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10 June 2024

EVENT INVITE
LAUNCH OF QUEEN'S INNOVATION CENTRES

The Belfast Region City Deal team invites Queen's staff to the launch of the Queen's University-led Innovation Centres on Wednesday 19 June from 10.30am to 12.00pm (with tea/coffee/refreshments served from 10.00am) in the Mandela Hall, One Elmwood.

Join for networking and discussion on how Queen's is working with partners and funders to lead an ambitious £230m programme of innovation bringing economic and societal benefits across Northern Ireland.

RSVP here by selecting a 'General Admission - Queen’s Staff' ticket. Please note that tickets are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

More information

The data-driven Innovation Centres – the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC), Momentum One Zero, and iREACH Health – are harnessing huge opportunities through collaboration with industry, government and communities.  

Sign up here to keep up to date with Belfast Region City Deal news at Queen’s.

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SUSTAINABILITY
LAUNCH OF QUEEN'S FIRST ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

Queen's first Annual Sustainability Report has now launched.

Covering the academic year 2022-23, the report captures a wide range of important initiatives delivered across our campus and beyond – addressing sustainability issues in research, operations, teaching and learning, and outreach delivered in collaboration with our key stakeholders and civic partners.

Everyone is encouraged to take a few moments to read it and learn more about all that we are doing to drive forward this work. We will produce this report on an annual basis.

Upcoming sustainability initiatives

Highlighted below are a number of important initiatives which will be rolled out to support our sustainability commitments on campus over the next few months:

  • Introduction of a new secure cycling stand on the Main Site which will hold 48 bicycles – accessible to staff, students and the wider community;
  • Introduction of e-bike charging on the Main Site;
  • Installation of photovoltaic panels (Whitla Hall and School of Mathematics and Physics Teaching Centre) – increasing our on-site renewable energy generation;
  • Upgrade and extension of Electric Vehicle Charging points across the campus;
  • And the launch of new Sustainable Travel Business Guidance and decision tool to individuals to best manage their carbon footprint associated with travel on University business.
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SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK
SUSTAINABILITY COMMUNICATION

Last year many of you fed into  our Sustainability Communication Preferences Review survey and focus groups to help us better understand how you would like to receive information on sustainability.

  • 65% of students and 63% of staff surveyed responded that they received the information they needed to help them to make sustainable choices and decisions at Queen's in 2022-2023. This is a great start as we roll out our new Net Zero Plan, and the feedback has helped identify opportunities to extend and enhance our communication approach.

TELL US HOW WE'VE BEEN DOING THIS YEAR

To support continuous improvement, we would be grateful if you could let us know how we've been doing on sustainability communication this academic year (2023-2024).

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GRADUATIONS
CALL FOR GRADUAND SUCCESS STORIES

Each year, the Strategic Communications Directorate showcases a selection of our graduands who have interesting stories to tell. In advance of the Summer 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 complete this form (this can be done for yourself or on behalf of someone else) and the Strategic Communications Directorate team will be in touch to discuss.

The closing date for submitting information on Graduand success stories is 5.00pm on Tuesday 18 June.

[This item was updated on Wednesday 12 June 2024.]

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RECRUITMENT
INTERNAL VACANCIES

The University is currently advertising for the following positions internally:

  • 24/111982 – International Officer – North America, Global Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions
  • 24/111980 – Senior Engagement Manager (Student and Graduate Enterprise) (Maternity Cover), Research and Enterprise

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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STAFF ROUND UP SCHEDULE 2024
SUMMER EDITIONS

During July and August, the Staff Round Up will issue fortnightly:

  • Monday 8 July
  • Monday 22 July
  • Monday 5 August
  • Monday 19 August

The Round Up will resume its weekly schedule from Monday 2 September.

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BENEFITS PACKAGE
REMINDER: ANNUAL LEAVE ALLOWANCE INCREASED TO 25 DAYS

Following the recent pay agreement, the total annual leave allowance for all staff has increased to 25 days, in addition to the nine Bank Holidays and nine University closure days.

All areas are reminded to update annual leave allowance records to reflect the change.

View the pay agreement in full.

[This item was amended on Tuesday 11 June 2024.]

