9 July 2018


Round Up – Summer Editions

A reminder to staff that, over July and August, the Staff Round Up will be issued fortnightly, beginning with this edition.

The Round Up will return to regular, weekly editions from Monday 3 September.





University History

The Graduate School – 150 Years

The Graduate School is collecting memories of the Lynn Building in commemoration of its opening in 1868.

Staff are encouraged to share any memories of the Lynn Building/Old Library via this link.





Public Engagement

Public Engagement with Research – Staff Consultation

Professor Paul Connolly, Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, is leading the development of a university-wide Action Plan to support and strengthen the approach to Public Engagement with Research at Queen's. Staff are encouraged to help shape the Action Plan by watching a showcase video and completing a short questionnaire. Please note that this staff consultation will close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 22 August 2018.

For full details, including links to the video and questionnaire, please see the Corporate Plan website.




Internal Vacancies

Please see below for details of this week's internal vacancies. Vacancies should be viewable on Queen's Online. Please note that other vacancies are often advertised externally and are on the Jobs page

  • Communications Officer (Grade 7)
    Strategic Marketing and Communications
    Ref: 18/106636
    Closing date: Friday 13 July 2018
    Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 24 July 2018

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  • Assistant Finance Business Partner
    Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Ref: 18/106657
    Closing date: Friday 13 July 2018
    Anticipated interview date: Monday 30 July 2018
  • Business Operations and International Partnerships Manager
    MRCI Directorate Office
    Ref: 18/106654
    Closing date: 30 July 2018
    Anticipated interview date: Monday 20 August 2018

Public Engagement

Brexit lecture by Lord Adonis

  • Thursday 19 July: Brexit Lecture: The People's Vote: Why we must have a public vote on the final Brexit deal, 4.00pm – 6.00pm, Emeleus Lecture Theatre

Prominent Labour politician Lord Andrew Adonis comes to Queen's to deliver a lecture as part of the Queen's University QPol Policy Engagement lecture series. Followed by a Q&A session facilitated by Professor Richard English, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement.

Spaces are limited. Please register here.


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 2018:

  • Up to 23 July 2018
    As far as possible all sales invoices and invoice requisitions relating to activities completed, or due to be completed, prior to 31 July 2018 should be forwarded to the Accounting Services section of Finance on or before 23 July 2018 to ensure inclusion in the 2017-18 annual accounts.

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  • After 23 July 2018
    Sales invoices and invoice requisitions relating to the 2017-18 year (i.e. period up to 31 July 2018), should be clearly marked as relating to 2017-18. These invoices will be processed in August 2018 and, where material, manual adjustments made by the Accounting Services section of Finance to the 2017-18 accounts. All invoices relating to the 2017-18 year must be received by Friday 10 August 2018 to ensure inclusion in the 2017-18 annual accounts.

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



Summer Graduations – staff video

The Communications team have created a short video looking at some of the work that goes on behind the scenes before and during summer graduations.

Staff can view the video on the Corporate Plan website

All the graduation stories can be viewed on the Graduation Website.




AIMDay Big Data event

Queen's will be hosting AIMday Big data, AI and the One Health Agenda on 19 October 2018 at Riddel Hall. Topics for discussion will include challenges in big data, machine learning, and AI in healthcare and health preservation. The event offers an opportunity for external organisations and Queen's researchers to come together and discuss current and future challenges in the field.

For more information, to register, and for contact details in case of queries, please see the website.


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MRC PROXIMITY to DISCOVERY: Industry Engagement Fund Round 3

The Proximity to Discovery (P2D): Industry Engagement Fund (P2D:IEF) supports universities in building relationships with industry partners and improving understanding between academia and industry. The Queen's MRC P2D Travel Fund can be used to support Early Stage Industry Engagement Activities, eg visits to companies to discuss areas of mutual interest with a view to developing an academic-industry collaboration.

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Applications to this scheme are only permitted for activity that is aligned to MRC science areas.

Applications should be submitted at least one month in advance of the planned travel and all activities must take place before the fund closes on 31 August 2018.

You are eligible to apply if you are a member of Queen's academic, research or professional staff.

For further information and application guidance please contact Dr Marie-Louise Cairns in the Business Alliance Team (m.cairns@qub.ac.uk, 028 9097 1397).



