Student Events

Student Events

"From bench-side to curbside: maximizing obesity research to impact health"

Seminar by Grace O'Malley for info on the speaker go to: http://ie.linkedin.com/pub/grace-o-malley/9/352/67a. Part of the CoE Seminar Series

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The Girl-The Woman: Global Girlhood Symposium

‘The Girl-The Woman: Beyond Global and Generational Borders’ research project is hosting a symposium on the theme of Global Girlhood focusing on the experience of girls and girlhood, in order to illuminate how girls’ identities are constructed, given expression and recognized. Our keynote presentation will be: ‘The girl-the woman’: a reading of selected poetry by Dr Sinéad Morrissey, the first Belfast poet laureate. For the full programme please go to: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/InstituteforCollaborativeResearchintheHumanities/ProjectResearchGroups/2013-14ProjectResearchGroups/TheGirl-TheWomanBeyondGlobalandGenerationalBorders/

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"Transforming Your Care - Future Research Considerations"

Session:Transforming your Care (TYC) is a major reform of health and social care services. It is vital that researchers are aware of the changes to structures, systems, cultures, and practice which are taking place. We would like you to come away with a sound understanding of TYC and to start thinking about how and where your research may impact. This event will be of interest to PhD students and research staff. This event is being organised by the Community Development & Health Network on behalf of the Centre of Excellence for Public Health NI

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Jayne Woodside

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Jayne Woodside: ‘An apple a day…is it really enough?’

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Heritage and Identity in a Globalising World

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to examine the concept and development of heritage within an academic discourse -- in particular the way in which heritage studies have developed in response to various critiques of political, cultural, and social globalisation and transnationalism. Presentations will be given by established scholars and postgraduate students. Our keynote speaker, Professor John Wilson Foster (QUB Honorary Research Fellow), will present on the RMS Titanic, heritage and Belfast. Panels will focus on topics ranging from food tourism and cultural unionism. Panellists are as follows: Linda Maher (UCD) Kevin McNicholl (QUB) Adriana Salas (UCD) Erin Hinson (QUB) Elaine O’Driscoll (UCC) Julia Andrade Rocha (QUB) Lauren Ferguson (QUB) Lisa Bogert (QUB) Frances Harkin (QUB)

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Chris Patterson

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Chris Patterson: 'Epidemiology counts - childhood diabetes matters'

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Seminar by Professor Steven Cummins LSHTM

Professor Steven Cummins "Measuring environmental exposure in physical activity and diet research: some thoughts from the ORIEL and other studies" Everyone welcome Sandwich lunch provided

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'The Scottish Independence Referendum and Northern Ireland’

A half-day workshop organised by the Constitutional Futures Interdisciplinary Research Group in the Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, QUB, with Prof James Mitchell, University of Edinburgh and funded by the ESRC.

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Action At A Distance: The Life and Legacy of John Stewart Bell

5 - 30 November One of the most influential scientists of the twentieth century, this Queen’s graduate formulated a theorem which physicists, philosophers and historians now consider to be one of the most significant developments in quantum theory. His proof of non-locality - that a measurement of particle A would instantaneously affect particle B, even if they were a vast distance apart - revolutionised the understanding of both quantum theory and the nature of the physical universe. On the 50th anniversary of the publication of Bell’s theorem, this unique exhibition explores his life and the artistic response to his legacy by artists from across the world. Richard Bell (Australia) Geraldine Cox (UK) Oliver Jeffers (USA) Rory Jeffers (Northern Ireland) Jonathon Keats (USA) Kevin Kopacka (Germany) Lucy McKenna (Ireland) Philip Mussen (Northern Ireland) Presented in association with the School of Mathematics and Physics Exhibition continues until 30 November A series of Lectures has been organised in conjunction with the exhibition:

- A Whitaker (QUB): John Bell and Belfast, Friday 7 November

- M O'Neill (QUB): Security in a Post-Quantum World, Wednesday 12 November

- M Paternostro (QUB): Quantumness in a Classical World?,Friday 14 November

- A Ekert (Oxford): Less Reality, More Security, Wednesday 19 November

- A Zeilinger (Vienna): From Bell to Quantum Communication and Quantum Teleportation, Friday 21 November

Please note that all the Lectures will start at 6.30pm and finish at 8pm. They will take place either in the Bell Lecture Theatre (Physics Building) or in the Emeleus Lecture Theatre on campus.

