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: 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:

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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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Weekly Campus Runs

Join in the fun with Queen's Sport regular run/jog/walk programme as part of our Campus Sport programme. These runs are open to everyone, regardless of fitness levels. A Campus run will begin outside the PEC at 1.30pm every Wednesday through Botanic Gardens. We will have instructors there to help you get started providing advice and motivation. Registration is open from 1.00pm Additionally, we have our weekly Queen's parkrun, Belfast event at our site at Upper Malone. This is a free 5K timed run every Saturday at 9.30am and is open to everyone. You can register online today.

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Death benefits? Physician-assisted dying, justification, and the problem of posthumous interests

Seminar delivered by Dr Mary Neal
Moral philosophers have long grappled with the “problem of posthumous harm”; in other words, with the question of whether it can be harmful to do certain things in relation to deceased people, even if we presume that such people no longer exist.

In this paper, I will argue that bioethicists debating physician-assisted dying must grapple with this perplexing issue from the other direction, in terms of the possibility of posthumous benefit rather than harm, because of the unavoidable role of the concept of “best interests” in justifying interventions in the healthcare setting. Where assisted dying takes the form of an intervention by a healthcare professional on a patient, I will argue, it requires to be justified, like any other healthcare intervention. A limited number of recognised methods of justifying such interventions exists, and this paper will claim that the concept of “best interests” is either explicit or implicit in all of them. Thus, unless it can be established that a proposed intervention to end life is in the “best interests” of a patient, it cannot be accommodated under the established framework for justifying interventions in the healthcare context. This means that if interventions to end life are to be justified at all, this can only be achieved by introducing a parallel (e.g. statutory) system of justification that would be external to (and could potentially create tensions with) existing justificatory frameworks. The argument in this paper provides a limited defence of the current law against charges of discrimination and inconsistency, although wider questions of justice are not addressed here.

Dr Mary Neal is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, where she teaches and researches in the fields of Legal Theory, Healthcare Law and Bioethics, and Property Law. She holds degrees from the Universities of Glasgow (LLB Honours, LLM) and Cardiff (PhD). Her research focuses on beginning and end-of-life issues, and in particular, on meta-disciplinary concepts such as dignity and sanctity. Her most recent publications have addressed the conceptual structure and content of dignity, as well as its legal status, and have argued that ‘human dignity’ in the legal sense is a family of concepts (rather than a single concept); that the organising idea uniting this family of concepts entails a connectedness between dignity and vulnerability; and that respect for human dignity is a necessary prerequisite for recognising something as a legal system. Her current projects include articles on assisted dying, on rights of conscientious objection in the healthcare context, on the respective roles of the principles of sanctity and dignity in end-of-life discourse, on the role of dignity in human rights discourse, and a monograph titled The Jurisprudence of Pregnancy: Concepts of Conflict, Persons and Property.

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Simon McWilliams: Abstract Armature

For more than 20 years Simon McWilliams has proven himself to have a unique painterly voice gathering accolades and awards in the USA, London and Ireland. Following the success of his solo show in Los Angeles, these paintings continue his use of architectural armatures and organic elements to reveal his fascinating and individualistic handling of paint. These are vibrant, densely built, spatially complex paintings. Underlying their quasi-abstraction is an armature of realism which effectively organises the sumptuous paint.

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Institute of Irish Studies : Spring Semester Seminar Programme

'Citizen-Soldiers: Irish Political Militarism in the Atlantic World, 1778-1914' by Dr Christopher Loughlin, School of History and Anthropology, QUB

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‘The Rule of Law and EU Economic Governance’

 Imelda Maher MRIA is the inaugural Sutherland Chair in European Law in University College Dublin, returning to Ireland having spent most of her career in the UK (Warwick, Birkbeck and LSE), with a brief interlude in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. Her work is in the field of law and governance where she has published extensively on EU Law and also in competition law.  She is the general editor of Legal Studies and a member of the editorial boards of the European Law Journal and the Irish Yearbook of International Law.  She is a founding member of the European Law Institute and is a member of its Council.  She was recently elected as Secretary of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the Royal Irish Academy. Recent publications include Dermot Hodson and Imelda Maher (2013) 'British Brinkmanship and Gaelic Games: EU Treaty Ratification in the UK and Ireland from a Two Level Game Perspective'. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations: 1-17; and M. W. Dowdle, J. Gillespie and I. Maher (eds.) Asian Capitalism and the Regulation of Competition: Towards a Regulatory Geography of Global Competition Law, CUP, Cambridge, 2013.

