18 March 2014

New Dean of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences appointed

Professor Stuart Elborn has been appointed as the new Dean of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences.

Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Queen’s and Consultant Physician in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, he will take up post with immediate effect. 

Professor Elborn founded and led the Regional Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre in Belfast City Hospital from 1995 and was Director of the Centre for Infection and Immunity from 2010. His research group in Queen’s and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has led in developing new treatments for Cystic Fibrosis and undertaken a number of key clinical trials into new drugs in this area. Professor Elborn was awarded a CBE for services to medicine in 2013.

For further information on his appointment, click here.

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Q in 60: Cyber Security Summit

Last week, international experts in cyber security were at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s for the fourth annual cyber security summit.

The two-day summit brought together the world’s leading cyber security experts and government policy makers for a meeting of minds to combat future threats to global cyber security.

To watch a Q in 60 video of the summit, click here.

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Lynn Building Refurbishment

Work is due to start on the refurbishment of the Lynn Library to create a new International and Postgraduate Student Centre offering teaching, quiet study, group study and social spaces. The project is part of the University’s Capital Development Plan for the next ten years which will see £350 million invested in a number of transformational projects which will underpin our drive to attract global talent to Queen’s and to Belfast.

The works commence today, Tuesday 18 March 2014, with the erection of hoarding around the building. Details can be found in the attached sketch:Lynn Library Hoarding

Access to the contractor’s compound will be from University Square. Pedestrian access will be maintained between the Lynn and the Lanyon Buildings.  

Parking will, however, not be available in this area for the duration of the works which will be completed by Easter 2015.

Due to the nature of the works, there will inevitably be some noise; however, every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum. Staff will be regularly communicated with throughout the project.

If you require any further information, please contact Brian Martin, 028 9097 1095.

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The First and Second Year Experience Surveys 2014

The University's First and Second Year Experience Surveys 2014 are now open – please encourage your first and second year students to participate.

Students can only access the online questionnaire by following the unique link in the email invitation sent to their Queen's email address from The FYE should take only five minutes to complete. The SYE contains some additional questions and may take up to 10 minutes to complete.

To generate reliable results, it is important that the highest possible response rates are achieved. Teaching staff with first or second year students are asked to encourage them to complete their respective survey as soon as possible. Students who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw with the opportunity to win one of four cash prizes of £50. The surveys will remain open until 7 May 2014.

If you have any queries about either of these surveys, please contact Pat McNally, Careers, Employability and Skills on 028 9097 1435,

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Reduction in electricity consumption

Over the past quarter, electricity consumption across the University has reduced by over 2 per cent, when compared with the same period last year. This has resulted in a carbon saving of 107 tonnes and a financial saving of over £31,000. That's equivalent to the electricity required to run the Lanyon Building for approximately six months. 

Senior Managers have been issued with a breakdown of consumption for their individual areas.

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Public Engagement Competition for Researchers

Are you involved in public engagement with research? Have you been involved in a great project that you want to share? Why not enter the Engage 2014 Competition.

Run by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), the competition will celebrate excellent practice in all kinds of domains – from small scale projects run by early career researchers and PhD students, to larger and more ambitious engagement campaigns.  

Finalists will have their project showcased at the National History Museum in London during Universities Week 2014 with the overall winner offered £2,500 to develop or share their engagement work with others.  This competition might be useful for those thinking about case studies for REF2020.

The closing date for submissions is 31 March 2014 and details can be found at:

If you are considering entering the competition, please contact Queen’s Research Impact Manager and Interim Head of Research Policy, Claire Dewhirst, who will be able to assist you with the application process:, 028 9097 2561.

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Enterprise Clinic: NISP CONNECT INVENT 2014 - 19 March

The next event in the Research and Enterprise Directorate's series of 'Enterprise Clinics' will take place on Wednesday 19 March, 1.00pm – 2.00pm in the Research and Enterprise Offices in 63 University Road.

Hosted by NISP CONNECT, the event will be an opportunity to find out more about the INVENT 2014 competition which provides a showcase for the most exciting prototype technologies emerging from Northern Ireland. For further information about the competition and the event, click here.

If you are considering an application, please contact a member of the Commercial Development team to arrange a meeting to discuss your idea in more detail.  In conjunction with the Invent application form, all Queen's applications must be accompanied by a completed Innovation Disclosure form (IDF) which is available from the team. PhD students must also complete assignment forms.  Queen's entrants cannot enter the competition without IDF and/or assignment forms in place. The Commercial Development team can be contacted on 028 9097 2566 or

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School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering: Platinum Day

The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering will host a Green Impact 'Platinum Day' on Wednesday 19 March in the David Keir Building and would like to invite staff to the following events:

  • Coffee Morning, 11.00am –12.00pm, Asquith Room  (LG.432)
  • Environmental talks by Dr Katherine Lawrie and Professor Martin Atkins, 2.15pm – 3.15pm, LG.115  

For further information, please contact Trevor Sewell,, 028 9097 5579.

