13 February 2017

The Conversation

The Conversation Deputy Editor at The Conversation, Jo Adetunji, will visit Queen’s on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 March to speak to academics and PG students.

Formerly the Health and Medicine Editor, this visit will be of interest to those in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science, and will be held in the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute.

There will be two workshops “A beginner’s guide to writing and pitching for The Conversation” and “Researcher to Writer: how to reach a wider audience”.  In addition, 15 minute one-to-one sessions with Jo can be booked throughout the visit.

For further information, or to book a place, please contact Judith Rance, Communications Office,, 028 9097 3087.

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Green Week

Green Week 16-17This week is the University’s Green Week, highlights include:
  • A Conservation and Biodiversity Careers Fair - meet top local environmental organisations, secure placements, volunteering opportunities and meet relevant graduate employers.
  • Reusable Coffee Cup promotions – get tweeting your #MUGSHOT competition pictures and find out more about the student led University reusable coffee cup scheme.
  • Save Time and Money on Your Commute – Translink will be on site to help you get the best deal on your travel to work
  • Increase Your Bike Security - Get your bike marked up with a security marking kit and register with the National Property Register.

More information and a full schedule of events can be found online. Stay up to date by following Green at Queen's on Twitter.

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Northern Ireland Science Festival

Northern Ireland Science Festival The Northern Ireland Science Festival 2017 runs from 16-26 February with over 100 events taking place across over 25 venues. As a festival partner and funder, Queen's is proud to host 34 events throughout the University campus.

Have a look at the events taking place at Queen's.

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Wellbeing: Aware NI Mood Matters

Mood Matters gives participants knowledge and skills which can be used to maintain or regain good mental health and build resilience to deal with life’s challenges.

In partnership with Staff Wellbeing, Mood Matters sessions will be delivered by Patrick from Aware NI on Thursday 23 February and Tuesday 28 February, 1.00pm – 2.00pm.

Please register by clicking on the links below, the rooms will be confirmed after registration. Lunch will be provided at these sessions. Please only register for one session as they provide the same content:

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Valentine’s Day with WARPit

Staff have the chance of claiming Valentine’s Day treats by using WARPit this week.

WARPit, the University’s dedicated reuse network allows staff to redistribute unwanted and underused assets within Queen’s. This avoids unnecessary purchases, saving money and reducing waste going to landfill.

More information, including how to register with WARPit, can be found on the Carbon Management website.

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Recent posts:

  • Setting the Context for the 2017 Assembly Elections
    In light of the imminent elections, Dr Christopher Raymond looks at the changing size of the NI Assembly and anticipates the potential impact of this reduction on parties’ seat shares.
  • Northern Ireland after the Election
    The NI Assembly election on Thursday 2 March is likely to be followed by a difficult political negotiation. Guest contributor Alan Whysall from UCL's Constitution Unit argues that it must not be a mere political sticking plaster and that people in Northern Ireland outside politics need to get involved in setting the agenda.

If you are interested in submitting an article to QPol, please contact Kevin at

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Professor Sir Bernard Crossland honoured

Colleagues who may remember Professor Sir Bernard Crossland (1923-2011),  a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University and Head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, 1959-1982, are warmly invited to a celebratory event to name a lecture theatre in The Ashby Building in his honour.

The naming ceremony, comprising refreshments, short speeches and the unveiling of a new name plaque by Sir Bernard’s two daughters, will take place on Tuesday 21 Ferbruary, 5.15pm - 6.00pm, in The Ashby Building foyer and the lecture theatre.  Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, will be among the VIP guests attending.

Please register if you would like to attend by emailing Brenda Carabine before Thursday 16 February.

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BBC R4 show recording at Queen's

BBC Radio 4 show The 3rd Degree will pit three Queen's academics and three undergraduate students against each other in specialist subjects and general knowledge on Monday 27 February.

Staff and students are invited to be part of the audience for the recording in the Great Hall.  Doors open for this ticketless event at 5.40pm.  Those interested can stay for a Q&A session after the show.

For further information, please contact

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Care Day Campaign

‌The Widening Participation Unit (WPU) at Queen’s invite staff at the University to support VOYPIC’s Care Day 2017 campaign.

VOYPIC (Voice of Young People in Care) has officially launched its Care Day 2017 campaign with a specific message for Northern Ireland to Look, Act, Care  for children and young people in care.

Staff and students are asked to wear purple on Friday 17 February to show support for care-experienced young people currently studying at Queen’s or hoping to in the future.  Staff are encouraged to take a selfie wearing purple on campus and tweet to @QUBQPU and @VOYPIC with #CareDay #LookActCare #QueensCares in the message.

