17 August 2015

Launch of P2P

P2P identA new initiative is being launched across the University which will transform the way in which we procure goods and services from our suppliers.

Led by the Finance Directorate, Procure to Pay (P2P) is a new automated system for processing all elements of the procurement process – from web-based requisitioning, online approval and online ‘shopping’ to automatic generation of purchase orders and supplier invoice capture and matching.

P2P has already been successfully implemented in a number of stakeholder areas at Queen’s and will be rolled out to the whole University by the end of the calendar year.  A P2P ‘go-live’ schedule is currently being developed.  The roll-out will be supported by a comprehensive training programme and a briefing session is planned for early September.

For more information on P2P, click on the link: P2P Project Information.  Further updates will be provided as the project is rolled-out.

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Pioneer Research Programmes – Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest are invited from academic staff in the establishment of Pioneer Research Programmes. The call will remain open until Friday 18 September 2015, and applications should be returned electronically to the Research Policy Office (

Application forms and guidance are available on the Research and Enterprise Directorate website.

The final Pioneer Research Programme Clinic will be held on Thursday 20 August to provide dedicated advice and guidance to those considering the submission of an expression of interest. Please email if you would like to attend.


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A Bite of Queen's Tour of the Graduate School

Due to the popularity of the recent A Bite of Queen's tours to the Graduate School, a further tour will take place on Thursday 20 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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Undergraduate Open Day TV Ad launches tonight on UTV

Open Days Marketing CampaignA TV ad campaign to raise awareness of the University's Undergraduate Open Day event will launch tonight on UTV between Vet School and Coronation Street. The ad will also appear on UTV on Saturday 29 August during the launch of the X Factor and is currently running on Sky in the North of England.  (Please note, spot times are subject to TV station scheduling changes).

The TV ad is part of a multi-media advertising campaign created by the University's Marketing Team to raise awareness of the Open Day event and brand.

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

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Travel Clinic: Thursday 3 September

The University’s appointed Travel Management Company, Selective Travel Management, will hold a Travel Clinic on Thursday 3 September from 10.00am – 12.00pm. The purpose of the Clinic is to provide advice and guidance surrounding travel bookings to those who either frequently make bookings for travel, or who travel regularly on University business.

The Travel Clinic will include an open Q&A session with representatives from Selective Travel Management and the Procurement Department, where you can raise travel related queries.  There will also be an opportunity to arrange a one-to-one visit from Selective Travel Management to discuss the specific travel needs for your area, where appropriate.

Places on this Clinic are limited, so allocation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 

If you are interested in attending, please send your request to not later than Friday 28 August.  Please include your name, role and your current involvement with University travel arrangements.

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Internal Vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

Clerical Officer (Part-time Grade 4)

Development and Alumni Relations Office
Ref: 15/104014
Closing date: Friday 21 August 2015

Anticipated Interview date: week beginning 7 September

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Public Health Messages: Twitter Campaign

Do You know your skin NI?
Researchers at Queen’s are currently running the #KnowYourSkinNI campaign as part of a feasibility study on whether Twitter is effective for disseminating public health messages.

Take a look at the campaign's social media accounts:

On Tuesday 1 September, the team will hold a “Thunderclap” to promote the campaign and would like people to pledge their support via this link: By taking part, the campaign message will be posted on your behalf with the aim of creating a trending topic on social media.

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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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New book from a member of staff in the School of English

Dr Derek Johnston from the School of English has just released a new book entitled Haunted Seasons: Television Ghost Stories for Christmas and Horror for Halloween.

The book explores seasonal horror broadcasting, including the source of those traditions in literary and oral narratives, and how these ghost stories for Christmas and horror tales at Halloween form part of our different cultures.

Further information is available on the School of English's facebook page.

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Queen's Sport: Gait Analysis Evening – Monday 17 August

Gait Analysis Queen’s Sport will host a Gait Analysis evening tonight, Monday 17 August, from 5.00pm – 9.00pm in conjunction with the Belfast City Half Marathon. All staff are welcome to attend and take advantage of the free event.

Gait Analysis assesses how your feet respond during running and experts will be there to offer advice throughout the evening with each session taking no longer than 15 minutes. Spot prizes will also be available, as well as a 10% discount code to Belfast Half Marathon for all who attend.

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This week at QFT

This week at QFT:

13 Minutes – Tells the incredible true story of the man who nearly changed the world – Georg Elser, a carpenter who attempted to carry out a bomb plot against Hitler at a Nazi convention in Munich, 1939. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, who also directed the Oscar nominated Downfall, with music by David Holmes.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl – British up-and-comer Bel Powley is outstanding as a girl who comes of age in mid-70s San Francisco in Marielle Heller’s striking debut.

Theeb – An old school adventure movie set in the Jordan desert, about a young boy tasked with escorting a British officer to safety during the First World War.

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

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The Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre LinenIrish Linen House has arrived in the Welcome Centre. Inspired by Celtic mythology and folklore, the 100% woven Irish Linen makes an impressive gift and a beautiful addition to any home. The collection includes a range of designs with embroidered table runners, coordinating placemats and napkins.

Staff are reminded of their 10% discount.

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IT Training courses

Places are still available on the following August and 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

Courses can be booked via Queen's Online ( – 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 next test date is Monday 31 August, 9.30am – 11.00 a.m. To find out more about ECDL, check out:

Tip of the day: Make minor modifications to a PDF in Word 2013 by clicking the File tab (in Word), selecting File, Open and select the PDF document.  It will open in Word and allow minor changes.

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