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16 May 2022

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RESEARCH EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK (REF)
REF 2021: OUR RESULTS

Our REF results, as reported by Times Higher Education, rank Queen's University Belfast as 37th in the UK, and have highlighted the strength and depth of excellent research across the entire University.

A number of UoAs have performed exceptionally well, with UK-leading rankings within their panels. Agriculture, veterinary and food sciences was ranked joint 1st in the UK; Healthcare and biomedical sciences was ranked 4th in the UK; and Law was ranked 8th in the UK. Our depth and strength in Engineering is also clear, with 96% of our research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Overall, 88% of research submitted by Queen’s has been assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent and 99% of our research environment was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

View a selection of case studies on the University’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) website.

EVENT
TECHNICIAN SHOWCASE 2022 – THURSDAY 26 MAY

The 2022 Queen's Technician Showcase takes place on Thursday 26 May from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

All staff and students are invited to this event highlighting Queen's technicians and the valuable work they do. The day will include a variety of talks and events, including a poster show, workshops, and demonstrations in the Biological Sciences Building.

Find out more on the QUB Technicians website.

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GRADUATIONS
CALL FOR GRADUAND SUCCESS STORIES

Each year, the Communications Office showcases a selection of our graduands who have interesting stories to tell. In advance of the July Graduations, they would like your help to tell those stories.

Do you know a student who has won an award or is involved in charity work? Who has overcome adversity or achieved sporting success while studying? Or a student who has secured an exciting graduate job or career placement or who has their own business start-up idea?

If so, please email comms.office@qub.ac.uk with an outline of the student's story, School and subject. Please also include a mobile number and email address for the student so the Communications Office can get in touch to discuss it further.

The closing date for submitting information on Graduand success stories is 5.00pm on Monday 6 June.

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COVID-19
INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

The University continues to closely monitor the situation in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) 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 guidance on the NI Direct website. 

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 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 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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REF
CELEBRATING RESEARCH EXCELLENCE

We are extremely proud of our contribution to REF 2021; however, we are also aware that REF is only one part of the broader research ecosystem. Throughout the month of May, therefore, we are going to showcase and celebrate the totality of our research here at Queen's – our vibrant postdoctoral community, our inclusive research culture and our commitment to innovation in research both locally and globally.

Find out more.

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PEOPLE AND CULTURE
AGILE WORKING EVALUATION – HAVE YOUR SAY

Queen's enhanced flexible working offer, including the Agile Working Toolkit, launched on 2 November 2021, and, since Monday 11 April 2022 onwards, agile working arrangements, as agreed through local Team Standards, now apply for all staff roles.

In order to effectively evaluate this pilot year of the new agile working approach, People and Culture need to hear from as many staff as possible about their experience of agile working.

As well as seeking feedback from leadership and management teams, there are numerous ways that you can share your feedback: through our staff networks, trade union reps, focus groups for each broad staff category, an online feedback form, directly by email, and through a dedicated pulse survey which People and Culture (P&C) will run at the start of the new academic year.

Visit the P&C intranet for more details on providing feedback.

The pilot, which runs until 31 October 2022, is an opportunity to experiment and to trial different approaches to find the best ways of future working in an agile environment. Your feedback will allow us to better understand the benefits and opportunities afforded by agile working and to learn the challenges faced and how best to overcome them. By engaging with this evaluation and providing your feedback, you can help shape the future ways of working at Queen's.

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STAFF COMMUNITY
QUEEN'S TECHNICIAN AWARDS 2022

Nominations are now open for the new Queen's Technician Awards. These awards recognise the role of technical staff in delivering excellence in research, education and as a newcomer to Queen's.

Nominations are welcome from colleagues and students, and technical staff can also self-nominate.

The application form and criteria can be found here: Queen's Technician Awards 2022.

The closing date for submission is Wednesday 18 May at 5.00pm.

WELLBEING
PEDOMETER CHALLENGE 2022

Queen's annual Pedometer Challenge begins today. The challenge will run for four weeks between Monday 16 May and Sunday 12 June.

Team Challenge Registration.

