18 November 2013

Winner of Vice-Chancellor's Impact Prize

Congratulations to Professor Richard Kennedy from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences who was named the winner of the Vice-Chancellor's Impact Prize at an awards ceremony on Friday night.

Professor Kennedy and his team have developed tests to personalise cancer treatment worldwide. His leading-edge translational research on prostate, colon and breast cancer is informing the options for patients, giving them a better chance for recovery and survival.

Dr Ruth Hunter, also from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, won the Early Career Researcher Prize for her work on the Parc Study – Physical Activity and Regeneration of Connswater – which has engaged with the community to provide improvements in public health.

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Green Week, 18-22 November

The University‌'s Annual Green Week starts today. Held in conjunction with European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR), Green Week is all about Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

A photo competition will run throughout the week with prizes every day. The photos should be creative and fun shots which show reduce, reuse and recycle in action at Queen's. Grab a digital camera or phone, capture that great shot, add a clever caption and submit your entry to or tweet them to @greenatqueens.

There are some brilliant prizes up for grabs, including £100 worth of vouchers for a local cycling shop, a coffee machine and a food hamper. To find out what's happening for Green Week and how you can get involved, click here

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Election of Staff to Membership of Senate

The Regulations for the Election of two Members of Academic Staff and two members of Support Staff, to Membership of Senate, state:

“Should the number of persons duly nominated be greater than the number of vacancies to be filled, an election shall be held on the principle of proportional representation and each member of the electorate shall have a single transferable vote.”

Nominations within these two constituencies closed on 6 November 2013. In both cases, the number of persons nominated was greater than the number of vacancies to be filled.  An election will, therefore, be held in each constituency, in line with the Regulations.

Publication of Candidates
Details of the candidates within each constituency, along with a copy of their supporting statements, will be available through the University’s website from 4 pm on 19 November 2013.  Website address:

Electronic Voting Process
Voting will take place electronically through Queen’s Online, as set out below:

Issue of Voting Papers       21 November 2013
Close of Poll 4 December 2013 (12.00 midnight)

If you require any further information, please contact the Registrar’s Office on 028 9097 2505 or by email at

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A Bite of Queen's tour of CCRCB

So far staff, students and alumni participating in Movember have raised over £8,000 to support important health issues such as prostate cancer and men’s mental health.

To coincide with Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the next A Bite of Queen’s campus tour will give staff the opportunity to find out about some of the prostate cancer research taking place at Queen's.

During the tour of CCRCB, staff can don a lab coat, visit the laboratories and meet some of the researchers who are pursuing breakthroughs in prostate cancer.

The tour will take place on Friday 29 November, 1.05-1.50pm in CCRCB.

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

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Guest Speaker Series 2013-14
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 on Wednesday 27 November from 10.00am – 1.30pm in the Council Chamber/Canada Room. For further details click here or contact 028 9097 1447.

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum
Colleagues are invited to attend a lunchtime event on Wednesday 4 December, 1.00pm – 1.55pm in the Old Staff Common Room on Perspectives on Undergraduate Peer Mentoring at Queen's. This session is aimed at exploring how peer mentoring could be of benefit to Schools which do not currently have schemes in place. For further details click here, or contact 028 9097 1447. Sandwich lunch provided from 12.45pm.

Registration for all courses and events is via Queen’s Online, Full instructions for booking are on the website.

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

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Win two night stay at Slieve Donard

Staff can 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.

To watch a Q in 60 feature on the exhibition opening, click here.

Changing Lives: Our Specialist Subject runs until 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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Call for graduation stories

With Winter Graduation just a few weeks away, the Communications Office is keen to hear about any graduating students who may be of interest to the media.

Do you know a student graduating with an interesting story to tell? Perhaps they are graduating on the same day as another member of their family, or won an award during their course? Maybe they have been volunteering, or have secured an exciting job or internship opportunity? If so, please send an outline of their story and a contact phone number to and a Communications Officer will call you back.

The closing date for submitting information on graduation stories is Wednesday 27 November 2013.

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Information Services Coffee Morning

The Information Services Coffee Morning will take place on Thursday 5 December in the Great Hall.

This year’s charity is Marie Curie Cancer Care. As usual there will be a ballot with prizes galore. If you or your department are interested in donating a prize for the ballot, please contact Michelle Cross, 028 9097 6249, Valerie Hamilton, 028 9097 6254 or Christine Carrothers, 028 9097 6322. Ballots are on sale now. It is advisable to buy the ballots in advance if possible but they will be available up to 10.45am on the day.

This year’s prizes include an iPad Mini, Orange phone, Digital Photo frame, overnight hotel stays, Gift Vouchers, numerous hampers and many more. Ballots cost £1 each or six for £5.

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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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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month

Queen's is supporting the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland’s first Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month during November 2013.

Developed by members of the CO Safety Group, Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month aims to help protect the public from the dangers of carbon monoxide.

For further information on the best way to protect yourself and to recognise the symptoms of CO poisoning, visit:

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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Sakir Sezer

The Head of School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science invites you to attend the Inaugural Lecture by Professor Sakir Sezer, Cyber Security: Evolution, Threats, Emerging and Future Challenges.  The lecture will take place on Thursday 5 December at 4.00pm in Lanyon Building 01/052 and followed by a reception in the Great Hall.

To attend, please RSVP by Wednesday 27 November to Lorraine Irvine, ECIT Institute, 028 90 971703,

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QFT listing

This week at QFT:

  • 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.
  • Muscle Shoals - A magnificently soundtracked documentary showcases the town in 1960s segregationist Alabama that became an oasis of mixed skin colours and musical styles, and a wellspring of hit records.
  • Outburst Queer Arts Film Festival.
  • Seduced and Abandoned - This intriguing documentary with Alec Baldwin explores the troublesome quest to secure financial backing in Hollywood. From Friday 22 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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IT training courses

Place are available on the following courses:

  • 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
  • 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. Course descriptions at For more information, contact or 028 9097 6189.

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

Today’s Tip: Sparklines in Excel 2010 are a very concise way of visualising and showing trends – more information at Microsoft's Support pages.

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STDU courses in November:

  • 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
  • Monday 2 December: Active Stress Reduction,  12.00pm – 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 4 December: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 10.00am – 12.30pm

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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