14 March 2016

A Bite of Queen's tour of Elms Village

The next A Bite of Queen's campus tour will take staff on a guided visit to Queen’s ‌Accommodation at Elms Village. The tour will take place on Tuesday 22 March 2016, 1.05pm–1.50pm.

The University has invested over £60m in the development of student and staff accommodation since 2000 and this tour will give staff the opportunity to see first-hand how this investment has transformed Queen's accommodation.
Find out more about the tour. The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch. To take part, please register online. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements.
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Learning at Work Week 2016: 'Connect with Queen’s'

As part of Learning at Work Week 2016, the Staff Training and Development Unit would like to organise an event called '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 get in contact.  

The event will take place on Monday 16 May 2016 and will take the form of Speed Networking, with the staff member who is providing information, staying in place, while the new staff member moves to the next seat (three minutes each).

For further information, contact Roisin Macartney from the Staff Training and Development Unit:, 028 9097 6609.

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Queen’s Students’ Union Education Awards

Students' Union Education Awards Nominations are now open for The Queen’s Students’ Union Education Awards.

The Awards celebrate academic excellence and reward staff, students and Schools for their contribution to assuring and enhancing the quality of education and the student experience at Queen's.

Both staff members and students can nominate fellow staff members, students and Schools for one of 12 awards available, including:

  • Personal Tutor of the Year
  • Most Inspiring/Motivating Teaching Staff Member
  • Course Rep of the Year
  • School Rep of the Year
  • Best Student Staff Consultative Committee

Find out more about the award categories. Please submit your nominations by 5.00pm on Monday 21 March 2016. Staff are also asked to encourage their students and colleagues to do the same.

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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.

The survey is being conducted by ORC International, an independent researcher organisation. On Monday 4 April, staff will receive an email from ORC containing a link to the survey. 

Further information is available on the Play Your Part webpages or contact

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Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

From 1 March 2016, Circuit Electrical Testing is the University’s approved contractor for Portable Appliance Testing. Circuit Electrical Testing must be used for all ongoing PAT requirements. Each School and Directorate has responsibility for arranging their testing which is to be updated annually.

Further information is available at the Procurement Office website.

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New Student Officer Team elected

Student Leader electionsThe Student Officer Team 2016-17 was elected last week by a record number of students. 19.2% of the student body took the time to cast their vote and choose who leads their Union next year. This is the highest ever turnout in the Student Leader Elections.

The introduction of the hotly contested ‘Turnout Trophy’ for the most democratic School played a major role in motivating students to vote and the Students' Union would like to thank all Schools and staff who encouraged their students to participate in the elections.

For much of the week the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy was in the lead but the winner, by 1%, was the School of Law.

Find out more about the new Student Officer team.

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Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport: Spring Activity Programme

The 2016 Spring Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins week commencing Monday 11 April 2016. Classes include: Introduction to Dance; Pilates; Yoga; Tone and Trim; and Blast Tabata. Full details of the classes are available on the Staff Wellbeing website.

The classes are suitable for all ages/genders and levels of fitness. For registration and payment, visit the PEC reception. Each 12 week course costs £25. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For further information, contact Reception at Queen’s Sport,, 028 9068 1126.


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Nominations now open for Domino’s SU Awards

Domino’s SU AwardsNominations are now open for the Domino’s SU Awards, which will take place on Thursday 28 April 2016.

The event will showcase and celebrate the hard work and achievements of Queen’s students across a range of areas. There are 14 awards available, including 'Best Academic Society', 'Best International Society', 'Entrepreneurial Student of the Year' and 'Student Volunteer of the Year'. Further information, including a list of the award categories, can be found on the SU website.

If you know a student, club or society that deserves an award, please encourage them find out more and make a nomination by 5.00pm on Friday 8 April 2016.

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Global Challenge Networking Programme Pilot Event

Is your research relevant to the theme of Living and Working in a Digital Age? If so, come to the Global Challenge Networking Programme’s first themed Research Networking Event on Wednesday 27 April 2016, 1.00pm – 3.00pm, in the Great Hall.

All staff with a research interest which is related to the theme of Living and Working in a digital age, are invited to join Professor James McElnay, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research, Enterprise and Postgraduate Affairs, for a networking lunch, followed by a discussion session to scope out potential connections and areas of shared interest between people working in different fields.

Researchers from all disciplinary areas and at all career stages are warmly invited to participate in this pilot event. If you are interested in attending, please email with ‘Networking’ in the subject line and further information will be sent to you.

