a research proposal, which clearly demonstrates how your experience and interests align with the aims of the research project. Proposals should be for empirical research involving qualitative and/or quantitative methods. Applications are encouraged from people seeking to pursue an academic career. For further information on the Queen’s University Management School, please visit our website http://www.qub.ac.uk/mgt/.  

For informal enquiries relating to the research project, please contact Dr Claire Leitch (c.leitch@qub.ac.uk ).

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US Economic Envoy shares his experiences of entrepreneurialism with Queen's University Management School students
Professor Peter Gregson and Declan Kelly
Professor Peter Gregson and Declan Kelly
Declan Kelly and Professor Richard Harrison speak to Queen’s University Management School
Declan Kelly and Professor Richard Harrison speak to Queen’s University Management School

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The United States Special Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland, Declan Kelly,      
visited Queen's University – the UK’s Entrepreneurial University of the
Year – to meet with business students studying entrepreneurship and visit the
University's Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology.

Mr Kelly, who accompanied US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her visit
to the University in October, returned to the campus to learn more about
Queen's commitment to entrepreneurship education, and how its graduates
contribute to the economic viability of the region.
 
He also shared his own experiences of entrepreneurialism and his
perspectives on the future development of the Northern Ireland private sector
with 90 students of the Queen's University Management School.
 
Welcoming Mr Kelly, Queen's President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter
Gregson said: "During her recent visit to Northern Ireland, US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton learned first-hand from US companies who had invested
here of the importance of the high quality and loyalty of graduates to inward
investment.
 
"This view was reinforced just two weeks after her visit when Queen's became
the UK’s Entrepreneurial University of the Year. This was excellent news
for Queen's and excellent news for Northern Ireland, recognizing our ongoing
work in ensuring that tomorrow’s business leaders have the necessary skills to contribute to the region's future prosperity in an increasingly competitive world.
 
"Mr Kelly's visit today will enable us to take this process a step further, by sharing insights into entrepreneurship and how we can further enhance our impact on Northern Ireland through wealth creation, cutting-edge research and productive global connections."
 
Mr Kelly said: "Investment commitments in Northern Ireland from world-leading companies such as the recent announcement by NYSE Technologies, part of NYSE Euronext, are underpinned by a confidence in the region's skills base.   As I continue to work to try to bring Northern Ireland to the attention of the US business community, I am helped by the academic and research excellence that is very evident at Queen's University.
 
"Its commitment to entrepreneurialism education and its strategic commercial linkages, such as its collaboration in the life sciences field with the Almac Group, can greatly assist Northern Ireland’s competitive advantage in attracting more high-value, wealth-creating jobs."
 
During the Special Envoy's visit, he met senior representatives from leading Northern Ireland company Almac and Invest Northern Ireland to finalise plans for their visit to the United States next month as part of the NI trade mission during St. Patrick's week.
 
Colin Hayburn, Executive Director at Almac, said: "Northern Ireland has a long tradition of entrepreneurship and innovation and is now an established international centre of excellence in a number of fields, including life sciences. We welcome Declan's presence here today and look forward to working closely with him on a number of initiatives in the near future."
 
Mr Kelly also visited the University's world-leading Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology. The Centre's pioneering reputation has attracted high quality clinicians and scientists from around the world and led to the creation of unique international partnerships with leading global institutions, in particular the US National Cancer Institute in Maryland.
 
The Centre is the role model for the development of an Institute of Health Sciences which will play a major part in Queen's aim to become a Global Top 100 university within five years.
 
Another priority is the establishment of a multi-million pound Executive Education Centre which will make a direct impact on the further development of core skills in the Northern Ireland economy.

For media enquiries please contact: Anne Langford, Press and PR Unit,+44 (0)28 90 97 5310, Mob 07815 871997, a.langford@qub.ac.uk

                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                  

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Postgraduate Open Day Wednesday 3 March 2010
This event will provide prospective postgraduate students with the opportunity to talk to programme directors, lecturers and current students about the range of postgraduate taught and research programmes on offer.  A tour of the campus will also be available.

Time:    12 noon – 2.00 pm
Venue:  Canada Room
               Lanyon Building            
              Queen's University Belfast

To register your interest in attending this event log onto http://www.qub.ac.uk/mgt/openevents/  

Programmes on offer September 2010 entry http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/QueensUniversityManagementSchool/ProspectiveStudents/  

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DEL Sponsored PhD Research Studentships
Three DEL sponsored PhD Research Studentships are being offered by Queen’s University Management School.   Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified candidates interested in undertaking PhD research in Management, Economics, Finance and Accounting, commencing 1 October 2010 for three years. Supervision is available in the following core research themes and specialisms:
  •  Management and Organisations

Research in this cluster falls into six thematic priorities: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity (including technology transfer, commercialisation and academic entrepreneurship, venture finance, entrepreneurship and economic development in emerging economies and gender and entrepreneurship); Workplace Change (including industrial relations and labour market economics); Operations and Supply Chain Management (including the management of technology and innovation); Sustainability and Management (including corporate social responsibility and business ethics); and Marketing, Strategy and International Business.

