7 September 2015

Appointment of Honorary Treasurer

Orla CorrSenate has approved the appointment of Orla Corr as the University’s new Honorary Treasurer. 

A Queen’s graduate, Orla is a shareholder and Executive Chair of The McAvoy Group Limited. She was the first woman to be introduced into the Invest NI Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame in recognition of her business achievements within the McAvoy Group.  Orla is also a past winner of the Women in Business NI’s Award for Entrepreneurship / Innovation and of the Outstanding Business Woman of the Year. She received an OBE in 2011 for services to the construction industry in Northern Ireland.  Orla is a Director of the Odyssey Trust Company (OTC) and Chair of Odyssey Millennium Limited, OTC’s commercial trading company.

Orla has been appointed for an initial four year period, beginning on 1 October 2015.

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Undergraduate Open Day 2015

Undergraduate Family Open Days‌Approximately 14–15,000 attendees are expected at this year's Open Day event which will take place on 10, 11 and 12 September 2015.

The final burst of TV activity to promote the Open Day will take place this week on UTV, with the TV ad to feature during programmes such as Emmerdale and Coronation Street. (Please note, spot times are subject to TV station scheduling changes). The ad also featured for a second time during X Factor on Sunday 6 September.

Take a look at the Open Days marketing webpage for information and creative about the campaign. For further information, contact Jenny Kendall, or on 028 9097 2518.

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The Education Editor of The Conversation Visits Queen's Next Week

The Conversation The Conversation's Editor for Education, Gemma Ware, will be at Queen's next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. She will be ‘hot desking’ in the Communications Office and staff are invited to drop in to talk to her about the possibility of writing a piece for The Conversation.

If you would like to meet with Gemma, please contact by Thursday 10 September 2015 at 1.00pm to book a meeting slot.

Click on the link below to read the latest Queen's article published in The Conversation:

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Call for Pioneer Research Programmes

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

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

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Honorary Degree Nominations

Graduation 2015The closing date for submitting nominations for the award of Honorary Degrees in 2016 is Wednesday 30 September 2015.

Nominations should be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office using the nominations form. Further details can be found on the Honorary Degree Nominations section of the website.

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Ashby Building – Fiftieth anniversary tour

Ashby BuildingThe Schools of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will hold a guided tour of the Ashby Laboratories on Friday 18 September 2015 to mark the building's fiftieth anniversary. 

The anniversary celebration will begin at 11.00am with a welcome from Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor David Jones and Professor Mark Price in the Ashby Foyer, followed by refreshments at 11.20am. The guided tour will begin at 11.45am. All are welcome to attend.

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This week's internal vacancy is for:

Employer Engagement Officer
Academic and Student Affairs
Ref: 15/104068

Closing date: Friday 18 September 2015

Anticipated Interview date: Wednesday 30 September 2015

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A new secondment opportunity has been circulated by the Northern Ireland Interchange Partner Group for the position of Head of Service Delivery, Victim and Survivors Service, OFMDFM.

Details of this opportunity can be found on the Human Resources website.

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Staff Training and Development Unit Newsletter

STDU Newsletter September 2015The latest edition of the Staff Training and Development newsletter has been published. The September edition includes development opportunities available to staff and a selection of the Unit's recent highlights and news.


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Compromise After Conflict data archive

A new interactive data archive representing the voices of conflict has been launched.

This website is a summary of the five year Compromise After Conflict research project, directed by Professor John D. Brewer from the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice.

The archive is designed for use by civil society, such as church groups, victim groups, women’s groups and schools, to give a representation of victims’ voices from the conflicts in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka. The archive can be found at:

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QUBio shortlisted in Blog Awards Ireland 2015

QUBio, the School of Biological Sciences' blog, has been shortlisted in the Best Educational & Science Blog Category for the Blog Awards Ireland 2015.

The finalists will be decided via public voting. Voting closes in two weeks, so please support QUBio and vote! To place your vote, click here.

