22 February 2016

Help shape our Core Values

Core ValuesThe third and final ‘Coffee, Cake and Core Values’ event for staff will take place on Thursday 25 February 2016 in the Great Hall. Call in for 15 minutes anytime between 10.00am – 12.00pm and share your thoughts on what our Core Values should be.

Over 270 staff have so far taken part in the Core Values campaign. Take a look at the Vice-Chancellor's latest blog post to find out what colleagues have been saying.

If you are unable to attend, you can also share your thoughts online. Find out more about the Core Values Campaign.

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Call for STEMM speakers to take part in Soapbox Science

Would you like to join some of the UK’s top female scientists as they take science to the streets?

Soapbox Science returns to Belfast on 25 June 2016 and is looking for female scientists to take part as speakers. The annual public science communication event brings cutting-edge science to the public, in an accessible, fun, free and un-intimidating way.

Training and support will be provided to help you engage the public with your research, inspire the next generation and promote women in STEMM.

Further information and details of how to apply are available on the Soapbox Science website, or contact Dr Geetha Srinivasan:, 028 9097 4223. The deadline to apply to be a speaker is Friday 26 February 2016.

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Northern Ireland Science Festival: 18 - 28 February 2016

Northern Ireland Science Festival 2016

The NI Science Festival – an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – runs until 28 February 2016.

Throughout the 11-day Festival, Queen’s is hosting 17 events which will give the public the opportunity to experience first-hand the world class research that takes place at the University.

For a full programme of events, including availability, times and locations, please visit:

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Memorial for Professor Keith Jeffery

A Memorial for Professor Keith Jeffery will be held in the Great Hall on Saturday 27 February 2016 at 2.00pm, followed by refreshments in the Canada Room. Any enquiries about the arrangements should be directed to the School of History and Anthropology, 028 9097 5101.

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The First and Second Year Experience Surveys 2016 now open

Experience SurveysThe University’s First and Second Year Experience Surveys (FYE; SYE) are now open.  Students can only access the online questionnaire by following the unique link in the email invitation sent to their Queen's email address.

Teaching staff are asked to encourage their first and second year students to complete their respective survey as soon as possible. Students who do so will be entered into a prize draw with the opportunity to win one of four prizes of £25. The survey closes on Wednesday 20 April 2016.

If you have any queries about either of these surveys, please contact Pat McNally, Careers, Employability and Skills: 028 9097 1435,

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Staff Wellbeing – Health Checks

Staff Wellbeing are offering health checks for staff throughout March. The comprehensive check, which will last 30 minutes, will be carried out by qualified nursing professionals in Lennoxvale and the MBC.

The check will give you a picture of your current health and highlight changes to your lifestyle, if needed. It includes: body composition, cholesterol, blood pressure, pulse, lifestyle risk assessment and follow up signposting.

Full details are available on Staff Wellbeing website.

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Horizon 2020 – UKRO visit Queen’s

Horizon 2020 150216The European office of the UK Research Councils will visit Queen’s on Wednesday 24 February 2016. UKRO delivers a subscription-based advisory service for research organisations (in the main UK HEIs) and provides National Contact Point services on behalf of the UK Government. UKRO's mission is to maximise UK engagement in EU-funded research, innovation and higher education activities.

To find out more and to register, please visit the Research and Enterprise website.

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The RAE Armstrong Public Lecture Series

The next lecture in the RAE Armstrong Public Lecture Series will take place on Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 4.00pm in the Medical Biology Centre, Lecture Theatre 1. The lecture, 'Genomes from Ancient Irish People - Where do we come from?', will be given by Professor Dan Bradley, Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin.

Please confirm your attendance via email to

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Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series: Wednesday 24 February 2016

The next KESS seminar will take place at Stormont on Wednesday 24 February 2016 on the topic of 'Improving Northern Ireland's Competitiveness: Innovation, Skills and Marketing'. Speakers include Professor Rob Gilles from Queen's Management School. Full details are available on the Research and Enterprise website.

