23 April 2018
Pedometer Challenge Results – Week 1
The Pedometer Challenge is off to a great start with over 110 teams and 18 individuals registered. Thank you to all taking part. The top 10 teams and top three individuals are given below.
Staff are encouraged to send pictures and tweets to: @WellbeingQUB and @GreenatQueens using the hashtags #QUBStepUp and #LoveQUBStaff. So far £2,922 has been raised for British Heart Foundation. If anyone still wishes to make a donation, please do so via this Just Giving page.
Top 10 Teams – Week 1
|Week 1 Total Steps||Team Name||Team Leader Name|
|555,066||Your Pace or Mine||David Kirk|
|491,076||The Proclaimers||Paul Wallace|
|489,483||Six Appeal||Roslyn Barnes|
|481,726||The Walkie Talkies||Kristina Holsgrove|
|473,559||Physics Tech. Trekkers||Dan Marlow|
|471,007||Happy Ramblers (HRs)||Deborah Morgan|
|469,597||Your Pace or Mine (Physics)||Emma Finnegan|
|452,528||Oral Surgery||Joanna Smyth|
|440,812||ASEP Athletic||Trevor Sewell|
|426,726||These boots were made for walking||Laura Nesbitt|
Top Three Individuals – Week 1
|Weekly Step Count||Your Name|
People and Culture
Human Resources – Resourcing
Following UEB's approval of the People and Culture Strategy, People First, which includes a new approach to recruitment, the HR Directorate is now implementing the approved recommendations. These include the launch of the new Appointments Procedure and the establishment of a dedicated Resourcing team. The redesigned procedure will be adopted for recruitment campaigns from week commencing 23 April, with bespoke support delivered by the Head of Resourcing for Panel Chairs. Weekly Refresher Selection Interview Training will be rolled out in May 2018, along with the updated mandatory training for all new staff.
The training has been designed to provide an update on the HR Appointments Procedure, duties and responsibilities of the dedicated Internal Recruiters.
Course dates and further information on how to register for this training can be viewed here.
Farewell Reception for Registrar
James O'Kane, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, will retire from the University on 30 April 2018 after 24 years. To thank James for his outstanding contribution and service, a Farewell Reception will be held in the Naughton Gallery on Thursday 26 April from 12.30pm. For catering purposes, please let Laura Vannucci (email@example.com) know if you wish to attend.
Postgraduate Experience Surveys (PRES, PTES)
The University launched the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) on Tuesday 6 March and (PTES) on Wednesday 18 April. These are national surveys primarily for the purpose of enhancing the postgraduate taught and research student experience. Responses will be combined with those of other postgraduates to tell us what is working well, and to help inform improvements to the postgraduate experience. The aggregated results are also used nationally to help advise policy and improve the postgraduate experience across the sector.
Students will receive emails from The Graduate School with an individual link to their survey into their Queen's email account. Staff are asked to please take any opportunity to remind students of the value of their feedback, and to complete the surveys. There are prizes for students to win. Only those students who had fully registered before 1 December 2017 have been included in the survey. The closing date for PRES is Friday 18 May and the closing date for PTES is 15 June.
General Data Protection Regulation – Mandatory Training
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the current 1995 EU Data Protection Directive from 25 May 2018. To support staff in complying with this new legislation, an online and interactive training module has been developed and is now available via Queen's Online (QOL).
As completion of the training module is mandatory for all staff, you are required to undertake this prior to the implementation of the new legislation from 25 May 2018. The training is user-friendly and may be completed over a number of sessions. It culminates in a short test to assess your understanding of the steps you require to take to comply with the GDPR legislation within your area of responsibility.
To access the training, go to 'Courses and Requirements' on the QOL homepage. Select 'GDPR (Access Website)', then 'General Courses', then 'GDPR'. Should you have any difficulty in undertaking this training module, please contact the Information Compliance Unit on 028 9097 2506, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Jobs page.
- Clerical Officer (Timetabling and Room Booking)
Eventus and Culture and Arts
Closing date: Friday 4 May 2018
Anticipated interview date: Thursday 17 May 2018
Finance Training Programme
Anti Fraud e-learning is available through Queen's Online and provides an insight into the possible frauds that can occur within the University. It creates an awareness of the individual's responsibilities in deterring and detecting fraud and is compulsory for all staff within the University. There is a strong positive correlation between staff awareness of fraud and low levels of fraud within organisations and it is, therefore, essential that Queen's continues to promote Anti-Fraud Awareness across all staff. The e-learning should take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Staff should also familiarise themselves with the Anti-Fraud Policy on the Registrar's website.
