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Hidden Agenda & Material Subversion

Hidden Agenda is a Crafts Council Collection exhibition, curated in partnership with Berwick Visual Arts and Doug Jones and presented in partnership with Craft NI. Exhibiting for the first time in Belfast, the artist Doug Jones presents one of his politically motivated installations alongside eleven objects from the Crafts Council Collection including work by Paul Scott, Grayson Perry, Michael Marriott, Michele Walker and Lois Walpole. Material Subversion will run concurrently with the Hidden Agenda exhibition and explores the ways in which local craft makers subvert preconceptions about materials and their function. The makers involved include Stuart Cairns, Patrick Colhoun, and Gail Mahon.

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Screening: '3:10 to Yuma'

The QUB Law School Film Group are screening the tense western ‘3:10 to Yuma’. The film will be followed by a social drink in the Parlour Bar on Elmwood Avenue. This event is free and open to everyone - you do not have to be part of the Law School or Film Group to attend. The QUB Law School Film Group welcomes - film enthusiasts, scholars/students from all disciplines, or members of the public who just want to grab the opportunity of seeing a film that they missed first time round – to its monthly movie night. On the first Wednesday of every month we screen a film that relates to legal principles and the challenges they face.

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The Classical Association of Ireland Summer School

Scholars and students of Classical antiquity drawn from universities throughout Ireland will be gathering for the first time in Belfast to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the ancient Mediterranean world. Under the summer school's theme of 'voyages and journeys', internationally renowned speakers led by Professor Richard Talbert of the University of North Carolina will be bringing the fruits of their research to the summer school. Alongside established scholars, the summer school will also be show-casing the next generation of Irish academic talent with presentations from postgraduate students. Booking Info: Online booking available here For further details regarding the Summer School please contact Dr John Curran and for any registration enquires Mrs Fiona Boyd at CAIBelfast@qub.ac.uk Webpage: http://www.classicalassociation.ie/summer-school.html

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Inaugural Lecture and Book Launch: Banking in Crisis

Professor Turner will discuss the rise and fall of British banking stability in the past two centuries, and highlight why banking systems crash and the factors underpinning banking stability.

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All-Island Innovation Programme - masterclass 1

Masterclass 1: The Organization and Funding of Early-Stage Businesses We are delighted to welcome Professor Erik Vermeulen to Queen's University Belfast for the All-Island Innovation Programme, funded by InterTradeIreland. Erik is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). Professor Vermeulen is also a Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) based in the Netherlands. Professor Vermeulen will be conducting a range of masterclasses during his visit to Queen's on 15 and 16 September 2014. Find out more about Professor Vermeulen's masterclasses by visiting our website: http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ResearchandEnterprise/BusinessNetworks/InnovationProgramme/All-IslandInnovationProgramme2014/ErikVermuelen/Masterclass/ This event is free. Details of this masterclass: Investors typically use four criteria when evaluating an investment opportunity: (1) the attractiveness of the project analyzed in terms of market size and growth, product attractiveness, the business strategy, the likelihood of customer adoption, and the competitive position of the venture; (2) the quality of the management team and the organization of the venture; (3) deal terms; and (4) exit opportunities (the topic of Workshop 3). This Workshop delves into the organization and governance of early-stage businesses. Recent developments on this topic reveal that there have been major changes in how early-stage businesses are organizing themselves nowadays. How did this come to be? There is an increasing shift towards more entrepreneur favorable deal terms, investors are ditching the legalese and are instead opting for more user friendly term sheets, and the reputable and well-established investors are orchestrating a code of conduct to restore trust and confidence in the start-up ecosystem. Each of these developments begins to confirm the changing landscape within the industry. One thing is clear: early-stage businesses better take notice.

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All-Island Innovation Programme - masterclass 2

