24 October 2016

The Conversation editorial visit

The Conversation ‌The Conversation’s Society Editor Gemma Ware, will visit Queen’s on Tuesday 8 November.

Staff are invited to attend a workshop with Gemma in The Graduate School. A limited number of one-to-one sessions are also available.

There will also be a networking afternoon tea, where staff can talk to the Editor, Communications staff and academics who have already written for The Conversation, as well as bounce ideas off other writers-to-be.

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

A visit by Stephen Harris, Commissioning and Sciences Editor, will take place on Thursday 1 December.

Staff and students explain why writing for The Conversation was a great idea.

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

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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 register for the 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.

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 Tuesday 25 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-2.00pm.

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

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Social event for International Staff at Queen's

Human Resources, alongside colleagues from other Professional Services Directorates, are hosting the first of this year’s International Staff social events.

A Coffee Morning for all International Staff will be held on Wednesday 26 October, from 11.00-12.30pm in the Great Hall. The event is designed to bring together international staff to network and to learn more about various support available at Queen’s including:

  • childcare support and summer schemes
  • staff wellbeing
  • training and development opportunities
  • research support for academics
  • internal communications
  • library facilities
  • Language support available to international colleagues and their spouses/partners.

Professor James McElnay, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research, Enterprise and Postgraduate Affairs, will attend the event.

If you can attend, please register online.

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New supplier Lyreco appointed for stationery and office products

Lyreco have been awarded the contract to supply stationery and office products to Queen's. Details of the go-live date will follow. 

The dedicated Account Manager will be Julie Weaver who can be contacted on 07766 472 598 or  Julie is supported by a Customer Services team contactable on 0845 075 5544 from 8.30am to 5.30pm.

Julie will be meeting as many areas as possible over the coming weeks and will be arranging an Open Day for anyone that wants to meet the team. Details to follow.

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Belfast Ambassador Conference Clinic Invitation

Visit Belfast and Eventus at Queen’s will host a conference clinic and networking event in The Great Hall on Wednesday 9 November from11.00am - 2.00pm.

Attendees at the clinic will:

  • learn about the recent £23 million investment on the main site and the new facilities at Queen's
  • 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.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to by Wednesday 26 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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Medical Research Council visit to Queen’s

Queen's will host a visit by the Medical Research Council (MRC) on Wednesday 16 November 2016.

The MRC is the primary Research Council for funding of research in the areas of health and disease and fund research across the spectrum from basic science to clinical studies. They have an annual budget of over £580million. 

There will be a presentation covering MRC strategy and funding priorities for 2017 and beyond, the Global Challenge Research Fund and the MRC review process. There will also be an opportunity to participate in breakout sessions in the areas of cardiovascular medicine, respiratory medicine and inflammation in disease.

More information and registration details are available online.

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Development Weeks

In January (9 – 27), Queen’s will be piloting Development Weeks for first-year students.

The aim of the Development Weeks is to deliver a wide range of activities run by staff, students and external organisations, which students will find inspiring, and that will provide them with opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge. The themes for 2017 are Employability, Enterprise and Global Citizenship.

If you would like more information, or are interested in submitting an activity, please see the Development Weeks website.

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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, 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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Horizon 2020 - Writing workshop for Research and Innovation actions (RIA)

The workshop is intended for Queen's senior academics planning to apply to the Horizon 2020 'Industrial Leadership' and the 'Societal Challenges' programmes.

These applications, called 'collaborative projects' under FP7, imply the involvement of at least three organisations from three different Member States. The workshop will be delivered by Queen's EU Research Manager and will address each section of the application through informative material. Strategic guidance will also be provided.

The workshop will be held on Friday 4 November from 9.30am to 12.00pm.  For more information visit the event webpage.

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John Bell Day 2016

The University is hosting two events to mark John Bell Day 2016 on Friday 4 November.  The day begins with a breakfast interview and discussion followed by a lecture at lunch.

