16 February 2015

NI Science Festival starts this week

The inaugural NI Science Festival gets underway this week with 11 days packed full of events on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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.

Click here to see the Queen's events or visit to see the full programme.

The Festival runs from 19 February – 1 March.

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Staff Travel Survey

Staff can help influence future sustainable travel initiatives at Queen's by taking part in the 2015 'Travel to Work' Survey.

The survey will identify any changes in travel patterns since the last one was conducted in 2013, when it was shown that 61% of staff travelled by sustainable transport (including walking, cycling or public transport).

All those who complete the survey will have the opportunity to be entered into a Prize Draw. The closing date is Friday 27 February.

To take part, visit
For further information, please contact John McCann, Estates Directorate,  on 028 9097 1154 or

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Nominations for University Pro-Chancellor

Staff are being invited to submit nominations for the position of Pro-Chancellor.

The University currently has two Pro-Chancellors – Rotha Johnston and Stephen Prenter.  Rotha is due to stand down as Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Senate on 31 December 2015 and steps have been initiated to appoint a third Pro-Chancellor, with effect from 1 May 2015.

Nominations should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by 4.00pm on Friday 27 February, using the approved pro forma.  Further information is available here

For further details, please contact Clare Jamison in the Registrar’s Office on 028 9097 2505.

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Call for STEMM speakers to take part in Soapbox Science

Would you like to join some of the UK’s top female scientists as they take science to the streets?

Soapbox Science – an annual public science communication event that brings cutting-edge science to the public in an accessible, fun, free and un-intimidating way – is coming to Belfast for the first time in June 2015 and is looking for female scientists to take part.

Training and support will be provided to help you engage the public with your research, inspire the next generation and promote women in STEMM.

For further information and details of how to apply, visit or contact Dr Geetha Srinivasan in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering on, 028 9097 5604. The deadline to apply is 22 February 2015.

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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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The Conversation

Forty-four academic members of staff at Queen's have now written for The Conversation. Click on the links to read the latest articles.

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, email

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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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RISE Event

An information session on the RISE (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange) programme will take place at Queen's on Wednesday 25 February at 11.00am. It will be given by Dr Jennifer Brennan, the Irish National Contact Point for Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Actions.
Funded under Horizon 2020, RISE supports staff secondments and consortium networking events between EU and Non-EU countries, across different sectors and disciplines.
The next deadline for submitting proposals to the RISE programme is 28 April. Success rates across Europe are high for this scheme (>40%) and Queen's was successfully awarded one project last year.
To register your attendance at the session, please email Details of the agenda and venue will be made available closer to the date.
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INVENT 2015 Briefing

The Northern Ireland Science Park has just launched its INVENT 2015 competition, searching for new inventions and innovations from Northern Ireland.
As part of BBC Northern Ireland's Make It Digital event, INVENT will host a briefing for PhD students and Research Fellows on this year's competition on Thursday 26 February. There will also be an opportunity to connect with NISP CONNECT Entrepreneurs in Residence and previous winners of INVENT.
For more information, click on the link: INVENT 2015 Briefing. Please RSVP to by 23 February.
Further information on Invent 2015 is available at:
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The Naughton Gallery: New Exhibition

A new exhibition will open in the Naughton Gallery on Thursday 19 February between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.

St Claire Allen: Life in a Landscape, which includes prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture, will celebrate Northern Irish artist St Claire Allen.

The exhibition runs until 2 April 2015. For further information, visit:

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Belfast Music Society International Festival of Chamber Music: 20 – 22 February

As part of the Belfast Music Society’s 2015 International Festival of Chamber Music, world-class artists will perform in Queen's Great Hall this weekend.
The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Classical Connections’ and featured composers include Mozart, Dvořák, Schubert and Brahms. As part of the festival, final-year and postgraduate performers from the School of Creative Arts will perform in a Student Showcase Recital in the Elmwood Hall.
For full programme details and booking information, visit
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Queen's Sport

Queen’s 5K 2015
The Race Around the River is back for 2015 and, this year, it has been accredited Ulster and NI Championship status.  The race is open to everyone whether you are a social runner, club runner or a Paula Radcliffe. For more information and details of how to enter, click here.