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STUDENTS AND CORPORATE SERVICES
TIMETABLING AND ROOM BOOKING TEAM MOVES TO STUDENT SERVICES AND SYSTEMS

Colleagues in the Students and Corporate Services portfolio have been exploring how they will adapt and change to build resilience through realignment while retaining the excellent working relationships that currently exist across their teams, departments, directorates, and the wider University. This work has been designed to ensure that they are best placed to deliver the wide range of professional support services they are responsible for.

The first of these changes within the broader Students and Corporate Services portfolio is the realignment of Timetabling and Room Booking team from Eventus to Student Services and Systems, which takes effect today, Monday 10 June 2024. The Timetabling and Room Booking team will formally join Student Services and Systems, alongside the QSIS Services, Systems Development, and Student Registry Services teams.

Professor Judy Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, welcomed this first realignment within the Students and Corporate Services portfolio:

“This move within the portfolio brings together services critical to the academic ecosystem and the student lifecycle. I fully support this period of change and evolution as we continue to work together to ensure an excellent staff and student experience that promotes and enhances the success of all our students.”

Commenting on this first realignment designed to deliver Strategy 2030, Caroline Young, Vice President - Students and Corporate Services, said:

“This is the beginning of a new period of development in which we will optimise the services we provide for our students, staff, and stakeholders, allowing us to foster a ‘One University’ approach and deliver on the aims of Strategy 2030, as we respond to the opportunities and challenges of today and increase our resilience for those in future.”

More information

The work of the Timetabling and Room Booking team is critical to ensuring that teaching and room bookings are optimised to deliver an excellent student learning experience and to support student success.

The team are responsible for timetabling over 190,000 hours of teaching annually.

Their co-location with the Students Services and Systems teams will bring synergies and allow for further integration of systems design, planning and developments to support their excellent work and that of colleagues across the university.  

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CELEBRATING OUR STAFF
QUB TEACHING AWARDS 2024

The CED Teaching Awards panel is pleased to announce the 13 QUB Teaching Awards 2024 recipients. The Awards are given in recognition of excellent teaching and learning support practice, across the three Faculties and Professional Services.

Congratulations to all this year's awardees, listed below.

Read the full story.

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ACTIVE TRAVEL
BIKE WEEK 2024

This week is Bike Week, and the Sustainability Team have a range of opportunities on offer to help you get on your bike, including:

  • Online talks providing infrastructure updates, cycling tips and information on Queen's cycle scheme.
  • Social cycle and an e-bike experience for Queen’s staff, hosted by Sustrans.

View the full programme of Bike Week activities here.

THERE FOR YOUR POCKET, YOUR HEALTH AND THE PLANET
SAVE UP TO 42% ON A BIKE AND EQUIPMENT WITH CYCLESCHEME (CYCLE+)

Queen's is partnered with Cyclescheme to offer our staff savings on the cost of a bike and equipment for commuting to work.

The costs are spread over monthly instalments taken from your payslip pre-tax.

The scheme can save you between 32% – 42% on the cost of a bike and accessories. Cycling to work enables you to save on fuel costs while travelling sustainably.

Find out more.

Our on-campus Bike Hub in partnership with social enterprise Big Loop Bikes offers convenient bike sales, servicing and repairs to staff, students and the general public.

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SAVE THE DATE
QUEEN'S PRIDE PICNIC AND BELFAST PRIDE PARADE

Queen’s Pride Picnic

All Queen's staff and students are invited to the third annual Queen’s Pride Picnic on Wednesday 24 July from 12.00pm to 3.00pm. Celebrations will include music, entertainment, food trucks, drinks and an ice-cream cart. This event is free. Further information, including how to register, will be shared soon.

Belfast Pride Parade

Queen’s is proud to confirm that we will be marching in the centrepiece Belfast Pride Parade this year, on Pride Day, Saturday 27 July. All Queen’s staff and students and their friends and families are welcome to join in celebrating LGBTQIA+ people in Belfast and beyond.

Belfast Pride Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Belfast and this year the festival will run from Friday 19 to Sunday 28 July. The Belfast Pride Parade is the main event in the LGBTQIA+ calendar, a major city event and the biggest cross community parade in Belfast.

Further details on the Parade and how you can register to join will be shared in the coming weeks.