A number of courses are coming up in May, including 'Equipment Register Training', 'Qfis Enquiries and Report Writing', 'Finance for Non Finance Managers', 'Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC)' and 'Essentials of Budgeting for Professional Services'.
For further information on the Finance Training Programme please contact email@example.com.
The Graduate School
Thought Leaders: Inspire
- Thursday 26 April: Session with Peter Worth, D School Stanford University, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, The Graduate School
Thought Leaders: Inspire
Staff and students are invited to the next Thought Leaders session with Peter Worth. Peter's background includes teaching, learning design, professional development, and education research. Staff can register for this event via this Eventbrite link. Refreshments will be provided.
Are you or your students interested in learning from, and meeting, local disruptors and innovators? If so, you are invited to The Graduate School on the last Thursday evening of each month for Thought Leaders: Inspire. The series aims to inspire through listening to the stories of thought leaders and being encouraged to engage with the world in innovative ways. We want to develop a vibrant, enterprising postgraduate community, offering networking opportunities with a range of experts, peers and academics.
ESRC Festival of Social Science – Call for applications
Queen's, in partnership with Ulster University and The Open University, welcomes applications for the 2018 ESRC Festival of Social Science, which will take place between 3 – 10 November 2018. The Festival is a week-long series of events aimed at raising awareness about the importance of social sciences. Possible events include debates, lectures, workshops, film screenings and more. Applications are welcome from across the University, but they must have links to social science research. Events based on new research are particularly welcome. Successful applications will be awarded up to £250 and the deadline for applications is 1 June 2018. Please apply online at this link. For further information, or to discuss a possible application, contact Kevin Fearon: firstname.lastname@example.org | 028 9097 2589.
- Tuesday 8 May: Brexit update 3, 12.00 noon – 1.00pm, 0G/009, Main Site Tower
With less than a year to go until the UK's planned exit from the EU, Professor Dagmar Schiek and Professor David Phinnemore will provide an update on progress of the Brexit process. This is an informal session to allow discussion of any concerns or issues that staff may wish to raise.
3rd International Conference on Women and Leadership in a Changing World
The third international conference on Women and Leadership in a Changing World (WLCW18) will take place in Belfast on 21 – 22 May 2018. Beginning in Belfast City Hall at 6.30pm on Monday 21 May, the conference will then move to Riddel Hall at 9.00am on Tuesday 22 May.
Further details, including registration, can be found here. Staff are encouraged to share this information with colleagues.
The conference will cover three topical themes:
- Equal Pay, Equal Opportunity
- The Future of Work
- Women in Society
The event is held in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell (UML), Allstate NI and Women in Business NI.
Global Challenges Research Fund – Pilot Project and Workshops: Call for Applications
In anticipation of a new round of funding from the Department for the Economy, this is a call for GCRF applications for 2018–19. Applications are sought for two types of activity: workshops and pilot research projects on select GCRF themes. Funding of up to £25,000 is available for workshops and up to £35,000 for pilot projects. These activities must be undertaken and completed between July 2018 and March 2019.
The submission deadline for this call is 12.00 noon on Monday 21 May and more information can be found on the Research Development website.
Inaugural Rosalind Franklin Lecture
- Wednesday 25 April: Rosalind Franklin, Barack Obama and the Irish Twists in the DNA Tale
2.00pm, South Lecture Theatre, MBC
Event hosted by Professor Mark Lawler. Please register here.
Worldwide White Coat Walk
The Green Impact Team in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (SCCE) invite all staff to the first ever 'Worldwide White Coat Walk' at 12.00 noon on Wednesday 6 June, joining with other universities across the globe to raise money for cancer charities. Money raised by Queen's White Coat Walk (a short, 2.65km walk) will go to Cancer Research UK. The walk will begin and end at the David Keir Building Hub. Staff can view the route here.
- Register via the Eventbrite page
- Donate online via Cancer Research UK's dedicated webpage (suggested minimum donation: £5)
- Join in on Wednesday 6 June. (Those who don't have a white coat can wear white clothing.)
