22 August 2016

Launch of the New Queen’s Wellbeing Choir

Staff ChoirEarlier this year, over 60 members of staff took part in Queen's Staff Wellbeing Choir. You can view one of the performances here. The initiative was so successful that it will be launched again in September for a new group of staff.

The choir is open to all staff with the exception of those who have already participated in this wellbeing initiative. No prior experience of singing or reading music is necessary.

Led by Una McCann, the choir will meet on Wednesday 7 September 2016 and each Wednesday from 1.10pm to 1.50pm until Wednesday 14 December 2016 when there will be a lunchtime performance to colleagues, family and friends.

Register your interest, using your Queen’s email address via Eventbrite. You will need to quote the password Wellbeing. Please note this process is only to register your interest. You will receive an email from by Wednesday 31 August 2016 confirming whether or not you have secured a place on the Choir.

Visit the Staff Wellbeing website for further information.

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Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes

VC's Research Prize Competition 2016 logoThere is still time to enter this year's Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes which aim to reward individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the areas of impact and innovation. 

Prizes of £3,000 will be awarded under each of four categories:

  • Research Impact prize;
  • Research Innovation prize;
  • ECR research prize;
  • 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 how to enter, is available on the Research and Enterprise website.

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Global Challenge Networking Programme

The second Global Challenge Networking Programme workshop on 'Living and Working in a Digital Age' will take place on Monday 19 September 2016, 2.00pm - 5.00pm, in the Senate Room, Lanyon Building. A networking sandwich lunch will be held from 1.30pm.

Chaired by Professor James McElnay, the workshop is open to those who attended the first event in April as well as any other researcher who is interested in exploring the possibilities for collaborative work under this topic.

To register, or for further information, contact the Research Policy Office at or 028 9097 2552/2594.

Details of other workshops in the 2016-17 Global Challenge Networking Programme will be circulated shortly.

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Latest news on Staff Gateway Site

Professor Piers Hellawell‌News stories appearing on the Staff Gateway site this week include:

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Learn About National Institute of Health (NIHR) Funding

Staff are invited to take part in a workshop which will give an overview of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA), Public Health Research (PHR) and Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programmes at NIHR. The session will take place on Wednesday 28 September 2016, 10.00am - 12.00pm.

Each speaker will present on their areas of expertise, followed by theme specific breakout sessions. Researchers will be given the opportunity to present their project ideas for discussion and advice.

To reserve your place, email

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Volunteers needed for research study

Researchers in the School of Psychology are running a study on 'Thinking about the Past and Future' which examines how children and teenagers think about time.

They would like to hear from you if you think you could help by bringing your child along to the 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 07768 085 892.

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Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre BroochThe Welcome Centre is now stocking hand crafted ceramic brooches by local artist Helen Shearer.  Staff are reminded of their 10% discount to use in store.

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QFT 22 August 2016This week at QFT:

David Brent: Life on the Road (15) – David Brent: Life on the Road sees the highly anticipated big screen debut of one of comedy’s best-loved characters.

The Childhood of a Leader (12A) – A child’s angelic face conceals a budding sociopath in the audacious, senses-shattering feature debut from actor Brady Corbet. Stars Robert Pattinson, Liam Cunningham and Bérénice Bejo.

Mom & Me (PG) – Irish documentary maker Ken Wardop takes a delightful delve into the mother/son relationship in Oklahoma, described as the ‘manliest state’ in the US.

From Friday 26 August: Wiener-Dog and Julieta.
Queen's staff ticket price: £5 (standard ticket price: £6.70). Please visit for more details.

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Bitesize 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, 30 minute course. There will be time after to answer any specific questions you have.

The next session is on:

  • 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, log in to Queen's Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section. Alternatively email Open Access and staff will book the course(s) on your behalf.

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

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Continuing Professional Development
The Centre for Educational Development is currently in the process of scheduling the courses for the academic year 2016-2017. For up-to-date information, please follow CED on Twitter @QUB_CED

Courses available in September 2016
Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event so early registration is recommended:

  • Wednesday 21 September: An introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 28 September: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 30 September: Using GradeMark to give Feedback, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

To book a place on any of the above, log on to Queen's Online, then select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for 'iTrent Self Service'.

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

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