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Making your survey work: Using factor analysis and other tests of reliability and validity

Facilitators: Dr Karen Orr & Dr Stephanie Burns This training event is suitable to anyone intending to use survey methods in their research. No previous experience of using factor/reliability analysis is required.

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Recovering Truth, Informing Justice: Researching the Hillsborough Disaster

In this interactive seminar, supported by the School of Law, Phil Scraton reflects on the distinct phases of his research into the Hillsborough Disaster; its context, circumstances, aftermath and the range of investigations, inquiries, inquests and prosecutions that followed. In 1989, months after the Disaster he was commissioned to head a research team and the Hillsborough Project published two substantial reports in 1990 and 1995 followed by his seminal book, Hillsborough: The Truth (1st Edn 1999; 2nd Edn 2000; 3rd Edn 2009). He wrote the proposal for the Hillsborough families that led to the Hillsborough Independent Panel and headed its Queen’s-based research team 2010-2012. Its extensive Report exonerated the fans and led to: a double apology to the bereaved families from the Prime Minister; a full criminal investigation of all parties responsible for the safety, management and policing of the stadium; the largest ever investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission; the quashing of the inquests of the 96 men, women and children who were killed; and the ordering of new inquests (opened on 1st April and expected to run for a year). Currently Phil is working with the bereaved families’ legal teams researching and analysing all documents relevant to the new inquests. The interactive seminar will discuss the research process adopted at each stage, the multi-method approach underpinning the analysis and the emotional and ethical demands of doing critical, sensitive and public interest research in the full glare of media coverage and popular discourse. It will also offer an opportunity for researchers to engage in discussions about research methods more generally. For more information about the Hillsborough inquest and its progression visit:

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Latin American Studies Seminar

Prof. Patience Schell (University of Aberdeen), 'Natural History and Leading the Good Life in Nineteenth-Century Chile'. Joint event with the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology. Tea, Coffee, and sandwiches provided.

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BISSC 2014

The Belfast International Social Science Conference is organized by the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast and Northern Ireland Dialogue Society. The goal of the conference is to highlight importance of education, law, order, and ethical values for a democratic society to establish a stronger community whose members can respect and accept one another regardless of their cultures, religions and ethnic backgrounds. A democratic society requires processes of education in responsible citizenship, human rights practice, and ethical values across the age spectrum. It also requires a foundation in law and order including human rights legislation.

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Export Controls: WTO/GATT and Competition Law

Restrictions of natural resources in minerals, foods and energy on the part of natural resources holding countries are becoming important trade issues in the face of exploding world population and expanding economies of China, India, Indonesia and other newly industrialized countries. In this talk, an analysis is made in some aspects legal issues surrounding natural resources problems from the viewpoint of WTO law and international competition law. WTO law and competition law are separate legal areas. However, those two types of law overlap and interact with each other in relation to the control of natural resources export. Topics covered include WTO/GATT provisions on export control, exceptions and recent panel and appellate decisions (the China Minerals Case and the China Rare Earth Case etc.), the reach of competition law to foreign monopolies and export cartels in the area of natural resources.

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InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme

You are cordially invited to attend a lecture and masterclasses by Professor Wim Vanhaverbeke, Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the University of Hasselt, on the 6 and 7 May 2014. Professor Vanhaverbeke is delivering these talks as part of the InterTradeIreland All-Island-Innovation Programme.

Evening Lecture

Tuesday 6 May, 6.30 pm (refreshments from 6.00pm)

The Courtyard, Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road, Belfast  

Open Innovation Fails Because Companies Are Not Prepared to Open Up!

In this lecture Professor Vanhaverbeke will explore why the switch from closed to open innovation has proven to be more difficult than expected for many businesses, and how SMEs can most effectively use open innovation. You can find out more about Professor Vanhaverbeke’s lecture and register to attend at

Masterclasses - Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road, Belfast

1) From Open Innovation to Innovation Ecosystems

Tuesday 6 May, 10.00am – 12.00noon

2) Crafting Innovation Deals between Large and Small Companies

Tuesday 6 May, 2.00 – 4.00pm

*Lunch will be provided for people attending both master classes on Tuesday 6 May.

