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19 February 2024

CELEBRATING OUR STAFF
QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY TEACHING AWARDS 2024

Queen's Teaching Awards scheme was established to encourage and reward the development of teaching practices and learning support practices that have led to particularly effective or worthwhile learning. It is a competitive process and up to 10 Teaching Awards are available across three categories: 'Rising Stars', 'Sustained Excellence' and 'Team'.

Application forms and information on the 2024 scheme are now available on the CED website.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 25 March

 A prize of £1,000 will be awarded to each successful individual or team. The prize will be paid into a dedicated School account for the exclusive use of the winning team or individual for professional development purposes.

Queries can be directed to e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk

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FINANCE
PAYROLL CUT-OFF DATES (INCL. RELOCATION CLAIMS) FOR MARCH 2024 SALARIES

Due to a request for earlier payroll processing for March 2024 salaries, the cut-off date for all information to be included in March pay run is Friday 8 March at 5.00pm.

Relocation expense claims must be with the relocation team (relocation@qub.ac.uk) by Wednesday 28 February for inclusion in March 2024 salaries.

Any information received after the cut-off date may not be processed until April 2024.

If there are any questions, please contact Mateen Mohammed: m.mohammed@qub.ac.uk

QUB Staff Wellbeing choir rehearsal in Harty Room
WELLBEING
STAFF WELLBEING CHOIR: NOW WELCOMING NEW MEMBERS

Staff Wellbeing Choir is now welcoming new members.

The choir is free to join and open to all staff.

No prior experience of singing or reading music is necessary as all songs are taught by ear. All you need is the desire to sing.

New members can register to join the choir by emailing wellbeing@qub.ac.uk.

Rehearsals take place every Friday until the end of June, from 1.10pm to 1.50pm in the Lecture Theatre in the Music building.

This is a fantastic opportunity to come and have fun singing with musician and choir leader Una McCann, who will take you through uplifting songs from genres including blues, pop, Americana, gospel and world music.

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PEOPLE AND CULTURE
ITRENT SYSTEM: PLANNED DOWNTIME

Due to the need for essential maintenance work, iTrent and Employee Self Service (ESS) will be offline and unavailable on Tuesday 27 February from 9.00am to 5.00pm. During this time, staff will not be able to use the system for tasks such as viewing payslips or booking training courses.

Core iTrent users are also reminded that this planned downtime will impact all Finance and People and Culture related roles such as payroll and recruitment. This includes any related applications on Queen's Online (QOL).

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RECRUITMENT
INTERNAL VACANCIES

The University is currently advertising for the following position internally:

  • 24/111661 – Research Fellow in Engineering, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (CCE)

Staff can view internal and external vacancies through iTrent Employee Self-Service.

For career updates, staff can also follow the Recruitment team on Twitter: @QUBWorkHere

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EVENT
INVITATION TO GENERAL ELECTION BRIEFINGS – HIGHER EDUCATION (HE) FEES AND FUNDING PANEL EVENT IN NORTHERN IRELAND

London Economics, with support from the Nuffield Foundation, have modelled the resource implications (for students, graduates and the Exchequer) of the current HE funding systems in place across the UK. The analysis aims to improve the wider understanding of the current fees and funding arrangements in each region, and the implications of potential changes to each of the systems. It also includes an assessment of previous manifesto commitments in each region, to better inform voters of parties’ forthcoming election proposals.

HEPI is hosting a series of in-person events to present these findings, with a panel of speakers discussing the future of higher education fees and funding. Please find details for the Northern Ireland event, and registration, below:

Spaces are available on a first-come, first served basis. HEPI will operate a waiting list as required. Please do forward to interested colleagues.

STAFF WELLBEING
CANCER PREVENTION ACTION WEEK

Cancer Prevention Action Week takes place this year between Monday 19 and Sunday 25 February.

To mark this important week, the Staff Wellbeing team have organised several online awareness sessions and campus information stands.

Watch the video message from Vice-President and Chief People Officer, Gillian Magee, and Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Staff Wellbeing, Conor Curran, to find out more about this week of activities.

