5 December 2016

Winter Graduation

Winter GraduationWinter Graduation will take place on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December. Find out more on the Graduation website.

You can follow Graduation on social media using the hashtag #QUBconGRADulations.

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Porters' Toy Appeal

Queen's Porters are now collecting for their Annual Toy Appeal.

Gifts can be left at the Christmas tree in the Administration Building or at a number of collection points throughout the campus. These include the porters' offices at the Ashby Building, Medical Biology Centre, Elms Village and at any of the Chaplaincy Offices on Elmwood Avenue.

If you cannot make it to one of the collection points, but would still like to donate a gift, contact

Toys from this year’s appeal will be given to The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul. The deadline for dropping off toys is Friday 16 December.

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Annual Information Services Coffee Morning

The Annual Information Services Coffee Morning will take place on Wednesday 14 December at 10.00am in The Great Hall. This year proceeds will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Raffle tickets are available to buy in advance, contact a member of the organising team and they will forward some to your School/Directorate (£1 each or 6 for £5).

Prizes include:

  • iPad, Kindle, Laptop
  • Restaurant vouchers: Deane’s at Queen's, Cutter’s Wharf, Tedfords, Holohan’s and others
  • Overnight stay for two at the Hilton Hotel
  • Travel voucher - £100
  • Amazon vouchers
  • Tickets for the Belfast Giants and many more!

Any donations of prizes or hampers from staff throughout the University are very welcome, please contact a member of the organising team:

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Wednesday Choir First Performance

The first live performance of the Queen's Wednesday Choir will take place on Wednesday 14 December at 1.15pm in The Great Hall. The event is open to friends and family of the choir members and staff.‌

Staff Wellbeing launched Queen’s Wednesday Choir in September this year. The choir, led by Una McCann, is the second staff choir set up to help promote physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

All guests must register to attend via Eventbrite, please note that spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Each attendee is invited to make a minimum donation of £3 to the nominated charity, Queen’s University Foundation, towards MS research via Just Giving.

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Internal vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

  • Clerical Officer (Grade 5)
    The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT)
    Ref: 16/105104
    Closing date: Friday 16 December 2016
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Disable the Label: Disability Awareness Campaign

This week, the Students’ Union host their disability awareness campaign for the second year running. The Disable the Label campaign aims to raise awareness about the breadth of disability, challenge perceptions people have about disabilities and reinforce that labels are not for people.

As part of the week’s activity the Students’ Union will hold a Disability Roundtable for both staff and students to come together and share ideas on how to make Queen’s a more accessible environment.  This will take place on Wednesday 7 December in Club rooms 3&4, Students’ Union, Third Floor, between 2.00pm-4.00pm.

If you would like more information or are interested in attending the event, please email Stephen McCrystall, Student Officer Equality.

You can find out more about the events that the Union has planned for the #DisableTheLabel campaign at

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Christmas card

Christmas ecardThe Queen's Christmas ecard is now available to send via Queen's Online.

A number of Christmas Card designs are available.

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McClay Library - Christmas Hours and 24-hour Opening

The McClay Library will remain open overnight, Sunday through to Friday, for five weeks. These extended hours will run from Sunday 4 - Friday 16 December 2016, and again from Tuesday 3 - Monday 23 January 2017.

During the Christmas holiday period, the Library will be open as normal on the weekend before Christmas. From Monday 19 to Friday 23 December the Library will open at 8.00am but will close at 8.30pm, except on Friday when it will close at 5.30pm for Christmas.

The Library will then remain closed until Tuesday 27 December.  The Library will offer exceptional opening, primarily to facilitate students studying for exams, for five days when the University is closed.  From Wednesday 28 to Saturday 31 December and on Monday 2 January, the Library will provide study access from 9.00am to 9.00pm.

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Carol Service

The annual Christmas Carol Service will be held in the Great Hall on Sunday 11 December at 9.00pm.

Staff, students and their families and friends are all welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Canada Room. Tickets are not required for this event. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis.

A Retiring Offering will be taken with all proceeds being given to the Porters' Toys Appeal.

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Chaplaincy event

A Staff Prayer Breakfast hosted by the Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian Chaplaincies at Queen's will be held on Wednesday 7 December, 8.00 - 9.00am, in The Hub Cafe, 22 Elmwood Avenue.  To attend, please RSVP to

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Speakeasy Christmas Dinners

The SU’s Speakeasy Kitchen is now taking bookings for Christmas Dinners available from Thursday 1 December – one to three courses available.

To book your individual place or a table for a group, please contact Debbie at

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The Conversation

The Conversation The Conversation recently launched a monthly podcast The Anthill.  Recorded in advance, each episode explores a theme from various academic topics and viewpoints with only a slight link to the overarching theme.

This month's edition takes a critical look at the idea of belief and features Nathan Emmerich, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.  The episode is available to listen on the Anthill page or via iTunes for free.

In addition to the podcast, the latest Queen's article published in The Conversation is:

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

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Faculty of EPS SENSE Network – Christmas Gathering

EPS SENSE Network invite all Faculty of EPS staff to come to an informal event hosted by the EPS Faculty network on Monday 19 December, 3.30 – 4.30pm in the Computer Science Building.

You’ll have an opportunity to meet some new colleagues and catch up with those you already know over a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Those wishing to attend should register online.

SENSE (Support for Equality Network in Science and Engineering) is a network that contributes to making the Faculty better through connecting people to support collegiality, equality, and inclusion.

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MRC Fund for Development of Academic-Industry Collaborations

The amount of funding available for health science research carried out in partnership with industry is greater than ever before. With the UK government having recently announced that £100 million will be invested in the Biomedical Catalyst to fund industrial collaboration and translational medicine this growth is only set to continue. To help establish these partnerships, Queen’s has secured MRC funding for the Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund (‘P2D’).