Individual Challenge Registration.

The maximum number of participants per team for the Team Challenge is six, including the team captain. Staff are invited to get a team together, complete with team name.

The challenge will run as follows:

  • Week 1 – Monday 16 May to Sunday 22 May
  • Week 2 – Monday 23 May to Sunday 29 May
  • Week 3 – Monday 30 May to Sunday 5 June
  • Week 4 – Monday 6 June to Sunday 12 June

Every Monday, the Team Captains and those participating in the Individual Challenge will receive the link to MS Forms to register the team scores and individual challenge scores.

May is National Walking Month and the Pedometer Challenge is a great opportunity to get out and explore your local area and reconnect with colleagues by taking a stroll over lunch. Walking is an excellent exercise and walking regularly can keep us fit and healthy. Just 20 minutes of brisk walking a day can reduce the risk of a number of health conditions.

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PEOPLE AND CULTURE
AGILE WORKING AT QUEEN'S: SUPPORT FOR STAFF

From Monday 11 April onwards, agile working arrangements will apply for all staff, as agreed through local Team Standards. Our approach, which is set out in the Agile Working Toolkit, places each team at its centre, providing a framework to enable discussion and support the creation of individual Team Standards that best reflect the circumstances of each team.

A full programme of support has been developed for managers and staff, over the last five months since the pilot launched, to ensure a smooth transition to this new way of working, and this will continue for the duration of the pilot.

An overview of what is available can be found below and more information, including how to attend, is available on the P&C SharePoint pages.

  • The Agile Working Manager Support Network provides time and space for anyone with line management responsibility to participate in monthly meetings to support the effective implementation of Agile Working at the University through peer learning. Each 90-minute Network meeting will feature speakers from within the line manager community at Queen's who will share their approach to discussing, designing, implementing and reviewing Team Standards within their own area. The fifth meeting takes place on Friday 20 May from 10.00am to 11.30am. To join the Network, please email agileworking@qub.ac.uk.

  • All staff are encouraged to attend a 30-minute Briefing and information session that describes what is meant by Agile Working at Queen's and what this means for you as an employee, with time included for Q&A.

  • A series of Agile Working Manager Workshops has been developed comprising four standalone, 90-minute workshops designed to support anyone with line manager responsibility. The series includes an introductory session focusing on the practicalities of the Toolkit itself, and three skills development workshops exploring effective communication, managing performance, and creating an inclusive culture in an agile working environment. Staff can find an overview of each session and register their interest to attend via the Agile Working Toolkit. Sessions will be scheduled in line with staff interest.
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CONSULTATION
UNIVERSITY-WIDE CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED PILOT LINGUISTIC RESIDENCE SCHEME

In fulfilling the University's obligations under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, the University's Equality Scheme includes a commitment to consult on the implementation of new and revised policies, as defined by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, with regards to equality of opportunity and good relations.

The University is seeking the views of staff, students, Trade Union representatives and external consultees on a proposed Pilot Linguistic Residence Scheme at Queen's.

The deadline for consultation responses is 5.00pm on Friday 8 July 2022.

The aim of the proposed Pilot Linguistic Residential Scheme is to create an environment where students have an opportunity to speak their chosen language of study on a sustained and regular basis. The regular use of language in students' personal and social lives should consolidate and improve their linguistic skills.

To ensure appropriate engagement, the consultation period will last for eight weeks, as per the University's Equality Scheme (2018-2023) to allow adequate time for groups to consult amongst themselves as part of the process of forming a view, and to enable the University to meet the required internal approval deadlines.

This period of consultation, which launched on Friday 13 May and will end on Friday 8 July, will allow the University to gather feedback, both internal and external, which will help inform the equality screening and proposal development process.

Find out more on the Consultation Exercises Page, including how you can feedback your views.

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STUDENT WELLBEING
OMNI: ALL IN FOR MENTAL HEALTH – CONTINUE THE MOVEMENT

With the end of the academic year fast approaching, colleagues are reminded to please encourage their students to take the OMNI survey at omni.qubsu.org.