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EVENT
POSTDOC SHOWCASE 2024: 'HELPING TO SHAPE A BETTER WORLD'

The Postdoc Society are pleased to announce the return of the Queen's Postdoc Showcase, taking place in celebration of Postdocs and Research Staff, on Monday 16 September in The Malone Hotel, 60 Eglantine Avenue, Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 6DY.

The theme of this year's event is 'Helping to Shape a Better World'. This event is an opportunity for all research staff at Queen's to showcase their research, learn about others' research, and network with other postdocs.

Find out more and register here: Postdoc Showcase 2024

This is an event organised 'by postdocs, for postdocs'. The programme will feature talks by invited speakers, an expert panel discussion, an update from the Postdoctoral Development Centre, a research poster/display exhibition, oral presentations by selected postdocs and the winners of the PDC Postdoc Awards will be announced. There will be prizes for the best talks and posters.

Together, let's help to shape a better world and advance sustainable development.

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CELEBRATING OUR STAFF
POSTDOC AWARDS 2024: NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

Nominations for this year's Postdoc Awards are now open. All staff are encouraged to nominate postdoctoral researchers who have excelled in one of the award categories this academic year. The deadline for nominations is Sunday 30 June.

Find out more and nominate here: Postdoc Awards 2024

The Postdoc Awards aim to recognise the exceptional contributions of postdocs to the University, in particular to reward those who excel in what they do, and who 'go the extra mile' in their research, in their contribution to the life of the University, in their contribution to Public Engagement and in the provision of support for their group, colleagues, School, etc. Awards are awarded once per year as part of National Postdoc Appreciation Week.

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PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
GUIDANCE ON 2024 UK GENERAL ELECTION

Pre-election period

The pre-election period (formerly known as purdah) is the period of time between the time an election is announced and the date the election is held when specific restrictions on the activity of civil servants are in place.

While broadly universities are beyond the scope of these restrictions, there are instances where specific care should be taken with regards the use of public resources and the communication activities of public bodies, civil servants, and local government officials. If you have any questions, please get in touch with publicengagement@qub.ac.uk.

Key considerations for staff in Queen’s University Belfast

The University is impartial towards all candidates and political parties. It is important to ensure the University institutionally is acting, and being seen to act, impartially towards all candidates and political parties, and not seen to be influencing the election and its outcomes, whether inadvertently or intentionally.

Queen’s staff are obviously free to undertake political activism in a personal capacity and any activity should not involve the University brand or resources or inadvertently create the impression of Queen’s involvement or endorsement for any party or candidate.

Particular care should be taken over official support, and the use of public or University resources, including publicity, for government announcements that could have a bearing on matters relevant to the elections. The University can institutionally continue to speak and support issues that it has consistently highlighted and that are relevant to the University’s purposes but must do so in an independent and politically neutral way.

Special care should be taken in respect of paid publicity campaigns and to ensure that publicity is not open to the criticism that it is being undertaken for party political purposes.

Care should also be taken in relation to proposed visits. The same approach must be applied to all visit requests from candidates (as opposed to Ministers) to avoid any question of bias and this activity should be coordinated through the Public Engagement team.

Please fill in this form if you would like to invite politicians to your event.

There should also be even-handedness in meeting information requests from the different political parties and campaigning groups.

Remember to be careful and not use official Queen’s social media accounts if posting or sharing information about the General Election in a personal capacity. Please get in touch with publicengagement@qub.ac.uk if you have any questions or would like advice on activities during the General Election period.

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FULFIL YOUR LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL
2024/25 AURORA FEMALE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME – APPLICATION NOW OPEN

As part of our continued focus on developing leadership capability at Queen’s we are pleased to once again offer the Aurora female-only leadership development programme in late Autumn 2024. 

The programme overview, tips on applying, and the application link are all now available on the Aurora intranet page. Please ensure that you read the information and tips available, and that you discuss this opportunity with your line manager before applying.

The Advance HE Aurora programme is an external 'leadership ignition' programme, which supports women to fulfil their leadership potential. It is suitable for women at Level 2 of the Leadership and Management Framework. Information on the programme is available on the Aurora webpage.

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CENTRE FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
SUMMARY REPORT OF FINDINGS: DIGITAL EXPERIENCE INSIGHTS STUDENT SURVEY 2024

The Digital Experience Insights Survey is part of a national initiative where data about the student digital experience is gathered from a range of Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) across the UK.

