7 November 2016

Call for Winter Graduation stories

With Winter Graduation just a few weeks away, the Communications Office is keen to hear about any graduating students who may be of interest to the media.

Do you know a student graduating with an interesting story to tell? Perhaps they are graduating on the same day as another member of their family, or won an award during their course? Maybe they have been volunteering, or have secured an exciting job or internship opportunity?

If so, please send an outline of their story and a contact telephone number to and a Communications Officer will call you back.

The closing date for submitting information on graduation stories is Tuesday 15 November.

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BBC documentary 'Gift from Death'

A BBC documentary on the body donation programme at Queen's will be broadcast tonight on BBC1 at 10.45pm.

Gift from Death will be available to view on the BBC website after broadcast.

More information on the Body Bequest Scheme at Queen's is available on the website.

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Vice-Chancellor's Blog Video

In this month’s blog, Professor Richard English gives an insight into his role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Public Engagement.

Watch the video.

A transcript is available on the Vice-Chancellor’s blog page.

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An Invitation to Remembrance Sunday

All staff and students, families and friends are invited to attend the University’s Remembrance Day Ceremony on Sunday 13 November 2016 at 11.00am at the cenotaph.

A procession led by Professor Patrick Johnston, President and Vice-Chancellor, will leave the Black and White Hall and proceed to the War Memorial where two minutes silence will be observed to commemorate all those who lost their lives in war-time.

Representatives from a number of University organisations will lay wreaths at the War Memorial, before the procession is led back to the Black and White Hall.

Refreshments will be served after the event in the Great Hall for all those attending.

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Wellbeing Health Checks: Appointments still available

Appointments are still available for staff health checks during November. The comprehensive check lasts 40 minutes and will give you a picture of your current health and highlight changes to your lifestyle, if needed. Qualified nursing professionals have been engaged to carry out the health checks.

Further information is available on the Staff Wellbeing Website.

Checks will be carried out in Lennoxvale at a cost of £5 per‌ employee. Please ring Occupational Health Department on 028 9097 5520 to arrange your appointment.

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Invite an international student to your home

Could you welcome an international student in to your home for a day, weekend, or four days at Christmas?

International Student Support at Queen’s facilitate a relationship between the University and the charity HOST who organise home visits for our students and for others across the UK. By volunteering to participate in a home visit, you could be helping a Queen’s student feel more at home here, or equally you could choose to invite a student currently living further afield than Belfast or even across the water to come to stay in NI for the first time.

Hosting is a voluntary position suitable for all ages and is available throughout the year with HOST. To find out more, or be put in touch with your local organiser, please visit, or call 020 7739 6292.

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Annual Information Services Coffee Morning

The Annual Information Services Coffee morning will take place in the Great Hall on Wednesday 14 December 2016 from 10.00am – 11.30am. This year, proceeds will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Raffle tickets, costing £1 each or six for £5,  are available to purchase beforehand and also at the event. 

Any donations of prizes, hampers etc. would be very welcome.  Please contact a member of the Information Services Social Sub-Committee to discuss:

Everyone welcome - thank you for your support.

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Brexit talk by leader of Fianna Fáil

Leader of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin TD, will deliver a talk Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities in the Great Hall on Thursday 24 November at 6.30pm.  The address, which is part of 'QPol' - the University's front door for public policy engagement at Queen's, will be followed up by a question and answer session moderated by William Crawley. 

The talk is free to attend but tickets, booked via Eventbrite, are required.

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Recent QPol posts:

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

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Salus Quartet Charity Concert

The Centre for Medical Education is hosting a charity concert in the Great Hall on Saturday 12 November at 7.30pm featuring the Salus Quartet.

There will be an exit collection in aid of Lifebox.  For many in the developing world there is no such thing as a routine operation. Surgery is urgent, life-saving and often unsafe. One piece of equipment can change this - the pulse oximeter or 'Lifebox'.

Lifebox, under its patron Atul Gawande, have already distributed 13,000 of the boxes to some of the poorest countries in the world.

The Salus string quartet is unique in that all the members are doctors: a consultant nephrologist, consultant surgeon, anaesthetic registrar and foundation doctor.

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Engineering Parents' Evening

Aerospace StudentsIs your son or daughter studying, or considering studying, A-Level mathematics, science, technology or equivalent qualifications?

