12 June 2017

New Round Up Design

The Staff Round Up is moving to a new design, which is more aligned to the look and feel of the main website. The design presents as more streamlined and is more mobile friendly.

Staff can view this week's Round Up items in the new format at the link below.

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Honorary Degrees – Call for Nominations

Graduation Quad_200x150pxThe Honorary Degrees Search Committee is now seeking to identify potential nominees for the award of Honorary Degrees in 2018. Details of the nomination process, including the nomination pro forma, are available on the University website. The closing date for submitting nominations is Friday 1 September 2017.

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Supervisory Excellence Awards 2017

Professor Isabel Torres Margaret Topping Graduate SchoolThe third annual Supervisory Excellence Awards took place in the Graduate School on Tuesday 23 May. The Awards' key function is to support and promote supervisory excellence, contributing to the overall postgraduate experience and culture within the University. The winning supervisors were presented with certificates by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor James McElnay and will also receive a prize of £1,000 towards their research. The winning supervisors were:

  • Professor Crawford Gribben
  • Professor Fiona Magowan
  • Professor Danny Crookes
  • Dr Gary Menary
  • Professor Miguel Valvano
  • Professor Jayne Woodside
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Data Analytics Information Session

Data Analytics event

  • ‌‌Thursday 15 June: Why Data Analytics?, 5.00pm – 7.00pm, Lecture Room, 2nd Floor, Computer Science Building

Staff are invited to this information session on the importance of data science and analytics, with the chance to hear from thought-leaders from across the UK. Find out how the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences is meeting the industry skills gap through its innovative MSc Data Analytics course. Please register here. Refreshments will be served. 

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Proposal Writing Workshop – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

  • Main entrance to the lanyon building with students walking in and outMonday 26 June: MSCA-IF Proposal Writing Training for Supervisors and Fellows, 10.30am – 3.30pm, location TBC after registration

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships aim to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers (postdoctoral) by diversifying their skills acquisition through advanced training and international and/or inter-sectoral mobility.

Attendance is free; as places are limited, however, priority will be given to researchers and supervisors currently working on an MSCA application. Please register here. Please email with any queries.

Note: Support funds are available to enable prospective candidates to travel to Queen's to work on the proposal with their supervisor.

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Nursing and Midwifery – Values Based Recruitment test

Nursing (Elderly)The School of Nursing and Midwifery is working with Belfast-based Identity Exploration Ltd to develop an innovative values based test, known as Nurse Match, to assess the values held by applicants to Nursing programmes matched with those held by exemplary practitioners. After the completion of a pilot in 2016, a further joint study is planned with Ulster University so that the test might be used for all applicants to Nursing and Midwifery in Northern Ireland.

Nurse Match employs an innovative methodology that could also be used to develop tests for other professions where Values Based Recruitment is important. Nurse Match was initiated and led by Dr Marian Traynor, Director of Education in the School of N&M. For more information, email Dr Traynor or call 028 9097 5819.

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Psychology project – call for volunteers

A new research project called IN CONTROL ('Identifying Contexts that Negatively Impact on the Regulation of Life') is currently being carried out at the School of Psychology. Researchers are aiming to find out why some children find certain situations difficult, hoping that the results will inform the development of coping strategies for children.

Parents and children over age 6 and less than 12 (or up to 16 if they have a learning disability) who display frequent sad, withdrawn or anxious behaviour and/or often display aggressive, destructive, non-compliant behaviour or temper outbursts are sought for the study. Children diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental disorder, learning difficulty or genetic syndrome are welcome to take part. Similarly, children who do not have a diagnosis of any kind are also welcome to participate.

If staff are interested in taking part in this important piece of research and/or have any queries, please email Roisin at or call 07709 450 147. Please click here for information.

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QGI Clare MacMahon Lecture

  • Painting_Women EmergingMonday 19 June: What does Gender have to do with Science in general and Physics in particular?, 4.30pm – 6.00pm, School of Mathematics and Physics, Teaching Centre, Room MAP/0G/017

This event is delivered by Queen's Gender Initiative in partnership with the School of Mathematics and Physics and is open to all.

Click here for more information and to register.

