13 October 2014

Epic Belfast Movember Video

This year's Movember campaign was launched earlier today with the screening of the 'Epic Belfast Movember Video' starring Queen's staff, students and some well-known faces. To watch the video click here.

To sign up to take part in this year's Movember, click here.

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Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s Ticket Deals

The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s begins on Thursday 16 October and will run until 1 November.

Queen’s staff can avail of the following ticket deals:

  • £10 tickets for Schaubuhne Berlin’s An Enemy of the People, Thursday 23 - Saturday 25 October at Grand Opera House (tickets normally £31.50).
  • £10 tickets for Schubert Ensemble, Tuesday 21 October at St. Gerard’s Church Antrim Road (tickets normally £14).
  • £10 tickets for Roland Pontinen, Tuesday 28 October at Clonard Monastery, Falls Road (tickets normally £12).

Roland Pontinen will also give a free master class on Wednesday 29 October in the Great Hall at 1.00pm.

Please use the promo code QUB Staff when booking tickets at

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A Bite of Queen's Tour of the Lanyon Building

Staff are invited to take part in an A Bite of Queen's tour of the Lanyon Building on Thursday 16 October, 1.05pm-1.50pm.

This tour will give you an insight into the history of the building, introduce you to some of the stories and people who have brought the Lanyon to life over the years and highlight the important role philanthropy has played in its restoration and refurbishment. For further information on the tour, click here.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch. To register, please click here. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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Appointment of Chancellor

The closing date for submitting nominations for Chancellor is Monday 20 October 2014. For further information, or to put forward a nomination, please visit

The University’s Chancellor, Mr Kamalesh Sharma, will step down on 31 December 2014.

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Staff invited to apply for Annual Fund project funding

The Development and Alumni Relations Office invites staff to apply for project funding from the Queen’s Annual Fund.  Applications for projects that significantly impact and improve the student experience for a large number of students in a manner that can be sustained in future years will receive priority.

The deadline for applications is 12.00pm, Friday 31 October 2014.  Please allow enough time in your planning to obtain quotes from suppliers who are providing necessary services as they will be required as part of your application.

The Queen’s Annual Fund was established in May 1999 to support and enhance all aspects of the Queen’s student experience. For further information on the application process and to apply for project funding, please click here. If you have any queries, please contact Natasha Sharma, Annual Fund Manager.

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Campus Development Update

The demolition of the top three floors of the former Library Tower on the Main Site is now complete. To watch a time-lapse video showing how it was done, click here.

The demolition is part of a project to create a new home for the School of Law and a social hub for staff and students. 

For an update on all work taking place across campus, including previews of how the new buildings will look, visit


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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.


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Queen's exhibition on display at Belfast City Hall

An exhibition featuring the work of Queen's staff and students has opened at Belfast City Hall.

Changing Lives: Our Specialist Subject tells the story of how Queen’s staff and students are putting Northern Ireland in the national and global spotlight. Exhibits relate to every School, and range from poetry to pharmacy and astrophysics to architecture.

The exhibition is free, open to the public and runs until Wednesday 29 October in the Exhibition Space, Ground Floor, City Hall.

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The Great Queen's Bake Off

Staff can still register to participate in the first 'Great Queen's Bake Off' which will take place on Monday 20 October in the Old Staff Common Room.

For more information or to register, click on: Great Queen's Bake Off

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Internal vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

  • Temporary Clerical Officer (Grade 4)
    School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
    Ref: 14/103570
    Closing date: Friday 17 October 2014
    Anticipated Interview Date: Monday 27 October 2014

Web page:

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Participants for cooking skills interview

Researchers from the Institute for Global Food Security are looking for men and women between the ages of 20 and 65 years across Ireland to participate in new research on cooking skills. They are recruiting people at all levels of cooking skills and abilities, from those who prefer to stick with ready-made foods and ingredients, to those who consider themselves accomplished home-cooks.

Taking part involves a telephone or face-to-face interview lasting around 30 minutes. The research aims to understand more about people’s cooking skills and food skills - for example planning meals, shopping. If you would like to take part, please contact Dr Laura McGowan on to find out more details.

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QFT listing

This week at QFT:

  • Ida: Award-winning story of a young nun in early 1960s Communist Poland on the brink of taking her vows when the Mother Superior insists she make contact with her only living relative who is a boozy, free-living aunt.
  • ’71: A young British soldier is accidently abandoned following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971, he then must attempt to survive the night alone in the troubled and disorientating landscape.
  • We Are Northern Lights: Made up of the visions of the population, this documentary offers a unique chance to re-discover Scotland through the eyes and thoughts of the people who live there.
    The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Director, Nick Higgins.
  • The Enemy Within: Written and presented by Vivienne Parry OBE, the film tells the story of the war against cancer over the last 50 years.
  • Building For The Silver Screens of Belfast: A photographic exhibition and talk delivered by Michael Open on Thursday 16 October at 6.30pm on the long-gone days when over forty cinemas were operating in Belfast.
  • Coming up from Friday: Northern Soul, A Century of Chinese Cinema

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

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Horizon 2020 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) 2015 Call

The EU Research Team in conjunction with Intertrade Ireland have arranged an information event on Horizon 2020 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) 2015 Call.

The event will take place on Wednesday 29 October, 9.00am – 3.30pm in The Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick.  For hotel details click here.

It will run as a satellite event to the eChallenges 2014 conference (the conference itself attracts a fee, however, sole participation in the ICT 2015 Call event does not). The event will also act as a north-south event and has attracted a number of participants from the south.

If you are interested in attending or have any queries, please contact or

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Inaugural Annual Peter Rice at Queen's Lecture

The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, with the support of global engineering consultancy Arup, will host the 2014 Inaugural Annual Peter Rice at Queen’s Lecture by Sophie Le-Bourva on Wednesday 5 November at 6.00pm in DKB/LG/024.

This inspiring lecture is the first of a recurring annual event, tapping into the legacy of Queen’s graduate Peter Rice in the areas of building, innovation, technology, engineering, and architecture.

Admission free and all are welcome.

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Seminar on Researching Children's Silences

The School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work will host a seminar by Dr Spyros Spyrou – European University, Cyprus (visiting Research Professor, ICL) on Wednesday 15 October, Room 01/035 at 1.00pm.  The seminar will look at Researching Children’s Silences: Exploring the Fullness of Voice in Childhood Research

Sandwiches, tea/coffee will be served in the Foyer from 12.30pm.

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Library courses

There are places available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 23 October, HEFCE Policy for Open Access and the Next REF
  • Friday 24 October, Open Access
  • Thursday 6 November, Measuring Research Impact

To register, login to Queen's Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section.

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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
  • Wednesday 22 October: Using Technology to Enhance Online Learning, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 29 October: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 29 October: Helping Students to Learn, 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.
    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.

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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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: Use the ROUND function to round a number to a given number of digits.For example, if cell A1 contains 9.87654, entering =ROUND(A1, 3) in another cell will return 9.877 - that is, 9.87654 rounded to 3 digits.

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STDU courses in October:

  • Tuesday 14 October: Your Learning and Career Development, 9.30am – 1.00pm (suitable for all staff)
  • Tuesday 21 October: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 22 October: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 23 October: Induction for Research Staff, 9.15am – 4.00pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities
Aimed at Professional Support Staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above. Book now 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.  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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