16 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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A Bite of Queen's tour: Union Theological College

The next A Bite of Queen's campus tour will take place on Thursday 19 May 2016, 1.05pm – 1.50pm, when staff will get the opportunity to explore the Union Theological College.

During the tour, staff will hear about the College’s history, which stretches back to 1853, and view a range of the College’s historical artefacts and paintings. The building is located on Botanic Avenue.

The tour is free and includes a brown bag lunch. Places are limited. To book a place, please email, including the following information in your email:

  • name;
  • departmental address;
  • staff category (academic; academic related; clerical; technical/operational; other);
  • email address;
  • staff number;
  • dietary requirements.
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Travelling on behalf of the University

Selective Travel Management logo 160516Staff travelling on behalf of Queen's should make sure to book through the University's travel management company, Selective Travel Management (, and ensure that their contact details are up to date by calling 028 9044 2070. 

Selective Travel Management will help staff and students and follow emergency protocol to support you when travelling should you encounter a problem. To find out more about how the University's travel management company can help in a travel emergency, sign up to the Procurement Office's event on Tuesday 7 June in the Canada Room.

Click here to sign up to receive travel updates. You can also follow Selective Travel Management on Twitter: @selectivetm.

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Mental Health Awareness Week: 16 – 20 May 2016

Mental Health Awareness week begins today and will run until Friday 20 May. Staff Wellbeing will run a number of events throughout the week to promote awareness of the five steps to mental wellbeing and offering staff the opportunity to try out the steps.

Places are available on the following Staff Wellbeing events taking place this week:

  • 'Tour of Botanic Gardens', Tuesday 17 May, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, (packed lunch provided). Queen’s is very lucky to have Botanic Gardens, which boosts a wide variety of biodiversity, on its doorstep. Established in 1828, the gardens have been enjoyed as a public park by the people of Belfast since 1895. Register to attend by email:
  • Find out about Positive Mental Health, attend the 'Lunch and Learn' session with Aware NI on Thursday 19 May, 1.00pm – 2.00pm. Register to attend by email:

Full details of Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 can be found on the Staff Wellbeing website.

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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.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day. For further details, please call 028 9504 0342 or e-mail

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Campus Food and Drink

Campus Food and Drink 160516Campus Food and Drink are seeking your feedback to assist them in providing a service which meets your needs. Please take a few moments to complete the survey to let Campus Food and Drink know how they are doing. They will use the information to evaluate their current products and customer service, and to examine areas in which they could do better. They have already started to implement changes following the feedback received from their survey in November, including using the items you suggested to help shape the menu of their new catering outlet which will open in September.

Click here to take part in the survey

As a 'thank you' for taking part in the survey, you will be entered into a draw to win £25 added to your Smart Card, enabling you to purchase food, soft drinks, tea/coffee and stationery from the Students’ Union shop and campus coffee outlets.

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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 (17 May 2016).

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

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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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International Research and Official Development Assistance Workshop

The Research and Enterprise Directorate will offer a workshop on International Research and Official Development Assistance on Wednesday 8 June 2016. This workshop will explore the current international development research opportunities under the Newton Fund and the Global Challenges Research Fund. These funds represent a significant commitment by the UK government to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing the problems faced by developing countries.

Click here for more details on the event and how to register.

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HSC R&D office Enabling Research Awards

The MHLS Faculty Research Development team will be hosting a lunchtime information event on HSC R&D office Enabling Research Awards (ERAs) on Friday 20 May 2016.

ERAs are for a maximum of £40,000 and are intended to help researchers carry out any work necessary to make them more competitive for an NIHR application.

To book a place on the information session, email Please indicate if you plan to attend for lunch.

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Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series at Stormont: Wednesday 18 May 2016

Stormont Buildings (Picture courtesy NI Tourist Board)The next KESS seminar, 'Protecting the environment: Agricultural Biodiversity and waste management', will take place at Stormont on Wednesday 18 May 2016. It will include:

  • 1.30pm:  RaISe – Welcome
  • 1.35pm:  Assembly Committee Chair – Opening Remarks
  • 1.45pm:  Professor Ian Montgomery (QUB) - Maximising Production and Biodiversity in NI Agriculture
  • 2.05pm:  Dr Alastair Ruffell (QUB) - Waste management and disposal: locating illegal buried waste using remote sensing (satellites, aircraft, drones and geophysics)
  • 2.25pm:  Discussion
  • 2.55pm:  RaISe - Closing remarks
  • 3.00pm:  Networking and Refreshments

To reserve your place at the seminar, email Find out more about KESS.

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NEW DATE: Horizon 2020 – Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships Information Session

A MSCA Individual Fellowships Information Session will take place on Tuesday 24 May 2016 at 12.30pm. Lunch will be provided.

Individual Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowships aim to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers (post-doctoral researchers) by diversifying their skills acquisition through advanced training and international and/or inter-sectoral mobility. There is also support for individual researchers to re-start their careers after a break from research, and for the re-integration into Europe of researchers previously active in Europe but currently working outside Europe.