Downloadable assets in the OMNI toolkit can be used, which include: email copy and email signature graphic; social media graphics, videos and posts; and more.

The survey findings will be used by both the University and Students' Union to make change for the better at Queen's and beyond. ​

Find out more about the OMNI movement.

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CENTRE FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
STUDENT DIGITAL EXPERIENCE AT QUEEN'S

The Digital Experience Insights Survey is part of a national initiative where insights about the student digital experience is gathered from a range of higher education institutions and further education colleges across the UK.

The new Student Survey Findings brochure is now available providing details on the student digital experience at Queen's for the 2021/22 survey reporting period.

Read the Queen's Student Survey Findings brochure.

Watch this short video for the headline findings.

Leading & Managing at Queen’s (LMQ)
PEOPLE AND CULTURE
PLACES AVAILABLE: LEADING AND MANAGING AT QUEEN'S (LMQ)

The following Leading and Managing at Queen's workshops, scheduled over the next few weeks, still have places remaining.

Staff can book via iTrent using the links below, or search for all available 'Leading and Managing at Queen’s' workshops via iTrent Self Service. Full programme information is available here.

LMQ ProgrammeDateTime
Foundation Module: Understanding Your Role 15 June 9.30am to 12.30pm
7 September 9.30am to 12.30pm
4 October 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Creating a Positive Work Environment 5 July 1.30pm to 4.30pm
14 September 9.30am to 12.30pm
Coaching Skills for Leaders and Managers 9 June 9.30am to 12.30pm
7 July 9.30am to 12.30pm
13 October 9.30am to 12.30pm
Engaging & Managing a Team 26 May 9.30am to 12.30pm
30 June 1.30pm to 4.30pm
21 September 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Handling Challenging Conversations 6 June 1.30pm to 4.30pm
27 July 9.30am to 12.30pm
28 September 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Leading in a Research Environment 27 May 9.30am to 12.30pm
23 June 9.30am to 12.30pm
5 October 9.30am to 12.30pm
Leading with Influence 29 June 9.30am to 12.30pm
28 July 1.30pm to 4.30pm
19 October 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Managing & Supporting Performance 14 June 9.30am to 12.30pm
28 July 1.30pm to 4.30pm
26 October 9.30am to 12.30pm

 

The People Manager Essentials (PME) programme has been revised and will be delivered as Leading and Managing at Queen's (LMQ). This retains the core PME modules, with additions to make it a more inclusive programme, recognising that support is also required for leaders without line management responsibility.

All participants will complete at least 6 modules in a calendar year to complete the programme and receive the LMQ certificate. Visit the P&C website for further information.

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TRAINING
REGISTER NOW FOR ACTIVE BYSTANDER TRAINING

Queen's Gender Initiative, the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences Gender Equality Team, and the Diversity and Inclusion Team invite staff to attend a virtual Active Bystander Training session on Friday 17 June from 10.00am to 11.30am.

Register for Active Bystander Training via iTrent Self-Service.

This training aims to empower staff across the Queen's University community to challenge poor behaviours 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.

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

More information on Active Bystander Training.

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TRAINING
BULLYING AND HARASSMENT TRAINING SESSION

The Diversity and Inclusion Unit invites all Queen's staff to attend a Bullying and Harassment training session on Wednesday 25 May from 10.30am to 12.00pm via MS Teams.

Register for Bullying and Harassment training via iTrent. The event link will be sent out the day before the session.

The session will cover the following topics:

  • Key principles of Dignity at Work
  • The Legal Framework
  • QUB and you
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Advice
  • Support available
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POSTDOCTORAL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
POSTDOCTORAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME

The Postdoctoral Development Centre invites postdocs and early career researchers at Queen's interested in developing their leadership skills to a new two-day workshop designed to support staff in their leadership role.

This workshop will take place on Tuesday 21 June and Tuesday 5 July from 9.30am to 4.30pm in Riddel Hall.

Find out more and apply by Friday 20 May at 5.00pm.*

This programme will be facilitated by the Dr Louise O'Meara, William J Clinton Leadership Institute, and aims to help participants understand what leadership is, and to provide a number of core leadership skills to help create effective leaders. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on how the principles discussed in the programme can be applied to current situations or upcoming leadership challenges.

