31 August 2015

Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes 2015 Competition

VC's Impact Prize 2015Applications are now open for the 2015 Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes.  The prizes have been expanded this year to include two new categories of research innovation and postdoctoral research. All four categories aim to reward individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the areas of impact and innovation.

Prizes of £3,000 will be awarded under each of four categories:

  • Research Impact prize;
  • Research Innovation prize;
  • ECR research prize;
  • Postdoctoral research prize.

For further information and guidelines, contact Naoimh Mackel in Research and Enterprise,, 028 9097 2574.

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National Work Life Week – Working Parent Events

As part of National Work Life Week, which takes place from Monday 21 - Friday 25 September, Wellbeing at Queen's will run a series of events for working parents, delivered by Parenting NI:

  • Effective Parenting Workshop, Tuesday 22 September 2015, 1.00pm - 2.00pm
  • Stress Management Workshop, Tuesday 29 September 2015, 1.00pm - 2.00pm
  • Helping with Homework Workshop, Tuesday 6 October 2015, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Further details are available on the Wellbeing Website. To register, email including the title and the date of the session that you wish to attend in the subject line. Lunch will be provided at each session.

Queen's has several schemes and benefits to help staff achieve balance with work and home life. Visit the Wellbeing website for details of the University's Family Friendly and Work Life Balance initiatives. In recognition of this commitment, Queen's has been shortlisted for a second year as a finalist for the Employers for Childcare, Family Friendly Employers Awards 2015.

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Queen's on tonight's University Challenge

University Challenge 2015Queen's will feature on tonight's episode of University Challenge on BBC2 at 8.00pm.

The team from Queen's will take on the University of Sussex in the quiz hosted by Jeremy Paxman.

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Internal Vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

Temporary Administrative Co-ordinator (Timetabling)
Eventus and Culture and Arts
Ref: 15/104069

Closing date: Monday 7 September 2015

Anticipated Interview date: Thursday 17 September 2015

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Autumn Physical Activity Programme

Organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, the Autumn Activity Programme for staff will begin week commencing Monday 21 September 2015:

  • Pilates, commencing on Tuesday 22 September
  • Yoga, commencing on Wednesday 23 September
  • Tone and Trim, commencing on Thursday 24 September

The above classes will be held on the main campus (location tbc) and will run from 1.10pm – 1.50pm.

  • Blast Tabata starts on Monday 21 September and runs from 1.15pm – 1.45pm. This class will take place in Studio 1 in the PEC.

The courses will run for twelve weeks (no classes w/c: 26 October) at a cost of £26.

More information is available on the Wellbeing website or by contacting Queen’s Sport reception,, 028 9068 1126. Register and pay at the PEC reception. Please note, places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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#KnowYourSkinNI Thunderclap

Do You know your skin NI?

Over the last few weeks, researchers at Queen's have been running the #KnowYourSkinNI campaign as part of a feasibility study on whether Twitter is effective for disseminating public health messages.

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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Wave Power Talk: Wednesday 2 September

Dr Bjoern ElsäßerThe McClay Library Green Impact Team will host a lunchtime talk on Wave Power on Wednesday 2 September, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, in the Auditorium (McClay Library).

The talk will be given by Dr Bjoern Elsäßer, a Senior Lecturer in Coastal Science and Engineering at the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, who will discuss his research.

Tea and coffee will be provided. If you would like to attend the event, please register your attendance.

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The Royal Society of Arts event at Queen's

The Royal Society of Arts will host an event at Queen's this week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Theory of Relativity and what CERN in Geneva is doing today.

Steve Myers, Director of Medical Applications at CERN, will reflect on the importance of Einstein's work, the ground breaking ways that it is being applied at CERN today, and his own personal journey of discovery from Belfast to the greatest scientific institution in the world.

The event will take place in the Canada Room on Wednesday 2 September at 5.30pm. Booking is via the RSA website.

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Workshop on Corporation Tax

A workshop on Lowering Corporation Tax in Northern Ireland: A Smart Move or Dangerous Risk? will take place on Friday 11 September, 12.30pm - 4.00pm, in the David Bates Building, Room 01/006.

The workshop will have a keynote address from Richard Murphy from Tax Research UK, a prominent and well-known economic commentator and critic of lowering corporation tax in Northern Ireland. Richard is also an economic advisor to Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn.

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Annual Clare MacMahon Lecture

Queen’s Gender Initiative (QGI), in partnership with the Queen’s Management School, will host the annual Clare MacMahon Lecture on Tuesday 13 October 2015, 4.30pm - 6.00pm in the Senate Room. The guest speaker is Ms Elaine Coughlan, a co-Founder and General Partner of Atlantic Bridge Capital.

