5 September 2016

Undergraduate Open Days 2016

Queen's Open Days 2016Over 15,000 pupils are set to attend Queen’s this week for the University’s annual Open Days on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September 2016. A Family Open Day will take place on Saturday 10 September 2016.

In addition to a wide variety of subject talks and campus tours, this year’s visitors can build a personal schedule on the University’s new Open Days app.  Full details of how to access the app and further event information can be found on the Open Days website at

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Campus Food Market

Campus Food Market - outside Elmwood Hall 180416Campus Food and Drink invites staff to join them at 11.00am on Thursday 8 September and Friday 9 September 2016 at Elmwood Hall for the next Campus Food Market.  The market will bring together a fantastic selection of hot food stalls showcasing Northern Irish produce and foods from around the world, including Tapitas, The Crepe Maker, Pizza Vantastica, Street Dogs, Born and Raised Waffles and many more.
Like and share the event on Facebook and you could be in with a chance to win lunch for you and a friend from the trader of your choice.

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Update on the Cycle to Work Scheme

Queen’s has entered a partnership with Cyclescheme to re-launch Cycle+, the bike to work initiative aimed at encouraging more staff to cycle to work.

Through Cycle+ staff are able to avail of bikes and safety equipment as a tax-free benefit while improving fitness, health and boosting wellbeing.

The new arrangements, which take effect from Monday 5 September 2016, will offer staff increased retailer choice and greater savings at the end of the scheme.

To help promote Cyclescheme, McConvey Cycles will be at the McClay Library on Thursday 8 September 2016 between 11.00am and 2.30pm.

For more information on Cyclescheme, including how to apply, please click here

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Queen's Programme for Government Framework Response

Programme for GovernmentStaff can read the University's submission to the draft Programme for Government consultation which was submitted on Friday 22 July 2016 here.

The ‌Programme for Government is the highest level strategic document of the Executive – setting out the priorities that it will pursue in the current Assembly mandate, and the most significant actions it will take to address them.

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CEC Annual Gala Dinner and Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes

The 2016 annual Chief Executives’ Club Gala Dinner and Awards will take place in the Whitla Hall on Friday 18 November 2016, 7.30pm - 11.00pm.

An early bird offer is available until Friday 9 September 2016: a table seating ten guests for £600 or individual tickets at £60pp (normal table price £700 / individual price £70).

The evening will incorporate the announcement of the winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes which celebrate researchers at Queen's who have demonstrated exceptional innovation or impact in their work.

To make a booking, please email Brenda Carabine, Business Networks, Research and Enterprise Directorate:

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Office 365 – new cloud-based service for staff and students

Office 365 at Queen’s is based on “Office 365”, a Microsoft product that provides access to a range of cloud-based services (OneDrive, Word, Excel and a variety of productivity and collaboration tools available anywhere on any device). All Queen’s staff and students are registered for this service.

To access the service, click on the following URL: For more information, go to:

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Access to Email via the web – new login screen

New email log in pageWhen accessing your email via the Web you will see a new login screen (pictured right).

Please note that the web address for staff email is and this is the address you need to save in your favourites/bookmarks. Please be careful to avoid any variations of this web address.


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Belfast Islamic Centre Open Day

Equality and Diversity Unit logoT‌he Equality and Diversity Unit has secured five places for Queen’s staff to attend a visit to the Belfast Islamic Centre at 38 Wellington Park, on Thursday 22 September 2016 (11.00am-1.00pm).

The visit is part of Belfast City Council’s DiverseCity events and the Northern Ireland Community Relation Council’s Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week 2016.

Further details are available on the Equality and Diversity Unit website.

If you would like to attend, email no later than 5pm on Monday 12 September 2016 requesting a space. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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EPSRC funding for feasibility studies and collaboration building

The EPSRC has recently provided some institutional funding to be directed towards promoting activities aligned with the Prosperity Outcomes of the EPSRC Delivery Plan. Funding is available for Pump-Priming/Feasibility Study and Collaboration Building activities which are aligned with the Outcomes framework and which promote external engagements (from any sector).

Two internal funding opportunities are now available:

  •  Feasibility Study/Pump-Priming investigator-led activities. Up to £10k available in an internal competition closing Friday 30 September 2016 and targeted to academic colleagues earlier in their career.
  • An open call for collaboration building activities: up to £2.5k/£5k based on the nature of the collaboration.

Further information can be found here, or contact Mr Conor Quinn in the Business Alliance Team (028 9097 1442,

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Global survey to help explore if dogs are helping save lives of people with epilepsy

Global SurveyAn international survey has been launched by psychologists at Queen’s to explore whether dogs, who are family pets, can predict the onset of epileptic seizures in their owners.

The research is directed at those with epilepsy who are either dog owners or not, and is being undertaken by Professor Peter Hepper, from the School of Psychology and PhD student Neil Powell.

This study is set to continue for the next four months and anyone with epilepsy who has not already contributed is invited to participate by clicking on the link:

Further information on the study is available here.

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Free Public lecture by Jennie Price, CEO of sport England

Centre for Public HealthThe Centre for Public Health invites staff to attend 'Campaigning to get women active: what does the evidence say?', a free public lecture by Jennie Price, CEO of Sport England.

Jennie, a barrister by training, has been at Sport England since April 2007. Under her leadership Sport England has seen the number of people regularly participating in sport grow by 1.6m people since London won the bid to host the Olympic Games in 2012 and, most recently, Jennie has led the team that commissioned the 'This Girl Can' Campaign, which has received widespread support and acclaim.

