21 May 2018


Jeremy Corbyn lecture

The Right Honourable Jeremy Corbyn MP will be giving a public lecture at Queen's at 11.00am on Thursday 24 May 2018. This will be the Labour Party Leader's first major speaking engagement in Northern Ireland and will provide an opportunity to hear his thoughts on some of the key issues relevant to the region. The event will be hosted by Professor Richard English, who will facilitate a question and answer session after the lecture.



Harri Holkeri Lecture 2018: President Michael D Higgins

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins will deliver the Sixth Annual Harri Holkeri Lecture in the Great Hall at Queen's on Tuesday 29 May from 11.30am – 12.30pm. For more information, please see the press release.

The Harri Holkeri Lecture Series recognises and celebrates the contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process of the late Finnish Prime Minister Harri Holkeri.

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Data Protection

University Records Retention Schedules

As part of the University's requirements under the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will come into effect on Friday 25 May, Records Retention Schedules are being developed for each business area. The retention schedules are in the Records Management section of the Information Compliance webpages. Retention schedules for records relating to Finance, University Committees, and Development and Alumni Relations have been completed and are available to view. The remaining retention schedules will become available when they have been approved.



Queen's University Boat Race

Queen's University Boat Race is three weeks away, on the second Saturday in June. Staff can get tickets from Queen's Sport reception, or call 028 9068 1126. Tickets are £10.

Please see here for more detail.



Multiple Sclerosis Study – Call for Volunteers

Staff are invited to register their interest in a forthcoming study being carried out by the Centre for Experimental Medicine. The study is entitled 'Investigating Functional Immune Profiles in Multiple Sclerosis' and the Centre is looking for healthy people, aged 18 years or older, who would be willing to donate blood towards this research. If you are interested please read this Participant Information Sheet, for further information, and contact Dr Denise Fitzgerald as follows: 

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Dr Denise Fitzgerald, Lecturer in Immunology
Centre for Experimental Medicine
Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine
97 Lisburn Rd

028 9097 6388 | d.fitzgerald@qub.ac.uk


Professional Development

Advance HE accreditation

Queen's has been awarded accreditation by Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) for the new professional development pathways towards recognition for the three categories of Fellowship.

For more information about the pathways offered by the Queen's Merit Award (AFHEA, FHEA and SFHE), please contact Karen Fraser at k.fraser@qub.ac.uk.

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UKICRS Symposium – Special Event Registration

  • Monday 4 June: Lessons from the Other Side: Life after University, 11.00am – 1.00pm, Riddel Hall

Part of the annual UKICRS Symposium, supported by the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences (FMHLS) Athena SWAN programme. The event will include short talks highlighting the experiences of four young researchers who have recently made the transition from a PhD or postdoctoral position in university to careers within the pharmaceutical industry or media communications. Talks will be followed by questions from the audience.

For more information and to register, please follow this link.


Staff Recognition

Rising Star Awards UK 2018 – Voting opportunity

Dr Geetha Srinivasan, from Queen's University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL), has been shortlisted amongst 10 individuals for the Rising Star Awards UK 2018 in the Science and Engineering category.

Staff are welcome to support Dr Srinivasan by casting votes at this link.

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Finance Training Programme

There are places still available on the 'Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC)' training session on Wednesday 23 May. Further information, including details on how to register via iTrent, and how to access online learning materials, is provided on the Finance Directorate website.

Courses are available in:

  • a classroom-based environment, delivered by the Finance team; and

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  • through the medium of e-learning, (self service, on demand)

In addition, a number of courses are upcoming in June, including 'Equipment Register Training'.

For further information on the Finance Training Programme please contact financetraining@qub.ac.uk.


Inaugural Lecture

Inaugural Lecture Invitation – Biological Sciences

  • Wednesday 20 June: Microbes, P and Me, 4.00pm, MBC, North Lecture Theatre, OG 046

Staff are invited to this inaugural lecture by Professor John McGrath, Professor of Environmental Microbiology in the School of Biological Sciences. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Jenny Williamson at the details below. Refreshments will be served following the lecture.

