10 March 2014

Q in 90: President Clinton

Last week, President Bill Clinton was at Queen's to deliver the inaugural William J. Clinton Leadership Lecture. To watch the full lecture, click here.

During the visit, President Clinton also undertook the naming of the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute at Riddel Hall. To watch a Q in 90 video of the visit, click here‌.

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A Bite of Queen's tour of David Keir

The next A Bite of Queen's tour will take place on Monday 24 March, 1.05pm –1.50pm in the David Keir Building.

This tour will give you an insight into the history of the building and offer a behind-the-scenes visit to the Queen's University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL) Research Centre and the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS). Staff will have the opportunity to hear from QUILL Co-Director Professor Jim Swindall and Director of IGFS Professor Chris Elliott about the world-class research that is conducted there.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch. To register, please click here.

For more information on the A Bite of Queen's tours, click here.

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Stop Smoking Health Promotion Events

Two health promotion events will take place this week for staff who want to quit smoking:

Quit Clinic, Wednesday 12 March, 9.30am – 12.00pm, PFC Foyer
The University’s Occupational Health Service is running a Quit Clinic on National No Smoking Day. You don't need to register, just drop by for professional support and advice on smoking cessation.

Smoking Cessation Event, Friday 14 March, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Lanyon 0G/074
This event will be delivered by Trevor McDonald, Smoking Cessation Advisor from the Belfast City Council. Details will be available on how you can sign up for a Stop Smoking 8-Week Programme which will be delivered on campus. This programme is for individuals ready and motivated to quit who can participate in a group or one-to-one weekly session with ongoing behavioural support and carbon monoxide monitoring. Register to attend this event by emailing

For further information on Wellbeing at Queen's, visit

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What's On at Queen's

Whats on at QueensThe University-wide events calendar, What’s On at Queen’s, has been updated. You can see the new design at:

What’s On at Queen’s is a one-stop tool for publicising all events across Queen’s. From today, Monday 10 March, the calendar will be fully automated, allowing staff to upload School/Directorate events. Submitted events will then be approved by designated CMS users in individual Schools and Directorates. 

Designated CMS users and other interested parties should contact the CMS team to arrange the appropriate access to approve their own events. Access can be requested by clicking here. Under ‘area requested’ please insert: “What’s on Events – and the name of your School/Directorate”.

If staff in your area need CMS training, please click here.

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Free Public Lecture and Exhibition

To celebrate 55 years of Psychology at Queen’s, the School of Psychology, in association with the Ulster Museum, will stage Ways of Seeing And Touching: Ice Age Art and Pictures by the Blind.

The event comprises a free public lecture by School of Psychology Alumnus, Professor John Kennedy FRSC and an exhibition by the Japanese visually impaired artist, Eriko Watanabe.

Professor Kennedy's lecture takes place at the Ulster Museum on Thursday 13 March at 5.00pm. To register, visit

The exhibition takes place from Tuesday 11 – 18 March at the Ulster Museum.


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Queen’s Support Scheme for Marie Skłodowska Curie – Individual Fellowships (IF)

The EU Research Development team has launched a support scheme for the coming Marie Skłodowska Curie – Individual Fellowships (IF) deadline on 11 September 2014.

The Marie Skłodowska Curie – Individual Fellowships (IF) programme funds a post-doctoral fellow for two years to work with an established principal investigator and move to the associated host institution. The main objective of the European Commission is to promote the career development of post-doctoral fellows through mobility.  

Queen’s support scheme aims to facilitate interactions between Queen’s Principal Investigators (PIs) and international fellows. In April, the EU team will advertise a call for expression of interest, inviting international fellows to prepare a joint Marie Skłodowska Curie – Individual Fellowships (IF) application with identified Queen’s Principal Investigators. The objective is to attract high-calibre fellows and increase the number of options for Queen’s PIs. The pair Fellow-PI will then be coached by the EU team until the deadline*.

If you are interested in hosting a post-doctoral fellow through the Marie Skłodowska Curie – Individual Fellowships (IF) programme and you would like to know more about Queen’s support scheme, please contact the EU team at by 24 March 2014.

* Please note that the EU Research Development team will also help PIs and fellows outside this support scheme.

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QFT Listings and Competition

This week at the QFT:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel: The latest dead-pan comic masterpiece from Wes Anderson recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars. (Win tickets below).
  • Only Lovers Left Alive: Jim Jarmusch’s dry-as-a-bone funny and deeply romantic vampire film for grown-ups.
  • Wake in Fright: Tells the nightmarish story of a schoolteacher’s descent into personal demoralisation at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in the outback – an Australian classic.

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

Special Screening and Q&A: Plot for Peace, Thursday 13 March, 1.00pm
Plot for Peace is a documentary thriller that tells the true, untold story behind apartheid’s fall and Nelson Mandela’s release from prison featuring a protagonist straight out of a John le Carré novel. His name: Jean-Yves Ollivier, alias “Monsieur Jacques”.  The film will be followed by a Q&A with director Carlos Agulló and Jean-Yves Ollivier. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

To win a pair of tickets to see The Grand Budapest Hotel, please email with WES in the subject line and the answer to the question: which Wes Anderson film features an estranged family of former child prodigies that reunites when one of their members announces he has a terminal illness?

