14 August 2017
Honorary Degrees – Call for nominations
The Honorary Degrees Search Committee is now seeking to identify potential nominees for the award of Honorary Degrees in 2018.
Details of the nomination process, including the nomination pro forma, are available on the University website. The closing date is Friday 1 September 2017.
Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes 2017
Don't forget to get in your application for the 2017 Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes before the deadline of Friday 22 September. £3,000 is up for grabs in each of four categories: Research Impact; Research Innovation; Early Career Researchers; and Postdoctoral Researcher. Applications are welcome from all subjects and faculties and are particularly welcome from females, who have traditionally been under-represented.
Following the triggering of Article 50, negotiations have begun on the UK's withdrawal from Europe. The rights of UK and EU nationals have been a priority for negotiations and the UK Government and the EU Commission have published their respective approaches to the status and rights of EU nationals in the UK and UK nationals in the EU post-Brexit. As yet there is little clarity on how matters will proceed.
Forum sessions have been arranged to outline progress on negotiations to date and to consider the implications for EU nationals working at Queen's. The sessions will afford an opportunity, for EU staff particularly, to raise questions and concerns in respect of the exit process.
Sessions will take place in the Emeleus Lecture Theatre on 13 September and 19 September at 2.00pm. Staff wishing to attend one of these sessions can register through one of the links below:
National Student Survey
In the National Student Survey 2017, Queen's obtained an overall satisfaction score of 87% and Times Higher Education ranked the University equal 37th. The University was two points over the benchmark and two points above the Northern Ireland average. The overall response rate for Queen's was 69%, with Planning (100%) and Architecture (90%) achieving the highest response rates.
Many subjects in Queen's gained high satisfaction scores and were above their sector average. The top five subjects were:
- Archaeology – 100%
- Dentistry – 98%
- Music – 98%
- Cinematics & Photography – 96%
- Celtic Studies – 95%
Archaeology was placed joint first in the UK, while a number of subjects were in the Top 5 in the UK – Celtic Studies, Cinematics & Photography, Dentistry, Microbiology, Music, and Planning.
Careers, Employability and Skills wish to congratulate all who achieved excellent results and to thank all staff who encouraged students to complete the survey and helped the University reach its response-rate thresholds.
RELOCATION OF MHLS FACULTY OFFICE
From week commencing 28 August 2017 the Faculty Office of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences (FMHLS) will be relocating to new premises at Elmwood Exchange, 90 Lisburn Road (above Starbucks, opposite the MBC); the entrance to which is located on Elmwood Avenue. Kindly forward all correspondence for FMHLS to this new address from this week onwards. Staff extension numbers will change and these will be updated on the Staff Directory and FMHLS website in due course.
Please see below for details of current internal vacancies.
Details of vacancies will be viewable on Queen's Online: www.qol.qub.ac.uk
- Administrator (Records Management) (Fixed Term)
Closing date: Friday 25 August 2017
Anticipated Interview date: Wednesday 6 September 2017
- Temporary CQC Administrator
China Queen's College
Closing date: Monday 28 August 2017
- Estates Officer Building Management System
Closing date: Friday 18 August 2017
Anticipated Interview date: Thursday 7 September 2017
Queen's Annual Fund
Thinking of applying for support from the Queen’s Annual Fund for your Faculty, School, association, group or project? Send a brief pitch – including project name, organizer, objective (in 50 words or less) and approximate funding request amount – to Meaghan Lyons (firstname.lastname@example.org), Regular Giving Manager, by Thursday 31 August to receive feedback on how to best proceed.
The formal application process for the 2017-18 Queen’s Annual Fund will run Monday, 18 September to Friday, 6 October. Find out more at https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/QueensFoundation/AnnualFund/.
Global Challenges Research Fund
Queen's University is pleased to receive an allocation of Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) funding from the Department for the Economy (NI) for 2017/18.
The deadline for submissions is 25 August 2017. Further information, guidance notes and relevant application forms are available at this link.
QPOL POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND RESEARCH BLOG
Up-to-date contributions on diverse topics including Brexit, food fraud, conflict in Jerusalem and the 1947 Education Act. To submit, email Kevin at email@example.com.
- 'Summer fever:' Theresa May's Brexit songbook
Professor Lee McGowan asks whether Theresa May is a disco diva channelling Donna Summer.
