9 January 2017

Equality and Diversity Unit

Equality and Diversity Unit logoThe University’s Equality and Diversity Unit, based on Level 4 of the Administration Building, has organised a selection of events for staff.

  • International Staff “Speed Networking” event, Great Hall on Thursday 19 January, 11.30am-1.00pm.
  • Tour of the Belfast Synagogue to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 25 January, 10.30am-12.30pm. 
  • Sunday 5 February, the Belfast Islamic Centre at 38 Wellington Park opens its doors for an information day as part of the national #VisitMyMosque campaign. This event is designed to give members of the local community an engaging insight into the life of the mosque and to promote greater understanding of Islam.

Further details on each of these events is available on the Equality and Diversity Unit News page.

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Staff Wellbeing

Eat Well Feel Well Workshop
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is Europe’s largest professional body for nutrition professionals. BDA Work Ready shows how our food and drink choices can help us get the most out of our day and stay well longer term. This workshop is one of the tools which looks at nutrition and wellbeing in the workplace. Jennifer McBratney, a Health & Wellbeing Dietician, will deliver the workshop for staff on Tuesday 17 January at 1.00 pm.  Room will be confirmed after registration, please register here to attend.

Lunch-time Fitness classes
There is still availability on the on-site fitness classes:

  • Intro to Dance (Monday)
  • Tone and Trim (Thursday)

There are also spaces available on the Blast class (Friday) held in the PEC.

These updates can be linked to our Wellbeing News and Events page.

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Open Learning Programme

With a great selection of short, part-time courses to choose from, the Open Learning Programme can get your 2017 off to a perfect start.

From painting to public speaking, walking to wine appreciation, creative writing to céilí dancing, and astronomy to aromatherapy, Open Learning short part-time day, evening and weekend courses at Queen’s offer everyone the chance to try something new and enjoy learning in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Courses in a wide variety of subject areas on offer include:

  • Complementary Therapies
  • Creative Writing
  • History
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Social Media, Communications and Personal Development
  • Philosophy
  • Visual Arts

Classes start the week commencing Monday 23 January 2017.  Queen’s staff qualify for the concession rate where applicable.

For further information and to enrol online, visit

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The Conversation

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

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

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Postdoctoral Group Mentoring Programme

Applications are invited from postdoctoral research staff to participate in the Postdoctoral Staff Mentoring Programme.

As set out in the Research Strategy 2015-2020, the University aims to foster a vibrant postgraduate and postdoctoral community.  As part of the cross-cutting programmes underpinning this strategic priority, the University is launching the Postdoctoral Staff Mentoring Programme in spring 2017.

Applications are invited from all postdoctoral research staff who wish to participate in the Postdoctoral Staff Mentoring Programme.  Mentees will be grouped with colleagues who are at a similar stage in their postdoctoral career and share common objectives.  Mentors will be matched with groups of staff who are working outside of their area of research.

Mentoring Groups consist of one mentor and a group of up to six postdoctoral researchers (mentees).  Groups will meet at least four times a year to share experiences and challenges that mentees face.  The mentors’ key role is to listen and to facilitate the group of mentees.

Please email the Research Policy Office for further information or to request an application form.  All applications must be sent by Friday 20 January 2017.

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Teaching Awards 2017: Briefing Session

A briefing session on the Queen's Teaching Awards Scheme will be held on Tuesday 31 January, 1.00pm – 2.00pm in Conference Room 2, Student Guidance Centre. A sandwich lunch will be provided from 12.45pm.

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.

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'.

Further details about the Teaching Awards Scheme are available on the CED website.

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Global Challenge Networking Programme

Global Networking EventAll staff with a research interest which relates to the theme of Resilience are invited to join Professor James McElnay, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research, Enterprise and Postgraduate Affairs, for a networking lunch followed by a discussion session to scope out potential connections and areas of shared interest between people working in different fields.

For further information on the event on Wednesday 25 January, and to register for tickets, please visit Eventbrite.

The overall aim of the Global Challenge Networking Programme (GCNP), as set out in the institutional Research Strategy, is to support cross-disciplinary networking. The Research Strategy 2015-2020 commits to the establishment of a programme of networking events open to all researchers, and involving external research partners, research users and funders. The programme will be designed to support informal cross-disciplinary networking, exchange and the creation of connections, and also to support and promote funder engagement.

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Naughton Gallery

Stop Lookin’ At Photographs! comprising a series of small-scale assemblages from recent years by Derry-based artist Locky Morris, continues until Sunday 29 January.

Save the date
The next exhibition in the Naughton Gallery, Predictable Contact by Michael Hanna, launches with a staff and students' drink reception on Thursday 16 February at 5.00pm.

The Book Club
The Book Club, an informal Sunday afternoon reading group hosted by The Naughton Gallery, discussing a range of books which link thematically to the gallery’s exhibition programme, launches with Naked by David Sedaris (1997) on Sunday 22 January.

For further information email or visit Facebook.

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This week at QFT:

  • Silence - Based on Shusaku Endo’s novel, Silence has been a 'passion project' for Martin Scorsese for over 20 years. The film follows two Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to find their missing mentor.
  • A Monster Calls - A genuinely moving film of great wonder and beauty, directed by J.A. Bayona and based on the hugely popular book by Patrick Ness.
  • RSC Live: The Tempest - Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in this ground-breaking production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran. The production will be using today’s most advanced technology. Sold out.
  • La La Land PREVIEW – Open to everyone on Thursday 12 January at 6.00pm before the film goes on general release on Friday 13 January. La La Land is a gorgeous confection of a film, full of colour and joie de vivre but with a bitter-sweet edge. Banish those January blues with this glorious musical.

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

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Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event.

  • Wednesday 18 January: Small Group Teaching, 10.00am – 12.45pm
  • Wednesday 18 January: Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 January: An Introduction to Queen’s Online for Learning and Teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm – Note change of time.
    Pre-requisite: Staff wishing to attend this event must be registered to use QOL with access to one of your modules.
  • Wednesday 25 January: Experiencing and Facilitating Online Learning (continuing with online activities through to the second session on 8/2/17), 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 January: Preparing and Giving Lectures, theory and practice, 2.00 pm – 4.45 pm.  Note this course has been revised and is now a 2-session course with the second session on 1/2/17.  Participants must attend both sessions.

To book a place on any of the above, 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'.

Professional Development Series
To book on any of these events please click on the links below:

Further details of all courses and events are available on the CED website.

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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 next thirty-minute course. There will be time after to answer any specific questions you have. The next session will take place on:

  • Thursday 19 January: How to comply with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF, 2.00pm – 2.30pm, The McClay Library, Meeting Room 3.

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

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STDU upcoming courses in January 2017:

  • Wednesday 11 January: Laboratory Demonstrating for Technical Staff, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 January: Supporting Staff through Change, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 18 January: Radiation Safety, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 19 January: International Staff Networking Event, 11.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 30 January: Communicating the Impact of Your Research, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 31 January: Effective use of voice: Free your voice – Find Your Voice, 9.30am – 1.00pm

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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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Thursday 12 January: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 16 January: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 19 January: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 24 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Monday 31 January: Excel 3: Data Analysis, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 6 February: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 16 February: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge using Word, 9.30am – 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 10 January, 10.00am – 11.30am.  To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day: Need to hear text in your Office document read aloud? Add the control 'Speak' to your Quick Access Toolbar (select: File, Options, Quick Access Toolbar - choose commands from - All commands).

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