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Leisure and Wellbeing

International Staff

Leisure and Wellbeing


    Queen’s recognises the importance of Staff Wellbeing inside the workplace.

    The University offers numerous Wellbeing programmes to create awareness and improve the health of staff, including planned and regular health promotion events tied in with national campaigns. Occupational Health provide a wide range of services to the University for the prevention of work related injury or ill-health.


    Queen’s is proud to play a key role in the internationalisation of Northern Ireland. Please browse the Diversity and Inclusion webpages to find out more about workplace policies, news, details of staff training, outreach events, activities and campaigns.

    iRise provides a forum for networking and a means of peer support between BAME and International staff.

    The Gender Initiative provides a channel for women’s views on priority issues. In support of the University’s commitment to promoting leadership development and career progression for women, Queen’s also supports female staff to attend the Advance HE Aurora leadership development programme.

    PRISM LGBT Staff Network is a friendly, informal way to meet with LGBT+ colleagues at the University and discuss ideas to get involved in workplace activities - both formal and informal.

    The University has sporting facilities that are second to none, which staff can avail of. Queen’s Sport is on the doorstep of the main campus and staff enjoy reduced membership rates. If you are a member of the Physical Education Centre (PEC) and wish to be partnered with another member of staff for team sports such as squash or handball, please email Queen’s Sport also run an Active Children’s Programme and Summer Scheme.

    Literally a hidden gem, the QFT is nestled behind the Georgian façade of 20 University Square. Presenting the best in classic and new world cinema, in an intimate space, it's a unique cultural venue.


    The Brian Friel Theatre
    Located in the Drama & Film Centre which opened in 2004, the Brian Friel Theatre is one of the best equipped theatres in Belfast with a 120 seat studio theatre, rehearsal room, dressing rooms, green room and workshop.

    With free admission and open six days per week, the Naughton Gallery welcomes visitors from around the world, and has been recognised as one of the leading university galleries in the UK and Ireland, winning the Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in 2008. The gallery presents a rolling programme of contemporary exhibitions but also runs an extensive programme of talks, screenings, and special events including a book club and coffee mornings in association with the Belfast Coffee Map.


    Queen's University has been offering short courses to the local community since the 1850s. The School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW) continue to offer a program of Open Learning short courses for a fee, from creative writing and literature to Italian and wine tasting. For many courses, a concessionary fee is available to members of staff.


    Volunteering provides professional development opportunities for staff as well as making a very important contribution to the local community in which we work and live by engaging with children and young people and supporting the regeneration of deprived communities.


    The A Bite of Queen's lunchtime campus tours series is a staff initiative that gives you the opportunity to go behind the scenes of some of the University’s great buildings and hear about the amazing work being carried out by our colleagues.


    The aim of the international buddy scheme is to provide a friendly welcome for new international staff, helping them to settle into life in Belfast and at Queen’s University. We also hope that the scheme will further promote integration and cultural exchange at Queen’s. If you would like to volunteer to become a buddy for incoming international staff, please contact International Staff Support.

    Chaplains and other religious representatives are appointed by the University to represent and serve students and staff. The chaplaincy centres provide a focus for weekday or Sabbath worship, a range of social events and activities, groups for prayer and study, in addition to pastoral care and counselling. Belfast also has a Hindu Temple, located in the city's Indian Community Centre, a mosque and a synagogue.


    The University Security Service is committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment for all persons working, studying and visiting the University campus. Security staff are on duty at all times, and may be contacted on internal extension 5099 or external 028 9097 5099. In an emergency, the appropriate emergency services should be called. From a University telephone, dial extension 2222 to contact the University Control Room operator or 9-999 to contact Police, Fire and Ambulance services. Please click here for the University's Personal Safety Pocket Guide.

    Note that Northern Ireland forms part of the United Kingdom. Separate visa requirements may apply for travel in the Republic of Ireland depending on your nationality.