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The Conversation

The Conversation Click on the links below to read the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation:

If you are interested in contributing to the Anthill Podcast the upcoming themes are:

  • June: Music on the mind
  • July: Unexplored place

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

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

QPol logo (200x150px)Recent posts:


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

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Staff identity card checks

Lanyon buildingTo develop and promote better security awareness across the campus, staff are reminded that they are to be in possession of their staff card at all times on campus. Where possible, staff should display their staff card, eg via a lanyard around the neck or attached to the waist with an extendable device, making it easier to identify and highlight any unauthorised access and act as a deterrent to those intent on causing damage or loss to the University.

Throughout the year staff identity card checks have been taking place across the University and will continue until further notice. The next round of checks will take place in the Computer Science Building and the David Keir Building; the final check for this academic year will take place in the Main Site Tower and Peter Froggatt Centre.

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QFT_My Cousin Rachel_200x150pxScreening this week:

  • My Cousin Rachel: A dark and suspenseful romance based on the classic novel by Daphne du Maurier. A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian.
  • Berlin Syndrome: While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist Clare meets charismatic local man Andi. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn.
  • Der Müde Tod: A young woman confronts the personification of Death, in an effort to save the life of her fiancé. This 1921 classic influenced both Hitchcock and Buñuel.
  • I Am Not Madame Bovary: A razor-sharp, intriguing tale of a wronged woman fighting for justice against her duplicitous husband and the government itself.
  • Walled Cities: '71: A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971, where he must then attempt to survive the night. Soundtrack by David Holmes.

Staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.70). More information and booking on the QFT website.

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Naughton Gallery

Naughton Gallery_Hello MrHello Mr. Exhibition Continues 
The Naughton Gallery presents a comprehensive photographic survey of the history of Hello Mr., complemented by a programme of events on related themes. See the event page for more information.

The Book Club (in collaboration with Outburst Arts):

  • Sunday 25 June, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Naughton Gallery 

The Book Club discusses Fun Home by Alison Bechdel with special guest Dr Monica Pearl (Lecturer in 20th Century American Literature, University of Manchester). The event is free and open to all. Copies of the book are available from Blackwell's in the Students' Union. Email for more information or visit the event page.

Art at Queen's
Staff interested in hearing about some of the fascinating stories behind the artworks in the University's Art and Silver Collections are encouraged to contact the Gallery to arrange a group visit:

Keep in touch
Until the Naughton's new website is launched the best way to keep updated is through the Gallery's Facebook page. You can also contact to be added to the mailing list. There are also Gallery Instagram and Twitter accounts.

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Welcome Centre – New Products

Welcome Centre_200x150pxThe Welcome Centre is now stocking felt flower pins by Kate Ramsey – artisan accessories in a variety of colours usable with any outfit for any occasion.

Also back in stock are luxurious handwoven scarves by Liz Christy, produced in her studio in Co Monaghan. 

10% staff discount to use in store.

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Junction £3 Meal Deal

Junction logo_200x150pxJunction in the Main Site Tower is offering a new £3.00 meal deal. The offer includes:

Main: Choice between sandwich or small salad
Drinks: Bottle of water or glass of orange juice
Side: Fruit cup/mini fruit salad or piece of whole fruit

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Alzheimer's Society Cupcake Day

Cupcake Day 2017

‌Estates would like to invite staff to the Cupcake Day Coffee Morning on Friday 16 June.

The coffee morning will take place from 10.00am – 12.00pm, in the Main Site Tower Student Hub, to raise money for Alzheimer's Society. Cost: £3 donation.

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Campus Food Market

Campus Food Market_June 2017The next Campus Food Market takes place on Friday 16 June from 11.00am – 3.00pm at Elmwood Hall, with food by GJ Hunters Corndog, Tapitas, Born & Raised Waffles, Dot's Kart BBQ, and more.

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Cycle to Work Week

This year's Cycle to Work Week takes place from today, Monday 12 – Friday 16 June. 

Events are planned for each day of the week to promote cycling as a means of commuting to work, including a cycling clinic, maintenance workshops, security marking and a Cycle to Work Week debate.

For full details, please click here.