  • Financial Institutions and Markets

The Financial Institutions and Markets research cluster consists of researchers from the disciplines of finance, economics, and accounting. The research undertaken within the research cluster is structured under three themes: Economics and financial institutions; Not-For-Profit Financial Institutions; Financial Markets.  Within these three broad themes, the cluster has expertise in asset pricing; banking; credit unions; currency markets; financial crises and bubbles; financial and economic history; health policy and economics; market microstructure; pensions and  risk management.

  • Economic Analysis and Behaviour

Research interests in economic theory, labour economics, theoretical and applied econometrics, financial econometrics, regional economics, development economics, macroeconomics, economic history and history of economic thought, amongst other things. More specifically, our interests include network theory; negotiation; game theory; labour market institutions and their role in economic performance; competing risks analysis of unemployment duration and outcomes; evaluation of labour market programmes; panel data econometrics, time series econometrics including non-stationary time series; stochastic frontier production; continuous time models of multivariate interest rates; the relationship between freedom and development; the history of economic thought in Ireland; firm performance and industrial development policy; Institutional and organisational economics; historical economics and transaction cost economics (TCE).

  • Governance, Performance Measurement and Accounting in Not-for-profit-Organisations

The focus of this research cluster is on governance, reporting and control issues in the public sector and in the wider not-for-profit sector, principally in the areas of charities and credit unions. In particular, the research has explored the related issues of accountability, governance and decision making (planning and control) in a sector where performance cannot be meaningfully measured in terms of profitability and where there is a wide spectrum of stakeholders with differing interests in the organisation.

DEL Funding Criteria

A DEL studentship may cover approved tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £13,290 pa (tax free) up to three years.  To be eligible for consideration for DEL funding candidates must satisfy criteria relating to academic qualifications, residency and nationality/citizenship, ie a candidate must:

  • hold or expect to obtain  a 1st class or high 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area.
  • be a British Citizen, or have indefinite leave to remain in the UK, or be an EU national or be the child / spouse of an EU national.
  • be ordinarily resident in the UK and / or Islands (since 1 October 2006).  For (non-UK) EU applicants, ordinary residency in the UK may include full-time education.

For further details re DEL eligibility criteria applicants should consult the Postgraduate Office website:

http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/Research/PostgraduateOffice/PostgraduateAwards/

To apply

Applications must be made electronically via the Queen’s University postgraduate admissions online application portal at https://pg.apply.qub.ac.uk/home by the closing date of Friday 12 March 2010.

As part of the on-line application process, applicants are required to submit a research proposal, which clearly demonstrates how your experience and interests align with the aims of the research project. Proposals should be for empirical research involving qualitative and/or quantitative methods. Applications are encouraged from people seeking to pursue an academic career. For further information on the Queen’s University Management School, please visit our website http://www.qub.ac.uk/mgt/ .

For informal enquiries relating to the research project, please contact Professor Robert Gilles (r.gilles@qub.ac.uk)

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Queen's University Management School Open Days
Open days are being held on Thursday 18 February and Thursday 15 April 2010.  All prospective students who are holding offers for undergraduate programme(s) for September 2010 entry will be invited to one of these events. 

The first event is being held in the South Dining Hall (exhibition), Whitla Hall and Canada Room (presentations), starting at 9.30 am with the exhibition in the South Dining Hall.  The second event will be held in the Queen's Film Theatre also commencing at 9.30 am.  Campus and Queen's location maps.

If you have not received an invite for the first event, you will receive one for the second by Friday 9 April 2010, if you do not please email b.sheppard@qub.ac.uk

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KPMG Distinguished Visiting Lecture: New Public Management in the Global Financial Crisis - Dead, Alive or Born Again?

This year’s KPMG Distinguished Visiting Lecturer is Professor Irvine Lapsley and his lecture, which is entitled New Public Management in the Global Financial Crisis - Dead, Alive or Born Again?, will be of interest to those employed in the public sector, particularly in an accounting- or finance-related role.

Date  and time:   Wednesday 24 February 2010: 5pm
                          Refreshments: 6 pm
Venue:               The Great Hall

                          Lanyon Building
                          Queen's University Belfast

Attendance at this event is free and refreshments will be provided after the lecture at 6pm. If you would like to attend please contact:

Karen Close
Email: k.close@qub.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5126

Please note places at this event are limited. 

Biographical Details: Professor Irvine Lapsley

Irvine Lapsley is Professor of Accounting at the University of Edinburgh Management School and the Director of the Institute of Public Sector Accounting Research. He specialises in public sector accounting and has lectured on his research across Europe and in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Irvine has also advised major public sector bodies in the National Health Service and in both local and central government. He has been Budget Advisor to the Finance Committee and the Health Committee of the Scottish Parliament, and has been a member of the Accounting Standards Board’s Public Sector and Not for Profit Committee and the Public Sector Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

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£1m on offer to entrepreneurs in international competition
A competition with a prize fund of £1m is being rolled out by Queen’s University Belfast to students and local companies to encourage new business ventures between China and the UK.

