16 March 2015

Events taking place to celebrate Solar Eclipse

Queen’s will hold a day of public events on Friday 20 March to celebrate the largest Partial Solar Eclipse to be seen from Northern Ireland in many years.

A special Eclipse Watch event will take place at the front of the Whitla Hall from 8.15am – 10.45am followed later in the day by a Jupiter Watch event from 7.00pm – 10.00pm, near the War Memorial, Lanyon Building.

Find out more here.

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Payroll Cut-Off Dates

Please note that, due to the Easter holiday closure, the cut-off date for hard copy forms is Wednesday 1 April. All input must be received by that date to ensure prompt and accurate payment. Any input received after the cut-off date may not be processed until the next pay period.

  • Cut-Off for Hard Copy Forms: Wednesday 1 April
  • Cut-Off for e-Timesheets: Wednesday 15 April
  • Pay Date: Thursday 30 April
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Internal Vacancies

This week's internal vacancies:
Temporary Clerical Officer Grade 5 (0.5 FTE)
School of Law
Ref: 15/103802
Closing date:   Friday 20 March 2015
Anticipated interview date:  Thursday 2 April 2015
This post is available until 8 November 2015
Clerical Officer Grade 4 (0.5 FTE)
KTP & Business Networks
Ref: 15/103803
Closing date:   Friday 20 March 2015
Anticipated interview date:  Monday 30 March 2015
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Team Pedometer Challenge Update

‌The results are in for Week Two of the Team Pedometer Challenge. This week, the teams have clocked up a total of 27,539,365 steps.

Here are the leaders after Week Two:

Team Name Area Steps (Weeks 1&2)
Bio-fit Biological Sciences 1,019,339
All Walk No Play CCRCB 945,427
Cii Elite Centre for Infection and Immunity 903,354
Walk your buns off        Widening Participation Unit 902,332
Stan's Sole Sisters EEECS 836,410
Deirdre’s Divas Modern Languages; PISP; QUMS;
Chemistry; Pharmacy; Biological Sciences   
The Mighty Morphin Power Walkers    Personnel 815,897
Support Stockings Student Systems Support (SGC) 762,880
The Plastic Wanderers   Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering 721,629
Walk the Line McClay Library 709,424


The top three walkers in Week Two were:

  • Mary Devlin from Bio-fit: 160,360 steps
  • Lynne Gault from Walk the Line: 133,649 steps
  • Philip Allen from The IT Crowd:127,459 steps
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The Domino's SU Awards

Do you know a student who has made an outstanding contribution or a club or society that has made a real difference?

Nominations are now open for The Domino's SU Awards which celebrate and showcase the achievements of Queen's Students.

Find out more about the Awards and how to nominate at:

The closing date for submitting nominations is Friday 27 March.


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The Conversation

Three Queen's articles have been published in The Conversation this week:

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, email

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New MSc Public Policy Open Evening and Programme Launch

The University's new MSc Public Policy programme will begin this September. The Open Evening and programme launch will take place at Riddel Hall on Thursday 26 March and staff are welcome to attend with any family members, friends or contacts to whom the programme would be of interest.
The programme is primarily targeted at mid-career civil and public servants. Further details can be found here.
If you wish to attend, please click here to register online.
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Postgraduate Week Event

The Postgraduate Student Centre will hold a Three Minute Thesis final on Tuesday 24 March, 10.00am – 2.00pm in the Great Hall with Postgraduate Research Students presenting their thesis to a panel of judges.

All staff are invited to come along and hear more about the great postgraduate research that is taking place across the University.

The event is part of Postgraduate Week, a dedicated week of events to celebrate the University's vibrant postgraduate community. 

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Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's shortlisted for award

Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's has been shortlisted for Best Event or Festival Experience at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards. 

The category is decided by an online vote which you can access here. Voting closes on Monday 23 March.

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Autism Awareness Day Coffee Morning

The Queen's University Autism Research and Treatment (QUART) Forum, based within the School of Education's Centre for Behaviour Analysis, invites staff to an informal coffee morning on Thursday 2 April 2015, 11.00am – 12.30pm, to mark Autism Awareness Day.
The event will take place in the Exchange, School of Education, 69/71 University Street, and is free and open to all; however, staff planning to attend are asked to register by emailing Further information is available here
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Free Public Meeting on Dementia

Queen’s will host a free public meeting about dementia on Thursday 26 March 2015, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, at Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey. Organised by researchers in the Alzheimer’s Research UK Northern Ireland Research Network, the meeting will be an opportunity to hear from experts about progress being made to improve the detection of the diseases that cause dementia, recent research developments and what to expect in the future. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.
Alzheimer’s Research UK funds world-class research with the mission to defeat dementia, and has supported over £640,000 worth of research projects in Northern Ireland.
Booking is not required and refreshments will be provided. For further information, contact Michael Hills, 028 9097 6514, A flyer is available here.
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Queen’s University Women Graduates Screening

To mark International Women’s Day, Queen’s University Women Graduates will host a screening of Peace Unveiled (Afghanistan), part of a comprehensive media initiative examining the roles of women in war and peace.

The President of University Women of Europe (UWE), Edith Lommerse, will introduce the screening which will take place in the Auditorium of the McClay Library on Saturday 21 March 2015 at 10.30am.