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World Press Photo Exhibition

The World Press Photo exhibition is coming to Northern Ireland for the first time ever. It showcases the world’s best photojournalism, comprising 150 winning images chosen from over 98,000 images submitted by 5,754 photojournalists in 132 countries. ​In collaboration with the School of Law at Queen's University Belfast, there will also be a series of evening and weekend events exploring journalism, law and rights.

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Age Encounters

‘Age Encounters’ is a network of researchers, academics and practitioners with an interest in age. Each ‘age encounter’ has presentations from speakers from different sectors, along with time to chat over coffee. Tea/coffee and registration start at 2.30, and presentations will start at 3pm. Our speakers will be Lorna Montgomery and Janet Carter Anand (School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast), who will discuss their recent research on services for socially-isolated older men in Belfast; and Rejuvenate Project, North Belfast, who will highlight their services for men aged 55+ living across North Belfast.

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Annual Centre for Children’s Rights Seminar: The Right to Education

You are invited to attended a seminar on ‘The Right to Education’ hosted by the Centre for Children’s Rights and Improving Children's Lives, Queen’s University Belfast Guest speaker: Mr Kishore Singh, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education

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Marij Von Gorkom

Sonic Spaces, Bass Clarinet and Electronics 

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SCREENING: Loss and Resurrection: The Case of Allan Dwan’s THE HALF-BREED

Originally a star of the Broadway stage, Douglas Fairbanks began his film career not as Zorro, Robin Hood, or d'Artagnan, but in a series of contemporary comedies and western dramas filmed under the auspices of the Triangle Film Company. Perhaps the most idiosyncratic of the series was The Half-Breed, released July 1916, in which the star played a half-white/half-Indian outcast suffering from the prejudices of local townspeople. Created by a team of future film legends (director Allan Dwan, production supervisor D.W. Griffith, cinematographer Victor Fleming), the cast also includes: Alma Rubens, Sam De Grasse, and Jewel Carmen. For decades the film had been available only in severely degraded and abbreviated versions, until the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the Cinematheque française collaborated to restore the film back to its original 1916 release version. Rob Byrne 

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RAE Armstrong Lecture Series 2014

Treating the “untreatable”: new ways to treat genetic diseases by Dr David Timson

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The Hamlyn Lecture

Foundations of Global Administrative Law: Governance, Regulatory Power beyond the State and Administrative Legality

Professor Paul Craig Professor of English Law, St John's College, Oxford

The discussion in this lecture begins with an overview of the importance of regulatory power beyond the state, revealing the extent to which it is exercised by a plethora of bodies operating internationally and transnationally, and the concerns that this has generated in terms of administrative legality broadly conceived. The lecture then addresses four contentious foundational issues: the way in which we conceptualize involvement in this area, whether as global administrative law, or in some other manner; the sense in which the norms can be regarded as 'law'; the fears that this body of law might undermine a desired plurality of value; and the extent to which global and national administrative law should be regarded as resting on distinct foundations.

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Social Work Information Evening

Thinking of applying to Social Work for 2015 entry? Let us help you out. Come to our Social Work Information Evening which is being held on Wednesday 26th November 2014 from 18.30 – 20.00 at Queen’s University Belfast, Physics Building, Emeleus Lecture theatre. Places are limited so register now. Do you have lots of questions about the Social Work application process? Want to find out more about what Social Work involves? Come and talk to our internationally-recognised, award winning staff and current students and find out all about it. We’ll discuss everything from submitting your application to what it’s like being a Social Worker. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so registration is required. Please note that we can only guarantee a maximum of one guest per person.

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USIHS/History Symposium: 'Clergy, Congregations and Controversies in 19th and 20th Century Ulster'

A half-day symposium exploring religion and society in the north of Ireland.

