21 November 2016

Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes 2016

VC's Research Prize Competition 2016 logoCongratulations to all colleagues recognised for the positive impact of their work in the 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes.

The winning researchers were as follows:

  • Dr Lorraine Martin (School of Pharmacy) – Research Impact
  • Professor Christopher Marsh (School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics) – Research Innovation
  • Dr Anna Bryson (School of Law) – Postdoctoral Research
  • Dr Trung Q Duong (School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) – Early Career Research

Read the full story on the Staff Gateway.

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The Conversation: Editor’s Visit

The Conversation Stephen Harris, Science Editor for The Conversation, will visit Queen’s on Thursday 1 December to speak to academics and PG students.

The day will begin with a talk and Q&A session on “An introduction to The Conversation” at 11.00am. This will explain the background of The Conversation, what it does and the benfits of writing for it.  Attendees will have the option of discussing their potential article ideas with Stephen.

Stephen will deliver a “Honing your writing skills” workshop at 2.00pm.  The session will guide writers through the process of writing for The Conversation, from identifying an initial idea to use of language and style.

In addition, staff can book a one-to-one sessions with Stephen throughout the day.

For further information, or to book a place, please contact Judith Rance, Communications Office,, 028 9097 3087.

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

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Internal vacancy

This week's internal vacancy:

  • Director of Student Plus
    Ref: 16/105080
    Closing date: Monday 28 November 2016
    Anticipated Interview date: Tuesday 6 December 2016

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Two weeks left to enter the staff excellence awards

Staff Excellence Awards logoThe Staff Excellence Awards celebrate and recognise the achievements of staff right across Queen's. Open to all staff, awards will be presented in six categories with individual prizes of £1,000 available.

The six award categories are all based on our Core Values, and are open to all staff regardless of your role or whereabouts you work at Queen's.

For more information, visit the Staff Excellence Awards website.

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Delivery of Personal Mail

Staff are reminded that they are not permitted to use the University Mail Room for the delivery of personal mail.

There has been an increase in parcels being received from online fashion retailers such as Next and ASOS.  Deliveries such as these, which are obviously not work-related, will not be accepted.  In the case of other companies, like Amazon, which may be used to order work-related items such as books and IT equipment, staff are asked not to abuse this by ordering personal items to be delivered to the University Mail Room.

The practice of using the University mailing address from the delivery of personal items puts an additional, and unnecessary, pressure on Portering staff that is not work-related.  Please respect your work colleagues by only using the University Mail Room for the delivery of mail and parcels that are for official University business.   

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Recycling Week

Recycling weekRecycling Week starts today 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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Recycling Week: Clements/Hope staff offer

In support of Queen's Recycling Week Programme, Café Hope and all Clements Queen’s sites will be offering Queen's staff 25% discount off KeepCups and KeepCup and Coffee bundles.

This promotion will run from Monday 21 - Friday 25 November.  Staff must produce their staff card to avail of the 25% discount.

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New Graduation Website

With Winter Graduation approaching, the Eventus team are pleased to announce the launch of the new Graduation website. The brand new website aims to provide students with a central location for all their graduation news and information, including how to register, academic costume hire, photography and graduation style tips. This brings together content from Student Registry Services, Students’ Union, the Welcome Centre and the Gown Store.

The new online Registration for Academic Procession has also launched. All requests for Academic Costume Hire can now be made through the online system.

If you have any queries regarding graduation, please email If your students have any queries regarding graduation, please advise them to contact the Graduation Helpline by emailing or telephoning 028 9097 3223.

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Horizon 2020 Information Event

Societal challenge 6: “Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” 2017 calls
The Research Development team will host a Horizon 2020 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, so if you’d like to avail of this opportunity, please also request this in your registration.

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research

Recent posts:

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

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Global Challenge Networking Programme

Following a successful event on 17 October, staff are invited to attend the second Global Challenge Networking Programme workshop on Productivity.  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. The event will take place on Wednesday 14 December 2016, 11.00am – 2.30pm, in the Canada Room and Council Chamber.

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

The overall aim of the GCNP, as set out in the institutional Research Strategy, is to support cross-disciplinary networking. The Research Strategy 2015-2020 commits to the establishment of a programme of networking events open to all researchers, and involving external research partners, research users and funders. The programme will be designed to support informal cross-disciplinary networking, exchange and the creation of connections, and also to support and promote funder engagement.

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Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music

Staff are invited to attend the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, which will take place at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) and other venues across Belfast from Thursday 24 - Monday 28 November 2016.
Belfast’s longest-running festival of contemporary music, the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music has been attracting high calibre composers and performers from all over the world to present exciting new music in Belfast for 30 years. The theme for 2016 is ‘Creative Technologies’. The Festival's exciting and multifaceted program includes over 15 concerts, 13 installations, a Listening Room, a HackDay and a Symposium.

Download the programme.

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Engineers Without Borders Belfast Event

EWB logoEngineers Without Borders Belfast will host a debate at Queen's on Wednesday November 30 in lecture theatre OG 012 in the David Keir Building. The event will focus on the question: "Is shale gas (fracking) required to bridge the energy gap for this generation?", bringing together a highly knowledgeable and diverse group of panellists with differing views on the topic.

Tickets are free of charge and available via Eventbrite. View the professional panellist biographies. For further information, visit the Facebook event page.

The event includes a networking lunch beforehand and will be followed by refreshments.

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Creche Places Available

Childcare Services at Queen’s offers a range of affordable childcare support on campus.  This includes two full-time Creches for children aged two months to four years and Afterschool Club for children aged four to eleven years.  Places are currently available across all age groups – please contact Helen Ferris, 028 9097 5342, for further information or to arrange a visit.  University staff can avail of the Salary Sacrifice Scheme (Childcare+) and Childcare Vouchers as fee payment methods.  

