4 December 2017

Female academic in conversation in graduate school

Core Values

Academic Promotions Schemes 2018

The Academic Promotions Scheme for 2018 and the ECIT Engineers Promotions Scheme for 2018 are now live.

Full details on both Schemes are available on the Human Resources website.

If you require any further information, please email academic.promotions@qub.ac.uk.



Porters' Christmas Toy Appeal

This year's Porters' Christmas Toy Appeal is now accepting donated gifts.

Toys can be sent directly to the Porters office or put under the tree in the Administration Building, main campus.

The closing date for donations is Friday 15 December.

All toys will go to the joint St Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army Christmas toy appeal.

Information Services coffee morning Dec 17

Fundraising Event

Annual Information Services Coffee Morning

The Annual Information Services Coffee morning will take place in the Great Hall on Tuesday 12 December from 10.00am – 11.30am. All are welcome. Proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Raffle tickets are available to purchase beforehand and also at the event: £1.00 each or six for £5.00. Any donations of prizes, hampers, etc, would be very welcome. Please contact a member of the Information Services Social Sub-Committee for information:

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Christine Carrothers c.carrothers@qub.ac.uk 028 9097 6322
Julie Caulfield j.caulfield@qub.ac.uk 028 9097 6346
Michael Goodall m.goodall@qub.ac.uk 028 9097 6260
Barry McKinney b.mckinney@qub.ac.uk 028 9097 6147
David Robinson david.robinson@qub.ac.uk 028 9097 6164

Prizes include:

  • Kindle Fire HD 10
  • Amazon Echo Plus
  • Restaurant vouchers
  • Overnight stay for two at Malone Lodge and Jury’s Inn hotels
  • Amazon voucher – £100
  • Tickets for the Belfast Giants
  • Tickets for the Lyric Christmas show and QFT
  • Bottle of champagne
  • Christmas hampers


Carol Service

The annual Christmas Carol Service will be held in the Great Hall on Sunday 10 December 2017 at 9.00pm.

Staff, students and their families and friends are all welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Canada Room.

Tickets are not required for this event. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis.

Brexit in Scrabble pieces


BrexitLawNI Townhall Meeting

Academics from Queen's University and Ulster University will hold a Brexit Townhall meeting on Thursday 7 December from 1.00pm – 2.30pm in the Great Hall at Ulster University's Magee campus in Derry~Londonderry. The meeting will address a number of Brexit issues which will effect Northern Ireland, including the potentially negative influence of Brexit on the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, North/South relations, the border, and human rights and equality.

Please register your attendance at this link, or contact Dr Amanda Kramer (a.l.kramer@qub.ac.uk) for more information.

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BrexitLawNI is an ESRC-funded project between the law schools of Queen's and Ulster University, and the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ).



Asylum Seekers and Refugees Report

On Thursday 7 December, Northern Ireland researchers from The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s, and The Executive Office, will launch a report on the everyday experiences of asylum seekers and refugees in Northern Ireland, with the aim of supporting the development of a refugee integration strategy.

The event will begin at 6.30pm with a short film, followed by a roundtable discussion and launch of the report in the Canada Room, Lanyon Building. A wine reception, courtesy of the Mitchell Institute, will follow.

Please register your attendance here.



RAG Sleep-Out – Students' Union

Students' Union Student Officers and Support staff will be taking part in a sleep-out for the homeless on 5 December, organised by RAG (Raise And Give) in the SU. Any student or staff member can get involved.

All proceeds of the sleep-out will go to Shelter NI, a charity working across Belfast and Northern Ireland whose goal is to end homelessness.

If you would like to donate, or are aware of anyone else who might want to, please visit this JustGiving page



Upcoming Cultural Events in Belfast

The Diversity and Inclusion Unit would like to draw the attention of staff to this webpage, which gives an overview of upcoming cultural events in Belfast.

The information may be useful to those who wish to learn more about the diverse culture and traditions of some of the communities in Belfast.

Staff interested in attending any of these events should contact Fiona O’Connell directly at F.Oconnell@qub.ac.uk.



Centre for Public History – Conference and Launch

The inaugural annual conference of Queen's new Centre for Public History takes place on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December.

Keynote speakers include Professor Jock Phillips, former Chief Historian to the New Zealand government, and Professor Ludmilla Jordanova, Professor of Visual Culture in the Department of History at Durham University and author of History in Practice.

