10 April 2017

A Bite of Queen's tour

The next A Bite of Queen’s campus tour will take staff to the new Computer Science Building, recently opened by Ian Loughran - a Queen's graduate and now Head of Americas Sales Operations at Google. The tour will take place on Thursday 13 April, 12.55pm – 1.55pm. Staff will have the opportunity to learn more about the building’s £14m renovation to transform it into a state-of-the-art digital learning hub at the centre of the NI tech community.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch. Register for this tour here. Places are limited. Please advise of any dietary requirements when you register.


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Pedometer Challenge Awards

Pedometer ChallengeThe Pedometer Challenge Awards will take place on Tuesday 11 April at 1.00pm in the Great Hall and all participants are encouraged to come along and find out the winners. Prizes will be presented to overall winners, teams and individuals, but there will also be spot prizes. A light lunch will be provided for attendees. Find out more on the Wellbeing News and Events section.

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McClay Library Spring/Summer Opening Hours

Easter Holiday

  • The Library will be closed from Saturday 15 April until Monday 17 April, inclusive.
  • On Friday 14 April and Tuesday 18 April, all four floors of the Library will be open for study access from 9.00am-9.00pm. Although there will be no staffed services on those two days, it will be possible to borrow and return material using the self-service facilities.

24-hour Opening

  • Overnight opening commences on Wednesday 19 April. This means that the McClay Library will remain open overnight for five nights every week until the end of the exams, from Sunday through to Friday. It also means that the building will open earlier than normal, at 6.00am on Saturdays and 8.00am on Sundays.

May Day Holiday

  • The Library will be open from 9.00am-9.00pm on Monday 1 May. Staffed services will not be available on that date. Please note that the Library will close at 2.00am on the night before May Day and open at 8.00am on the morning after May Day.

Summer Vacation

  • Earlier closing begins on Saturday 3 June. The Library will close at 8.30pm from Monday to Thursday and at 5.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The Library will be closed on Sundays.

Further information is available on the Library website.

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Staff Wellbeing

‌Spring Activity Programme

The 2017 Spring Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins the week commencing Monday 24 April 2017. Register now at the PEC. For full programme details, see the Staff Wellbeing Website.

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Internal Vacancies

This week's internal vacancies:

  • Clerical Officer (Room Bookings) (Part-time, 18.5 hpw)
    Eventus and Culture and Arts
    Ref: 17/105461
    Closing date: Friday 28 April
    Anticipated interview date: Monday 8 May.

  • Global Research Institute Manager
    School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Ref: 17/105464
    Closing date: Thursday 13 April
    Anticipated interview date: Monday 8 May. 
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Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine

  • Tuesday 9 May: MS Research Open Evening, 5.30pm.
    Guest speaker is Dr Ari Green, Assistant Clinical Director, University of California San Francisco Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center and Director of UCSF Neuro diagnostics Center.

Refreshments will be provided. RSVP by Tuesday 25 April.

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Annual Learning and Teaching Conference

Coffee/Tea from 9.15am. Places are limited so early registration is advised. Registration now open via Queen’s Online/iTrent, search for CED or email

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The Conversation

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

If you are interested in contributing to the Anthill Podcast the upcoming themes are:

  • May: Gaming the system, pitch deadline Wednesday 5 April
  • June: Music on the mind
  • July: Unexplored place.

If you are interested in writing for The ‌Conversation, contact to find out more.

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Recent posts:

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

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Therapies for staff

Nightingale Holistic Therapies promotes wellbeing by providing massage therapies and encouraging individuals to make time to relax. Treatments are available at a discounted price for staff on the following dates:

  • Monday 24 April, RVH Site, 10.00am – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 26 April, MBC Site, 10.00am – 2.00pm
  • Friday 28 April, Main Site, 10.00am – 2.00pm

The following treatments will be available:

  • £10 - shoulder and neck massage (15 mins)
  • £15 - shoulder back and neck massage (30 mins)
  • £25 - full body massage (45 mins)

Book via Nightingale's Facebook page or telephone 07713 563 036.

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Childcare Information Sessions

The Equality and Diversity Unit in conjunction with the Salaries Office and Employers for Childcare has arranged a number of information sessions for Queen's staff in relation to the new tax-free childcare scheme.

