28 April 2014

Honorary Degrees: Nominations

The Honorary Degrees Search Committee is now seeking to identify potential nominees for the award of Honorary Degrees in 2015.

In general, Honorary Degrees are awarded to those who have achieved distinction and/or given significant service in one or more of a number of broad constituencies, such as Business and Commerce; the Arts; Education; Medicine; Science; Technology; Public Service; Sport; and Service to the Community.  Whilst it would be advantageous for potential recipients to have a Northern Ireland/Queen's connection, this is not a prerequisite.  Ideally, an award should not only reflect positively on recipients in relation to their personal achievements, but should also raise the profile of the University and promote opportunities for the future development of strategic alliances.  Nominations are, therefore, particularly encouraged in respect of figures of international standing and eminence. 

Accordingly, the Search Committee would be pleased to receive nominations for consideration from members of staff.  Nominations should be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office, in the strictest confidence, not later than Friday 12 September 2014, using the appropriate pro forma available here.  To assist the Search Committee in the associated selection process, it is important that the pro forma be completed as fully as possible. 

You may nominate more than one person and are encouraged to do so.  Anyone nominated should not be approached and all names forwarded to the Search Committee must be treated as strictly confidential. 

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Equality Impact Assessment – REF 2014

In carrying out its duties with respect to Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and the commitments made in its Equality Scheme, Queen’s has conducted an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) on the selection of staff for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

In addition to consulting with the list of Consultees detailed in the University’s Equality Scheme, the University is also seeking the views of staff on the EQIA and how the draft policy may impact on the nine categories of persons detailed at S75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Copies of the Equality Impact Assessment Consultation document and response pro forma are available online.

Copies of the documentation can be made available in an alternative format, if necessary.

The deadline for receipt of comments is Monday 30 June.

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A Bite of Queen's Tour of the Lanyon Building

Staff are invited to take part in an A Bite of Queen's tour of the Lanyon Building on Wednesday 7 May, 1.05pm - 1.50pm.

This tour will give you an insight into the history of the building, introduce you to some of the stories and people who have brought the Lanyon to life over the years and highlight the importance philanthropy has played in its restoration and refurbishment. For further information about the tour, click here.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch. To register, please click here. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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Freedom of Information and Data Protection - Online Training Programme

The University is required by law to comply with both the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 and the Data Protection (DP) Act 1998.  To support compliance in these areas, the University has developed a comprehensive range of FOI and DP Policies and Procedures – these are available through the Registrar’s Office website at:

Under the legislation, the University must ensure that its staff are provided with training on both FOI and DP.  To address this, an online FOI and DP training programme has been developed, aimed at improving staff awareness of both FOI and DP, and at reinforcing the University’s statutory obligations in this area.  The programme has two modules – one on FOI and one on DP.  Both modules are followed by a short test, designed to gauge understanding of the legislation and the practical issues involved in its application.  The test may be undertaken as many times as required to reinforce learning and to allow the pass mark of 100% to be achieved.  In total, both modules will take approximately one hour to complete. 

As a member of University staff, you have two specific responsibilities in this area - these are set out below:

(i)    You should ensure that you are familiar with the FOI and DP Policies and Procedures, accessed through the Registrar’s Office website;

(ii)    You are required to complete both modules of the online training programme, attaining 100% in each test.  The modules are accessible under “Services” – “Other” – “Online Training” in Queen’s Online.

Any queries in relation to the FOI and DP Policies and Procedures, or the related training, should be directed to Amanda Aicken in the Registrar’s Office, on 028 9097 2506, or by email to

Completing both programmes is mandatory and it is the responsibility of all staff to undertake this training at the earliest opportunity.

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Next MOOC goes live today

The next free online course from Queen's goes live today. Entitled Identity, Conflict and Public Space: Contest and Transformation, the six-week programme focuses on using public space to express identity and has been developed by Dr Dominic Bryan from the Institute of Irish Studies.

To watch the trailer for the new course and find out further information on MOOC courses available at Queen’s, click here.

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A Bite of Queen's Twitter Takeover Catch Up

During National Gardening Week (14–20 April 2014), Queen’s Head Gardener Paul Wallace took over the A Bite of Queen's staff Twitter account to answer your gardening questions and offer tips and advice for the green-fingered.

If you missed the live chat, catch up here.

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This week at QFT

This week at QFT:

  • THE PAST: Bérénice Bejo is outstanding in Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi's rich study of people trapped in physical and emotional limbo, set in a Parisian suburb.
  • THE SEA: John Banville's own adaptation of his Man Booker Prize-winning novel starring local favourite Ciarán Hinds.
  • LOCKE: A lean, emotionally powerful existential one-hander shot in only eight days and almost entirely inside a car. This seemingly simple film is anything but.
  • WE ARE THE BEST!: A boisterous tale of teenage life in early 1980s Stockholm, as seen through the eyes of a trio of schoolgirl misfits.
  • MAGIC MAGIC: This is a chiller with a difference, centring around the mental disintegration of its lead character Alicia (Juno Temple).

