15 December 2014

How Lo’ can you go?

As part of this year's Christmas Switch Off campaign, a £250 prize is up for grabs for the School or Directorate that manages to switch off and reduce its energy consumption the most on Christmas Day.

Environmental Champions and Green Impact teams have been sent Christmas Switch Off packs to help promote the message within their School or Directorate.

Staff can also pick up a prize by entering a Christmas selfie competition of you and your colleagues 'switching off' for the holidays. Tweet your Festive Lo' selfie using #QUBlololo or email them to

For full details of the Christmas Switch Off campaign and the Festive Lo’ Selfie, go to

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Christmas Ecard now available

The Queen's Christmas eCard is now available via the Quick Links menu in Queen's Online.

A number of Christmas Card designs are available.

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Vice-Chancellor's video blog

The Vice-Chancellor's December video blog can be viewed here.

A transcript of the video is available on the Vice-Chancellor's blog page.

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Internal vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

  • Clerical Officer Grade 4 (Part-time) (Job Share)
    Eventus, Student Plus
    Ref: 14/103675
    Closing date: Friday 19 December 2014
    Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 13 January 2015

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The Conversation

Four articles by Queen's academics have been published in The Conversation this week:

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, please contact

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‘£ for lb’ 12 week challenge

Would you like to improve your health, lose weight and help raise money for charity? Then, get involved in the ‘£ for lb’ 12 week challenge.

Queen’s is one of 30 organisations taking part in the '£ for lb' 12 Week Challenge. The aim is for participants to lose between 12-24 lbs in 12 weeks. Participants will be provided with support and advice to help them achieve the weight loss. At the same time as losing weight, participants are asked to match your lbs with £s by donating a £1 for each lb lost to our chosen local charity, Cancer Focus.

The programme will start in January 2015 with 12 weekly weigh-ins facilitated by internal champions. Champions will be trained to co-ordinate and deliver the challenge.

If you are interested in participating send an email to with “£ for lb participant” in the subject. You should include the location of your workplace in the email.

If you are interested in acting as a Champion send an email to with “£ for lb champion” in the subject. You should include the location of your workplace in the email. Please note that Champions do not need to be participants.

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Latest edition of Reflections

The latest edition of Reflections is available here.

This issue leads with an interview with Professor David Jones who sets out his key goals in the education field for the short and longer term. It features the 2014 Teaching Award winners and an article by Queen’s 2014 National Teaching Fellowship winner, Dr Joe Duffy from Social Work, who won this prestigious award for his innovative approaches to involving social work clients and their carers in the teaching and assessment of social work students, an approach that is being adopted nationally and internationally.

There are also articles on some new exciting developments in the careers area, including the introduction of MyFuture, an on-line system for students and the development of the alumni mentoring programme. Also featured are a number of articles by academic staff and learning support staff on innovative projects and initiatives which have enhanced student learning in areas as diverse as History, Creative Arts, Medical Education and the Science Shop.

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Education at Queen’s

The latest issue of Education at Queen’s, the newsletter from the School of Education, is available at and includes details of courses, events and outcomes from research.

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CCRCB Bulletin

The December edition of the CCRCB Bulletin is available to read online.

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Latest edition of Queen's Now

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

This month's edition includes: a Q&A with the winner of this year's Vice-Chancellor's Impact Prize, Professor Chris Elliott; profiles of three members of staff celebrating 25 years at the University; and an interview with Director of Innovation, Brian McCaul, to find out about the role universities play in driving the knowledge economy.

Also included are some of the staff who feature in the new DNA of Innovation publication and a new regular feature on Staff Wellbeing at Queen's.

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Save the date: Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture

The 14th Annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture will take place on 25 February 2015 in Riddel Hall.

The guest speaker will be Professor Mark Ferguson, Chief Scientific Adviser for Ireland/Director General for SFI (Science Foundation Ireland), who will deliver a lecture entitled Alligators, sex and scars: unexpected scientific discoveries and their commercial exploitation.

The lecture, which starts at 6.30pm, is free to attend and all are welcome.

Please RSVP to

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Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy: Call for Pre-Proposals

The Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE) is an InvestNI funded Competence Centre. CASE projects are industry driven but delivered primarily by academic organisations, including Queen's.

