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July - September 2009 News Items

Enterprising lecturer scoops national award

Actuarial Teachers and Researchers Conference 2009

Sustainability Research flourishes at Queen's University Management School 

Queen's Scholarships

Queen's University Management School Summer Graduation July 09

Queen's University Management School Prize Giving Ceremony 7 July 09  

RAE results - Management School confirmed in the Top 20

Enterprising lecturer scoops national award
Mr. David Gibson
Mr. David Gibson

An enterprising senior lecturer from Queen's University Management School has received national acclaim at the first ever enterprise educators awards.David Gibson, from Broughshane in Co.Antrim, has become one of the first people to win the 'educator highly commended' award from the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) and Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) at its recent annual award ceremony, which celebrates excellence within enterprise education.

His prestigious commendation recognises him as "a trail-blazer" for entrepreneurial education.  Among his achievements is developing an enterprise for life education model which is embedded across the entire curriculum at Queen's. It has also been adopted by universities in China, India, Canada, Sri Lanka and throughout the UK and was recognised as a best practice model by the EEC. David said: "Being recognised as a 'highly commended enterprise educator' is very rewarding to me as enterprise has been the major focus of my career in higher education and I am very grateful to the NCGE and EEUK for their support. What is more important is being able to help students to be more enterprising in these uncertain times."

Alison Price, Director of Educator Development for the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship, said: "David has been highly commended for his impressive work within entrepreneurship education. He is a trailblazer, both for his institution and for this key international agenda, and this award recognises his significant achievements in providing enterprise education for all.  "We are delighted to recognise David’s work both within Queen's but also to support others working in this important agenda." David is a Senior NICENT (Northern Ireland Centre for Entrepreneurship) Teaching Fellow based in Queen's University Management School. The only recipient of a National Teaching Fellowship Award for enterprise education by the Higher Education Academy in the UK, he is the author of a leading book on enterprise competencies called The E Factor, which is now used in over 100 universities, including Cambridge, where it is a core text. It is aimed at helping all those involved in the learning and teaching of student business or social enterprise.

David has recently been appointed a Visiting Professor at Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration in Latvia and has been asked to apply his enterprise model in the Baltic States. He will also represent Europe in a major enterprise conference in Calcutta, India.

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Actuarial Teachers and Researchers Conference 2009

The 2009 Actuarial Teachers and Researchers Conference was held at Queen's University Belfast, on 13 and 14 August 2009. The annual two-day event attracted international academics in the field of actuarial science from UK, Europe and beyond and provided an opportunity to share ideas in actuarial teaching and  research.

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Delegates, Actuarial Teachers and Researchers Conference 2009

Over 30 academics and practitioners took part in the event which was held in the Canada Room and Council Chambers. Research discussed ranged from how to model improving mortality to actuarial economic forecasting to the latest best practice on teaching methods for actuarial students. The event was hailed as a great success by all who attended and confirmed Queen's University Management School as a leading institution in actuarial science teaching and research.

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Colin O'Hare, Actuarial Studies Programme Director stated "The Actuarial Teachers and Researchers Conference is an annual event held each year by a university which is actively involved in actuarial science teaching and research. The idea to host it at Queen's this year coincides with the successful establishment of our four-year BSc in Actuarial Studies which continues to receive the very high demand from undergraduates despite the problems in the financial sector. The diversity of the actuarial research seen at the conference and currently ongoing is evidence of the importance of good quality risk management and actuarial research in the ever increasingly complex financial world."

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Mark Farrell AIA, Teaching Fellow on the Actuarial Studies degree added, "the two-day conference proved to be a great opportunity for actuarial teachers and researchers from various backgrounds to network, share ideas and to better understand the diverse range of actuarial related research that is currently being undertaken."       

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Presentations from the conference can be found here.

