29 February 2016

Staff Survey: April 2016

Staff Survey logoA Staff Survey is coming in April 2016. This is an opportunity for you to share your views on what it is like to work at Queen’s and to voice your opinions on what is important to colleagues.

The survey is being managed and run by an independent external organisation, ORC International, and is completely confidential. No data from the survey will be made available to the University which will allow individuals to be identified.

The results will help us to understand what we need to do to make sure we achieve the priorities identified within Vision 2020. Action plans will be developed to address specific issues.

The survey is easy to complete and should take no longer than 10 – 15 minutes. All staff are encouraged to take part in the survey and provide honest opinions. This is a real opportunity for you to play your part in shaping our future.

Further details will be made available online in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact

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Car Free Friday on 4 March

Care Free Fridays 2015The next Car Free Friday (CFF) at Queen's will take place on Friday 4 March when staff are encouraged to leave their car at home and take the opportunity to enjoy a movie and a meal after work.

In association with Queen's Film Theatre (QFT), Molly's Yard and Madison's Hotel, staff can avail of the following discounts on presentation of a valid public transport ticket:
•    20% off regular staff prices at the QFT
•    20% off your total food bill, including drinks, at Molly's Yard (Booking is encouraged)
•    20% off orders from the a la carte menu at Madison's Hotel.

More information including terms & conditions

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Internal Vacancy

This week's internal vacancy is:

School Secretary and Office Manager (Grade 5)
Ref: 16/104425
School of Psychology
Closing date: Friday 11 March 2016
Anticipated interview date: Monday 21 March 2016

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Queen's Teaching Awards 2016

The closing date for receipt of applications for Queen's Teaching Awards is 5.00pm on Friday 11 March 2016.  Further information is available on the Centre for Educational Development website. Queries should be directed to Liz McDowell, or 028 9097 5301.

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Help shape our Core Values

Core ValuesThank you to all the staff who participated in the Core Values Campaign. Over 500 staff took part in the ‘Coffee, Cake and Core Values’ events and shared their thoughts online.

Take a look at the Vice-Chancellor's latest blog post to find out what colleagues said.

The online survey will remain open until Tuesday 1 March 2016, 5.00pm.

Find out more about the Core Values Campaign.

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Queen’s in world’s first trial of new treatment for prostate cancer

In partnership with the Belfast Trust, Queen's is leading the world’s first ever trial of a new combination of cancer therapies for patients with advanced prostate cancer, with the hope of prolonging their lives.

To find out more, watch the below video featuring Professor Joe O'Sullivan, Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology and Clinical Director of Oncology in the Belfast Trust. You can also read the full story here.

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Horizon 2020: is ERC funding for me?

Horizon 2020Staff are invited to attend a showcase event on Tuesday 15 March 2016 at which four academics who have been awarded an ERC grant will share their experience.

The objective of the European Research Council (ERC) is to provide attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground-breaking, high-gain/ high-risk research. Research funded by the ERC is expected to lead to advances at the frontiers of knowledge and to set a clear and inspirational target for frontier research across Europe.

Registrations and lunch will start at 11.45am. The event will end at 2.00pm. Read the full programme.

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One month to go: Implementation of HEFCE’s policy for open access

With just one month to go, it's the final countdown to 1 April 2016 when HEFCE’s policy for open access in the post-2014 REF will be implemented. Non-compliance with the policy will mean that papers are not eligible for assessment and will be given an unclassified score.

In brief, HEFCE have mandated green open access. The policy has two major parts:

  • A requirement to deposit final peer-reviewed manuscripts of journal articles and conference proceedings into an institutional repository or subject repository within three months of publication; and
  • A requirement that papers are made open access as soon as possible after publication and do not exceed the embargo limits (12 months REF Main Panels A and B; 24 months REF Main Panels C and D).

The policy will apply to all manuscripts accepted for publication from 1 April 2016 but you are encouraged to start uploading your accepted papers now to Pure.

Further details and useful information can be found in the Open Access LibGuides. If you have any questions, contact the Open Access Team by emailing or get in touch with them via Twitter.

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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 – Recent Posts

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

QPol event - Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics 2016

QPol is delighted to be involved in programming a series of events as part of Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics 2016.To find out more about these events, please click here

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School of Education Open Learning Taster Day

Belfast Festival of Learning logoAs part of the Belfast Festival of Learning, the School of Education will run an Open Learning Taster Day on Monday 7 March 2016, holding FREE one-hour sessions from 10.00am to 4.00pm:

  • In the Frame – Looking at the Art World, 10.00am – 11.00am, 0G,008, 20 College Green. Speaker: Amanda Croft.
  • 100 Years of Change in the Oval Office: Understanding the US Presidency. 11.00am –12.00pm, 0G/005, 20 College Green. Speaker: Ronnie Hanna.
  • Historical Walking Tour: Queen’s Quarter, 12.30pm – 1.30pm. Reception of 20 College Green. Speaker: Raymond O’Regan.
  • The Battle of Jutland, 2.00pm – 3.00pm, 0G/005, 20 College Green. Speaker: Steve Flanders.
  • Mining your Memories: An Introduction to Life Writing, 3.00pm – 4.00pm, 0G/008, 20 College Green. Speaker: Louise McIvor.
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International Women’s Day Lecture: Tuesday 8 March 2016

The School of Nursing and Midwifery will host its annual lecture to celebrate International Women’s Day at 4.00pm on Tuesday 8 March 2016 in the Canada Room, Lanyon Building. This year's speaker is Judith K Gillespie CBE, former Deputy Chief Constable of the PSNI. She will give a talk entitled 'Gender Equality in Policing: Are we there yet?' as part of the 'Women in Leadership' series.