The lecture, which is part of the HEPA Europe 2016 Conference, will take place on Thursday 29 September 2016, 4.30pm - 5.30pm, in the Whitla Hall.

Register here.

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Mandarin Chinese taster session

The Language Centre at Queen’s will hold a Mandarin Chinese taster session (1.10pm -1.55pm) on Monday 12 September 2016 in the McClay Library Auditorium. The session aims to demystify the language by showing you some unique linguistic features and handy expressions including ‘hello’, ‘welcome’, ‘thank-you’ and ‘good-bye’. For further details, view the Mandarin Chinese Taster Session flyer.

To book your place, please email Up to 30 places are available.

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Advancing the Technology of Polymer Processing: 20 years of the PPRC

PPRC 20 Year Anniversary logoThis year marks the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the Polymer Processing Research Centre (PPRC) at Queen’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and, to celebrate this occasion, staff are invited to attend a special technology showcase event on Tuesday 13 September 2016.

The event will begin at 8.00am with an Industry Breakfast Seminar in association with the Northern Ireland Polymers Association (NIPA), which will introduce some of the latest research in polymer processing at Queen’s and within the PPRC.  This will be followed by coffee and a networking session.  Visitors will then have an opportunity to either tour the facilities or to participate in a number of practical workshop sessions.  

Over the past two decades, the PPRC has led the development of advanced technologies in polymer processing and has established a worldwide reputation for its work.  It has also helped to bridge the technology transfer gap between academia and industry. The work of the Centre has ensured that Northern Ireland’s polymer processing industry and its future engineers are exposed to the very latest technologies.  

For further information and to register, please visit the PPRC website or contact the Centre by email:

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Breakfast lecture hosted by the All-Island Innovation Programme at Queen’s and InterTradeIreland

Staff are invited to a breakfast lecture hosted by the All-Island Innovation Programme at Queen’s and InterTradeIreland on Friday 7 October 2016, from 8.00am in Riddel Hall.

Dr Bettina von Stamm, Founder of the Innovation Leadership Forum, will deliver a talk entitled 'Innovation, Collaboration and Concurrency: 21st Century Necessities?' in which she will address the key drivers behind the current context in which we operate, along with suggestions for successfully navigating these turbulent waters – by embracing innovation and concurrency.

Breakfast will be served at 8.00am in the Courtyard, with the Lecture beginning promptly at 8.30am. For further information and to register, click here.

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QUBAN Group Seminar Series

QUBAN Seminar SeriesThe cross-faculty QUBAN (Queen’s University Anti-Microbial Network) group will host the next talk in its seminar series on Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 2.30pm in MBC/Lecture Theatre North.

The presentation, Winning and Losing in the Resistance War, will be given by Professor David Livermore, Professor of Medical Microbiology, University of East Anglia.

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Café SocietyThis week at QFT

Café Society (12A) – Woody Allen’s latest is a glittering romantic comedy, set during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Julieta (15) – Based on three short stories by the Nobel Prize-winning writer Alice Munro, Julieta finds Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar in austere, reflective mode.

Tickled (15) – When reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company behind a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video he is mocked and threatened. As he investigates, the story gets stranger and more alarming.

One More Time With Feeling (15) – The first opportunity to hear Skeleton Tree, the sixteenth studio album from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, immediately prior to its release the following day.

From Friday 9 September: Captain Fantastic and Things to Come.
Queen's staff ticket price: £5 (standard ticket price: £6.70). Please visit for more details.

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Continuing Professional Development
CED is currently in the process of scheduling the courses for the academic year 2016-2017.  For up-to-date information please follow twitter @QUB_CED

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

  • Wednesday 28 September 2016: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 30 September 2016:  Using GradeMark to give Feedback, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

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
As well as the courses in its open programme, CED is also able to offer training on areas of educational development to schools, provided that there are sufficient numbers.  If you wish to discuss this option, please contact Karen Butler, course secretary on, 028 9097 1447.

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Staff Training and Development Unit 2016/17 Programme
The 2016/17 STDU Course Programme is now available online at  Please register for courses via Queen's Online.  For queries please contact 028 9097 6590/6601 or email

Secretarial Skills Programmes 2016/17
Application forms are now available for the 2016/17 Secretarial Skills Programmes.  Forms and programme information can be obtained from the Staff Training and Development Unit’s website here.

Queen’s Excellence Leadership and Management Development ProgrammeQueen’s Excellence Leadership and Management Development Programme
The Queen’s Excellence Leadership and Management Development Programme is now inviting applications from eligible staff for Cohort 8 – 2016/17.

Eligibility to apply:
Applications are welcomed from staff at Academic Grade AC3 and above and Professional Services Grade 8 and above.  The primary target group is Directors of Education/Research, Senior Staff of Academic Support Directorates (Grade 9/10) and School Managers.  Staff must demonstrate on the application form, evidence of significant leadership responsibility and potential.

Please visit the STDU website for programme dates, and information pack including application form.  For further information, please contact Paula Teggart, 028 9097 6637.

Follow the Staff Training and Development Unit on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

To register for an upcoming training course, log onto Queen's Online at – 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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IT Training

IT training courses are now available for booking.  Access training materials at: (QOL login).  Email the IT Training Unit on

ECDL: The next date is Tuesday 4 October 2016, 10.00am – 11.30am. To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email:

Tip of the day:  If you have a table at the top of a Word document (or email) and need to insert a heading or text before it, click and hold the table handle (the small cross at the top left of the table) and drag the table down the page.

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