11 November 2013

The Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Prize 2013

The Winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Prize for 2013 will be announced this Friday at the Chief Executives' Club at Queen’s Gala Dinner and Impact Awards Ceremony in the Whitla Hall.

The prize aims to celebrate the impact Queen's research has on the wider community. The theme of this year’s prize is Future Impact which recognises the need to plan for research impact from the earliest stages of a project.

In addition, a new separate prize – the Early Career Researcher Prize – will be announced, in recognition of the work of Queen’s researchers at the beginning of their careers.  

The Winner in each category will receive a contribution to their research group of £5,000.

Congratulations to those colleagues who have been shortlisted for these prestigious Impact Prizes:

  • Professor Gordon Allan, School of Biological Sciences
  • Dr Alison Cameron, School of Biological Sciences, ‘Early Career Researcher category’
  • Professor Stuart Elborn, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • Professor Yvonne Galligan, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy
  • Dr Valerie Holmes, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • Dr Ruth Hunter, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences,  ‘Early Career Researcher category’
  • Dr Neil Jarman, Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice
  • Professor Richard Kennedy, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • Professor Shadd Maruna, School of Law
  • Professor John Orr, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Professor Tracy Robson, School of Pharmacy

Follow the event on Twitter to hear the winner announced live on Friday evening: #QUBimpact.

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Staff Exhibition opens this week

An exhibition featuring colleagues from across the University opens tomorrow in the Naughton Gallery.

Changing Lives: Our Specialist Subject shines a spotlight on the work of staff and 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.

Staff who visit the exhibition will have the chance to win a two night midweek B&B stay in the Hastings Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle, Co Down.

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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Green Week, 18-22 November

The University's Annual Green Week takes place from 18-22 November. The purpose of the week, which is being held to coincide with the European Week for Waste Reduction, is to raise environmental awareness and engage staff and students on environmental issues. 

The week long programme of events includes a ‘switch off at lunchtime’ series which encourages people to step away from their desk, switch off their monitor and do something positive for their health and wellbeing. These include a ‘Wardrobe workout’, Grow your own workshop, a film showing and a love food hate waste cookery demonstration.

To find out what else is happening during the week, click on:‌ Green Week 2013

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Queen's to appear on tonight's University Challenge

Queen’s will appear in the second round of University Challenge tonight. The team will face Downing College Cambridge in the famous BBC2 quiz show at 8pm in a bid in make it to the quarter finals.

Team members Joseph Greenwood (captain) from Manchester, Suzanne Cobain from Bangor, Gareth Gamble from Lurgan, Alexander Green from Lytham and Jonathan Malone (reserve member) successfully faced University of Aberdeen back in July.

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The Annual Meeting of Convocation

The Annual Meeting of Convocation will take place on Thursday 21 November at 7.00pm in the Canada Room/Council Chamber.  Tea/coffee will be available from 6.30pm.

The Meeting will begin with the Convocation Lecture 2013 by Professor Stephen Smartt, Director of the Astrophysics Research Centre, on The origin of life in the centre of stars.

Anyone is welcome to attend the Lecture and booking is not necessary. The formal business of the meeting will follow the lecture.

The Agenda for the Annual Meeting will be available prior to the meeting on the Convocation website and from the Clerk, Heather Anderson,, 02890 972308.

Further details are available from the Convocation website:

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Charter Day Dinner

The 2013 QGA Charter Day Dinner will be held on Friday 22 November 7.00pm in The Great Hall. The evening includes a special guest speaker and music by The Swing Gals. Click here to book your place.

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The Next Generation Women’s Leadership Programme

Registration is still open for the Next Generation Women’s Leadership Programme, run by the Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics (CAWP), part of the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy.

This four day intensive course, which will run from Monday 2 – 6 December 2013, includes workshops and seminars on topics such as communication skills, emotional intelligence, conflict management, presentation skills, career planning and work/life balance.  The cost of the programme is £1200 and the STDU will fund 50% of the cost for Queen’s staff.

The programme can be accessed at: Next Generation Programme

The application form can be accessed at: Next Generation Application

For more information please contact Victoria Montgomery, 028 9097 3629 or go to

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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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A new secondment opportunity has been circulated by the Northern Ireland Interchange Partner Group for the position of Director of Investigations – Ethical Standards, the Office of the Northern Ireland Ombudsman.