Please confirm attendance via email to

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Queen's Women’s Common Room Club

The next meeting of the Queen's Women’s Common Room Club will take place on Tuesday 8 March 2016, International Women’s Day, in the Old Staff Common Room. The speaker, Rosemary McCreery, will give a talk on 'An Irishwoman’s involvement with child protection in Africa'.   
Rosemary McCreery is the former UN Assistant-Secretary-General for Human Resources. She has also worked as Special Adviser to UNICEF, head of UNICEF in Russia and Belarus, Director of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia, and as a diplomat with the Irish Foreign Service.  Currently she is Chair of ISHR,  International Service for Human Rights.

The WCRC was founded in 1949 as a point of social contact for female staff members and the partners of members of staff. It continues to provide an opportunity to meet and make friends. If you are interested in attending, please contact

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SMDBS International Women’s Day charity lunchtime event

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences will hold an International Women’s Day charity lunchtime event on Wednesday 9 March 2016, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, in the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine foyer. Tea, coffee and traybakes will be provided. Further details: SMDBS IWD event poster

The theme of the event is ‘Changing lives of communities in Uganda – QUB volunteers make a difference'. Mervyn Murdock, Technician in the Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education and Staff Volunteer of the Year 2015, and Ethel Murdock will speak of their work with families in Uganda over the last 20 years.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Rapha Medical Centre in Uganda.

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QUBAN Seminar Series

QUBAN Seminar SeriesThe cross-faculty QUBAN group (Queen’s University Anti-Microbial Network) invites all interested staff and students to the first talk in its seminar series.  This will be given by Dr Stephan Reuter of the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, the largest non-university institute to research low-temperature plasmas and their technical applications. The presentation, 'Plasma in Life Science', will take place on Thursday 3 March 2016 at 4.00pm in the Physics Emeleus Lecture Theatre.

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New public lecture series starting Wednesday 9 March

A new series of Public Lectures by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice starts on Wednesday 9 March 2016, 4.30 - 6.00pm in the Old Staff Common Room.

The lecture, ‘Intersectionality: working in conflict’, will be given by Eilish Rooney, Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University (Belfast).

For further information on this event and the lecture series, please contact Dr Ulrike M Vieten,

Book a place at the lectureFind out more about the lecture series programme.

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RAE Armstrong Public Lecture Series

The last lecture in the RAE Armstrong Public Lecture Series will take place on Wednesday 2 March 2016 at 4.00pm in the Medical Biology Centre Lecture, Theatre 1. The lecture, 'Life and Death in the Past – Which were the genes that mattered?', will be given by Professor Dan Bradley from the Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin. The overall theme for the lectures is 'Time Travelling with Ancient DNA and Human Evolution'.

Please confirm your attendance via email to

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QFT 290216This week at QFT:

A BIGGER SPLASH (15) – An androgynous rock star (Swinton) and her filmmaker lover (Matthias Schoenaerts) find their idyllic holiday on a Sicilian island spoilt by the arrival of an old record producer acquaintance (Ralph Fiennes) and his petulant daughter (Dakota Johnson).

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

CHRONIC (15) – The motivations of a caregiver for the terminally-ill are thrown into question in Michel Franco’s complex drama, featuring a career-best performance from Tim Roth as a man at the end of his emotional tether.

From Friday 4 March: Hail, Caesar! and Hitchcock/Truffaut.

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

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The Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre 290216A new and exclusive range of Queen’s gift packaging is now available from the Welcome Centre. The gift bags are velcro-fastened and extra durable for travel. A range of sizes, including small, medium and large, are available to purchase singly or for multiple items.

Staff receive a 10% discount.

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Open Access Courses

There are places available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 15 March, What is Open Access, 10.00am – 11.00am, McClay Library, Gillespie Room, Floor 2
  • Thursday 10 March, How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF, 10.00am – 11.00am, McClay Library, Gillespie Room, Floor 2

To register, login to Queen's Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section. Alternatively, email the Open Access team who can book the course(s) on your behalf.

The full training schedule is available on the Open Access LibGuide.

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Continuing Professional Development

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

  • Wednesday 6 April: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes, 2.00pm – 4.30pm.  Some previous experience with PowerPoint is necessary for attendance at this workshop.

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 Centre for Educational Development webpage.

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

  • 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 – 12.00om
  • Tuesday 22 March: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 23 March: Manager Wellbeing Training, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Follow STDU on Twitter: @QueensStaffDev

To register for an upcoming training course, log onto Queen's Online at 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:

  • Tuesday 1 March: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 3 March: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 March: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • 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). Click here for more information on ECDL.

The next test date is Monday 7 March, 11.30am – 1.00pm.

Tip of the day: Are you an academic interested in creating content that can be shared via social media? A new Blogging for Researchers course will be held on Monday 11 April.

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