Several sessions, raising awareness of different types of cancer, will be held online from 12.00pm to 1.00pm as follows. Each session will talk about the signs and symptoms of the cancer, what to look out for, and will also allow time for a short Q&A session.

  • Monday 19 February: Bowel Cancer Awareness, David Burke Clinical PhD
  • Tuesday 20 February: Prostate Cancer Awareness, Prof Joe O’Sullivan, Prostate Cancer Centre of Excellence
  • Wednesday 21 February: Oesophageal Cancer Awareness, Oesophageal & Gastric Cancer NI
  • Thursday 22 February: Lung Cancer Awareness, Cancer Focus NI
  • Friday 23 February: Skin Cancer Awareness, Dr Finbar McGrady, Dr Finbar’s Skin Clinic

Register via iTrent Self-Service. Search for ‘Wellbeing’ to see courses with availability.

For queries, please contact Staff Wellbeing: wellbeing@qub.ac.uk.

Around 1,100 people are diagnosed with cancer each day in the UK, but 40 per cent of cancers could be preventable. Knowing what you need to do and making small, consistent changes to the lives of you and your loved ones can help to avoid preventable cancers. Furthermore, according to ONS research 19 per cent of men will die before the age of 65 with the leading cause of death being cancer.

This is our annual campaign focusing on ways you can make a difference and reduce your cancer risk, as well as helping your friends and family too.

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EVENT
OPEN DAY – PATRICK G JOHNSTON CENTRE FOR CANCER RESEARCH

Staff are invited to The Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research's open day on Saturday 24 February from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Attendees can see the front line of cancer research in action, visit the labs and watch ground-breaking research take shape.

Register to attend here. Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided.

This open day, held as part of NI Science Festival 2024, includes lab tours, experiments, live and interactive demonstrations, careers talks and activities for all ages.

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CELEBRATE
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

Queen's Gender Initiative invites staff to celebrate International Women's Day 2024 on Thursday 7 March from 10.30am to 11.30am in the foyer of the following venues around campus:

  • Ashby Building 
  • Main Site Tower (near Junction) 
  • MBC 
  • One Elmwood

Mid-morning refreshments will be available. 

All are welcome.

Staff who wish to share the celebrations on social media can use #InspireInclusion

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SUSTAINABILITY
FILM SCREENING – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

In recognition of International Women's Day, staff are invited to join Cycling UK, Belfast Cycle Campaign and Queen’s University Belfast for a screening of the documentary film Women Don’t Cycle, on Thursday 7 March from 5.30pm in the Canada Room and Council Chamber.

More information | Register here: Women Don't Cycle

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SUSTAINABILITY
PACKAGING EVENT

Staff are invited to join experts within the field of packaging for an 'unpack your lunch' lunch event on Tuesday 19 March from 1.15pm to 3.00pm in the Blue Sky Room, One Elmwood. 

With a focus on plastics, this event aims to demystify packaging through an interactive discussion over a lunch of variously packaged food items. It aims to provide an accessible insight into the science and engineering behind the design and manufacture of common items such as crisp bags, sandwich boxes and drinks containers.

This event includes expert input from colleagues at the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC), one of the Belfast Region City Deal's flagship projects.

More information | Register

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SUSTAINABILITY
SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS TRAVEL WORKSHOP

Through the Net Zero Plan, work is underway to look at ways to reduce our carbon footprint across all areas of our operations and functions, including updating the University Travel Policy to encourage more sustainable business-related travel.

The next Sustainable Business Travel workshop will be held online via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 20 February from 1.00pm to 2.00pm.

Register here

A number of engagement workshops were held in October 2023 where the views of staff were sought on the development of this policy. Initial travel guidance has now been drafted and we are seeking input from colleagues as we prepare the final draft documents before UMB approval.

Colleagues are invited to attend a follow-up workshop to consider the draft guidance and to help refine the recommendations in the context of Strategy 2030 and our commitment to Net Zero by 2040.

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STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARDS
AUDITION TO PERFORM AS PART OF ‘THE STAFF BIG BAND’

The Staff Excellence Awards organising team are holding auditions on Friday 23 February for staff who are interested in performing at the event alongside our 'Staff Big Band’. Auditions will take place from 1.00pm to 3.00pm in Mandela Hall, One Elmwood.