3) Open Innovation in High-Tech and Low-Tech SMEs

Wednesday 7 May, 9.30 – 11.30am

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Institute of Irish Studies : Spring Semester Seminar Programme

''It is widely assumed that the Bloody Sunday matter is over and done with. But it isn't' by Dr Martin McCleery, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, QUB Full programme at:

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SEMINAR: “Journey to a Masterpiece: Alban Berg's op.6”

Dr Kevin O’Connell (RIAM)

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CONCERT: The Royal String Quartet

The University String Quartet in Residence, The Royal String Quartet from Poland.

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CONCERT: Maria McGarry (piano) The Romantic Piano: Alkan and Beyond

Maria McGarry presents a showcase of solo repertoire by the eccentric maverick of the Romantic piano, Charles-Valentin Alkan. This famously virtuosic music is offset by the new simplicity and compression of early piano explorations by Berg and his teacher Schoenberg, heralding new pianistic expression in the new century. Maria McGarry is one of Ireland's leading pianists, enjoying a strong national and international profile as a performer. Her recitals in major venues in Ireland, Europe, the U.S. and Canada have received overwhelming audience responses and critical acclaim. She is a graduate of the 'Artist Diploma in Performance', the highest performance award from the prestigious Juilliard School, New York. Ms McGarry has given recitals at 'Wigmore Hall', London; the National Philharmonie, Warsaw; the 'Palais de Nations' Geneva; the 'Lincoln Centre', New York and the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado. She was invited to give the National Concert Hall’s ‘Debut Recital’ (now the Rising Star Recital) in 2002 and has represented Ireland at key international cultural events, performing at the E.U Culture Weeks in New Delhi and the ‘Biennale for Contemporary Art’ in Bari, Italy. Ms McGarry is a frequent performer at major arts events in Ireland, including the 'West Cork Chamber Music Festival', 'Sligo New Music Festival', 'Kilkenny Arts Festival' and the 'Belfast Festival at Queens'. In 2008, she gave a highly successful tour to highlight the centenary of Olivier Messiaen’s birth, performing the ‘Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus’ at venues throughout Ireland and the UK.

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CONCERT: QUSO Spring Concert Great Symphonies

Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra, conductor Paul McCusker, with Joanne Quigley (violin)

All are invited to come along to the end-of-year performance by the Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra as they round off the year with a programme of ‘Tragedy and Triumph.’ The programme will include Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, with soloist Joanne Quigley. The night will be rounded off with one of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Great Symphonies’, his Symphony No. 5.

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SEMINAR: PhD roundtable event

School wide Selected PhD students

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Human Resource Management in Multinational Enterprises: Understanding How Irish and Foreign Firms Behave

Please join us at this Centre for Irish Business and Economic Performance, Queen's University Management School, event. At this seminar which is open to all, Dr Anthony McDonnell will discuss the extent to which HRM practices in multinational enterprises (MNEs) in Ireland’s late developing and highly globalized economy resemble their counterparts from larger “early industrializing” countries. The study shows that the American model of HRM is not quite as dominant as sometimes assumed, with many Irish-owned multinationals demonstrating considerable similarity with UK MNEs but variation with their US counterparts.

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CONCERT: Brass Band Concert

University Brass Band and Junior Academy of Music Brass concert QUB Brass Band with Musical Director Michael Alcorn with performances by the JAM Brass ensembles.

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Implementing Children's Rights in Wales

SPEAKER: Dr Simon Hoffman, Swansea University Wales has adopted a distinctive approach to children's rights, including creative use of devolved competence to incorporate the UNCRC into law and policy-making processes through the introduction of the Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011. Dr Simon Hoffman will explain how the Measure operates. He will discuss why Wales chose to adopt a particular legal mechanism to achieve incorporation having regard to the political, legal and judicial context. Dr Hoffman will reflect on some of the difficulties encountered in seeking to translate political will (i.e. to give effect to children's rights in Wales), into legal obligation, and will discuss the most significant issues for implementation that have arisen in the two years since the Measure was introduced.

Simon Hoffman began his career in 1985 working for NGOs as a rights advocate. After practicing at the Bar from 1997-2006 (civil law and public law) he joined Swansea University, College of Law, to teach human rights and children's rights, and to carry out research. His principal research interests are: implementation of human rights obligations through law and policy, especially at devolved or sub-state level; and, integration of rights into policy processes at local authority level. In 2012 he set up the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People (together with his fellow Co-director, Jane Williams). The Observatory engages directly with the Welsh Government, the public sector and the NGO sector to support child rights implementation in Wales, but also contributes to child rights based approaches to public policy internationally. Simon has been invited to present his research, and to speak about what is taking place in Wales on children's rights, at conferences in jurisdictions including France, Ireland, Spain, Norway, Argentina, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. He has acted as an expert witness to the Children and Young People Committee of the National Assembly for Wales, and has provided advice to the Wales Monitoring Group on the UNCRC, as well as to theChildren’s Commissioner for Wales.

