9 May 2016

Call for summer graduation stories

Call for graduation stories 2016With Summer Graduation just a few weeks away, the Communications Office is keen to hear about any graduands who would be of interest to the media.

Do you know any students with an interesting story? Anyone graduating on the same day as another member of their family? Have they won an award, or are they the first people to graduate from a new course? Perhaps they are travelling after they graduate or are involved in charity work?

Please send details to

The closing date for submitting information on graduation stories is Friday 28 May 2016.  

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Mental Health Awareness Week: 16 – 20 May 2016

Research indicates that one in four people in Northern Ireland will experience a mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression, in any one year. This year, Mental Health Awareness week, which helps raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues, will run from Monday 16 – Friday 20 May.

Scientific evidence suggests that there are five simple steps that we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing:

  1. Connect
  2. Take notice
  3. Get active
  4. Keep learning
  5. Give to others

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Week 2016, Staff Wellbeing will run a number of events highlighting the five steps to mental wellbeing and offering staff the opportunity to try out the steps. Each day during the week will be dedicated to one of the five steps to mental wellbeing, and all staff are encouraged to get involved. Even if you are not able to attend one of the organised events, please take some time to read the tips on how you can implement the steps.

Full details are available on the Staff Wellbeing website.

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Nominations open for First Trust Bank Graduate and Student of the Year 2016

First Trust Bank Graduate and Student of the Year The First Trust Bank Graduate and Student of the Year nominations are now open. The Awards recognise excellence, achievement or service by exceptional Queen’s alumni and students, either to the University or to the wider community.

All staff are invited to submit a student and/or graduate nomination before Friday 10 June 2016. Anyone can nominate and the process is quick and simple.  

For more information and to access the online nomination forms, please visit the Development and Alumni website.

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Students’ Union Volunteering Excellency Awards

Nominations are now open for the Students' Union Volunteering Excellency Awards which reward the volunteering efforts of our students, staff and alumni and celebrate the positive contribution they have made to the community locally as well as further afield.

If you’re a Queen’s staff member or student, you can nominate yourself, another individual, a School, a Club, a Society, an event or an activity for one or more of the following awards:

  • Student Volunteer of the Year
  • Staff Volunteer of the Year
  • Voluntary/Charitable Event or Activity of the Year
  • Voluntary/Charitable Club or Society of the Year
  • Voluntary/Charitable School of the Year
  • Student Representative of the Year
  • Sports Volunteer of the Year
  • Special Contribution Award

Find out more and nominate by 12.00pm on Friday 13 May.

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Mercury in Transit Day takes place today (Monday 9 May)

Mercury transit dayStaff will be able to get a close-up view of the transit of our smallest plant, Mercury, across the face of the Sun at a public viewing today, Monday 9 May 2016, from 12.00pm – 7.00pm outside the Lanyon Building.

The Astrophysics Research Centre will have telescopes on site and, along with the Irish Astronomical Association, will be on hand to provide guidance to help you observe the planet safely.

At 8.00pm in the Larmor Lecture Theatre, 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. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Click here for more information.

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Pedometer Challenge

The Pedometer Challenge finished on Friday 6 May. Week 4 results and the overall scores will be announced at the Pedometer Challenge Awards on Tuesday 24 May 2016 in the Great Hall. Details to follow.

Thanks to all the teams and individuals who took part in the 2016 Pedometer Challenge, so far £1,181 has been raised for the MS Society.

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Internal vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

  • Temporary International Student Support Officer
    Academic and Student Affairs (Student Affairs)
    Ref: 16/104573
    Closing Date: Monday 23 May 2016
    Anticipated Interview Date: Wednesday 1 June 2016.

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Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility (NICRF) Open Day

NICRF logoStaff are invited to attend the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility (NICRF) Open Day on Friday 20 May. Taking place on International Clinical Trials day, the Open Day will showcase the facilities and give staff the opportunity to find out more about the type of clinical research that is carried out at the dedicated research facility. Patients, carers and health professionals are also particularly welcome.

A number of tours and demonstrations will take place throughout the day and staff can avail a free health check (including BMI, blood pressure and lung function). Read the NICRF Open Day Programme.

Established in 2013, the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility (NICRF) provides a wide range of clinical and scientific resources, as well as patient facilities, to enable high-quality research, ultimately leading to new treatments. Located on U-floor of the Belfast City Hospital site, it is a joint venture involving Queen’s, Ulster University, the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) and the Health and Social Care Research and Development (HSC R&D), a division of the Public Health Agency.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day. For further details please call 02895040342 or e-mail

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Queen’s to host free public meeting on dementia

Queen’s will host a free public meeting about dementia on Monday 23 May 2016, 6.00pm - 8.30pm,  in Lisburn Lagan Valley Island Centre.

Organised by researchers in the Alzheimer’s Research UK Northern Ireland Research Network, the meeting will entail a couple of short talks from clinicians and researchers. Attendees will then have the opportunity to sit around a table with those involved in Dementia care and to ask questions or have concerns addressed.

The free meeting will run from 6.00pm – 8.30pm in the Island Suite, Island Hall, Lagan Valley Island Conference Centre, Lisburn. There is no need to book and refreshments will be provided from 5.30pm.

For further information, contact Michael Hills: 028 9097 6514, For more information, click here to download the flyer.

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Mandarin Chinese taster session

Language Centre logoThe Language Centre at Queen’s will hold a Mandarin Chinese taster session on Tuesday 17 May 2016, 1.00pm-1.45pm, in the McClay Library Auditorium. This session aims to demystify the language and will introduce you to some unique linguistic features and useful expressions and greetings. ‌Further information – Mandarin Chinese taster session (Thursday 16 June 2016).

