1 June 2015

Call for Graduation stories

With Summer Graduation just a few weeks away, the Communications Office is keen to hear about any graduating students who may be of interest to the media.
Do you know a student graduating with an interesting story to tell? Perhaps they are graduating on the same day as another member of their family, or won an award during their course?  Maybe they have been volunteering, or have secured an exciting job or internship opportunity?
If so, please send an outline of their story and a contact telephone number to and a Communications Officer will call you back.  The closing date for submitting information on graduation stories is Friday 5 June.
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Call for Nominations: Graduate and Student of the Year 2015

Nominations are now open for the annual First Trust Bank Queen’s Graduate and Student of the Year Awards.

Now in their 17th year, the awards recognise excellence, achievement or service by exceptional Queen’s alumni and students, either to the University or to the wider community.  The Awards are presented by Queen’s Graduates’ Association (QGA) with generous support from First Trust Bank.

The 2014 Graduate of the Year was Dr Anita Sands and the Student Award, which comes with a £500 prize, went to postgraduate physics student Clare Scullion, who was recognised for her outstanding contribution to University life.  Click here to view a full list of past winners. 

The nominations process is open until 5.00pm on Friday 12 June 2015 and anyone is welcome to submit an entry.  For more information, or to submit a nomination, click here or contact Meaghan Lyons, Alumni Officer,, 028 9097 3135.

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Online Time Allocation Schedule (TAS) system

The online TAS system for academic staff is now open for returns covering the four-month period from 1 February 2015 to 31 May 2015.  An email outlining the requirement and providing a link to the system will be sent to all academic staff who are required to complete a TAS.  The system can also be accessed through a link in the Announcements section of the Queen’s Online homepage.
Please note that the deadline for return of the TAS is 12 June 2015.
Following user feedback, the system has been further enhanced to include a list of active research projects for each academic member of staff.  This should help greatly with completion of the research section of the TAS. 
The completion of a TAS by all academic staff is an integral part of the national Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC) process which is a compulsory requirement for all UK universities. TASs provide a quick and easy way of collecting the required level of accurate information to the satisfaction of auditors and avoids the need for more onerous time collection methods.
If you have any queries, please contact Stephen Grant on extension 5232 or email
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Internal vacancies

This week's internal vacancies:

  • Business Development Officer
    Faculty Based (3 posts available)
    Ref: 15/103927
    Closing date: Friday 12 June 2015

  • Administrator to the Vice-Chancellor
    Vice-Chancellor’s Office
    Ref: 15/103928
    Closing date: Friday 12 June 2015
    Anticipated interview Date: Thursday 25 June 2015

  • Clerical Officer (Grade 4) – Maternity Cover
    Centre for Dentistry
    Ref: 15/103902
    Closing date: Friday 5 June 2015
    Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 16 June 2015

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Update on the new School of Biological Sciences

Preliminary works have started on construction of the new School of Biological Sciences building on the former Science Library site. As a consequence, the pedestrian shortcut through the site between Chlorine Gardens and Lennoxvale is now closed until completion of the project in summer 2018.

Find out more about the project here.

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Summer Activity Programme for Staff

Organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, the Summer Activity Programme for staff will begin week commencing Monday 15 June 2015:
  • Pilates starts on Tuesday 16 June.
  • Yoga starts on Wednesday 17 June.
  • Tone and Trim starts on Thursday 18 June.
There classes will be held in the Students' Union and will run from 1.10pm to 1.50pm.
Also running as part of the Summer Activity Programme is a ten-week Blast Tabata class to be held each Friday, 1.15pm – 1.45pm, in Studio 3 at the PEC.  Starting on Friday 19 June, Blast Tabata  is a fun dynamic 30-minute workout designed to tone, sculpt and incinerate fat from all areas of the body using high-intensity intervals coupled with short recovery periods (20 seconds work, ten seconds rest). This class can boost fat loss while increasing your aerobic and anaerobic capacity.  
The above courses will run for ten weeks and cost £22.  Please note that no classes will take place during week commening Monday 13 July 2015.  For all classes, please register at the PEC reception.  Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
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The Conversation

One Queen's article has been published in The Conversation this week:

If you would like to write for The Conversation, email


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Staff Wellbeing – Support for Carers

There are almost seven million carers in the UK – one in ten people – and the figure is rising.  Carers NI is an organisation that aims to make life better for carers.  A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, is unable to cope without their support.  Each carer’s experience and circumstances are unique.

In line with National Carers' Week (8 – 14 June), Staff Wellbeing have organised a Carers' Information Session, which will take place on Thursday 11 June, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, in the Old Staff Common Room.  The session will be delivered by Carers NI and aims to provide Queen's staff members who have caring responsibilities with information, support and advice, including links to local support networks, information on carers' benefits, community care and services for carers.  Lunch will be provided.

