29 June 2015

Summer Graduation

Summer Graduation ImageSummer Graduation starts this Thursday with 13 ceremonies taking place over six days. 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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SWAN Reception

Queen's Gender Initiative will host a reception for all staff on Wednesday 1 July 2015, 3.00pm - 4.30pm, in the Marquee in the Quad to celebrate this year's SWAN achievements.

If you would like to attend, rsvp to as soon as possible.

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Internal Vacancy

This week's internal vacancy: 

Clerical Officer (Grade 4) (Maternity Cover)
Ref: 15/103901
Centre for Dentistry
Closing Date: Friday 3 July 2015
Anticipated interview date: week commencing 20 July 2015

Web page:

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Honorary Degrees: Nominations

Staff are being invited to submit nominations for the award of Honorary Degrees in 2016.

Nominations should be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office, in the strictest confidence, by Friday 4 September 2015, using the appropriate pro forma. Further details can be found on the Honorary Degree Nominations section of the website.

You may nominate more than one person and are encouraged to do so. Anyone nominated should not be approached and all names forwarded to the Search Committee must be treated as strictly confidential.

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Carers Network at Queen’s

Following a Staff Wellbeing event held during National Carers Week, some colleagues expressed an interest in setting up a Carers Network at Queen’s. The purpose of the network would be to provide working carers with the opportunity to come together and share experiences, discuss issues, ask questions and arrange informal meet ups.

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 cannot cope without their support.

If you would like to get involved in a Carers Network at Queen’s, please register your interest by emailing with “Carers Network” in the subject line and indicate whether you would be interested in participating as a member or facilitator.

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Marie Curie Charity Raffle and Coffee Morning

FacilitaytorsQueen's Management School will host a Mr Tayto and Miss Daffy’s Tea Party/ Coffee Morning including Raffle Draw in aid of Marie Curie on Tuesday 30 June 2015 at 10.00am in Lanyon North, Room 0G.074. All staff are welcome (£2 donation fee). 

Raffle tickets with fantastic prizes are currently on sale in the Management School (028 9097 5500/ 5478).  Buy a ticket for only £1 and support Marie Curie in providing care and support to terminally ill people and their families.

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Queen's Archived photographs made available

Belfast Boat Club Archive ImageArchived photographs of Queen’s student clubs and societies are now available on the Special Collections & Archives web page. 

Included are photographs from the Men’s Athletic, Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, Association Football and Boxing teams, the Literary and Scientific Society, the Students’ Representative Council and the Students’ Union Society Committee. The earliest photographs date from 1900 and the names of those pictured are recorded in almost all photographs.

The University Archive is always keen to acquire more photographs of this nature, especially photographs of ladies sports teams.

For more information, please contact Ursula Mitchel, or phone 028 9097 6237.

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This week in the Conversation

Four articles from Queen's have been published in The Conversation:

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

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Wellbeing Event: Dietary Guidelines for a Healthy Diet

Staff Wellbeing will hold an information session for staff on 'Dietary Guidelines for a Healthy Diet' on Tuesday 30 June 2015, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location TBC.

The session will be delivered by Dr Ciara Rooney from the Centre for Public Health who will give an overview of what a healthy diet is in line with current dietary guidelines, as well as practical tips to help you achieve a healthier diet.

Register to attend by emailing including “Healthy Diet” in the subject line.

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Queen’s Management School launches first Annual Review

QUMS Annual ReviewQueen’s Management School has published its first annual review which showcases the achievements of its students, alumni and staff. The review focuses on three key areas:

  • Engaging with Business
  • Enhancing Employability
  • Thought Leadership

It covers a range of work – from the Isle of Man to New York, from whistle-blowing to credit unions, from charity accountability to Wall Street – and showcases the School's new brand and slogan "to progress and lead".

Download a copy of the annual review


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Financial Year End Payment Office Arrangements

It is important that the University’s accounts record all the financial activity incurred during the period ended on 31 July 2015.

To ensure that expenditure is recorded correctly, all transactions relating to July 2015 and earlier periods, should be delivered to the Payments Office for input by the cut off dates listed below:

  • Registered Invoices  – 14 August
  • Request for Payments – 13 August
  • Staff Expenses – 13 August       
  • Journals – 20 August    

For further information, contact the Payments Office on 028 9097 3029.

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Wireless Campus Project

Students in LibraryA new wireless service is currently being rolled out across the campus as part of a £1.93m investment by the University.

Have a look at the Wireless Campus Project website to find out when your building will be going wireless.


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Countdown to New HEFCE Policy on Open Access Continues

The countdown is on to 1 April 2016 when the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) policy for open access in the post-2014 REF will be implemented. Non-compliance with the policy will mean that papers are not eligible for assessment and will be given an unclassified score.

Further details on the new HEFCE Policy and its requirements are available on the Library's Blog.

There is a dedicated Open Access Team available to assist you and lots of help and advice on the Library web pages. The team can be contacted at

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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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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:
  • 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 6 July, 9.30am – 11.00am. For more information on ECDL, visit

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Library Courses

There are places available on the following RefWorks training sessions:

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This week at QFT

Slow West FilmThis week at QFT: 

  • Slow West (15) - This off-kilter western follows Jay, a naive young man stumbling across late 1800s America in search of his sweetheart.
  • Mr. Holmes (PG) - Ian McKellen plays the man behind the myth in this new twist on the world’s most famous detective.
  • Project Monday: Rosewater (15) - Jon Stewart brilliantly tells the story of Maziar Bahari, the journalist who was detained for 188 days in Iran. Monday 29 June, 6.30pm.

Competition Winner
The winner of the tickets to see Mr. Holmes was Jackie Boyd, Admissions and Access Service.

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

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The Welcome Centre

Martina Scott artThe Welcome Centre is now stocking Martina Scott’s unique textiles and beautiful prints.  The pieces depict natural forms, connecting the landscapes and scenes from her home in Carlingford Co. Lough.  Each design is hand printed onto Irish Linen and framed.

Staff receive 10% discount in the Welcome Centre.

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