16 September 2019
National Postdoc Appreciation Week
This week is National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Postdocs are early career researchers and significantly contribute to Queen's research, teaching, public engagement and business in general. Postdocs are at the forefront of scientific discoveries, building a better future for all of us.
Staff and students who would like to show recognition to postdocs are invited to do so by wearing a 'Love QUB Postdocs' badge (collection points) and Tweet using #LovePostdocs.
The programme of National Postdoc Appreciation Week at Queen's includes the Postdoc Showcase, a movie + Q&A event at QFT, the launch of the EPS Postdoc Society and announcement of the winners of the Postdoc prizes.
2019 Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes
The call for applications to the 2019 Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes is now open. This year's Prizes will be awarded under seven categories (Research Impact, Research Innovation, Research Engagement, Early Career Researcher, Postdoctoral Researcher, Support for Research and Research Culture).
Established in 2012, the Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes recognise and reward outstanding individuals making a positive impact and contribution both locally and globally through research excellence.
Researchers at all stages of their career are invited to apply. Deadline for application: Friday 20 September 2019.
The Research Engagement Prize
The Engaged Research Prize is open to all research-active staff or groups across the University. The prize has been created to recognise, incentivise and award engaged research activities that embody the values of the Engaged Research Action Plan, the vision of which is "to become a world leader in promoting the values of partnership and collaboration in research by building and sustaining mutually beneficial research relationships, with real-world impact, and championing a culture where staff and partners feel valued and supported in their research activities."
Support for Research and Research Culture
This prize seeks to recognise outstanding contributions to the support of research activities within the University. Non-academic technical or Professional Services staff (across Schools/Institutes and Directorates) are eligible to be nominated by their line manager for this award. All academic staff are encouraged to nominate supporting staff to recognise their important contribution to the research being carried out across the University.
People and Culture
Launch of Connected Leaders 1
As part of People and Culture's continued focus on developing leadership capability at Queen's, Connected Leaders 1 launches on Friday 15 November with applications welcome until Friday 27 September. The programme is aimed at Level 1 leaders who are described as staff who supervise and plan the work of others or those without line manager responsibility but who lead a particular piece of work or project. Staff may be new to the leader role or may have had little/no formal management training.
Full details about the programme, including content, dates and application form are available on the Connected Leaders 1 webpage.
Facilitated by the William J Clinton Leadership Institute at Riddel Hall, Connected Leaders 1 supports you to develop your leadership skills, knowledge and behaviours through a blend of self-directed learning, a series of dedicated development days to explore key leadership themes, a personal leadership challenge, peer coaching circles and completion of a reflective learning journal. In order to recognise the importance of professional development, Connected Leaders 1 also offers an optional ILM level 3 award in leadership and management.
Brexit: Advice for staff and students
A dedicated website has been established to provide information and support to both staff and students and to help keep you up to date with the latest developments in the Brexit negotiations.
Staff are encouraged to check these webpages regularly for updates.
Learning and Teaching
A high volume of students will access Canvas for the first time this month. A full programme of Staff training and support is available throughout the month of September: http://go.qub.ac.uk/GetReady
- Canvas Surgery – an opportunity to drop in for some face-to-face training and support. Sessions on Monday 16 September in PFC 01/010 and Thursday 19 September in Maths & Physics 0G/005; drop in between 10.00am – 4.00pm.
- Ready, Steady… Canvas! – Interactive, 45-minute, online step-by-step on the basics of getting a course ready for the first week of the semester. There are several morning, mid-day and afternoon sessions throughout the week. Register and join from your office.
- Canvas GO-Live sessions – 30-minute session aimed at those putting the finishing touches to their Canvas course before hitting publish. Sessions running 1.15pm - 1.45pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Register here and join from your desk.
- Canvas for Support Staff – Hands-on workshop aiming to prepare support staff to manage and support the delivery and administration within Canvas. Thursday 18 September, 10.00am - 12.30pm.
- Canvas Café – Come on Friday between 10.00am - 12.00pm for a coffee and work alongside a member of the team for 1-2-1 support.
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.
For full details of all resources available for Introducing Canvas to Students, link to the following blog post: http://go.qub.ac.uk/IntroducingCanvas
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: https://go.qub.ac.uk/CanvasLatest
General Regulations 2019-20
The University Calendar: General Regulations 2019-20 is now available on the Academic Affairs website. The Calendar includes the regulations, procedures, guidelines and policies pertaining to undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students. These regulations apply from 1 September 2019.
