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18 October 2021

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LEADERSHIP
VICE-CHANCELLOR'S UPDATE

Read the Vice-Chancellor's Update for October 2021

This update includes reflections on the installation of our new Chancellor and an update on institutional progress in our Research and Innovation portfolio.

Feedback on the update is welcome and can be sent to vc.office@qub.ac.uk.

PENSIONS
USS 2020 VALUATION

Contribution Rate Increase from 1 October 2021

The USS Trustee has confirmed that the USS member contribution rate will increase by 0.2% from 1 October 2021. The contribution rate will increase from 9.6% to 9.8% of pensionable salary. The University contribution will increase by 0.3%, from 21.1% to 21.4% of pensionable salary. This increase will happen automatically, members do not need to do anything.

Please note that the 9.8% member contribution rate replaces the 11% rate that was scheduled to apply from 1 October 2021 under the 2018 Valuation.

Member Consultation

In order to address the scheme’s funding position as part of the 2020 Valuation, the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) has proposed a number of changes to the way members build up future benefits in USS.

The University will be consulting with all active USS members, all eligible employees not currently in USS, and member representatives, in order to get views on the proposed changes before any final decisions are made or changes carried out. This consultation is expected to begin in November 2021, and it is legally required to run for at least 60 days. Further information regarding the consultation will be communicated in the coming weeks.

If you have any queries please contact pensionshelpdesk@qub.ac.uk.

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SPORT
CAMPUS RUN

Queen's Sport's weekly Campus Run returns on Wednesday 20 October from 1.00pm to 2.00pm, starting at the front of the PEC building. Walk, jog or run the route while socialising with colleagues and students.

All staff and students are welcome. Contact activecampus@qub.ac.uk for more information.

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VACCINATIONS
QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST ON-CAMPUS WALK-IN COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS

At Queen’s, we are working with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and the Public Health Agency to support and encourage students, staff and the wider public to get vaccinated against Covid-19. To make this as easy as possible, we have arranged an on campus walk-in vaccination centre for anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated. 

Free Pfizer vaccinations are available for those who have not yet received their second dose.* 
 
You do not need to make an appointment – just bring your photographic ID and proof of address (for example, a bill or letter from the University).

 

Upcoming clinics:

23-Oct-21  10am to 4pm  South Dining Hall 
24-Oct-21  10am to 4pm  South Dining Hall  
30-Oct-21   10am to 4pm   South Dining Hall   
31-Oct-21   10am to 4pm   South Dining Hall   
8-Nov-21  10am to 4pm    South Dining Hall   
9-Nov-21  10am to 4pm    South Dining Hall   
10-Nov-21  10am to 4pm    South Dining Hall   
11-Nov-21  10am to 4pm    South Dining Hall   
12-Nov-21  10am to 4pm    South Dining Hall   
15-Nov-21 10am to 4pm    South Dining Hall   

* First doses are, however, available for 16 and 17 year old NI residents.

Second doses need to be 8 weeks after your first vaccination. 
 

 

 

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ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING
ON-CAMPUS ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING FACILITY AND FREE HOME COVID TEST KITS

All staff and students are encouraged to avail of the University’s free asymptomatic testing facility or at home test kits before coming on to campus for any reason and then arrange regular testing twice a week or as often as possible for as long as you are on campus.

This testing is only for students and staff without COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic) - to help confirm that you do not have COVID-19.

On campus testing: 

The asymptomatic testing facility, including LFD collect home test kits, is located in the South Dining Hall. 

View the opening times

Book a test here.

Once you have taken a test, you will be required to report the results on the NHS website, selecting the following site ID:

  • Queen’s University Belfast LFD Collection Point ID: BFTQ 

 

At home test kits

Lateral Flow Device Home Testing kits are available for staff to collect from our new LFD Collection Point at the South Dining Hall. 

View opening hours

 

There is no requirement to book a collection slot.

When picking up a kit, you will need to show your staff or student card and give your email address and contact telephone number to the collection point staff. This information will be used should a recall of test kits be required. 

The service is currently available to all staff and also to students on placement. Students who are not on placement should continue to access testing at the South Dining Hall.

Full instructions on how to use the kits and how to record your test result are supplied with the testing kits.

The Government recommends that, wherever possible, you should undertake three supervised tests at the University's testing centre before transitioning to home testing. This is to ensure that you are confident in conducting the test before moving to home testing.

 

If you have symptoms

The lateral flow testing does not replace current testing policy for those with symptoms. If any member of the Queen’s community develops symptoms at any time, it is essential that you self-isolate immediately and book a test here.

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SAFETY AND WELLBEING
COVID-19 - ONLINE PORTAL FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS

Any member of staff or student who is either self-isolating, has developed symptoms or has received a positive test is asked to please inform the University via our dedicated online portal.

StopCOVID NI app

Please download the STOPCovid NI contact tracing app: Google Play StoreApple App Store.