Working as part of Carers of UK, Carers NI does the following:

  • Provides expert advice, information and support;
  • Connects carers so no-one has to care alone;
  • Campaigns together for lasting change;
  • Innovates to find new ways to reach and support carers.

To register for the event, email with 'Carers NI' in the subject line.

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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Allen Thurston

Professor Allen Thurston, Director of the Centre for Effective Education, will deliver his inaugural lecture on Tuesday 9 June at 5.00pm.  
The lecture, Why Evidence Matters: Making a Difference Through Research, will take place in the Council Chamber.  Refreshments will be served after the lecture.  RSVP to
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Writing workshop for Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation actions (RIA)

Queen’s EU team will hold a workshop on how to write a competitive Research Innovation action proposal (RIA/IA) on Monday 29 – Tuesday 30 June.  The training is intended for senior academics who are planning to apply to the Horizon 2020 “Industrial Leadership” and “Societal Challenges” programmes. These applications, called “collaborative projects” under FP7, imply the involvement of at least three organisations from three different Member States.
The workshop will address each section of the application through informative material and hands-on exercises. Strategic guidance will also be provided.  The training will be delivered by the EU team members, who will share their experience in winning this type of application.
The workshop will begin on Monday 29 June 2015 from 12.30pm to 5.00pm and will continue on Tuesday 30 June 2015 from 9.00am to 12.00pm.  Lunch will be provided.  Delegates will be required to attend the full workshop.  Please note that this workshop is dedicated to experienced researchers who hold a PhD and haveat least 2 years of post-doctoral experience.
Places are limited.  To register, click here.
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Couch to 5K arrives at Queen's

Coordinated by Queen’s Sport, the Couch to 5K programme provides a structured way to make walking, jogging and running accessible and fun through progressive training sessions led by a team of coaches.   The overall aim of Couch to 5K is to provide opportunities to get active.  The programme is targeted at absolute beginners, so everyone is welcome.  
Sessions began on Wednesday 27 May and take place every Wednesday at 1.15pm in and around Queen’s Sport and Botanic Gardens. Sessions will last approximately 40 minutes and participants are asked to arrive five minutes early for a pre-session brief.  The programme will run for ten weeks and additional training programmes can be provided for those who may be away on holiday.  Showers and changing will be available at Queen’s Sport for all participants. 
Places are still available and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  To register on Active, click here.  The cost is £10 per participant.
On completion of the programme, there will be a ‘graduation’ run at Queen’s Parkrun.
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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) provide funding for doctoral studentship projects, proposed by a university-based academic, to work in collaboration with an organisation outside of higher education. They are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships, providing opportunities for doctoral students to gain first-hand experience of work outside the university environment and enhancing employment-related skills and training.  The projects also encourage and establish links that can have long-term benefits for both collaborating partners and provide social, cultural and economic benefits to wider society.
The AHRC are keen to see innovative applications that build diverse relationships with the non-HE sectors and would like to encourage further proposals to work with businesses, regional museums, regional arts organisations and community groups.  Any topic within the AHRC’s subject domain is eligible (but that may include areas of research not within AHSS).  Selection of successful applications will not be subject to quota systems and there are no priority areas, however, PhD proposals which address AHRC’s research themes are encouraged.
Each HEI can submit up to two proposals to this call so an internal faculty decision will have to be made as to which proposals go forward.  Selection of the University's submissions will be chaired by the Dean. Prior to preparing a submission, staff are asked to contact Philip Graham,, ext. 2589. Completed applications must then be submitted by 4.00pm on Monday 29 June.  
Each proposal may request funding for multiple, linked PhD studentships, but a strong justification is required if more than one studentship is requested in a single proposal.  The call for Collaborative Doctoral Awards proposals for studentships starting in October 2016 will close on 7 July 2015.  Further details are available here.  
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Open Meeting on University Funding and Fees in a Post-election Environment

Andrew McGettigan will speak on 'University Funding and Fees in a Post-election Environment ' in an open meeting organised by Queen's and Ulster University UCU Branches on Thursday 11 June 2015 at 12.30pm in Room 01/052, Lanyon South.  
One of the most outspoken and influential commentators on the UK University funding system, Andrew McGettigan writes on higher education, philosophy and the arts and is the author of The Great University Gamble: Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education (Pluto, 2013). His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Observer, and Times Higher Education. He blogs on higher education financing at  
This meeting is open to all who are interested in university funding and will be followed by a discussion session.
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The Naughton Gallery

Korean artist JeeYoung Lee’s first solo exhibition in the UK and Ireland, Stage of Mind, will open in the Naughton Gallery on Thursday 4 June, 5.00pm  8.00pm.  The exhibition will showcase a selection of her photographic works along with a reproduction of one of her installations, which will be re-built by the artist during a short residency in the Naughton Gallery.  Curated by Elisa Nocente, the exhibition is presented in association with the OPIOM Gallery, Opio, France, and supported by the Korea Foundation.
To see the installation being built ahead of the opening night, staff can visit the Naughton Gallery between Monday 1 and Thursday 4 June from 12.00pm  2.00pm.  An Artist's Talk will take place on Friday 5 June at 1.00pm in the Crescent Arts Centre.  
To coincide with Lee's exhibition, a series of contemporary South Korean films will be screened at QFT. Please visit for further information.
The exhibition will run until until 26 July.  For more information, including details of the Naughton Gallery's opening hours, click here.
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Charity Coffee Morning