For further information, please contact:

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Participants Wanted for Vision and Ageing Study

Are you interested in eye health? Researchers from Queen’s are currently looking for participants willing to take part in The 'Northern Ireland Sensory Ageing Study' (NiSA), a study investigating visual function and ageing.
The purpose of the study is to understand how our ability to see changes with normal ageing. Participation would require attendance at the Clinical Research Facility at Belfast City Hospital for a single three-hour visit at a time that suits you. At your visit, you will be asked to complete a series of vision tests, a questionnaire, retinal imaging following pupil dilation and to provide a blood sample. The estimated visit time includes time for a break and refreshments. You will receive £20 as reimbursement to show appreciation for you giving up your time. 
The study is currently seeking healthy volunteers aged between 30 – 50, with no history of diabetes or ocular pathology. If you think you might be suitable and would be interested in taking part, please contact Katie Graham,, 07929604087.
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Conference on Movement Disorders

Dr Guiomar Garcia Jalon from the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Professor Cathy Craig and Dr Matthew Rodger from the School of Psychology are three of the speakers at a half-day conference on movement disorders associated with childhood and ageing.

Disability in Northern Ireland: Movement Disorders will take place on Wednesday 13 May 2015 in The Crescent Art Centre. For further information, including booking details, click here.

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Queen's Sport

NEW: Children’s Activity Programme (Spring 2015)
Check out Queen's Sport's latest Children’s Activity programme which includes climbing, trampolining, basketball and gymnastics. Due to popular demand, an extra Baby Ballet Class has been added. Enrolment is now open for all courses (except Splash ‘n’ Swim which opens on 3 April 2015). Courses commence during week beginning 13 April 2015. To book your child a place, please visit PEC reception. For more information, click here.
Queen’s 5K 2015
The Race Around the River will take place on Wednesday 25 March at 7.00pm. With 500 people already entered, Queen's Sport are advising that everyone pre-enters online to avoid disappointment at the late entry desk as the race is limited to 700 entries. For more information on the race and to enter, click here.
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This week at QFT:
STILL ALICE: Julianne Moore gives an Oscar-winning performance in this inspiring drama about a fifty-year-old woman diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
X+Y: Nathan (Asa Butterfield) is an autistic teenage prodigy who struggles with people, not least his mother (Sally Hawkins), but finds comfort in numbers. Mentored by an unconventional and anarchic teacher (Rafe Spall), Nathan's talents win him a place at the International Mathematics Olympiad. On the way, he encounters the irrational nature of love.
CATCH ME DADDY: Laila, a girl on the run from her family, is hiding out in West Yorkshire with her drifter boyfriend. When her brother arrives in town with a gang of thugs in tow she is forced to flee for her life. Catch Me Daddy is a bold directorial debut from Daniel Wolfe. Think The Searchers via Shane Meadows.
WHITE GOD: This award-winning audacious drama about how a young girl's separation from her dog leads to a full-blown canine revolt is an unmissable one-off  a coming-of-age movie, a political allegory and a gore-soaked creature feature.
QFT FILM QUIZ: It's time to test your cinematic knowledge at the QFT film quiz, where Jean-Luc Godard meets Jean-Claude Van Damme, and the Superbad are separated from the Mighty Ducks.
Coming up from Friday: Festival of Russian Culture, BAFTA Shorts 2015, Suite Française, The Tales of Hoffmann, A Letter to Momo.
Congratulations to Gill Kelly from the Centre for Educational Development who won last week’s Still Alice competition!
Staff ticket price: £5; standard ticket price: £6.50. 
Please visit for more details.
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Continuing Professional Development
20142015 courses are now available for booking via the iTrent system. Please note that places available on each course/event are limited and early registration is recommended.
  • Wednesday 18 March: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes (Some previous experience with PowerPoint is necessary for attendance at this workshop), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 25 March: Using Technology to Enhance Online Learning, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
 A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed here
The next issue of Reflections, Queen’s Learning and Teaching newsletter, is due to be published later this semester. If you would like to submit a contribution, please send it to Linda Carey,, or Liz McDowell,, by 20 April 2015.
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The following Staff Training and Development Unit courses taking place in March/April 2015 are available for booking:
  • Tuesday 24 March: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 March: Laboratory Demonstrating for Technical Staff, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 31 March: Manager Wellbeing Training, 9.30am – 12.30pm 
Leadership and Management Development Opportunities 
Aimed at Professional Support Staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above, the following Developing for Success workshop is available for booking:
  • Monday 27 April: Project management for non-Project Managers, 9.30am – 4.30pm
STDU's full 2014/15 Course Programme can be viewed online here
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'.
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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:
  • Monday 30 March: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 30 March: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 14 April: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 14 April: Adobe Photoshop 2: Further Topics, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Monday 20 April: Dynamic PowerPoint (covers ECDL Advanced), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 1 May: Creating Screen Shots and Training Materials using Word and SnagIt, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Dates for all courses can be viewed here
ECDL – The next test date is Wednesday 25 March, 9.30am – 11.00am. For more information on ECDL, click here.
Tip of the day: Using Windows 7, Click the Start Button, type "sticky notes" into the search box. Right click on the note to change colour, click '+' to add another note, click X to delete it.
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