Queen’s Staff Membership 
With a range of membership options available, whether you are interested in classes, racquet sports, climbing, swimming or the gym, there is something for everyone. Memberships can be paid via salary deduction which means NO admin fees.
For more information on memberships, click here. To book a tour, email:
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The Welcome Centre

A new range of BAKED IN BELFAST jams, including the “Great Taste 2014” winner Gin & Tonic Marmalade, is now on sale in the Welcome Centre. Other flavours include Strawberry Daiquiri, Mojito Marmalade, Belfast Relish and Guinness & Garlic Chutney. The jams are available to purchase in packs of three or individually. 

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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.
LOVE IS STRANGE: John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are magnificent in Ira Sachs’ topical, moving and beautifully tender portrait of an ageing gay couple whose decision to marry after 39 years has complicated consequences.
BOYHOOD: Boyhood is Richard Linklater’s masterpiece about the transition from youth to adulthood, filmed with the same cast of actors over 12 years – a stunning and completely unforgettable film, unlike anything you've seen before.
BIRDMAN: Michael Keaton turns in a blazing career-best performance as Riggan, a washed-up former superhero actor vying once again for stardom by producing his own stage comeback. In the days leading up to opening night he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and his very self. Alejandro González Iñárritu's brutal, brilliant satire of celebrity and the media frenzy it invokes fires on all cylinders.
Coming up from Friday: Takeover Film Festival, The Duke of Burgundy, The Breakfast Club.
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 Monday 16 March at 5.00pm.  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 on or 028 9097 5301.
Continuing Professional Development
The 2014–2015 courses are now available for booking via the iTrent system. Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event and early registration is recommended.
  • Wednesday 18 February: Dynamic PowerPoint Presentations, 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Only a few places still remaining. Familiarity with a Windows environment is essential.
  • Wednesday 18 February: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 25 February: Using the TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm. Familiarity with a Windows environment is essential.
  • Wednesday 4 March: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm. Only a few places still remaining. 
  • Wednesday 4 March: Engaging Students in Assessment and Feedback, 2.00pm – 5.00pm.
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, Seminar Room 1, IPSC.
Higher Education Lunchtime Forum
  • Wednesday 11 March: Blogging in Teaching and Learning by Dr Suzel Reily (School of Creative Arts),  1.00pm – 1.55pm in the Geography Building, OG/033 (sandwich lunch provided from 12.45 pm).
A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed here. All courses can be booked via iTrent.
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 The following STDU Courses are available for booking:

  • 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
  • 2, 3 and 9 March: Training Skills for Occasional Trainers (3 half days), 9.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 3 March: Induction for All New Staff, 9.30am – 1.15pm
  • Thursday 12 March: Personnel Procedures, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 20 March: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 24 March: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 March: Laboratory Demonstrating for Technical Staff, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 26 March: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am - 4.30pm

Courses can be booked via iTrent.

STDU's full 2014–15 Course Programme can be viewed online at:



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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:
  • 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
  • Wednesday 4 March: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 10 March: Analysing Social Media Metrics Using Excel, 2.00am – 4.30pm
  • Friday 27 March: Labels and Mail Merge, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 30 March: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 31 March: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 2.00am – 4.00pm
  • Monday 20 April: Dynamic PowerPoint (covers ECDL Advanced), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 29 April: SPSS 1: Introduction to SPSS, 9.30am – 5.00pm
A full list of semester 2 courses are available for booking on Queen’s Online. Course dates can be viewed here
ECDL: The next test date is Tuesday 24 February, 9.30am to 11.00am. The new improved test system allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision (note – this is not used for ECDL Advanced). More information on ECDL is available here.
Tip of the day: Make short readable web addresses for use in email, blogs, forums, social networks, instant messages, online publications or ad campaigns:
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