12 December 2016

Academic Promotions 2017

The Academic Promotions Scheme for 2017 and the ECIT Engineers Promotions Scheme for 2017 are now live.  Further details on both Schemes are available on the Personnel website.

If you require any further information, please email  Alternatively you may discuss the matter with your Head of School.

Details of staff promoted in the 2016 Academic Promotions Scheme are available on the Staff Gateway.

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EEECS and ECIT awarded Silver Investors in People Accreditation

IIP Silver logoQueen’s School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) and the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) have achieved silver accreditation against the Investors in People Standard for the next three years, demonstrating their commitment to high performance through good people management.

Read the full story on the Staff Gateway.

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Internal vacancies

This week's internal vacancies:

  • Head of Corporate Accounting and Financial Management
    Finance Directorate
    Ref: 16/105127
    Closing date: Monday 19 December 2016
    Anticipated Interview date: Thursday 5 January 2017
  • Temporary Senior Administrator
    Vice-Chancellor’s Office
    Ref: 16/105124
    Closing date: Wednesday 4 January 2017
    Anticipated Interview date: Week Commencing 16 January 2017
  • Temporary Research Information Assistant
    Research and Enterprise
    Ref: 16/105038
    Closing date: Monday 19 December 2016
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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. Proceeds from the event will go 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 or Directorate. Tickets cost £1 each or six for £5. Ticket sales on the day will close at 11.15am sharp to enable prizes to be drawn.

Prizes include:

  • iPad, Kindle, Laptop;
  • Restaurant vouchers (Deane’s at Queens, Cutter’s Wharf, Tedfords, Holohan’s and others);
  • Overnight stay for two at the Hilton Hotel, overnight stay for two at Tara Lodge
  • Travel voucher - £100;
  • Amazon and M&S vouchers;
  • Tickets for the Belfast Giants;
  • Gamma Drone;
  • iPod docking station;
  • Luxury hampers.

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

Christine Carrothers (  Extn. 6322
Julie Caulfield (  Extn. 6346
Michael Goodall (  Extn 6260
Barry McKinney (  Extn. 6147
David Robinson ( Extn 6164

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Welcome Centre Christmas craft fair

Welcome Centre Craft FairThe Welcome Centre Christmas craft fair will take place on Wednesday 14 December, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Local crafters will be in the Cloisters selling local hand-made products. Exhibitors include upcycled and recycled products. 

All staff are encouraged to attend for free mulled wine and shortbread, as well as 20% off all stock in store.

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Campus Food Market

QUB Campus Food Market 14 Dec 2016The next Campus Food Market will take place on Wednesday 14 December, 11.00am – 3.00pm, outside the Lanyon Building. The market is in conjunction with The Welcome Centre Christmas Craft Fair and brings together a fantastic selection of hot food stalls showcasing Northern Irish produce and foods from around the world including Boojum; Tapitas; Linen Hill Kitchen and Deli; The Crepe Maker; Burger Republic; Sarah’s World Fare; and Oui Poutine.

Keep up to date on the Queen's Campus Food Market Facebook events page.

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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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First Live Performance of the Queen's Wednesday Choir

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.

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 our nominated charity, Queen’s University Foundation, towards MS research via Just Giving.

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Global Challenge Networking Programme: ‘Productivity’ Research Event

Global Networking EventAs part of the Global Challenge Networking Programme, a ‘Productivity’ research event will take place on Wednesday 14 December, 11.00am – 2.30pm, in the Canada Room and Council Chamber, Lanyon Building. Professor James McElnay, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research, Enterprise and Postgraduate Affairs will host a discussion session, which includes a networking lunch, to scope out potential connections and areas of shared interest between people working in different fields.

To register, or for further information, click here.

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Elms Treehouse Charity Coffee and Cake Morning

‌The ‌Elms Village Charity Coffee and Cake Morning which took place on Wednesday 30 November raised £1,350 in total. £450 is going to each of three charities: National Autistic Society NI, Aware NI, and The Welcome Organisation. Three full boxes of donated items were also collected for the homeless.

