10 October 2016

Appointment of Interim Head of School of Law

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Robin Hickey as the Interim Head of the School of Law.  He will remain in this interim position until Professor Sally Wheeler completes her secondment as Head of the School of Arts, English and Languages.  Dr Hickey has been the Director of Education within the Law School since December 2013.

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Organising a charitable event or activity at Queen’s

Each year staff and students from across Queen’s organise various events and activities on campus to raise money for charity.

To provide an overview of all charitable fundraising activities taking place at Queen’s, staff and students are requested to complete an application form for any proposed activity, in line with the Charity Fundraising policy (available on QOL).  In some instances applications may be approved locally by Department Heads.  However many will need to be approved by Queen’s Charities Committee.  Please refer to the policy.

If a student and/or staff member would like to hold a charitable event within the grounds of the Students’ Union building they must request permission from RAG

If you have any queries or require a copy of the policy and application form, please contact Natasha Moroney,, 028 9097 3159.

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Latest news on Staff Gateway Site

‌‌Family Friendly EmployerThis week's news on the Staff Gateway site includes:

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Open House Belfast - Architecture Festival

4228_campus-buildings_4VQueen’s is taking part in the Open House Belfast - Architecture Festival, Friday 21-Sunday 23 October, which will give the public the opportunity to experience some of the city’s most interesting and exciting buildings.

The following University buildings are included in the programme:

  • Graduate School and Main Site Tower
  • Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine
  • Computer Science Building, Malone Road

Further details on the Festival, including booking information, are available at Open House Belfast website.

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Have you applied to the Queen's Annual Fund yet?

The Development and Alumni Relations Office invites staff to apply for project funding from the Queen’s Annual Fund. Applications for projects that significantly impact and improve the student experience for a significant number of students in a manner that can be sustained in future years will receive priority.

The deadline for applications is 12.00pm, Thursday 20 October 2016. Please allow enough time in your planning to obtain quotes from suppliers who are providing necessary services as they will be required as part of your application.

The Queen’s Annual Fund was established in May 1999 to support and enhance all aspects of the Queen’s student experience.  Further information on the application process and to apply for project funding is available on the Annual Fund 2016 page.  If you have any queries, please contact Meaghan Lyons, Regular Giving Manager.

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Belfast Ambassador Conference Clinic Invitation

Visit Belfast and Eventus at Queen’s are delighted to invite you to attend a conference clinic and networking event in The Great Hall on Wednesday 9 November.

Attendee at the clinic, which runs between 11.00am - 2.00pm, will:

  • learn about the recent £23million investment on the main site and the new facilities at Queen's University.
  • meet the Eventus team and learn more about the wide range of conference support they offer
  • discover the benefits of bringing a conference to Belfast and how Visit Belfast can support you every step of the way 
  • have the chance to win prizes including an overnight stay in a high end hotel, restaurant vouchers and attraction tours
  • network and learn from colleagues who have already been involved in organising conferences

As a thank you for your time, lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to by Friday 21 October if you wish to attend. Please include your name and those of any colleagues joining you along with any dietary requirements.

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Great Queen’s Bake Off

The Environmental Team are inviting you to put on your apron and join this year’s ‘Great Queen’s Bake Off’ competition on Wednesday 2 November.

The challenge for budding bakers is to use as many local and Fairtrade ingredients as possible in their creations to help promote sustainable food.

Those wishing to participate must register by Friday 21 October.   There will be a limit on the number of participants so early registration is encouraged. You must be registered to take part.  The first 20 staff to register will receive a free ‘sustainable’ baking kit.

Registered participants are asked to bring their baked goods and recipes to the Old Staff Common Room between 12.00pm-12.30pm. Judging will take place between 12.30pm-2pm.

For more information on judging and prizes visit the Great Queen's Bake Off page.

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Internal vacancy

Temporary Research Development Officer (AHSS/Internationalisation) (10 months)
Research and Enterprise
Ref: 16/104950
Closing date: Thursday 20 October 2016
Anticipated Interview date: Friday 28 October 2016

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

The Estates Directorate would like to thank everyone who attended and donated so generously to their Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 30 September.

It was a great success and raised £1777.55 on the day for Macmillan Cancer Support plus gift aid which has yet to be included.  In addition, further donations have been received from the Estates staff sweepstake and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences coffee morning.

This brings the current total to £1931.55.

The Directorate would like to Brian Horgan and his team at Campus Food & Drink, Sé Gorman and all the team at the Junction Café, the Belfast/Bangor Ukulele Group, Lee Bore, Martin Mooney and the porters, Audrey Smyth and to all the staff who very kindly took the time to bake and donate buns. 

The hampers winners were:

  • Food & Drink Hamper – Emma McAllister
  • Baking Hamper – Sioban Shaw.
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EGraduate magazine

The October 2016 edition of the Development and Alumni Relations eGraduate magazine is out now.

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Royalties Sampling Exercise

Academic staff may have noticed yellow collection boxes appearing beside printer/copiers in Schools and libraries last week.

The Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd (CLA) has chosen Queen’s for a royalties sampling exercise taking place during October and staff are asked to leave an identifying page of any copyright material they are photocopying with an added sticker in the collection box.

The information gathered is used as a basis for distributing licence fee revenue to copyright holders.

The sampling only concerns copyright material being photocopied from print sources. The CLA Higher Education Licence allows one chapter from any book to be copied for a module (or 10% of the book); also single journal articles, but not whole journal issues.

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Global Challenge Networking Programme

Global Networking EventIs the theme ‘Productivity’ relevant to your area of research?