* Numbers on this programme are limited to 25 and candidates are required to complete a short application form.

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STUDENTS' UNION
COURSE REP VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES NOW OPEN

Recruitment is now underway for next year's Course Reps. Staff are encouraged to promote this opportunity to their students in any way they can.

Staff can use this Promotional Toolkit, which includes graphics, videos and sample social media posts.

Students can find out here if there is a role available on their course and volunteer by 5.00pm on Tuesday 31 May.

Staff and student reps working effectively together enhances the student experience, supports more responsive service provision, and creates a greater shared understanding of the challenges faced by staff and by students.

By volunteering just a few hours per week, students will:

  • Meet new people from their course and school
  • Gain leadership, teamwork, and communication skills
  • Improve the experience for current and future students
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STUDENT WELLBEING
VOLUNTEER TO BECOME A SAFE AND HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS ADVOCATE

The Student Wellbeing Service is currently recruiting to the pool of Safe and Healthy Relationship Advocates across the University. This is a volunteer role for staff to support students affected by either bullying, harassment, sexual misconduct and/or hate crime.

The role requires staff to meet individually with students who refer through the Report + Support website to provide emotional/practical support and signposting to specialist services.

Find out more information about this opportunity here.

Staff are asked to express their interest by 5.00pm on Friday 27 May.

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

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

To submit an article to Queen's Policy Engagement, please 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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SPOTLIGHT ON OUR STAFF
SPOTLIGHT ON... SARA LYNCH, HEAD OF SUSTAINABILITY, ESTATES DIRECTORATE

Our latest 'Spotlight on our Staff' profile features Sara Lynch, Head of Sustainability at Queen's.

As Head of Sustainability in the Estates Directorate, Sara leads the University's expanded Sustainability Team, overseeing the development of the University's sustainability strategy. As a member of the Estates Senior Management team, Sara is responsible for improving the University's sustainability performance across all activities, driving cultural and behavioural change throughout the campus and community.

 

Read Sara's staff profile.

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EVENT
TECHNICIAN VENUE TOUR: QUEEN'S INTERSIM CENTRE

Technical staff are invited to the next event in the Technician Venue Tour series. This tour will take in the KN Cheung SK Chin InterSim Centre, MBC, on Thursday 19 May from 12.00pm to 1.00pm BST.

Places are limited. Tickets are available here.

The KN Cheung SK Chin InterSim Centre's purpose is to better prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals for the increasingly challenging and complex realities of modern clinical practice. InterSim mirrors procedures and events faced by doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists and pharmacists (to name a few) working in the real clinical world every day.

This event is organised by Queen's Comms, Networking and Events Technical Commitment Working Group.

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EVENT
QUEEN'S HERITAGE HUB NETWORKING EVENT

Staff are invited to join members of Queen's Heritage Hub at its first in-person networking event on Wednesday 18 May at 1.00pm in room OG/074, Lanyon Building North. Lunch will be provided.

To register to attend, RSVP to Emma McAlister, emcalister07@qub.ac.uk.

The Heritage Hub is an inter-disciplinary network that aims to nurture collaborations between Queen's researchers and the heritage sector. Attendees will meet fellow researchers with an interest in all things heritage as well as representatives from the main heritage organisations in Northern Ireland. 

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EVENT
THE RM JONES LECTURE: '1320, 1776 AND ALL THAT'

Staff are invited to The RM Jones Lecture, given by Professor David Armitage (Harvard University) on Wednesday 18 May from 4.00pm to 5.30pm online.

The full title of Professor Armitage's lecture is '1320, 1776 And All That: The Declaration of Arbroath, The Declaration of Independence, and the Fate of Documents'. This is a live online lecture followed by an interactive Q&A. The event will be chaired by Professor Richard English (Mitchell Institute).

Register here for The RM Jones Lecture.

