12 October 2015

Queen’s named Family Friendly Employer of the Year

Queen’s has been named the 2015 Family Friendly Employer of the Year in the Public Sector Category at the Employers for Childcare Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate organisations that provide and actively promote family-friendly working practices and provide an opportunity for employers to gain recognition for going above and beyond legal requirements.

Queen’s received the award for its core Family Friendly Policies and activities undertaken as part of the Staff Wellbeing initiative, including fitness programmes, lunchtime information sessions, personal resilience training and support for carers and international staff.

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Final episode of documentary series about Queen’s

Queeen's documentary screenshotThe third and final episode in Queen's: A University Challenged, a three-part documentary series about Queen's, will be screened tonight on BBC One Northern Ireland at 10.35pm.

Watch a clip from Episode Three.

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Twitter Q&A with DEL Minister Stephen Farry

The HE Big ConversationT‌he second phase of the Department for Employment and Learning's 'The Big Conversation' has been launched. 

As part of the consultation, the DEL Minister, Dr Stephen Farry, will hold a Twitter Q&A on Friday 16 October 2015, 12.00pm-1.00pm. You can tweet your questions using the hashtag #askHE

'The Big Consultation' consultation closes on Friday 23 October 2015. Take part in 'The Big Conversation'.

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Queen's Annual Fund - Call for Applications

Queen's Annual Fund logoApplications are now open for this year's Queen’s Annual Fund which supports and enhances all aspects of the Queen’s experience for students.  Unrestricted funds are raised annually from graduates and friends of the University. The sum available this year 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.

The closing date for applications is 12.00pm on Friday 6 November 2015 and decisions will be announced on Friday 18 December 2015. It is a condition of acceptance that the project managers must attend the Awards. Presentation and photo-call will take place on Wednesday 3 February 2016.

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Latest edition of Queen's Now

Queen's Now October 2015The latest edition of Queen's Now is available online.

The new Queen's Research Fellows feature in this edition, as well as colleagues who have been promoted in this year's Academic Promotions Exercise. 

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This week's internal vacancy:

Clerical Officer (Grade 3), Development and Alumni Relations
Ref: 15/104159
Closing Date: Friday 16 October 2015
Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 28 October 2015

This post is available for six months in the first instance.

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Blood Donation Session 121015 imageThe Blood Transfusion Service will hold blood donation sessions in the Space, level 1, Students’ Union, on Tuesday 13 October at 10.30am – 1.00pm and 2.15pm – 5.00pm.



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Staff Wellbeing: Breast Cancer Awareness Session

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Staff Wellbeing have organised an awareness session for staff.  

Delivered by Cancer Focus, the session will take place on Wednesday 21 October 2015, 1.00pm – 2.00pm (location TBC). Lunch will be provided.

Register to attend by emailing with “Breast Cancer Awareness” in the subject line.

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Green Challenge Project for students launched

Green Challenge ProjectA new Green Challenge Project has been launched to encourage Queen’s students to go green.

Organised by the Environmental Team, the challenge is for students to come up with an exciting and innovative idea for a project which will promote environmental awareness within the University. Grants of up to £500 will be available to help implement the project.

If you know any students who are up for the challenge, further information is available on the Green Challenge webpages.

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Submissions now open for NI Science Festival

NI Science Festival 2016Following the success of the inaugural NI Science Festival in February, the 2016 festival will take place from Thursday 18 – Sunday 28 February 2016.

Organisers are inviting Queen's staff to submit their ideas and events for the Festival.  The deadline for submissions is Friday 27 November; however, you should get in touch with the Festival Director, Chris McCreery (, to discuss your plans and proposals before this deadline. 

Further details about the Festival can be found at NI Science Festival.

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Annual Meeting of Convocation 2015 and Convocation Lecture 2015

The Annual Meeting of Convocation 2015 and Convocation Lecture 2015 will take place on Thursday 19 November 2015 at 7.00pm in the Canada Room and Council Chamber, Lanyon Building. The speaker is John Larkin QC, Attorney General for Northern Ireland.

Information about the Annual Meeting, including how to submit motions, is available on the Development and Alumni Relations website.

Convocation Elections will take place at this meeting. Further details, including the nomination form and closing date, are available on the Development and Alumni Relations website.

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The Conversation

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

Contact if you are interested in writing for The Conversation.