The team is looking for singers and saxophone, trumpet or trombone players (instrumentalists must be able to read music to grade 5 level or above). 

If you are interested in auditioning, please email excellenceawards@qub.ac.uk indicating your availability between 1.00pm and 3.00pm, and let the organising team know what song you are going to sing or play. A 15-minute slot will then be allocated to you.

Please note: if you are selected to sing at the event on Friday 22 March, you must also be available on Wednesday 20 March for rehearsals. Instrumentalists selected to participate will be contacted about rehearsal details.

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PEOPLE AND CULTURE
CAREER DEVELOPMENT SHOWCASE

Professional Services staff are invited to join Organisational Development on Wednesday 13 March in the Great Hall between 12.00pm and 2.00pm, for an event which will highlight opportunities available for staff to support them in developing their careers. A light lunch is included.

Register here

This event will include a panel discussion from colleagues ‘bringing to life’ their own career development experiences. There will also be an opportunity for informal networking with colleagues, as well as information stands showcasing what opportunities are available to staff to support career development. 

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LAUNCH INVITE
NEW STAFF NETWORK FOR PROMOTING LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY AND MINORITY LANGUAGES

The University is launching a new Staff Network for Promoting Linguistic Diversity and Minority Languages – Iolra, Morra, More. The launch event will take place on Wednesday 21 February at 3.00pm in the Naughton Gallery, Lanyon Building, and will include music, poetry and some drinks and canapés. The event should last no longer than one hour. All staff are welcome to attend and to join the network.

Please confirm your attendance here. If you have any questions related to the network or the event, please feel free to email the Diversity and Inclusion Unit at eqdiv@qub.ac.uk

Iolra, Morra, More is a peer network open to all staff who are interested in celebrating and promoting minority languages and linguistic diversity on campus. This launch offers an opportunity to celebrate our commitment to promoting greater understanding and respect for all languages and minority languages. 

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CULTURE
CHINESE NEW YEAR CLOSING EVENT

The final event in the Year of the Loong (龙年春节) celebrations at Queen's – 'Fun Time with Table-tennis' – will take place on Saturday 24 February from 12.00pm to 3.00pm in the PEC (Physical Education Centre, Queen's Sport). This event is free for all, as non-PEC members’ entry fees are covered.

Booking is needed due to capacity and access request. Register your interest here.

Organised by the University's iRISE Staff Network and The Language Centre, in partnership with Ormeau Table Tennis Club, colleagues, amateurs or beginners, are invited to join this fun and friendly event on the day of the Chinese Lantern Festival. This is an opportunity to engage with this popular sport among the Chinese communities, as well as providing an opportunity for enhancing staff wellbeing through sport.

With practice sessions coached by Ormeau Table Tennis Club members, all Queen's participants will have a taste of its unique culture, as well as developing some practical skills. There will be a show time for competitions to demonstrate the charm of table tennis playing. There will also be a culture quiz (part of the registration form) to help understand the basics of the sport and its related cultural background.

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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
EQUALITY SCREENING CLINICS

The Diversity and Inclusion Unit are offering the following Equality Screening Clinics in February and March to help de-mystify the screening process. Staff involved in developing or updating policies or procedures at Queen’s, or involved in service delivery, are encouraged to attend.

  • In person: Wednesday 21 February, 11.00am to 12.30pm
  • Online: Wednesday 20 March, 11.00am to 12.30pm, MS Teams

Find out more and register via iTrent Self Service

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CAMPUS COMMUNITY
CIORCAL COMHRÁ

The next Ciorcal Comhrá – Irish Language Conversation Circle – will take place on Thursday 22 February from 12.30pm to 1.30pm in Junction Café.

Fáilte roimh chách! / Everyone welcome! Tae nó Caife saor in aisce / Free Tea or Coffee.

ACTIVE CAMPUS
YOGA U ROADSHOW

Active Campus, in partnership with Mind Your Mood and #QUBeWell, is running its 2024 YOGA U Roadshow – a weekly, free yoga session – continuing on Wednesday 21 February. The roadshow is open to staff and students and will take place across various campus locations.

Find out more and register here.