Masterclass 2: New Trends in Early-Stage Business Financing We are delighted to welcome Professor Erik Vermeulen to Queen's University Belfast for the All-Island Innovation Programme, funded by InterTradeIreland. Erik is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). Professor Vermeulen is also a Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) based in the Netherlands. Professor Vermeulen will be conducting a range of masterclasses during his visit to Queen's on 15 and 16 September 2014. Find out more about Professor Vermeulen's masterclasses by visiting our website:http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ResearchandEnterprise/BusinessNetworks/InnovationProgramme/All-IslandInnovationProgramme2014/ErikVermuelen/Masterclass/ This event is free. Details of this masterclass: Access to finance is a major challenge for early-stage businesses. As discussed in Workshop 1, there are many strings attached to traditional financing whether it be through equity or debt, which explains the increasing interest in alternative investment options, including new types of investors such as micro-venture capital funds, crowdfunding platforms and corporate venture capital. Many of these financing options offer unique propositions beyond what is offered by the more traditional avenues of funding. For instance, crowdfunding (as a new type of entrepreneurial finance) enables early-stage start-up companies to raise ‘venture capital’ from a large group of individuals, sidestepping the traditional fundraising process that includes lengthy due diligence periods and tough negotiations over the valuation and contractual terms. This Workshop has been designed to better understand the new trends in early-stage business financing and to create awareness of the difficulties and challenges associated with these alternative financing options.  

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All-Island Innovation Programme - evening lecture

We are delighted to welcome Professor Erik Vermeulen to Queen's University for our All-Island Innovation Programme, funded by InterTradeIreland. Erik is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). Professor Vermeulen is also a Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) based in the Netherlands. Professor Vermeulen will be delivering a public lecture during his visit to Queen's on 15 September 2014. Find out more about Professor Vermeulen's lecture 'The Globalisation of Innovation and Business Creation' by visiting our website: http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ResearchandEnterprise/BusinessNetworks/InnovationProgramme/All-IslandInnovationProgramme2014/ErikVermuelen/Lecture/ This event is free and open to the public, but registration is essential, as places are limited. Please register online at the above website.

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All-Island Innovation Programme - masterclass 3

Masterclass 3:The Truth about IPOs (and Acquisitions) of High Tech Companies We are delighted to welcome Professor Erik Vermeulen to Queen's University Belfast for the All-Island Innovation Programme, funded by InterTradeIreland. Erik is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). Professor Vermeulen is also a Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) based in the Netherlands. Professor Vermeulen will be conducting a range of masterclasses during his visit to Queen's on 15 and 16 September 2014. Find out more about Professor Vermeulen's masterclasses by visiting our website:http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ResearchandEnterprise/BusinessNetworks/InnovationProgramme/All-IslandInnovationProgramme2014/ErikVermuelen/Masterclass/ This event is free. Details of this masterclass: Liquidity issues disrupt the venture capital model and make venture capital investments less attractive. How should this problem be addressed? The solution is clear: We need more liquidity options (e.g., a structured pre-IPO segment in stock markets) that can effectively bridge these gaps. The Workshop starts with a bird’s eye view of legal and institutional measures that are currently being unveiled by policymakers, regulators, and exchange operators in their attempts to revitalize the IPO model. We later zoom in to examine the determinants that make an IPO successful. A particular focus is on the interactions among managers, board members, and investors. These interactions can have a positive impact on the inner workings of the newly listed company. We also explore the dynamics of the IPO market, and in particular show how interactions with intermediaries and advisors affect the further development of companies beyond the IPO. Finally, the Workshop looks at the costs and benefits of IPOs (compared to acquisitions).

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Too Gay to Foster

SPEAKER: Daniel Monk , Birbeck University, will present a paper on the experiences of a gay couple who were rejected as foster parents because they were in an open relationship.  He will examine different understandings of child welfare and the limits to equality.A gay couple is welcomed by a progressive local authority as potential foster parents.  But then the authority discovers that the couple are in an open relationship. What happened? What should happen?. This paper takes this real life story as a starting point for exploring a number of contemporary concerns: the limits to formal legal equality for gays and lesbians; shifting understandings of ‘the best interests of the child’ and adult sexuality; and the uses of ‘childhood’ in social policy.Daniel Monk is a Reader in Law at Birkbeck, University of London and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Gender and Sexuality. His research has explored children’s rights, home education, school exclusions, homophobic bullying and, most recently, inheritance.

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Music in Mind: The Role of Music Therapy in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

The purpose of the event is to examine how music therapy can be used to improve the mental health of children and adolescents. It will include the presentation of results from the world's largest randomised controlled trial to date of the effect of music therapy on the mental health of children with communication and emotional difficulties. The trial is a collaboration between a team from Queen's University and the Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust, funded by the Big Lottery and based in the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust. Speakers will include: Prof. Dr. Christian Gold, Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre, Norway; Dr. Joanne Holmes; Medical Director & Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust; Prof. Sam Porter, Chair of Nursing Research and Principal Investigator, Music in Mind RCT; School of Nursing & Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast. It is a free and open event but availability is limited and demand is anticipated to be high therefore places must be pre-booked. To book a place for this Conference, please contact the study Research Fellow, Dr Tracey McConnell at t.mcconnell@qub.ac.uk. Music and Mind Event Flyer