For more information, see the Facebook and Twitter pages above, or email Trevor Sewell (email@example.com).
Early Career Researchers Workshop (Biological Sciences)
- Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 July: Role of enzymes in securing our sustainable future, Queen's University
The workshop, next to the OxiZymes 2018 conference, will bring together early career researchers (ECRs; PhD students and Postdocs) and build interfaces between different disciplines (eg microbial ecology, biocatalysis, biochemistry). Ten travel awards (€100) are available for women ECRs.
Mitchell Institute/Human Rights Centre Conference: Negotiating Detention
- Wednesday 2 May 2018: Negotiating Detention: Prisons as Sites of Resistance, Control and Compromise in Protracted Conflicts, 3.00pm – 7.00pm, Moot Court, Main Site Tower, School Of Law
Visit the Eventbrite page for more details and to register.
Teaching and Learning
HE Lunchtime Forum Webinar
- Thursday 3 May: Wikipedia for Teaching and Learning, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Seminar Room, Student Guidance Centre
In this webinar, Ewan McAndrew (University of Edinburgh) will describe his work and some of the ways that Wikipedia and its sister projects are used there to help students develop information literacy, data literacy and digital research skills in their studies and for their future careers. Sandwich lunch available from 12.45pm. Staff can attend in person or join the webinar via a web link. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend/participate.
Ewan McAndrew is the Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh. His role is to help academics and students understand how to better use, evaluate and benefit from the information on Wikipedia, and how to contribute scholarly knowledge openly to Wikipedia in honouring the University's commitment to the dissemination of open knowledge.
The next issue of the Queen's bi-annual teaching and learning newsletter Reflections will focus on creative approaches to learning. If you would like to submit a piece for publication, please contact Liz McDowell (email@example.com). The deadline for receipt of final submissions is Monday 14 May.
Submissions can take the form of:
- An article: generally 750 words per page (approximately); 1–2 pages
- A shorter 'newsflash' item: eg reporting on a recent event; flagging an upcoming event; promoting a new venture etc. (100–200 words approximately)
The Centre for Educational Development welcome photographs to accompany the above pieces, but please ensure you have the written permission from those in the photo for its use within Reflections (in hard copy and in the electronic version on the website).
QPOL Policy Engagement and Research Blog
Recent contributions from QPol. Click on the links to read. To submit, email Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Old Friends or Young Friends – they are all worth the time and effort
Dr Gemma Carney reports on a recent British Society of Gerontology NI event held in Trinity College Dublin looking at inter-generational friendships.
- CIRS Book Launch: Contemporary Politics in the Middle East
There is always a sense of timeliness about the politics of the Middle East and a pressing sense of the issues, says Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards at her recent book launch.
- Avoiding a hard Irish border: Time to move from magical thinking to specific solutions
Progress on the issue of Northern Ireland/Ireland must be made before the European Council summit in June 2018 says Dr Katy Hayward.
- The Future of Referendums: What Role Should They Play and How Should They Be Conducted?
Ahead of a forthcoming seminar in Belfast, Dr Alan Renwick from the UCL Constitution Unit looks at the role and conduct of referendums in the UK.
- Good Friday Agreement at 20: Who really cares about Northern Ireland?
Dr Katy Hayward looks at Brexit and the various voices warning of the potential risk it poses to peace in Northern Ireland.
The Conversation (and Anthill Podcast)
See below for the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation. Click on the links to read.
- Our favourite cities – by four urban planners
Co-author: Professor Greg Keeffe
- Syria: Who's involved, and what do they want?
Co-author: Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards
If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, contact email@example.com to find out more.
Click on the link to read the latest podcast from Queen's:
For those interested in contributing to the Anthill Podcast, the upcoming themes are:
- June: Assassinations/assassins
- July: Confidence
- August: Nothing
Culture and Arts
ARK Film Festival: 'Kind to Women' Screening
- Tuesday 24 April: Screening of 'Kind to Women', 12.00 noon – 2.00pm, Queen's Film Studio, University Square
(Screening followed by discussion.)
This is a free event, but places are limited. To register, please contact Eileen Gray on firstname.lastname@example.org.
A joint resource between Queen's and Ulster University, for 20 years researchers from ARK have been working together to improve the quality of publicly available information about life in Northern Ireland. In 2018, ARK are using film to explore the research which has been undertaken on sexuality, relationships and reproductive rights.
