13 January 2014

Staff Wellbeing

Queen’s has a number of established policies, benefits and initiatives that support staff Wellbeing. To date, this information has not been held centrally, so a new Wellbeing Website has been developed with full information on the Wellbeing initiatives on offer to staff. The website will be launched over the next week.

To further demonstrate the University’s commitment to the wellbeing of staff, a number of new initiatives are being launched for 2014. Queen’s will hold its first Wellbeing Week from 27-31 January 2014 with a programme of free events, open to all staff.

The events will be launched with a health promotion session in the Great Hall on Monday 27 January 2014 when you will be able to get a variety of health checks from colleagues in the Centre for Public Health, Queen’s Sport and Occupational Health.

‌Other events taking place during the week include: a lifestyle change seminar; taster sessions for yoga and pilates; relaxation sessions; a session on maintaining healthy finances; Translink travel promotions; an A Bite of Queen’s tour; and personal security promotion.

Further information on the programme will be available in next week’s Round Up.

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Four weekends, Four competitions, Four winners: Are you up IV it?

The University is making sporting history this year by hosting Queen's GAA Festival (13 February - 23 March), one of the biggest sporting events in Northern Ireland in 2014.

Over 2,000 students from across the island of Ireland, and many more thousands of supporters, will be travelling to Queen's for the event, which is the first time any institution has hosted all four flagship Gaelic Games competitions at third-level.

Queen's GAA Festival is currently offering a number of volunteering opportunities for staff and students to get involved in the running of the Festival.

Whether or not you know your Sam Maguire from your Sigerson, the Festival is looking for volunteers who are open and friendly, enthusiastic, motivated, reliable, and have good communication and organisational skills, for areas including Team Liaison, PR and Communications, Cultural and Social Events, Stewarding and Logistics. Benefits include Official GAA Festival clothing, free passes to events and much more.

To become a Festival Friend, please click here and register by this Friday.‌

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Information Services Coffee Morning

The Information Services Coffee Morning held in the Great Hall on Thursday 5 December raised £5,356.87 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Information Services would like to thank staff for their generosity and support.

Date for the diary: This year’s Coffee Morning will be held in the Great Hall on Thursday 4 December. Proceeds will go to Cancer Lifeline.

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Join an Open Learning course this winter

The Open Learning Programme of short, part-time courses gets underway next week.

There is a large variety of short courses catering for all interests:

  • History
  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Personal Development
  • Visual Arts and many more…

Staff and student discounts are available. Classes start week beginning Monday 20 January. For further information and to enrol online, click here.

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School of Education newsletter

The latest School of Education newsletter features a range of education and research articles and is available at Education at Queen's.

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A Bite of Queen's Photograph Winners

Congratulations to the two members of staff who won the A Bite of Queen's photography competition:

  • Ian O'Neill, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science - winner of Riddel Hall Tour
  • Fiona Patterson, Estates Directorate - winner of CCRCB Tour

To find out more about the tours and to view all photographs submitted by colleagues, click here.

The next A Bite of Queen's tour of the Lanyon Building will take place on Tuesday 28 January as part of Wellbeing Week. Further details will be available in next week's Round Up.

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Call for applications: Interdisciplinary Research Groups 2014-2015

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 £5,000 each will be made for academic year 2014-2015. Previously successful applicants are eligible to apply for a second year of funding up to a maximum of two consecutive years. The programme of activities is expected to start in August of the academic year for which the award is granted.

The closing date for applications is 4.00pm on Friday 31 January.

For full details, please click here.

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EU Research events

The EU Research Development team has organised the following events:

Horizon 2020 ERC by Professor Nicholas Canny
Professor Nicholas Canny, member of the Scientific Council (European Research Council (ERC) governing body), will be at Queen's on Friday 24 January from 10.00am - 11.30am. This is a unique opportunity to fully understand the objectives of the ERC, the body funding research excellence in any field across Europe. Professor Canny will summarise the ERC objectives and expectations under Horizon 2020, address the various ERC funding schemes and provide some general guidance.

To attend, please register by Friday 17 January 2014 on the EU Office webpage.

How are Marie Curie actions evaluated?
Four of the University's Marie Curie evaluators will share their experience with colleagues on Monday 3 February from 2.00pm - 4.00pm. During this session, the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions will be introduced, together with the evaluation process and some FP7 case studies that will highlight common strengths and weaknesses identified in applications.

To attend, please register by Friday 24 January on the EU Office webpage.

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Seminar on Implications of Scottish Independence for Northern Ireland

The Centre for Irish Business and Economic Performance (CIBEP), located in Queen’s University Management School, will host an economic discussion on the implications of Scottish Independence for Northern Ireland on Thursday 16 January from 2.00pm – 5.00pm in Lecture Room 1, Riddel Hall.

Keynote speakers, Professor David Bell (University of Stirling), Professor James Mitchell (University of Edinburgh) and Monique Ebell (National Institute of Economic and Social Research), will discuss both the political and economic sides of the issue.

Tea/coffee will be provided with networking opportunities available.

