11 January 2016

Update on P2P

P2P identThe Finance Directorate is pleased to report the ongoing successful implementation of Procure to Pay (P2P), which is transforming the way in which we procure goods and services from our suppliers.

P2P has already been successfully implemented in the Faculties of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Engineering and Physical Sciences and in Professional Services.  The target end date for the roll-out of P2P across the University is the end of January 2016.

The roll-out is supported by a comprehensive training programme which will have been delivered to over 1,000 staff by the end of the project.  A number of video clips and new Qfis enquiries have recently been released to users to provide guidance and support on the new system.

For more information on P2P, click on the link: P2P Project Information January 2016

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Queen's to feature on 'The One Show' tonight

Lilian Bland Plane Staff and students from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering will appear on the BBC's 'The One Show' tonight in a feature on Lilian Bland  -  a journalist and aviator who, in 1910, became one of the first women in the world to design, build, and fly an aircraft.

PhD Students - Imelda Friel, Cara Harley, Roisin McConnell and Emer McAleavy, under the supervision of Dr Joe Butterfield, constructed a working, scaled model of Lilian Bland's aircraft for the feature which will be aired tonight on BBC One at 7.00pm.

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Staff Wellbeing: New Year, New Initiatives

The 2016 Staff Wellbeing schedule of events and activities, which includes the most popular events from previous years as well as some new activities, will be launched next week. Details will be published on the Staff Wellbeing website.

£ for lb Weight Loss Challenge
This year's £ for lb weight loss challenge will start on Monday 25 January 2016.  The aim is for participants to lose between 12-24 lbs in 12 weeks with support and advice from local Champions. Participants are asked to donate £1 for every lb lost to local charity, Cancer Focus. Last year, over 90 participants lost 626 lbs and raised over £2,000 for charity.

Further information and registration details are on Staff Wellbeing Website.

Winter Physical Activity Programme
The 2016 Winter Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins week commencing Monday 25 January 2016. The classes include:

Class Date Time Location
Introduction to Dance*
Monday 25 January 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Pilates Tuesday 26 January 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Yoga Wednesday 27 January 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Tone and Trim Thursday 28 January 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Blast Tabata Friday 29 January 1.15pm – 1.45pm Queen’s Sport, Physical Education Centre

* register for a free dance taster on Monday 18 January 2016 by emailing

Registration details and costs are available on the Staff Wellbeing Website.

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New Campus Finder

Campus FinderAn interactive Campus Finder has been developed by the Estates Directorate to allow people to locate buildings, lecture theatres and school offices across the campus.

The Campus Finder allows you to search for particular buildings and then zoom in on that location. You can also share it through email or social media, making it useful for visitors coming to campus.  Links to School/Directorate webpages can be provided together with the addition of totems that indicate main entrances.  Some tailoring can be provided to facilitate the location of conferences or special events where the title, location and the name of the hosting organisation can be shown.

If you have any comments or suggestions about how the Campus Finder could be improved or if there is any information you would like added to a particular location, please email

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Queen's Management School Blog

The latest Queen's Management School Blog post is by Dr Maura McAdam, Senior Lecturer in Management.

Read the post.

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Latest edition of Queen's Now

Queen's Now January 2016The December/January 2016 edition of Queen's Now is available online.

Included in this edition is a feature on the University's new Travel Plan including profiles of three members of staff who have swapped the car for cycling, the electric car and public transport.

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Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series: Wednesday 13 January

Stormont Buildings (Picture courtesy NI Tourist Board)The next KESS seminar entitled Dealing with the Past: Commemoration and Victims will take place at Stormont on Wednesday 13 January 2016. It will include:

  • 1.45pm: Dr Marie Coleman and Dr Dominic Bryan - Northern Ireland’s 2016: Approaching the contested commemoration of the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme
  • 2.05pm: Dr Luke Moffett - A pension for those seriously injured during the Troubles: Repairing the past

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


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Join an open learning short part-time course this New Year

Open Learning 2016The New Year 2016 Open Learning programme starts week commencing Monday 18 January 2016. From painting to public speaking, walking to wine appreciation, creative writing to céilí dancing, and astronomy to ayurveda, Open Learning short part-time day and evening courses at Queen’s offer everyone the chance to try something new and enjoy learning in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Courses are available in a wide variety of subject areas including:

•    Complementary Therapies
•    Creative Writing
•    History
•    Literature
•    Music
•    Personal Development
•    Philosophy

Queen’s staff qualify for the concession rate where applicable. For further information, and to enrol online, visit:

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Horizon 2020 - RISE Information Session, Wednesday 27 January

A RISE Information Session will take place on Wednesday 27 January 2016 at 12.30pm. Lunch will be provided.

RISE – a sub-programme of the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions - promotes the international and inter-sectoral (academic/ non-academic) exchange of research staff. 

Please register your attendance using the registration form.

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Nathan Congdon

Professor Nathan Congdon from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences will deliver his inaugural lecture, The TREE Centre: How our work can create more equitable global access to high-quality vision care, on Wednesday 20 January 2016 at 4.00pm at the Basement Seminar Room, The Wellcome-Wolfson Building, 97 Lisburn Road. A reception will follow in the atrium.

RSVP by email to

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Fulbright Reception and Lecture

The Annual Queen’s and Ulster University Fulbright Reception will take place in the Canada Room on Thursday 14 January 2016 at 4.30pm. The event will include a Fulbright Frontier Lecture on Public Infrastructure- Who Pays? by Fulbright alum Tony Wall. Light refreshments will be served from 4.30pm.

