22 July 2019


Senate News

The latest edition of Senate News – a comprehensive briefing paper on the issues discussed, and the decisions taken, by Senate, the University's Governing Body – is available here.

This edition covers the Senate meeting held in June 2019.


Staff Communications

Team brief issue dates for 2019-20

Team Brief issue dates for 2019-20 are now available on the Staff Gateway.

A core staff communication channel, the Team Brief is about keeping everybody up-to-date with key University decisions, information and progress, supporting a culture of two-way communication within the University. The Team Brief operates as a cascade with managers throughout the University, delivering a mix of core University and local team information and news to staff.

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Have Your Say

Review of Academic Profiles

Following on from Professor Richard English's email on 25 June 2019, Heads of School are now leading the development of new Academic Profiles which will appropriately reflect discipline-specific requirements.

The Academic Profiles set out the key areas of academic activity at Queen's and the standards that colleagues are expected to achieve at each level of the relevant academic career pathway. To ensure the success of the new Profiles, it is vital that all academic colleagues are offered the chance to contribute to their development.

To find out how you can provide feedback, academic colleagues are asked to follow up with your Head of School.


A Bite of Queen's

Staff tour of Queen's Accommodation at Elms BT9

The next event in the A Bite of Queen's campus tours series for staff will take colleagues on a lunchtime tour of Queen's Accommodation at Elms BT9, Malone Road, on Friday 26 July 2019, 1.05pm – 1.50pm.

A limited number of places are still available. Register here.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

The A Bite of Queen's lunchtime campus tours series gives staff the opportunity to go behind the scenes of some of the University's great buildings and hear about the amazing work being carried out by our colleagues.

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Elms BT9 is a purpose-built village for students, offering a range of modern, comfortable and secure accommodation. Set in a residential location, there are 50 three-storeyed accommodation blocks.



Internal Vacancy

Please see below for details of this week's internal vacancy. Vacancies are viewable on Queen's Online. Please note that other vacancies are often advertised externally and are on the Job Vacancies page. For career updates, staff can also follow the Recruitment team on Twitter @QUBWorkHere.

  • Digital Marketing Officer (12 months)
    Ref: 19/107661
    Closing date: Monday 29 July 
    Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 7 August


Staff Development

2019/20 Aurora Programme

Applications for the 2019/20 Aurora Programme for budding female leaders is now open.

As part of Queen's commitment to enable career progression and to encourage its people to take ownership for their own development, Queen's supports a number of its staff from across Faculties and Professional Services to take part in this initiative.

More information and application form.

Closing date for received applications: Friday 16 August.

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The Advance HE Aurora leadership development programme is a unique development opportunity for aspiring female leaders in higher education, which focuses on enabling women to prepare for leadership roles.

The programme supports women to fulfil their leadership potential by addressing core leadership areas through development days, self-directed learning, in-house mentoring and action learning. It also provides an opportunity for early-career women from across the sector to build strong networks.



Reminder: Financial Year End – Sales Invoicing Arrangements

To facilitate the year end process, please note the following arrangements for raising sales invoices to customers for activities carried out prior to 31 July 2019:

  • 22 July 2019 – 9 August 2019
    Any remaining sales invoices and invoice requisitions relating to the 2018-19 year (ie period up to 31 July 2019), should be clearly marked as relating to 2018-19. These invoices will be processed in August 2019 and, only where material, manual adjustments made by Accounting Services to the 2018-19 accounts.
  • Post 9 August 2019
    All sales invoices and invoice requisitions received will be posted in 2019-20.

If you have any queries, please contact the Accounting Services section of Finance on 028 9097 1467 or 3033.



Belfast Mela 2019

iRise – the University's Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic (BAME) and International Staff Network – is pleased to announce that Queen's has become an official 'Friend of Belfast Mela'. This year's Mela will take place on Sunday 25 August in Botanic Gardens. 

