17 November 2014

World Press Photo exhibition takes place at Queen’s

Staff will get the chance to see some of the most inspiring and high-quality photojournalism in the world this week when the World Press Photo exhibition comes to the Elmwood Hall.

Organised in partnership with the School of Law and the Journalism, Law and Rights Forum, the exhibition will run from 18-23 November.

A programme of special events will also take place throughout the week. Delivered in partnership with the School of Law, the events will provide a forum to learn more about topics that feature in the exhibition.

For further details visit:

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Vice-Chancellor's Impact Prize Shortlist

Congratulations to those colleagues who have been shortlisted for the Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Prize for 2014. The winner will be announced on Friday 21 November at the Chief Executive’s Club at Queen’s Gala Dinner and Impact Awards Ceremony in the Whitla Hall. 

The shortlisted members of staff are:

Enriching Societies Category

  • Professor David Archard (School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy)
  • Professor Chris Elliott (School of Biological Sciences)

Advancing Technologies Category

  • Professor Sakir Sezer (School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
  • Dr Mohamed Sonebi (School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering)
  • Dr Gary Menary (School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Supporting Health

  • Professor Stuart Elborn  (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences)
  • Professor Mark Lawler (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences)
  • Professor Liam Murray (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences)

Early Career Researcher

  • Dr Gavin Duffy (School of Education)
  • Dr Gareth Conway (School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
  • Dr Carmel Kelly (School of Nursing and Midwifery)

For more information, click here. Follow the award announcement on Twitter using #QUBimpact

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Internal Staff Mediation Service

As part of the University’s ongoing commitment to promoting Staff Wellbeing an Internal Staff Mediation Service will be available from Monday 1 December 2014.

The aim of the service is to provide an informal way of quickly and effectively resolving conflict within the workplace and further embedding a positive organisational culture. Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process, facilitated by an impartial third party (Internal Mediators), which staff can access as required. A group of staff have been trained as accredited workplace mediators.

Full details on the service and how to access it are available in the Internal Staff Mediation Guidelines available on the Staff Wellbeing website.

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A Bite of Queen's tour of CCRCB

To coincide with Queen’s Movember campaign and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the next A Bite of Queen's campus tour will take place at Queen's Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology on Tuesday 25 November, 1.05pm – 1.50pm.

Staff will get the chance to visit the Centre’s prostate cancer labs and the Northern Ireland Pathology Lab, and will meet some of the researchers who are pursuing breakthroughs in the fight against prostate cancer. Professor Joe O'Sullivan, who stars in Queen's Movember video, will give an overview of the work of CCRCB and the impact it has on patients.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch.  To take part, please fill in the online booking form. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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Launch of new lunchtime chat series for staff

Dr Keith Lilley, Director of the ‘Living Legacies 1914–18’ World War One Engagement Centre, will kick of a new series of lunchtime chats for staff on a range of topical issues. The first #ChatMat will look at how we remember World War One and how its legacy lives on in the present day.

The event will take place on Monday 24 November at 1.00pm in the Physics Building (built on the site formerly occupied by the Ulster Volunteer Force hospital during WWI). All staff are welcome to attend – whether you have a general interest in the Centenary and how we remember WWI, or simply want to hear about the work of the new Centre.

Part of the popular A Bite of Queen’s initiative, #ChatMat gives staff the opportunity to chat informally with colleagues from around the University on a range of topical issues, projects and events.

For further information and to register to attend, please contact

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Global Entrepreneurship Week: Calling all entrepreneurs

Global Entrepreneurship Week starts today. The theme of the week is 'Get Connected' to encourage businesses and new entrepreneurs to make the most of networking, business start up, development events, and opportunities.

Every day this week, Enterprise SU have partnered with Belfast City Council, NISP Connect, Queen's Postgraduate Centre, INVENT 2015, Queen's Research and Enterprise and South Belfast Social Enterprise Hub to organise free workshops to help and inspire new and existing entrepreneurs.

The workshops are open to staff and students. To find out what's on, click here.

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Green Week: 24-28 November

The University's Annual Green Week takes place next week with a range of events to raise environmental awareness among staff and students. Events include sessions on revamping your wardrobe, a cookery demonstration to reduce your food waste, the Go Green Games and a recycled bicycle sale.

To see the full programme for Green Week, please click here.

If you want more information, or if you are holding a Green Week event in your area, let the Environmental Team know by emailing

If you are on twitter, use #QUBgreen to share your Green Week events.

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December 2014 Payroll Deadline

All payroll data, including timesheets, Job-shop 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 2014 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-timesheet, whose input must be completed by 4.30pm on Friday 5 December 2014.

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 input to the Queen’s Online Absence Management System by Thursday 4 December 2014.

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

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Delivery of personal mail

The Estates Directorate have issued the following reminder to staff about the delivery of personal mail:

In the run-up to Christmas, staff are reminded that you should not make arrangements for personal mail to be delivered to the University Mail Room.