The conference will also see the launch of the Centre for Public History at Queen's. Visit the website for more information and to download the conference flyer.

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The conference seeks to assess the current state of public history at home and in many international contexts. It asks a simple but vital question: in an age of 'fake news', 'history wars', and 'impact agendas', what role do History scholars and practitioners have in shaping the relationship between the public and the place of the past? Presenters from many different national contexts will explore themes such as difficult or contentious histories, commemoration and identity, museums, conservation and protection, film, heritage, and policy.



MATCH Nanomedicine Workshop

  • Thursday 14 December: MATCH Nanomedicine Workshop, 10.00am – 12.00noon, venue TBD

Professor Helen McCarthy and Dr Wafa Al-Jamal invite staff to a scoping workshop on a new topic for the Materials and Healthcare Technologies (MATCH) PRP. The aim of the workshop is to identify areas of potential cross-disciplinary collaboration and generate project ideas around the topic of Nanomedicine.

The Research Development team will facilitate the workshop, which is open to current members of the MATCH PRP and other interested parties from all three Faculties. Please email Dr Cian McCrudden with inquiries or to express an interest in attending.



An EVENING with TECH in Computing

The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Computer Science is pleased to announce 'An Evening with Tech in Computing' at Queen's on Monday 4 December 2017. The event is for everyone interested in tech including family members of pupils as well as pupils themselves who are interested in computing/tech and/or studying/considering studying computing in school.

Visitors are welcome to arrive from 6.30pm – 7.00pm. The scheduled tech talks will begin at 7.15pm. Light seasonal refreshments will be available throughout the evening. Please register for the event at this link.

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Event attendees will have the opportunity to try out a range of tech from 3D printers, drones, Segway, robots, Virtual Reality headsets, Augmented Reality headsets, and smart home technology. There will be fun tasks with Sphero challenges.

Throughout the evening visitors may sit in on short talks from employers and Queen's staff on what is trending in computing today as well as predictions for the future of computing. They will also have the opportunity to meet current students, staff and companies employing our students, and chat about our courses as well as potential opportunities for employment and placements.



SENSE Network Christmas Event

All Faculty of EPS staff are invited to attend the SENSE Network-hosted Christmas Event, on Monday 18 December, from 3.00pm – 4.00pm in the Great Hall.

Meet new colleagues and catch up with those you already know over a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Preceded by a welcome by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark Price.

Please register before 11 December via this link.

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Support for Equality Network in Science and Engineering (SENSE)
Mission: A network that contributes to making our Faculty better through connecting people to support collegiality, equality, and inclusion.

The lanyon building with views of Belfast in the background

Core Values

Teaching Awards 2018

Queen's Teaching Awards Scheme for 2018 is now open. Up to 10 Teaching Awards are available and a prize of £1,000 will be awarded to each successful individual or team, paid into a dedicated School account for professional development purposes.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Further information, including notes for guidance, application templates and examples of previous applications, are available to download on the CED website. Queries should be directed to Liz McDowell: e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk / 028 9097 5301.



Learning and Teaching Conference 2018 – Call for proposals

This is a call for proposals from staff from all Schools for oral and poster presentations on the theme of 'Creativity and Innovation in Teaching'. All abstracts should be submitted to ced@qub.ac.uk by Monday 5 February 2018 at 12.00noon. Staff will be notified if their proposal has been accepted by 19 February 2018. All submissions should be in PDF or Word format.

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The Annual Learning and Teaching Conference will take place on 28 March 2018.

The theme will include:

» Creative and innovative learning activities
» Creative and innovative assessment practices
» Use of digital technologies in teaching and assessment
» Encouraging creativity and innovation in students

Those interested in presenting should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words detailing your proposal. It should state clearly how your presentation meets the theme of the conference. It should stand alone and not contain references or notes. Abstracts will be published on the website prior to the conference. A maximum of five keywords should be supplied.

Oral presentations will last either 20 or 10 minutes. Students and staff are encouraged to produce joint posters on the above theme as it relates to their discipline.


Student experience

Student-industry networking event success

The recent 'Meet The Agri-Food Employers' networking event at Riddel Hall was a great success, with 17 employers and over 200 Agriculture and Food Science students in attendance.

