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Travel scholarships announced by Queen's University for enrolled students

The University has announced several travel scholarships available to currently enrolled undergraduate and postgraduate students at Queen's.  

The scholarships provide a great opportunity to fund students who wish to do their studies abroad.  

Details of the scholarships can be found from the school funding pages.

SARC at Multiplicidade, Brazil

Artists from the Sonic Arts Research Centre are participating in one of Brazil's most significant events dedicated to performance and new technologies - Multiplicidade in Rio de Janeiro ( Multiplicidade_Imagem_Som_inusitados is a multimedia performance festival held in Rio de Janeiro since 2005, held at Oi Futuro Flamengo and Oi Casa Grande. The festival's main goal is to unite at the same stage visual arts and experimental sounds in multimedia performances.

Santander Mobility Scholarship 

Santander Mobility Scholarship 2012/2013

The following scholarships are available:

·     9 x £5k studentships for postgraduate students to Brazil

·     5 x £1k scholarships to support postgraduate student trips to Europe 

·     2 x €5000 Formula scholarships for postgraduate students to Brazil

Apply by 30th Novermber 2012

Apply  (Word doc)

Regulations   (pdf)

Lectureship at the Sonic Arts Research Centre

The Sonic Arts Research Centre is looking to appoint a full time, permanent member of academic staff with a background in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Computer Science.  This position is an opportunity to contribute to the interdisciplinary research team at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, School of Creative Arts, Queen's University Belfast. 
The aim of this post is to produce high-quality research and publications and to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the area of research expertise and other technical areas across the curriculum. Relevant fields of research expertise include digital signal processing for audio, digital music processing, spatial audio, performance technologies, HCI, software design, recording and production. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the development of links between the arts and the sciences in the context of the creative industries. 
The postholder will be based at the Sonic Arts Research Centre and will contribute to the curriculum of the BSc Music Technology and Sonic Arts, the MA Sonic Arts and will be involved in PhD supervision.
Informal enquires can be directed to Mr Chris Corrigan ( For more information and job details please visit
Closing Date: 12/11/2012 
Sonic Arts Research Centre
School of Creative Arts
Queen's University Belfast

Research Fellow posts in two new Institutes

Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities
Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice
The recruitment is now under way for the Research Fellow in the two new Institutes.  All staff are asked to use their research networks to ensure the best possible field for these posts.
Potentials exists for these posts to be translated into Lectureship posts within related Schools after 3 years.


Clare Hammond is our Pianist in Residence for this academic year!


Clare astonished audiences here with her lunchtime recital last November, as well as giving a fascinating talk on her recent PhD research. She is back this year for three visits, each featuring a recital appearance, in which she will also be coaching performance students and working with composers. Her visits are promoted in association with Moving On Music.

Clare's first visit is Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th October....

On TUESDAY 9th she will be working with Year 3 Composition 
On WEDNESDAY 10th she will be hosting a Pianists' Workshop and teaching individually
On THURSDAY 11th she will be taking the Final Recitalists' Seminar, and giving her Evening Recital in the Harty Room. Her recital programme includes Beethoven's Appassionata, Scriabin’s Sonata no 5 and a Hamilton Harty premiere!  There are free tickets for students and staff up to an agreed limit, so put your name down now for a ticket with the Office in the Music building.

Clare visits again in February and April of 2013.

For details you can contact Professor Piers Hellawell,

The MA in Sonic Arts Showcase takes place this Friday, 7th September at 10:30am in the Sonic Arts Research Centre.  

There will be works including compositions, interactive installations and performances.  All are welcome.  

The Brian Friel Medal 2011/12

The 2011/12 Brian Friel Medal for Theatre Practice was awarded to Drama student Joanna Rainey at the School of Creative Arts Graduation Reception on Friday 6 July 2012. The medal was presented by Dr Brian Friel and Head of School, Professor Michael Alcorn.

Queen’s University Belfast Convocation Studentship

Convocation has introduced a studentship for postgraduate study to promote the involvement of Convocation in the University and to strengthen ties between the University and Convocation.

One studentship, tenable for one year, will be awarded to a maximum value of £5,000. The studentship will normally be awarded annually to one student. The award is not automatically renewable however a student may reapply in consecutive years.

Applicants must be graduates of Queen’s University Belfast and eligible to be members of Convocation.

Applicants must also already be accepted to study for a postgraduate research qualification (PhD, MSc and MPhil) at Queen’s University in any discipline. 

The Studentship is open to full-time postgraduate students only.

The Studentship can only be awarded to an applicant not already holding any other form of award for their postgraduate studies.

The closing date for applications is 31 August 2012

Further details about the Studentship and the application form are available to download from the Convocation website:


Details can also be obtained from the Clerk of Convocation at the address below:

Dr Heather Anderson
Clerk of Convocation
School of Pharmacy
Medical Biology Centre
97 Lisburn Road
Belfast BT9 7BL

Email: convocation

Call for Teaching Assistants 2012-13

The School of Creative Arts is looking for Teaching Assistants to help engage in the delivery of specific modules for the 2012-13 academic year.  

For more information about the modules involved and how to apply, please click here.

Congratulations to Augustine Leudar for winning a Queen's Dragon's Den award for £3000 to invest in sound intallations for this year's Belfast Festival. He intends to invest it in a wavefield synthesis system which will be used in a sequel to last year's sound installation in the tropical ravine "Invisible forest". Augustine is a student in the MA Sonic Arts programme. 

