4 November 2013

Changing Lives: Our Specialist Subject

Staff are being offered the chance to win a two night midweek B&B stay in the Hastings Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle, Co. Down, when they visit Changing Lives: Our Specialist Subject, a new exhibition featuring colleagues from across the University, which is running in the Naughton Gallery from 12 to 29 November.

Shining a spotlight on the work of staff from across the University, the exhibition tells the story of Queen’s people – our poets and pharmacists, engineers and educators, clinicians and chemists, historians and health scientists, and the impact of their work.

Alongside rare examples of Seamus Heaney’s work during his time at the University will be exhibits relating to staff from across every School.  The exhibition also features a display of some of the national and international awards won by staff from both Directorates and Schools in recognition of their work.

Changing Lives: Our Specialist Subject runs from 1.00pm on Tuesday 12 November to 4.00pm on Friday 29 November in the Naughton Gallery (closed Mondays).

Further information is available from the Communications and External Affairs Office who have created the exhibition - 028 9097 3091 or email

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Latest edition of Queen's Now

The latest edition of Queen's Now is available online.

This month's edition focuses on business and features some of our colleagues whose work is supporting local business and others who have used their research to set up their own companies.

We hear from members of staff celebrating 25 years' service and meet this month's Environmental Champion.

To read the latest edition, click here.

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Q in 60: Movember launch at Queen's

Queen's kicked off the university-wide Movember campaign last Wednesday with a lunchtime shaving event in the Great Hall.

To watch the Q in 60 video of the event, please click here.

So far, staff, students and alumni have raised over £2,000 for Movember. To find out who is taking part and to donate, click here

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A Bite of Queen's tour of the Lanyon Building

Due to the popularity of previous tours of the Lanyon Building, staff will have another opportunity to take part in A Bite of Queen's tour of the building on Friday 15 November, 1.05pm-1.50pm.

A Bite of Queen's is a staff initiative that gives you 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 who work in them.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch. To take part, please fill in the online booking form. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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An invitation to Remembrance Sunday

All staff and students, families and friends are invited to attend the University’s Remembrance Day Ceremony on Sunday 10 November at 11.00am at the cenotaph.

A procession led by the Acting President and Vice-Chancellor will leave the Black and White Hall and proceed to the War Memorial where two minutes silence will be observed to commemorate all those who lost their lives in war-time.

Representatives from a number of University organisations will lay wreaths at the War Memorial, before the procession is led back to the Black and White Hall.

Refreshments will be served after the event in the Great Hall for all those attending.

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Queen's Annual Fund: Apply for project funding

The deadline for submitting applications for Queen's Annual Fund is 12.00pm on Friday 15 November.

For further information, please click here. If you have any queries, please contact Natasha Sharma, Annual Fund Manager,

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Call for applications for Institute Fellows 2014 – 2015

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) invites applications from academic colleagues wishing to take up a Fellowship available in the Institute, commencing 1 September 2014.  Two positions are available for academic year 2014-2015.  The successful applicants will be appointed full-time to the Institute for this period.

The closing date for applications is 4.00pm on Friday 15 November 2013.

Please click here for more details.

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NICE Question Time

Have you got a burning question you want to ask NICE? Do you want to find out more about NICE’s role in health and social care? Do you want to find out how NICE’s work can improve standards of health and social care in your area? Then book your place today to attend NICE Question Time – Belfast, and the NICE Public Board Meeting, on Wednesday 20 November at Riddel, Hall Stranmillis Road, Belfast, Antrim, BT9 5EE

NICE Question Time – Belfast is a unique event, giving you the opportunity to put questions directly to the NICE Chairman, Chief Executive and other NICE senior staff. The event is open to everyone involved in commissioning and providing health and social care and public health, including HSC Trusts, the DHSSP and Public Health Agency as well as members of the public and patients. It will take place between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, with an informal networking lunch beforehand at 12.00pm.

For more information, or to register to attend NICE Question Time – Belfast and the NICE Public Board Meeting, please visit:

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NI Innovation Strategy Consultation Event

Northern Ireland’s Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) is currently seeking views on the draft Northern Ireland Innovation Strategy 2013-2025. Innovation has been identified as one of the key drivers necessary to rebalance the Northern Ireland economy, and the draft Strategy sets out the key actions required to transform the region into one of the most innovative with the UK.

As part of the consultation, DETI will be holding a public meeting at Riddel Hall on Tuesday 5 November at 12.00pm. Anyone interested in the Strategy is welcome to attend, and there is no need to register in advance.

More information on the Strategy, including the draft document itself, can be found here.

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Research and Enterprise: Call for Applications to Business Alliance Fund

Research and Enterprise  is inviting applications to the Business Alliance Fund which  provides support for the development of a strategic research relationship with potential for long term engagement. 

Funding of up to £50k is available. Example projects include a co-funded studentship or  an inward or outward secondment.

The Fund is assessed competitively, with the expectation of funding one project. The next deadline for applications is Monday 2 December. Feedback from this call will be available by the end of January 2014. Further details and support from the Business Alliance Team can be found here.

Researchers funded by EPSRC should also be aware of forthcoming opportunities for funding collaborative projects under the EPSRC “Impact Acceleration Account”. Details of the Strategic Alliance and New Horizons programmes will be available in the coming weeks.

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Funding information event

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Queen’s are running a free seminar for arts organisations across Northern Ireland to find out about EU funding opportunities worth  €1.5 billion for arts, cultural, heritage and co-operation projects. 

