The Language Centre is pleased to launch a series of presentations, providing opportunities to anyone that would like to gain insights into contemporary Chinese culture, as well as the experiences of Chinese people living and working in Belfast.
Presentations will be made through a series of interactive talks or panel discussions from a cohort of speakers, both academics and students, as part of the Chinese Culture Forum 2020.
The Communications Office have helped Queen's academics reach nearly 10.5 million people through writing for The Conversation. Pieces published in The Conversation have been republished in international outlets including The Guardian, Daily Mail, The New York Times, Huffington Post, and IFLScience.
To encourage Queen's academics to think about writing for The Conversation website, the Communications Office have organised a visit by Stephen Harris, Commissioning and Science Editor of The Conversation, on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 February.
Stephen covers science, technology and health for The Conversation. During his visit he will host staff writing workshops and a limited number of one-to-one sessions. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to get your ideas to the wider public.
Communications Officers will also be on hand to discuss communicating your work in the media more generally.
For more information on the content of the workshops and how to book, visit the Communications Office page.
How does it work?
The Conversation website features short articles of 600-800 words providing insight, analysis or comment on stories in the news. They can report on, or explain, new research or current affairs.
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.
Every year, Queen's receives around 15,000 applications for 700 recruitment exercises. To help make the recruitment process more streamlined, the University is currently working with a new supplier, TribePad, to design an online Applicant Tracker System (ATS). This will transform the recruitment process at Queen's and deliver an improved digital experience while helping to reduce our vacancy rate.
The new ATS will be piloted in March 2020 on a limited number of live recruitment exercises, and will be refined before launching more widely across Queen's later in the year.
The members of the ATS Implementation Team can be viewed here; please speak to your local representative should you require more information.
The Academic Progression Scheme for 2020 is now live. All eligible Academic Staff are invited to submit an application for Confirmation in Post (Probationers) or Progression (all other Academics) via QOL by 4.00pm on Friday 31 January. Further details and support is available on the People and Culture website.
If you require any further information regarding the Scheme, please email HRHub@qub.ac.uk.
The Communications Office will hold a communications drop-in session on Tuesday 21 January, 9.30am to 1.00pm, in GR7, The Graduate School.
The Communications Officer for each Faculty will be available:
Please come along to meet with the team who are keen to hear about any potential news stories, opinion piece ideas or stories for an internal audience.
If you are unable to make it and would like to set-up a separate meeting, please contact email@example.com.
This is a blended learning 19-week programme with two face-to-face sessions (October/May) and weekly online activities with a portfolio submission date of July 2021. (Course dates: 28 October 2020 – 30 July 2021.)
The programme is targeted at new, aspiring and experienced Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes leaders.
Successful completion of this programme can contribute to one of the case studies should you wish to apply for SFHEA (Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy).
The aims of the Leading Programmes are:
This is externally accredited by SEDA.
Do you combine work with caring for family or friends who have a disability, illness or who need support?
The Diversity and Inclusion Unit, in conjunction with Carers NI, are hosting an Information Session for Staff Carers on Friday 24 January between 10.00am and 12.00pm in the Old Staff Common Room.
The session will cover:
Places are limited. Register here.
Any queries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Queen's 1 in 4 respondents to the 2018 institutional Staff Survey identified themselves as being a Carer. The most recent research by Carers UK shows that 1 in 7 of all employees are juggling work with caring.
LinkedIn Learning – an exciting new online learning resource – is now available for all Queen's staff. This will complement the University's current range of face-to-face opportunities and add to our on-demand learning resources.
LinkedIn Learning top features include:
Contact email@example.com if you have any questions about requesting access.
In response to requests for better opportunities to network and collaborate with colleagues in a more informal setting, Campus Food and Drink are pleased to inform staff that the Main Site Tower foyer and seating area around Junction café is now licensed for the sale of alcohol.
Campus Food and Drink will be running a number of 'Open House' evenings in the Main Site Tower foyer during the year aimed particularly at staff and postgraduate students to meet up, collaborate and network.
The first 'Open House', including music and complementary nibbles, will take place on Thursday 30 January, from 4.30pm to 7.00pm, when a limited range of alcoholic drinks will be for sale.*
Junction café will also be open for coffee, tea and soft drinks. Colleagues and friends are welcome.
