29 August 2016

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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Open Learning courses

The new Autumn 2016/New Year 2017 Open Learning programme of part-time short courses is now available.

From painting to public speaking, walking to wine appreciation, creative writing to céilí dancing, and astronomy to aromatherapy, Open Learning short part-time day, evening and weekend 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 26 September 2016.  Queen’s staff qualify for the concession rate where applicable.

For further information, and to enrol online, visit

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The Wellcome Trust Funder Visit: Thursday 22 September 2016

Queen’s is hosting a visit from the Wellcome Trust to discuss their Population Environmental Health and Humanities and Social Science funding. The event will focus on the Trust’s PEH and HSS strategy, all funding schemes, in particular for early career researchers and provision for Public Engagement.

The Wellcome Trust primarily funds research in bio-medical science and healthcare disciplines. However, the Trust also supports health research across Humanities and Social Sciences. The aim of the event will be to gain a deeper understanding of the Trust as a funder. It will also provide an opportunity for 1-2-1’s with portfolio managers and to network with staff from other disciplines.

For more information and registration details, please click here.

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H2020 Seminar: MSCA Innovative Training Networks

A seminar to introduce the Innovative Training Network (ITN) scheme will take place on Friday 16 September 2016, 12.30pm - 2.00pm. It will feature a case study presentation by a successful Queen's ITN coordinator.

ITNs are collaborations of academic and non-academic actors, providing excellent PhD training to early stage researchers.

Please register to attend.

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Global Challenge Networking Invitation: Living and Working in a Digital Age – Workshop 2

Following a successful pilot event on 27 April, staff are invited to attend the second Global Challenge Networking Programme workshop on 'Living and Working in a Digital Age'.  This event, which will be chaired by Professor James McElnay, will take place on Monday 19 September in the Senate Room, Lanyon Building.  A networking lunch will be held from 1.30pm and the workshop will run from 2.00pm - 5.00pm.   The workshop is open to those who attended the first event as well as any other researcher who is interested in exploring the possibilities for collaborative work under this topic.

To register for the workshop on 19 September 2016, or for further information about the Global Challenge Networking Programme, please contact the Research Policy Office at or 028 9097 2552/2594.

A series of workshops as part of the Global Challenge Networking Programme will be run throughout the forthcoming academic year.  The 2016-17 Programme will include two other topics, which will be aligned with Research Council funding priorities.  Further information about future topics and events will be circulated shortly.

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QUBAN Group Seminar Series

QUBAN Seminar SeriesThe cross-faculty QUBAN (Queen’s University Anti-Microbial Network) group will host the next talk in its seminar series on Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 2.30pm in MBC/Lecture Theatre North.

The presentation, Winning and Losing in the Resistance War, will be given by Professor David Livermore, Professor of Medical Microbiology, University of East Anglia.

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Students' Union Shop

The Students' Union Shop is able to order in confectionary for Schools or Departments in advance of the Sixth form open days on 8 and 9 September 2016. Payment options include internal journal voucher or departmental purchase card.

For details, please contact Lorraine Meneilly (; Ext. 1048) by 5.00pm on Wednesday 31 Aug 2016.

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Welcome Centre Summer Craft Fair

welcome Centre Summer Fair

The Welcome Centre Summer Craft Fair will take place on Wednesday 31 August 2016 from 10.00am - 2.00pm. It will include local craft makers, free in-store tastings of artisan food products and a massive 20% discount off all crafts in store. Everyone welcome.

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Queen's Sport

Autumn 2016 Children's Activity Programme - Enrolment Now Open

‌The new Autumn Programme is packed with fun activities such as gymnastics, trampolining, basketball, yoga and dance, as well as Climbing and Splash ‘n’ Swim Programmes. Queen's Sport also have a range of new activities for autumn 2016: KinderGym, Yoga Kids, and Commercial Dance.

All activities commence week beginning 12 September 2016.

Please note: Splash 'n' Swim general enrolment opens on 1 September 2016.

For more information and application form please click here.

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This week at QFT

QFT 24 AugustThis week at QFT:

Julieta (15) – Based on three short stories by the Nobel Prize-winning writer Alice Munro, Julieta finds Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar in austere, reflective mode.

Wiener-Dog (15) – Two decades into a career of mining the varieties of human dysfunction, celebrated filmmaker Todd Solondz casts new light on the grotesque suburban landscape through man’s best friend.

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

Cinema Day 2016 –  On Monday 29 August, QFT celebrates Cinema Day by presenting three classic film matinees for just £1 each. Tickets will be available on the day from the QFT box office. QFT Film Card holders can book free tickets for any QFT Cinema Day event in advance at

From Friday 2 September: Café Society & Jim: The James Foley Story
Queen's staff ticket price: £5 (standard ticket price: £6.70). Please visit for more details.

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Continuing Professional Development
The Centre for Educational Development are currently in the process of scheduling the courses for the academic year 2016-2017.  
For up-to-date information, 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 28 September 2016: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 30 September 2016: Using GradeMark to give Feedback, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

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'.

Courses delivered in individual Schools
As well as the courses in their open programme, CED are 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 our course secretary on, ext 1447.

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IT Training Courses

IT training courses will be available for booking from Monday 5 September.  Access IT training materials here (QOL login).  Email the IT Training Unit on

The next ECDL next date is Tuesday 4 October, 10.00am – 11.30am.  To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tips of the day:  
To transfer very large files, try QUB Dropbox: (files can be up to 1 Gb)
To access Office 365 go to:

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