17 October 2016

Corporate Plan Consultation

Corporate PlanThe development of a new University Corporate Plan, for the period 2016-21, is now underway. This Plan will set out our high level Strategic Priorities and Enablers for this period.

A Corporate Plan consultation website has been set-up to enable staff and students to provide feedback on each of the three Strategic Priorities and the three Supporting Enablers.

The consultation process will finish on Friday 4 November 2016, with a final Corporate Plan, informed by staff and student feedback, to be considered by Senate at its meeting on 15 December 2016.

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Final chance to apply for Queen's Annual Fund project funding

The deadline for applications for the Queen's Annual Fund is Thursday 20 October 2016 at 12.00pm.

‌The Queen’s Annual Fund supports and enhances all aspects of the Queen’s student experience. Over £2.2m has been raised to date from over 5,000 graduates, and this year there is £65,000 to distribute to student, campus and community based projects. Applications for projects that improve the student experience for a significant number of students in a manner that can be sustained in future years will receive priority.

Further information on the application process is available on the Annual Fund 2016 page.  If you have any queries, please contact Meaghan Lyons, Regular Giving Manager.

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Great Queen’s Bake Off

The Great Queen's Bake Off 2015The Environmental Team invites you to put on your apron and join this year’s ‘Great Queen’s Bake Off’ competition on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

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 2016.  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-2.00pm.

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

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Staff Wellbeing Health checks

Staff Wellbeing is offering health checks for staff throughout November. Lasting 40 minutes, the checks will be carried out in Lennoxvale by qualified nursing professionals.

Further information, including dates and booking details, can be found on the Staff Wellbeing website.


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CCRCB Public Open Day

The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology is hosting a Public Open Day on Saturday 22 October 2016 between 11.00am – 3.00pm.

This is a unique opportunity to come and see the pioneering cancer research which is happening in Belfast. It will be a fantastic chance to tour the facilities, meet world-class scientists and get hands on with science. The day will be packed full of interactive activities and inspiring talks. You'll be able to go behind the scenes in the laboratories and learn about the innovative cancer research that's taking place  in Belfast.

For more information and to register, visit the CCRCB website.

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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 2016, 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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Creative Queen’s Competition

Queen’s Welcome Centre is pleased to announce the Creative Queen’s Competition exclusively for Queen’s staff.

Members of staff making their own craft products are invited to submit details to be in with a chance to win Welcome Centre shelf space for six months.

Application forms‌ are available in store or via social media. Deadline for applications is Wednesday 30 November 2016.

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Annual meeting of Convocation 2016

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

This year's guest speaker is Baroness Nuala O'Loan DBE MRIA. Tea and coffee will be served from 6.30pm. Hot nibbles and refreshments will be served in the break between the lecture and the business of the annual meeting.

All members of Convocation are invited to attend. Please RSVP to the Clerk at by 5.00pm on Thursday 10 November 2016.

Motions for Annual Meeting
Members of Convocation are invited to submit motions for the Annual Meeting 2016 by downloading and completing the proforma.  The deadline for submission of motions is 5.00pm on Thursday 27 October 2016. Please submit all motions to the Clerk of Convocation at

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Get Involved in Green Impact 2016-17

NUS Green ImpactThe Green Impact programme is an environmental reward scheme that encourages teams of staff to undertake environmental improvements within the University. Staff and student volunteers participate by completing a workbook that outlines achievable environmental actions. 

Last year, 71 teams took part in the Green Impact Programme collectively carrying out 3,239 actions to make a positive impact on our environment, with their efforts recognised at the annual Green Awards.

To find out how you can get involved or for more information on this year's programme, please contact

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Latest news on Staff Gateway Site

Staff Gateway site‌‌‌This week's news on the Staff Gateway site includes:

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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, contact to find out more.

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Recent posts and events:

If you are interested in submitting an article to QPol, please email Kevin Fearon.

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Senator George J. Mitchell Institute newsletter

Mitchell Institute GraphicThe Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice newsletters are a great way to keep up-to-date with new developments and interesting research in the field. With contributions from across the University, student body and beyond, the newsletters contain insightful news pieces that keep you informed of all upcoming events and activities.

If you would like to contribute to the newsletter or have any comments or ideas for items that you would like to be included, please contact the editor, Dr Ulrike M Vieten.

This edition contains:

  • The Mitchell Institute as a newly established Global Research Institute at Queen's University
  • Entries from research Theme Leaders at the Institute
  • Entries from recently enrolled, and soon to graduate, MA Conflict Transformation and Social Justice students
  • 'The Politics of Loss' - a British Council / Newton Fund Workshop to establish closer research links with academics in Turkey
  • The Institute Winter School 2017

Download the latest edition.

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2017 CAST/CASE Conversion PhD Studentships Allocation

CAST/CASE PhD Studentships are jointly devised and supervised with an external collaborating body.

Three Department for the Economy Studentships (DfE) have been allocated to each Faculty for 2017 for conversion to CAST studentships. These, along with two EPSRC CASE studentships, will be allocated through an internal competition supported by the Business Alliance Team in Research and Enterprise.

The external partner is expected to provide additional financial support to the project which may be used, for example, to provide an enhanced student stipend. The student is expected to be hosted by the collaborator for at least three months.

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 5 December 2016.

Further guidelines and an application form is available online. Advice and support for partnership building is available from the Business Alliance team.

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Folger Institute Speaker

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is delighted to welcome Kathleen Lynch from the Folger Shakespeare Library to Queen's to give a guest lecture on Friday 21 October 2016.

