29 September 2014

A Bite of Queen's tour of CCRCB

To coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), the next A Bite of Queen's campus tour will give staff the opportunity to find out about some of the research taking place at Queen's Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology.

During the tour, staff can don a lab coat, visit the Centre’s breast cancer labs and the Northern Ireland Pathology Lab and meet some of the researchers who are pursuing breakthroughs in breast cancer.

The tour will take place on Monday 6 October, 1.05pm -1.50pm in CCRCB.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch.  To take part, please fill in the online booking form. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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New Head of School

Professor John Turner has been appointed as the new Head of School (Acting) in the Queen’s University Management School.

A Professor of Finance and Financial History since 2005, John assumed his new role on 15 September. He can be contacted at

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Deanes at Queen's Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Award

Deanes at Queen's has received a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Award. It is one of three new listings from Northern Ireland to receive the honour which is awarded to restaurants which Michelin describes as ‘providing good food at moderate prices’.

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Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Prize 2014: Future Impact

This is the last call for applications for the Vice-Chancellor's Impact Prize. The deadline is Friday 3 October 2014

For further information on the Prize, including the submission form, please click here.

To find out more about the Prize from one of last year's winners, Dr Ruth Hunter, click here.


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Car Free Fridays

The next Car Free Friday will take place on Friday 3 October. The aim of the initiative is to encourage more staff to leave the car at home and travel to the University by public transport.

On Friday, staff can enjoy 20% off their total bill at Molly’s Yard when ordering from the lunch menu between 12.00pm and 5.00pm and from the dinner menu before 7.00pm. You can also receive 20% off the price of a regular staff ticket to the QFT on presentation of a valid public transport ticket.

Further information on this initiative and other sustainable travel offers can be found here.

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Christmas lunch in the Great Hall

The Great Hall is now taking bookings for its traditional Christmas lunch.

Why not join a group of colleagues or bring in some family and friends and enjoy lunch in this unique venue? This year, lunch will be served on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 December from 12.30pm. The three course lunch with coffee and mints costs £23.00 per person. Contact Jennifer in the Great Hall, 028 9097 3559 or, to book and for more details.

Please note all payments must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the event. Click on the link to see the menu: Christmas Lunch Menu 2014

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Reduction in electricity consumption

Over the past quarter, electricity consumption across the University has reduced by over 4% when compared with the same period last year, resulting in a carbon saving of 180 tonnes and a financial saving of over £52,000.

Senior Managers have been issued with a breakdown for their individual areas.

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Queen's Sport: Adult Activity Programme

Spaces are still available on a number of Autumn Activity courses in Irish dancing, kettlebells, beginners rowing, Power Chi Yoga as well as all the favourites such as pilates, yoga, ballet and swimming. For full details, please click here.

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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.
  • Pride: The little-heard, true-life tale of how a lesbian and gay activist group set about raising money to support the miner's strikes in the mid '80s.
  • A Dangerous Game: The jaw-dropping sequel to the award winning You’ve Been Trumped exploring how Donald Trump and other developers are using golf courses as a smokescreen for luxury resorts that literally cost the earth.
  • Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me: The ever-eloquent Stephen Fry will broadcast live from The Royal Festival Hall reading extracts of his latest book alongside witty anecdotes and insightful observations.
  • Coming up from Friday: Tony Benn: Will and Testament, Manuscripts Don’t Burn, Sci-Fi Season.

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

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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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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 academic year 2015-2016. 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.

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

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RDS Library Speaker Series: 30 September

The RDS Library Speaker Series, in association with the Irish Basking Shark Study Group and the Embassy of the United States, will present a lecture by Dr A. Peter Klimley, University of California, on Tuesday 30 September at 1.00pm North Lecture Theatre, MBC.

The lecture is entitled Electromagnetic Fields: How they affect aquatic species migration and behaviour.

Admission is free and open to the public. Please email to confirm your attendance.

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QUMS public talk: 8 October

Members of the public are invited to boost their business knowledge by attending a free talk at Queen’s University Management School on Wednesday 8 October, 12.30pm-2.00pm.

Dr John Bradley, consultant to the European Commission and European Parliament, will discuss border region economy in the lecture,  Regional policy and business strategy: a missing North-South link?

Staff are welcome to attend this event. Please RSVP to Dr Anthony McDonnell,, 028 9097 4660. For further information, click here.

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Remembering, Forgiving and Forgetting: 24 October

As part of the public debate in Northern Ireland about its legacy issues, the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s is holding 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, however, pre-registration is required and places are limited. To reserve your space, please register online here.

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KESS programme for 2014-15

This year's KESS (Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series) will start in November 2014.

Delivered by the Research and Information Service of the Assembly (RaISe), in partnership with the three universities in Northern Ireland, KESS provides a forum to present and disseminate research findings in a straightforward format, making those findings easily accessible to decision-makers such as MLAs and Assembly committees, as well as the wider public sector.

Seminars are free and will take place on Wednesdays from 5 November 2014 through to 24 June 2015. Each seminar starts at 1.30pm in Parliament Buildings, located on Stormont Estate.

To view the current Programme, as well as Policy Briefings, powerpoint presentations and video clips from previous years, please click here.  You can register for a seminar or contact KESS by emailing

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Courses in October 2014:

  • 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: 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:

  • Thursday 2 October: Developing your Strategic Focus,  9.30am – 4.30pm 
  • 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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IT training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 2 October: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 15 October: Adobe Photoshop 1: Basic Digital Image Editing, 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

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).

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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 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
  • Wednesday 8 October: Using GradeMark to Give Feedback, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
    Participants should be from a School that has agreed to use Turnitin as a submission tool and take part in the GradeMark trial.

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.

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 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,, 028 9097 3099, or Liz McDowell,, 028 9097 5301, for further information.  

The next issue of Reflections, the Queen’s Learning and Teaching newsletter, is due to be published later this semester. If you would like to submit a contribution for the next issue, please send them to Linda Carey,, 028 9097 3099, or Liz McDowell,, 028 9097 5301, by 29 October 2014. Contributions can take several forms:

  • Articles: Articles can be on any aspect of teaching and learning or student support, in Queen's or in the higher education sector more generally. Generally between 500 and 750 words, although longer pieces are acceptable, space permitting.
  • Shorter “newsflash” items: For example, reporting on a recent event; flagging an up-coming event; advertising a new venture. 100 -200 words.
  • Brief synopses of interesting articles on teaching and learning from the educational literature. 100 - 200 words.
  • Letters or responses to previous articles or to recent developments in H.E.
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