2 February 2015

Recruitment of Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellors

In line with Vision 2020 plans, applications are now invited for the following key academic leadership posts:

  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

Executive search consultants, Odgers Berndtson, have been engaged to assist with the selection process. Staff interested in applying for these posts should visit the recruitment website at

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Latest video blog from the Vice-Chancellor

To watch the latest video blog from the Vice-Chancellor, please click here.

This video includes: REF 2014; an update on delivering Vision 2020; and Queen’s partnership with Dubai Healthcare City to develop a new university in the Middle East.

A transcript of the video is available on the Vice-Chancellor's blog page.

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Queen's researchers feature in documentary

Leading cancer researchers from Queen’s feature in a documentary by BBC Northern Ireland which, in part, looks at the advances in modern science which are giving cancer patients a higher rate of survival.  The programme will also examine the emotional, physical and psychological impact that the illness has upon patients and their families.

The Truth About Cancer, presented by Stephen Nolan, features: the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston; CCRCB Director, Professor David Waugh; Clinical Director of the Cancer Centre, Professor Joe O’Sullivan; Professor Manuel Salto-Tellez, Director, NI Molecular Pathology Laboratory; and Professor Tracy Robson from the School of Pharmacy.

The Truth About Cancer will be shown on BBC One NI on Wednesday 4 February at 10.35pm.

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Payroll Cut-Off Dates

Listed below are the payroll cut-off dates up to July 2015. Please note that the cut-off date for hard copy forms in February and March is Friday 6. All input must be received by the appropriate cut-off date to ensure prompt and accurate payment.
Payment of any input received after the cut-off date cannot be guaranteed and may not be processed until the next pay period. Please note the earlier April date  this will be confirmed closer to the time.
Pay Month Cut-Off for Hard Copy Forms
Cut-Off for e-Timesheets Pay Date
February  Friday 6 February   Friday 13 February  Friday 27 February
March  Friday 6 March   Friday 13 March  Tuesday 31 March
April  Wednesday 1 April (TBC)  Wednesday 15 April (TBC)  Thursday 30 April (TBC)
May  Thursday 7 May   Friday 15 May  Friday 29 May
June  Friday 5 June   Monday 15 June  Tuesday 30 June
July  Tuesday 7 July   Wednesday 15 July  Friday 31 July
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Staff Wellbeing: Bowel Cancer Awareness Seminar

A Bowel Cancer Awareness Seminar, delivered by Bowel Cancer UK, will take place on Thursday 12 February, 1.00pm – 2.00pm in the Old Staff Common Room.

In Northern Ireland, more than 1,100 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year. It is very treatable, especially if diagnosed at an early stage. This seminar will cover bowel cancer symptoms, risk factors, screening and prevention advice, including how people can help to reduce their risk through a healthy diet and lifestyle.  Lunch will be provided for attendees.

Register to attend by email

For further information on understanding bowel cancer, visit Bowel Cancer UK.

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Upgrade to Queen's blogging platform

Queen's blogging platform will be unavailable on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 February to allow for maintenance and upgrades.

This will affect all blogs under the URL,

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Online Time Allocation Schedule (TAS) system

The online TAS system for academic staff is now open for returns covering the four-month period from 1 October 2014 to 31 January 2015. 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 return of the TAS is 13 February 2015.

The completion of a Time Allocation Schedule (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 avoid the need for more onerous time collection methods.

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

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The Conversation

Three articles by Queen's academics have been published in The Conversation this week:

If you would like to write for The Conversation, email

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Staff Training and Development Unit Newsletter

The Staff Training and Development Unit has produced a newsletter for staff which includes details of development opportunities and takes a look at a selection of recent highlights and news.

Click here to access the newsletter.

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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Mícheál Ó Mainnín

Staff are invited to attend the inaugural lecture by Professor Mícheál Ó Mainnín, School of Modern Languages. The lecture, titled 'Who do we think we are?' Language and identity in Ireland and Scotland, will take place on Monday 16 February 2015 at 5.00pm in the Canada Room/Council Chamber.