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Employment for adults with disabilities: Policies and Practice

Employment of adults with disabilities is a topic of great interest and importance today. Our discussion will focus on strategies, research and best practices that can assure that adults with disabilities have the skills and opportunity to compete in the local and global economy and in the 21st century workplace.  Too often, adults with disabilities face significant challenges in accessing and maintaining employment opportunities that maximize their skills, talents and abilities. For many, low expectations, under-employment and limited access to meaningful careers have been the reality. For others, adult onset of disability has meant the untimely shortening or termination of a career.Promising strategies that involve business, education and the disability community abound. There is a growing body of research and development of evidence-based practices in the field of employment of youth and adults with disabilities. Disability employment policy can and should be viewed in the context of the local and global economy.  As importantly, we can learn to tell a better story - from the perspective of the adult with a disability, from the perspective of employers and from the perspective of the community that benefits. Short Biography:Lynnae Ruttledge has committed her career to disability-related public policy and program development with a focus on employment of adults with disabilities. In her work in the fields of education, independent living, vocational rehabilitation and international exchange, Lynnae has provided effective leadership for collaborative partnerships with educators, researchers, advocates, business, community-based organizations and governmental agencies.  Lynnae currently serves as a Presidential appointee to the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy. In addition, she serves as a disability policy advisor to DOCTRID (Daughters of Charity, Technology  Research into Disability) and Michigan State University. In 2013, Lynnae also served as a Presidential appointee to the fifteen member US Senate Commission on Long Term Care.  Lynnae provided national leadership to the public vocational rehabilitation program as Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration with the US  Department of Education from 2010 - 2012. Throughout her extensive public service career, Lynnae has held policy development and executive level leadership positions at the local, state and national levels.  Committed to international disability rights advocacy, Lynnae is a strong supporter of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has been affiliated with Mobility International USA, a US-based disability rights NGO, since 1988 and has served as a citizen diplomat in educational exchanges in South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, Russia and Europe.  Lynnae and her husband (an Irish citizen) make their home in the state of Washington in the Pacific Northwest.

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Authority and the Teacher

The notions of authority in education has become an increasingly negative concept, regarded by some as championed only by the rigid traditionalists and those who cling on to outdated educational theory and philosophy. 'Authority and the Teacher', seeks to overturn the notion that authority is a restrictive force within education, serving only to stifle creativity and drown out the vice of the student. William H. Kitchen argues that any education must have, as one of its cornerstones, a component which encourages the fullest development of knowledge, which serves as the great educational emancipator. In this version of knowledge-driven education, the teacher's authority should be absolute, so as to ensure that the teacher has the scope to liberate their pupils. The pupil, in the avoidance of ignorance, can thus embrace what is rightfully theirs; the inheritance of intellectual riches passed down through time. By invoking the work of three major philosophers - Polanyi, Oakeshott and Wittgenstein - as well as contributions from other key thinkers on authority, William Kitchen underpins previous claims for the need for authority in education with the philosophical clout necessary to ensure these arguments permeate modern mainstream educational thinking. Programme: Arrival and Registration (1:45pm): Introduction (2:00pm): TBC Lecture 1 (2:15pm – 3:00pm): William H. Kitchen, “Authority and the Teacher” Lecture 2 (3:00pm – 3:30pm): Mr Michael Johnston and Mrs Mairead Buick, “A practitioner’s perspective”Break       (3:30pm – 4:00pm) Lecture 3 (4:00pm – 4:30pm): Mr Robert McCartney QC, “The death of the progressive, constructivist curriculum in Northern Ireland” Keynote Lecture (4:30pm – 5:15pm): Professor Frank Furedi, “Sociological and Historical Authority” Conclusions and Summary (5:15pm – 5:30pm): William H. Kitchen Discussion and Questions (5:30pm – 5:40pm)

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Research Impact Showcase & Publication Launch

This exciting showcase event is an excellent opportunity for you to meet with, hear from, and talk to internationally-acclaimed researchers from Queen's University Belfast. Come and discover how their research impacts on all of our lives. Launch of The DNA of Innovation, Volume 4: A new publication that profiles academics present at the showcase and a little of their research will be launched here. Take a copy away with you after the event. More details to follow in due course on our website: go.qub.ac.uk/impact

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