STAFF ROUND UP

20 February 2017

Help Shape our Brand: Coffee Mornings

A series of consultation events will take place over the coming weeks to update staff and students on the progress of the proposed Brand Review which has already been informed by over 2,000 staff and students.

At the events, which will take place at various venues across the campus, you will get the opportunity to share your views and influence the new brand visuals and how they could be used in your School or Directorate.

Staff are invited to drop in anytime from 10.00am – 1.30pm at a venue that is most convenient to you:

Date Venue
Thursday 2 March SU Enterprise Room
Monday 6 March QFT – foyer, bar area
Friday 10 March Great Hall
Monday 13 March MBC foyer
Tuesday 14 March Computer Science Building Social space    
Wednesday 15 March                    ECIT Lobby
Thursday 16 March Great Hall
Friday 24 March MBC foyer
Monday 27 March Riddel Hall - atrium
Tuesday 28 March David Keir – new Hub social space
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Consultation Meetings with the Professoriate (Professorial Gender Pay Gap)

Members of the Professoriate have been invited to attend a consultation meeting in relation to Professorial Gender Pay Gap on Wednesday 22 February in the Peter Frogatt Centre Room 02.025, see times below. Please register to attend via the relevant Eventbrite link.

  • Wednesday 22 February, 11.00am – Professoriate from AHSS (Register here)
  • Wednesday 22 February, 12.00pm – Professoriate from EPS (Register here)
  • Wednesday 22 February, 1.00pm – Professoriate from MHLS (Register here)
  • * NEW * Wednesday 1 March at 1.00pm (Register here)

The meetings will be facilitated by Professor Tom Millar, Director of SWAN and Professor Yvonne Galligan, Director of QGI.

Apologies for the short notice of these meetings but if you are unable to attend your Faculty session, you will, as far as possible, be accommodated at a session for one of the other Faculties. In addition, an extra session has been added on Wednesday 1 March for those unable to attend on 22 February.

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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, Jo will deliver two workshops and her 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.

The two workshops are “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, j.rance@qub.ac.uk, 028 9097 3087.

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Staff Wellbeing Events Schedule

The 2017 Staff Wellbeing Events Schedule is now available. Registration normally opens two to four weeks before the event.

This month, there are lunchtime sessions to help promote positive mental health and in March the Pedometer Challenge will return for its third year.

In addition to providing Staff Wellbeing updates in the Round Up, you can also find out about the latest news and events on the Staff Wellbeing Website and Twitter @WellbeingQUB. There is also an email notification service for nominated “wellbeing champions” within teams or departments who receive regular updates of upcoming events which they in turn share with colleagues. If your team or department doesn’t currently have a nominated “wellbeing champion”, and there is someone in your team interested in helping to promote health and wellbeing events, please send their name and email address to wellbeing@qub.ac.uk and they will be included in future updates.

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Internal Vacancy

Glassblowing Technician (part-time)
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Ref: 17/105305
Closing date: Monday 27 February 2017
Anticipated Interview date: Week commencing Monday 6 March 2017

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Recent posts

If you are interested in submitting an article to QPol, please contact Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk.

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Red Squirrel Talk

On Tuesday 28 February the Ulster Wildlife Trust will give a talk on the ‘Red Squirrel United Project’ aimed at preserving the iconic Red Squirrel. The population of the Red Squirrels in the UK and Ireland is in sharp decline. The primary reason for this is the non-native North American Grey Squirrel, which is a carrier of the ‘squirrel pox’ virus – a fatal disease for the Reds. 

The talk will take place in the MBC Room 0G/120  from 1-2pm.
Register for the event here or for further information contact carbonmanagement@qub.ac.uk.


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QUB Dragons' Den

Staff are encouraged to highlight the 2017 QUB Dragons' Den to students before the entry deadline of 12.00pm Tuesday 28 February.

There is a prize fund of £10,000, office space for a year in ‘The Hatch’ and expert business advice. 

To enter, students should download the application form and email it to enterprisesu@qub.ac.uk or leave a hard copy in to Enterprise SU on the 2nd Floor of the Students' Union.

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Global Volunteering Workshop

A Global Volunteering Workshop will take place in The Space, Students' Union on Wednesdsay 22 February.

While this event is aimed at students, staff are encouraged to highlight the rare opportunity to have this many global volunteering organisations coming together to speak directly to Queen’s students.

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QFT listings

Join QFT on Friday 24 February for an evening of live music and free tapas to mark Takeover Film Festival’s Young Programmers to the opening night of their weekend film festival. The evening will include the Northern Ireland premiere of The Olive Tree.

This week at QFT:

  • Moonlight - The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life.
  • 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 (pictured).
  • Goodfellas - “As far back as I could remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” So begins Martin Scorsese’s modern classic, the story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) who in the mid-1950s was taken under the wing of local New York Italian-American mobster, Paul ‘Paulie’ Cicero (Paul Sorvino).

