16 November 2015

Focus Groups - Academic and Research Staff

Focus groups are taking place this week to gather staff views and ideas to help improve internal communications within the University. In particular, academic and research staff are invited to take part in the following focus groups:

•    Academic Staff – Wednesday 18 November: Committee Room A, Admin Building, 12.00-2.00pm

•    Research Staff – Friday 20 November: Lanyon Building, Room OG/057, 12.00-2.00pm   

If you would like to take part in a focus group, please complete the online form to register your interest.  For further information or queries, please contact

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Health and Safety for Computer Use Training Programme

Computer Workstation TrainingA new online training programme has been developed to improve staff awareness of the correct computer workstation set-up.

The programme, which has four video sections and will take approximately fifteen minutes to complete, is mandatory for all staff who use computers at work. It can be accessed in the mandatory training courses section in Queen’s Online.

Staff who use a computer at work should:

  • Complete the online training programme;
  • Complete a self-assessment of your computer workstation using the assessment form (Not required if you have completed the self-assessment within the last 3 years)
  • Advise your Line Manager of any issues that may need to be addressed.

For further information, contact Colin Richardson, University Occupational Health and Safety Service, 028 9097 4608,

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Campus Food Outlet Survey

Campus EatA new campus food outlet is being created in the atrium between the main teaching building, the Peter Froggatt Centre, and the new School of Law.

Campus Food and Drink are currently running a survey to find out what staff and students would like to see in the new outlet which will open in August 2016.

Please take five minutes to complete the survey. Staff who participate will have the chance of winning up to £25 in vouchers on your smart card.

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Launch of FameLab Competition

Famelab Competition This year's FameLab competition is now open.  Anyone over the age of 21 (no upper age limit) who is either working in or studying science, technology, engineering, maths or medicine can apply.

Simply submit a video of yourself (just using a mobile phone), explaining a concept in one of the areas above in just three minutes.

Full application details and guidance can be found on the British Council Northern Ireland website. The deadline for submission of entries is Monday 14 December 2015. You can also watch the video showing last year’s successful participants including Queen’s winner, Emer Maguire.

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UCU Open Meeting: Wednesday 18 November

UCU are holding an open meeting on Wednesday 18 November 2015 at 1.05pm in Lecture Theatre 01/052, Lanyon South.

The meeting is open to all Academic, Academic Related and Research Staff and will discuss Academic Standards and the new Appraisal procedure.

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Annual Meeting of Convocation 2015

The Annual Meeting of Convocation 2015 and the Convocation Lecture 2015 will take place on Thursday 19 November 2015 at 7.00pm in the Canada Room and Council Chamber, Lanyon Building.

Mr John Larking, Attorney General for Northern Ireland, will give a talk on: 'What kind of branch? Reflexions on the Court of Justice of the European Union'.

The agenda for this meeting and minutes from the 2014 AGM can be found on the Convocation Webpages.

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Charity Clothes Collection

Cancer Research UK logoAs part of European Week for Waste Reduction, a charity clothes collection will take place across the University from Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 November 2015.  The clothes will be donated to Cancer Research UK.  Each bag that you donate could be worth £30, which goes directly to supporting Cancer Research UK's ground breaking work.

Further information is available on the Carbon Management Website.

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The Conversation

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

Contact if you are interested in writing for The Conversation.

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IGFS Newsletter

IGFS logo 16112015‌The November edition of the Institute for Global Food Security's Newsletter is now available online.

Read the latest edition


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Annual Information Services Coffee Morning

The Annual Information Services Coffee morning will take place in the Great Hall on Thursday 3 December 2015 from 10.00am  – 11.30am. This year proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Raffle tickets are available to purchase beforehand and also at the event at: £1.00 each or 6 for £5.00.  Any donations of prizes, hampers etc. would be very welcome.   

