The Vice-Chancellor is holding a number of all-staff sessions to discuss the development of our new Strategic Plan.
The upcoming sessions are:
|Tuesday 19 November||1.30pm – 2.30pm||Emeleus Lecture Theatre|
|Wednesday 20 November||1.30pm – 2.30pm||Larmor Lecture Theatre|
|Thursday 28 November||1.00pm – 2.00pm||PFC 0G/007|
|Wednesday 4 December||1.00pm – 2.00pm||MBC Teaching Centre LT1|
Please indicate which session you plan to attend via this link. Please also use this link to submit any particular topic/question you would like raised at the sessions.
The Flexible Retirement Scheme is now open for applications. This Scheme provides an alternative to full retirement, allowing employees to reduce their working hours whilst drawing some of their accrued pension benefits.
Should you wish to apply for flexible retirement, please complete the application form and pass to your Head of School/Director by Friday 10 January 2020. Your Head of School/Director will meet you to discuss your request, make their recommendation and submit the form to People and Culture by Friday 31 January 2020. The Retirement Policy and application form can be accessed on the People and Culture website.
All applications for flexible retirement will be considered by the Flexible Retirement Panel and applicants will be notified of the decision.
If you require further advice or guidance in relation to the above, please contact Elaine Coleman, 028 9097 3014, in the People and Culture Directorate.
Staff should note the following Payments Office arrangements over the Christmas and New Year period for paying correctly authorised and registered Supplier Invoices, Request for Payment Forms and Staff Expenses Claims:
Whilst the Payments Office will make every effort to comply with this timetable, due to the volumes of payment requests received at this time of the year, and to ensure payment before the holiday, staff are requested to process all such transactions well in advance of these deadlines.
Further clarification of these arrangements, if required, may be obtained from the Payments Office: 028 9097 3029.
With Winter Graduation just weeks away, the Communications Office is keen to hear about any graduating student with an interesting story.
Do you know a student who has won an award or is involved in charity work? Or who has overcome adversity or achieved sporting success while studying? Or a student who has secured an exciting graduate job or career placement or who has their own business start-up idea?
If so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with an outline of the student's story, School and subject. It would be helpful if you could include a mobile number for the student. A member of the Communications team will then be in touch with them to discuss.
The closing date for submitting information on graduation stories is Wednesday 27 November at 4.00pm.
The Annual Information Services Coffee morning will take place in the Great Hall on Tuesday 10 December from 10.00am to 11.30am. All are welcome. Proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Raffle tickets are available to purchase beforehand and also at the event: £1.00 each or six for £5.00. Any donations of prizes, hampers, etc, would be very welcome. Please contact a member of the Information Services Social Sub-Committee for information:
|Christine Carrothersemail@example.com||028 9097 6322|
|Julie Caulfieldfirstname.lastname@example.org||028 9097 6346|
|Michael Goodallemail@example.com||028 9097 6260|
|Barry McKinneyfirstname.lastname@example.org||028 9097 6147|
|David Robinsonemail@example.com||028 9097 6164|
Please see below for details of this week's internal vacancy. Vacancies are viewable on Queen's Online. Please note that other vacancies are often advertised externally and are on the Job Vacancies page. For career updates, staff can also follow the Recruitment team on Twitter @QUBWorkHere.
A dedicated website has been established to provide information and support to both staff and students and to help keep you up to date with the latest developments in the Brexit negotiations.
Staff are encouraged to check these webpages regularly for updates.
It's important for the University to know how you, as staff, judge our reputation and how it compares to other UK universities, including whether you would recommend Queen's as a place to work.
This short survey is completely anonymous and takes five minutes to complete. Take part in the survey here.
Responses from academic staff are particularly invited in order to ensure that the views of all categories of staff are well represented.