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Queen's Library Christmas Jumper Day

The Library will celebrate Christmas in style this year with a Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 16 December.  

To join in, wear your best (or worst!) Christmas jumper on the day and post a selfie or group photo with the hashtag #ChristmasJumperQUB.  An amazon voucher will be awarded for the best effort.

All Queen's Library branches are involved, so keep an eye out for library staff in a fetching array of seasonal sweaters!

Follow on Twitter for more festive fun: @LibraryatQUB, @QUBMedicalLib 

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Campus ‘Santa’ Run

There will be a Campus ‘Santa’ Run on Wednesday 21 December at 1.10pm at the PEC.  Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome. Don’t forget your Santa hat!

Coffee afterwards in the PEC.

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Latest edition of CCRCB Bulletin

The December 2016 edition of the CCRCB Bulletin (issue 37) is now available online.

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EPSRC science photo competition

EPSRC have launched their science photo competition and are looking for images that demonstrate research in action.

Open to all EPSRC-supported researchers and EPSRC-supported doctoral students, the closing date is Friday 16 December.  More details are available on the 2016 Photo Competition page.

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Winter Physical Activity Programme

The 2017 Winter Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins week commencing Monday 9 January 2017.

To find out more about any of the sessions in advance of registering, please contact Reception at Queen’s Sport 028 9068 1126.

For course registration, please visit the PEC reception.  Each 13 week course costs £27, and will run to week beginning 3 April 2017. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Please note - phone registration is no longer available.

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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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Recent posts:

  • Sturgeon at the Seanad. Professor Graham Walker looks back over Nicola Sturgeon's recent visit to the Seanad in Dublin as part of a two-day visit to Ireland aimed at strengthening economic links between the two countries.

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

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Women's Common Room Club

The next Meeting of the Women’s Common Room Club (WCRC) will held be on Tuesday 13 December in the Senate Room.  The Christmas event will feature Ciaran and Deirdre Carson, providing music and poetry.
The WCRC welcomes all female members of the University. If you would like to know more, please email

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ARK Ageing programme

The ARK Ageing programme invites you to ‘Something of Who I Am’, The Lively Project Exhibition.  The exhibition is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm daily and will run until Thursday 15 December 2016 in the Crescent Arts Centre.

Light refreshments served. RSVP to if you are attending.

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UCLA W50 Program

Queen’s is a member of the international Santander Universities network, which brings together over 1,200 universities across the world, including Spain, Portugal, Latin America and the UK.

This strategic partnership has created opportunities for both staff and students to participate in a range of activities and to encourage exchange and interaction between members of the University and other member universities of the Santander Universities Network.

Applications are now invited for the 2017 edition of the Banco Santander W50 Program in partnership with UCLA Anderson Executive Education W50 Program organised by Anderson School of Management, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).  For more information and to apply, visit: The deadline for applications is 31 March 2017.

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Queen's Sport

Queen's Sport will host the Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke Spinathon on Friday 16 December, 11.45am - 6.45pm, in studio 2 at the PEC.

Open to all. Participants are welcome to spin for one hour or do all seven. Book your place now at the Queen's Sport reception.

Members' Christmas Coffee Morning
Staff are invited to come down to the PEC on Friday 16 December in their best or funniest Christmas jumper and join the festivities at the Members' Coffee morning. With plenty of mince pies and festive cheer to be had, the morning will be hosted in Clements at the PEC and start at 10.30am.

Winter 2017 Children's Activity Programme - Enrolment open now!
Enrolment for the Queen’s Sport Winter 2017 Children’s Activity Programme is open now. Courses start week commencing 16 January 2017.

  • New for Winter 2017: Zumba Kids and Commercial Dance
  • Open enrolment for our Splash 'N' Swim Programme will begin on 6 January 2017

For more information and to download an enrolment form and activity programme, please click here.