Please note that this does not mean that Junction café will be selling alcohol on a day-to-day basis. Campus Food and Drink can now provide a bar service, as required, to support specific events, including the increased number of academic conferences and events being held on campus.
* Alcoholic drinks for sale: beer, cider, wine and gin.
Please see below for the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation.
Recent posts on Queen's Policy Engagement (QPol) Research Blog. To submit an article to QPol, email Kevin or Alice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Annual Jean Orr Lecture will take place on Monday 3 February, from 9.30am to 11.00am in Lecture Theatre 1, MBC.
This Lecture is named in honour of Professor Jean Orr CBE, founder and inaugural Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen's.
The Guest Speaker is Susan Semple, Healthcare Coordinator, Homeless Public Nursing Service, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
The purpose of this lecture is to promote career progression and career advancement for our undergraduate students as they enter the workplace. Each year it is delivered by an inspirational woman from nursing or midwifery and is done so this year in memory of, and as tribute to Professor Orr, whose leadership and commitment made a significant contribution to the profession, resulting in her being recognised with a CBE in 2004.
All are welcome. More information.
People and Culture are holding a 'Right to Work Check' training session on Monday 27 January from 10.00am to 12.30pm in room 0G/010, Main Site Tower.
This session is aimed at staff who carry out Right to Work checks as part of their job role. The focus of the session will be on how to complete Right to Work checks and ensure compliance for employees, workers, students and visitors at the University.
For queries about Right to Work checks including access to the Online Training site, please contact email@example.com.
Queen's staff and doctoral students are invited to 'REF impact assessment – objective or not?', on Wednesday 5 February, from 1.00pm to 2.30pm in Peter Froggatt Centre, room 02/011.
The seminar will address how the Research Excellence Framework (REF) process evaluates impact.
The guest speaker is Dr Gemma Derrick (Lancaster University) and the seminar will also see contributions from Professor Richard English, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Internationalisation and Engagement, and Professor Usha Chakravarthy, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, both of whom were involved in the evaluation process in REF 2014.
A light lunch will be served at 1.00pm, with proceedings commencing at 1.15pm. Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The QUB Annual Learning and Teaching Conference will be held in the Ashby Building on Wednesday 8 April.
This year's theme is 'Opportunities and Challenges of Internationalisation in Higher Education'. The Centre for Educational Development are calling for proposals from staff for oral (limited slots) and poster presentations on this theme.
Staff who would like to present at the conference should send an abstract of their proposed presentation to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 11 February. It is hoped that all Schools will be represented in the conference presentations.
The QUB Teaching Awards Scheme for 2020 is now open. Further information is available to download on the CED website. Queries can be directed to Liz McDowell on email@example.com or on 028 9097 2879.
To support colleagues considering applying for a Teaching Award, the Centre for Educational Development is running a Writing Workshop on Tuesday 21 January and Tuesday 4 February, from 1.00pm to 2.00pm in the Newark Room.
Register via iTrent. A sandwich lunch will be provided.
At this workshop, participants will be given advice and guidance on how to write an evaluative and persuasive account of their learning and teaching work around the following areas of the Teaching Award application:
Enterprise SU are currently recruiting student applications for one of their flagship programmes QUB Dragons' Den. Staff are encouraged to share further information at this link with their students.
This competition is open to all students. Applications close on Friday 24 January at midnight.
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.
Please see upcoming music events below. More information on all events can be found on the School of Arts, English and Languages website.
The Students' Union Shop have introduced more products to its range of American candy, snacks and drinks.
The Shop also has a limited stock of 2019-20 academic diaries and wall planners from £0.50p.
A brand new range of plant-based sandwiches, wraps and salads from Deli Lites is also on offer, including ready meals 'Cheeky Chickpea Tikka', 'Bad Boy Bolognese' and 'Rebel 3 Bean Burrito Box'.
Visit the SU Shop at 3 Elmwood Avenue, and the SU Shop Express at the School of Biological Sciences, Chlorine Gardens.
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.
JUST MERCY: Michael B Jordan and Jamie Foxx excel in this powerful and impassioned death row drama from director Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12).
THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE + RECORDED Q&A: Terry Gilliam first attempted to adapt Miguel de Cervantes’ picaresque novel more than 20 years ago. That production ended up famously uncompleted, but Gilliam persisted and his finished film is finally here.