Founding documents are parsed, revered and preserved but they can also be misread, mythologised and overlooked. This lecture examines the entangled fates of two such documents, the Scots “Declaration of Arbroath” (1320) and the US Declaration of Independence (1776), at a moment between the 700th anniversary of the one and the 250th anniversary of the other. It shows that the two “declarations” were both diplomatic texts, rhetorically shaped, and part of sequences of similar documents that have been largely forgotten.

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POSTDOCTORAL DEVELOPMENT
CAREER INSIGHTS INTERVIEW

Staff are invited to join the live podcast recording of the next Career Insights Interview, taking place online on Friday 27 May from 11.30am to 12.30pm. This will be of particular inerest to postdocs and PhD candidates at Queen's.

This session's guests are Dr Elaine O'Reilly (University College Dublin) and Dr Delphine Wagner (Kinesys Consulting).

Career Insights Interview: More information | Registration.

In this career insights session, Professor Gerd Wagner will ask Dr O'Reilly (Associate Professor of Chemical Biology, UCD) and Dr Wagner (Director Regulatory Affairs, Kinesys) questions about their roles, careers, experience of working in and out of academia, and tips for postdocs and PhD candidates who are planning their careers, etc.

This session will be recorded and added to the Postdoctoral Development Centre's podcast series, 'The theory of the postdoc evolution'.

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EVENT
FACULTY OF MHLS MINI STAFF ENGAGEMENT ROADSHOWS

A series of mini staff engagement events will be held at sites across the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences (FMHLS) campus. Co-hosted by the Faculty and School Leadership Teams, staff will have an opportunity to hear a strategic update from the Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and then chat informally with the Leadership and Management Teams over refreshments.

All events are open to all FMHLS staff, but will be held at the following specific sites for convenience:

  • Thursday 19 May, 2.00pm to 4.00pm: Lower Ground Floor Lecture Theatre/Atrium, School of Biological Sciences
  • Wednesday 1 June, 12.30pm to 2.00pm: MBC (Lecture Theatre 1 and Main Foyer)
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RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE
SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES (SSH) IN HORIZON EUROPE CLUSTER 6

On Wednesday 15 to Thursday 16 June, Queen's will co-host a virtual brokerage event to facilitate the inclusion of SSH partners into Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment projects.

Academic colleagues are encouraged to register, create their profile and offer expertise or project collaboration as soon as possible. From today, participants will be able to review profiles and arrange one to one meetings with people of interest.

This event will be promoted in Europe to widen the range of opportunities.

Please register here.

This event is structured as follows:

  • Wednesday 15 June (9.30am to 12.00pm): Plenary sessions
  • Wednesday 15 June (12.30pm to 5.00pm) to Thursday 16 June: one to one meetings.
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RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE
PROOF OF PRINCIPLE FUNDING PROGRAMME: OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

One of the key challenges in commercialising University research is access to the early stage funding necessary to take a novel idea to an early stage of proof – thereby validating the commercial potential in order to attract additional investment. To overcome this funding challenge, the University has developed a 'Proof-of-Principle' (PoP) programme to support projects with significant potential to deliver economic impact via either licensing or creation of a spin-out.

The award of up to £10,000 is intended to move the projects to the next stage of proof.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 25 May at 5.00pm.

More information and application form: Proof-of-Principle (PoP) programme.

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RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE
GLOBAL RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FUND NOW OPEN

A Global Research Partnership Development Fund has been established to support networking and partnering by Queen's academics with colleagues worldwide. This scheme will support research partnership development with collaborators in global organisations – including academic institutions, business, government and third sector partners (including NGOs, civic and community organisations, etc) – in any country beyond the UK.

The application process is open to all Schools and priority will be given to research proposals that address any of the following:

  • Innovative proposals involving high-quality researchers, both internally and externally
  • Research activities to address and implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Global research priorities as identified by key funders.
  • Inter/transdisciplinary research activities, particularly those involving more than one School or Faculty.
  • Applications from Early Career Researchers (seven years post appointment to academic position).

Further information and application forms are available on the Research website.

The closing date is 4.00pm on Monday 30 May.

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NEWSLETTER
EUROPEAN FUNDING NEWSLETTER

The May edition of the EU Funding Newsletter is now available.