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Autumn Physical Activity Programme for Staff

Staff can now sign up for the lunchtime Autumn Activity Programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport:

  • Pilates – starts on Tuesday 22 September
  • Yoga – starts on Wednesday 23 September
  • Tone and Trim – starts on Thursday 24 September

These classes will be held on the main campus (location tbc) and will run from 1.10pm – 1.50pm.

  • Blast Tabata starts on Monday 21 September and runs from 1.15pm – 1.45pm. This class will take place in Studio 1 in the PEC.

The courses will run for twelve weeks (no classes during week commencing 26 October) at a cost of £26.

More information, including how to book, is available on the Wellbeing website

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The manager of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 will visit Queen's on Monday 7 October to deliver a presentation on fellowship funding schemes.

The charity offers a range of research, industrial and design fellowships to scientists and engineers; case studies can be found on the website.

To register for the event, please email

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Research Development Training

Places are now available on the Research Development AHSS Faculty grant writing workshops for Semester 1, 2015-16:

  • Thursday 15 and Thursday 22 October 2015: Introduction to Grant Writing for AHSS Researchers workshops aimed primarily at Early Career Researchers.
  • Thursday 3 and Thursday 10 December 2015: Grant Writing for Senior AHSS Researchers workshops aimed at people with some previous experience of applying for research funding.

For more details of these workshops, including times, location and how to book, visit the Research Development Website.

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STDU 2015-16 Course Programme

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

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'.

Please be advised that, with the exception of wait listed courses, STDU do not carry waiting lists over from one academic year to the next.

STDU Courses September 2015

  • Tuesday 15 September: Career Development for Support Staff, 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • 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
  • Wednesday 30 September, Tuesday 27 October, Tuesday 24 November: Writing for Publication (3 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 are still remaining for the Junior Secretarial Skills Programme.  Application Forms and information.

Follow the Staff Training and Development Unit on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

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Centre for Educational Development

All CED 2015–2016 courses are now available for booking. The upcoming September courses are listed below. Please note that there are limited places available on each course so early registration is recommended.

  • 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)

To book a place, 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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IT Training courses

ComputersPlaces are still available on the following IT Training courses:

  • Tuesday 8 September: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 29 September: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm
  • Monday 12 October: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL - Spreadsheets), 9.30am – 1.30pm
  • 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 7 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

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: Access course materials, including a number of videos at Log in with ads\ in front of your student/staff number and use your normal password.

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Queens Sport CAP 07092015Queen's Sport's Children's Activity Programme is now open for enrolment. It includes all the usual favourites as well as new courses such as Gymnastics (Advanced), Basketball (Seniors) and “Squirrels” Climbing (which is a course for parents and their child).

All courses begin week commencing Monday 7 September 2015 and are available to both members and non-members.

For more information or to download an application form, visit the Queen's Sport website.

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Soaps - Welcome Centre 07082015Queen’s Welcome Centre has launched Baressential – The Art of Soap! Using hand crafted, traditional techniques these 100% natural soaps are earth loving and skin friendly. The soaps can be purchased individually or as a collection in a gift box.

Queen’s staff receive 10% discount in store.

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This week at QFT

45 Years Film QFTThis week at QFT:

‌45 Years – One of the best British films of the year, Andrew Haigh's subtly devastating film is about the fractured relationship between a couple as they head towards their 45th wedding anniversary.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Cartel Land - With unprecedented access, Cartel Land is a harrowing look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy - the murderous Mexican drug cartels.

How to change the world – Story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement. The screening will be followed by a live satellite Q&A hosted by Mariella Frostrup, featuring long-standing Greenpeace supporter Vivienne Westwood and other special guests. Wednesday 9 September, 8.00pm.

Bastards – The moving and uplifting story of an illiterate young woman who took on tradition, her own family, and the Moroccan legal system, for the sake of her illegitimate daughter. Followed by a panel discussion, featuring director Deborah Perkin. Monday 7 September, 8.45pm.

The winner of a pair of tickets to see 45 Years was Julie McConkey, Safety Office.

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

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