25 January 2016

Appointment of Faculty Deans

The Faculties are delighted to announce the appointment of new Deans to their Faculty teams.  


Research Professor Paul Connolly
Education Professor David Phinnemore
Internationalisation Professor Sally Wheeler – to continue as Interim Acting Dean
Graduate Studies  Professor Michael Alcorn



Research Professor Chris Hardacre (until 31 March 2016)
Education Professor Ian Williams
Internationalisation Professor Stan Scott
Postgraduate  Professor Cathy Craig



Research Professor Aaron Maule (from 1 August 2016)
Education Professor Mark Lawler
Internationalisation Professor Colin McCoy
Innovation and Impact   Professor Alan Stitt


These appointments mark another important Vision 2020 milestone, to create strong and visible academic leadership in delivering institutional priorities at a Faculty level. Reporting to the Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor, the Deans will be key leaders in the Faculty Executive Boards (FEB), working with the Heads of School to provide linkage across and between Faculties and ensure cohesion of their portfolio within the Faculty. They will work closely with their respective FEB, Portfolio Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professional Support Services in setting and delivering against agreed strategies.

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Staff Wellbeing Launches Queen’s Friday Choir

You don’t need to look far to find out about the physical, emotional and psychological benefits of singing and particularly group singing. Now, you don’t need to look far to find a singing group. Queen’s Friday Choir starts on Friday 19 February at 1.10pm in the Harty Room, Music Building, School of Creative Arts. Aimed at Queen's staff, the choir will offer a fantastic opportunity to come and have some fun singing with musician and choir leader Una McCann who will take you through uplifting songs from many genres including blues, pop, Americana, gospel and world music.

The Choir will meet on Friday 19 February and each Friday* from 1.10pm – 1.50pm until 20 May, when they will perform in the Great Hall to staff, family members and friends. Attendees at the performance will be encouraged to make a small donation to a selected charity.

The choir is open to everyone – no prior experience of singing or reading music is necessary as all songs will be taught by ear. All you need is the desire to sing. Further information can be found on the Staff Wellbeing website.

To join the choir, register by emailing with 'Queen’s Friday Choir' in the subject line.

* The choir will not meet during the Easter break on 22 and 29 March.

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Health and Medicine Editor of The Conversation to visit Queen's

The Conversation The Conversation's Health and Medicine Editor, Clint Witchalls, will visit Queen's on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 February 2016. He will be ‘hot desking’ in the Communications Office in Lanyon North and staff are invited to drop in to talk to Clint about the possibility of writing a piece for The Conversation.

If you would like to meet with Clint, please contact by Wednesday 27 January 2016 at 1.00pm to book a meeting slot.

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A Bite of Queen's: Staff tour of the David Keir Building

The next A Bite of Queen's tour will take place on Thursday 4 February, 1.05pm –1.50pm in the David Keir Building.

This tour will give you an insight into the history of the building and offer a behind-the-scenes visit to the Queen's University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL) Research Centre and the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS). Staff will hear from Professor Emeritus Jim Swindall CBE and Professor Chris Elliott, Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, about the world class research that is conducted there.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch. To register for the event, please click here.

For more information on the A Bite of Queen's tours, click here.

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NI Year of Food Photography Competition

The Institute for Global Food Security would like to thank eveyone who submitted photographs and took part in the InvestNI-supported NI Year of Food Photography Competition. The three winners are:

1st prize
‘Hey there!  At Gortmore viewpoint’ by Svetlana Svyatko, Research Fellow, 14CHRONO Centre for Climate, the Environment, and Chronology, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology

2nd prize
‘Dexter Treasure’ by Darren Feely, Administrative Officer, Admissions and Access Service

3rd prize
‘Portaferry Patchwork at Sunrise’ by David Johnston, PhD student, AFBI Hillsborough (Supervisors – Dr Conrad Ferris (AFBI) and Dr Niamh O'Connell (QUB))

Congratulations to all three winners and thank you to everyone who took part and supported the competition. The winning photographs can be viewed on the Institute for Global Food Security website.