Review your contact information on iTrent

To enable us to contact you swiftly if necessary, it is important we have accurate and up-to-date contact information held for you on our HR System, iTrent. Please, therefore, review your details via iTrent Employee Self Service, using your usual network credentials. Please also take the opportunity to review and, if necessary, update your emergency contact information. For queries, please contact the HR Hub (hrhub@qub.ac.uk).

 

If you feel unwell with COVID-19 symptoms

If you feel unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, you should follow these important steps:

  • Self-isolate immediately. If you are on campus when symptoms begin to develop, please put on a face covering straight away and return to your home or accommodation, avoiding public transport if you can. Where required the university can assist you in booking a special COVID secure taxi to transport you home, please call extension 3550.

  • Arrange a test. You can do this online via this link or by calling 119. The advice from the Public Health Agency is that you should get tested in the first three days of coronavirus symptoms appearing. If you have no access to transport to access a drive through test, the University can help you arrange a special COVID secure taxi, please call 028 9097 3550 for further assistance. Please note that there is a cost for the taxi.

  • Notify. Please inform the University that you are self-isolating via the online portal: http://go.qub.ac.uk/covidupdate.

This is essential to ensure that the University can maintain a record of the staff and students who develop symptoms and apply precautionary measures as quickly as possible. If you live in University Accommodation, other members of your apartment will be contacted and you will be provided with the necessary support. This link is also available on the University homepage and you may wish to bookmark the link so you can find it easily. If you do not live in University Accommodation, you should also inform other members of your household so they can follow the official public health agency advice to self-isolate. Members of staff should also inform their line manager or school manager separately.

Your health and safety is the University’s first priority so please do not let any concerns about your work or study stop you from following any of these steps or public health advice.

VIDEO: Prof. Stuart Elborn provides clear guidance for staff and students to explain what you should do if you develop symptoms, receive a positive test or are contact traced.

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COVID-19
INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

The University continues to closely monitor the situation in relation to COVID-19 and to align our approach with guidance from the NI Executive, Public Health Agency and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

Please continue to review our FAQs for staff and students and the Public Health Agency website

Useful contacts

If the information you are looking for is not addressed in the University's Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs, there are a range of contact points for staff and students:

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?

CONTACT POINT

CONTACT DETAILS

STUDENT CONTACTS

If you are a student and you have questions or concerns relating to COVID-19 which are not addressed in the COVID-19 FAQs Student COVID-19 Queries (Call Centre) covid19callcentre@qub.ac.uk
If you are a student and have any non-COVID general queries on student support services contact the Student Guidance Centre Student Guidance Centre sgc@qub.ac.uk
If you are a student, you can access a wide range of support available to you from the Student Wellbeing Service website, or if you have any further queries Student Wellbeing Service Online Form: https://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/wellbeing/raw/

STAFF CONTACTS

If you are a member of staff and have any COVID-19 queries relating to your specific area, your COVID-19 Co-ordinator will be the first point of contact

COVID-19 Co-ordinators  Find your COVID-19 Co-ordinator 
If you are a member of staff and you have questions or concerns relating to COVID-19 which cannot be addressed through the COVID-19 FAQs or through discussion with your line manager Staff COVID-19 Queries StaffCovidQueries@qub.ac.uk
If you are a member of staff and have any non-COVID general queries on HR related topics, such as terms and conditions, pay, policies etc. your first port of call should be the HR Hub HR Hub hrhub@qub.ac.uk
If you are a member of staff, you can access support and information on a wide range of issues on the Staff Wellbeing website, or if you have any further queries Staff Wellbeing wellbeing@qub.ac.uk

STUDENT AND STAFF CONTACTS

If you are a member of staff or student and have contracted coronavirus symptoms, received a positive test or been told to self-isolate by the contact tracing system or a medical professional, please self-report via this portal. This information will help the University to support you and put in place precautionary measures to protect others. Self-Reporting Portal (COVID Notification) Link: Self-Reporting Portal 

If you are not able to access the portal you can call the COVID Response Team on 028 9097 3550.
If you are a member of staff or student and have any queries relating to on Campus Close Contact Identification/Tracing University COVID Response Team (UCRT) email: covidresponseteam@qub.ac.uk
If you are a member of staff or student requiring personal health advice specifically in relation to COVID-19 NHS 111 or your GP Telephone: NHS 111 service or your own GP

 

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RECRUITMENT
INTERNAL VACANCIES

The University is currently advertising for the following positions internally:

  • 21/109280 – Manager, Evolve Clinical Trials, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • 21/109278 – Research Assistant, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • 21/109262 – Senior IT Technician, Centre for Public Health
  • 21/109285 – Research Governance, Ethics and Integrity Manager, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences
  • 21/109281 – Procurement Advisor (Grade 5), Finance

Staff can view internal vacancies on Queen's Online. 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.

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CELEBRATING OUR STAFF
STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARDS OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS

The 2021 Staff Excellence Awards are open for nominations.

