15 June 2015

Queen's scientists taking part in Soapbox Science

Botanic Gardens will be transformed into an outdoor classroom with a twist on Saturday 20 June, 2.00pm - 5.00pm, when Northern Ireland hosts its first ‘Soapbox Science’ event.

Thirteen leading female scientists, including colleagues from Queen's, will be at three different locations – outside the Ulster Museum, in front of the Kelvin statue, and in front of the Palm House – to demonstrate their work to the public in fun and unusual ways.

The event is organised by Dr Geetha Srinivasan from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. For more information, visit Soapbox Science Belfast.

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Rosetta mission scientist to deliver free public lecture

Comet Image from RosettaIn the wake of the Philae probe ‘waking up’ at the weekend as part of the Rosetta space mission, Queen’s is to host a free public lecture by one of Rosetta’s key scientists.

Monica Grady CBE, Professor of Planetary and Space Science at the Open University and a leading scientist in the Rosetta mission, will deliver the Royal Irish Academy 2015 McCrea Lecture on Friday 26 June at 7.00pm in the Larmor Lecture Theatre.

For further information and to register for the event, click here.

With more than 2,000 people involved around the world, and a ten-year lead-in for the project, the Rosetta mission is one of the most complex and ambitious ever undertaken in space exploration. Professor Alan Fitzsimmons from the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s provides research support to the mission by telescopic observations from Earth.

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Cycle to Work Week: 15 - 19 June

Cycle to Work Week has started with lots of events for staff to get involved in to encourage you to leave the car at home.

Events include cycling clinics, maintenance workshops, security marking and a Bike to Work Week breakfast. For full details of the week, please click: Cycle to Work Week 2015

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Queen's ranked in top ten in The Conversation

In May, Queen's was ranked in the top ten across the UK for articles published and total readership in The Conversation.

Here is the latest article to be published:

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

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Chinese Culture Programme: Wednesday 17 June

Dragon Boat FestivalThe Language Centre at Queen’s will give a talk on the Chinese ‘Dragon Boat Festival’ on Wednesday 17 June, 1.00pm to 2.00pm, in the Auditorium of the McClay Library. Anyone interested in broadening their knowledge of Chinese culture is welcome to attend.

Further details are available at:

How to book
Email Liang Wang at with ‘CCP – Dragon Boat Festival’ in the subject line.

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Care in the Sun Information Session: Tuesday 23 June

Staff Wellbeing has organised a Care in the Sun Information Session to give staff helpful information on how you and your family can keep safe in the sun.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Northern Ireland and research carried out by Cancer Focus shows that 8 out of 10 people do not apply sunscreen at home unless they are ‘actively’ sunbathing.

The session, which will be delivered by Cancer Focus and Dr Gerard Gormley from the Centre of Medical Education, will take place on Tuesday 23 June, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location TBC. Lunch will be provided. Further information is available on the Wellbeing Website.

Register to attend by emailing with “Care in the Sun” in the subject line.

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School of Education Open Day

The School of Education will host an Open Day on Tuesday 23 June to give you the chance to find about its range of short courses and part-time postgraduate degree programmes* starting in September 2015.

Whether you are interested in the content of the professional doctorate (EdD) and Master’s degrees or have a question about fees, timetables or how to apply, come along to 20 College Green on Tuesday 23 June, 4.00pm - 5.30pm.

Further details are available on the School website. Please fill in the online RSVP Form.

(*The MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis is now full (2015 entry); for anyone considering applying for 2016 entry, Dr Katerina Dounavi will be available at the Open Day for questions.)

Click on the link to find out more about postgraduate study at the University.

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RSPB Nature Workshop: Wednesday 24 June

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) will be on campus on Wednesday 24 June, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, to provide advice on how you can give “Nature a Home” in your garden this summer.  As part of the workshop, you will be shown how to create bird feeders using recycled materials, which will be provided on the day.

The session, which has been organised by the Environmental Team and Information Services, will take place in the Auditorium in the McClay Library.

If you would like to attend, please register here by Friday 19 June. There are a limited number of spaces available. For further information, email

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New community artwork to be unveiled

Wall of HopeA vibrant ‘Wall of Hope’ aimed at nurturing respect and understanding amongst the community in Belfast’s Donegall Pass area is being unveiled this week. The project is led by Andrew Woollock, a PhD student in the School of Education.

