12 September 2016

Travel Roadshow

Travel Roadshow Selective Travel Management, the dedicated travel partner for Queen's, invites staff to drop into the Travel Roadshow on Friday 16 September 2016, 9.30am - 4.00pm, in the Canada Room, Lanyon Building.

Drop in during the day to meet the team at Selective and their suppliers. Prizes will be available for winning on the day.

For further information regarding the Roadshow, please contact the Team at Selective Travel on 028 9044 2073 or email

View the Travel Roadshow flyer.

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Staff Wellbeing: Autumn Physical Activity Programme

The 2016 Summer Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins week commencing Monday 26 September 2016. The classes include:

  • Introduction to Dance: Monday 26 September, 1.10pm – 1.50pm, on campus
  • Pilates: Tuesday 27 September, 1.10pm – 1.50pm, on campus
  • Yoga: Wednesday 28 September, 1.10pm – 1.50pm, on campus
  • Tone and Trim: Thursday 29 September, 1.10pm – 1.50pm, on campus
  • Blast Tabata: Friday 30 September, 1.15pm – 1.45pm, Queen’s Sport, Physical Education Centre

Classes are suitable for all ages, genders and levels of fitness. 

For more information, including registration and payment, visit the Staff Wellbeing website.

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International Conference on Women and Leadership in a Changing World

Women and Leadership in a Changing World conference logoQueen's, through the Queen’s Gender Initiative, will host a major international conference next week that will explore the challenges and opportunities faced by female leaders.  Organised jointly with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, the conference will begin with an evening session, dinner and entertainment on Thursday 22 September 2016, in the Ulster Museum, and continue with a full-day programme on Friday 23 September 2016, at Riddel Hall.  The Conference features an excellent line-up of speakers from across the UK, Ireland and the USA.

Costs to attend are: Thursday evening: £50; all-day Friday: £110 – and £150 to attend both days.

All Queen’s staff are invited to take part. If you would like to attend, please register here.

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Staff Wellbeing Event

Kith & Kin are a Community Interest Company based in Belfast that provides Financial Wellbeing to the Community/Employees. They are visiting the University on Tuesday 20 September 2016 to provide staff with access to Financial Advice. Find out more on the Staff Wellbeing Website.

Please register by emailing: with Kith and Kin in the Subject Header.

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Travel+, the University's bus travel salary sacrifice scheme, offers staff the opportunity to obtain an annual bus ticket for less than the normal cost. Alternatively, if you travel by train, the University also offers staff the opportunity to purchase an Annual Travel Commuter card by way of an interest-free loan.

For more information on these initiatives, click here.

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Language Centre Courses

Enrolment for all Language Centre courses has just started, and with courses in over 20 different languages, there should be something for everyone.  The Language Centre is also offering the opportunity to study for a Certificate in Languages for Business or Practical Irish.  These computer-based courses are great for those who wish to study in their own time and at their own pace.

Enrol online here.  For further information, please visit the Language Centre website.

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Click on the link to read the latest post from the QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog:

Half-Day Symposium

'Northern Ireland at the Edge – what next after “BREXIT”?' This half-day symposium focuses on the consequences of the UK’s future relationship with Ireland, north and south, including the potential of the EU’s external border crossing the island of Ireland. The symposium takes place on Thursday 15 September 2016 at 2.00pm in the Moot Court Room, School of Law, Tower Building.

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

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Horizon 2020 seminar: Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions - Innovative Training Networks

The 'Horizon 2020 seminar: Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions - Innovative Training Networks' will take place on Friday 16 September 2016, 12.30pm – 2.00pm. The seminar will introduce the Innovative Training Network (ITN) scheme, and will feature a case study presentation by a successful Queen's ITN coordinator.

ITNs are collaborations of academic and non-academic actors from three or more EU Member States, providing excellent PhD training to early stage researchers.

Please register to attend.

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Global Challenge Networking Invitation: Living and Working in a Digital Age – Workshop 2

The second Global Challenge Networking Programme workshop on 'Living and Working in a Digital Age' will take place on Monday 19 September 2016, 2.00pm - 5.00pm, in the Senate Room, Lanyon Building. A networking sandwich lunch will be held from 1.30pm.

Chaired by Professor James McElnay, the workshop is open to those who attended the first event in April as well as any other researcher who is interested in exploring the possibilities for collaborative work under this topic.

To register, or for further information, contact the Research Policy Office at or 028 9097 2552/2594.

Details of other workshops in the 2016-17 Global Challenge Networking Programme will be circulated shortly.

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Food Hypersensitivity Seminar

Safefood, in partnership with Gluten Free Ireland and Queen’s, will host a free Food Hypersensitivity seminar at the Corr’s Corner Hotel on Monday 19 September 2016 from 10.15am to 4.00pm.

This Safefood Knowledge Network event focuses on gluten and provides practical information on how to control food allergens. The event would be of interest to those working in the food industry with a role in food allergen management as well as regulators, policy makers and those working in academia and research.

