6 February 2017

Equality and Diversity Re-monitoring Exercise

Equality and Diversity UnitEvery two years, the University is required to carry out a monitoring exercise of the Equality Monitoring data it holds on its staff.

This is to ensure the University has an accurate and up to date record of each staff member’s Equality Monitoring data and we are complying with our statutory obligations.

The majority of University staff will have provided Equality Monitoring data when they commenced employment but for some staff, this information may no longer be accurate or reflect their personal circumstances. For example, there may have been changes to marital status, dependant status or disability in the last two years.

Regardless of whether there are changes to your Equality Monitoring data or not, all University staff are asked to log onto iTrent self-service and to review and/or update the information held on them.

Please note that the information you submit is entirely confidential and can only be accessed by staff within the University’s Equality and Diversity Unit who manage this information in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998. To review and update your Equality Monitoring data, please log onto iTrent self-service and follow the instructions which can be found by clicking here. Please complete this exercise by Wednesday 15 February.

If you have any queries, please contact Leeann Matchett, Equality and Diversity Monitoring Officer, 028 9097 3039.

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Queen's academic on BBC

BBC 2's Trust me, I'm a Doctor will feature Queen's academic Professor Andy Meharg, School of Biological Sciences, on Wednesday 8 February at 8.00pm.

During the programme Professor Meharg will explain his research on arsenic in rice, featuring a new method of cooking that can reduce the levels by 80%.

To watch the programme online, visit the Trust me, I'm a Doctor webpage.

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Green Week

Green Week 16-17This year’s University-wide Green Week will run from Monday 13 – Friday 17 February.

This is an excellent opportunity to get involved and help raise environmental awareness here at Queen's. Highlights for this year’s Green Week include:

  • an Energy Awareness Talk from the Director of National Energy Action, Paul Wallace
  • a Conservation and Biodiversity Careers Fair
  • an 'Engineers Without Borders' networking event to promote a reusable coffee cups scheme.

More information and a full schedule of events is available on the Carbon Management website.

Stay up to date by following Green at Queen's on Twitter.

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The DNA of Innovation

Staff are invited to a special research-impact showcase event to launch the new volume in The DNA of Innovation series Pioneering Research, Global Impact.

This free event, which is also open to schoolchildren (aged 10+), will take place on Thursday 16 February, from 4.00pm - 7.00pm in the Whitla Hall. It is also part of the NI Science Festival programme.

Volume VI in the series, ‘Pioneering Research, Global Impact’ marks a significant milestone on the Queen’s journey: the establishment of our new interdisciplinary Global Research Institutes and Pioneer Research Programmes. Building on solid foundations, they bring together researchers working across disciplines to address some of the greatest global challenges of our time. The inspiring researchers profiled in this new publication are working to ensure a healthy global population and an inclusive, secure and enriched society. They are tackling the familiar problems of disease, the new horizons of the fourth industrial revolution – and much more.

The showcase  provides an opportunity for staff to talk to the researchers profiled in the new publication at their stands about their work. A number of short presentations will also be delivered by some of the Queen’s researchers.

Please register your showcase place at:

Further information is available on the website.

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BBC Radio 4 Show needs Queen's academics

BBC Radio 4 show The 3rd Degree pits three university academics and three undergraduate students against each other in specialist subjects and general knowledge.  Now in the seventh series, the production team will record an episode at Queen's University on Monday 27 February featuring Queen's staff and students.

Potential competitors will have an interview with the show's producer David Tyler, to find out their specialisms and general knowledge.  The final three staff will be selected based on the availability of a relevant head-to-head student.

Academics interested in taking part should contact David Tyler, 0207 255 1112.

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EPSRC Funding for Building Research Collaborations

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has provided funding to be directed towards promoting activities aligned with the Prosperity Outcomes of the EPSRC Delivery Plan. Funding is available for Collaboration Building activities which are aligned with the Outcomes framework and which promote external engagements (from any sector).

Funding of up to £5,000 is available for activities to be undertaken by Friday 31 March.

