6 July 2015

Latest video blog from the Vice-Chancellor

VC Blog Image July‌The latest video blog from the Vice-Chancellor includes an update on Vision 2020 and features highlights from this academic year. Click to play the video.

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

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New video launched for The Conversation

Conversation VideoIf you want your work:

  • Recognised by millions of people across the world
  • Promoted to a whole new audience
  • Appearing in media outlets like the Guardian, BBC and New York Times

Then have a look at this short video which shows you how writing for The Conversation will help you do this. The Conversation is an independent news site that allows academics and researchers to share their work with a global audience.

The two-minute video features interviews with Queen’s staff whose articles have gained great recognition.

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, contact to find out more.

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Queen's Now Summer edition

Queen's Now Front CoverThe Summer edition of Queen's Now is now available online. 

Staff involved in graduation are featured in this edition as well as some of the University's latest graduates.

Read the latest edition of Queen's Now.

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Internal Vacancy

This week's internal vacancy: 

Clerical Officer (Tumour Verification Officer)
Centre for Public Health/NICR
Ref: 15/103986
Closing date: Friday 10 July 2015
Anticipated Interview date: Week Commencing 20 July 2015

Web page:

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Summer Graduation

Summer Graduation ImageSummer Graduation finishes on Wednesday 8 July.  Details of the ceremonies are available on the Graduation website.

If you are taking part in graduation and use social media, don't forget to use the hashtag #QUBgrad.

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Open House Belfast - Architecture Festival

Open House FestivalQueen’s is taking part in the inaugural Open House Belfast - Architecture Festival (17-19 July) which will give the public the opportunity to experience some of the city’s most interesting and exciting buildings.

The following University buildings are included in the programme:

  • Lanyon Building and the Graduate School
  • Ashby and David Keir
  • Riddel Hall
  • McClay Library
  • Centre for Experimental Medicine/CCRCB

Further details on the Festival, including booking information, are available at Open House Belfast - Architecture Festival.

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ISCTSJ Newsletter

ISCTSJ LogoThe current edition of the Institute for The Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice newsletter is now available online.

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School of History and Anthropology Newsletter

The latest edition of the School of History and Anthropology's Newsletter is now available online.

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Queen’s Management School Charity Coffee Morning and Raffle

Queen’s Management School would like to thank all staff who supported its recent Charity Coffee Morning and Raffle. The event was in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care as part of the FaciliTAYTOrs programme which is a charitable collaboration between Queen’s Management School and Tayto Group Ltd. 

A total of £2,200 was raised through the sale of raffle tickets, cakes/buns and entrance donations to the coffee morning. This money will go towards helping Marie Curie nurses to continue to provide essential care to those in need.

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STDU: Financial Assistance

2015-16 Short Course/Conference Fund
Application forms for the 2015-16 Short Course/Conference Fund for short courses or conferences starting from 1 August 2015 are now available from the Staff Training and Development website.

Part-Time Courses
The deadline for applying for financial assistance for part-time courses in the academic year 2015-16 is 31 July 2015. Please read the guidelines.

Applications must be discussed and authorised by the relevant Senior Manager. For further information, contact Suzanne McMorrow, Training Co-ordinator: or 028 9097 6606.

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Queen's Sport

Summer Activity ProgrammeSummer Activity Programme
The new Summer Adult Activity Programme is now open for enrolment. The programme begins week commencing 20 July 2015 and will last for eight weeks.  New for this term is 'Flexibility & Freedom' - a course that incorporates aspects of dance, yoga and martial arts to produce a measurable increase in your flexibility.

For more information on the programme, visit the Queen's Sport website.

Bank Holiday Closure
Queen’s Sport will be closed Sunday 12 July and Monday 13 July.  It will reopen as normal at 6.30am on Tuesday 14 July.

Two Month Summer Membership
Queen's Sport is offering two months membership for only £66.  The all-inclusive peak membership includes access to three gyms, two pools, 70+ Classes, racquet sports and climbing wall.  For more information, visit the Queen's Sport website.

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Survey participants wanted: Food Product Labelling

Queen’s, in conjunction with University College Cork, is conducting a study on ‘Food security for the food sensitive consumer on the island of Ireland’ funded by safefood.

The researchers are looking for participants to take part in a survey to help make food products safer and labelling more helpful and informative.

They are looking for opinions and thoughts from consumers who:

  • Experience adverse reaction(s) to some food themselves AND / OR
  • Follow an avoidance diet as a life choice AND / OR
  • Are a parent to a child who experiences adverse reaction(s) to some food.

Take part in the survey by clicking on the link:

For further information, email Dr Audrey DunnGalvin or Dr Tassos Koidis.

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New collection of essays published

A collection of essays that reflect the distinguished career of Professor Malachy McEldowney from the Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering has been published.

A Sense of Place brings together writers from planning, politics, design, urban studies, rural development, environmental management, heritage and conservation who dedicate their work to Malachy and his lasting influence.

A Sense of Place is available from the School. Contact or visit the School website for more information.

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This week at QFT

Amy WinehouseThis week at QFT:

AMY (15) - Featuring unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and powerful film shines a light on an artist who saw the world in her own unique way.

SLOW WEST (15) - In the Wild West, young Scottish nobleman and his hired gun Silas ( Michael Fassbender) are on the trail of Rose (Pistorius), the object of Jay's affection.

MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES (12A) - An illuminating, entertaining and ultimately moving new documentary. It tells the fascinating story of Welles' life and career through copious interviews with the great man himself over half a century

Queen's staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.50). Please visit for more details.

The QFT will be closed from Friday 10 July to Wednesday 15 July inclusive.

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The Welcome Centre

Pippa BlueThe Welcome Centre is now stocking Pippa Blue sewing kits. Pippa Blue is an independent business run by two friends and mums, Ger and Eva. All the kits are designed, cut and packed by the two in their studio on the west coast of Ireland. These gorgeous craft kits enable you to create and make your own cuddly animal. With a recommended age of 9-99, these sewing kits are perfect for crafty children, adults alike and suitable for beginners.

Staff are reminded of their 10% discount in the Welcome Centre.

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following course:

  • Tuesday 21 July: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm

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 Monday 10 August, 9.30am – 11.00am. For more information on ECDL, visit

Tip of the day: Time to spare over the summer?  Want an IT qualification? Sign up for ECDL. For more information, check out

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Next Round Up

The next Round Up will be published on Monday 20 July. Please send your contributions to by 1.00pm on Thursday 16 July.

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