19 December 2016

Lo’ Lo’ Lo’ Big Christmas Switch Off Campaign

This Christmas, the Lo’ Lo’ Lo’ Big Switch Off Campaign will once again take place across the University.

Get involved by encouraging staff and students in your area to switch off as much electrical equipment as you can over the Christmas holiday period, and you could win a prize for your School or Directorate. The winners will be the School and Directorate that achieve the greatest percentage of reduction.

This year’s winners will receive a £250 prize to be used to host a staff event, and be in with the chance of winning an iPad for their School.

More information on the Lo’ Lo’ Lo’ Big Christmas Switch off can be found on the Carbon Management website.

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Vice-Chancellor's Blog

Nicky ClarkeFilmed at Winter Graduation, this blog features staff who work behind the scenes to make Graduation a special experience for graduates and their families.

Watch the video.

A transcript of the video is available on the Vice-Chancellor's blog page.

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Internal vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

  • Head of Eventus and Culture and Arts
    Student Plus Directorate
    Ref: 16/105148
    Closing date: Friday 6 January 2017
    Anticipated Interview date: week commencing 23 January 2017
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Queen’s Shortlisted for Workplace Equality and Diversity Award

Equality and Diversity

Queen’s has been shortlisted for a national award to recognise Northern Ireland employers who actively promote equality and diversity within their organisations.

The Legal Island Equality and Diversity Awards Gala, which is being held for the first time on 31 March 2017 in Belfast City Hall, is a unique event designed to bring together and showcase employers from around Northern Ireland who understand the business and social benefits of embedding strong equality and diversity practices in the workplace.

The theme for next year’s Awards is Cultural/Ethnic Diversity and the University has been shortlisted for an award in the Large Public Sector Employer category.

Read the full article

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Information Services Coffee Morning

Information Services are pleased to announce that following the Annual Information Services Coffee Morning on Wednesday 14 December, they raised approximately £5,770.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

They would like to extend their thanks to everyone throughout the University for their continued support which in turn resulted in another very successful event.  In particular, they would like to acknowledge the many staff who provided contributions by way of prizes or hampers for the ballot.

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Queen’s Senior Academy Tutor Recruitment

The Widening Participation Unit is currently recruiting for paid tutoring positions as part of the Senior Academy programme.

Queen's Senior Academy supports Year 13 and Year 14 students from non-selective schools and further education colleges across Northern Ireland in developing their potential to progress to higher education, including Queen's. WPU are currently recruiting for tutors across an array of A-Level and BTech subjects and localities.

For more details on subject and location availability as well as how to apply, please visit the website or contact Ryan Hughes

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International Staff Networking

An International Staff Networking event will take place on Thursday 19 January 2017, 11.30-1.00pm, in the Great Hall.

This event is an opportunity to meet with international staff and researchers from across Queen’s and includes some speed-networking to develop your networks. Attendees will also hear from international staff about their experience of moving to Queen’s.

To book a place on the workshop log on to Queen's Online then select Training Courses from the list on the left of the page.

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IGFS Newsletter

The ninth edition of the Institute for Global Food Security's Newsletter is now available. Read the December 2016 edition.

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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, eg 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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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

Recent Posts

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

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Radio 4 show

Professor Fran Brearton will appear on the BBC Radio 4 show In Our Time presented by Melvyn Bragg on Thursday 22 December at 9.00am and 9.30pm.

The programme can be accessed on the BBC website.

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Blackwell Books - Staff Discount

Blackwell Books, located in the Students' Union, are offering all Queen's staff a 15% discount during December.

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QFT listing

This week at QFT:

  • I am not a serial killer - A teenage sociopath comes face to face with an evil force in Irish director Billy O’Brien’s ingenious, chilling and darkly humorous adaptation of Dan Wells’ cult YA novel about adolescent alienation.
  • QFT Christmas 2016 - This year’s selection box of filmic festive treats includes:
    • It's A Wonderful Life
    • Miracle On 34th Street
    • The Nightmare Before Christmas
    • Meet Me In St. Louis
    • Die Hard
    • The Apartment
    • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    • Tokyo Godfathers
  • QFT will be closed from Saturday 24 – Thursday 29 December
  • From Friday 30 December: The Eagle Huntress and Donnie Darko
  • From Sunday 1 January: Silence and A Monster Calls

Staff ticket price £5, standard ticket price £6.70. Please visit for more details.

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Welcome Centre

Table centres, Christmas wreaths and arrangements all made to order by The Flower Room Belfast can be ordered and collected in the Welcome Centre.  Fabulous chocolate filled hampers also made to order by local candy man Aunt Sandra’s all in time for Christmas.

Call in store for more information.

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Naughton Gallery

The Naughton Gallery will close on Friday 23 December for the Christmas break, reopening on Wednesday 4 January 2017.

Stop Lookin’ At Photographs! comprising a series of small-scale assemblages from recent years by Derry-based artist Locky Morris, continues until 29 January.

The Book Club 
The Book Club, an informal Sunday afternoon reading group hosted by The Naughton Gallery, discussing a range of books which link thematically to the gallery’s exhibition programme, launches with Naked by David Sedaris (1997) on Sunday 22 January.

Copies of the selected books will be available to purchase from Blackwell's Books, located in the Students' Union. Blackwell's will offer all Book Club members a subscription service and discount on books. Contact Rachel to register interest or visit the Facebook Event.

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Teaching Awards 2017: Briefing Session

A briefing session on the Queen's Teaching Awards Scheme will be held on Tuesday 31 January 2017, 1.00pm – 2.00pm in Conference Room 2, Student Guidance Centre. A sandwich lunch will be provided from 12.45pm.

The aims of the briefing session are:

  • to provide information on the Teaching Awards application process, including any changes to the Scheme;
  • to encourage colleagues to apply for an Award;
  • to provide guidance on the type of information that might be included in an application.

To book a place, 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'.

Further details about the Teaching Awards Scheme are available on the CED website.

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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

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'.

Professional Development Series

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

Further details of all courses and events are available on the CED website.

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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
  • Monday 16 January: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • 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
  • Monday 31 January: Excel 3: Data Analysis, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 6 February: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • 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 Tuesday 10 January, 10.00am – 11.30am. To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

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