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Horizon 2020: Writing workshop for Research and Innovation actions

Horizon 2020 250116Queen’s EU team will hold a workshop on how to write a competitive Research Innovation action proposal (RIA/IA) on 10 and 11 February 2016. The training will be relevant to experienced researchers applying for Horizon 2020 Industrial Leadership or Societal Challenges.

The workshop will address each section of the application through informative material and hands-on exercises. Strategic guidance will also be provided.

Click here to register for this event.

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Horizon 2020 – Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships Information Session

An 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.

Full information and registration details are available on the Research and Enterprise website.

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EU Research Team Newsletter

Please click here for the latest news from the EU Research Team. If you would like to receive this newsletter, please email your details to

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Energy Awareness Session

Join Queen’s Energy Officer, Alan Hughes, and a representative from Bryson Energy to learn how small changes can make a big difference to energy usage, both in the home and here at work. The event will be held in the McClay Library, Training Room 2, on Wednesday 3 February from 1.00pm – 2.00pm. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. To indicate any dietary requirements, please email by Friday 29 January.

Click here to register for the event.

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QPol is a vehicle through which Queen's academics can focus their engagement with those involved in the policymaking process by providing independent, evidence-based analysis and solutions to government, politicians and others involved in tackling the major challenges of the day.

Recent posts to the QPol blog, include:
The Need for a UN Treaty on Violence against Women – Dr Ronagh McQuigg looks at the work of the United Nations as regards the protection of women and calls for a dedicated UN Treaty on Violence against Women.

Upcoming event: '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 6pm 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.

Contact for more information.

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British Academy Faith Debate at Queen's

The British Academy will hold a debate at Queen's on Thursday 3 March,  6.30pm – 8.00pm, as part of their wider 'Faith' season of events taking place this spring. Details of the event, entitled 'Is true religion always extremist?', are available on the British Academy website. The debate will take place in Riddel Hall and will be chaired by William Crawley, presenter, BBC Radio Ulster.

Speakers include:

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


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Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS)

KESS provides a forum to present and disseminate academic research findings in a straightforward format, on issues that are relevant to the Programme for Government. It seeks to bring the findings to the attention of key participants and decision-makers in the policy and law-making processes in Northern Ireland, such as MLAs and Assembly committees, as well as the wider public sector.

The next KESS event will take place at Stormont on Wednesday 27 January 2016, and will focus on the theme of 'Understanding Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour':

  • 1.45pm: Professor Siobhan O’Neill (Ulster), 'Understanding suicide and suicidal behaviour in Northern Ireland'
  • 2.05pm: Dr Sharon Mallon (OU), 'An exploration of the dynamics of suicide among women'
  • 2.25pm: Dr Denise O’Hagan (QUB), 'Sleeping tablets and Anxiety pills – examining the risks'

To reserve your place at a seminar, email Further details, including information on parking and access, can be found on the Research and Enterprise website.

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The Conversation

The Conversation

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

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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 overall theme for the lectures will be 'Time Travelling with Ancient DNA and Human Evolution':

  • 10 February 2016 at 4.00pm: 'Ancient Irish Bears and Neanderthal Man - What do they have in common?', Medical Biology Centre Lecture Theatre 1
  • 24 February 2016 at 4.00pm: 'Genomes from Ancient Irish People - Where do we come from?', Medical Biology Centre Lecture Theatre 1
  • 2 March 2016 at 4.00pm, 'Life and Death in the Past - Which were the genes that mattered?', Medical Biology Centre Lecture Theatre 1

These lectures are open to both academics and the general public, and are also ideal for A-Level students studying Biology – especially those hoping to do Medicine, Pharmacy or Biomedical Sciences. Please circulate to anyone you think may be interested in attending.