A briefing document providing a summary of the revisions to the General Regulations for 2019-20 is also available online. It is vital that all relevant staff familiarise themselves with these changes to keep up to date on the correct regulations to follow.
The Quality Assurance and Regulations team in Academic Affairs will also be holding briefing sessions at key points of the academic year to support colleagues to enact these regulations with confidence and understanding.
For advice and queries on the regulations, please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Graduate School
Postgraduate Welcome Week 2019
Postgraduate Welcome Week 2019 is running this week. The Graduate School are offering new postgraduate students the chance to mingle with their peers and get a sense of The Graduate School experience as we showcase the training and developmental opportunities available to them throughout their time here.
The Graduate School's Semester One Programme
For information on training and developmental opportunities available to postgraduate students throughout Semester One, please see The Graduate School's Semester One Programme here.
International Dance Group
The International Dance Group returns on Sundays from 15 September through to 27 October at Queen's Sport, Botanic Gardens.
The Dance Group incorporates dance from all around the world, including Mexican, Latin American, Polish and Irish. This initiative helps integrate international staff and their families by interacting in a relaxed artistic atmosphere.
Sessions run from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Please meet at Queen's Sport at 3.20pm.
The International Dance Group is led by Mayte Segura, a freelance dance teacher from Mexico working in Queen's Sport.
This initiative helps integrate international staff and their families by interacting in a relaxed artistic atmosphere. The Group meets regularly throughout the year, for 4-6 weeks of classes.
Campus Food and Drink
Campus Food and Drink Market
Campus Food and Drink will hold a food and drink market on Wednesday 25 September from 11.00am to 3.00pm at the front of the Elmwood Hall. All are welcome.
Stallholders for this event include Oui Poutine, Salt & Chillie, Streetza Pizza, Park Gate Farm and Born & Raised.
For more information, visit the Campus Food and Drink website.
The Campus Food and Drink markets showcase a range of hot food from Northern Ireland and around the world.
The next Food and Drink Market will be a 'Halloween' special held on Thursday 31 October. Stallholders to be confirmed.
Parenting NI – Raising your Child's Self-Esteem
Research shows that self-esteem has an impact on children's education attainment, social skills, mental health and ability to cope with stress.
This workshop, held on Wednesday 9 October, from 1.00pm to 2.00pm in the Old Staff Common Room, will help parents understand why children need to feel good about themselves, explore what influences a child's self-esteem and equip parents with the skills to raise their child's self-esteem.
Parenting NI was established in 1979, as the Parents Advice Centre, provides free support for parents across Northern Ireland. Parenting NI is committed to supporting all parents and ensuring that their voices are heard whenever decisions are made that will affect them. We will continue to or endeavour to deliver a range of high quality support and services to meet parent's needs, helping thousands of parents, grandparents and others in a parenting role for over four decades.
This workshop is in support of OMNI.
Queen's Children's Dental Clinics
The Dentistry school currently have available appointments for child patients (under 13 years of age and accompanied by a parent/guardian) to receive high quality dental care within the Dental school's teaching programme.
Care provided includes preventive advice, fissure sealants and fluoride applications to help prevent tooth decay, as well as fillings if needed. If any child is nervous about attending the dentist, students and teaching staff will have the time to spend with them to build their confidence.
Parents/guardians can find out more, or organise an appointment, by contacting 028 9063 2733 | email@example.com.
Appointments are available in the two dedicated Children's Dental Clinics in the Beech Hall and Carlisle Wellbeing & Treatment Centres in Belfast. Parents/guardians registering their children to receive treatment are assured that they will receive the highest standard of preventive advice and treatment/care in modern, friendly, and relaxed clinics with most senior dental students and experienced teaching staff being available.
Cavaliers in Need
Dog rescue charity Cavaliers in Need return to Queen's in September. You can book a 15-minute slot for yourself and up to three colleagues between 10.00am and 5.00pm on:
The Cavaliers will be located in Clubrooms 3 and 4, First Floor, Students' Union, Elmwood Avenue.
Each person must bring £3 on the day to gain entry. All proceeds go to Cavaliers in Need.
Please see below for the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation.
