8 December 2014

Perks 2015 Cards

Perks 2015 cards will be distributed to eligible staff members between now and the Christmas break. As a member of Perks, you are entitled to up to 50% discount at over 1,000 restaurants, shops, gyms, golf clubs, days out, venues and much more.

Activate your card at as soon as you receive it to view the full range of offers, be kept up-to-date with new offers throughout the year and enter fantastic competitions.

In support of Queen’s participation in the Green Impact Scheme, this year there will only be an online version of Perks, reducing environmental impact by not having a printed directory. Find out more at

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Porters' toy appeal

Staff have until Monday 15 December to leave gifts as part of the Porters' Christmas Toy Appeal.

Gifts can be left at the Christmas tree in the Administration Building or at a number of collection points throughout the campus. These include the porters' offices at the Ashby Building, Medical Biology Centre, Elms Village and at any of the Chaplaincy Offices on Elmwood Avenue.

If you cannot make it to one of the collection points, but would still like to donate a gift, contact

Toys from this year’s appeal will be given to The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul.


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A Bite of Queen's Twitter Takeover with Head Chef Patrick Mullen

Patrick Mullen TwitterAs Christmas approaches, Queen’s Head Chef Patrick Mullen will take over the A Bite Of Queen’s Staff Twitter Account (@BiteOfQueens) to host a special live chat on Monday 15 December, 1.00pm–2.00pm, offering tips and advice for festive baking and cooking and answering all of your culinary questions.

If you would like Patrick’s professional advice on any cookery-related issue, just join in the conversation on Monday. Alternatively, you can tweet your questions in advance of the live chat to @BiteOfQueens or email them to (including your Twitter handle in your email if you have one) and Patrick will answer them during the event. You can follow the conversation on the staff Twitter account and using the hashtag #QUBbite. 

Find out more about Patrick’s role here

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Two major campus development projects now on site

Two major campus development projects have now started on site – the expansion and remodelling of the Bernard Crossland Building for Computer Science (£14m) and the main contract for redevelopment of the former Library Tower as a prestigious new home for the School of Law and social hub (£20m). These are key elements in the major investment of £350m in world-class facilities for staff and students planned over the next decade.

The image to the right is how the former Library currently looks. The top three floors of the Tower, as well as the PFC lift shaft and staircase, have been demolished. The main contract involves constructing the new building around the remaining structural frame and linking it to the Peter Froggatt Centre.

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Christmas Carol Service: Sunday 14 December

The annual Christmas Carol Service will be held in the Great Hall on Sunday 14 December at 9.00pm.

Staff, students and their families and friends are all welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Canada Room. Tickets are not required for this event. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis.

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The Conversation

An article by Professor Tony Gallagher has been published in The Conversation. Read the article, Lessons for Israel on how shared education can bridge divided communities, by clicking here.


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Enactus Christmas Fair

Get into the festive spirit by checking out the Enactus Christmas Fair in the Students' Union on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 December, 10.00am  4.00pm. 

Located in the SU foyer, stalls will sell a range of items including crafts made by The Welcome Organisation, a Belfast-based homeless charity, and handmade artisan bags from the Philippines sold by Ten Foundations.  In addition, there will be an art exhibition from 'Start Talking', a student mental health initiative.

Volunteer SU and QUB RAG are also working together to collect toys and gifts for children and young people across Belfast in association with Queen’s University Annual Porters' Toy Appeal. Make someone's Christmas by donating an unwrapped gift or toy it will be given to those in need in the local community through the Salvation Army and the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Northern Ireland.

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Quality Assurance Agency Higher Education Review

The Quality Assurance Agency will carry out a Higher Education Review of the University during the week commencing 23 November 2015. The University will be visited by a review team consisting of academic staff and a student reviewer who will meet with staff and students and publish a report following the visit. This is an opportunity for the University to show how it meets the UK Quality Code for Higher Education and highlight good practice.

Work is already underway to prepare for the Review. This work is being overseen by a project group led by Professor David Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, which includes members of the Students’ Union.

For information on the QAA Higher Education Review, visit the Academic Affairs website. These web pages will be updated on a regular basis to keep staff and students informed about preparations for the Review.

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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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School of History and Anthropology Newsletter

The latest edition of the School of History and Anthropology newsletter is now available online. Click here to access it.


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School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences – Office Move

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Office and the Postgraduate and Professional Development Office will move from the Health Sciences Building on 10 December to the 2nd floor of the Whitla Medical Building. Telephone numbers will remain unchanged.

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I‌CRH Call for Applications: 2015–16 Project Research Groups

A successful Project Research Group in the Institute will bring together colleagues from different Schools, with different disciplinary backgrounds and training, and at different stages in their career to work together over the year on a specific set of interdisciplinary research questions through seminars, conferences and grant-writing activities.

