1 February 2016

Help shape our Core Values

Core ValuesNext week sees the launch of a new campaign inviting staff to get involved in helping to decide what our Core Values should be.

Agreeing a set of Core Values is an important part in the development of our Corporate Plan: the Values will shape how we work and will underpin the culture of the University.

To get your views, a series of ‘Coffee, Cake and Core Values’ events will take place around campus, so why not drop in, grab a coffee and share your thoughts. Call in for 15 minutes anytime from 10.00am – 12.00pm on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 10 February 2016: The Hub, David Keir
  • Wednesday 17 February 2016: MBC, Room OG/120
  • Thursday 25 February 2016: Great Hall

If you can’t make any of the coffee events, there will also be an option for you to participate online. Further details will be available in next week’s Round Up. Find out more.

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World Cancer Day event at CCRCB

World Cancer Day 010216One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. 4 February is a day when the world comes together to show that we can do something about cancer. By joining forces on this day, everyone can play their part in beating cancer sooner.
To play your part in supporting Cancer Research UK on World Cancer Day 2016, you are invited to join colleagues in the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) in creating a human chain from CCRCB to the Cancer Centre in the City Hospital. The chain will highlight the importance of the 'bench to bedside' research that's happening in CCRCB and ultimately the benefit to patients.

The event will take place on Thursday 4 February at 10.30am and the meeting points will be the CCRCB foyer and Cancer Centre foyer. You are also invited to call in to the CCRCB foyer afterwards for a hot drink and cupcake.
For more information, contact:

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Green Week: 8 – 12 February 2016

Green Week 2016The University's Annual Green Week starts next Monday with a programme of events including a Love Food Hate Waste Cookery Demonstration by chef Stephen Jeffers, the Great Queen's Book Swap and Car Free Friday.

Take a look at the full Green Week programme.

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2016 Perks Card

Perks Card 2016Staff should now have received their 2016 Perks Card entitling you to up to 50% discount. 

Everyone who activates their 2016 Perks Card by 29 February 2016 will go into a draw to win a £50.00 Gift Card.

Click here for more information on Perks

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What is Your Masterplan? - Postgraduate Open Day

What is Your MasterPlanThe University’s Postgraduate Open Day takes place on Friday 12 February 2016 from 11.00am – 4.00pm.  It is a chance to meet staff and students from all our Postgraduate Taught courses, as well as representatives from support services.

Take a look at the ‘What is Your Masterplan?’ video which is being used to promote the Open Day.

If you would like to attend the Open Day, or know any students interested in attending, please register online.

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Free Cycle Training for Staff

In association with Sustrans, the National Cycling Charity, Queen's is offering staff the opportunity to avail of cycle training at no cost. The free cycle training aims to promote confidence on a bike; enjoyment of cycling; road awareness; and safe interaction with traffic. All staff who successfully complete their cycle training will be entered into a prize draw for a voucher to the value of £50 from Chain Reaction.

The training will be ongoing from Wednesday 10 February until Sunday 6 March.

Read More. Book a Place.

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Chinese New Year Celebrations

Chinese New Year 010216The Language Centre at Queen's would like to wish all staff and students across the University a Happy Spring Festival and Happy Year of the Monkey.

Following the successful celebration of the Chinese Year of the Sheep 2015, the Language Centre is playing host to a series of events to welcome the Chinese Year of the Monkey. Highlights include:

  • A wide range of Culture Talks: Tuesday 2 – Tuesday 23 February (The McClay Library)
  • Lion Dance: Monday 8 February, 1.00pm – 2.00pm (from The Lanyon Building to The McClay Library)
  • Chinese Lunch: Thursday 11 February, 1.00pm – 2.00pm (The Great Hall)

To book your place on any of the above events, please email

View the full programme of Chinese New Year Celebrations.

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Campus Food Market

Food Market 010216The University has embarked on a new venture to provide a variety of themed food markets throughout the year at various locations around campus. Aimed at both staff and students, the markets will promote locally sourced produce as part of Northern Ireland's Year of Food and Drink 2016.

The inaugural market, a celebration of the Chinese New Year, will be held in the Elmwood Hall, University Street, on Tuesday 9 February 2016, 11.00am – 4.00pm. Campus Food and Drink invite all staff to visit the market and sample the delights created by talented local producers.

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Professor Margaret Topping to undertake review of integrated education

Topping 010216Congratulations to Professor Margaret Topping on her appointment to undertake a review of integrated education. Appointed by the Education Minister John O'Dowd, Professor Topping will work alongside NICIE President Colm Cavanagh to complete the review, which will set out how the sector can be developed for the future.

Find out more.

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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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InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme: Keynote Address

As part of the InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme, Professor Julian Birkinshaw will deliver a keynote address on ‘Fast/Forward: Building agility into your organisation’ on Wednesday 3 February 2016 at Riddel Hall. The event will start promptly at 9.15am, with breakfast being served at 8.30am.

Professor Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director of the Deloitte Institute at the London Business School. His main area of expertise is in the strategy and organisation of large multinational corporations

Click here for more information and to register for the event.

