"The 15 Second Film Festival is a touring roadshow of micro–short film masterpieces, combining the old–school thrill of cinema–as–attraction with a kitbag of new media trickery. Come round the curtain now for a look behind–the–scenes."
(The 15 Second Film Festival)
This project is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland & DCAL – the Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure's 'Creative Industries Innovation Fund', Northern Ireland Screen, Filmbase (Dublin), Raindance (London), Queen's University Belfast – Film & Visual Studies, The Brian Friel Theatre at Queen's and the Queen's Film Theatre at Queen's.
Fig.1 Published on 7 Mar 2012 by 15SecondFilmFestival, "W8ing4Godot", Starring: Donal Galvin; Director of Photography: Declan Keeney; Editor: Declan Keeney; Executive Producers: Colin McKeown, Peter Magic Johnston; Makeup: Julie Laverty and Vince Salentrie; Production Trainees: Martin Bolton, Michael Gibson, Michael Sharpe, Michael Leonard; Art Department: Martin Carter, Danny Kendall, Rene Fehrmann, Paddy Bloomer.
"The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). In previous years, research quality has been assessed periodically through the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
We are currently consulting on proposals for the new framework. We will issue guidance on the REF in 2010 after completing the consultation. The first REF exercise is due to be completed in 2013.
We are working in collaboration with the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the Department for Employment and Learning (Northern Ireland), and with a wide range of stakeholders to develop the new framework. Representatives of the four funding councils sit on a steering group which oversees its development.
The REF will focus on three elements, which together reflect the key characteristics of research excellence. These are:
* Outputs: The primary focus of the REF will be to identify excellent research of all kinds. This will be assessed through a process of expert review, informed by citation information in subjects where robust data are available (for example, in medicine and science).
* Impact: Significant additional recognition will be given where researchers build on excellent research to deliver demonstrable benefits to the economy, society, public policy, culture and quality of life. Impacts will be assessed through a case–study approach that will be tested in a pilot exercise.
* Environment: The REF will take account of the quality of the research environment in supporting a continuing flow of excellent research and its effective dissemination and application."
(Higher Education Funding Council for England)
"'Conflict in Cities and the Contested State' is a five year research project starting in 2007 that focuses on divided cities as key sites in territorial conflicts over state and national identities, cultures and borders. The research objectives are to analyse how divided cities in Europe and the Middle East have been shaped by ethnic, religious and national conflicts, and conversely, how such cities can absorb, resist and potentially play a role in transforming the territorial conflicts which pervade and surround them. The project seeks to understand the cities as arenas of intensified ethno–national conflicts, particularly with respect to the role that architecture and the urban fabric play as a setting and background for everyday activities and events. Phenomena related to creating, maintaining, crossing, transcending or ignoring ethnic and territorial borders, both physical and symbolic, are central to the study.
Conflict in Cities and the Contested State is generously funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of Great Britain. It builds on an earlier project begun in 2003 and supported by the ESRC."
"Police are investigating claims that dissident republicans are attempting to recruit children as young as 13 through social networking sites.
A number of different sites claiming to be linked to dissident groups have attracted hundreds of young people as members which urge Irish youths to 'join the struggle'.
A site on Bebo claiming to be in support of the Real IRA asks young people to join and 'show support for dissident republicans!'."
(Victoria O'Hara, 23 April 2009, Belfast Telegraph)