10 August 2015

Undergraduate Open Day 2015 – Marketing Campaign

Open Days Marketing CampaignThis year’s Open Day event will take place on 10, 11 and 12 September 2015. It will be an opportunity for prospective students to visit the campus with their friends and family and see for themselves what Queen’s can offer.

The University’s Marketing Team has developed a new brand identity for the 2016 Undergraduate Recruitment Cycle and, with support from staff and students, has created a multi-media advertising campaign, using TV, Radio, Online and Social, to raise awareness of the Open Day event and the brand.

Take a look at the Open Days marketing webpage for information and creative about the campaign.

For further information, contact Jenny Kendall, or on 028 9097 2518.

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A Bite of Queen's Tour of the Graduate School

Staff will get the chance to see inside the new Graduate School this week as part of the A Bite of Queen's initiative.

The tour will take place on Thursday 13 August, 1.05pm - 1.50pm.

To take part, please fill in the online booking form.  Places are limited. The tour includes a lunch. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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QPol – Policy engagement and blogging

QPol is a vehicle through which Queen's academics can focus their engagement with those involved in the policymaking process by providing independent, evidence-based analysis and solutions to government, politicians and others involved in tackling the major challenges of the day.

A number of recent updates have been made to the website at, including a new section highlighting Queen’s policy strengths. Recent highlights posted on QPol include:

QPol blogs have been viewed almost 10,000 times since the website was launched and it provides a great vehicle for academic staff to highlight their work to a wider audience, particularly those in the policymaking community. Contributing to QPol is easy. If you have an idea, contact for more information.

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ESRC Future Research Leaders (FRL) Information Seminar

Research Development invite potential applicants for the 2015/16 round of the ESRC FRL scheme to attend an information seminar on Tuesday 11 August from 11.00am to 1.00pm in the R&E Seminar Room at 63 University Road. 

There will be an overview presentation of the scheme and the internal procedures that must followed along with a Q&A session and details of the support that Research Development can provide.

For more information, including details of how to register, please go to the Research & Enterprise Website

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The Conversation

Conversation VideoClick on the link below to read the latest Queen's article published in The Conversation:

If you would like to find out how writing for The Conversation can help you to promote your work to a global audience, watch this short video featuring Queen’s staff.

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, contact to find out more.

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CCRCB Bulletin - August Edition

The August edition of the CCRCB Bulletin is now available online. Click on the link to access it: CCRCB Bulletin August.

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ARK Ageing Programme Seminar

The ARK Ageing Programme will host a seminar on Population Ageing Affects All Age Groups on Thursday 17 September, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, in G0/008, 18 College Green.
The seminar will highlight how population ageing affects everyone and will include:

  • Professor Pearl Dykstra (Erasmus University Rotterdam) discussing how demographic changes have strongly altered the social worlds of children, and are creating new opportunities for intergenerational connections.
  • Gemma Carney and Paula Devine (ARK Ageing Programme) presenting findings from the 2014 Kid’s Life and Times survey, exploring children’s attitudes to age and ageing.

The event is free, although places are limited and so must be booked in advance.  If you would like to book a place, please email

This event is funded by the Improving Children’s Lives Initiative, Queen’s.

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New Contact details for Acting Head of the School of History and Anthropology

A new email address has been set up for Professor Crawford Gribben, the Acting Head of the School of History and Anthropology.

Professor Gribben can be contacted via

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Queen's Sport

Couch to 5kQueen’s Staff Complete ‘Couch 2 5k’
Congratulations to all the ‘Couch 2 5k’ runners who completed their 10-week programme on Saturday.  Over 25 Queen’s staff members completed the programme and finished the 5k “Graduation” run at the weekly Queen’s Park Run at Upper Malone. Well done to everyone who took part and remember to keep running.

Gait Analysis Evening: 17 August
Queen’s Sport will host a Gait Analysis evening on Monday 17 August from 5.00pm to 9.00pm in conjunction with the Belfast City Half Marathon. All staff are welcome to take advantage of the free event. Gait analysis experts will be offering advice throughout the evening with each session taking no longer than 15 minutes. Spot prizes will also be available throughout the evening, as well as a 10% discount code to Belfast Half Marathon for all in attendance.

One Month – Summer membership
Queen's Sport are still offering a one-month membership for only £35. The membership is an all-inclusive peak membership which includes access to three Gyms, two pools, 70+ Classes, racquet sports and climbing wall.  (Two month offer still available for £66).  More information is available on the Queen's Sport Website

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IT Training courses

Courses for Semester 1 (2015–16) are now available for booking.  Places are still available on the following August/September courses:

  • Wednesday 19 August: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 29 September: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm

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'.

Course dates can be viewed at:

ECDL – The new improved test system allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision (note – this is not used for ECDL Advanced).  For more information on ECDL, visit:

The next test date is Monday 31 August, 9.30am – 11.00 am.

Tip of the day: To transfer very large files, try QUB Dropbox (files can be up to 1 GB).

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This week at QFT

This week at QFT:

Manglenhorn (12A) – In this magical romantic portrait, Al Pacino plays an eccentric locksmith left heartbroken by the woman he lost forty years ago. Unexpectedly, he tries to start his life over again with the help of a new friend played with charm and grace by the always wonderful Holly Hunter.

Marshland (15) – This strikingly handsome period cop drama from Spanish director Alberto Rodriguez places two mis-matched and troubled detectives in the atmospheric Andaluz swamplands, where they lead a hunt for a serial killer of teenage girls.

The Legend of Barney Thomson (15) – Robert Carlyle makes his directorial debut with this delightful jet-black comedy about a downtrodden barber whose mundane life is turned upside down when he accidentally turns killer.

You're Ugly Too (Cert TBC) – Recently orphaned Stacey (played by Lauren Kinsella in an auspicious debut), a pre-teen spitfire, is sent to live with her estranged Uncle Will (Aidan Gillen), a convict who has been given compassionate leave for the purpose.

Josephine Decker visits QFT – Monday 10 August at 6.30pm – QFT are delighted to welcome a powerful new voice in independent filmmaking, Josephine Decker, to the cinema as part of her nationwide tour of two films. Her film, Butter on the Latch, a tale of an entangled female friendship, set in a real-life Balkan music camp in upstate New York, will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

The winner of two tickets to see The Legend of Barney Thomson was Emer Kieran.

Queen's staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.70). Please visit for more details.

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