1:00 Welcome

1:10 Sean Farrell (Northern Illinois University and NUIG) ‘The Revd Thomas Drew and the limits of anti-catholic politics in mid-Victorian Belfast’

1:45 Janice Holmes (Open University) ‘How much did the Revd ‘Roaring’ Hugh Hanna really roar?’

2:15 Break

2:45 Daniel Ritchie (University College Dublin) ‘The 1859 Revival and its enemies: Presbyterian opposition to the 1859 Revival in Ulster’

3:15 Orfhlaith Campbell (Open University) ‘Presbyterians, the “Bible Wine” controversy and the temperance movement in Ulster’

3:45 Discussion and Close

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Marin Von Gorkom

Sounds are filling space, carving their own paths, at times colliding with others, at times harmonic, creating synergy but always fleeting. The source? The composers, each with their own sound world, invisible but audible in the interpretation of MVG. The compositions are stories, portraits, sketches, fabrics of sound waves. MVG invites you to join her in her musical universe and incites the curious to partake in a search for beauty, development, and innovation. MVG presents music by (former) SARC composers alongside works from her latest program ‘SS:CAn - yeSS we CAnada!’ in which Dutch and Canadian composers explore the world of bass clarinet and electronics. 

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The Stephen Livingstone 10th Anniversary Lecture

Human Rights in a Neo-liberal World - Professor Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law at LSE and Director of LSE's new Institute of Public Affairs.

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Workshop: Understanding Institutional and Residential Welfare and Public Health in Twentieth-Century Ireland and Britain

The IRCH 'Poverty and Famine in Ireland: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives' research group and AHRC 'Welfare and Public Health in Belfast 1800-1973' project group will host a workshop titled 'Understanding institutional and residential welfare in twentieth-century Ireland and Britain'.

The workshop will be convened by Dr Seán Lucey (AHRC Research Fellow, School of History & Anthropology)

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History Staff-Postgrad Seminar: Kenneth Sheehy, ‘In the shadow of gunmen: the Goulding IRA, 1963 – 76’

Kenneth Sheehy (UCC), ‘In the shadow of gunmen: the Goulding IRA, 1963 – 76’.

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"Gossiping to Music in Renaissance France"

Prof Jeanice Brooks (Southampton)

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Screening: Miracle on 34th Street

The QUB Law School Film Group are screening the classic Christmas film ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ on Wednesday 3 December 2014 at 16:00-18:30 in Lanyon Building/OG/074, Queen’s University Belfast. The film will be followed by a social drink in the Parlour Bar on Elmwood Avenue. This event is free and open to everyone - you do not have to be part of QUB, the Law School or Film Group to attend. The QUB Law School Film Group welcomes - film enthusiasts, scholars/students from all disciplines, and members of the public – to its monthly movie night. On the first Wednesday of every month we screen a film that relates to legal principles and the challenges they face. For further information visit: http://blogs.qub.ac.uk/qublsfg/

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Gordon Campbell (trombone) with Steve Barnett & Friends

The popular pre-Christmas jazz recital this year sees the welcome return of Gordon Campbell, star jazz trombonist and principal with the BBC Big Band, John Wilson Orchestra and other leading jazz and popular ensembles in London.

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Anthropology PG Seminar: 'Fieldwork ‘at home’? Processes and reflections on researching and belonging among Nigerians in Greece'. Evanthia Patsiaoura

Talk by Evanthia Patsiaoura at the Anthropology Postgraduate Seminar

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An Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Group 2

This is a one-day experiential introduction to Mindfulness. It has been known for centuries in the meditative tradition that the sustained practice of mindfulness meditation can have profoundly healing and transformative effects in one’s life. Mindfulness is the ability to engage with the present moment without stress provoking negative judgments. Participants will learn the basic units of Mindfulness in action.

