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Queen Mary Alumni e-Newsletter Issue 32, May 2011

Student news


RAG fashion show

RAGs to RICHES success for Barts and The London students
Meera Lakhani (Third year medical Student) RAG Captain 2010/11 writes:
RAG week at Barts and The London is always BIG. We are renowned for annihilating our London medical school counterparts by smashing our RAG totals year on year in a bid to continue raising funds for a myriad of charities including those local to Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry!

Last year in RAG WEEK 2010, we raised over £109,000! I am so proud to announce that this year’s RAG WEEK 2011 produced an outstanding, record-breaking amount of over £140,000!!

Our Crash Course RAG back in December made over £27,000, and with plenty more events to occur this year and the fashion show totals, we are looking at raising over £200,000 for this year’s RAG total.

Professor Anthony Warrens, Dean for Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry Education congratulated the students on their great achievement: “We are so lucky to have such a great bunch of students at Barts and The London. Such a positive outcome only comes as a result of an enormous effort and we at the School are very proud of you.” More news about RAG and student activities can be found in the April Issue of BL STUDENT 

Queen Mary students are among London’s top student journalists
Student reporters from campuses across London collected prizes at a ceremony organised by the London Student Journalism Network at the University of London Union in Malet Street this month. History student, Josh White, from Queen Mary’s student newspaper, QMessenger, won Commentator of the Year and the Photography Award was won by both Will Hadley (Film Studies) and Keeren Flora (Biology) for their front page collage featured in Cub, the Queen Mary Students’ Union magazine. QMTV also won second place out of over 35 entries for the Best News Coverage in the National Student Television Awards. All winners will receive work experience at some of the UK’s top publications.


Lewis Tunnicliffe
The School of Engineering and Materials Science is delighted to announce that PhD student Lewis Tunnicliffe has won the James S Walker Award of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining. The award is presented annually to the best student project on the subject of polymers. Lewis has received the award for his MRes thesis entitled, “Investigations into the microstructure of silica filled rubber.” Lewis is continuing this work at PhD level in the Rubber Group as a CASE-funded PhD student supported by Sibelco UK.
Lewis’ Supervisor Dr James Busfield says, “Lewis did an excellent project last year, and his award means that Queen Mary has now won all the polymer prizes from the IOM3 in the last year, with Ton Peijs collecting the Swinburne medal for his work on polymers and Han Zhang winning the RH Craven Award for being the best polymer student.”


LLM international moot Team (l-r Niyu Lin, Elizabeth Simos and Marta Blocka)
Queen Mary LLM students are top UK team in International Moot Court competition
Queen Mary postgraduate students finished ahead of other UK University teams and went through to the final rounds in the annual Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot held in Vienna in April 2011. The oral advocacy team members were LLM students: Elizabeth Simos, Niyu Lin and Marta Blocka. Elizabeth Simos received an honorable mention for her oral advocacy skills.
The Queen Mary Team was placed 17th out of 265 competing teams from around the world.

The Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot fosters study in the areas of international commercial and arbitration laws and encourages the resolution of business disputes by arbitration.

The competing teams were required to submit written memoranda for claimant and respondent and to present oral arguments based upon the memoranda. This year’s moot problem was the ‘Arbitration Rules of the Chamber of National and International Arbitration of Milan’.

Queen Mary academics Dr Stavros Brekoulakis and Angie Raymond played a key role by coaching and supporting the students throughout the competition. “We are very proud of the team as the problem was a very difficult one this year. Their success is due to their hard work and commitment - and they did an excellent job of representing the University on an international stage," said Angie Raymond, Co-Director of the LLM and Lecturer in International Commercial Law.

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London offers a comprehensive, research-lead, postgraduate programme specialising in International Arbitration and Commercial Law.

The Queen Mary moot team had generous support from law firms including K&L Gates LLP, Clifford Chance LLP, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Herbert Smith LLP, Norton Rose LLP, Baker Botts LLP, Wilmer Hale LLP, and Insight Investment Management (Global) Limited.
Find out more about the Centre for Commercial Law Studies.

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