Blackwell's Bookshop Relocation

Blackwell's University Bookshop will soon be relocating to University Street.

Staff can view the exact location here.






Public Engagement Newsletter

The June 2018 edition of the Public Engagement News Bulletin is now available to view online at this link.

Articles include:

  • Upcoming Global Conflict: The Human Impact Conference

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  • Launch of the Global Peace Index at Queen's
  • Honorary Professorships at The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
  • Queen's BIG GIVE with the British Heart Foundation
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Reflections Newsletter

The latest edition of Reflections is available on the CED website.

This edition focuses on creative approaches to learning and teaching.






QPOL Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Recent contributions from QPol. Click on the links to read.

To submit an article for the blog, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk.

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The Conversation (and Anthill Podcast)

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, contact comms.office@qub.ac.uk to find out more.

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Anthill Podcast
For those interested in contributing to the Anthill Podcast, the upcoming themes are:

  • August: Nothing
  • September: Inheritance
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Summer Physical Activity Programme

The 2018 Summer Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins week commencing Monday 23 July and runs until week commencing 27 August inclusive. Classes are suitable for everyone.

Find out more: contact sport@qub.ac.uk | 028 9068 1126. Registration and payment: visit the PEC reception; each six-week course costs £13. Places allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Monday 23 July

1.10pm – 1.50pm

On Campus


Tuesday 24 July

1.10pm – 1.50pm

On Campus


Wednesday 25 July

1.10pm – 1.50pm

On Campus


Wednesday 25 July

1.10pm – 1.50pm


Tone and Trim

Thursday 26 July

1.10pm – 1.50pm

On Campus


Friday 27 July

1.15pm – 1.45pm

On Campus


Culture and Arts

Seamus Heaney Centre

The winner of the Seamus Heaney Centre's First Collection Poetry Prize is Richard Osmond for his collection Useful Verses, announced at the award night on Tuesday 3 July at No Alibis Bookstore.





Arts and entertainment

Queen's Film Theatre listings

QFT is now closed for major refurbishment until late August, re-opening in time for Cinema Day on 27 August 2018.

Please check the website for any updates.





Learning and Development

Learning and Development 2017/18 Course Programme

The following Appraiser Training courses have been scheduled and are now available for booking:

  • Training for Appraisers of Professional Support Staff
  • Training for Appraisers of Academic & Research Staff

To book a place on a training course, log onto iTrent. Please see below for details.

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Training for Appraisers of Professional Support Staff

  • 25 July 2018, 9.30 am – 12.00 noon, Main Site Tower, 0G/010
  • 15 August 2018, 9.30 am – 12.00 noon, Main Site Tower, 0G/010
  • 13 September 2018, 9.30 am – 12.00 noon, Main Site Tower, 0G/010
  • 17 October 2018, 9.30 am – 12.00 noon, Main Site Tower, 0G/010

Training for Appraisers of Academic & Research Staff

  • 26 July 2018, 9.30 am – 12.00 noon, Main Site Tower, 0G/010
  • 16 August 2018, 9.30 am – 12.00 noon, Main Site Tower, 0G/010
  • 14 September 2018, 9.30 am – 12.00 noon, Main Site Tower, 0G/010
  • 18 October 2018, 9.30 am – 12.00 noon, Main Site Tower, 0G/010

The full 2018/19 Course Programme will be available at the end of August/beginning of September.

Please be advised that with the exception of waitlisted courses, Organisational Development do not carry waiting lists over from one academic year to the next.

For queries/support, please contact training@qub.ac.uk.

Twitter: @QueensOrgDev


Professional Development


A number of the Centre for Educational Development run courses for the 2017-18 academic year are listed on iTrent self-service, and are now open for booking. 

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

  • Wednesday 12 September: External Examiners Course, 9.30am – 4.00pm


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IT Training Courses

Courses for the next academic year are now available for booking on iTrent. Course dates can be viewed here.

Places are currently available on the following course: 

  • Tuesday 24 July: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm

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Tip of the Day
When using SharePoint 2013, remember to use the Internet Explorer browser to get full functionality.

To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email ecdl@qub.ac.uk. For more information on ECDL, please see this webpage.


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