The newsletter is produced by the Research and Enterprise Directorate.

 

 

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RETAIL
SU SHOP CLEARANCE SALE

The Students' Union Shop is holding a clearance sale, with Queen's-branded hoodies from £12.50 while stocks last, and more.

For more information call in to the SU Shop on 3 Elmwood Avenue, or contact sushop@qub.ac.uk

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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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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
HARD RAIN SOLOIST ENSEMBLE CONCERT: 'NEW HORIZONS'

Queen's Ensemble in Residence, Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, invites staff to its next concert on at 7.30pm in the Harty Room, Music Building.

This 'New Horizons' concert features works by two former Music students at Queen's, composers Amy Rooney and Eduard Zatriqi, as well as pieces by Ian Wilson and Rebecca Saunders.

Book your place here.

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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 tickets are priced at £5.50 (standard ticket price £7.40). If you are 26 and under join LUMI to get tickets for £4.50 every day, all year round. 

NEW THIS WEEK:

AN CAILÍN CIÚIN (The Quiet Girl): Based on the acclaimed story, Foster by Claire Keegan, The Quiet Girl is a complex and delicate coming-of-age drama that explores questions of family, neglect, and loss through the eyes of its young protagonist.

THE DROVER'S WIFE: THE LEGEND OF MOLLY JOHNSON: The feature debut of filmmaker, playwright, author, and actor Leah Purcell is a searing retelling of Henry Lawson's 1892 short story. Expanded from Purcell's own award-winning stage adaptation into a tremendously compelling Outback Western, it reclaims and reimagines Lawson's story – a classic of colonial literature – from an Indigenous feminist perspective, depicting the struggles of a woman caught between two cultures.

ENNIO: From Oscar winning director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), Ennio celebrates the life and legacy of the legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who passed away on 6 July 2020.

VORTEX: Those accustomed to the boundary-pushing cinema of Gaspar Noé may take his latest film as his biggest shocker of all. A retired psychiatrist with dementia and a struggling author with a heart condition live their final days together in an apartment.

CONTINUING

DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA

THIS MUCH I KNOW TO BE TRUE

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
SEAMUS HEANEY CENTRE

The latest weekly update from the Seamus Heaney Centre is now available online. 

View the update.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
NAUGHTON GALLERY: EXHIBITION CONTINUES

Taking the early music of Dolly Parton as its starting point, BLUE SMOKE showcases the work of four contemporary artists who explore the idea of landscape and home within their work, although often in unexpected or unconventional ways. A selection of early Dolly Parton records provides the soundtrack to the exhibition.

BLUE SMOKE continues until Sunday 29 May. Admission is free. All are welcome. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

Photograph: Simon Mills.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
WRITING YOUR CLAIM FOR ASSOCIATE FELLOWSHIP OR FELLOWSHIP HEA, AND SENIOR FELLOWSHIP HEA

The Centre for Educational Development has organised a series of writing workshops for staff on Associate Fellowship or Fellowship HEA and Senior Fellowship HEA, taking place over the following dates and times.

Writing your claim for Associate Fellowship or Fellowship HEA

  • 7 November to 18 November 2022: 10.00am to 11.00am
  • 16 January to 27 January 2023: 10.00am to 11.00am

Register for this series via iTrent Self Service.

Senior Fellowship HEA

  • 5 December to 16 December 2022: 10.00am to 11.00am
  • 20 March to 31 March 2023: 10.00am to 11.00am

Register for this series via iTrent Self Service.

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LEARNING AND TEACHING
BEING AN ADVISER OF STUDIES

Training on Being an Adviser of Studies will take place on Monday 20 June from 9.30am to 11.00am.

This session is designed for new and more experienced Advisers of Studies. The workshop provides a forum for discussion of the key roles and responsibilities of an Adviser of Studies, based on the Queen's Code of Practice.

Register for Being an Adviser of Studies via iTrent.

