3 November 2014

Latest video blog from the Vice-Chancellor

To watch the last video blog from the Vice-Chancellor, click here‌‌.

A transcript of the video is available on the Vice-Chancellor's blog page.

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Celebrating the life and legacy of John Stewart Bell

‌Throughout November, Queen’s will celebrate the life and legacy of John Stewart Bell, a Queen’s graduate and one of the most influential scientists of the twentieth century.

Tuesday 4 November has been named John Bell Day to mark 50 years since ‘Bell’s Theorem’ was published. The theorem contradicted Albert Einstein’s views on quantum mechanics and laid the foundation stone for quantum computing, thereby profoundly impacting today’s society, particularly the financial services sector and cyber security industries.

On Tuesday, Belfast City Hall will be lit in rainbow colours in honour of Bell and his image will be projected onto the big screen in the City Hall grounds.

A ground-breaking exhibition, Action at a Distance: The Life and Legacy of John Stewart Bell, will preview at the Naughton Gallery on 4 November, opening to the public on Wednesday. A series of public lectures will also take place ‌at Queen’s throughout the month. For further information, click here.

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Find out how social science research makes a difference

The first ever Belfast Festival of Social Sciences takes place this week.

Organised through a partnership between Queen’s and the Ulster University, and part-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Festival includes public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings and virtual exhibitions.

The Festival, which runs until Saturday 8 November, aims to highlight how social science research makes a difference and influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. 

For a full programme of events, click here.

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Meet leading researchers at showcase event

Staff will have the opportunity to meet and talk to some of Queen's leading researchers at a Research Impact Showcase event on Monday 10 November from 4.00pm – 7.00pm in the Whitla Hall. Organised by the Research and Enterprise Directorate, the event will profile some of the University’s leading researchers and highlight the impact of their ground-breaking work. Light refreshments will be provided.

A new University publication, The DNA of Innovation, Vol IV: Our Global Impact on Society, will also be launched at the event.

For further information, click here.

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National KTP Week

As part of National KTP Week 2014 (3-7 November), a “KTP Sweet Shop” will be open on the afternoon of Monday 3 November in the Research and Enterprise Directorate located in 63 University Road. Teams of KTP Associates will sell KTP branded sweets around the campus. Profits will be donated to Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI.

You can follow events on Twitter @ktpatqub.  If you would like more details on KTP, please contact Lorraine Marks,

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Movember gets underway

Good luck to all staff participating in this year's Movember fundraising campaign. To find out who is taking part and to see who is at the top of the fundraising leaderboard, click here.

If you are growing a mo for Movember, please send us your photographs throughout the month by emailing or tweeting them at the staff twitter account, @BiteofQueens

For a little extra motivation have another watch of our Queen’s Belfast Movember video here.

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New MOOC on tackling global food fraud

Queen’s will launch a new MOOC entitled Tackling the Global Food Crisis: Supply Chain Integrity later this month.

The five-week online course, which begins on 17 November, will examine the complex area of food security with a focus on how we can achieve a sustainable future. It will cover topics such as food fraud, pollution and climate change.

To watch the trailer for the new course and find out further information on MOOC courses available at Queen’s visit:

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An Invitation to Remembrance Sunday

All staff and students, families and friends are invited to attend the University’s Remembrance Day Ceremony on Sunday 9 November 2014 at 11.00am at the cenotaph.

A procession led by Professor Patrick Johnston, President and Vice-Chancellor, will leave the Black and White Hall and proceed to the War Memorial where two minutes silence will be observed to commemorate all those who lost their lives in war-time.

Representatives from a number of University organisations will lay wreaths at the War Memorial before the procession is led back to the Black and White Hall.

Refreshments will be served after the event in the Great Hall for all those attending.

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The Conversation

Two articles by Queen's academics have been published in The Conversation this week:

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, please contact the Communications Office,, 028 9097 3091.

