3 May 2016

Queen’s Friday Choir Performance

Queen’s Friday Choir was ‌launched by Staff Wellbeing at Queen's in February 2016 to help promote physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing. The Choir will give an end of term performance on Friday 20 May 2016 at 1.15pm in the Great Hall. The event is open to all staff, as well as to the friends and family of choir members. It will last approximately 30 minutes and tea and coffee will be provided after the performance.

Register to attend via Eventbrite. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Attendees are encouraged to make a minimum donation of £2 to Bowel Cancer Research through Just Giving.

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Queen's schools among first to receive Athena SWAN awards covering non-STEMM subjects

Athena SWAN bronze logo‌The first Athena SWAN awards covering non-STEMM subjects and professional and support staff have been announced and two Queen's Schools have been recognised for their commitment to gender equality and career progression in higher education –  the School of Modern Languages and the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work.

It is the first time Athena SWAN awards have been extended to arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law departments (AHSSBL), alongside the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines that it traditionally covered.

Read the full announcement here.

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Mercury in Transit Day – Public Viewing and Lecture

Mercury transit dayColleagues in the Astrophysics Research Centre would like to invite staff to Mercury Transit Day on Monday 9 May 2016, 12.00pm–7.00pm, for a public viewing of the transit of our smallest planet, Mercury, across the face of the Sun.

The event will enable you to get a close-up view of the transit through one of the many telescopes the Centre will have on site, and experts from the Astrophysics Research Centre and the Irish Astronomical Association will be on hand to provide guidance to help you observe the planet safely. The event will take place outside the Lanyon building, with live streaming of the event if skies are overcast. Public live streaming will be after 3.00pm.

At 8.00pm, following the transit of Mercury, Professor Patrick Brady, University of Wisconsin, will give the Michael West lecture on “Einstein’s Gravity: from Mercury to Gravitational waves”. This is a public lecture from one of the scientific leaders of the team that discovered gravitational waves. The lecture is in the Larmor Lecture Theatre. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Click here for more information.

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Internal vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

  •    Recruitment and Events Officer (Maternity Cover)
       Engineering and Physical Sciences
       Ref: 16/104574
       Closing date: Monday 16 May 2016
       Anticipated interview date: Friday 27 May 2016.

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Pedometer Challenge: Week Three Update

It’s the last week of the pedometer challenge – good luck to all the participants.

‌The top ten teams that walked the most steps in week three of this year's pedometer challenge are:

Team Name                                    Week Three Total Steps
 PSSS  781,641
 The Walking Dead (T McCrory)  723,672
 The Dirty Half Dozen  670,008
 Cirque du Sore Legs  668,590
 Motionally Challenged  649,524
 The A Team (Security)  645,542
 Steps McSteppyface  616,918
 Your Pace or Mine (J Grieve)  580,455
 Never Admit De Feet  575,055
 Oral Surgery  558,746


The top three individual walkers in week three are:

Helen Byers  163,466 
Eamon O'Callaghan 125,141
Helen Behzadafshar   124,707


Did you know that we sit for 8.9 hours a day on average? However the good news is that getting up and walking increases our physical activity and reduces our chances of suffering from major health problems. Research has found that 40% of individuals with cardiovascular disease, diabetes or cancer failed to achieve minimum physical activity recommendations, see the NHS website for more details.

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School of Pharmacy – new Head of School

Professor Carmel Hughes has been appointed as Head of School of Pharmacy, with effect from 1 May 2016.

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Lecture: 'Effects of BREXIT on Irish Agriculture: North and South'

The Gibson Trust, the Gibson Institute and the Institute for Global Food Security invite staff to attend the 2016 Gibson Public Lecture, at which the EU Commissioner, Phil Hogan, will speak on the 'Effects of BREXIT on Irish Agriculture: North and South' on Monday 9 May at 5:30pm in Lecture Theatre 1 in the MBC. All are Welcome.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session. For further information, contact George Hutchinson, Director of The Gibson Institute for Land food and Environment and Professor of Rural and Environmental Economics:

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Spring Festival of Events

Spring Festival 2016 BannerThe fourth annual Spring Festival of Conflict Transformation runs from 5 – 31 May. The programme for 2016 offers more events than ever, with a broad mix of talks, conversations, film, exhibition and discussion that will provoke, stimulate and engage.

This year the Institute are delighted to host Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Arlene Foster MLA, the first woman to hold this office as well as the first woman to lead her party.

For more information read the 2016 Spring Festival Programme.