Visiting as part of the Northern Bridge programme, Kathleen Lynch's lecture 'Letting a Room in London-House: A Place for Dissent in Civil War London' will take place in the Graduate School, Room TR2.  Refreshments will be available from 1.45pm, followed by the lecture at 2.00pm.

This event is free to attend but spaces are limited, booking is required via Eventbrite.

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Financial Crime: Compliance and Culture

FinTrU Ltd, in association with Queen's Management School, will present the first in a series of lectures on key issues in the financial services industry on Thursday 17 November 2016, 6.30 – 7.30pm, Riddel Hall - Courtyard.

The guest speaker will be Kweku Adoboli who, in 2011, took responsibility for USD 2.2 billion losses by UBS. Charged with six counts of false accounting and fraud, Kweku was sentenced to seven years in prison. Since his release, Kweku has volunteered his time helping young adults consider their future life choices, whilst helping traders, compliance officers and senior managers at City institutions bring context to the Senior Manager and Market Abuse Regimes.

Kweku will be joined by panellists: Darragh McCarthy, CEO, FinTrU Ltd; Patrick Butler, Founder & Director, Calitor; Donal McKillop, Professor of Financial Services, Queen's.

Register here.

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Nuffield Research Placement Celebration

Staff are invited to attend the Nuffield Research Placement Celebration event in the Whitla Hall on Tuesday 25 October 2016, 2.00-3.00pm.

Around 30 young people had summer placements in academic schools across Queen’s as part of The Nuffield Research Placement Programme, which is funded by the Nuffield Foundation and administered by Sentinus.

At the event, guests will have the opportunity to view an exhibition of high quality research projects carried out by AS level students and speak to participants about their work. This will be  followed by speakers including the Junior Minister at the Department of Education, Alastair Ross and Tim Gardam, CEO of the Nuffield Foundation, before the young people will each be presented with their Certificate Awards.

For further information, contact Lisa Kirkwood, 028 9097 2568.

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Grit & Grace: A new programme from the William J Clinton Leadership Institute

The William J Clinton Leadership Institute is delighted to announce a new programme in partnership with Women in Business NI.

What does it take for a woman to become a good leader? The answer, according to Meryl Streep, is a combination of “Grit and Grace”. She was referring to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton but the answer seems applicable regardless of what industry or sector you are working in.

Starting in December, this programme will help participants feel more confident as a leader because it is built on the belief that everyone can learn to be a better leader, and there is no 'ideal' profile. Using various psychometric tools and training activities, participants will uncover their strengths, their values, their unique leadership brand that is authentic for them and how to engage effectively with others by flexing their style.

Full programme details and dates are available online.  Standard programme fee is £595, with a special Queen's staff price of £495.

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QFT listings and competition

This week at QFT:

  • American Honey – Andrea Arnold’s film latest sees her swap the Essex council estates of Fish Tank and the windswept moors of Wuthering Heights for the long, hot and dusty roads of middle-America in this tale of a young woman discovering herself.
  • A Date for Mad Mary – 'Mad’ Mary McArdle's best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honour. Dry, sarcastic, maddening Mary must then find a date in this feel-good hit for misfits everywhere.
  • World in Motion – QFT presents a season of films exploring migration, displacement and exile. Part of the Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival.
  • From Friday 14 October: I, Daniel Blake and BFI Black Star Season.

For the chance to win two free tickets to any film at QFT, email the answer to the question “Who is the director of American Honey?” by 12.00pm on Thursday 20 October 2016. Good luck!

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

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Naughton Gallery

The Feast of Wisdom tour
Sunday 23 October, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Meeting in the Naughton Gallery, the walking tour introduces some of the remarkable characters from Queen’s art collection. The tour will be led by curators of the collection at Queen’s and Professor Margaret Mullett, an expert in Byzantine history and the commissioner of a strikingly unexpected mural which you'll have exclusive access to for the evening. The Feast of Wisdom by Colin McGookin features individuals and allegorical figures from Byzantium, and the University’s own history.

Open House Belfast Festival Closing Party
Sunday 23 October, 6.00pm – 10.00pm

Come along to The Quadrangle, Lanyon Building, for the Open House Belfast festival finale. There will be music, food, drinks and dancing to finish off your weekend, all set within a stunning installation of artworks, sound and light. All events are free, for more information visit Open House.

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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 and more details and registration can be accessed online.

October courses are listed below:

  • Tuesday 18 October:  PURE Staff Training, 10.00am-11.00am
  • Thursday 20 October: PGR PURE, 2.30pm-3.30pm
  • Tuesday 25 October: How to comply with HEFCEs Open Access Policy for REF, 2.00pm-2.30pm
  • Wednesday 26 October: Writing Data Management Plans, 2.00pm-3.00pm
  • Thursday 27 October: Maximising your Research Profile: Insights, tools and possibilities, 11.00am-12.00pm
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Royal Literary Fund Fellows - writing technique sessions

There are two Royal Literary Fellows at Queen's who can help with essay writing technique. ‌Sheena Wilkinson offers one-to-one tutorials for any student in Queen's, while Brian McAvera offers masterclasses, which can be tailored to specific needs, for groups.

Staff can direct students to the Royal Literary Fellows for this help or get Brian along to speak to your module groups. Appointments should be arranged by contacting Gerry Hellawell, 028 9097 1070.


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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 27 October: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 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
  • Thursday 10 November: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 11 November: Advanced Word processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Monday 14 November: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 2, 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.

Please note that PGR students have a separate programme organised through The Graduate School.

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
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Courses available in October

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

  • Wednesday 19 October: Using Technology to Enhance Online Learning, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 26 October: Helping Students to Learn, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Friday 4 November: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

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, please contact Karen Butler, course secretary, 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 and submission of articles by Friday 21 October 2016.

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