5 May 2015

Vice-Chancellor's Video Blog

VC's Blog April 2015The latest video blog from the Vice-Chancellor is available here.

A transcript is available here.

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QUB Green Awards – Special Award

The University’s 5th Annual Green Awards will take place on Wednesday 27 May in Riddel Hall. This year, nominations are sought for a number of Special Award categories, including Environmental Champion of the Year.  
Do you know someone in your department who has made a real difference to the environmental impact of your School or Directorate?  They may have helped staff in your department realise the importance of taking action on climate change, helped get more people recycling, inspired people to get involved through their enthusiasm, or have been very good at their environmental role.
Please send your nominations to by Friday 8 May. For more information on the Special Award categories, click here
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Internal Vacancies

This week's internal vacancies:
  • Clerical Officer
    KTP & Business Networks
    Ref: 15/103848
    Closing date: Monday 11 May 2015
    Anticipated Interview date: week commencing 18 May 2015

  • Clerical Officer
    KTP & Business Networks
    Ref: 15/103849
    Closing date: Monday 11 May 2015
    Anticipated Interview date: week commencing 18 May 2015

  • Admissions Administrator – Dubai HCC
    Student Plus
    Ref: 15/103888
    Closing date: Monday 11 May 2015
    Anticipated Interview date: Wednesday 13 May 2015

For more information, visit:

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Application for events for Social Sciences Festival

NI Social Sciences FestivalQueen’s, Ulster University and the Open University will host the second Northern Ireland Festival of Social Science from 7 – 14 November 2015.

The Festival, which will be run in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) National Festival of Social Science, aims to promote and increase the awareness of social sciences research beyond the academic community.

Applications are now invited from staff for funding support to run an event as part of the festival. To find out more, click here.

Completed applications should be sent by email to Dr Nicola Minish ( no later than 4.00pm on Friday 29 May 2015. 

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NI Party Manifestos in relation to skills

Higher education plays an important role in the skills agenda in Northern Ireland.  Ahead of the General Election on Thursday 7 May 2015, you may find the attached document of interest – it summarises the NI Party Manifestos in relation to skills: NI Party Manifestos - Skills

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Mental Health Awareness Week, 11–17 May

During Mental Health Awareness Week, Monday 11  Sunday 17 May, Wellbeing at Queen’s will run a number of events to promote and raise awareness of mental wellbeing:

  • A Good Night's Sleep  Naturopathic secrets to assist a good night's sleep, Monday 11 May, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Lanyon Building/Old Staff Common Room.
  • Mental Health Awareness  A student led session exploring contemporary themes related to anxiety and depression, Tuesday 12 May, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, MBC, Teaching Centre Room 204.
  • Relaxation Session delivered by Carecall the Staff Counselling Provider, Friday 15 May, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Peter Froggatt Centre/03/006B.

For more details and to find out how to register, visit the Staff Wellbeing website.

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Nominations open for SU Volunteering Excellency Awards

Nominations are now open for this year's Students’ Union Volunteering Excellency Awards, which reward and celebrate the positive contribution of our student, staff and alumni volunteers to the local community, as well as further afield.
Staff are invited to nominate themselves, another individual, a School, a club, a society, an event or an activity for a Volunteering Excellency Award. Categories include 'Staff Volunteer of the Year', 'Student Representative of the Year' and 'Voluntary/Charitable School of the Year'.
Find out more here and make your nomination(s) by 5.00pm on Friday 22 May.
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The Conversation

Four 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 to 5k – Register your interest

Queen’s Sport, with the support of Staff Wellbeing, plan to offer a Couch to 5k programme for staff and students this summer. The ten-week programme is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

If you are interested in participating, email, quoting “Couch to 5k” in the subject line. Please include your name and indicate your preferred time for the training sessions: either before work, at lunchtime or after work.

If you have any questions about the programme, contact

Further details are available on the Staff Wellbeing website.

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RSPB Guided Tour of Queen’s Hidden Wildlife

In partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the University will hold a guided tour of Queen’s Hidden Wildlife on Wednesday 20 May.