As Friends of Belfast Mela, staff can avail of discounted tickets. The discount code is QUEENS and there is a limit of two tickets per person; however, there will be an option to purchase further tickets in the system for family and friends.

Tickets can be purchased here.

iRise encourages all Queen's staff to attend this event. For more information about attending Belfast Mela, please contact irise@qub.ac.uk or register at the link above.

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Belfast Mela is the city's annual celebration of global cultures when tens of thousands of visitors come together to celebrate our people and diversity. This year's Mela will include a variety of cultural events, including a carnival procession, food, music, dance and theatre.



Round Up – Summer Editions

Over July and August, the Staff Round Up will be issued fortnightly. The next edition will be issued on Monday 5 August.

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

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The Conversation

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

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



QPOL Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Recent posts on Queen's Policy Engagement (QPol) Research Blog. To submit an article to QPol, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk.

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Climate Breakdown Belfast

  • Climate Breakdown Belfast, Tuesday 6 August, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Clayton Hotel, Ormeau Avenue.

This year has witnessed a groundswell of media, business, and community awareness over the impact of climate change, along with a demand for more urgent action. The UK and Ireland legislatures have both declared climate emergencies.

In this context, the keynote speech by Jonathan Porritt, a global advocate for sustainable development, and leading writer, broadcaster and commentator, will highlight what the future holds and what decisions we need to make.

Free event, open to the public. Doors open from 5.00pm for light refreshments.

More information and registration.

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The event will be hosted by local broadcaster Mark Simpson and will include an opening address from the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr John Finucane as well as vigorous panel debate / audience Q&A with Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future; Grainia Long, Belfast Resilience Commissioner; John Barry, Professor of Green Economy at Queen's University Belfast; and Michael McLarnon, CEO ISL Waste Management.

The event will also feature contributions from the next generation, including a rendition of 'Children of the Revolution' by the Belfast School of Performing Arts.

The event is sponsored by Belfast City Council, Queen's University Belfast, ARUP and ISL Waste Management.


Research Policy

Global Challenge Networking Programme – Mental Health Research

All staff with a research interest in the field of mental health are invited to join Professor Emma Flynn and Professor Paul Connolly on Wednesday 4 September, 12.30pm to 2.00pm, 0G/074 Lanyon North, for an open networking event and lunch to help further research collaborations on this shared topic.

More information.

Please email rpo@qub.ac.uk if you wish to attend.



Open Meeting on Dementia research

Queen's University, in partnership with Alzheimer's Research UK, are hosting a free public meeting on Thursday 15 August at Riddel Hall, focused on Alzheimer's, dementia, current treatments and latest research. Scientists and those involved in dementia care from across Northern Ireland will come together for the discussion.

More information and registration.



Food Allergy: Human, Analytical and Regulatory Implications

The Institute for Global Food Security is hosting a one-day conference on Monday 21 October in Riddel Hall, which brings together experts and various stakeholders in the fields of food allergens, food industry, SMEs, research institutions, associations and regulatory bodies.

The conference will examine the consumer perspective and discuss effective food allergen management and challenges faced by the food industry/food manufacturers, food production auditors and representatives from the regulatory environment including the use of precautionary labelling. There will be a discussion on allergen analysis including new innovations, reference materials but in the absence of threshold doses with an industry perspective and legal implications.

More information and registration.



Lamb study – call for healthy volunteers

Healthy staff volunteers are required to take part in a dietary intervention study investigating the effect of animal diet on nutritional meat quality for the consumer.

You may be eligible if:

  • You are aged between 18-64
  • You do not eat more than two portions of fish per month
  • You do not take food supplements containing fat (eg fish oil)
  • You are not taking any form of medication

To take part or for more information, please email Lynda at lambstudy@qub.ac.uk.

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The study requires two blood samples (one at the beginning and one at the end of the study period), completion of a food diary and record keeping of lamb cooking methods. Volunteers will be required to eat three portions of lamb per week for four consecutive weeks. The lamb will be provided on a weekly basis.



