14 September 2015

Call for Pioneer Research Programmes

Call for PRPsThe closing date for academic staff to submit expressions of interest for Pioneer Research Programmes is Friday 18 September 2015.

Further information, including the application form, is available on the Research and Enterprise website.

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Soft launch of new CourseFinder

An updated CourseFinder website section was launched at last week's Open Days, enhancing the provision of digital course information. The new CourseFinder reflects feedback from prospective students and is centred on current user behaviour trends, now dominated by touch screens, tablets and smartphones. Key updates include:

  • A new set of designs for more visual and engaging content
  • Content now easily accessible across mobile, tablet and desktop channels
  • Improved presentation, filtering and keyword search capacity, and new course comparison features

Take a look at the new CourseFinder.

The updated Coursefinder is part of the University's Digital Transformation project and new digital design approach which will form the basis of the new Queen’s website launching Spring 2016. 

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Big Bridge BuildStaff, family and friends are invited to an exciting and potentially record breaking ‘Big Bridge Build’ at Clarendon Dock, Belfast on Saturday 19 September from 12.00pm – 3.00pm.

The event will showcase Queen's Civil Engineering students’ attempt to build a 100ft bridge, constructed entirely of meccano, and secure a world record by building the world’s largest Meccano structure. Smyths Toys and a Meccano building workshop will be on the dock giving away Meccano kits and vouchers.

Go along and join the fun and hopefully witness a record breaking event.  More information is available at:

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European Day of Languages 2015

European Day of LanguagesEuropean Day of Languages will be marked this week with a language celebration hosted by the Language Centre at Queen's.

Stilt walkers and street performers will be at the front of the McClay Library on Thursday 24 September, 12.00pm – 3.00pm, to promote the wide variety of language courses on offer at the University. Courses are available in over 20 different languages as well as cultural awareness training.

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Queen's Scholars Announced

Queen's Scholars Announced 2015This year's Queen's Scholars have been announced.  The five students will have their annual tuition fees paid for the duration of their undergraduate degree as part of the major scholarship scheme.

This year’s Queen’s Scholars are:

  • Carrie Coulter (Ballymena), Ballymena Academy, Ballymena – Medicine
  • Jordan Ferris (Limavady), Limavady Grammar School, Limavady – BSc Finance
  • Callum Mullan Young (Maghera), St.Mary’s, Limavady – Chemical Engineering
  • Stephanie Hill (Newtownards), South Eastern Regional Campus, Bangor – History
  • Niamh Lundy (Belfast), St. Dominic’s Grammar School, Belfast – English

Watch the reaction when two of this year's Queen's Scholars were delivered the news.

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Vote for QUBio in Blog Awards Ireland 2015

There is one week left to vote for ‌QUBio, the School of Biological Sciences' blog, in the Blog Awards Ireland 2015.

The blog has been shortlisted in the 'Best Educational & Science Blog' Category.

The finalists will be decided via public voting. So please support QUBio and vote

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The Education Editor of The Conversation Visits Queen's this week

The Conversation There are a few places left on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday for academic staff to meet ‌The Conversation's Editor for Education, Gemma Ware. If you would like to meet Gemma to talk to her about the possibility of writing a piece for The Conversation please contact 

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

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Disability Research Network

Disability Research NetworkThe latest edition of the Disability Research Network newsletter has been published. The September edition includes a selection of the recent highlights and news.

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The Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s and the School of Law will welcome Michel Bauwens, founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives, to give a lecture on The New Social Economy: Transition to a Post-Carbon World on Thursday 17 September, 5.30pm – 7.30pm, in the Canada Room/Council Chamber.

To register to attend, please email Brenda Carabine in the Research and Enterprise Directorate:

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Wellbeing Training – New Dates Available

New dates for 2015–16 are now available for staff wellbeing training courses:

  • Improving Personal Resilience – recommended for all staff.
  • Manager Wellbeing Training – recommended for managers.

Visit the Staff Wellbeing website for details.

