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October - December 2011

QUMS Presentation of Awards and Prize Giving Ceremony - 15 December 2011

QUMS Presentation of Awards and Prize Giving Ceremony, 15 December 2011, The Courtyard, Riddel Hall

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QUMS held its winter presentation of awards and prize giving ceremony for the first time in the grand setting of Riddel Hall.  The School welcomed its students, graduates, their family and friends and prize sponsors.

The event recognised the academic excellence of the students who recently completed a range of Certificates and Diplomas.  Also prizes were awarded for academic excellence to MSc and MBA students.  Many of which are sponsored by the local business community.

Gratitude is expressed to the sponsors, many of whom have long-standing relationships with the School.  To Anderson Spratt Group Holdings, Belfast Telegraph, Chartered Management Institute, Excelus, First Derivatives, ICAP, Oxford Economics, Randox Laboratories, News Letter and the Ulster Bank, we very much appreciate your continued support.

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QUMS students take first and second place in Science Shop Award

Science Shop Award winners, L-R Milly Segersten Lid, Shawna Cleary, Laura Kearns, and Mia Lid (absent from photo Elisabeth Dare)

A group of five MSc students, from Queen's University Management School, won this year’s Science Shop Award for their work which examined the possible recreational uses of quarries in the hills. 

 

The students, Milly Segersten Lid, Shawna Cleary, Laura Kearns, Mia Lid, and Elisabeth Dare carried out this research project on behalf of Belfast Hills Partnership.

 

Speaking about the project, Jim Bradley from the Belfast Hills Partnership, said “The remit of the Partnership is to improve management and awareness of the Belfast Hills, something that requires high levels of relevant information about its biodiversity, recreation potential and visitor services. To that end the use of students to carry out research and gather information on these has been a fantastic boon to our work, and one which it is impossible to imagine how we would otherwise manage to achieve. The recent work of groups of MSc students, investigating areas such as recreation potential of disused quarries, use of innovative electronic methods of environmental interpretation in the hills and use of video in promotion of sites, has proved invaluable, particularly since this type of group work seems to produce highly innovative solutions not considered before. I therefore thoroughly commend the work of the Science Shop which has brought real and practical benefits to our work”.

 

Laura Kearns, from the group, highlighted the key points regarding the consultancy project:

 

“We undertook this work as part of our module in Sustainable Consultancy under the guidance of Dr Shirley-Ann Hazlett. Our group was made up of two students from the MSc Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility programme and three from MSc Environmental Management programme.

 

The project required us to look at possible future restoration options and after uses of five quarries in the Belfast Hills. These restoration options were varied such as using the quarries for recreation and retaining the quarries for biodiversity protection purposes were both considered. After consulting with the Belfast Hills Partnership, and through researching case studies of previous quarry restoration projects, feasibility of after uses were assessed and the report produced acted as an advisory tool for the Belfast Hills Partnership on what after uses would be the most financially and ecologically suitable for the quarries.

 

The project indicated the potential unused quarries have to be utilised as a recreation use, for educational purposes and the importance of often simply just retaining quarries as areas of  high biological diversity. The options suggested not only ensured the upkeep and usage of unused available land but also presented long term benefits for the local community in utilising such resources.”

 

Laura went on to say:

 

“The project provided us with great experience in working with a company outside of the university as well as doing work that could have the potential to provide long term benefits to the local community”

 

Working with the Belfast Hills enabled us to put the skills learned during the MSc Environmental Management to use in carrying out real life consultancy work.”

 

Other Science Shop research projects carried out by MSc Environmental Management students from QUMS included work with Tidy NI, Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust.

 

How do you keep young people involved in sport

 

A group of undergraduate students, also from QUMS, took second place in the Science Shop Award.  The students explored how to keep young people involved in sport on behalf of Newry based St John Bosco Gaelic Athletic Club.

 

The students carried out an online survey with both members of the club and the wider GAA community to examine this issue. They found that the main reasons players stopped playing at eighteen were injury problems, loss of interest, working away from home (ie travelling back to play for their local club is difficult) and becoming a university student. They made a range of recommendations to the club including considering ways of funding physiotherapy for members and considering holding social nights to team build between new and established members at Senior level. 

 

The students presented the results of the research to the Club, Mayor of Newry Charley Casey and local MLA Mickey Brady at a special event in June 2011. The research has sparked an interest in the issue amongst the wider GAA community and St John Bosco GAC has already begun to look at ways of implementing the recommendations.

 

 

Further information on the Science Shop

 

 

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QUMS Winter Graduation Photo Gallery 15 December 2011

MSc Business Economics graduates pictured with Professor Rob Gilles, Head of School

 

To view photgraphs from the QUMS Winter graduation 2011 please click here

Congratulations to QUMS graduates who have completed a range of programmes within Accounting, Business Management, Economics and Finance.

