24 April 2017

Open Learning - Spring 2017

The new Spring 2017 Open Learning programme of part-time short courses is now available in a variety of subject areas including:

  • Complementary Therapies
  • Creative Writing
  • History
  • Languages
  • Leisure (including golf and wine tasting)
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Visual Arts

Classes start the week commencing Tuesday 2 May 2017. Queen’s staff qualify for the concession rate where applicable.

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All Staff Events – Feedback

Further to the ‘Follow Up to All Staff Events’ email issued on 13 April 2017 which provided links to the Q&A sessions, Staff Survey next steps and the Corporate Plan website, staff are reminded to share their thoughts about the All Staff Events by completing a short feedback survey. Your thoughts and ideas will inform future sessions.

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The 3rd Degree

BBC Radio 4 quiz show The 3rd Degree was recently recorded at Queen’s University Belfast, with a team of three Queen's students pitting their wits against three Queen's academics in the general knowledge challenge. It will be broadcast on Monday 29 May at 3pm, repeated the following Saturday at 11pm, and will then be available on iPlayer for a period of time.

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Bike To Work Breakfast

It's pedal power over horsepower this Friday 28 April as staff are invited to leave the car at home and cycle to work. A free Bike To Work Breakfast will be provided in the Old Staff Common Room, 8.00am - 9.30am.

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Spring Festival of Conflict Transformation

The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice’s Annual Spring Festival is running from Wednesday 26 April – Thursday 11 May. This year’s festival includes a combination of politics, art, literature, film and documentary in formats ranging from debate and panel discussion to public lecture, conversation and workshops. Full programme here; upcoming events include:

  • Thursday 27 April: Inside the Trump White House with Niall Stanage, Associate Editor of The Hill, 6.30pm - 8.00pm. Register here
  • Tuesday 9 May: The Harri Holkeri Lecture by President Tarja Halonen Date, 5.30pm - 6.45pm. Register here
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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:

  • 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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Queen’s PGT Seminar: Horizon Scanning and Best Practice in New Course Development

If you are involved in running Postgraduate Taught courses at Queen’s, please join the Strategic Marketing and Communications Team and hear from Dave Roberts, Director, The Knowledge Partnership on best practice in new course development at Postgraduate Taught level. The seminar will take place on Thursday 27 April at The Lecture Theatre, Queen’s Management School, Riddell Hall, 9.30am – 1.30pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. To help us plan for catering, RSVP to Carrie Hall on

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'Proximity to Discovery' Travel Fund

Queen’s has secured MRC funding for the Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund (‘P2D’). An element of P2D is the ‘P2D Travel Fund’, which can be used to support Early Stage Industry Engagement Activities (for example visits to companies to discuss areas of mutual interest with a view to developing an academic-industry collaboration). This fund is now open. See website for further details or contact Dr Karen McGeough in the Business Alliance Team, email, 028 9097 1397.

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HE Lunchtime Forum

  • Monday 8 May: Using Socrative to Encourage Student Engagement, 1.00pm – 1.55pm, Old Staff Common Room (sandwich lunch available from 12.45pm), led by Dr Paul Wilson, School of Psychology

Recent innovations in 'personal response systems' have removed the need for specialist hardware/software and replaced clickers with students’ own personal devices. This improves the potential for use in larger classrooms. This talk will present the various features of a web-based system called Socrative. Further information is available on the CED website. Registration is via Queen’s Online/iTrent.

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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 is available on the Ulster University website.  
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Expert and Lay Members for HSC Research Ethics Committees

The Business Services Organisation (BSO) seeks to appoint to full membership lay and expert persons to the Health and Social Care Research Ethics Committees. These are voluntary roles and training will be given. If you would like to discuss the role of a research ethics committee member, please contact one of the HSC REC Managers, Jane Keenan, Kathryn Taylor or Katrina Greer on 028 9536 1400. Should you wish to apply to be a member of the HSC Research Ethics Committee, please complete the self-nomination form and return it by email to by 4pm on Friday 12 May 2017. Interviews are scheduled for Thursday 25 May 2017.

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Welcome Centre

Award-winning Claire Molloy ceramics are now stocked in the Welcome Centre. Handmade in Kilkenny, these original pieces are embellished with either horsehair or smoke to make them truly one of a kind. Staff are reminded of their 10% discount to use in store.

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Naughton Gallery

Get’cha Head in the Game
Continuing until Sunday 21 May, Get’cha Head in the Game is an international group exhibition which explores the relationship between art and sport. For more information 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 information 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. There are also Gallery Instagram and Twitter accounts. Tag the Gallery when you share photos of exhibitions to spread the word!

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QFT Listings

  • Their Finest: Gemma Arterton (pictured) stars as Catrin, a talented young copywriter enticed to London from Wales during WW2 to write dialogue for morale-boosting propaganda films.
  • I Am Not Your Negro: A vital portrait of writer and social critic James Baldwin and exploration of the history of racism in the United States.
  • Mulholland Drive: Hailed as the best film of the 21st century in a number of polls, David Lynch’s neo-noir is reissued in a new 4K digital transfer.
  • RSC: Julius Caesar: The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence.
  • John T Davies: Heart on the Line: An insight into the lyrics, lives, dreams and attitudes of Nashville’s songwriters.
  • John T Davies: Hip to the Tip: Charts the glory years of Atlantic Records, from its establishment in 1947 to its takeover in 1967.
  • Exhibition on Screen: The Artist’s Garden: Features the sellout exhibition that began at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and ended at the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut.
  • Wake 2017: Far From The Tree: QFT is delighted to team up with the Wake Festival to present the NI premiere of this new film by Belfast-born director John Wright, examining the relationship between preacher Tony Campolo and his son, humanist Bart Campolo.

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

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  • 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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IT Training Courses

  • Wednesday 26 April: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS, 9.30am – 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 3 May: LinkedIn for Beginners, 2.00pm – 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
  • Tuesday 16 May: Introduction to Visio 2013, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 17 May: Excel 2: Managing Data, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 25 May: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Friday 26 May: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 20 June: NVivo – An Introduction, 9.30am – 4.30pm

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 8 May, 10.00am – 11.30am. To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day: You can enlarge the ribbon in Office applications by adding 'Touch/Mouse Mode' to your Quick Access Toolbar (select: File, Options, Quick Access Toolbar - choose commands from - Popular commands).

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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 is 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, 9.30am – 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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