To find out what students at Queen's have said, access the Digital Experience Insights Student Survey 2024 summary report of findings. It includes the perceptions of over a 1,000 Queen's students enabling us to reflect on their digital experiences and the transformative role of technology in education.

Please contact ced@qub.ac.uk for any queries in relation to this summary report.

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GIVING
QUB RAG FUNDRAISING

QUB RAG (Raise and Give) are the official student-led fundraising group of the Students’ Union. As we approach the end of the fundraising year, the group are asking staff to consider supporting its final fundraising efforts by making an easy, one-off donation. QUB RAG are supporting two incredible charities who have been chosen by the student body:

Brainwaves NI

Brain cancer claims more lives of young children and adults under 40 years than any other cancer, yet, of the national spend on cancer research, only one per cent is allocated to brain cancer.

Brainwaves NI is Northern Ireland's only volunteer-led brain tumour research and member support charity. They have been working with The Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research at Queen’s University for many years, providing research funding of almost £600,000, and are currently providing financial support to three PhD students.

Hope for Life NI

Hope 4 Life NI are an early intervention mental health charity, who engage, educate, and empower mental wellbeing across the country, with their lead programme, Uberheroes, preparing school pupils to thrive through life, as opposed to simply survive. So far, they have been able to support 45,000 children and young people to better understand, protect and maintain their mental wellbeing, whilst highlighting the importance of empathy, honesty, and kindness.

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SU VOLUNTEER
DECLUTTER AND DONATE

Staff are invited to get involved in SU Volunteer's 'Declutter and Donate' campaign, helping to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation's lifesaving research. This is an opportunity to spring clean your space while supporting good causes.

Donations to the campaign will be accepted at the sites detailed below until Sunday 7 July.

Household Items

Items such as clothes, kitchenware, accessories and books can be donated. Everything apart from food, duvets, pillows, knives, hangers, bikes, helmets, and broken/dirty items can be accepted.

Drop your donations into British Heart Foundation collection boxes from 15 April to 7 July at the following locations across campus:

  • David Keir Building
  • Law Building (Main Site Tower)
  • Medical Biology Centre
  • One Elmwood
  • Queen's Accommodation (BT1, BT2, BT9)
  • Queen's Sport (PEC and Upper Malone)

Bikes

If you have an unwanted bike you wish to donate, Big Loop Bikes will refurbish and resell it from their shop on campus, saving it from going to landfill and providing a student with a low-cost bike.

Big Loop Bikes Hub
Level 1, Administration Building
Drop off: Tuesday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Tel: 028 9027 8088

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

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

To contribute 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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STAFF PROFILES
SPOTLIGHT ON... SUZANNE WALSH

Our latest 'Spotlight on our Staff' profile features Suzanne Walsh.

Suzanne, Talent and Capability Consultant, is a member of the Organisational Development Team within People and Culture, supporting talent and career development opportunities for staff across the University.

Read Suzanne's profile.

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QUEEN'S COMMUNITY
SPECIAL STAFF BLOG SERIES: CARERS WEEK 2024 - 'STAFF CARERS AT QUEEN'S'

View our latest special staff blog series, 'Staff Carers at Queen's', for reflections from some male members of the Queen's CONNECT Staff Carers Network on their caring responsibilities and the support available for carers at Queen's.

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QUEEN'S COMMUNITY
STAFF BLOG

Queen's Staff Blog provides a space for staff to share our reflections, knowledge and experiences and build a connected University community. Our latest blog focuses on the launch of Queen's Civic Mission in May 2024:

  • 'BLOG: Our Civic Mission'. Dr Federica Ferrieri reflects on the launch of Queen's Civic Mission and its impactful and inclusive message.

Civic Engagement Officer in the Directorate of Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility at Queen's, Federica is also an Italian tutor in Queen's Open Learning at Queen's, Italian Honorary Consul in Northern Ireland and Vice-President of the Consular Association NI.

