14 November 2016

Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes 2016

VC's Research Prize Competition 2016 logoThe shortlist for the annual Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes has been announced. Details are available on the Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes webpage.

The winners of the four categories will be announced on Friday 18 November during the Chief Executives' Club Gala.

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Brexit Resource Guide and Event

A Brexit Resource Guide, comprising of articles by Queen’s academics on the subject of Brexit, is now available on the University’s EU Referendum webpage.  The Guide will be updated regularly as new analyses are published.

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

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

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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 Thursday 17 November.

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Important message for Queen’s WiFi users

The 'security certificate' which is used when joining the Queen’s WiFi will expire on Wednesday 16 November.

Information Services will renew this certificate prior to this date. When this happens, users should expect to see a warning message when they next access WiFi. The message will explain that the certificate has changed. As this certificate change is expected, users must 'accept' this change in order to continue using WiFi.  The new certificate should remain valid for the next three years.

If you have any questions or difficulties with this procedure, please contact the IT Service Desk or your local Computer Officers.

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Annual meeting of Convocation

The annual meeting of Convocation and Convocation Lecture 2016 will take place on Thursday 17 November at 7.00pm in the Canada Room and Council Chamber.

Guest Speaker for the evening is Baroness Nuala O'Loan DBE MRIA.  Tea and coffee will be served from 6.30pm with hot refreshments served in the break between the lecture and the business of the annual meeting.

All members of Convocation are invited to attend.  The agenda for Annual Meeting is available to download

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Rejoyce for Movember

To raise money for the Movember men's health charity, the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences and Queen's Graduate School are hosting a special event entitled Rejoyce for Movember.

The one man show will star Professor Mark Lawler, Dean of Education, masquerading as some of the characters of James Joyce's short stories and novels.

The show will be held on Thursday 17 November at 5.30pm in The Graduate School.

Donations can be made on the CCRCB Movember page or on the night.  Further information is available in the ReJoyce for Movember Graduate School Advert.pdf

Registration for the event is required for catering purposes.

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Staff Wellbeing Prostate Cancer Awareness Session

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, affecting one in nine men. The vast majority of men are now cured thanks to developments in research leading to better understanding and treatment of the disease.

Staff are invited to attend a Prostate Cancer Awareness Session on Wednesday 23 November, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, lunch provided.

The session will be taken by Joe O’Sullivan, Professor of Radiation Oncology at Queen's and clinical director of Oncology at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre.

To register for the session visit Eventbrite.  The room will be confirmed after registration.

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Recycling Week

Recycling weekRecycling Week starts next Monday, 21 November, with a programme of events across the University. Highlights include:

  • Love your leftovers cookery demonstration by renowned Belfast chef Stephen Jeffers.
  • Recycling talk by Eric Randall, Director Bryson Recycling, who was awarded an MBE for services to waste management in Northern Ireland.
  • Clothes donation, with ten collection points across the University to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
  • Book swap – drop in and grab yourself a winter read.

View the full Recycling Week programme.  You can follow the Recycling Week activities on Twitter @greenatqueens

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Courses for International Spouses/Partners

Due to the success of previous language courses for International Staffs' spouses/partners, the Language Centre at Queen’s is again offering English Language training starting later this month.

There are two levels of English Language training offered, Beginners and Advanced, and a mixture of formal taught sessions, as well as more social sessions visiting local landmarks and learning more about local culture.

For further information, including course content and dates, visit the website.

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Prostate Cancer Research Study - male volunteers required

Researchers at Queen’s are running a study looking at how men cope with a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

They are recruiting a group of men, aged over 50, who have never had cancer. This will help understand the results of the cancer patients in the study.

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

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 would like more information about the study, please contact Eimear Ruane-McAteer 028 9097 2684.

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New Trans Equality Policy launched

As part of its commitment to equality and diversity, the University recently launched a new Trans Equality Policy. The Policy and associated guidance provide information, advice and support to staff and students on transgender (“trans”) issues.

Find out more on the Equality and Diversity website.

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The Conversation

The Conversation Click on the link to read the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation: ‌

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation please contact the Communications Office,, 028 9097 3091.

The Conversation's Science Editor, Stephen Harris, will be at Queen's on Thursday 1 December.  The visit will include a talk on "An introduction to The Conversation" and a workshop on honing writing skills.  For further information, please contact Judith Rance.

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research

Recent Posts

  • Gender and Political Leadership
    Professor Yvonne Galligan takes a look at gender equality in political leadership across the world and asks what can be done to bring about a greater level of gender balance in leadership roles.

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

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Year 13 Parents’ Evening – Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The Faculty of AHSS is holding a parents’ evening for students in year 13 (or equivalent) at schools or colleges, and their parents or guardians, on Thursday 17 November from 7.00pm-9.30pm.

The event will provide information on the full range of undergraduate degrees within the Faculty, from Audio Engineering to Law.

The event begins with a short talk on the employability opportunities for AHSS graduates. From 7.40pm onwards there will be a number of subject talks for people to choose from. Throughout the evening there will also be information stands for Schools in the Faculty where people may chat informally with staff and current students.

There will also be staff from Admissions and Careers in Queen’s, as well as Student Finance NI.

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School of Pharmacy Parents' Evening

Is your son or daughter considering a career in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science or Pharmaceutical Biotechnology?

The School of Pharmacy is running a Parents' Evening on Wednesday 30 November which will be the perfect opportunity to hear about some of the reasons why your son or daughter should pursue a degree in these subjects.

