26 October 2015

CDS re-appointed as print services supplier

Queen’s has re-appointed CDS as a single supplier of all printed materials and publications to the University. Based on campus at Level 1 of the Admin Building, their remit covers: reprographics; print management; and digital services.
Other services provided by CDS include artworking to the University’s corporate identity, fulfilment, direct mail, exhibition and display material, and promotional items.
Jonathan Ridgway is CDS’s Account Manager for the University. He can be contacted at: 028 9072 7757, 07960 430 802, Additional information, including order forms and price lists, is available on

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Internal Vacancies

This week's internal vacancies are:

School Manager (Temporary)
School of English
Ref: 15/104212
Closing date: Friday 6 November 2015
Anticipated Interview date: Week Commencing 23 November 2015

Academic Advisement Support Officer (Maternity Cover)  
Academic and Student Affairs
Ref: 15/104192
Closing date:   Friday 6 November 2015
Anticipated Interview Date:  Wednesday 18 November 2015
Available immediately until 4 July 2016

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A Bite of Queen's Tour: International Research Centre for Experimental Physics

The next A Bite of Queen's tour will take place on Wednesday 4 November, 1.05pm –1.50pm, in the International Research Centre for Experimental Physics (School of Mathematics and Physics).

Staff will get the chance to go on a behind-the-scenes visit to ANSIN, the research hub supported by Seagate Technology, and hear about the exciting work being undertaken by colleagues in the Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC).

The tour will be led by Professor Robert Bowman, Head of the School of Mathematics and Physics, Professor Marty Gregg from the Centre for Nanostructured Media (CNM) and Professor Alan Fitzsimmons from ARC.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch. Register for the tour. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements. Visit the tour webpage.

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Sign up for Movember

Movember 2015There is still time to sign up to take part in this year's Movember which starts this Sunday.

A league table has been set up for Queen's teams to compete 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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Belfast Bikes Scheme at Queen's

Earlier this month, it was announced that the Belfast Bikes scheme is to be expanded to Queen's.

Work has now commenced on the new docking stations at the University, which will be located at the front of the Students’ Union and at the McClay Library. 

We will keep you updated on progress and the launch date for the scheme.

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Alumni Magazine published

The Graduate October 2015Queen’s annual alumni magazine - The Graduate - has been published and is currently being distributed to 130,000 alumni and friends of the University.

The magazine showcases alumni successes at home and around the world and highlights staff and University news from across the campus. 

This edition features an interview with the University’s new Chancellor, Dr Thomas J Moran, includes a story on 40 years of KTPs (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships) and contains an opinion piece by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Tony Gallagher on the funding crisis facing further education in Northern Ireland.

Click on the link for more and to view an online copy of The Graduate.

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Care Free Fridays 2015The next Car Free Friday (CFF) will take place on Friday 30 October 2015 when staff are encouraged to leave their car at home and take the opportunity to enjoy a movie and a meal after work.

In association with Queen's Film Theatre (QFT), Molly's Yard and Madison's Hotel, staff can avail of the following discounts on presentation of a valid public transport ticket:

  • 20% off regular staff prices at the QFT
  • 20% off your total food bill, including drinks, at Molly's Yard (Booking is encouraged)
  • 20% off orders from the a la carte menu at Madison's Hotel

More information, including terms & conditions, is available on the Estates Directorate website.


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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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Go Global Week

Go Global Week 2015Go Global Week takes place from Monday 2 - Friday 6 November. Organised by Careers, Employability and Skills, the aim of the week is to highlight the broad range of international opportunities available to students to spend time studying, working or volunteering abroad.

As part of the week, staff are invited to attend the International Fair in the Elmwood Hall on Wednesday 4 November, from 12.00 – 3.00pm, to learn more about the options available to their students and to try some international food.

To find out more, visit:

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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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Invest NI Proof of Concept programme - Open for applications

Invest NI Proof of ConceptThe next round (Phase III) of the Invest NI funded Proof of Concept (POC) programme is now open for applications, with up to £106,000 available per project. Further details about the programme, including deadlines for submitting Expressions of Interests and application forms, are available on the POC website.

An information briefing will take place on Wednesday 28 October 2015 at 12.00pm in the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Seminar Room. RSVP to For further information, contact the Commercial Development team on 028 9097 2566 or

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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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Irish Song Project

Irish Song 22102015The AHRC-funded research project, 'An Historical Typology of Irish Song: from the earliest beginnings to c.1820', hosted by the School of English, will launch its online database of Irish song selections on Wednesday 28 October in the Canada Room, starting at 5.30pm.

