6 October 2014

Vice-Chancellor's Blog

‌To watch the latest video blog from the Vice-Chancellor, please click here. A transcript of the video is available on the Vice-Chancellor's blog page.

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Launch of Movember

The launch of this year's Movember campaign will take place on Monday 13 October.

‌Last year, Queen’s staff and students raised £21,000 for Movember which challenges men to grow a moustache for the 30 days of November, with support from ‘mo sistas’, to raise funds and awareness in support of men’s health.

The launch will take place in the Great Hall at 1.00pm and will feature the premiere of a Movember video starring Queen’s staff, students and a few more people you might just recognise.

Everyone is welcome to attend. A light lunch will be provided.

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Queen's Now

The latest edition of Queen's Now is available online here.

In this month's edition, we meet Head of Disability Services Karen Harvieu and other staff involved in delivering the student experience at Queen's.

Also included is a welcome to new staff and a look ahead to a new exhibition in the City Hall featuring Queen's staff and students.


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Mindful Walk: 8 October

Queen’s Environmental and Staff Wellbeing teams are giving staff the opportunity to take part in the Mindful Walks Belfast initiative.

The practice of Mindfulness (a form of mediation) and Mindful Walking is one of a series of interventions which can help promote mental health and wellbeing.

A Mindful Walk will take place in Botanic Gardens on Wednesday 8 October from 1.10pm – 1.50pm, meeting outside the Palm House. Lunch will be provided at the end of the walk. For more details and to register to attend, visit the Staff Wellbeing website.

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Backcare Awareness Week, 6-12 October

As part of Backcare Awareness Week, Staff Wellbeing at Queen’s has teamed up with the Occupational Health and Safety Service to give staff help and advice on computer workstation set-up and general back care in the office.

Safety Officers Julie McConkey and Colin Richardson will be on hand on Tuesday 7 October in the Old Staff Common Room (main campus) from 12.00pm – 2.00pm and on Thursday 9 October in Room 0G.114 (MBC) from 1.00pm – 3.00pm with example workstations and a range of ergonomic computer equipment. This is a drop in session.

For further information, visit the Staff Wellbeing website.

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The Great Queen's Bake Off

The Environmental Team will hold the first ‘Great Queen’s Bake Off’ competition for staff on Monday 20 October 2014. The aim of the competition is to promote sustainable food, so participating staff are asked to bake with as many local and Fairtrade ingredients as possible.

There is a limit on the number of participants so early registration is encouraged. For more information, contact or click on: Great Queen's Bake Off

The first 20 staff to register will receive a free ‘sustainable’ baking kit which contains: Mortons Plain Four, a wooden spatula, Fairtrade Caster Sugar and Organic Fairtrade Dark Chocolate.

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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.  Tea/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 of the meeting which will include 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 download the nomination forms if you wish to stand as: Chair of Convocation; Deputy Chair of Convocation; Member of Standing Committee of Convocation. The closing date for the submission of nominations is 5.00pm on Thursday 30 October 2014.

Members of Convocation wishing to submit Motions for the meeting can do so by completing the proforma available here. The deadline for submission of motions is 5.00pm on Thursday 30 October 2014.

Further details are available from the Convocation website, or from the Clerk of Convocation, 028 9097 3135,

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School of History and Anthropology Newsletter

The latest edition of the School of History and Anthropology's newsletter is now available online. Click here to access it.

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Queen's Cosmopolitanisms Research Group Event: 9 October

The Queen's Cosmopolitanisms Research Group will hold an evening of talks from artists, writers and poets, all of whom are directly involved in interdisciplinary enquiry within the arts at the Golden Thread Gallery on 9 October at 6.00pm.

The event is sponsored by the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities. For further information on the event, click here or contact the Research Group's Director Dr Stephen Kelly.

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The Women’s Common Room Club

A meeting of the Women's Common Room Club will take place on Thursday 16 October at 7.30pm in the Old Staff Common Room.

The Club is open to Queen's staff and partners, and graduates.

In addition to club meetings, there are three special interest groups which any member can join: The Book Club; The Gardening Group; and The Experimental Cookery Club.

