30 May 2016

Honorary Degrees: Nominations

The Honorary Degrees Search Committee is now seeking to identify potential nominees for the award of Honorary Degrees in 2017.

Details of the nomination process, including the nomination pro forma, are available on the University website. The closing date for submitting nominations is Friday 2 September 2016.

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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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Bus and Train Week

Bus and Train WeekThe University is supporting Bus and Train Week, a new initiative from Translink, which will take place between Monday 6 and Sunday 12 June 2016. The week celebrates all the many benefits of travelling by bus and train and will feature discounted fares, competitions and spot prizes.

As an incentive to staff to try public transport during Bus and Train Week, the University has teamed up with Clements Coffee to offer 25% off the price of all hot drinks on presentation of a valid public transport ticket across any of their University outlets. Staff who take part in the offer will also be entered into a draw with a prize of free coffee for 30 days!

Find out more about Bus and Train Week.

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Art and Nature Combined - paper wildflower installation

Art InstallationRSPB NI, in partnership with Belfast Print workshop and Queen’s, will create a display of bespoke, handmade paper wildflowers embedded with native wildflower seed. The display, which will be mounted at the front of the Lanyon building from Monday 6  - 13 June 2016, aims to inspire and help people understand the importance of wildflowers for nature.

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Chinese Dragon Boat Festival

The Language Centre at Queen’s will give a talk on the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival on Thursday 9 June 2016, from 1.00pm – 1.50pm, in Training Room 2, in the McClay Library. Anyone interested in broadening their knowledge of Chinese culture is welcome to attend this interactive talk with both linguistic elements and cultural perspectives. Click here for further information on the Dragon Boat Festival Session.

To book your place, email Liang Wang: Up to 30 places are available.

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Doctorate in Education (EdD) – Scholarships available

The Centre for Shared Education is offering bursaries of £2000 each to five students taking up a place on the EdD course in the academic year 2016/17.

For those colleagues who have professional experience in education, the EdD is a distinctive way of undertaking doctoral research which is supported by taught modules and embedded in professional education practice. It is an alternative doctoral route for those who would like to focus on Education rather than undertaking a PhD in a particular area.
Delivered over intensive 2.5 day sessions (Thursday, Friday, Saturday), the EdD modules are designed to develop research skills and support colleagues with their doctoral research. With guidance from supervisors, those who successfully complete modules undertake their doctoral dissertation. The programme can be taken part-time, normally between 4-6 years.
Read more on the School of Education Scholarships page.

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The Conversation

The Conversation ‌Click on the links 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:

Upcoming QPol Events:

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

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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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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Sean O’Connell

The School of History and Anthropology invites staff to attend the inaugural lecture by Professor Sean O’Connell, Professor of Modern British and Irish Social History.

The lecture, Commemorating the Everyday: Belfast’s Working Class Past, will take place on Tuesday 14 June 2016, 5.00pm – 6.30pm, in the Canada Room/Council Chamber, Lanyon Building, and will be followed by a reception.

RSVP to Jade Hutchinson, 028 9097 3700,

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MRC Confidence in Concept programme 2016 call for expressions of interest

The 2016 round of the Confidence in Concept programme is now open for applications, with up to £80k available per project.

An information briefing about the programme will take place on Wednesday 1 June 2016, 12.30pm – 1.30pm in the Seminar Room, Wellcome-Wolfson Institute of Experimental Medicine. This will be an opportunity to meet and have informal discussions with colleagues from the Commercial Development team and get advice and guidance on potential applications.

To find out more visit the Research and Enterprise website.

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Open Invitation: Global Challenge Networking Programme workshop

Lanyon QuadFollowing a successful pilot event in April, a follow up Global Challenge Networking Programme workshop will take place on Monday 27 June 2016. The workshop is open to those who attended the first event as well as any other researcher who is interested in exploring the possibilities for collaborative work on the following four sub-themes under the topic of Living and Working in a Digital Age:

  • Privacy, Trust and regulation implications of big data
  • Tech for Good (including health, digital inequalities, education)
  • Person/Intelligent Machine Interaction
  • Urban Computing/Smart Cities

The event, which will be chaired by Professor James McElnay, will run from 9.00am – 1.00pm in room TR6 in the Graduate School. 

If you would like to register for this event or require further information about the Global Challenge Networking Programme, please contact the Research Policy Office at or 028 9097 2552/2594.

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International Research and Official Development Assistance Event

The Research and Enterprise Directorate will hold 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.

Find out more details on the event and how to register.

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Individual Fellowships Writing Workshop – Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions

To assist researchers and supervisors in preparing a competitive proposal for the upcoming MSCA Individual Fellowships Call (deadline 14 September), a proposal writing seminar will take place on the Friday 24 June 2016, 10.30am – 3.15pm, in Research and Enterprise, 63 University Road.

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.