- Will DUP criticism harden Ireland's position on Brexit?
Professor John Garry looks at the recent comments by Sir Jeffrey Donaldson following Leo Varadkar's visit.
- Leo Varadkar: Irish leader reveals fraying patience over Brexit border
Professor John Garry gives his view of the messages being conveyed by the Taoiseach on his recent visit to Queen's.
- The 1947 Education Act – a landmark in Northern Ireland's history
Professor Graham Walker looks at the Education Act introduced in Northern Ireland in 1947
- Irish Unity Report: Reunification of Ireland or unity amongst those who want unity?
Professor John Barry casts a critical eye over the recent Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement report on Brexit and the Future of Ireland.
- Step up the food fraud fight
Food fraud globally is on the rise and getting more organised says Professor Chris Elliott.
- Jerusalem: securing spaces in holy places
Jerusalem should remain the city of peace not conflict says Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards.
- The Future of National Borders Across These Islands
Dr Katy Hayward talks all things borders and Brexit at the John Hewitt Summer School.
Tasty Research Project
Researchers at Queen's are looking for volunteers (healthy adults between 18 and 64 years) to take part in a breakfast-tasting study. Further details below. Interested staff can contact Sinead Watson for further information (028 9097 6453; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Researchers have developed two granola and yogurt breakfast options, one 'sensible' and the other 'indulgent'. This study aims to evaluate whether the two breakfast options taste similar, and to examine the body's response to the different options.
The study includes two visits to Belfast City Hospital and participants will be asked to complete questionnaires and provide blood samples during each appointment. A one-off payment of £30 to cover time and travel will be given if both appointments are attended.
Irish Language Speakers’ Circle
Staff are cordially invited to the Irish Language Speakers' Circle for an hour of conversation as Gaeilge taking place each month. Please see details of the next meeting below.
Ciorcal Comhrá in Ollscoil na Banríona: ag bualadh le chéile i Junction san Fhoirgneamh MST 25ú Lúnasa, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Caint. Caifé. Craic! Bígí linn!
Teagmháil: Michael Pierse – email@example.com
(Thursday 25 August: Irish Language Speakers' Circle, 12.00pm – 1.00pm, Junction Café (foyer, Main Site Tower). Contact Michael Pierse for further information.)
Arts and entertainment
Queen's Film Theatre listings
On Friday 25 August, QFT will be holding an Open Day for Queen's staff, 12.00pm – 2.00pm. Includes a free screening and refreshments. Staff can vote here to choose the film. Voting closes Wednesday 16 August.
Please see below for current and forthcoming screenings, and special events.
- A Ghost Story: A unique meditation on love and grief, starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck.
- Maudie: A biopic of Maud Lewis, who despite suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, became one of Canada's most celebrated outsider artists. With Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.
- England is Mine: An amusing and evocative portrait of singer-songwriter Morrissey, focused on his young adult years in Manchester.
- Tom of Finland: Brings to screen the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth-century gay culture.
- 15 August: Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle (including Q&A)
Explores the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in Britain. A discussion will follow the event.
- 16 August: Britain on Film: LGBT Britain
The fifth Britain on Film on Tour programme, this release showcasing Britain's LGBT history.
- 17 August: Donmar Presents: Julius Caesar
Described by The Observer as 'One of the most important theatrical events of the last twenty years', the Donmar Warehouse presents the first part of Phyllida Lloyd's Shakespeare Trilogy in cinemas.
Also coming to QFT
- An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
- Final Portrait
- The Odyssey
- Dementia Friendly: Some Like It Hot
- Autism Friendly: Inside Out
Staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.70). More information and booking on the QFT website.
Arts and Entertainment
Naughton Gallery News
Upcoming exhibitions and events from the Naughton Gallery include Adham Faramawy's exhibit There's This Thing, This Feeling, a screening of Ghost World as part of Cinema Day 2017, and ISSUES magazine reading group.
- There's This Thing, This Feeling (Adham Faramawy)
10 August – 02 October 2017
Opening Night: Thursday 10 August, 6.00pm (with staff and student preview from 5.30pm)
Adham Faramawy (b1981, Dubai) is a London-based artist of Egyptian descent. Throughout his practice, he explores changes in perception brought about by the digital age. Across a landscape of high definition flatscreens and sculptural wall- and floor-based works, Faramawy shoots staged live performers, often using his smartphone. Faramawy is shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2017. This exhibition runs until 1 October.