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Engineering Parents' Evening on Thursday 10 November is the perfect opportunity to hear about some of the reasons why your son or daughter should consider an engineering degree.

The Parents' Evening will begin at 6.30pm, with the first of four subject talks at 7.15pm.  Parents are invited to attend for the whole event or on a drop in basis throughout the evening.

This year EPS have introduced the 'Student Hub' where current students are on hand to share experiences of their courses and demonstrate some of the projects they have been working on.  A range of employers and staff will also be available to chat with. Light refreshments will be served.

If you wish to attend this event you can register online or contact the Faculty Student Recruitment Hub for more information.

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Queen’s researchers can now register for an ORCID iD

It is now possible to register for an ORCID ID from Pure. An ORCID ID is a unique researcher identifier, used worldwide, that you keep throughout your life. ORCID IDs ensure that your work is discoverable and connected to you throughout your academic career. ORCID IDs are mandatory for some funders and publishers and have been endorsed by HEFCE so may become compulsory for REF.

To create your ORCID ID or add your existing ORCID ID to Pure follow the instructions on the Pure support webpages.

More information on the benefits of ORCID can be found on the Open Access webpages.

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Horizon 2020 Societal challenge 6 Information Event

The Research Development team will host a Horizon 2020 “Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” Information event on Tuesday 22 November 2016, 11.00am – 2.00pm.

Guest speakers include Ben Sharman, UK National Contact Point for IIR Societies. Places are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment. To register, email stating your name, School, contact details, and any dietary or other requirements.

A small number of surgery sessions with Ben Sharman will be available after lunch, if you’d like to avail of this opportunity, please also request this in your registration.

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Naughton Gallery Exhibition

The current exhibition, Maybe She’s Born With It, runs until Sunday 27 November 2016, Tuesday-Sunday, 11.00am-4.00pm.

The monthly series of conversations Art in the AM continues on Friday 11 November. Guest Amanda Coogan chats to the Naughton Gallery's Ben Crothers and Rachel Brown in Town Square, Botanic Avenue, between 9.30am-10.30am.

For more information, visit Facebook events.

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QFT listings

This week at QFT:

  • The Light Between Oceans - Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender star in an emotional romantic drama about a couple facing a moral dilemma.
  • Train to Busan - In this fast, fun and freaky zombie-fuelled thriller from South Korea, a group of terrified passengers fight their way through a viral outbreak while trapped on board a blood-drenched bullet train.
  • French Film Festival - The French Film Festival returns to QFT for its 24th edition – featuring the crême de la crême of contemporary and classic French-speaking cinema.
  • Rebel with a Camera: The Camera of Ousmane Sembène – Ousmane Sembène, otherwise known as the father of African cinema, is one of the key figures of world cinema, and yet his works, still relevant today, remain unknown to many.
  • Revolution: New Art for a New World – A bold and exciting feature documentary that encapsulates a momentous period in the history of Russia and the Russian Avant-Garde.  Draws on the collections of major Russian institutions and contributors. Thursday 10 November, 6.30pm.
  • From Friday 11 November: Boyz N The Hood; Viva and Swiss Army Man.

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

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Training Courses – Research Management

A range of research management training courses relevant for both Research Staff and Postgraduate Research students have been planned. More details and registration can be accessed on the Research and Enterprise website.

Upcoming courses:

  • Tuesday 1 November: Human Tissue Act, 10.30am-12.00pm, Pharmacy & McClay Institute Room 0G/003B & 003A
  • Thursday 3 November: Research Data Management and Open Data, 3.00pm-4.00pm,  Seminar Room 10, Whitla Medical Building
  • Monday 7 November: Open Access at Queen's, 11.00-12.00pm, Training Room 4, Graduate School
  • Wednesday 16 November: PURE Staff Training, 3.00pm-4.00pm, Seminar Room, First Floor, Research & Enterprise
  • Thursday 17 November: PGR PURE Training, 10.00am-11.00am, Training Room 2, Graduate School
  • Tuesday 22 November: Copyright Essentials for Researchers Room, 11.00-12.00pm,  02/017 Peter Froggatt Centre
  • Tuesday 22 November: Informed Consent Auditorium, 1.30-4.30pm, McClay Library
  • Thursday 24 November: How to comply with HEFCE's Open Access Policy for REF, 2.00-2.30pm, Meeting Room 3, McClay Library Staff
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Bite Size Open Access Training

Open Access is now a requirement for REF eligibility. To make sure you comply with the policy go along to the next bite size, 30 minute course. There will be time after to answer any specific questions you have. The next session will take place on:

  • Thursday 24 November: How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF, 2.00pm – 2.30pm, The Gillespie Room.