Open to all staff, awards are available in six categories based on our Core Values, ICARE:

  • Delivering Excellence 
  • Community Impact
  • Innovation
  • Outstanding Leadership 
  • Team of the Year 
  • Lifetime Achievement

Any member of staff can submit a nomination online up until the closing date of Friday 5 November 2021 at 5.00pm. Award entries should relate to work undertaken in the period between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021.

Further information on the Awards, including how to nominate, is available on the Staff Excellence Awards website: http://go.qub.ac.uk/excellenceawards

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2021

October is Black History Month and the University is celebrating African and Caribbean culture with a programme of events hosted by the Queen's University African and Caribbean Society.

Upcoming events include:

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EVENT
RACE EQUALITY CHARTER: LANGUAGE AND TERMINOLOGY – 3RD STAFF FOCUS GROUP

Queen's University signed up to the Advance HE Race Equality Charter (REC) in 2020. The REC aims to improve the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students.

The REC team held two focus groups on language and terminology earlier this year where colleagues, in particular those who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, as well as staff with an interest or expertise in racial equity, were invited to share their views on preferred terminology in relation to race and ethnicity.

Staff who have not yet had the opportunity to participate are invited to the third staff focus group, taking place on Thursday 4 November from 2.00pm to 3.30pm in the Great Hall.

More information | Register.

We are listening and we are learning. The feedback from the focus group conversations will be used to co-create an agreed institutional approach on appropriate and sensitive language and terminology. This will be an ongoing conversation, recognising that language evolves over time.

We are also working with the Students' Union to hold similar workshops for our student community.

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STAFF NETWORKS
iRISE LECTURE TALK: 'BME EXPERIENCES IN HIGHER EDUCATION'

The BAME & International Staff Network invites all staff to the upcoming lecture talk, 'BME Experiences in Higher Education: Social justice, Inclusion and White Privilege', hosted on Wednesday 10 November between 1.00pm and 2.00pm via MS Teams.

The Guest Speaker is Professor Kalwant Bhopal (University of Birmingham).

More information / Register.

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STAFF NETWORKS
PRISM LGBT+ STAFF NETWORK MEET AND GREET

PRISM will host an in-person Meet and Greet on Thursday 21 October from 11.00am to 12.00pm in Queen's quadrangle, cloisters and Great Hall.

This informal coffee morning is a great way to find out more about the network and its role within the University, providing an opportunity to meet current LGBT+ staff members and allies. Tea, coffee, traybakes and free PRISM merchandise (including t-shirts, face coverings, and rainbow lanyards) will be available.

This event is free to attend and all are welcome!

ABOUT PRISM

PRISM is the University's LGBT+ staff network, providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming space for LGBT+ staff in Queen's to regularly meet during working hours to discuss LGBT+ issues and work matters, in addition to planning social events both on and off campus. PRISM is open to all members of staff who identify as part of the LGBT+ community, and the network particularly welcomes new membership from marginalised and under-represented LGBT+ groups, including those from the transgender, non-binary, and bisexual communities. With monthly planning meetings on Friday afternoons and more informal lunchtime get-togethers and a range of social events, PRISM enables LGBT+ staff to unite both professionally and socially.

If you are interested in joining PRISM, please email prism@qub.ac.uk, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

PRISM Allies

Whilst attendance at PRISM's monthly planning meetings is focused on staff who identify as part of the LGBT+ community, the network also relies on the support of allies throughout the University, who are encouraged to attend our events, assist with the planning of larger projects, and champion LGBT+ equality and inclusivity at Queen's.

Allies are welcome to sign up to the PRISM Allies mailing list by emailing prism@qub.ac.uk, with 'PRISM Allies' in the subject line.

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RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE
RESEARCH CULTURE CONVERSATIONS

'Research Careers: Learning from Setbacks on the Road to Success' is an online event facilitating open and honest conversations about the challenges faced by researchers building careers in academia, industry and other sectors.

This event will take place on Thursday 11 November from 11.30am to 1.30pm and is open to everyone in the research community – staff or student, academic or non-academic. It will be of particular interest to early career researchers, their managers and supervisors, and those who support them.

More information | Register.

The 'Research Culture Conversations' programme is a series of events taking place as part of the University’s Research Culture Action Plan, aimed at normalising an open and honest conversation about the issues and challenges facing our research culture.

Follow the Research Policy Team on Twitter: @QUBResearchPol.

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COMMUNICATIONS
PROMOTING YOUR RESEARCH

The Communications Team are keen to promote research findings with a strong news angle in the media. If you have an upcoming research paper to be published that has the potential for news coverage, please complete a publicity request proforma to provide more detail about your story and email to:

The relevant Communications Officer will be in touch to discuss next steps.

Find out more about how the Communications Office can promote your work.

For internal communications advice and support, please contact: internalcommunications@qub.ac.uk.

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WELLBEING
STRESS MANAGEMENT WITH INSPIRE

The first week of November is International Stress Awareness Week. To mark this, Staff Wellbeing have partnered with Inspire to deliver a session on stress management, taking place on Thursday 4 November from 11.00am to 12.00pm via Zoom.

