07/09/15: New Honorary Treasurer Appointed
Orla Corr
Orla Corr has been appointed Honorary Treasurer

Senate has approved the appointment of Orla Corr as the University’s new Honorary Treasurer.

A Queen’s graduate, Orla is a shareholder and Executive Chair of The McAvoy Group Limited. She was the first woman to be introduced into the Invest NI Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame in recognition of her business achievements within the McAvoy Group.  Orla is also a past winner of the Women in Business NI’s Award for Entrepreneurship / Innovation and of the Outstanding Business Woman of the Year. She received an OBE in 2011 for services to the construction industry in Northern Ireland.  Orla is a Director of the Odyssey Trust Company (OTC) and Chair of Odyssey Millennium Limited, OTC’s commercial trading company.

Orla has been appointed for an initial four year period, beginning on 1 October 2015.

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18/08/15: Queen's cancer expert elected to international research society
Professor Kevin Prise from CCRCB
Professor Kevin Prise from CCRCB

A leading cancer expert from Queen’s who is pioneering improved approaches for treating cancer with radiotherapy is set to become the next Vice-President of an international research society.

Professor Kevin Prise, Deputy Director of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) at Queen’s, has been chosen as Vice-President-Elect of the US Radiation Research Society. He was elected via a ballot of all Society Members.

Professor of Radiation Biology, Kevin leads the Radiation Biology Group at CCRCB which is working on improved approaches for treating cancer with radiotherapy.  Professor Prise, in collaboration with Professor Joe O’Sullivan, Clinical Director, and Professor Alan Hounsell, Clinical Physics Research Lead, plays a major role in the Prostate-Cancer UK Movember Centre of Excellence at CCRCB which is researching new approaches for treating men who are likely to fail current treatments for prostate cancer.

Speaking about his appointment, Professor Prise said: “This is a rare privilege and exciting challenge, especially for a non-US member of the Society.

“This role is a great opportunity to profile internationally the work we are doing at Queen’s and the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology to improve outcomes for cancer patients.”

Professor Prise will take up the position of Vice-President in September 2016 and will serve as President from September 2017.

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10/08/15: New Marketing Campaign for Undergraduate Open Days
A new marketing campaign has been developed to promote this year's Open Day event which will take place on 10, 11 and 12 September 2015

A new marketing campaign has been developed to promote this year's Open Days.

The Open Day event, which will take place on 10, 11 and 12 September 2015, is an opportunity for prospective students to visit the campus with their friends and family and see for themselves what Queen’s can offer.

The University’s Marketing Team has developed a new brand identity for the 2016 Undergraduate Recruitment Cycle and, with support from staff and students, has created a multi-media advertising campaign, using TV, Radio, Online and Social, to raise awareness of the Open Day event and the brand.

Take a look at the Open Days marketing webpage for information and creative about the campaign.

For further information, contact Jenny Kendall, or on 028 9097 2518.

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27/7/15: Andrea named Cleaner of the Year
Andrea Courtney pictured with her BACHE Award
Andrea Courtney pictured with her BACHE Award

Andrea Courtney has been named Cleaner of the Year 2015 by the British Association of Cleaning in Higher Education.

It is the first time a member of Queen’s staff has won the award which is given to the Higher Educational Cleaning Operative who demonstrates that he/she has performed their role in an outstanding or exemplary manner.

Andrea joined Queen’s in 2000 and has cleaned various areas around the Main Site Campus, including the Vice-Chancellor’s Offices.

She was nominated for the award by Cleaning Manager, Keith Halliday, who said: “Andrea’s attitude to her work and her work environment is so refreshing. Her positive attitude is very infectious and her loyalty and commitment deserves recognition.  She is recognised by the other cleaning staff as a role model and her enthusiasm and happy nature motivate all around her.”

Andrea was praised for her commitment and attitude, particularly in relation to environmental issues where she has helped lead out on ‘Ban the Bin’ and was a team leader in a new food recycling (composting) initiative at the University.

Andrea said: “I feel very proud to have won this award and see it as a reflection of the work of all the cleaning staff at Queen’s.”

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15/07/15: HEIST Awards Success
Claire O'Callaghan and Claire Lewis from CEAO pictured at the HEIST Award ceremony
Claire O'Callaghan and Claire Lewis from CEAO pictured at the HEIST Award ceremony

Queen's has won two HEIST awards for education marketing.

The Communications and External Affairs Office received a Sliver Award in the Best Digital/Social Initiative category for its Movember Campaign which saw a host of local well-known faces, staff and students star in the 'Epic Belfast Movember' video to promote awareness of and raise money for Movember.

The Office also won a Bronze Award in the Best Communications Campaign category for its ongoing work with A Bite of Queen's and other staff initiatives, including the Changing Lives: Our Specialist Subject staff exhibition.

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