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

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

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 10 November: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 14 November: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 2, 9.30am – 12.30 pm
  • Tuesday 22 November: ECDL – Database Part 1, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 23 November: SPSS 1: Introduction to SPSS, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 29 November: ECDL – Database Part 2, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 1 December: Introduction to Project Management and the Use of Associated Templates, 10.00am – 11.00pm
  • Thursday 1 December: Introduction to Visio 2013, 9.30am – 12.30pm

To book a place on a training course, log on to 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.

If you know of any PG students who require SPSS training, please contact

The next test date is Tuesday 8 November, 10.00 am – 11.30 am.  To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day
In Outlook 2013, if you use the words “Attached” or “Attachment” in the main body of your email but forget to attach a file, you will get a reminder when you click the send button.

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QUB Teaching Awards 2017
The QUB Teaching Awards Scheme 2017 is now open.  Up to 10 Teaching Awards are available and a prize of £1000 will be awarded to each successful individual or team, paid into a dedicated School account for professional development purposes. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on Monday 13 March 2017. 

Further information including Notes for Guidance, application templates and examples of previous applications are available to download.  Queries should be directed to Liz McDowell, 028 9097 5301.

Continuing Professional Development
Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event so early registration is recommended:

  • Friday 25 November: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 30 November: Mindfulness and Teaching with Emotional Intelligence, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 7 December: Linking teaching and Research, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Higher Education Lunchtime forum
The Higher Education Lunchtime Forum provides an opportunity for colleagues to exchange good practice, innovative methods and tested approaches in Higher Education learning and teaching. The theme of this session is:

  • Friday 25 November: Using PeerWise, 1.00pm - 2.00pm, with a sandwich lunch at 12.45pm

PeerWise is a tool which allows students to generate a shared learning repository of multiple choice questions.  This session will provide a brief overview on the functions of PeerWise but focus on how students of Dr Elaine Farrell, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics and Dr Bin Xu, Queen’s Management School have used it to develop their learning.

Guest Speaker Series 2016-2017

  • Wednesday 7 December: Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum, 10.00am – 1.00pm in the Auditorium, the McClay Library

Led by Dr Pauline Hanesworth, Academic Development Advisor at the HEA, Scotland.  Higher education across the UK is experienced differently according to students’ backgrounds and characteristics.  This 3-hour interactive session will explore equality and diversity in learning, teaching and assessment practices and will equip you with relevant theories and practical examples and facilitate collaborative activities that will ask you to apply the theory to your own practice.

Further details of all courses and events are available on the CED website

To book a place on any of the above, log on to Queen's Online, then select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for 'iTrent Self Service'.

Courses delivered in individual Schools

If you would like to find out about training on areas of educational development for individual Schools, contact Karen Butler, course secretary, 028 9097 1447.

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Upcoming Courses in November:

  • Wednesday 9 November: Project Planning & Time Management for Researchers, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 10 November: Preparing for Academic Interviews, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 14 November: An introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 15 November: Scientific Creativity, 9.30am – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 16 November: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 18 November: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 18 November: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 24 November: Biological Safety and Genetic Modification, 10.00am – 11.00am
  • Wednesday 30 November: Career Exploration of Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm

To register for an upcoming training course, log on to 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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Nature Masterclasses: Scientific Writing and Publishing
Queen's researchers now have access to the online Nature Masterclasses series, focusing on scientific writing and publishing.  Staff and Research Students can register by visiting the website.  The online programme aims to support researchers to get published in journals and during the writing process.  An information session will take place on Friday 18 November 2016, 10.00am-11.00am, in the Graduate School.

Staff wishing to attend should  book a place by logging on to Queen's Online, then select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for 'iTrent Self Service'.

Postgraduate Research Students should book a place by emailing their interest to

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