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Junior Academy of Music - Christmas Concert I

Junior Academy of Music (JAM) Christmas concert featuring JAM One and JAM Two Children Choir (age 4-8) 

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NI Human Rights Festival Lecture: Nicholas Vincent, 'Magna Carta and its Legacy'

Public Lecture hosted by School of History and Anthropology, with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Consortium as part of the NI Human Rights Festival:

Prof. Nicholas Vincent (University of East Anglia): 'Magna Carta and its Legacy'

Prof. Vincent is author of Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2012) and a lead researcher in the Magna Carta Project - see http://magnacarta.cmp.uea.ac.uk/

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Demographic Analysis of Area, Individual and Longitudinal Data

This one day course will provide contexts for and practical experience of calculating demographic measures relating to population structure, fertility, mortality / illness and migration. We will first concentrate on demographic data for geographical areas. This will include devising population pyramids and calculating fertility rates, standardised mortality / illness ratios and migration rates. We will then switch to the use of cross-sectional individual microdata and the cross-tabulation of variables to differentiate demographic rates by different population sub-groups (e.g. self-reported health by ethnic group). Longitudinal microdata will then by used to show how demographic rates change over time. Data sources to be used: • Area measures: Vital Statistics, census and mid-year estimates for local authority geographies; • Individual microdata, cross-sectional: the ‘2011 Census Microdata Teaching File’ (similar to Sample of Anonymised Records); • Individual microdata, longitudinal: ‘Synthetic Data for the UK Longitudinal Studies’ (SYLLS); • Data and contexts are UK-focussed. Mathematical and statistical methods & software being used: • Mainly the calculation of rates (based on numerator / denominator) with consideration of related confidence intervals and binary logistic regression; • Excel for the area data and SPSS for the individual data. Previous experience of these programmes is ideal along with basic mathematics and statistics. Participants: The course is aimed at people involved in research whereby evidence of population processes and demographic events is needed. People are likely to be postgraduates or professionals involved in local government or health research. Whilst specific locations and datasets are used, the skills are readily transferable to other locations and data sources. Course leader: Paul Norman is a population and health geographer whose interests include: harmonisation of small area level socio-demographic, morbidity and mortality data to enable time-series analysis of demographic and health change; using area typologies to understand migration patterns and resulting health outcomes; and using individual level microdata to understand aggregate differences in population stratification and characteristics over time. He is programme manager of the MSc in GIS at the School of Geography, University of Leeds supervising Masters and PhD researchers on applied demographic topics.

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Northern Ireland Premiere - Apples of the Golan

The Human Rights Centre at the Law School, Queen’s University Belfast, with the support of the Queen's University Belfast Law School Film Group (QUB LSFG) and the School of Creative Arts, is proud to host the Northern Ireland premiere of the documentary ‘Apples of the Golan’ as part of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival 2014. The screening will be followed by a Q and A with Director Keith Walsh and legal researcher Hannah Russell.

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Raviv Gandrow

Shipping Forecast explores the complex relations between territory and transmission in BBC Radio 4’s shipping bulletin. Coordinated recordings following the long-wave journeying
of a signal from inside a studio at Broadcasting House; to the transmitter at Droitwich; to a ship at sea; to a transistor radio several hundred kilometres away; reveal audible aspects of broadcasting. The piece examines attractions between language, geography, radiation and precipitation where transduced speech addresses, defines as well as physically occupies dimensions of terrestrial space. 

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QUB Big Band Christmas Concert

Join us for our annual celebration of the season through Big Band Jazz, when the virtuosi of QUB Big Band are directed by Steve Barnett. Jazz favourites, from the Swing Era through to the 70s, will be spiced with seasonal favourites for Christmas time.

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Junior Academy of Music - Christmas Concert ii

Junior Academy of Music (JAM) Christmas concert featuring JAM Three pupils including Senior Choir, and Junior and Senior Brass Bands (age 8-15). 

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CHRISTMAS BRASS AND VOICES

The University Choir and Brass Band join forces to present an end of year programme of classics and seasonal works

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SEMINAR: “Music Memory: parading the past in Belfast”

Dr Ray Casserly (CIEE)

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An Evening of B.L.I.S.S. - Belfast Legion for Improvised Sights and Sounds

B.L.I.S.S., Belfast’s very own Legion for Improvised Sights and Sounds wreaks digital havoc with members of the Designing Digital Music and Interaction class. 