Staff are reminded that Cycle+, the bike to work initiative aimed at encouraging more staff to cycle to work, is currently open to applications. In partnership with Cyclescheme, staff can avail of bikes and safety equipment as a tax-free benefit while improving fitness and health, and boosting wellbeing. For more information on Cyclescheme, including how to apply, please click here.

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Carers Week 2017 – 12-18 June

Carers NI logoThe University is committed to supporting staff health and wellbeing, including providing work-life balance support for staff with caring responsibilities. There are a number of policies and initiatives in place to provide support for carers in the workplace, full details of which are available on the Staff Wellbeing website. For more information, please see the Carers NI Advice Booklet.

The University has its own Carers Network, enabling working carers to come together and support each other. Carers NI attend some meetings of the network to provide support. If staff are interested in joining this network and haven't already registered, please email

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Care in the Sun Information Session

Cancer Focus NI logo_200px

  • ‌‌‌Tuesday 20 June: Care in the Sun Information Session, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location TBC after registration

Staff Wellbeing have organised a Care in the Sun Information Session to provide helpful information on how staff and their families can keep safe in the sun. The session will be delivered by Cancer Focus and Dr Gerry Gormley from the Centre of Medical Education. Lunch will be provided. Register to attend here. Further details on the Staff Wellbeing Page

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Holistic Therapies for staff

Nightingale Holistic Therapies logo_200x150pxNightingale Holistic Therapies promotes wellbeing by providing de-stressing, rejuvenating massage therapies, which are available at a discounted price for staff:

  • £10 – shoulder and neck massage (15 mins)
  • £15 – shoulder, back and neck massage (30 mins)
  • £25 – full body massage (45 mins)

To arrange an appointment please contact Moyah via Facebook or on 07713 563 036. More details at the Staff Wellbeing News and Events page

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Wellbeing Choir event

Wellbeing Choir eventThe Sing for Joy concert has been postponed to Friday 29 September. All registrations and donations to Aware NI will be transferred across to the new date. Please see the full event details on the Sing for Joy Facebook page.

For more information on all Wellbeing initiatives, please visit the Staff Wellbeing News and Events Page.

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Cancer Research Clothes Collection

Cancer Research UK logo_200x150pxA charity clothes collection will be taking place across the University from today, Monday 12 to Friday 16 June.

The clothes will be donated to Cancer Research UK. Each bag donated could be worth £30, which goes directly to supporting CRUK's ground-breaking work.

Click here for a list of clothes Donation Stations across campus.

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Health and Safety Essentials – online training

Computer training imageStaff are reminded that a new online training module, Health and Safety Essentials, is now available on Queen's Online (QOL). The training provides essential health and safety information for all new and existing staff. This training module should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and is mandatory for all staff. The training should be completed annually and successful completion will be indicated via a green traffic light on the QOL dashboard. Note it may take 24hrs for the traffic light to update.

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Bite Size Open Access Training

McClay Library Open Access trainingOpen Access is now a requirement for REF eligibility. To ensure compliance with the policy, staff are encouraged to attend the next course. There will be a time for questions following the course.

  • Monday 19 June: How to comply with HEFCE's Open Access Policy for the REF, 2.00pm – 2.30pm, The McClay Library, Gillespie Room.

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

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  • Computer Training_200x15pxFriday 16 June: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (incl. Questionmark), 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Tuesday 20 June: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm

Further details of courses and events are available on the CED website. To book, log onto Queen's Online, 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

Computer trainingPlaces are available on the following course:

  • Wednesday 14 June: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm

To book a place on a training course, log onto Queen's Online, 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 here.

ECDL: If staff are looking for an IT qualification, the European Computer Driving Licence is internationally recognised and Queen's is an accredited test centre (for staff and students only). Once registered with the British Computer Society you are given access to study materials and the testing software "EnlightKS", which offers diagnostic testing with feedback. (Note, EnlightKS is not used for ECDL Advanced). Click here for more information on ECDL.

The next test date is Monday 19 June, 10.00am – 11.30am. To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the Day: Excel: naming cell ranges helps you copy, move or carry functions on any number of cells. Click here to find out more.

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