This pump-prime funding aims to support early academic-industry interactions with a view to fostering relationship development in order to provide a sound platform from which to develop future collaborative projects. P2D can act as a precursor to many funding schemes, e.g.: MRC Confidence in Concept, Biomedical Catalyst: DPFS, Industrial CASE/CAST Studentships, and Invest NI Proof of Concept.

There are several categories of activity supported by the fund: 

  1. Early Stage Industry Engagement Activities e.g. visits to companies
  2. People Exchanges/ Secondments/ Sabbatical Enhancement Grants
  3. Relationship Development Pilot Projects
  4. Seminars/ Workshops/ Industry Showcases

This is an open-call with applications invited from academic staff up to Tuesday 31 January 2017, 12.00pm.

Further information can be found in the P2D Guidance Notes or by contacting Dr Karen McGeough in the Business Alliance Team, 028 9097 1397.

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Launch of Café Europa

Café Europa is a new initiative from the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the School of Law.  It aims to provide a forum for debating research and practice on law and policy in the European Union.

The first session will be held on Thursday 15 December in Main Site Tower, Room 0G/009, between 2.00pm-3.00pm.  The topic of this first edition will be “What does ‘Brexit’ mean for higher education and academics?”

Academic and research staff, as well as postgraduate students, across Queen's are all welcome to share their thoughts and ideas about the consequences of Brexit on their work.

For more information, please visit the event blog.

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QFT listings

This week at QFT:

  • Chi-Raq - Spike Lee reimagines Aristophanes’ ancient Greek play Lysistrata as a dazzling modern-day hip-hop musical.
  • Blue Velvet - A welcome 30th anniversary restoration of (arguably) David Lynch’s masterpiece. Blue Velvet is a deceptively dark story of amateur sleuthing gone weird.
  • A United Kingdom - Director Amma Asante follows her previous film Belle with another elegant, impassioned drama that also reveals a painful episode in the history of British race relations and imperial politics.
  • Paterson – Adam Driver's star continues to rise with another pitch-perfect performance in Jim Jarmusch's (Broken Flowers, Only Lovers Left Alive) Paterson.
  • NI Human Rights Festival - QFT is delighted to present four films in the run up to Human Rights Day, as part of the 2016 Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival. Song Of The Sea; Hubert Butler: Witness To The Future; Hillsborough; and I, Daniel Blake. Sunday 4 –Thursday 8 December
  • The Coming War On China and Satellite Q&A – The Coming War on China is John Pilger's 60th documentary film. Followed by a live satellite Q&A with John Pilger, hosted by Afshin Rattansi. Monday 5 December, 8.00pm
  • From Friday 9 December: The Unknown Girl; Life, Animated; Eat That Question; Frank Zappa and Arrival.

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

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Welcome Centre

Beautiful handmade Christmas decorations by Mood Designs are now available in store. Choose between individual decorations or sets of three. Perfect for any tree in any home. Call in store to see our full range.

Queen's staff receive a 10% discount to be used in store.

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Naughton Gallery

Stop Lookin’ At Photographs! by Locky Morris runs in the Naughton Gallery from Thursday 8 December – 29 January. A staff and student preview will be held on Thursday 8 December at 5.00pm followed by an opening drinks reception between 6.00-8.00pm.For further information visit Facebook.

Art in the AM
Locky Morris will discuss his work in conversation with the Naughton Gallery’s Ben Crothers as part of the Gallery’s Art in the A.M. talk series at The Pocket, 69 University Road on Friday 9 December, 9.30am-10.30am. Coffee and conversation are free.

The Book Club
The Naughton Gallery launches The Book Club in January 2017, an informal reading group discussing a selection of books which link thematically to the gallery’s exhibition programme. Contact Rachel on to register interest.

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STDU courses

Upcoming courses in December 2016 and January 2017

  • Tuesday 13 December: An Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 11 January: Laboratory Demonstrating for Technical Staff, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 January: Supporting Staff through Change, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 18 January: Radiation Safety, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 31 January: Effective use of voice: Free your voice – Find Your Voice, 9.30am – 1.00pm

To register for an upcoming 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.

Follow STDU on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

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Queen's Teaching Awards 2017
The QUB Teaching Awards Scheme 2017 is now open. Further information is available on the Centre for Educational Development's website. Queries should be directed to Liz McDowell, 028 9097 5301.

Continuing Professional Development
Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event so early registration is recommended.

  • Wednesday 14 December: Design and Development of eLearning Content with the CMS, 2.00pm – 5.00pm.  Pre-Requisite: Staff wishing to attend this course must have already been trained in the use of the Content Management System software.
  • Wednesday 18 January: Small Group Teaching, 10.00am – 12.45pm
  • Wednesday 18 January: Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 January: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Pre-requisite: Staff wishing to attend this event must be registered to use QOL with access to one of your modules.

Guest Speaker Series 2016-2017

  • Wednesday 7 December: Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum, 10.00am – 1.00pm in the Auditorium, the McClay Library. Led by Dr Pauline Hanesworth, Academic Development Advisor at the HEA, Scotland, this three-hour interactive session will explore equality and diversity in learning, teaching and assessment practices and will equip you with relevant theories and practical examples and facilitate collaborative activities that will ask you to apply the theory to your own practice.

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'.

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Monday 12 December: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 17 January: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 24 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 25 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm

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 online.

If you know of any PG students within your School, please advise them that Intro to SPSS 1 for PG students will take place on Thursday 8 December. Enrolment by email to

ECDL: The next test date is Monday 19 December, 10.00am – 11.30am. To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day: Automatically email an open Office document as an attachment by adding the E-mail control to the Quick Access Toolbar in Word, PowerPoint, etc.

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