9 February 2015

Vote for Professor Máire O'Neill

There is still time to vote for Professor Máire O'Neill who has been nominated to enter the Semta Engineering Hall of Fame.

One-time British Female Inventor of the Year, Máire is one of Europe’s leading digital security experts.  Her research involves designing novel security solutions for communications applications such as email, cloud, set-top boxes and mobile technologies.

You can vote for Máire here.  Voting will close on Sunday 15 February and the winner will be announced at the Semta Skills Awards Gala Dinner on 24 February.

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A Bite of Queen's tour of the Lanyon Building

Did you know that the Canada Room was once used as a zoology museum or that the Lanyon Building was originally intended to be E shaped?

Find out more about the history of the Lanyon Building and some of the people who have brought it to life over the years on an A Bite of Queen's tour on Wednesday 18 February, 1.05pm – 1.50pm.‌ 

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

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Love To Win?

For your chance to win the ultimate prize package, all this week the #LoveQUB Team will be encouraging staff and students to share a photo of what they love most about Queen's. This could be anything from a selfie at your favourite Queen’s location to a photo of your team.

Join the fun by sharing your reasons on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LoveQUB.

Plus, if you see the #LoveQUB Team filming, say hello and they might just give you a sweet treat that’s sure to get your pulse racing.

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Queen's Now

The latest edition of Queen's Now is available online here.

In this edition, Professor Margaret Topping talks about her new role as Dean of The Graduate School and we take a look ahead to the Northern Ireland Science Festival which takes place later this month.

Also included is an overview of the University's REF 2014 results and the winners of the Lo' Lo' Lo' Switch Off Campaign.

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RBS Six Nations Trophy coming to Queen's

Wit‌h the Six Nations Championship now underway, staff can get their photograph taken with the RBS Six Nations Trophy when it visits Queen's on Tuesday 10 February.

Courtesy of Ulster Bank, the trophy will be in the foyer of the Students' Union from 4.00pm5.00pm, along with players Stephen Ferris and Chris Henry.

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NI Science Festival: 19 February – 1 March

Do you want to discover what real DNA looks like, be part of a laptop orchestra or experience what it’s like to be inside a video game? Well now you can, thanks to the inaugural NI Science Festival which gets underway next week.

With 11 days packed full of events on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, there is something for everyone.

A number of events will take place at Queen's and our staff will be out and about engaging with the public at various venues and events across Belfast.

The Festival runs from 19 February - 1 March. For more information, visit or watch the promo video here.

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The Conversation

Click on the links below to read the latest Queen's articles to be published in The Conversation:

If you would like to write for The Conversation, email

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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.

The 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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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Augusto Azuara-Blanco

Professor Augusto Azuara-Blanco, Centre for Experimental Medicine, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, will deliver his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 11 February at 1.00pm. The lecture, titled Lost in Translational, will take place in Room 0G.019, Lower Lecture Theatre, Institute of Clinical Sciences – Block A, Royal Victoria Hospital.

It will be followed by a drinks reception in the Institute of Clinical Sciences – Block A Foyer. RSVP to:

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The School of History and Anthropology Open Lecture

The School of History and Anthropology and The Northern Bridge American History Colloquium will host an open lecture by Annette Gordon-Reed, Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History, Harvard Law School on Wednesday 18 February at 4.00pm. The lecture, titled Jeffersonian Legacies: Race, Slavery and the American Republic, will take place in the David Bates Building, Room G/05.
For further information, contact Dr Brian Kelly,
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Annual Theological Lecture

The Church of Ireland Chaplaincy invites staff to the annual Theological Lecture, The mission of the church in Northern Ireland in 2015: opportunities and obstacles, which will take place in the Great Hall, 6.00pm – 8.00pm on Monday 16 February.
Four church leaders from the Church of Ireland (Archbishop Richard Clarke), Catholic (Bishop Noel Treanor), Methodist (Rev Dr Heather Morris) and Presbyterian (Rev Dr Stafford Carson) denominations will be present for this year's lecture. Seating is by reservation. To RSVP, email Nora at Up to four seats may be reserved per person.
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Annual Sir Bernard Crossland lecture

Alligators, Sex and Scars: Unexpected Scientific Discoveries & their Commercial Exploitation is the title of this year's Sir Bernard Crossland lecture which will take place on Wednesday 25 February, 6.00pm - 7.30pm in Riddel Hall. The lecture, which is part of the NI Science Festival, will be given by Professor Mark Ferguson, Chief Scientific Adviser for Ireland/Director General for Science Foundation Ireland.