The competition closes Wednesday 12 March at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.

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Queen's Sport

Swimathon 2014
From Friday 21 – Monday 24 March, Queen’s Sport will host the Sainsbury’s Sports Relief Swimathon. Click here for more information and registration.

Queen’s 5K Race Around The River
Queen’s 5K Race Around the River takes place on Wednesday 2 April at 7.00pm. For full details, click here.

Easter Rugby Talent Camp 2014
Queen’s Sport will run the Easter Rugby Talent Camp for 13-16 year olds from Monday 14 – Friday 18 April at the Upper Malone Facilities. Click here for full booking details.

Campus Run and Queen's Park Run
Everyone is welcome to take part in the weekly Campus Sports Run and Park Run. To find out more and to get involved in Campus Sports, click here

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A Night at the Movies with Queen's University Symphony Orchestra

Queen's University Symphony Orchestra will host an exclusive celebration of music from the world of Hollywood cinema and Broadway theatre on Thursday 20 March at 7.30pm in the Mandela Hall. The event is being held in collaboration with Queen's University RAG and all proceeds will be distributed to the 2013/14 QUB RAG Charities.

Tickets are on sale from the Reception Desk of the Students' Union, priced at £7.00 per ticket (£5.00 concession). For further information, please contact

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RAG Coffee Morning

Queen's University RAG has organised a coffee morning in support of Students’ Union President Niall McShane’s ‘RUN 4 RAG’ initiative, which challenges Niall to do four runs in four different counties for the four QUB RAG charities while trying to raise £4,000. Further details on the challenge can be found at

All staff are invited to attend the coffee morning which takes place on Friday 28 March from 10.00am-12.00pm in the PFC Foyer.

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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is a national online survey which is designed to help universities improve the quality of their postgraduate taught degree provision. At Queen’s, the surveys provide valuable feedback which assists the University to ensure that postgraduate taught students have the best possible experience during their time here.

This survey launches today and postgraduate taught students will receive individual email invitations requesting them to complete the survey. Course co-ordinators, advisers of study, supervisors, lecturers and other staff involved in postgraduate provision are asked to encourage the postgraduate students in their Schools to participate.

For further information, please contact Jane McKee in the Postgraduate Student Centre at

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First Ever Staff versus Postgraduate Students University Challenge

As the headline event of Postgraduate Week 2014, postgraduate students have thrown down the gauntlet to staff in a ‘University Challenge’ event to take place in Bar Sub in the Students’ Union at 5.00pm on Thursday 13 March.

Your staff team is Carmel Hughes (Pharmacy), Jim Provan (Biological Sciences), David McNeill (EEECS) and Lee McGowan (PISP).

Go along and support your team - they may need it!

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QUB Teaching Awards 2014
The closing date for receipt of applications for a Queen’s Teaching Award is 4.00pm on Friday 14 March 2014. Notes for Guidance, application templates and examples of previous applications are available to download here. Queries should be directed to Liz McDowell on or 028 9097 5301.

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

  •  Dr Simon Lancaster (Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of East Anglia and an HEA National Teaching Fellow) together with John Busch (School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) will lead a workshop on Technology Enhanced Learning on Thursday 27 March from 10.00am – 12.30pm in the Council Chamber/Canada Room. For further details click here or contact, 028 9097 1447.

Continuing Professional Development

  • Wednesday 19 March: Creating Interactive Learning Resources Using Excel 2010, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 March: Teaching Larger Classes, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 26 March: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes (only one place still available), 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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

Registration for all courses and events is via Queen’s Online.  Full instructions for booking are on the website.  For information or for assistance with registration, please email the Centre at or telephone 028 9097 1447.

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Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 18 March: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge using Word
  • Wednesday 19 March: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System)
  • Thursday 3 April: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2010
  • Monday 14 April: NVivo - An Introduction 
  • Monday 14 April: Creating Charts Using Excel
  • Wednesday 16 April: Using Social Media for Teaching and Research
  • Wednesday 14 May: Introduction to Visio 2013

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: Ever wondered how many nautical miles are in a mile or acres in a hectare?  For these and other everyday unit conversions, check out the calculator in Windows 7.

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Library Courses

There are places available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 12 March: RefWorks
  • Wednesday 19 March: RefWorks
  • Tuesday 25 March: Scopus

Registration is via Queen's Online. Click ‘Training Courses’ in the ‘Other’ section.

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STDU Courses

STDU Courses in March/April 2014:

  • Tuesday 18 March: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 27 March: Preparing for Academic Interviews, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 1 April: Career Development for Support Staff, 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 2 April: Laboratory Demonstrating for Technical Staff, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 9 April: Office Ergonomics, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Book now for the following course in June 2014:

  • Monday 2 – Tuesday 3 June: Preparing for Retirement (two- 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.

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