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KESS Seminar: 20 March

There are places available on this week’s KESS seminar which will take place on Thursday 20 March at 1.30pm in Parliament Buildings.

The seminar will be given by Queen’s Dr Alex Schwartz on Petitions of Concern and Professor Yvonne Galligan on Women in Politics.

KESS (Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series) is delivered by the Research and Information Service of the Assembly (RaISe), in partnership with Queen’s, University of Ulster and Open University.

If you are interested in attending, please email by Wednesday 19 March.

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SFI Investigators Programme 2014

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), in collaboration with the Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland (DEL), has launched the SFI Investigators Programme 2014.

This programme supports the development of world-class research capability and human capital within the thematic areas of the call. NI applicants may apply to the SFI-DEL Partnership component, in which case they apply as co-applicants with an ROI applicant. An Information Seminar will take place on Tuesday 25 March in Queen's.

Numbers are limited. If you wish to attend, please reply by Thursday 20 March to

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Volunteers needed for research study

Researchers at Queen’s are looking for healthy volunteers aged 18-60 years to take part in a research study on the normal immune response to infection.

In this study, researchers will identify the “normal range” of results for levels of anti-bacterial proteins and immune cells in blood samples derived from healthy individuals. These ranges will be used as reference values for the detection of defects in the immune system of patients with a condition known as Primary Immunodeficiency.

The study involves volunteers attending the Health Sciences Building for one study visit lasting approximately 30 minutes. During this visit, one 50ml sample (approximately 10 teaspoons) of your blood will be collected.

Volunteers should be 18-60 years of age and not have a respiratory condition (for example asthma) or a history of problems with their immune system. Participants should also be non-smokers and not have taken antibiotics during the three months prior to the study visit.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Elinor Johnston for more information: 028 9097 2242,

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School of Psychology Symposium

As part of the School of Psychology's 55 year celebrations, a symposium will take place on Thursday 27 March, 9.15am – 4.30pm in the Ulster Museum.

Entitled Bringing emotion out of the shadows, the symposium will take an interdisciplinary approach to issues relating to emotions in research.

For further information, visit

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School of Law Bake sale

The School of Law will host a Bake Sale in aid of Sport Relief on Wednesday 19 March from 10.00am - 12.00pm in the Canada Room and Council Chamber.‌

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Queen's Sport

Swimathon 2014 – Take Part or Volunteer
Take part or volunteer in the Sainsbury’s Sports Relief Swimathon 2014 at Queen’s Sport. The event takes place from Friday 21 – Sunday 23 March. Over the past 27 years of Swimathon, more than half a million swimmers have taken part, raising over £40 million for charitable causes. For more information on how to get involved, click here.

Queen’s 5K Race Around The River
Based along the River Lagan, Queen’s 5K Race Around The River covers two laps of the King’s Bridge and Ormeau Bridge with Queen’s Sport acting as the HQ for pre- and post-race requirements. The event takes place on Wednesday 2 April at 7.00pm. For full details on the Race including registration 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 booking details and further information.

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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.
  • Under the skin - Scarlett Johansson is spectacular as an alien creature stalking human prey in Jonathan Glazer's (Sexy Beast, Birth) audacious sci-fi fantasy, loosely based on the novel by Michel Faber.

The winner of last week’s competition for a pair of tickets to see THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL was Chelsea Marshall, School of Education.

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

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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

  • Thursday 27 March: 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.
  • Thursday 10 April: Dr David Baume, Higher Educational Consultant, will lead a workshop on Student Activity at the Heart of Learning on Thursday 10 April 2014 from 10.00am – 1.00pm in the Careers Information Room, Level 1, Student Guidance Centre. For further details click here or contact, 028 9097 1447.

Continuing Professional Development

  • Wednesday 19 March: Teaching Larger Classes, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 26 March: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes, 2.00pm – 5.00pm. (Only one place still available).

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

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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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 19 March: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System)
  • Thursday 3 April: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2010
  • Wednesday 16 April: Using Social Media for Teaching and Research
  • Thursday 1 May: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel
  • 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: Experiencing layout problems when printing? Check that page set up and printer settings are set to A4 and not "Letter".

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STDU Courses in March/April:

  • 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 (2 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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