27 June 2016

Global Research Institute launched by Senator George J. Mitchell

Last week Senator George J. Mitchell visited Queen's to launch one of our new Global Research Institutes, named in his honour.

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice is the second of four Global Research Institutes to be launched at the University.

Global Research Institutes are the University’s flagships for interdisciplinary research in areas of major societal challenge.

Watch the video:

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Invoicing arrangements for financial year end 31 July 2016

To facilitate the year end process, please note the following arrangements for raising invoices to customers for activities carried out prior to 31 July 2016:

  • Up to 25 July 2016
    As far as possible, all invoices and invoice requisitions relating to activities completed, or due to be completed, prior to 31 July 2016 should be forwarded to the OSR section of Finance on or before 25 July 2016 to ensure full inclusion in the 2015-16 year end accounts.
  • After 25 July 2016
    Invoices and invoice requisitions forwarded after 25 July 2016, but relating to the 2015-16 year (i.e. period up to 31 July 2016), should be clearly marked as relating to 2015-16. These invoices will be processed in August 2016 and, where material, manual adjustments made by the OSR section of Finance to the 2015-16 accounts.  All invoices relating to the 2015-16 year must be received by Friday 12 August 2016 to ensure inclusion in the 2015-16 year end accounts.

If you have any queries, please contact the OSR section of Finance on 028 9097 1467/3033.

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Summer Physical Activity Programme for staff

The 2016 Summer Activity Programme for staff, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins week commencing Monday 18 July 2016. Classes include:





Introduction to Dance

Monday 18 July

1.10pm – 1.50pm

On Campus


Tuesday 19 July

1.10pm – 1.50pm

On Campus


Wednesday 20 July

1.10pm – 1.50pm

On Campus

Tone and Trim

Thursday 21 July

1.10pm – 1.50pm

On Campus

Blast Tabata

Friday 22 July

1.15pm – 1.45pm

Queen’s Sport, Physical Education Centre

The classes are suitable for all ages, genders and levels of fitness. If you would like to find out more about any of the sessions in advance of registering, please contact Reception at Queen’s Sport:, 028 9068 1126.

Register and pay at the PEC reception. Each ten-week course costs £20. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Staff Wellbeing: lunchtime walking tours

Staff Wellbeing at Queen's invites staff to get active and take part in in the following lunchtime walking tours:

  • Tour of Botanic Gardens, Monday 4 July and Wednesday 17 August, 1.00pm – 2.00pm (packed lunch provided)
  • Tour of Friar’s Bush Graveyard, Tuesday 5 July and Thursday 18 August, 1.00pm – 2.00pm (packed lunch provided)

For more information, visit the Staff Wellbeing website.

Register to attend by email with the title of the tour and the date you wish to attend.

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Staff Wellbeing – Support for Carers

Wellbeing 270616 Carers information SessionThere are almost seven million carers in the UK – one in ten people – and this figure is rising. A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.

To provide staff at Queen’s who have caring responsibilities with information, support and advice, Staff Wellbeing have organised a Carers Information Session, which will be delivered by Carers NI, an organisation that aims to make life better for carers. The event will take place on Thursday 7 July 2016, 1.00pm – 2.00pm (location TBC). Lunch will be provided.
Register to attend the above event by emailing including 'Carers NI' in the subject line. For more information, visit the Staff Wellbeing website.

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After the referendum – what next for the European Union and the UK?

On Friday 24 June the result of UK's EU referendum was announced: a slim majority voted 'Leave', while majorities in Northern Ireland and Scotland favoured 'Remain'. Presently, there is no decision on whether the UK will trigger Article 50 TEU and withdraw from the EU. If it does, there are myriads of questions to be addressed.

On Wednesday 29 June 2016, 12.30pm – 2.00pm, experts from Queen’s Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence 'Tension at the Fringes of the European Union' (TREUP) will offer a first reflection in the week after the referendum, professionally moderated by Julia Paul (School of English, BBC freelancer). The panel will be composed of:

  • Dr Mary Dobbs (School of Law)
  • Professor Yvonne Galligan (School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy)
  • Dr Brian Jack (School of Law)
  • Dr Lee McGowan (School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy)
  • Dr Billy Melo Araujo (School of Law)
  • Professor John Morison (School of Law)
  • Professor David Phinnemore (School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy)
  • Professor Dagmar Schiek (School of Law, leading TREUP)

While the event is open to spontaneous questions, questions can also be sent in advance to

Register here.

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Hillsborough – The Truth. In Conversation with Phil Scraton

Hillsborough: The Truth. In conversation with Phil ScratonMembers of staff are invited to hear Professor Phil Scraton of the School of Law talk about his work in bringing to light the truth about the Hillsborough Football Stadium disaster. The event will take place in The Great Hall on Tuesday 28 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Find out more here.

Register here.

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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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KESS at Stormont: Wednesday 29 June 2016

Stormont Buildings (Picture courtesy NI Tourist Board)The next KESS seminar, Northern Ireland's Planning System: Promoting Positive Outcomes, will take place at Stormont on Wednesday 29 June 2016. It will include Dr Stephen McKay and Professor Geraint Ellis from Queen's.

To reserve your place at the seminar, email

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Scholarly publications workshop

A scholarly publications workshop, entitled ‘How to get published: writing and reviewing with integrity’, will take place on Thursday 30 June 2016, 10.00am – 12.30pm, in the Medical Biology Centre (MBC), room G23ST.  Hosted by Professor Alan Maule, publishers from Elsevier and a panel of journal editors, the workshop will provide information and advice for authors on each stage of publication process, including:

  • Planning a publication and choosing the right journal;
  • Writing a manuscript and understanding what aspects of a publication editors and publishers look at critically;
  • Publishing with integrity and dealing with sensitive issues, including ethical conduct, conflict of interest and authorship responsibilities;
  • Managing the review process, the role of the reviewer and dealing with referees’ comments.

