9 June 2014

Men's Health Month

As part of Men's Health Month, a mobile ManVan will be at the MBC on Thursday 26 June with specialist health promotion and nursing staff on board offering 15-minute personal health checks. For further information, click here.

To book your check, email with “Health Check” in the subject title. Please specify yo‌ur preferred date and time slot. Spaces are limited, so please book early to secure your place.

Time slots:

Slot 1: 9.30am – 10.45pm
Slot 2: 11.30am – 12.45pm
Slot 3: 2.15pm – 3.15pm
Slot 4: 3.45pm – 4.30pm

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Cancer Research Advancing Patient Care, 11 June

Staff can still register to attend the Cancer Research Advancing Patient Care event on Wednesday 11 June, 5.30pm – 7.30pm in Riddel Hall.

Professor David Waugh, Director of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, will chair the evening’s four short presentations and concluding Q & A session:

  • Dr Anna Gavin, Director, NI Cancer Registry, Improving Health through Research
  • Professor Tracy Robson, Steering a New Cancer Drug Discovery into Clinical Trials: The Queen’s Almac Discovery Partnership
  • Professor Richard Kennedy, Tailoring an Individualised Approach to Cancer Care
  • Professor Joe O’Sullivan, How does Clinical Research Improve the Care of Current Patients?

To book a place, contact Brenda Carabine,, 028 9097 1153.

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New Print Policy

A new Print Policy has been approved by the University Operating Board and will be introduced with immediate effect.
The policy is available here. It aims to set common standards across the University, which will ensure the efficient use of resources, while maintaining an effective and efficient print service in support of staff, research, teaching and business activities.

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Update on development on the Main Site

For an update on works taking place this week on the Main Site, click here.

The update includes work on the:

  • refurbishment of Lynn Library
  • redevelopment of the former Library Tower
  • refurbishment of Old Physics
  • refurbishment of the Emeleus and Larmor lecture theatres

If you have any queries, please contact

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Queen's Now June 2014

The June edition of Queen‌'s Now is available online here.

This edition includes: details of staff promoted in the Academic Promotions Exercise; the winners of this year's Green Awards; and information about the new Queen's Inclusive Employment Scheme.

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Take your seat: QFT 'Adopt a Seat' Campaign

QFT has launched an 'Adopt a Seat' Campaign to support the refurbishment of its two cinema screens. For almost fifty years, QFT has occupied a unique place in the cultural life of Northern Ireland, and is now seeking support to replace its cinema seats.

The cost of adopting a QFT seat for five years is £150 per individual or £300 per company or organisation.

Visit to see the benefits and find out how to adopt a seat.

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Staff Portraits

The Development and Alumni Relations Office is undertaking a project to mark the outstanding contribution of The Atlantic Philanthropies to the University over the past 15 years.  As part of this, award-winning photographer Chris Heaney is setting up a temporary studio on Tuesday 17 June in the Black and White Hall of the Lanyon Building from 10.00am to 4.00pm to capture photographs that illustrate the diversity of life at Queen’s.

Students, staff and visitors are encouraged to go along to have their portraits taken.  All sitters will get their own digital image emailed to them.

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Last week to submit graduation stories

The closing date for submitting Summer Graduation stories is Friday 13 June.

Do you know a student graduating with an interesting story to tell? Perhaps they are graduating on the same day as another member of their family, or won an award during their course? Maybe they have been volunteering, or have secured an exciting job or internship opportunity?

If so, please send an outline of their story to

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Donor Pin Week: 9 – 15 June 2014

Donor Pin Week takes place from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 June 2014.  This is a national initiative which recognises and celebrates the enormous impact that donations and charitable gifts have on universities each year.

If you have a donor pin, wear it throughout the week.

If you use Twitter, include @QUBAlumni in any tweets you issue featuring you and your donor pin.  Alternatively, if you are on Facebook, please share your posts with Queen’s University Belfast Alumni.

 For further information on supporting Queen's, click here.

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The Conversation Workshops

Staff can still sign up for The Conversation workshops which will take place over the next couple of weeks.

The Conversation ( is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered directly to the public. Organised by the Communications and External Affairs Office, the workshops will give staff the opportunity to meet and hear from the Editor for their faculty.

Each workshop commences at 12.00pm and will run until 1.15pm when a sandwich lunch will be served:

  • Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences: Thursday 12 June, LG/024, David Keir Building
  • Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences: Wednesday 18 June, G28, MBC

 Staff are asked to confirm attendance by emailing as soon as possible.

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Cycle to Work Week: 16-20 June

Cycle to Work Week takes place from 16 – 20 June 2014. The aim of the week is to encourage staff to give cycling a go and leave the car at home.