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RSVP to:

Jenny Williamson, School Manager
School of Biological Sciences
Medical Biology Centre
97 Lisburn Road

028 9097 5786 | J.Williamson@qub.ac.uk


Research Excellence Framework

REF 2021: Briefing for Postdocs

The Postdoctoral Forum and the Research Policy Office have arranged a briefing session for postdoctoral research staff to learn more about the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), taking place in 2021, and how it affects their current and future career pathways. Two dedicated lunchtime information sessions have been arranged, which will include a short presentation covering the background to REF, key issues for REF 2021, and how it affects postdocs. There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers. Please see full details and links to register below:

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SSESW Newsletter

The Summer 2018 issue of the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work newsletter is now available to view online. The issue provides updates on recent education and research activities and the ways in which the School is seeking to make a difference to people's lives, locally and globally.

Staff can download a copy at this link. Previous editions can be viewed via the School website.

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Seamus Heaney Centre

  • Wednesday 23 May: Room to Rhyme: 50th Anniversary Conference,
    9.30am – 5.00pm (with readings from 6.00pm), Linen Hall Library

    Featuring a plenary address from Professor Edna Longley and evening readings by Michael Longley, Alan Gillis, and Colette Bryce. This event is free, but booking is essential. See here for more information.

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  • Thursday 24 May: The Annual MA Readings, 7.00pm, Crescent Arts Centre

    An evening of short readings and screenings from MA students in Poetry, Prose, and Drama at the SHC, compered by Dr Jimmy McAleavey. The event is free to attend. Refreshments will be provided. Contact shc@qub.ac.uk for more information.

Community Engagement

Queen's Big Give

Staff are invited to donate and volunteer for this year's Queen's Big Give, organised by the Students' Union (SU), Community Engagement, Estates Environmental Team and Accommodation.

Unwanted reusable goods such as kitchenware, clothes, books, CDs, DVDs and non-perishable food can be dropped off at British Heart Foundation and South Belfast Food Bank collection points at the SU, Ashby and MBC until Saturday 9 June. Free house collections are also available by phoning the British Heart Foundation on 028 9024 5838.

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Help sort donations from students leaving accommodation at one of the Elms Clear-Out Days. Last year the donation campaign at Elms Village raised over £32,000 for charity. This year, £50,000 is the target. For further information, contact community@qub.ac.uk or register at the following Eventbrite links.


Public Engagement

Balmoral Show

Queen's staff showcased some of the cutting-edge research carried out at Queen's to thousands of visitors at this year's Balmoral Show. Students and staff guided visitors through exhibits and stalls covering food science through to robotics and virtual reality, and an interactive geographical sandpit in which participants could create new hills and valleys and watch the real-time results of their efforts. Pictured, from left to right are Thomas McRoberts, Baxter the Robot and Conor McElvogue.

For more information on Queen's presence at the Balmoral Show, please follow this link.


Student Development

Queen's Scholarship Awards

The University recently conferred 13 different awards on 106 students covering the 2017/18 academic year. The awards, within the Scholarships and Awards Group's remit, include scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, range from undergraduate entrance scholarships to prizes for trainee teachers, and include travel scholarships and postgraduate scholarships for outstanding achievement.

Staff can read more on the Academic Affairs website.

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Student Engagement

International Student Photography Competition

International Student Support invite staff to visit the Main Site Tower foyer before Friday 25 May to view entries to their inaugural International Student Photography Competition. The theme is 'What Belfast means to me' and consists of four categories: Community; Nightlife; Nature; and Cityscape.

Staff can vote in the People's Choice Category – the winning photograph will receive vouchers worth £75.

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Pedometer Challenge / Queen's White Coat Walk

There will be a Pedometer Challenge lunchtime awards ceremony on Tuesday 29 May at 1.15pm, in the Auditorium of the McClay Library. Final results and winners will be announced at the awards. Staff Wellbeing would like to thank all staff who took part in the Challenge this year, and for all the interesting team names, tweets and pictures. 

White Coat Walk 
The SCCE Green Impact Team invite all staff to the first ever 'Worldwide White Coat Walk' on Wednesday 6 June, alongside other universities around the world raising money for cancer.

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This will be a short walk around the University campus in white coats to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The walk will begin and end at the David Keir Building Hub. Staff can view the route here.

  • Register via the Eventbrite page
  • Donate online via Cancer Research UK's dedicated webpage (suggested minimum donation: £5)
  • Join in on Wednesday 6 June. (Those who don't have a white coat can wear white clothing.)

