23 January 2017

Research Impact Showcase

Research ShowcaseStaff are invited to a special research impact showcase event on Thursday 16 February, from 4.00pm - 7.00pm in the Whitla Hall, at which a new volume in The DNA of Innovation series will be launched, entitled ‘Pioneering Research, Global Impact’.

The latest publication marks a significant milestone on the Queen’s journey: the establishment of our new interdisciplinary Global Research Institutes and Pioneer Research Programmes.

This drop-in event is free and open to all colleagues and students, as well as members of the public, including schoolchildren aged 10 plus. It is also part of the NI Science Festival programme.

Please register your showcase place(s) at:

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Website Enhancements

Following feedback from staff in the latest website survey, some changes have been made to the main Queen’s web design and functionality.
You told us that some content within the Queen’s website was harder to find. “A link specifically for QUB staff should be one of the first things you see on entering the QUB website. It has also become difficult to find contact details for schools/departments.”

•    We have made links to the content that you visit most frequently more prominent.

You said: “There should be more of an emphasis on Athena SWAN, and an Athena SWAN webpage should be easily accessible.”

•   We have redesigned the footer adding accreditation logos, improved the mobile usability and added a location map graphic.

These changes to enhance the navigation of our site will go live on the website on Tuesday 24 January.

A programme of continuous improvement to the website is currently focusing on navigation, CourseFinder and internal content delivery, led by Strategic Marketing and Communications and Information Services. 

If you have any questions, please contact

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Chinese New Year Celebrations

‌Calling all Queen's students and staff! 鸡年快乐! Happy Year of the Rooster!

Following the successful celebrations of the Chinese Years of the Sheep (2015) and the Monkey (2016), the Language Centre at Queen’s is playing host to a series of unmissable events to welcome the Chinese Year of the Rooster.

Highlights include:

  • Lunchtime talks on aspects of Chinese Culture: Monday 30 January - Friday 10 February (The McClay Library)
  • Lion Dance: Thursday 2 February, 12.15-1.05pm (McClay Library to Lanyon Building)
  • Chinese Lunch: Thursday 2 February, 1.00-2.00pm (The Great Hall)

Book the Chinese Lunch via 

For more details, click on Chinese New Year Programme or email

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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Bird Watch‌The RSPB ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’ takes place this weekend from 28-30 January. You can be part of the world's largest wildlife survey.

Last year, more than 519,000 people all over the UK counted an incredible 8,262,662 birds! Will you be part of Big Garden Birdwatch 2017?

Taking part in the ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’ counts towards criteria S023 in the Green Impact Workbooks.

For more information, and to register for a free pack, click here.

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Changes to KESS

Stormont Buildings (Picture courtesy NI Tourist Board)Following the Northern Ireland Secretary of State’s announcement that he will dissolve the Assembly on 26 January and call an Assembly election on 2 March, please note the following changes relating to the Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS):

  • Seminars scheduled to occur up to 26 January will take place
  • Seminars will not take place during the month of February
  • The plan is to recommence the 2016-17 KESS Programme after the election on 2 March, starting with the one scheduled for 8 March, unless future political developments necessitate further changes

Further information is available on the KESS website


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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Event: Government Communications in the 21st Century
Alex Aiken, Executive Director for Government Communications at the Cabinet Office will be speaking on Government Communications in the 21st Century in the Moot Court Room, Main Site Tower on Thursday 26 January 2017 at 6.30pm. For further information and to register click here

We need a united food and farming system
Professor Chris Elliott asks, what if we had a food production system that paid our farmers to grow more nutritionally rich produce?

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

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Proof of Concept Funding

The next Proof of Concept call for Invest NI funding is open. Full details regarding submission dates for Expression of Interest and Application forms can be found here.

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New guide to peer research launch

To mark Care Day 2017, Queen's and VOYPIC (Voice of Young People in Care) will launch a new guide to peer research with young people based on a recent study involving care-experienced peer researchers in NI. The launch will take place on Monday 13 February, 9.30am- 1.00pm, in the Canada Room.

