17 September 2018

Reward and Recognition

Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes 2018

The deadline for applications to the 2018 Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes is Friday 21 September.

The Prizes include Impact (£5,000), Innovation (£5,000), Early Career Researcher (£5,000), Postdoctoral Researcher (£5,000), and Research Culture (£15,000), recognising and rewarding excellence across the University's research community.

Guidelines and application forms can be found here.


Reward and Recognition

Performance Awards

The STAR (Staff Recognition) Scheme, one of the four institutional recommendations identified in response to the Staff Survey has now been live since 1 August 2018. This tiered recognition scheme replaces the Discretionary Awards scheme and will give managers more opportunity to recognise staff.

Heads of School and Directors have the opportunity to recognise their staff for exceptional performance during the 2017/18 academic year, and should follow this link to make their nominations (QOL > Services > Other> Performance Awards). The deadline for nominations for Performance Awards is 30 September 2018. The Policy and Guidelines can be found here.

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The aim of the STAR Scheme is to ensure our people are recognised for their exceptional performance and contribution annually, as well as on a real-time basis during the year. The three pillars of People First, our People and Culture Strategy – Employee Experience, Culture and Talent – will provide an attractive work experience for our people, and develop them to their full potential in a culture which they enjoy. A key People First Promise is to become known as a listening organisation.


Honorary Degrees

Honorary Degrees 2019 – Call for nominees

The Honorary Degrees Committee is seeking to identify potential nominees for the award of Honorary Degrees in 2019.

Details of the nominations process, including the nomination proforma, are available here.

The closing date for submitting online nominations is Friday 21 September.




Internal Vacancy

Please see below for details of this week's internal vacancy. Vacancies should be viewable on Queen's Online. Please note that other vacancies are often advertised externally and are on the Job Vacancies page. For career updates, staff can also follow the Recruitment team on Twitter @QUBWorkHere.

  • Temporary Outreach Officer
    Academic and Student Affairs
    Ref: 18/106798
    Closing date: 27 September 2018
    Anticipated interview date: Monday 8 October 2018

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Declan Kelly Teneo Leadership Lecture

The Chief Executives' Club at Queen's and Queen’s Management School welcome Ms Ursula Burns, Senior Advisor, Teneo Holdings and former CEO of Xerox, to deliver the second annual Declan Kelly Teneo Leadership Lecture, entitled Impatience is a Virtue: CEO's Driving Opportunity and Access to the Future. The lecture will take place on Tuesday 25 September.

For more information and to register, please follow this link.



Wellcome Trust visit

Dr Anne-Marie Coriat, Head of UK and Europe Research Landscape at Wellcome Trust, will visit Queen's on the morning of Thursday 4 October as part of a UK-wide roadshow which aims to provide information on their newly designed Four-year PhD Programmes in Science. The programme design is based on results of an extensive survey of science PhD training that WT carried out in 2017, and includes a range of changes designed to improve the structure of PhD training. This visit would be particularly beneficial to proposed directors of PhD programmes, although please note, clinical PhD programmes are not eligible in this call. While here, Anne-Marie will also be able to talk more widely about strategic issues, research opportunities and challenges, and WT's strategy and funding.

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The presentation will be held in the basement seminar room in the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine (CEM). There may also be an opportunity for small group or 1:1 discussions with Anne-Marie in the afternoon, although the structure of this will depend on the number of people interested in availing of it. To register, or indicate interest in a 1:1/small group meeting, please email the MHLS Research Development team.


  • 9.00am – 9.30am: Arrival and tea/coffee
  • 9.30am – 9.45am: Welcome and introduction to Queen's and MHLS by Deans
  • 9.45am – 11.15am: Presentation by Dr Anne-Marie Coriat on the PhD Programmes in Science
  • 11.15am – 12.15pm: Q&A followed by discussion on other WT schemes and priorities

Funder Visits

RAE and EPSRC funder visits

Please see below for details of two upcoming funding visits from the Royal Academy of Engineering and the EPSRC.

Visit from the Royal Academy of Engineering's University Funding Programmes Team
Tuesday 9 October, 12.30pm – 3.30pm (lunch provided), Seminar Room, Research & Enterprise, 63 University Road.