For more information, please contact a member of the Information Services Social Sub-Committee: Christine Carrothers (, 028 9097 6322; Julie Caulfield (, 028 9097 6346; Michael Goodall (, 028 9097 6260; Barry McKinney (, 028 9097 6147; David Robinson (, 028 9097 6164.

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NI Year of Food Photography Competition

NI Year of Food Photography CompetitionTo mark Northern Ireland’s Year of Food, the Institute for Global Food Security is supporting an Invest NI photography competition to depict the quality and uniqueness of NI produce.

Invest NI is looking for iconic photography capturing three key attributes – quality, naturalness, purity – of Northern Ireland produced or processed food. The photography will be used in promoting local food and drink in external markets.

Open to all Queen's staff and students, the competition runs until Monday 30 November 2015. Applicants can enter up to a total of five photographs. NI Year of Food Photography Competition Submission Details.

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Staff Wellbeing: Alcohol and Drug Awareness Session

Staff Wellbeing have organised an alcohol and drug awareness session on Wednesday 25 November 2015, from 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location TBC. Lunch will be provided for attendees.

This is not an anti-alcohol campaign but a fun, practical information session which will provide information to enhance health and wellbeing.

Register to attend by emailing with “Alcohol and Drug Awareness Session” in the subject line.

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A Taste of Language Event

The Language Centre will hold a ‘A Taste of Language’ event on Tuesday 24 November 2015, from 12.00pm – 2.00pm in the Whitla Hall.

The event will feature language stands and brief introductory language and culture talks on: Brazilian Portuguese; Dutch; German; Mandarin Chinese; Polish; Russian; and Turkish.

Please click here for more information.

Go along to learn more about these languages, talk to the tutors, hear about their cultures, and sample some of their native confectionary.

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International Staff Coffee Morning: 23 November

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.  Register to attend.

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Faculty of EPS Network Launch (SENSE)

SENSE Network 16112015All Faculty of EPS staff are invited to the informal launch of an exciting new EPS Faculty network on Tuesday 15 December from 3.30pm – 4.30pm in the Great Hall. SENSE (Support for Equality Network in Science and Engineering) is a network which aims to connect people to support collegiality, equality, and inclusion.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark Price, will welcome everyone and say a few words about the plans for the network.  Staff will then have an opportunity to meet some new colleagues and catch up with those they already know over a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.

Please register at by 1 December.

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Queen's Womens’ Common Room Club

Queen's Womens’ Common Room Club (WCRC) will hold its next meeting in the Senate Room on Wednesday 18 November 2015 at 7.30pm.

Dr Beatrice Smyth from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering will deliver the lecture, titled 'Does anything we do matter?? NI’s impact on climate change'. 

Queen's WCRC is a club for women at Queen's (for staff, their partners/spouses).  For further information, please email:

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Centre of Excellence for Public Health NI Seminar

The Centre of Excellence for Public Health NI will host a lecture by Dr Catherine Feart, Principal Researcher in the Research Centre INSERM, University of Bordeaux, on: 'The Mediterranean Diet and Brain Health: from observational studies to randomized controlled trials' at 4.00pm on Thursday 3 December 2015. The lecture will take place at the Institute of Clinical Science, Block A, Seminar Room 1, RVH. Everyone is welcome to attend.

If you would like to attend, please contact:

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Grant Writing for Senior Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Researchers

Aimed at mid-career and senior research staff with some experience of applying for funding, this training will give an overview on writing research grant applications for key external research funding bodies.

The three-hour course will provide an overview of the main funders and scheme success rates, guidance on aspects of a grant proposal, grant reviewing exercises and a talk from an ESRC assessment panel member.

Two sessions are available to be booked via iTrent:

For further information, contact Peter Stephenson,, 028 9097 3178.

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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Jean Allain

Professor Jean Allain from the School of Law will deliver his inaugural lecture, 'The Shield of Achilles: Public International Law and Scholarship', on Monday 30 November 2015 at 5.00pm in the Canada Room. Refreshments will be served after the lecture. 

To confirm your attendance contact, Lauryn Scott,, 028 9097 3842, before Thursday 26 November.