The event will take place at the Sonic Arts Research Centre Lab on Wednesday 27 November from 2.00pm - 3.30pm.  The event is open to all organisations in the creative and cultural sectors interested in working collaboratively across Europe and information on the day will be supplied by the UK Cultural Contact Point, Visiting Arts, who will be present to deliver advice on eligibility, funding streams and applications.

Attendance at the seminar is free but spaces are limited, register at

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Inaugural lecture: Professor Su Taylor

Professor Su Taylor will deliver an Inaugural lecture entitled A Span of Bridges on Wednesday 13 November at 5.00pm in Lecture Theatre (LG024), David Keir Building.

For more information, please contact Cheryl Murray, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, 028 9097 4747

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Centre for Vision and Vascular Science renamed

From the beginning of November, the Centre for Vision and Vascular Science (CVVS) became known as the Centre for Experimental Medicine (CEM).

CEM will remain in the Institute of Clinical Science “A” at the RVH site, until a new purpose-built research facility, currently under construction on the Health Sciences Campus, is completed in Spring 2015.

CEM’s website is

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QFT listings and competition

Showing this week at QFT:

  • Philomena - Stephen Frears directs Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in the moving true story of a woman’s epic search for her son.
  • The Fifth Estate - The story of controversial figure, Julian Assange, in Bill Condon’s Wikileaks thriller.
  • The Selfish Giant  - Clio Barnard's affecting take on Oscar Wilde's fable sees a pair of 12 year old outsiders scrabble to survive on a poor Bradford estate. (From Friday)
  • Nosferatu the Vampyre - Stunning visuals from Werner Herzog and an intense portrayal of the famed bloodsucker from Klaus Kinski make this remake of Nosferatu a horror classic in its own right. (From Friday)
  • One off screenings include Rosemary’s Baby, The Witches, Project Wild Thing and NT Live: The Habit of Art

Queen's staff ticket price £5, standard ticket price £6.50. Please visit for more details.

To win a pair of tickets to see Philomena, please email with Philomena in the subject line and the answer to the question: What character did Judi Dench play in the latest James Bond films? Competition closes Wednesday 6 November at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.

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Queen's Sport

‌Coach Ed 2013/14 - Part 1
This year's Coach ED Programme 2013 (Part 1) is now open for enrolment. This is a great opportunity for all coaches and aspiring coaches to gain the necessary training that will drive their talent forward. For further information, please click here.

Campus Sport – ‘Time to get active and have fun’
Queen’s Sport recently launched a new staff and student campus run that takes place every Wednesday starting at 1.30pm from the PEC. You can walk, jog or run the 5k route through Botanic Gardens with qualified staff on hand to help you get started. For more information on the Campus run or other activities available to staff through the Campus Sport programme click here.

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STDU courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 7 - Friday 8 November: Supervisory Skills for Support Staff, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 13 November: Induction for Academic Staff, 9.45am – 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 13 November: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday November: Coping with Change, 12.00pm – 1.30pm
  • Friday 15 November: Front of Office/Reception Skills, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 20 November: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 21 - Friday 22 November: Introduction to STATA, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Management and Leadership Development

Book now for courses in November (for staff at AR Grade 7 and above, AC Grade 2 and above):

  • Wednesday 27 November: Working with Partners – Internal Consulting Skills (new), 9.30am – 4.30pm

Courses can be booked via Queen's Online - - then select Employment Details from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for iTrent Self Service.

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National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2014 (NTFS)
The closing date for receipt of applications for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is Wednesday 13 November.  Further information about the Scheme and details on how to apply to be one of the Queen’s nominees are available on the Centre for Educational Development website.   If you have any queries about the Scheme, please contact Linda Carey,, 028 9097 3099 or Liz McDowell,, 028 9097 5301.

QUB Teaching Awards 2014
The QUB Teaching Awards Scheme 2014 is now open. Up to 13 Teaching Awards are available in 2014.  A prize of £1,000 will be awarded to each successful individual or team which will be paid into a dedicated School account for the exclusive use of the winning team or individual for professional development purposes.  The closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00pm on Friday 14 March 2014.  Further information is available in the Teaching Awards Notes for Guidance which are available to download here along with application templates and examples of previous applications are available Queries should be directed to Liz McDowell on, 028 9097 5301.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education

All CED courses are now available for booking.  Below is a list of those scheduled for the next month:

  • Wednesday 6 November: Small Group Teaching – only a few places still remaining, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 6 November: Adaptive Assessment using QuestionMark Perception (new course), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 13 November: Curriculum Design, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 13 November: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 20 November: Helping Students to Learn, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Guest Speaker Series 2013-14

  • Wednesday 27 November 2013: Dr Krista DeLeeuw, Aberdeen University, together with Dr Joan Rahilly, School of English, and Dr Philip Hanna, School of EEECS, will lead a workshop on Bringing Graduate Attributes to Life, from 10.00am – 1.30pm in the Council Chamber/Canada Room.

For further details click here or email, telephone 028 9097 1447.

All courses can be booked via Queen's Online.


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IT training courses

Place are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 6 November: Labels and Mail Merge using Word, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Monday 11 November: Creating Posters using PowerPoint, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Monday 11 November: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am - 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 12 November: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Monday 18 November: Twitter for Beginners, 10.00am - 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 20 November: Using Social Media for Teaching and Research, 2.00pm - 4.30pm
  • Monday 2 December: LinkedIn for Beginners, 10.00am - 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 10 December: NVivo - An Introduction, 9.30am - 4.30pm

To book a course, go to Queen’s Online –

ECDL – Sign up at any time for ECDL and ECDL Advanced: or 028 9097 6189 or go to

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