25 November 2013

Queen's researchers are changing lives

Staff are invited to attend the Queen's researchers are changing lives showcase event on Wednesday 27 November in the Whitla Hall when 30 of Queen’s leading researchers will share their work and its impact on our everyday lives.

The event will give staff the opportunity to see first hand examples of some of the research projects our academic colleagues are involved with and find out about their work with companies, hospitals and government agencies.

A new publication that profiles the cutting-edge research work of the academics present at the showcase The DNA of Innovation, Volume III: Creative Connections will also be launched at the event.  Copies will be available for visitors to the showcase.

The drop-in event runs from 12.00-2.30pm in the Whitla Hall. There will be a series of four short presentations given between 12.30-1pm.  Lunch will be available from 1.00-1.30pm.

For further information, click here.

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Last chance to see Changing Lives exhibition

The Changing Lives: Our Specialist Subject exhibition in the Naughton Gallery closes on Friday 29 November.

The exhibition shines a spotlight on Queen’s poets and pharmacists, engineers and educators, clinicians and chemists, historians and health scientists, whose work is having a positive impact on the world around us.

Free to attend, visitors to the exhibition have the opportunity of winning a two night midweek B&B stay in the Hastings Slieve Donard Hotel.

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Election of Staff to Membership of Senate

Electronic voting, through Queen’s Online, to elect two members of Academic Staff and two members of Support Staff to membership of Senate is underway.  Further details are available at   

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Movember photo and coffee morning

Movember ends this week and to date staff, students and alumni have raised over £10,000. To celebrate the achievement a university-wide Movember photograph will be taken on Friday 29 November at 12.00pm at the front of the Lanyon. 

All ‘mo bros’ and ‘mo sistas’ are invited to come along and be a part of the photo which will show off how many people got involved and…of course…the moustaches. (There will be fake ones for the ladies!)

Please confirm your attendance for the photograph by emailing

The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering would also like to invite staff to their Movember Coffee Morning on Friday 29 November, 10.30-11.30am in Asquith Room LG 432. All staff are welcome - moustached or not!

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Q in 60: Showcase event in Stormont

A unique showcase took place in Stormont last week to promote the role of Higher Education in Northern Ireland.

The first time The Open University, Queen’s University and University of Ulster have combined to put on such an event, it outlined the impact directly to Ministers and MLAs.

Watch to Q in 60 report here

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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Greg Keeffe

Professor Greg Keeffe from the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering will deliver his Inaugural Lecture entitled Citta super-organismo:  closing cycles in the post-industrial city on Wednesday 27 November at 5.00pm.

The lecture will take place in Lecture Theatre (LG024), David Keir Building with a reception afterwards in the Clock Tower Foyer, David Keir Building.

Please RSVP to Cheryl Murray, 028 9097 4747,

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Christmas and New Year payment arrangements

Staff should note the following Payments Office arrangements over the Christmas and New Year period for paying correctly authorised and registered Supplier Invoices, Request for Payment Forms and Staff Expenses Claims:

  • Invoices received by 5.00pm Wednesday 4 December and Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 12.00pm Thursday 5 December will be paid week-ending 13 December.
  • Invoices received by 5.00pm Wednesday 11 December and Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 12.00pm on Thursday 12 December will be paid by Thursday 19 December.
  • Invoices received by 5.00pm Monday 16 December and Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 12.00pm on Tuesday 17 December will be paid week-ending 10 January 2014.
  • Normal payment arrangements will apply for all payment requests received week commencing 6 January 2014.

Whilst the Payments Office will make every effort to comply with this timetable, due to the volumes of payment requests received at this time of the year, and to ensure payment before the holiday, staff are requested to process all such transactions well in advance of these deadlines.

Further clarification of these arrangements, if required, may be obtained from the Payments Office 028 9097 3029.

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December 2013 Payroll Deadline

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 4.30pm on Monday 2 December for inclusion in December Salaries.

This deadline also applies to fee payment request forms for the Non-Staff Payments system (NSP) and the Modified Payroll System (MPS).

Any data received after the deadline will be processed for payment at the end of January 2014.