If you have any questions about the research, please contact Rowen Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a project managed by The World 100 Reputation Network, a group of leading global universities, to which Queen's belongs. The World 100 Reputation Network is managed by The Knowledge Partnership, specialist education consultants, who ensure all responses are anonymous and confidential, in accordance with the UK's Market Research Society Code of Conduct.
Waste Reduction Week at Queen's (Monday 18 to Friday 22 November) kicks off today, with a range of events, talks and workshops planned to inform staff about what you can do to help our planet.
Part of the Europe-wide 'European Week of Waste Reduction' awareness week, this year's theme is 'Waste education and communication for behaviour change' and Queen's focus is 'Ditching the Disposables'.
Key events include:
Volunteer SU invite staff to a short lunchtime session on Waste Awareness – 'Where does my rubbish go?' – on Tuesday 19 November from 1.00pm to 2.00pm in Clubroom 5, Students' Union, Elmwood Avenue.
Volunteer SU have invited waste and recycling experts from Belfast City Council to take us through the journey of what happens to our rubbish once it has left our house. Come along to hear why it is so important to divide your recyclables and how your used can of coke or bottle of milk can be a force for good if put in the correct bin. This short, informal information session is perfect for anyone who is interested in learning how small everyday changes can help the fight again the depletion of our environment.
Lunch will be provided for all attendees. Register here.
To thank its friends and allies and welcome new members, PRISM LGBT+ Staff Network will host a meet-and-greet coffee morning event on Wednesday 27 November from 11.00am to 12.00pm in the Naughton Gallery.
PRISM merchandise for sale will include rainbow lanyards and t-shirts. There will also be a give-away to two lucky attendees.
The award winning PRISM LGBT+ Staff Network has received incredible support from the University since its inception last year. The group is great support for LGBT+ staff who have come together to promote diversity and inclusion. The group meets monthly to organise social get-togethers, annual LGBT+ events and provides a time and place to meet other staff.
Recent events held
All the above awards were won within the first year of the network.
To mark Carers Rights Day on Thursday 21 November, the Diversity and Inclusion Unit will be hosting an Information Stand on the day between 10.00am and 11.00am in Junction Café.
A representative from Carers NI will be in attendance along with staff from the People and Culture Directorate. Staff Carers are welcome to come along for advice and information about support available both externally and within Queen's.
Following publication of the University's Code of Practice for REF 2021, eligible members of staff are reminded of the process for disclosing individual circumstances.
As outlined in the Code of Practice, REF 2021 provides flexibility in the volume of outputs that individual staff submit to the assessment. The University recognises that there are many reasons why individuals may publish outputs at different rates, and does not expect that all staff will contribute the same volume of outputs to the exercise.
In line with the Code of Practice, the University has put in place safe and supportive structures for staff to voluntarily disclose their individual circumstances so that this can be taken into account in REF preparations.
A short 'fact sheet' on this process has been published, which all staff are encouraged to review. The deadline for making staff circumstances disclosures is 20 January 2020, and full details on the process can be accessed here.
The QUB Teaching Awards Scheme for 2020 is now open. Up to 10 Teaching Awards are available and a prize of £1,000 will be awarded to each successful individual or team, paid into a dedicated School account for professional development purposes.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 25 March 2020.
Further information including Notes for Guidance, application templates and examples of previous applications are available to download on the CED website. Queries should be directed to Liz McDowell at email@example.com or 028 9097 2879.
Major changes to the University's Honorary Titles framework took effect on 1 November 2019. In summary, the new Visiting Titles process streamlines the range of titles to Visiting Scholars and Visiting Students (in line with sector practice). Schools now manage Visiting Students and Academic Affairs administers Visiting Scholars nominations. Stakeholder briefing sessions took place in early October, and guidance documentation has been circulated to support Schools.
Honorary Title and Visiting Title holders are issued with a formal set of Terms and Conditions clearly outlining their entitlements and obligations. In light of the University's commitment to ongoing environmental actions and improvements, Honorary Status holders will no longer have the right to apply for a car-parking permit, or in the case of previous staff, no longer have the right to retain their permit upon conferral/renewal of their title.
