19 March 2013

Vote for Queen’s work on ionic liquids in Innovation Poll

Queen’s work on ionic liquid chemistry is in the running to be named the most important British innovation of the 21st Century.

The work of staff in QUILL is up against 11 other innovations from across the United Kingdom battling it out in a public vote to find the one that will have the greatest impact in the coming century.

The vote is part of the Science Museum’s Initiative on Great British past and future innovations.

For further information, click here.

VOTE: Help make ionic liquid chemistry the most important British innovation of the 21st century and vote here.

The winner will be announced on Monday 25 March.

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Q in 90: Institute for Global Food Security

Last week, Tesco Chief Executive Philip Clarke officially launched Queen’s new Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) which will improve global food safety through the establishment of an international ‘food-fortress’ in Belfast.

To watch a Q in 90 report on the launch, click on

For further information on the Institute, visit

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April 2013 Payroll Deadline

Due to the University’s Easter closure, the normal payroll deadline will be moved back to Tuesday 9 April.

All payroll data, including timesheets, Jobshop timesheets, overtime claim forms, Childcare Voucher request forms, bank details amendments etc, must be received in the Salaries Office by Tuesday 9 April for inclusion in April salaries. This deadline also applies to fee payment request forms for the Non Staff Payments system (NSP) and External Examiners on the Modified Payroll System (MPS). Any data received after Tuesday 9 April will be processed for payment at the end of May 2013.

Please ensure all relevant staff are advised of this deadline to ensure timely payments to staff and non-staff payees. Monitoring Officers should ensure all March absences due to sickness are input to the Queen’s Online Absence Management System by Monday 8 April.

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Deadline for QUB Teaching Awards

The closing date for receipt of applications for a QUB Teaching Award 2013 is 4.00pm on Wednesday 20 March. Further information is available in the Teaching Awards Notes for Guidance.

The Notes for Guidance, application templates and examples of previous applications are available to download here.  Queries should be directed to Liz McDowell on or 028 9097 5301.

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Lecture by Ireland Professor of Poetry

Ireland Professor of Poetry, Harry Clifton, will deliver a lecture entitled Into the Afterlife: Irish Poets in American Space on Friday 26 April at 7.00pm in the Great Hall. 

This is Harry Clifton’s third lecture given as the Ireland Professor of Poetry, a position he has held since 2010.

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Barcroft Medal Lecture: Professor Eric Olson

Professor Eric Olson, Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas will deliver the 2013 Barcroft Medal Lecture on Monday 25 March 2013 at 5.15pm.

The lecture entitled The Molecules and Mechanisms of Heart Development, Disease and Regeneration will take place in the North Lecture Theatre, Medical Biology Centre with a reception afterwards in the foyer of the MBC.

Professor Olson’s laboratory studies genetic regulators of the heart development, cardiac stem cells and the role of microRNAs cardiovascular development and disease.

All staff, students and members of the public are welcome. Please RSVP to Lisa Rutherford, 028 9063 2636 or

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Elected Student Officers 2013/14

The results are in. Meet the Students’ Union Elected Student Officers 2013/14:

  • Niall McShane – Union President 
  • Connor Daly – VP Campaigns and Communications 
  • Eoin Deeney – VP Education 
  • Martin Lilly – VP Clubs and Societies 
  • Tiernan McAteer – VP Welfare 
  • Sarah Louise Baird – VP Community 
  • Caiomhe McNeill – VP Equality and Diversity 

Visit the Students’ Union website to view the new Elected Student Officers' manifestos.

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Brenda McLaughlin Portrait Unveiling: Friday 22 March

Staff are invited to the unveiling of a new portrait of Brenda McLaughlin by Comhghall Casey on Friday 22 March at 4.30pm in the Great Hall.

The event is part of the QGI’s Portraits initiative. Please rsvp to

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Still time to audition for QUB's Got Talent

There’s still time to audition for QUB's Got Talent, which will take place on Thursday 25 April in the Mandela Hall.

The show, in aid of the Simon Community and in association with Signature Works, will be hosted by Malachy Cush. Head Judge, VP Community, Aidan Hughes will be joined on the judging panel by Julian Simmons and Isabel Jennings.