The Parents' Evening will begin at 6.30pm, and you can hear from current students and graduates in this field and have the opportunity to ask any questions. There will also be an exhibition with a range of employers and staff who will be sharing their experiences and demonstrate some of the projects they have been working on.

If you wish to attend this event, you can register online.

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What is 'What Works Research'?

The Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation is hosting a one-day conference on Tuesday 15 November, 11.00am - 4.00pm in the Great Hall, focusing on increasing awareness and understanding of 'what works research'.

The event is co-organised with the Children's Research Network for Ireland and Northern Ireland, the Centre for Effective Services and Playboard NI.

‘What works research’ is about making good decisions based on the best available information and using high quality methods. It helps practitioners focus on the work that provides the greatest benefits to the public and know ‘what works’. It supports policymakers to channel funding into activities that make real improvements in people’s lives. It also provides researchers with methods to produce evidence that can have maximum impact on a whole range of global challenges.

For further information, and to register, visit the event webpage.

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Global Challenge Networking Programme ‘Productivity’ Research Event

Global Networking EventFollowing a successful event on 17 October, staff are invited to attend the second Global Challenge Networking Programme workshop on Productivity on Wednesday 14 December, 11.00am – 2.30pm, Canada Room and Council Chamber, Lanyon Building. Professor James McElnay, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research, Enterprise and Postgraduate Affairs, will host a discussion session, which includes a networking lunch, to scope out potential connections and areas of shared interest between people working in different fields. Researchers from all disciplinary areas and at all career stages are warmly invited to participate.

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 three sub-themes under the topic of Productivity:

  • Organisational Productivity and the Role of Collaboration
  • Lifecycle and Productivity
  • Food Security and Production

For further information and to register for tickets, visit Eventbrite.

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Creative Writing Workshop and Discussion

Take part in a unique creative writing workshop and discussion Telling Stories of Hope and Fear at Year’s End on Wednesday 23 November, 7.00pm-9.00pm, beneath the Gothic vaults of Queen’s Graduate School.

The evening will begin with a brief talk on how supernatural stories look backwards and forwards as tales of caution, horrors of the past and hopes for the future.

This is followed by the option to join a discussion featuring readings from ghostly stories, led by seasonal horror expert Dr Derek Johnston, or to develop your own tale of the uncanny in a structured creative writing workshop with novelist and playwright Dr Darran McCann.

Telling Stories of Hope and Fear is being held as part of the Being Human 2016, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

For further information, and to book a place, visit Eventbrite.

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QFT listings and competition

This week at QFT:

  • Viva – An intoxicating glimpse into the vibrant world of the Cuban drag scene from director Paddy Breathnach and writer Mark O'Halloran.
  • Boyz n the Hood - Part of #BFIBlackStar. Ice Cube makes his acting debut alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. in John Singleton’s game-changing first feature film which depicts life in South Central Los Angeles, where random violence is a way of life.
  • Swiss Army Man - A wholly original, enormously entertaining, and deeply heartfelt look at what it means to be human. Stars Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano.
  • The Light Between the Oceans - Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender star in an emotional romantic drama about a couple facing a moral dilemma.
  • Alan Bennett's Diaries Live – The event will include a screening of Alan Bennett’s Diaries, a new film about the writer, followed by an exclusive Q&A with Alan Bennett from his local community library in Primrose Hill. Wednesday 16 November, 8.00pm.
  • Outburst Queer Arts Festival - Outburst brings you the very best in new queer cinema in partnership with QFT. Visit for details of the full festival programme which takes place from 10-19 November.
  • French Film Festival - The French Film Festival returns to the 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.
  • From Friday 18 November: The Innocents, Gimme Danger and Nocturnal Animals.

For the chance to win two free tickets to the QFT, email the answer of the following question by 12.00pm on Thursday 17 November:
“In which country is Paddy Breathnach’s Viva set?”

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

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Welcome Centre

A new range of jewellery by Forgotten China is now available in the Welcome Centre.

The range is hand-crafted using mainly vintage china and upcycled into stunning pieces that are designed to be used on a daily basis and not hidden away, gathering dust.  Visit the store to see the full range.

A 10% staff discount applies to Forgotten China and all items in store.

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Upcoming Courses in November:

  • 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.

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.

Developing for Success – short workshops for leadership and management development

The Developing for Success range of workshops are very popular and most courses are fully booked with waiting lists. To ensure as many people as possible get the opportunity to attend, STDU would ask that if you have booked a place and think you cannot attend, that where possible, you cancel your place with as much notice as possible. This will ensure that we can offer the place to a colleague from the waiting list.  The next course is:

  • Thursday 17 November: Managing Difficult Conversations, 9.15am – 1.15pm

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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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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
  • Wednesday 7 December: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS, 9.30am – 4.30pm

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.

ECDL:  The next test date is Monday 21 November, 10.00am – 11.30am.  To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day:  In Excel, use the COUNTBLANK function to count the number of cells in a range that are blank. For example =COUNTBLANK(A1:A10) will return the number of cells in the range A1:A10 that are empty.

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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
  • Wednesday 14 December: Design and Development of eLearning Content with the CMS, 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Pre-Requisite: Staff wishing to attend this course must have already been trained in the use of the Content Management System software.

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 McClay Library Auditorium

Higher education across the UK is experienced differently according to students’ backgrounds and characteristics.  Led by Dr Pauline Hanesworth, Academic Development Advisor at the HEA, Scotland, 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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