- Cinema Day 2017: Ghost World
Monday 28 August, 7.00pm – 9.00pm (drinks reception from 6.30pm), Council Chamber, Lanyon Building
Free screening of Ghost World including a free, limited-edition poster by illustrator Jacky Sheridan for all attendees. Donations are welcome with all proceeds going to the Women's TEC, supporting training and resources for women to work in non-traditional sectors. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or see the event page for more information.
- ISSUES: a magazine reading group
Friday 1 September, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
ISSUES continues with the Autumn 2017 issue of DAZED, featuring Bill Skarsgård, Björk and Marine Vacth. ISSUES is a monthly magazine reading group hosted by the Naughton Gallery at Queen's. Featuring a mix of titles, from established newsstand favourites to new indie finds, ISSUES aims to start new discourses around today's magazine industry, focusing on quality writing and cutting-edge design.
Students' Union shop discounts
Staff are advised that the Students' Union Shop is offering a 20% discount off all stationery items (including branded 2017-18 Academic diaries).
The offer runs until Friday 3 September and is open to all Queen's staff and students.
Summer Craft Fair
The Welcome Centre will host the annual Summer Craft Fair in the quadrangle on 31 August 2017 from 10.00am – 2.00pm. Staff will be able to avail of 20% discount on all stock in store for the day.
Research Data Management Information Sessions
A series of information and training sessions have been planned for academic and research staff during the next academic year (see below). Staff interested in attending any of these sessions should RSVP to email@example.com.
- Wednesday 18 October: Introduction to Research Data Management, 2.00pm, Seminar Room, 63 University Road
- Wednesday 6 December: Developing Research Data Management Plans, 2.00pm, Seminar Room, 63 University Road
- Wednesday 7 February 2018: Introduction to Research Data Management, 2.00pm, Seminar Room, 63 University Road
- Wednesday 7 March 2018: Developing Research Data Management Plans, 2.00pm, Seminar Room, 63 University Road
Teaching – Innovation
TurningPoint PRS update
The University has updated its current TurningPoint (Personal Response System (PRS)) provision, which is widely used by many lecturers and staff and is commonly referred to as our 'interactive voting system' or 'clickers'.
A major feature of the new provision is the ability for users to create interactive presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint which will in turn allow participants to express their opinions or respond to a variety of questions in real time using their mobile devices and or University-supplied clickers.
Updated training courses will soon be available to book via the iTrent System. A short video on the PRS technology can be found here, giving an overview which staff may find useful.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dyslexia Awareness Training
- Tuesday 15 August 2017: Dyslexia Awareness, 12.45pm – 1.45pm, Room 9, Main Site Tower (Ground Floor) – preceded by a light lunch at 12.30pm
Employers for Disability NI are providing training on-site to raise awareness of dyslexia amongst staff and students. Please register here as soon as possible as last-minute places may be available. When registering please advise of any dietary or accessibility requirements.
The event will cover practical methods of supporting someone who is impacted by the condition, and the Directorate of Academic and Student Affairs will provide insight into the equipment and facilities that the University offers. To find out more about the event, please contact the Equality and Diversity Unit, email@example.com, or phone 028 9097 1046.
Bite Size Open Access Training for REF
Open Access is now a requirement for REF eligibility. To ensure compliance with the policy, staff are encouraged to attend the next course. There will be a time for questions following the course.
- Tuesday 29 August: How to comply with HEFCE's Open Access Policy for the REF, 2.00pm – 2.30pm, The McClay Library, Meeting Room 3
The full training schedule is available on the Open Access LibGuide.
IT Training Courses
Training has ended for this academic year. Courses for next academic year will be made available for booking in late August/early September.
ECDL: The next test date is Tuesday 29 August, 10.00am – 11.30am. To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tip of the Day: Some Outlook calendars are showing more than just 'Free/Busy' time, ie full detail of what's in the calendar. To fix, right click on your calendar and from the pop-up menu, click 'Share' and from the extended menu, click 'Calendar Permissions' and change the default to 'Free/Busy'.
Round Up – Summer Editions
Please note that the Staff Round Up is running fortnightly during the summer months, returning to weekly editions in September.
The next issue will be published on Monday 28 August. Please submit items by 1.00pm on Thursday 24 August.