9 November 2015

Shortlist announced for the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes 2015

VC's Impact Prize 2015Twelve members of staff have been shortlisted for this year's Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes for 2015. The shortlist is available on the Research and Enterprise website.

The winners will be announced on Friday 20 November 2015 at the Chief Executives' Club at Queen’s Gala Dinner Ceremony in the Whitla Hall.  Prizes of £3,000 will be awarded under each of four categories: ECR research prize; Postdoctoral research prize; Research Impact prize; and Research Innovation prize.

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Staff Focus Groups

A number of focus groups are being organised to gather staff views and ideas to help improve internal communications within the University. This can relate to communications within your Faculty or Directorate, or at a university-wide level. The focus groups will be facilitated by an external moderator and all staff comments and suggestions will be anonymous. 

The sessions are scheduled to take place from 12.00pm – 2.00pm during week beginning 16 November. Lunch will be provided.

If you would like to take part in a focus group, please complete the online form to register your interest. You will then be allocated a slot in a specific group. Places are limited on each session and will be allocated to ensure a representation of all staff categories.  For further information or queries, please contact

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Research Showcase Event taking place this week

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

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 2015, 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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Launch of Belfast Bikes

Belfast Bike SchemeBelfast Bikes will be available at the University from Wednesday 11 November 2015. Docking stations are located at the McClay Library and the Students’ Union.

To mark the occasion, a launch event is being held in the Great Hall on Wednesday 11 November 2015 at 1.30pm. A light lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend, please email by Tuesday 10 November and advise of any special dietary requirements.

Find out how the Belfast Bike Scheme works.

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A Bite of Queen's tour of CCRCB

To coincide with Movember, the next A Bite of Queen's campus tour will take place at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology on Tuesday 17 November 2015, 1.05pm – 1.50pm.

Staff will get the opportunity to visit the Centre’s prostate cancer labs and the Northern Ireland Pathology Lab and meet some of the researchers who are pursuing breakthroughs in the fight against prostate cancer. Professor Joe O'Sullivan, who stars in Queen's Movember video, will give an overview of the work of CCRCB and the impact it has on patients.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch. To take part, please fill in the online booking form. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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Payroll cut-off date for December 2015

Pay day for December will be Tuesday 22 December 2015.

Please note the payroll cut-off date for all hard copy forms for December 2015 is Wednesday 2 December 2015. All input must be received by the cut-off date. Any input received after the cut-off date may not be processed until the January 2016 pay period.

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Technology Editor of The Conversation Visits Queen's This Week

The Conversation The Conversation's Technology Editor, Michael Parker, will visit Queen's this week 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 tomorrow (Tuesday 10 November 2015) at 1.00pm to book a meeting slot.

Click on the link to read the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation:

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International Staff Coffee Morning

International staff members are invited to a Coffee Morning on Monday 23 November 2015 from 11.00am –12.30pm in the Great Hall.  This social event will give international colleagues an opportunity to meet and interact with other international staff, particularly those new to Queen’s. The Vice-Chancellor will be joining staff at the Coffee Morning.

There will also be information available about several programmes and opportunities relevant to international staff, including a dedicated Facebook page, buddy programme, training and development opportunities, research support for academics, the library and its facilities, as well as language support available to international colleagues.  Register to attend.

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Call for Winter Graduation Stories

With Winter 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 any graduating students with an interesting story to tell? Perhaps they are graduating on the same day as another member of their family, 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 be in touch.

The closing date for submitting information on graduation stories is Friday 20 November 2015.

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Electric Vehicle Charge Points

The University now has three electric vehicle charging points. 

Located in the Main Site, Fitzwilliam Street and Riddel Hall car parks, the charging points have been installed with the support of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). They are part of an expansion of the charging network across the public sector estate in Northern Ireland. 

The points, which are a further example of the University's commitment to sustainable travel, can be used by staff who hold permits for the location car parks.

