28 August 2017
New Open Learning Programme
The new Autumn 2017/New Year 2018 Open Learning programme of part-time short courses is now available. Queen's staff qualify for the concession rate where applicable. Further information/enrol online at www.qub.ac.uk/ol.
From painting to public speaking, walking to wine appreciation, creative writing to céilí dancing, and astronomy to ayurveda, Open Learning's short, part-time, day, evening and weekend courses at Queen's offer everyone the chance to try something new and enjoy learning in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Courses are offered in a wide variety of subject areas including:
- Complementary Therapies
- Creative Writing
- Leisure (including wine tasting and tango dancing)
- Visual Arts
Classes start the week commencing Monday 25 September 2017.
Autumn 2017 physical activity programme
The 2017 Autumn Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins w/c Monday 11 September 2017. Classes suitable for all. Details below. Further inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org / 028 9068 1126.
|Introduction to Dance||Monday 11 September 2017||1.10pm – 1.50pm||On Campus|
|Pilates||Tuesday 12 September 2017||1.10pm – 1.50pm||On Campus|
|Yoga||Wednesday 13 September 2017||1.10pm – 1.50pm||On Campus|
|Tone and Trim||Thursday 14 September 2017||1.10pm – 1.50pm||On Campus|
|Barre||Friday 15 September 2017||1.10pm – 1.50pm||On Campus|
|Blast Tabata||Friday 15 September 2017||1.15pm – 1.45pm||Queen's Sport, Physical Education Centre|
Registration and Payment: Visit PEC reception; each 13 week course costs £27. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. These classes will run to week commencing 11 December 2017 inclusive; there will be no classes week commencing 30 October 2017.
Please note that phone registration is no longer available.
Autumn Children’s Activity Programme
Queen's Sport Autumn Children's Activity Programme is now open for enrolment. Courses are open to members and non-members of Queen's Sport. More information, including enrolment form and activity programme, is available here.
The Autumn 2017 programme includes new classes: Baby Dance; Tiny Tots; Hip Hop; Zumba Kids; and KinderGym. There are also new dates and times for Gymnastics Juniors and Gymnastics Seniors.
Queen's Brand Consultation Exercise
Following feedback from Queen's staff students and alumni a refined brand proposition and re-fresh of the corporate identity was approved by Senate in June 2017. Please see below for an update.
A total of 2,197 comment cards were completed at a series of 12 drop-in events across the campus. There was a strong preference (82%) for 'Estd. 1845' to appear in the brand identity and a clear consensus that the crest-based element of the logo and red-based colour scheme would create a more vibrant and recognisable visual presence that is relevant to our student audience but also draws on our heritage. The new system will create a point of recognition across all the University's communications.
The corporate identity will start rolling out across the campus in early October 2017 and will be supported by a communications campaign. In the meantime staff may notice some changes on campus as Estates teams begin to prepare buildings and wayfinding signage for the switch over. As part of the roll-out SMC will provide brand guidelines and support, and a number of downloadable templates and logos will be made available covering a range of usages including uniforms, stationery, PowerPoint, brochures, posters, banners, digital, web and more.
For more information please contact Peter McConkey, Strategic Marketing Manager: email@example.com
Travel Launch Event
- Thursday 31 August 2017: Selective Travel Launch, 10.00am – 2.00pm, Main Site Tower foyer
Register at this link and come along on the day to be in with a chance of winning a prize. Free tea/coffee and pastries will be offered.
- Meet the University's Key Account Manager and some of the Selective Booking Team
- Find out the benefits to Queen's employees
Please see the list of current internal vacancies below.
Details should be viewable on Queen's Online: www.qol.qub.ac.uk
- Research Development Manager (AHSS)
Research and Enterprise
Closing Date: Friday 8 September 2017
Anticipated interview date: 20 September 2017
- Community Impact Officer
Closing date: Friday 8 September 2017
Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 27 September 2017
- Business Engagement Officer (Maternity Cover)
Closing date: Friday 8 September 2017
Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 27 September 2017
Campus Food Markets
Fresh, mouth-watering food set in unique, historic venues, the Campus Food Markets are back and staff and students will be spoilt for choice with three events taking place in September. Regular updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Thursday 7 September: Stalls include Tapitas, Chocolate Fountain WPM, Pizza Vantastica, Burger Republic and newcomers Belfast Bubble Wrap. This event is in conjunction with Student Open Days.
