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July - September 2012

QUMS research receives top award from Irish Academy of Management
Information for postgraduate students
Information for first year full-time undergraduate students
Information for returning full-time undergraduate students
Belfast’s very own Wall Street Trading Room opens at Queen’s
Local Talent, Global Impact: Trickle out Project - showcasing the impact of world-class research at Queen's
QUMS research receives top award from Irish Academy of Management
Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas

Professor Nola-Hewitt Dundas, from QUMS has been awarded Best Paper in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation track and Best Overall Conference Paper at the Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference which was held last week at NUI Maynooth. The paper, co-authored with Professor Stephen Roper, Warwick Business School, is entitled "Knowledge stocks, knowledge flows and innovation: Evidence from matched patents and innovation panel data"

The paper examines if firms’ innovation activities are path-dependent, being shaped by historical research investments.  Two substantive conclusions are found.  First, there is evidence that firms’ success is not the culmination of prior investment in research.  Instead, prior investment may create rigidities for firms as they attempt to respond to new technological or market opportunities.  Second, it is a combination of internal investment by firms, combined with developing links to other firms and organisations that shape innovation success.  For business strategy this suggests the importance of current strategy choices and investment decisions in influencing innovation success and the weakness of any legacy effects from historical research and patents.

On receiving the award Professor Hewitt-Dundas said "The findings from this research are clearly good news for small and medium sized businesses as well as new start-ups. It suggests that the priority for businesses is in making the right strategic choices in the current environment and supporting this with investment in research and strong connections outside the business. The findings also provide support for the DETI economic strategy of supporting investments in R&D and encouraging greater collaboration between firms, universities and other organisations’.

Irish Academy of Management website

Further details of the paper can be obtained from Professor Hewitt-Dundas

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Information for returning full-time Undergraduate Students

As the beginning of the new academic year approaches, we are writing to you with some information about enrolment and registration.  You will be able to re-enrol online using the Registration Wizard from 12 September

 Attached above, by programme, are the modules which you will have to complete in any given year. 


Actuarial Science and Risk Management

Business Management

Business Economics

Economics Single Honours

Economics and Accounting

Economics and Management

Economics Major with Finance

Economics Major with another subject


International Business with a Modern Language

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Information for first year undergraduate students


Welcome to Queen’s and specifically to your degree programme in the Management School. We hope you enjoy the next 3-4 years with us.  Please click here for further information.

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Information for postgraduate students

Welcome to Queen’s and specifically to your degree programme in the Management School. We hope you enjoy the next year with us. Please click here for further information.

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Belfast’s very own Wall Street Trading Room opens at Queen’s

Northern Ireland's first ever financial trading room will open at Riddel Hall


Northern Ireland’s first ever financial trading room will be officially opened at Queen’s later today (Wednesday, 5 September).

Replicating the stock exchanges of New York and London, The First Derivatives Trading Room (FDTR), will provide a dynamic learning environment for students hoping to embark in a career in financial services or technology.

Based at Queen’s University Management School at Riddel Hall, the facility will give students the experience of trading in a busy stock exchange, with the capacity to deal in real-time equities, bonds, foreign exchange and derivative instruments.

Students will have access to 12 trading stations (capacity of 24 students at a time), a real-time electronic ticker tape featuring financial information feeds from Bloomberg, two large-screen displays providing live coverage of CNBC, CNN, and other financial networks, and software for trading, deal capturing, settlement, analytics, pricing, portfolio management, derivatives pricing, and other finance-related challenges.

The Trading Room has been funded by First Derivatives plc, a Northern Ireland provider of software and consulting services to the global capital markets industry, and Invest Northern Ireland.

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Local Talent, Global Impact: Trickle out Project - showcasing the impact of world-class research at Queen's
Speakers at Local Talent, Global Impact Talks 29 May 2012
Professor Chris Shaw, School of Pharmacy 
Professor Roger Woods, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 
Dr Diane Holt, Queen’s University Management School 
Pictured with President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University, Professor Sir Peter Gregson

The Trickle Out Project - the work of Dr Diane Holt and Dr David Littlewood from QUMS will be showcased at the forthcoming Local Talent, Global Impact event on 13 September 2012, Whitla Hall from 12-2.30 pm.

The project will also be included in a new publication that will be launched at the event.  The publication will include case study profiles of Queen's researchers, and their ground-breaking work and its impact on society - The DNA of Innovation: Volume 2.

A pilot series of engaging lectures took place recently in Queen's University, Local Talent, Global Impact Talks, in which Dr Holt and Dr Littlewood explained their research project about development through enterprise in Southern and Eastern Africa.

The Trickle Out research project is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and examines social enterprises and environmental enterprises in Eastern and Southern Africa. The project considers the role and potential contribution of such enterprises to sustainable development and poverty alleviation. The project is based in Queen's University Management School, Queen’s University Belfast.

The team, Dr Holt and Dr Littlewood, have just returned from four months fieldwork in Zambia, Kenya, South Africa and Mozambique. You can learn more about the project by viewing the video of a recent lecture given at Queen’s University Belfast, by visiting their website at or their facebook page.

The website provides a free searchable database of social and environmental enterprises across the 19 countries of Southern and Eastern Africa, with over 3900 listed organisations. Typically there are over 35,000 unique visitors to this site every month and it is now the most comprehensive list of these alternative business models, such as organic, fair-trade, social and environmental in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Economist Graham Brownlow from Queen’s University analyses what the top 50 employers list says about our current employment landscape

The list of Northern Ireland’s top 50 employers this year illustrates the recurrent theme in recent years of the importance to employment of SMEs, banks, retailers and educational institutions.

Worryingly, exporters, be they service-based or manufacturers do not entirely dominate the employer league tables. The strong performance by supermarkets, their food processing suppliers and other high street retailers is typical of many less developed regions of the UK.

Of course, while there are some high tech employers in the list, we would really need to drill down closer to the numbers on occupation and wages to see what employees are doing within such organisations. For example, Queen’s University Belfast employs cleaners and security staff as well as academics. While all these roles are vital they do not equally contribute to the creation of a knowledge economy.

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QUMS Undergraduate Prize-Giving Ceremony 2 July 2012
Andrew Bronte winner of the Porter Scholarship for General Excellence.  Pictured with Professor Rob Gilles, Head of School, QUMS.

To view photographs from the prize-giving ceremony click here

The School welcomed its students, graduates, their families and friends and sponsors to the fifth annual undergraduate prize-giving ceremony, hosted this year for the first time in the beautiful surroundings of Riddel Hall.The event recognised the academic excellence of the undergraduate students from first to final year.

The School welcomed back its sponsors, many of whom have long-standing relationships with the School: Acumen Resources, Allstate Northern Ireland, ASM, Barclays, BDO, Bombardier Aerospace, Buck Consultants, The Company of Actuaries Charitable Trust Fund, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Excelus, Financial Times, KBC Bank Ireland, KPMG, Mercer, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Randox Laboratories, UTV, Xafinity Consulting, Xafinity Claybrook and the family of Brian O'Reilly.

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QUMS Graduation Photo Gallery 2 July 2012
Andrew McAleavey and family.
To view photographs from QUMS graduation 2 July 2012 please click here

Congratulations to QUMS graduates who have completed a range of programmes within Accounting, Actuarial Science and Risk Management, Business Management, Economics, Finance, and International Business with a Modern Language.

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