Queries should be directed to Lorraine Lavery: firstname.lastname@example.org; 028 9097 3006/3384.
All staff are asked to note changes in current legislation relating to the use of drones.
A new drone registration scheme is now open, and by Saturday 30 November 2019, drone operators will be required to have registered their device(s) with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and take an online safety test. Anyone who fails to register or sit the competency tests could face fines of up to £1,000, as these become legal requirements under the Air Navigation Order (ANO). Please see the CAA website regarding the drone registration scheme.
For further details, and advice pertaining to the use of drones, please refer to UMAL's information page here.
All drone users should please notify Queen's insurance team once registered at email@example.com.
If you would like to avail of Canvas training, or need any assistance with module development in Canvas or assignment setup, the following upcoming activities are available. Register for training and access support.
The Canvas@Queen's blog contains lots of useful information about Canvas, the training and support available for staff and students, and quick hints and tips to get you up-to-speed as quickly as possible. go.qub.ac.uk/CanvasLatest
Around the clock support is available to staff and students through Canvas Tier 1 Support. Find out how to access Canvas Tier 1 Support here.
Follow the Centre for Educational Development on Twitter to keep updated on the latest Canvas training offering: @QUB_CED or search #QUBCanvas.
The University has just launched the first Digital Experience Insights Survey at Queen's. This is part of a national survey initiative with other HE institutions and FE colleges to capture data on how students are using technology in teaching and learning.
Staff are encouraged to help promote the survey by sharing the Digital Experience Insights Survey link with their students. Access can also be found through QR codes on physical posters and resources placed around campus.
To find out more about the Digital Experience Insights Survey, or how you can help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who participate will complete a set of questions about their digital experience at Queen's helping the institution to understand and help improve the digital experience that we offer. The survey only takes 10 minutes to complete and as an incentive students will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win Amazon vouchers (one x £100, two x £25, five x £10).
As part of the this year's collection for South Belfast Food Bank, CED and Science Shop invite all staff to a Festive Coffee Morning on Tuesday 3 December from 10.00am to 11.00am in the Canvas Training Room (3rd floor, 92-96 Lisburn Road – above the Speakeasy; buzz for access).
Donations for the food bank would be appreciated in lieu of entrance fee. As well as festive food and cheer, staff can also see the new CED and Science Shop facilities. Festive attire is optional, but encouraged.
Suggested items for donation:
|Feminine hygiene products, baby nappies||Long life milk||Cooking oil|
|Toiletries (shampoo, soap, razors, shaving cream, etc)||Long life juice||Sugar, biscuits|
|Washing powder, washing up liquid||Tinned vegetables, tinned fruit
(NO baked beans, please)
|Tin openers||Tinned meat/fish||Pet food|
|Toilet rolls||Tea, coffee||Instant mash/soup|
|Toothpaste, toothbrushes||Jam||All other non-perishables|
If you would like more information, please contact Lina Furnell on 028 9097 5845. Thank you for supporting local people in crisis.
Staff are invited to 'Transformative Film Making and Mental Health', a free event in celebration of International Men's Day and the 20th anniversary of ESC Films, taking place on Tuesday 19 November from 2.45pm to 4.15pm at Queen's Film Theatre. (Doors open at 2.30pm.)
This event will be facilitated by ESC Films and aims to explore how transformative film-making can positively impact the lives and mental health of men in Northern Ireland. ESC Films will screen a range of short films and behind the scenes documentaries focusing on the impact of film as therapy, especially for socially-excluded people and those whose voices often go unheard. Refreshments will be served after the event in the Main Site Tower Foyer.
Event organised by the Athena SWAN Committee, School of Nursing and Midwifery. ESC Films is a registered Charity and event attendees will have the opportunity to make a voluntary donation on the day to support their work. "Our message is simple: own your story." — ESC Films
Staff are invited to the Careers, Employability and Skills annual Christmas Jumper Coffee Morning on Monday 16 December at 10.30am in the Student Guidance Centre Hub (Ground Floor). All money raised will go to Cash for Kids in aid of their 'Mission Christmas' appeal.