The Institute hopes to make up to five awards, worth up to a maximum of £5,000. Application procedures can be found on the ICRH website here and the closing date is 6 March 2015. Expressions of interest which embrace the Institute's annual priority research theme for 2015–16  'Health, Well-being and the Humanities' – are encouraged and may be prioritised in the allocation of funding.

Enquiries to Brenda Morris

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Staff Prayer Breakfast

The Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian Chaplaincies at Queen's invite you to a Queen's Staff Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday 10 December between 8.00am – 9.00am. This will take place in The Hub Cafe, 22 Elmwood Avenue. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to

The first breakfast of the new year will be held on Thursday 15 January.

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Women’s Staff Common Room Club

Staff are invited to attend a talk by William Duddy hosted by the Women’s Staff Common Room Club on Tuesday 9 December at 7.30pm in the Old Staff Common Room.

During the talk, William Duddy will present an illustrated summary of the American Civil War, concentrating on the people and songs of the period. William will accompany the talk with songs of the era, using a variety of instruments.

The Women’s Staff Common Room Club is a club for women at Queen's including employees and their partners/spouses, and graduates. For further information, please email

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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.

FameLab presents an excellent professional development opportunity with all finalists being offered free training by a leading science communicator. Finalists will also have the chance to tap into an international alumni of over 4000 science communicators.

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

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Public lecture by Professor Keith Bennett

Professor Keith Bennett, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, will present a lecture entitled Evolution: The Quaternary tale on Wednesday 10 December in the Elmwood Lecture Theatre, 0G029, at 4.00pm.

For further information, please contact Karen Rice on 028 9097 5140,

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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Jose Bengoechea

Staff are invited to attend the Inaugural Lecture by Professor Jose Bengoechea of Queen's Centre for Infection and Immunity, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences. Entitled Messieurs, c'est les microbes!, the lecture will take place on Monday 19 January at 5.00pm in North Lecture Theatre, Medical Biology Centre. It will be followed by a drinks reception in the MBC Foyer.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP to

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Queen’s Sport

Gift of fitness dec 14Queen’s Sport Christmas Gifts
Give someone special the 'Gift of Fitness and Wellbeing' this Christmas.  Queen’s Sport are offering one, two and three-month All-inclusive Membership packages as well as one, three and six Personal Training Sessions.  For further details, please click here.

Online Inductions
Queen's Sport have developed and introduced a compulsory in-depth, informative and innovative online fitness induction. These induction videos will provide users with advice on how to use the facilities correctly and safely. For full details click here.

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QFT listings and competition

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.
  • THE GRANDMASTER: Wong Kar Wai's double Oscar-nominated film inspired by the life of legendary Kung Fu master Ip Man (Tony Chiu Wai Leung) finally hits the UK after opening the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.
  • STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Script at the Berlin Film Festival, this extraordinary film is a distinctive and moving study of faith today.
  • NT LIVE: JOHN: Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre bring their powerful new production to the National Theatre. John authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience.
  • Coming up from Friday: Manakamana, What We Do In the Shadows, The Overnighters, Concerning Violence, Citizenfour, Blade Runner.

QFT Competition

To win a pair of tickets to see St. Vincent, please email with St.Vincent in the subject line and the answer to the question: What is the name of Vincent’s new 12-year-old neighbour in the film? Competition closes Wednesday 10 December at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.

Please visit for more details.

The QFT Christmas programme is available for bookings here.  Staff ticket price: £5; standard ticket price: £6.50.

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 16 December: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • 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 at:

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, visit:

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Places are available on the following course:

  • Wednesday 14 January and Wednesday 28 January, 2.00pm – 5.00pm (on both dates): Experiencing and Facilitating Online Learning. This is a two-session course with online activities taking place between sessions.  Participants must have some knowledge of Queen’s Online.

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.

CED 9th Annual Conference

25 June 2015: Blending the learning: incorporating technology in your teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm, Council Chamber/Canada Room.

Keynote speakers include Mark Brown, Director of the Institute for Digital Learning, DCU, and Russell Stannard, Principal Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick.

Further details will be available in due course from

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STDU course:

  • Tuesday 16 December: Health and Safety Induction, 16 December, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Please note that STDU do not carry course waiting lists over from one academic year to the next. If you are currently on a course waiting list, please be aware that you will not automatically be registered for this course in 201415.  The full 201415 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.

Financial Assistance

The budget allocated for funding towards staff applications for Short Courses/Conferences and Part-time Courses of Study offered by Staff Training and Development Unit for the current academic year 2014-15 has been fully allocated.

Staff who have received confirmation of support are encouraged to submit the relevant information as outlined in their confirmation communication as soon as possible so that funding can be processed. It is the staff member’s responsibility to ensure that they have read and complied with the guidelines and information provided.

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