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This week at QFT

Legend Film at QFTThis week at QFT

Legend – From Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential) comes the true story of the rise and fall of London's most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an incredible performance.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Beautifully scripted and perfectly cast, this is a coming-of-age movie with uncommon charm and insight.

Pasolini – Willem Dafoe is superb as the celebrated Italian director who died in mysterious circumstances in 1975, in a film that could be director Abel Ferrara’s best yet.

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

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There are places available on the following library courses:

  • What is Open Access?  – Tuesday 15 September (2.00pm – 3.30pm) and Monday 5 October (2.00pm – 3.30pm)
  • How to Comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF – Thursday 17 September (10.00am – 11.00am) and Wednesday 7 October (2.00pm – 3.00pm)

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

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Volunteers wanted for study

Researchers at Queen’s and The Royal Victoria Hospital are investigating whether improving vitamin D levels can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

You might be suitable to take part if you have borderline diabetes, are overweight, have a family history of diabetes/heart disease, or are concerned about your risk of developing diabetes or heart disease.

Volunteers will take a vitamin D supplement or a placebo daily for six months and attend the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast for a short visit at the start of the study and again 26 weeks later for a thorough health check including assessments of cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease risk.

If you are interested in taking part, contact Lauren Holmes,

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Writing workshop for Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation actions

Queen’s EU team will hold a workshop on how to write a competitive Research Innovation action proposal (RIA/IA) on Monday 21 and 22 September 2015. The training is intended for senior academics planning to apply to the Horizon 2020 “Industrial Leadership” and the “Societal Challenges” programmes.

The workshop will start on Monday 21 September from 12.30 to 5.00pm and will continue on Tuesday 22 September from 9.00am to 12.00pm. Lunch will be provided. Delegates will be required to attend the full workshop. 

Please register via iTrent (using the search function with the keywords “writing” or “horizon 2020”).

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Horizon 2020: Information session on Energy Calls

Clean EnergyPublication of the Horizon 2020 2016/2017 call topics for the "Secure, clean and efficient energy" Work Programme is imminent with significant upcoming opportunities in: Energy Efficiency; Competitive Low Carbon Energy; and Smart Cities and Communities.

An information session for the 2016/17 'Energy' Calls will take place on Monday 12 October, 10.30am – 12.00pm, in the Seminar Room (First floor), Research and Enterprise, 63 University Road.

Further information and booking details are available on the Research and Enterprise website.

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ComputersPlaces are still available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 29 September: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 21 October: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 22 October: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • 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

Course dates can be viewed at:

ECDL – The next test date is Tuesday 6 October, 9.30am – 11.00am. To find out more about ECDL, check out:

Tip of the day: To shorten URLs:

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STDU 2015-16 Course Programme

Training and DevelopmentThe 2015–16 Staff Training and Development Unit Course Programme is now available.

STDU Courses

  • Wednesday 16 September: Biological Safety and Genetic Modification, 10.00am – 11.00am
  • Friday 18 September: Fire Warden and Evacuation Procedures, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 23 September: Fire Warden and Evacuation Procedures, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • 30 September, 27 October and 24 November: Writing for Publication (three days), 9.30am – 4.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities

Book now for the following Developing for Success courses 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

Junior Secretarial Skills Programme 2015/16

Places still remaining for the Junior Secretarial Skills Programme

Preparing for Retirement

Places are still available on the next Preparing for Retirement course which will take place on Thursday 5 November from 9.30am – 4.30pm in Training Room C, 7 Lennoxvale.

To book a place on 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'.

Follow the Staff Training and Development Unit on Twitter @QueensStaffDev


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Continuing Professional Development

All 2015–2016 courses are now available for booking.

Limited places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 22 September: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
    (You must be registered to use Queen’s Online with access to one of your modules)
  • Wednesday 30 September: Being an Adviser of Studies,10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 30 September:  Using GradeMark to Give Feedback, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
    (Participants must be from a School that has agreed to use Turnitin as a submission tool and take part in the GradeMark trial)
  • Wednesday 7 October: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 7 October: Using the TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 5.00pm 

Details of all CED events and courses

Careers, Employability and Skills are 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 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'.

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