20 March 2017

Pedometer Challenge - Week 2 Results

The Pedometer Challenge is well underway, with teams across the University taking part to get fit and raise money for charity.  The Week 2 results are:

Top 10 teams:

G Loves Steps!     743,059
Sit Shep, Shep Sit!     720,402
The Walking Dead (Security)     626,589
Oral Surgery     618,453
Walk Your Buns Off     574,011
Red Hot Chili Steppers (Jenni Hammond)     571,655
Team Awesome     511,784
One Step Beyond     497,925
Luke and the Sky-walkers     482,575
Cirque de sore legs     471,939

Top 3 individuals:

Scott Gilliland 156,227
Stan Solo 142,192
For Patrick 126,480

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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Easter Holiday Payment Arrangements

Staff should note the following Payments Office arrangements over the Easter period for paying correctly authorised and registered Supplier Invoices, Request for Payment Forms and Staff Expenses Claims:

  • Invoices received by 5pm Wednesday 29 March 2017 and Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 12 noon Thursday 30 March 2017 will be paid week-ending 7 April 2017.
  • Invoices, Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 5pm on Monday 3 April 2017 will be paid by Wednesday 12 April 2017.
  • Invoices received by 5pm Monday 9 April 2017 and Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 12 noon Tuesday 10 April 2017 will be paid by Friday 28 April 2017.             
  • Normal payment arrangements will apply for all  payment requests received week commencing 23 April 2017.

While the Payments Office will make every effort to comply with this timetable, due to the volumes of payment requests received at this time of the year, and to ensure payment before the holiday, staff are requested to process all such transactions well in advance of these deadlines.
Further clarification of these arrangements, if required, may be obtained from the Payments Office, X3029.

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Heads of School appointments in AHSS

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is undergoing a number of changes to its Heads of School:

  • Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas has been appointed into the role of Head of the Queen’s Management School from 1 April 2017 for a period of 16 months. Nola takes over from Professor John Turner, who steps down from the role on 31 March 2017.
  • Professor Tony Gallagher has been appointed into the role of Head of the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work from 2 March 2017 for a period of up to 6 months whilst the post is being externally advertised. Tony takes over from Professor Allen Thurston who stepped down from the role at the end of February.

The Faculty would like to extend its thanks to both John and Allen for their leadership and wish them both every success in their upcoming scholarly activities.

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Spring into great savings with your Perks Card, with access to over 1,500 offers and discounts of up to 50% across Northern Ireland, Ireland, Great Britain and abroad. For full details on all the offers, or to suggest somewhere you would like to save, visit the Perks website.

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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 - but it's not just weighty debates, there's plenty of comedy, music and general silliness too. See

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Internal Vacancy

Assistant Head Porter
Estates Directorate
Ref: 17/105389
Closing date: Friday 24 March 2017
Anticipated Interview date: Week commencing Monday 3 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
Friday 24 March MBC foyer
Monday 27 March Riddel Hall - atrium
Tuesday 28 March David Keir – new Hub social space
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Eaton Lecture 2017

You are warmly invited to the Eaton Lecture on Thursday 23 March 2017. Organised by the Chief Executives’ Club 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 this year's lecture: Universities and Urban Regions: A Partnership for Prosperity.

There will be a panel discussion afterwards, chaired by broadcaster William Crawley. Refreshments from 5.30pm in The Canada Room; lecture and discussion to follow in The Great Hall, 6pm. Further information and registration here.

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National Teaching Fellowships: Support Session

The Association of National Teaching Fellows will be holding an information session in Queen’s on Wednesday 22 March in the Main Site Tower, Room OG/010, led by Dr Charles Buckley, Liverpool University. It will include opportunities to discuss process changes from 2016 to 2017, review some of the factors that make for successful applications and help aspirants to start planning activities to enhance their profile.

To register, please email  Further information on the CED website and the HEA website.

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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International Staff

Due to the success of previous English-language training for spouses/partners of international staff members, in collaboration with the Equality & Diversity Unit, the Language Centre at Queen’s is offering further English-language courses (beginners and advanced) from March - June 2017.

For further information, including course content, dates and venues, visit the Language Centre website.

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Recent Posts - read them here

•    Northern Ireland: How Will the Political Stalemate End? - Professor John Garry gives an overview of how current events at Stormont could unfold.
•    Referendum in Ireland to Extend Voting Rights - Professors John Garry and Colin Harvey look back at their input into the 2013 Constitutional Convention in Ireland.
•    Community-University Research Engagement: How Can We Do It Better? - Dr Julie Norman asks how can university researchers and community partners better collaborate to deliver high-impact research, especially in communities affected by conflict or social divisions?
•    Liquidity Risk and Political Instability in Northern Ireland Banking - Dr Barry Quinn looks at the challenges facing NI’s banking industry as a result of the recent political instability.
•    Escaping the Jurisdiction of the Court of Justice for the European Union by EUXIT? - Professor Dagmar Schiek analyses the extent to which the EU’s association agreements allow the UK to avoid the jurisdiction of the Court.

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

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ESRC Festival of Social Sciences

Call for Applications

Applications are now open for events as part of the 2017 ESRC Festival of Social Sciences. Festival events are used as a way of raising awareness of the importance and impact of Social Sciences among the general public, young people, businesses and policymakers. Up to £250 is available per event and the deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 24 April 2017. Apply online here or for further information see the Festival website or contact Kevin Fearon at, X 2589.

