Monday 13 March 2017

Pedometer Challenge

Join the Campus Run/Jog/Walk through Botanic Gardens which begins outside the PEC at 1.15pm every Wednesday. Regular runners will be on hand to help you get started, providing advice and motivation. Suitable for all fitness levels. Registration not required.

Additionally, there is the weekly Queen's Parkrun at the Queen’s Sport site at Upper Malone. This is a free 5K timed run every Saturday at 9.30am and is open to everyone. Register online.

Meanwhile, the Pedometer Challenge is well underway, with teams across the University taking part to get fit and raise money for charity.  The Week 1 results are:

Top 10 teams:

The Walking Dead (Security)   482,238
Red Hot Chili Steppers  443,999
Oral Surgery  414,974
Walk Your Buns Off  413,660
Luke and the Sky-walkers  401,851
Team Awesome 370,680 
Biology Team Walkers  360,880
The Dirty Half Dozen  358,929
Witness the Fitness (W. Plunkett)  346,710
Shut Up and Walk!  340,456

Top 3 individuals:

Stan Solo 110,989 
For Patrick   98,580
Charlene Junkin  91,793


Please remember to send your photographs and tweets to @WellbeingQUB using the hashtag #LoveQUBStaff. So far, over £1,300 has been raised for Disability Sport NI. If anyone still wishes to make a donation, please do so via Just Giving.

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ERC Week: Celebrating 10 years of Frontier Research

This week, European Research Council (ERC) celebrates its tenth anniversary. Over €12 billion in research grants has been given to encourage research at the frontier of knowledge. As part of the celebrations, Queen’s is showcasing the work of Dr Ian Campbell, Professor Cathy Craig, Professor Stephen Smartt and Professor Caroline Malone, four of Queen’s PIs (Principal Investigators) in receipt of significant ERC grants.

Find out more about their groundbreaking research.

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Belfast Agenda – have Your Say

Belfast City Council is currently looking for views on Belfast Agenda, Belfast’s first community plan.

If you live, work, study or have a business in Belfast, then the Belfast Agenda affects you.

The Council wants to hear your views as they seek to improve the Belfast Agenda. They want to know what you think about their proposed:

  • vision for Belfast
  • long-term outcomes that we want for Belfast 2035
  • ambitions that we want to achieve by 2035
  • priorities that we should be focusing on for the next 4 years.

You can share your views by completing the online questionnaire on the Your Say consultation hub.

The consultation is open until Thursday 20 April 2017.

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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
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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Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics

The third annual Imagine! Belfast Festival aims to spark new ideas with over 80 events during the week of Monday 20 - Sunday 26 March 2017.

Spanning 35 venues across the city, the festival is supported by 30 partner organisations, including Queen's. 90% of the events are free, and the organisers hope to attract over 5,000 people, particularly those not traditionally involved in political debates.

The exciting programme includes biting satire from David McSavage, the star of RTE’s The Savage Eye; book readings from award-winning journalist Catherine Mayer; Whitbread award winner Diane Souhami; and a keynote talk from Bill Adair, the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning, US fact-checking platform PolitiFact, and lots more. See

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2017 Eaton Lecture

Staff are warmly invited to The Eaton Lecture at Queen’s University on Thursday 23 March 2017.

Organised by the Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s and The Centre of Canadian Studies (within the School of Natural and Built Environment), guest speaker Professor Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto, will give the 2017 Eaton lecture, exploring “Universities and Urban Regions: A Partnership for Prosperity”. In his address, Professor Gertler will cite a range of successful partnerships across the world.

A panel discussion, compèred by BBC presenter William Crawley, will further explore the topic, from national, European and local perspectives, following Professor Gertler’s presentation. The panel will comprise:

  • Professor Björn Asheim, Lund University, Sweden
  • Dr Linda Fox-Rogers, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Professor Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University
  • Dr Joanne Stuart, Catalyst NI
  • Ms Suzanne Wylie, Belfast City Council

Pre-lecture refreshments will be served from 5.30pm in The Canada Room, with the lecture and dicussion following in The Great Hall, beginning at 6pm.  

Further information and register here.