To reserve your place at the workshop, email

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Food Security Survey

IGFS logo 16112015Queen's, in conjunction with University College Cork, is conducting a study on Food security for the food sensitive consumer on the island of Ireland funded by safefood. Colleagues in the Institute for Global Food Security are looking for participants to help them make food products safer and labelling more helpful and informative. They need your opinions and thoughts as a consumer who:

  • Experiences adverse reaction(s) to some food  themselves;
  • AND/OR is following an avoidance diet either or as a life choice;
  • AND/OR is a parent to a child who experiences adverse reaction(s) to some food.

The survey will take no more than 15 minutes to complete and your opinions and thoughts will help improve people's lives by informing policy and regulatory bodies on best practice for food product labelling. If you have any additional questions, please email Dr. Audrey DunnGalvin or Dr Tassos Koidis.

Take part in the survey.

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Prostate Cancer Research Study – Male volunteers required

Researchers at the School of Nursing are running a study looking at how men cope with a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

They are looking to recruit a group of men over 50 years of age, who have never had cancer. This will help them better understand the results of the cancer patients in their study.

The study involves filling out a survey four times, over a nine-month period. The survey asks questions about your background, your quality of life, and general emotional wellbeing.

NB: Participation in the study is voluntary and all survey responses will be kept strictly confidential.

If you, or someone you know, meets this criteria and wants more information about the study, contact Eimear Ruane-McAteer, 028 9097 2684,

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The Naughton Gallery - Tours

Naughton Gallery 160516The Naughton Gallery is currently showing work by Aboriginal artist, Heather Kamarra Shearer. Celebrating the work of the acclaimed Stolen Generations Aboriginal artist, the exhibition, Four Directions, will run until Sunday 5 June 2016.

The exhibition is produced in partnership with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice.


  • Wednesday 1 June, 1.00pm - 2.00pm: Tour of the exhibition with the artist, Heather Shearer. This event is particularly aimed at Queen’s staff who may be keen to know more about the wider gallery programme. Gallery staff will be on hand to answer any queries around staff and student engagement. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Free event. Registration required – email:
  • Thursday 2 June, 5.00pm - 7.00pm: Unwind after work with a complimentary drink and a walk through the current exhibition. The Great Hall, with highlights from the Queen’s Portrait collection will also be accessible to gallery visitors. Late Night Art takes place on the first Thursday of each month. Free event. No registration required.
  • Saturday 4 June, 11.00am - 12.00pm: Tour of the exhibition hosted by the artist, Heather Shearer in partnership with NIGAT (NI Group for Art as Therapy). Free event. No registration required.
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QFT 300516This week at QFT

Love and Friendship (U) – Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny reunite with director Whit Stillman for a witty adaptation of Jane Austen’s early novella Lady Susan.

Louder than Bombs (15) – Norwegian director Joachim Trier makes his English-language debut with the star-studded Louder Than Bombs, an intricate and delicate family drama.

Evolution (15) – A mesmerising blend of body horror and surreal fantasy from director Lucile Hadžihalilović, pitched somewhere between Eyes Without a Face and Under the Skin.

HENRY V (PG): MONDAY 30 MAY, 3.30PM – Kenneth Branagh’s directorial debut, in which he also stars, is a highly acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s History Play.

From Friday 3 June 2016: Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach and The Measure of a Man.

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

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Queen's Sport

Queens Sport Boat race imageBoat Race 2016 – VIP Tickets still on sale.
Queen’s take on Trinity College Dublin on Saturday 11 June 2016 in the annual boat race on the river Lagan, with Junior races starting at 11.30am to the main race at 5.00pm. Come down and show your support and enjoy the action packed, fun-filled day.

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

Summer Membership
Give yourself that summer boost with a Three-Month All-Inclusive Summer Membership. The offer is now available for only £99 (one off payment and no administration fee) and is an All-Inclusive Membership that includes access to: 70+ classes a week; 3 x fitness/gym areas; 2 x swimming pools; climbing walls and racquet sports.

For more details, please contact Reception on 028 9068 1126 or email:

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The Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre 300516The Welcome Centre is now stocking handcrafted jewellery by Queen’s graduate Ruth Power at Danu Designer Ceramics. Handcrafted bowls and planters arriving soon.

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

  • Tuesday 21 June: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm (just a few places still remaining)
  • Wednesday 17 June: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm (only one place available)
  • Wednesday 29 June: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 4.30pm

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

  • 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
  • Wednesday 29 June: Assessing group-work: mechanisms for allocating marks fairly
  • Wednesday 6 July: The Student Voice; designing assessment with students as partners

New Academic Year Conference
The 'New Academic Year: Harnessing Change to Improve Student Learning' Conference will take place on Thursday 23 June 2016 and is now available for booking. 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 Staff Training and Development Unit courses are available for booking:

  • Friday 3 June: Health and Safety Induction, 10.00am – 12noon
  • Thursday 16 June: Induction for Contract Research Staff, 9.15am – 4.00pm
  • 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

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

ComputersPlaces are available on the following courses:

  • 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 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). Find out more about ECDL. The next test date is Monday 6 June, 9.30am – 11.00am.

Tip of the day:  Need to print your Excel spreadsheet on one page? Click the 'page layout' tab, click 'launcher' button on the 'scale to fit' group, under 'scaling', select 'Fit to one page'.

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