11 April 2016

Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes 2016

VC's Research Prize Competition 2016 logoApplications are now open for the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes 2016 which aim to reward individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the areas of impact and innovation.

A prize of £3,000 will be awarded under each of four categories: Research Impact prize; Research Innovation prize; ECR research prize; and Postdoctoral research prize.

All completed and approved applications must be received by the Research and Enterprise Directorate by Friday 23 September 2016.

Further information, including the 2016 guidelines and entry form, is available on the Research and Enterprise website.

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New Queen's website to launch next week

New websiteThe new Queen’s website will launch on Tuesday 19 April 2016.

Ahead of the launch, take a look at the new website design and find out about the benefits for users and the University.

For further information, contact


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A Bite of Queen's tour: Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine (CEM)

The next A Bite of Queen's campus tour will take place on Thursday 21 April 2016, 1.05pm - 1.50pm when staff will get the opportunity to explore the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine.

During the tour, staff will hear from researchers working to improve patient outcomes in areas such as eye disease; stem cells; diabetes; and antibiotic resistance.

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

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Staff Survey Update

Staff Survey logoFollowing its launch last Monday, almost one third of staff have completed the Staff Survey.

There are two weeks left for you to share your views. Complete the survey using the link which was emailed to you on Monday 4 April 2016 by ORC International.

Further information is available on the Play Your Part webpages. If you have any queries about the survey, contact or your Survey Champion.

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Twitter Takeover: Ask Queen's Head Gardener

To celebrate National Gardening Week 2016 (11 – 17 April), Queen’s Head Gardener, Paul Wallace, will take over the @QUBstaff Twitter account this Friday (15 April 2016) between 1.00pm – 2.00pm for a special live chat.

If you would like Paul’s professional advice on a gardening issue, please tweet your question to @QUBStaff or email it to before 11.00am on Friday 15 April 2016. You can follow the conversation using the hashtag #QUBstaff.

Find out more about Paul's role here.

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First and Second Year Experience Surveys (FYE, SYE)

Experience SurveysStaff are asked to encourage first and second year students to respond to their respective experience surveys which can be accessed from the link in email reminders sent to their Queen’s email accounts from

To-date, 29% of first years and 28% of second years have completed their respective survey. The target response rates are 50%, which will require a further 1000 responses to each survey.

The FYE and SYE will remain open until Wednesday 20 April 2016.  Students who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win one of four cash prizes of £25.

For further information, please contact Pat McNally on 028 9097 1435 or email

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National Student Survey Update

NSS 180116Schools are asked to continue to encourage eligible students to complete the National Student Survey (NSS) up until it closes at midnight on Saturday 30 April 2016.

With just three weeks to go, the response rate in the NSS 2016 is 63.3%. In order to meet the target response rate of 70%, a further 260 students need to complete the online survey at

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CCRCB Open Night

CCRCB BuildingThe people behind world-leading research on breast and ovarian cancer will give an insight into their work and its impact on patients at a free public information evening on Wednesday 13 April 2016, 7.00pm - 9.00pm, at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB).

Staff and members of the public are invited to hear about advances in detection and diagnosis, new treatments, clinical trials and the support available to patients, including those women who are dealing with the possibility of inherited breast or ovarian cancer.

Click here for further details of the event.

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Health Fair: 14 April 2016

Staff Wellbeing, in partnership with the Patient Client Council, has organised a Health Fair for staff and students on Thursday 14 April 2016 in the Great Hall from 10.30am - 3.30pm.

The following organisations will be attending: Cancer Focus, RNIB, Alzheimer’s Society, Diabetes UK, Queen's Sport, Employers for Childcare, Carers NI, CAUSE, Action on Hearing Loss, British Heart Foundation, Chest Heart & Stroke and more.

All staff and students are invited to attend the fair where you can avail of a range of health checks, including blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels, and can receive information and advice on various areas of physical and mental health.

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QGI Portrait Unveiling: Monday 18 April 2016

Queen's Gender Initiative invite staff to the unveiling of a new portrait of Professor Ruth Lynden-Bell, by artist Jennifer Trouton, on Monday 18 April 2016 at 5.00pm in the Great Hall.


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The Big Spring Clean

Big Spring CleanThe BIG Spring Clean is Northern Ireland’s biggest volunteer clean-up. Last year, almost 90,000 volunteers got involved in clean up events across Northern Ireland, removing an amazing 107 tonnes of litter.

