QUMS Winter Graduation: Two programmes saw their first cohort of students graduating, the MSc Accounting and Finance and the MSc Environmental Management. David Finlay was one of the MSc Environmental Management graduates. David, who also holds a BSc Management degree from the School, said that his postgraduate course has built on the knowledge gained from the BSc Management and has provided him with the specific knowledge that he requires to work in the sector he wishes to operate in. David was awarded the William & Betty MacQuitty Travel Scholarship which he used to fund his travels to Europe to carry out research for his dissertation. David said "I chose to study my postgraduate degree at Queen’s because I had an extremely positive experience both at Queen’s and in the city of Belfast during my undergraduate degree”.
Amongst the MSc Management graduates was Fiona McCartan, who has also won the 2008 award for the best Science Shop project by a Queen’s student.
Graduates from the MSc Finance passed with flying colours, ten of which were awarded the MSc Finance with Distinction.
PhD graduates included Sinead Carey and Stephen Jackson who have both secured posts prior to completing their studies. Sinead has taken up a lecturer post at the University of Bath and Stephen has taken up an Associate position in the Technology Forensics team of Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
Queen’s University Management School Graduation Photo Gallery 12 December 2008
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Fiona McCartan, who graduated on 12 December 2008 with an MSc in Management from Queen’s University Management School, has won the 2008 award for the best Science Shop project by a Queen’s student. The Science Shop at Queen’s links students who are conducting a project as part of their course with voluntary and community organisations that require research on a particular topic. Fiona’s research, conducted with Women in Business, examined the factors that might influence female undergraduate students in taking entrepreneurial career paths. Fiona was presented with the award and a £650 prize by Professor Gerry McCormac, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and External Relations at Queen’s.
Philip Watkins has been awarded the Best Overall MSc Finance Student, The award is Sponsored by Queens University Management School. Philip, from Belfast, also holds a BSc Economics with First Class Honours from the School.
Laura Suitor has been awarded the Best Student Options Futures Module, sponsored by ICAP www.icap.com As part of the award ICAP have offered Laura a trip to London to visit ICAP for the day and to sit in on the dealing desks.
Antoine Kohler , ICAP Management Services Ltd said “ICAP is proud to sponsor the 2008 Award. The accomplishments of the winners are impressive - and ICAP are particularly pleased to be sponsoring Laura Suitor who won the prize as Best Student in the Options Future module in the MSc Finance. We greatly look forward to introducing our winning candidate to the world of interdealer broking at ICAP in the new year.”
Laura, from Belfast, also holds a BSc Mathematics degree with First Class Honours from Queen’s University Belfast.
12 December 2008
Queen’s University Management School has held its first Actuarial Careers fair for first and second year students on the four year BSc Actuarial Studies degree. The event was hailed a great success by students and participating employers alike.
”The day was extremely well organised and we were very impressed by the levels of interest shown by the students at such an early stage in their careers.” (Paul Colville - Bucks Consulting in London)
“The fair was very informative, I learnt a lot about what is out there in the Actuarial workplace. It gave me a good insight; it was good to hear about the structure of the exams and what we needed to do to qualify.” (Aaron McCormack - second year BSc Actuarial Studies student)
Also participating in the day was Georgina Warren, a Staff Actuary from the Institute of Actuaries. Georgina gave a presentation to the students on what it means to be an actuary, the examination system, professionalism and future direction of the profession. To view the presentation online, please click here.
The fair was attended by a wide range of actuarial employers including Allstate, AXA, Buck Consultants, First Derivatives, Friends First, Invesco, Kerr Henderson Hewitt, Mercer Human Resource Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Spence & Partners and Standard Life. It is hoped that this will become an annual event helping Queen’s actuarial students to develop lasting relationships with potential employers and strengthening the relationships these employers have with Queen’s as a university.
A Queen’s student from Letterkenny has been given an award at Stormont by leading businessmen after spending three months on an Ireland-U.S. Council scholarship in New York.
Helena Keenan, now a fourth year BSc Accounting with French student at Queen’s, worked for Allied Irish Bank in Park Avenue for the summer.
Earlier this month she was presented with a plaque to celebrate her achievements by Tom Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan International Corporation, and Brian Goggin, Group Chief Executive of Bank of Ireland.
Each year the Ireland-U.S. Council awards scholarships to business students from all over Ireland.
The presentation was part of a Council reception attended by businesspeople and politicians including South Belfast MP Alasdair McDonnell and MLAs Ian Paisley Jnr and Danny Kennedy.
The guest speaker was Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, the Chief Executive of Northstar Equity Group.
Helena said: “I found my time working for Allied Irish Bank in New York’s Not for Profit department invaluable on both a professional and personal level.
“Living in 'the city that never sleeps' and working in today's unstable economic climate made the experience one I'll never forget. “I strongly recommend the US-Ireland Council's scholarship programme to any student looking for an exciting new challenge.” Helena hopes to work in audit when she finishes her course, completing her chartered accountancy exams in London.
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Bernard Eastwood is awarded the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) Finance Student of the Year Award 2008. All finance students studying at a higher education or further education establishment in the UK and Northern Ireland, were eligible to apply for the award. IFA’s aim is to encourage excellence by rewarding students and tutors who are true ambassadors of the finance industry.
Bernard was also joint winner of the Financial Times Prize – Best Graduate, BSc Finance degree in July 2008.
Since graduating Bernard has taken up a position with Houlihan Lokey in London, after receiving a number of offers from large US investment banks offering him graduate positions.
He completed four weeks training in New York before he started work at the firm’s Pall Mall offices in London.
During Bernard’s four-year BSc Finance degree he attended the Investment Banking Training Program in Switzerland, and completed placements at the Allied Irish Bank in Dublin and JP Morgan in London.
“My final year at Queen’s was fantastic — my lecturers were of the highest standard, my class seemed to gel and we all acted as a team working towards the same goal,” he said. “I’m very fortunate to have secured a job in the midst of a financial and economic downturn, and put the success down to a combination of the degree structure and work experience from my placement year as well as hard work, determination and enthusiasm for finance,” he said.
“A year on placement matures and disciplines a student, making the leap to final year much easier,” he added.
The best paper award at the FBE 2008 Conference on Family Business and Entrepreneurship Education was awarded to Dr Jonathan Scott, Queen’s University Management School, and Dr Javed Hussain, Birmingham City University Business School for their paper:
"Ownership succession in ethnic minority family firms in the UK: the role of enterprise education and graduate entrepreneurship"
Main points from the paper
· The analysis of the paper is at the UK level but the findings are just as applicable to Northern Ireland based businesses.
· Ethnic minority family firms in Northern Ireland, as elsewhere, must become more 'enterprising' in order to enhance their performance and survival prospects.
· The paper explores the role of enterprise education and ownership succession in this process.
· NI universities are well ahead of the game in terms of providing entrepreneurship education and 'enterprise for life'
· The paper proposes that, in the future, universities in Northern Ireland, and elsewhere, should also provide family business education to local family firms.
· This may encourage the second generation (who are often graduates) to stay in the family firm.
· To effectively address the needs of Northern Ireland's ethnic minority family firms, it is important that role models of other ethnic minority family firms should be used in the classroom.
Best Paper at the FBE Conference on Family Business and Entrepreneurship Education, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, August 2008 ( http://www.jyu.fi/econ/en/fbe2008/bestpaper )