To reserve your place at the seminar, email

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FACE Annual Conference: 29 June – 1 July 2016

FACE 220216Queen's Widening Participation Unit will host the annual Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE) conference at Riddel Hall between 29 June – 1 July 2016. The call for abstracts/papers is open, and submissions are particularly welcome from researchers and practitioners working within the fields of Education and Widening Participation. Submissions from PhD students are particularly encouraged.

Closing date for abstracts: Friday 25 March 2016

The title of the conference is 'Widening Participation in the context of Economic and Social Change' and themes include:

  • Partnerships: working with alumni, engaging communities and the Private Sector.
  • Employer Engagement: Lifelong Learning within the workforce, delivering effective and challenging learning opportunities.
  • Student Experience: Engaging learners to become empowered graduates – effective practice within the student lifecycle.
  • Internationalisation: The University community working together to create opportunities for all.

To find out more about the conference, visit the conference webpage, or call Deirdre Lynskey on 028 9097 1567. Please share with your networks.
For more information about FACE, visit the FACE website.

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The Conversation

The Conversation ‌Click on the links to read the latest Queen's articles 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

Click on the link to read the latest post from the QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog:

QPol event: MSc Public Policy at Queen's - Information Evening

  • An Information Evening on the MSc in Public Policy at Queen's will take place on Thursday 25 February 2016 from 6.30pm to 8.00pm in Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road.
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British Academy event: ‘Is true religion always extremist?’

Is true religion always extremist 220216The British Academy will hold an event at Riddel Hall on Thursday 3 March 2016 entitled ‘Is true religion always extremist?’. This free event will be chaired by William Crawley, Presenter at BBC Radio Ulster. Speakers include:

  • Professor John Brewer MRIA, Professor of Post Conflict Studies at Queen's
  • Innes Bowen, Producer, BBC Radio 4, and author, Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent: Inside British Islam
  • Professor Richard English FBA MRIA, Wardlaw Professor of Politics, University of St Andrew's
  • Tehmina Kazi , Director, British Muslims for Secular Democracy

Further information can be found on the British Academy website.

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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Tim Harrison

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences invites staff to the inaugural lecture by Professor Tim Harrison, Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology. The lecture, 'From Molecular Probes to New Therapeutics: A Space Odyssey', will take place on Thursday 3 March 2016 at 4.00pm in The Basement Seminar Room, The Wellcome-Wolfson Building, 97 Lisburn Road. It will be followed by refreshments.

Further information: Inaugural Lecture - Tim Harrison . RSVP to:

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SPACE Seminar

The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering invites staff to attend ‘Academic freedom, Democracy and the Public Policy Process: The case of renewables and limits to democracy’, a seminar by John Brydon, Emeritus Professor, University of Aberdeen, President, International Rural Network. The event will take place on Wednesday 24 February 2016, 10.00am - 2.00pm, in Seminar Room 1 (03.005 DKB), and will be be chaired by Dr Ruth McAreavey.

Further details can be found on the The Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning website.

Lunch will be provided. Contact Roslyn Barnes,, for further details.

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UCU Open Meeting for Staff on Probation

An open meeting for new probation staff will take place on Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 1.00pm in Room 01/052, Lanyon South. The meeting will provide essential information regarding the probation process and will include a talk from Professor Chris Hardacre, Head of the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, about his experience regarding probation. A Queen’s UCU Officer will outline some cases and provide details of the support UCU can provide when difficulties occur. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the meeting.

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The Welcome Centre: Creative Queen’s Competition

Creative Queen'sThe Welcome Centre is currently searching for the next student maker with an innovative product to make it onto the shelves.

The Creative Queen’s Competition is being run by the Welcome Centre in collaboration with the Students’ Union Enterprise office.  The competition aims to find talented student makers who have an innovative product, giving them the opportunity to sell  it on the Welcome Centre shelves for six months. The overall winner will also receive one-to-one mentoring with the Students’ Union Entrepreneur in residence and ongoing support and advice from the Students’ Union Enterprise team. 