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QUEEN'S SPORT
ADULT AND CHILDREN'S COURSES

Queen's Sport's Winter Term 2 courses are available for booking, for all ages and interests, including Children's Climbing, KinderGym, Future Fitness, Adults Climbing, Ballet, Strength into Flow Yoga, and Mid-Morning RISE.

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SPORT
ENTER QUEEN'S 3K OR 5K RUN

Staff are encouraged to enter Queen's 3k or 5k run in the Deep RiverRock Queen's 5K 'Race Round the River', taking place on Wednesday 13 March. Some 60 per cent of places are already taken, so secure your spot now.

Find out more on the Queen's Sport website.

SURVEYS
NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY NOW LIVE

The National Student Survey for final-year students at Queen's is live. Students can access this survey from their unique link in their emails, or via the NSS website. This survey will close on Thursday 30 April.

All staff are encouraged to publicise the survey and urge students to complete before the closing date.

The National Student Survey asks students to share their views and to reflect on their time at Queen’s. The results are used by Schools to improve courses and by many other areas to improve the wider student experience.

For any queries, please email the Student Surveys Team – surveys@qub.ac.uk

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EVENT
DIGITAL SKILLS FOR ACADEMIC AND CAREER SUCCESS: STUDENT AND STAFF SKILLS FESTIVAL

The AHSS Development Teams' Digital Skills Festival is now open for registration to any student or staff member in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS). This festival – running from Monday 26 February to Thursday 14 March – is a series of 18 online and in-person events including live demos of digital tools and expert insights.

Find out more and register via SharePoint here

This Digital Skills for Career and Academic Success festival is a dynamic initiative aimed at equipping university students in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) with crucial digital skills for academic and career success. The festival comprises of a series of online workshops, each lasting 30-45 minutes, facilitated by industry experts and Queen's academics. The themes of these online sessions will focus on the key digital capabilities identified as priority needs from a recent AHSS student survey.

The festival features topics such as:

  • Generative AI
  • LinkedIn for all levels
  • Effective Blogging and Vlogging
  • User Experience (UX) Design
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PARTNERSHIPS
NORTHEASTERN NUin PARTNERSHIP

In 2023 Queen’s embarked on a new study abroad partnership with Northeastern University (Boston) through the NUin programme. The first year of the partnership was a huge success and Queen’s welcomed 88 students through the programme.

Watch a short video capturing some highlights from the cohort’s time in Northern Ireland.

NUin will return to Queen’s in 2024 with an anticipated cohort of 150 students and a range of new module offerings.

NUin is a unique first-year abroad programme that sees Northeastern students spend their first semester of university life at an overseas partner campus. In 2023, Queen’s welcomed 88 students through the NUin programme. NUin students at Queen’s studied modules across AHSS, EPS and MHLS, some of which were designed as bespoke new offerings to support the programme. The first year of the partnership was a huge success with Northeastern students and staff reporting very high levels of satisfaction with the student experience in Belfast and the quality of teaching provided.

This growing study abroad partnership is but one pillar within a much broader portfolio of developing engagement with Northeastern University spanning research partnership and broader international education initiatives such as COIL modules, short-term mobility and civic engagement.

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STUDENTS' UNION
SU ELECTIONS – MEET THE CANDIDATES

Meet the Candidates in the running to become next year’s Full-Time Student Officers, UG Faculty and UG School Reps, Student Association Chairs, and RAG Charities.

Staff are asked to use this Promotional Toolkit* to encourage their students to:

  • Find out more about the candidates in the running by visiting q-su.org
  • Vote from Monday 4 to Thursday 7 March

Voting only takes a few minutes and students will be in with the chance to win £500 and many more prizes. It is important that as many students as possible have their say in who represents them at School, Faculty and Union level.

* The Toolkit includes a PowerPoint slide that can be displayed at the beginning of a lecture, social media graphics, text for an email that can be sent to students, and other useful assets.

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

Recent posts from Queen's Policy Engagement (QPol):

To contribute an article to Queen's Policy Engagement, please email Kevin or Alice 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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STAFF PROFILES
SPOTLIGHT ON... DR EIMAN ABDEL MEGUID

Our latest 'Spotlight on our Staff' profile features Dr Eiman Abdel Meguid.