Queen's Postdoc Showcase

The Queen's Postdoc Showcase returns on Wednesday 18 September as part of the international strand of National Postdoc Appreciation Week.

The Showcase focuses on wider public engagement with research and will bring together postdocs at Queen's with a range of external stakeholders from public, private and voluntary sectors to develop shared understanding of the research taking place at Queen's and how postdocs can help address the needs of wider society.

Further information and registration.



Study – How children think about time

Colleagues in the School of Psychology are running a study which examines how children (5-11-year-olds) think about time.

They are keen to hear from staff who could help by bringing their child along to the Psychology lab to take part in the study. The session takes around 50 minutes, with breaks and refreshments, and the tasks are designed to be enjoyable for children. A fixed fee of £7.50 will be provided to cover travel expenses.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Ruth Lee at childresearch@qub.ac.uk or call 028 9097 4623.



Relocation: Centre for Educational Development and Science Shop

The Centre for Educational Development (CED) and the Science Shop will be moving to 4th floor, 92 Lisburn Road, BT9 6AG (above the Speakeasy) on Thursday 25 July.

Please find the updated contact details on the CED and Science Shop websites after 25 July.

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Estates Directorate – Week Ahead

Details of ongoing works being carried out across the University campus can be found on the Estates Directorate webpage.

For information, please follow this link.




Arts and Entertainment

Queen's Film Theatre listings

Please see this week's QFT listings below. Staff ticket price: £5 (standard ticket price: £6.95). Full film details are viewable on the QFT website.

ONLY YOU: Rising stars Josh O'Connor (God's Own Country) and Laia Costa (Victoria) sizzle in this refreshingly honest romantic drama.

MIDSOMMAR: Director Ari Aster's eagerly awaited follow up to Hereditary is a dread-soaked tale of a carefree summer descending into a hellish nightmare during the course of a once-in-a-lifetime pagan festival in rural Sweden.

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OBSESSION: MISERY (35MM): Rob Reiner's Misery joins Stanley Kubrick's The Shining and Brian DePalma's Carrie as one of the most accomplished Stephen King adaptations of all time.

NT LIVE: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY: The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.

KORE-EDA: THE THIRD MURDER: Shifting gear completely, Hirokazu Kore-eda moves out of the family and into the courtroom in this multi-layered tale of murder and deceit.

KORE-EDA: SHOPLIFTERS: Kore-eda directs a compassionate and humanistic portrait of a ragtag family, in his Palme d'Or-winning drama of life on the fringes of Japanese society.

THE DEAD DON'T DIE: Jim Jarmusch's hilarious, philosophical zombie film stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Chloë Sevigny as small-town cops battling the undead. The screening on Tuesday 23 July will feature descriptive subtitling.

PAVAROTTI: From the team behind the worldwide success The Beatles: Eight Days a Week comes two-time Academy Award®-winning director Ron Howard's documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star.






Arts and Entertainment

Naughton Gallery

Runs until Sunday 4 August

BEST BEFORE, a solo exhibition of prints by Stephen Johnston (b 1987, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland), primarily focused on his hyperrealist paintings of glass jars containing a variety of foodstuffs, from fruit and fish to recognisable confectionery including Mars, Twix, and Maltesers. In this body of work, Johnston subverts many of the traditions associated with still life painting and presents his subject matter in unfamiliar ways – in jars or painted over in vibrant pastel tones – deconstructing the objects from their recognisable connotations and building new relationships with the meaning they once held.


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Seamus Heaney Centre

The latest Seamus Heaney Centre newsletter is now available to view online.

Download here for full news and event listings.



Staff Support

Writing Space pilot scheme for all staff

The Centre for Educational Development (CED) is providing a space for staff to write on Friday mornings, 9.00am to 12.00pm throughout July and August.

Staff who would find it helpful to have a dedicated space away from their desk to write papers, book chapters, applications, proposals, etc, are welcome.