This event is supported by the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and is a collaboration between ARK and Film Studies at Queen's. For more information on ARK, please visit the website.
Seamus Heaney Centre events
The Seamus Heaney Centre invite staff to two upcoming events in April. Both events are free, but booking is essential.
Public lecture with Professor Edna Longley
- Thursday 26 April: The business of the earth: Edward Thomas and Eco-Poetry, 12.00 noon, Clandeboye Estate
- Professor Longley will consider some of the ways in which poetry in general, and Edward Thomas's poetry in particular, has pioneered ecological consciousness. It will also consider Thomas's poetry in relation to the Great War, the setting of Clandeboye and Helen's Tower. Presented by the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's and the Dufferin Foundation, in association with Aspects Irish Literature Festival. Please book at this link.
Performance by Seamus Heaney Centre Fellows
- Friday 27 April: Without Safety Net, 7.30pm, Harty Room, Music Building
An evening of performances featuring the Seamus Heaney Centre Fellows, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Duke Special and Jo Baker. The fellowships were created in a spirit of collaboration and experimentation, to see what happens when three writers are given the opportunity to work for a semester with students, and with each other. In this vein, the format of the event is left entirely to the Fellows and the moment. Please book at this link.
Arts and entertainment
Queen's Film Theatre listings
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).
Funny Cow – Maxine Peake gives a formidable performance as an aspiring female comedian standing up to a violent husband and the sexist Northern England club circuit.
Wonderstruck – Todd Haynes (Carol, Far From Heaven) returns with a wonderful time-travelling tale.
Let the Sunshine In – Juliette Binoche stars in the new romantic comedy directed by Claire Denis, adapted from Roland Barthes' A Lover's Discourse.
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts – A young widow violently turns the tables on her would-be attackers in this powerful, provocative, and visually stunning Indonesian take on the feminist western genre.
RSC Live: Macbeth – "Something wicked this way comes". Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.
Britain on Film: South Asian Britain – Following the 70th anniversary year of Partition and Indian Independence in 2017, this film invites you to explore the history of Britain's South Asian population, weaving together archive footage from across the UK throughout the 20th century and touching on disparate communities originally from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Walled Cities: Akamas + discussion – Telling the story of a love affair between a Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot despite their families' opposition and the inter-communal violence of the 1960s.
Summer with Monika – Ingmar Bergman's scandalous tale of two lovers enjoying the freedom of youth.
Smiles of a Summer Night – Bergman's Cannes prize-winning comedy assembles various couples in a country house in 1900.
Learning and Development
Learning and Development 2017/18 Course Programme
Staff are advised that, with the exception of wait-listed courses, Organisational Development do not carry waiting lists over from one academic year to the next.
For queries/support, please contact email@example.com.
A number of the Centre for Educational Development run courses for the 2017-18 academic year are listed on iTrent self-service, and are now open for booking.
- Wednesday 16 May: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
- Wednesday 16 May: Using TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
- Thursday 24 May: Using the Personal Response System in Your Class, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
- Wednesday 6 June: Writing Multiple Choice Questions (Workshop), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Friday 15 June: QuestionMark (for Computer Assisted Assessment), 9.30am – 12.30pm
- Tuesday 19 June: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
IT Training Courses
Please see below details of upcoming IT training courses, now available to book on iTrent.
Tip of the Day: Add the 'Document Info' control to the Quick Access Toolbar in Word to insert information such as the document file path into your open/saved document.
- Wednesday 25 April: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook and Exchange, 9.30am – 1.00pm
- Thursday 26 April: Creating Infographics and Visual Content, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
- Tuesday 1 May: Tables and Templates in Word, 9.30am – 12.00pm
- Wednesday 2 May: LinkedIn for Beginners, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Wednesday 2 May: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL – Spreadsheets), 9.30am – 1.00pm
- Tuesday 8 May: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 9.30am – 12.00pm
- Wednesday 9 May: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
- Wednesday 9 May: Webinar training using Adobe Connect, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
- Tuesday 15 May: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am – 12.00pm
- Wednesday 16 May: Excel 2: Managing Data, 9.30am – 1.00pm
ECDL: To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email firstname.lastname@example.org.