Queen's, in conjunction with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, will be conducting its own Big Spring Clean on Thursday 21 April 2016, meeting in Peter Froggatt Centre/01/020. The event will run from 12.00pm - 2.00pm with lunch and PPE equipment provided.

For more information and to register, email

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Short Stay Accommodation for Visiting Academics/Researchers

Queen’s Accommodation manages a range of self-contained apartments and houses for staff located within easy walking distance of the University campus. The properties are fully furnished and are suitable for new staff arriving to take up posts at Queen’s and for visiting academics or researchers including those travelling with partners or families.  
Currently, there is availability for short term contracts ranging from a few weeks or several months. For further information and to check available dates, please contact the Accommodation team on or call 028 9097 4323. You can also visit the Queen's Accommodation website.

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Honey Bee Talk: 13 April 2016

Interested in our local bee population? Then join beekeeper Alan Rae in the McClay Library Auditorium on Wednesday 13 April 2016, 1.00pm - 2.00pm, to learn about the natural history of the honey bee. This lunchtime talk will look at the development of the honey bee from egg to adult, its role within the hive and how it communicates within the colony through the waggle dance. Tea and coffee will be provided.

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Join an Open Learning short part-time course this Spring

Open Learning Spring 2016The new Spring 2016 Open Learning programme of part-time short courses is now available. With courses ranging from painting to public speaking, walking to wine appreciation, creative writing to céilí dancing, and astronomy to aromatherapy, Open Learning short part-time day and evening courses at Queen’s offer everyone the chance to try something new and enjoy learning in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Classes start the week commencing Monday 25 April 2016. Queen’s staff qualify for the concession rate where applicable. For further information and to enrol online, visit the Open Learning website.

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Click on the links to read the latest posts from the QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog:

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The Conversation

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

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, contact to find out more.

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Northern Ireland Festival of Social Science – Applications for funding

Festival of Social ScienceApplications for event funding are now open for the  2016 ESRC Festival of Social Science which will take place from 5 - 12 November 2015. Successful applicants will be awarded a maximum of £500 per event to cover speaker’s fees/travel and consumables.

An application form and further details are available on the Research and Enterprise website. The deadline to submit an application is 4.00pm on Thursday 19 May 2016.

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Upcoming training sessions for AHSS Researchers

Research Development have organised the following training sessions for AHSS Researchers:

Spaces on the above sessions are limited and must be booked via iTrent. For further information, please contact Peter Stephenson,, 028 9097 3178.

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HORIZON 2020 – SC5 Drop-in Clinic

Horizon 2020The Horizon 2020 NI Contact Point for the Environment, Caroline Barry, will be holding a drop-in clinic at Queen’s.  The clinic would be beneficial for those seeking advice or information on Horizon 2020 and in particular to those interested in applying under the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 (SC5) or Cross-cutting Activities Work Programmes.

To arrange a meeting, please contact or telephone 028 9025 6692. Alternatively you can drop in when she is free.

Location: RED room, 2nd floor, Research & Enterprise, 63 University Road, Belfast.

Visits are planned as follows:

•    Thursday 14 April from 10am - 1.00pm
•    Thursday 26 May from 10am - 1.00pm

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Jan PM van Tatenhove

Professor Jan PM van Tatenhove, Honorary Professor, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering and Professor of Marine Governance, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, will deliver his inaugural lecture, 'Transboundary MSP: a reflexive marine governance experiment?', on Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 5.30pm in room LG.024, David Keir Building. Refreshments will follow in The Hub, David Keir Building.

RSVP by 4.00pm on Friday 22 April to Valerie Molloy:, 028 9097 4747.

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Institute of Theology's Religious Studies Research Forum Seminar Series

Staff are invited to attend the Institute of Theology's Religious Studies Research Forum seminar series:

  • Thursday 14 April: 'Darwinism, Princeton Theology, and the Short Horn Cattle' by Professor David Livingstone at 4.15pm in the Newark Room.
  • Thursday 28 April: 'A history of worldview from the 1940s to the present using conceptual history to mediate the religious and the secular' by Dr Todd Weir at 4.15pm in the Newark Room.
  • Thursday 5 May: 'The Future is a Foreign Country: American Evangelical Apocalyptic Imaginations of Israel and Palestine' by Dr Tristan Sturm at 4.15pm in the Newark Room.

For further information, contact

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QUBAN seminar: Wednesday 20 April 2016

QUBAN Seminar SeriesQUBAN (Queen’s University Anti-Microbial Network) invites all interested staff and students to the second talk in its seminar series.  