 

 

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Queen's University Management School – Leadership Institute Business Excellence Seminar City Hotel, Derry
Professor Richard Harrison
Professor Richard Harrison
L to R : Prof. Richard Harrison, Director of Leadership institute with Sinead McLaughlin CEO - Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, James Devlin, Head of BTNI, and Des Gartland, NW Regional Manager, Invest NI. 
All were speakers at the recent Business Excellence Seminar in Derry - December 7th, sponsored by QUMS and BT.
L to R : Prof. Richard Harrison, Director of Leadership institute with Sinead McLaughlin CEO - Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, James Devlin, Head of BTNI, and Des Gartland, NW Regional Manager, Invest NI. All were speakers at the recent Business Excellence Seminar in Derry - December 7th, sponsored by QUMS and BT.

QUMS Leadership Institute – Prof. Richard Harrison and Denise Falls recently co-ordinated with joint partners to deliver a highly successful Business Excellence seminar – in the North West on 7th December.

To demonstrate their shared commitment to Business Excellence, Londonderry Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Queen's University Management School – Leadership Institute, BT and Invest Northern Ireland addressed some 60 Chamber Members and guests at a business breakfast in the City Hotel. 

The theme was delivering business excellence using Communications and Educational Innovation in the marketplace, in times of economic uncertainty.

Sinead McLaughlin Chamber CEO said "Why not use this economic slump to make sure your company and your people are best equipped to manoeuvre through the bad times and skilled up to meet the good times ahead of the pack."

James Devlin Head of BT NI informed members on how improved communications technology is already helping businesses win, transform and grow.

Richard Harrison Director of the Leadership Institute at the Queen's University Management School demonstrated through case studies the impact of training and development on achieving and delivering excellent business performance. He said “There is no doubt that well-designed business-relevant leadership development and training can make a significant contribution to improving the performance, competitiveness, efficiency and effectiveness of organisations across the private, public and third sectors of the economy”.

Des Gartland & Paul Aldridge outlined how Invest NI is proactively responding to the current economic conditions through their recently launched Boosting Business initiative. They gave details of the range of support available under the five themes: Jobs, Exports, R&D, Technology and Skills.

Overall, the seminar was very well received by the business community and was an excellent forum for business engagement in general with the North West, together with the School’s partners.

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Better understanding of worldwide mortality rates
Colin O'Hare Programme Director, BSc Actuarial Science and Risk Management, QUMS
Colin O'Hare Programme Director, BSc Actuarial Science and Risk Management, QUMS
A better understanding of worldwide mortality rates is on the cards thanks to a novel study by researchers from Queen's University Management School (QUMS).
 
The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries has awarded researchers over £10,000 of funding to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of mortality and to identify the factors driving the future of mortality rates worldwide.
 
Colin O’Hare, program director for Actuarial Science and Risk Management, and Dr Declan French, a lecturer in Finance at Queen’s, will investigate the relationships between improvements in the five main causes of death across a range of OECD countries.
 
Colin O’Hare said: “We know the spread of health behaviours and medical technologies throughout the world happens at varying rates and for various reasons. With this part of the research we aim to identify the leading nations in terms of improvements in specific cause of death mortality, and to identify for other countries the speed to adjustment in relation to the lead country for each cause of death. Finally, we will then be able to quantify the impact of mortality shocks in the leading country on the rest of the system. 
 
“We are very pleased to have received this funding which recognizes the high quality research going on within actuarial science at Queens University Management School. This is the first time  the actuarial profession have supported research in Queens University and it follows the development of a highly successful actuarial undergraduate degree, the first cohort of which graduated in July 2011.”
 
The study will firstly focus on linking mortality improvements across countries through a cointegration approach. It will then analyse international mortality data split by country, gender and cause of death across a range of OECD countries.
 
A second study will assess the exogenous factors driving mortality rates across OECD countries building an explanatory model of in order to improve forecasting.

For further information please contact Communications and External Affairs. Tel: +44(0)28 90 97 3091 or email comms.office@qub.ac.uk

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Queen's University Management School Award Woman of the Year in Education
Pamela Jones receiving her award from category sponsor Professor Richard Harrison, Director of Leadership Institute at Queen’s University Management School.
Pamela Jones receiving her award from category sponsor Professor Richard Harrison, Director of Leadership Institute at Queen’s University Management School.

Local woman Pamela Jones has won the 2011 Woman of the Year in Education award sponsored by Queen’s University Management School at the recent Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year Awards in association with Dixons of Coleraine. 

“Vibrant energy and passion for her job” is how Pamela Jones who is a year 1 & 2 teacher at Knockmore Primary School was described. The judges received a very moving letter from a parent at the school whose autistic child has flourished and radically improved under Pamela’s teaching.

Pamela is pictured receiving her award from category sponsor Professor Richard Harrison, Director of Leadership Institute at Queen’s University Management School.

The awards, which are in their fifth year, brought together an array of exceptional women from across Northern Ireland, at a glittering gala ceremony in the Ramada Plaza Hotel Belfast, to celebrate the achievements of all nominees and recognise the inspirational winners.  Denise Falls, Business Development Manager – QUMS – said “We were delighted to sponsor the Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year in Education award and had a worthy awardee in Pamela. Overall the annual awards recognise the achievements of local women in various sectors/categories who continue to inspire and motivate others on a daily basis.  It is fitting that their efforts are noted and rewarded.”