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

Internal Communication Drop-In Sessions
INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS
INTERNAL COMMUNICATION DROP-IN SESSIONS

The Internal Communications Team in the Strategic Communications Directorate will hold the following Drop-in Sessions during Summer 2024:

  • Tuesday 25 June 2024, 2.00pm to 4.00pm, The Graduate School, GR7
  • Tuesday 30 July 2024, 2.00pm to 4.00pm, The Graduate School, GR7
  • Tuesday 20 August 2024, 2.00pm to 4.00pm, The Graduate School, GR7
  • Tuesday 27 August 2024, 12.00pm to 2.00pm, The Graduate School, GR7

Colleagues across the University are welcome to drop in individually or in groups of up to four colleagues for guidance on approaches to help promote information or initiatives to internal audiences, or for advice on internal communication challenges. Tea and coffee will be provided.

If you are not able to make it to one of the sessions and would like to arrange a separate time to speak with the team, please email internalcommunications@qub.ac.uk to arrange.

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RESEARCH COMMUNICATION
'THE CONVERSATION' – FEMALE-ONLY TRAINING SESSION

The Communications Office is hosting a female-only virtual training session with The Conversation UK for Queen's academics and researchers in all Faculties on Tuesday 18 June from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Register for this session here.*

This interactive session will be led by one of the editors who will take you through what The Conversation is, its origins and aims, what it does and why. For further information, please contact Zara McBrearty, Communications Officer, at z.mcbrearty@qub.ac.uk.

The Conversation is a news analysis and opinion website with content written by academics working with professional journalists. It is an open access, independent media charity funded by more than 80 UK and European universities. View Queen’s academics’ articles on The Conversation here.

During this training session the editor will discuss The Conversation’s unique, collaborative editorial process, give tips on style, tone and structure (with examples), look at how to pitch (with examples) and look at different approaches and article types. You will also have the opportunity to discuss your research with the editor and pitch potential story ideas.

* There are a limited number of places for this session. If you sign up and then are no longer able to attend, please cancel your registration so that your place can be re-allocated to a colleague on the waiting list.

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EVENT
PROFESSORIAL LECTURE – PROFESSOR DAVID THOMPSON

Staff are invited to the Professorial Lecture by Professor David Thompson, School of Nursing and Midwifery, taking place on Monday 24 June from 5.30pm to 7.30pm in the Council Chamber, Lanyon Building.

Professor Thompson will deliver on 'Matters of the heart and mind: less talk, more action'.

Please register for your free place here.

Professor Thompson is a Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Working in the area of heart disease for over 40 years, his research aims to improve the health-related quality of life and wellbeing of patients and families and caregivers. Professor Thompson has worked extensively in the UK, Canada, Hong Kong and Australia in senior academic and leadership roles. He holds Honorary and Visiting Professorships at the University of Melbourne, University of Queensland and University College Dublin and Anhui Medical University. He is an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

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EVENT
MITCHELL INSTITUTE NEWS AND EVENTS

The Mitchell Institute invites staff to the following events. More information and registration can be found at the links below:

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SYMPOSIUM
'WOMEN SEEN AND HEARD'

Staff are invited to the symposium ‘Women Seen and Heard – Equality Diversity and Inclusion in Northern Ireland’s Media and Broadcasting Industry’ on Saturday 22 June from 10.00am to 1.00pm (including tea, coffee and lunch) in the McMordie Hall, Music Building, Lanyon campus.

Please register here: ‘Women Seen and Heard’ symposium

Presented by Una Murphy, Lecturer in Broadcast Production at Queen’s, this symposium is an engagement event to address the media industry challenge of the successful implementation of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies.

Please contact Una with any queries: u.murphy@qub.ac.uk.

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TALK
CHINESE CULTURE FORUM TALKS

Queen’s colleagues are warmly invited to attend two talks at the Chinese Culture Forum on Friday 14 June, hosted by the Language Centre. Both talks will take place in the McClay Library Auditorium. Staff can book either or both talks, as suits.

  • 1.00pm to 2.00pm: How could TCM help you? – Health perceptions and self-practice guides (Wenyuan PU)
  • 2.00pm to 3.00pm: Experiences of studying in the UK – A case study on the RED virtual community of Chinese international students (Yanglu WANG)

Find out more and register here (bottom of page): Chinese Culture Programme 2024

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EVENT
'LEADERSHIP IN A COMPLEX WORLD', WITH JARLATH BURNS, PRESIDENT OF THE GAA

The Chief Executives' Club at Queen's invites students, staff, friends and partners of the University to 'Leadership in a Complex World', a talk given by Jarlath Burns, GAA President, on Wednesday 12 June from 5.30pm to 7.15pm at Riddel Hall.