This offer is open to all staff. 

Interested staff should please contact ced@qub.ac.uk. Spaces will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.



Bullying and Harassment training sessions

The Diversity and Inclusion Unit is pleased to announce two further dates for Bullying and Harassment training sessions:

  • Thursday 22 August, 12.30pm – 2.00pm, Senate Room, Lanyon Building
  • Thursday 24 October, 12.30pm – 2.00pm, Senate Room

Register via iTrent

A sandwich lunch will be available for attendees. Please contact eqdiv@qub.ac.uk if you have any dietary requirements.

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The sessions will cover the following topics:

  • QUB Core Values, Policies and procedures
  • Inappropriate workplace behaviour
  • Bullying v Harassment
  • Legal framework and examples of harassment (sexual, gender including transgender, race, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, etc)
  • Victimisation
  • Consequences of bullying/harassment in the workplace
  • Liabilities – organisational, personal and third party
  • Responsibilities of staff and managers
  • Support available

Learning and Teaching

Canvas VLE

Canvas training opportunities to the beginning of August, including booking links, can be found on the Canvas@Queen's blog.

  • Canvas for Support Staff, Thursday 25 July, 10.00am to 12.30pm
  • Set up and Start to Build, Monday 29 July, 1.00pm to 2.00pm
  • Create and Communicate, Monday 29 July, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

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  • Get Together With Canvas, Wednesday 31 July, 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Getting Quizzical With Canvas, Wednesday 31 July, 11.30am to 12.30pm
  • Grader Expectations, Friday 2 August, 10.00am to 11.00am
  • Turnitin Essentials, Friday 2 August, 11.30am to 12.30pm

The Canvas@Queen's blog contains lots of useful information about Canvas, the training and support available for staff and students, and quick hints and tips to get you up-to-speed as quickly as possible.

Canvas is Queen's new, University-wide Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which will replace the current VLE provided through QOL. It will be used by students and staff to support learning and teaching activities. For more information on Canvas, please visit the Canvas@Queen's blog.


Continuing Professional Development


A number of Centre for Educational Development courses for the 2019-20 academic year are now open for booking and listed on iTrent self-service

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

  • Wednesday 18 September: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 16 October: Laboratory Demonstration, 1.00pm – 4.00pm

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  • Wednesday 23 October: Small Group Teaching, 10.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 30 October: Queen's Merit Award (HEA Fellowship): Key pedagogical approaches and educational technologies that can be translated into innovative learning and teaching sessions, 1.00pm – 4.00pm *
  • Wednesday 6 November: Queen's Merit Award (HEA Fellowship): Writing and using good learning outcomes and Curriculum design, 1.00pm – 4.00pm *
  • Wednesday 13 November: Queen's Merit Award (HEA Fellowship): Small and Large Group Teaching, 1.00pm – 4.00pm *
  • Wednesday 27 November: Queen's Merit Award (HEA Fellowship): Assessment & feedback strategies for the promotion of effective learning, 1.00pm – 4.00pm *
  • Wednesday 27 November: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 4 December: Queen's Merit Award (HEA Fellowship) Applying for the Queen's Merit Award, 1.00pm – 4.00pm *

* 1 of 5 AFHEA mandatory sessions, facilitating the application for the Associate Fellowship HEA (Queen's Merit Award).

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IT Training Courses

Please see below details of upcoming IT training courses, now available to book on iTrent. Course schedule information can be viewed here.

Online training materials can be accessed here. Log in with your normal username and password. 

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 30 July: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 31 July: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators (Owners) and Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm

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Tip of the day
Reuse animations in PowerPoint by selecting the animated object, select the Animations tab, click 'Animation Painter'. Click the object you want to apply the animation to.

Office 365
If your School would like an introduction to Office 365, contact itcourses@qub.ac.uk.

To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email ecdl@qub.ac.uk. More information on ECDL: go.qub.ac.uk/ecdlqub.


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