How and when will Quantum Computing Impact on You?
Leonard Hobbs, former Head of Public Policy at Intel will interview Professor Ronald Hanson, Delft University of Technology.
Breakfast served at 8.00am, followed by interview and discussion from 8.30am.
Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast
Please confirm your attendance with Brenda Carabine 028 9097 1153.

The rise of the quantum machines: Bell's test of Einsteins's "spooky action".
Professor Ronald Hanson, QuTech, Delft University of Technology, will deliver the 2016 John S Bell Lecture.  
Organised by the School of Mathematics and Physics, attendance is free.
Bell Lecture Theatre, IRCEP Building, School of Mathematics and Physics, 1.00pm-2.00pm.

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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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Welcome Centre

A gorgeous new range, Foxford Throws is now available in the Welcome Centre, perfect for keeping you stylishly warm this Autumn season.

Staff benefit from a 10% discount on all products in the Welcome Centre.

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Centre for Medical Education Coffee Morning

The Centre for Medical Education on the Royal site, is hosting a coffee morning on Wednesday 26 October in The Foyer, Institute of Clinical Science ‘A’, RVH from 11.00am.

There will be plenty of tea, coffee and buns and also a raffle for lots of lovely prizes.  All proceeds will go to Cancer Focus – the Northern Ireland charity which gives support to local people and their families affected by cancer, through the care and support service, cancer prevention programmes and local cancer research.

If you or your department are interested in donating a prize for the ballot please contact Eveline Burns, 028 9097 6404, or Katie Torbitt, 028 9097 6403,

If you are unable to attend donations can also be made online.

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QFT listings

This week at QFT:

  • I, Daniel Blake - For fifty years Ken Loach has made brave, challenging and, at times, derided films. Beginning with Cathy Come Home in 1966 he has consistently shone a light on social issues; homelessness, inequality, injustice and poverty. Now, at 80, he has made what might be his final film, I, Daniel Blake.
  • American Honey – Andrea Arnold’s latest work 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.
  • Black Star Season - QFT celebrates some of cinema’s greatest talents in Black Star, a major new season from the BFI, running from now until December.
  • Branagh Theatre Live: The Entertainer - Kenneth Branagh stars in John Osborne's modern classic set against the dying days of the music hall. Thursday 27 October, 7.00pm.  Running time is three hours including an interval.
  • From Friday 28 October: Sonita and Lo and Behold

Staff ticket price £5, standard ticket price £6.70. Please visit for more details.

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William J Clinton Leadership Institute Mini-MBA

Building on the huge success of last year's inaugural William J Clinton Leadership Institute Mini-MBA, dates for next summer's programme are confirmed as 17-21 July 2017.

Designed and delivered by the William J Clinton Leadership Institute, this intensive five day programme will give you an insight into the modern business world, what to expect and how to maximise your impact. This programme is delivered by experienced practitioners who will translate key business concepts and theories into practical application demonstrated through tried and tested learning experiences.

The programme will cover:

  • leadership and strategy
  • marketing and sales
  • finance essentials
  • people and performance
  • case study and assessment.

Apply online to secure a place on the Mini-MBA Programme or call the Institute on 028 9097 4394. Demand for this programme is expected to be high so early booking is strongly advised.

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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.

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

Tip of the day:
Excel: naming cell ranges helps you copy, move or carry functions on any number of cells. To find out more, see Excel materials.

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STDU upcoming courses in October/November 2016

  • Thursday 27 October: Writing Your Academic CV, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 31 October: Manager Wellbeing Training, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 7 November: Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, 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
  • 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.

Follow STDU on Twitter @QueensStaffDev.

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

  • 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
  • Wednesday 23 November: Teaching Larger Classes, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Higher Education Lunchtime Forum
You are invited to the next Queen’s University Higher Education Lunchtime Forum. These events provide 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 18 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.

Further details are available on the CED website at Using PeerWise.

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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