Eiman is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, specialising in gross anatomy. She is also a member of Queen's Racial Equity Champions Network, a councillor for the Queen's African Scholar Research Network, and a member of the University's iRise (Queen’s BAME and International Staff Network) Executive Committee.

Read Eiman's profile

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COMMUNICATIONS
AHSS VIRTUAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATION MEETINGS

Researchers in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) interested in discussing communicating their research are invited to book a 20-minute, online, one-to-one meeting with Colm Heatley (AHSS Research Communications Officer) and Zara McBrearty (AHSS Faculty facing Communication Officer) on the dates below.*

  • Wednesday 21 February, between 9.30am and 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 28 February, between 1.00pm and 4.30pm

Book a meeting slot here.

At these meetings the team will be able to advise on all aspects of communications, media profiling and engagement for your research, as well as podcasts and other platforms to disseminate research and expertise.

* If the dates do not suit you, please contact z.mcbrearty@qub.ac.uk to arrange an alternative meeting at a suitable time with Colm and Zara.

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TRAINING
SOCIAL MEDIA TRAINING

Staff interested in up-skilling their social media activity are invited to two training sessions delivered by Queen's Social Media Manager, Stephen Baxter-Crawford. The first is for any Queen’s staff member who manages a Queen’s social media account, and the second only for academics and researchers. More information and registration is via the iTrent links below.

How To Become A Research Social Media Influencer

Are you a researcher or academic who wants to use your expert knowledge to make a real impact on social media? Whether you want to become a though-leader, inspire people to consider your subject or influence change, this training will show you how to choose the right platform, create posts that drive engagement and measure success.

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INAUGURAL LECTURE
PROFESSOR FRANZISKA SCHROEDER – 'ROOTS AND HORIZONTAL MUSIC MAKING PRACTICES'

The inaugural lecture of Professor Franziska Schroeder, entitled 'Roots and Horizontal Music Making Practices', will take place on Friday 1 March from 6.00pm to 7.00pm in the Sonic Lab, Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Cloreen Park, Malone Road.

Guests only need to reserve tickets if attending in person as the lecture will be streamed live and can be viewed here.

In her lecture Franziska will tease out some of her practice-based work in the area of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and music improvisation, improvisation in virtual worlds, and speak of her award-winning work carried out through her 'Performance without Barriers' research group at Queen’s.

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EVENT
MILITARY EDUCATION COMMITTEE ANNUAL LECTURE

Staff are invited to the Military Education Committee Annual Lecture 2024 on Friday 8 March at 2.00pm in the Council Chamber, Lanyon Building.

The guest lecture, 'Moral Combat: The Place of Values-Based Leadership in a World of Moral Ambiguity' will be given by the Rev Dr Jim Francis MBE CF.

Places are limited and early registration is encouraged. Find out more and register here: Military Education Committee Annual Lecture 2024

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EVENT
NI SCIENCE FESTIVAL: 'BIOMEDXPERIENCE – A RESEARCH JOURNEY'

BIOMEDXPERIENCE – A Research Journey, part of the 2024 Northern Ireland Science Festival, will take place on Saturday 24 February from 1.00pm to 5.00pm at the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine (WWIEM). This event is open to all.

This is an opportunity to meet local scientists leading research in vision and vascular disease, respiratory medicine, the immune system and microbes through demonstrations, interactive research activities, talks and tours.

Meet Queen's scientists who are leading research in vision and vascular medicine, respiratory medicine and infections. Learn how our organs function, how we combat diseases, the immune system and microbes. This event includes:

  • Demonstrations and interactive research activities
  • Lab tours of the WWIEM facilities at 2.15pm and 3.15pm
  • Science Talks:
    • 1.30pm – 'When antibiotics stop!'
    • 2.00pm – 'What have you done today to prevent infections?'
    • 2.30pm – 'Knock, knock! Who's there? Sensing infections'
    • 3.00pm – 'Eyeing up the healthy retina'
    • 3.30pm – 'Diabetes: What your body can do?'
    • 4.00pm – 'What makes people blind?'
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EVENT
MITCHELL INSTITUTE NEWS AND EVENTS

The Mitchell Institute invites staff to the following events:

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DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP HUB 
CORPUS LINGUISTICS OVERVIEW AND WORKSHOP

Corpus Linguistics (CL) is the use of computational tools and methods to compile and analyse large quantities of digitised texts. Informed by linguistics, CL involves careful data selection methods and analytical tools which provide insights on language use and patterns.

