15 September 2014

Appointment of Chancellor

The University’s Chancellor, Mr Kamalesh Sharma, will complete his initial five-year period on 31 December 2014 and has confirmed to the Vice-Chancellor that he does not wish to be considered for a second term.  In this context, steps are now being taken to appoint his successor, in line with the Statutes and associated Regulation.  For further information, or to put forward a nomination, please visit

The closing date for nominations is Monday 20 October 2014.

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Queen’s University Fellowships

Queen’s is currently advertising a call for research fellowships.

The Research Fellowship Scheme has been established to attract outstanding and ambitious researchers from across the globe to join the University. Queen’s Fellows will initiate, develop and manage high level research projects in line with the University's research strategy. The scheme is aligned to the University's Vision which is based on world class leadership in the pursuit of excellence, impacting society.

This prestigious four-year Research Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity to build upon the foundations of an academic career and will lead to an academic post. The purpose of the scheme is to support the Fellows in pursuing their research. There are 20 fellowships available for award at this time.

A website with relevant support and advice has been developed and can be accessed here.

If you have any queries or comments, please contact the Research Policy Office on 028 9097 1361.

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Internal vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

  • Temporary Grade 5 Technician
    School of Nursing and Midwifery
    Ref: 14/103487
    Closing date: Friday 19 September 2014

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Collection of 2013-14 Period 3 Time Allocation Schedule (TAS) returns

The completion of a TAS by all academic staff is an integral part of the national Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC) process which is a compulsory requirement for all UK universities.

TASs provide a quick and easy way of collecting the required level of accurate information to the satisfaction of auditors and avoids the need for more onerous time collection methods.

The online system for the collection of Period 3 (1 June 2014  30 September 2014) TAS is now open.

An email outlining the requirement and providing a link to the system will be sent to all academic staff who are required to complete a TAS. The system can also be accessed through a link in the Announcements section of the Queen’s Online homepage.

Please note that the deadline for the return of the Period 3 TAS is Friday 3 October 2014.

If you have any queries, please contact or Stephen Grant on 028 9097 5232.

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Staff Wellbeing

National Work Life Week – 22 to 26 September

To mark National Work Life Week, Staff Wellbeing is running a number of events:

  • Busy Bees Wellbeing Workshop, Monday 22 September (1.00pm  2.00pm) and Tuesday 23 September (8.30am – 9.30am). Expect to learn tools and techniques which will help you promote the balance between your work and home life.
  • Everyone can get involved with the National Go Home on Time Day on Wednesday 24 September (home time)
  • Parenting and Family Talk: The Edges of Endeavour, Friday 26 September (1.00pm – 2.00pm)

Full details are available on the Staff Wellbeing website.

Reminder: Spaces are available on Improving Personal Resilience Training (suitable for all staff). Register through iTrent Self Service on Queen's Online.

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The Conversation

Articles by Professor Graham Walker from the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy and Dr Alexander Titov from the School of History and Anthropology have been published in The Conversation.

To read Professor Walker's article, Orange Order march highlights delicacy of enduring sectarian issues for Scotland, click here.

To read Dr Titov's article, 19th-century diplomacy can help deal with 21st-century Russia, click here.

If you are interested in writing for the The Conversation, please contact


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Queen's staff do Culture Night 2014

Culture Night will return to Belfast on Friday 19 September with organisers expecting 30,000 people to attend. Over 200 free events and activities will take place around the Cathedral Quarter and Queen's staff have been added to the line-up.

On the night at Writers Square, staff from the Centre for Public Health will be engaging with the public on issues such as nutrition, physical activity, diabetes and macular degeneration while researchers from CCRCB will be leading experiments on genes and DNA.

Drop by, say hello and check out the exhibits. For further information, visit

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Calling all scientists – what’s it like being you?

Research and Enterprise is delighted to announce a discussion event organised by Queen's in collaboration with the Nuffield Council on Bioethics as part of their project exploring the culture of scientific research in the UK.

The aim of the event, Calling all scientists – what’s it like being you?, is to debate how the different features of the UK research environment are affecting, both positively and negatively, the work and behaviour of scientists at all stages of their careers.

The discussion will take place on Monday 22 September between 2.30pm – 4.30pm in The Great Hall at Queen's.  Refreshments will be available from 2.30pm.

For further information, click here.  The event is open to anyone and attendance is free but please register in advance at:

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Horizon 2020 event: 25 September

The EU Research Development Team will host an event entitled Engagement with Horizon 2020 – initial steps towards first participation on Thursday 25 September, 12.00pm – 2.00pm.