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

The winner of the pair of tickets for Calvary was Paula Darragh, Personnel Department.

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Screening History series

The School of History and Anthropology has announced a Screening History series, hosted by the Ulster Museum. Screening History presents talks and screenings by leading scholars and filmmakers, exploring the topic of film and historical representation. All events are free and open to the public.

  • Wednesday 30 April: Ian Christie (Birkbeck, University of London), Never mind the facts: why films invent the past. Ulster Museum, 1.00pm.
  • Thursday 8 May: Screening: The Enigma of Frank Ryan. Followed by Q&A with director, Des Bell (NCAD) and consultant historian, Fearghal McGarry (Queen's). Ulster Museum, 6.00pm.
  • Thursday 15 May: James Chapman (University of Leicester), Film and public history. Ulster Museum, 1.00pm.
  • Friday 23 May: Alison Ribeiro de Menezes (Warwick University), Screening Memory: The Spanish Civil War. Ulster Museum, 1.00pm.

For more information, visit

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness week will take place from 12 – 18 May. During the week, Wellbeing at Queen’s will run a number of events offering staff the opportunity to get involved in the five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing:

  • Take notice – be more aware of the present moment.
  • Give to others – even the smallest act can count whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word.
  • Get active – find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
  • Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement.
  • Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.

Events will include: Mindfulness taster sessions; blood donation; free access to Queen’s Sport (off peak); getting involved in the weekly Campus Walk / Run / Jog; and attending a workshop to learn tips on how to self-massage.

Full details of the events taking place during Mental Health Awareness Week will be published in next week’s Round Up and on the Wellbeing website.

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The Hidden Cost of American Fast Food lecture: 30 April

The Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s and the School of History and Anthropology will host a lecture on The Hidden Cost of American Fast Food on Wednesday 30 April, in the Canada Room, from 5.00pm – 6.45pm.

Bryant Simon, Professor of History and Director of American Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia, will give the lecture, drawing upon his ongoing research into the phenomenon of American fast food and its costs in human employee and health terms. 

Refreshments will be served from 5.00pm and the address will begin at 5.30pm.  

Please RSVP to, 028 9097 1153.

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Northern Ireland and the Scottish Referendum: 2 May

Dr Michael Rosie, Director of the Institute of Governance, Edinburgh University, will be at Queen's on Friday 2 May to deliver a seminar on Northern Ireland and the Scottish Referendum.

Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, the event will take place in the Lanyon Building, room 0G/074, 12.00pm – 2.00pm.

For more information, please click here.

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InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme: 6 May

Professor Wim Vanhaverbeke, Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the University of Hasselt, will deliver a public lecture on Tuesday 6 May as part of the ‌InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme.

In his lecture, Open Innovation Fails Because Companies Are Not Prepared to Open Up!, Professor Vanhaverbeke will explore why the switch from closed to open innovation has proven to be more difficult than expected for many businesses, and how SMEs can most effectively use open innovation.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday 6 May, 6.30pm in the Courtyard, Riddel Hall. For further information and to register, visit


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Inaugural lecture: Professor Isabel Torres

Isabel Torres, Professor of Spanish Golden Age Literature in the School of Modern Languages, will deliver her inaugural lecture, Translatio Studii et Imperii: Spanish Poetry of the Golden Age - Motion in Motion, on Wednesday 7 May, 5.00pm in the Council Chamber.

Please RSVP to Maria Meehan by Thursday 1 May, 4.00pm,  028 9097 1143,

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Inaugural lecture: Professor Marios Soutsos

Professor Marios Soutsos, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, will deliver his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 7 May at 5.00pm.  The lecture, Impact and Blast Resistant Concrete Structure, will be held in the Lecture Theatre (LG024) in the David Keir Building with a reception in the Student Hub.

Those interested in attending should RSVP to Cheryl Murray, 028 9097 4747, by Wednesday 30 April.

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Social Science Research Society: 8 May

The Social Science Research Society, which is open to all research staff with an interest in social sciences, will host an event on Thursday 8 May from 12.00pm - 2.00pm. It will be an opportunity for members to get to know each other.

During the session everyone will be given a one-minute slot to outline their research interests/expertise (one PowerPoint slide each), followed by a discussion and lunch.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to by Friday 2 May.

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Engineering and Physical Sciences workshop – Impact and pathways to impact

As part of the Research Development programme of assistance to early career academics, senior managers from the EPSRC (John Hand and Katie Blaney) will run an Impact and Pathways to Impact (PtI) workshop on Wednesday 21 May.

The aim is to share current thinking on the use of Pathways to Impact including:

  • Background, broader landscape and history
  • Exploring what PtI may be used for
  • What can the EPSRC do to help
  • Future Policy.

Duration is expected to be around two hours with an opportunity for one-on-one discussions.

