5 October 2015

Documentary series about Queen’s

Queen's: A University Challenged Episode 2The second episode in a three-part documentary series about Queen's will be screened tonight on BBC One Northern Ireland at 10.35pm.

Filmed over the course of the last academic year, Queen’s: A University Challenged gives an insight into the day-to-day running of Queen’s and features staff and students from across the University.

Click here to watch a clip from Episode Two.

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Deputy Editor of The Conversation Visits Queen's Next Week

The Conversation The Conversation's Deputy Editor, Megan Clement, will visit Queen's next Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 October 2015. She will be ‘hot desking’ in the Communications Office and staff are invited to drop in to talk to her about the possibility of writing a piece for The Conversation.

If you would like to meet with Megan, please contact by Friday 9 October 2015 at 1.00pm to book a meeting slot.

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New Queen's University Management School Blog

Queen's University Management School have launched a new blog. Click here to visit the blog and read the first post by Professor John Turner, Head of Queen’s Management School.

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The Great Queen's Bake Off

The Great Queen's Bake Off 2015There is still time to sign up for this year's ‘Great Queen’s Bake Off’ competition which will take place on Monday 19 October in the Great Hall.

Register by Friday 9 October to take part.  For more information on judging and prizes, visit the Carbon Management website.

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Online Time Allocation Schedule (TAS) system

The online TAS system for academic staff is now open for returns covering the four month period from 1 June 2015 to 30 September 2015. An email outlining the requirement and providing a link to the system has been sent to all academic staff who are required to complete a TAS. The system can also be accessed through a link in the 'Announcements' section of the Queen’s Online homepage. Please note that the deadline for return of the TAS is Friday 16 October 2015.

A number of enhancements have been made to the form following user feedback. Please continue to submit suggestions for possible enhancements to

If you have any queries, please contact Stephen Grant on 028 9097 5232 or

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EU Referendum Panel Discussion: Tuesday 6 October

QPOL and the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy will host a panel discussion on the EU Referendum on Tuesday 6 October 2015, 7.00pm – 9.00pm, in the Great Hall. 

For further details and to register, click here.

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The Conversation

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

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Centre of Excellence for Public Health Lecture

The Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland will host a Lecture by Dr Christianne Roumie, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine/Paediatrics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville VA Medical Centre on Tuesday 27 October 2015 at 1.00pm.

The lecture, 'Comparative effectiveness of regimens for diabetes treatment – What should we do after metformin?', will take place in the Canada Room/Council Chamber, Lanyon Building. 

Lunch will be provided. To register, please email Find out about the work of the Centre on the COE website.

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Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series 2015–16

The first in the 2015–16 Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS) will take place on Wednesday 7 October 2015 at 1.30pm in Parliament Buildings on the theme of 'Addressing Social Challenges in a Divided Society'.

It will include a presentation from Queen's Dr Gavin Duffy and Professor Tony Gallagher on 'Shared Education and collaboration between schools in a contested space setting'. Full details of the 2015–16 KESS.

To reserve your place at a seminar, email

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Horizon 2020: Writing workshop for Innovative Training Networks

A writing workshop for the Horizon 2020 Innovative Training Network (ITN) programme will take place on Friday 9 October 2015 in the Research and Enterprise Directorate. This event will be of interest to applicants to the 2016 ITN call.

More details are available on the Research and Enterprise website. To register your attendance, please email

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Horizon 2020: Information session on Energy Calls

Clean EnergyThe EU Research Team will hold an Information Session in advance of the publication of the Horizon 2020 2016/2017 call topics for the "Secure, clean and efficient energy" Work Programme on Monday 12 October 2015. There are significant upcoming opportunities in: Energy Efficiency; Competitive Low Carbon Energy; and Smart Cities and Communities.

Further information is available on the Research and Enterprise website. If you would like to attend this session, please email

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Annual Clare Macmahon Lecture

Queen’s Gender Initiative and the Queen’s Management School will host the Annual Clare Macmahon Lecture on Tuesday 13 October 2015, 4.30pm – 6.00pm, in the Senate Room.

Part of QGI  “Inspiring Role Models Network”, the lecture will be given by Elaine Coughlan, a co-Founder and General Partner of Atlantic Bridge Capital, a Global Growth Equity Technology Fund.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing:

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ARK Ageing Programme Seminar

Staff are invited to attend a seminar by Professor John Williams, Department of Law and Criminology, University of Aberystwyth, on Wednesday 21 October 2015, 2.30pm – 4.00pm, in Room 1.37, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, 6 College Park East. Registration and tea/coffee from 2.00pm.

The seminar, 'Adult safeguarding: care versus control', will focus on human rights issues in relation to adult safeguarding. 