The lecture is part of QGI's “Inspiring Role Models Network”. Please register to attend by emailing:

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Join an open learning short part-time course this Autumn

Open Learning 2015The new Autumn 2015/New Year 2016 Open Learning programme of part-time short courses is now available.

From painting to public speaking, walking to wine appreciation, creative writing to céilí dancing, and astronomy to aromatherapy, Open Learning short part-time day and evening courses at Queen’s offer everyone the chance to try something new and enjoy learning in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Courses cover a wide variety of subject areas including:

  • Complementary Therapies
  • Creative Writing
  • History
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Personal Development
  • Philosophy

Classes start week commencing Monday 28 September 2015.  Queen’s staff qualify for the concession rate where applicable.

For further information and to enrol online, visit

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The Welcome Centre

Keen ButterQueen’s Welcome Centre has become the proud new stockists of Keen Nut Butter.  Great taste 2014 winners, these tasty spreads are not only nutritious and delicious, they’re also locally made in Co. Down.  Stop by and try for yourself.

Staff receive a 10% discount in the Welcome Centre.

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This week at QFT

45 Years Film QFTThis week at QFT:

45 Years - One of the best British films of the year, Andrew Haigh's subtly devastating film is about the fractured relationship between a couple - delightfully played by Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay - as they head towards their 45th wedding anniversary party.

Mistress America - Greta Gerwig shines in this loveable low-budget comedy about a uni student and her new, cool step-sister.

NT Live: The Beaux Stratagem (Thursday 3 September at 7.00pm) -  ‘The Beaux’ Stratagem’ follows a couple of caddish young men who’ve fled London after blowing their fortunes and have now arrived in Lichfield in an effort to bag some wealthy heiresses.

QFT Competition

To WIN a pair of tickets to see 45 YEARS, please email with 45 in the subject line and the answer to the question: What is the traditional gift to celebrate a 45th anniversary?

Competition closes Wednesday 2 September at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.

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

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Queen's Sport Children’s Activity Programme Autumn 2015

Children's Activity Programme 2015Queen's Sport's Children's Activity Programme is now open for enrolment. It includes all the usual favourites as well as new courses such as Gymnastics (Advanced), Basketball (Seniors) and “Squirrels” Climbing (which is a course for parents and their child). 

All courses begin week commencing Monday 7 September 2015 and are available to both members and non-members.

For more information or to download an application form, visit the Queen's Sport website.


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Writing workshop for Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation actions (RIA)

Queen’s EU team will hold a workshop on how to write a competitive Research Innovation action proposal (RIA/IA) on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 September 2015.

The training is intended for senior academics planning to apply to the Horizon 2020 “Industrial Leadership” and the “Societal Challenges” programmes. These applications, called “collaborative projects” under FP7, imply the involvement of at least three organisations from three different Member States.

The workshop will address each section of the application and strategic guidance will also be provided. Training will be delivered by the EU team members, who will share their experience in winning this type of applications.

The workshop will start on Monday 21 September 2015 from 12.30pm - 5.00pm and will continue on Tuesday 22 September 2015 from 9.00am - 12.00pm. Lunch will be provided.

Places are limited. Delegates will be required to attend the full workshop. Please note that this workshop is dedicated to experienced researchers holding a PhD and having at least two years of post-doctoral experience.

Please register via iTrent (using the search function with the keywords “writing” or “horizon 2020”).


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Centre for Educational Development

All CPD 2015-2016 courses are now available for booking.  The upcoming September courses are listed below.  Please note that there are limited places available on each course so early registration is recommended.

  • Tuesday 22 September: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
    You must be registered to use Queen’s Online with access to one of your modules   
  • Wednesday 30 September: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 30 September: Using GradeMark to Give Feedback, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
    Participants must be from a School that has agreed to use Turnitin as a submission tool and take part in the GradeMark trial   

To book a place 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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STDU 2015-16 Course Programme

The 2015-16 Staff Training and Development Unit Course Programme is now available and can be viewed at

To book a place on an upcoming training course, log onto Queen's Online at, then select Training Courses from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for iTrent Self Service.

Please be advised that with the exception of wait listed courses, STDU do not carry waiting lists over from one academic year to the next.

Secretarial Skills Programme 2015-16
Application forms are now available for the 2015-16 Secretarial Skills Programmes.  Forms and information can be obtained on the STDU Website.

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IT Training courses

Courses for Semester 1 (2015-16) are now available for booking. 

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 next test date is Tuesday 6 October, 9.30am – 11.00am.

Tip of the day: Access course materials, including a number of videos at Log in with ads\ in front of your student/staff number and use your normal password.

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