For more information or to register, click here.

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Translational Medicine symposium: 23 May

To support researchers in the area of Translational Medicine and to help maximise the impact of medical research conducted in the University, the Research Governance Team has developed a symposium to highlight the translation of scientific innovation in the laboratory to patient interventions.

The symposium will take place on Friday 23 May in the McClay Library Auditorium. For further information, click: Translational Medicine Symposium

To register for this event, please email or telephone 028 9097 5315/2529.

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Launch of Living Legacies 1914-18: From Past Conflict to Shared Future

Living Legacies 1914-18: From Past Conflict to Shared Future is one of five World War I Engagement Centres funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). It is a three-year collaboration between Queen’s, University of Ulster and National Museums Northern Ireland.
Based at Queen's Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities (ICRH), the Engagement Centre is a focal point for connecting academic and community researchers interested in how the World War I lives on in the twenty-first century world.
The public launch of the Centre will take place on Monday 19 May, from 6.00pm onwards, in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, at the Conor Lecture Theatre, University of Ulster Belfast Campus, York Street. The launch will include a public lecture by Professor Richard Grayson, the author of Belfast Boys, as well as a short performance from Brenda Winter’s new play, The Medal in in the Drawer.

To attend the launch, email For further information, visit:

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Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education
All CED courses and events are now available for booking. Below is a list of those scheduled for the next few weeks. Early booking is advised as places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guest Speaker Series 2013-14

  • Wednesday 14 May: Developing Online Learning: From e-Learning to MOOCS, 10.00am – 1.00pm, Council Chamber/Canada Room.
    Facilitated by Dr Jen Ross, Programme Director of the online MSc in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, and Dr Dominic Bryan, Director of Institute of Irish Studies and Reader in Social Anthropology, who has developed the next Queen's MOOC to be released, Identity, Conflict and Public Space: Contest and Transformation.

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum

  • Wednesday 7 May:  Expanding Horizons: teaching through internships, led by Dr Olwen Purdue, School of History and Anthropology, and Dr Patrick Fitzgerald, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies and honorary lecturer, Old Staff Common Room, 1.00pm – 1.55pm (sandwich lunch provided from 12.45pm).

8th CED Annual Conference – Assessment and Feedback: A Road to Success
This year’s annual conference on Thursday 26 June will be an opportunity to hear about the progress of the Queen’s Jisc-funded e-AFFECT project and to see some examples of developments in the lunchtime marketplace. The morning keynote will be given by Professor Margaret Price, ASKe Pedagogy Research Centre at Oxford Brookes University, who will discuss assessment literacy. In the afternoon, the speaker will be Richard Osborne, Project Manager, University of Exeter’s Jisc-funded, COLLABORATE Project. Further details are available on the CED website.

Continuing Professional Development

  • Wednesday 7 May: Flipping the Lecture (only one place still available), 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 7 May: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 14 May: Evaluation of Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 14 May: Screencasts for Instruction and Feedback, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Friday 16 May: Linking Teaching and Research, 10.00am – 1.00pm

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

Registration is via Queen’s Online

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Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 6 May: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 7 May: Planning Your Research Career, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 7 May: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 8 May: Research Ethics for University Staff, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Monday 12 May: Integrated Research Applications Systems (IRAS), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Friday 16 May: Motivating the Team for Supervisory Staff, 9.15am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 20 May: Induction for All New Staff, 9.30am – 1.15pm
  • Wednesday 21 May: Health and Safety for Co-ordinators, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 28 May: Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 29 May: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Management and Leadership Development
Book now for the following Developing for Success leadership and management development workshops (for staff at AR Grade 7 and above, AC Grade 2 and above):

  •  Tuesday 27 May: Instilling a Customer Focus, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  •  Friday 30 May: Managing Meetings Effectively, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Learning at Work Week
Learning at Work Week will take place from 19 – 25 May 2014. Follow on Twitter @QUBLearningWeek

Book now for the following course in June 2014:

  • Monday 2 – Tuesday 3 June: Preparing for Retirement (2-day course), 9.30am – 4.00pm

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.

For the latest Staff Training and Development News, follow on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 30 April: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 1 May: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 1.30pm – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday, 6 May: Word Processing: Tables and Form Design using Word, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 6 May: Introduction to Prezi (new course), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Monday 12 May: LinkedIn for Beginners, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 14 May: Introduction to Visio 2013 (new course), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 20 May: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 20 May: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.30pm – 2.45pm
  • Monday 26 May: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2010, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 29 May: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 4.00pm

Course dates can be viewed at: Booking is via Queen's Online.

Additional IT demos and workshops will take place during Learning at Work Week from 19 – 25 May. Check the website: or follow on Twitter @QUBLearningWeek

ECDL – now using an improved test system that allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision. For more information, contact

Today’s Tip: If you have Windows 7 and need to record screen mouse movements, click the start button and type PSR to open Problem Steps Recorder.

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