Sport, Health and Wellbeing

Queen's Sport: Summer Membership

Staff can now avail of a 'Three-Month Queen's Sport Membership'. Staff who join today would get the rest of the month of May free.

Please follow this link to find out more and to join online.



QPOL Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Recent contributions from QPol. Click on the links to read. 

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To submit an article for the blog, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk.

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The Conversation (and Anthill Podcast)

See below for the latest Queen's article published in The Conversation. Click on the link to read.

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, contact comms.office@qub.ac.uk to find out more.

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Anthill Podcast 
For those interested in contributing to the Anthill Podcast, the upcoming themes are:

  • June: Assassinations/assassins
  • July: Confidence
  • August: Nothing

Arts and entertainment

Queen's Film Theatre listings

Please see below for this week's screenings. Click on the film titles for more information. Staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.95).

Michael Inside – Critically acclaimed prison drama telling the story of Michael McCrea, an impressionable 18-year-old living with his grandfather Francis in a Dublin housing estate.

The Sound of Music – Returning in a 4K restoration, Julie Andrews stars as Maria, a novice at a strict Salzburg convent, in this timeless musical classic based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers.

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Jeune Femme – Paula struggles to find her place in the world following a break-up. Lugging her ex's pet cat around Paris, she is determined to get back on track in life.

Hear My Voice – Short film combining Colin Davidson's portrait collection Silent Testimony with the spoken words of the victims and survivors of the Troubles featured in his paintings.

That Good Night – John Hurt is Ralph, a once-famous film director in his seventies who has two missions in life.

Tully – A tale of modern motherhood starring Charlize Theron.

Filmworker – Revealing portrait of the influential director Stanley Kubrick, by his right-hand man Leon Vitali.



Parenting NI – Being an Effective Parent

  • Thursday 24 May: Being an Effective Parent, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location TBC 

This workshop will give parents the time to think about different parenting styles. It will enable parents to consciously think about how they parent, with an overall aim of making life in their home easier with happy and healthy children.

Please register to attend here; the room will be confirmed after registration. Lunch will be provided at this session. 

Organised by Staff Wellbeing, in conjunction with Parenting NI.



Disability Awareness

Staff are advised of two upcoming training sessions on disability awareness, delivered by Employers for Disability NI (EFDNI). The sessions will take place on Tuesday 12 and Tuesday 19 June.

For further details, and to register, please follow this link.


Learning and Development

Learning and Development 2017/18 Course Programme

Staff can view upcoming training courses at this link. To book a place on an upcoming training course, log onto iTrent.

Staff are advised that, with the exception of wait-listed courses, Organisational Development do not carry waiting lists over from one academic year to the next.

For queries/support, please contact training@qub.ac.uk.



Professional Development


A number of the Centre for Educational Development run courses for the 2017-18 academic year are listed on iTrent self-service, and are now open for booking. 

For up-to-date information please follow CED on Twitter or check the CED website.

  • Wednesday 23 May: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

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  • Thursday 24 May: Using the Personal Response System in Your Class, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 6 June: Writing Multiple Choice Questions (Workshop), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Friday 15 June: QuestionMark (for Computer Assisted Assessment), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 19 June: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
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IT Training Courses

Please see below details of upcoming IT training courses, now available to book on iTrent.

Course dates can be viewed here.

Tip of the Day: During the Creating Infographics and Visual Content workshop on 30 May, you will practice using Piktochart, Canva and Sway. Free tools which allow you to create professional, visually appealing social media posts, infographics, newsletters and more. Register on iTrent.

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  • Wednesday 23 May: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 2, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 24 May: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 25 May: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 30 May: Creating Infographics and Visual Content, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 31 May: Excel 3: Data Analysis, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 1 June: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 1 June: Excel: Introduction to PivotTables using Excel, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 7 June: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 12 June: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 14 June: Outlook: Making Best use of Outlook and Exchange, 9.30am – 1.00pm

To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email ecdl@qub.ac.uk.


Round Up

Staff Round Up submissions – deadline reminder

Staff are reminded that the deadline for submitting articles to the Staff Round Up is 1.00pm on the Thursday prior to the next edition. Inclusion of submissions received after the deadline is not guaranteed.


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