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Higher Education Academy (HEA) Conference

  • Monday 19 June: Northern Ireland HEA Conference, From Retention to Progression: Developing Learning Environments that Maximise Student Success, Ulster University, Belfast Campus. Further information on the Ulster University website.  
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AHSS Faculty Focus Event

  • Wednesday 26 April, Impact and Public Engagement, Whitla Hall, 2.00pm

Meet the representatives from the Faculty who can support you with your impact and public-engagement activities. You will also have the opportunity to take part in breakout sessions to feed into the AHSS Impact Strategy. Register here.

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QFT Listings

Opening this week:

  • Neruda: Pablo Larraín’s follow-up to Jackie is this superb film, an 'anti-bio’ of one of Chile's most vital and intriguing figures, Pablo Neruda.
  • Free Fire: Ben Wheatley's (Kill List, High Rise, Sightseers) all-guns-blazing '70s crime caper stars Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer and Michael Smiley. 
  • A Quiet Passion: Terence Davies returns with an elegant and deeply moving biopic of poet Emily Dickinson, played with sensitivity and rebellious spirit by Cynthia Nixon.

Belfast Film Festival:

  • Peter Curran’s Some Kind Of Man: A special recording for BBC Radio 4, as the creator of their critically-acclaimed entertainment show Bunk Bed presents his lifetime search for male role models in films, books, music and television. He will also introduce Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
  • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure: Pee Wee, an overgrown pre-pubescent boy, lives an idyllic life in his bizarre home until someone nabs his most prized possession, a red bicycle. Tim Burton's directorial debut.

Queen's staff ticket price £5, standard ticket price £6.70. Further details/booking for films and events.

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Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre is now stocking 'Donegal Socks' in traditional Donegal Tweed colours, made by the third generation of a family business. Staff are reminded of their 10% discount.

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Naughton Gallery

Get’cha Head in the Game
Continuing until Sunday 21 May (closed for Easter break 15-21 April), Get’cha Head in the Game is an international group exhibition which explores the relationship between art and sport. For more info contact or visit the event page.

The Book Club
The next meeting will be Sunday 7 May when Citizen, by Claudia Rankine, will be discussed. Books are available from Blackwell’s in the Students’ Union with discount for Book Club members. For more info contact

Keep in touch
Until the Naughton's new website is launched the best way to keep updated is through the Gallery's Facebook page. You can also contact to be added to the mailing list.

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Appraiser Skills Training

Appraisers of all categories of staff who have not previously registered for appraiser skills training can do so by contacting Edward McIntyre, in Human Resources,, 028 9097 3042.  Edward will keep you updated on dates for sessions.

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Mindfulness Foundation Training

Healthcare professionals seeking to explore mindfulness can participate in a training programme Tuesday 2 May - Tuesday 27 June at Queen's, in partnership with the Northern Health Social Care Trust and the Centre for Mindfulness Practice and Research at Bangor University, Wales. Please note there is a fee. More information here or contact Sarah Hurson in the School of Psychology

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IT Training courses

  • Wednesday 26 April: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS, 9.30am – 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 3 May: LinkedIn for Beginners, 2.00am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 3 May: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL – Spreadsheets), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 11 May: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 12 May: Dynamic PowerPoint (also suitable for those studying ECDL Advanced PowerPoint), 9.30am – 12.30pm 

To book a place on a training course, log onto Queen's Online, 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 here.

ECDL: The next test date is Monday 24 April, 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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  • Thursday 13 April: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (incl. Questionmark), 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 26 April: Becoming a Fellow of the HE Academy, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 3 May: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Further details of courses and events are available on the CED website. To book, log onto Queen's Online, select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for 'iTrent Self Service'.

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Reminder: Unconscious Bias e-learning course for staff – completion required

A new e-learning course for staff has been launched to support equality, diversity and inclusion in Queen’s. All staff are required to undertake this asap. Access via Queen’s Online then select Services/Other/Online Courses/General Courses (including mandatory courses for staff). Further information available here.

Upcoming STDU courses:

  • Thursday 27 April: Applying Your Research to Policy Agendas, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 3 May: Manual Handling and Lifting, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Monday 8 May: Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 9 May: An Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 17 May: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 18 May: Health and Safety for Co-ordinators, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 18 May: Biological Safety and Genetic Modification, 10.00am – 11.00am
  • Friday 19 May: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30 am – 12.30pm

To register for any of the above, log onto Queen’s Online, select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for iTrent Self-Service.

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