Further information can be found in the funding document, or please contact Mr Conor Quinn in the Business Alliance Team, 028 9097 1442,

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British Heart Foundation research and Staff Wellbeing visits to Queen’s

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the biggest independent funder of heart research in the UK.

The medical research charity is currently investing £3.1m in research at Queen’s University into a diverse range of research projects including repair of the heart after a heart attack, and the connection between gum disease and the risk of coronary heart disease.

Over the next five years the BHF aims to fund more than half a billion pounds' worth of research and is keen to increase its research funding at the University.

Research Development is hosting a visit by Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation on Tuesday 28 March to discuss how local researchers can maximise their chance of successfully receiving BHF funding.

For more information and registration details please click here.

In partnership with Staff Wellbeing, a BHF Information Session Look after your Heart! on Wednesday 15 February, 1.00pm – 2.00pm will provide steps to look after your heart. BHF NI Cardiovascular Development Coordinator Craig Moore will discuss risk factors and how you can look after your own heart health. Please note that lunch will be provided.

Registration for this event is via Eventbrite, the room will be confirmed by email after registration.

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The Conversation

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

A visit by The Conversation's Health and Medicine Editor is scheduled for Thursday 9 and Friday 10 March.  Further information will be provided in the next Round Up. Those interested in a one-to-one session with the editor should contact Judith Rance, 028 9097 3087.

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

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Global Health Symposium 2017

The Global Health Symposium 2017, organised and hosted by Queen's University, will take place in Riddel Hall on Thursday 27 April.

This one-day event is intended to promote study, research and practice that places a priority on improving human and animal health worldwide. The Symposium will be of interest to academics, clinicians, funders, postdoctoral researchers, postgraduate students and health policy makers. The programme includes 10 presentations from acknowledged global health experts and covers a wide range of topics within human and animal health.

For more information vist the Symposium website.

Attendance at the Symposium is free and includes a buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day. As numbers are limited, those interested in attending are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

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UKRO visit Queen’s

Dr Helen Dewberry from The UK Research Office (UKRO) will visit Queen's on Wednesday 1 March.

UKRO is the European office of the UK Research Councils. It delivers a subscription-based advisory service for research organisations (in the main UK HEIs) and provides National Contact Point services on behalf of the UK Government. UKRO's mission is to maximise UK engagement in EU-funded research, innovation and higher-education activities.

For more information on the visit, please visit the Research website.

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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Parents’/Guardians’ Evening

AHSS Parent's Evening 2017 The Faculty of AHSS is holding an information evening for schoolchildren in years 10, 11 and 12, and their parents or guardians, on Thursday 23 February from 7.00pm - 9.30pm.

The event will provide information on the full range of undergraduate degrees within the Faculty, from Audio Engineering to Law. You will get a flavour of what is involved in the various degrees, hear about the entry criteria and also find out about the various career options open to graduates.

There will be a number of subject talks throughout the evening to choose from and there will also be information stands for Schools in the Faculty where you may chat informally with staff and current students. Staff from Admissions will also be present to answer any specific queries about entrance requirements.

For further information, and to register, see the event webpage or email

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Institute of Theology's Religious Studies Research Forum Seminar series 2016-2017

Staff are invited to attend the Institute of Theology’s Religious Studies Research Forum seminar series:

  • Thursday 9 February: Survival of the fittest: Competition among Creation Science organisations by Mr Benjamin Huskinson, Queen's, at 4.15pm in the Newark Room.
  • Thursday 23 February: A Laudian in Ulster: The Irish Career of Bishop Jeremy Taylor, 1658-1667 by Mr CDC Armstrong, Queen's, at 4.15pm in the Newark Room.
  • Thursday 6 April: An evil principle is at work in human nature: Kant and contemporary sceptical challenges by Professor Harry Bunting, University of Ulster, at 4.15pm in the Newark Room.
  • Thursday 11 May: The Victoria Institute: the genesis of anti-Darwinian thought by Mr Stuart Mathieson, Queen's, at 4.15pm in the Newark Room.