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Staff Wellbeing – Winter Physical Activity Classes

Due to the continued success of the physical activity classes, Staff Wellbeing, in conjunction with Queen’s Sport, will run three more six-week physical activity programmes before the Christmas break. Staff can register to attend and pay at Queen’s Sport reception. Places are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

  • Pilates, Tuesday 11 November 
  • Yoga, Wednesday 12 November  
  • Tone & Trim, Thursday 13 November  

Each programme costs £16 for six sessions.  

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Wellcome Trust Research Roadshow

Staff from the Wellcome Trust will present details of their Medical Humanities and Society and Ethics funding strands on Friday 7 November. One-to-one sessions with Wellcome staff are available to discuss specific projects from 12.30pm – 4.30pm in the Canada Room and Council Chamber, Lanyon Building.

Please contact Peter Stephenson in Research Development if you are interested in booking a one-to-one session,, 028 9097 3178.  For more information click here.

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Prayer Breakfast

The Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian Chaplaincies at Queen's invite staff to a Prayer Breakfast on Thursday 6 November between 8.00am - 9.00am in The Hub Cafe, 22 Elmwood Avenue.  Breakfasts are also planned for Wednesday 10 December and Thursday 15 January.

Please RSVP to

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Baby Brainwaves Study

The School of Psychology is looking for babies aged between 5.5-6.5 months and 11.5-12.5 months old to participate in a study on the development of auditory processing. The researchers are interested in how the baby’s brain processes slow and fast sounds that are a similar rate to sounds found in real speech.

Babies taking part will visit the School’s baby-friendly facilities with a parent or guardian. The session will involve your baby wearing an EEG cap, which is similar to a swimming cap, while slow and fast sounds are played to them. Your baby will watch ‘baby videos’ while listening to sounds and you will be with them throughout the session. Although the brainwave measurement only takes a maximum of 30 minutes you will be invited to attend a session for one hour to allow time for any changing and feeding necessary. You will be provided with a fixed payment of £5 to cover travel expenses as well as a picture of your baby’s brain activity, a photo of them with the EEG cap on and a certificate.

For more information, please contact Rebecca McKelvey at or phone 028 9097 4020.


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Inaugural lecture: Professor John Barry

Professor John Barry of the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, will deliver his inaugural lecture on Carbon, Capitalism and the Transition from Unsustainability: The Challenge for Civilisation the 21st Century, on Wednesday 12 November at 5.30pm in the Emeleus Lecture Theatre.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by Wednesday 5 November to, 028 9097 5028.

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Inaugural lecture: Professor John Cole

Professor John Cole will deliver his inaugural lecture Architecture: the Art of Healing on Wednesday 19 November at 5.00pm in Lecture Theatre LG.024, David Keir building.  Refreshments will be served after the lecture in the Hub.

Please RSVP by Monday 17 November to Andrea Fordham,

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Call for applications for Institute Fellows 2015 – 2016

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) invites applications from academic colleagues at Queen’s wishing to take up a Fellowship available in the Institute, commencing 1 September 2015. Early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. Two positions are available for academic year 2015-2016. The successful applicants will be appointed full-time and provided with an office in the Institute for this period.

The cl‌osing date for applications is 4.00pm on Friday 14 November 2014.

For full call details, please click here.

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School of Mathematics and Physics - 45th Larmor Lecture

Professor Sir David Cox, Honorary Fellow Nuffield College, Oxford University, will deliver his lecture on Monday 10 November at 4.00pm. The lecture, The Basis of Statistical Inference: Some History and the Current Position, will be held in the Larmor Lecture Theatre. All welcome to attend.

Further details are available by contacting the School of Mathematics and Physics on 028 9097 6005 or by emailing

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New card range and stamps at the Welcome Centre

Queen’s Welcome Centre is playing host to a brand new retro card and giftbag range. This quirky new line is exclusive to the Welcome Centre, so why not go along and see it for yourself.

Don’t forget your stamps: 1st and 2nd class stamps are now also available at the Welcome Centre.