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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 and the event will end at 2.00pm. It will take place in the Seminar room in Research and Enterprise, 63 University Road. Read the full programme.

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IBAAS16: Joint Conference of the British and Irish Associations for American Studies

This April, Queen's will host the largest ever gathering in Ireland of American Studies scholars from across the globe as both the British Association for American Studies and the Irish Association for American Studies come together for the first time in a generation.

Organised by the Schools of English and History and Anthropology, the 61st annual conference of the British Association for American Studies will be a joint event with the Irish Association for American Studies as it holds its own 46th annual conference. One of the highlights of the conference will be a reading by the acclaimed US writer Richard Ford at Titanic Belfast on the evening of Saturday 9 April 2016, followed by a three-course gala dinner.

Registration for the conference is now open and tickets for the exclusive Richard Ford reading are on sale. To purchase your ticket for the Richard Ford event, click here, and choose the 'Gala Dinner', 'Non-delegate' options to ensure your place.

Further conference information, including the programme, is available on the conference website.

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Introduction to Grant Writing for AHSS Researchers

Research Development will provide 'Introduction to Grant Writing for AHSS Researchers' training sessions between 9.30am and 12.30pm on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 21 April 2016 for researchers who work across Arts, Humanities and Social Science disciplines. These training workshops are designed to provide an introduction and overview of how to write research grant applications in for the main AHSS funders and are aimed primarily at early career researchers (ECRs) or those with little or no experience of applying for research funding.

Spaces on the course are limited and must be booked via iTrent. For further information, please contact Peter Stephenson:, 028 9097 3178.

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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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Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series: Wednesday 16 March 2016

The next KESS seminar will take place at Stormont on Wednesday 16 March 2016 on the topic of 'Enabling access to justice: Impediments and solutions'.

Full details are available on the Research and Enterprise website.

To reserve your place at the seminar, email

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Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice: Tuesday 22 March 2016

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice will host a lecture by Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, on ‘Reimagining reconciliation for the future’ on Tuesday 22 March 2016, 12.00 - 2.00pm in the Canada Room/Council Chamber.

In his lecture, Martin McGuinness will be speaking on Sinn Fein's position on balancing the past and the future, dealing with legacy issues while building toward a shared and agreed society.

The event will be chaired by Professor John Brewer. For further information, see the event flyer.

Please register to attend.

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The McCosh Lecture: Wednesday 20 April 2016

The Annual Religious Studies Lecture at Queen’s - the McCosh Lecture - will take place on Wednesday 20 April 2016, 2.00pm - 4.30pm in the Whitla Hall.

The lecture, titled 'Religion and Literature', will be given by Marilynne Robinson. For further information, visit: The McCosh Lecture

Tickets should be booked in advance via Eventbrite – Search Queen’s University.

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Queen's Sport: ‌£1 Membership upgrade

Queen's Sport upgrade offerQueen's Sport are offering a special promotion for all current Staff Fitness, Swim and Off Peak members to try out an upgrade to an All Inclusive Peak membership for only an extra £1.

Broaden your experience and try out our full range of facilities, including: 70+ classes, swimming pools and gyms. The offer runs for one month from the date it is taken out and will automatically revert back to your original membership unless a request to permanently upgrade has been made. To avail of the offer just come to PEC reception and pay the £1 to start the full Queen’s Sport Experience.  The offer will end on Thursday 31 March 2016.

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:

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QFT 140316This week at QFT:

THE WITCH (15) –  Robert Eggers’ debut is set in 17th Century New England, as an isolated Puritan family living on the edge of a forest are sucked into religious hysteria and accusations of witchcraft.

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).

GOODNIGHT MOMMY (15) – A chilling Austrian horror; when their mother returns home after cosmetic surgery covered in bandages and acting strangely, the boys start to suspect this woman in their house can’t be their mother.

KING JACK (15) – Lonely 15-year-old Jack is trapped in a violent feud with a cruel bully. When his younger cousin comes to stay he discovers friendship over a summer weekend.

From Friday 18 March: High-Rise; Anomalisa; and The Pearl Button.

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

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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 6 April 2016: 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 2016: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark): 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 13 April 2016: 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.

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Thursday 14 April: Word Processing: Tables and Form Design using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 18 April: Excel 2: Managing Data, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Monday 18 April: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge using Word, 9.30am – 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: Enter a YouTube video within Word 2013 by clicking the 'Insert' tab, then click 'Online Video' and select 'YouTube'.  Enter details of your search, select the video and click 'Insert'.

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