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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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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

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

  • 'Brexit and the Economic Implications for Northern Ireland.' Last week Queen's was the venue for Northern Ireland's largest public debate on the economic implications of a Brexit as Dr Edgar Morgenroth shared his thoughts and research findings of how a "leave" vote could impact on the Northern Ireland economy.
  • 'Brexit: Bad for cancer research; Bad for cancer patients?' As the Brexit debate ramps up in advance of the referendum on 23 June, Professor Mark Lawler looks at how cancer researchers and patients in the UK have benefitted from EU support and collaboration and he examines the possible ramifications of a Brexit vote on cancer care and research.

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Latest features and opinion from Queen's academics on 'Queen's Insight'

Queen's Insight All the latest features and evidence-based opinions from Queen’s thinkers – including articles published in The Conversation and through QPol – can now be found on Queen's Insight, a new section of the University's website.

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Peer Mentoring for new PGR Students – Awards & Information Event

Staff are invited to attend the the PGR Peer Mentoring Awards and Information event on Tuesday 3 May, 5.00pm–6.30pm, in TR2 on the ground floor of the Graduate School.

Celebrating and showcasing best practice in Postgraduate Research Mentoring, the event will offer schools, mentors, mentees and all involved in mentoring an opportunity to share new developments and talk about how they have created events and adapted mentoring to suit their requirements.

Certificates will be awarded by Graduate School Dean, Professor Margaret Topping. Refreshments will be provided.

For further information, email or contact Annette MacArtain-Kerr (

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Recruitment for research: Measuring movement performance of children with visual-impairment

'Measuring movement performance of children with visual-impairment', a study being conducted by PhD student Alannah Savage (Queen’s School of Psychology) along with Blind Children UK, is recruiting children age 3–18.

This study will assess the performance of visually-impaired and sighted age-matched controls (with and without a blindfold) on a number of movement-based actions (balance, jumping and ball skills). It will investigate whether visually-impaired children perform movements in a similar way to sighted children when tasks are adapted so that they do not dependent on vision.

The study would involve one session (approximately 60-90 minutes) at Queen’s Physical Education Centre, where your child will be asked to participate in a number of short movement-based tasks. Motion Capture analysis will be used to record movements during the tasks and a force-plate will be used during the balance task. Parents/guardians will be present throughout the study and will be asked to sit in an observation area in the room.

If you would like more information and/or your child would be willing to participate, please contact the researcher using the information below.

Researcher: Alannah Savage (
Supervisor: Dr Matthew Rodger, Lecturer, School of Psychology (; 028 9097 4177).

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Get Cybersmart for Career Success – resources for students and graduates

Get Cybersmart for Career Success leaflet imageStaff from Information Services and Academic and Student Affairs have produced resources offering students and graduates advice on how to use social media to enhance their career prospects. These include a short animation and other online resources, accessible at

They have also produced leaflets on 'Managing Your Online Reputation' and 'Using Social Media to Find a Job', available from various locations across campus. 

The animation and leaflets have been generously funded by Queen’s Annual Fund. For more information on the 'Get Cybersmart for Career Success' resources, contact  

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The cross-faculty QUBAN group (Queen’s University Anti-Microbial Network) invites all interested staff and students to the third talk in its seminar series which, on this occasion, is jointly hosted with Queen's Centre for Immunity and Infection.

Professor Ian Henderson, Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at Birmingham University, will give the presentation, 'Amelioration of infection through antibody modulation', on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 12.30pm in the MBC Wellcome-Wolfson Institute lecture theatre.

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Welcome Centre

Ail+ElThe Welcome Centre is now stocking ‌Ail+El products.  Inspired by urban art and installation, these planters combine the hard and industrial qualities of concrete with beautiful succulents.

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Queen's Sport

Queen's Sport Summer Scheme‌Summer Scheme 2016 – Staff Enrolment opens today
With activities for children aged 6–14 and a Junior Leader Programme for those aged 15–17 years old that could be the first step to a successful career in coaching/mentoring, this year's Summer Scheme promises to be the best one yet.

For an enrolment form or for more information, please visit the Queen's Summer Scheme website. If you require any additional information, please contact reception on 028 9068 1126 or email

If you would like to know more about the Rowing Camps, please contact Pamela Cunningham on or telephone 07850 105 757.

Boat Race 2016 VIP Tickets
Queen’s take on Trinity College Dublin in the 12th Annual Boat Race on the river Lagan on Saturday 11 June 2016.  Junior races start at 11.30am, with the main race at 5.00pm, so come down and show your support and enjoy the action-packed and fun-filled day.

