20 October 2014

Epic Belfast Movember Video

Just one week after its launch, Queen's 'Epic Belfast Movember Video' has already been viewed over 4,100 times. Click here to watch the video. 

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

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Sign up for Green Impact Scheme

Teams can now sign up to take part in this year's Green Impact Scheme. Last year, 68 teams participated in the environmental accreditation programme which saw 3,280 environmental actions implemented across the University.

To take part in this year's scheme or to find out more information, email 

If there are any members of staff who are not part of a Green Impact Team but would still like to get involved and are interested in becoming an Environmental Champion, contact


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Remembering, Forgiving and Forgetting: 24 October

As part of the public debate about Northern Ireland's legacy issues, the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s will hold a one-day public event on one of the most important legacy issues – the balance between remembering the past, forgetting the past, and forgiving the past. The event will take place on Friday 24 October in the Great Hall. For more information, please click here.

This event is free and open to the public. Please note, however, that pre-registration is required and places are limited. To reserve your place, please register online here.

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Results of 'Great Queen's Bake Off'

Congratulations to all those who participated in today’s ‘Great Queen’s Bake Off’ competition which aimed to promote sustainable food.  Entries were judged by Accommodation and Hospitality's Brian Horgan and Head Chef Paddy Mullen. The winner and runners-up were:

First Place: Caroline Bradley, School of Biological Sciences

Second Place: Rachel Mulligan, Student Guidance Centre

Third Place: Samantha Livingstone, Centre for Public Health

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Daily Media Coverage Digest

The Communications Office issues a summary of media coverage relating to the University via email each day. If you would like to be added to the distribution list for this summary, please email with ADD ME TO DIGEST in the subject line.

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Meet leading researchers at showcase event

Staff will have the opportunity to meet and talk to some of Queen's leading researchers at a Research Impact Showcase event on Monday 10 November from 4.00pm – 7.00pm in the Whitla Hall. Organised by the Research and Enterprise Directorate, the event will profile some of the University’s leading researchers and highlight the impact of their ground-breaking work.

A new University publication, The DNA of Innovation, Vol IV: Our Global Impact on Society, will also be launched at the event.

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Have you applied to the Queen's Annual Fund yet?

The deadline for staff to submit applications for project funding from the Queen’s Annual Fund is Friday 31 October 2014, 12.00pm.

Applications for projects that significantly impact and improve the student experience for a large proportion of students in a manner that can be sustained in future years will receive priority.

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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The Conversation

This week, two articles by Queen's academics have been published in The Conversation.

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

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Institute of Theology lecture

The Religious Studies Research Forum (Institute of Theology) will host a seminar by Dr Randall Stephens, University of Northumbria, on Thursday 23 October, 6 University Square/Room G05, at 4.15pm. The seminar will be on the topic of The Devil’s Music: Pentecostalism and the origins of rock in the 1950s South.

For more information on seminars scheduled for 2014-2015, please click here.

Further details are available by contacting the Institute of Theology, 028 9097 4170,,

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Information Services Coffee Morning

The Information Services Coffee Morning will take place on Thursday 4 December in the Great Hall. This year’s charity is Cancer Lifeline.

As usual IS will have a ballot with prizes galore. If you or your department are interested in donating a prize for the ballot, please contact Michelle Cross, 028 9097 6249, Valerie Hamilton, 028 9097 6254 or Christine Carrothers, 028 9097 6322. Ballots will be on sale soon and can be bought before the event or on the day. It is advisable to buy the ballots in advance, if possible.

Last year, over £5000 was raised – with your help IS hope to do as well again at this year's event.

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Call for applications for Institute Fellows 2015 – 2016

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) invites applications from academic colleagues at Queen’s wishing to take up a Fellowship available in the Institute, commencing 1 September 2015. Early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. Two positions are available for the 2015-2016 academic year. The successful applicants will be appointed full-time and provided with an office in the Institute for this period. The closing date for applications is Friday 14 November, 4.00pm.

For full call details, please click here.

To hear from previous Fellows about their secondment and how you could potentially benefit from this opportunity at the Institute, click here.

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Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities Fellowship Opportunities

Applications are invited from colleagues wishing to take up a Fellowship in the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities for the 2015–16 academic year. Two fellowships are available. Based at the Institute, those appointed will work closely with the Director, Professor John Thompson, and the Institute research fellows to roll out a comprehensive collaborative research programme on the annual priority research theme: Health, Wellbeing, and the Humanities. The closing date is Friday 14 November 2014.

Further details on the priority research theme for 2015–16 and on the application procedures can be found on the website here.

Download the flyer here.

Informal enquiries can be made to Brenda Morris,, 028 9097 3782.

