1 August 2016

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Launch of new academic Schools

On Monday 1 August 2016, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences launched its five new academic Schools, each with a new leadership team consisting of a Head of School, School Manager and four Director posts, aligned to the portfolio held by each of the Faculty Deans. The new Schools, including the Head of School and School Manager, are as follows:
School of Arts, English and Languages
Head of School – Professor Sally Wheeler (Interim)
School Manager – Kirk Shilliday
School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
Head of School – Professor Yvonne Galligan (Interim)
School Manager – Conor O’Neill
School of Law
Head of School – interim appointment to be confirmed
School Manager – Meave Gilchrist (until 31 October); Colette Farrell (from 1 October)
Queen’s Management School
Head of School – Professor John Turner
School Manager – Sonia O’Hare
School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Head of School – Professor Allen Thurston (Interim)
School Manager – Patricia Reilly
Details on the location of the School offices for each School, alongside the names of those undertaking each of the Director roles, can be found here.

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Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences: New School

On Monday 1 August 2016, the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences launched its new School – the School of Natural and Built Environment. The Head of School and School Manager are:

Head of School – Professor Greg Keeffe
School Manager – Maria Bennett

Further details on the new School are available at:

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Internal Vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

Head of International Office (Maternity Cover)
Ref: 16/104771
Closing date: Monday 8 August 2016
Anticipated Interview date: Friday 19 August 2016

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Honorary Degrees: Nominations

The Honorary Degrees Search Committee is seeking to identify potential nominees for the award of Honorary Degrees in 2017.

Details of the nomination process, including the nomination pro forma, are available on the University website. The closing date for submitting nominations is Friday 2 September 2016.

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Equality and Diversity Unit

Equality and Diversity UnitThe former Equal Opportunities Unit – based within Human Resources on Level 4 of the Administration Building – is now called the Equality and Diversity Unit to reflect the broader remit of its functions. The Unit has launched a new Twitter account @QUBEqualDiverse and has updated its web content.

Find out more on the Equality and Diversity website or follow on Twitter for the latest news, developments, equality and diversity issues, events, policy changes and training.

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Invoicing Arrangements for Financial Year End

To facilitate the year end process, please note that all invoices relating to the 2015-16 year (i.e. period up to 31 July 2016) must be received by Friday 12 August 2016 to ensure inclusion in the 2015–16 year end accounts.

If you have any queries, please contact the OSR section of Finance on 028 9097 1467 / 3033.

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Queen's Draft Disability Action Plan (2016-2020) – Your Feedback Sought

Equality and Diversity UnitThe University’s Equality and Diversity Unit has produced a draft Disability Action Plan for the next four years (2016–2020) and invites feedback from staff and students, regardless of whether they are disabled, living with a long-term condition or not.

The draft Action Plan can be read by clicking here.

Comments should be emailed to by 5.00pm on Friday 2 September 2016 – alternatively, please contact Conor Curran in the Equality and Diversity Unit on 028 9097 3039 to discuss alternative ways to provide your views and feedback.

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The Conversation

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

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

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

 The latest posts from the QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog are:

If you are interested in submitting an article to QPol, please contact Kevin at  

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'Thinking about the Past and Future' Study: Volunteers wanted

Thinking about the Past and Future 010816Colleagues in the School of Psychology are running a study which examines how children and teenagers think about time. They are keen to hear from you if you think you could help them by bringing your child along to their lab to take part in the study. The session takes around 90 minutes, with plenty of breaks and refreshments, and the tasks are designed to be enjoyable to children. A fixed fee of £7.50 will be provided to cover travel expenses.

If you would like to find out more, please contact or 07768085892.

