28 September 2015

New documentary series about Queen’s

Queen's A University ChallengedThe first 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 One.

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Have your say on the future of Higher Education

The HE Big ConversationThe Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) has launched 'The Big Conversation' to engage with people about Higher Education.

'The Big Conversation' is an opportunity for us to share our thoughts and views about higher education directly with DEL, provide policy makers with information on the benefits of higher education, and offer ideas as to how higher education should be funded and supported.

Take part in The Big Conversation.

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This week's internal vacancy is for:

Part-Time Clerical Officer (Bilingual – Chinese)
Centre for Public Health
Ref: 15/104077
Closing date: Friday 2 October 2015
Anticipated Interview date: Tuesday 6 October 2015

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The Great Queen's Bake Off

The Great Queen's Bake Off 2015Do you think you have what it takes to be Queen’s next Paul Hollywood or Mary Berry?

The Environmental Team are looking for staff to take part in this year’s ‘Great Queen’s Bake Off’ competition on Monday 19 October in the Great Hall.

Register by Friday 9 October to take part. The first 20 staff to register will receive a free ‘sustainable’ baking kit.

More information on judging and prizes are available on the Carbon Management website.

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Support for Carers

The first meeting of the University's Carer Network will take place at lunchtime on Tuesday 6 October 2015.

The purpose of the network is to provide working carers with the opportunity to come together and share experiences, discuss issues, ask questions and arrange informal catch-ups. A representative from Carers NI will attend the first meeting.

If you are interested in joining this network please email to register‌ your interest.‌ Full details of the  policies and initiatives in place to provide support for carers in the workplace are available on the Staff Wellbeing website.

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Car Free Friday on 2 October

Car Free Friday Logo SquareThe first of a series of Car Free Fridays (CFF) at Queen's will take place on Friday 2 October 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 encourage)
  • 20% off orders from the a la carte menu at Madison's Hotel

More information including terms & conditions.

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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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Bike to Work Breakfast this Friday

A free breakfast will be provided in the Old Staff Common Room on Friday 2 October between 8.00am and 10.00am for anyone who travels to work by bike on that day.

Further information on cycling, including future bike to work breakfasts, can be found on the Cycle Plus website.

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Couch 2 5K arrives at Queen's

Couch to 5kStaff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport are running a 'Couch 2 5K' programme for staff this autumn. The 10-week programme, which is targeted at beginners, starts on Wednesday 7 October at a cost of £10 per person.

Further details, including how to register, are available on the Staff Wellbeing site.

For any informal queries, please contact Clare Carson:

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Christmas lunch in the Great Hall

The Great Hall is now taking bookings for its traditional Christmas lunch which will be served on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 December 2015 from 12.30pm.

Lunch is three courses with coffee and mints and is £23.00 per person. Take a look at the menu: Christmas Lunch Menu 2015

Contact Jennifer in the Great Hall, 028 9097 3559 or to book and for more details.  Please note all payments must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

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Queen's Sport‌: Adult Activity Programme

The Autumn classes and courses programme commences week beginning 5 October. The programme, which is open to both members and non-members, includes all the old favourites such as Yoga and Pilates as well as four brand new courses: Flexibility & Freedom, Capoeira, Female Strength Training (Beginners), and Indoor Rowing (Beginners).

For more information on the courses or how to book yourself on a course, click here.

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The Naughton Gallery

The Naughton Gallery has been transformed into a small replica of the Amazon forest for Augustine Leudar’s 'Garden of Membranes' exhibition. A multidisciplinary installation bridging plant electrophysiology and sonic art, 'Garden of Membranes' is part sound art installation, part living sculpture and part scientific research project. Staff are invited to relax and experience this unique sensory show at the heart of Queen’s Lanyon building.

The exhibition continues until 18 October 2015.

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The Welcome Centre

‌The Welcome Centre has launched a new range of soft toys – Red Rufus SockDogs. Inspired by ‘Rufus', the beloved Irish setter, Christina Sanne's new range of SockAnimals are handmade in Ireland and stitched entirely from socks. The range includes pigs, rabbits, dogs, cats and sheep.

Staff receive 10% discount in the Welcome Centre.

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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. Please see the attached programme for details.

To book  your place or to discuss further support for learning Mandarin Chinese, please email to or phone 028 9097 6225.

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ICRH Fellowship Opportunities 2016–17 – Call for Applications

ICRH LogoApplications are invited from colleagues at Queen's wishing to take up a Fellowship in the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities for the 2016–17 academic year; two fellowships are available. 