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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Máire O’Neill

Professor Máire O’Neill will deliver her inaugural lecture entitled Practical Cryptography on Thursday 23 October at 4.00pm in Emeleus Lecture Theatre, Physics Building. It will be followed by a reception in the Old Staff Common Room, Lanyon Building.

For further information, contact Lorraine Irvine, ECIT Institute, 028 9097 1703,

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Inaugural lecture: Adele Marshall

Adele Marshall, Professor of Statistics, School of Mathematics and Physics, will deliver her inaugural lecture on Tuesday 28 October at 5.00pm. The lecture, The Survival Knight, will be held in the Emeleus Lecture Theatre, Old Physics Building and will be followed by a reception in the IRCEP Interaction Area, Main Physics Building.

Please RSVP to Jenny McCabe, 028 9097 6124,

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Inaugural lecture: Professor Sean McLoone

Professor Sean McLoone, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will deliver his inaugural lecture, Energy, Power and Intelligent Control – An EPIC Journey, on Thursday 20 November at 4.30pm in lecture theatre GM/001, Ashby Building.

Please RSVP by Friday 7 November to Peter Millar,, 028 9097 4864. Refreshments will be served after the lecture in the Ashby foyer.

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Halloween at the Welcome Centre

Staff are invited to get into the spirit of Halloween at the Welcome Centre. Tasty candy and chocolate apples are on sale for just £1 as well as other spooky surprises. The Welcome Centre is located to the left of the Black and White hall in the Lanyon building.

Opening times: 8.00am – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday; 11.00am – 4.00pm, Saturday and Sunday.

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This week at QFT:

  • ’71: A young British soldier is accidently abandoned following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971, he must then attempt to survive the night alone in the troubled and disorientating landscape.
  • Withnail and I: One of British Cinema’s most fondly remembered comedies about two struggling, unemployed actors who depart their miserable flat in Camden Town for a week in the Lake District.
  • The Story of Qiu Ju: A fascinating glimpse into China's massive, late-century urban migrations and slowly recalibrating justice system as it traces the story of the pregnant wife of a peasant farmer who embarks on a quest from city to city in order to appeal justice for a violent crime committed against her husband.
  • The Missing Gun: A huge hit at the domestic box office, this feature follows a small-town cop (superstar Jiang Wen) as he desperately tries to track down the revolver he misplaced following a night of drunken revelry.
  • Aftershock: A true story of the devastation wrought in the town of Tangshan by a massive earthquake which killed more than 200,000 people.
  • In The Mood For Love: Wong Kar Wai’s masterpiece of romantic longing – about a man and a woman whose spouses are embroiled in an affair and whose own passion for each other is repressed by tradition, propriety, and a fear of the unknown.
  • In Conversation With Russell Brand: In this live broadcast, the writer and comedian argues that our system isn’t working, that our governments are corrupt and the opposing parties are all pointlessly similar.
  • Coming up from Friday: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; Le Mépris; Serena

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

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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 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
  • Wednesday 5 November: Adaptive Assessment using QuestionMark Perception, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
    Prerequisite: Experience of using QuestionMark Perception to develop a bank of questions and assessments 
  • Wednesday 5 November: Small Group Teaching, 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.

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2015 (NTFS)
The NTFS 2015 opened on 15 October 2014 and Queen’s has been invited to nominate up to three individual members of staff who clearly demonstrate excellence in teaching and/or supporting the higher education learning experience of students.

The purpose of the Scheme is to recognise, reward and celebrate individuals who are judged to make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience and provide the means to develop a proactive community of National Teaching Fellows (NTFs). Up to 55 individual awards will be made in 2015 in recognition of individual excellence.

Further information about the Scheme and details on how to apply to be one of the Queen’s University nominees to the Scheme are available on the Centre for Educational Development website. The closing date for receipt of applications in CED is 10 November 2014. If you have any queries about the Scheme, please contact Linda Carey,, 028 9097 3099, or Liz McDowell, 028 9097 5301.

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 it to Linda Carey,, or Liz McDowell,, by 29 October 2014.

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STDU courses:

  • Wednesday 22 October: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 23 October: Induction for Research Staff, 9.15am – 4.00pm
  • Monday 3 November: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 12 November: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm

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 November/December:

  • Tuesday 4 November: Enhancing Your Report Writing, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • 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

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.

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IT courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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
  • Tuesday 4 November: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 5 November: Introduction to Prezi, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 11 November: Facebook for Beginners, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 13 November: Managing a University Social Media Site, 10.00am – 4.00pm

2014 - 15 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: For easy screen captures in Windows 7, click the Start button and type snipping tool. After capturing an area of the screen - within the editor, send to email, copy and paste or save as an image.

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