All staff and students are welcome to audition. Auditions close on Friday 22 March. Email to book an audition.  

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UCU Meeting for all staff on fixed-term contracts: Wednesday 20 March

All research staff and others on fixed-term contracts are invited to a meeting at 12.00pm on Wednesday 20 March in Lecture Theatre 1 (LT 1), Medical Biology Centre. Mark McAllister of the Labour Relations Agency Northern Ireland will present information on your legal position and rights and will be available for questions.
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Queen's Sport

Children's Spring Programme 2013 - enrolment is now open
The Programme is packed with fun activities including Climbing, Basketball, Trampolining, Gymnastics, and the Splash ‘n’ Swim Programme. All activities commence the week beginning 8 April 2013. Book now and guarantee your space. For further information, visit or contact reception on 028 9068 1126.

Queen’s Sport 5K
The Queen's Sport 5K Event takes place on Wednesday 27 March 2013. For further information, click here.

Swimathon 2013
Swimathon 2013 takes place 26 – 28 April at Queen’s Sport raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. For more details or to register, visit

Queen’s Rugby Easter Talent Camp
Queen's Sport's first ever Easter Talent camp will give 14-16 year olds the opportunity to work with some excellent coaches in great facilities, and hone their skills against peers from other schools. For further information, click here.

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CED: Training Courses and Guest Speaker Series

There are a few places available on the following March courses:

  • Wednesday 20 March: Teaching Larger Classes, 2.00pm – 5.00pm 
  • Wednesday 20 March: Creating Interactive Learning Resources Using Excel 2010, 2.00pm – 5.00pm 
  • Wednesday 27 March: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes, 2.00pm – 5.00pm 

Places can be booked via Queen's Online.

Guest Speaker Series

  • Wednesday 24 April: Dr David Baume, independent higher education consultant and founding chair of SEDA, will lead a workshop on Getting Published about Teaching and Learning, 2.00pm – 4.00pm in the Old Common Room.
  • Friday 26 April: Dr Eric Yao and Ms Anne Tierney, Glasgow University, will lead a workshop on Engaging First Year Students with Employability, 9.30am – 1.45pm in the Council Chamber/Canada Room.

For further details, click here.

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STDU Courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 27 March: Introduction to Project Management for Technical Staff, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 9 April: Office Safety, 9 April 2013, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 10 April: Dealing with Complaints (Lunchtime ‘Lite Bite’ Session), 12.00pm – 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 April: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 April: Career Development for Support Staff, 10.00am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 17 April: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • 22, 23 and 29 April: Training Skills for Occasional Trainers (3 half days), 9.15am – 1.00pm

Researcher Development

  • Tuesday 26 March:Introduction to Nvivo, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 28 March: Preparing for Academic Interviews, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 17 April: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 25 April: Planning Your Research Career, 9.30am – 1.00pm  

Leadership and Management Development: Developing for Success: (Aimed at Professional Support staff Grade 8 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC3 and above)

  • Tuesday 26 March: Creative Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 17 April: Presenting with Impact, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Courses can be booked via Queen's Online.
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IT Training Courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 21 March: Managing a University Social Media Site, 10.00am to 4.00pm 
  • Monday 25 March: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL - Spreadsheets), 9.30am to 12.30pm 
  • Tuesday 26 March: Working with SharePoint, 9.30am to 12.30pm 
  • Wednesday 27 March: Using Social Media for Teaching and Research, 10.00am to 1.00pm 
  • Tuesday 9 April: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am to 1.00pm 
  • Tuesday 16 April: Making best use of Outlook, 9.30am to 1.00pm 
  • Thursday 18 April: SPSS 1: Introduction to SPSS, 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 01 May: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS, 9.30am to 4.30pm 
  • Thursday 23 May: Making Best use of Word (advanced features in Word), 9.30am to 4.00pm
To book a course, go to Queen’s Online

ECDL testing: For test dates for March and April, visit

Today’s Tip: For advice on securing your PC at home or at work, visit

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