25 April 2016

Queen’s Annual Green Awards

Green Awards 2016Applications are now open for Queen’s Annual Green Awards. Staff are encouraged to make a nomination for special recognition at the Green Awards. The aim of the Awards is to celebrate the dedicated teams and individuals who work hard through innovative projects to ensure our University makes a positive impact on our Environment.  

Categories include:

1.    Environmental Champion of the Year Award
2.    Innovation for Engagement Award
3.    Environmental Improvement Award
4.    Community Action Award
5.    Student Leadership Award
To find out more and to make a nomination, click here.

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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 28 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; respiratory disease; and antibiotic resistance.

The tour is free and includes a brown bag lunch. Places are limited. To book a place, please email, including the following information in your email:

  • name;
  • departmental address;
  • staff category (academic; academic related; clerical; technical/operational; other);
  • email address;
  • staff number;
  • dietary requirements.
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Pedometer Challenge: Week Two Update

The top ten teams that walked the most steps in week two of this year's pedometer challenge are:

Team Name                                    Week Two Total Steps
PSSS 806,635
The Walking Dead (T McCrory) 680,906
Never Admit De Feet 670,384
The Dirty Half Dozen 651,172
Cirque du Sore Legs 635,683
Team Marine Lab 612,622
Steps McSteppyface 601,224
The A Team (Security) 573,043
The Ashby Amblers 562,427
Gait Watchers 553,445


The top three individual walkers in week two are:

Angelina Madden    137,854
Helen Behzadafshar      108,745
In Cognito 107,390


The full results are available on the Staff Wellbeing website.

Thank you to all participants who pledged £2 for donation to the nominated local charity, MS Society – we raised a total of £1,149.00.

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Car Free Friday

Car Free Friday Logo SquareThe next Car Free Friday will take place on Friday 29 April. 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 à la carte menu at Madison's Hotel.

Click here for more information, including terms an conditions.

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Latest features and opinion from Queen's academics on 'Queen's Insight'

Queen's Insight All the latest features and evidence-based opinions from Queen’s thinkers – including articles published in The Conversation and through QPol – can now be found on Queen's Insight, a new section of the University's website.

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Bike to work Breakfast

It's pedal power over horsepower as staff are invited to leave the car at home and cycle to work on Friday 29 April. A free breakfast will be provided in the Old Staff Common Room between 8.00am and 10.00am for anyone who travels to work by bike that day. Click here for more information on cycling, including future bike to work breakfasts.

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Lecture by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern 'Reflections on a changed Ireland'The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice and the Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s are greatly honoured to have one of Ireland’s most distinguished statesmen, former Taoiseach Mr Bertie Ahern, deliver a lecture at the University to close the 2016 Spring Festival.

Mr Ahern will speak on ‘Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland’ on Tuesday 31 May in Riddel Hall. The event will begin at 5.00pm with a reception, and the lecture will commence at 5.30pm. A question and answer session, chaired by Jim Fitzpatrick, independent broadcaster and BBC journalist, will follow the address.

Click here to register for the event. Places are limited and early booking is recommended. Registration closes at 12.00pm on Friday 20 May.

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‌Call for applications for Fellows and Associate Fellows

Applications are invited from academic staff from all three Faculties to become Fellows and Associate Fellows of the following Global Research Institute (GRI) and two Pioneer Research Programmes (PRPs):

  • The George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice (GRI)
  • Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (PRP)
  • Risk and Inequality (PRP)

Full details of the call and further details on the GRI and two PRPs can be downloaded here.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 4.00pm on Friday 13 May 2016.

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Horizon 2020 – Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships: Information Session

An MSCA Individual Fellowships Information Session will take place on Thursday 12 May at 12.30pm.

Individual Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowships aim to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers (post-doctoral researchers) by diversifying their skills acquisition through advanced training and international and/or inter-sectoral mobility. There is also support for individual researchers to re-start their careers after a break from research, and for the re-integration into Europe of researchers previously active in Europe but currently working outside Europe.

Lunch will be provided. Click here for full information and registration details.

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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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Global Challenge Networking Programme Pilot Event

The Global Challenge Networking Programme’s first themed Research Networking Event takes place this week on Wednesday 27 April 2016, 1.00pm – 3.00pm, in the Great Hall.

All staff with a research interest which is related to the theme of 'Living and Working in a digital age', are invited to join Professor James McElnay, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research, Enterprise and Postgraduate Affairs, for a networking lunch, followed by a discussion session to scope out potential connections and areas of shared interest between people working in different fields.

Researchers from all disciplinary areas and at all career stages are warmly invited to participate in this pilot event. If you are interested in attending, please email with ‘Networking’ in the subject line and further information will be sent to you.

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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:

  • 'People in their nineties reveal the secrets to ageing well'. Who better to ask about the secret of ageing well than those who have reached 90! Professor Emeritus Irene Maeve Rea, Professor Ken Mills and Jennifer Rea reveal the findings of the BELFAST nonagenarians' study and what the participants feel have been the main factors in their longevity.
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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Mauro Paternostro

Mauro Paternostro, Professor of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Science, School of Mathematics and Physics, will deliver his inaugural lecture, ‘Quantum effect in a Classical World’, on Thursday 5 May at 5.00pm in the Bell Lecture Theatre, New Physics Building. Refreshments will follow in the IRCEP Interaction Area.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by 12.00pm on Friday 29 April to Jenny McCabe:; 028 9097 6124.