Staff are invited to attend a Mr Tayto and Miss Daffy’s Tea Party/Coffee Morning hosted by Queen’s Management School in aid of Marie Curie. The event will take place on 30 June 2015 in Lanyon North, Room 0G.074, and all are welcome.
Raffle Tickets are currently on sale in the Management School (028 9097 4200) with many great prizes to be won. 
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Chinese ‘Dragon Boat Festival’ Talk

Staff are invited to attend a talk on the Chinese ‘Dragon Boat Festival’ on Wednesday 17 June, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, in the McClay Library Auditorium (located on the ground floor).  The session is open to anyone interested in broadening their knowledge of Chinese culture.  For more information, click here.
To book your place, email Liang Wang at with ‘CCP – Dragon Boat Festival’ in the subject line.
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Lagan Construction Group University Boat Race 2015

The boat race is back as Queen's take on Trinity College Dublin on the Lagan for the 11th Annual University Boat Race on Saturday 6 June 2015.
This years’ VIP enclosure is at Cutter’s Wharf and tickets are now available to purchase at the PEC reception for £25pp.  This includes a gourmet barbeque lunch and complimentary drink, as well as exclusive access with excellent views of the racing as the crews sprint for the finish line while enjoying a live jazz band and complimentary race programme.
For more information click here.
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The Welcome Centre

An authentic new range from The Irish Linen House is now in stock at the Welcome Centre.  The designs are inspired by Celtic art and mythology and personalities in Irish folklore. 
Staff are reminded of their 10% discount.
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This week at QFT
RESULTS (15): Kevin Corrigan plays Danny, a recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable slob who makes a stab at self-improvement by signing up for a personal trainer at a local gym. 
THE TRIBE (18): A smash success at Cannes last year, this stunning but brutal film focuses on a gang of deaf students whose extra-curricular activities include robbery, prostitution and aggravated assault.  A silent film in Ukrainian sign language with no subtitles.
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (15): The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, a joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.
THE GOOB (18): Goob Taylor (Liam Walpole) is a troubled teen, despairing as his mum Janet fawns over her brutish boyfriend in rural Norfolk.
ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (U): Reissued for the first time in the UK since its original release in 1939, Howard Hawks's high-flying aviation adventure is one of his finest films, lofted by an all-star cast that includes Cary Grant, Jean Arthur and Rita Hayworth in her first major role.
QUB staff ticket price: £5; standard ticket price: £6.50. Please visit for more details.
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Continuing Professional Development
  • Wednesday 17 June 2015, Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 June 2015: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm.

Please note that there are limited places on each course/event and early registration is recommended.

 9th CED Annual Conference 
  • Thursday 25 June: Blending the Learning: Incorporating Technology in Your Teaching.  Further details are available on the CED website.
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'.
A full list of all CED events and courses, together with further information, can be accessed here
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The following Staff Training and Development Unit courses are available for booking:
• Tuesday 9  Wednesday 10 June, Writing for Publication – Researcher Writing Retreat (2 days), 9.30am – 4.30pm
• Tuesday 16 June, Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
• Thursday 25 June, Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 4.30pm
STDU's full 201415 Course Programme can be viewed online here
To book a place on a training course, log onto Queens Online ( then select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for 'iTrent Self Service'.
Financial Assistance for Staff: Part-Time Courses
Staff can now apply for financial assistance for courses in the next academic year that are required for your current post or as part of career development within the University.  Please note that applicants who received support in 2014–15 and are continuing their course must apply for support for each year of study.
Please read the guidelines (available here) and apply by the 31 July 2015 deadline.  Applications received after this date may be supported depending on available budget.  Applications must be discussed and authorised by the relevant Senior Manager.  For further information, please contact Suzanne McMorrow, Training Co-ordinator,, 028 9097 6606.  
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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:
  • Wednesday 3 June, Working with SharePoint (for Site contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 4 June, Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 9 June, Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 18 June, Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 09.30am – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 30 June, Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 09.30am – 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 here
ECDL – The new improved test system allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision (note: this is not used for ECDL Advanced).  For more information on ECDL, click here.  The next test date is Tuesday 9 June, 9.30am – 11.00am.
Tip of the day: To use Voting options in Outlook: (1) Create a new message; (2) before sending, select the 'Options' tab and click the arrow under ‘Use Voting Buttons’; (3) choose from Approve/Reject; Yes/No; Yes/No/Maybe; Custom.
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