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NI Year of Food Photography Competition launched

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 from 1 October – 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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The Open Access Team are hosting a number of events as part of International Open Access Week (Monday 19 October – Friday 23 October 2015):

  • What is Open Access? – Monday 19 October, 10.00am – 11.30am, in Training Room 2, the McClay Library
  • How to Comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF – Tuesday 20 October, 2.00pm – 3.00pm, in Training Room 2, the McClay Library
  • Depositing Pure Publications Drop in Clinic – Wednesday 21 October, 12.00pm – 2.00pm, in Training Room 2, the McClay Library
  • Copyright and Licensing for Researchers – Thursday 22 October, 2.00pm – 3.00pm, in the McClay Library Auditorium

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

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Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning Seminar Series

The Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning invites staff to attend a lecture on ‘Overcoming barriers when translating good ideas into better practice: lessons from ‘green infrastructure’ planning' by Dr Michael Lennon, Lecturer in Planning and Environmental Policy, UCD. 

The lecture will take place on Wednesday 28 October 2015, 12.30pm – 1.45pm in the SPACE Board Room, 01.018, David Keir Building. 

A sandwich lunch will be provided. For more information about the event, please contact Roslyn Barnes on

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Annual Clare Macmahon lecture: 13 October 2015

Queen’s Gender Initiative (QGI) and the Queen’s Management School will host the Annual Clare Macmahon Lecture on 'A Growth Mindset' on Tuesday 13 October 2015, 4.00pm – 6.00pm, in the Senate Room.

Part of QGI's  “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 email to confirm your attendance.

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Centre for Medical Education Coffee Morning

The Centre for Medical Education on the Royal Victoria Hospital site is hosting a 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.

If you or your department are interested in donating a prize for the ballot, please contact Eveline Burns, 028 9097 6404, or Katie Torbitt, 028 9097 6403,

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School of Creative Arts: Ensembles, Performing Groups and Societies

Performance Groups 121015 image Creative ArtsThe School of Creative Arts is actively seeking new members for ensembles, performing groups and societies at Queen’s.  Run by staff, professionals and students, these groups include the Chamber Choir, Queen’s University Brass Band, Queen’s University Big Band, QUBEnsemble (QUBe), Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra (QUSO), Music Society Choir and Queen’s Viol Consort.

For more information, visit the School of Creative Arts website.


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Naughton Gallery Exhibition

Naughton Gallery Garden of Membranes imageThis is the last week of the Naughton Gallery's 'Garden of Membranes' Exhibition, which gives you the chance to experience the sounds of the bonsai forest.

Described by visitors as a ‘fantastic, mystic, and magical experience which takes you somewhere else’, the show is a delight for all the senses.  It closes on Sunday 18 October 2015

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Welcome Centre 121015: candles imageA range of Homeland Hurricane Glow candles are now available in the Welcome Centre. Individually handcrafted in County Limerick, the candles are made in the traditional way from a blend of the purest high melt wax – with a modern twist.

Staff receive 10% discount in store.

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This week at the QFT

This week at QFT:

MACBETH - 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. FINAL WEEK!

SICARIO - Led by outstanding work from Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro, Sicario is a taut, tightly wound thriller. Blunt stars as an idealistic FBI agent who joins a task force for the escalating war against drugs.

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (Wednesday 14 October, 8.45pm) – Returning to cinemas for the first time since the last time in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

SEPIDEH (Tuesday 13 October, 6.30pm) - Berit Madsen's documentary offers a leisurely, engaging portrait of a provincial Iranian teenager who dreams of becoming an astronaut.

Competition winner
The winner of a pair of tickets to see Macbeth was Michelle Mullan in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Queen's staff ticket price £5 (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: Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 21 October: Using Technology to Enhance Online Learning, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Full list of CED events and courses.

Go Global Week

Careers, Employability and Skills is organising an Event entitled 'How to encourage students to internationalise their degree' on Wednesday 14 October 2015 to promote Go Global Week (a week of promotional activities for students from Monday 2 November – Friday 6 November 2015). 

Further details are available from Elaine Woodhouse (telephone 028 9097 3833 or email

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 12.45pm). The session will be led by Dr Steven Wilson, School of Modern Languages, and Dr David Laverty, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  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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Training and DevelopmentPlaces are available on the following Staff Training and Development Unit courses:

  • Wednesday 12 October: Integrated Research Application System (IRAS), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Thursday 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

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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Courses 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, 9.30am – 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 – 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 Monday 19 October, 1.00pm – 2.30pm. To find out more about ECDL, check out:

Tip of the day: Learn how to use Outlook effectively, go to

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