While the workshop is targeted at probationary academic staff, early career researchers and PGR students in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, staff and PGR students from other faculties may also attend. Note that similar scholarly workshops will also be held in the Faculties of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Engineering and Physical Sciences over the coming academic year.

For more information or to register, please contact Sally Lynn (; phone ext. 1361). Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

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Bowel Cancer Public Information evening at CCRCB

Staff are invited to a Bowel Cancer Public Information Evening on Wednesday 29 June 2016, 6.45pm – 8.30pm, in the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB).

Attendance is free and open to everyone, so come along with your friends and family to this event. To reserve your place, please contact Jenni: 028 9097 2907,

View the 'Delivering 21st Century Medicine for Bowel Cancer Patients' Programme.

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Pick up a book for your summer holidays

Bought a book and finished it? Don't know what to do with it? If you've read it, swap it! The Biomedical Library at the MBC and Estates will hold a Book Swap for all Queen’s staff on Thursday 30 June, 12.00pm – 2.00pm, in the foyer of the MBC.

If you would like to donate any of your used books, please do so by dropping them off in the marked donation boxes in the MBC foyer or MBC Biomedical Library any time between Monday 27 – Wednesday 29 June. You can also bring books along with you on the day.

Tea and coffee will be provided. For further information, email:

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Mini-MBA Programme (18 – 22 July 2016)

William J Clinton Leadership InstituteDesigned and delivered by the William J Clinton Leadership Institute, the mini-MBA is an intensive five-day interactive programme on the essentials of management and leadership in business. It will give you an insight into the modern business world, including what to expect and how to maximise your impact. Topics covered include: leadership and strategy; marketing and sales; finance essentials; people and performance; and case study and assessment.

Date: 18 – 22 July 2016
Venue: Riddel Hall, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast
Cost: £1,899

Click here for full details.

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School of History and Anthropology Newsletter

Read the latest edition of the School of History and Anthropology's Newsletter (May 2016).

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Queen's Sport

Queen's Sport 270616‌Queen’s Sport Summer Membership:

Three months ONLY £99*
Two months ONLY £69*

If you take out Summer membership in June you will receive the remainder of June free. These All-Inclusive Memberships include access to: 70+ classes a week, including fitness/gym areas, swimming pools, climbing walls and racquet sports.

For further details, contact the Membership Team on 028 9038 7684/7685 or email

(*one off payment, no admin fees)

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NixonThis week at QFT:

Elvis & 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 & Nixon goes behind the scenes of this bizarre encounter and reveals the true and untold story, to great comic effect.
Suburra (18) – After adapting the crime hit Gomorrah for TV, Italian director Stefano Sollima goes straight to the big screen for a fast-moving political thriller.
Remainder (15) – Based on the bestselling novel by Tom McCarthy, video artist Omer Fast’s debut feature follows a young man who tries to reconstruct his past out of fragmented memories.
Poor Cow (15) – Ken Loach's first feature film and a landmark in British social realist filmmaking released in a new digital restoration.
Nostalgia (15) – Filmed in Italy just prior to his defection to the west, Andrei Tarkovsky’s unforgettably haunting film explores the melancholy of exile from one’s homeland.
From Friday 1 July: Notes on Blindness, 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Battle of the Somme.
QUB staff ticket price: £5 (standard ticket price: £6.70). Please visit for more details.

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The Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre 270616Fancy something sweet? The Welcome Centre is now stocking a range of handmade hard-boiled sweets from Carrickfergus company Sea Sugar Confectionery.

Staff are reminded of their 10% discount.

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Continuing Professional Development
Upcoming courses and events are listed below. Please note that there are limited places available so early registration is recommended.

  • Wednesday 29 June 2016: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm

In response to a call from the Schools and Faculties at Queen's, the Centre for Educational Development will run a series of Lunchtime Assessment Seminars to address any final outstanding concerns regarding new assessment strategies. The sessions will run from 1.10pm – 1.50pm with tea and coffee at 1.00pm. Please feel free to bring your own lunch.

  • Wednesday 29 June 2016: Assessing group-work: mechanisms for allocating marks fairly
  • Wednesday 6 July 2016: The Student Voice: designing assessment with students as partners

To book a place on any of the above, 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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Financial Assistance for Staff – Part-Time Courses

If you are considering applying for a course in the academic year 2016–17 that is required for your current post or as part of career development within the University, you may be eligible for financial assistance.

Please read the guidelines and apply before the 31 July 2016 deadline. Applications received after this date may be supported depending on available budget. The guidelines and application form can be found here.

Applications must be discussed and authorised by the relevant Senior Manager. Any enquiries about the form or financial assistance process should be directed to Suzanne McMorrow, Training Co-ordinator,, 028 9097 6606.
Applicants who received support in 2015–16 and are continuing their course must apply for support for each year of study. Many relevant part-time courses are offered by University Schools and departments, including the School of Education. Please contact departments directly for advice on particular courses.

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IT Training Courses

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

Want an IT qualification? Why not register for ECDL? Click here for more information.

ECDL summer test dates:

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

Tip of the day: Using Windows 7, or above, click the 'Start' button and type 'sticky notes' into the search box. Click on 'Sticky Notes' to open a note. Right click on the note to change colour; click '+' to add another note; and click 'X' to delete it.

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