6 March 2017

Register of Interests

The University is committed to maintaining the highest standards in the conduct of its business. This requires everyone associated with the University to conduct themselves with integrity, impartiality, honesty and professionalism at all times, and to avoid any conflict arising between their official University duties and their private interests.

To support this process, Senate has approved a Register of Interests Policy, which applies to all University staff. It is important that you are familiar with this policy and the related reporting and approval procedures, full details of which can be found here.

To enable the University to safeguard against potential conflicts of interest, the Registrar’s Office also maintains an institutional Register of Interests. It is the responsibility of all individuals to ensure that their entry on this Register is current, updated annually, and that it properly reflects their personal circumstances.

At present, only 81% of staff have an up-to-date entry on the institutional Register and we are keen to increase this to 100% - full compliance.

To facilitate this, those who have not yet done so, are required to complete the electronic proforma which is accessible under the ‘My Services’ section on Queen’s Online. “Nil” responses are also required in order to ensure that a full and accurate central database is maintained.

Further information is available from the Registrar’s Office on request.

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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
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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Horizon 2020 events

ERC – Meet with Panel Members

On Thursday 16 March an ERC-Behind the Scenes event, focusing on the evaluation process of Horizon 2020 ERC grants, will be held at Queen’s. A representative of the ERC Executive agency will present an overview of the process and three panel members will share their experience for the three schemes (Starting, Consolidator and Advanced) and three disciplines (Social Sciences and Humanities, Physical Sciences and Engineering and Life Sciences). Futher information and registration for the event is available online.

Career-FIT: Call for applicants

Career Development Fellowships in the National Technology Centre Programme (Career-FIT) is a postdoctoral fellowship programme, part-funded by Horizon 2020 and part-funded by Enterprise Ireland. A key feature of Career-FIT is the opportunity for experienced researchers from outside Ireland to develop their careers in market-focused, applied research through three-year fellowships with secondment into industry through Ireland’s Technology Centres.

Researchers from Northern Ireland can apply to this programme provided they meet the eligibility criteria. The deadline for application is Friday 31 March, 4.00pm.

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Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight continues until Sunday 12 March.

To find out more about Fairtrade, events and offers across campus visit the Carbon Management website.

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International Women's Day

There will be a number of events across Queen's University to mark International Women's Day, including:

  • Wednesday 8 March: The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences: Inspiring STEMinists event, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Inner Atrium, WWIEM, in support of Women’s Aid, Belfast and Lisburn. For further information, please contact Louise McDonald.

  • Friday 10 March: School of Nursing and Midwifery’s Annual Lecture: The gender challenge: can business be bold enough to make the change? by Deborah McConnell, Head of Workplace, Business in the Community. Canada Room, 5.00pm, followed by a drinks reception. RSVP to Patricia Kelly.
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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.

Staff are invited to attend “A beginner’s guide to writing and pitching for The Conversation” and “Researcher to Writer: how to reach a wider audience” workshops.  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,, 028 9097 3087.

Recent articles by Queen's academics published on The Conversation include:

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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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Being Human Festival Public Engagement Funding Call

The Being Human Festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, returns for the fourth year between 17-25 November 2017 focused on the theme ‘lost and found’.

A number of grants to support public engagement activities are available, for further information, contact Kevin Fearon, AHSS Business Alliance on  The deadline for applications is Monday 10 April 2017.

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Creative Queen’s Competition Results

The Welcome Centre is delighted to announce the winners of the Creative Queen’s Competition for Staff. The panel was so overwhelmed by the responses and standard of products that joint winners have been selected and will be stocked in the Centre in the next few weeks.

Lynne Gibson (Assistant Chaplain, Church of Ireland and Methodist Chaplaincy at Queen’s) will be bringing some of her Dolly Dolally vintage inspired loveliness to the Welcome Centre in the form of personalised reclaimed wood and paper ornaments in various shapes and sizes.  Judges particularly loved her Easter egg bunnies and dinosaur family.

Tracy Tsang (Marketing and Communications Officer, AHSS Faculty Hub) is the founder of TT Fabric Designs, homemade gifts for home and travel. Her unique range of iPad covers, make up and toiletry bags, shopper bags and playmats are all amazing but judges thought customers will queue up to purchase her ingenious heat-proof travel hair straightener holders.

Details of the product launches in store will be in featured in the Round Up when finalised.

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Volunteers sought for Psychology project

A new research project called the IN CONTROL study is currently being carried out at the School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast.

The title IN CONTROL stands for 'Identifying Contexts that Negatively Impact on the Regulation of Life'. Researchers are aiming to find out why some children find certain situations difficult, and ultimately, they hope the results will inform the development of coping strategies for children.

