25 May 2015

Call for Graduation stories

With Summer Graduation just a few weeks away, the Communications Office is keen to hear about any graduating students who may be of interest to the media.
Do you know a student graduating with an interesting story to tell?  Perhaps they are graduating on the same day as another member of their family, or won an award during their course?  Maybe they have been volunteering, or have secured an exciting job or internship opportunity?
If so, please send an outline of their story and a contact telephone number to and a Communications Officer will call you back.  The closing date for submitting information on graduation stories is Friday 5 June.
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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.
To view all payroll cut-off dates for 2015, click here.
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Bike to Work Breakfast: Friday 29 May

It's pedal power over horsepower as staff are invited to leave the car at home and cycle to work on Friday 29 May.  A free breakfast will be provided in Seminar Room 3 of the Whitla Medical Building (located on the first floor) 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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Northern Ireland Festival of Social Science

Queen’s, Ulster University and the Open University are pleased to announce the launch of the second Northern Ireland Festival of Social Science to be run in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) National Festival of Social Science from 7 – 14 November 2015.  Applications for funding support to run an event as part of the festival are invited from staff, PhD students and external organisations across Northern Ireland wishing to collaborate with a social scientist based at any of the universities.

Further information and the application form can be found online here.

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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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Follow Staff Wellbeing on Twitter

The Staff Wellbeing initiative is now on Twitter. Click here to follow Wellbeing at Queen's (@WellbeingQUB).

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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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Postgraduate Researcher Poster Competition – The Graduate School

Staff are invited to visit The Graduate School this week to view an exhibition of postgraduate research posters.  Showcasing the inspirational postgraduate research taking place at Queen’s, the posters will be on display in the Social Space on the first floor of the building from the morning of Tuesday 26 May as part of a competition. 

The competition will be held on Wednesday 27 May from 1.00pm to 3.00pm and staff are asked to avoid visiting during this time.

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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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Chinese ‘Dragon Boat Festival’ Talk

Staff are invited to attend a talk on the Chinese ‘Dragon Boat Festival’ on Wednesday 17 June, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, in the McClay Library Auditorium (located on the ground floor).  The session is open to anyone interested in broadening their knowledge of Chinese culture.  For more information, click here.
To book your place, email Liang Wang at with ‘CCP – Dragon Boat Festival’ in the subject line.
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Help Empower TZ support girls in Tanzania

Final year Politics student Michael Fox is competing in the Santander 60 Second Pitch Awards and needs votes to win £1,500 for his charity, Empower Tz, which will empower poor and vulnerable young girls in Old Moshi, Tanzania, supporting them through secondary education.
You can watch Michael's 60 second pitch and place your vote here
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Open Evening for Postgraduate Study

Queen's University Management School will hold a Part-time and Full-time Open Evening for Postgraduate Study on Monday 15 June, 3.00pm  7.00pm, in Riddel Hall.  The event will provide the opportunity to talk to programme directors and lecturers about the range of postgraduate programmes on offer, and to ask more detailed questions about the programmes.  Courses include Accounting, Business and Management, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Risk Management and Computational Finance and Trading.
Featuring an exhibition area where attendees will be able to talk informally with academic staff, the event will include a presentation delivered by the Director of Education, and there will be an opportunity to tour state-of-the-art facilities including Queen's Management School's lecture theatre, computer suites, postgraduate common room and the First Derivatives Trading Room. Light refreshments will be available.
For further information, click here.
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Brian Friel Summer School

To coincide with the inaugural Lughnasa International Friel Festival (20 – 31 August 2015), Queen’s School of Creative Arts will hold a four-day Summer School dedicated to the work of the great Irish dramatist Brian Friel.  Based in the Redcastle Hotel, in Friel’s adopted homeland of Inishowen, the packed programme of events will include seminars, drama workshops, a bus-trip around ‘Ballybeg’, and the prestigious annual Brian Friel Lecture, which will be delivered by Friel’s long-time friend and associate and Field Day founder member Seamus Deane on Monday 24 August at 12.00pm in Derry City's Guildhall.
For further details, click here or contact David Grant, To book, click here and select the ‘Registration’ tab on the left of the screen.
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Charity Coffee Morning

Staff are invited to attend a Mr Tayto and Miss Daffy’s Tea Party/Coffee Morning hosted by Queen’s Management School in aid of Marie Curie. The event will take place on 30 June 2015 in Lanyon North, Room 0G.074, and all are welcome.
Raffle Tickets are currently on sale in the Management School (028 9097 4200) with many great prizes to be won. 
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Queen's Sport

‌Summer Membership 
It’s that time of year again and Queen's Sport are offering their Summer Membership. The membership is an All-inclusive Peak membership which includes access to Queen's Sport's three Gyms, two pools, 70+ classes, racquet sports and climbing wall.  Staff are able to get three months for £99 but if you take out membership in May you will receive the remainder of the month free and the three months will commence from 1 June.
For more information please click here
Summer Activity Scheme 2015 
Spaces are still available across a range of weeks in this year’s Scheme, which will run from Monday 6 July – Friday 21 August (seven weeks).  Please note that during the July Holidays the scheme will operate for four days only (Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 July).  Enrolment for University staff is still open.  To sign, just come to the PEC Reception desk.
For further information on this year’s scheme, including dates, prices and the programme of activities, please click here or contact Queen’s Sport reception on 028 9068 1126.
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This week at QFT:
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (15): Starring the wonderful Juliette Binoche as a veteran stage and screen star who turns to her assistant (Kristen Stewart) for solace as she prepares for a new production with a Hollywood It Girl.
THE NEW GIRLFRIEND (15): Following the death of her childhood best friend, Claire checks in on the widowed ex-husband and baby only to find a big surprise that will change both their lives.  This French drama is a smart and funny satire about gender, class and consumerism.
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.
MARTIN SCORSESE PRESENTS: MASTERPIECES OF POLISH CINEMA: Curated by Martin Scorsese, this week-long season introduces new audiences to a personal selection of brilliant digitally-restored classics of Polish cinema, some never before screened in the UK.
QUB staff ticket price £5; standard ticket: price £6.50. Please visit for more details.
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Continuing Professional Development
  • 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.

 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 courses are available for booking: 
  • Friday 29 May, Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 9 – Wednesday 10 June (2 days), Writing for Publication – Researcher Writing Retreat , 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
STDU's full 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'.
Financial Assistance for Staff – Part-Time Courses
Each year, the University offers financial assistance for staff to undertake part-time courses of study leading to a qualification. Support is obtained via the Staff Training and Development Unit (criteria apply). If you are considering applying for a course in the academic year 2015–16 that is required for your current post or as part of career development within the University, you may be eligible for financial assistance.
Please read the guidelines and apply before the 31 July 2015 deadline. Applications received after this date may be supported depending on available budget.
Applications must be discussed and authorised by the relevant Senior Manager.  Any enquiries about the form or financial assistance process should be directed to Suzanne McMorrow, Training Co-ordinator,, 028 9097 6606.
Applicants who received support in 2014–15 and are continuing their course must apply for support for each year of study.  Many relevant part-time courses are offered by University Schools and departments, including the School of Education.  Please contact departments directly for advice on particular courses.
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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
  • Monday 9 June, Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 18 June, Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 09.30am – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 30 June, Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 09.30am – 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 new improved test system allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision (note – 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: Create your own tab in Office applications by clicking the File tab, select Options and Customize Ribbon. From the lower right of the open window, click 'New tab' (rename it); add new groups (Rename them) and add controls you use most often.

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