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Movember Events at CCRCB

Movember 2015During the month of November, colleagues in the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology are running a number of events in support of Movember.

On Friday 13 November 2015, a Movember Coffee morning will take place in the CCRCB foyer from 10.00am – 11.00am with prizes for the bestselling items.

Monday 16 November 2015 sees the start of the pedometer challenge, with prizes for those who record the most steps at the end of the challenge. Register at the CCRCB reception from Thursday 12 November 2015 onwards.

For further information, email

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Northern Ireland Festival of Social Science

NI Social Sciences FestivalThe Northern Ireland Festival of Social Science started at the weekend and will run until Saturday 14 November 2015 with 13 different events at locations across Northern Ireland.

Organised in collaboration between Queen’s, Ulster University, The Open University and the Economic and Social Research Council, the Festival highlights the importance of social science in everyday life.

Details are available on the Research and Enterprise website.

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Queen’s Meditation Group

Queen’s Meditation Group is now in its fourth year of meeting on Mondays at 1.15pm in PFC/02/009.

Each session begins with a short reflective reading, leading into a silent space to meditate and practice on being aware of our mind and body in the present moment.  This is not a class, and is suited to people who already have an established meditative/ contemplative practice.

All welcome, no booking necessary.

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Volunteers wanted for study

Researchers at Queen’s and The Royal Victoria Hospital are investigating if improving vitamin D levels can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

You might be suitable to take part if you have borderline diabetes, are overweight, have a family history of diabetes/heart disease, or are concerned about your risk of developing diabetes or heart disease.

Volunteers will take a vitamin D supplement or a placebo daily for six months and attend the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast for a short visit at the start of the study and again 26 weeks later for a thorough health check including assessments of cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease risk.

Participants will receive £50 on completion of the study. For further information, contact Lauren Holmes,

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Expressions of interest are invited from Academic and Academic-related staff for membership of the University’s Military Education Committee.  This is a Senate appointed Committee, whose main function is to oversee, on behalf of the University, the Queen’s University Officers’ Training Corps (QUOTC) and the recently formed NI Universities' Air Squadron (NIUAS).

The QUOTC offers evening and weekend training activities which give students the opportunity to develop a variety of leadership skills, through the practical experience of a leadership training programme with a military orientation.  Membership is open to Queen's students and those of other third-level educational institutions in Northern Ireland.

The NIUAS will offer a similar range of leadership training activities, with a particular focus on flying experience.

For more information about joining the Committee, contact the Chair, Professor Patton Taylor, by emailing:

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ICRH Public Talk: Thursday 12 November

‌Professor Mark Harrison from the Wellcome Unit at the University of Oxford will deliver a public talk on Thursday 12 November about 'Pandemics: the genealogy of a concept.'  Organised by the FRAMING Epidemics research group at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, the talk will take place in the Council Chamber at 5.30pm.

Find out more and book a place.

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Delivering Health Through The Environment Conference

Queen’s and the Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland are two of a number of partners working with Northern Ireland Environment Link (NIEL) to deliver the 2015 Annual Conference which will explore the health benefits that can be gained from the natural environment.

The event, which will take place on Tuesday 24 November 2015 from 9.00am in the Great Hall, will bring together environment and health representatives from public agencies, local authorities and the third sector from across the United Kingdom.

Keynote speakers will include: Dr William Bird MBE, Strategic Health Advisor, Natural England and Founder and Director of Intelligent Health and Professor George Morris, Independent Science Policy Advisor.

For more information and registration details click here

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The Naughton Gallery: Current Exhibition

Naughton Gallery The Naughton Gallery is currently hosting Belfast artist Terry McAllister's first solo exhibition in his native city in almost five years.

The work in this exhibition has been produced over the past fifteen years and reflects the artist’s continuing response to the natural world. For more information on the exhibition, visit the Naughton Gallery Website.