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Sustainability research flourishes at Queen's University Management School

Diane Holt
L-R, Dr Anna Watson, Mr Jim de Wolf, Dr Diane Holt

At a reception held during the recent US Academy of Management Conference in Chicago, the Emerald Publishing Group awarded Dr Diane Holt from Queen's University Management School and Dr Anna Watson of the University of the Arts London, a Citation of Excellence for their 2008 research article exploring the trade-offs between international sourcing of consumer goods and buying 'local'. This Citation is awarded yearly by an independent panel of subject experts to the top 50 articles from the 15,000 articles published in the top 400 world-wide business and management journals.  This award for the paper entitled 'Exploring the dilemma of local sourcing versus international development – the case of the flower industry' published in the 'Business Strategy and the Environment' journal, was presented by Jim de Wolf Vice President Academic Markets from Emerald Group Publishing.

Dr Holt is a member of the Management and Sustainability Research group who undertake 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.qums.net). All the members of the sustainability research team were strongly represented at the Academy of Management Conference in association with colleagues from Queen's University and collaborative research partners from across Europe. Ralf Barkemeyer's work on the UN Global Compact was selected for inclusion in the Best Paper proceedings and the individual team members also presented their work on green small businesses, sustainable value, international corporate social responsibility and analysis of media coverage of sustainability topics.

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Queen's Scholarships

There are currently University scholarships available for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.  Please click here for more details.

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Queen's University Management School Summer Graduation July 09

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Prize Giving Ceremony Queen's University Management School 7 July 2009

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     KPMG Prize Best graduate BSc Accounting Victoria Maier.
     Presented by Mr Arthur O'Brien, KPMG

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     KPMG Prize Best first year student in BSc Accounting modules
     ACC1001/103 Adam Watt.  Presented by Mr Arthur O'Brien, KPMG.
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     Deloitte Prize Best second year student in BSc Accounting Steven Carson.
     Presented by Mr Conleth Gordon, Deloitte.
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     PriceWaterhouseCoopers Prize Best student in Financial Accounting
     ACC2004/3010 Victoria Maier. Presented by Ms Jackie McFall,
     PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
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     PriceWaterhouseCoopers Prize Best International Financial Management
     student ACC3013 Tanya Graham. Presented by Ms Jackie McFall,
     PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
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     BDO Prize Best student in Taxation module ACC3012 Roisin Leadon.
     Presented by Ms Lisa Ruddy, BDO
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     Ernst & Young Prize Best student in Auditing ACC3009 Victoria Maier.
     Presented by Mr Keith Jess, Ernst & Young.
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     ASM Horwath Prize Best second year student in BSc Accounting modules
     Financial Accounting and Management Accounting ACC2004/ACC2005
     Aine Flanagan. Presented by Mr Brian Clerkin, ASM Horwath.
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     Brian O'Reilly Medal Best final year student in BSc Accounting Modules
     Advanced Financial Accounting and Advanced Management Accounting
     ACC3010 and ACC3011 Sarah Stewart. Presented by Mrs Bronagh O'Reilly
     and Mrs Angela O'Reilly.
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     Foundation Scholarship Best student in Accounting Level 2 Steven Carson.
     Presented by Mrs Patricia McCourt Larres QUMS           
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     KPMG Prize Graduate with highest performance in BSc Economics
     Suet Ying Chan. Presented by Mr Arthur O'Brien, KPMG
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     The UTV Media Award Best graduate in Business Economics Mark McFarland
     Presented by Mr Jim Downey, UTV. 
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     Foundation Scholarship Best student in Economics Level 1 Gretta Mohan.
     Presented by Mrs Mary Trainor QUMS.
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     Foundation Scholarship Best student in Economics Level 2 Timothy Kelly.
     Presented by Mrs Mary Trainor QUMS.
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     Financial Times Prize Best Graduate BSc Finance Degree Aedan McCotter
     Presented by Mr Chris Carden, Financial Times.
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     Bank Of Ireland Prize Best students on the Placement year of BSc Finance
     degree Shane Foy and Sean Connolly.  Presented by Ms Treasa Anderson
     and Mr Jonathan Riley, Bank of Ireland
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     KPMG Prize Best second year student BSc Finance Francis Mallon
     Presented by Mr Arthur O'Brien, KPMG
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     Foundation Scholarship Best student in Finance Level 1 Egle Macijauskaite
     Presented by Mr Dermot Nesbitt QUMS.
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     Foundation Scholarship Best student in Finance Level 2 Yi Fan Ying,
     accepted by Ms Yan Le, Queen's International on her behalf. Presented 
     by Mr Dermot Nesbitt QUMS
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     Claybrook Technology Prize Best second year student in Actuarial 
     Mathematics module FIN2013 Derrick McCarthy. Presented by 
     Mr Fahim Saiyed, Claybrook Technology.
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     Buck Consultants Prize Best second year student in Principles of Actuarial
     Modelling module Kevin O'Reilly accepted by Claire O'Reilly on his behalf
     Presented by Mr Paul Colville, Buck Consultants.
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     Foundation Scholarship Best student in Actuarial Studies Level 1
     Laura McAllister. Presented by Mr Colin O'Hare QUMS
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     Bombardier Aerospace Prize. Highest mark in MGT3013 'Supply Chain Management'
     Danielle Wilson. Presented by Mr Jeff McHenry, Bombardier Aerospace.
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     NICENT Group Prize for best business plan presented by Mr Richard Millen
     Research and Regional Services QUB. L-R: Paul Adams, Conor O'Neill,
     Maria Duffy, Mr Richard Millen, Lauren Toal, Chris Shotton.
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     Sir William Crawford Prize Best graduate in Management Janice Flanigan
     Presented by Dr. Benn Lawson QUMS.
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     Sir William Crawford Prize Best student in Level 2 BSc Business Management
     Iain Livingston. Presented by Dr. Maura McAdam QUMS.
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     Foundation Scholarship Best student in Business Management Level 1
     Rachel Stronge. Presented by Mr Clive Cochrane QUMS
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     Foundation Scholarship Best student in Business Management Level 2
     Iain Livingston. Presented by Dr Michael Crone QUMS
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     Randox Laboratories Prize Best first year student International Business
     with French Victoria Gunning. Presented by Mr Chris Henry, Randox
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     Randox Laboratories Prize Best first year student International Business
     with Spanish Rebekah McLean. Presented by Mr Chris Henry, Randox
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     Foundation Scholarship Best first year student in International Business
     with a Modern Language Victoria Gunning. Presented by Dr Nola Hewitt-Dundas
     

