30 November 2015

Professor Chris Elliott to feature in BBC programme

Professor Chris ElliottPro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Chris Elliott will feature in tonight’s episode of the BBC programme, Tomorrow’s Food.
Presented by Dara O Briain, the programme reveals the awe-inspiring future of our food.  In tonight’s episode, Professor Elliott will talk about the pioneering work being conducted at the Institute for Global Food Security to tackle food fraud.
Tomorrow’s Food is on Monday 30 November 2015 at 11.10pm on BBC One Northern Ireland (or at 9.00pm on BBC One national).

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Internal Vacancies

This week's internal vacancy is:

  • Clerical Officer (Grade 4)
    Various Schools/Directorates
    Ref: 15/104273
    Closing date: Friday 4 December 2015
    Anticipated Interview dates: 13 – 15 January 2016

A list will be retained to fill a number of permanent, temporary, full-time and part-time clerical vacancies in various academic and administrative departments over the next twelve months.

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Annual Information Services Coffee Morning: Thursday 3 December

The Annual Information Services Coffee morning will take place in the Great Hall on Thursday 3 December 2015, 10.00am  – 11.30am with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support.  Raffle tickets are available to purchase beforehand and at the event.  Any donations of prizes, hampers etc. would be very welcome. Prizes include Acer Aspire Z1, two Kindles, a case of wine, overnight hotel stays, rugby tickets, meal vouchers, hampers and more.

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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Welcome Centre's Christmas Craft Fair: Thursday 3 December

The Welcome Centre’s Christmas Craft Fair takes place on Thursday 3 December 2015 from 8.30am – 5.30pm.

Free mince pies, mulled wine and festive punch will be served from 11.30am – 2.30pm. Cloisters will be transformed with stalls offering a selection of crafts including jewellery, ceramics, sweet treats, paintings, floral decorations and a character artist will provide humorous portraits. A live band will play festive tunes and there will be 20% off everything in-store.

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Santander Mobility Scholarships

‌Applications are invited for this year's Santander UK Mobility Scholarships.

The funds are available for undergraduate / postgraduate students (PGT/PGR) and/or staff to undertake research and educational activities in UK, European and overseas Universities at a partner institution within the Santander Universidades Network.

The deadline for applications is Monday 14 December 2015. Application details are available from the Development and Alumni Relations website.
To find out more about Santander Universities, visit

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Faculty of EPS Network Launch (SENSE)

SENSE Network 16112015All Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science staff are invited to the informal launch of an exciting new EPS Faculty network on Tuesday 15 December 2015 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 Tuesday 1 December 2015.

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Latest articles in The Conversation

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

To date, 82 Queen’s academics have written for The Conversation and their articles have been read by over 3.5 million readers. Articles from The Conversation have been republished in publications such as The New York Times, Huffington Post and The Independent. Contact if you are interested in writing for The Conversation.

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The Spirit of '95: The next twenty years

President Clinton20 years on from President Clinton's first visit to Northern Ireland, Queen’s will host a symposium to celebrate the historic visit on Monday 7 December 2015, 4.00pm - 7.00pm, in the Great Hall.

The symposium, 'The Spirit of '95: The next twenty years', will include a short film on the 1995 visit and brief presentations.  Its focus will be the future and how the lessons of the past can be applied to the challenges of today and tomorrow.  View the full programme. You can also see the full speakers biographies here.

This is a free event open to the public, however, to reserve your place, please register online.

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Queen's University Management School Blog

The latest post on the Queen's University Management School blog is now online. It features Dr Chris Colvin who is a Lecturer in Economics at Queen’s Management School and a Research Associate at the Queen’s University Centre for Economic History.



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Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning (ISEP) Seminar Series

The ISEP seminar series continues this week when Koen Salemink, a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, will present on 'Rural broadband initiatives in the Netherlands: the interplay – or power imbalance – between market, government and community'.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday 2 December 2015, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, in Seminar Room, DKB.03.005, David Keir Building. A sandwich lunch will be provided. 

Click here for further information or contact Roslyn Barnes on:

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ISCTSJ Newsletter

ISCTSJ Newsletter 301115The current edition of the Institute for The Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice newsletter is now available online‌. Read this edition.

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Participants wanted for cancer care study

Researchers in the School of Nursing and Midwifery are conducting a study to explore the reasons why people with a mental illness tend to have worse cancer outcomes than people who do not have a mental illness. They want to learn more about the support provided to patients and carers to improve care for people with mental illness and cancer.

They would like to talk to people who have experienced a diagnosis of mental illness and have also been diagnosed with cancer, and any relatives and friends who have supported them. Participants must be over 18 years of age to take part.

If you would like to take part, or know someone who might, please contact James Millman (registered nurse and PhD student) on 028 9097 5761 or email:

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Volunteers wanted for study on normal immune response to infection

Researchers from Queen’s are looking for healthy volunteers aged 18+ years who would be interested in contributing to a research study looking at the normal immune response to infection. 