For further information, contact

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Sir Bernard Crossland lecture

Staff are invited to the 16th Annual Sir Bernard Crossland lecture on Tuesday 21 February at Riddel Hall. Hosted by Engineers Ireland with Queen’s, guest speaker Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, will give an address on Universities, Innovation and Growth.

Tea and coffee will be available from 6.00pm and the lecture will begin at 6.30pm. This event is also part of the NI Science Festival programme. Please register your attendance via Eventbrite.

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Internal vacancies

This week's internal vacancies:

  • Administrative Officer (Maternity Cover)
    Ref: 17/105274
    Closing date: Friday 17 February 2017
    Anticipated Interview Date: Tuesday 28 February 2017
  • Research and Postgraduate Administrator
    School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
    Ref: 17/105247
    Closing date: Friday 10 February 2017
    Anticipated Interview date: Thursday 23 and/or Friday 24 February 2017
  • Timetabling and Room Booking Manager
    Eventus and Culture and Arts
    Ref: 17/105259
    Closing date: Friday 10 February 2017
    Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 21 February 2017
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Soft Play Area Survey

The Queen's Students' Union are conducting a survey on the need and usage of a soft play family area within the SU.  Staff with children are asked to complete the survey online.

For further information, please contact Jessica Elder, Vice President Welfare, 028 9097 1002.

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Volunteer SU opportunities

Volunteer SU LogoVolunteer SU opportunities are currently available for Queen's staff:

  • Homework Clubs – Application deadline Tuesday 7 February
  • Inspiring Leaders – Application deadline Friday 10 February.

For further information, please contact Vivienne Courtney, Volunteer Support Officer, 028 9097 3305.

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QFT listings

Treat yourself to any large glass of wine for £3.50 at the QFT.  Valid for the month of February with a Queen's Staff Card.

Currently at QFT:

  • Loving - Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter, Midnight Special) directs Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga (pictured) in the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested in 1950s Virginia for the crime of getting married.
  • Christine – Rebecca Hall gives a career-best performance depicting the troubled life and very public death of Florida anchorwoman Christine Chubbuck, who committed suicide live on air in the summer of 1974.
  • T2 Trainspotting - Two decades after director Danny Boyle’s groundbreaking drama set in Edinburgh’s dark, druggy underbelly, the four friends drawn from Irvine Welsh’s novel return to make amends … or seek revenge.

Queen's staff ticket price £5, standard ticket price £6.70. Please visit for more details.

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Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre is a proud stockist of Wee Choco bars and hot choc blocs. Wee Choco is a community-interest company from Northern Ireland whose ethical and sustainable chocolate is second to none. All profits from their handmade, high-quality chocolate go to supporting and benefiting people with learning difficulties in the local community. These delicious chocolate bars come in a range of flavours.

Staff are reminded of their 10% discount.

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Naughton Gallery

‌Gallery Exhibition
The next exhibition Predictable Contact by Michael Hanna opens on Thurday 16 February with a staff and student drinks reception from 5.00pm. Belfast-based Michael Hanna is the official Artist in Residence for Northern Ireland Science Festival 2017, generously supported by British Council Northern Ireland. This is the second year running that the Naughton Gallery has hosted the Festival’s Artist in Residence.

Art in the AM
This month's guest is Michael Hanna, in conversation with the Naughton Gallery's Ben Crothers and Rachel Brown. Art in the AM is a monthly series of conversations between selected artists, curators and guests in the early hours of the day. The next meeting will take place on Friday 24 February, 9.30am - 10.30am, The Pocket, 69 University Road.

The Book Club
Join The Book Club for tea, coffee and a lively discussion on the next book Story of Your Life, and Others by Ted Chiang (2015). The collection includes a story that was the basis for Arrival, starring Amy Adams and Forest Whitaker. The book is available from Blackwell’s in the Students’ Union with discount for Book Club members. For more info contact

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Horizon 2020 - Writing workshop for collaborative proposals

The training is intended for senior academics planning to apply to the Horizon 2020 'Industrial Leadership' and the 'Societal Challenges' programmes. These applications, called 'collaborative projects' under FP7, imply the involvement of at least three organisations from three different Member States.