To book your place, please email Up to 30 places are available.

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Deanes at Queens

In line with the P2P process, a purchase order number must now be assigned to every staff reservation at Deanes at Queen's, including telephone reservations.

Did you know that you can book a table for Deanes at Queen's through the online delivered catering website and assign it to a purchase order number? This quick and easy step allows you to make a reservation online at a time convenient to you.

If you don’t have a purchase order number, please speak to the Deanes Front of House team or contact Marie McCullough,, for advice.

Visit the delivered catering page at for further information.

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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:

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Wiles Lecture Series

The School of History and Anthropology invites staff to attend the Wiles Lecture Series which will be delivered by Professor Jay Winter, Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University, from Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 May 2016.

Professor Winter's Wiles lectures will be given on the theme: 'Imagining War in the Twentieth Century and Beyond':

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SPACE Planning Seminar Series

Staff are invited to attend the next seminar in the SPACE Planning Seminar Series. The seminar, ‘International Land Policy and Urban Development’ by Professor Ramin M-Keivani (Oxford Brookes University), will take place on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 1.00pm in the SPACE Board Room (01.018 DKB). It will be chaired by Dr Urmi Sengupta. Lunch will be provided.

Visit the Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning website for further details or contact Roslyn Barnes,

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Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education Seminar

The Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education invites staff to attend a seminar Dr Cecilia Brassett on 'Augmented Anatomy: The wide-range benefits of a dissection-based anatomy course' on Monday 16 May 2016, 2.00pm – 4.00pm. The seminar, sponsored by the Anatomical Society, will take place in MBC/0G/310.

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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'. The lecture takes place today, Monday 9 May 2016, 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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QUBAN Seminar SeriesThe cross-faculty QUBAN group (Queen’s University Anti-Microbial Network) invites all interested staff and students to the fourth talk in its seminar series. Dr Lloyd Czaplewski (CEO Abgentis Ltd) will give the presentation, 'What if there are no new antibiotics?', on Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 2.00pm in the Medical Biology Centre, Room G07NT.

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Queen's Sport

Queen's Sport Summer SchemeBoat Race 2016 tickets on sale now
Queen’s takes 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:

‌Summer Scheme 2016 – staff enrolment now open
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.

Queen’s Staff Free Trial
Queen's Sport are still offering staff the opportunity 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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The Welcome Centre

A new range of colourful and unique hand-painted brooches by Dundalk artist Orla Barry are now in stock in the Welcome Centre.

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QFT 090516This week at QFT:

Florence Foster Jenkins (12A) – Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena, My Beautiful Laundrette) directs Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins, the true story of the New York heiress who believed, incorrectly, that she could sing.
Son of Saul (15) – Son of Saul is Hungarian director László Nemes’ blistering debut feature, a courageous and unflinching reimagining of the Holocaust drama.
Knight of Cups (15) – Christian Bale plays a lost soul adrift in Hollywood in Terrence Malick's latest impressionistic drama.
Atlantic (TBC) – Featuring voiceover by renowned actor Brendan Gleeson, Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s Atlantic tackles the Canadian and Norwegian governments' work to safeguard their oil, gas, and fish with uncommon grace and perspective. The 6.40pm screening on Wednesday 11 May will be followed by a Q&A with director Risteard Ó Domhnaill.
Dazed and Confused (15) – Revisit Richard Linklater’s 'spiritual sequel' to Everybody Wants Some!!
NT LIVE: A View from the Bridge (12A) – The Young Vic’s production of A View from the Bridge returns to cinemas due to audience demand.
From Friday 13 May: Everybody Wants Some!! and Mustang.
Queen's staff ticket price: £5 (standard ticket price: £6.70). Please visit for more details.

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HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF – Open Access Training Sessions

Open Access is now a requirement for REF eligibility. Failure to comply with the policy will result in journal articles and conference proceedings (with an ISSN) being given an unclassified score for the next REF.

The Open Access team are running a further two sessions on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 18 May, How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF, 2.30–3.30pm, McClay Library, Meeting Room 3, Floor 2
  • Wednesday 1 June, How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF, 2.30–3.30pm, McClay Library, Gillespie Room

To register, login to Queen's Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section. Alternatively, email Open Access and we can book the course(s) on your behalf.

The full training schedule is available on the Open Access LibGuide.

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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.

Additional Date: 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 1.00 pm. Please feel free to bring your own lunch.

  • Wednesday 11 May: Peer and Self-assessment: encouraging students to take greater responsibility
  • Wednesday 1 June: Independent Study: using assessment to help students us this time effectively

New 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'. Instructions for registration are shown below. Further details will follow.

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 Unit courses are available for booking:

  • 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

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.

Follow the Staff Training and Development Unit on Twitter @QueensStaffDev.

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 11 May: LinkedIn for Beginners, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Thursday 12 May: ECDL – Database Part 1 (note,  you don’t need to be taking ECDL to do this course), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 16 May: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 9.30am -  12.30pm
  • Thursday 19 May: ECDL – Database Part 2 (note, you don’t need to be taking ECDL to do this course), 9.30 am – 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, 9.30am – 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 what topics need revision (note – this is not used for ECDL Advanced).  Click here for more information on ECDL. The next test date is Monday 23 May 2016, 9.30am – 11.00am.

To find out more about the ECDL or ECDL Advanced (European Computer Driving Licence) and obtaining a BCS IT qualification, attend the staff information event on Tuesday 10 May, 1.05 pm in The Auditorium, Ground Floor, The McClay Library.  Bring your own sandwich. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Tip of the day: Want an IT qualification? Sign up for ECDL. Click here for more information.

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