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Welcome to the second edition of this fortnightly publication! Don't forget, if you have anything that you would like published, please email it through to studentsunionstuff@qub.ac.uk.

Everyone is rushing around this week in preparation for Wednesday's march! All the officers have asked us to thank every one of the staff for their ongoing support. Here is a message from them:

Without a hint of exaggeration, Wednesday 6 April 2011 is the most important day for students in Northern Ireland. We will stand up and display our outrage at the atrocious cuts on Higher Education. Not only will these cuts affect you personally, through loan repayments and interest rates, but they will also affect every single student in the future, which may be your brothers, sisters and quite possibly your own children! This can be stopped, if we stand together and protest. This will enhance our lobbying sway in the upcoming Assembly elections and the general public will see that our actions are central to the promotion of students' rights and also of the security of future generations.

If you would like to come along, the march meet up is at the University Road/Stranmillis Road gates of Botanic Gardens at 1.00 p.m. on Wednesday 6 April and will end at the City Hall. Let's hope the sun is out!

No ifs! No buts! No education cuts!

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National March

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Equality and Diversity News

Hello all!

Samantha here.... I’m sure you’re all glad to know that I’m going home for three weeks, so you won’t be hearing my annoying voice! I know you will be missing the Friday Cake though! I will, however, still be contactable through email so if you have anything to ask me (or even if you just miss me!), drop me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

Thanks ... and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!

P.S. Don't forget that LGBT Awareness Fortnight begins this week!

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LGBT Awareness Week

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Marketing Matters


It’s that time of year again when we ask students for their views on the services that we offer. The Millward Brown survey will take place in early May and this year we will be extending the survey to include 500 student opinions. We cover all areas of the Students’ Union from ents to advice, representation to communications and everything in-between. If you would like a particular question asked (obviously Students’ Union related – not something like “why don’t the clouds fall out of the sky?), then send your question to seana.skeffington@qub.ac.uk.

Environmental Champions

A “Conversational Café” (posh speak for relaxed focus group), took place in The Space a couple of weeks ago, the aim of which was to motivate students into becoming more involved with environmental issues. Thirty students took part and by the end of the session, they were all keen to champion green issues in whatever way they could. Hopefully this will result in new societies being formed, student led events and overall student responsibility being enhanced.

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Ents in the SU

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Graduate and Student of the Year 2011


Nominations are now being accepted for the Graduate and Student of the Year Awards 2011.

These annual awards, sponsored by First Trust Bank, recognise excellence, achievement and service by Queen’s students and alumni. Last year’s winner of Student of the Year was Vincent Murray from Ballygowan. As Chairperson of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), a global network at Queen’s dedicated to nurturing students’ entrepreneurial skills, Vincent was responsible for leading a number of peace and reconciliation projects. He has completed other innovative environmental projects including the creation of his world-famous ‘green’ patio heater. Vincent also contributed to the portfolio of activities which resulted in Queen’s becoming the Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year. As a reward for his efforts he picked up a £500 prize and trophy.

A nomination form can be found here and can be returned by internal mail to Adele McMahon of the Development & Alumni Relations Office or by email. Please visit the Development & Alumni Relations Office website for more information.

If you know someone who deserves to be nominated, don’t miss this opportunity!

The closing date for nominations is Friday 27 May 2011. The Student of the Year will also be awarded £500.

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Students' Union Advice Centre Easter Opening Hours


The Students’ Union Advice Centre will close for Easter at 4.00 p.m. on Thursday 21 April 2011 and will re-open at 9.30 a.m. on Tuesday 3 May 2011.

The arrangements for individual advisers over Easter are as follows;

Debbie Forsey, Money Management Adviser, will finish on Friday 15 April 2011 and be available again on Tuesday 3 May 2011. You can contact Debbie on d.forsey@qub.ac.uk or 02890971166.

Brian Slevin, Education and Welfare Adviser, will finish on Wednesday 20 April 2011 and be available again on Tuesday 3 May 2011. You can contact Brian on b.slevin@qub.ac.uk or 02890971135.

Connie Craig, Student Financial Adviser will finish on Thursday 21 April 2011 and be available again on Wednesday 4 May 2011. You can contact Connie on connie.craig@qub.ac.uk or 02890971049.

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Open Your Mind Campaign

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Enterprise SU - What's the Big Idea? Competition.

What’s the Big Idea? Competition

Enterprise SU is searching for novel and exciting business ideas – the competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate Queen’s students. There are eight prize categories with up to £1300 prize money to be won. So if you or someone you know has a great idea, let us know!

Summarise your idea in 200 words and send to enterprisesu@qub.ac.uk. Closing date is Friday 15 April 2011.



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New York, London, Newry...

Congratulations and farewell to Vincent Murray. He completed his last day in the Union on Monday, working on the Dragon's Den project right up until 9.00 p.m. He stepped up to take over Enterprise when Denise began maternity leave and he ran everything smoothly in her absence! A well liked member of staff and a  friend to many, he will be sorely missed by all.

We wish him good luck in his new job and best wishes for the future.

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Incase you didn't already know ... this is not to be missed!

The QUB Musical Theatre Group are performing Evita in the Waterfront Studio from next Wednesday 13 until Saturday 16 April 2011 - we have several SU staff members performing, including Bobby Kane, Patrick McClurg, Emma McAvoy and Niall Bole. It would be fantastic to see some staff in the audience to support us as well! Book tickets online through the Waterfront website (where it’s listed as Spring Musical)


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This Week at QFT


Route Irish, showing at QFT From Friday 8 April – Thursday 21 April 2011

Ken Loach's return to the thriller genre; a hard-edged intricately plotted drama of the Iraq War.

It has been about twenty years since Ken Loach made a thriller; Belfast-set 'Hidden Agenda' was released in the 1990's. He now returns to the genre with 'Route Irish', a tense hard-hitting drama with twists and turns aplenty.



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QUB Dance Showcase


This event is happening tonight, Tuesday 5 April 2011 in Mandela Hall at 7.30 p.m.  If you are interested in attending, you can buy a ticket at the door - only £5 Top of page

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