If you would like to donate some baked/bought goods, you can leave them in the kitchen of the SGC Hub by 10.00am on Monday 16 December.
There will be a raffle on the day to win some Christmas goodies. Tickets can be bought on the day: £1 per ticket or six for £5. Festive attire is optional. There will be spot prizes for best dressed.
Staff who can't make it on the day can still donate here.
By taking part in Mission Christmas, you are helping to raise vital funds to help bring Christmas to local children living in poverty.
The International Office is hosting a number of Market Interest Group meetings over the coming months, which are open to all Queen's staff who are interested in learning more about the University's priority regions.
The purpose of the group sessions is to provide all staff with an opportunity to be briefed by colleagues from Research and Enterprise (R&E), the Market Insight team and the International Office, about the current market trends and activity for research, reputation, partnerships and student recruitment per region. The groups will also provide staff with an opportunity to share experiences and generate ideas to maximise our research and recruitment efforts in these key markets.
Please see below the schedule for the Market Interest Group meetings. To register your attendance at any of these events, please click the relevant links.
Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
|India||4 December 2019||9.00am – 10.30am||Canada Room||Register here|
(including Malaysia, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Indonesia)
|4 December 2019||2.00pm – 3.30pm||Canada Room||Register here|
The meetings will open with a presentation session by R&E, the Market Insight team and the International Office. There will also be a short break-out session, enabling staff to share their opinions on what is currently happening in these regions, and to discuss initiatives that might help support our global reputation, partnerships and student recruitment activities. Hospitality will be provided.
Please see below for the latest Queen's article published in The Conversation.
Recent posts on Queen's Policy Engagement (QPol) Research Blog. To submit an article to QPol, email Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The November edition of the Centre for Educational Development Newsletter is now available online.
Included in this edition:
Staff are invited to share this quarterly newsletter with colleagues and subscribe by following the instructions in the Newsletter.
Staff are invited to 'Keeping Score', the 4th NI Student Wellbeing Conference, on Thursday 5 December in Ulster University, Coleraine.
'Keeping Score: Understanding the impacts of trauma and substance use on young people in supporting their personal wellbeing' will explore the impacts of trauma and substance use on young people in supporting their personal wellbeing.
Leading academics, consultants, service providers and healthcare professionals will provide expert insight and inspiration, bringing the most prevalent issues in trauma and addictions to life through first-hand, real-world experience.
Staff are invited to the Inaugural Lecture by Professor Eileen Murphy on Tuesday 10 December from 6.15pm to 8.15pm in room 0G.029, Elmwood Building, Elmwood Avenue.
Professor Murphy is Professor of Archaeology in the School of Natural and Built Environment. Her Lecture is entitled 'Encounters with Some (Extra)ordinary People from the Past'.
Staff are invited to the Sounding Conflict symposium on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 November.
The symposium will explore how sound, music and storytelling variously inform experiences, memories and narratives of conflict from around the globe and consider how they can be instrumental in promoting and sustaining pathways to peace. We will examine how sonic environments, music-making and theatrical practices are reshaping embodied effects of violence and promoting healing and social change. The symposium will examine diverse sonic processes in conflict and post-conflict contexts and consider challenges that they present for academics and practitioners, as they each seek to influence conflict transformation in their respective practices.
To find out more about the speakers, panels, workshops and film screenings visit the Sounding Conflict Symposium website.
The symposium will also feature academic-practitioner panels, interactive workshops on image theatre and creative methodologies, as well as three film screenings on these issues.
The Sounding Conflict symposium and research team brings together scholars from sonic arts, anthropology, political science, English and theatre studies, alongside partner organisations from Northern Ireland, the Middle East and Brazil.