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CoE Seminar by Dr Donal O'Mathuna entitled The Moral Maze of research ethics and disasters: learning lessons from Ebola

CoE Seminar Series Dr Donal O'Mathuna Senior Lecturer in Ethics Dublin City University "The moral maze of research ethics and disasters: learning lessons from Ebola"

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Bach To The Future - i

Fenella Humphreys (solo violin) "With playing described in the press as ‘alluring’ and ‘a wonder’, violinist Fenella Humphreys is much in demand as a chamber musician and soloist, with performances taking her across the globe. Her first concerto recording, of Christopher Wright’s Violin Concerto for Dutton Epoch with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, was released recently to great critical acclaim, including selection as ‘Orchestral Choice CD’ in a 5 star review in the BBC Music Magazine. She has collaborated with artists including Alexander Baillie, Pekka Kuusisto and Martin Lovett, and is regularly invited by Steven Isserlis to take part in the International Musicians’ Seminar, Prussia Cove. Konzertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie, she also enjoys guest leading and directing various ensembles in Europe. In 2012 Fenella created Bach To The Future, an inspirational commissioning project for six established composers to write works for solo violin to be performed alongside Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas. Three of these works, by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Piers Hellawell and Gordon Crosse, were premiered at the Maltings, Snape this year in a residency, while the other three, by Sally Beamish, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Adrian Sutton, follow next year. In today’s recital Fenella presents Bach's Partita in E major with its new 'fellow', by Cheryl Frances-Hoad; in addition we hear a landmark for solo violin from a later era, the Sonata no.2 by Ysäye, in which the great Belgian violinist himself quoted and reflected upon Bach’s ideas from the Bach Partita in E. The recital opens with a Sonata by the ‘father’ of solo violin, Heinrich Biber, the Baroque composer whose landmark violin works form the background to Bach. Please note: second recital event today at 5.30 pm. "

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Bach To The Future – ii

Fenella Humphreys (solo violin) In an informal lecture-recital setting, Fenella Humphreys performs Bach’s great Partita no 2 in D minor, with its closing Chaconne. Before this she will be joined by Piers Hellawell to introduce his own contribution to her project, Balcony Scenesfor solo violin; this will be performed on its own, first, and then with its four sections interspersed among the movements of the Bach Partita. Join us for Bach's great Chaconne!

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QUSO Christmas Concert

Seasonal favourites and popular classics brought to you by the Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra and Music Society Choir.

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France, Vichy and Me

Memories of the Second World War remain vivid in France, mainly because the full extent of the French State (Vichy)’s collaboration with Nazi Germany only came to light in the 1970s, triggering numerous heated debates. A whole generation of scholars experienced this major historiographical/memorial turn when they were young researchers and many of them chose to dedicate their careers to French perspectives on and representations of WWII. The aim of this workshop is to explore the impact of this major historiographical and cultural change on the intellectual trajectories and career pathways of leading scholars in the field, across academic disciplines such as history, literature, languages, film and cultural studies, and across five countries. Speakers, who will reflect individually and collectively on their research trajectories, include: Margaret Atack Marc Dambre Laurent Douzou Hilary Footitt Robert Gildea Richard Golsan Bertram Gordon Chris Lloyd Colin Nettelbeck Denis Peschanski Renée Poznanski Henry Rousso Susan Rubin Suleiman Peter Tame Annette Wieviorka This workshop will challenge traditional disciplinary boundaries and, in order to foster dialogue across generations of researchers, a number of travel bursaries will be offered to ECRs and PG students. Retired staff can also apply.

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The Plantation of Ulster: Deonstructing the Myths

The course will use the up-to-date assessment of the Plantation by Jonathan Bardon and the reports of recent archaeological digs to demonstrate how this momentous event is understood by professional historians. The course will also explore how and why this differs so radically from the popular myths used to shore up current day political positions.

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How to Write for Profit and Pleasure, Group 2

The award-winning journalist and author, Alf McCreary, shares his experience and outlines how people with limited or no background in writing can be helped to turn their ideas into print. This is an informative, enjoyable and successful course by a professional writer with wide experience who will cover the major aspects of creative writing, editing and publishing.