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LEARNING AND TEACHING
CANVAS VLE TRAINING

Canvas for Assessment (Semester 2 AY2021/22)

The following are key guides to support staff with setup and administration of examinations/tests using Canvas:

A number of helpful student resources are also available:

Video Recordings of Assessment-related Training Topics

A full list of key Canvas Training Recordings is available on the Digital Learning @ Queen's blog. These asynchronous resources can be accessed at a time at a place that suits your schedule.

Canvas Assignments: Considerations for 48-hour Extension

Staff are recommended to consider the impact of the 48-hour extension for coursework/continuous assessments on their assignments set up in Canvas, particularly Turnitin assignments. Please refer to the Turnitin staff guide for information on managing the Turnitin settings.

Until 3 June 2022, a 48-hour extension for coursework/continuous assessments will normally be available.

Staff or students experiencing any Turnitin-related issues are strongly encouraged to contact Canvas Support via the 'Help' menu in Canvas or by emailing support@instructure.com.

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LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT FOR STAFF
LEARNING FOR ALL – LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

The Learning for All schedule of dates is now available for the courses below. Course registration is via iTrent Self-Service. For queries or support, please email stafflearning@qub.ac.uk.

  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Delivering Engaging Learning Sessions Remotely
  • Working Smarter for Better Time Management
  • Skills for Effective Mentoring
  • Planning my Career Development
  • Interview skills for Interviewees
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LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
LINKEDIN LEARNING: INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT SKILLS

Many staff in Queen's need to undertake, lead or collaborate in work-related projects. LinkedIn Learning is a useful resource with a wide range of learning to improve project management skills. Staff are invited to try some of these courses below, or search our curated Project Management Collection and extensive course library to support your own learning needs.

Project Management Foundations: Project management can be used to guide small, simple projects as well as complex enterprise-wide initiatives. This course explains the fundamentals of project management: from establishing project goals and objectives and building a project plan, communicating and closing the project.

Project Management Simplified: Learn a simple framework to manage projects and how to use traditional project management tools—such as Gantt charts and network diagrams. Become more effective in planning a project, managing resources, monitoring progress to deliver effective results.

Managing Projects with Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams is the communication and teamwork hub of Office 365. Teams brings together the conversations, files, and meetings that team members collaborate on together—making it an ideal tool for managing projects. Learn how to manage files, connect SharePoint lists and pages, take notes, manage online meetings, and collect project feedback to make your projects more effective.

 

LinkedIn Learning – an extensive online learning resource – is available for all Queen's staff. Sign up here to request your individual access. Contact stafflearning@qub.ac.uk if you have any questions about requesting access.

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IT TRAINING
ICDL (INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION OF DIGITAL LITERACY)

Are you interested in gaining an internationally recognised IT qualification? Queen's is an accredited ICDL test centre, operated by the IT Training and Assessment Unit and offers ICDL and ICDL Advanced to current staff and students. Accreditation in the UK is issued by the British Computer Society.

Find out more: ICDL (International Certification of Digital Literacy) at Queen's.

OFFICE 365
MICROSOFT TEAMS: MUTE NOTIFICATIONS UPDATES

Notification messages in Teams now allow users to mute meeting-specific notifications during calls from the in-meeting menu. Previously, these were managed via settings from the top toolbar.

Find out more.

Staff can find additional training materials on the Office 365 Training and Support SharePoint.

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INFORMATION SERVICES
IT TRAINING COURSES

IT training courses will continue to be scheduled throughout this academic year, covering a range of desktop products. If your School or Directorate requires IT training for staff geared towards a specific area or set of tasks, please email itcourses@qub.ac.uk who will arrange a consultation.

Upcoming courses

Places are available on the following upcoming courses. Register for courses via iTrent Self Service.

  • Introduction to Power BI: Tuesday 17 May, 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Managing a Project using M365 Apps: Wednesday 18 May, 10.00am to 12.00pm
  • Introduction to Microsoft Publisher: Wednesday 18 May, 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Further Power Automate: Thursday 19 May, 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Excel 1: Essentials: Thursday 19 May, 10.00am to 11.15am

Full list of course dates.

View details of MediaSite courses and book a place.

View details of Turning Point courses and book a place.

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