RSVP to Maria Meehan by 4.00pm, Friday 6 February at, 028 9097 1143.

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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Chris Irwin

Professor Chris Irwin, Centre for Dentistry, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, will deliver his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 4 February 2015 at 5.00pm. The lecture, titled Gums, wounds and cancer: a role for the humble fibroblast?, will take place in Room G07, North Lecture Theatre, Medical Biology Centre.

It will be followed by a drinks reception in the MBC Foyer. RSVP to:

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I‌CRH Call for Applications: 2015–16 Project Research Groups

The Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities invites expressions of interest from colleagues across Queen's wishing to set up a Project Research Group in the Institute for the 2015–16 academic year. 

‌A successful Project Research Group in the Institute will bring together colleagues from different Schools, with different disciplinary backgrounds and training, and at different stages in their career to work together over the year on a specific set of interdisciplinary research questions through seminars, conferences and grant-writing activities.

The Institute hopes to make up to five awards, worth up to a maximum of £5,000. Application procedures can be found on the ICRH website here and the closing date is 6 March 2015. Expressions of interest which embrace the Institute's annual priority research theme for 2015–16, 'Health, Well-being and the Humanities', are encouraged and may be prioritised in the allocation of funding.

Enquiries to Brenda Morris:

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Participants wanted for Vision and Ageing Study

Are you interested in eye health? Researchers from Queen’s are currently looking for participants willing to take part in a study investigating visual function and ageing, titled the 'Northern Ireland Sensory Ageing Study' (NiSA). The purpose of the study is to understand how our ability to see changes with normal ageing. 
Participation would require attendance at the Clinical Research Facility at Belfast City Hospital for a single three-hour visit at a time that suits you. At your visit, you will be asked to complete a series of vision tests, a questionnaire, retinal imaging following pupil dilation and provide a blood sample. The estimated visit time includes time for a break and refreshments. You will receive £20 as reimbursement.
The study is currently looking for healthy volunteers aged between 2050, with no history of diabetes or ocular pathology. If you think you might be suitable and would be interested in taking part, please contact Katie Graham,, 07478662315.
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Disability Research Network Seminar

The Disability Research Network at Queen’s will host a seminar on The Social and Political Landscape of Family Caregiving for Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in the United States on Wednesday 25 February, 2.30pm–4.00pm, in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, 6 College Park.

The seminar will be given by Susan L Parish, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Brandeis University, USA.

The event is free but booking is essential. To reserve your place, please contact Caroline:

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School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work and ARK Ageing Programme Seminar

The School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work and ARK Ageing Programme invite you to a seminar titled "There could be someone in here that’s gay...": The Provision of Inclusive services to older lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) Adults in Residential Care Environments in Wales by Dr Paul Willis, Swansea University. The seminar will take place on Thursday 5 February at 2.30pm in the Old Staff Common Room, Lanyon Building. 

Tea and coffee will be available from 2.00pm. The event is free. To book your place, please contact Caroline:, 028 9097 3222.

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Winter Physical Activity Courses

Staff Wellbeing and Queen’s Sport have teamed up to deliver a winter activity programme and a Blast lunchtime programme for staff. Both programmes start this week.

The winter activity programme includes courses in yoga, pilates, and tone and trim which will take place in the Students’ Union

The 8-week Blast programme includes two 30 minute Blast fitness classes each week.

For further information, including how to register, visit the Staff Wellbeing site.

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Santander Offer for Staff

The Queen's Santander Branch is offering university staff an exclusive offer of 10 free Banco Santander SA shares if you open or switch to their 123 Current Account from Monday 2 February 2015 until Friday 20 March 2015. This offer is exclusive to the first 15 university staff to apply in the campus branch.  For full terms and conditions of the promotion, or if you’d like to make an appointment to call into the branch, contact Colm Quinn on 05511431212  or email

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This week at QFT:

INHERENT VICE: Any new film from Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, The Master) is cause for celebration, and the arrival of this new twisty thriller is no exception. Inherent Vice follows drug-fuelled Private Investigator Larry ‘Doc' Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) who is drawn into a tangled story of drug-dealers, hustlers, dentists and hippie-loathing cops – all played out in the hazy sun of 1970s Los Angeles.