This event is free. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Find out more and register here: ‘Leadership in a Complex World’ with Jarlath Burns

About the speaker

Jarlath Burns became the 41st President of the GAA since 1884 when he succeeded Larry McCarthy of New York at GAA Annual Congress, held in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry, on February 24, 2024. A member of the Silverbridge GAA Club in Armagh, Jarlath has served his club, county and province with distinction on and off the field. On the field, Jarlath played with Armagh for 13 seasons and was midfield and captain when they won the Ulster senior football title in 1999 – their first Anglo Celt Cup since 1982. He is the first former senior inter-county player to be Uachtarán CLG since Kilkenny’s Nickey Brennan (2006-2009) and is the first official from a club in the Six Counties to lead the Association since Fermanagh’s Peter Quinn (1991-1994).

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EVENT
GOOD SCIENCE DISCUSSION SERIES: 'WHAT IS ETHICAL RESEARCH?'

Staff are invited to a public panel discussion 'What is Ethical Research?' – delving into the topics of ‘Good Science’ and ethical research – taking place on Thursday 13 June from 6.00pm to 7.30pm in the David Keir Building (room 0G/110).

Full details and booking are available here: Good Science Discussion Series: 'What is Ethical Research?'

More information

‘What is Ethical Research?’ is part of the Good Science Discussion Series, a series of public conversations to reflect on what good science looks like, what corrupts it, what challenges it, and what fosters it. The series is aimed at researchers, educators, policy makers, and anyone with a broad interest in public science.

Panelists at this event are speakers from diverse backgrounds in bioengineering, research governance, health research, and forensic and legal medicine. Each will deliver a five-minute talk, followed by a discussion moderated by Professor Aaron Maule (School of Biological Sciences) inviting audience engagement.

This event is organised by The Royal Irish Academy’s Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences committee, with the kind support of the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Queen’s University Belfast.

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EVENT
IRISH MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY – 37TH ANNUAL MEETING

The 37th Annual Meeting of the Irish Mathematical Society will be hosted by the Mathematical Sciences Research Centre of the School of Mathematics and Physics on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 August 2024.

The programme will consist of four invited plenary lectures by mathematicians from Cologne, Dublin and Oxford, as well as shorter contributed talks and poster sessions. All areas of Mathematics and Statistics will be covered.

Find out more here.

This event's local organisers are Professor Martin Mathieu, Dr Thomas Hüttemann and Dr Salissou Moutari.

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EVENT
SOAPBOX SCIENCE 2024

The Faculties of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, in collaboration with PETRONAS, are bringing Soapbox Science back to Belfast on Sunday 23 June. This is the fifth successful event in Northern Ireland.

This year Soapbox Science Belfast will take place from 1.00pm to 4.00pm outside the Ulster Museum in Botanic Gardens. Please contact Nicola Minish (n.minish@qub.ac.uk) for further information.

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EVENT
UPCOMING POSTDOC SOCIETY EVENTS: WELLBEING WALK AND ONLINE GUIDED MEDITATION

The Postdoc Society invites postdocs and research staff to the following events. Full details are available at the links provided. Please register so the Society can have an idea of numbers:

  • Online Guided Meditation Session, Thursday 20 June, 4.00pm to 5.00pm.

    Link to the session will be circulated closer to the time. Places are limited to 20 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The deadline to register is Monday 17 June at 5.00pm.

  • Well-being walk along the Lagan Towpath, Friday 21 June, 3.00pm to 5.00pm, meeting at QUB Boat Club, 29 Lockview Road, Belfast, BT9 5FH.

    Attendees are welcome to invite their friends, family, or children to join.
RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE
LATEST EDITION: RESEARCH AND INNOVATION MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

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

This 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.

In this month’s edition:

  • Research News
  • Leading Researchers Programme
  • Funding Information
  • Training and development Highlights
  • Research to Reality
  • Research Policy Update
  • and much more
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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.