CASE has issued a call for project pre-proposals closing on 31 December. Projects require three industrial partners making at least 25 per cent in-kind contribution to the project. At least 50 per cent of the in-kind industrial contribution should be from companies within Northern Ireland.

Projects should align with CASE research priorities in turbines, energy from biomass, and grid management.

While the deadline for proposals is imminent, there is a straightforward pre-proposal application process. Researchers with relevant industrial partners and projects are encouraged to apply.

Further information can be obtained from CASE Centre Director, Ms Sam McCloskey, on 028 9097 5577,

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FameLab Northern Ireland – Calling Northern Ireland's budding Science Communicators

The British Council, in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Science Festival and Cheltenham Science Festival, will host the final of Northern Ireland’s FameLab competition at The Black Box, Belfast, on Wednesday 25 February 2015. The deadline for video entries is 31 December 2014.

FameLab is an exciting competition to find the new voices of science and engineering across the world. They are looking for budding science communicators who think they can explain a science concept in three minutes. Entrants should be over the age of 21 and working in or studying science, technology, engineering, medicine or maths in the UK. They are asked to submit a three-minute video of their act.

Full information can be found on the British Council Northern Ireland website

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Call for Proposals for Improving Children’s Lives Small Grants 2014-15

A Call for Proposals under the Improving Children’s Lives Small Grants Scheme has just been released for 2014-15. Details on how to apply for funding under the scheme may be found here.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 27 February 2015 at 5.00pm. For further information, please contact Dr Liam O’Hare, Operations Manager, Improving Children’s Lives, at:

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Institute for Conflict Transformation Call for applications for Interdisciplinary Research Groups 2015 – 2016

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) invites applications from researchers interested in establishing an Interdisciplinary Research Group to focus on a particular problem, question or issue in the broad field of conflict transformation and social justice.

Four awards worth up to £5,000 each will be made for the academic year 2015–2016.  Previously successful applicants, who have demonstrated that they have completed the activities and met the outcomes specified in their previous award, are eligible to apply for a second year of funding up to a maximum of two consecutive years.

The closing date for applications is 4.00pm on Friday 30 January 2015.

For full call details, please click here.

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Baby Brainwaves Study

The School of Psychology is looking for babies, aged between 5.5-6.5 months and 11.5-12.5 months old, to participate in a study on the development of auditory processing. The researchers are interested in how the baby’s brain processes slow and fast sounds that are a similar rate to sounds found in real speech.

Babies taking part would visit the School’s baby-friendly facilities with a parent or guardian. The session will involve your baby wearing an EEG cap, which is similar to a swimming cap, while slow and fast sounds are played to them. Your baby will watch ‘baby videos’ while listening to sounds and you will be with them throughout the session. Although the brainwave measurement only takes a maximum of 30 minutes you will be invited to attend a session for one hour to allow time for any changing and feeding necessary. You will be provided with a fixed payment of £5 to cover travel expenses as well as a picture of your baby’s brain activity, a photo of them with the EEG cap on and a certificate.

This study will be running until December 2015. For more information, please contact Rebecca McKelvey at or phone 028 9097 4020.

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REgenerative MEdicine Research Groups

REMERGE (REgenerative MEdicine Research Groups at Queen's) was formed in 2012 with eight members and now has over 20 full members from several Schools at Queen's.

The group meets once a month to discuss science - committee and administrative duties are absolutely minimised. Each month members have the opportunity to present ideas, data etc. in order to gain feedback from the group. REMERGE hold an annual research symposium featuring visiting speakers from around the world. A number of strong collaborations have emerged as a result.

If you would like to join this group, please contact Denise Fitzgerald,, 028 9097 2193,  

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Queen's musicians part of Christmas concert

‘Christmas at the Cathedral’ will see Queen’s Viol Consort and Brass Band join with NICHS patron Malachi Cush, local celebrity Brian Kennedy and choristers from Stormont School of Singing for an evening of reflection and celebration on Friday 19 December.

