23 November 2015

Winners of Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes

VC's Impact Prize 2015The winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes have been announced. They are:

  • Postdoctoral Research Category: Dr Michael Pierse, Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities
  • Early Career Research Category: Dr David Jess, School of Mathematics and Physics
  • Innovation Category: Professor Chris Scott, School of Pharmacy
  • Impact Category: Professor Dave Archard, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy

Click here for further details.

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Christmas and New Year Payment Arrangements 2015

Staff should note the following Payments Office arrangements over the Christmas and New Year period for paying correctly authorised and registered Supplier Invoices, Request for Payment Forms and Staff Expenses Claims:

  • Invoices received by 5.00pm on Wednesday 2 December 2015 and Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 12.00pm noon on Thursday 3 December 2015 will be paid week-ending 11 December 2015.
  • Invoices received by 5.00pm on Wednesday 9 December 2015 and Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 12.00pm noon on Thursday 10 December 2015 will be paid week-ending 18 December, 2015.
  • Invoices, Requests for Payment, and Staff Expenses Claims received by 5.00pm on Monday 14 December 2015 will on paid on 22 December 2015.
  • Normal payment arrangements will apply for all payment requests received week commencing 4 January 2016.

While the Payments Office will make every effort to comply with this timetable, due to the volumes of payment requests received at this time of the year, and to ensure payment before the holiday, staff are requested to process all such transactions well in advance of these deadlines.

Further clarification of these arrangements, if required, may be obtained from the Payments Office: ext. 3029.


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Queen’s University Belfast/Santander Mobility Scholarships 2015-16

The University is pleased to announce the launch of this year’s scholarships funded by Santander UK, with the assistance of Grupo Santander to support scholarship and mobility in the context of exchanges between Queen's and universities within the Santander Universidades Network in UK, Europe and overseas.

Queen’s is proud to be a member of the prestigious international Santander Universities network, which brings together almost 1,000 universities, including institutions in Spain, Portugal, Latin America and the UK.

This strategic partnership between Queen’s and Santander has created opportunities for both staff and students to participate in a range of activities and to encourage exchange and interaction between members of the University and other member universities of the Santander Universities Network. Click here to find out more about Santander Universities.

The application process is open to all Schools in the University. The application form for 2015 can be accessed here.

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Internal Vacancies

This week's internal vacancy is:

  • Clerical Officer (Grade 4)
    Various Schools/Directorates
    Ref: 15/104273
    Closing date: Friday 4 December 2015
    Anticipated Interview dates: 13 – 15 January 2016

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Horizon 2020 – Support Mechanisms Review

A survey has been launched to review Horizon 2020 support provided across Northern Ireland (including the support provided by Queen’s EU team).

To access the survey click here

The questionnaire seeks to gauge awareness of key support measures, and to collect views on the appropriateness and effectiveness of these mechanisms.

Please be aware that NICP (Northern Ireland Contact Point) refers to EU advisor within Queen’s.

The survey will remain open until Friday 11 December 2015.

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The Conversation

The Conversation Click on the links to read the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation:

To date, 82 Queen’s academics have written for The Conversation and their articles have been read by over 3.5 million readers. Articles from The Conversation have been republished in publications such as The New York Times, Huffington Post and The Independent. Contact if you are interested in writing for The Conversation.

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Documentary on Queen's Sonic Arts Research Centre airs this weekend

Tune in to RTÉ lyric fm's 'Nova' slot on Sunday 29 Nov 8.00pm – 10.00pm for a two-hour documentary on the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC).

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Charity Clothes Collection

Cancer Research UK logoAs part of European Week for Waste Reduction, a charity clothes collection will take place across the University from Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 November 2015.  The clothes will be donated to Cancer Research UK.  Each bag that you donate could be worth £30, which goes directly to supporting Cancer Research UK's ground breaking work.

Further information is available on the Carbon Management Website.

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Staff Wellbeing: Alcohol and Drug Awareness Session

Staff Wellbeing have organised an alcohol and drug awareness session on Wednesday 25 November 2015, from 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location TBC. Lunch will be provided for attendees.

This is not an anti-alcohol campaign but a fun, practical information session which will provide information to enhance health and wellbeing.

Register to attend by emailing with “Alcohol and Drug Awareness Session” in the subject line.

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IGFS Newsletter

IGFS LOGO UPDATED 16112015The November edition of the Institute for Global Food Security's Newsletter is now available online.

Read the latest edition.

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School of History and Anthropology Newsletter

‌The October edition of the School of History and Anthropology Newsletter is now available online.

Read the latest edition.

