7 March 2016

International Women's Day Events

International Women's Day 2016Tuesday 8 March 2016 is International Women's Day and a number of events are taking place at Queen's and across Northern Ireland to celebrate the worldwide event. The theme for this year is #PledgeForParity.

Find out more at the official website of International Women's Day, where you can make your Pledge for Parity.

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QAA HE Review

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at the University following its review in November 2015.

A team of QAA reviewers visited the University and judged that our academic standards, the quality and enhancement of our student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about our learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.  A full version of the review report can be found here.

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Easter Holiday Payment Arrangements

Staff should note the following Payments Office arrangements over the Easter period for paying correctly authorised and registered Supplier Invoices, Request for Payment Forms and Staff Expenses Claims:                      

  1. Invoices received by 5.00pm on Wednesday 9 March 2016 and Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 12.00pm on Thursday 10 March 2016 will be paid week-ending 18 March 2016.
  2. Invoices, Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 5.00pm on Monday 14 March 2016 will be paid by Wednesday 23 March 2016.
  3. Invoices received by 5.00pm on Monday 21 March 2016 and Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 12.00pm on Tuesday 22 March 2016 will be paid by Friday 8 April 2016.                
  4. Normal payment arrangements will apply for all payment requests received week commencing 4 April 2016.

Whilst the Payments Office will make every effort to comply with this timetable, due to the volumes of payment requests received at this time of the year, and to ensure payment before the holiday, staff are requested to process all such transactions well in advance of these deadlines.

Further clarification of these arrangements, if required, may be obtained from the Payments Office, 028 9097 3029.

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Staff Survey: April 2016

Staff Survey logoThe countdown is on to the Staff Survey which will run from Monday 4 – Friday 22 April 2016.

Survey Champions have now been appointed to help promote the survey across the University and encourage staff to take part. A briefing for the Champions will take place this week and further details on who the Champion is in your School or Directorate will be available in next week's Round Up.

For further information about the survey, please contact

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Learning at Work Week 2016: Call for Staff to Engage with New Staff in 'Connect with Queen’s'

As part of Learning at Work Week 2016, the Staff Training and Development Unit would like to organise an event titled 'Connect with Queen’s' for new staff in the University. In order to do this, they would like staff from areas across Queen’s who feel they could engage with new staff (all categories) in a short one-to-one discussion about what their area does and how it might be useful to them, to contact them.  

The event will take place on Monday 16 May 2016 and will take the form of Speed Networking, i.e. the staff member giving information stays in place, while the new staff member moves to the next seat (3 minutes each).

If you would like further information, please contact Roisin Macartney from the Staff Training and Development Unit:, 028 9097 6609.

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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey

The University is currently participating in a national survey to gather feedback from postgraduate taught students – the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES). Students will receive a link to the survey in their Queen’s email account – please let your students know.

With Vision 2020’s focus on postgraduate students, there could be no better time for our postgraduate taught student population to provide views on their experience at Queen’s. Course Co-ordinators, Advisers of Study, lecturers and other staff involved in postgraduate taught provision are asked to encourage the students in their Schools to participate.

The closing date is Thursday 16 June 2016. Students who complete‌ the survey will be entered into a draw to win £250.

For further information, contact Jane McKee at

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Belfast Science Ceilidh

As part of British Science Week, the Centre of Excellence for Public Health is working with the Belfast Science Café team to host Belfast’s first ever Science Ceilidh.

Coming to Belfast from Edinburgh, the Science Ceilidh Band will use Scottish ceilidh dances to explain scientific concepts such as movement of atoms or digestion in a fun way. The event is aimed at adults but individuals aged 16+ can attend as long as accompanied by a parent or guardian. It will take place in the Elmwood Hall at Queen’s on Saturday 12 March 2016 from 7.00pm to 11:30pm.

Tickets are free but are limited in number so early booking is advised. Register for the event.

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EPS Faculty Charity Coffee Morning: Friday 11 March 2016

EPS SENSE Network logoThe EPS SENSE NETWORK invites all staff in the EPS Faculty to celebrate International Women’s Day by attending a charity coffee morning on Friday 11 March 2016 from 10.00am – 11.00am in the Whitla Hall. All proceeds will be shared between two staff nominated charities: Adoption UK and Water Aid. 

For catering purposes, please register in advance at:

Further details are available on the EPS Faculty Charity Coffee Morning poster.

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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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Horizon 2020: is ERC funding for me?

Horizon 2020Staff are invited to attend a showcase event on Tuesday 15 March 2016 at which four academics who have been awarded an ERC grant will share their experience.

The objective of the European Research Council (ERC) is to provide attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground-breaking, high-gain/high-risk research. Research funded by the ERC is expected to lead to advances at the frontiers of knowledge and to set a clear and inspirational target for frontier research across Europe.

Registrations and lunch will start at 11.45am. The event will end at 2.00pm. Read the full programme.

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog – Recent Posts

Click on the link to read the latest post from the QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog:

  • Irish Civil War politics are dead and gone… – With the Irish general election having thrown up the prospect of a Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael coalition, Dr Marie Coleman examines the historical background to the divisions between the two parties and argues that Civil War politics disappeared long before 2016.

