18 December 2017

Vice-Chancellor's Office

Professor Patrick G Johnston: A Life Remembered

The University has paid tribute to its late Vice-Chancellor Professor Patrick Johnston.

'Patrick G Johnston: A Life Remembered' took place on Wednesday 13 December and included the award of a Posthumous Honorary Degree.

Further details, including a video tribute, are available here.


Green Impact


This Christmas, the Lo' Lo' Lo' Big Christmas Switch Off campaign will once again take place across the University. Staff and students are encouraged to switch off as much electrical equipment as possible over the Christmas holiday period.

Those who get involved could win a prize for their School or Directorate. The winners will be the School and Directorate that achieve the greatest percentage of reduction. This year's winners will receive a £250 prize to be used to host a staff event.

More information on the Big Christmas Switch Off campaign can be found on the Carbon Management website.



Queen's Christmas Cards

Staff can now send electronic Christmas cards internally via Queen's Online.

To make use of this service, click on this link.






Horizon 2020 – ERC writing workshops

Due to undersubscription to last year's ERC grant-writing workshops, Research and Enterprise would like to assess the level of interest before making any arrangements for 2018.

Please therefore email euoffice@qub.ac.uk if you plan to apply for any of the following grants:

  • ERC Advanced 2018 grant on 30 August 2018, or
  • ERC Starting 2019 grant in October 2018, or
  • ERC Consolidator 2019 grant in February 2019 



MRC PROXIMITY to DISCOVERY: Industry Engagement Fund Round 3

Note: Project Fund closing soon.
To help establish academic-industry collaborations Queen's has secured MRC funding for the Proximity to Discovery (P2D): Industry Engagement Fund. This pump-prime funding aims to support early academic-industry interactions with a view to fostering relationship development in order to provide a sound platform from which to develop future collaborative projects.

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P2D can act as a precursor to many funding schemes, eg: MRC Confidence in Concept; Biomedical Catalyst: DPFS; Industrial CASE/CAST Studentships; and Invest NI Proof of Concept.

Funds will be provided to facilitate partnerships between industry and academic researchers via the following three elements of the P2D fund:

1) P2D Project Fund (Closing Date: 8 January 2018)
2) P2D Travel Fund (open-call: applications received at any time) 
3) P2D Postdoctoral Industrial Placement Fund (open-call: applications received at any time)

For further information and application guidance please contact Dr Marie-Louise Cairns in the Business Alliance Team (m.cairns@qub.ac.uk, 028 9097 1397).


Student development

Department for the Economy: funded studentships

The annual Department for the Economy-funded studentships are now open for application.

Six project-specific PhD studentships are being offered across the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) and the School of Biological Sciences.

The deadline is Friday 26 January 2018.

All details can be found on the IGFS website.



Religious Studies Forum and Annual Lecture

Staff are invited to the following events, hosted by the Institute of Theology:

Religion and the Disciplines – Religious Studies Forum/Institute of Theology

  • Thursday 1 March 2018: Theology and Neuroscience, 4.15pm, Senate Room, Queen's University
    Professor Irene Tracey (Nuffield Professor of Anaesthetic Science and Director of the Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, University of Oxford)

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  • Thursday 26 April 2018: Theology and Law, 4.15pm, Senate Room, Queen's University
    Professor Christopher McCrudden (Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law, Queen's University Belfast and William W Cook Global Law Professor, University of Michigan Law School)

The McCosh Lecture – Annual Religious Studies Lecture at Queen's

  • Wednesday 18 April 2018: Christianity: Pasts, Presents and Futures, 2.00pm, Harty Room, Music Building, School of Arts, English and Languages
    Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch (Professor of the History of the Church, St Cross College, University of Oxford)

For further information on these events, email theology@qub.ac.uk.



Material and Advanced Technologies for Healthcare (MATCH) Showcase Event

An event to showcase the activities of the MATCH pioneer research programme will be held in the Sir William Whitla Hall on the afternoon of Wednesday 21 February 2018.

The event is open to academic and research staff, and PGR students who have an interest in health and healthcare technology research, and will offer an opportunity to engage with current PRP members and to identify potential new routes of collaboration.

Please visit the Eventbrite page to register, or email Dr Cian McCrudden with inquiries.



Development Weeks 14 May – 1 June 2018

Open Information Sessions for staff on Development Weeks will be held in the Student Guidance Centre Hub as follows:

  • Wednesday 10 January 2018
    8.00am – 9.00am (Breakfast) and 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Lunch)
  • Thursday 11 January 2018
    5.00pm – 6.00pm (Tea Time)

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Updates include:

  • 'Students as Partners' Shaping Development Weeks
  • Student-led Activity Fund
  • Internships
  • Joint Marketing Campaign
  • Development Weeks Website

Visit the Development Weeks website for more information.

Information Services coffee morning Dec 17

Fundraising Event

Annual Information Services Coffee Morning

Information Services (IS) are pleased to announce that, following the Annual Information Services Coffee Morning on Tuesday 12 December, approximately £4,380 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support.

IS would like to extend their very grateful thanks to everyone throughout the University for their continued support which resulted in another very successful event. In particular, IS would like to acknowledge the many staff who provided contributions by way of prizes or hampers for the ballot.

A short video of the event can be viewed here.