If you are interested, email

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This week at QFT:

  • A Most Wanted Man: The late Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in this fascinating spy thriller, directed by Anton Corbijn (Control, The American).
  • Magic in the Moonlight: Woody Allen makes a directorial return with this screwball romantic comedy starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth.
  • Manuscripts Don’t Burn: Based on a true story, this modern thriller tells the story of a failed effort by the Iranian government to murder almost two dozen journalists in 1995.
  • Fantastic Voyage: A ‘60s Sci-Fi classic that follows a team of experts who are shrunken to microscopic size and injected into the bloodstream of an injured scientist.
    Professor A Prasanna de Silva, Chair of Organic Chemistry at Queen’s will be introducing this screening.
  • Soylent Green: 1973 dystopian thriller presents a nightmarish scenario about the ingredients in our food.
    Food microbiologist Bob Madden PhD will be introducing this film and discussing some of the movie’s themes.
  • Aliens: James Cameron’s 1986 follow-up to the original Alien sees Ripley once again take on the terrifying, seemingly indestructible extra-terrestrial monsters.
    Presenting Aliens will be Professor Francis Keenan and Dr Robert Ryans of the Queen’s Astrophysics Research Centre.
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: The first sound version of the classic morality tale of the philanthropic, Dr Jekyll, delving into secrets that “man should never know”.  Exploring the science of the transformation before the film will be Professor Ken Seddon, Chair of Inorganic Chemistry and Co-Directory of QUILL at Queen’s.
  • Coming up from Friday: Ida, ’71, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, QFT All-Nighter: Attack of The Killer ‘B’s!

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

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Open Access Week: 20 to 26 October 2014

The Library has planned a series of events to celebrate Open Access Week 2014:

  • Thursday 23 October: HEFCE Policy for Open Access and the Next REF, 11.00am - 12.00pm Auditorium, McClay Library.
    This session will cover what you need to do in order to comply with the HEFCE Open Access Policy and to ensure that your work is eligible for the next REF. Information on how to comply with the RCUK and Wellcome Trust Open Access policies will also be discussed. There will be time at the end of the session for questions and one-to-one demos, so please bring along the accepted manuscript (post-print) version of your research papers if you need any help or advice about depositing your work in Pure.

    To book a place, log into Queen's Online, then select ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section on the left of the screen.

    Research Portal Prize Draw for Staff
    If you deposit the accepted manuscript (post-print) version of one of your research papers in Pure during Open Access Week, you will have the chance of winning a £50 Amazon voucher. The winner will be chosen at random so the more full text deposits you make, the more chances you have to win.

  • Friday 24 October: Open Access Training Course, 10.00am - 11.30am Auditorium, McClay Library
    Open access (OA) can help open your research to the world, increase your readership and potential impact. Come along to this session to learn about open access, the routes to open access and the support the Library provides for OA. 

To book a place, log into Queen's Online, then select ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section on the left of the screen.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following course:

  • Thursday 16 October: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 22 October: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am - 12.30pm
  • Thursday 23 October: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Friday 24 October: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm
  • Monday 27 October: Adobe Photoshop 2: Further Topics, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 5 November: Introduction to Prezi, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 13 November: Managing a University Social Media Site, 10.00am – 4.00pm

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

ECDL – now using an improved test system which allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision (note – this is not used for ECDL Advanced).

Today’s Tip: Create your own tab in Office applications by clicking the File tab, select Options and Customize Ribbon. From the lower right of the open window, click New tab (rename it); add new groups (Rename them) and add controls you use most often.

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Continuing Professional Development

The 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 15 October: Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 15 October: Preparing and Giving Lectures Part 1: tips and theory, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 22 October: Preparing and Giving Lectures Part 2: practical session, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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 this interactive workshop on Fit for purpose: diversifying assessment for 21st century education, 10.00am – 1.00pm in the Senate Room, Lanyon Building.
    For 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. Full instructions for booking are on the website. For information or for assistance with registration, please email the Centre at or telephone 028 9097 1447.

Advance Notice: National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2015 (NTFS)
The Higher Education Academy has announced that the NTFS 2015 will open on 15 October 2014. Further information and details on how to apply to be one of the Queen’s nominees to the Scheme will be available at that time. The closing date for receipt of applications in CED is 10 November 2014. You can contact, Linda Carey,, or Liz McDowell, for further information.

The next issue of Reflections, the Queen’s Learning and Teaching newsletter, is due to be published in early December. If you would like to submit a contribution for the next issue, please send your contributions to Linda Carey,, or Liz McDowell,, by 29 October 2014.

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Courses in October 2014:

  • Thursday 9 October: Career Development for Support Staff, 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Tuesday 14 October: Your Learning and Career Development, 9.30am – 1.00pm (suitable for all staff)
  • Tuesday 14 October: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 21 October: Manual Handling and Lifting,  10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 22 October: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas,  9.30am – 1.00pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities
Professional Support Staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above can now book for the following Developing for Success workshops in October:

  • Tuesday 21 October: Managing Conflict in the Workplace, 9.30am – 4.30pm 

Please note, 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 2014–15.   

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.

Researcher Training and Development Fund – Round 3
STDU and the Postgraduate Student Centre have collaborated to establish a Researcher Training and Development Fund (RTDF).  Round 3 of funding is now open.  The fund is designed to support researcher development within Queen’s by providing funds which enable the delivery of researcher-led, School-based training and development activities for research staff and postgraduate research students.  A copy of the application form, including funding criteria, is available from the research staff website:

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