- Friday 8 September: Outlets include GJ Hunters Corndogs, The Crepe Maker, Linen Hill Kitchen, The Hatch, and Roasted and Toasted. This event is in conjunction with Student Open Days.
- Wednesday 13 September: Tapitas, Born and Raised, Pizza Vantastica and Roasted and Toasted. This market is in conjunction with International Student Support.
RELOCATION OF MHLS FACULTY OFFICE
From today, 28 August, the Faculty Office of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences (FMHLS) will be relocating to new premises at Elmwood Exchange, 90 Lisburn Road (above Starbucks, opposite the MBC); the entrance to which is located on Elmwood Avenue. Kindly forward all correspondence for FMHLS to this new address. Staff extension numbers will change and these will be updated on the Staff Directory and FMHLS website in due course.
TransportNI will be undertaking investigation works to the Kings Bridge, Stranmillis Embankment between Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 August from 10.00pm to 6.00am. This work will require the full closure of the bridge to traffic with diversion along the Embankment to Ormeau Bridge. TransportNI apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Fellowship Opportunity at Parliament
The UK Parliament is currently piloting an academic fellowship scheme and is looking for academic researchers to work in Westminster on a project of their own choosing. The deadline for expressions of interest is midnight on 4 September 2017.
One area of interest to Parliament is the impact of Parliament on legislation. It is interested in working with academics with knowledge and/or experience in identifying, tracking and assessing impact to help it understand better, and identify empirically, the influence of MPs and Peers' scrutiny on legislation.
Parliament is interested in developing a series of case studies that examine how Peers' scrutiny of legislation has shaped the focus, content or tone of legislation as it becomes an Act (given Royal Assent). It is envisaged that the case studies will look at a government bill scrutinized by the House of Lords and trace the outcome(s) of amendments tabled and debated at each stage of the bill's scrutiny. The choice of bills to focus on will be decided in conjunction with the academic.
The Scheme is open to academics (researchers with PhDs) – from different subject areas and at every stage of their career – employed at any of the 33 universities holding Impact Acceleration Award funding from either the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) or the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Projects should be demonstrated to be relevant and will contribute to the work of Parliament. There are opportunities for flexible working including both part-time and remote working.
To find out more about this opportunity, contact Dr Caroline Kenny at The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology – firstname.lastname@example.org.
QPOL POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND RESEARCH BLOG
Up-to-date contributions on diverse topics including: students and GCSEs; the 2007 global financial crash; and the impact of Brexit on the island of Ireland. To submit, email Kevin at email@example.com.
- Uniting and Sharing the Island: Normalising Good Friday Agreement Constitutionalism?
Professor Colin Harvey talks constitutionalism and the idea of Irish unity referendums in light of the ongoing Brexit negotiations.
- Why we should ask students what they think about GCSEs
Despite recent changes to the way GCSEs are assessed, students themselves have been left out of the debate says Professor Jannette Elwood and Dr Rhian Barrance from Cardiff University.
- A decade on from the global financial crash
Professor John Barry looks back at the 2007 financial crash.
- The UK government’s position paper on Northern Ireland after Brexit
Following the UK government's release of its position paper on the position of Northern Ireland and Ireland after Brexit, Professor Dagmar Schiek shares her initial thoughts.
Global Challenge Networking Programme
The first event in the 2017-18 Global Challenge Networking Programme (GCNP) will take place on 5 September 2017. The theme will be 'Artificial Intelligence and Society'. Please register here.
The GCNP is an opportunity for researchers at Queen's to develop interdisciplinary networks and collaborations while addressing some of society's major problems. The programme for 2017-18 will include two further themes: 'Global Uncertainties' and 'Sufficiency'. Each theme will include a kick-off event which will involve an opportunity for attendees to network with colleagues in different disciplines, consider the main issues connected to the theme through open plenary discussions, and explore new collaborations in detail through focused sub-groups.
Registration for all 2017-18 events is now open. Staff can find out more about each GCNP event, and register for attendance, at this link.
Tuesday 12 September: Postdoc Showcase Event, 9.00am – 4.00pm, Peter Froggatt Centre. Register here. Limited spaces available. Registration closes 6.00pm, Monday 4 September.
This is a unique opportunity for postdocs at Queen's to meet colleagues from across the University, showcase their work through presentations and posters, network with a range of potential non-academic employers and discuss the postdoc experience with former postdocs, current academics and employers.