- Dr Bobby Graham and Dr Ciaren Graham: New blood screening may detect ovarian cancer two years before other methods
- Dr Rowan McLaughlin and Emma Hannah: Viking migration left a lasting legacy on Ireland's population
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Dr Bronagh Byrne: Why We Need a Sign Language Act in Northern Ireland
- Dr Katy Hayward: Boris, Brexit, and the Border: An incendiary mix
Inaugural Lecture: 'Defining Contemporary Professionalism'
Staff are invited to the Inaugural Lecture by Alan M Jones on Tuesday 23 September at 6.15pm in room 0G.012, David Keir Building.
Alan is Professor of Architecture (Practice & Education) at Queen's and President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The title of the Inaugural Lecture is 'Defining Contemporary Professionalism: Contemporary professionals in a contemporary profession supported by a contemporary institute'.
Inaugural Lecture – 'Unravelling the MAP, Milk and Crohn's Disease Conundrum'
Staff are invited to the Inaugural Lecture by Professor Irene R Grant on Wednesday 16 October at 4.00pm, in the Lecture Theatre, Lower Ground, School of Biological Sciences, Chlorine Gardens.
The full title of the lecture is 'Unravelling the MAP (Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis), Milk and Crohn's Disease Conundrum'.
RSVP with attendance to Jenny Williamson, School Manager: J.Williamson@qub.ac.uk. Refreshments will be served following the lecture.
Frank Wright Memorial Lecture
'Global Change and Civil Wars'
Staff are invited to the Frank Wright Memorial Lecture, 'Global Change and Civil Wars', on Friday 11 October at 4.00pm in the Council Chamber, Lanyon Building.
The speaker is Professor Stathis Kalyvas, Gladstone Professor of Government at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and Fellow of All Souls College.
No registration is required. Seats will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 3.30pm.
Arts and entertainment
Research night at QFT: GATTACA + Q&A
For National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the screening of science fiction classic Gattaca on Thursday 19 September at 6.00pm will be followed by an interactive panel discussion with Queen's Postdoctoral Researchers.
The panel will include Dr Ivanka Antova (School of Law; Health and governance), Dr Stevanus Nugroho (Astrophysics Research Centre; exoplanets and their atmosphere), Dr Willian da Silveira (School of Biological Sciences; Gene expression and space travel) and Dr Julia Miskelly (Genomics Core Technology Unit; DNA analysis and Life Sciences).
Indian Shakespeares Project at Queen's: free screening of Kaliyattam
The Indian Shakespeares Project at Queen's invites staff to a free screening of Kaliyattam (based on Shakespeare's Othello), on Friday 20 September at 3.00pm in Lanyon 0G/074, followed by a Q&A with the director.
Kaliyattam is a Malayalam-language film (with English subtitles) directed by two-time Indian national award-winning filmmaker Jayaraj. His Othello is a fire dancer of the Keralan art form theyyam. The film was a critical and commercial success on its release in 1997. Jayaraj won the National Film Award for best director and Suresh Gopi (Othello) won for best actor.
'Rethinking Computing Architectures for Big Data and AI'
Staff are invited to 'Rethinking Computing Architectures for Big Data and AI', run by eFutures on Wednesday 23 October, from 10.30am to 5.00pm in The MAC, Belfast.
Tickets are free and the event is running in conjunction with Big Data Belfast.
The eFutures project is led by Professor Roger Woods, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
The Graduate School
Postgraduate Research Inductions
The Graduate School will be hosting information sessions on the dates below that will provide key information for Postgraduate Research students beginning their PhD journey. This is an opportunity for your new PhD students to meet each other and the staff who can support them through their studies.
Students can register for an induction via MyFuture.
- Tuesday 24 September, 1.00pm – 4.00pm, Great Hall (Medicine, Health and Life Sciences)
- Thursday 26 September, 9.00am – 1.00pm, Canada Room (Engineering and Physical Sciences)
- Monday 7 October, 1.00pm – 4.30pm, Great Hall (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)
'Bystander Training' – call for volunteer trainers
Student Wellbeing are keen to recruit a team of volunteer trainers to deliver 'Bystander Training' to students and staff across campus.
Staff can request an Expression of Interest form from, or direct any queries about this programme to, John Finnigan: email@example.com; 028 9097 3945.