To confirm your attendance, email:

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Centre of Excellence for Public Health NI (COE) – Upcoming Events

The next events on the CoE Calendar are:

  • 'Designing RCTs and Observational Studies to account for Missing Data not missing at Random': a seminar by Dr Mark McGovern, Lecturer in Economics, School of Management, QUB, on Wednesday 24 February 2016, 4.00pm, in the Canada Room/Council Chamber. Full details of the event can be found on the CoE website.
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Oscars Unisex Hairdressers: offers for staff

Hair Oscars SUHair Oscars Unisex Hairdressers is now open in the Students' Union.

The following offers are available to staff:

  • Gents haircut & wash: £8
  • Ladies blow dry: £8              
  • Ladies curly blow dry: £10      
  • Ladies cut and blow dry: £15

Opening hours are Monday – Saturday, 10.00am – 7.00pm. No appointment necessary.

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Queen's Sport

Winter 2016 Childrens Activity Programme Queen's SportChildren's Activity Programme – SPACES STILL AVAILABLE
Queen's Sport Children's Activity Programme includes courses such as Gymnastics, Basketball, Ballet and Swimming. A number of new courses have also been introduced, including Basketball Fundamentals for children aged 3 - 4 years old; Baby Ballet Improvers; and Junior and Senior Taekwondo.

Click here for more information on the Children's activity programme.

Queen’s staff offer
Queen’s Sport are offering you and a friend ONE free session in our 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: 02890 387684/5 or email:

Winter Activity Programme 2016 – enrolment now open!
Queen’s Sport offers one of the best programmes around: no matter what your interest, theActivity Programme is inclusive of everyone and is packed with classes and courses to suit all abilities. Queen's Sport are offering progressive courses in Yoga (various types) as well as all the favourites such as Pilates and Swimming.

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

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QFT 250116This week at QFT:

ROOM (15) – Room tells the story of Jack, a spirited five-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma in the confines of a room where they are kept captive.

THE REVENANT (15) – Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy star in an enthralling revenge western from Alejandro Gonzales (Birdman).

THE FORBIDDEN ROOM (12A) – A deranged yet humorous multiple-story visual feast from Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg), inspired by early sound films from the 1920s.

MY NAZI LEGACY (PG) – Three men travel across Europe – two of them to confront the acts of their Nazi officer fathers, while one of them visits the place where his Jewish family was destroyed by the aforementioned officers – in this enthralling documentary. One-off screening on Wednesday 27 January, 6:30pm.

BOLSHOI BABYLON (PG) – Bolshoi Babylon takes us behind the scenes of Russia's celebrated ballet company in the immediate aftermath of the acid attack on its director by a disgruntled former dancer.

From Friday 29 January: Youth, Made in Belfast mini season, The Assassin and Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain + Q&A

The winner of the tickets to see Room was Helen Behzadafshar from Academic Affairs.

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

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The Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre is now stocking a new range of handmade, locally grown, savory preserves. The 'Great Taste Award'-winning chutneys, relishes and pickles can be used as dips, cooking sauces, marinades and condiments.

Staff receive a 10% discount.

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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 27 January 2016: Preparing and Giving Lectures, 2.00pm – 4.45pm
  • Wednesday 10 February 2016: Dynamic PowerPoint Presentations, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 10 February 2016: 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)

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

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Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 26 January:  Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 January: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, 10.00am – 12noon
  • Monday 1 February: Communicating your Research, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 2 February: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • 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 – 12noon
  • Monday 29 February: The Effective Mentor, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities

Book now for the following 'Developing for Success' course in February 2016. This course (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
  • Tuesday 23 February: Managing Conflict in the Workplace, 9.15am – 1.15pm

Follow the Staff Training and Development Unit on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

To register for an upcoming training course, log onto Queens 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:

  • Monday 1 February: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • 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
  • Tuesday 1 March: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 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 5 February, 9.30am – 11.00am.

Tip of the day: Create your own tab in Office applications by clicking the File tab, select Options and Customize Ribbon. From the lower right of the open window, click New tab (rename it); add new groups (Rename them) and add controls you use most often

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