Attendance is free. Find out more at this link.
Horizon 2020: ERC seminar for AHSS
- Wednesday 6 September: ERC information session for the Faculty of AHSS, 11.00am – 12.00pm, Research and Enterprise, Seminar Room, First Floor
Professor Marie Therese Flanagan will share her experience as a Panel Member for the panel SH6 – Study of the Human Past – and Dr Ian Campbell will talk about his experience as a successful applicant. Please register here.
Horizon 2020: Innovative Training Networks
- Tuesday 19 September: Innovative Training Networks, 12.30pm – 2.00pm, location TBC.
This seminar will include an introduction to the Innovative Training Network (ITN) funding scheme and presentation of a Queen's case study. More information/registration here. Lunch provided.
ITNs are collaborative research training grants. Collaborations of academic and non-academic partners from different countries join forces to train a new generation of creative, innovative and entrepreneurial early career researchers (PhDs).
UKIERI visit and information session
Queen's will host a visit by representatives of the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) on the morning of Wednesday 13 September. As part of the visit, there will be an Information Session on the 2017-18 UKIERI call for Research Applications (closing date for applications: 20 October). Staff interested in attending the information session can email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Teaching – Innovation
TurningPoint PRS update
The University has updated its current TurningPoint (Personal Response System (PRS)) provision, which is widely used by many lecturers and staff and is commonly referred to as our 'interactive voting system' or 'clickers'.
A major feature of the new provision is the ability for users to create interactive presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint which will in turn allow participants to express their opinions or respond to a variety of questions in real time using their mobile devices and or University-supplied clickers.
Updated training courses will soon be available to book via the iTrent System. A short video on the PRS technology can be found here, giving an overview which staff may find useful.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Student Disability Policy
Queen's Student Disability Policy has been reviewed and recommendations made.
Please see below for details.
The Student Disability Policy sets out Queen's University's commitment to equitable inclusion for students with disabilities and recognises the University's legal obligations to provide support and reasonable adjustments where appropriate.
The policy is reviewed annually to ensure it continues to meet legislative requirements and is reflective of best practice. This year the review was carried out in conjunction with the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and it was recommended that the Student Disability Policy and the supporting Guidelines for implementation should be presented in two separate documents:
- The Student Disability Policy outlines the University's commitment to equal opportunity, the legislative framework in Northern Ireland and the general principles of support provision.
- A Disability Support Code of Practice to provide a guidance framework for staff to ensure support is implemented consistently and equitably.
The Policy has been the subject of an internal consultation process, which included students, and has been subject to an equality impact assessment. The University's Education Committee has approved the Policy and Code of Practice for adoption in the 2017/18 academic year.
Arts and entertainment
Queen's Film Theatre listings
Please see below for current and forthcoming screenings, and special events. Staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.70). More information and booking on the QFT website.
Detroit: From the Academy-Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) this tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of 1967.
Victim: An exposé of London's gay subculture and its associated criminal underworld - shocking on its first release, poignant and powerful today.
City of Ghosts: Director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) returns with the incredible story of the citizen journalists of Raqqa, Syria who are single-handedly exposing the atrocities of ISIS while under constant threat of torture and death.
NT Live, Yerma: The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role.
David Lynch, The Art Life: Narrated by Lynch himself, the documentary shines a light into his unique world, offering audiences a greater understanding of the artist, as well as the man.
The Farthest: An enthralling documentary detailing NASA’s ambitious Voyager program. Please note that the 6.00pm screening on Monday 4 September will be followed by a Q&A with director Emer Reynolds.
God's Own Country: A tender, beautiful and frank love story, set against the bleak, stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire moors.
Patti Cake$: A heroic performance by Australian actress Danielle Macdonald in a breakout role as the indomitable, if unorthodox, rapper Patricia Dombrowski.
John le Carré - An Evening with George Smiley: Broadcast live from London's Royal Festival Hall, one of the world’s greatest writers shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character.
Arts and Entertainment
Naughton Gallery News
Upcoming exhibitions and events from the Naughton Gallery include Adham Faramawy's exhibit There's This Thing, This Feeling, a screening of Ghost World as part of Cinema Day 2017, and ISSUES magazine reading group.