The exhibition will run until Sunday 20 December 2015.

Gallery opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11.00am – 4.00pm.

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Welcome Centre

Welcome CentreThe Welcome Centre is now stocking Pebble Art by OonaghK Designs.

These pieces are made with pebbles handpicked from the beaches of Waterford, Clare and Wexford, as well as twigs collected from Kilkenny. Each piece is individually hand-crafted, creating a unique finished little piece of Ireland that people can own and treasure forever, making them the perfect gift.

Staff receive 10% discount in store.

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This week at QFT

BrooklynThis week at QFT:

BROOKLYN (12A) – Starring Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn tells the story of an Irish girl who crosses the Atlantic in search of work in 1950’s New York at a time when the move still means saying goodbye to your family and everything you’ve known.

HE NAMED ME MALALA (PG)  An intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARDS OF THE REVOLUTION (15) – An essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL – The Sweet Escape: Sunday 8 November, 7.30pm.

LOVE at QFT – Love is a many-splendored thing at QFT this autumn with BFI LOVE, a season of epic romances, date night rom-coms and fatal attractions. Happening this week:
Fatal Attractions: Last Tango in Paris (18) – Monday 9 November, 8.30pm.
Fatal Attractions: Belle De Jour (18) - Tuesday 10 November, 8.30pm.

QFT Competition

To WIN a pair of tickets to see BROOKLYN, please email with BROOKLYN in the subject line and the answer to the question:

Who wrote the book from which Brooklyn is adapted? (The deadline for entries is 12.00pm on Wednesday 11 November; winners will be contacted by email.)

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

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IT Training courses

ComputersPlaces are still available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 10 November: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 11 November: Introduction to Visio 2013, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Monday 30 November: LinkedIn for Beginners, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 4 December: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL Spreadsheets), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 8 December: Word Processing: Labels and mail Merge using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm

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 Monday 16 November, 1.00pm – 2.30pm. For more information on ECDL, check out:

Tip of the day: Layout problems when printing? Check that the page set up and printer settings are set to A4 and not "Letter".

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CED Courses and launch of Queen's Teaching Awards 2016

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 10 November : Technologies to Support Assessment in Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, 10.00am – 12.00pm. All teaching staff from Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences staff are welcome
  • Wednesday 25 November: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 November: Teaching Larger Classes, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 2 December: Mindfulness and Teaching with Emotional Intelligence (previously “Teaching with Emotional Intelligence”), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 9 December: Linking Teaching and Research, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

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

Queen's Teaching Awards 2016
The Queen's Teaching Awards Scheme 2016 is now open.  Up to 10 Teaching Awards are available in 2016.  A prize of £1000 will be awarded to each successful individual or team which will be paid into a dedicated School account for the exclusive use of the winning team or individual for professional development purposes. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on Friday 11 March 2016.  Further information is available in the Teaching Awards Notes for Guidance which along with, application templates and examples of previous applications, can be downloaded from the CED website.

For more information, please contact Liz McDowell on or 028 9097 5301.

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STDU Courses

Training and DevelopmentThere are places on the following Staff Training and Development Unit courses:

  • 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)

  • Wednesday 25 November: Managing Difficult Conversations, 9.15am – 1.15pm

Mini Masterclass for leaders (Grade AR 8 and above, AC 3 and above)

Book now for this short interactive session:

  •  Thursday 14 January 2016: Building the performance of your team – developing performance agility, 9.45am – 11.30am, Canada Room/Council Chamber, Lanyon Building

Facilitator:  Caroline Duffy, Deloitte

This session equips leaders at all levels with an understanding of how to build powerful performance and provides an initial exploration of the impact of leadership style on teams and individuals.  It gives you the opportunity to discuss these key challenges with your peer group, taking away some tips and tools to enhance performance in your own team.

For further information click here

Follow the Staff Training and Development Unit on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

To register for an upcoming training course, log onto Queens 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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