This webinar equips participants with an understanding of the causes of stress and how it can be managed effectively. Participants will become knowledgeable about the nature of stress, its management and prevention and how to recognise stress in yourself. The webinar will define work stress and how it differs from work pressure and assist participants in developing preventative skills in managing stress.

Register here. The link to join the session will be circulated on Tuesday 2 November.

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WELLBEING
BEING A WORKING MUM WITH PARENTING NI

On Thursday 11 November from 11.00am to 12.00pm Parenting NI will provide an online support session for mothers.

It can be challenging for working mums to achieve a balance. This session explores some of the common issues that working mums face including support and advice on how to how to balance the current pressures that we are facing during the pandemic.

Register here.

Aim

  • Support mums to help overcome the challenges of being a working mum during the pandemic.

Objectives

  • Knowledge – Explore the common challenges, discuss the importance of relationships and help to identify a network of support.
  • Attitudes – Help to recognise emotions, reflect on unhelpful thoughts and change them into more positive outlooks.
  • Skills – Develop strategies to reduce stress and relieve mum guilt.

This session will take place via Zoom and the link for this session will be circulated on Tuesday 9 November.

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WELLBEING
TALKING TACTICS FOR WORKING DADS WITH PARENTING NI

It can be challenging for dads to access support and lead a healthy lifestyle. On Thursday 18 November from 11.00am to 12.00pm Parenting NI will provide dads with tips and hints.

This online session explores the importance of looking after yourself as a busy working dad and how fathers have an important role to play in their children's lives.

Register here.

Aim

  • To encourage dads to recognise the impact their own health and wellbeing has on their children's health and well-being.

Objectives

  • Knowledge – To explore what a healthy dad means
  • Attitudes – To acknowledge the impact a dad's health has on his children's health.
  • Skills – Develop strategies in which to achieve this

This session will take place via Zoom and the link for this session will be circulated on Tuesday 16 November.

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WELLBEING
HELPING WITH HOMEWORK WITH PARENTING NI

Children need help with homework, and so do parents. On Thursday 2 December Parenting NI will provide a session exploring supporting and encouraging children with homework, aiming to help make homework time less stressful for all.

The session will take place from 12.00pm to 1.00pm via Zoom.

Register here. The link for this session will be circulated on Tuesday 30 November.

Aim

  • To help parents manage homework effectively

Objectives

  • Knowledge – To gain awareness of how their child experiences homework
  • Attitudes – To examine what research states
  • Skills – To explore ways of managing homework effectively
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WELLBEING
COPING WITH CHRISTMAS WITH PARENTING NI

Christmas can add extra pressures for parents. On Thursday 9 December Parenting NI will provide tips and hints on how to cope with it.

This online session discusses parent's concerns about Christmas, explores setting expectations and equips parents with the skills to manage family conflict and stress during the holiday period. The session will take place from 11.00am to 12.00pm via Zoom.

Register here. The link will be circulated on Tuesday 7 December 2021

Aim

  • To help parents cope with Christmas

Objectives

  • Knowledge – To explore parents concerns around Christmas
  • Attitudes – To explore expectations around Christmas
  • Skills – To equip parents with the skills to manage stress and family conflict
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TRAINING
REGISTER NOW FOR ACTIVE BYSTANDER TRAINING AT QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST

Queen's Gender Initiative, the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences Gender Equality Team and the Diversity and Inclusion Team invite you to attend a virtual Active Bystander Training session (dates and times given below).  

This training aims to empower staff across the Queen's University community to challenge poor behaviours which have become normalised and bring about change through the reinforcement of messages defining the boundaries of unacceptable behaviour. We hope that by working together we can create a safe and supportive working environment within our community and urge everyone to attend.    

 

DATE

TIME

15 November 2021

3 December 2021

2.00pm to 3.30pm

10.00am to 11.30am

 

REGISTRATION

Please register via iTrent Self-Service

  

Sessions are limited to 40 places. Early registration is advised.

 

For further information on Active Bystander Training please visit: www.activebystander.co.uk     

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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
TRANS AND NON-BINARY AWARENESS SESSION

The Diversity and Inclusion Unit are increasingly working to embed a workplace culture at the University that is inclusive of everyone. To continue to support staff awareness and consideration of LGBTQ+ issues, a Trans and Non-Binary Awareness session has been organised for Thursday 21 October at 10.30am in partnership with The Rainbow Project.

More information | Register.

This session will offer a more nuanced exploration of non-binary identities and gender expression. Focusing specifically on language, terminology, the experiences of non-binary individuals and how your service or practice can be more inclusive.

This session is of value to any colleague who may interact with staff or students, or who has line management or supervisory responsibility.

Please note, this training session is for people who have already completed the Sexual Orientation and Gender Awareness Training.

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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY AWARENESS SESSION

The Diversity and Inclusion Unit have arranged with The Rainbow Project to deliver a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Awareness session on Tuesday 19 October at 10.00am. 

Book your place on iTrent Self-Service and, if you have already attended one of these sessions, please do let your colleagues know.