 

 

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AS Level Event: Invitation for AS Level Students

Venue:  Peter Froggatt Centre, Queen’s University Belfast

Date:     Wednesday 25 January 2012

Time:    9.30 am to 12.45 pm

 

Programme         Campus Map  

            

Queen’s University Management School is holding an AS Level Taster Event, specifically designed for any students who are potentially interested in applying for one of the following programmes at university, whether at Queen’s or elsewhere.

 

Degree Programmes:

Accounting

Actuarial Science and Risk Management

Business Management

Economics and/or Business Economics

Finance

International Business with a Modern Language (French or Spanish)

 

The purpose of this event is to provide an insight into Queen’s University Management School and to allow your students to better differentiate amongst these subject areas. 

 

Whilst schools have been invited to this event, pupils are very welcome to attend on their own if the school is not attending.

 

Registration details:

 

To book a place at this event please telephone or email Barry Sheppard, b.sheppard@qub.ac.uk tel 028 9097 5512

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Queen's enterprise educator wins national award
David Gibson with the Vice-Chancellor collecting his award for Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Photograph by Charles Fox
David Gibson with the Vice-Chancellor collecting his award for Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Photograph by Charles Fox

An enterprising academic from Queen’s University Management School, whose work has inspired 30,000 students across Europe, has won a prestigious national award.

At the Times Higher Education (THE) awards ceremony in London last night David Gibson, a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Queen’s University Management School, received the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year title.  The award recognises the academic whose imagination and passion have transformed a course and inspired students.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Queen’s University has been recognised at the THE Awards.  The University received the Times Higher Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in 2008, THE Entrepreneurial University of the Year in 2009, and THE Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year in 2010.  David Gibson’s award of the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year is further recognition of the spirit of innovation and enterprise at Queen’s that underpins its exceptional research and teaching.

Congratulating Mr Gibson, Queen’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Peter Gregson said: “This honour recognises the vital work which David and his colleagues carry out to nurture entrepreneurial skills among all our students, and builds upon his award earlier in the year as Global Entrepreneurship Educator.

 “The development of our pioneering model of entrepreneurship education was a crucial factor in Queen’s receiving the Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year title in 2009. Enterprise education is now embedded in 116 pathways across all academic disciplines, reaching 11,000 students across the University, and has led to over 1,100 students directly engaging in business activity.”
In their citation, the judges said: “David has made enterprise studies into a reality to over 30,000 students in subjects as diverse as history and physics.
“His strong focus on student engagement, his genuine cross-discipline approach and his ground-breaking model of venture-based learning have had an impact not only locally but also in universities across the world.”

In 2003 David Gibson introduced a new curriculum-based Certificate in Entrepreneurship Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. The aims were to embed entrepreneurship skills into the curriculum of all non-business students throughout the University, and for students to develop “enterprise for life” skills. His unique teaching model, called “venture-based learning”, allowed students to develop real-life business and social enterprises, and to reflect and learn from their success or failure.

In 2010-11, Mr Gibson’s teaching model was adopted by the European Training Foundation to enhance the employability of graduates across the EU by providing them with enterprise, business and entrepreneurial skills.

The award is the latest accolade for David Gibson. Earlier this year he was named the world’s ‘number one’ enterprise educator by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

For media inquiries please contact Claire O’Callaghan on 00 44 (0) 2890975391 / 07814422572 or c.ocallaghan@qub.ac.uk

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Parents’ Evening – For students in year 14 and their parents - 15th November 2011

Queen’s University Management School is running a Parents’ Evening for students in year 14 and their parents/guardians on

 

 

Tuesday 15th November

 

5.30 pm for 6 pm until 8.00 pm

 

Short presentations from staff, students and recent graduates will commence at 6.15pm

 

Elmwood Hall, Queen’s University Belfast

 

 

The purpose of this event is to give students and their parents/guardians an opportunity to speak informally with staff and students within the School, to find out more about the specific degree programmes which we offer, to learn more about Queen’s University Management School and life at Queen’s University in general. 

 

There will also be opportunities to talk to our recent graduates and some employers. 

 

 

We currently offer degree programmes in the following areas:

  • BSc Accounting
  • BSc Actuarial Science and Risk Management
  • BSc Business Economics
  • BSc Business Management
  • BSc Economics
  • BSc Finance
  • BSc International Business with a Modern Language (French or Spanish)

 

Further information about these programmes is available at www.qub.ac.uk/mgt

 

 

To register your attendance at this event telephone or email Barry Sheppard on 028 9097 5512, b.sheppard@qub.ac.uk. 

 

We look forward to meeting you.

 

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Study Skills/Induction Programme 2011-12

Please click on this link for the Induction Programme Timetable

Week 1:  Study Skills for University
                Induction material 2011-12

Week 2:  Research Skillsplease refer to the following links:
http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/InformationServices/TheLibrary/OnlineResources/ and

http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/InformationServices/TheLibrary/UsingtheLibrary/ 

 

Week 3: Harvard Referencing

Also refer to the online referencing guide http://www.qub.ac.uk/cite2write/

Week 4:  Academic Writing Skills

Week 5:  Communication Skills

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