19 October 2015

Video Blog featuring new Pro-Vice-Chancellors

Prof Mark Price Blog ClipIn the Vice-Chancellor's latest video blog, the three new Pro-Vice-Chancellors share some of the priorities they will be taking forward in their Faculties.

Click to play the video.

A transcript of the video is available on the Vice-Chancellor's blog page.

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A Bite of Queen's tour of the Lanyon Building

Did you know that the Canada Room was once used as a zoology museum or that the Lanyon Building was originally intended to be E shaped?

Find out more about the history of the Lanyon Building and some of the people who have brought it to life over the years on an A Bite of Queen's tour on Friday 30 October 2015, 1.05pm – 1.50pm.‌ 

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

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Queen’s goes Back to The Future with electric DeLorean

DeLorean CarOn Wednesday 21 October 2015, Queen’s will unveil its electric DeLorean on the exact date that Marty McFly went Back To The Future in the iconic Belfast-built car.

The car, which has been modified by students and staff, will be on display outside the Ulster Museum.

A public lecture by Dr Graham Brownlow, Queen’s University Management School and Dr David Laverty, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will take place at 6.00pm at the Ulster Museum.  Pre-registration required at:

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Final week of 'The HE Big Conversation'

The HE Big ConversationThe Department for Employment and Learning's 'The Big Conversation' consultation closes on Friday 23 October 2015.

Have your say on the future of Higher Education and take part in 'The Big Conversation'.

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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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Sign up for Movember

Movember 2015Do you have what it takes to be crowned the Queen's Movember fundraising champion? Then, sign up to take part in this year's Movember.

Like last year, a league table will be set up for the different Queen's teams competing against each other to see who can raise the most funds. With everyone's help, we hope to exceed last year's fundraising total of just over £10,000.

Mo sistas, your support is just as important as the mo bros doing the growing. To register and get your team signed up for the competition, visit the Queen's Movember Network.

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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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Main Site Restrictions this week

A significant number of students, graduates and employers are expected to be on campus this week for a Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair which will take place in the Whitla Hall on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 October 2015.

To ensure the safe movement of pedestrians, the area in front of the Whitla Hall will be pedestrian-only from 10.00am to 3.00pm on both days.

Vehicles will continue to be able to use the entry/exit off University Square at all times.

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Maintenance Work on Chlorine Gardens

The University has been informed by Northern Ireland Electricity that essential maintenance work is to commence on Monday 19 October 2015 on Chlorine Gardens. From this date there will be NO access into Chlorine Gardens from Stranmillis Road and traffic management will be in place to facilitate this work. It is anticipated that the work will be ongoing for approximately four weeks until mid-November. 

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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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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 Inaugural John Bell Day lecture

The inaugural John Bell Day lecture will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2015 at 6.00pm in Riddel Hall.

Hosted by the Royal Irish Academy and the Chief Executives’ Club, the lecture will be given by Eric Ladizinsky, Co-founder and Chief Scientist, D-Wave Systems Inc.

Refreshments will be available from 5.30pm, before the lecture.RSVP to Brenda Carabine,, 028 9097 1153.

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ISCTSJ Fellowship Opportunities 2016-17 - Call for Applications

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ) invites applications from academic colleagues at Queen’s wishing to take up a Fellowship available in the Institute, commencing 1 September 2016.  Early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. Two positions are available for academic year 2016-2017.  The successful applicants will be appointed full-time and provided with an office in the Institute for this period.

The closing date for applications is 4.00pm on Friday 13 November 2015.

Further details on the call and on the application procedures can be found on the Institute's website.

Hear from previous Fellows about their secondment and how you could potentially benefit from this opportunity at the Institute.

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Horizon 2020 Event: Northern Ireland NMBP Launch Event for 2016 calls

Riddel HallThe EU Team will host the NMBP Launch Event at Riddel Hall on Thursday 29 October 2015, 9.30am – 1.00pm (closing with networking lunch)

This event will provide information about the newly published 2016 Horizon 2020 funding calls for nanotechnologies, advanced materials, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing and processing (NMBP), which also includes topics in Factories of the Future, Sustainable Process Industries, Energy Efficient Buildings and Green Vehicles.

Further information, including how to register, is available on the Research and Enterprise website.

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Writing workshop for Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation actions (RIA) – 5 & 6 November 2015

Queen’s EU team will hold a workshop on how to write a competitive Research Innovation action proposal (RIA/IA) on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 November 2015.

