On 30th June over 70 QUAL members and Queens alumni of all ages met at 25 Canada Square for the Association President’s Summer Drinks. The 16th floor room boasted fine views of the ultra-modern Canary Wharf city zone and we were delighted to be hosted by Citi who welcomed everyone and gave a compelling story of the origins and emergence of the Citi Service Centre in Belfast’s Titanic quarter. John Healy, Site Head of Belfast CSC described how the multi-disciplinary facility had grown to over 1,800 employees with more roles being added and how it was a showcase within Citi for its entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to client service. Citi Country Officer for the UK, James Bardrick, gave a resounding endorsement of the qualities of the Belfast centre and how it has grown through its own success and with considerable cooperation from Queen’s university as a source for talent in technology, law, finance and human resources. James praised Queens for its responsiveness to the needs of employers and the growing financial services sector in Northern Ireland. Association President, Cormac Bradley, thanked John, James and everyone at Citi for making it such an enjoyable and constructive experience. He also announced two upcoming events with one on the 14th of September being a joint initiative with QUAL and the Queen’s City Leaders Group to corral support for the Queen’s City Scholars Programme and the annual dinner on the 11th of November 2015 at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge, with guest of honour Professor Louise Richardson. Professor Richardson, native of Tramore County Waterford, is Vice Chancellor of St Andrew’s University, a respected political scientist and has recently been announced as the incoming vice chancellor of Oxford University, the first woman to hold the post in the university’s history of over 800 years.
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We would love to invite you to our President’s Summer Drinks, taking place on Tuesday, 30th June 2015 from 6.30pm to 10pm.
This year QUAL is delighted to be hosting our summer reception at Citigroup’s Headquarters at 25 Canada Square, Canary Wharf. It is our first time holding such an event at Canary Wharf which is a professional home to many Queen’s alumnae, in particular younger members recently arrived for a career in the City. We are delighted to be hosted by Citi at their 25 Canada Square headquarters which as one of the largest commercial office buildings in London offers spectacular views stretching from the Dartford crossing and Olympic village to the West End.
Over 60 QUAL members, Queen’s University and University of Ulster alumni attended to hear the story of the origin and emergence of the NI Screen industry. The event took place in the modern surroundings of Allen & Overy’s London offices at Liverpool St, hosted by Law Partner and Queen’s alumnus Paul Flanagan. Paul explained A&O’s strong affiliation to the industry and to Queen’s as one of Belfast’s biggest employers. NI Screen CEO, Richard Williams, described the beginnings of the NI film and production industry from fringe and arthouse movies with local TV involvement to international blockbusters like Game of Thrones and award-winning TV dramas like the Fall. Presenting both the creative and investment aspects he described how some of the most promising niches, such as children’s animation, showed a unique character and charm that had the potential to spawn global franchises whilst crucially keeping the intellectual property in Ireland. Attendees were treated to an audio-visual experience with sneak previews of the some of their favourite TV dramas as well as entirely new game-show productions coming to your TVs soon. Richard ended with some venture themes for those looking to back the sector financially together with an appeal to NI parents and influencers to keep the door open to careers in the creative sector to ensure the skills base continues to grow to meet demand. A lively questions and answers session followed and the conversation spilled over into the evening over wine and canapés. A few brave souls rounded out the night in a local hostelry on this Tuesday evening.
On Friday the 22nd of May the QUAL annual golf day took place hosted by John Kelly at Beaconsfield golf club in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside. On a pleasant and dry day this magnificent and testing course was presented in excellent condition from tee to green giving every opportunity to the intrepid golfer able to hold his or her nerve. The day began with a gathering in the comfort of the clubhouse for bacon rolls and coffee giving the perfect opportunity for newcomers and old-timers alike to meet and prepare for the challenges ahead. Beaconsfield is a magnificent parkland course, first opened in 1914 as a club for private members with a stately clubhouse at its centre with the warmth and character of that period and the golfing generations since. This peaceful and secluded course buried deep in the Buckinghamshire woodland combines wide and sweeping fairways with fast and undulating greens and the occasional wild deer.
Queen’s alumni on the day featured past champions so competition for the trophy was heated, but in the end the power and consistency of Johnny Bramley was just too much for the rest of the field as he shot a fantastic 39 Stapleford points. Experienced veteran of this event Roger Lascelles came extremely close with a score of 38 but in the end it just wasn’t enough to stop the trophy being handed to Johnny in the clubhouse at the end of a satisfying dinner. Thanks go to: John Kelly for organising this event; to Victor Ferguson, Henry Hutchinson and the other members of Beaconsfield golf club for their generous hosting on the day, and to Suzanne Allen as eagle-eyed match photographer. The trophy now goes to rest on the Bramley mantelpiece till May next year which leaves plenty of time for everyone else to think about how they’re going to win it back.
Opening Doors, an insight into the rise of the Screen industries in Northern Ireland – The QUAL Lecture 2015, Tue 24th March 7pm9 Feb
We are delighted to welcome Richard Williams CEO of NI Screen to deliver our lecture this year.
Richard will tell us why we’ve been seeing so much more of Northern Ireland on our screens both big and small and explain the positive effects on the wider economy. It’s a real pleasure to announce this event so soon after the Bafta win for Northern Ireland short film Boogaloo and Graham.
The event will be at the offices of Allen and Overy, Bishops Square, E1 6AD on Tue, 24th March, 7pm for 7:30pm.
Advance registration is required: Reserve your place now
The QUAL annual dinner took place on Thursday 6th November in the Crypt at St Martin-in-the-Fields with addresses from Mike Brown, Queen’s Alumnus and Managing Director of Transport for London and Professor John Brewer, Professor of Post Conflict Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. Over 60 QUAL members and guests from all generations of graduates gathered for this formal but fun evening and heard about the impressive developments at Queens over the past year and in particular the important work of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice and new Vice Chancellor Professor Paddy Johnson’s vision for Queens in 2020. QUAL president Susan Obando-Doris updated guests on the work of QUAL over the year and handed over the chain of office to the incoming QUAL President Mr Cormac Bradley.