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About Queen's Management School

Queen’s Management School is located at Riddel Hall, situated within the Stranmillis Conservation Area adjacent to the main University campus.  The site now encompasses a new purpose-built Management School and Postgraduate and Executive Education Centre with conference facilities.

Riddel Hall provides the School with academic and support offices; postgraduate research rooms for students and research fellows; a range of fully equipped teaching facilities with varying capacities from small syndicate rooms to a 120 seat tired lecture theatre; two computer suites; the Trading Room which incorporates 12 Bloomberg terminals; the Placement Office; resource accommodation; flexible space for large group teaching and conference use; and communal support facilities including catering accommodation to encourage social and intellectual interaction.

Queen’s Management School is ranked 1st amongst Russell Group business schools based on quality of teaching, academic rigour and student satisfaction noted in the NSS (National Student Survey) scores 2016.

We have 3 subject areas in the top 25 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University UK Guide 2017:-

  • Accounting and Finance is ranked 4th in the UK
  • Management is ranked 19th in the UK
  • Economics is ranked 23rd in the UK

The William J Clinton Leadership Institute at Riddel Hall brings world-class facilities, leading academics and industry experts together to deliver a high end portfolio of executive education and leadership programmes.  As specialists in executive education, we are dealing with the highest level of business people and their associated organisations. 

Many of our postgraduate programmes provide recognition or accreditation from the recognised professional body including Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, CFA Institute University Recognition Programme, Global Association of Risk Professionals and Professional Risk Managers’ International Association, Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

We have a diverse student body from around the world including:- China, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, India, Mauritius Ecuador, Brazil, Canada, Vietnam, US, Nepal, Guyana, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, India, Norway, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Romania, amongst others.

Our research interprets patterns of economic, business and social life in a manner that fosters new theories and ideas; engages in empirical research grounded in current practices; and develops suggestions for public policy as well as for institutional and organizational innovations. The core purpose is to deepen understanding of how markets, business organizations and social institutions evolve over time.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), which assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, 70% of our research output was world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. This placed us 9th out of 101 business schools in the UK on research intensity and recognises our innovative approach to research.

You can find more information on the Queen’s Management School on the School’s webpage

Key Statics

Undergraduate Students 1,482
Postgraduate Students 278
Research Students 45
Academic Staff 79
Donal McKillop

Professor of Financial Services at Queen’s University Belfast.

His subject specialisms are Financial Theory, Financial Regulation and Risk Management. He is Head of the Finance and Actuarial Group at Queen’s. Currently he is working on two major funded projects - the integration of residential property and private pensions in the EU and the development of web-based tools to enhance the financial capability of those in debt. Outside of his academic position at Queen’s, Donal has recently been appointed by the Minister of Finance (Ireland) to advise the Minister and the Central Bank on matters relating to credit unions. He has also advised the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (Northern Ireland) on intervention measures to help mitigate financial hardship due to the introduction of Welfare Reform.

Ciaran Connolly

Professor of Accounting and Subject Leader for Accounting in Queen’s Management School

His main sphere of research is in the field of public services, particularly the financial and performance measurement aspects of the charity and public sectors. Ciaran has published in the areas of charity accounting, the private finance initiative/public private partnerships and resource accounting and budgeting. His research in these areas includes publications in academic journals such as: Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, British Accounting Review, Financial Accountability & Management, Journal of Business Ethics and Public Administration. Ciaran has advised the Northern Ireland Audit Office and the Northern Ireland Strategic Investment Board on the funding of public sector investment projects and was a member of the Department for Social Development (NI/Charity Commission (NI) Accounts and Reports Working Group.

Nola Hewitt-Dundas

Professor of Innovation Management and Policy

Her research focuses on the dynamics of entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems, technology transfer and evaluation of intervention to support university commercialization efforts. She is a Senior Research Fellow with the UK Enterprise Research Centre and a member of the scientific advisory board of the European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment. She has extensive consultancy experience for local, national and international organizations including the NI Assembly, NESTA London, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Forfas Ireland, the EU and World Bank. At present she is a UK Thought-Leader on science, technology and innovation policy with ESRC and Innovate UK. Her research is published in leading international journals including Research Policy, Technovation, Small Business Economics, International Small Business Journal, Regional Studies and the Journal of Technology Transfer.

Geoff Simmons

Professor of Management and Director of Research at Queen's Management School

His research seeks to understand digital technology innovation implications for business and society and is published in leading academic journals including Research Policy, Environment and Planning A, Journal of Small Business Management, International Small Business Journal and European Journal of Marketing. Geoff has won best paper awards at the British Academy of Management and Irish Academy of Management Conferences. His research has attracted over £800k of external funding. Geoff is currently Principle Investigator of a research project providing Tesco Clubcard big data to develop capabilities and NPD of firms from the agri-food sector. He also is lead academic on a KTP between the School and Danske Bank UK focusing on big data and targeting of customers with a multi-channel banking offer. He is Visiting Professor at the University of Paraná in Brazil and a Peer Review College member of the Economic and Social Research Council.