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MRC Proximity to Discovery

MRC logo 130317Launch of Travel Fund and Postdoctoral Industrial Placement Fund

To help establish academic-industry collaborations Queen’s has secured MRC funding for the Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund (P2D). This pump-prime funding aims to support early academic-industry interactions with a view to fostering relationship development in order to provide a sound platform from which to develop future collaborative projects. P2D can act as a precursor to many funding schemes, eg. MRC Confidence in Concept, Biomedical Catalyst: DPFS, Industrial CASE/CAST Studentships, and Invest NI Proof of Concept.

Funds will be provided to facilitate partnerships between industry and academic researchers via the following three elements of the P2D fund:
1)    P2D Project Fund (next application deadline: Friday 31 March 2017)
2)    P2D Travel Fund (open-call: applications received at any time)
3)    P2D Postdoctoral Industrial Placement Fund (open-call: applications received at any time)

For further information please visit the P2D Website or contact Dr Karen McGeough in the Business Alliance Team,, 028 9097 1397.

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ERC – Meet with Panel Members

On Thursday 16 March the event 'ERC - behind the scene' will focus on the evaluation process of Horizon 2020 ERC grants.

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). Register for this event here.

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Staff Wellbeing

Couch 2 5K

The overall aim of the programme is to provide opportunities to get active on campus, with a structured pathway to make walking, jogging and running accessible and fun through an eight-week programme. Please note that the start date has been changed to Wednesday 15 March and participation is free of charge.  Register for Couch 2 5K.

Mindset and Motivation Session

Learn how to identify cycles and habits of behaviours that are holding you back, develop step by step guides to mastering your fears and creating new positive cycles to achieve greater fulfilment. Delivered by Kim from Dynamite Nutrition, Wednesday 22 March, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location will be confirmed at registration. Lunch will be provided.

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QFT Listings

QFT 130317Staff Survey – your feedback wanted

Thank you to those who have filled in the survey. The QFT invites everyone, whether you go to the QFT every week, or have never been before, to fill in the questionnaire and enter a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

Running this week at QFT:

  • 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. 
  • It’s Only The End of the World: After 12 years of estrangement, a writer (Gaspard Ulliel) returns to his hometown, planning on announcing his impending death to his family. However, his mother (Nathalie Baye), tempestuous siblings (Vincent Cassel and Léa Seydoux) and beleaguered sister-in-law (Marion Cotillard) have their own grievances to air.
  • The Student: Wildly kinetic masterpiece about a high-school student who becomes obsessed with Christian doctrine.
  • Heat: A hardened expert thief (Robert De Niro) plans one last heist, but the cop on the case (Al Pacino) is obsessed with bringing him down.
  • Toni Erdmann: A lonely prankster father visits his estranged, high-powered consultant daughter, in one of the most anticipated films of the year.

Special Events at QFT:

  • John T Davis is internationally recognised as Northern Ireland’s most distinctive documentary filmmaker. To mark his recent 70th birthday, QFT is mounting a retrospective of his work, including a screening of The Uncle Jack
  • Autism Friendly Screening: Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Cineseekers

Check out the full range of events and book films. Queen's staff ticket price £5, standard ticket price £6.70.

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Blood donation sessions

NI Blood Transfusion service will be holding blood-donation sessions in The Space in Queen's Students' Union on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 March. Sessions will be at 10.30am - 1.00pm and 2.15pm – 5.00pm each day and everyone is welcome.

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The Conversation

The Conversation

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

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, please contact Judith Rance, 028 9097 3087.

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Comic Relief Coffee Morning

The School of Law is hosting a Comic Relief Coffee Morning and Cake Sale on Friday 24 March, 10.00am – 12.00pm, Main Site Tower, Level 1 Reception.

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Centre for Experimental Medicine

CEM would like to thank the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences for their support and all the fantastic volunteers who made the recent Know Your Enemy: Disease-Focused Research at Queen's event such a success.

CEM hosted the event on 18 February, as part of the 2017 Northern Ireland Science Festival.  Co-ordinated by Dr Sinéad Weldon, it saw hundreds of people visit CEM to find out more about the important research taking place.

