23 March 2015

Launch of Academic Promotions Scheme 2015

The Academic Promotions Scheme for 2015 and the ECIT Engineers Promotions Scheme for 2015 are now live. Further details on both Schemes are available on the Personnel website.
If you require further information, please contact Deirdre McGuire, 028 9097 3318, or Wendy Marsh, 028 9097 3043, in the Personnel Department. Alternatively, you may discuss the matter with your Head of School.
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The next A Bite of Queen's tour will take place on Monday 30 March, 1.05pm  1.50pm, when staff will get the opportunity to visit Riddel Hall and hear about the building's history, its refurbishment and how the work taking place there is helping to drive the Northern Ireland economy.

For further information, click here.

The tour is free and lunch will be provided. To take part, please fill in the online booking form, giving details of any dietary requirements. 

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Diabetes Research Information Evening - Places available

Interested in finding out more about diabetes? Staff are invited to attend an information evening on the Queen’s diabetes research programmes in the Whitla Hall on Tuesday 24 March from 7.00pm – 9.00pm.
The evening will include an overview of the current research from Professor Timothy Lyons, followed by brief talks from doctors and researchers working to prevent and cure diabetes and its complications. Following the short presentations there will be an opportunity to meet the clinicians and researchers.
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Publication of new institutional Research Strategy 2015-2020

The University Executive Board has given its approval to a new Research Strategy for the University.  The Research Strategy 2015-2020 is now available internally on Queen’s Online

The strategy was prepared with input from a cross-section of researchers at Queen’s and provides a framework of principles as the shared context within which Faculties will develop their own delivery plans.  Three priority areas are set out in the strategy:

  1. Creating a culture of research ambition:  Promoting excellence, providing flexibility for talent to flourish, and encouraging rounded contributions to research life
  2. Connecting to tackle global challenges: Supporting new research interactions and tackling cross-disciplinary research priorities of global significance
  3. Fostering a vibrant postgraduate and postdoctoral community: Growing our postgraduate and postdoctoral cohorts, drawing them into our wider research culture, and providing the highest-quality learning and training environment

Three cross-cutting programmes of work are also detailed, relating to research internationalisation, research impact and research environment.   

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Team Pedometer Challenge Update

After three weeks of the Team Pedometer Challenge, the teams have managed to walk a total of 73,924,600 steps.

Here are the leaders after Week Three:

Team Name Area Steps (Weeks 1,2&3)
I like Big Struts and I cannot lie SPACE 1,713,150
Chafing Victory SPACE 1,631,911
Bio-fit Biological Sciences 1,553,733
All Walk No Play CCRCB 1,522,703
Walk your buns off Widening Participation Unit 1,509,205
Deirdre’s Divas Modern Languages; PISP; QUMS;
Chemistry; Pharmacy; Biological Sciences   
The mighty Morphin Power Walkers   Personnel 1,299,061
Support Stockings Student Systems Support (SGC) 1,294,978
Wii Unfit  History and Anthropology 1,201,228
Cii Elite Centre for Infection and Immunity 1,193,608


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Wear a Hat Day: 27 March

Staff in the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) invite you to a Coffee Morning on Friday 27 March (10.00am - 2.00pm) to mark Wear a Hat Day 2015. The event, which is part of a national initiative, aims to raise Brain Tumour awareness and to help support long-term, life-saving research in centres such as CCRCB. And there’s a prize for the best hat!

For more information, contact Dr Shahnaz T Al Rashid, Radiation Biology Group (CCRCB) or the local support group Brainwaves NI or visit

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Bike to Work Breakfast: 27 March

It's pedal power over horsepower as staff are invited to leave the car at home and cycle to work on Friday 27 March. 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.

For more information on cycling, including future bike to work breakfasts, please click here.

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New Road Crossings

The University has been informed by DRD Roads Service that two pedestrian road crossings are being created at the top of Botanic Avenue close to the entrance/exit of the Main site car park. 

Works are scheduled to start week commencing Monday 23 March 2015 and are expected to take approximately ten weeks to complete.