The closing date for the expression of interest is Wednesday 25 September. Please be aware that applicants need to be available on Wednesday 9 October to complete the Train the Trainer session.
Full training, resources and support will be provided to Bystander Trainers by the Student Wellbeing Adviser (Safe and Healthy Relationships).
Queen's University is committed to providing a safe campus for everyone. 'Bringing in the Bystander' is one of the initiatives which promotes this, using a community responsibility approach to tackle inappropriate behaviour.
This is an evidence-based programme developed by the University of New Hampshire, which equips bystanders to intervene safely in situations of unacceptable behaviour such as bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct. 'Bystander Training' educates participants to recognise signs of inappropriate behaviour and develops the skills needed to intervene successfully as an active bystander.
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.
DOWNTON ABBEY: The worldwide TV phenomenon makes the leap onto the big screen, as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives.
EXTRA ORDINARY: This must-see Irish supernatural comedy is filled with twists, turns, hilarity, exorcisms and haunted wheelie bins.
GATTACA + DISCUSSION: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law star in this sci-fi thriller about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection. This event is organised by QFT and Queen's Postdoctoral Development Centre as part of National Postdoc Appreciation Week (16-20 September 2019).
Arts and Entertainment
ARTSOUNDS MUSIC EVENTS
Staff are invited to three very special ARTSOUNDS music gigs in the Naughton Gallery, featuring live performances by some of the most innovative contemporary musicians in Ireland.
- Inni-K (23 October) – Dublin-based singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. Book here.
- Sam Wickens (4 November). Book here.
- Alana Henderson (11 December). Book here.
Events are fully seated and availability is strictly limited. Early booking advised. Tickets £10.
Due to popular demand the Naughton Gallery has programmed a second Winter Silversmithing Workshop for Sunday 3 November, where participants will make their own pair of silver stacking rings under the guidance of silversmith Diane Lyness. The workshop runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm, priced at £40 per person. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place. Spaces strictly limited.
The Gallery's current exhibition, Skellyworld, continues until Sunday 6 October, taking audiences on a journey through the comics of Brooklyn-based cartoonist Katie Skelly. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00am to 4.00pm. Free admission.
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT FOR STAFF
PEOPLE AND CULTURE UPDATE
A range of learning events are now available to enhance the personal and professional skills of staff. Click here for dates in September and October which are now open for booking.
Learning opportunities are delivered in various ways: by internal teams with expertise and responsibility for specific learning needs; by external partners; and, increasingly, via online courses, resources and toolkits. If you wish to book on to a training course, please register via iTrent Self-Service.
For queries or support, please contact Organisational Development on 028 9097 5381 or email email@example.com.
TurningPoint: An Introduction to student polling
- TurningPoint: An Introduction to student polling, Thursday 26 September, 10.00am to 1.30pm, McClay Library, Training Room 2
TurningPoint is the University polling software (similar to Socrative, TopHat, Poll Everywhere). This fun, interactive and engaging session will focus on sharing the TurningPoint student polling solution. TurningPoint is free for academics and students to use.
The session is open to all interested staff and stakeholders wishing to increase engagement with their students in the coming academic year. Attendees will get to try the polling solutions on the day and should please bring a smart phone, tablet or laptop to the session where you can respond to the live questions polled.
A lunch buffet will be provided at 1.00pm.
The TurningPoint student polling solution is currently utilised by over 100 Universities in the UK and Ireland. The solutions allow for interactive engagement with your students, in a safe and secure online polling environment, that can be run within or outside of PowerPoint. The solution provides for a great degree of flexibility in choosing to run an anonymous session, or the ability to track performance scores to individual students and will also allow instructors to record student attendance in a class.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Staff are invited to a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) workshop – 'Starting your journey as a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Explorer' – on the following dates:
- Thursday 26 September, 10.00am – 1.00pm
- Monday 7 October, 10.00am – 1.00pm
- Monday 4 November, 10.00am – 1.00pm
This professional development workshop will promote and implement an inclusive teaching and learning environment using the principles of UDL for academic and non-academic staff and learners in Higher Education Institutions.