The study involves volunteers attending the Health Sciences Building for one study visit lasting approximately 30 minutes during which one 50ml sample (approximately 10 teaspoons) of blood will be collected.

Volunteers should be 18+ years of age and not have a respiratory condition (for example; asthma) or a history of problems with their immune system.  Participants should also be non-smokers and not have taken antibiotics during the three months prior to the study visit.

If you would be interested in taking part or for more information, please contact Elinor Johnston on 028 9097 2242 or email: 

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Briefing Session for Teaching Awards 2016

A briefing session on the Queen's Teaching Awards Scheme will be held on Tuesday 19 January 2016, 1.00pm – 2.00pm in Conference Room 2, Student Guidance Centre. A sandwich lunch will be provided.

The aims of the briefing session are:

  • To provide information on the Teaching Awards application process;
  • To encourage colleagues to apply for an Award;
  • To provide guidance on the type of information that might be included in an application

To book a place, 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'.

Further details about the Teaching Awards scheme are available on the CED website.

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Christmas Dinner Offer available at The Speakeasy

Speakeasy Christmas 2015Looking for a venue for your work Christmas Dinner? The Speakeasy is serving a delicious Christmas special during December!

Enjoy a meal of turkey, ham and stuffing with roast potatoes, veg, mash, gravy and cranberry sauce – all for £8.50. Vegetarian nut roast option also available. The offer will be available as part of the normal kitchen service, Monday – Thursday, 12.00pm – 8.00pm, Friday 12.00pm – 4.00pm, until Friday 18 December.

If you are interested in bringing a large group, email the Kitchen at, and they will book you a table. Three course options are also available.

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QFT CarolThis week at QFT:

CAROL (15) - Todd Haynes' Carol is a deeply romantic, emotionally honest love story about two women who courageously defy the suffocating conformities of mid-century America.

TANGERINE (15) - A real-time drama, shot on iPhones in downtown LA and featuring two transgender working girls in a vengeful mood, Tangerine bursts off the screen with energy and style.

THE LADY IN THE VAN (12A) - A plaintive ode to friendship, Alan Bennet's big-screen adaptation is funny, poignant and life-affirming, starring the incomparable Maggie Smith.

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.

LOVE events happening this week at QFT:

  • Gaspar Noe’s Love (18) - Monday 30 November 2015, 9.00pm: Igniting controversy and must-see appeal at the Cannes Film Festival this year, Love is a semi-autobiographical, sexually-charged melodrama.
  • Fatal Attraction (15) - Tuesday 1 December 2015, 9.00pm: The smash hit 80s thriller about infidelity and revenge starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close.

QFT Competition
To WIN a pair of tickets to see Carol, please email with CAROL in the subject line and the answer to the question: Cate Blanchett has been hotly tipped for an Oscar win for her role in Carol – she’s already won two Oscars, for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress – please name the films. Deadline for entries is Wednesday 2 December at 12.00pm. 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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Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Wednesday 2 December

The School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work will host a film screening of The Hunting Ground followed by a panel discussion on Wednesday 2 December 2015, 2.00pm - 4.30pm in QFT.

The Hunting Ground is a controversial documentary exposing the prevalence and institutional cover up culture surrounding sexual violence in American university campuses. It is being screened as part of a university tour of the UK.

The panel discussion, chaired by Dr Tanya Serisier from the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, will include representatives from the PSNI, Queen’s Students’ Union, QUB SCORE Collective and Nexus NI.  

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Forthcoming Open Access Courses

There are places available on the following courses:

  • Monday 7 December: What is Open Access, 2.00pm – 3.30pm, McClay Library Auditorium
  • Wednesday 9 December: How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF, 2.00pm – 3.00pm, McClay Library Auditorium

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

The full training schedule is available on the Open Access LibGuide.

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Training and DevelopmentThe following Staff Training and Development Unit courses are available for booking:

  • Wednesday 2 December: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 3 December: Career Development for Support Staff, 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Tuesday 8 December: An Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 9 December: Selection Interviewing Training, 9.15am – 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 15 December: Manager Wellbeing Training, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities

Book now for the following 'Developing for Success' course in December 2015 (Aimed at Professional Support staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above):

  • Tuesday 15 December 2015: Working with Partners – Skills for Collaborative Working, 9.30am – 4.30pm

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

Book now for the following short interactive session: 

Follow the Staff Training and Development Unit on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

To register for an upcoming 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'.

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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:

  • Wednesday 2 December: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 10 December: Excel 2 Managing Data, 10.00am – 13.00pm
  • Wednesday 16 December: Web Authoring Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 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'.

View course dates.

ECDL – The next test date is Tuesday 1 December 2015, 1.00pm – 2.30pm. Click here for more information on ECDL.

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Centre for Educational Development

Continuing Professional Development

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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.

Exploring Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Curricula
Tuesday 8 December 2015, 1.00pm – 3.00pm, Old Staff Common Room.

This workshop will explore the possibilities created by the European Commission’s Responsible Research and Innovation agenda for developing the academic curricula.   Further details are available on the CED website.

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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