The University is part of a consortium running the China UK Entrepreneurship Competition, which is also led by local government organisations in Chongging and Tianjin.

The competition aims to encourage new business ventures between China and the United Kingdom and replicates the process of entrepreneurs securing start-up funds from early stage investors and venture capital firms.

The overall winner will be announced at the national finals at University College London in June and events are also taking place at other participating universities. The competition was launched at the University of York and semi-finals will be hosted in April by Lancaster University and Queen’s University, which is involved in the competition for the first time this year.

The competition, now in its third year, is divided into two strands – Innovative Business track for existing businesses in the UK or China, and Tomorrow’s Leaders track - for students at any UK or Chinese University. Both strands promote business ideas that use international resources or markets.

Thirty-two teams will be selected to take part in the competition in order to win up to £10,000 in prizes, with an investment opportunity of £250,000 in the finals.

Yu Xiong, a lecturer at Queen’s University Management School, is Director of the organising committee of the China UK Entrepreneurship Competition.

He said: “The competition has been developed by partners in the UK and China to bring together existing business and new student-led start-ups hoping to develop commercial relationships and exploit market opportunities through business collaborations between China and the UK.

“China is becoming a more and more important country economically. It has not been affected by the recession in the same ways as others. Business opportunities there are huge and it has a rising scientific and technological base that is increasingly attracting worldwide attention.

“Doing business overseas can be daunting for many entrepreneurs but the programme aims to promote the opportunities that exist and to highlight potential stars to watch in the future. Those taking part learn a lot through the process and their ideas can translate to real business opportunities.”

Professor Richard Harrison, Director of the Queen’s University Management School, said: “We are delighted to be working with a number of other leading UK universities and Chinese authorities in this innovative programme. 

“We believe that the business ideas developed through this competition have the potential to make a significant contribution to economic development and prosperity in the UK and in China.  We are also delighted to be involved in a programme that will strengthen our existing important partnerships with universities and government bodies in China.”

All sectors are eligible to apply but the business idea proposal must link China and the UK. This may be through selection of the target market for the product or service, through key supplier relationships or through joint development of the technologies or services involved.

Judges will assess each business plan on criteria including market and competitor analysis, project development plan, financial plan, risks and proposed mitigating factors, management of intellectual property and promotion of UK-China business links. Assessment will be through written elements and oral presentations at each stage of the competition.

To enter, teams need to submit an executive summary of their idea by 26 February. For more information on the competition go to www.chinaukchallenge.com

Notes to Editors

China UK Entrepreneurship Challenge is a joint collaboration between CIDA-UK, University College London, University of York, Lancaster University, Queen's University Belfast, Chongqing Association for Science and Technology, Tianjing TEDA science park.

This is part of the China Tomorrow programme, which was launched by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in February 2009 during a visit by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to the UK. InOctober, his Excellency Minister Counselor Lirong Zhang of the Chinese Embassy in London and the Lord Mayor of York officially launched this year’s China-UK Entrepreneurship Challenge in an event at York University.

The China Innovation and Development Association in the UK (CIDA-UK) serves as a bridge between the UK and China for exchange of trade, education and culture and as a coordinator for local Chinese organisations. CIDA has utilised the potentials of local and overseas Chinese to achieve a series of goals by providing with opportunities for professionals, scholars, executives, businessmen and government officials of the two countries.

For media enquiries please contact: Andrea Clements, Press and PR Unit,+44 (0)28 90 97 5391, Mob 07980 013 362, a.clements@qub.ac.uk

12 January 2010 END

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Sustainability Researcher wins Best Paper award at International CSR Symposium
 

Ralf Barkemeyer of the School’s management and sustainability research group received the best paper award at an international CSR symposium that was hosted by Tarumanagara University in Jakarta (Indonesia) on 3-4 December 2009. The symposium brought together more than 100 academics and practitioners in the field to analyse and discuss the role of Corporate Social Responsibility in the context of economic crisis and recovery.

In the paper entitled ‘CSR for Global Governance: a Fallacy?’, the results of a survey of corporate UN Global Compact participants from 53 countries are presented, enquiring into the role of the company in sustainability as perceived by the respondents. The results show a clear divide between developed and developing countries regarding the role of the company in sustainability with developed country respondents primarily focusing on the environmental dimension of sustainability, whereas “Southern” respondents appear to show a significantly higher level of awareness of the socioeconomic implications of their companies’ activities.

The best paper award is linked to an IDR 7.500.000 bursary which will now be used to allow an Indonesian early-stage academic to attend the Corporate Responsibility Research Conference 2010 in Marseille (France), which is co-organized by the management and sustainability research group.

The management and sustainability research group undertakes state-of-the art sustainability research and teaching with the aim of providing current and future business leaders with the skills necessary to manage successful, responsible and sustainable businesses (www.qub.ac.uk/mgt/sustainability). Researchers of the group cover a wide range of sustainability-related topics such as corporate sustainability performance assessment, green supply chain management, sustainable finance, sustainable entrepreneurship, international CSR, and the analysis of sustainability-related media coverage.

 

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