As part of this year's Digital Scholarship Hub programme of events, you are invited to register for the Corpus Linguistics overview or workshop, or both, on Tuesday 5 March, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm in the McClay Library Auditorium or on Teams.

Lunch will be provided for those attending in person.

Register here.

Overview: 1.00pm to 2.00pm: An introduction to the field, summarizing the tools and the approach that underpins them.

Workshop: 2.00pm to 3.00pm: The workshop will give attendees the opportunity to explore the British National Corpus (BNC) the largest existing reference corpus of British English, which can be used as a resource to understand language use. We will also download and use AntConc, a popular corpus analysis software. 

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INVITATION
NEW STAFF AND STUDENT RESEARCH NETWORK FOR SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS POLICY

Colleagues in Nursing and Midwifery, Law, Social Science, Political Sciences and Education at Queen's have joined a global Academic Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy. Find out more in this video.

Postgraduate students studying Sexual and reproductive health and rights at Queen's are now invited to join in. For information, please contact Dr Ruth Flanagan to be added to the mailing list and to receive updates on seminars and get involved.

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TAKE PART
RESEARCH STUDY ON MIND WANDERING AND MOOD IN CHILDREN

Researchers in the School of Psychology are looking for young participants, between eight and 12 years old, to help with their research into mind wandering.

Parents/guardians with children who are interested in taking part can find out more here and by contacting Ellen Teague.

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RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT
WEEKLY RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND NEWS

Read this week's summary of funding opportunities and news from the Research Development team.

Join the mailing list.

RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE
NEW: RESEARCH AND INNOVATION MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Staff are invited to view the first edition of the new Research and Innovation Newsletter.

This new newsletter provides the entire research community at Queen’s with information on the latest news, announcements and events related to their researcher journey and on Research and Innovation activities at Queen’s.

Subscribe here.

This edition includes:

  • A message from Professor Archie Clements: Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Training Opportunities
  • Research and Enterprise Intranet: Now Live
  • Leading Researchers Programme
  • and much more
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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.

NEW THIS WEEK:

STILL SHOWING:

Staff tickets are priced at £6.50 (standard ticket price £8.90). If you are 26 and under join LUMI to get tickets for £5.00 everyday, all year round.

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DOCUMENTARY
WATCH FREE ON QFT PLAYER: 'DELIVERING THE IMPOSSIBLE: AGREEMENT 25'

Produced in partnership with Emmy-nominated studio Fine Point Films, Delivering the Impossible: Agreement 25 is a short documentary film that tells the story of the people behind the delivery of the NI peace conference hosted here at Queen's in April 2023 – including interviews with staff, students and global leaders.

The film captures and celebrates the remarkable collaborative effort from across the University community that made possible the successful delivery of such a high-profile and impactful international conference.

Watch the documentary free on the QFT Player.

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SEAMUS HEANEY CENTRE
BLACKBIRD: AN ANTHOLOGY OF NEW WRITING – NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

Staff are invited to refer Queen's creative writing students to the call below:

Blackbird: an anthology of new writing, is now open for submissions from students on the MA programmes in Poetry and Creative Writing at Queen's. The next edition will be published in autum 2024.

Students on the MA programmes are invited to send in their poems, short stories, novel extracts and creative non-fiction by the submission deadline of Monday 17 June.

Find out more here: The Blackbird Anthology 2024

Blackbird is an anthology of writing from the MA programmes in Poetry and Creative Writing at Queen's. The next edition of the anthology, which will be published in print and online e-book in autumn 2024, aims to showcase some of the best work coming out of the poetry and creative writing programmes at Queen's.