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SEMINAR: "Overheard, interrupted: work"

Brandon LaBelle

Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist. His works explore questions of social life, using sound, performance, text and sited constructions. He is the author of Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (Errant Bodies, 2012) Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (Continuum, 2010) and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (Continuum, 2006). He is professor at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design.

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CONCERT: Brandon LaBelle

”Speculations on the lyrical imagination of the resistant, the lazy and the hopeful”

The trembling voice, the determined gaze, the soft touch, the pouting lip, the pain of freedom, the frog in the throat, the distant horizon, the sudden burst, the gathering crowd, the forgotten words, the unknown outcome, the social energy, the lonely thought, the dispossessed, the longing and the nation, the disciplinary grip, the body on the run, the lost tribe, the flickering light, the moon overhead, the remembrance of things, the quiet hour, the unforgettable sound, the afternoon that drifts, the road to nowhere, and the sign up ahead, the song that made me stop, the whisper, the encounter, the writing on the wall.

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Irish Studies International Lecture

Prof Rob Savage (Boston College), '"The Troubles" in London in the 1970s' In 1973 the IRA brought the violence of ‘the Troubles’ to England beginning a vicious campaign of terror that witnessed over five hundred recorded incidents over a twenty-five year period. One hundred and fifteen people were killed and over two thousand injured by bombs that exploded in a variety of public places including, parks, railway stations, city streets and crowded pubs. In response Parliament passed draconian legislation intended to help the authorities defeat the IRA. Rules were bent, mistakes were made and the civil rights of individuals were violated as the authorities came under tremendous pressure to apprehend those responsible for the carnage. Throughout this period the methods and tactics of Scotland Yard’s Special Branch came under scrutiny by civil rights advocates including the National Council for Civil Liberties. Although critics of the police challenged the authorities, their voices were drowned out by demands by politicians and the public for swift and severe action to reign in the terrorism that had come to the mainland. This paper will address how British authorities made critical compromises that in the end betrayed basic human rights to citizens of the United Kingdom.

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CONCERT: QUB Big Band Spring Concert

QUB Big Band directed by Steve Barnett.

A concert of summer favourites and evergreen classics from the popular Q.U.B. Big Band, to include swing, blues and ballad hits under the direction of maestro Steve Barnett.

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Against Rehabilitation

Pat Carlen invites you to consider the proposition that rehabilitation (in theory or practice) is not the good thing we have been taught to believe it is – and that it never has been. Secondly, she invites you to re-imagine the possible relationships between criminal justice and social justice; and then suggests that working towards a reparative justice informed by a sociological jurisprudence of equality-before-the law might help counteract some of the blatant inequalities inherent in criminal justice in grossly unequal societies.

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Introduction to Secondary Data Sources in Education

Facilitator: Dr Katrina Lloyd The aim of this seminar is to provide information and guidance on acquiring education-related data that can be used for secondary analysis. It will also provide an understanding of the opportunities and pitfalls of working with secondary data sources.

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J.C. Beckett Memorial Lecture

J.C. Beckett Memorial Lecture (Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies) Professor Jacqueline Hill (NUI Maynooth) With speak on 'The significance of oaths in 18th-century Ireland' All welcome

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The Wiles Lectures 2014

The Wiles Lectures for 2014 will be delivered by Professor Rana Mitter on 28-31 May 2014. Professor Mitter's Wiles lectures will be given on the theme: 'Fighting fate: wartime society and the making of modern China, 1937-1945'. The series will begin with a tea reception in the Great Hall at 4pm on 28 May, followed by the first lecture at 5pm in the PFC. Lectures 2 and 3 are on 29 and 30 May at 5pm, lecture 4 at 11am on 31 May, all in PFC.

