4 July 2016

New Schools

Four new Schools will be launched at Queen’s on 1 August 2016. They are:

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • School of Arts, English and Languages (AEL)
  • School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP)
  • School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW)

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

  • School of Natural and Built Environment

The Schools have been created following Senate’s approval of the Size and Shape Review which proposed a major restructuring of Schools in AHSS and the creation of a new School in EPS.

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Summer Graduation 2016

Summer Graduation 2016 is now underway. Graduation is an important time of celebration for the entire University, and is the result of a huge amount of work on the part of both students and staff.

Watch a special Staff Gateway video on Summer Graduation 2016, featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with some of the staff who make it happen.

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A Bite of Queen's Tour of the McClay Library

The next A Bite of Queen’s campus tour will take staff on a behind-the-scenes visit to The McClay Library. The tour will take place on Thursday 21 July, 1.05 – 1.50pm.

Staff will have the opportunity to learn more about the building’s world-class study facilities and wide-ranging library and computing services. The tour will include a visit to the impressive C.S. Lewis Reading Room – accessed through a hand-carved 'wardrobe' door – and the Special Collections service which houses the Library's rare and early printed book, map, and manuscript collections.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch.  To take part, please fill in the online booking form. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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IT Service Desk Update

Information Services have invested in a new enhanced IT support software solution, sitehelpdesk, which will make it easier for your IT queries to be resolved.

The system will run in parallel with the existing system as a pilot project from Monday 18 July until Monday 19 September 2016 when the system will go live fully.

Please contact Barry McKinney for further information.

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Biodiversity Walk

A Biodiversity Walk around Stranmillis and Riddel Hall will take place on Wednesday 27 July 2016, 1.00pm – 2.00pm. Join Philip Carson from RSPB on the lunchtime walk and find out about the diverse range of plants and wildlife in the local area. To register email
(spaces are limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis).

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Latest news on Staff Gateway Site

Staff Gateway siteNews stories appearing on the Staff Gateway site this week, include:

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Educational Recording Agency (ERA) Licence – Important Information

Queen’s staff can access Broadcast Content for educational purposes. Access is managed through the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) which provides a single point of clearance for all necessary rights for educational establishments. Staff wishing to use broadcast content need to be familiar with what is offered under the ERA licence as well as what restrictions there are. Information about ERA Licence.

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

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

If you are interesting in submitting an article to QPol, please contact Kevin at  

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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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This week at QFT

QFT Notes on BlindnessThis week at QFT

Notes on Blindness (U): After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary. The result is a poetic and intimate story, documenting John’s extraordinary journey into ‘a world beyond sight’.

Elvis and Nixon (15): It was a meeting that was forever immortalised in an iconic photo, but what compelled the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll to visit Nixon seemingly out of the blue? Elvis and Nixon goes behind the scenes of this bizarre encounter and reveals the true and untold story, to great comic effect.

Cemetery of Splendour (12A): Centring on two women volunteers who befriend each other, Apichatpong’s first feature since Uncle Boonmee... is as imaginative, sensuous and enigmatic as anything the Thai artist has made.

The Shining (15): A magnificent digital transfer of the longer, US version of Kubrick’s masterpiece of modern horror, The Shining is one of the most terrifying movies of all time.

Branagh Theatre Live (TBC) - Thursday 7 July, 7pm
The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live cinema season continues with a new vision of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of forbidden love. Branagh and his creative team present a modern passionate version of the classic tragedy.

The QFT is closed from Friday 8 July to Wednesday 13 July.

From Thursday 14 July: David Bowie Is; The Neon Demon; and Maggie’s Plan
Staff ticket price, £5 (standard ticket price, £6.70). Please visit for more details.

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Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre ChocolateFeeling like you need a little pick me up. Call in and try some delicious, locally made chocolate by Wee Choco. Flavours include milk chocolate and sea salt, dark chocolate with lime and chilli and white chocolate eton mess to name but a few.

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‌In the Naughton Gallery…

Naughton Gallery July 2016The Naughton Gallery will host its Late Night Art this week on Thursday 7 July 2016, 5.00pm -7.00pm. The gallery will be open late with its current exhibition on show, Powdered Milk by Keiler Roberts. The exhibition marks Roberts’ first solo show outside of the United States.

Further information is available on the Naughton Gallery website.

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IT Training Courses

The IT training courses have ended for this academic year but will recommence at the start of the new semester.  Access to IT training materials is available at  (QOL login).   

Want an IT qualification? Why not register for ECDL.  For more information:

ECDL summer tests dates:

  • Wednesday 6 July, 10.00am – 11.30am
  • Wednesday 3 August, 10.00am – 11.30am

Tip of the day:  The TODAY function in Excel is dynamic so will update each time the workbook is opened to always display the current date.  Enter =TODAY() in a cell

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CED: Seminars

The next Lunchtime Assessment Seminar to address any final outstanding concerns regarding new assessment strategies takes place:

  • Wednesday 6 July 2016: The Student Voice; designing assessment with students as partners

The sessions will run from 1.10pm – 1.50pm with tea and coffee at 1.00pm. Please feel free to bring your own lunch.

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'.

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Next Round Up

The next Round Up will be published on Monday 18 July 2016.

Please send contributions to by Thursday 14 July 2016.

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