The selection of work this year will be made by Dawn Watson and Tara West, with support from Publishing Fellow Mícheál McCann.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
NAUGHTON GALLERY | CURRENT EXHIBITION: 'I'M WEARING CARLYLE NUERA'

The Naughton Gallery's current exhibition – 'I'm Wearing Carylyle Nuera' – continues until Sunday 3 March. Kickstarting the iconic doll's 65th anniversary year, this is a solo exhibition by Barbie Signature lead designer Carlyle Nuera.

The Naughton Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

A graduate of Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, Nuera’s personal art practice is primarily fashion- and textile-led, expressing themes of identity and connecting his personal narratives to those of the larger groups he identifies with. This exhibition explores the ways in which this personal work has come to influence and inspire Nuera’s approach to designing for Barbie, not only through fashion, but in his approach to the likes of skin tone, hair texture, and body type. Nuera's designs embrace current trends and push the boundaries of who Barbie is and what she can be, whilst also educating us about both celebrated and often overlooked visionary women from the past.

This exhibition offers a unique glimpse not only into the portfolio of designs Nuera has produced for Barbie throughout his career, but also into his artistic process as a wide variety of Barbies can be seen on display alongside his own personal fashion designs, drawings, and writings, exemplifying Nuera's passion for making the Barbie of today a true reflection of the world in which we live.

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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.

More information: Campus Development: The week ahead.

 

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LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
LEADING AND MANAGING AT QUEEN’S

Spaces remain available on several upcoming workshops as part of the Leading and Managing at Queen’s programme. All workshops can be booked via iTrent Self-Service.

  • Managing and Supporting Performance, Thursday 22 February
  • Managing Probation and Performance, Thursday 29 February
  • Foundation Module – Tuesday 5 March
  • Coaching Skills – Thursday 7 March
  • Leading in a Research Environment – Tuesday 12 March
  • Leading with Influence – Wednesday 13 March
  • Creating a Positive Workplace Environment – Thursday 14 March
  • Handling Challenging Conversations – Wednesday 27 March

The Leading and Managing at Queen’s programme has been designed to support those who play leadership role. It helps develop confidence, building understanding of the leader’s role at Queen’s, and the knowledge and skills required to carry out that role. All participants will complete at least 6 modules in a calendar year to complete the programme and receive a certificate.

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WELLBEING
ANTICIPATORY GRIEF – INFORMATION SESSION

A presentation/workshop on Anticipatory Grief, delivered by NI Hospice, will be held on Wednesday 28 February from 1.00pm to 3.00pm (venue confirmed on registration). This session is aimed at those carers/family members who are supporting a loved one, who has a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness.

More information | Register via iTrent Self Service

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
GENDER IDENTITY AWARENESS TRAINING

The following online training session will be delivered by The Rainbow Project. Full details and registration are available at the iTrent link below. A Microsoft Teams joining link will be sent out the day before the session.

IT training
FINANCE
TRAINING: RISK AWARENESS AND MANAGEMENT

The Finance Directorate invites eligible staff to attend online Risk Awareness and Management training on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 12 March, 10.00am to 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 5 June, 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Book your place via iTrent

This course is aimed at anyone who is managing or reporting on risk throughout the University. The session is designed to give the participant an overview of the risk management process within Queen’s.

Key Learning Objectives

Look at the basics of risk management. Outline staff responsibility. Support participants in identifying risks within their area of business. Provide a brief introduction of the internal audit process.

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TRAINING
LIBRARY SERVICES: RESEARCH DATA MANAGEMENT TRAINING

The Library's Research Data Management team are offering the following new online training course. Find out more and register via the links below.

Register here

LEARNING AND TEACHING
THE BENEFITS OF ADVANCE HE FELLOWSHIP

Advance HE is hosting a short, free information session on Tuesday 12 March from 9.30am to 11.00am, online via Zoom. This session will give an overview of Advance HE Fellowship and will include a Q&A element.

Sign up or register to join the session here. NB: the main section of the presentation will be recorded and made available to signed-up attendees for two weeks.

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LEARNING AND TEACHING
EXTERNAL EXAMINER COURSE | WRITING YOUR CLAIM FOR AFHEA/FHEA

The following training events are still open for application. Full information and registration is via the iTrent links below.