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Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning (ISEP) Seminar Series

The ISEP seminar series continues with Koen Salemink, a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen. He is writing his thesis on how remote rural areas and marginalized groups manage to participate in the digital information society. His post is partly funded by the EU Interreg IVB project ITRACT. He previously worked in social housing as a policy advisor and as an advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Interior for Gypsy-Traveller affairs.

Keon will present on "Rural broadband initiatives in the Netherlands: the interplay – or power imbalance – between market, government and community" on Wednesday 2 December 2015, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, in Seminar Room, DKB.03.005, David Keir Building. A sandwich lunch will be provided. 

Click here for further information or contact Roslyn Barnes on:

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Welcome Centre

Christmas Wreath 23.11.2015This year the Welcome Centre will hold its first ever annual Christmas Craft Fair. The event will take place on Thursday 3 December from 8.30am – 5.30pm.

The Christmas Craft Fair will see the cloisters transformed with stallholders showcasing the very best of craft and local produce. All are welcome to drop by to sample mulled wine and enjoy festive treats, as well as an additional 20% off everything in store!

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This week at QFT

Lady in the van 23.11.2015This week at QFT:

THE LADY IN THE VAN: Maggie Smith is magnificent as a homeless woman who shares Alan Bennett’s drive – funny, poignant and life-affirming.

GUEROS: Three restless teens search for folk-rocker Epigmenio Cruz on the streets of Mexico City during the student strikes of 1999.

HAND GESTURES: This documentary follows the process of creating one of artist Vitali's famous dog sculptures, from wax to glazed bronze, revealing techniques unchanged since Sixth century BC. The Monday 23 November screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Francesco Clerici.

French Film Festival: MY KING: A couple locked in a roller-coaster relationship are at the heart of this drama which is full of arguments, food, sex and laughs. Thursday 26 November, 8.35pm.

LOVE at QFT: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS: Turbulent passion and middle-class restraint combine when a married woman (Celia Johnson) falls for a doctor (Trevor Howard) she meets at a railway station.

Queen's staff ticket price: £5 (standard ticket price: £6.50). Please visit for more details.

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CED Courses

All 2015–2016 courses are now available for booking. Upcoming courses are listed below. Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event so early registration is recommended.

  • Wednesday 25 November: Teaching Larger Classes, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 2 December: Mindfulness and Teaching with Emotional Intelligence (previously 'Teaching with Emotional Intelligence'), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 9 December: Design and Development of eLearning Content with the CMS, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 9 December: Linking Teaching and Research, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed on the CED website.

Exploring Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Curricula

This session will take place on Tuesday 8 December 2015, 1.00pm – 3.00pm, in the Old Staff Common Room. It will explore the possibilities created by the European Commission’s Responsible Research and Innovation agenda for developing the academic curricula.  Further details are available on the CED website.

To book a place on any of the above, log onto Queen's Online (, then select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for 'iTrent Self Service'.


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STDU Courses

Training and DevelopmentPlaces are available on the following Staff Training and Development Unit courses:

  • Tuesday 24 November: Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 26 November: The Leading Researcher, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 2 December: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 3 December: Career Development for Support Staff, 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 9 December: Selection Interviewing Training, 9.15am – 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 15 December: Manager Wellbeing Training, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 16 December: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities

Book now for the following 'Developing for Success' courses (Aimed at Professional Support staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above):

  • Tuesday 1 December: Coaching Skills for Managers, 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Tuesday 15 December: Working with Partners - Skills for Collaborative Working, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Mini Masterclass for leaders (Grade AR 8 and above, AC 3 and above)

Book now for this short interactive session on Building the performance of your team – developing performance agility:

  • Thursday 14 January 2016, 9.45am – 11.30am, Canada Room/Council Chamber, Lanyon Building. Facilitator:  Caroline Duffy, Deloitte. For further information, visit the STDU website.

Follow the Staff Training and Development Unit on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

To register for an upcoming training course, log onto Queens Online at – then select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for 'iTrent Self Service'.

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IT Training courses

Courses for Semester 1 (2015–16) are now available for booking. Places are still available on the following courses:

  • Monday 30November: LinkedIn for Beginners, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 10 December: Excel 2 Managing Data, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 16 December: Web Authoring Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm

To book a place on a training course, log onto Queen's Online (, then select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for 'iTrent Self Service'.

View course dates.

ECDL – The next test date is Tuesday 1 December, 1.00pm – 2.30pm. Click here for more information on ECDL.

Tip of the day: Use' Problem Steps Recorder' to capture onscreen images. On your computer, click 'Start', type 'PSR' in the search box, click on 'PSR' to run it. Click 'Start'. Every time you click with the mouse, an image will be captured.


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