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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Staff making UK headlines

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

Topics include cancer research; Brexit; and the asylum seekers and refugees of Northern Ireland. 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


Core Values

Teaching Awards 2018 – Briefing Session

A briefing session on the Queen's Teaching Awards Scheme will be held on 23 January 2018, 1.00pm – 2.00pm in Room OG/010, Main Site Tower. Lunch will be provided from 12.45pm. To book a place, please email e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk.

The aims of the briefing session are:
» To provide information on the Teaching Awards application process, including any changes to the Scheme
» To encourage colleagues to apply for an Award
» To provide guidance on the type of information that might be included in an application

Further details about the Teaching Awards Scheme, including application forms and Notes for Guidance are available on the CED website.



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.



Queen’s Accommodation Jobs Open Day

Queen's Accommodation will hold a Jobs Open Day on 10 January 2018, from 12.00noon to 8.00pm in the Great Hall at Queen's. 

If staff know of anyone interested in a career in hospitality, the Accommodation team will help them to explore job opportunities and benefits. Those interested can register their interest, even if not able to attend on the day, by emailing accjobsopenday@qub.ac.uk.

Full details are available here.

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Roles include:

  • Operations Managers
  • Residential Life Coordinators
  • Reservations and Reception Advisors
  • Housekeeping Supervisors
  • Hospitality Hosts


IGFS Newsletter

The 11th edition of the Institute for Global Food Security's Newsletter is now available.

This issue covers major research grant announcements and coverage of the George Scott Robertson Memorial Lecture and hosting of the UK-China Regional Leaders Summit.

Download the PDF here.




Faculty of AHSS Newsletter

The latest edition of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Newsletter is now available to view online.

This issue includes the latest news from the Faculty, including staff awards and honours.

Download the Newsletter at this link.




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.

Please note: the QFT will be closed from 24 – 28 December.

It's A Wonderful Life (8 – 23 December): Christmas isn’t Christmas without this festive classic from Oscar-winning director Frank Capra, starring James Stewart as despairing businessmen George Bailey.

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The Muppets Christmas Carol (15 – 23 December): digitally restored and celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Love Actually (18 – 20 December): SOLD OUT

Elf (18 – 23 December): SOLD OUT

White Christmas (21 and 23 December): from the director of Casablanca comes this heartwarming Christmas tale including numerous classic Irving Berlin tunes.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (21 – 23 December): with 25,000 lights on the roof, the SWAT team taking siege outside, and an exploding turkey on the dining room table, the Griswold family celebrates the holiday in true National Lampoon style.

Arthur Christmas (21 – 23 December): this animated family comedy from Aardman reveals the answer to every child's question: How does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?

Miracle on 34th Street (21 – 23 December): the original film from 1947 is often cited as one of the best Christmas films ever made. This year marks its 70th anniversary and comes to screens in 4K.

QFT Late: Bad Santa (22 December): the ultimate feel BAD Christmas movie.


Arts and Entertainment

Naughton Gallery News

NEW EXHIBITION | The Immigrants
Running until Sunday 4 February 2018

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.

Friday 2 February, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Naughton Gallery

At the next meeting of The Book Club, author and Queen’s University lecturer Garrett Carr talks about his recent, highly acclaimed book, Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland's Border (a BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week'). See here for more information.

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 also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.



Queen’s University Campus 5k Christmas Run

The Queen's University Campus 5k Christmas Run will be held on Wednesday 20 December 2017 at 1.10pm at the PEC.

Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome to run, walk or jog and are encouraged to wear festive clothing.

Tea and coffee will be available afterwards in the PEC.




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.



Cancer Focus Stop Smoking Support

Staff interested in finding out about Cancer Service NI's Stop Smoking service are encouraged to contact Suzie from Cancer Focus: suzymccotter@cancerfocusni.org.

Smoking causes one third of all cancer deaths in Northern Ireland and is our greatest cause of preventable ill health. It not only increases the risk of cancer for the smoker but also for everyone else around them. Cancer Focus NI's award-winning Stop Smoking service is funded by the Public Health Agency and offered in GP practices, health and wellbeing centres, community, workplace and youth settings including schools.


Learning and Development

Learning and Development 2017/18 Course Programme

The Learning and Development Course Programme for Semester 2 is now available and can be viewed on the Programme website. To book a place on an upcoming training course, log onto iTrent.

Please be advised that with the exception of waitlisted courses, Organisational Development do not carry waiting lists over from one academic year to the next.

For queries/support, please contact training@qub.ac.uk.


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 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
  • Wednesday 17 January 2018, Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 30 January 2018: Professional Development Series: Assessment for Learning, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 7 February 2018, Using the TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
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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.

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  • Tuesday 16 January: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 17 January: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook and Exchange, 9.30am – 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
  • Monday 29 January: Excel 2: Managing Data, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 30 January: Excel 3: Data Analysis using Excel, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 5 February: Adobe Photoshop 1: Basic Digital Image Editing, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • 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.


Tip of the Day: To use Voting options in Outlook:

  1. Create a new message
  2. Before sending, select the 'Options' tab and click the arrow under 'Use Voting Buttons'
  3. Choose from 'Approve/Reject'; 'Yes/No'; 'Yes/No/Maybe'; 'Custom'


Staff Round Up

The next edition of the Staff Round Up will be available on Monday 8 January 2018.

Staff wishing to submit entries for that date should send their item(s) through to roundup@qub.ac.uk by 1.00pm on Thursday 4 January where possible.

To all our staff, have a very happy and restful Christmas/holiday period.


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