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Queen's Sport

Queen's Sport 010816Adult Climbing – one-week course
Spaces are still available on Queen's Sport's week-long adult climbing course which takes place from Monday 1 August – Friday 5 August. Courses are for all levels and abilities:

  • Top Rope (Beginners) 7.00pm – 8.30pm
  • Technical and Lead Climbing (Intermediate/Advanced) 8.30pm – 10.00pm

For more information, click here or contact PEC reception: or call 028 9068 1126

Children’s Climbing and Swimming Camps
This Summer, Queen's Sport is running intensive week-long courses in climbing and swimming for children. Enrolment is now open:

  • Climbing Courses, 8 August – 12 August 2016: one session each day, Monday to Friday
  • Swimming Courses, 22 August – 26 August 2016: one session each day, Monday to Friday

The courses are available to both members and non-members. For more information, contact PEC reception or telephone 028 9068 1126.

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This week at the QFT

QFT 010816This week at QFT:

The Commune (15) – The story of Erik and Anna, an academic couple who set up a Danish commune in bohemian 1970s Copenhagen.

The BFG (PG) – 2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl and what better way to celebrate than with a brand new big screen version from Steven Spielberg.

Barry Lyndon (PG) – Legendary director Stanley Kubrick’s tenth feature film is one of Kubrick’s finest and most influential films and has been named as one of the greatest films ever.
Queen's staff ticket price: £5 (standard ticket price: £6.70). Please visit for more details.

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Naughton Gallery

Powdered Milk, by Keiler Roberts
Currently showing in the Naughton Gallery, until Sunday 7 August 2016.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11.00am – 4.00pm (Lanyon Building, 1st Floor, above the Welcome Centre). Late Night Art - Thursday 4 August 2016, 5.00pm – 7.00pm.

The Great Hall Portraits
Highlights from the portrait collection will be on display again after some maintenance work in the Great Hall, and a complete rehang of the East Wall. This will provide space to accommodate the latest commissions from Queen’s Gender Initiative.

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The Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre 010816The Welcome Centre is delighted to have Creative Queen’s competition finalist, second year student Aakarsha Khosla’s authentic handmade jewellery on their shelves.  Designs range from bohemian style earrings to sophisticated pearl bracelets to charmed chokers.

Staff are reminded of their 10% discount.

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Bite-Size Open Access Training

Open Access is now a requirement for REF eligibility. To make sure you comply with the policy, go along to the next short, bite-size, thirty-minute course. There will be time after to answer any specific questions you have.

The next session will take place on the following date:

  • Wednesday 7 September, How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF,  2.00pm – 2.30pm, McClay Library, Gillespie Room

To register, login to Queen's Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section. Alternatively email Open Access and the Open Access team can book the course(s) on your behalf.

The full training schedule is available on the Open Access LibGuide.

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Short Course/Conference Fund
Application forms for staff wishing to attend a short course or conference for the purposes of training and development are available now.  Forms and guidelines can be found here.

Please note that an electronic version of authorised application forms is sufficient and there is no need to send duplicate copies via internal mail.  This will help reduce the amount of paper wastage within the University. Application forms can be emailed to

Staff Training and Development Unit 2016–17 Programme
The 2016–17 STDU Course Programme will be available at the end of August/beginning of September 2016.  You will be able to register for courses via Queen’s Online then.  Please contact the Staff Training and Development Unit on 028 9097 6590/6601 or email with any course queries.

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Continuing Professional Development
CED is currently in the process of scheduling the courses for the academic year 2016-2017.  Further details will be available soon.  For up-to-date information, please follow @QUB_CED

Courses delivered in individual Schools
As well as the courses in their open programme, CED is also able to offer training on areas of educational development to Schools, provided that there are sufficient numbers.  If you wish to discuss this option, please contact Karen Butler, course secretary, on, 028 9097 1447.

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IT Training Courses

The IT Training courses will recommence at the start of the new semester. Access to IT training materials is available at (QOL login).   

Want an IT qualification? Why not register for ECDL. For more information:

ECDL summer tests dates:

  • Wednesday 3 August, 10.00am – 11.30am

Tip of the day:  Create your own tab in Office applications by clicking the File tab, select Options and Customize Ribbon. From the lower right of the open window, click New tab (rename it); add new groups (Rename them) and add controls you use most often.

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