The presentation by Dr Toby Jenkins of Bath University, 'Designing microbial coatings for medical devices with potential theranostic activity', will take place on Wednesday 20 April 2016 at 2.30pm in lecture theatre MBC/Room G23ST.                                 

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Queen's Sport

Adult Activity Programme 2016Adult Activity Programme
Queen’s Sport Activity Programme is open to everyone and is full with classes and courses to suit all. This Spring, the programme includes progressive courses in Yoga (various types), as well as all the favourites such as Pilates and Swimming.

Also new this term is a series of strength and conditioning courses called Summer Sculpt - find out more.

Book your space today at Queen’s Sport Reception.

Queen’s 3k: Spaces still available
Queen's Sport's Queen’s 5k Race has sold out; however spaces are available on the new 3k race, which is open for runners aged 9 to 109, so why not make it a family affair and come down and enjoy the races, awards ceremony and free pizza.

The race takes place on Wednesday 20 April 2016 and entries are filling up fast. Pre-enter online today.

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This week at QFT

QFT 110416

  • I AM BELFAST (15) – In this dreamlike evocation of Belfast from director Mark Cousins, the city is a 10,000-year-old lady who takes you on an emotional journey through the rich, complex and often tragic history of the place.
  • VICTORIA (15) – One of the most talked about films of the year, Sebastian Schipper’s extraordinary Victoria is an exhilarating heist thriller shot at night on the streets of Berlin in a single continuous take.
  • COUPLE IN A HOLE (12A) – What would drive a couple to live together in a hole in a forest? This visceral film explores the complex and devastating story of such a couple.
  • RAN (12A) – A stunning digital restoration of Akira Kurosawa's Ran, his famous interpretation of King Lear as a jidaigeki epic; and the most expensive Japanese film ever produced on its original release.
  • FALSO POSITIVOS (16+) – A fascinating  documentary that confronts the military scandal in Colombia where civilians killed by the Colombian army were presented as guerrillas killed in actions. FREE ADMISSION. Thursday 14 April, 3.30pm

From Friday 15 April: A selection of films from the Belfast Film Festival.

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

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Extra Open Access training sessions

Open Access is now a requirement for REF eligibility. Failure to comply with the policy will result in journal articles and conference proceedings (with an ISSN) being given an unclassified score for the next REF. The Open Access team are running two extra training courses in April:

  • Monday 18 April, How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF,  2.30pm – 3.30pm, McClay Library Auditorium
  • Wednesday 27 April, How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF,  2.30pm – 3.30pm, McClay Library Auditorium

To register, login to Queen's Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section. Alternatively, email Open Access for the course(s) to be booked on your behalf. The full training schedule is available on the Open Access LibGuide.

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Continuing Professional Development

Upcoming courses are listed below.  Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event so early registration is recommended.

  • Wednesday 27 April: Becoming a Fellow of the HE Academy,  2.00pm – 4.30pm (only a few places still remaining)

New Assessment Seminars
In response to a call from the Schools and Faculties, the Centre for Educational Development will be running a series of Lunchtime Assessment Seminars to address any final outstanding concerns regarding new assessment strategies. The sessions will run from 1.10pm – 1.50pm, with tea and coffee at 1.00pm. Please feel free to bring your own lunch.

There will be a limited number of places available at the sessions so booking early is recommended.

  • Wednesday 13 April: Action planning for formative assessment
  • Wednesday 27 April: Writing learning outcomes to support and guide good learning and teaching

New Workshop

  • Friday 29 April 2016: Academic Writing for Publication, 9.30am – 1.00pm. Facilitated by Saranne Magennis, this workshop is to assist participants in the preparation of their academic writing for publication. Consideration is given to writing and the publication process for AISHE-J, but includes productive working and methods for general publication.

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'.

A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed on the CED website.

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IT Training courses

ComputersPlaces are available on the following courses:

  • Monday 18 April: Excel 2: Managing Data, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Monday 18 April: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 25 April: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Friday 29 April: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 11.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 4 May: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 10.30am – 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 here.  Please note that PGR students have a separate programme organised through The Graduate School.

ECDL – The new improved test system allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision (note – this is not used for ECDL Advanced).  Click here for more information on ECDL. The next test date is Friday 22 April 2016, 1.00pm – 2.30pm

Tip of the day: To create an on-screen video of anything on your computer, use PowerPoint 2013. Click the Insert tab, Screen Recording, select an area on screen and click the start button.

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