Staff ticket price £5, standard ticket price £6.70. Please visit www.queensfilmtheatre.com for more details.  Staff offer: any large glass of wine for £3.50 at the QFT, valid during February, with a Queen's staff card.

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Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre has a new range of office and stationery products for under £5, including elastic band balls. ‌

Queen's staff receive a 10% discount on all items instore.

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SU Shop

The Students' Union Shop has a wide range of newspapers at brilliant discounts including The Guardian (£1), The Times (80p), and The Daily Telegraph (80p), Monday-Friday! The shop also now stocks a range of foreign-language titles including: The European, Le Monde, El Pais, Der Spiegel, International New York Times and China Daily.

Foodwise, the shop is now stocking a new range of competitively priced vegan salads and sandwiches.

Every penny spent in the SU Shop goes straight back into improving the service provided.

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Queen's Sport

Queen's Sport has launched a new app allowing members to book courses online, get training timetables and latest offers and news. The Queen's Sport app is available free for Apple and Android users.

The Queen's 5K Race Round the River returns on Wednesday 29 March.  Entry booking is available online.

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Naughton Gallery

‌‌Gallery Exhibition

The current exhibition, Predictable Contact, by Michael Hanna, Artist in Residence for Northern Ireland Science Festival 2017, continues until Sunday 26 March.

Art in the AM

Michael Hanna is guest at the next meeting, 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), available from Blackwell’s in the Students’ Union with discount for Book Club members. The novel is the basis for the feature film Arrival, starring Amy Adams and Forest Whitaker. For more info contact art@qub.ac.uk.

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Leadership Institute courses

Following the success of last year's William J Clinton Leadership Institute's Mini-MBA Programme the course is running again this year with two cohorts. The specialist programme delivers a highly impactful grounding for the essentials of management and leadership in today's business world. 

The Aspiring Leaders Programme develops talented first-time managers, equipping them with the essential leadership skills required to succeed in today’s business world. There are a limited number of places available for the course starting on Thursday 30 March.

Queen's staff enrolling on either Programme receive a 10% discount.

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Café Europa Roundtable

A Café Europa discussion on ‘The future of European Studies - Challenges and Opportunities’ will take place on Thursday 2 March, 1.00pm in the Main Site Tower, room 0G/009.

In this roundtable session, Queen's academics (teaching and/or researching) will discuss the challenges and opportunities offered by Brexit. The event is open to everyone.

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International Research Partnerships Workshop

The Research Development Team is hosting an International Research Partnerships Workshop on Wednesday 1 March 2017. This event will be of particular interest to staff who are engaged in/interested in international research activities.

For further details, visit Research events page.

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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 at 63 University Road. Lunch will be provided.  Individual Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowships aim to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers.

For more information, and registration details, visit the Horizon 2020 website.

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MRC Fund for Development of Academic-Industry Collaborations

The amount of funding available for health science research carried out in partnership with industry is greater than ever before. With the UK government having recently announced that £100 million will be invested in the Biomedical Catalyst to fund industrial collaboration and translational medicine, this growth is only set to continue. To help establish these partnerships, Queen’s has secured MRC funding for the Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund (P2D).

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.

This is an open-call with applications invited from academic staff up to Friday 31 March 2017, 12.00pm.

Further information can be found in the P2D Guidance Notes‌ or by contacting Dr Karen McGeough in the Business Alliance Team, 028 9097 1397.

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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 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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IT training courses

  • 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
  • Wednesday 8 March: Diagrams Made Easy with Microsoft Publisher, Word and PowerPoint, 9.30 am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 8 March: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • 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
  • Wednesday 15 March: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL Spreadsheets), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 10 April: Twitter for Beginners, 10.00am – 12.00pm

To book a place on a 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'.  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 ecdl@qub.ac.uk

Tip of the day: For the full range of paste options in Word, click the File tab, select Options, from the left select Quick Access Toolbar. Click the arrow under Choose commands from and select All Commands. Scroll down to Paste and choose from the long list. Click the Add button to add them to the Quick Access Toolbar.

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CED

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

  • Wednesday 01 March: Preparing and Giving Lectures 2, 2.15pm – 5.15pm
  • Wednesday 08 March: Using Technology to Enhance Online Learning, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 22 March: Using the Personal Response System in Your Classes, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 29 March: Flipping the Lecture, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

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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STDU

Upcoming Courses in February and March:

  • Tuesday 28 February: Presentation Skills for Research Staff, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 2 March: Committee Servicing, 9.15am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 6 March: Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 7 March: Doing Focus Group Research, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Friday 10 March: Writing your Academic CV, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 15 March: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, 10.00am – 12.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities

Book now for the following Developing for Success courses in March 2017 (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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