The unique community artwork, which will be displayed on the back wall of the St Mary Magdalene Church, features over 150 Japanese wooden tablets (called e-ma) that have been painted with images of hope by groups including the Donegall Pass Youth Club, the Chinese community, and a local women’s group.

The unveiling will take place on Wednesday 17 June at 6.00pm. Everyone welcome.

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Book Swap: Thursday 25 June

Book SwapA Book Swap for staff will take place on Thursday 25 June in the McClay Library, 12.00pm-2.00pm.

If you would like to donate any of your used books, drop them into the marked donation box by the McClay borrower’s desk any time from Monday 22 - Wednesday 24 June. You can also bring books along with you on the day.

Tea and coffee will be provided.  For further information, email The event is organised by the Environmental Team.

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Financial Assistance for Staff – Part-Time Courses

If you are considering applying for a course in the academic year 2015–16 that is required for your current post or as part of career development within the University, you may be eligible for financial assistance.

Please read the guidelines and apply before 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, contact Suzanne McMorrow, Training Co-ordinator, or 028 9097 6606.

Applicants who received support in 2014–15 and are continuing their course must apply for support for each year of study. 

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Reduction in electricity consumption

Over the past quarter, electricity consumption across the measured Operational Units has reduced by over 2% when compared with the same period last year, resulting in a carbon saving of 70 tonnes and a financial saving of over £18,000.

To find out more about how you can reduce your electricity consumption, visit the Carbon Management Website.

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Father's Day at the Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre Father's DayThere are lots of novelty Father’s Day gift ideas at the Welcome Centre including quirky ranges from The Master Herbalist such as “The Weary Golfer’s” and “Heroic Handyman.” A wide selection of humorous Father’s Day cards are also available.

Queen's staff receive 10% discount.

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This week at the QFT

Queen and Country QFTThis week at the QFT:

QUEEN AND COUNTRY (15) - Picking up the story from John Boorman's Oscar-nominated 1987 film Hope and Glory, we follow a young man during his basic training for the Korean War.

THE LOOK OF SILENCE (15) -  The director of the acclaimed The Act of Killing returns to Indonesia to follow an optician as he confronts members of the death squad that murdered his brother – and a million others – in the mid-1960s.

THE MISFITS (PG) - Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable gave their final performances in this troubled production (Montgomery Clift makes up the trio of leads), furthering the melancholy mystique of John Huston’s off-beat drama of broken-hearted cowboys and broken-down marriages.

WEST (15) - Nelly and her young son Alexej escape from East Germany across the Berlin wall border to the West, but starting a new life is difficult as the Allied Secret Service question her links with Alexej’s late father, a suspected spy.

SAOIRSE? - Thursday 18 June, 6.30pm - Saoirse? chronicles the period of Irish history between 1919-1922, covering the war of independence against the British, and the civil war that followed. From its original release in 1961 the film has been hailed a masterpiece of Irish cinema. Introduction and post-screening talk with Director George Morrison, hosted by Dr Des O'Rawe.

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

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STDU Courses

There are places available on the following course:

  • Thursday 25 June: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 4.30pm.

To book a place, 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.

Last chance to book for Leadership Mini Masterclass (Open to Grade AR 7 and above, Grade AC2 and above). Few places remaining.

  •  Tuesday 23 June: Leading with Resilience through Change, 11.00am – 12.30pm, Senate Room, Lanyon Building

Facilitated by executive and career coach Dr Carole Pemberton, this masterclass will give an opportunity to reflect on how you can successfully manage yourself and lead others through change.

Book via Queen's Online, then select Training Courses from “other” on the list on the left of the page.   In “Learning Activity” search under Leadership.

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CED Courses and Annual Conference

Continuing Professional Development

Limited places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 17 June: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 June: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm

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.

CED Conference

CED's 9th Annual Conference will take place on Thursday 25 June on the theme of Blending the Learning: incorporating technology in your teaching. It will include two keynote addresses as well as a showcase of blended learning examples from Queen’s. The full programme is available at: CED Annual Conference Programme.

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IT Training Courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 18 June: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 30 June: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 30 June: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 5 August: Working with SharePoint (for Site contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 6 August: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm

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 22 June, 9.30am – 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).  For more information on ECDL:

Tip of the day: If you have Windows 7 and need to record screen movements, click the start button and type PSR to open Problem Steps Recorder

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