The visits will focus on PDRAs and future applicants to the prestigious Research Fellowship Scheme. Details of how to register for the event may be found here.

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EPSRC Regional Strategic Visit
Wednesday 10 – Thursday 11 October, Lanyon Building (Closed Meeting).

The purpose of the visit is to understand the research landscape in Northern Ireland and how the region's strengths align with EPSRC's portfolio. More information regarding the visit may be found here.



Blackwell's pop-up bookshop

Blackwell's Bookshop have a temporary shop at 28 University Square, whilst the building works at 28 University Road are being completed. Any staff in regular interaction with students are encouraged to share the Bookshop location with their students. Please see this map for details.



Startup Fest 2018

  • Wednesday 26 September: Startup Fest 2018, 11.00am – 3.00pm, Elmwood Hall

Showcasing local businesses, food, music and merchandise. All staff and students are welcome to attend. For more information, visit the Enterprise SU website. If you would like to get involved, please contact Enterprise SU at enterprisesu@qub.ac.uk.




SU Shop Gift Cards

The Students' Union Shop is now offering Gift Cards. Cards are available from a minimum amount of £10 and can be used for presents, rewards and incentives.

At its new location on the ground floor of 3 Elmwood Avenue (the old Elmwood Learning and Teaching Centre), the SU Shop stocks a range of items including stationery, food and clothing. For further information please contact lorraine.meneilly@qub.ac.uk or 028 9097 1048.



Athena SWAN workshop

The School of Nursing and Midwifery will be hosting its 'Dichotomy of Athena SWAN in Nursing & Midwifery' Workshop on Friday 28 September in Malone Lodge Hotel from 9.00am to 4.30pm.

Staff interested in attending can find more information and register at this link.



Gender Paradox in Health Sciences

  • Friday 12 October: Gender Paradox in Health Sciences Conference, Conference Room 1, Riddel Hall

This inaugural conference from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences will highlight how gender inequalities can limit the ability of academia to deliver excellent education and research and how it impacts career progression (particularly of women) within these disciplines. Delegates will learn from both the corporate sector and academia within Sweden, Czech Republic, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more information, and to register, please follow this link.



Nutrition and Eye Health

  • Thursday 11 October: Appetite for Sight: Priorities for Nutrition and Eye Health, 10.40am – 2.45pm, Riddel Hall

'Appetite for Sight' aims to raise awareness and discuss the importance of nutrition for health and well-being, with a special focus on eye health complications of metabolic diseases such as diabetes. It presents an excellent networking opportunity for academia, industry, clinicians and policy makers. To view the agenda and register, please see the Eventbrite page.



Faculty of AHSS Newsletter

The August edition of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Newsletter is now available to view online.

This issue includes the latest headlines from the Faculty, including staff news, awards and honours, and dates for the diary.

Download the Newsletter here.




QPOL Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Recent contribution from QPol. Click on the link to read. 

To submit an article for the blog, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk.

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The Conversation (and Anthill Podcast)

Please see below for the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation. Click on the links to read. If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, or contributing to the Anthill Podcast, contact comms.office@qub.ac.uk to find out more. 

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Anthill Podcast
For those interested in contributing to the Anthill Podcast, the theme for November is War and Peace.


Arts and Entertainment

Queen's Film Theatre listings

In October Queen's Film Theatre celebrates its 50th Anniversary, when staff can enjoy a month of exclusive film previews and events from Friday 5 – Wednesday 31 October. The full programme can be viewed here.

Please see below for this week's screenings. Click on the film titles for more information. Staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.95).

Lucky | Harry Dean Stanton's final film is a funny and touching treat: a must-see. (Opens 14 September)

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The Rider | A South Dakota cowboy struggles to chart a new course after a terrible injury sustained in the saddle. (Opens 14 September)

Apostasy | Written and directed by a former Jehovah's Witness, this gripping debut depicts a family struggling with a cruel choice: devotion to one another or to their faith. (Showing 16 and 17 September)

The Other '68: The Firemen's Ball | A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Miloš Forman's (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) last film before his forced exile to the US is both a dazzling comedy and a provocative political satire. (Showing 18 September)

Continuing at the QFT – click on the links for information:

Credit: Sean O'Connor

Arts and Entertainment

Naughton Gallery News

SCREEN/PRINT | Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet
Wednesday 19 September 2018 at 6.00pm

The SCREEN/PRINT series sees artists design new posters for films that have inspired or influenced their practices. Romeo + Juliet has been selected by Hero Worship artist Sean O'Connor. All attendees receive a free copy of O'Connor's poster. Tickets are available from the QFT

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EXHIBITION | Hero Worship
Running until Sunday 30 September 2018

Solo exhibition of new work by Brooklyn-based artist Sean O'Connor, winner of the the Naughton Gallery's 2017 Open Call. Primarily working as a painter, O'Connor's work explores themes around masculinity, representations of male beauty throughout history, and the archetypes we associate with the male gender – strength, athleticism and stoicism – incorporating emojis, basketball, Yeezy sneakers, and Louis Vuitton apparel along the way. Please see here for more information.

Visit the Gallery website to stay up to date with exhibitions, events and information on the Collections. Follow the Naughton Gallery on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.



Diversity and Inclusion

Staff are advised of the following upcoming training session for staff being run by Queen's Diversity and Inclusion Unit. 

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  • Bullying and Harassment Advisers Required
    The Diversity and Inclusion Unit are currently compiling a list of employees who would be interested in becoming a Bullying/Harassment Adviser. Harassment Advisers will act as a point of contact and provide advice on a confidential basis to employees experiencing difficulties in the workplace due to perceived bullying or harassment. Full training will be provided to all staff who take up the role. If you are interested in becoming a Harassment adviser, or would like to find out more about the role, please email your details to eqdiv@qub.ac.uk and they will get back to you.
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IT Training Courses

Please see below details of upcoming IT training courses, now available to book on iTrent.

Course dates can be viewed here.

Tip of the day
Reuse animations in PowerPoint by selecting the animated object, select the Animations tab, click 'Animation Painter', then click the object to which you want to apply the animation.

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Places are available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 11 October: Facebook for Beginners, 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Monday 15 October: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 18 October: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 9.15am – 11.30am
  • Thursday 18 October: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 11.31am – 1.30pm
  • Monday 29 October: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 2, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 2 November: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge Using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 5 November: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook and Exchange, 9.30am – 12.30pm

To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email ecdl@qub.ac.uk. For more information on ECDL: http://go.qub.ac.uk/ecdlqub


Continuing Professional Development


A number of the Centre for Educational Development run courses for the 2018-19 academic year are listed on iTrent self-service, and are now open for booking. 

For up-to-date information please follow CED on Twitter or check the CED website.

  • Tuesday 25 September: Using TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

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  • Wednesday 3 October: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 10 October: An Introduction to Queen's Online for Learning and Teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 10 October: Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 10 October: QuestionMark (for Computer Assisted Assessment), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 10 October: AFHEA: Key Pedagogical Approaches and Educational Technologies that can be Translated into Innovative Learning and Teaching Sessions, 1.00pm – 4.00pm*
  • Wednesday 17 October: AFHEA: Writing and Using Good Learning Outcomes, 1.00pm – 4.00pm*
  • Wednesday 24 October: AFHEA: Curriculum Design, 1.00pm – 4.00pm*
  • Wednesday 31 October: AFHEA: Assessment and Feedback Strategies for the Promotion of Effective Learning, 1.00pm – 4.00pm*
  • Wednesday 7 November: AFHEA: Applying for AFHEA Writing Session, 1.00pm – 4.00pm*

*1 of 5 AFHEA mandatory sessions, facilitating the application for the Associate Fellowship HEA (Queen's Merit Award).


Learning and Development

2018–19 Learning and Development events for staff

In preparation for the 2018-19 academic year, Organisational Development are currently reviewing their learning and development provision for staff. A number of courses have now been scheduled; however, the full revised programme of personal development courses and workshops to be offered to staff (via Human Resources), will be promoted as soon as possible. Staff will be kept updated via the weekly Staff Round Up and website in due course. Upcoming courses currently available for booking can be viewed here and registration is via iTrent Self-Service.

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Please be advised that with the exception of waitlisted courses, Organisational Development do not carry waiting lists over from one academic year to the next.

For queries/support, please contact training@qub.ac.uk.

Twitter: @QueensOrgDev


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