24 November 2014

Winners of Vice-Chancellor's Impact Prize 2014

The winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Prize for 2014 were announced at the Chief Executive’s Club at Queen’s Gala Dinner and Impact Awards Ceremony in the Whitla Hall on Friday 21 November 2014. The competition was organised by the Research and Enterprise Directorate.

Congratulations to the winners:

Enriching Societies Category
Winner - Professor Chris Elliott (School of Biological Sciences)

Advancing Technologies Category
Winner - Dr Gary Menary (School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Supporting Health Category
Winner - Professor Stuart Elborn (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences)

Early Career Researcher
Winner - Dr Gareth Conway (School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)

Overall winner 2014 - Professor Chris Elliott - Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks

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Green Week: 24–28 November

Green Week starts today with lots of activities 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 to inform the Environmental team that you are holding a Green Week event in your area, contact

If you are on twitter, use the hashtag #QUBgreen when tweeting about Green Week events.

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Postgraduate Open Day: 1 December 2014

Are you looking for ways to enhance your career or thinking of changing career? Would you like to get some expert advice on your options? Then, the University’s Postgraduate Open Day is for you.

The Open Day, which takes place on Monday 1 December 2014 from 1.00pm – 8.00pm, is your chance to find out about some of the CPD and part-time taught and research options available at the University.

You will be able to chat to members of staff about specific courses and careers consultants will be on hand in the Whitla Hall to offer advice and discuss the best study options to suit your requirements.

To view the Open Day Programme, click here.

Feel free to drop in anytime, but please register your attendance here.

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The Arts and Culture Editor of the Conversation is at Queen’s this week

The Communications Office is hosting The Conversation's Editor for Arts and Culture, Josephine Lethbridge, for three days this week – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. She will be ‘hot desking’ in the Communications Office and staff are invited to drop in to talk to her about the possibility of writing a piece for The Conversation. If you would like to meet with Josephine, please contact

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

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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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Naughton Gallery's John Stewart Bell Exhibition mentioned in the Science Times

Staff are invited to go along to the current exhibition in the Naughton Gallery, Action at a Distance: the life and legacy of John Stewart Bell.

The exhibition, including Lucy McKenna’s CERN-inspired artwork, has been mentioned in the Science Times. Read about it here.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 30 November. The Naughton Gallery is open Tuesday – Sunday, 11.00am  4.00pm.

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Christmas and New Year Payment Arrangements 2014

Staff should note the following Payments Office arrangements in place over the Christmas and New Year period for paying correctly authorised and registered Supplier Invoices, Request for Payment Forms and Staff Expenses Claims:

  • Invoices received by 5.00pm on Wednesday 3 December 2014 and Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 12.00pm on Thursday 4 December 2014 will be paid week-ending 12 December 2014.
  • Invoices received by 5.00pm on Wednesday 10 December 2014 and Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims  received by 12.00pm on Thursday 11 December 2014 will be paid week-ending 19 December 2014.
  • Invoices, Requests for Payment, and Staff Expenses Claims received by 5.00pm on Monday 15 December 2014 will be paid on Monday 22 December 2014.  
  • Normal payment arrangements will apply for all payment requests received week commencing Monday 5 January 2014.

While the Payments Office will make every effort to comply with this timetable, due to the volumes of payment requests received at this time of the year and to ensure payment before the holiday, staff are requested to process all such transactions well in advance of these deadlines.

Further clarification of these arrangements, if required, may be obtained from the Payments Office, 028 9097 3029.

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Relocation Expense Claims

In order to meet the payroll deadline, all relocation expense claims must be with the Finance Office by Monday 1 December to ensure inclusion in December salaries.

Claims received after the deadline will be processed for payment at the end of January 2015.

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Delivery of personal mail

The Estates Directorate has 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; 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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Call for applications for Interdisciplinary Research Groups 2015 – 2016

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) invites applications from researchers interested in establishing an Interdisciplinary Research Group to focus on a particular problem, question or issue in the broad field of conflict transformation and social justice.

Four awards worth up to £5,000 each will be made for academic year 2015–2016.  Previously successful applicants, who have demonstrated that they have completed the activities and met the outcomes specified in their previous award, are eligible to apply for a second year of funding up to a maximum of two consecutive years.

The closing date for applications is 4.00pm on Friday 30 January 2015.

For full call details, please click here.

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Collaborate to Innovate Conference - Horizon 2020 ‘Opportunity and Support’

The Collaborate to Innovate Conference  Horizon 2020 ‘Opportunity and Support’  will take place on Wednesday 3 December at Dublin Castle, Dublin.

This is an all-island event for industry and academia where you will discover more about EU funding, whether you are looking to grow your business or develop your research. Hear about the opportunities and support available, meet potential partners and learn about the benefits of North/South collaborations in EU funded projects. If you want to find out more about Horizon 2020, this event is for you.

For more information, to view the agenda and to register, please visit the conference website:

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RAE Armstrong Public Lecture Series

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

Details of this week's seminar:

  • Wednesday 26 November, 4.00pm: Treating the “untreatable”: new ways to treat genetic diseases, Medical Biology Centre, Lecture Theatre 1  

Refreshments will be served after the lecture from 5.00pm. Please RSVP to if you wish to attend.

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Launch of Surge: New Writing from Ireland

Students and staff from Queen’s Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry feature in a new collection of short stories called Surge: New Writing from Ireland.

