23 May 2016

Queen’s first Global Research Institute launched

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has officially launched Queen’s first Global Research Institute (GRI).

The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), the first of four Global Research Institutes to be unveiled at Queen’s, was launched at a special event in the Northern Ireland Science Park today. Find out more.

GRIs are the University’s flagships for interdisciplinary research in areas of major societal challenge. In addition to ECIT, the other GRIs are: The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice; The Institute for Global Food Security; and the Institute for Health Sciences.


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Election of support staff to membership of Senate

Electronic voting, through Queen’s Online, to elect one member of Support Staff to membership of Senate will close at midnight on Sunday 29 May 2016.

Details of the candidates nominated, along with a copy of their supporting statements are available on the website

We are keen to ensure that as many eligible staff members as possible vote in this election.  If you, therefore, encounter any difficulties in casting your vote on Queen’s Online, please contact Damien Corridan, Returning Officer, on 028 9097 1509 or by email to

The results of the election will be published on Tuesday 31 May 2016.

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Pedometer Challenge Awards Ceremony: Tuesday 24 May

Come along to the Great Hall on Tuesday 24 May 2016 at 1.15pm to find out the winners of this year's pedometer challenge, including overall winner, team and individuals, and spot prizes. Over 550 staff walked over 122 million steps during the four-week challenge.

A light lunch will be provided for attendees.

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Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork to feature on BBC One's Home Ground

The Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF) will feature on BBC One's Home Ground at 7.30pm today (Monday 23 May 2016). CAF have partnered with the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership to carry out a community archaeological excavation to build up the story of the 'Lost Ringfort of Cornahove in South Armagh'

View a selection of pictures of the excavation so far. 

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Staff Gateway Site

Staff Gateway siteThe Staff Gateway site has been redeveloped as part of the Digital Transformation Project. It is now home to the latest news, initiatives and information for staff.

News stories appearing on the site this week, include:

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Procurement Office: Travel event

Travel event 230516‌Staff are invited to sign up to the Procurement Office's Travel Event on Tuesday 7 June 2016. The event will cover:

  • What you need to do in a travel emergency
  • The switch to the updated Booking Tool
  • How to sign up for travel alerts
  • Top Tips for Bookers
  • How the travel website can help you

Sessions last for 45 minutes and will take place in the Canada Room.

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Bike to Work Breakfast

It's pedal power over horsepower as staff are invited to leave the car at home and cycle to work on Friday 27 May 2016. A free breakfast will be provided in the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine between 8.00am and 10.00am for anyone who travels to work by bike that day.

Find out more information on cycling, including future bike to work breakfasts.

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Spring Festival of Conflict Transformation

‌The fourth annual Spring Festival of Conflict Transformation runs until Monday 31 May 2016. 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.

The closing lecture in this year’s Festival will be delivered by former Taoiseach Mr Bertie Ahern on ‘Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland’ on Tuesday 31 May 2016 in Riddel Hall.

For the full programme of events and how to register visit

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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:

If you are interesting in submitting an article to QPol, please contact Kevin at  

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KESS seminar at Stormont: Wednesday 25 May 2016

Stormont Buildings (Picture courtesy NI Tourist Board)The next KESS seminar, 'Provision of health and social care: Diverse needs', will take place at Stormont on Wednesday 25 May 2016. It will include Professor Kevin Brazil from Queen's who will talk about 'Supporting General Practitioners in Northern Ireland in the care of dementia patients as they near the end of life.'

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

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FACE Annual Conference: 29 June – 1 July 2016

FACE Conference logoThe Widening Participation Unit will host the annual Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE) conference at Riddel Hall from 29 June – 1 July 2016. The full Programme is now available on the FACE conference website.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Patrick Johnston, Vice-Chancellor, Queen's
  • The Minister for the Economy
  • Dr Ian Pickup, Director of Academic Services, SOAS
  • Patricia Staaf, Director for Teaching and Learning, Malmo University
  • Peter Horrocks, Vice-Chancellor, The Open University
  • Kelly Robinson, Greater Shankill Children and Young People Zone

Booking for full and day delegate places is still open. Find out more about FACE. For further details, contact Deirdre Lynskey: 028 9097 1567.

Please share with your networks.