The session lasts for two hours and will provide:

  • An understanding of the key inequalities that still exist for LGBT people and what barriers there are for LGBT people attempting to access support or services;
  • Clarity on appropriate language and terminology;
  • An awareness of the specific issues related to gender identity and gender dysphoria; and
  • An awareness of the provision of support services available in Northern Ireland for LGBT people and their families.

We are also working with The Rainbow Project to offer a Trans and Non-Binary Awareness session which will focus on language, terminology and how we can support trans and non-binary people at Queen's – The Rainbow Project have advised that anyone wanting to take part in this training needs to have attended the Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Awareness training beforehand so they have a baseline knowledge and awareness.

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CHARITY
CANCER FOCUS NI VIRTUAL COFFEE MORNING – ONLINE FUNDRAISER

The annual coffee morning held by Eveline Burns in the RVH/Centre for Medical Education, in aid of Cancer Focus NI's The David Whiteside Forget Me Not Fund, is this year being replaced with an online fundraiser.

Staff are invited to make a donation in memory of Eveline's father and everyone who has lost a loved one to cancer.

Donate here.

Each year, Cancer Focus NI supports 6,000 cancer patients, their families and carers across Northern Ireland. COVID-19 is making life even more traumatic for cancer patients: treatments have been delayed, cancer screening services paused and diagnostic clinics cancelled, adding to the anxiety, stress and loneliness that patients and their families might already feel.

Cancer Focus NI are 90% dependent on fundraising, but a lot of fundraising events have had to be cancelled, postponed or scaled down significantly. Donations will help Cancer Focus NI save services and allow the charity to continue to support local people affected by cancer in the future.

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SENATE
MEMBERSHIP OF SENATE – CO-OPTED LAY MEMBERS

Senate, as the Governing Body of “The Queen’s University of Belfast”, carries overall responsibility for the mission, strategic vision, performance and governance of the University. The Queen’s University of Belfast is a registered charity and, as such, members of the governing body are also charity trustees. Senate consists of 23 trustees, the majority of whom are non-executive and are appointed/elected for a period of four years. 

Under the Statutes of the University, Senate is now seeking to appoint a number of new members, to act as charity trustees, to commence in 2022 - these new members will be drawn from the following constituencies:

  • Co-opted Lay Members (4 members)
  • Academic Staff (2 members)
  • Support Staff (2 members)
  • Academic Council Members (2 members)

Senate has established a Nominations Committee with responsibility for bringing forward recommendations in relation to the co-opted lay members and this process is now underway. Further information, along with details on how to nominate individuals or to submit an expression of interest for consideration by the Committee, is available via our website.

Nomination Forms to nominate someone other than yourself, should be received in the Registrar’s Office by no later than 4.00pm on Friday, 1 October 2021. 

Expressions of Interest, or an application by an individual, should be received in the Registrar’s Office by no later than 4.00pm on Monday, 22 October 2021.

The nomination and election process for Academic Staff, Support Staff and Academic Council Members will commence in October 2021. Details of the relevant Election Notice and associated Regulations will be made available in due course. 

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EVENTS
'THE PARTITION OF IRELAND' FULL TALKS SERIES AVAILABLE

The video/podcast series, The Partition of Ireland: Causes and Consequences, is now available in full. In each episode of the series, a leading expert analyses aspects of the origins, nature or legacies of partition, based on their own original research.

The 24 talks feature eight academics from Queen's University alongside contributions from scholars at other universities in the UK, Ireland and the USA.

All of the talks are now available here, as videos or podcasts (with sub-titles available for the latter).

This online series was produced by Queen's University Belfast in collaboration with the BBC, and supported by the British Academy, the Royal Irish Academy, the UK government and the Irish government.

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FACULTIES
NEW FACULTY OF MHLS PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT WEBSITE LAUNCHED

The Faculty Engagement Hub within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences promotes and supports a public engagement culture and community of practice across the MHLS disciplines. To that end the Faculty Hub has launched a new Public Engagement website that showcases how we 'show and share' what we do in ways that arouse curiosity, awaken a love of discovery and broaden the understanding of the journey from discovery to recovery.

For more information, or to discuss a FMHLS public engagement idea, please contact Donna at d.rogers@qub.ac.uk

POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND RESEARCH
QUEEN'S POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND RESEARCH BLOG

The latest from Queen's Policy Engagement (QPol):

To submit an article to QPol, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk.

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RESEARCH COMMUNICATION
THE CONVERSATION

The Conversation is a news website featuring articles by academics - often republished to global media outlets. Articles by Queen’s academics published in The Conversation have been read by 12.5 million people internationally. Read the latest:

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QUEEN'S COMMUNITY
STAFF BLOG

Queen's Staff Blog provides a space for staff to share our reflections, knowledge and experiences and build a connected University community:

If you are interested in writing a staff blog piece, please contact internalcommunications@qub.ac.uk.

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EVENT
2021 JOHN BELL DAY LECTURE

The 2021 John Bell Day Lecture, entitled 'Spooky Action at a Distance', will take place online on Thursday 4 November at 1.30pm. The Guest Speaker is Professor Angelo Bassi, University of Trieste.