Parents and children aged between 6-16 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 you are interested in taking part in this important piece of research and/or have any queries, please email Roisin at

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Couch to 5K Evening and Lunchtime Programmes

Couch to 5kThe overall aim of the Couch 2 5K programme is to provide opportunities to get active on campus. The programme represents a structured pathway to make walking, jogging and running accessible and fun through an eight week programme.

For further information on the free programmes and registration, visit the pages below:

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Women's Common Room Club Meeting

Professor Emeritus Ingrid Bryan, Ryerson University, Toronto, will give a talk on Tuesday 14 March. The title will be The Sustainability of the World's Resources. Professor Bryan is the author of Are We Running Out?. Guests are asked to arrive at 7.00pm, with the talk beginning at 7.30pm.

For further information, or to register to attend, please contact us at

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Naughton Gallery

The current Naughton Gallery exhibition Predictable Contact continues until Sunday 26 March. Belfast-based Michael Hanna is the official Artist in Residence for Northern Ireland Science Festival 2017, generously supported by British Council Northern Ireland. For more information visit the event page.

Join The Book Club on Sunday 12 March, 2.00pm-4.00pm, 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. For more information contact

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Student Leader Elections

Elections for the Student Officer Team take place on Tuesday 7 and Wedneday 8 March.

Staff are asked to encourage students to vote.  In addition to receiving free printing credits the School or Institute with the highest voting turnout will be awared a trophy.

More information about the Student Leader Elections is available online.

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QFT survey

SurveyAs Northern Ireland's leading independent cinema, QFT aim to provide great films for everyone. Whether you go to the QFT every week, or have never been before, your feedback is important to learn how to improve the services we offer.

Staff completing the questionnaire can submit their email address to enter a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

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QFT Listings

‌QFT Parent and Baby Screening: Phantom Boy

Part of Young at Art’s Family Fun Day, parents and guardians can bring their babies and families to enjoy some time out at QFT to see this new French animation from the Oscar-nominated directors of A Cat in Paris. Come early for some family crafts and colouring in.

Opening this week at QFT:

  • Certain Women - Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff, Night Moves) delivers an impeccably quiet study of the lives of Montana women, starring Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart and newcomer Lily Gladstone.
  • Toni Erdmann - A lonely prankster father visits his estranged, high-powered consultant daughter, in one of the most anticipated films of the year.
  • Hidden Figures - The incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), brilliant African-American women working at NASA.
  • Trespass Against Us - Blood ties and conflicting loyalties provide the dramatic stakes in a story set on the criminal edges of a travelling community. Starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson.  
  • Also at QFT: Best - He was football’s first rock and roll star – a handsome, charismatic Belfast boy who could thrill and excite the crowds with every turn of the ball.

Special Events at QFT :
John T. Davis: Hobo
John T. Davis is internationally recognised as Northern Ireland’s most distinctive documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. To mark his 70th birthday on Tuesday 7 March, and in recognition of his over 40 years of filmmaking, QFT is mounting a retrospective of his work.

Respect Human Rights Festival: No Home Movie
In October 2015 the feminist and avant-garde film-maker Chantal Akerman took her own life at the age of 65. No Home Movie was her final film, a documentary still-life study of her elderly mother, Natalia (or Nelly) Akerman, a Holocaust survivor born in Poland.

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
D A Pennebaker’s concert film remains the defining document of the end of David Bowie’s first great stage persona.

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

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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 30-minute course:

  • Wednesday 22 March: 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 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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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:
  • Wednesday 8 March: Diagrams Made Easy with Microsoft Publisher, Word and PowerPoint, 9.30am – 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
  • Tuesday 28 March: Excel 2: Managing Data, 10.00am-1.00pm
  • Thursday 30 March: Excel3: Data Analysis, 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 online.

ECDL:  The next test date is Wednesday 22 March, 10.00am - 10.30am.  To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day: When writing a sensitive email, enter the To: last. That way you don't accidentally send it out before you finish writing it! More Email tips/good practice at

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Upcoming courses:

  • 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
  • Tuesday 21 March: Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 21 March: Preparing for Academic Interviews, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 22 March: Training Skills for the Occasional Trainer, 9.00am – 1.00pm (three half days, continued on Thursday 23 March and Tuesday 28 March)
  • Thursday 30 March: Fire Warden and Evacuation Procedures, 11.00am – 12.00pm

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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QUB Teaching Awards 2017

The closing date for receipt of applications for a Queen’s Teaching Award 2017 is 5.00pm on Monday 13 March.  Applications should be submitted in Word via e-mail to

The Notes for Guidance, application templates and examples of previous applications are available to download.  Queries can be directed to Liz McDowell 028 9097 5301.

Continuing Professional Development

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

  • 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

Further details of courses and events are available 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'.

Professional Development Series

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