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HORIZON 2020 – SC5 Drop-in Clinic

The Horizon 2020 NI Contact Point for the Environment, Caroline Barry, will be holding a drop-in clinic at Queen’s. The clinic would be beneficial for those seeking advice or information on Horizon 2020 and in particular to those interested in applying under the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 (SC5) or Cross-cutting Activities.  

To arrange a meeting please contact or telephone 028 9025 6692.  

Alternatively you can drop in when she is free: Thursday 26 May 2016, 10.00am – 1.00pm. RED room, 2nd floor, Research and Enterprise, 63 University Road.

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Research Data Management Information Sessions

‘Research Data Management’ is a rapidly developing area of research policy. Most major funders now require that researchers complete Data Management Plans at the outset of research projects, provide open access to data underpinning published research findings, and retain relevant data for minimum periods of up to 10 years following a project. Some funders have started to monitor compliance with these policies and, as of 2017, Open Research Data will be the default for all new Horizon 2020 projects.

These information sessions will provide researchers with the latest intelligence on funder requirements, an introduction to the basic principles of Research Data Management and Open Research Data, and an overview of relevant support services provided at the University.

For more information, please visit the event listing pages linked above. To register, please contact

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Widening Participation Unit: Family fun day for looked-after children

Discover Queen'sThe Widening Participation Unit (WPU) will host a family fun day for looked-after children on Saturday 4 June 2016, 11.00am – 2.00pm, as part of Queen’s commitment to looked-after children. The event is open to children and  young people who have had experience of care, along with those who support them: foster families, residential care home staff and mentors.

Families and supporters interested in attending this free event are asked to register on the eventbrite page or telephone WPU on 028 9097 1234.  All those who attend will have the chance to take part in a range of  fun activities for all ages.

Please feel free to share this information.  Follow WPU on Twitter.

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SPACE Conference

The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, together with the Geological Society, will host a Conference, 'Groundwater in Fractured Bedrock Environments - Managing Catchment and Subsurface Resources', on Friday 10 June 2016.

Find out more. View the 'Groundwater in Fractured Bedrock' Conference poster. Read the 'Groundwater in Fractured Bedrock' Programme.

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This week at QFT

QFT 230516This 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.

Green Room (18) – From the director of Blue Ruin comes this ultra-violent tale of a punk band falling prey to a gang of neo-Nazis led by Patrick Stewart (playing against type).

The Sky Trembles… (12A) – The new feature film by award-winning British artist and filmmaker Ben Rivers (Two Years at Sea) is a hallucinatory adventure of cruelty, madness and malevolence, reminiscent of both Antonioni and Herzog.

SHAKESPEARE ON FILM TALK  - Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London, will provide an overview of the rich legacy of Shakespeare from Silent to Sound, from Western to Musical, from British Cinema to Bollywood and everything in between. Thurs 26 May at 6.20pm.

Richard III + Intro (U) – The archetypal ‘baddie’, Laurence Olivier’s portrayal of Shakespeare’s evil monarch has been much lampooned but is nonetheless captivating and fascinating. Thurs 26 May at 8.20pm.

From Friday 27 May: Henry V + Kenneth Branagh Q&A; Love and Friendship; and Louder Than Bombs.

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

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The Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre 230516The Welcome Centre is now stocking a new range of contemporary sterling silver jewellery by Kilkenny Silver. Prices start at £6.

Staff are reminded of their 10% discount.

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Open Access Training: HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF

Open Access is now a requirement for REF eligibility. To make sure you comply with the policy come along to the next training course:

  • Wednesday 1 June, How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF, 2.30pm – 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 the Open Access Team will 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 places are limited so early registration is recommended.

  • Tuesday 21 June: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • 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 is running 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 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
  • Wednesday 22 June: Formative Assessment of Large Classes: supporting effective student learning

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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Training and DevelopmentThe following STDU courses are available for booking:

  • 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
  • Tuesday 21 June: Manager Wellbeing Training, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 23 June: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • 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 Training Courses

ComputersPlaces 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) – 2.00 pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday, 25 May: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday, 5 July: 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 – Want an IT qualification? The European Computer Driving Licence is internationally recognised and Queen’s is an accredited test centre (for 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.  (Please note: EnlightKS is not used for ECDL Advanced).  Click here for more information on ECDL.

The next test date is Monday 6 June 2016, 9.30am – 11.00am

Tip of the day: To reuse a set of animations in PowerPoint, select the object with the animations, click the 'Animations' tab and click 'Animation Painter'. Then click the object you want to apply them to.

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