The fun, informative event was organised by the School of Biological Sciences and Institute for Global Food Security to develop student awareness of career opportunities within the sector, and for companies to promote work placement and graduate opportunities. The event included a 'speed networking' session between undergraduates and employers, and a Dragons Den-style poster competition, which gave Master's students the opportunity to pitch research ideas to an audience of industry and academic experts.

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Employers present included ABP, Cranswick Foods, Dale Farm, Deli-lites, Devenish Nutrition, Diageo, Dunbia, Finnebrogue, Kerry, Mash Direct, Moy Park, Thompsons and Wilson's Country. Research, government, trade and lobby organisations such as AFBI, DAERA, Northern Ireland Food and Drink and the Ulster Farmers Union were also represented.




Up-to-date contributions from QPol. Click on the links to read. To submit, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk.

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  • Event: 20 December 2017: Christmas Brexit Clinic, 12.00 noon, Moot Court Room, Main Site Tower.
    Register here.
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Staff making UK headlines

See below for the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation.

Topics include big companies and their identity data problem; making landmines war crimes; and the plight of children under Islamic State. Click on the links to read each article.

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, contact comms.office@qub.ac.uk to find out more.

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

» December: Growing up
» January: Things we do wrong, common myths


Arts and entertainment

Queen's Film Theatre listings

Please see below for this week's screenings. Staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.70). More information and booking on the QFT website.

Now screening at QFT

Happy End
About the dysfunctional lives of a bourgeois European family.

Loving Vincent (Extra dates added)
The world’s first fully painted animated feature returns to QFT after its sold out Cinemagic screening in October.

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Battle of the Sexes
Recounting the legendary 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

Kenny (3 and 4 December)
The moving story of a unique relationship between a man and a city: Kenny Dalglish, or 'The King' as he is known by the fans of Liverpool FC.

Sorcerer (5 and 6 December)
William Friedkin’s recently re-evaluated masterwork from 1977, back in cinemas for its 40th anniversary.

Preview Screenings

The Disaster Artist (6 and 7 December)
James Franco directs and stars in this uproarious ode to Tommy Wiseau, director of 2003's The Room.

NT Live 

Young Marx (7 December)
Rory Kinnear is Marx and Oliver is Engels in this new comedy broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London. Directed by Nicholas Hytner and reuniting the creative team behind hit Broadway and West End comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

Bafta Shorts 2017

The EE British Academy Film Awards brings to you the best British short films from the last 12 months.

Opening Friday 8 December

A Matter of Life and Death
Song of Granite

QFT's Christmas film season

It's a Wonderful Life (8 – 23 December)
Gremlins + Q&A (9 December)
Dementia Friendly: White Christmas (9 December)


Arts and Entertainment

Naughton Gallery News

NEW EXHIBITION | The Immigrants
Thursday 7 December, Opening Reception, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Naughton Gallery

Pil and Galia Kollectiv's work is multidisciplinary – encompassing film, animation, collage, poster production, sculpture, installation, performance and costume design – and explores the relationship between art and politics, the legacy of modernism, and the avant-garde discourses of the twentieth century. See here for more information.

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ARTSOUNDS | Katharine Philippa
Tuesday 19 December, 8.00pm

This month, the Gallery will host one of the region's most profound and compelling songwriters – Queen’s University alumna Katharine Philippa. In this special 'one night only' ARTSOUNDS event, expect song, sentiment, and seasonal solace. You are welcome to bring your preferred drink and enjoy the surroundings – all we ask is that you respect and recycle. See here for more information.

The event is strictly limited and early booking is advised. Book your tickets here.

Artwork of the Week 
Follow us on Facebook to get your weekly glimpse into the Art Collection at Queen’s. You’ll also get invites to our exhibition openings and other programme events.

The Naughton Gallery's new website is now live. Visit the website to stay up to date with exhibitions, events and information on the Collections. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.



Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre now have Tipperary Crystal hanging decorations in store, which are sure to bring added sparkle to your ornaments this festive season. These hanging decorations come in their own gift box.

10% staff discount.

Also to remind staff that the Welcome Centre is now open on Saturdays from 11.00am – 4.00pm, and will be open until 8.00pm on 5 and 7 December.



