31 October 2016

Go Global Week

Go Global WeekGo Global Week takes place from Monday 31 October - Friday 4 November 2016.

Organised by Careers, Employability and Skills, the aim of the week is to highlight the broad range of international opportunities available to students to spend time studying, working or volunteering abroad.

As part of the week, staff are invited to attend the International Fair in the Elmwood Hall on Tuesday 1 November 2016, from 11.00 – 2.00pm, to learn more about the options available to their students.  Campus Food and Drink will also be at the Elmwood Hall for the next Campus Food Market. The market will bring together a fantastic selection of hot food stalls showcasing foods from around the world including Tapitas, Belfalfel, Pizza Vantastica, and many more.

To find out more, visit Go Global or read the GoGlobal schedule.pdf.

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The Conversation editorial visit

The Conversation ‌The Conversation’s Society Editor, Gemma Ware, will visit Queen’s on Tuesday 8 November 2016.

If you would like to meet Gemma, 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 2016.

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

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

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Corporate Plan Consultation

Corporate PlanThe consultation process as part of the development of a new Corporate Plan closes on Friday 4 November 2016.‌

Staff can provide feedback through the Corporate Plan consultation website.

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John Bell Day 2016

The University is hosting two events to mark John Bell Day 2016 on Friday 4 November 2016.  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 at Riddel Hall. Breakfast served at 8.00am, followed by interview and discussion from 8.30am. 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 in the Bell Lecture Theatre, IRCEP Building, School of Mathematics and Physics, 1.00 -2.00pm.

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Mindfulness Session

Staff Wellbeing has organised a Mindfulness session on Tuesday 15 November 2016, 1.00pm – 2.00pm.  CATCH YOURSELF ON (CYO) is a business-oriented introduction to practical mindfulness that equips users with a toolkit of practical, stress reduction techniques. Lunch will be provided.

Further information is available on the Staff Wellbeing Website.

Visit Eventbrite to register. The room will be confirmed by email after registration.

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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 2016 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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Prayer Breakfast

The Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian Chaplaincies at Queen's will hold a staff Prayer Breakfast on Thursday 3 November 2016, 8.00 - 9.00am in The Hub Cafe, 22 Elmwood Avenue.

For further information and to confirm attendance, please email

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Queen's Women's Staff Common Room Club

The next meeting of the Queen's Women's Staff Common Room Club (WCRC) takes place on Tuesday 8 November 2016 at 7.30pm in the Staff Common Room, Lanyon Building.

The speaker is Trevor Parkhill MBC who will talk about his new book on Emma Duffin, a Belfast Nurse in both World Wars.

The WCRC is a Meeting Place for the women of Queen's.  Any staff member, their partners and graduates are invited.  In particular those new to Queen's are encouraged to attend.  For more informaton, email

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Institute of Theology event cancelled

The Institute of Theology Religious Student Research Forum seminar on Thursday 15 December 2016, Witness seminars: Liberation theology in the Troubles has now been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

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The TASTER Study – Still Recruiting

Dr Kate Woodcock, and her team of researchers at the Queen’s School of Psychology, are carrying out a study called TASTER Training Attention Switching to Encourage Real Gains.

The study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a computer game that has been designed to train task switching.  It is hoped that the computer game will encourage the development of task switching, a skill that is important for academic achievement and well-being, in children.

If you are interested in this study, or would like more information, please contact Morgan McKenna or Dr Kate Woodcock at 028 9887 4886.

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The Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS) Ten Year Anniversary

The NILS is a large-scale data linkage study that facilitates high-quality and policy-relevant research on population, health and society in Northern Ireland.

To mark the 10 year anniversary of the NILS, a special event is being held in the Canada Room on Monday 5 December 2016 to celebrate the diversity of research that has been undertaken over the decade and to outline the impact of this research. Please see theNILS 10 yr event flyer.pdf andNILS 10 yr event programme.pdf for further details of the event and the speakers and presentations.

If you would like to attend, please register at

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Recent QPol posts:

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

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

EC Flag‌The 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 2016 from 9.30am to 12.00pm.  For more information visit the event webpage.

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Lay and Expert Members to Health and Social Care Research Ethics Committees

The Business Services Organisation (BSO) is currently seeking Lay and Expert Members for the Health and Social Care Research Ethics Committees (HSC RECs) at the Office for Research Ethics Committees Northern Ireland (ORECNI). This voluntary role will entail the ethical consideration of a variety of health and social care based research projects. BSO are seeking members from a variety of backgrounds and more information can be found on their website.

The closing date is 4.00pm on Friday 18 November 2016.

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Welcome Centre - Double Discount Day

On Friday 4 November 2016 the Welcome Centre will host a Double Discount Day.  There will be 20% off everything in store including crafts, merchandise and artisan foods.

Customers will also be able to enjoy food tastings taking place throughout the day.

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New Kinder gym and Squirrels Climbing Courses

Queen's Sport will be running the popular Kindergym and Squirrels Climbing, 6-week parent and child courses again after the Halloween break.  Enrolment forms are available on the Children's Activity Programme webpage.

Courses will begin from Friday 4 November 2016:

  • Squirrels is designed for ages 4 – 5
  • Kindergym is designed for Preschool children, ages 3-4.

For more information, contact or telephone 028 9038 766.

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QFT listings

This week at QFT

  • Sonita - Sonita dreams of being a famous rapper. But as an Afghan teen living in Tehran, her dreams are dangerous: the Iranian government doesn’t allow girls to sing, and at home, she is expected to become a teenage bride.
  • Lo and Behold – Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, leading viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations.
  • I, Daniel Blake - Powerful, honest and at times unbearably moving, I, Daniel Blake is not an easy watch – but it is an important one. This is a film that everyone must see.
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon –  Horror lies at the heart of Universal Pictures. 2017 sees the resurrection of the much-loved franchise and to mark the occasion QFT present the classic canon restored in 2K.  Monday 31 October, 10.10pm
  • From Friday 4 November: The Light Between Oceans, Train to Busan and You’ve Been Trumped Too.

Congratulations to the competition winner, Holly Pepper from the School of Psychology. Look out for another ticket competition next month.

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

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Naughton Gallery Exhibition

The current exhibition, Maybe She’s Born With It, runs until Sunday 27 November 2016, Tuesday-Sunday, 11.00am-4.00pm.

The Gallery is open from 5.00-7.00pm on Thursday 3 November 2016 as part of Light Night Art, a city-wide initiative that sees galleries and other cultural venues opening their doors a little later for the first Thursday each month.

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Chinese language and culture course

The Language Centre at Queen's has launched a new course An Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture as part of the STDU programmes, following the successful Mandarin Chinese Taster Sessions.

While the course introduces some useful phatic communication expressions (with e-learning resource support), it essentially aims to establish a forum to help staff members, academic or professional, to share their understanding of and exchange perspectives on contemporary China with a historical sense.

To register, please go to iTrent and search for 'Chinese'. The two day course will be held on Monday 7 November and Monday 5 December 2016, both in the Auditorium, The McClay Library.

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Upcoming Courses in November:

  • 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

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities

Book now for the following Developing for Success course, aimed at Professional Support staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above.

  •  Thursday 11 November: Managing Difficult Conversations, 9.15am – 1.15pm

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 on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

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Continuing Professional Development

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

  • Friday 4 November: Using the Personal Response System in your Classes, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • 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

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 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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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • 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
  • Monday 14 November: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 2, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • 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

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.

The next test date is Tuesday 8 November 2016, 10.00am – 11.30am.  To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day
Got a table that expands more than one page in Word? From the Table Tools Layout tab, click Repeat Header Rows to show the top heading row on every page.


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