9 March 2015

Economic impact of higher education

Universities UK has published economic impact studies of Queen's and Ulster University which highlight the contribution the higher education sector makes to the Northern Ireland economy.

The key contributions of both universities include:

  • Contribute £1.5bn to the Northern Ireland economy
  • Opportunities for almost 50,000 students to pursue higher education
  • Almost 6,000 jobs directly created
  • A further 11,000 jobs indirectly supported in Northern Ireland, and more in the rest of the UK
  • Students from outside NI contributing over £100 million in expenditure while studying.

You can access Queen's economic impact stud‌y at: Queen's Economic Impact Study and a summary infographic at: Economic Impact Infographics.

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Team Pedometer Challenge Update

The results are in for Week One of the Team Pedometer Challenge. The 89 teams taking part have clocked up a total of 17,675,488 steps and raised over £1,000 for TinyLife. 

Here are the leaders after Week One:

Team Name Area Steps (Week 1)
Bio-fit Biological Sciences 387,295
Scrambled Legs 2      Accommodation and Hospitality 383,625
Cii Elite Centre for Infection and Immunity          360,351
All Walk No Play CCRCB 353,241
Deirdre’s Divas Modern Languages 351,185
Walk your buns off          Widening Participation Unit 348,079
Loadsa Steps Education 347,012
The Mighty Morphin Power Walkers     Personnel 324,004
Team Velocity Finance 321,334
Sugar Shakers Procurement 305,228


Congratulations to Mary Devlin from Biological Sciences who recorded the most steps in Week One  an impressive 109,957 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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Latest video message from the Vice-Chancellor

To watch the latest video blog from the Vice-Chancellor, please click here.

A transcript of the video is available on the Vice-Chancellor's blog page.

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Easter Holiday Payment Arrangements

Staff should note the following Payments Office arrangements over the Easter period for paying correctly authorised and registered Supplier Invoices, Request for Payment Forms and Staff Expenses Claims:

  • Invoices received by 5.00pm on Wednesday 18 March 2015 and Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 12.00pm on Thursday 19 March 2015 will be paid week-ending 27 March 2015.
  • Invoices received by 5.00pm on Tuesday 24 March 2015 and Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 12.00pm on Wednesday 25 March 2015 will be paid by Wednesday 1 April 2015.
  • Invoices received by 5.00pm on Monday 30 March 2015 and Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 12.00pm on Tuesday 31 March 2015 will be paid by Friday 17 April 2015.
  • Normal payment arrangements will apply for all  payment requests received week commencing 13 April 2015.

Whilst the Payments Office will make every effort to comply with this timetable, due to the volumes of payment requests received at this time of the year, and to ensure payment before the holiday, staff are requested to process all such transactions well in advance of these deadlines.
Further clarification of these arrangements, if required, may be obtained from the Payments Office, 028 9097 3029.

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Imagine! 2015 Festival of Ideas & Politics

Academics from Queen's are part of the line-up for the inaugural Imagine! 2015 Festival of Ideas & Politics which runs from Monday 9 March to Sunday 15 March.

Designed to celebrate and support the role of the citizen in political and cultural life, the Festival will include talks, theatre, workshops, film, humour and lively debate. It is an opportunity for people to have their say and engage with some of the big issues impacting on our lives in a fun and dynamic way.

For further information, visit:

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March 2014 – Stop Smoking!

There are two events taking place this week to support members of staff who want to stop smoking:

  • Quit Clinics: Wednesday 11 March, 9.30am – 12.00pm, PFC Foyer, and Thursday 12 March, 9.30am – 12.00pm, MBC Foyer. Run by Occupational Health Service. You do not need to register  just drop by for professional support and advice on smoking cessation.
  • Presentation  “3 Ways to Stop Smoking”: Wednesday 11 March, 1.00pm – 1.40pm, MBC, Teaching Centre Room 102 (lunch will be available for attendees). 

For full details, visit the Staff Wellbeing website.

Wednesday 11 March, 9.30am to noon, PFC Foyer

Thursday 12th March, 9.30am to noon, MBC Foyer

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The Conversation

Two 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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WPU Summer Celebration Day: Call for Staff Volunteers

The Widening Participation Unit will hold a Summer Celebration Day on Saturday 13 June, 10.00am – 2.30pm, for young people who have participated in the Queen’s Junior Academy Programmes. A certificate ceremony and science show is planned for Primary 7 pupils from the 25 schools who have participated in this year’s National Primary Network – Professor Fluffy Programme. The event will also include an exhibition of projects completed by Year 10 pupils, from ten secondary schools, who have taken part in the Queen’s Junior Academy.
It is anticipated that a large number of young people and their families will attend, and WPU are currently seeking the assistance of any member of staff who would be willing to volunteer on the day. If you would like to volunteer, please email Melissa Keenan,
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International Women's Day Coffee Morning

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences and the School of Pharmacy will host a Coffee Morning  on Tuesday 10 March, 10.00am – 11.30am.

The coffee morning will take place in the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) Foyer (BCH) and the Centre for Experimental Medicine, ICS-A Foyer (RVH).

Proceeds will go to the charity, Asha.

To read about the achievements of some of the inspirational women at Queen's, click here.

