20 July 2015

New Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellors Appointed

Three new Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellors (PVCs) have been appointed:

Professor Adrienne Scullion – Faculty PVC, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Adrienne is joining Queen’s from the University of Glasgow, where she holds the James Arnott Chair in Drama.  Adrienne will take up post towards the end of September 2015.

Professor Mark Price – Faculty PVC, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Mark is currently Head of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s and will take up post on 1 October 2015.

Professor Chris Elliott – Faculty PVC, Medicine, Health and Life Sciences
Chris is currently Director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s and will take up post on 1 September 2015.

Return to Top

A Bite of Queen's Tour of the McClay Library

The next A Bite of Queen’s campus tour will take place on Thursday 23 July, 1.05pm – 1.50pm, in the McClay Library.

The tour will include a visit to the impressive C.S. Lewis Reading Room – accessed through a hand-carved 'wardrobe' door – and to the Special Collections Library, which houses the Library's rare and early printed book, map, and manuscript collections.

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

Return to Top

Staff Wellbeing Walking Tours

Staff Wellbeing, with support from Belfast City Council, are running three staff events in August:

  • Two Tours of Friar’s Bush Graveyard, Wednesday 5 and 19 August 2015, 1.00pm – 2.00pm (packed lunch provided)
  • Tour of Botanic Gardens, Wednesday 12 August 2015, 1.00pm – 2.00pm (packed lunch provided)

Further information on the tours is available on the Staff Wellbeing website.

Register to attend by emailing with the title of your tour as the Subject.

Return to Top

The Conversation

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

If you would like to find out how writing for The Conversation can help you to promote your work to a global audience, watch this short video featuring Queen’s staff.

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

Return to Top

HEIST Awards Success

HEIST Awards 2015Queen's has won two HEIST awards for education marketing.

The Communications and External Affairs Office received a Sliver Award in the Best Digital/Social Initiative category for its Movember Campaign which saw a host of local well-known faces, staff and students star in the 'Epic Belfast Movember' video to promote awareness of and raise money for Movember.

The Office also won a Bronze Award in the Best Communications Campaign category for its ongoing work with A Bite of Queen's and other staff initiatives, including the Changing Lives: Our Specialist Subject staff exhibition.

Return to Top

Invoicing Arrangements for Financial Year End 31 July 2015

To facilitate the year end process, please note the following arrangements for raising invoices to customers for activities carried out prior to 31 July 2015.

Up to 27 July 2015
As far as possible all invoices and invoice requisitions relating to activities completed, or due to be completed, prior to 31 July 2015 should be forwarded to the OSR section of Finance on or before 27 July 2015 to ensure full inclusion in the 2014-15 year end accounts.

After 27 July 2015
Invoices and invoice requisitions forwarded after 27 July 2015, but relating to the 2014-15 year (i.e. period up to 31 July 2015), should be clearly marked as relating to 2014-15. These invoices will be processed in August 2015 and, where material, manual adjustments will be made by the OSR section of Finance to the 2014-15 accounts.  All invoices relating to the 2014-15 year must be received by Friday 14 August 2015 to ensure inclusion in the 2014-15 year end accounts.

If you have any queries, please contact the OSR section of Finance on 028 9097 3033/1467.

Return to Top

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.

Return to Top

New research study published

A research study on Measuring burnout among UK social workers has been published. Commissioned and funded by Community Care, the research was carried out by Dr Paula McFadden from the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work.

The study can be accessed at: Measuring burnout among UK social workers‌.

Return to Top

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.

Return to Top

IT Training Courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 21 July: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 August: 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 – 11.00 am. To find out more about ECDL, check out

Tip of the day: Automatically PDF an open Office document and attach to an email message by adding the E-mail as a PDF Attachment to the Quick Access Toolbar.

Return to Top

Participants wanted for study looking at decision making

Decision making iconThe School of Psychology is looking for 14 and 15-year-olds to participate in a study looking at decision making. Taking part would involve completing a short computer game (approximately 20 minutes).

All participants will receive an Amazon voucher worth between £4.50 and £5.50.  For more information please contact Eimear O’Connor at: or 028 9097 5655.

Return to Top

The Naughton Gallery

JeeYoung QFTJeeYoung Lee’s Stage of Mind exhibition is currently running at the Naughton Gallery. It showcases a selection of her photographic works along with a reproduction of one of her installations, built by the artist during a short residency in the Naughton Gallery in June 2015. The show runs until 26 July.

For more information, including details of the Naughton Gallery’s opening hours, please visit

Return to Top

The Welcome Centre

Travel Pillows Welcome CentreWith summer holidays on our minds, the Welcome Centre has introduced the ultimate trendy travel pillows to make that journey more comfortable and enjoyable. They come in two different styles of Log Head Rests and a Zip and Flip Bear Head Rest for the little one.

Staff are reminded of their 10% discount.

Return to Top

This week at QFT

Love and MercyThis week at QFT:

Love & Mercy – Garnering rave reviews, this is an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys.

The Choir - The great Dustin Hoffman playing a demanding choir master at an elite music academy who pushes a gifted but rebellious student to fulfil his true potential - Gareth Malone eat your heart out!

Amy - The Amy Winehouse documentary continues for its final week – described as a “tragic masterpiece” by The Guardian, this one is worth catching before it goes.

RSC Live: The Merchant of Venice - Treasure Island director Polly Findlay makes her RSC Shakespeare debut with the Bard’s great tragedy. (Wednesday 22 July, 7pm)

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

Return to Top