Helen Ramsey Scholarship


Santander Mobility Scholarships Spring 2012

We are pleased to announce new scholarships funded by Santander UK, with the assistance of Grupo Santander to support scholarship and mobility in the context of exchanges between Queen's and partner universities in Latin America.

Click here for more information and how to apply


PhD Studentships and MA Bursaries 2012


Applications are now open for the MA Sonic Arts and PhD programmes at SARC. PhD studentships for the 2012-13 academic year are available for UK and EU applicants (dealine 9th March). Click here for full information.

MA Bursaries from the School of Creative Arts are available for applicants to the MA Sonic Arts programme (deadline 27th April). More on the MA Sonic Arts programme.

Travel Scholarships

Four University Travel Scholarships have been announced for 2011-12.


  • Emily Sarah Montgomery Travel Scholarship
  • Sir Thomas Dixon Travel Scholarship
  • The First Trust Travel Scholarship
  • Alan Graham Fund Scholarship


Please click here for more information and how to apply


Tuesday 29 November 2011, 10 am - 4.30 pm

School of Creative Arts, Music Building, Queen’s University Belfast


Keynote Speaker: Professor Robin A. Leaver


Registration: 10 am

Coffee and lunch provided


Please send registration form to Susan McCormick:

Closing Date for registration: Friday 25 November 2011


Click to see the programme and registration document >> Bach Study Day Nov 2011   

FINAL YEAR FREEDOM - Northern Bank Boosts Final Year Students’ Employability  

As the new academic term gets underway, Northern Bank has announced a new scholarship programme that will help 20 final year students in Northern Ireland to better plan their career path. 

The Freedom Experience Scholarship programme, which launches on Friday 30th September aims to equip Northern Ireland’s future business leaders with the necessary skills to enter the world of work. 

The innovative Freedom Experience Scholarship programme will offer 20 Northern Ireland students the unique opportunity to attend a dedicated three-day skills academy, which will help them make a smoother and more confident transition from third level education into the job market. 

The exciting three-day Freedom Experience Academy will be guided by key successful business leaders from across Northern Ireland. Providing scholars with straightforward skills to adequately arm them for the world of work – from social skills and suggestions on how to enhance their C.V. to valuable insights into successful interview techniques and an evaluation of their own strengths and weaknesses.  

An investment in excess of £20,000, the new Freedom Experience Scholarships initiative will also offer non-repayable grants of £1000 to each of the 20 winning undergraduates- a clear sign of Northern Bank’s commitment to lessening the financial burden on students across Northern Ireland. 

Applications are being sought from final year third level students enrolled in one of eight disciplines: Agriculture, Economics, Finance, Business, Health, Sports and the Arts at University of Ulster, Queen’s University, Belfast and CAFRE. * A separate ‘Wild Card’ category will invite applications from final year undergraduate students studying any degree course at any educational establishment in Northern Ireland.  

Winners will be chosen in association with Northern Bank staff and relevant academics through an essay competition. The grants will be paid directly into a Northern Bank Freedom account in two equal instalments; November 2011 and February 2012. 

Commenting on the launch of Northern Bank’s new Freedom Experience Scholarships, Vanessa Postle, Community Affairs Manager, Northern Bank said: 

“Against a backdrop of increasing graduate unemployment, Northern Bank is launching a fantastic new opportunity which will provide final year students, the leaders of tomorrow with real, tangible skills that will be easily transferable upon graduation, greatly improving their employment prospects. 

“Working with University of Ulster, Queen’s University, Belfast and CAFRE, we identified a skills gap between leaving university and entering the workplace. Each Freedom Experience Scholarship recipient should be more prepared to enter the job market and contribute to the economy, after winning the chance to network and learn from local successful business leaders.”

In addition to enrolment in the Freedom Experience Academy, both Arts Scholarships offered under the initiative will be delivered in partnership with The Lyric Theatre including money can’t buy internships. 

Commenting on the launch of the new initiative, Richard Croxford, Artistic Director at the Lyric said: 

“We are very excited about being part of the Northern Bank Freedom Scholarships.  There are so many opportunities for the scope of the Freedom Experience internships at the Lyric. Some candidates will have an interest in working on our plays and will want to get a feel for what goes on behind-the-scenes. For others, there will be the chance to work in the theatre’s busy marketing and sponsorship team, or in finance and administration, or perhaps as part of the Lyric’s Creative Learning programme.  The Northern Bank Freedom Experience Arts Scholarships provide the perfect first step for anyone seriously thinking of a career in professional theatre.” 

Both Arts Scholarships offered under the Freedom Experience Scholarship programme are supported by Arts & Business. Brona Whittaker, Arts Manager, Arts & Business said: 

“Arts & Business Northern Ireland is delighted to have supported the relationship between the Northern Bank and the Lyric Theatre through the Arts & Business Investment Programme.  The investment programme exists to encourage and inspire sustainable relationships and to maximise the benefits of business and the arts working together.  It is especially exciting that through this project we will help two students to begin their career in the arts in Northern Ireland’s only producing theatre.

To apply visit from Friday 30 September. Applicants must submit their 1000 word essay entry and a completed copy of the official entry form by email no later than 5pm on 28 October 2011. Entry is by email only.