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School of Law Stephen Livingstone Lecture 2015

The School of Law will host the Stephen Livingstone Lecture 2015 on Monday 23 November 2015 at 5.30pm in the Great Hall.

The lecture, 'The Role of Human Rights in Peace Settlements – A Twenty-Five Year History: Northern Ireland’s Past and Current Struggles in Global Perspective' will be delivered by Professor Christine Bell BA (Law) Cantab; LLM (Harvard); FBA, Professor of Constitutional Law and Assistant Principal, University of Edinburgh.

To RSVP, please contact Michelle Madden on:

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Horizon 2020 - UK National Contact Point

The UK National Contact Point for Climate and Environment will be at Queen’s on Wednesday 25 November 2015.

Join Ewa Bloch, the UK National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 (SC5) and Caroline Barry, NI Horizon 2020 Contact Point (SC5) at the event which will start with a session of talks from 10.00am to 2.00pm (lunch included).

You will get the opportunity to present your expertise (5 minutes) to the other attendees and/or have a face to face meeting with the UK NCP. Booking is compulsory. To register, please go to the event page.

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Horizon 2020 – Information Session for ‘Research & Innovation Staff Exchange’ – RISE

An information session on RISE, a sub-programme of the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions, will take place on Tuesday 8 December 2015, 12.30pm – 2.00pm, Research and Enterprise Directorate. Lunch will be provided.

For further information, including registration details, visit the Research and Enterprise Website.

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This week at the QFT

BrooklynThis week at QFT: 

BROOKLYN (12A)  Starring Saoirse Ronan and newcomer Emory Cohen, Brooklyn tells the story of an Irish girl who crosses the Atlantic in search of work in 1950s New York.

OUTBURST QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL Outburst brings you the very best in new queer cinema from around the world, in partnership with QFT. Featuring: A Sinner In Mecca, Chemsex, Do I Sound Gay?, Eisenstein In Guanajuato, Stories Of Our Lives, Tab Hunter Confidential, Tangerine.

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

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Queen’s Sport Staff Membership

QUB Sport Staff Membership 16112015Queen's Sport has a range of Staff Membership options available this Winter so, whether you are interested in classes, racquet sports, climbing, swimming or the gym, there is something for everyone. Memberships can be paid via salary deduction which means no admin fees.

For more information on memberships, visit the Queen's Sport website, or to book a tour, email:

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Welcome Centre

Cuckoo 16112015The Welcome Centre is now stocking handmade clocks made from laser cut solid alderwood and assembled with the highest quality German made precision quartz mechanism and black metal hands. Stop by today and see the full range of Jenny Walsh's Designs.

Staff receive 10% discount in store.

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IT Training courses

Places are still available on the following courses:

  • 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
  • Thursday 10 December: Excel 2: Managing Data, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 16 December: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 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'.

View course dates.

ECDL – The next test date is Tuesday 1 December 2015, 1.00pm – 2.30pm.  For more information on ECDL, visit

Tip of the day: The TODAY function in Excel is dynamic so will update each time the workbook is opened to always display the current date.  Enter =TODAY() in a cell.

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CED Courses and launch of Queen's Teaching Awards 2016

Limited places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 25 November 2015: Teaching Larger Classes, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 November 2015: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 2 December 2015: Mindfulness and Teaching with Emotional Intelligence (previously 'Teaching with Emotional Intelligence'), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 9 December 2015: Design and Development of eLearning Content with the CMS, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 9 December 2015: 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 with up to ten 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.  More information is available on the CED website. 

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

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STDU Courses

Training and DevelopmentPlaces are available on the following Staff Training and Development Unit courses:

  • 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 course (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: Building the performance of your team – developing performance agility, 9.45am – 11.30am, Canada Room/Council Chamber, Lanyon Building Facilitator:  Caroline Duffy, Deloitte. For further information, visit the STDU website.

Follow the Staff Training and Development Unit 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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