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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.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
QFT WHAT'S ON

This week’s new and returning films at Queen's Film Theatre, your cinema on campus.

SHOWING THIS WEEK:

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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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
NAUGHTON GALLERY | SCREEN/PRINT: THE SHELTERING SKY

The Naughton Gallery presents The Sheltering Sky as part of its SCREEN/PRINT series, with a free poster designed by Till Lukat available for each attendee.

Tickets are on sale now via the QFT: Screenings - The Sheltering Sky

Film summary

In the hopes of rekindling their marriage, sophisticated American couple Port and Kit Moresby set off for North Africa intending to travel through Algeria – uncertain of exactly where they are heading but determined to leave the modern world behind. They are instead tested to their limits by the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the desert.

About SCREEN/PRINT

SCREEN/PRINT is a film project developed by the Naughton Gallery in collaboration with UsFolk illustration agency and the Queen's Film Theatre, through which illustrators are commissioned to design new posters for films which have inspired or influenced their practices to coincide with a special screening of the film.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
NAUGHTON GALLERY | NEW EXHIBITION: OUTSIDE THE ECHO CHAMBER

As part of the 2024 Belfast Photo Festival, the Naughton Gallery presents Outside the Echo Chamber, the first UK solo exhibition by Berlin-based American photographer Andrew White.

The exhibition continues until Thursday 11 July. The Naughton Gallery is open 11.00am to 4.00pm, Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission is free and all are welcome.

About the exhibition

Shot in 2017 as part of Huck magazine’s Pivot Points: Stories of Change from Huck Photographers, the images in the exhibition were shot entirely on the Kodak Ektra smartphone. For this project, White chose to document his annual Summer tradition of travelling outside of Brooklyn (his home at the time) with a group of friends in tow, in search of swimming holes off the beaten path. Notably, 2017 was Donald Trump’s first year in office as President of the United States, and White found himself stumbling upon moments of pure Americana beyond the comfort of his liberal bubble. Outside the Echo Chamber simultaneously documents community, friendship, and togetherness whilst capturing a glimpse into a nation on the brink of significant change and discord.

About the artist

Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, Andrew White is an editorial and documentary photographer. Since graduating in 2012, White has photographed for such clients as The New York Times, Apple, WIRED, GQ, and more. Since 2016, White has worked for Beyoncé as one of her personal photographers, chronicling her world tours and photographing her private life. In late 2020, White relocated to Europe and is now living in Berlin, Germany.

Belfast Photo Festival

Described as one of the "best photography festivals in the world" (Capture magazine), Belfast Photo Festival is the UK and Ireland's largest annual festival of photography, attracting upwards of 100,000 physical visitors a year. It celebrates the finest national and international contemporary photography across Northern Ireland’s museums, galleries, and public spaces.

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WELLBEING
STAFF WELLBEING EVENTS

The Staff Wellbeing team invite colleagues to the following upcoming events. Information and registration is via iTrent Employee Self Service* (except where indicated):

* When registering, search for 'Wellbeing' to see courses with availability. Additional courses will be added to the programme in the coming weeks.

For queries, please contact the Staff Wellbeing team at staffwellbeing@qub.ac.uk.

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STAFF LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT – JUNE PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

People and Culture's Learning and Development programmes offer many training and development opportunities that are suitable for all staff, from Learning for All, Leading and Managing at Queen’s and LinkedIn Learning to Nature Masterclasses and Recruitment and Selection Training. The June 2024 highlighted courses come from LinkedIn Learning:

View the full June programme of events here.

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CENTRE FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
NEW PODCAST: 'ADVISOR EXCHANGE'

The Centre for Educational Development has launched a new Podcast, 'Advisor Exchange', created to support individuals in the Advisor of Studies role.

This podcast aims to demystify processes, share best practices, and provide valuable insights into the intricacies of support department nuances.

Listen here and join the conversation.

TAKE PART
FINAL REMINDER: DIGITAL EXPERIENCE INSIGHTS – TEACHING STAFF SURVEY 2024

The Digital Experience Insights Survey for all Teaching Staff 2024 is closing soon.

All full-time or part-time teaching staff at Queen’s (including Academic teaching staff; Academic (Education) teaching staff; Teaching Assistants) will have been sent an email with a survey link. If this includes you, please complete the short survey and let the Centre for Educational Development (CED) know your digital experiences and thoughts.