It is well documented that the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) have enormous potential to positively impact on the learning experience of all students, not exclusively those with disabilities or diverse learning needs. UDL creates inclusive pedagogy by encouraging a curriculum design tailored to address the needs of all students and provide all learners with multiple pathways to success. At its core, UDL encompasses three principles – which instructors should provide students with multiple means of engagement, representation, action and expression. UDL acknowledges the diversity in experience, culture and personality among learners and provides staff in HEIs with the tools to enable learners to become expert learners who are:
- purposeful and motivated
- resourceful and knowledgeable
- strategic and goal-directed
The workshop aims to:
- discuss key issues around inclusivity and UDL in Higher Education Institutions
- identify and recognise the principles and best practice approaches of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
- apply the principles of UDL to promote and implement an inclusive teaching and learning environment across a range of settings
- recognise the need for UDL and how its principles address accessibility
- establish a Community of Practice (CoP) to promote a UDL culture
Writing Space scheme for all staff
The Centre for Educational Development (CED) continues to provide space for staff to write on Friday mornings from 9.00am to 12.00pm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
Queen's MyFuture Career Management System: Reporting function overview
An overview of Queen's MyFuture Career Management System's reporting function will take place on Friday 20 September, 2.00pm to 3.00pm, room 03/030, Peter Froggatt Centre.
This event will provide practical exercises to enable participants to:
- Learn how to set up and run reports on students, student activity, employers and job postings in MyFuture Career Management System
- Outcomes: enable registered School/Faculty staff or Student Support service staff to set up and run new or existing reports to measure student and employer engagement with their school or service
Continuing Professional Development
A number of Centre for Educational Development courses for the 2019-20 academic year have been listed on iTrent self-service, and are now open for booking. For up-to-date information, follow CED on twitter @QUB_CED or visit the CED website. Upcoming events include:
- Monday 16 September, Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
- Wednesday 18 September, Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
- Thursday 26 September, Starting your journey as a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Explorer, 10.00am – 1.00pm
- Monday 7 October, Starting your journey as a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Explorer, 10.00am – 1.00pm
- Monday 4 November, Starting your journey as a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Explorer, 10.00am – 1.00pm
- Wednesday 16 October, Laboratory Demonstration, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
- 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 and feedback strategies for the promotion of effective learning, 1.00pm – 4.00pm*
- Wednesday 27 November, Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
- Wednesday 11 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)
Learning and Teaching Hub
The Centre for Educational Development have launched a new Learning and Teaching (L&T) Hub here.
The aim is to compile a bank of case studies to recognise, celebrate and showcase the great work that Queen's staff do on a continual basis to develop their own practice and to enhance the learner experience.
Staff can view case studies or submit a case study on the website.
If submitting a case study, areas of focus can be Student Partnership, Active Teaching Methods, Accessibility, Inclusive Practice, Universal Design for Learning, Internationalising the Curriculum, Self-Assessment, Peer Review and Reflective Practice. This list is not exhaustive; please send any further queries to email@example.com.
Read&Write and EquatIO software
Queen's has invested in new software to help students and staff work and study smarter, saving time and stress when creating resources and embarking on research.
Read&Write is networked on every computer on campus and can be used to improve research, proofreading and referencing. This smart toolbar sits across any project you are working on to help you improve productivity. See here for the range of features included.
EquatIO is also networked across campus, but is specifically aimed at those studying STEM courses and anyone who is required to submit equations/formulas digitally. EquatIO takes the stress out of complicated coding and keyboard shortcuts by allowing you to use prediction, LaTex, speech input and handwriting recognition to easily insert and solve any equation/formula required to be submitted digitally. All these can then be proofread with Read&Write. See here for the range of features included.
All students can access both Read&Write and EquatIO software on University devices, but not on personal devices, unless provided by the Disability Office. Staff are recommended to promote the software to students and in particular international students, students registered with the Disability Office, under-represented groups or any student who feels it will benefit their engagement with learning.
Staff can get access to Read&Write and EquatIO on any platform by following the 'free for teachers' method at this link. Follow the instructions to complete the registration. Please ensure you use your Queen's email twice in the form and your own name (for admin). Please do not use a personal email. If there are any issues with downloading the software, your School Computer Officer provides first level on-the-spot help. For Schools without a Computer Officer, please contact the IT Service Desk.
IT Training Courses
Tip of the day
Create forms using Office 365. Email a link to users and when they complete the form, the results appear in your Office 365. For more information go to office365.qub.ac.uk and sign with your normal University username and password.