QPol event - Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics 2016

QPol is delighted to be involved in programming a series of events as part of Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics 2016. To find out more about these events, please click here

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Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics

The Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics will run from Monday 14 – Sunday 20 March 2016. The Festival aims to encourage participation from people not normally involved in political debate and stimulate a discussion on new ideas.

As part of the Festival, which is sponsored by Queen's, over ten events are taking place at the University.

Further information about the Festival, including the Queen's events, is available on the Festival website.

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EU Research Development Team Newsletter

The latest newsletter from the EU Research Team is now available online. Read this edition.

If you would like to receive EU Research Development Team Newsletter, please email your details to  

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Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series: Wednesday 9 March 2016

The next KESS seminar will take place at Stormont on Wednesday 9 March 2016 on the topic of 'Participatory Governance: Citizen Involvement and Female Representation'.

Speakers include Dr John Garry and Dr Neil Matthews from Queen's.  Full details are available on the Research and Enterprise website.

To reserve your place at the seminar, email

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School of Pharmacy Seminar: Wednesday 9 March

The School of Pharmacy invites staff to attend a seminar on Wednesday 9 March 2016 at 1.00pm in the School of Pharmacy Lecture Theatre.

The seminar, entitled 'SpheriSomes®, Proliferex® and Proliferate® – novel biopolymer scaffolds for regenerative medicine', will be presented by Don Wellings, founder and CEO of SpheriTech Ltd (Runcorn, England). The event is funded as part of a Medical Research Council Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund.

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Centre of Excellence for Public Health Seminar Series: Thursday 24 March

The Centre of Excellence for Public Health will host a seminar by Professor Jody Sindelar, Institute of Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, on 'Good Solutions to Bad Behavior: How to improve Health Habits'.

It will take place at 4.00pm on Thursday 24 March 2016 in the Canada Room/Council Chamber, Lanyon Building. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Everyone welcome. If you plan to attend, please register with

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Barrington Lecture: Thursday 24 March

Dr Mark McGovern from Queen's will deliver The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Barrington Lecture on Thursday 24 March 2016 at 4.00pm.

The lecture, 'Progress and the lack of progress in addressing infant health and infant health inequalities in Ireland during the 20th Century', will take place at the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), McCauley House, 2 Castle Street, Belfast.

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Inaugural Queen's Global Health Symposium: Friday 22 April 2016

Staff are invited to attend the Inaugural Queen's Global Health Symposium, hosted by the Centre for Public Health at Riddel Hall on Friday 22 April 2016. The event will include international speakers from policy and academic sectors and will focus on the topic of Global Health: 'The area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health of all people worldwide'.

To register your interest, please email

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QFT 070316This week at QFT:

Hail, Caesar! (12A) – From the Coen Brothers, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a hard-nosed studio fixer (Josh Brolin) who is presented with plenty of problems to fix (including a kidnapped George Clooney).

Hitchcock/Truffaut (12A) – Based on the original recordings of the meeting between Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut, this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plummets us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY (8 MARCH 2016) – To coincide with International Women’s Day on 8 March, QFT presents two special events. Take the Boat + DISCUSSION on Tuesday 8 March at 6.30pm and All About My Mother + PRESENTATION on Wednesday 9 March at 6.20PM. Check for more details.

CRIME: HONG KONG STYLE (TBC) – An explosive season of crime films from Hong Kong. They include: Election (18) on Friday 4 March, 8.20pm; The Pilferers' Progress (12A) on Tuesday 8 March, 9.00pm; Portland Street Blues (18+) on Thursday 10 March, 6.30pm; and Infernal Affairs (15) on Saturday 12 March, 9.30pm.

From Friday 11 March: The Witch; Dreams Rewired; Next to Her.

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

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Continuing Professional Development
Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event so early registration is recommended.

  • Wednesday 6 April: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes, 2.00pm – 4.30pm. Some previous experience with PowerPoint is necessary for attendance at this workshop.
  • Wednesday 13 April: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 13 April: Evaluation of Teaching, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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 is 5.00pm on Friday 11 March 2016. Applications should be sent via email to

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The following courses are available for booking:

  • Thursday 10 March: Project Planning and Time Management for Researchers, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 13 April: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 14 April: Preparing for Academic Interviews, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 20 April: An Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 27 April: Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 28 April: The Engaging Researcher, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Follow the Staff Training and Development Unit on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

To register for an upcoming training course, log onto Queen's 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:

  • Tuesday 16 March: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 6 April: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL – Spreadsheets), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 11 April: Blogging for Researchers, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 12 April: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 12 April: SPSS 1: Introduction to SPSS, 09.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 14 April: Word Processing: Tables and Form Design using Word, 09.30am – 12.30pm

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 here. Please note that PGR students have a separate programme 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 22  March 2016, 1.00pm – 2.30pm.

Tip of the day: Need an IT qualification? Did you know you can do the Advanced ECDL (a certificate for each of the four modules) without having done the 7 module ECDL? Click here for more information

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