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QGI Academic-Related Report Launch

Queen’s Gender Initiative (QGI) will hold a  “Stepping up - Making it Happen” event to launch the report, Women in Academic-Related posts in Queen's, on Tuesday 10 March, 1.00pm - 2.00pm, in Lecture Room 3, Riddel Hall.

At the event, Denise Price, Karen Latimer, Una Reid and Paula Teggart will share an overview of their careers.

The event is open to academic-related staff. RSVP to

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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Richard Kennedy

Professor Richard Kennedy from the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology will deliver his inaugural lecture, From Mustard Gas to Molecular Diagnostics, a Personal Journey in Personalized Cancer Treatment, on Thursday 12 March at 5.00pm in Room G07, North Lecture Theatre, Medical Biology Centre.


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Green Impact Lecture

The School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology will host a Green Impact lecture on Wednesday 11 March at 1.00pm in the Main Lecture Theatre (OG029) in the Elmwood Building.

The lecture, Climate Change: The Facts, will be given by Dr Donal Mullan.

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Recruiting students from Great Britain

The Marketing and Domestic Recruitment Team will be exhibiting at 19 UCAS Fairs across England from March until July to encourage students to come to Queen’s and to promote the University’s competitive scholarships. This will include exhibiting at UCAS Fairs in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle and Liverpool. 

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Anthony McGrath,

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School of History and Anthropology Newsletter

The latest edition of the School of History and Anthropology's Newsletter is now online. Click on the link to access it: School Newsletter Feb 2015.

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Mother's Day Gifts at the Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre has a host of gifts for Mother’s Day from The Master Herbalist. “The Over-Worked Mother’s” range includes a hand woven gift bag complete with hand soap, hand cream and luxury face cloth. Other items sold separately from “The Over-Worked Mother’s” gift range include bath oil, bath herbs, hand soap and hand cream.

While in store, why not complete your gift with a Mother’s Day cards. Stamps are also available.

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Queen's Sport

Queen’s Parkrun
Queen’s Parkrun recently celebrated its third anniversary at Queen's Sport Upper Malone. Parkrun is a free 5K timed run every Saturday at 9.30am, attended by an average of 100 participants each week. For more information, click here.

Queen’s 5K 2015
The Race Around the River will take place on Wednesday 25 March, 7.00pm.  For more information on the race and to enter, click here.

Online Inductions
Queen's Sport has introduced a compulsory online Fitness Induction which provides users with advice on how to use the facilities correctly and safely. For full details click here.

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QFT Listings and Competition

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.

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL: The follow-up to John Madden’s phenomenally successful comedy about a group of British retirees living the high life in India.

IMAGINE! FESTIVAL OF POLITICS AND IDEAS: A season of satirical comedies including Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Dr. Strangelove, Four Lions and Marx Brothers classic, Duck Soup, served with a bowl of actual soup!

NT LIVE: BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS: Meera Syal returns to the National Theatre in David Hare’s vibrant, uplifting drama of life in the margins of Mumbai.

Coming up from Friday: X+Y, Catch Me Daddy, BAFTA Shorts 2015, ‘71.

QFT Competition
To win a pair of tickets to see Still Alice, please email with Still Alice in the subject line and the answer to the question: In which New York university is Julianne Moore’s character, Alice Howland, a professor?

Competition closes Wednesday 11 March at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.

Staff ticket price: £5; standard ticket price: £6.50. Please visit for more details.

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There are places available on the following CED Courses. Book via iTrent.

  • Wednesday 11 March: Creating Interactive Learning Resources using Excel 2013, 2.00pm - 5.00pm – limited number of places available. This is an advanced Excel course therefore participants should have significant previous experience of using Excel 2013.
  • Wednesday 18 March: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes,  2.00pm – 5.00pm. Some previous experience with PowerPoint is necessary for attendance at this workshop   
  • 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

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There are places available on the following courses:

  • Friday 20 March: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • 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
  • Thursday 26 March: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am - 4.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities
(Aimed at Professional Support Staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above)

  • Monday 23 March: Project management for non-Project Managers, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 March: Creative thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 16 April: Managing Difficult Conversations, 9.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 21 April: Emotional Intelligence and leading Others, 9.00am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 27 April: Project management for non-Project Managers, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 28 April: Assertiveness, 9.00am – 1.00pm

Courses can be booked via iTrent.

Development Opportunity – Staff Coaching Service

Coaching is widely recognised as a useful development option as it supports you, through conversations with a trained coach, to explore options and develop insights around work-based challenges in a completely confidential, one-to-one environment.

If you would like to access a coach through the Queen’s staff coaching service, please contact Paula Teggart for an application form.  Applications are currently being accepted from staff AC1/2, Professional Services Grade 6/7.

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 24 March: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • 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: Adobe Photoshop 2: Further Topics, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Monday 20 April: Dynamic PowerPoint (covers ECDL Advanced), 9.30am – 12.30pm

Course dates can be viewed at:

ECDL –  The next test date is Tuesday 10 March, 9.30am to 11.00am. For more information on ECDL, visit:

Tip of the day: Automatically PDF an open Office document and attach to an email message by adding the E-mail as a PDF Attachment to the Quick Access Toolbar.

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