1917: Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Skyfall), brings his singular vision to First World War epic 1917. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Andrew Scott, Mark Strong and Richard Madden.
UNCUT GEMS: Unhinged New York odyssey from directors the Safdie brothers, with an electrifying Adam Sandler proving that his performance in Punch-Drunk Love was no fluke.
LITTLE WOMEN: In Greta Gerwig's (Lady Bird) thrilling new telling of Louisa May Alcott's classic 1868 novel, four young women come of age in the aftermath of the American Civil War, each determined to live life on her own terms. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep and Timothée Chalamet.
EXHIBITION CONTINUES: NATURA NATURANS
The Naughton Gallery proudly presents Natura Naturans, a solo exhibition by Irish artist Laura Callaghan. This collection of new work offers a playful examination of how we interact with nature; the chaos and havoc humans inflict on the ecosystem, how nature in turn betrays us, and our own inherent human nature. The exhibited works cast a humorous look at the human species in its natural habitat, in addition to exploring the increasingly urgent themes of climate change and our impending extinction. The exhibition continues until 2 February 2020.
Our next silversmithing workshop will be held on Sunday 2 February from 10.00am to 4.00pm, where participants will each make their own silver pendant and/or pair of earrings, under the guidance of silversmith Diane Lyness.
No previous experience is required. Places cost £45 per person. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place. Spaces strictly limited.
Staff are invited to 'SHC Presents...CITY', in partnership with FCB Studios, on Friday 24 January at 7.00pm in the Crescent Arts Centre (free/byo).
The architects at FCB Studios have specially commissioned new writing from Heaney Centre students who will present it on the night along with other special guests. As usual, participants have just seven minutes to present under the evening's theme. January is all about CITY.
The Finance Directorate is pleased to note the level of interest in the 2019-20 Finance Training Programme. Places are still available on a number of courses in January and February including:
In addition to the classroom courses available through the 2019-20 Finance Training Programme, e-learning material is also available to all staff through the British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) and includes modules on the Criminal Finance Act, Counter Fraud, Modern Slavery, and an Introduction to HE Finance.
In addition, Queen's has subscribed to BUFDG Pro with modules on the following now available:
Further information, including details on these courses, how to register via iTrent and how to access online learning materials including BUFDG, is provided on the Finance Directorate website. Alternatively, please email email@example.com.
Whether you are just getting started on Canvas or a seasoned user, the VLE Pedagogy Support Team have multiple support options available for you to choose from. Please see support available from Monday 20 to Friday 24 January:
As a reminder: there are a few steps required to ensure your students can view your Canvas course. Check the following guidance on 'Publishing your module' and 'Preparing your Canvas course for semester two'.
Don't forget 24hr support is available to you for all your Canvas queries; simply click the 'Help' button on the Global Navigation bar within Canvas to contact the Canvas Tier 1 Support Team. This support is available to both staff and students 24/7 all year round.
New dates are now available for the short refresher training on Tier 4 students working on campus.
It is strongly recommended that all staff involved at any stage of the process for recruiting, engaging and paying students for work on campus attend one of these sessions.
All sessions run from 12.00pm to 1.00pm.
This 'bitesize' training will allow staff to navigate this complex area with confidence; staff are encouraged to attend and inform colleagues of the training, where appropriate.
If you feel this training is relevant to your post and cannot attend, please contact OnCampus Jobs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 028 9097 3953.
Guidance Notes on the process and relevant documentation can be found on Queen's Online, under 'University Documents' → 'OnCampus Jobs Documents'.
Learning events are available to enhance the personal and professional skills of staff. Places are currently available on the following courses:
*Please note: People Manager Essentials courses are open to line managers only.
Please see here for the 2019/20 Staff Learning Programme. Additional sessions may be added at a later date.
An event providing an overview of the Queen's MyFuture Career Management System will take place on Wednesday 29 January from 2.30pm to 4.00pm in room 03/028, Peter Froggatt Centre.
Twenty places are available. Please register via iTrent.
This event will provide practical exercises to enable participants to:
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)
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 email@example.com.
To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tip of the day
Need to create a range of diagrams, including a Cross-Functional Flowchart? Register for the Introduction to Visio course on 7 February.
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