The event is free; however, places are limited and must be booked in advance. If you would like to book a place, please email

John Williams is a Visiting Fellow of the ARK Ageing Programme.

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Queen's Language Centre

The Language Centre will hold a Mandarin Chinese Taster Session on Monday 12 October 2015, 1.00pm – 1.45pm, in the Auditorium, McClay Library.

The session will help you understand the basics of the Chinese language and culture.

To book your place, or to discuss further support for learning Mandarin Chinese, please email or telephone ext. 6225.

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Welcome Centre

Queen’s Welcome Centre has a wide and colourful collection of Moleskin notebooks – a fond favourite of artists and academics alike. High-quality and versatile, Moleskins make a stylish statement for the start of term.

Staff receive 10% discount in store.

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Naughton Gallery

Staff are invited to enjoy and experience the sounds of the bonsai forest during the 'Garden of Membranes' exhibition at the Naughton Gallery. Described by visitors as a ‘fantastic, mystic, and magical experience which takes you somewhere else’, the show is a delight for all the senses. The exhibition continues until 18 October 2015.

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This week at QFT:

MACBETH (15) – Shakespeare's Scottish play receives a powerful and visually arresting cinematic adaptation as Michael Fassbender steps into the shoes of one of theatre's most conflicted characters. Win a pair of tickets below.

OLDER THAN IRELAND – Winner of Best Feature Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh, Older Than Ireland tells the story of a hundred years of a life as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish centenarians.

PALIO (12A) – Cosima Spender's wonderfully vivid and fiery film follows a season of the 'Palio,' the bareback horse race round the square of Siena, run since medieval times.

FIDELIO, ALICE'S JOURNEY (15) – In shadowing a female engineer at sea, this seductive French love triangle toys with conservative notions of desire against a seldom-examined, male-dominated work environment.

To WIN a pair of tickets to see Macbeth, please email with MACBETH in the subject line and the answer to the question:
By what alternative name is Macbeth called by suspicious actors? Deadline for entries is 12.00pm on Wednesday 7 October. Winners will be contacted by email.

Queen's staff ticket price £5.00 (standard ticket price £6.70). Please visit for more details.

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Continuing Professional Development
Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 14 October: Preparing and Giving Lectures, 2.00pm – 4.45pm
  • Wednesday 14 October 2015: Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Click here for a full list of CED events and courses.

Go Global Week
Wednesday 14 October: How to encourage students to internationalise their degree – organised by Careers, Employability and Skills to promote Go Global Week (a week of promotional activities for students from 2 – 6 November 2015).  Further details are available from Elaine Woodhouse (ext. 3833,

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'.

The next issue of Reflections, the Queen’s Learning and Teaching newsletter, is due to be published later this semester.  If you would like to submit a contribution for the next issue, please send your contributions to Liz McDowell ( by 30 October 2015.  Further details and copies of previous editions are available on the CED website.

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

  • Thursday 8 October: Your Learning and Career Development, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 12 October: Integrated Research Application System (IRAS),  2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 13 October: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas,  9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 20 October: Manual Handling and Lifting,  10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 27 October: Manager Wellbeing Training,  1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 5 November: Preparing for Retirement, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities
New to Management? Come along to STDU's new one-day workshop: Wednesday 18 November, Transition to Management, 9.30am – 4.30pm

This course is aimed at those staff (Academic related grade 7 and above, Academic grade AC2 and above) who have moved into a role where they need to manage others.  When your role changes from being an individual contributor to a manager, that transition can be very challenging.  This workshop gives you the opportunity to work with your peer group to explore the mind-set change and the skills required to make the transition effective.

Book now for the following Developing for Success courses taking place in October/November 2015 (aimed at Professional Support staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above):

  • Wednesday 14 October: Project Management for non – Project Managers, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 20 October: Developing your Strategic Focus, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 4 November: Enhancing your Report Writing, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 10 November: Managing Performance Effectively, 9.15am – 1.15pm
  • Wednesday 25 November: Managing Difficult Conversations, 9.15am – 1.15pm

Follow the Staff Training and Development Unit on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

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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:

  • Tuesday 27 October, Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 28 October, Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 2 November, Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 2, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 6 November, Creating Screen Shots and Training Materials using Word and SnagIT, 09.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 10 November, Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 12 November, Managing a University Social Media Site, 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • Friday 13 November, Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 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'. Course dates can be viewed here.

ECDL – The new improved test system allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision (note – this is not used for ECDL Advanced).  For more information on ECDL, click here.  The next test date is Tuesday 6 October, 9.30am – 11.00am.

Tip of the day: Need to print your Excel spreadsheet on one page? Click the page layout tab, click launcher button on the scale to fit group, under scaling, select Fit to 1 page.

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