While it is accepted that Schools/Departments will use companies such as Amazon to order work-related items such as books, it is not acceptable for staff to order personal items from this and other online companies for receipt and delivery by Mail Room staff.

The Mail Room staff are already under considerable pressure at this time of year and, therefore, all staff should ensure that they put alternative arrangements in place so that personal packages are not delivered to the University Mail Room.

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Queen's Sport Online Inductions

Queen's Sport have launched a new online Fitness Induction. The induction videos give users advice on how to use the  facilities correctly and safely.

For full details click here.‌


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The Conversation: Why the Rosetta comet mission is such a big deal

Professor Alan Fitzsimmons and colleagues from the Astrophysics Research Centre were involved in last week's historic first ever comet landing. To find out why the comet mission is such a big deal, read Alan's article which was published in The Conversation.

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, email

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EPSRC Engineering Seminar: 4 December

A delegation from the EPSRC will be at Queen’s on Thursday 4 December to present an update on the sponsor’s engineering activities.

The seminar will be held at the Computer Science at Elmwood lecture theatre at 1.30pm. For information please contact

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School Seminar Series

The next event in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Seminar Series will take place on Wednesday 19 November, 1.00pm  2.00pm in Room 01/035, 6 College Park.

The seminar, The Rise of Personality Disorder: The Management of Risk and Recovery in an Era of Convergence, will be given by Ruari Santiago-McBride.

Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be available from 12.30pm in the Foyer.

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Deanes at Queen's Christmas Menu

To view Deanes at Queen's Christmas Menu, click on the link: Deanes at Queens Christmas Menu 2014

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This week at QFT

This week at QFT:

THE IMITATION GAME: Benedict Cumberbatch stars as brilliant Cambridge mathematician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist, Alan Turing, who spearheaded the Enigma code-breaking operation in WW2.

PLAYTIME: Newly restored and considered by many to be Jacques Tati’s masterpiece, PlayTime is a perfectly orchestrated city symphony.

THE CASE AGAINST 8: Winner of the Directing Award for US Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, The Case Against 8 investigates the inner workings of the emotionally charged fight for same-sex marriage equality in California .

QFT FILM QUIZ: Go along to QFT's ultimate movie trivia quiz where the Paul Thomas Andersons are separated from the Paul WS Andersons and the dumb from the dumberer.  Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

OUTBURST QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL: Bringing you the best in new queer cinema from around the world.  Join us all week for a mingling of documentaries, heart-rending dramas and laugh-out-loud comedies.

Coming up from Friday: The Drop, Life itself, Cinemagic Film Festival

Staff ticket price: £5; standard ticket price: £6.50.

Please visit for more details.

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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
  • Tuesday 13 January: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am  1.00pm

Booking is via Queen's Online.

Today’s Tip: Make minor modifications to a PDF in Word 2013 by clicking the File tab (in Word), selecting File, Open and select the PDF document.  It will open in Word and allow minor changes.

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Higher Education Lunchtime Forum – 19 November 2014
Wednesday 19 November 2014: The Widening Participation team will lead a workshop on Current developments in Widening Participation at Queen’s, 1.00pm – 1.55pm in the Old Staff Common Room (sandwich lunch provided from 12.45pm).

Guest Speaker Series 2014-2015 – 4 December 2014

Thursday 4 December 2014: 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.

Registration is via Queen's Online. Click here for more information.

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.  For further information, click here.

Queries should be directed to Liz McDowell on or 028 9097 5301.

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STDU Courses – November/December 2014  
  • Preparing for Academic Interviews, 18 November, 9.30 am – 1.00 pm
  • Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 19 November, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
  • Introduction to STATA (2 day course), 26 – 27 November, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
  • Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 2 December, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 3 December, 10.00 am – 12.30 pm
  • Planning Your Research Career, 4 December, 9.30 am – 1.00 pm
  • Health and Safety Induction, 16 December, 10.00 am – 12 noon
Leadership and Management Development Opportunities 
Aimed at Professional Support Staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above, the following Developing for Success workshops are now available for booking:
  • Lean Management – Doing More With Less, 26 November, 9.30am – 4.30pm 
  • Introduction to Coaching as a Management Style, 2 December, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Working Smarter, 9 December, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Please note, STDU do not carry course waiting lists over from one academic year to the next. If you are currently on a course waiting list, you will not automatically be registered for this course in 2014–15.    
Our full 2014–15 Course Programme can be viewed online at:
To book a place on a training course, log onto Queens Online – – then select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for iTrent Self Service.
Short Course/Conference Fund and Part-time Courses of Study Fund
The budget allocated for funding towards staff applications for Short Courses/Conferences and Part-time Courses of Study offered by the Staff Training and Development Unit for the current academic year 2014-15 has been fully allocated.
New applications for funding via this method will not be accepted 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 (i.e. funding is allocated for the academic year in which the course/conference takes place or to which the part-time fee pertains).
Staff who have received confirmation of support are encouraged to submit the relevant information as outlined in their confirmation communication as soon as possible so that 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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