19 May 2014

Seeing the Universe at Queen's

A free exhibition on modern astronomy is taking place in the Great Hall this week.

Sponsored and provided by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council, Seeing the Universe is part of a national astronomy roadshow. It features scale models of some of the world's largest and most advanced telescopes, as well as interactive exhibits and examples of the impact of astronomy on wider society.

On each weekday, Monday – Friday at 1.00pm in the Bell Lecture Theatre, Dr Robert Ryans from the Astrophysics Research Centre will give one of his entertaining lectures on the Science of Sci-Fi Weapons.

The week will also feature a public lecture on Thursday 22 May from Queen’s Honorary Graduate Dame Professor Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, University of Oxford, entitled Astronomy and Big Telescopes and an “Ask an Astronomer” event on Tuesday 20 May with astronomers from the Queen's Astrophysics Research Centre. Attendance at these events is free but space is limited, so to book your seat please register at

The exhibition runs until Saturday 24 May, 10.00am until 4.00pm each day.

For more information, click here.

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A Bite of Queen's Tour: International Research Centre for Experimental Physics

The next A Bite of Queen's tour will take place on Friday 23 May, 1.05pm –1.50pm in the International Research Centre for Experimental Physics (School of Mathematics and Physics).

On this tour, staff will get a behind-the-scenes visit to ANSIN – the research hub supported by Seagate Technology, and hear about the work being undertaken by colleagues in the Astrophysics Research Centre.

The tour will be given by Professor Robert Bowman of the Centre for Nanostructured Media and Professor Alan Fitzsimmons from the Astrophysics Research Centre.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch. To register, please click here. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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Staff Wellbeing - Yoga and Pilates Courses

Due to the success of the recent Yoga and Pilate pilots, Staff Wellbeing and Queen’s Sport have scheduled two further on-campus courses. The six-week course costs £15 (only £2.50 per class) and will be held in the Geography Building 0G/006, Elmwood Avenue.

Pilates will run on Tuesday lunchtimes (1.10-1.50pm) from 27 May 2014. Taken by Christine Bowen, a Level 3 Pilates Instructor, this course is suitable for all from complete beginners to those who have taken Pilates before. You will use slow controlled movements to improve your core strength, tone and posture.

Yoga will run on Wednesday lunchtimes (1.10-1.50pm) from 28 May 2014. Stretch, relax and give yourself a break with lunchtime yoga to ease out sore backs and tight shoulders, and find some space to calm and refresh your mind for the rest of the week. Claire Ferry, who has been teaching yoga in Belfast since 2006, will take this general level yoga course which is suitable for all.

Register to attend and pay your fee at the reception in Queen’s Sport. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Learning at Work Week: 19-25 May 2014

Learning at Work Week takes place from 19 – 25 May 2014. During the week, staff will have free access to over 220 eLearning courses.

Further information is available here. Follow on Twitter @QUBLearningWeek


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Call for graduation stories

With Summer Graduation just a few weeks away, the Communications Office is keen to hear about any graduating students who may be of interest to the media.

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 and a contact phone number to and a Communications Officer will call you back.

The closing date for submitting information on graduation stories is ‌Friday 13 June.

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Deadline for nominations for Graduate and Student of the Year Awards

The closing date for nominations for the annual First Trust Bank Queen’s Graduate and Student of the Year Awards is Friday 23 May.

For more information, or to submit a nomination, visit or contact Meaghan Lyons, Alumni Officer, in the Development and Alumni Relations Office at or on 028 9097 3135.

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The Conversation Workshops

Queen’s is a founding partner of The Conversation (, an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered directly to the public.

It is a powerful vehicle for the promotion of the University through the expertise of some of our key academics, and provides staff with the potential to disseminate their work to a truly international audience. Articles submitted are in turn regularly featured in prominent media outlets worldwide.

To encourage staff to engage with The Conversation and to submit articles on their work, the Communications and External Affairs Office has organised Faculty-specific workshops where staff from each area can 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 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Tuesday 3 June, Room G05, 6 University Square
  • 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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Internal vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

  • Project Officer (Managed Print Solution Implementation)
    Ref: 14/103276
    Finance Directorate
    Closing date: Friday 23 May 2014

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New PISP app could have a surprise in store for EU election voters

Ahead of the European Parliament elections on 22 May, researchers in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, led by Dr John Garry, have come up with a novel user-friendly ‘app’ to help members of the public decide who to vote for in the upcoming European Parliament elections.

Part of a larger EU-wide project known as EUVOX, the EU Vox14 app asks a range of questions, including some Northern Ireland-specific ones, in relation to anonymised policy statements, in order to identify which prospective MEP most closely matches a voter’s values. It can be accessed on a smartphone, tablet or any other gadget with internet access.

Staff can access the app by clicking on the following link

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Belfast Festival of Social Sciences

Queen’s and the University of Ulster are pleased to announce the opening of the first Annual Belfast Festival of Social Science in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) National Festival. The Festival will take place from Saturday 1 – Saturday 8 November 2014 throughout Northern Ireland.

Applications are invited from university staff and students and/or external organisations across Northern Ireland who wish to organise an event as part of the Festival. Applicants may request up to a maximum of £2,000 for any single event; however, the partners expect to fund between seven and twelve events from a total budget of £10,000.