This event is aimed at researchers who have little or no established European collaborations but who wish to engage with the Horizon 2020 programme. It will cover a number of initial steps that researchers can take to help maximise their chances of participation in the programme.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register here.

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Dental School offering free treatment

Looking for free dental treatment? Can you be flexible with daytime appointments? Queen’s Dental School is offering free dental treatment for adults who may require straightforward treatment such as fillings, crowns and root canal work or simple gum treatment as part of the School’s student dentist training programme. The offer applies to routine dental treatment and not emergency problems. The School is unable to offer dentures, dental implants, tooth whitening or orthodontics.

Courses of treatment are available from October onwards at the following clinics:

  • School of Dentistry, Royal Victoria Hospital site
  • Bradbury Wellbeing and Treatment Centre, 1-17 Lisburn Road, Belfast
  • Beech Hall Wellbeing and Treatment Centre, 21 Andersonstown Road, Belfast

There is no charge for this dental treatment. Interested patients will need to be assessed for their suitability and, if accepted for treatment, be able to attend daytime appointments. Work will be carried out by student dentists under qualified supervision.

To find out more, telephone 028 9063 2733 or email

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Are you involved in Autism Research?

Professor Karola Dillenburger, Director of the Centre for Behaviour Analysis, represents Queen’s on the Northern Ireland Autism Strategy Research Advisory Committee (NIASRAC). She is aware of research in this area in a number of Schools, for example Psychology, Architecture and English, but is keen to hear about all autism research taking place within Queen’s. This includes funded projects, publications, local community and international links.

If you are involved in this type of research, please contact Professor Dillenburger,

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This week at QFT:

  • The Hundred-Foot Journey – Helen Mirren stars as the chilly chef-proprietress of a Michelin starred French restaurant in a movie that bursts with flavour.
  • Attila Marcel – Full of music, dance sequences and colourful production design, Attila Marcel is the story of thirty-something Paul who has been living a drab existence in Paris, until he meets an eccentric neighbour.
  • In Order of Disappearance – There are shades of Fargo and The Killing in this blackly funny Norwegian thriller starring Stellan Skarsgard.
  • Coming up from Friday: Pride, Finding Fela, Jim Jarmusch: The Essential Independent season, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders.

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

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Library Article Search

The Library launched a new article search this summer aimed at undergraduates and taught postgraduates. The search can be accessed directly from the Library home page by selecting the ‘Article Search’ tab.

The article search offers a single search for articles available to Queen’s staff and students in full text. Full text access is also available off-campus following a single login.

Library staff will be looking for feedback on the new search throughout the coming year and academic staff are encouraged to explore the use of the search engine with students looking for full text articles.

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Courses in September/October 2014

  • Thursday 25 September: Writing Your Academic CV, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 30 September: Effective Minute Taking, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 6 October: Committee Servicing, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 7 October: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 9 October: Career Development for Support Staff, 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • 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:

  • Thursday 2 October: Developing your Strategic Focus,  9.30am – 4.30pm 
  • Tuesday 14 October: Your Learning and Career Development, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • 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:

Secretarial Skills Programmes 2014–15
Please be advised that the 2014–15 Junior and Senior Secretarial Skills Programmes are now fully subscribed. 

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Access to Turnitin for principal supervisors of PGR theses
Staff are reminded that under regulation 7.1.5 of the Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes, the principal supervisor must ensure that appropriate sections of the draft thesis (or critical analysis for PhD by Published Works) have been submitted to the University-recognised originality checking service, and the report used for feedback purposes, prior to the submission of the thesis (or critical analysis).

If you are a principal supervisor of a Queen’s PGR student and would like access to TurnitinUK for this purpose, please contact Gill Kelly (CED),

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 17 September: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
    (Please note that you must be registered to use Queen’s Online with access to one of your modules)
  • Wednesday 24 September: TurningPoint (PRS) Update, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
    (Staff must have completed previous training in TurningPoint)
  • Wednesday 1 October: Using the TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
    (Participants should be familiar with a Windows environment)
  • Wednesday 1 October: Being an Advisor of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm

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

  • Tuesday 16 September: 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

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: In Excel, use the COUNTBLANK function to count the number of cells in a range that are blank. e.g. =COUNTBLANK(A1:A10) will return the number of cells in the range A1:A10 that are empty.

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