Register here.

Staff who would like to submit a question in advance should include it when registering. Otherwise there will be an opportunity to submit questions throughout the event.

The 2021 John Bell Lecture is run by the Chief Executives' Club at Queen's in association with the Royal Irish Academy and the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen's.

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EVENT
THE WILES LECTURES

Staff are invited to this year's series of The Wiles Lectures: 'In the History of Civilisation', taking place from Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30 October.

The Guest Lecturer is Professor Chris Wickham (University of Oxford) who will provide four lectures on the topic 'Rethinking the Commercial Revolution of the 11th and 12th-Century Mediterranean'.

Register here.

LectureTitleDate, TimeVenue
Lecture 1 Grand narratives and Egyptian realities 27 October, 5.00pm Emeleus Lecture Theatre
Lecture 2 The central and the tangential: Islamic/Norman Sicily and Islamic Spain 28 October, 5.00pm  
Lecture 3 The paradox of northern Italy 29 October, 5.00pm  
Lecture 4 The underpinnings of Mediterranean trade, 1000-1200 30 October, 11.00am  

This event is open to the public. Please contact Donna Busby at d.busby@qub.ac.uk with any queries.

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LECTURE
20TH ANNUAL SIR BERNARD CROSSLAND LECTURE

Staff are warmly invited to the 20th Annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture, taking place online on Wednesday 20 October, from 6.00pm. 

Now in its 20th year, the Chief Executives' Club at Queen's and Engineers Ireland host this prestigious lecture series, in association with The Institution of Engineering and Technology. 

The 2021 lecture, entitled 'Race for the Seas' - The Race to Decarbonise the Maritime Industry will be given by Dr Iain Percy OBE, Founder and CEO of Artemis Technologies 

Further information.

 

Dr Iain Percy OBE, Founder and CEO of Artemis Technologies, is a three-time Olympic medallist and double Olympic champion and it was this sporting success that led him to his vision of a decarbonised maritime industry and his leadership of Artemis Technologies. Iain has spoken of the lessons businesses can learn from high-performance sport, "None of what we have so far achieved with Artemis Technologies would have been possible without incredible hard work and determination."

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RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE
THINK TO INNOVATE – DESIGN THINKING INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOPS

A series of multidisciplinary ideation workshops are being planned in the coming months. As a precursor, Research and Enterprise are offering two short (half-day) design thinking introductory workshops aimed at early career researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines. This an opportunity to learn how to think and act like an innovator.

Register here before 12.00pm (noon) on Monday 25 October to enable your personal personality profile to be generated prior to the event.

These two workshops will enable participants to learn how to approach creative problem solving tasks and the mindset needed to spark and sustain more innovative thinking. The workshops will also introduce participants to design thinking principles and practice.

Please contact kat.maguire@qub.ac.uk with any questions.

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RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE
ESRC IMPACT ACCELERATION ACCOUNT OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

The call is now open for applications to the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account to support impact from social science research at Queen's. Funding (up to £20k) 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. The deadline is midnight, Monday 29 November 2021.

View available opportunities and application forms.

Information session
There will be an information session on Monday 1 November at 11.00am via Microsoft Teams. To register, or for further information about the scheme, please contact Alice Neeson at a.neeson@qub.ac.uk.

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RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE
CAST COLLABORATIVE STUDENTSHIPS 2022 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Queen's has an excellent track-record of collaborating with private industry, public sector organisations, and the third sector to successfully deliver impactful, user-informed research. To support the development of these collaborations, the University will again commit a number of studentships (funded via Department for the Economy and EPSRC) commencing in October 2022 for projects across the institution that will involve significant work with a non-academic partner.

The projects require engagement with a non-academic collaborating partner. The collaborating partner should be jointly involved in devising the research programme. Additionally, each project requires:

  • The student to receive workplace supervision by a named person from the collaborating partner (NB: this workplace supervisor will not be a formal academic supervisor);
  • The student to spend at least three months with the collaborating partner who should pay any associated travel, accommodation or subsistence costs; and
  • The collaborating partner to demonstrate their commitment to the project through a matched cash or in-kind contribution. NB: For-profit partners must contribute direct funding (cash contribution) to the project of at least £27k over the course of the project.

Partnerships with private sector industry, government departments/agencies, NGOs, charities and voluntary sector organisations that meet the above criteria will all be considered. This opportunity is open to both UK and non-UK collaborating partners organisations. For non-UK collaborating partners, supervisors should discuss and agree how the student placement aspect of the Collaborative studentship will be met.

More information: Collaborative Studentship Applications 2022.

The closing date for this call is Friday 19 November 2021.

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EVENT
EIT FOOD REGIONAL SEEDBED INCUBATOR RECRUITMENT WORKSHOP

The Lean Programme's team at Queen's invites aspiring academic entrepreneurs, early career researchers (PDRAs/PhDs) working across any discipline at the University to apply to be part of the Belfast Hub Seedbed Incubator online recruitment workshop taking place on 3 to 4 December.