Enhance your Boat Race experience and buy a ticket for the VIP enclosure at Cutters Wharf. Tickets are now on sale at Queen’s Sport (PEC reception) for £25 each, and will enable you to enjoy the best views of the race, be at the heart of the action, listen to live music and enjoy the gourmet BBQ. For further information, call reception on 028 9068 1126 or email:

Couch 2 5K
As it is only one week into the programme, there is still time to sign up and take your first steps to a healthier lifestyle. Coordinated by Queen’s Sport, the programme is targeted at beginners, so no matter what your fitness level, everyone is welcome. Sessions take place every Wednesday and Friday. Click here for more information and to register.

Queen’s Staff Free Trial
Queen's Sport are still offering the opportunity for staff to have a free trial at Queen’s Sport, PEC. There is a range of options available so whether you are interested in classes, racquet sports, climbing, swimming or the gym there is something for everyone.

For more information on memberships click here or to book a tour email

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SonOfSaul_QuadThis week at QFT:

  • Son of Saul (15) – Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2015, a Golden Globe, and this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Son of Saul is Hungarian director László Nemes’ blistering debut feature; a courageous and unflinching reimagining of the Holocaust drama.
  • Miles Ahead (15) – Written and directed by actor Don Cheadle in his directorial debut, Miles Ahead is a free-form biopic of undisputed jazz great Miles Davis.
  • Dheepan (15) – Jacques Audiard’s (A Prophet, Rust and Bone) explosive immigrant drama depicts a Sri Lankan rebel fighter who attempts a better life in Paris under a dead man’s identity.
  • Our Little Sister (PG) – Set in provincial Japan, the film sees three sisters take in their younger sibling when the girls’ father dies, sparking a journey of self-discovery for all four sisters.
  • Deep Time (TBC) and Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (TBC) – The UK Green Film Festival returns to QFT as part of a nationwide celebration of environmental films, beginning this week with Deep Time and Just Eat It, and followed next week by Population Boom and The Shore Break. All tickets £4.
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (TBC) – Screening as part of Studio Ghibli Forever, a celebration of the many wonderful films – for children and adults alike – from one of the most acclaimed animation studios in the world, showing at QFT throughout May, June and July.

From Friday 6 May: Florence Foster Jenkins; Knight of Cups; and The Divide.

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

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Continuing Professional Development

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

New: Assessment Seminars

In response to a call from the Schools and Faculties at Queen's, the Centre for Educational Development 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 11 May 2016: Peer and Self-assessment: encouraging students to take greater responsibility
  • Wednesday 1 June 2016: Independent Study: using assessment to help students use this time effectively

News Academic Year Conference

The New Academic Year Conference will take place on Thursday 23 June 2016 and is now available for booking. The full title is New Academic Year: harnessing change to improve student learning.

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

  • Thursday 5 May: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 10 May and 17 May: Presentation Skills for Researchers (2 day course), 9.30am – 4.30pm (Day 1) and 9.30am – 1.00pm (Day 2)
  • Tuesday 10 May: Integrated Research Application System (IRAS), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 10 May: An Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 May: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 May: Biological Safety and Genetic Modification, 10.00am – 11.00am
  • Thursday 19 May: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 19 May: Health and Safety for Coordinators, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 20 May: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities
Book now for the following 'Developing for Success' course in May 2016 (aimed at Professional Support staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above):

  • Thursday 31 May: Instilling a Customer Focus, 9.30am – 3.00pm

Follow the Staff Training and Development Unit on Twitter @QueensStaffDev. To register for an upcoming 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'.

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 4 May: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 10.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 11 May: LinkedIn for Beginners, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Monday 16 May: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 24 May: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 2, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 24 May: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors) – 2.00pm 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 25 May: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 26 May: Introduction to Visio 2013, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Friday 27 May: Introduction to Microsoft Publisher 2013, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 3 June: Advanced Word processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30 am – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 7 June: 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 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 topics requiring revision (note – this is not used for ECDL Advanced). For more information on ECDL, click here. The next test date is Monday 9 May, 9.30am – 11.00am. To find out more about the ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) or ECDL Advanced and obtaining a BCS IT qualification, attend the staff information event on Tuesday 10 May, 1.05pm in The Auditorium, Ground Floor, The McClay Library. Bring your own sandwich. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Tip of the day: To use Voting options in Outlook: (1) Create a new message; (2) before sending, select the Options tab and click the arrow under ‘Use Voting Buttons’; and (3) choose from Approve/Reject; Yes/No; Yes/No/Maybe; Custom.

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