Please ensure all relevant staff are advised of this deadline to ensure timely payments to staff and casual payees.

Monitoring Officers should ensure all absences due to sickness up to and including 30 November have been input to the Queen’s Online Absence Management System by Monday 2 December.

December salaries will be paid on Thursday 19 December.

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Relocation expenses

Relocation expense claims should be with the Finance Department by Friday 29 November to ensure payment with December salary.

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Launch of CPD Courses on Risk and Investment for Professionals

Queen’s University Management School has launched a new series of half-day courses aimed specifically for professionals with an interest in investment analysis and risk analytics. These courses will be based in the First Derivatives Trading Room and make use of live market feeds via Bloomberg.

Further information and online registration

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QFT listings

This week at QFT:

  • For Those in Peril - Affecting and atmospheric this is the story of a lone survivor of a fishing trip that claimed the lives of five men including his older brother. Paul Wright’s extraordinary folkloric film imaginatively explores love and loss and its sometimes surreal nature.
  • 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.
  • Seduced and Abandoned - This intriguing documentary with Alec Baldwin explores the troublesome quest to secure financial backing in Hollywood.
  • The Crash Reel - Two-time Oscar-nominated director Lucy Walker (Waste Land) is at the top of her game in this brilliantly told account of the rise and literal fall of snowboarding champ Kevin Pearce, whose career was cut short at age 22 in a near-fatal crash.
  • From Friday 29 November - Captain Phillips, Leviathan, Short Term 12, Jeune & Jolie and Gone With the Wind.

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

Queen’s Sport Christmas Vouchers

Give the gift of fitness and well-being this Christmas with a Queen's Sport gift vouchers, available to suit any budget.  Available to purchase at Queen’s Sport reception from today, alternatively contact Sales staff for further details on 028 9038 7684.

Ulster Indoor Rowing Event

Queen’s Rowing in association with British University & Colleges Sport (BUCS) and Irish Rowing will be running an Indoor Rowing Event on Saturday 30 November at Queen’s PEC. This event is open to all students, staff and members of the public, participants must register in advance. For more details or to download an application form please click here.

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IT training courses

Place are available on the following courses:

  • 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: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 10 December: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.30pm - 2.45pm
  • Thursday 9 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators [Owners] and Site Contributors), 10.00am - 1.00pm

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: or 028 9097 6189 or go to

Today’s Tip: You can use QUB Dropbox to transfer very large files to/from Queen’s and non-Queen’s users, visit

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Courses in November/ December:

  • 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
  • Thursday 5 December: Queen’s Writing for Publication, two follow up sessions on 8 January and 12 February, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 11 December: The Engaging Researcher, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 12 December: Career Development for Support Staff, 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Thursday 12 December: Using Your Purchasing Card, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 17 December: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Management and Leadership Development

The Developing for Success leadership and management development workshops are now available for booking. Check out the full range of courses and dates at and view courses by category: Leadership, Management and Supervisory. 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

To book a place on a training course, log onto Queens 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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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 be leading a workshop on Bringing Graduate Attributes to Life. 10.00am – 1.30pm in the Council Chamber/Canada Room.
  • Thursday 30 January: Mick Healey is an HE Consultant and Researcher and Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire.  Professor Healey will be running two workshops in the Council Chamber/Canada Room:
    (i) Refreshing and Renewing the Curriculum, 09.30-12.00 and
    (ii) Rethinking the Undergraduate Dissertation: Avoiding throwing the baby out with the bathwater, 12.45-15.45
    You are invited to participate in one or both of them either individually or as a member of a course teaching team.  

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

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum

  • Wednesday 4 December: Colleagues are invited to attend a lunchtime event on Perspectives on Undergraduate Peer Mentoring at QUB, 1.00pm – 1.55pm in the Old Staff Common Room. Sandwich lunch provided from 12.45 pm
    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, please click here, email or telephone 028 9097 1447.Registration for all courses and events is via Queen’s Online.  Full instructions for booking are on the website.  For information or for assistance with registration please email the Centre at or telephone 028 9097 1447.

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

QUB Teaching Awards 2014

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.  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. Queries should be directed to Liz McDowell, 028 9097 5301.

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