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TRAINING
PURE TRAINING – LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS AND MONTHLY DROP-INS

Live demonstrations of Pure, targeted towards PhD students, Researchers and Academics, and monthly, half-hour drop-in clinics for Pure and the Research Portal, will take place as follows. Register via the links provided:

Introduction to Pure: For those who are new to Pure or would like a reminder of the basics around Pure. It will provide participants with an understanding of how they can best populate their profiles, demonstrate how to navigate the system and perform basic tasks to enable their work to appear on the Research Portal.

Deep Dive into Pure: For those who are familiar with the basics of Pure, but would like to learn more about how they can optimise their profiles and make better use of more advanced features. This session will also delve deeper into the content types and their usages.

For Pure-related queries, contact openaccess@qub.ac.uk or puresupport@qub.ac.uk.

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AI HUB
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AT QUEEN'S – SUPPORT AND TRAINING

How are Staff using AI in courses?

In Queen's Business School's ACC3043 module, 'Contemporary Technologies and Accounting,' Dr Danielle McConville has integrated AI exploration into the accounting curriculum. The course covers fundamental concepts, cybersecurity, and project management in the context of technological change, followed by an in-depth examination of AI. Teaching includes a guest lecture on prompt engineering, discussions on AI definitions, use cases, and ethical considerations. Watch the video to learn how the module successfully captivates students with AI in accounting.

What are Queen’s students saying about AI?

Students from Queen's University have expressed their views on the impact of AI in education, highlighting the value of tools such as ChatGPT, Bard, and various applications for generating photos and videos. This short video covers a number of diverse viewpoints on AI's advantages in literature review, idea generation, and study support, acknowledging its relevance in today's world.

Microsoft Bing Chat Enterprise

All staff have access to Microsoft Bing Chat Enterprise from within the secure Queen's environment to ensure your data stays protected. It is a conversational AI tool that enables you to carry out contextual searches, ask questions, and receive quick and helpful answers.

Find out more here about Using AI.

AI Support and Training

Explore the latest AI guidance and training at the Queen’s AI Hub, including Queen's guidance on the use of generative AI in assessments.

Sign up for the 'AI Lunchtime Bytes' series:

Contact the team at AI-Hub@qub.ac.uk with any questions.

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LEARNING AND TEACHING
CANVAS VLE SUPPORT+

Turnitin in Canvas is changing

The Canvas Plagiarism Framework (CPF) provides a new, simplified method for Turnitin assignment setup and submission and will be available in Canvas from Tuesday 19 March. CPF Awareness sessions are taking place on Wednesday 28 February and Wednesday 6 March at 1.00pm. Sign up for an awareness session here.

Upcoming Turnitin training sessions will also support the transition to CPF.

Canvas New Quizzes Wrap Up

Staff can still register for Canvas New Quizzes training on the Training Events calendar. View the Canvas New Quizzes: Getting Started Guide for an overview of the new features and question types now available, as well as a step-by-step tutorial on accessing New Quizzes.

Semester 2 Training Events

Access Semester 2 training on the Training Events calendar. Filter by category and browse what's on offer this semester. Book your place early to avoid disappointment.

One-to-one Consultations

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

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TRAINING
DIGITAL LEARNING EVENTS

Staff training delivered by CED, Digital and Information Services and various Digital Learning teams across Faculties is now available to book via the Digital Learning Training Events calendar.

Coming up this week:

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INFORMATION SERVICES
IT TRAINING COURSES: 'PANOPTO – USING IN QUB TEACHING SPACES'

To find out more about using Panopto in Teaching Spaces, register via iTrent for the course 'Panopto – Using in QUB Teaching Spaces', being held on Thursday 22 February.

Panopto is a video content management system that underpins the University’s lecture capture programmes. It integrates seamlessly with the Canvas VLE and aligns with the University’s Microsoft authentication credentials for intuitive access. It supports multi-feed video through its proprietary media player, as well as being able to host a multitude of file extension types, including audio-only content (for interviews, podcasts etc.). The platform provides capabilities to record, upload, edit and livestream video content all in the one place.

The full programme of IT training courses is available on iTrent. If your School or Directorate requires IT training for staff, geared towards a specific area or set of tasks, email itcourses@qub.ac.uk and we will arrange a consultation.

View additional training materials here.

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