8 February 2016

Campus Food Market: Tuesday 9 February 2016

Inaugural Food MarketThe 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, takes place tomorrow (Tuesday 9 February 2016), 11.00am – 4.00pm, and will be held in the Elmwood Hall, University Road. Campus Food and Drink invite all staff to visit the market and sample the delights created by talented local producers.

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Chinese New Year Celebrations

Chinese New Year 010216To welcome the Chinese Year of the Monkey, the Language Centre will host a number of events, including:

  • Chinese Lunch: Thursday 11 February 2016, 1.00pm – 2.00pm (The Great Hall)
  • A wide range of Culture Talks: Tuesday 2 – Tuesday 23 February 2016 (The McClay Library)

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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Help shape our Core Values

Core ValuesThe first in a series of staff events to help decide what our Core Values should be will take place this week.

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

Find out more.

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Green Week: 8 – 12 February 2016

Green Week 2016The University's Annual Green Week starts today 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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What is Your Masterplan? - Postgraduate Open Day

What is Your MasterPlanStaff are being invited to encourage all final and pre-final year students to register and attend the University’s Postgraduate Taught Open Day on Friday 12 February 2016 from 11.00am – 4.00pm. 

Likewise, staff members interested in pursuing PG taught study are also invited to attend. The day is a chance to meet staff and students from all our Postgraduate Taught courses, as well as representatives from support services. Anyone interested in attending can register online.

Staff can also use the following short link to promote the event on social media

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

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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 2016.

Read More. Book a Place.

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Northern Ireland Science Festival: 18 - 28 February 2016

Northern Ireland Science Festival 2016The second NI Science Festival – an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – takes place from 18 – 28 February 2016.

Throughout the 11-day Festival, Queen’s will host 17 events which will give the public the opportunity to experience first-hand the world class research that takes place at the University. Events include 'Know Your Enemy, Disease-Focused Research at Queen’s ' at the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine on Saturday 27 February 2016, 1.00pm – 5.00pm.

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

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Student Leader Elections are open

Student Leader electionsNominations for Candidates for The Student Leader Elections are now open.

Every year, a team of Student Officers are elected by Queen’s students to represent the 22,500+ students studying at the University and run the Union. Any student can nominate themselves to be a Student Officer – it doesn’t matter what they are studying, what school they are in, where they are from or even what type of student they are.

If you know a student who you think would make the perfect Student Officer, then please ask them to find out more at:

Nominations close Thursday 18 February 2016, 5.00pm.
Voting 1-3 March

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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: 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.

QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog - Recent Posts

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Horizon 2020 – Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships Information Session

A MSCA Individual Fellowships Information Session will take place on Thursday 18 February 2016 at 12.30pm. Lunch will be provided.

Individual Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowships aim to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers (post-doctoral researchers) by diversifying their skills acquisition through advanced training and international and/or inter-sectoral mobility. There is also support for individual researchers to re-start their careers after a break from research, and for the re-integration into Europe of researchers previously active in Europe but currently working outside Europe.

Click here for full information and registration.

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Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS): Wednesday 10 February 2016

The next KESS seminar, entitled 'Rights in Northern Ireland: Current Issues', will take place at Stormont on Wednesday 10 February 2016. It will include:

  • 1.30pm: RaISe – Welcome
  • 1.35pm: Assembly Committee Chair – Opening Remarks
  • 1.45pm: Dr Anne Smith and Prof Monica McWilliams (Ulster), 'Ensuring a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland remains on the Political Agenda'
  • 2.05pm: Dr Fiona Bloomer (Ulster) and Dr Lesley Hoggart (OU), 'Abortion Policy – Challenges and Opportunities'

To reserve your place at the seminar, email Find out more about KESS.

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Cartlann na Gaeilge Beo: 'Céad bliain den streachailt teanga i mBéal Feirste' (Irish Language Living Archive: 'One hundred years of language struggle in Belfast')

‌Brighid Mhic Sheáin, one of the founders of Gaeltacht Seoighe, will deliver a talk about the Irish Language Living Archive on Wednesday 10 February 2016, 6.00pm - 7.00pm, in the Senate Room. The talk, 'One hundred years of language struggle in Belfast', will be accompanied by some samples from the archive.

This event is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Funds as part of a scoping study of archives of northern working-class life. Contact Dr Michael Pierse for further details: 

Refreshments and food will be served. Click here to book your place.

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Inaugural lecture: Professor Mark Lawler

Professor Mark Lawler from the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, will deliver his inaugural lecture, 'Genetics: Cancer/Art: Theatre – a Personal twist of the Helix to enhance human health', on Friday 19 February 2016 at 4.00pm in the Medical Biology Centre, Lecture Theatre G23ST.

Refreshments will be served after the lecture in the MBC Foyer. RSVP to

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School of History and Anthropology Newsletter

The current edition of the School of History and Anthropology's newsletter is now available online‌. Read this edition.

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iPad mini found in RVH car park

An iPad mini has been found in the RVH car park near the mortuary. If this belongs to you, please contact RVH: 028 9063 8258.

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The Welcome Centre

Hot Chocolate Welcome Centre The Welcome Centre is now stocking Artisan Hot Chocolate by NearyNogs. Using only locally sourced ingredients, the NearyNog family have been pairing best-quality chocolate with winning flavour combinations for years in south Armagh.  Flavours include Caradamon and Clove, Chilli Chocolate and the traditional signature blend.

Staff receive a 10% discount.

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Queen's Sport

Winter Activity Programme 2016 – Spaces still available last week to enrol!

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

Spaces are still available on a range of courses including; Yoga, Pilates, Swimming, Climbing and Ballet.

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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Trumbo This week at QFT

TRUMBO (15) – Bryan Cranston gives a stellar performance as Dalton Trumbo, the Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted in the 1940s.

YOUTH (15) – A composer and film director (Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel) retreat to a Swiss spa to discuss the past and present in this witty and emotional film.

THE SURVIVALIST (18) - In post-apocalyptic Ireland, a paranoid loner must learn how to deal with a starving mother and daughter who find his hideout.

From Friday 12 February: Spotlight and Rams

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

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Open Access Courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • What is Open Access – Monday 15 February, 2.00pm – 3.00pm, McClay Library Auditorium
  • How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF – Wednesday 17 February, 2.00pm – 3.00pm, McClay Library Auditorium

To register, login to Queen's Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section. Alternatively, email Open Access, who will be able to book courses 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.  Upcoming courses are listed below.  Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event so 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
  • Wednesday 24 February: Creating Interactive Learning Resources using Excel 2013: 2.00pm – 5.00pm.  This is an advance dExcel cours therefore participants should have significant previous experience of using Excel 2013

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.

Queen's Teaching Awards 2016

The closing date for receipt of applications for a QUB Teaching Award 2016 is 5.00pm on Friday 11 March 2016.  Further information is available in the Teaching Awards Notes for Guidance which are available to download on the CED website along with application templates and examples of previous applications.

For more information, contact Liz McDowell on: or 028 9097 5301.


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

  • 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:

  •  Monday 22 February: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am – 13.00pm
  • Friday 26 February: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 13.00pm
  • Monday 29 February: Twitter for Beginners, 10.00am – 13.00pm
  • Wednesday 3 March: Guide to Computing Facilities, 13.15pm – 14.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 March: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 10.00am – 13.00pm
  • 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

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 Tuesday 23 February, 9.30am – 11.00am.

Tip of the day: You can enlarge the ribbon in Office applications by adding 'Touch/Mouse Mode' to your Quick Access Toolbar  (select: File, Options, Quick Access Toolbar - choose commands from - Popular commands)

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