Full details of the aims and objectives of the F‌estival, the application process and examples of previous Festival events can be found online. If you have any questions, please contact Philip Graham

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QUMS Part-time Postgraduate Open Evening

QUMS will host a Part-time Postgraduate Open Evening on Wednesday 21 May at Riddel Hall for prospective students interested in the part-time postgraduate programmes.

The evening, which starts at 5.45pm, will include: a QUMS presentation by the Director of Education; break-out sessions followed by questions and answers; and a tour of the facilities, including the lecture theatre, computer suites, postgraduate common room and First Derivatives Trading Room.

Programmes on offer:

  • Executive MBA
  • MA Human Resource Management
  • MSc Finance
  • MSc Risk Management and Financial Regulation

To register your interest in attending the event and to find out further information, visit

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School of Nursing and Midwifery newsletter

The latest edition of the School of Nursing and Midwifery Research newsletter is now available. 

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Volunteers wanted for Mediterranean diet study

Researchers from the Centre for Public Health are looking for volunteers to take part in a Mediterranean diet study called TEAM-MED. This study will last for 12 months and during this time volunteers will be advised to make beneficial changes to their diet.

The study is looking for volunteers who are overweight, aged 40 plus, generally in good health with no history of diabetes or heart disease and willing to make changes to their diet.

If you are eligible to take part, you will be asked to attend the Centre for Public Health on four separate occasions, spread over 12 months during the study period, for diet and health measurements. Each of these visits will last approximately 3.5 hours and travel expenses will be reimbursed by the research team.

If you think you might be suitable and would be interested in taking part, please contact Dr Claire McEvoy for more information, 028 9063 2764,

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EEECS Guest Lecture: 27 May

The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will host a guest lecture by Suren Gupta, Executive Vice President, Allstate Technology and Operations on Tuesday 27 May at 6.00pm in Riddel Hall.

In this lecture, Suren will cover what the ideal CEO/CIO relationship looks like, what the chief concerns are of CEOs and boards, and how technology executives need to address them.

For further information, click: Suren Gupta Lecture

Places are limited. To book your place, please contact Andrew Norton, 028 9097 4661,

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Harri Holkeri Lecture: 29 May

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice will host the second Harri Holkeri Lecture on Thursday 29 May in the Canada Room/Council Chamber, 4.00-5.30pm.

Chaired by BBC broadcaster Dr William Crawley, the lecture, entitled Islam, Peace-building and Conflict Transformation, will be given by Professor Akbar Ahmed. A minister from the Finnish Embassy, Deputy Head of Mission, Leena Gardemeister will be in attendance.

For further information, click here.

Please email by Friday 23 May to reserve your place.

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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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Queen's Sport

Summer Membership 2014
A Three-Month All-Inclusive Summer Membership is now available for only £99. Sign up to this promotion in May and receive the remainder of the month for free. Click here for full details.

Summer Scheme 2014
Queen's Sport's Summer Scheme gives children aged 6 – 14 years the opportunity to try new sports in a fun and supportive environment. Children aged 15 – 17 can also participate in the Junior Leader Programme – the first step towards a successful coaching/mentoring career. For full details on the Summer Scheme, Junior Leader Programme and Rowing Camp, please visit the new website.

Free Weights Renovation
Work is continuing on the renovation of the Free Weights Area and Strength and Conditioning Suite in Queen’s Sport. Minor disruption is expected in both areas until 10 July. Click here for more details.

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QFT listings and competition

This week at QFT :

  • THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY: Taut, playful and very seductive, this latest Patricia Highsmith adaptation has echoes of The Talented Mr. Ripley with its well-heeled American tourists falling prey to greed and desire under the Mediterranean sun of 1960s Greece.
  • FRANK: An offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender).
  • A TOUCH OF SIN: Immoral gangsters, unscrupulous nouveau riche entrepreneurs, desperate workers: together they provide an explosive mix in this violent mosaic about a very modern China.

To win a pair of tickets to THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY, please email with JANUARY in the subject line and the answer to the question: who played the character Tom Ripley in The Talented Mr. Ripley?

Competition closes on Wednesday 21 May at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.

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

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8th CED Annual Conference – Assessment and Feedback: A Road to Success

This year’s annual conference on Thursday 26 June 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 market place. 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

Below is a list of courses scheduled for the next few weeks:

  • Wednesday 21 May: Creating Interactive Learning Resources Using Excel 2010, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 4 June:  Design and Development of eLearning Content with the CMS Templates (only a few places still remaining), 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

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STDU Courses in May/June:

  • Wednesday 21 May: Health and Safety for Co-ordinators, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 28 May: Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 29 May: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Monday 2 – Tuesday 3 June: Preparing for Retirement (two-day course), 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 3 June: Effective Minute Taking, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • 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 27 June: Project Planning and Time Management for Researchers, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Management and Leadership Development

There are places available on the following Developing for Success leadership and management development workshops (for staff at AR Grade 7 and above, AC Grade 2 and above):

  • Tuesday 27 May: Instilling a Customer Focus, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Friday 30 May: Managing Meetings Effectively, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 5 June: Finance for Non-Financial Managers, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Courses can be booked via Queen's Online.

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It training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 20 May: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 20 May: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.30am – 2.45pm
  • Monday 26 May: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2010, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 28 May: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 29 May: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 3 June: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 3 June: SPSS 1: Introduction to SPSS, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Friday 6 June: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 11.30am
  • Wednesday 11 June: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Course dates can be viewed at:  Courses can be booked via Queen's Online.

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