If you would like to attend, RSVP to Further details are available on the UK Fulbright Alumni website.

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BelFOSS: Thursday 28 January

BelFOSS logoThe School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is organising an event on Thursday 28 January 2016 to showcase and raise awareness of Linux and Free/Open-Source Software (FOSS) use in Belfast.

Aimed at students, IT professionals and hobbyists, the talks will show how FOSS software is used locally in charities, in research and in global businesses. It is hoped the event will raise awareness about demand from employers for skills and careers in Linux/FOSS.

More information about the BelFOSS event, including registration details, are available on the BelFOSS website.

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SPACE Seminar: Wednesday 20 January

The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering will host a seminar by Dr Mark Riley, Senior Lecturer, University of Liverpool (Geography and Planning) entitled, Turning farmers into conservationists? Exploring the impact of farmers’ longer-term participation in Agri-environment Schemes. The seminar will be chaired by Dr Linda Price.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday 20 January 2016, from 1.00pm - 2.00pm, Seminar Room 1 (03.005 DKB). A sandwich lunch will be provided.

More information is available on the School website  or contact Roslyn Barnes on

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Briefing Session for Teaching Awards 2016

A briefing session on Queen's Teaching Awards Scheme will be held on Tuesday 19 January 2016, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, in Conference Room 2, Student Guidance Centre. A sandwich lunch will be provided.

The aims of the briefing session are:

  • To provide information on the Teaching Awards application process
  • 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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Inaugural Queen's Global Health Symposium - Friday 22 April

CPH logoThe inaugural Queen's Global Health Symposium will take place on Friday 22 April 2016 in Riddel Hall. Hosted by the Centre for Public Health, the event will feature international speakers from policy and academic sectors.

To register your interest, please email

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Queen's Sport‌: New Year Staff offer and Winter Activity Programme

Queen's Sport T-shirtWhy not start your new year with a visit to Queen’s Sport
Queen's Sport is 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. If you sign up for one of the Queen’s Staff memberships, you get a Queen’s Sport training t-shirt (while stocks last).  Find out more.

If you would like to speak to a member of staff about this offer or about membership of Queen’s Sport, contact 028 9038 7684/5 or email: Offer ends Friday 12 February 2016.

Winter Activity Programme 2016
Enrolment is now open for Queen's Sport Adult and Children’s courses.

The popular Children’s Activity Programme includes Climbing, Gymnastics, Basketball, Trampoline, Ballet and Swimming. This year, a number of new courses have been introduced, including Basketball Fundamentals for children aged 3 - 4 years old,  Baby Ballet for Improvers and Taekwondo.

Courses commence week beginning Monday 18 January 2016Find out more.

This Winter’s adult courses at Queen’s Sport have a lot to offer, whether you want a new challenge with the lifestyle changing Back 2 Basics course  or feel the mind and body benefits of Yoga.  Adult Courses commence week beginning Monday 1 February 2016. Find out more.


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The Danish Girl 08/01/2016 This week at QFT:

THE DANISH GIRL (15) – Eddie Redmayne portrays gender-reassignment trailblazer Lili Elbe, who was one of the first to make a sex change via surgery. Nominated for 3 Golden Globes including Best Actor and Best Actress.

JOY (12A) – A rousing story of a self-made woman who overcomes every setback in her bid to launch her own business, starring Jennifer Lawrence in a stellar performance.

BROOKLYN (12A) - A huge hit when it screened at QFT back in November, here is another chance to see this wonderful film featuring a beautiful, understated performance from Saoirse Ronan.

A WAR (15) - A Danish army commander's life and family are turned upside down by the fallout of a single decision made while his company is under attack in this nerve-shattering drama that is part war movie and part court room thriller.

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 110116The Welcome Centre is now stocking hand-woven scarves by Liz Christy. Full range now in store.

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Open Access Courses

The following Open Access courses will take place next week:

  • Tuesday 19 January: What is Open Access, 10.00am – 11.00am, McClay Library Auditorium
  • Tuesday 19 January: How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF, 11.00am – 12.00pm, McClay Library Auditorium

It is possible to book the courses separately if you wish to attend one or the other.  If you wish to attend both courses, then please book on each course individually. Tea and coffee will be provided.

To register, login to Queen's Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section. Alternatively, contact and the Open Access team will book the course(s) on your behalf. The full training schedule is available on the Open Access LibGuide

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IT Training courses

ComputersPlaces are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 13 January 2016: Outlook – Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 1 February 2016: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 8 February 2016 : Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL – Spreadsheets), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 11 February 2016: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 2, 9.00am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 22 February 2016: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 24 February 2016: Excel 2: Managing Data, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 29 February 2016: Twitter for Beginners, 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'. Course dates can be viewed online.

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).  Find out more about ECDL. The next test date is Friday 22 January 2016, 9.30am – 11.00am.

Tip of the day: To transfer very large files, try QUB Dropbox: (files can be up to 1 Gb).

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

  • Tuesday 26 January 2016:  Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 January 2016: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Monday 1 February 2016 : Communicating your Research, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 2 February 2016 : Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities
Book now for the following Developing for Success course in January 2016 (Aimed at Professional Support staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above)

  • Wednesday 3 February: Managing Difficult Conversations, 9.15am – 1.15pm

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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Continuing Professional Development

All 20152016 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.

  • Tuesday 19 January 2016: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching  you must be registered to use QOL with access to one of your modules, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 20 January 2016:  Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 27 January 2016: Preparing and Giving Lectures; 2.00pm – 4.45pm

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

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