Events are planned for each day of the week to promote cycling as a means of commuting to work. These include cycling clinics, maintenance workshops, security marking and a Bike to Work Week breakfast. For full details of the week, please click: Cycle to Work Week 2014

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Latest edition of School Newsletter

The latest edition of the School of History and Anthropology's newsletter is now available online. Click on the link to access it: School Newsletter May 2014

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This week at QFT

This week at the QFT:

VENUS IN FUR: The latest New York theatre adaptation from Roman Polanski follows Thomas (Mathieu Amalric), a theatre director staging an adaptation from the Leopold von Sacher-Masoch novel. A fascinating study of power games, sexual manipulation and textual interpretation, with an amazing performance from Polanski's wife, Emmanuelle Seigner.

JIMMY’S HALL: The true story of Jimmy Gralton’s mission to energise a rural community in 1930s Ireland by reopening a dance hall is told by director Ken Loach in his latest (and possibly final) film.

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

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Crime Fiction Conference: 13 – 14 June

An international conference on the Territorialisation of Crime fiction will take place at Queen's from 13 – 14 June. It is organised by the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities and the School of Modern Languages, together with the Universities of Limoges and Debrecen.

Click here for further information or contact Dr Dominique Jeannerod,

For information on Queen's International Crime Fiction Research Group, click here.

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Nursing and Midwifery event: 16 June

The School of Nursing and Midwifery will host a talk on The Principles and Practices of Parental Engagement on Monday 16 June at 5.00pm in Riddel Hall.

The guest speaker, Silke Mader, is Chairperson of the Executive Board of the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI).

This event will be of interest to parents, practitioners, scholars and researchers working with parents and children in any setting, but particularly with premature or sick babies.

Please RSVP to

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MATLAB Seminar: 24 June

A free seminar to find out how you can accelerate your research or design work using MATLAB and Simulink will take place on Tuesday 24 June in the McClay Library's Auditorium.

The seminar will include:

  • Live demonstrations by MathWorks Staff
  • Professional case studies from Alumni in Industry
  • Networking over lunch

Reserve your place by clicking here.

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Physicists and Mathematicians of Belfast: 25 June

The enormous contribution of Belfast's physicists and mathematicians over the last 150 years will be celebrated at an event at Queen's on Wednesday 25 June.

Physicists and Mathematicians of Belfast will celebrate the work of some of them, including Ernest Walton, the only Irish winner of a Nobel Prize in a science area, famed for splitting the atom for the first time in the history of science, and Dan Bradley, an international pioneer in the physics of lasers who joined Queen's as a professor in 1966.

Attendance is free. Please RSVP to Andrew Whitaker,

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Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry events

Upcoming Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry events:

  • Monday 23 June, 7.30pm in the Old Staff Common Room
    Staff Concert as part of the Poetry Summer School with readings by Ciaran Carson, Leontia Flynn and Sinéad Morrissey.  Music by Ciaran and Deirdre Carson. Entrance free.
  • Thursday 26 June, 7.30pm in the Old Staff Common Room
    Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize for First Collection (supported by Glucksman Ireland House, New York) present the winner for 2014 followed by the Student Concert featuring students from the Poetry Summer School reading from their own work. Entrance free.
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8th CED Annual Conference – “Assessment and Feedback: A Road to Success”
This year’s annual conference on Thursday 26 June 2014 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

June course below.  Please note that there is limited availability.

  • Monday 23 June: Being an Adviser of Studies (only a few places still available), 10.00am – 12.30pm

A full list of all CED events and courses can be accessed here.  

Courses can be booked via Queen’s Online. For information or for assistance with registration, please email the Centre at or telephone 028 9097 1447.

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IT Training Courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 11 June: Data Analysis Using SPSS, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 17 June: Introduction to Visio, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 18 June: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm

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.

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

Today’s Tip: (1) Signal the purpose of a message with a clear and meaningful subject line (this helps the recipient distinguish between messages and find the relevant message). (2) As a recipient you can edit the subject line of a message. More email advice at

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STDU Courses in June 2014

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 17 June: Induction for Research Staff, 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Thursday 19 June: Introduction to Project Management for Technical Staff, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 17 June:  Project Planning and Time Management for Researchers, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Financial Assistance for Staff – Part-Time Courses
Applications for financial assistance for part-time courses should be made by 31 July 2014. Please read the guidelines. Applications must be discussed and authorised by the relevant Head of Area.  Applicants who received support in 2013–14 and are continuing their course must apply for support for each year of study.

For further information, contact  Suzanne McMorrow, Training Co-ordinator, or 028 9097 6606.

Keep up-to-date with the latest news from Staff Training and Development on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

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