18 May 2015

Recruitment of Faculty Directors of Operations

In line with Vision 2020 plans, applications are now invited for three new leadership posts of Faculty Directors of Operations.  Executive search consultants, Berwick Partners, an Odgers Berndtson company, have been engaged to assist with the selection process.  

Staff interested in applying for these posts should visit the recruitment website.

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Latest Edition of Queen's Now

The May/June 2015 edition of Queen's Now is available online here.
This edition focuses on our impact on the city of Belfast and includes features on the opening of the new Graduate School; the appointment of the University's new Chancellor, Thomas J Moran; and details of Queen's Wireless Campus Project.
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Queen's wins NI CIPD Health and Wellbeing Award

Queen’s was announced a winner at the NI CIPD Gala Awards Ceremony held in Belfast City Hall last week. 
The NI CIPD Gala Awards recognise excellence across the Human Resources and Personnel Development profession. In each of the award categories, the judges were looking for evidence that a particular people management and development initiative or project contributed to organisational sustainability and success. 
Queen's won in the Health and Wellbeing category in recognition of its commitment to  supporting employee health and wellbeing through Staff Wellbeing initiatives such as the '£ for lb' weight loss challenge, Wellbeing Training courses, the Internal Staff Mediation Service and the Team Pedometer Challenge. 
The University also received a Highly Commended Award in recognition of its commitment to being a Family Friendly Employer in 2014.
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Learning at Work Week 2015: 'Shaping our Future'

Learning at Work Week 2015 takes place this week (18 – 24 May). This year's theme, 'Shaping our Future', reflects the vital role of learning and development in building resilient, forward-thinking and creative workplaces. 

Staff members will be guest-tweeting via @QUBLearningWeek during the week, using the hashtag #QUBLW. For further details, click here

A number of staff across the University have participated in short videos revealing what they would like to learn. Watch the videos here

Follow Learning at Work Week on twitter @QUBLearningWeek

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Payroll cut-off date for June 2015

Please note that the payroll cut-off date for all hard copy forms for June 2015 is Friday 5 June. All input must be received by the cut-off date. Any input received after the cut-off date may not be processed until the next pay period.
Click here to view all payroll cut-off dates for 2015.
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Share your vision of Belfast and be in with a chance of winning

Belfast City Council want to hear your ideas on how they should continue to improve the city for all citizens. You can help the Council and its partners make your vision a reality as part of the Belfast Agenda, which will set out measurable medium and long term goals for social, economic and environmental improvements for Belfast over the next 15 years.

You can share your ideas by completing an online survey available here.

We are running a competition to collect the best ideas and submit them as part of the Queen’s University response to the consultation.  Tell us in one line how you feel Queen’s contributes to Belfast  this could be something we are currently doing or your idea of how we could contribute over the next 15 years.  Send your idea to by Wednesday 27 May. The top three ideas will each win a £50 Amazon voucher.

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Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS) Call for Submissions 2015–16

Since 2011 the KESS annual seminar series has formally partnered the Assembly with academics to consider research findings and promote evidence-based policy and law-making in Northern Ireland.  Developing understanding and awareness of issues that relate to the Programme for Government of the Executive, KESS seeks to stimulate engagement and debate among a spectrum of attendees, encouraging attendance from MLAs and their staff, Assembly Secretariat staff, public and private sector employees, academics and representatives from voluntary and community groups.
The KESS Panel invites submissions of interest from staff who would like to take part in the 201516 KESS session.  Submissions must be made by 2 June 2015 and should be submitted to the University's KESS Panel representative, Dr. Claire Dewhirst,  Further details, including guidance notes and the submission form, are available here
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Queen’s Students’ Union Education Awards

The Queen’s Students’ Union Education Awards, supported by the Queen’s Annual Fund, took place on Monday 11 May and were attended by 130 students, staff and  alumni, including Professor David Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, Dr Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning, and Rebecca Hall, NUS–USI President.

Celebrating academic excellence, the Awards acknowledged the contributions of staff, students and schools to the quality of education and the student experience at the University. Winners in the staff categories included:
Most Inspiring or Motivating: Mr David Marshall (Nursing and Midwifery)
Personal Tutor of the Year: Dr Matthew Rodger (Psychology)
Best Feedback: Dr Helen Noble (Nursing and Midwifery)
Most involved: Dr Robin Hickey (Law)
Employability Champion: Miss Lorna Dysart (Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences)
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The Conversation

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

If you would like to write for The Conversation, email

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Couch 2 5K arrives at Queens

The overall aim of the Couch 2 5K programme is to provide opportunities to get active on campus. It will provide staff with a structured way to make walking, jogging and running accessible and fun through progressive training sessions led by a team of coaches. 

Coordinated by Queen’s Sport and Staff Wellbeing, the programme is targeted at absolute beginners, so everyone is welcome. The programme will run for ten weeks (additional training programmes are available for those who may be away on holiday).

Training sessions will begin on 27 May 2015, taking place every Wednesday at 1.15pm* in and around Queen’s Sport and Botanic Gardens.  Sessions will last approximately 40 minutes and participants are asked to arrive five minutes early for a pre-session briefing. Showers and changing will be available at Queen’s Sport.

Places are limited to 80 participants and are available on a first come, first served basis. To register, click here. The cost is £10 per participant. 

On completion of the programme, there will be a ‘graduation’ run at Queen’s Parkrun. 
* Lunchtime proved the preferred time for those staff who initially registered their interest in the programme.
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Staff Prayer Breakfast

The next Prayer Breakfast for staff hosted by the Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian Chaplaincies at Queen's will be held on Thursday 21 May, 8.00am – 9.00am, in The Hub Cafe, 22 Elmwood Avenue. Please RSVP to
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Launch of Leadership Quarterly

The William J Clinton Leadership Institute has launched a new newsletter, Leadership Quarterly, which will showcase some of their amazing work in delivering high end executive education to support business both locally and further afield. 