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Beginners Guide to Researching Your Family Tree, Group 2

Have you ever wanted to research your family tree but didn’t know where to begin? This workshop will provide an introduction to researching your family tree. You will learn the basics of birth, marriage and death records. The workshop will also focus on the information that is available online, for example, census records, genealogy websites, wills, street directories, cemetery records.

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Enhance Your Image for Men, Group 2

This half-day workshop will focus on colour analysis and style advice especially for men. Each participant will be tested with colour fabric swatches to determine which colours work best for them – including neutral colours for formal suits. General advice on dressing for specific body shapes, body language and personal presentation will be discussed.

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French Grammar Clinic

This 2 1/2 day workshop on Wednesdays will suit students with an intermediate level of French. The first day will focus on verbs (tenses and moods). The second will be tailor-made to answer students' questions and doubts raised at the end of the first day on any aspect of French grammar. This workshop aims to tackle problems faced by students whose first language is not French.

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How to Lighten Up Your Life

This course will empower you with practical skills which will enable you to increase your levels of energy and enjoyment in daily life. It will include simple yet effective relaxation techniques, creative mind work, tension and anger release skills and finding a balance in work and life.

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The Importance of Fathers in Children's Lives: Outcomes, Evidence and Rights into Practice

Both fathers and mothers play a significant role in providing good outcomes for children and young people. The best outcomes are achieved when there is co-operation between parents, irrespective of whether the parents are themselves in a relationship with each other. The specific role and importance of fathers in children and young people’s lives is a neglected area. There is a growing realisation in a practice context of the importance of fathers in children’s lives with regard to their outcomes. However, the evidence is still largely anecdotal and much more systematic and rigorous research is required. Furthermore, there is arguably a void with regard to specific government policy supporting fathers in making a positive contribution to improving their children’s outcomes. This half day seminar, with a range of invited speakers, will be of interest to academics, practitioners and policy makers. It will provide an opportunity to: develop a common understanding of the issues; co-ordinate the work of interested stakeholders; and discuss how to integrate outcomes, evidence and children’s rights into current practice. Registration: This is a free, open event, though space is limited. To secure your place, please contact David Piekaar, Improving Children’s Lives administrator: d.piekaar@qub.ac.uk.

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Toujours Pret!: French for the Worst-Case Scenario

This 2 1/2 workshop on Wednedays is suitable for students with an intermediate level of French. What do you do when... a French ATM swallows your bank card? You miss your connecting flight? The train conductor catches you with a non-validated ticket? We will take a fun approach to dealing with nightmarish scenarios that befall the traveller to France.

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Irish Penal Laws

The Penal Laws were a series of laws enacted in Ireland against Roman Catholics and Protestant dissenters, such as the Presbyterians. This course will consider the motivations and reasons behind the legislation, how coherent a penal code is actually presented, the nature of the laws and their impact. The day will end by considering the eventual repeal of the laws through the Relief Acts passed at the end of the eighteenth century and the transformative endeavours of Daniel O’Connell in the early nineteenth century.

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Builders of South Belfast: A Walking Tour

South Belfast evolved in the 19th Century as the town’s first major and most prestigious suburb. The urban elite leapfrogged from their Georgian terraces of the centre to the leafy Malone Ridge clustering initially as close as possible to the new symbols of prosperity including Queen’s and the Union Theological College. The area became a showcase for the best of suburban residential architecture and design. But who were its ‘builders’? This tour uses the term ‘builder’ in the widest sense to include architects, construction firms and developers. To find out more we will start at Queen’s and then walk from Mount Charles to Cranmore Park on the Malone Road visiting examples of the best of local builders’ work. There will be an opportunity to have lunch during the course of the walk (cost not included in price of the course).

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Assertiveness: An Introduction - Dealing with Conflict and Criticism

Assertiveness is the art of clear, honest, direct communication, and is closely linked to the ability to see ourselves as unique and worthy of respect. In this one-day workshop we will look at the difficult areas of how to be assertive when dealing with criticism and conflict.