This unique anthology, edited by Frank McGuinness, contains the very best of a new generation of writers, with ten stories selected from students in the postgraduate writing programmes of Trinity College Dublin, UCD, UCC, UCG and Queen's.  Also represented are works by their tutors at those universities, Frank McGuinness, Mary Morrissey, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Gina Moxley, Darran McCann and Mike McCormack.

The Belfast launch will take place on Thursday 27 November at 8.00pm at the Crescent Arts Centre, as part of the Seamus Heaney Centre’s Autumn programme.

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Inaugural lecture: Professor John McPeake

Professor John McPeake from the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering will deliver his inaugural lecture, The Changing Face of Housing Need in Northern Ireland, on Tuesday 25 November 2014 at 5.00pm in LG.024, David Keir Building.

RSVP to Cheryl Murray,, 028 9097 4747.

Refreshments to be served after the lecture in The Hub, David Keir Building.

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Blazing a Trail - Women in IT: 9 December

An event to promote Female Entrepreneurship in the IT sector will take place on Tuesday 9 December in the Great Hall from 5.00pm - 7.30pm. 

Hosted by Women Who Code Belfast and The Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s, Blazing a Trail - Women in IT brings together speakers from different ends of the entrepreneurship spectrum, and provides an opportunity for you to engage with them in a Question and Answer session after their talks.

For information on the speakers and to register for the event, click here or email

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Movember Coffee Morning

It's the last week of Movember and colleagues in the Centre for Experimental Medicine are hosting a 'Mo’s and Mélanges' Coffee Morning and raffle on Thursday 27 November in Clinical Block A, RVH, from 10.30am to 12.00pm.

The team from CEM is currently topping the Queen's Movember fundraising leaderboard. If you are taking part in Movember, please make sure to register your fundraising total on the Queen's Movember network. If you have any queries, please contact


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Christmas Special at The Speakeasy

The Speakeasy at the Students' Union will be serving a Christmas special from Monday 1 December. Enjoy a meal of turkey, ham and stuffing with roast potatoes, veg, mash, gravy and cranberry sauce, all for £7. A vegetarian option is also available.
The Special will be available as part of the normal kitchen service, Monday-Thursday, 12.00pm  8.00pm, Friday, 12.00pm  4.00pm. If you are interested in bringing a large group (more than 12), email to arrange a table.

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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.‌

Survive and Save
Enrolment is now open for The Bronze Medallion Lifesaving Award. This is a fantastic entry level into the Survive and Save Awards because it informs and challenges you with basic rescue, self-rescue and survival techniques along with water hazards.

For further information and an enrolment form, please click here.

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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.

THE DROP: Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini in his last role, this gritty crime drama is the latest from Michael R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. The Drop follows lonely bartender, Bob (Tom Hardy), in an underworld of Brooklyn gangsters. When a robbery goes awry, friends, families and foes are forced to work together  no matter what the cost.

LIFE ITSELF: A beautiful documentary exploring the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

HOCKNEY: LIVE FROM LA: An exclusive gala screening of the highly anticipated feature, Hockney, the definitive exploration of one of the most significant artists of this generation. The film will be followed by an in-depth conversation with David Hockney broadcast live from his Los Angeles studio.

Coming up from Friday: Effie Gray, Leviathan, Heaven Loves You, 2001: A Space Odyssey

Please visit for more details.  The QFT Christmas programme is now available for booking.

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

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following course:

  • Monday 1 December: LinkedIn for Beginners, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 2 December: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 5 December: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL - Spreadsheets), 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Monday 15 December: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm  2.30pm
  • Tuesday 13 January, Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 9 February, Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL - Spreadsheets), 10.00am – 1.00pm

201415 Semester 1 courses are now available for booking on Queen’s Online. Course dates can be viewed at:

ECDL – The new improved test system allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision (note: this is not used for ECDL Advanced).  For more information on ECDL, visit:

Today’s Tip: Want to know how many days from now until Christmas? Click the 'Start' button, type 'calculator'. From the calculator, click 'View' and select 'Date calculation'. For 'From' select today's date, and for 'To' select 25th Dec, then click 'Calculate'.

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Guest Speaker Series 20142015 – 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 entitled Fit for purpose: diversifying assessment for 21st century education on Thursday 4 December 2014, 10.00am – 1.00pm in the Senate Room, Lanyon Building. For further information, click here or email

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 extension 1447.

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

CED 9th Annual Conference

The Centre for Educational Development will host its 9th Annual Conference, Blending the Learning: Incorporating technology in Your Teaching, on 25 June 2015 (10.00am – 1.00pm) in the Council Chamber/Canada Room. Keynote speakers: Mark Brown, Director of the Institute for Digital Learning, DCU, and Russell Stannard, Principal Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick.

Further details available in due course from

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STDU Courses November/December 2014

  • Tuesday 2 December: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 3 December: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 4 December: Planning Your Research Career, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 16 December: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm

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 taking place in December are now available for booking:

  • Tuesday 2 December: Introduction to Coaching as a Management Style, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Please note that course waiting lists are not carried 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 201415.    

Our full 201415 Course Programme can be viewed online at: Courses can be booked via Queen's Online.


Financial Assistance  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 Staff Training and Development Unit for the current academic year 201415 has been fully allocated.

New applications for funding via this method in the current academic/financial year will no longer be accepted. 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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