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QPOL: Upcoming Events

'Parties, Polls and Predictions: Who will win the Irish General Election?'

This symposium on Ireland’s Election 2016 will take place on Thursday 11 February 2016 at 6.00pm in Lanyon Building, Room 01/052. It will feature Professor Gary Murphy (School of Law and Government, DCU); Dr Liam Weeks (Department of Government, UCC); Dr Claire McGing (Department of Geography, NUI Maynooth) and will be chaired by Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh.

Click here to register for the symposium.

Information Evening on the MSc in Public Policy at Queen’s

An Information Evening on the MSc in Public Policy at Queen’s will take place on Thursday 25 February 2016 from 6.30pm – 8.00pm at Riddel Hall.

Click here to register for the event Contact for more information.

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RAE Armstrong Public Lecture Series

The RAE Armstrong Public Lecture Series will be given by Professor Dan Bradley, Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin. The first lecture will take place next week:

  • 10 February 2016 at 4.00pm: 'Ancient Irish Bears and Neanderthal Man - What do they have in common?', Medical Biology Centre Lecture Theatre 1

To confirm your attendance, email:

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Queen's Sport

QUB Sport Ballet 2016 Winter Activity Programme 2016 – Enrol now!

Queen’s Sport Activity Programme is open to everyone and is packed full with classes and courses to suit all!

Courses include Yoga, Pilates, Swimming, Climbing, as well as new courses in Female Strength Training, Indoor Rowing, Gymnastics, Ballet, Boxing and Capoeira.

Click here for more information on the Winter Activity Programme 2016.

Queen’s Staff Offer

Queen’s Sport are offering you and a friend ONE free session in the Gym, Swimming pool or a Class of your choice. To claim your free trial, simply bring your staff card to Queen’s Sport reception. Plus, if you sign up for one of the Queen’s Staff memberships, you receive a free Queen’s Sport t-shirt (while stocks last).

Click here for more information about staff memberships.

If you would like to speak to a member of staff about this offer or about membership of Queen’s Sport contact: 028 90 387684/5 or email:

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The Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre 010216Handcrafted wheaten bread from 'Our Daily Bread' is now in stock in the Welcome Centre. The 'Great Taste Award'-winning 'make it yourself' breads are locally produced and full of wholesome goodness with no additives or preservatives.

Staff receive a 10% discount.

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QFT 010216This week at QFT

YOUTH (15) – Two old friends (Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel) reflect on their past, present, and the beauty and absurdity of the world in bittersweet new film from the director of The Great Beauty.

THE ASSASSIN (12A) – Set during the Tang Dynasty in the 9th century, a young woman (Shu Qi) abducted and trained as an assassin must kill her childhood love. With a mastery of the medium few directors could match, Hou Hsiao-hsien reinvents the Wuxia martial arts epic with a mysterious and beautiful cinematic tour de force.

CRY OF THE CITY (12A) – Tense, punchy 1948 movie of two men on opposite sides of the law.

Made in Belfast Season
Celebrating the stories, places and people of Belfast, this season will explore Belfast’s film past and consider the present and potential future of film in the city.
•    THE TRUTH COMMISSIONER – Special Preview - Monday 1 February, 6.30pm
•    MICKYBO & ME (15) – Tuesday 2 February, 6.30pm
•    GOOD VIBRATIONS (15) – Wednesday 3 February, 6.30pm
•    BATTLE OF THE BONE (recommended 18+) – Thursday 4 February, 6.30pm

From Friday 5 February: Trumbo and The Survivalist.

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

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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 and early registration is recommended.

  • Wednesday 10 February: Dynamic PowerPoint Presentations, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 10 February: Using GradeMark to Give Feedback, 2.00pm – 4.30pm (Participants on this course should be from a School that has agreed to use Turnitin as a submission tool and take part in the GradeMark trial.)
  • Wednesday 17 February: Using the TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 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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The following Staff Training and Development Unit courses are available for booking:

  • Tuesday 9 February: Manager Wellbeing Training, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 10 February: Planning Your Research Career, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 10 February: Health and Safety for Coordinators, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 11 February: An Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 11 February: Integrated Research Application System (IRAS), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 16 February: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 17 February: Biological Safety and Genetic Modification, 10.00am – 11.00am
  • Tuesday 23 February: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 February: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Monday 29 February: The Effective Mentor, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities

Book now for the following Developing for Success course taking place in February 2016 (this course is aimed at Professional Support staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above):

  • Tuesday 23 February: Managing Conflict in the Workplace, 9.15am – 1.15pm

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 the Staff Training and Development Unit on Twitter @QueensStaffDev.

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 11 February: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 2, 9.00am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 22 February: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 26 February: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 29 February: Twitter for Beginners, 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

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'. Click here to view course dates.

Please note that a separate programme for PGR students is 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 Friday 5 February, 9.30am – 11.00am.

Tip of the day: Need to hear text in your Office document read aloud? Add 'Speak Selected Text' to your Quick Access Toolbar (select: File, Options, Quick Access Toolbar – choose command from – All commands).

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