On completion of the survey, all teaching staff can enter a separate prize draw to win Amazon vouchers up to £100. This year there are more prizes to be won.

CED knows that demands on your time are very high but if you can spare 10 minutes to gather valued feedback it would be very much appreciated.

About the Survey

The Digital Experience Insights Survey for Teaching Staff is part of a national annual survey to find out how staff use digital technologies and how this affects their experience of teaching. It is aimed to inform the digital environment through feedback and bring about positive change. We know that digital issues are important to you so help us to improve and shape your digital experience.

Further information

For any queries about the Digital Experience Insights Teaching Survey, please email ced@qub.ac.uk.

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CENTRE FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
SEDA PROGRAMME LEADERS – BLENDED LEARNING COURSE

SEDA Programme Leaders is a blended learning course for new, aspiring, and experienced Programme Leaders, running from 2 September 2024 to 5 January 2025.

The course aims are:

  • To support you in your professional development as an educational leader;
  • To support and recognise your individual progress, practice & professional achievement;
  • To enhance curriculum development and, hence, the student learning experience;
  • To promote the development of professionals with the knowledge, skills and attributes to effectively lead, nurture and guide educational change and development in the sector.

Find out more and secure your place via iTrent.

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CENTRE FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
LEARNING AND TEACHING EVENTS

The following learning events are now open for application. Full information and registration can be found via the iTrent links below.

  • Introduction to Teaching: 2 to 6 September, 10.00am to 4.00pm – week of supported preparation for staff that have not previously been responsible for delivering a module.
  • HEA fellowship claims – online programmes where participants will complete their claim for Fellowship/Associate Fellowship/Senior Fellowship HEA:
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LEARNING AND TEACHING
CANVAS VLE SUPPORT+

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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AI HUB
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AT QUEEN'S

The latest updates on AI at Queen's. Contact the 2030 Digital Education Team at AI-Hub@qub.ac.uk with any questions.

GPT-4o Release

OpenAI has recently announced the release of GPT-4o. This advanced model accepts as input any combination of text, audio, image, and video, and generates outputs in text, audio, and images. It's much faster and responds to questions at human-like speeds. OpenAI has also provided a series of demo videos to showcase these capabilities.

These advancements are available for ChatGPT users with a free account. Discover how you can access GPT-4o and get started with ChatGPT by watching our Quick Start Video.

AI Detection

While the launch of ChatGPT has ignited a surge of interest in generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) tools and excitement in what they can do, there is an equal level of concern regarding the possibility of an epidemic of AI-based cheating. Professor Phil Hanna (Dean of Education, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences) provides Queen's guidance on the use of AI detection tools, highlighting concerns regarding the reliability and accuracy of AI detection tools.

Queen’s AI Hub

As part of the AI Team's ongoing commitment to helping staff and students navigate the ever-evolving AI landscape, the AI Hub has moved to a new location and is now housed within the Queen's DigiHub. While the setting is new, and now accessible to the general public, you can still access the same comprehensive AI resources.

Visit the AI Hub here: go.qub.ac.uk/AI-hub

AI Guidance

You can keep abreast of the latest Queen's Guidance on the use of AI in Assessment here. Also, don’t forget that Copilot (formerly Microsoft Bing Chat Enterprise) is available to all Queen’s University staff. This AI-driven web chat operates within the secure QUB environment, safeguarding your data. Access is simple—just log in using your QUB email address. For more details, visit the Queen’s AI Hub.

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DIGITAL AND INFORMATION SERVICES
IT TRAINING COURSES: 'MICROSOFT LISTS: ESSENTIALS' AND 'MICROSOFT BOOKINGS: AN OVERVIEW'

Colleagues are invited to register via iTrent for the training courses 'Microsoft Lists: Essentials' and 'Microsoft Bookings: An Overview', both taking place on Tuesday 11 June.

Microsoft Lists offers organization and tracking features for you to stay organized, share and collaborate, and work efficiently using customizable lists. Microsoft Bookings is a scheduling application that is part of your Microsoft 365 account. It can help you create calendars, assign staff, schedule new appointments and meet without ever leaving Teams.

IT Training

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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