2 November 2015

Go Global Week

Go Global Week 2015Go Global Week takes place from Monday 2 - Friday 6 November. Organised by Careers, Employability and Skills, the aim of the week is to highlight the broad range of international opportunities available to students to spend time studying, working or volunteering abroad.

Staff are invited to visit the International Food Stalls which will be located outside the Elmwood Hall on Wednesday 4 November 2015, from 12.00pm – 3.00pm.

To find out more, visit:

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Movember Spinathon

Movember 2015Movember has officially started and colleagues in the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, in partnership with the Belfast Trust, have organised a 'Kick-off Spinathon' on Friday 6 November 2015, 10.00am – 2.00pm in the Cancer Centre.

There will be lots of freebies available from Sustrans and Movember.  Sign up for a slot by emailing with your availability.

Throughout the month, you can raise awareness for men’s health issues by taking a selfie with a friend, family member or complete strange with your mo – grow your own or pick up a fake moustache at CCRCB reception (with donation). Send your selfie to Weekly prizes will be available for the best mo-selfies (one mo-bro and one mo-sista per week).

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Research Showcase Event

Research Impact Showcase 2015Staff will get the opportunity to meet some of Queen’s new generation of researchers next week at a showcase event in the Whitla Hall.

Thirty-two researchers, who are in the early stages of their careers, will be sharing their work and its impact at the event on Wednesday 11 November, 4.00pm –7.00pm. Talks will take place from 5.15pm – 6.00pm, but staff are welcome to drop in at any time.

All the researchers feature in the latest DNA of Innovation publication, New Voices, New Impact, which will be launched at the event. For further information, visit the Research and Enterprise website.

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An Invitation to Remembrance Sunday

All staff and students, families and friends are invited to attend the University’s Remembrance Day Ceremony on Sunday 8 November 2015 at 11.00am at the cenotaph.

A procession led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston, will leave the Black and White Hall and proceed to the War Memorial where two minutes silence will be observed to commemorate all those who lost their lives in war-time. Representatives from a number of University organisations will lay wreaths at the War Memorial, before the procession is led back to the Black and White Hall.

Refreshments will be served after the event in the Great Hall for all those attending.

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New Interchange Opportunity

A new secondment opportunity has been circulated by the Northern Ireland Interchange Partner Group for the position of Head of Service Delivery, the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS).

Details of this opportunity can be found on the Human Resources website. For further information, contact Tony Earley, Senior Personnel Officer, 028 9097 1124,

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Technology Editor of The Conversation Visits Queen's Next Week

The Conversation The Conversation's Technology Editor, Michael Parker, will visit Queen's on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 November 2015. He will be ‘hot desking’ in the Communications Office and staff are invited to drop in to talk to Michael about the possibility of writing a piece for The Conversation.

If you would like to meet with Michael, please contact by Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 1.00pm to book a meeting slot.

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Queen's Annual Fund - Call for Applications

Queen's Annual Fund logoThe closing date for applications to Queen's Annual Fund is Friday 6 November 2015 at 12.00pm.

This year, the Fund, which supports and enhances all aspects of the Queen’s experience for students, will be dispersed as follows:

  • £32,500 to the University's priority fundraising projects
  • £32,500 to scholarships and bursaries  
  • £65,000 to projects that enhance the student experience

Further information is available on the Annual Fund webpages.

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KESS Seminar

Stormont Buildings (Picture courtesy NI Tourist Board)The next Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS) on 'Substance Misuse, Self-Harm And Follow-On Care', will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2015 at 1.45pm at Parliament Buildings on Stormont Estate. 

Dr Karen Galway and Dr Denise O'Hagan from Queen's will both be taking part. More information is available on the Research and Enterprise webpages.

To reserve your place at a seminar, email:

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The Inaugural John Bell Day lecture

The inaugural John Bell Day lecture will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2015 at 6.00pm in Riddel Hall.