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Queen's Sport

Boat Race 2016 – VIP Tickets on sale
Queen’s take on Trinity College Dublin in the 12th Annual Boat Race on the river Lagan on Saturday 11 June 2016, with Junior races starting at 11.30am and the main race at 5.00pm. All are welcome to come down and show your support and enjoy the action packed and fun filled day.

To enhance your Boat Race experience, buy a ticket for the VIP enclosure at Cutters Wharf where you can enjoy the best views of the race, be at the heart of the action, listen to live music and eat from the gourmet BBQ. Tickets are now on sale at Queen’s Sport, PEC reception, at £25 per ticket. For further information email:

Summer Scheme 2016 – Staff Enrolment
This year’s Scheme will celebrate its 20th Anniversary and will run from Monday 4 July – Friday 19 August (seven weeks).  Please note that during the July Holidays the scheme will operate for three days only (Monday 11, Thursday 14 and Friday 15 July).

Enrolment for University staff will open on Tuesday 3 May 2016. Click here for further information on this year’s scheme, including dates, prices and programme of activities, or contact Queen’s Sport reception on 028 9068 1126.

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QfT 250416This week at QFT:

Miles Ahead (15) – Written and directed by actor Don Cheadle in his directorial debut, Miles Ahead is a free-form biopic of undisputed jazz great Miles Davis.

Dheepan (15) – Jacques Audiard’s (A Prophet, Rust and Bone) explosive immigrant drama depicts a Sri Lankan rebel fighter who attempts a better life in Paris under a dead man’s identity.

Mapplethorpe (18) – The one thing more outrageous than Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs was his life. Intimate revelations from family, friends and lovers are topped only by his candour, revealed in a series of never before heard interviews.

The Brand New Testament (15) – What if God were Belgian and a cantankerous, vindictive slob who runs the whole show from a dilapidated apartment in Brussels? In this peppy, inventive comedy, everyone gets a text message from the Almighty, while “JC’s" sister gathers a gang of disciples.

RICHARD III + Satellite Q&A with Sir Ian McKellen (15) – Richard III returns to cinemas for a special one-off screening and live satellite Q&A with its screenwriter and star, Ian McKellen, and its director, Richard Loncraine.

From Friday 29 April: Son of Saul and Our Little Sister.

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

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The Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre 250416A new range of ceramics from 'The Mood Designs' is now in stock in the Welcome Centre. With designs mirroring the Irish sea and landscape, each piece is individually handmade using mixed glazes, glass and stoneware and then fired to ensure that every piece is strong, microwave and dishwasher safe.

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Continuing Professional Development

The following course is available for booking. Please note that there are limited places available so early registration is recommended.

  • Wednesday 27 April 2016: 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 at Queen's, the Centre for Educational Development will run 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. Tea and coffee will be provided 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 27 April 2016: Writing learning outcomes to support and guide good learning and teaching
  • Wednesday 11 May 2016: Peer and Self-assessment: encouraging students to take greater responsibility


  • 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'.

Hold the date: New Academic Year Conference

The New Academic Year Conference, ‘Harnessing Change to Improve Student Learning’, will take place on Thursday 23 June 2016. Proposals are now invited for oral presentations, case studies and poster presentations on innovative approaches to assessment strategies which monitor and evaluate learning.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for case studies and posters is Friday 29 April 2016. Submissions should be made via

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‌The following Staff Training and Development Unit courses are available for booking:

  • Wednesday 27 April: Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 4 May: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 5 May: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 10 May and 17 May: Presentation Skills for Researchers (2 day course), 9.30am – 4.30pm (Day 1) and 9.30am – 1.00pm (Day 2)
  • Tuesday 10 May: Integrated Research Application System (IRAS), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 10 May: An Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 May: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 May: Biological Safety and Genetic Modification, 10.00am – 11.00am
  • Thursday 19 May: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 19 May: Health and Safety for Coordinators, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 20 May: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities
Book now for the following 'Developing for Success' course taking place in May 2016:

  • Thursday 31 May: Instilling a Customer Focus, 9.30am – 3.00pm (aimed at Professional Support staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above)

To register for an upcoming training course, log onto Queens Online – 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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IT Training Courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 4 May: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 10.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 11 May: LinkedIn for Beginners, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Monday 16 May: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 9.30am – 12.30 pm
  • Tuesday 24 May: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 2, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 24 May: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 25 May: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 26 May: Introduction to Visio 2013, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Friday 27 May: Introduction to Microsoft Publisher 2013, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 3 June: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 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'. Click here to view course dates. 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 Monday 9 May, 9.30am – 11.00am.

To find out more about the ECDL or ECDL Advanced (European Computer Driving Licence) and obtaining a BCS IT qualification, attend the staff information event on Tuesday 10 May at 1.05pm in The Auditorium, Ground Floor, The McClay Library. Bring your own sandwich – tea and coffee will be provided.

Tip of the day:  Want to change the font size, type, colour of the hidden styles, such as captions, headers, footers hyperlinks, in your Word documents? Register for the Advanced Word Processing: Getting More out of Word on Friday 3 June.

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