The workshop will address each section of the application through informative material. Strategic guidance will also be provided. The key points delivered at the training will be relevant to any collaborative research proposal. The workshop will be held on Thursday 23 February from 9.30am - 12.00pm.

Please note that this workshop is dedicated to experienced researchers holding a PhD and having post-doctoral experience of least two years. Please register for the workshop here.

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Higher Education Lunchtime Forum

Colleagues are invited to the next Queen’s University Higher Education Lunchtime Forum. This session, Supporting Children in Care, is hosted by the Widening Participation Unit on Wednesday 22 February, 1.00pm – 1.55pm (sandwich lunch available at 12.45pm).

Nationally, only 6% of young people who are in care aged 16 continue into higher education by the age of 19. Care leavers are, therefore, a severely under-represented group and improving access for care leavers remains an important priority for Higher Education Institutions. Queen’s University was awarded the Buttle Quality Mark in 2014 in recognition of its commitment to Looked after Children and Care Leavers.

This event will:

  • examine the reasons why children in care are less likely to do well than their peers at school;
  • highlight how, by working in partnership with stakeholders, low aspirations and attainment can be challenged;
  • highlight the excellent practice currently taking place and examine the obstacles that children in care have to overcome;
  • share a 10 minute video highlighting the role of the Pathways group in Northern Ireland and how it is working to make sure every child in care in Northern Ireland reaches his or her full potential.

Further information is available on the CED website. To book a place, log onto Queen's Online, then select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for 'iTrent Self Service'.

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Upcoming Courses in February:

  • Thursday 9 February: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 10 February: Scientific Creativity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 10 February: Health and Safety for Co-ordinators, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 February: Researcher Writing Retreat, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 15 February: Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 15 February: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 16 February: Biological Safety and Genetic Modification, 10.00am – 11.00am
  • Tuesday 21 February: Planning Your Research Career, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 21 February: Ethics and Governance in Health and Social Care Research, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 23 February: Fire Warden and Evacuation Procedures, 11.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 28 February: Presentation Skills for Research Staff, 9.30am – 4.30pm

To register for an upcoming training course, log onto Queen’s Online at then select Training Courses from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for 'iTrent Self Service'.

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Bite Size Open Access Training

Open Access is now a requirement for REF eligibility. To make sure you comply with the policy go along to the bite size course. There will be time after to answer any specific questions you have.

The next session will take place on:

  • Tuesday 21 February: How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF, 2.00pm – 2.30pm, The McClay Library, Gillespie Room.

To register, login to Queen's Online and click ‘Training Courses’ from the ‘Other’ section. Alternatively email Open Access and we can book the course(s) on your behalf. The full training schedule is available on the Open Access LibGuide.

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 15 February: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 16 February: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 20 February: Getting Familiar with PhotoshopPart 2, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 21 February: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 22 February: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 28 February: Word Processing: Tables and Form Design using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 6 March: Creating Posters using PowerPoint, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 8 March: Diagrams Made Easy with Microsoft Publisher, Word and PowerPoint, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
  • Thursday 9 March: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 10 March: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.30pm

To book a place on a training course, log on to Queen's Online, then 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 online.

ECDL: The next test date is Tuesday, 21 February, 10.00am – 11.30am.  To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day: The TODAY function in Excel is dynamic so will update each time the workbook is opened to always display the current date.  Enter =TODAY() in a cell.

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All Continuing Professional Development courses have now been scheduled and are available for booking. Below is a list of those courses scheduled for the next few weeks. Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event.

  • Wednesday 15 February: Dynamic PowerPoint Presentations, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Friday 17 February: Using the TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

To book a place, log on to Queen's Online, then select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for 'iTrent Self Service'.


Professional Development Series

To book on any of these events please click on the link below:

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