Details of this opportunity can be found here.

For further information, contact Tony Earley, Senior Personnel Officer, 028 9097 1124,

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Next KESS: 14 November

The next seminar in the Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS) will take place on 14 November at 1.30pm in Parliament Buildings when Grainne McKeever from the University of Ulster will talk about Access to Justice Through Better Decision-Making.

KESS is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, formally partnering a legislative arm of government – the Assembly - with academia.  It is jointly delivered by the Research and Information Service of the Assembly (RaISe), in partnership with Queen's, University of Ulster and the Open University.
Seminars are free and are held on Thursdays up until 29 May 2014.

You can register for a seminar or contact KESS by emailing:

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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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Jisc RSCni launch their 2014 Innovation in eLearning awards

Do you know someone who has produced a piece of work which has made a positive impact within Queen’s in any of the following areas?

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Technical Infrastructure
  • Learner Support

If so, then visit the eLearning Awards launch pad site and complete the online Registration of Interest form before Friday 13 December.

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Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities Winter School

The Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities will run a short winter school this year on Digital Environments: Working with Multi-Media in the Arts and Humanities.

Using digital arts and humanities expertise across Queen's and with partners at Newcastle and Durham universities, this winter school will provide opportunities for postgraduate students to experience hands-on new techniques and methods and learn how to tailor these to suit their own research interests and professional development. The winter school will be held on 29-30 January 2014.

Further details are available on the website at  

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Clements menu

Clements has launched a new menu featuring a breakfast section, sandwiches and paninis and a sweet section.  The new Clements menu is available in the Students' Union and Clements PEC.

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Christmas lunch in the Great Hall

The Great Hall is now taking bookings for its traditional Christmas lunch.  This year, lunch will be served on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 December from 12.30pm.

Costing £23 per person, lunch is three courses with coffee and mints. Contact Jennifer in the Great Hall, 028 9097 3559 or to book and for more details.  Please note all payments must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

Click on the link to see the menu: 2013 Christmas Lunch Menu Great Hall

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Showing at QFT this week:

  • The Selfish Giant - Clio Barnard's excellent take on Oscar Wilde's fable sees a pair of 12 year old outsiders scrabble to survive on a poor Bradford estate.
  • Philomena - Stephen Frears directs Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in the moving true story of a woman’s epic search for her son.
  • Don Jon - Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his directorial debut with his sharp and funny tale of a man addicted to pornography. Also starring Scarlett Johansson. (From Friday 15 November)
  • Muscle Shoals - A magnificently soundtracked documentary showcases the town in segregationist Alabama that became an oasis of mixed skin colours and musical styles, and a wellspring of hit records. (From Friday 15 November)

Staff ticket price £5, standard ticket price £6.50. £4 tickets for everyone Mondays and Tuesdays. Please visit for more details.

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Queen's Sport

Campus Sport Weekly Fun Run– ‘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.

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

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Library Courses

There are places available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 14 November: Bibliometrics: Assessing Research Impact and Journal Quality
  • Wednesday 27 November: Beyond Google

Registration is via Queen's Online,, and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section.

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STDU Courses in November:

  • Wednesday 13 November: Induction for Academic Staff, 9.45am – 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 13 November: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 14 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
  • Thursday 28 November: Purchasing for the University, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Management and Leadership Development
Places are available on the following Developing for Success leadership and management development workshop (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

To book a place on a training course, log onto 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.

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 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: 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.

Registration for all courses and events is via Queen’s Online

A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed here.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Monday 18 November: Twitter for Beginners, 10.00am - 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 20 November: Using Social Media for Teaching and Research, 2.00pm - 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 November: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 27 November: Making Best use of Word (advanced features in Word), 9.30am - 4.00pm
  • Friday 29 November: Diagrams made easy in Word and PowerPoint (schemas, hierarchies, processes), 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Monday 2 December: LinkedIn for Beginners, 10.00am - 12.30pm
  • Thursday 5 December: Creating Screen Shots and Training Materials using Word and SnagIt, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 10 December: NVivo - An Introduction, 9.30am - 4.30pm

To book a course, go to Queen’s Online – - and under ‘Other’ click Training Courses.

ECDL – Test dates: To find out more: or 028 9097 6189 or go to

Today’s Tip: Colleague asks you to forward an email message: good practice suggests you open the message and forward it as an attachment.

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