The event will consist of a talk on the project, delivered by the Junior Research Fellow Dr Conor Caldwell, and will be illustrated with musical performances of a variety of Irish song.

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Centre of Excellence for Public Health Seminar Series

The next seminar in the Centre of Excellence for Public Health Seminar Series takes place on Tuesday 27 October 2015 at 1.00pm in the Canada Room/Council Chamber.

Dr Christianne Roumie from the Vanderbilt University, USA will talk on ‘Comparative effectiveness of regimens for diabetes treatment – What should we do after metformin?”

Further information is available on the Centre's website.

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Joint event to celebrate Mexico-UK dual year 2015

Mexico Dual 2015The School of Modern Languages and the Ulster Museum will hold a special evening to celebrate links between Belfast and Mexico on Wednesday 28 October 2015. A short presentation by Mexican archaeologist Dr Elizabeth Baquedano (University College London) on the historical context of the Codex Tepozotlán, held by the Ulster Museum, will be followed by a reception celebrating trans-Atlantic links with Mariachi music, Bushmills cocktails, and Mexico-NI fusion food.

Entrance is free, but tickets must be booked in advance.

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Understanding Bereavement Information Session

The Student Welfare Team will host an 'Understanding Bereavement Information Session' on Thursday 29 October 2015 at 5.15pm in the Enterprise Suite in the Students' Union. The session, which is open to staff and students, will give some guidelines to coping through the initial stages of bereavement and how you can help other people who may be struggling to cope after the death of someone.

No booking required. For further information, contact, 028 9097 2893.

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Professor Hugh Ellis - Inaugural Lecture

Professor Hugh Ellis will deliver his inaugural lecture, 'Space for hope? Does democratic planning have a future in the 21st century?' on Wednesday 4 November 2015 at 5.00pm in the David Keir Building, Room LG.024.

Professor Ellis is an Honorary Professor in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering and Head of Policy, Town and Country Planning Association.

RSVP by Friday 30 October by 4.00pm to

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Innovation in micro-business – evidence and policy support

A workshop on ‘Innovation in micro-business – evidence and policy support’ will take place in Queen’s Management School, Riddel Hall, on Thursday 5 November 2015, 5.00pm – 7.00pm.

The workshop is jointly organised by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, the Enterprise Research Centre and Queen’s Management School.

Further details are available on the Enterprise Research Centre website.

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WELCOME CENTRE - 20% discount day

Welcome Centre Candles 22102015Queen’s Welcome Centre will hold a launch day for all new product ranges and their recently opened dedicated reception desk on Thursday 5 November 2015. Throughout the day, there will be 20% discount on everything.

There will also be an opportunity to meet some of the local crafts people, enjoy free tastings, and have a chance to be the recipient of free gift giveaways.

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The Lobster 22102015This week at QFT:

THE LOBSTER (15) - Bizarre, hilarious and one of a kind, The Lobster features an all-star cast including Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw and John C. Reilly.

SUFFRAGETTE (12A) - The suspenseful tale of fighters from opposing sides of the class divide during the suffragette movement, starring Carey Mulligan. FINAL WEEK.

THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST: MALIAN MUSIC IN EXILE - lslamic extremists have banned music in Mali, but its world-class musicians won't give up without a fight. This film follows the story of Mali's musical heroes as they fight for their right to sing.

FOCUS ON MEXICO: Part of Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival. Films screening are A Separate Wind, Maria Candelaria, Poison for the Fairies and The Obscure Spring.

Staff ticket price, £5 (standard ticket price, £6.50). Please visit for more details.

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Continuing Professional Development

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Monday 28 October 2015: Helping Students to Learn, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 4 November 2015: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 November 2015: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 November 2015: Teaching Larger Classes, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

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

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 12.45 pm). The session will be led by Dr Steven Wilson, Modern Languages and Dr David Laverty, EEECS.  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:

  • 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
  • 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

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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IT Training courses

ComputersCourses for Semester 1 (2015/16) are now available for booking.  Places are still available on the following courses:

  • Monday 30 November: LinkedIn for Beginners, 10.00am – 13.00pm
  • Friday 4 December: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL Spreadsheets), 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:

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