27 July 2015

Pioneer Research Programmes: Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest are invited from academic staff in the establishment of Pioneer Research Programmes. As set out in the Research Strategy 2015-20, Pioneer Research Programmes will support impact-focused projects with high potential, but which are still in their early stages.

The call will remain open until Friday 18 September 2015, and applications should be returned electronically to the Research Policy Office (

Application forms and guidance are available on the Research and Enterprise Directorate website.

Pioneer Research Programme Clinics will be held in August to provide dedicated advice and guidance to those considering the submission of an expression of interest. Please email if you would like to attend.

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A Bite of Queen's Tour of the Graduate School

Staff will get the chance to see inside the new Graduate School this week as part of the A Bite of Queen's initiative.

The tour will take place on Thursday 30 July, 1.05pm - 1.50pm.

To take part, please fill in the online booking form.  Places are limited. The tour includes a lunch. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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University appoints new waste contractors

The University is changing its waste collection contractors. The new contractors will start operating from Monday 3 August over all sites.

Wastebeater Recycling will now undertake the collection of external bins from the University. There will be no change to collection arrangements.

Paper collections will be undertaken by ISL waste management. There will be no change to collection arrangements. Collections will continue to take place on a Wednesday and should be requested on Tuesday via the porters in line with current procedures. 

If you have any queries relating to changes in the contract, contact  

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Bike to Work Breakfast this Friday

It's pedal power over horsepower as staff are invited to leave the car at home and cycle to work on Friday 31 July. A free breakfast will be provided in the Old Staff Common Room between 8.00am and 10.00am for anyone who travels to work by bike that day.

Further information on cycling, including future bike to work breakfasts, can be found on the Cycle Plus website.

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Final Reminder: 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.

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Internal Vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

Clerical Officer (Grade 5) – (Part-time Maternity Cover)
School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy
Ref: 15/104013
Closing date: Friday 31 July 2015
Anticipated Interview date: Thursday 13 August 2015

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MDBS News Summer 2015 edition

MDBS NewsThe summer edition of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences's Newsletter is now available online.

Read the MDBS News Summer 2015.‌

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following course:

  • 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: If you are seeking advice about social media, visit

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STDU: Financial Assistance

Part-Time Courses - deadline 31 July 2015
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.

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.

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Queen's Sport

Summer Activity ProgrammeSummer Activity Programme
The Queen's Sport Summer Adult Activity Programme has started but it's not too late to enrol on one of the 8-week courses. 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.

Further information is available on the Queen's Sport website.

One Month - Summer Membership
Queen's Sport is now offering a one-month membership for only £35.

The all-inclusive Peak membership includes access to three gyms, two pools, 70+ classes, racquet sports and climbing wall.  Staff who take out membership this month will receive the remainder of July free.

More details are available on the Queen's Sport website.

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This week at QFT

QFT Salt of the Earth This week at the QFT:

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

Eden - Named by Variety as one of the 'must see' films of the summer, Mia Hansen-Løve’s fictionalised account of the French house boom that spawned Daft Punk, Cassius et al. is a tender, exuberant, musically heady experience.

The Salt of the Earth - For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. This documentary is a shattering, thought-provoking testament to Salgado's career.

Song of the Sea - Irish animator Tomm Moore follows his celebrated feature debut, The Secret of Kells, with another ravishing - and Oscar-nominated - fantasy based on Irish folklore.

The Third Man - QFT's celebration of all things Orson continues with glorious restorations of one of his most iconic (if brief) starring roles and the noir masterpiece that challenges Citizen Kane as his greatest work.

Something Must Break - A striking coming-of-age tale about a young transgendered teen set in present-day Stockholm. Followed by a panel discussion hosted by Keira McCormack, Gender Essence Support Services. (Thursday 30 July - 6:30pm)

Staff ticket price, £5 (standard ticket price, £6.50). Please visit for more details.

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The Welcome Centre

Broighter gold rapeseed oilBroighter Gold Rapeseed Oil has landed in the Welcome Centre. Endorsed by Paul Rankin and winner of "Great Taste 2014" these are a culinary delight.

Locally grown, harvested, pressed and bottled on Broglasco Farm, Limavady, this range comes in an explosion of flavours including "Infused with Basil" and "Infused with Rosemary & Garlic." There are also four speciality gourmet rapeseed oils available, beautifully boxed and presented together, making them the perfect gift for any keen chef, amateur or professional alike.

Staff are reminded of their 10% discount.   

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