During the tour, staff will find out where wildlife is located around the Queen's area and get some advice on what to look out for in Spring. The session will run from 12.30pm  2.00pm with lunch provided.

For more information and to register to attend this event, please click here. Places are limited. If you have any queries, please email

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Postgraduate Experience Surveys

The University is currently participating in two national surveys to gather feedback from postgraduate students – the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) and the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).  Eligible students will receive a link to the survey in their Queen’s email account.

The closing dates are Thursday 14 May for PRES and Thursday 18 June for PTES. Students who complete‌ the surveys will be entered into a draw to win £250.

Staff are asked to encourage postgraduates to complete the surveys. For further information, click here or contact Jane McKee on

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Staff Wellbeing – Health Checks

Staff Wellbeing will be offering comprehensive health checks for staff throughout May and June. More details will be available in next week's Round Up.

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IGFS Newsletter

The latest edition of the Institute for Global Food Security's Newsletter is now available. Click here to access it.
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MRC Proximity to Discovery Fund

Queen’s is one of sixteen universities to be awarded funding under the MRC’s pilot 'Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement' scheme. It aims to address the need for support in establishing new collaborations between industry and academic research. The funding, which is being managed by the University’s Business Alliance team, is open to applications for projects that will bring industry and researchers together through activities, including people exchange programmes, workshops and showcase events.
Further information, including details of how to apply, is available at the Proximity to Discovery information page. A series of information events are taking place to allow project ideas to be discussed. To learn more about these, please email Dr Frances Weldon,
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Business Alliance Fund call

The Queen’s Business Alliance Fund is now open for applications. The fund provides up to £50,000 to support projects that develop or grow research collaborations between academic staff and partner organisations from business, charities or the public sector. The closing date for applications is Monday 1 June.
For more information, including how to apply, please visit the Business Alliance Fund site.
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CCRCB Open Day

The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology will hold a ‘Local Research – Global Impact’ Open Day on Saturday 9 May, 11.00am – 3.00pm. This is an opportunity to meet researchers, tour the laboratories and find out more about the innovative research being carried out at CCRCB.

To register, click here. Please note that children must be carefully supervised at all times.

The event hashtag is #cancersuperheroes.

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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Timothy Lyons

Professor Timothy Lyons from the Centre for Experimental Medicine, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, will deliver his inaugural lecture on Thursday 14 May at 5.00pm.
The lecture, Diabetes: A Titanic Challenge, will take place in Room OG.019, Lower Lecture Theatre, Institute of Clinical science A, RVH, and will be followed by a drinks reception in the foyer of ICSA. RSVP to
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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Paul Moynagh

Professor Paul Moynagh from the Centre for Infection and Immunity, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, will deliver his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 6 May at 1.00pm.
The lecture, Targeting Inflammation: Panacea or Precision Medicine, will take place in the Lecture Theatre G07NT, Medical Biology Centre, and will be followed by a reception in the MBC Foyer. RSVP to
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Professor Hugo Van Der Hart Inaugural Lecture

Professor Hugo van der Hart, Professor of Theoretical Physics, School of Mathematics and Physics, will deliver his inaugural lecture on Tuesday 12 May at 5.00pm. The lecture, A Basis of Spines, will be held in the Bell Lecture Theatre, New Physics Building, followed by a reception in the IRCEP Interaction Area, New Physics Building.

Please RSVP to Jenny McCabe, 028 9097 6124,

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Cancer Outcomes Conference 2015: United Against Cancer

The Northern Ireland Cancer Registry will host the ‘National Cancer Intelligence Network Cancer Outcomes Conference 2015: United Against Cancer’ from Monday 8 June – Wednesday 10 June 2015 in the Europa Hotel, Belfast. For further details, visit the conference website.
The Conference has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 15 category 1 (external) CPD credits.
Registration closes Friday 8 May.
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Food Safety Survey

Researchers in the Institute for Global Food Security are undertaking a survey to investigate people’s preferences, behaviours and attitudes to food safety on the island of Ireland for safefood (
The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous: 
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Queen's Sport