The training is intended for senior academics planning to apply to the Horizon 2020 'Industrial Leadership' and the 'Societal Challenges' programmes. These applications, called 'collaborative projects' under FP7, imply the involvement of at least three organisations from three different Member States.

Further information, including registration details, are available on the Research and Enterprise website.

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British Institute of Radiology Event

The first BIR /UK SABR Consortium Stereotactic Radiotherapy Scientific Meeting will be held at Riddel Hall in Belfast on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November 2015.

This unique event is the first of its kind in the UK. It will provide attendees with state of the art lectures on current best practice for SABR and will include excellent talks by leading international speakers.

Further information is available on the British Institute of Radiology website.


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Research Ethics Event

In April 2015, the Academy of Social Science adopted five common principles of Social Science Research Ethics developed by the Research Ethics Group working in concord with various UK Learned Societies. The Academy is now undertaking a series of events to promote discussion of the principles. The first event will take place in the Graduate School on Tuesday 10 November 2015.

Details are available on the Academy of Social Science website.

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As part of the Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning's seminar series, staff are invited to the following lecture:

  • Wednesday 28 October, 12.30pm - 1.45pm, SPACE Boardroom (01.018 DKB), Dr Michael Lennon, Lecturer in Planning and Environmental Policy, UCD, Overcoming barriers when translating good ideas into better practice: lessons from ‘green infrastructure’ planning.

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

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Queen's Sport

Queen's Sport Gym Queen’s Staff Membership
There are a range of Queen’s Sport Staff membership options available, so whether you are interested in classes, racquet sports, climbing, swimming or the gym, there is something for everyone. Remember 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

Queen's 'Couch 2 5k'
'Couch 2 5K' is up and running, but there are spaces still available, so it is not too late to sign up.

The overall aim of the Couch 2 5K programme is to provide opportunities for people to get active. The programme, which is coordinated by Queen’s Sport and is part of the Staff Wellbeing initiative, is targeted at absolute beginners, so no matter what your fitness level, everyone is welcome. Sessions take place every Wednesday at 1.10pm. For more information on the programme and how to register, visit the Queen's Sport website.

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Burren The Welcome Centre is now stocking Burren Balsamics. Situated in Armagh in the heart of the orchard county, Burren Balsamic uses as many local ingredients as possible. Only whole fruit is included in the making of the vinegar, ensuring the distinctive, rich, wholesome taste.

Staff receive 10% discount in store. 

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This week at QFT

SuffragetteThis week at QFT:

SUFFRAGETTE - Carey Mulligan heads an all-star cast depicting the raw hunger for equality behind the British women’s suffrage movement of the late 19th and early 20th century.

RED ARMY - Red Army is a feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army ice hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, the story portrays his transformation from national hero to political enemy.

CLOSED CURTAIN - Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi bravely defies his 20-year ban on filmmaking yet again with Closed Curtain.

INDIA'S DAUGHTER (Tuesday 20 October, 6.30pm) This enthralling and hard-hitting documentary depicts the unprecedented protests ignited in India following the brutal gang rape and murder of 23-year-old Jyoti in 2012. Contains scenes which some viewers may find upsetting.

RSC LIVE: HENRY V (Wednesday  21 October, 7.00pm) - Broadcast live from Stratford-upon-Avon by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Alex Hassell portrays the flawed monarch.

Queen's staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.70). Please visit for more details.

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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 28 October: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 6 November: Creating Screen Shots and Training Materials using Word and SnagIT, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 13 November: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 10.00am 13.00pm
  • Monday 30 November: LinkedIn for Beginners, 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 Tuesday 3 November, 1.00pm – 2.30pm. For more information on ECDL, check out:

Tip of the day: To use Voting options in Outlook 1) Create a new message 2) before sending, select the Options tab and click the arrow under ‘Use Voting Buttons’ 3) choose from Approve/Reject; Yes/No; Yes/No/Maybe; Custom


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There are places available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 29 October: RefWorks for the Engineering and Physical Sciences, 10.00am - 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 3 November: Scopus, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 4 November: Measuring Research Impact, 10.00am – 11.00am

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

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

  • Tuesday 20 October: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 27 October: Manager Wellbeing Training,  1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 28 October: Preparing for Academic Interviews, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 5 November: Preparing for Retirement, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Friday 6 November: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 10 November: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 10 – Wednesday 11 November: Introduction to STATA (2 day course), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 11 November: Writing Your Academic CV,  9.30am – 1.00pm
  • 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 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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