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Annual Doctoral Conference in Education

Doctoral students in the School of Education continue to generate activities and events that show clear leadership within the doctoral community of education scholars in Ireland and which support their own personal training and development. Their flagship event is the Annual Doctoral Conference in Education where they build on the excellent experience of previous conferences, in collaboration with University College Dublin, as well as sustain and lead a vibrant and growing doctoral network of students across the island of Ireland. This year’s conference is a one day event, on 30 May, supported by the School of Education’s Doctoral Research Centre and the Queen’s University Postgraduate Office. The theme is Participating, Inspiring and Discovering in the World of Educational Research. Hosted at Queen’s University, the conference aims to provide all educational doctoral research students with opportunities to present ongoing research and develop formal presentation skills, engage in networking and debate to inspire new thinking among peers, as well as broaden knowledge in the education field as a whole. The conference will consist of lectures, workshops, networking opportunities and a poster session. The keynote address will be given by Dr Anne Looney, Chief Executive of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Ireland, who is known for her continuing strong support of education doctoral students throughout Ireland.

For more conference information contact Dayna Jost

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Ireland and the Colonies Conference 3-5 June 2014

This conference will examine the contribution of Irish and international agents in major historical processes such as the war of American independence, the Irish rebellion, the abolition of slavery, the Indian ‘mutiny’, nationalist movements, the emergence of the Irish Free State and independence, partition of territories. Ireland and the Colonies, 1775-1947, will seek to interrogate current models of colonial and postcolonial scholarship within the disciplinary boundaries of the academy and the historiographical traditions dictated by modern nation states. The conference aims to inaugurate a major new international research network to lead and disseminate future research in this field.

All staff and PG students are welcome to attend.  Enquiries to Daniel Roberts (

A full Programme will be available in the near future.

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Efficacy Paradox: can NICE be NICER?

Centre of Excellence for Public Health NI Seminar Series Dr Weiya Zhang Associate Professor & Reader, Nottingham University

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Socio-psychological Processes of Intergroup Reconcilation

‌GUEST SPEAKER: Dr Sabina Cehajic-Clancy

As a social psychologist I have been examining processes pertinent for understanding and facilitating intergroup reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2004. More specifically, I have been looking at processes of acknowledgment of responsibility, intergroup forgiveness, collective emotions and recently also at what effects apology and reparation offer as well as intergroup contact. My methodological approach ranges from qualitative to experimental using various strategies including films. In this talk I would like to present my major findings and share my insights into how to restore damaged intergroup relations in post-conflict societies. My talk will consist of three parts. In the first part, I will talk about how people deal with the knowledge that members of their group have committed grave atrocities against others. More specifically, I will accentuate the importance of acknowledgment and acceptance of responsibility and which factors might facilitate this rare psychological phenomenon. Then I will proceed to talk about group-based emotions of guilt and shame and their role for intergroup reconciliation. I will present findings on implications of guilt and shame as felt by perpetrator group members as well as their effects on victim group members. Finally, I will talk about the importance of intergroup contact and ways to facilitate its positive effects on intergroup relations in post-conflict settings. Flyer

   Sabina Cehajic-Clancy

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Understanding Challenged Behaviour in Children with Autism

How to Understand and Improve Challenged Behaviour in Children and Young People with Autism: CBA in collaboration with, 'Parents' Education as Autism Therapists (PEAT)', are offering five training events as part of the ongoing Big Lottery Fund project: "Educational Inclusion for Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder." For further information and registration forms contact the PEAT office.

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CONCERT: JAM Summer Concert Junior Academy of Music, QUB

Around 200 pupils (age 4-17) are presenting their end-of-the-year concert.

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Building Student Capacity to co-govern in the Classroom

SPEAKER: Emily Nelson, Eastern Institute of Technology, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand This seminar presents findings from Emily’s research ‘Is this student voice?’ Teachers and students re-negotiate power through governance partnerships in the classroom. The presentation highlights the slippery nature of enacting student/teacher classroom governance partnerships against a backdrop of elusive power dynamics and competing co-construction and accountability agendas. It promotes a power analytic frame developed for the research to examine the nuanced workings of power on possibilities for teacher and student pedagogical decision-making. It also explores implications from this examination for scaffolding student influence in decision-making within classrooms as a matter of social justice.

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Children's Rights and Wellbeing

This is a joint event hosted by the Children's Wellbeing and Quality of Life Special Interest Group with the Centre for Children's Rights. The event is to last all day; Further information and programme to be announced. SPEAKERS: Professor Ferran Cassas, University Of Girona and Professor Helen Stalford, European Children's Rights Unit, University of Liverpool

ICL Branding                

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Irish Urban Spaces in Nineteenth-Century

This Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland will take a broad interdisciplinary look at urban spaces in nineteenth-century Ireland.