To register please click here. The programme can be downloaded 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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Queen's Sport

Queen's Sport 120916R.I.S.E. Programme
R.I.S.E. is Queen's Sport's new health and fitness programme. Designed primarily for beginner and intermediate trainers, it focuses on fitness fundamentals such as exercise and nutrition, giving you the knowledge and confidence to maintain your fitness and manage your body.

Find out more on the Queen's Sport website. Price for members/students: £200.00. Price for non-members: £300.00.

To sign up for the R.I.S.E. Programme, please complete the R.I.S.E. enrolment form and bring to PEC Reception. The course begins on Monday 19 September 2016 with sessions running from 7.00am – 7.45am each day, Monday to Thursday, for twelve weeks.

Induction (optional) takes place on Saturday 17 September 2016, 1.00pm – 3.00pm.

Children's Activity Programme - Autumn 2016 - Enrolment still OPEN
The new Autumn Programme is packed with activities such as gymnastics, trampolining, basketball, yoga and dance, as well as Climbing and Splash ‘n’ Swim Programmes. Queen's Sport also has a range of new activities for Autumn 2016: KinderGym, Yoga Kids, and Commercial Dance.

All activities commence week beginning Monday 12 September 2016. For more information and application form, please click here.

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Naughton Gallery

QFT ContainmentThis week at the Naughton Gallery:

Coffee / Art / Conversation
The Naughton Gallery's monthly series of conversations continues this month with Liam Crichton, one of the artists currently exhibiting in 'Future Ruins' at the Naughton Gallery. 'Liam Crichton in conversation with Ben Crothers and Rachel Brown' takes place on Friday 16 September 2016, 9.30am-10.30am. Click here for more information.

Art in the AM takes place at Town Square, 45 Botanic Avenue, hosted by the Naughton Gallery at Queen’s. Coffee and conversation are free.

To accompany the Naughton Gallery's current exhibition 'Future Ruins', related film screenings, organised in partnership with Queen’s Film Theatre, will take place this month:

  • Saturday 17 September, 4.00pm: Containment (2015), directed by Peter Galison and Robb Moss, Queen’s Film Theatre, University Square. Click here to book your place.
  • Thursday 22 September, 7.00pm: Future By Design (2006) Directed by William Gazecki. Special offsite screening in Bedford House, 16-22 Bedford Street. Click here to book your place or contact:
  • Saturday 24 September, 4.45pm: Requiem for Detroit? (2010) directed by Julien Temple. Queen’s Film Theatre, University Square. Click here to book your place.
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QFT 120916This week at QFT:

Captain Fantastic (15) – Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, The Road) stars as an idealistic father raising his children away from contemporary civilisation.

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

Things To Come (12A) – Mia Hansen-Løve’s (Eden) fifth feature is a tender, contemplative portrait of womanhood and an irresistible collaboration between the filmmaker and the legendary actor Isabelle Huppert.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (12A) – Thursday 15 September, Red Carpet, 6.00pm – Film 7.00pm – Ron Howard's new documentary plus red carpet action broadcast live from ODEON Leicester Square, for one night only.

From Friday 16 September: The Man who Fell to Earth and Gary Numan: Android in La La Land.
Queen's staff ticket price: £5 (standard ticket price: £6.70). Please visit for more details.

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The Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre 120916A new range of Eric Carle children's stationery products celebrating 45 years of the Very Hungry Caterpillar is now in stock in the Welcome Centre.  Products start from £3.25. 

Staff receive a 10% discount to use in store.

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Courses scheduled for the next month
Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event so early registration is recommended.

  • Wednesday 28 September: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 30 September:  Using GradeMark to give Feedback, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 5 October: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 5 October: Small Group Teaching, 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Friday 7 October: Using the TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 10.00am – 12.30pm

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. For up-to-date information, follow twitter @QUB_CED


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Upcoming Staff Training and Development Unit Courses

  • Thursday 15 September: Biological Safety and Genetic Modification, 10.00am – 11.00am
  • Thursday 15 September: Fire Warden and Evacuation Procedures, 11.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 21 September: Radiation Safety, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 6 October: Induction for Research Staff, 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Thursday 6 October: Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 10 October: Writing for Publication, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 11 October: Planning Your Research Career, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 11 October: Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 11 October: Ethics and Governance in Health and Social Care Research, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities

Book now for the following Developing for Success courses (aimed at Professional Support staff Grade 7 and above and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above):

  • Wednesday 5 October: Transition to Management, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 12 October: Project Management for non-Project Managers, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 20 October: Developing your Strategic Focus, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Mini Master Class for Leaders

  • Thursday 27 October: Theme: Emotional Capitalists – The New Leaders, 9.30am – 11.30am

Follow STDU on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

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IT training Courses

IT training courses are now available for booking via iTrent on Queen’s Online at:  View the course schedule at: (one-page PDF).

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

Tip of the day: Type =Sheets() function in any blank cell in Excel if you want to display the total number of worksheets contained within a workbook.

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