This event will be of interest to researchers, young people considering being part of research and professionals working with young people seeking opportunities for participation and development.

Book your place by Friday 27 January by emailing

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ESRC Strategic Partnership

Professor Jane Elliott, the Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), will be visiting Queen’s on Tuesday 7 February to undertake an Institutional Visit. As part of the event, there will be an open session for all staff with an interest in hearing more about the ESRC’s emerging funding initiatives and priorities. Further details of the event and information on how to register can be found here.

Please contact Ruairi Laing in Research Development if you have any queries:

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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.

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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In-sessional English Language Programme: February 2017

INTO Queen’s offers a programme of language support to Queen’s students whose native language is not English. The in-sessional programme provides free English language classes aimed at helping international students improve their English in order to successfully follow their academic courses.

The enrolment dates are: Tuesday 14 February, 3.00-5.00pm and Wednesday 15 February, 3.00-5.00pm. The current cost for teaching materials and administration is £35.00. For further information, click on the link: In-sessional English Language Programme

The contact person is Ms Monika McAuley at

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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.

Join Gallery staff on Tuesday 24 January between 1.00pm-1.45pm for a guided tour with insights into the works on show and some background on the artist. Tea and coffee will be provided. This is a free tour for Queen’s staff, but please book by emailing

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.

For further information email or visit Facebook.

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Queen's Sport

SwimathonSwimathon is back and is celebrating its 30th year. Take part in the Queen's Sport Swimathon, a distance challenge or enter SimplySwim and choose your own distance. From 7-9 April at the PEC. Enter Now

Enrolment for the Winter 2017 Adult Activity Programme is now open. Why not sign up for one of Queen's Sport's exciting brand NEW courses like Intro to Plyometrics, Barre or KickSister?

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Last Chance to see LA LA Land at QFT

Jackie QFTThis week at QFT:

  • La La Land (12A) – BOOKING RECOMMENDED TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT! It’s being hailed as the film of a generation, so banish those January blues with this glorious musical love-letter to Los Angeles, where Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are our modern-day Fred and Ginger.
  • Jackie (15) –  Provocative Chilean director Pablo Larraín (Tony Manero, No) depicts the events leading up to and following the assassination of JFK through the eyes of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman).
  • The Dreamed Ones (PG) –  In the lead-up to Holocaust Memorial Day 2017, this contemporary romance brings to life the historical correspondence between post-war poets and lovers Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann.

From Friday 27 January: Manchester by the Sea (15)

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

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STDU Upcoming Courses in January/February 2017

  • 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
  • Monday 6 February: Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 6 February: The Effective Mentor, 9.30am – 1.30pm
  • 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: General Risk Assessment, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 16 February: Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 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 course in February 2017 (aimed at Professional Support Staff Grade 7 and above, and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above):

  • Wednesday 1 February: Transition to Management, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 7 February: Problem Solving and Decision Making, 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

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 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
  • Monday 20 February: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 2, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 22 February: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 22 February: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 28 February: Word Processing: Tables and Form Design using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm

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 at:

The next test date is Tuesday 7 February, 10.00am – 11.30am
To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

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Reflections Newsletter

The latest edition of Reflections newsletter (December 2016) is available on the CED website. This issue includes articles on the importance of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity in the curriculum, the National Student Survey 2016 and changes planned for the 2017 Survey, the Living Lab initiative, the new HE Quality Environment, mid-module review and highlights effective ways to use PowerPoint and PeerWise.

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

  • Wednesday 25 January: Experiencing and Facilitating Online Learning (continuing with online activities through to the 2nd session on 8/2/17), 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 January: Preparing and Giving Lectures, theory and practice, 2.00pm – 4.45pm.  Note this course has been revised and is now a 2-session course with the 2nd session on 1/2/17.  Participants must attend both sessions.
  • Wednesday 8 February: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.45pm

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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