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Too Gay to Foster

SPEAKER: Daniel Monk, Birbeck University Daniel Monk will present a paper on the experiences of a gay couple who were rejected as foster parents because they were in an open relationship. He will examine different understandings of child welfare and the limits to equality.

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Employment for adults with disabilities: Policies and Practice

Employment of adults with disabilities is a topic of great interest and importance today. Our discussion will focus on strategies, research and best practices that can assure that adults with disabilities have the skills and opportunity to compete in the local and global economy and in the 21st century workplace.  Too often, adults with disabilities face significant challenges in accessing and maintaining employment opportunities that maximize their skills, talents and abilities. For many, low expectations, under-employment and limited access to meaningful careers have been the reality. For others, adult onset of disability has meant the untimely shortening or termination of a career.Promising strategies that involve business, education and the disability community abound. There is a growing body of research and development of evidence-based practices in the field of employment of youth and adults with disabilities. Disability employment policy can and should be viewed in the context of the local and global economy.  As importantly, we can learn to tell a better story - from the perspective of the adult with a disability, from the perspective of employers and from the perspective of the community that benefits.

Short Biography:
Lynnae Ruttledge has committed her career to disability-related public policy and program development with a focus on employment of adults with disabilities. In her work in the fields of education, independent living, vocational rehabilitation and international exchange, Lynnae has provided effective leadership for collaborative partnerships with educators, researchers, advocates, business, community-based organizations and governmental agencies.  Lynnae currently serves as a Presidential appointee to the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy. In addition, she serves as a disability policy advisor to DOCTRID (Daughters of Charity, Technology  Research into Disability) and Michigan State University. In 2013, Lynnae also served as a Presidential appointee to the fifteen member US Senate Commission on Long Term Care.  Lynnae provided national leadership to the public vocational rehabilitation program as Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration with the US  Department of Education from 2010 - 2012. Throughout her extensive public service career, Lynnae has held policy development and executive level leadership positions at the local, state and national levels.  Committed to international disability rights advocacy, Lynnae is a strong supporter of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has been affiliated with Mobility International USA, a US-based disability rights NGO, since 1988 and has served as a citizen diplomat in educational exchanges in South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, Russia and Europe.  Lynnae and her husband (an Irish citizen) make their home in the state of Washington in the Pacific Northwest.

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Authority and the Teacher

The notions of authority in education has become an increasingly negative concept, regarded by some as championed only by the rigid traditionalists and those who cling on to outdated educational theory and philosophy. 'Authority and the Teacher', seeks to overturn the notion that authority is a restrictive force within education, serving only to stifle creativity and drown out the vice of the student. William H. Kitchen argues that any education must have, as one of its cornerstones, a component which encourages the fullest development of knowledge, which serves as the great educational emancipator. In this version of knowledge-driven education, the teacher's authority should be absolute, so as to ensure that the teacher has the scope to liberate their pupils. The pupil, in the avoidance of ignorance, can thus embrace what is rightfully theirs; the inheritance of intellectual riches passed down through time. By invoking the work of three major philosophers - Polanyi, Oakeshott and Wittgenstein - as well as contributions from other key thinkers on authority, William Kitchen underpins previous claims for the need for authority in education with the philosophical clout necessary to ensure these arguments permeate modern mainstream educational thinking. Programme: Arrival and Registration (1:45pm): Introduction (2:00pm): TBC

Lecture 1 (2:15pm – 3:00pm): William H. Kitchen, “Authority and the Teacher”
Lecture 2 (3:00pm – 3:30pm): Mr Michael Johnston and Mrs Mairead Buick, “A practitioner’s perspective”
Break       (3:30pm – 4:00pm)
Lecture 3 (4:00pm – 4:30pm): Mr Robert McCartney QC, “The death of the progressive, constructivist curriculum in Northern Ireland”
Keynote Lecture (4:30pm – 5:15pm): Professor Frank Furedi, “Sociological and Historical Authority”
Conclusions and Summary (5:15pm – 5:30pm): William H. Kitchen
Discussion and Questions (5:30pm – 5:40pm)

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Research Impact Showcase & Publication Launch

This exciting showcase event is an excellent opportunity for you to meet with, hear from, and talk to internationally-acclaimed researchers from Queen's University Belfast. Come and discover how their research impacts on all of our lives.

Launch of The DNA of Innovation, Volume 4:

A new publication that profiles academics present at the showcase and a little of their research will be launched here. Take a copy away with you after the event.

More details to follow in due course on our website:

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