10 November 2014

Research Impact Showcase

A Research Impact Showcase takes place today, Monday 10 November, from 4.00pm – 7.00pm in the Whitla Hall.

The event is an opportunity for staff to meet and talk to some of Queen's leading researchers and find out about 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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December 2014 Payroll deadline

All payroll data, including timesheets, Jobshop timesheets, overtime claim forms, Childcare Voucher request forms, bank details amendments etc., must be received in the Salaries Office by 4.30pm on Tuesday 2 December for inclusion in December salaries.

This deadline also applies to fee payment request forms for the Non-Staff Payments System (NSP) and the Modified Payroll System (MPS).

The only exception is for e-Timesheets, which must be inputted by 4.30pm on Friday 5 December.

Any data received after the deadline will be processed for payment at the end of January 2015. Please ensure that all relevant staff are advised of this deadline to ensure timely payments to staff and casual payees. Monitoring Officers should ensure that all November absences due to sickness have been inputted to the Queen’s Online Absence Management System by Thursday 4 December.

Note: December salaries will be paid on Monday 22 December 2014.

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Call for Winter Graduation Stories

With Winter 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 any graduating students with an interesting story to tell? Perhaps they are graduating on the same day as another member of their family, or have been volunteering, or have secured an exciting job or internship opportunity?

If so, please send an outline of their story and a contact telephone number to and a Communications Officer will be in touch.

The closing date for submitting information on graduation stories is Friday 21 November 2014.

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The Conversation

An article by Professor Andy Meharg from the School of Biological Sciences has been published in The Conversation: High levels of cancer-causing arsenic in rice – so why isn’t it regulated in our food? 

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

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Notice of the Annual Meeting of Convocation 2014

The Annual Meeting of Convocation will take place at 7.00pm on Thursday 20 November in the Canada Room/Council Chamber, Lanyon Building. Tea and coffee will be available from 6.30pm.

The Meeting will begin with the Convocation Lecture 2014 by Dr Tom Frawley CBE, Northern Ireland Ombudsman, followed by the formal business, including the Convocation Elections 2014.

At this meeting a Chair and Deputy Chair will be elected, along with eight members of Standing Committee. Please visit the Convocation website to find out more about the nominees.

The agenda and proposed motions for the Annual Meeting will be available prior to the meeting on the Convocation website and from the Clerk.

Any member of Convocation wishing to attend is asked to RSVP to the Clerk of Convocation on 028 9097 3135 or by Thursday 13 November.

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Blast Lunchtime Class

A‌s part of the Wellbeing initiative, Blast is now open for enrolment at the PEC and begins today.  There are two classes per week for six weeks:  

  • Monday – Bodyweight (Tabata Training)
  • Wednesday  Kettlebells/Functional

The course costs £28 for the six weeks (£2.30 per session).

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RAE Armstrong Public Lecture Series

The RAE Armstrong Public Lecture Series 2014 starts this week. Hosted by the School of Biological Sciences, the series will be given by Dr David Timson, Reader in Biochemistry.

The lectures are:

  • Wednesday 12 November, 4.00pm: When genes go wrong, Medical Biology Centre, Lecture Theatre 1 
  • Wednesday 26 November, 4.00pm: Treating the “untreatable”: new ways to treat genetic diseases, Medical Biology Centre, Lecture Theatre 1  
  • Wednesday 3 December, 4.00pm: We’re all mutants, Medical Biology Centre, Lecture Theatre 1

Refreshments will be served after the lectures from 5.00pm.

Please RSVP to if you wish to attend.

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Being Human: National Festival

The School of English will host the UK premiere of Prince of the Himalayas, a Chinese film adaptation of Hamlet directed by Sherwood Hu of the Shanghai Film Academy, on Monday 17 November at 2.00pm in the QFT.‌

The screening forms part of Being Human, the UK’s first national festival dedicated to demonstrating the value, vitality and relevance of humanities research. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the AHRC and the British Academy, the festival will explore what it means to be human over nine days from 15 to 23 November 2014.

Professor Mark Thornton Burnett of the School of English has been successful in his bid for AHRC and British Academy funding to participate in Being Human and is PI for a series of events in Belfast around the theme of ‘Finding Commonality: Hamlet in World Cinema’.

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QFT listings

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.
  • Maps to the Stars: A darkly comic modern Hollywood Gothic with an all-star cast featuring Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska and Olivia Williams.
  • Sci-Fi on Screen Utopia/Dystopia: Take a look into the future this week as the Sci-Fi season continues with a range of future visions from the idyllic to the horrific, including Kubrick's classic, A Clockwork Orange, Woody Allen's hilarious Sleeper, and modern-day apocalypic visions, Children of Men and District 9.
  • The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands: One of the finest films from the British silent era – a thrilling reconstruction of two decisive naval battles of 1914, recreated and filmed 13 years later in peacetime  is a unique, epic and thrilling experience.
  • Coming up from Friday: The Imitation Game, PlayTime, The Case Against 8, Nas: Time is Illmatic, In the Turn, M.

The winner of the tickets to Mr. Turner was Tricia Lock from the School of History and Anthropology.

Staff ticket price: £5; standard ticket price: £6.50. Please visit for more details.

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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 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

QUB Teaching Awards 2015

The QUB Teaching Awards Scheme 2015 is now open.

Up to 13 Teaching Awards are available in 2015. A prize of £1000 will be awarded to each successful individual or team which will be paid into a dedicated School account for the exclusive use of the winning team or individual for professional development purposes.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on Monday 16 March 2015. Further information is available in the Teaching Awards Notes for Guidance.

The Notes for Guidance, application templates and examples of previous applications are available to download online. Queries should be directed to Liz McDowell on or 028 9097 5301.

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Places are available on the following STDU courses:

  • Wednesday 12 – Thursday 13 November: Supervisory Skills for Support Staff (two–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 (two–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.

Financial Assistance
The budget allocated for funding towards staff applications for Short Courses/Conferences and Part-time Courses of Study offered by Staff Training and Development Unit for the current academic year 2014–15 has been fully allocated.

Unfortunately new applications for funding are no longer being accepted via this method in the current academic/financial year. The application form and guidelines have been withdrawn from the website and no new forms will be issued until 1 July 2015. Staff are reminded that retrospective applications will not be accepted and funding cannot be carried over into another academic year.

Staff who have received confirmation of support are encouraged to submit the relevant information (outlined in their confirmation communication) as soon as possible so funding can be processed. It is the staff member’s responsibility to ensure that they have read and complied with the guidelines and information provided.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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
  • Tuesday 13 January: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 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

Today’s Tip: If you have Windows 7 and need to record screen movements, click the start button and type PSR to open Problem Steps Recorder.

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