Participants will receive free training to explore how their research or technology can be applied to the agri-food sector, and will hear from leading industry including PepsiCo and Kerry Group why they need your solutions to fix the agri-food system. 

The application deadline is Friday 19 November 2021 at 12.00pm GMT. Successful applicants will be notified week commencing 22 November. For more details contact k.crossey@qub.ac.uk.

Apply to participate in the event.

Who should attend?

  • Academic or science entrepreneurs in Iceland, Ireland, and the UK
  • Female applicants and those from ethnic minorities are particularly welcome

Why attend?

  • To receive entrepreneurial training from leading innovation experts
  • To explore how you could apply your technology within the agri-food sector
  • To make connections in the agri-food community and build your team
  • To learn how to prepare a competitive Seedbed Incubator application
  • To discover why the industry needs your technologies to solve food systems challenges
  • To learn from academic entrepreneurs that have succeeded in the industry
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RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE
LEAN LAUNCH PROGRAMME OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

Early Career Researchers at Queen's working on a business idea, a product or a service, are welcome to register for the Innovate UK-funded Lean Launch Programme. This is a 10-week online customer discovery programme allowing you to rapidly test whether there is a market for your idea, product or service.

The application deadline is Monday 1 November at 12.00pm.

For more information on dates, or to apply, please visit the Lean Launch Programme website or email kat.maguire@qub.ac.uk with any questions.

The programme includes:

  • A two-day Bootcamp training session
  • 10 weeks of market validation under the guidance of expert coaches and mentors
  • Pitch training and opportunity to pitch to an experienced panel of funders, stakeholders and investors
  • Over £3,700 available for market discovery activities and business advisor support
  • Access to experts, entrepreneurs, investors and funders
  • A personalised market explorer report with data about potential customers, competitors and suppliers
  • Online delivery means that the programme can work around your schedule
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ESTATES
ESTATES DIRECTORATE – WEEK AHEAD

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.

 

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
QFT WHAT'S ON

This week's new and returning films at Queen's Film Theatre, your cinema on campus. Staff ticket price: £5 (standard ticket price £6.95).

If you are 26 and under join LUMI to get tickets for £4 everyday, all year round. 

NEW THIS WEEK:

ARRACHT: This famine-set Irish language drama was Ireland’s entry for Best Foreign Language film at last year’s Oscars.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Acclaimed director Todd Haynes explores how The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of music, cementing their place as one of the most influential bands in rock and roll.

THE SERVANT: Starring Dirk Bogarde, James Fox and Wendy Craig, this classic from director Joseph Losey returns to QFT in a stunning new 4K restoration.

BALLOON: A husband and wife in Tibet face a challenge when China introduces the One Child Policy at the same time their two children mistakenly use their last remaining condoms as balloons.

SWEETHEART: A socially awkward and environmentally conscious misfit meets a carefree lifeguard in director Marley Morrison's comedy-drama which has drawn comparisons with My So Called Life and Juno.

BIAF: WOLFWALKERS/NA CONRIOCHTAÍ: The Belfast International Arts Festival present an Irish language version of Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated animation.

BIAF/WONG KAR WAI: AS TEARS GO BY: Wong Kar Wai’s scintillating debut feature is a kinetic, hyper-cool crime thriller graced with flashes of the impressionistic, daydream visual style for which he would become renowned.

BIAF/WONG KAR WAI: DAYS OF BEING WILD: Wong Kar Wai’s breakthrough feature represents the first full flowering of his swooning signature style.

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: RAPHAEL REVEALED: Marking the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, the greatest exhibition ever held of his works took place in Rome and Exhibition on Screen was granted exclusive access to this once-in-a-lifetime show.

CONTINUING:

THE GREEN KNIGHT

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
THE NAUGHTON GALLERY | NEW EXHIBITION

The Naughton Gallery is delighted to launch its new exhibition, SLIP TANK, by Belfast-based sculptor, John Rainey. This is a specially-commissioned exhibition from one of the region's most exciting contemporary artists, and will continue until January 2022.

Opening reception: Thursday 21 October, 5.30pm to 8.00pm. Free admission. All welcome. No booking necessary. NB: The Gallery asks that all visitors comply with COVID-19 regulations in place, including social distancing and the wearing of a face covering.

This major new solo exhibition is part laboratory, part playground. Exploring portals, post-internet worlds, and sculptural glitches, Rainey makes reinterpretations and remakes of familiar forms using both old and new methods of object making; a combination of traditional casting processes (using materials like porcelain) and digital fabrication technologies such as 3D printing.

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TRAINING 
QWORK – DEMO SESSIONS

Organisational Development have organised a series of QWork demos, taking place every Wednesday from 12.00pm to 1.00pm via MS Teams.

All Hiring Managers and other colleagues involved in the new process are invited to participate. 

These sessions will explain how to search the system to identify and engage individuals to suit your roles, provide information on how to pay staff and demonstrate how QWork can benefit your recruitment needs.

Join the meeting.