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Management School Prize giving sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsors for their support and generosity in this year's event

KPMG
PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Ernst & Young
Bombardier Aerospace
Bank Of Ireland 
Financial Times
UTV Media plc
BDO
Deloitte
Randox Laboratories
ASM Horwath
Buck Consultants
Xafinity Claybrook

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RAE results - Management School confirmed in the Top 20

Queen's University Management School joins the premier league of research based management schools in the UK as it is placed 19th* out of 90 Management Schools in today's national announcement of the outcome of the Research Assessment Exercise.

Since the last RAE in 2001 the School has significantly raised its international profile and standing, with 95% of its research being deemed as of an international standard, and 55% of its research rated as world-leading and internationally excellent.  The announcement firmly cements Queen's University Management School within the top 20 research based management schools in the UK, recognising it for its international and world class research.

Funding from the last RAE in 2001, along with additional investment by Queen's, has seen the School almost double in size which has led to new research in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation, supply chain management, and the modelling of economic activity. This sits alongside existing research on workplace change, industrial relations, financial institutions and markets and governance and performance measurement, with all of these areas significantly influencing business, society and public policy.   

Speaking after the RAE results were made available, Professor Richard Harrison, Director and Head of Queen's University Management School, said; "Recent appointments to Queen's University Management School have proven successful and are making a major contribution to the analysis and improvement of management and organisational performance across a wide range of sectors nationally and internationally. 

"Over the next five years, building on the results of the latest RAE exercise, Queen's University Management School will continue to invest heavily in research that deepens our understanding of management, business, organisations and the economy, improves the quality of management practice and in so doing contributes to the development of a more prosperous, competitive and sustainable economy. A key element of the School's strategy will be the establishment of a world-class centre for postgraduate and executive education focused on leadership development across all sectors of the economy."

Queen's University Management School is joined in the top 20 by, among others, London Business School, Cambridge, London School of Economics, Kings College London, Manchester Business School, Durham University, Nottingham University, Birmingham University and St Andrews University.

*Business and Management Studies Unit of Assessment

18 December 2008

 

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