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QFT listings and competition

This week at QFT:

  • Mr. Turner: Timothy Spall won the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his magnificent performance as J.M.W. Turner in this gorgeous biopic of the famed British landscape painter.
  • Human Capital: An intelligent and stylish thriller that takes an incisive look at class in Italian society.
  • Serena: Set in depression-era North Carolina, Jennifer Lawrence stars as Serena, the wife of timber tycoon, George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper).
  • Homeless Film Festival – The Unloved: A powerful drama about a young girl growing up in a children’s home provides an intimate child’s-eye view of the UK’s care system.
  • Homeless Film Festival – The Fisher King: Terry Gilliam’s classic is even more poignant after the tragic suicide of Robin Williams. A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man, who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.
  • Coming up from Friday: Maps to the Stars, Zabriskie Point, M.

QFT Competition

To win a pair of tickets to see Mr. Turner, please email with 'Mr. Turner' in the subject line and the answer to the question: Who directed Mr. Turner? Competition closes Wednesday 5 November 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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Participants for BBC show

BBC Radio 4's show The 3rd Degree are looking for staff and students to take part in this season's recordings.

The 3rd Degree is a quiz show that pits three undergraduates against three members of staff in a general knowledge and specialist subject quiz. Hosted by Steve Punt, the show is recorded on location at a different university each week with the audience composed of students and staff from the university.

Initially production staff require three members of staff to form one team, in a mix of subjects (for example, Psychology, Geography, Biology, English etc).  If you are interested in taking part, please contact

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STDU courses:

  • Wednesday 12 November: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 12 - Thursday 13 November: Supervisory Skills for Support Staff (2 day course), 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Friday 14 November: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience,  9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 18 November: Preparing for Academic Interviews, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 November: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 26 – Thursday 27 November: Introduction to STATA (2 day course), 9.30am – 4.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities
Aimed at Professional Support Staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above, places are available on the following Developing for Success workshops:

  • Wednesday 26 November: Lean Management – Doing More With Less, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 2 December: Introduction to Coaching as a Management Style, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 9 December: Working Smarter, 9.30am – 4.30pm

The full 2014–15 Course Programme can be viewed online at:

To book a place on a training course, log onto Queen's Online, then select Training Courses from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for iTrent Self Service.

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Continuing Professional Development

2014–2015 courses are now available for booking via the iTrent system. Please note that there are a limited number of places available on each course:

  • Wednesday 5 November: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 12 November: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 12 November: Curriculum Design, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

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

Guest Speaker Series 2014–2015

  • Thursday 4 December:  Sue Bloxham, Emeritus Professor of Academic Practice at the University of Cumbria and higher education consultant, will lead an interactive workshop on Fit for purpose: diversifying assessment for 21st century education, 10.00am – 1.00pm in the Senate Room, Lanyon Building.
    Further details are available online or by contacting or 028 9097 1447.

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum

  • Wednesday 19 November: Current developments in Widening Participation at Queen’s, 1.00pm – 1.55pm in the Old Staff Common Room (sandwich lunch provided from 12.45 pm). The session will be led by the Widening Participation team: Paula Moran (WPU Co-ordinator), Deirdre Lynskey (Buttle key contact and Outreach Officer) and Patricia Hampson (Outreach Officer). For further details, click here or email

Registration for all courses and events is via Queen’s Online

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2015 (NTFS)
The closing date for applying for the NTFS 2015 is 19 November 2014. Queen’s has been invited to nominate up to three individual members of staff who clearly demonstrate excellence in teaching and/or supporting the higher education learning experience of students.

Further information about the Scheme and details on how to apply to be one of Queen’s nominees to the Scheme are available on the Centre for Educational Development website.  If you have any queries about the Scheme, please contact Linda Carey,, 028 9097 3099, or Liz McDowell, 028 9097 5301.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 5 November: Introduction to Prezi, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 18 November: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 1 December: LinkedIn for Beginners, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 5 December: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL - Spreadsheets), 1.30pm – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 9 December: NVivo – An Introduction, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 11 December: NVivo Clinic, 9.30am – 1.00pm

2014–15 Semester 1 courses are now available for booking on Queen’s Online. Course dates can be viewed at:

ECDL –  For information on ECDL, visit

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