Staff are encouraged to promote this competition to Queen's students. A pdf of the poster, flyer and application form can be requested from

Key dates

  • Product design applications are currently open in hard copy and e-mail format and can be picked up from Queen’s Welcome Centre, Monday - Friday 9.00am-5.30pm. Closing date: Friday 15 April 2016, 4.00pm.
  • Shortlisting will be announced on Friday 22 April 2016.
  • Pitches will take place on Friday 29 April 2016
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Queen's Sport

Gait Analysis Evening PECFree Gait Analysis Evening: 29 February
Queen’s Sport will host a Gait Analysis evening on Monday 29 February 2016 from 5.00pm to 9.00pm at the PEC in conjunction with Belfast City Marathon. All staff are welcome to attend this free event where there will be gait analysis experts offering advice throughout the evening. Each session will take no longer than 15 minutes. Spot prizes will also be available throughout the evening with other discounts on offer.

Find out more about a Gait Analysis test.

Sport Relief, Swimathon: 18 -20 March
As the official 'Belfast Flagship Swimathon' for 2016, Queen's Sport are once again encouraging swimmers to take on the Swimathon challenge and raise money for Sport Relief. You can do your Swimathon challenge on your own, or in a team of between two and five people, with distances from 1.5k to 5k.

Enter for the Queen's Sport Swimathon.

Queen’s 5k/3k: 20 April
This year's Queen's 5k Race, which has been awarded Championship Race Status for 2016, will take place on Wednesday 20 April 2016. The 5k race will be preceded by the inaugural Queen’s 3k race.

Race entries are now OPEN. Last year's race sold out through online pre-entries, so please enter early to avoid disappointment. Enter for this year’s races.

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This week at QFT:

BONE TOMAHAWK (18) – Kurt Russell heads an all-star cast in this unpredictable and sometimes shocking fusion of horror and western.

JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE (15) – Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy J. Berg (West of Memphis) delves into the life of late rock legend Janis Joplin.

SPOTLIGHT (15) –  The story of the Boston Globe’s investigation into the cover-up of child abuse within the Catholic Church. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

INNOCENCE OF MEMORIES (12A) –  A Nobel winning author from Turkey opens a museum in Istanbul, filled with objects from a fictitious, doomed love story in this gorgeous documentary.

From Friday 26 February: A Bigger Splash and The Truth Commissioner

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

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RefWorks course

Places are available on the following course:

  • Tuesday 1 March, RefWorks for the Engineering and Physical Sciences, 10.00am to 12.00pm, McClay Library Auditorium

To register, login to Queen's Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section or contact the Open Access Team at

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Continuing Professional Development

All 2015-2016 courses are now available for booking.  Upcoming courses are listed below.  Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event so early registration is recommended.

  • Wednesday 24 February: Creating Interactive Learning Resources using Excel 2013, 2.00pm – 5.00pm. This is an advanced Excel course therefore participants should have significant previous experience of using Excel 2013
  • Wednesday 6 April: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

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'.

A full list of all CED events and courses together with further information can be accessed on the CED website.

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Training and DevelopmentThe following Staff Training and Development courses are available for booking:

  • Monday 29 February: The Effective Mentor, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 7 March: Scientific Creativity, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 8 March: Doing Focus Group Research, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 8 March: An Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 10 March: Project Planning and Time Management for Researchers, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Friday 11 March: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 22 March: Staff Wellbeing Training- Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 23 March: Manager Wellbeing Training, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities
Book now for the following Developing for Success course taking place in February 2016:

  • Wednesday 2 March: Leading Change in HE, 9.30am – 3.00pm (Aimed at Professional Support staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above)

Follow the Staff Training and Development Unit on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

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.

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IT Training courses

ComputersPlaces are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 3 March: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 March: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 22 March: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 23 March: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 5 April: Introduction to Microsoft Publisher 2013, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 6 April: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL – Spreadsheets), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 11 April: Blogging for Researchers, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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 here.

Please note that PGR students have a separate programme organised through The Graduate School.

ECDL – The new improved test system allows the candidate to practice and diagnose what topics need revision (note – this is not used for ECDL Advanced). More information on ECDL.

The next test date is Tuesday 23 February 2016, 11.00am – 12.30pm.

Tip of the day: Do you need to create brochures, cards, flyers, etc.? A new Microsoft Publisher course will take place on Tuesday 5 April. Register via iTrent.

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