This is the third annual event in the PaCCS (AHRC) funded interdisciplinary research programme 'Sounding Conflict: From resistance to reconciliation' (2017-2021).
The second round of calls is now open for applications to the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. Funding is available for impact-related activity, placement opportunities and partnership building.
Applications are welcomed from staff across the University working on social science research. You do not need to have been a previous recipient of ESRC funding in order to be eligible to apply. Deadline: Monday 2 December.
Advance HE has opened this year's National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) with submission deadlines of Saturday 18 April and Wednesday 11 March 2020 respectively.
To apply to go forward as a nominee to either Scheme, colleagues are invited to submit an expression of interest and detailed bullet points indicating how they would meet the criteria outlined in the Award guidelines to Liz McDowell (email@example.com) by Tuesday 28 January 2020.
Expressions of interest should be sufficiently detailed to allow the internal selection panel to make an informed decision. Advice and support to the nominees will be provided by the Centre for Educational Development to develop and format the applications for submission to Advance HE.
ANTF UK Teaching Excellence Awards Roadshows
The ANTF UK Teaching Excellence Awards Roadshows will be hosting regional events across the UK in the coming weeks/months to support potential nominees for the Teaching Excellence Awards. Details of the first two Roadshows (one an online webinar) are given below:
|Date / Time||Location||Booking link|
|Wednesday 4 December 2019, 2.00pm to 4.00pm||University of South Wales (Newport City Campus)||Register|
|Tuesday 14 January 2020, 12.00pm to 1.00pm||Online Webinar||Register|
The Roadshows provide the opportunity to explore the submission criteria for the 2020 National Teaching Fellow Scheme and identify ideas of impact and relevance to meet the three criteria. It is an opportunity for those wishing to submit in 2020 or in subsequent years to share practice and have the opportunity to discuss ideas in relation to the criteria. Further locations and dates will be advertised on the Advance HE webpage as they are confirmed.
The Centre for Educational Development is running a writing workshop for colleagues who are interested in applying for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme.
This two-part session is designed to support colleagues who are considering applying to be an institutional nominee for a National Teaching Fellowship this year, next year or some time in the future, to write an application.
Each institution can put forward up to three nominees and colleagues hoping to go forward as a nominee are initially asked to provide detailed bullet points by Tuesday 28 January 2020 indicating how they meet the criteria outlined below, sufficiently detailed to allow the panel to make an informed selection decision.
Applications will include discussion around the following criteria:
A successful application is a chance to gain recognition for outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession.
Details of ongoing works being carried out across the University campus can be found on the Estates Directorate webpage.
For information, please follow this link.
The Welcome Centre are holding a Creative Queen's Competition.
Staff and students who have an innovative product are invited to pitch ideas to the Welcome Centre creative team and win the chance to showcase their design for six months on the Welcome Centre shelves.
Deadline for entries: Monday 16 December at 4.00pm.
Application proposal forms can be collected from the Welcome Centre, Lanyon Building.
Please see upcoming music events below. More information on all events can be found on the School of Arts, English and Languages website.
This talk focuses on artistic works in the public space of Copenhagen, which are studied as affective archives, analysing their sonic and decolonial aspects.
Eve's curiosity compels her to re-invent the piano for herself and her audiences, to curate exceptional programmes and to commission new works by like-spirited artists and composers.
Internationally renowned artist Jeremy Reynolds has performed on six continents making his Carnegie Hall Debut in 2015 and has concertized for Clarimania (Poland), ClariBogota (Colombia), Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival, One Month Festival (South Korea), International Alliance for Women in Music, Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, International Double Reed Society and the National Flute Association. Free event – all welcome.
Please see this week's QFT listings below. Staff ticket price: £5 (standard ticket price: £6.95). Full film details are viewable on the QFT website.
MARRIAGE STORY: Noah Baumbach's (The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha, The Meyerowitz Stories) latest dizzying high is his most personal yet, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.