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The Conversation

To read the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation this week, click on the links:

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, email

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Spring Activity Programme

The Spring Activity Programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, will start after the Easter holidays:

  • Pilates starts on Tuesday 14 April.
  • Yoga starts on Wednesday 15 April.
  • Tone and Trim starts on Thursday 16 April.

The courses will run over eight weeks and cost £20.  The classes, which start at 1.10pm and finish at 1.50pm, will be held in the Students' Union.

For all classes, please register at the PEC reception - places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Ten Years of Fairtrade at Queen's and Queen's Students' Union

To celebrate ten years of official support for Fairtrade by Queen’s and the Students’ Union, staff are invited to attend a ‘Big Brew+’ event in the Students' Union on Friday 27 March, 10.00am – 3.00pm.
Free Fairtrade Tea will be available in the SU Foyer* and other offers include: 
  • Café Krem – All Coffees half price* (SU site only)
  • Clements – All Coffees half price* (SU site only)
  • SU Foyer Shop* – 20% off all Fairtrade treats and clothing, including Queen’s branded Hoodies, Tee Shirts and Sportswear
  • Beauty at Queen’s – Eyebrow threading for only £6 (normal price £9)
  • Blackwell’s Books – Lucky Dip Mystery Prizes*
  • Santander* – call in and find out how Santander’s new Isa app helps you learn about saving tax free, calculate your tax-free interest on the amount you want to save, and make sure you don’t miss out on the tax year deadline
  • SRL Electrics* Headphones from £1.99, USB Flash drives from £4.99 and Bluetooth speakers from £9.99
All staff can enter a free prize draw for a Fair Trade Goody Bag* (two Goody Bags available – minimum value of £25 each). Enter the draw at any one of the above Units.
*Offer open to all Queen’s University staff with valid Staff ID card. For further information, click on: Big Brew SU
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Update on National Student Survey (NSS)

The University’s average response rate for NSS is 57%. In order to reach an average 70-75% response, a further 490-675 students need to complete the survey before it closes on 30 April. Staff are asked to encourage all eligible final year students who have not yet participated to complete the survey via the unique link in their email invitations.
Students can also complete online at and will be entered in a prize draw with the chance of winning one of six ‘Graduate Packages’, each of which is worth approximately £60.
If you have any queries, please contact Pat McNally, 028 9097 1435,
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Conference on 'Sharing, Celebrating and Transforming, A celebration of what’s good in Education in South Belfast'

The Widening Participation Unit and the Sharing Education Programme (School of Education) are currently working in partnership with the South Belfast Partnership Board and will host a conference on Sharing, Celebrating and Transforming, A celebration of what’s good in Education in South Belfast on Friday 27 March 2015.
The keynote speaker, Koulla Yiasouma, Northern Ireland Children’s Commissioner, will open the day. The conference has four themes: 'Engaging Communities and Families', 'Equality and Diversity', 'Special Educational Needs' and 'Unlocking the Digital and Creative Potential'. 
The event will begin at 9.45am with tea and coffee in the HUB (located on the ground floor of the Student Guidance Centre) and end at 2.30pm.
For booking and further details, email Emma Campbell at South Belfast Partnership Board,, or contact Deirdre Lynskey in the Widening Participation Unit, Places are limited, so early booking is recommended.
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Update on First and Second Year Experience Surveys (FYE and SYE)

After three weeks, the response rates are 28% for the First Year Experience (FYE) Survey and 26% for the Second Year Experience (SYE) Survey.
Students have received invitations and reminder messages to their Queen’s email account and they can only access the survey from the unique link included in their email message. Staff are asked to encourage their students to complete their survey, which will take approximately 10 minutes. Students who take part in the surveys will be entered in a prize draw with the chance of winning one of four cash prizes of £25.
If students do not complete the whole survey on their first visit, they can return to their response at a later date. Partial responses are currently running at 2%, so please also encourage students to revisit and complete their response to make their views count.
The FYE and SYE will close on Friday 1 May 2015 and the target response rate for each is 50%.
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European Research Council Event

