30 January 2017

Staff Excellence Awards

Staff Excellence Awards logoGood luck to all those members of staff shortlisted for a Staff Excellence Award. The winners will be announced at this Friday's Awards Ceremony in the Whitla Hall.

Awards will be presented in six categories which are all based on our Core Values.

The full list of shortlisted members of staff is available on the Staff Excellence Awards website.

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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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Lo’ Lo’ Lo’ Switch Off Winners

Switch off WinnersThe data has been collected and the results of this year’s Lo’ Lo’ Lo’ Big Christmas Switch Off are now in! This year’s winners are the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the Human Resources Directorate, each of which will receive £250 to be used for a staff event.

During the assessment period the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering reduced their consumption by 35.73%, and the Human Resources Directorate reduced theirs by 95.39% - a great effort by both departments.

The best performing Schools in each faculty -  the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering; the School of Pharmacy; and Queen’s Management School - will also receive an iPad courtesy of Flo Gas, who kindly sponsored this year’s campaign.

The Environmental Team would like to extend a big thank you to all those who took part.

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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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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 6pm 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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Call for STEMM speakers to take part in Soapbox Science

Would you like to join some of the UK’s top female scientists as they take science to the streets?

Soapbox Science – an annual, science communication event that brings cutting-edge science to the public, in an accessible, fun, free and non-intimidating way – is happening again on 24 June 2017 at Victoria Square, Belfast and is looking for female scientists to take part as speakers.

Over the last seven years, street science has benefitted hundreds of female scientists across the country to disseminate their research in a fun-filled manner. Training and support will be provided to help you engage the public with your research, inspire the next generation and promote women in STEMM.

For further information and details of how to apply, visit or contact Dr Geetha Srinivasan on, Tel. 028 9097 4223. The deadline to apply to be a speaker is 24 February 2017.

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Double celebration for Campus Food and Drink

Campus Food Market - outside Elmwood Hall 180416Queen’s University Campus Food and Drink is enjoying a double celebration this week after it emerged that Riddel Hall and QUB Campus Food Market have both been nominated for prestigious awards.

The Campus Food Market has been shortlisted in the ‘Best NI Local Market’ category in the inaugural NI Year of Food & Drink Awards in association with the Belfast Telegraph.

Riddel Hall has been nominated for ‘Wedding Venue of the Year’ in the Northern Ireland Wedding Awards 2017.

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Recycling toner cartridges

Changes have been made to the arrangements for recycling toner cartridges. There are now two methods to recycle University cartridges and toners:

  1. Printer cartridges and toners from the XEROX MFDs must be recycled directly via Xerox’s recycling service.
  2. Any other toner cartridges can be recycled via the University’s stationery contract with Lyreco.

Further details regarding the changes to the recycling of toner cartridges can be found here

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Opportunity for departments to obtain PCs

This summer, Information Services will be undertaking another PC Refresh in two of the Student Computing Areas (The McClay Library and the MBC). This is an opportunity for individual Schools to acquire free PCs. There are 618 PCs.

If you would like to avail of this opportunity, please contact Denver Gilpin (Information Services – IT Systems and Services):, Tel. 028 9097 6102. In the event that demand outstrips supply, Information Services will seek to distribute PCs as fairly as possible.

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Volunteer SU opportunities

Staff are asked to promote the following Volunteer SU opportunities to students:

If you have any queries, please contact Volunteer SU

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Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre 30 JanWrap up warm this winter with these beautiful and unique hand-woven scarves by Liz Christy. A full range of vibrant colours and designs for both men and women are available now in the Welcome Centre. 10% staff discount available in store.

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The Conversation

The Conversation ‌Click on the links 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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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Recent Posts

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

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BBC Radio 4 Show looking for contestants

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 producers would like to film at Queen’s at the start of the second semester.

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:, Tel. 0207 255 1112.

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Queen's Sport

Queen's LionsLions Legends Gala Dinner
With the Lions set to tour New Zealand in the summer, Queen's will host a dinner on Friday 21 April in the Whitla Hall to honour and celebrate the 20 players that have both represented the University and the Lions. The Gala Dinner will involve a Q&A session with Lions from various generations - what happens on tour won't be staying on tour! See

Tickets are £70, or tables of 10 for £650, are available to purchase from: Queen's Sport Reception on Tel. 028 90681126 or email

Group Personal Training Sessions
Group personal training now available for up to 4 people; work out with friends and stay motivated. Contact Heather, Neil or Paul at Queen's Sport for more information.

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Naughton Gallery

Upcoming events in the Naughton Gallery:

  • The Book Club, Sunday 12 March, 2.00-4.00pm:  Tea, coffee and a lively discussion on our next book: Story of Your Life, and Others by Ted Chiang (2015). The book is available from Blackwell’s in the Students’ Union with 12.5% discount for Book Club members. For more info contact
  • Art in the AM: Friday 3 February, 9.30-10.30am, The Pocket, 69 University Road. The guest this month is critically acclaimed Irish performance artist, Amanda Coogan who recently premiered a new work at the Belfast International Arts Festival. Coffee and conversation are free. For more information, visit the event page.
  • Predictable Contact by Michael Hanna opens on Thursday 16 February with a Staff and Student Preview at 5.00pm.  For more information, contact
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STDU Courses

STDU Upcoming Courses in February 2017:

  • 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'.

Follow us on Twitter @QueensStaffDev

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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 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
  • Monday 6 March: Creating Posters using PowerPoint, 10.00am – 1.00pm

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 at:

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

Tip of the day: Need to print your Excel spreadsheet on 1 page? Click the page layout tab, click launcher button on the scale to fit group, under scaling, select 'Fit to 1 page'

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All CED courses have now been scheduled and are available for booking. Below is a list of those courses scheduled for the next few weeks. For up-to-date information please follow us on twitter @QUB_CED Please note that there are limited places available on each course/event.

  • Wednesday 15 February, Dynamic PowerPoint Presentations, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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'.

 Professional Development Series

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

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

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