Please RSVP to the Director of the CIBEP, Dr Anthony McDonnell,


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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Jayne Woodside

Professor Jayne Woodside from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences will deliver her Inaugural Lecture, An apple a day…is it really enough?, on Friday 24 January at 4.30pm.

The lecture will take place in the North Lecture Theatre, Medical Biology Centre, Lisburn Road, followed by a drinks reception in the MBC Foyer.  Please RSVP to Csenge Hortobagyi, 028 9097 2349,

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Introduction to the News Media session

The Science Media Centre will host its Introduction to the News Media session on Friday 21 February 2014 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT. 

The free event, which will take place from 12.30pm - 5.00pm, is specifically geared towards scientists with little or no media experience.

If you are interested in attending, please send your full name, job title, institution, email address and phone number to

For further information, contact Lisa McElroy, Senior Communications Officer,

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Queen’s Sport

Children’s Winter Activity Programme 2014
The Children’s Winter Activity Programme 2014 is now open for enrolment. Click here for more information.

Adult Winter Activity Programme 2014
Queen’s Sport Adult Winter Activity Programme is open for enrolment. For more details on what’s on offer, please click here.

Back 2 Basics Winter 14
Enrolment for B2B Winter 14 Programme is now open. For more details on this popular course, click here.


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QFT listing

This week at QFT:

  • 12 Years a Slave: Director Steve McQueen follows the acclaimed Hunger and Shame with this shocking, based-on-fact story of a 19th-century freeman kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South.
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: A timely and intimate portrait of the making of a modern icon.
  • ¡Vivan las Antipodas!: Victor Kossakovsky's documentary explores the contrasts that emerge between diametrically opposed geographical points.
  • After Tiller: A portrait of the last four remaining doctors in America that provide third-term abortions - and the women who seek their services.
    A panel discussion will follow the screening on Tuesday 14 January.
  • Fanny (From Friday): The second part of Daniel Auteuil’s Marseilles Trilogy revival, begins where the last story (Marius) ended, concentrating on its titular heroine’s efforts to survive back home while her lover sails the seven seas.
  • The Night of the Hunter (From Friday): Charles Laughton's Southern Gothic masterpiece has been immaculately restored for a big screen revival.

Staff ticket price £5, standard ticket price £6.50. Please visit for more details.

The winner of the two complimentary tickets to see Mandela was Heidi Boyle.

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Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education

All CED courses are now available for booking.  Early booking is advised as places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. There are places available on the following January courses:

  • Monday 20 January: The Student with Dyslexia at University, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 22 January: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 22 January: Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Friday 24 January: Small Group Teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 27 January: Supporting Students with Asperger’s Syndrome, 2.30pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 29 January: Preparing and Giving Lectures, part 1, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Guest Speaker Series 2013-14

  • Thursday 30 January: Professor Mick Healey, HE Consultant and Researcher and Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire, will run two workshops in the Council Chamber/Canada Room:

    (i) Refreshing and Renewing the Curriculum, 9.30am-12.00pm and
    (ii) Rethinking the Undergraduate Dissertation: Avoiding throwing the baby out with the bathwater, 12.45pm-3.45pm

    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, click here or contact, 028 907 1447.

Registration for all courses and events is via Queen’s Online. For information or for assistance with registration, please email the Centre at,  028 907 1447.

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

QUB Teaching Awards 2014 - Briefing Session

A briefing session on the QUB Teaching Awards Scheme will be held on Wednesday 29 January, 12.45pm – 2.00pm, in the Careers Resource Room, Level 1, Student Guidance Centre. A sandwich lunch will be provided. The aims of the briefing session are:

  • to provide information on the Teaching Awards application process;
  • to encourage colleagues to apply for an Award;
  • to provide guidance on the type of information that might be included in an application.

Please register to attend with Liz McDowell on  Further details about the Teaching Awards are available online.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 14 January: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 28 January: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS, 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Monday 3 February: Managing a University social Media Site, 10.00am - 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 4 February: Adobe Photoshop 1: Basic Digital Image Editing, 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 5 February: Introduction to Social Media, 2.00pm - 4.30pm
  • Thursday 6 February: Making best Use of Outlook 2010, 9.30am - 1.00pm
  • Monday 10 February: Excel 1: Essentials, 9.30am - 12.30pm

Course dates can be viewed at:  To book a course, go to Queen’s Online and under ‘Other’ click Training Courses. For more information contact or 028 9097 6189.

Today’s Tip: If you unable to find a course in iTrent use Fuzzy search to look for the learning activity (course).

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STDU courses

STDU courses in January:

  • Wedneday 22 January: Management and Leadership in a Research Role, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 28 January: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH),Wednesday 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wedneday 29 January: Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wedneday 29 January: Dealing with Complaints, 12.00pm – 1.30pm
  • Thursday 30 January: Effective Use of Voice, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 31 January: Understanding and Supporting Students with Mental Health Problems, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Management and Leadership Development 

The popular range of Developing for Success leadership and management development workshops are now available for booking. Check out the full range of courses and dates at View courses by category: Leadership, Management and Supervisory. Book now for courses in January for staff at AR Grade 7 and above, AC Grade 2 and above.

  •  Tuesday 28 January: Managing Difficult Conversations, 9.30am – 1.00pm

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.

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