- There's This Thing, This Feeling (Adham Faramawy)
Runs until 02 October 2017
Adham Faramawy (b1981, Dubai) is a London-based artist of Egyptian descent. Throughout his practice, he explores changes in perception brought about by the digital age. Across a landscape of high-definition flatscreens and sculptural wall- and floor-based works, Faramawy shoots staged live performers, often using his smartphone. Faramawy is shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2017.
- Cinema Day 2017: Ghost World
Monday 28 August, 7.00pm – 9.00pm (drinks reception from 6.30pm), Council Chamber, Lanyon Building
Free screening of Ghost World including a free, limited-edition poster by illustrator Jacky Sheridan for all attendees. Donations are welcome with all proceeds going to the Women's TEC, supporting training and resources for women to work in non-traditional sectors. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or see the event page for more information.
- ISSUES: a magazine reading group
Friday 1 September, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
ISSUES continues with the Autumn 2017 issue of DAZED, featuring Bill Skarsgård, Björk and Marine Vacth. ISSUES is a monthly magazine reading group hosted by the Naughton Gallery at Queen's. Featuring a mix of titles, from established newsstand favourites to new indie finds, ISSUES aims to start new discourses around today's magazine industry, focusing on quality writing and cutting-edge design.
Students' Union shop discounts
The Students' Union Shop is offering a 20% discount off all stationery items (including branded 2017-18 Academic diaries). Discount also applies to sale items. The offer runs until Friday 1 September and is open to all Queen's staff and students. Staff are also reminded that sweet/treat orders for Open Days need to be placed by Friday 1 September. To order, please call the SU Shop on 028 9097 1063 or email email@example.com.
Welcome Centre – New Stock
The Welcome Centre is now stocking eco-friendly Queen's University-branded tote bags and water bottles in a range of sizes and colours.
10% staff discount.
Situated in the Students' Union, Blackwell's offers a wide range of fiction titles to complement their lecturer-led academic range, making it ideal for students and staff.
Staff are encouraged to contact the Bookshop if they would like any book titles stocked for students for the upcoming academic year and beyond. Call in to the Students' Union or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
'Barre' – Free Taster Session
A Barre taster session will be held on Friday 1 September at 1.10pm. Open to all ages, genders and levels of fitness. Venue will be confirmed after registration. Register here to attend.
Barre is an athletic full-body workout designed to elongate, strengthen and tone muscles through a fusion of yoga, ballet barre, and pilates techniques. A phenomenon in the United States, it is known for its fun, challenging classes with fast, effective results in achieving a dancer-like physique.
Find out more: email@example.com / 028 9068 1126.
Queen's Wellbeing are running a series of workshops for working parents, to be delivered by Parenting NI.
See below for outline information and links to register.
- Monday 4 September: Understanding your Child, 1.00pm – 2.00pm. Register here.
- Wednesday 13 September: Setting Rules and Consequences, 1.00pm – 2.00pm. Register here.
- Thursday 12 October: Preventing Risk Taking Behaviour, 1.00pm – 2.00pm. Register here.
Rooms will be confirmed at registration. Lunch will be provided.
Holistic Therapies for Staff
Nightingale Holistic Therapies promotes wellbeing by providing de-stressing, rejuvenating massage therapies, which are available at a discounted price for staff.
Organisational Development 2017-18 Course Programme
The Organisational Development 2017-18 course programme and Clerical Skills programme 2017-18 are now running. Please see below for details.
Organisational Development Programme 2017-18
The programme will be available from Friday 1 September and can be viewed here. To book a place on an upcoming training course, log onto Queen's Online, select 'Training Courses' from the list of Services on the left of the page and follow the link for iTrent Self Service. Please note that, with the exception of wait-listed courses, waiting lists are not carried over from one academic year to the next.
Clerical Skills Programme 2017/18
Application forms are now available for this programme. Forms and information can be obtained here.
A number of the Centre for Educational Development run courses for the 2017-18 academic year have been listed on iTrent self-service, and are open for booking. There are limited places available on each course/event. See below for details.
- Wednesday 6 September: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
- Tuesday 19 September: Professional Development Series: Introduction to Lecturing, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
- Wednesday 27 September: Using TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
IT Training Courses
IT training courses are now available on iTrent.
ECDL: The next test date is Tuesday 29 August, 10.00am – 11.30am. To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Round Up – Summer Editions
Please note that the Staff Round Up will return to weekly editions in September.
The next issue will be published on Monday 4 September. Please submit items for inclusion by 1.00pm on Thursday 31 August.