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Students’ Union Shop

Make sure to call over to the SU Shop tomorrow, Tuesday 14 March, between 11.00am and 2.00pm to sample some Mash Direct ‘mash pots’, which are now being stocked. 150 ‘lunch packs’ will be given to staff and students – inside your Mash Direct cool bag you’ll find a mash pot, a bottle of water, and a snack. The mash pots are currently on sale for just £1.39!

Also on the day, Mash Direct will be giving away a Fitbit Charge 2 to the lucky member of staff or student who finds the golden potato in the sack of spuds.

The shop also has a wide range of sandwiches, soups, and vegan products to satisfy all your lunchtime needs.

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National Teaching Fellowships 2017 and 2018: Support Session

The Association of National Teaching Fellows will be holding a session in Queen’s on Wednesday 22 March in the Main Site Tower, Room OG/010.  The aim of the session to support aspirant National Teaching Fellows in preparing applications in 2017 and 2018.

The session will be led by Dr Charles Buckley, Liverpool University, and will include opportunities to discuss process changes from 2016 to 2017, review some of the factors that make for successful applications and help aspirants for the Scheme in 2018 to start planning activities over the coming year to enhance their profiles demonstrating their excellent teaching.

To register to attend, please email

Please note, the session will not focus on the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence [CATE] as the HEA will be briefing about CATE independently.

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British Heart Foundation visit to Queen’s

Queen's is hosting a visit by Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation (BHF), on Tuesday 28 March.

The BHF is the biggest independent funder of heart research in the UK. Over the next five years, it aims to fund more than half a billion pounds of research and is keen to increase its research funding at Queen’s.

Professor Pearson will:

  • Deliver a presentation on how local researchers can maximise their chance of successfully receiving BHF funding
  • Host a Break out session to discuss project ideas

If you would like to attend the seminar or breakout session please register your interest at

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Student Leader Elections – The Results

The Students’ Union would like to thank all staff who participated in the Schools’ Turnout Trophy by encouraging their students to vote in the Student Leader Elections. This year's winner is the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.

Find out who the 2017/18 Student Officer Team are.

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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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Naughton Gallery

‌Gallery Exhibition
Predictable Contact continues until Sunday 26 March. For more information contact or visit the event page.

Lunchtime Tour: Meet the Scientists
Reflecting the University’s extraordinary range of achievements in scientific fields, many of the portraits in the Great Hall feature prominent scientists, scientific inventors and innovators. On Friday 24 March,  Gallery staff will highlight some and their remarkable contributions to science in this lunchtime tour. Staff should meet in the Great Hall at 12.30pm, refreshments will be served afterwards in the Naughton Gallery. Book at

The Book Club
The next meeting will be Sunday 7 May when the Club will discuss Citizen, by Claudia Rankine. Moving, critical and fiercely intelligent, Citizen weaves together essays, images and poetry to examine the experience of race and racism in Western society. Books available from Blackwell’s in the Students’ Union with discount for Book Club members. For more information contact

Until the new website is launched the best way to keep updated with Gallery goings-on is through social media. Visit the Facebook page to see upcoming events, photos from past exhibitions and read about Artwork of the Week every Saturday.  Alternatively, contact to be added to the mailing list.

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Internal Vacancies

Administrative Co-ordinator (Timetabling)
Eventus and Culture and Arts
Ref: 17/105354
Closing date: Monday 20 March 2017
Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 28 March 2017

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Institute of Theology – Religious Studies Research Forum

The Institute of Theology McCosh Lecture Is Religion Really Violent? will take place on Wednesday 3 May at 2.00pm. Held in the Great Hall, it will be delivered by writer and commentator, Karen Armstrong.

Open to everyone, there is no fee or registration required. For further information, contact


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Welcome Centre

A new range of baby blankets and booties by Ba Goose are now stocked at the Welcome Centre. These fun and vibrant baby essentials are 100% Irish-owned, with everything designed and handmade in Cork. Soft and sweet, these adorable gifts make the perfect, affordable ‘Welcome to the world’ present.