All childcare sites are registered with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and offer compassionate, professional care in a structured but fun-loving environment.

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BBC radio 4 show looking for contestants

BBC Radio 4 show The 3rd Degree pits three university academics and three undergraduate students against each other in specialist subjects and general knowledge. Now in the seventh series, the producers would like to film at Queen’s at the start of the second semester.

Potential competitors will have an interview with the show's producer David Tyler, to find out their specialisms and general knowledge.  The final three staff will be selected based on the availability of a relevant head-to-head student.

Academics interested in taking part should contact David Tyler:, 0207 255 1112.

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Queen's Sport Charity Spinathon

Queen's Sport SpinathonQueen's Sport are proud to host the Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke Spinathon. The event will take place on Friday 16 December, 11.45am - 6.45pm, in the PEC, and is open to all (including members and non-members).

To take part, book your place via the Queen's Sport reception. ‌ Volunteers can chose to spin for one hour or do all seven. The registration fee is £10 per hour, per enrollee.

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Centre for Medical Education

The Centre for Medical Education would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions towards the work of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland by donating gifts, buying raffle tickets, making online donations and attending their coffee morning on Wednesday 26 October 2016.

With your help and generosity, CEM have raised a fantastic £1,901.78, bringing the total raised to date to £9,111.46.   

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Black Friday Specials in the Students' Union – Friday 25 November

The following Black Friday special offers are available in SRL Electrics in the Students' Union on Friday 25 November for one day only:

  • JVC HAF240 GUMY Earphones: £1.99
  • Duracell Batteries: All half price, for example AA 8 Pack: £3.00
  • Daewoo DSK7a3 Black cordless kettle: £9.99
  • Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks Machine: £24.99
  • Smart Master Bullet: £29.99
  • OTONE Blufiniti Bluetooth Speaker: £34.99
  • Manta MM272 Boombox: £39.99

Limited to two Black Friday specials per person.

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This week at QFT:

The Innocents - This piercing drama by Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel) is set in a convent in a ravaged Poland at the end of WWII and based on a haunting true story.

Gimme Danger– Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz, Jim Jarmusch’s new film chronicles the story of The Stooges.

Nocturnal Animals – Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal headline director Tom Ford's film about a woman who is forced to confront the demons of her past as she is drawn into the world of a novel written by her ex-husband.

Black Star: All About Forest – Join QFT in celebrating some of cinema’s greatest talents in Black Star, a major new season from the BFI, continuing until December. Films include: The Crying Game (18); Bird (15); The Butler (12A); Ghost Dog (15); Panic Room (15); A Rage in Harlem (18); The Last King of Scotland (15).

From Friday 25 November: A United Kingdom; Paterson; Korean Film Festival.
Queen's staff ticket price: £5, standard ticket price: £6.70. Please visit for more details.

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Naughton Gallery

This is the final week of the Naughton Gallery's current exhibition, 'Maybe She’s Born With It'. The exhibition closes on Sunday 27 November.

Coming soon to the Naughton Gallery
'Stop Looking At Photographs', a solo exhibition by Locky Morris will open on Thursday 8 December, 6.00pm - 8.00pm, with staff and student preview from 5.00pm.

Locky Morris works with photography, found objects, installation, text, sound and video.  Morris magnifies seemingly unimportant details of everyday life – piles of washing, cups of tea, chewed pencils – until they acquire the complexities and emotional profundity of an operatic aria. Morris’s assemblages place an emphasis on observation and perceptual manipulation, touching on a broad range of subjects, from the highly personal to the public and political.

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The Welcome Centre

The closing date for entries for the Creative Queen’s competition is drawing near, staff are reminded to have their entries in by the 30 November. For inqueries, please contact the Welcome Centre. Good luck to all.

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Places are available on the following Staff Training and Development Unit courses:

  • Thursday 24 November: Biological Safety and Genetic Modification, 10.00am – 11.00am
  • Friday 25 November: Planning Your Research Career, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 30 November: Career Exploration of Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 5 December: Applying your Research to Policy Agendas, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 5 December: Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 6 December: Manager Wellbeing Training, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 13 December: An introduction to cultural awareness and sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm

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.

Follow the Staff Training and Development Unit on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

Wednesday 23 November: SPSS 1: Introduction to SPSS, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Thursday 24 November: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 10.00am  – 1.00pm
Thursday 24 November: Introduction to Mediasite, 9.30am  – 11.30am
Thursday 24 November: Introduction to Mediasite, 2.30pm  – 4.30pm
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'. View course dates here

If you know of any PG students within your School, please advise them that Intro to SPSS 1 for PG students will take place on Thursday 8 December.  Enrolment by email:

The next test date is Monday 5 December, 10.00am – 11.30am. To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day: 
Instead of using the yellow sticky notes, click the Start button and type Sticky Notes into the search box. Click the plus symbol to add a new note. Right click on the note to change the colour.

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QUB Teaching Awards 2017
The QUB Teaching Awards Scheme 2017 is now open. Further information is available on the Centre for Educational Development's website. Inqueries should be directed to Liz McDowell 028 9097 5301.

Continuing Professional Development
CED are currently in the process of scheduling the courses for the academic year 2016-2017. For up-to-date information, follow @QUB_CED. Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event so early registration is recommended.

  • 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
Staff are invited to attend the next Queen’s University Higher Education Lunchtime Forum.  The session is on 'Using PeerWise' and will take place on Friday 25 November 2016, 1.00pm - 2.00pm, with a sandwich lunch available at 12.45pm. Click here for further information.

Guest Speaker Series 2016-2017

Professional Development Series
To book on any of these events please click on the link below.

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

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