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Ayurveda: An Introduction, Group 2

Ayurveda is the ancient healing system of India. It is rooted in the principle that spirit, mind and body are inextricably linked. According to Ayurveda, each of us has a unique psycho/physiological body type, which determines our individual traits and tendencies. In this workshop you will learn about your constitution and how to appreciate and make the best use of your unique qualities. Inappropriate diet and lifestyle lead to certain symptoms which in turn will eventually cause disease. We will look at practical diet and lifestyle changes you can make to bring balance into your life, address symptoms and help prevent disease.

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Interview Skills for Job Applicants, Group 2

Many people see the interview as a major obstacle to obtaining employment/promotion. This course aims at improving your interview performance by helping you to recognise your main selling points in terms of skills, knowledge and experience. It will help you select and express information proficiently on an application form and at interview, as well as coaching you in how to anticipate and respond to questions.

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An Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Group 4

This is a one-day experiential introduction to Mindfulness. It has been known for centuries in the meditative tradition that the sustained practice of mindfulness meditation can have profoundly healing and transformative effects in one’s life. Mindfulness is the ability to engage with the present moment without stress provoking negative judgments. Participants will learn the basic units of Mindfulness in action.

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Wiles Symposium: Remembering 1916: the Easter Rising, the Somme and the politics of memory

1916 witnessed two events that would profoundly shape both politics and commemoration in Ireland over the course of the following century. Although the Easter Rising and the battle of the Somme were important historical events in their own right, their significance also lay in how they came to be understood as iconic moments in the emergence of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

The Easter Rising proved a source of legitimacy not only for the independent Irish state that emerged out of the War of Independence but for subsequent republican movements that sought to justify the continued use of violence for political ends. From the 1960s the Rising’s contested legacy became central to the emergence of acrimonious debates about the writing of Irish history that were further intensified and, unusually for historiographical disputes, given wide public purchase by the outbreak of the Troubles.

In Ulster the sacrifice of the 36th Division on the Western Front provided a key foundation myth for the Northern Irish state. As with the memory of the Rising for republicans, the Somme offered unionist and loyalist movements a potent source of political capital. Although long a contentious feature of the Irish commemorative landscape, as witnessed by its ubiquity in loyalist murals, the aftermath of the Good Friday Agreement has also seen the appropriation of the memory of the First World War to fashion a more conciliatory narrative of the shared Catholic and Protestant experience of war.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach drawing on history, politics, anthropology and cultural studies, this colloquium will explore how the memory of these two iconic events has been constructed, mythologised and revised over the course of the past century. The aim is not merely to understand how the Rising and Somme came to exert a central place in how the past is viewed in Ireland, but to address this subject as a means of exploring wider questions about the relationship between history and memory.

Topics of interest to those beyond scholars of Irish history will include: the construction of communal memory, the role of commemoration in shaping national and political identity, and the relationship between academic history and public memory. Specific papers will address: the politics of memory and commemoration; the memorialisation of history; the shaping of collective memory; the influence of the Troubles on the history and memory of 1916; the role of the historian in engaging with popular memory and commemoration; the international impact of 1916; and how theories of memory can inform our understanding of commemoration and popular history.

More info at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofHistoryandAnthropology/News/Conferences/Remembering1916theEasterRisingtheSommeandthepoliticsofmemory/#d.en.473724

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Aspects of Belfast's History, Group 2

The growth of ‘modern’ Belfast began with Sir Arthur Chichester, who in 1603, was given land including Belfast for his part in the defeat of the Ulster Gaels in the Nine Years’ War. This field trip around central Belfast will tell the story, through the people, events and buildings that go to make up the history of the city. Meet at the front of the City Hall at 10.00 am.

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The 2015 Wiles Lectures

The Wiles Lectures for 2015 will be delivered by Professor Lyndal Roper, Fellow of Oriel College and Regius Professor of History at the University of Oxford, on 27-30 May 2015. Professor Roper's Wiles lectures will be given over four days at Queen's University Belfast, on the theme: 'Luther and the Reformation: A Cultural History'.

More information at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofHistoryandAnthropology/News/WilesLectureSeries/WilesLectures2015/

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