Based at the Institute, those appointed will work closely with the Director, Professor John Thompson, and the Institute research fellows to roll out a comprehensive collaborative research programme on the annual priority research theme:  Towards a Public Humanities?  The closing date is Friday 13 November 2015 at 4.00pm.

Further details on the priority research theme for 2016–17 and on the application procedures can be found on the Institute's website.

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Horizon 2020 Health & Connected Health Info Day

Horizon 2020 GlobeAn Information Day on Horizon 2020 Health & Connected Health will take place on Wednesday 28 October 2015 in the Ramada Plaza, Belfast. The event will promote upcoming funding opportunities in the 2016/17 Work Programme for Health, Demographic Change & Well-being, which focuses on personalised health and care and has an overall budget of €7.4 billion for the programme duration (2014–2020).

Visit the Research and Enterprise website for more information and details of how to register. 

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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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Preparing a BBSRC Research Grant Application

The Research Development Team will run a short course for academic staff who plan to submit a BBSRC Research Grant application on Friday 23 October 2015, from 9.15am – 12.15pm.

The course will include presentations from a Queen's academic who is a member of the BBSRC Pool of Experts, the members of which compose the BBSRC Grant Review Committees. A successful Queen's BBSRC New Investigator Research Grant holder will also be present.

To register, please use iTrent via your QOL account. If you have any queries, please email

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New HEFCE Policy on Open Access – Six months to go

With only six months to go, the countdown is on to 1 April 2016 when HEFCE’s policy for open access in the post-2014 REF will be implemented.

Details of the policy and what it means for staff are available on the Library's blog page.

For further information or assistance contact the Open Access Team by emailing

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INTO: In-sessional English Classes

INTO Queen’s will be holding in-sessional English classes for international students starting Monday 12 October. The 10-week classes are free to Queen’s international students, with a one–off fee of £25 to cover course materials and administration.

Registration for Queen's students takes place on Wednesday 6 October, 3.00pm – 5.00pm and on Thursday 7 October, 3.00pm – 5.00pm for non-Queen’s students and Erasmus students.

Please share this information with international students within your School. Further details are available from INTO, 028 9097 6850, 

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

  • 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
  • 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

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 6 October, 9.30am – 11.00am. To find out more about ECDL, check out:

Tip of the day: In Excel, use the COUNTBLANK function to count the number of cells in a range that are blank. E.g. =COUNTBLANK(A1:A10) will return the number of cells in the range A1:A10 that are empty



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Training and DevelopmentPlaces are available on the following courses:

  • 30 September, 27 October and 24 November: Writing for Publication, 9.30am – 4.30pm (3 days)
  • Monday 5 October: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience,  9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 8 October: Your Learning and Career Development, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 8 October: Laboratory Demonstrating for Technical Staff, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • 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

A new course is now available for staff who are new to management:

  • Wednesday 18 November 2015, Transition to Management (one-day workshop), 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 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 STDU on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

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Centre for Educational Development

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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: Using the TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 5.00pm (only a few places still available)   
  • Wednesday 14 October: Preparing and Giving Lectures, 2.00pm – 4.45pm
  • Wednesday 14 October: Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information.

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 (028 9097 3833 or

Courses can be booked via 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.

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This week at the QFT

This week at QFT

IRRATIONAL MAN (12A) – Woody Allen's existential murder mystery stars Joaquin Phoenix as a washed-up philosophy professor and Emma Stone as a bright and eager arts student who is captivated by him.

MIA MADRE (15) – The new film from Italian director Nanni Moretti tells of a filmmaker who is working on a movie with a difficult American star and is struggling to hold her life together off the film set.

ARCADE FIRE: THE REFLEKTOR TAPES – A fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire’s international number 1 album Reflektor.

ROGER WATERS THE WALL (Tuesday 29 September, 8.00pm) – Filmed over the biggest solo tour of all time, the film is an immersive concert experience, a road movie of Waters’ reckoning with the past, and a stirring anti-war film.

POUT FEST TOUR 2015 – POUTFest 2015 brings you brand new LGBT feature films along with an anthology of ten gay short films. There are three main features; 52 Tuesdays, Dressed as a Girl and A Girl at my Door; accompanying these is the short film anthology Trick & Treat.

VOICES OF CHANGE – To coincide with Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week 2015, QFT presents a series of screenings and discussions that set out to challenge stereotypes and acknowledge cultural differences. See more details of screenings here.

QUB staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.70). Please visit for more details.

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