Please see full information and registration details.

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Scopus – A Closer Look

A training session on 'Scopus – A closer look' will take place on Wednesday 25 May 2016, 10.00am – 11.00am, in the McClay Library Auditorium.

Scopus is the world’s largest bibliographic and citation database. This course is aimed at staff and research postgraduate students who wish to develop their knowledge of the content and functionality of Scopus. Participants will learn how to:

  • access and search Scopus;
  • manage search results;
  • set up citation alerts;
  • view citation counts;
  • assess journal quality.

To book a place, log in to Queen's Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section. Alternatively, email who can book the course on your behalf.

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Invitation to India Lecture

Staff are invited to the prestigious India Lecture, delivered by Dr Anwesa Mahanta, Charles Wallace Fellow at the School of History and Anthropology, on Tuesday 24 May in the Great Hall at 5.00pm. The lecture is entitled 'Moving Objects and Thinking Body: A Dancer's Narrative'.

Drinks and snacks will be served after the talk/performance. Please confirm your attendance via email to

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Guest Lecture – Dr Pierre Meulien, Executive Director, Innovative Medicines Initiative

The Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences is hosting a special visit by Dr Pierre Meulien, Executive Director of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI). This is a superb opportunity to hear from a European leader who is managing a Public/Private partnership with a €5billion budget that is co-sponsored by the European Union and the European Pharmaceutical Industry.

Dr Meulien will highlight the opportunities for universities, industry, patient advocacy groups and other organisations in Northern Ireland to participate in a unique funding programme that has global recognition. 

The lecture will take place on Friday 20 May 2016 at 11.30am in the CCRCB Basement Seminar Room.

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School of History and Anthropology Newsletter

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

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SPACE Planning Seminar Series

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

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

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The Naughton Gallery

Naughton Gallery 160516A new exhibition taking place in the Naughton Gallery, ‌Four Directions, celebrates the work of acclaimed Stolen Generations Aboriginal artist Heather Kamarra Shearer, and marks the artisit's first solo exhibition in the UK. Shearer is an award-winning artist who began painting in 1991, exploring culturally appropriate ways to share her journey as a member of the Stolen Generations.

The exhibition will run from Friday 20 May to Sunday 5 June 2016 and all are welcome to attend the following free events.

  • Friday 20 May, 6.00pm - 8.00pm: Exhibition Preview with drinks reception.
  • Thursday 2 June, 5.00pm - 7.00pm: Late Night Art – monthly late night opening with access to the Portrait Collection in the Great Hall as well as a chance to enjoy the current exhibition.
  • Saturday 4 June, 11.00am - 12.00pm: Artist Talk with Heather Shearer.
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The Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre 160516A range of embroidery kits by local company Pippa Blue are now in stock in the Welcome Centre. The kits contain everything needed to create your own embellished picture while practising basic embroidery stitches. Suitable for beginners age 7+.

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QFT listings

QFT 160516This week at QFT:

  • Everybody Wants Some!! (15) – The new film from US indie master Richard Linklater – his first since 2013's critically-adored Boyhood – is a riotous, perceptive and acutely funny step back into 1980s college dorm life.
  • Mustang (15) – The feature debut of Deniz Gamze Ergüven is a powerful portrait of sisterhood and burgeoning sexuality.
  • 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. ACCESS SCREENING: The 6.30pm screening on Tuesday 17 May will include audio description and on-screen captioning.
  • From Friday 20 May: Green Room; Heart of a Dog; The Sky Trembles...

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.

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

New: Assessment Seminars

In response to a call from the Schools and Faculties, the Centre for Educational Development will run a series of Lunchtime Assessment Seminars to address any final outstanding concerns regarding new assessment strategies.

  • Wednesday 1 June: Independent Study: using assessment to help students use this time effectively
  • Wednesday 15 June: Feedback forms and coversheets to encourage students to be self-reflective

The sessions will run from 1.10pm – 1.50pm with tea and coffee at 1.00pm. Please feel free to bring your own lunch.

New Academic Year Conference

This 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: 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 27 May: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 1 June: The Engaging Researcher, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 3 June: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 9 June: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 21 June: Manager Wellbeing Training, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 23 June: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 23 June: Fire Warden and Evacuation Procedures, 11.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 27 – Tuesday 28 June: Researcher Writing Retreat (2 days), 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 6 July: Selection Interviewing, 9.15am – 3.30pm

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 STDU 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 Courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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 online.

Please note that PGR students have a separate programme organised through The Graduate School.


Want an IT qualification? The European Computer Driving Licence is internationally recognised and Queen’s University is an accredited test centre (for their staff and students only). Once registered with the British Computer Society, you are given access to study materials and the testing software “EnlightKS”, which offers diagnostic testing with feedback. (Note: EnlightKS is not used for ECDL Advanced). For more information on ECDL, click here. 

The next ECDL test date is Monday 23 May, 9.30am – 11.00am.

Tip of the day: Automatically email an open Office document as an attachment by adding the E-mail control to the Quick Access Toolbar in Word, PowerPoint, etc.

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