Hosted by the Royal Irish Academy and the Chief Executives’ Club, the lecture will be given by Eric Ladizinsky, Co-founder and Chief Scientist, D-Wave Systems Inc.

Refreshments will be available from 5.30pm.  RSVP to Brenda Carabine,, 028 9097 1153.

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Professor Hugh Ellis - Inaugural Lecture

Professor Hugh Ellis will deliver his inaugural lecture, 'Space for hope? Does democratic planning have a future in the 21st century?' on Wednesday 4 November 2015 at 5.00pm in the David Keir Building, Room LG.024.

Professor Ellis is an Honorary Professor in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering and Head of Policy, Town and Country Planning Association.


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Is Cancer Bad Luck? - Centre of Excellence for Public Health Seminar Series

The next seminar in the Centre of Excellence for Public Health Seminar Series takes place on Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 5.30pm in The Parlour Bar (Upstairs), Elmwood Avenue, Belfast

Professor George Davey Smith from the University of Bristol will discuss 'Is Cancer Bad Luck?'.

Further information is available on the Centre's website.

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Centre for Medical Education Coffee Morning

The Centre for Medical Education on the Royal site will host a charity coffee morning and raffle on Wednesday 4 November 2015 in The Foyer, Institute of Clinical Science ‘A’, RVH from 11.00am.  

All proceeds will go to Cancer Focus.  Raffle tickets are available from CME reception Mulhouse or can be purchased at the coffee morning.

For further information, contact Eveline Burns, 028 9097 6404, or Katie Torbitt, 028 9097 6403, If you are unable to attend the coffee morning, but would like to donate, you can do so via Just Giving.

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ISCTSJ Fellowship Opportunities 2016-17 - Call for Applications

ISCTSJ LogoThe Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) invites applications from academic colleagues at Queen’s wishing to take up a Fellowship available in the Institute, commencing 1 September 2016.  Early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. Two positions are available for academic year 2016-2017.  The successful applicants will be appointed full-time and provided with an office in the Institute for this period.

The closing date for applications is 4.00pm on Friday 13 November 2015. Further details on the call and on the application procedures can be found on the Institute's website.

Hear from previous Fellows about their secondment and how you could potentially benefit from this opportunity at the Institute.

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WARPit (Waste Action Reuse Portal)

WARPit logoWARPit (Waste Action Reuse Portal) is the University’s online furniture and resource reuse initiative. All Queen’s staff can sign up to the WARPit site to donate and claim office items e.g. furniture and stationery, for use within the University.

Two WARPit Training sessions will take place on:

  • Thursday 5 November at 10.00am
  • Friday 27 November at 10.00am

Each training session will be 30 minutes. To register, email Find out more about WARPit.

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IT Training courses

ComputersCourses for Semester 1 (2015/16) are now available for booking.  Places are still available on the following courses:

  • Monday 30 November: LinkedIn for Beginners, 10.00am – 13.00pm
  • Friday 4 December: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL Spreadsheets), 10.00am – 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 at:

ECDL – The next test date is Tuesday 3 November, 1.00pm – 2.30pm. For more information on ECDL, check out:

Tip of the day:  If you have a table at the top of a Word document (or email) and need to insert a heading or text before it, click and hold the table handle (the small cross at the top left of the table) and drag the table down the page

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Open Access Courses

There are places available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 10 November: What is Open Access, 2.00pm - 3.30pm, McClay Library Auditorium
  • Thursday 12 November: How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF, 10.00am – 11.00am,  McClay Library Auditorium

To register, log onto Queen's Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section.

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CED Courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 4 November 2015: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 November 2015: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 November 2015: Teaching Larger Classes, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 2 December 2015: Mindfulness and Teaching with Emotional Intelligence (previously “Teaching with Emotional Intelligence”), 2.00pm – 4.00pm

A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed on the CED website.