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Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre is stocking a full range of Mother’s Day cards and gift ideas - such as the new range of Howe’s organic facial oils. Howe's oils harness the power of the plant and are 100% cruelty-free, organic and vegan. Plus they are locally made, and free from artificial fragrances, preservatives or colourants. Remember the staff discount of 10%.

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QFT Listings

Last Few Tickets for Free Fire preview and Q&A with Ben Wheatley

Join QFT for a special preview screening of Ben Wheatley's (Kill List, High Rise, Sightseers) all-guns-blazing 1970s crime caper Free Fire (pictured) followed by a Q&A with the man himself.

Screening Now at QFT:

  • The Salesman (12a): Winner of the Best Screenplay and Best Actor awards at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars, Asghar Farhadi’s film is an arresting exploration of pride, guilt and shame
  • Personal Shopper (15): Following their previous collaboration on the acclaimed Clouds of Sils Maria, Kristen Stewart reunites with director Olivier Assayas to play Maureen, a medium working in Paris as a personal shopper for a megalomaniacal A-list celebrity
  • The Olive Tree (15): A wilful and spirited young woman named Alma embarks on a journey from the east coast of Spain to Germany in order to retrieve an ancient olive tree precious to her ailing grandfather

QUB staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.70). Book films and events here.

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Naughton Gallery


The current exhibition, Predictable Contact, by Michael Hanna, continues until Sunday 26 March. For more info contact or visit the event page.

Lunchtime Tour: Meet the Scientists

Friday 24 March, 12.30-1.30pm, meeting in the Great Hall
Reflecting the University’s extraordinary range of achievements in scientific fields, many of the portraits in the Great Hall feature prominent scientists and innovators. Learn about them in this lunchtime tour, with refreshments afterwards. Book at

The Book Club

The next meeting of the Book Club will be Sunday 7 May to discuss Citizen by Claudia Rankine, which examines race and racism in Western society.

Keep in Touch

Until the gallery's new website is launched, the best way to keep updated is through social media - Facebook or contact to be added to the mailing list.

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Sonic Arts Research Centre

  • Saturday 25 March 2017, Sounding Out on Brexit, 2.00pm - 5.00pm, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Cloreen Park

This workshop will record soundbites on the topic of Brexit. Participants will interview the public on how their lives might change in a post-Brexit UK. In this hands-on session, led by Franziska Schroeder, attendees will learn to use basic recording technologies, edit on state-of-the-art equipment and put together a final audio package. Register for this free event here.

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Transgender Training & Information Sessions

Following the creation of the University’s Trans Equality Policy, the Students’ Union, in partnership with the Equality & Diversity Unit, have organised two information sessions. Staff and students are welcome to attend the one-hour sessions; queries or accessibility requirements can be directed to

Book through the below links. Please obtain permission from your line manager should you wish to attend:

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Travel Technology Clinics

Come along to our Travel Technology Clinics.

Selective Travel Management will be onsite at Queen’s on 23 March 2017 to host three 45-minute sessions on Travel Technology in the Old Staff Common Room. Queen’s staff will have the opportunity to come and learn more about Travel Technology products including the mobile and desk-top version of 'check my trip'. At the end of each of the sessions, staff will have the opportunity to further their knowledge with a general travel Q&A session.

Sign up here  to one of our Travel Clinics. 

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Annual Learning and Teaching Conference

  • 12 April 2017, Embedding Digital Literacies in the Curriculum, Computer Science Building.

Are you enhancing student learning by using digital tools to: Collaborate? Create? Construct? Communicate thinking? This day-session is designed to look at examples of best practice. Registration is via Queen’s Online, search for CED.

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IT Training courses

Places are available on the following courses:

  • Wednesday 5 April: iTrent Learning Module Administration, 11.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 6 April: Facebook for Beginners, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 6 April: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Friday 7 April: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • 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
  • Wednesday 26 April: SPSS 2: Data Analysis using SPSS, 9.30am – 1.30pm
  • Thursday 27 April: Creating Screen Shots and Training Materials Using Word and SnagIt, 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'. View course dates here

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:  
Do you want to connect with other professionals, grow your career, learn from others and share your expertise?  Register for the LinkedIn for Beginners course running on 3 May, 2.00pm – 4.30pm.

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HE Lunchtime Forum

  • Monday 8 May 2017, 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. There will be demonstrations, so please bring along a personal device. 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').

Continuing Professional Development

Please note that there are limited places on the following:

  • Wednesday 22 March 2017, Using the Personal Response System in Your Classes, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 29 March 2017, Flipping the Lecture, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Thursday 13 April 2017, Using Computer Assisted Assessment (incl. Questionmark), 9.30am – 3.00pm

Further information on all of the above on CED website.  Register for courses via Queen’s Online.

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New e-learning Course for Staff – Unconscious Bias
A new e-learning course for staff has been launched on 13 March 2017 to support equality, diversity and inclusion in Queen’s. The topic 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 mandatory course comprises two modules, each taking approximately 20-30 minutes and staff need to undertake it asap, where possible before Thursday 13 April 2017.

Access through Queen’s Online then select Services/Other/Online Courses/General Courses and further information here.

Upcoming Courses

  • Thursday 30 March: Fire Warden and Evacuation Procedures, 11.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 6 April: Career Exploration for Researchers, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 7 April: Research Ethics for University Staff, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Monday 10 April: Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 11 April: Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Register via Queen’s Online.

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