Explore what ‘productivity’ means to you and to colleagues from across the University at the Global Challenge Networking Programme’s productivity themed networking lunch and event on Monday 17 October 2016, 12.30pm – 3.00pm, Canada Room and Council Chambers, Lanyon Building.

Researchers from all disciplinary areas and at all career stages are warmly invited to participate.

Further information and registration for tickets is available online.

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MRC Fund for Development of Academic-Industry Collaborations

The MRC has awarded Queen's a second round of institutional funding to enable the initial development of academic-industry collaborations. To date the MRC Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund has enabled 12 researchers to develop relationships with companies, leading to follow-on funding opportunities, including a successful MRC CASE studentship.

There will be three categories of activity supported by the fund:

  1. People Exchanges/Secondments/Sabbatical Enhancement Grants
  2. Relationship Development Pilot Projects
  3. Seminars/Workshops/Industry Showcases

The deadline for the first panel review of applications is Monday 31 October 2016.

Further information is available in the P2D Guidance notes or by contacting Dr Karen McGeough in the Business Alliance Team, 028 9097 1397.

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Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre are delighted to announce they now stock luxury artisan soaps and bath delectables by Mianra, all handmade in Cork.

Queen's staff receive a 10% discount in store on all products.

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Naughton Gallery

Coming to the Naughton Gallery this week, Maybe She’s Born With It runs from Thursday 13 October to Thursday 27 November. The Exhibition Preview takes place on Thursday 13 October, 5.00pm – 8.00pm with set by the GIRL DJs.

Maybe She’s Born With It explores the charged wave of feminism currently pulsing through contemporary society. “Heir to Tracey Emin’s throne” Sarah Maple, “queen of seed” Nicky Minus, and the self-described “Carrie Bradshaw of comics” Gina Wynbrandt all capture the vitality of this movement, with their high-impact, humorous, and often controversial work demystifying and reclaiming the word “feminism” for new generations of both women and men.

Maybe She’s Born With It fully embraces the current cultural climate, from tabloid headlines and the internet to selfies, body shame, Justin Bieber, and the Kardashians.

More information is avaiable on the Facebook page.

Art in the AM

The Naughton Gallery series of monthly conversations between selected artists and curators in the Town Square, 45 Botanic Avenue, continues on Friday 14 October, 9.30am-10.30am.  Guests this month are Sarah Maple, Nicky Minus and Gina Wynbrandt, who feature in the current exhibition Maybe She's Born With It. They will discuss their work with the Naughton Gallery's Ben Crothers and Rachel Brown.

Coffee and conversation are free, all welcome.  More information is avaiable on the Facebook page.

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This week at QFT:

  • Little Men – Director Ira Sachs’ follow-up to QFT hit Love Is Strange is another New York-set tale that is as charming, warm and smart as its predecessor.
  • Tharlo – Strikingly shot in black and white, leading Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden’s latest work is a portrait of a shepherd called Tharlo who spends his days in the company of his sheep traversing the vast Tibetan plateau.
  • Older than Ireland and Discussion – Screening as part of Positive Ageing Month, a shared initiative of Belfast Area Partnership Boards, Belfast City Council, and Engage with Age. Free tea/coffee and biscuits for ticket holders from 6pm.
  • The Fencer – Based on the life of legendary Estonian fencing master Endel Nelis, this film follows his escape from Stalin’s secret police in the 1950s and finds him teaching small-town children in a remote Estonian coastal village.
  • The Mummy – Horror lies at the heart of Universal Pictures. 2017 sees the resurrection of the much-loved franchise and to mark the occasion we are excited to present the classic canon restored in 2K.
  • A Good American - Following Bill Binney, the best codebreaker in US history, A Good American dissects the inner workings and ties of a politico-economic network whose reach goes way beyond America.
  • RSC LIVE: King Lear – RSC Associate Artist Antony Sher plays King Lear, in one of Shakespeare’s most epic and powerful plays, directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and broadcast live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Wednesday 12 October, 7.00pm.
  • Lo and Behold, with Satellitte Q&A - Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world. Will be followed by a satellite Q&A with Werner Herzog and Richard Ayoade.Thirsday 13 October, 6.00pm.
  • From Friday 14 October: American Honey and A Date for Mad Mary

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

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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:

  • Tuesday 25 October: How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF, 2.00pm – 2.30pm, The McClay Library, Meeting Room 3

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

  • Monday 17 October: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 21 October: SharePoint Site Owners (Administrators) Briefing, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 27 October: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 09.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 28 October: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 9 November: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 11 November: Advanced Word processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 4.30 pm

The next test date is Wednesday 19 October, 10.00am – 11.30am. To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day:
Formatting problems can occur if carrying out a mail merge from Excel to Word. These can be solved using field switches. This is covered in the Mail Merge course on Wednesday 9 November, 9.30am. Register via iTrent

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 online.

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Courses available in October 2016
Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event so early registration is recommended.

  • Wednesday 12 October: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (including QuestionMark), 9.30am– 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 October: Using Technology to Enhance Online Learning, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 26 October: Helping Students to Learn, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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'.

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 on, 028 9097 1447.

The next issue of Reflections, the Queen’s Learning and Teaching newsletter, is due to be published later this semester.  If you would like to submit a contribution for the next issue, please contact Liz McDowell for further information, or forward your article to by 21 October 2016.

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Upcoming courses in October/November:

  • Wednesday 19 October: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 20 October: Staff Wellbeing Training – Improving Personal Resilience, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 27 October: Writing Your Academic CV, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 31 October: Manager Wellbeing Training, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 9 November: Project Planning & Time Management for Researchers, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 10 November: Preparing for Academic Interviews, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 11 November: Manager Wellbeing Training, 9.30am – 12.30pm

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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