Gift of Fitness and Wellbeing
This Christmas give someone the gift of fitness and wellbeing with a Queen's Sport Voucher. These can be used towards membership, personal training, physiotherapy or sports massage. For information contact 028 9068 1126 or

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Naughton Gallery

Naughton Gallery 121216Stop Lookin’ at Photographs! (Continues until 29 January)
Stop Lookin’ At Photographs! comprises a series of small-scale assemblages from recent years by Derry-based artist Locky Morris.  Featuring a range of new and unseen work, the exhibition focuses, in part, on an almost obsessive interplay of the photographic image within his practice. Further details available on the Facebook event page.

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 to register interest.

Roger, Roger
The Naughton Gallery presents Roger, Roger, a discussion and screening event with artists Fionnuala Doran and Alan Phelan on Sunday 18 December,  4.00pm - 6.00pm, in the Great Hall.  Marking 100 years since the death of controversial Irish figure Roger Casement, both Doran and Phelan have been inspired by his life and legacy. Further details available on the Facebook event page.

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QFT 121216This week at QFT:

Life, Animated (15) – A fascinating and moving documentary about how an autistic boy learned to communicate through Disney films.

The Unknown Girl (15) – Belgian auteurs the Dardenne brothers (Two Days, One Night) return with a morally astute investigation of personal responsibility, justice and compassion starring Adèle Haenel (Les Combattants).

‌Arrival (12A) – Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker star in this richly textured sci-fi from director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners).

QFT Christmas 2016 – This year’s selection box of filmic festive treats includes: It's a Wonderful Life (U); Miracle on 34th Street (U); The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG); Meet Me in St. Louis (U); Die Hard (15); The Apartment (PG); National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (PG); Tokyo Godfathers (TBC).

Hijack Christmas Movie Quiz – Wednesday 14 December, 9.00pm. Whether you're spending Christmas in Connecticut, St. Louis or you're Lost in New York, hop on The Polar Express and Jingle All The Way down to the QFT Christmas Quiz! Maximum five players per team. The quiz will take place in the QFT foyer. This event is free, but a ticket per team member is required.

In The Heat of the Night (12A) – In the Heat of the Night is a taut culture clash thriller that first hit cinemas in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. This film remains strikingly relevant.

BFI Black Star: Black Voices (Sunday 11 - Saturday 17 December) – A season of films featuring legendary singers and iconic performances; stories of love and life, hardship and redemption… and dancing. Includes: Dreamgirls (12A); What's Love Got To Do With It (18); Purple Rain (15); The Harder They Come (15); The Wiz (U).

Competition: For the chance to win two free tickets to the QFT, email the answer of the following question to by 12.00pm on Thursday 15 December: “In the Heat of the Night stars which actor, who also appeared in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and won a Best Actor Oscar for Lilies of the Field?”

Good luck!

From Friday 16 December: The Pass and Dog Eat Dog.
Staff ticket price £5, standard ticket price £6.70. Please visit for more details.

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Queen's Teaching Awards Scheme 2017

The Queen's Teaching Awards Scheme 2017 is now open. Up to ten Teaching Awards are available and a prize of £1000 will be awarded to each successful individual or team, paid into a dedicated School account for professional development purposes.  The closing date for receipt of applications is 5 pm on Monday 13 March.  

Further information including Notes for Guidance, application templates and examples of previous applications are available to download here. 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.

  • 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.

Professional Development Series

To book on any of these events please click on the link below:

  • 18 January: Student Retention. What works? Improving student engagement, belonging, retention and success. Register here.
  • 25 January: Assessment and Feedback Patterns. Making more of feedback and engaging students early with the curriculum. Register here.
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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 12 January: 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
  • Wednesday 19 January: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 24 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 25 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Monday 31 January: Excel 3: Data Analysis, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 16 February: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm

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 here.

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:  Need to convert acres to sq. ft. or metres to inches? Click the start button and enter calculator in the search box.  Click the calculator 'View' tab and select 'Unit conversion'. Select the unit you want to convert.

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