To read the first edition, click here.

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Funding Opportunities

QUB/FAPESP Joint Mobility and Planning Projects Scheme 2015 (JMPP)
The JMPP scheme, operated in collaboration with FAPESP (the Research Foundation of Sao Paulo State, Brazil), invites applications from Queen’s staff, in collaboration with an eligible partner, for funding to cover the costs staff exchanges, seminars and workshops. Funding of up to £20,000 is available for two-year projects. A single joint application should be submitted, in English, to both Queen’s and FAPESP by Monday 27 July 2015.
Further information and the application forms are available here.
Fredrick and Catherine Eaton Fellowships Scheme with The University of New Brunswick (UNB)
The aim of this scheme is to develop and maintain links between Queen’s and UNB by supporting educational and research related activities at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. Awards of up to CA$10,000 are available for visits lasting between one week and six months. The closing date for applications is Monday 8 June 2105.
Further details and the application forms are available here
If you are interested in applying to either of these funding schemes, please contact Research Development.
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School of Education Newsletter Summer 2015

The Summer 2015 edition of the School of Education newsletter, Education at Queen’s, is available here
It features some of the activities of the School's staff and students both at home and abroad.
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ISCTSJ Spring Festival of Events

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice invites staff to attend its Spring Festival of Events in 2015.
The programme of events offers opportunities to hear first-hand about the innovative and inspirational work undertaken by some of the world’s leading peacemakers and showcases the impactful research on conflict transformation and social justice conducted by the Institute across the globe. Events include lectures, films, a ‘conversation’ and a conference.
Details of further ISCTSJ events are available here
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Disability Research Network Seminar

The School of Sociology, Social policy and Social Work invites staff to attend 'Communication Access for Deaf People in the Healthcare Setting: An Insider’s View from the Outside', a Disability Research Network seminar by Professor Michael Schwartz, Fulbright Scholar, Syracuse University, New York. The seminar will take place on 1 June 2015, 3.00pm  4.00pm in the Canada Room.
RSVP to Caroline O’Hare: 028 9097 5117,
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The Welcome Centre

Produced by Rosemary Mc Gowan in the coastal village of Easkey, Co. Sligo, a new range of Rosie’s Pottery Studio ceramics and pottery are now available in the Welcome Centre. Made in a unique style that is both decorative and functional, these items would make a perfect gift for any kitchen.
Staff are reminded of their 10% discount. 
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This week at QFT:
SAMBA (15)  Samba (the magnetic Omar Sy) is a Senegalese kitchen worker, detained and ordered to leave France even though it has been his home for a decade. When twitchy immigration advocate Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg) takes on his case they prove a combustible cocktail.
GIRLHOOD (15)  Gritty coming of age drama about a disenfranchised teenage girl living on a Parisian estate who falls into a girl gang.
LAMBERT & STAMP (15)  Two aspiring filmmakers set out to document the rebellious youth culture of the ‘60s only to end up managing their musical subjects to international stardom. Lambert & Stamp is both the greatest untold story of rock ‘n' roll and the definitive cinematic record of The Who.
FORCE MAJEURE (15)  This wickedly funny psychodrama from Swedish director Ruben Östlund tells the story of a model family on a skiing holiday in the French Alps when disaster strikes.
WE ARE MANY (12A)  The story of 15 February 2003, when over 30 million people in over 800 cities across the world marched in demonstration against the Iraq War. On Thursday 21 May at 8.00pm there will be a special preview and journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow will host a discussion with guests including the film's director Amir Amirani, executive producer and comedian Omid Djalili, convenor of the Stop The War Coalition Lindsey German, professor of international law at UCL Philippe Sands and actor Greg Wise.
QUB staff ticket price: £5; standard ticket: price £6.50. Please visit for more details.
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Continuing Professional Development
  • Monday 25 May (Additional Date): Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm.
  • Tuesday 23 June 2015: Being an Advisor of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm.

Please note that there are limited places on each course/event and early registration is recommended.

Guest Speaker Series 2014–2015
  • Tuesday 19 May 2015: Motivating Student Learning, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Canada Room/Council Chamber. Led by Dr Kate Exley, Higher Education Consultant.  Further information is available from the CED website.
 9th CED Annual Conference 
  • Thursday 25 June: Blending the Learning: Incorporating Technology in Your Teaching. Further details are available on the CED website.
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
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The following Staff Training and Development Unit courses are available for booking:
  • Wednesday 20 May, Health and Safety for Co-ordinators,  10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 May, Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 29 May, Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 9 - Wednesday 10 June, Writing for Publication – Researcher Writing Retreat (two days), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 June, Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 25 June, 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, the following Developing for Success workshop is available for booking:
  • Wednesday 27 May, Leading Change in HE, 9.30am – 3.15pm
The full STDU 2014/15 course programme can be viewed online here
To book a place on a training course, log onto Queens 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:
  • Wednesday 26 May, Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 3 June, Working with SharePoint (for Site contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 4 June, Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 18 June, Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 16.00pm
  • Tuesday 30 June, Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 09.30am – 13.00pm
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 new improved test system allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision (please note that this is not used for ECDL Advanced). For more information on ECDL, click here.  The next test date is Tuesday 26 May, 9.30am – 11.00am.
Tip of the day: To enter a YouTube video within Word 2013, click the 'Insert' tab, click 'Online Video' and select 'YouTube'.  Enter details of your search, select the video and click 'Insert'. 
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