Campus Food and Drink

New Salad Bar at Clements (PEC)
Small Salad: 1 x protein and 5 x toppings = £3.10
Large Salad: 1 x protein and 7 x toppings = £4.25

Christmas Deals
With Christmas fast approaching, here are some great deals from our third party caterers:

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» Mince pies = £1.50
» Gingerbread latte with cream = £3.00
» Sit down, two-course Christmas dinner = £10 (table will be set by Junction staff).
   (This menu is a traditional turkey dinner and either a cheesecake or Christmas pudding for dessert.
   The menu is also available as takeaway option for £6.95.)

Full Christmas menu in operation.
Christmas Dinners (three courses) available in December:

» Hope (Monday – Friday, 12.00noon – 5.00pm); evening bookings available
» MBC (every Tuesday and Thursday)
» Speakeasy (Monday – Friday, during opening times)



Students' Union shop

The Students' Union (SU) Shop has an offer on Green & Black's Organic Classic Collection – 12 miniature bars of chocolate for £5.00.

Fair Trade gift ideas are also available from the SU Shop. Call in anytime during opening hours and shop staff will be happy to help.

2018 Academic Diaries are also now available to purchase.



Fitness and Wellbeing gift membership

A gift of fitness and wellbeing could be an excellent gift for this festive season. Great for someone who needs a little motivation, as well as the seasoned gym-goer who keeps on top of their fitness.

See here for further details.

For more information contact memberships@qub.ac.uk or call in to the Queen's Sport reception.




Winter 2018 physical activity programme

The Winter 2018 Activity programme begins week commencing Monday 8 January 2018. Suitable for all ages, genders and levels of fitness.

Further inquiries to courseenquiries@qub.ac.uk / 028 9068 1126.

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Class Date Time Location
Introduction to Dance Monday 8 January 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Pilates Tuesday 9 January 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Yoga Wednesday 10 January 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Blast Tabata (day change) Wednesday 10 January 1.15pm – 1.45pm Queen's Sport, Physical Education Centre
Tone and Trim Thursday 11 January 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Barre Friday 12 January 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus

Registration and Payment: Visit PEC reception; each 11-week course costs £22. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

These classes will run to week commencing 19 March 2018 inclusive; there will be no Intro to Dance class on Monday 19 March due to the St Patrick’s holiday, therefore there will be an extra class added on Monday 26 March. 

Please note that phone registration is no longer available.



Mindfulness in the Workplace

A workplace mindfulness session will take place on Wednesday 6 December 2017, from 1.00pm – 2.00pm.

Staff will be introduced to the idea of mindfulness and to some of the scientific research that supports our knowledge of its effectiveness through experiential exercises, didactic teaching and use of PowerPoint and video. The practical mindfulness exercises give an experiential flavour of the approach and participants will receive a small three-minute meditation that can be used every day as desired.

Please register here to attend, the room will be confirmed at registration. Please note that lunch will not be provided at this session.


Learning and Development

Learning and Development Programmes

The Learning and Development 2017-18 course programme is still available for booking. To book a place on any of the courses or workshops below, log onto iTrent Self Service.

IT training



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 now open for booking. Places are limited.

Further details of courses and events are available on the CED website. Log on to iTrent Self Service to book your place.

For up-to-date information please follow CED on Twitter or check the CED website.

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  • Tuesday 5 December: Professional Development Series: Writing Good Exam Questions, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 6 December: Digital Literacies Workshop 2: Using Digital Technologies to Enhance Content Delivery, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
  • Thursday 7 December: Lunchtime Forum: Supporting Children in Care, 12.45pm – 2.00pm (see separate Round Up item above)
  • Tuesday 16 January 2018: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 17 January 2018: An Introduction to QOL for Learning and Teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 30 January 2018: Professional Development Series: Assessment for Learning, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
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IT Training Courses

Please see below details of upcoming IT training courses, now available to book on iTrent.

Course dates can be viewed here

Tip of the Day: Need to print your Excel spreadsheet on one page? Click the Page Layout tab, click the launcher button on the 'Scale to Fit' group; then, under scaling, select 'Fit to 1 page'.

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  • Wednesday 13 December: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 15 December: Excel2: Managing Data, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 January: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 18 January: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 23 January: Excel 1: Essentials, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 24 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 25 January: Working with SharePoint for Site Administrators, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 30 January: Excel 3: Data Analysis using Excel, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 9 February: Introduction to Visio 2013, 9.30am – 12.30pm

ECDL: To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email ecdl@qub.ac.uk
Click here for more information on ECDL.


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