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR: American immigrant Abel Morales and his wife Anna (Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain) are drawn into violence and corruption as they attempt to build their own 'American Dream'. Set in New York City, 1981 – on record as the most violent year in the city's history – this is a penetrating study of ambition, corruption, loyalty and greed.

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CINEMA – IMPACT OF CONFLICT: A new strand of film screenings, events and conversations running until July 2015 exploring the repercussions of conflict and the multiple ways these have been represented in and through film. Up this week: BERNADETTE, RESTREPO, WALTZ WITH BASHIR and THE ACT OF KILLING.

Coming up from Friday: Selma, Amour Fou, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Carmen of Karwachi.

Staff ticket price: £5; standard ticket price: £6.50.

Please visit for more details.

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QUB Teaching Awards 2015
The closing date for receipt of applications for a QUB Teaching Award 2013 is 5.00pm on Monday 16 March 2015.  Further information is available in the Teaching Awards Notes for Guidance, which are available to download here, along with application templates and examples of previous applications.
Queries should be directed to Liz McDowell,, 028 9097 5301.
Continuing Professional Development
Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event and early registration is recommended.
  • Wednesday 4 February: Preparing and Giving Lectures Part 2: practical session (It is recommended that participants have attended part 1), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 11 February: Teaching with Emotional Intelligence, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 11 February: Using GradeMark to Give Feedback (Participants must be from a School that has agreed to use Turnitin as a submission tool and take part in the GradeMark trial), 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 February: Dynamic PowerPoint Presentations (Familiarity with a Windows environment is essential), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 18 February: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Guest Speaker Series 2014–2015
  • Wednesday 25 February: Engaging home and international students: a practical theory, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Seminar Room 1, IPSC. Dr Rachel Scudamore, University of Nottingham, will lead a session offering a theoretical framework for thinking about educating home and international students, and suggesting practical strategies that colleagues elsewhere have found effective in their own teaching.
 Registration for all courses and events is via iTrent.  
A full list of all CED events and courses, together with further information, can be accessed here
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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following course:

  • Wednesday 4 February: Using Social Media for Teaching and Research, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Thursday 5 February: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 23 February: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 25 February: Excel 2: Managing Data, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 27 February: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 2 March: Twitter for Beginners, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 10 March: Analysing Social Media Metrics Using Excel, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Courses can be booked via iTrent. Course dates can be viewed here.

ECDL – The next ECDL test date is Wednesday 4 February, 9.30am – 11.00am. For more information on ECDL, visit:

Tip of the day: To get online support for SharePoint or the Virtual Learning Environment go to:

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STDU Courses

There are places available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 4 February: Staff Wellbeing – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 9 February: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 11 February: Health and Safety for Co-ordinators, 11 February, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 17 February: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 20 February: Time Management for Support Staff, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 24 February: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 24 February: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 25 February: Doing Focus Group Research, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities
Aimed at Professional Support Staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above, the following Developing for Success workshop is now available for booking:

  • Thursday 5 February: Communicating Effectively, 9.00am – 1.00pm

Researcher Lunchtime Seminars (researcher networking event)

  • Thursday 12 February: Developing your Networks: Mentoring for Career Development, 11.30am – 1.00pm (followed by a light lunch), Great Hall, Lanyon Building

This event includes a speed networking session as well as presentations from researchers and professionals engaged in the mentoring process. Researchers can find out more about opportunities to engage in mentoring at Queen’s and beyond; the role of mentoring in supporting researchers; and how mentoring can enhance your career development.

All courses can be booked via iTrent Self Service.

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