The evening will include a repertoire of Christmas classics and popular favourites.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are priced £20 and all proceeds will go to NICHS. Tickets can be booked at


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QFT listings

This week at QFT:

  • ST VINCENT: Vincent (Bill Murray) becomes a spectacularly unlikely role model for his 12-year-old neighbour in this hilarious comedy co-starring Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and Naomi Watts.
  • WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS: Flight of the Conchords writers are behind this wickedly funny mockumentary about a bunch of undead flatmates rowing about the cleaning. The Guardian calls it, “The best comedy of the year.”
  • IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: This ultimate feel good and festive classic, from Oscar-winning director Frank Capra, stars James Stewart as despairing businessmen George Bailey. One fateful Christmas Eve, George receives a visit from Clarence, a celestial messenger, who prevents him from jumping into a freezing river. The pair travel together through moments in George's life to show him what the world would be like if he had never existed
  • CITIZENFOUR: Laura Poitras’ thrilling new documentary follows Edward Snowden as he leaks the activities of the NSA to the world.
  • MANAKAMANA: A one-of-a-kind documentary experience, filmed entirely inside the narrow confines of a cable car transporting villagers to an ancient mountaintop temple high above a jungle in Nepal.
  • CONCERNING VIOLENCE: Full of remarkably powerful footage, Concerning Violence is a challenging but ultimately illuminating look at the struggle against colonial rule in Africa.
  • Coming up from Friday: Kon-Tiki, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Kon-Tiki, Die Hard, The Polar Express, Elf, Bolshoi Live: The Nutcracker.

Please visit for more details.

Congratulations to Maria Farrell, School of Nursing and Midwifery, who won two tickets to St Vincent.

The QFT Christmas programme is now here.  Staff ticket price, £5, standard ticket price, £6.50.

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 7 January: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 13 January: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am  1.00pm
  • Tuesday 27 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 29 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators (Owners) and Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 3 February: Adobe Photoshop 1: Basic Digital Image Editing, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 9 February: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL - Spreadsheets), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 23 February: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am – 1.00pm

201415 Semester 2 courses are now available for booking on Queen’s Online.  Course dates can be viewed here.

ECDL – The new improved test system allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision (note – this is not used for ECDL Advanced).  For more information on ECDL, click here.  The next test date is Wednesday 7 January, 9.30am to 11.00am.

Tip of the day: If you are seeking advice about social media visit

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STDU courses December/January:

  • Tuesday 16 December: Health and Safety Induction,  10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 22 January: Career Exploration for Researchers,  9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 23 January: Effective Use of Voice – Find Your Voice, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 27 January: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 January: Writing for Publication – Researcher Writing Retreat (2 days), 9.30am – 4.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities
Aimed at Professional Support Staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above. Book now for the following Developing for Success workshop in January:

  • Tuesday 13 January: Working with Partners – Internal Consulting Skills, 9.30am – 4.30pm

The full 2014-15 Course Programme can be viewed online at: To book a place on a training course, log onto Queen's Online, then select Training Courses from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for iTrent Self Service.

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Continuing Professional Development

The 2014-2015 courses are now available for booking via the iTrent system. Please note that as there are limited places available on each course/event early registration is recommended.

  • Wednesday 14 January: Experiencing and Facilitating Online Learning – 2 session course with on-line activities between sessions (14 & 28 Jan 2015), 2.00pm – 5.00pm. You must have some knowledge of Queen’s Online.
  • Wednesday 21 January: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm.You must be registered to use Queen’s Online with access to one of your modules.
  • Wednesday 21 January: Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Friday 23 January: Small Group Teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 28 January: Preparing and Giving Lectures Part 1: tips and theory, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

For further courses, please click here.

Guest Speaker Series 2014–2015

  • Monday 12 January: Engagement teaching in Engineering and the Physical Sciences, 10.00am – 1.00pm in Seminar Room 1, IPSC.
    Wayne Seames, the 2014-15 Fulbright Distinguished Chair resident at the University of Leeds and the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of North Dakota, will conduct this three-hour workshop for Engineering (and related physical science disciplines), teaching academic staff how to design their modules using modern course design structures such as flipped classes and how to use a wide variety of techniques in their classes in order to engage students more fully in the learning process.
  • Wednesday 25 February: Engaging home and international students: a practical theory, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Seminar Room 1, IPSC.
    Dr Rachel Scudamore, University of Nottingham, will lead this session, which offers a theoretical framework for thinking about educating home and international students, and suggests practical strategies that colleagues elsewhere have found effective in their own teaching.

For further details, click here or contact, 028 9097 1447.

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

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