Summer Scheme 2015 – Staff Enrolment NOW OPEN
Staff enrolment for this year's Summer Scheme is now open. The scheme will run from Monday 6 July to Friday 21 August (seven weeks) and includes all the favourite themed weeks, including a festival of sport week which will offer ’20 sports over 5 days’. For further information, click here or contact Queen’s Sport reception on 028 9068 1126.
Rowing Camp 2015
Now in its fifth year, Queen’s Rowing Academy offers wider community access to rowing. This year, both Men’s and Ladies’ Boat Clubs, as well as Queen’s Sport, will give children the opportunity to try Rowing over three weeks. For more information, please click here or contact Queen’s Sport reception on 028 9068 1126.
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The Welcome Centre

Living Ginger Designs, a ceramic range by Louise Browne, has just arrived in the Welcome Centre. Working from her studio in Oughterard, County Galway, the beaches along the west coast of County Clare inspire her 'Wave Vessels'. These three-dimensional porcelain pieces come in a range of shapes and designs, all the while retaining a natural colour palette. 
Staff receive 10% discount in the Welcome Centre. 
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This week at QFT:
  • Far From the Madding Crowd: Carey Mulligan leads the cast of this sumptuous new take on Thomas Hardy's classic novel.
  • A Pigeon sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence: Swedish surrealist Roy Andersson's tragicomedy follows two travelling salesmen as they pedal their wares to a host of wonderfully eccentric characters.
  • 8 ½: Newly restored and often cited as one of the greatest movies ever made, Fellini's autobiographical extravaganza blends drama, fantasy, social satire and self-critique.
  • Boom Bust Boom and Discussion: A feature documentary combining live action, animation, puppetry and song to explain economics to everyone. Featuring John Cusack, Nobel Prize winners and Puerto Rican monkeys, the film is part of a global project to explain our unstable economic system.
  • Argerich: A warm, intimate and often funny family portrait of internationally renowned pianist Martha Argerich.
 Coming up from Friday: Field Music Live: Drifters, Phoenix, Rosewater, UK Green Film Festival, Conversations about Cinema: Impact of Conflict.
QFT Competition
To win a pair of tickets to see Far From the Madding Crowd, please email with 'Far From the Madding Crowd' in the subject line and the answer to the question: which Victorian novelist wrote the novel upon which the film is based? Competition closes Wednesday 6 May at 12.00pm and the winner will be contacted by email.
Staff ticket price: £5; standard ticket price: £6.70. 
Please visit for more details.
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Continuing Professional Development 
  • Wednesday 6 May: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 13 May: Evaluation of Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Friday 15 May: Linking Teaching and Research, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 25 May: (Additional Date), Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm
Higher Education Lunchtime Forum
  • Thursday 14 May 2015: Blogging in Teaching and Learning, 1.00pm – 1.55pm in the Senate Room, Lanyon Building. The session will be led by Dr Suzel Reily (School of Creative Arts). A sandwich lunch will be provided from 12.45pm. 
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 Centre for Educational Development website.
9th CED Annual Conference – 'Blending the Learning: Incorporating Technology in Your Teaching'
This year’s annual conference on Thursday 25 June 2015 will be an opportunity to hear about the potential of blended learning and to see some effective examples.  The morning keynote will be given by Professor Mark Brown, Director of the Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University, who will discuss The Digital Learning Revolution: Godsend or Gimmick?.  In the afternoon, the speaker will be Russell Stannard, Principal Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick, who will talk about his real example of the Flipped Classroom. 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 Centre for Educational Development 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: 
  • Thursday 7 May: Preparing for Academic Interviews, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 8 May: Integrated Research Application System (IRAS), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 19 May: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • 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 
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 workshops are available for booking:
  • Wednesday 13 May: Instilling a Customer Focus, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 27 May: Leading Change in HE, 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:
  • Wednesday 13 May: LinkedIn for Beginners, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 13 May: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 18 May: NVivo – An Introduction, 9.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 May: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm
  • 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
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 test date is Thursday 14 May, 1.00pm – 2.30pm. For more information on ECDL, click here.
Tip of the day: To enter a YouTube video within Word 2013, click the Insert tab, then click 'Online Video' and select 'YouTube'. Enter details of your search, select the video and click 'Insert'.
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