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UKRO visit

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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Research Impact Showcase

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 will take place on Thursday 16 February, from 4.00pm - 7.00pm in the Whitla Hall as part of the NI Science Festival programme.

This showcase  provides an opportunity for staff to talk to the researchers profiled in the new publication 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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Riddel Hall wins Wedding Venue of the Year

Congratulations to Riddel Hall which won 'Belfast Wedding Venue of the Year' at The Northern Ireland Wedding Awards 2017.

The Campus Food and Drink team recently received the prestigious award at an event in Europa Hotel, Belfast.

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QFT listings

‌This week at QFT:

  • 20th Century Women - Director Mike Mills (Beginners) brilliantly pulls back the curtain on the struggles, tragedies and triumphs of three generations of American women living in 1979 Santa Barbara.
  • Prevenge - Alice Lowe (Sightseers) writes, directs and stars in this riotous tale of a pregnant serial killer, hell-bent on revenge.
  • Loving - Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter, Midnight Special) directs Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested in 1950s Virginia for the crime of getting married.
  • NT Live: St. Joan  – Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse. Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe.
  • Coming soon Moonlight - The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

Treat yourself to any large glass of wine for £3.50 at the QFT, valid during February, with a Queen's staff card.

Staff ticket price £5, standard ticket price £6.70.  Please visit for more details.

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‌Junction £1 breakfast

Due to the huge success of Junction’s breakfast deals, which have been enjoyed by staff and students alike, Junction has announced that the £1 breakfast deal will run every Friday, during term time, from 7.30am – 9.30am.

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SU Shop loyalty card

The Students' Union Shop Meal Deal just got better.

As well as adding in the choice of soup or a sandwich along with a drink and a snack for only £3.50, the shop is now introducing a loyalty card – buy six meal deals and get your seventh free.

Ask at the till for a loyalty card.

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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 2017 Northern Ireland Science 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. 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 to discuss Story of Your Life, and Others by Ted Chiang (2015). The collection includes 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 – Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships Information Session

A MSCA Individual Fellowships Information Session will take place on Tuesday 28 February at 12.30pm. Lunch will be provided.

Individual Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowships aim to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers (post-doctoral researchers) by diversifying their skills acquisition through advanced training and international and/or inter-sectoral mobility. There is also support for individual researchers to re-start their careers after a break from research, and for the re-integration into Europe of researchers previously active in Europe but currently working outside Europe.

Please see full information and registration details.

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Higher Education Lunchtime Forum: Supporting Children in Care

Nationally, only 6% of young people who are in care at the age of 16 continue into higher education by the age of 19.

A lunchtime forum Supporting Children in Care on Wednesday 22 February, 1.00pm – 1.55pm (sandwich lunch available at 12.45 pm) 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 their 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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Horizon 2020: ‌Writing workshop for collaborative proposals

The training is intended for senior academics planning to apply to the Horizon 2020 'Industrial Leadership' and 'Societal Challenges' programmes.

These applications, called 'collaborative projects' under FP7, imply the involvement of at least three organisations from three different Member States.

This workshop aims to address each section of the application through informative material. Strategic guidance will also be provided, with key points relevant to any collaborative research proposal.

The workshop will be held on Thursday 23 February, 9.30am - 12.00pm.

Please note that this workshop is dedicated to experienced researchers holding a PhD and having at least two years' post-doctoral experience. To attend the workshop, please register online.

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Upcoming courses in February:

  • 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

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities

Book now for the following Developing for Success courses in March, aimed at Professional Support Staff Grade 7 and above, and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above:

  • Wednesday 1 March: Leading Change in HE, 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 15 March: Managing Difficult Conversations, 9.15am – 1.15pm
  • Thursday 23 March: Project Management for non-Project Managers, 9.30am – 4.30pm

To register for an upcoming training course, 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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IT Training courses

  • Thursday 16 February: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 20 February: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 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
  • Wednesday 1 March: Creating Posters using PowerPoint, 10.00am – 1.00pm

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: Some Outlook calendars are showing more than just Free/Busy time, i.e. full detail of what’s in the calendar. To fix, right click on your calendar and from the pop-up menu, click Share and from the extended menu, click Calendar Permissions and Change the default to Free/Busy.  To find out more, register for Making Best Use of Outlook on Wednesday 8 March.

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All Continuing Professional Development courses have now been scheduled and are available for booking.

  • 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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