SORRY WE MISSED YOU: Sorry We Missed You is a fierce, vital film from director Ken Loach seeing him return to the milieu of 2016's I, Daniel Blake, supported by his long-time screenwriter Paul Laverty and producer Rebecca O'Brien.
LONDON KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL: QFT presents a selection of films from the London Korean Film Festival as part of its 2019 UK tour.
THE IRISHMAN: Martin Scorsese's ninth collaboration with Robert De Niro finds the master filmmaker returning to the genre he has helped define, with a mystery that has never been solved.
NT LIVE: FLEABAG (ENCORE): See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC's hit TV series Fleabag, now at cinemas from London's West End.
NT LIVE: HANSARD (ENCORE): Two-time Olivier Award winners Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen) star in this brand-new play by Simon Wood.
EXHIBITION CONTINUES: AS MANY REPS AS POSSIBLE
Using sports as a vehicle to tackle issues around race, religion, gender, sexuality, and politics, the Naughton Gallery's third annual sport exhibition showcases some of the most exciting sports-related artwork being made today in addition to highlighting key sports personalities such as Simone Biles, Megan Rapinoe, Colin Kaepernick, and Ibtihaj Muhammad.
ARTSOUNDS: ALANA HENDERSON
Alana Henderson will be performing in the Gallery this December as part of its ARTSOUNDS programme, with a very special intimate live gig. Tickets £10. More information. In the meantime, check out Alana's new EP, Museum.
The Students' Union Shop has opened a new satellite shop in the School of Biological Sciences building on Chlorine Gardens. The SU Shop Express serves fresh filter coffee from £2, a variety of meal deals and snacks to cater for all dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan and 'free from'. Based on the lower level of the building, the new shop is open to all Queen's staff and students.
Staff are invited to the book launch of Fothermather by Gail McConnell on Tuesday 19 November at 6.00pm in No Alibis Bookstore, Botanic Avenue.
This is a free event. More information and registration.
Learning events are available to enhance the personal and professional skills of staff. Places are currently still available on the following courses in November and December:
Please see here for the 2019/20 Staff Learning Programme. Additional sessions may be added at a later date.
Open Access availability of theses is a requirement for PhD students registered at Queen's University from September 2016. Students will be required to have an understanding of copyright and associated issues. In order to ensure students are equipped to deal with the copyright implications of their e-thesis, there is a one hour 'Copyright and the e-thesis' training session being offered by the Open Access Team on Wednesday 27 November from 1.00pm to 1.30pm in the Gillespie Room, McClay Library.
Register via iTrent or email Open Access who can book the course on your behalf.
The full training schedule is available on the Open Access LibGuide.
This is a tailored course which will:
There will also be an opportunity to answer specific questions you may have.
An event providing an overview of the reporting function in Queen's MyFuture Career Management System will take place on Tuesday 3 December from 2.00pm to 3.00pm in room 03/028, Peter Froggatt Centre. Register via iTrent.
The overview will include practical exercises to enable participants to:
Staff can view case studies or submit a case study on the website. If submitting a case study, areas of focus can be Student Partnership, Active Teaching Methods, Accessibility, Inclusive Practice, Universal Design for Learning, Internationalising the Curriculum, Self-Assessment, Peer Review and Reflective Practice. This list is not exhaustive. Please send any further queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of Centre for Educational Development courses for the 2019-20 academic year have been listed on iTrent self-service, and are now open for booking. For up-to-date information, follow CED on twitter @QUB_CED or visit the CED website. Upcoming events include:
*1 of 5 AFHEA mandatory sessions, facilitating the application for the Associate Fellowship HEA (Queen's Merit Award)
To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email email@example.com.
Tip of the day
In Outlook 2013/16, if you use the words 'Attached' or 'Attachment' in the main body of your email but forget to attach a file, you will get a reminder when you click the send button. Find out more by registering for the Outlook course on 4 March.
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For more information please read our Equality and Diversity Policy.
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