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum

  • Monday 9 November 2015: Enthusing Students through Active and Interactive Learning, 1.00pm – 1.55pm in the Old Common Room (sandwich lunch provided from 12.45 pm). The session will be led by Dr Steven Wilson, Modern Languages and Dr David Laverty, EEECS.  Further details are available on the CED website at

To book a place on any of the above, 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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STDU Courses

There are places on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 10 November: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 10 – Wednesday 11 November: Introduction to STATA (2 day course), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Friday 13 November: Research Ethics for University Staff, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 November: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 November: Manager Wellbeing Training, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 19 November: Effective Minute Taking, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 20 November: Biological Safety and Genetic Modification, 10.00am – 11.00am
  • Monday 23 November: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 24 November: Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 26 November: The Leading Researcher, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities

Book now for the following Developing for Success courses in November 2015
(Aimed at Professional Support staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above)

  • Tuesday 10 November: Managing Performance Effectively, 9.15am – 1.15pm
  • Wednesday 25 November: Managing Difficult Conversations, 9.15am – 1.15pm

Follow on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

To register for an upcoming training course, log onto Queen's Online at - 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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Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre now has a dedicated reception desk and can offer dedicated services for visitors, such as a left luggage facility and a taxi calling service.  As the local tourist information office for South Belfast, the Centre has a range of tourist information on display and can provide assistance, such as arranging transfers, accommodation and giving general advice on places of interest in Belfast and Northern Ireland. 

To help the Welcome Centre inform visitors, please let them know about any conferences and events taking place within your area. The Welcome Centre can be contacted at 028 9097 5252 or

Don't forget: There will be 20% discount on everything at the Welcome Centre on Thursday 5 November 2015.

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Queen's branded diaries available in SU Shop

SU Shop LogoThe SU Shop has an extensive range of 2016 Queen's Branded Diaries. Prices:

  • £2.49  A5 Week to View
  • £2.99  A5 Business & Slim/Pocket
  • £3.99  A5 Day to Page
  • £4.99  A4 Week to View
  • £5.99  A4 Day to Page

20% discount is now available throughout November for all internal recharge and Account stationery purchases over £20, including 2016 diaries – please email, 028 9097 1048.

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This week at QFT

The Lobster 22102015This week at QFT

THE LOBSTER (15) - Bizarre, hilarious and one of a kind, The Lobster features an all-star cast including Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw and John C. Reilly.

MISSISSIPPI GRIND (15) - A desperate poker player, played by Ben Mendelsohn, embarks on a high-stake gambling trip through the South with his personal good-luck charm, Ryan Reynolds, in tow.

TAXI TEHRAN (12A) - Banned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, drives a taxi through Tehran, sparking discussions of Iranian social mores with passengers.

BY OUR SELVES (15) - Andrew Kötting recreates scenes of the fascinating and melancholy 90-mile walk undertaken in 1841 by the nature poet John Clare in this original documentary.

Fatal Attractions: BADLANDS (Monday 2 November, 8.20pm) - Filmed in the summer of 1972, but set in a dreamlike and indistinct 1950s America, Terrence Malick’s extraordinary Badlands follows 15-year old Holly (Sissy Spacek) as she falls, against her father’s wishes, for charismatic local greaser Kit (Martin Sheen). Part of the BFI Love season.

Fatal Attractions: VERTIGO - (Tuesday 3 November, 8.20pm) - A former detective (James Stewart) with a fear of heights is hired to follow a woman (Kim Novak) apparently possessed by the past, in Alfred Hitchcock’s timeless thriller about obsession. Part of the BFI Love season.

WADJDA (PG) (Wednesday 4 November, 6.30pm) - Growing up in Saudi Arabia, independent 10-year-old Wadjda wants to wear trainers, listen to rock music and, most importantly, to ride a bike. Part of The Time is Now season.

THELMA AND LOUISE (15) (Thursday 5 November, 6.30pm) - A mistreated housewife and a harried waitress stumble into an out-of-control, but totally liberating, crime spree. A modern classic. Part of The Time is Now season.

Queen's staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.50). Please visit for more details.

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