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Congratulations to Holly Pepper in Behavioural Sciences who won the Perks competition for registering her card before 28 February 2017. Holly won a £50 Love2Shop gift card.

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Lean Launchpad NI Powered by ICURe - Open for applications

The call is now open for university teams wishing to participate in the for Lean LaunchPad NI 2017 programme. The programme is being run in partnership with Ulster University and the SetSquared Partnership of universities, which already delivers the successful ICURe pre-accelerator programme in England and Wales.
Through this, university ‘pre-accelerator’ teams with commercially promising research will get the opportunity to learn ‘lean startup’ approaches to help validate their ideas in the market. The focus of the Lean Launchpad is finding and proving evidence of market demand, to identify commercial licensee, or to to help spin out the research into a company. Financial support will be available to support customer discovery activities with a further £10k up for grabs for opportunities identified from successful teams who complete the programme.

Further details available here including application forms. The closing date for forms is Monday 27 March, 4.00pm. For further information, contact Darach Neeson in the Qubis team,

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EFQM Winner

The William J Clinton Leadership Institute has been awarded the EFQM award, in recognition of the Institute’s commitment to excellence. The EFQM Excellence Model is a non-prescriptive, business-excellence framework for organizational management, promoted by European Foundation for Quality Management and designed for helping organizations to become more competitive.

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Digital Learning Programme

Digital learning 130317The Digital Learning Programme was launched with the aim of identifying and developing the digital skills, infrastructure and support that Queen's students and staff need for 21st century learning.

The aim is to focus on the digital capabilities to help capitalise on the opportunities an enhanced learning environment will offer.

Find out more about the programme, project strands and the key activities on the Digital Learning Programme Website.

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HE Lunchtime Forum

  • Monday 8 May: Using Socrative to Encourage Student Engagement, 1.00pm – 1.55pm, Old Staff Common Room (Sandwich lunch available from 12.45pm)

This session will be led by Dr Paul Wilson, School of Psychology

Recent innovations in Personal Response Systems have removed the need for specialist hardware/software and replaced clickers with students’ own personal devices. This improves the potential for use in larger classrooms and creates the opportunity to pose more engaging open-response questions to students. There will be demonstrations, so please bring along a personal device with an internet connection to try out Socrative. Socrative works on a web-browser, or, if you are using a mobile phone/tablet, you can download the Free Socrative app from your app store (search for “Socrative Student”).

Further information is available on the CED website. Registration is via Queen’s Online.

Continuing Professional Development

Please note that there are limited places on the following:

  • 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 information is available on the CED website. Registration is via Queen’s Online.

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Tuesday 28 March: Excel 2: Managing Data, 10.00am-1.00pm
  • Thursday 30 March: Excel3: Data Analysis, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 6 April: Facebook for Beginners, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Monday 10 April: Twitter for Beginners, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 12 April: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 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 here.

ECDL: The next test date is Wednesday 22 March, 10.00am – 11.30am.  To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day: Create forms using Office 365. Email a link to users and when they complete the form, the results appear in your Office 365. Sign in with your normal University username and password for more information.

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New e-learning course for staff

A new e-learning course for staff is being launched on Tuesday 13 March to support equality, diversity and inclusion in Queen’s. The topic of this course is Unconscious Bias, which is an important concept for all staff to be aware of in our work roles and interactions with colleagues and students.

This new, additional course will complement core knowledge about Diversity and extend staff knowledge and awareness about Unconscious Bias and how this could impact everyone at Queen’s – from interviews to appraisals, to decision-making and in everyday conversations.

Developed in partnership with Skill Boosters and with input from Pearn Kandola (Inclusive Learning experts), it uses videos and a range of relevant learning scenarios. This mandatory course comprises two modules, each taking approximately 20-30 minutes and requires the completion of an assessment at the end.  

All staff are required to undertake this new e learning module as soon as possible which can be accessed via Queen’s Online then select Services/Other/Online Courses/General Courses (including mandatory courses for staff). Early completion is encouraged and co-operation of all staff is appreciated to complete by Thursday 13 April 2017, where possible. Further information available here.

Upcoming Courses:

  • 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
  • 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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