All attendees are entered into a free draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

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LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT FOR STAFF
LINKEDIN LEARNING FOR ALL STAFF

LinkedIn Learning – an extensive online learning resource – is available for all Queen's staff. Sign up here to request your individual access.

LinkedIn Learning top features include:

  • Content: 15,000+ digital courses taught by industry experts.
  • Curation: Relevant course recommendations in Professional Skills, Creative, Technical, IT Learning and many more.
  • Convenience: In-depth and bite-sized courses for learning when and where suits you.
  • Develop your skills and career with learning paths and bite-sized videos for learning 'in the moment'.

Contact stafflearning@qub.ac.uk if you have any questions about requesting access.

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LEARNING AND TEACHING
CANVAS VLE TRAINING

Need a 1-2-1 Consultation?

Book a 30-minute virtual session with a Digital Learning Developer from your Faculty, School or VLE Pedagogy Support Team. Subject to availability.

Check availability and book a consultant.

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LEARNING AND TEACHING
CANVAS VLE SUPPORT

Assessment Handbook 2021-22

The Handbook of Assessment Guidance and Support 2020/21 provides advice on all aspects of assessment practice at Queen's for the current academic year.

Thinking of using ePortfolios in your teaching?

Find out more about Digital Portfolios, who and what they can be used for, and ePortfolios in Canvas or One Note for assessment and reflective work.

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CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
CED – TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT COURSES

A number of the Centre for Educational Development courses for the 2021-22 academic year have been listed on iTrent self-service, and are now open for booking. For up-to-date information please follow us on Twitter @QUB_CED or check the CED website.

  • SEDA Mentoring Course: 15 November, 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Register here.

    The programme is delivered online initially, taking onto account the current COVID 19 restrictions with two online workshops and 22 weeks of online activities with online support for work-based learning for trainee mentors. Assessment on the programme is against SEDA Values and Outcomes and will make an ideal case study for anyone interested in applying for SFHEA.
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STUDENT WELLBEING
REPORT & SUPPORT

The University and Students' Union have together launched a campaign to raise awareness of unacceptable and inappropriate behaviour on campus.

The campaign encourages students who have experienced or witnessed bullying, harassment, sectarianism, hate crime, or sexual misconduct to report it using the Queen's Report & Support service. It also promotes the fact that there is help and support available.

This campaign runs from 11 to 24 October and aligns with Hate Crime Awareness Week (9 to 16 October).

Staff are encouraged to promote this message to their students.

Find out more.

STUDENT SUPPORT
HELP PROMOTE THE STUDENT SUPPORT AND HARDSHIP FUNDS

The University's Student Support and Hardship Funds are available to support students in financial hardship during their studies and we would encourage tutors, advisors of studies and all colleagues in student-facing roles to help signpost students to the funds where appropriate:

Student Support Fund

  • Financial assistance to students* from Northern Ireland and Great Britain experiencing financial hardship
  • Financial assistance for hardship caused by the exceptional circumstances as a result of COVID–19.

    *Eligible students include: All full-time and part-time (25% of equivalent full-time course) undergraduates and postgraduate students. Undergraduate students must have taken out the maximum tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to which they are entitled.

University’s Hardship Fund

The University’s Hardship Fund is available to students who are not eligible for the Student Support Fund.

Additional funds have been made available this academic year to help students experiencing financial hardship caused by the exceptional circumstances as a result of COVID–19.

How to Apply

Students can apply to the Student Support and Hardship Funds online by logging into their Qsis Student Account at: https://qsis.qub.ac.uk/ 

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INFORMATION SERVICES
IT TRAINING COURSES

Places are still available on the following online courses. Register via iTrent Self Service.

  • Introduction to Microsoft Publisher: Wednesday 20 October, 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Introduction to Power BI: Wednesday 20 October, 2.00pm to 3.00pm
  • Introduction to Pivot Tables: Thursday 21 October, 9.30am to 10.30am

Course dates can be viewed at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/trainingschedule 

To view details of MediaSite or Turning Point courses and book a place, click MediaSite or TurningPoint.

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OFFICE 365
MICROSOFT TEAMS: TEACHING ROOMS AUDIO AND CAMERA SETTINGS

When using a teaching space on campus, select the correct audio and camera input in Device Settings. Instructions are available in all rooms. There are two options, (either will work for audio to be sent over Teams and for recording):

  1. Audio Devices: Microphone: can be "USB PnP sound device" if there is either lapel mic or desk mic in the room. You will need to turn these mics on to make them work. There is no local audio heard in the room in smaller spaces. If there are no additional microphones in the room you should set the microphone to webcam c930e microphone and stay close to the camera for audio pick up.
  2. For audio to be heard in the room select Device Settings: Audio: Speaker: ExtronScalerD(intel® Display Audio).

We recommend you carry out a test recording prior to your session starting, as a previous user may have changed the settings. Should you have any issues please contact Media Services on 028 9097 6499 (8.00am to 5.00pm).

Further Office 365 training materials, including Teams are available on the Office 365 Training and Support SharePoint.

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