An information session on the European Research Council (ERC) programme will take place on Thursday 30 April at 12.00pm.
The ERC scheme supports the very best researchers and their pioneering ideas, funding curiosity-driven research that is high-risk, high-gain. It backs excellent investigators looking to set up or consolidate their own independent research team by means of Starting or Consolidator Grants. Established research leaders are also eligible to apply to the Advanced Grant scheme.
To register your attendance, please email Details of the agenda and venue will be made available closer to the date.
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Peer Mentoring for new Postgraduate Research Students

PGR Peer mentoring, which is running in ten schools across the University this year, offers new first year students access to a mentor in order to facilitate the transition into the research environment. 
Any staff members who are interested in or would like to learn more about peer mentoring for postgraduate research students are invited to attend the PGR Peer Awards and Information event on Wednesday 25 March, 5.30pm - 6.30pm, in Seminar Room 1, Ground Floor, International and Postgraduate Student Centre.
For further information, email or contact Annette Mac Artain-Kerr,
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School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Seminar Series

The next School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work seminar,  Assumptions about ageing in survey research: A systematic review of datasets by Dr Gemma Carney and Dr Paula Devine, will take place on Thursday 26 March, 1.00pm  – 2.00pm, in 6 College Park, Room 01/037.
Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be available from 12.30pm in Foyer.
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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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School of Law Comic Relief Bake Sale and Coffee Morning

The School of Law would like to thank everyone who contributed to their Bake Sale and Coffee Morning on Monday 9 March. The event raised £530.00 for Comic Relief.

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Queen's Sport

‌Queen’s 5K 2015
The Race Around the River 2015 will take place this Wednesday, 25 March.  Come down, enjoy the atmosphere and show your support for the runners. For more information on the race, click here.
Queen’s Staff Membership
There is a range of membership options available for staff, whether you are interested in classes, racquet sports, climbing, swimming or the gym. Memberships can be paid via salary deduction which means NO admin fees.
Click here for more information on memberships. To book a tour, email:
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This week at QFT:
Suite Française: Based on the novel of the same name by Irène Némirovsky, Suite Française is a story about the power of love and the tragedy of war.
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.
Maxine Peake as Hamlet: In this unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare's tragic Hamlet, BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, giving a performance hailed as "delicately ferocious" by The Guardian and "a milestone Hamlet" by the Manchester Evening News.
Dreamcatcher: Kim Longinotto’s documentary paints a portrait of Brenda Myers-Powell, a former Chicago prostitute. The film lays bare the hidden violence that devastates the lives of young women, their families and the communities where they live.
The Turning:  Exploring the impact of past on present, The Turning is an adaptation of Australia’s best-selling book of short stories, starring Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne and Hugo Weaving.
NT Live: A View from the Bridge: Featuring a stellar cast led by Mark Strong, the visionary Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Arthur Miller's tragic masterpiece, broadcas‌t from London's West End by National Theatre Live.
Coming up from Friday: Wild Tales, Dior and I, Giovanni’s Island, Far From the Madding Crowd.
Staff ticket price, £5, standard ticket price, £6.50. 
Please visit for more details.
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Continuing Professional Development
  • Wednesday 25 March: Using Technology to Enhance Online Learning, 2.00pm – 5.00pm.
Higher Education Lunchtime Forum
  • Thursday 14 May: Blogging in Teaching and Learning, 1.00pm – 1.55pm in the Senate Room, Lanyon Building, (sandwich lunch provided from 12.45pm). The session will be led by Dr Suzel Reily (School of Creative Arts). 
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
The next issue of Reflections, the 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 Courses are available for booking:  
  • Wednesday 25 March: Laboratory Demonstrating for Technical Staff, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 31 March: Manager Wellbeing Training, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 14 April: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 20 April: Front of Office Reception Skills, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 23 April: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 4.30pm
  • Friday 24 April: Career Development for Support Staff, 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 29 April: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 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 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 31 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
  • Tuesday 5 May: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 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 next ECDL test date is Wednesday 25 March, 9.30am – 11.00am. Click here for more information on ECDL.
Tip of the day:  If you want to keep the formatting from the original document when you paste into another, add the 'Paste and Keep Source Formatting' control to the Quick Access Toolbar in Word.
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