For further information, click here. RSVP:

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Chinese New Year Celebrations at the Language Centre

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Language Centre will be holding a series of talks and events related to Chinese culture from 18 February to 6 March. Events include a lion dance from the front of the Lanyon Building to the McClay Library on Thursday 19 February 2015.
For more details, check out or click on the link: Chinese New Year Celebrations
If you would like to attend any of the events, please email

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Queen's Sport

Queen’s Staff Membership 
Treat yourself to a Queen’s Sport Staff membership. A range of options are available  whether you are interested in classes, racquet sports, climbing, swimming or the gym, there is something for everyone. Remember: memberships can be paid via salary deduction which means NO admin fees.
For more information on memberships click here or to book a tour email:
Adult Courses – Last Chance to Enrol!
Why not book yourself on to one of Queen's Sport's progressive activity courses ranging from Pilates and Yoga to Kettlebells and Climbing. New Year, New Programme, New Start. For more information click here.
Queen’s 5K 2015
The Race Around the River is back for 2015 and has been accredited Ulster and NI Championship status this year. The race is open to everyone  whether you are a social runner, club runner or a Paula Radcliffe, anyone can enter. For more information on the race and to enter click here.
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Staff Prayer Breakfast

The next Prayer Breakfast for staff hosted by the Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian Chaplaincies at Queen's will be held on Wednesday 11 February, 8.00am – 9.00am, in The Hub Cafe, 22 Elmwood Avenue. Please RSVP to
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Open Meeting For Fixed-Term and Hourly-Paid Staff

An open meeting, organised by UCU (University and College Union), for fixed-term and hourly-paid staff will be held on Friday 13 February at 1.05pm in Room 01/052 Lanyon South. Mark McAllister of the Labour Relations Agency will address the meeting on the issue of legal rights for staff on fixed-term and casual contracts. The meeting is open to UCU (University and College Union) members and non-members.

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‌Recomposing the City seminar series

Recomposing the City, a collaborative research group based at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, has announced a new seminar series, SOUNDSPACE. Open to staff and postgraduate students in the University, the series will focus on exploring the topic of sound and space across multiple disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, architecture, planning, music and sonic arts. 
A list of upcoming seminars is available here. If you are interested in attending, please email to register your interest and include a few words about your work. 
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School of History and Anthropology Newsletter

‌For the latest news from the School of History and Anthropology, take a look at the School's newsletter which is available online‌.


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ISCTSJ Newsletter

The ninth edition of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice Newsletter is now available online.

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Valentine's at the Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre has a range of cards and sweet treats in stock for anyone looking for a Valentine's Day gift.  Stamps are also available. 

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This week at QFT:
SELMA: The real life story of Martin Luther King Jr.'s dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. Both intimate and grand in scope, full of suspense and surprise and overflowing with fascinating characters, Selma is a triumph of cinematic storytelling.
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.
AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS: One of the great movies about World War II and the German Occupation, this semi-autobiographical film, set in January 1944 at an exclusive Catholic boarding school outside Fontainebleau, is the key work Director Louis Malle waited 42 years to make.
RSC LIVE: LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST: Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve… Broadcast live via satellite from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Coming up from Friday: Birdman, Love is Strange, Boyhood, The Philadelphia Story.
Staff ticket price: £5; standard ticket price: £6.50. 
Please visit for more details.
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The next issue of Reflections, Queen’s Learning and Teaching newsletter, will be available online later this semester. If you would like to submit a contribution, please send it to Linda Carey ( or Liz McDowell ( by 20 April 2015.
QUB Teaching Awards 2015
The closing date for receipt of applications for a QUB Teaching Award 2015 is 5.00pm on Monday 16 March 2015. Further information is available in the 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
The 20142015 courses are now available for booking via the iTrent system. Please note that places are limited and early registration is recommended.
  • Wednesday 11 February: Teaching with Emotional Intelligence, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • 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
  • Wednesday 25 February: Using the TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software (familiarity with a Windows environment is essential), 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Guest Speaker Series 2014–2015
  •  Wednesday 25 February: Engaging home and international students: a practical theory, by Dr Rachel Scudamore, University of Nottingham, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, in Seminar Room 1, IPSC.
Higher Education Lunchtime Forum
  • Wednesday 11 March: Blogging in Teaching and Learning, 1.00pm – 1.55pm, in the Geography Building, OG/033. A sandwich lunch will be provided from 12.45pm. The session will be led by Dr Suzel Reily (School of Creative Arts). 
Registration for all CED courses and events is via Queen’s Online,  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 IT training courses:
  • Tuesday 17 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
  • Thursday 26 February: Introduction to Project Management and the Use of Associated Templates, 10.00am – 11.00am
  • 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
  • Friday 27 March: Labels and Mail Merge, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 14 April: Adobe Photoshop 2: Further Topics, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Semester 2 courses are now available for booking on Queen’s Online. Course dates can be viewed at:
ECDL – The next test date is Friday 13 February, 9.30am – 11.00am.  For more information on ECDL, visit:
Tip of the day: The TODAY function in Excel is dynamic so will update each time the workbook is opened to always display the current date.  Enter =TODAY() in a cell.
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Places are available on the following STDU courses:

  • Monday 9 February: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 11 February: Health and Safety for Co-ordinators, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 17 February: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • 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

Researcher Lunchtime Seminars

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

This networking event is an opportunity to meet with researchers from across Queen’s and includes a speed networking session.  

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.

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