27 March 2017

Introduction of electronic payslips

The Salaries Team are currently implementing a project to replace paper payslips with electronic versions. 

This initiative will enhance accessibility, as it provides payees with 24/7 access to their full history of payslips, and is aligned to the University’s ‘Sustainability’ (Green) initiative.

From the end of March 2017 employees will be able to access, view and download their payslips on a secure, self-service basis on Queen’s Online (QOL), using their network username and password.

The Salaries Team will provide both paper and electronic payslips from March 2017 to June 2017. Paper payslips will no longer be distributed from July 2017. A short video on how to access payslips is available at, and the Salaries team will provide training and support.  

If you have any questions or would like some assistance in accessing your electronic payslip, please email

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Pedometer Challenge - Week 3 Results

The Pedometer Challenge is well underway, with teams across the University taking part to get fit and raise money for charity.  The Week 3 results are:

Top 10 teams:

The Walking Dead (Security)     898,045
G Loves Steps!     895,995
Oral Surgery     744,029
Sit Shep, Shep Sit!     726,672
Deans and Queen's     615,114
AUA - Another Useless Acronym     601,892
Cirque de Sore Legs     598,507
Red Hot Chili Steppers (Jenni Hammond)     595,975
The Dirty Half Dozen     542,590
Team Awesome     539,185

Top 3 individuals:

Stan Solo 217,061
For Patrick 180,684
Charlene Junkin 174,739


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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Queen’s Students’ Union Education Awards – nominations open!

These Awards are to reward staff, students and schools for their contribution to assuring and enhancing the quality of education and the student experience at Queen's. Staff and students can self-nominate, or nominate another staff member/student or a school. Find out everything you need to know here and nominate by 5pm, Monday 3 April.

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Relocation Expense Claims

Due to the Easter holiday closure dates, the deadline for receipt of relocation claims for inclusion in April salaries is 31 March 2017. Any queries to Dympna Stewart, X3073.

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Annual Learning and Teaching Conference

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

Are you enhancing student learning by using digital tools? Examples of good practice will be showcased at this year’s annual conference. Registration is via Queen’s Online, search for CED or email

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The Conversation

The Conversation Click on the link 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. 

Kevin Morgan, Research Fellow in Catalysis and Clean Energy, features in the current Anthill Podcast: Waste Not, Want not.

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

  • April: You mustn't remember this
  • May: Gaming the system
  • June: Music on the mind
  • July: Unexplored place.
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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Recent Post

  • How to teach sex education to young offenders
    As sex and relationship education becomes compulsory in English schools, what about those young people in youth custody? Dr Michelle Templeton looks at the positive impact of a sex-education programme she was involved in at a young offenders’ institution in Belfast.

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

Call for Academics to take part in Mindhive Trial

Queen’s University has been offered the opportunity to participate in a trial of Mindhive, an online platform that allows users to engage with a global community of university researchers, government leaders, policy experts, entrepreneurs and industry representatives on important policy issues.

We are currently looking to put together a cohort of academics who will agree to use the site over a specific period of time, so to find out more or participate, please contact Kevin Fearon on by Monday 3 April 2017.

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Equality and Diversity Unit

Know anyone who would love to work at Queen's but doesn't know where to start?

Send them along to this Employment Outreach Event on the morning of 7 April to find out everything they need to know.

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Green at Queen's

Bike To Work Breakfast

It's pedal power over horsepower as staff are invited to leave the car at home and cycle to work on Friday 31 March. A free breakfast will be provided in the Old Staff Common Room, 8.00am - 9.30am. Click here for more information.

The Big Spring Clean

The Big Spring Clean is Northern Ireland’s biggest volunteer clean-up and takes place on Thursday 6 April, 12.00pm - 2.00pm. More information and register here.

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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, 028 9097 2589.

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Transgender information sessions

Following the creation of the University’s Trans Equality Policy, the Students’ Union, in partnership with the Equality and Diversity Unit and SAIL NI, have organised transgender information sessions. Staff and students are welcome to attend these one-hour sessions; queries or accessibility requirements can be directed to More males are encouraged to register for the sessions. Remember to obtain permission from your line manager should you wish to attend:

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QFT Listings

  • The Secret Scripture: Jim Sheridan’s first Irish-set film since 1997’s The Boxer finds the director of My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father in a more elegiac mode. Based on Sebastian Barry’s 2008 novel, Sheridan’s richly evocative drama stars Vanessa Redgrave, Eric Bana and Rooney Mara.
  • The Lost City of Z: Partly filmed in Northern Ireland, this tells the incredible true story of a British explorer who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century.
  • Elle: Iconic actress Isabelle Huppert in a career-defining role as Michèle LeBlanc, founder and CEO of a successful video game company, who is attacked in her own home but has an unorthodox way of dealing with it.

QUB staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.70). Further information and booking here.

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Naughton Gallery

New Gallery Exhibition

Opening Thurday 6 April, with music from GIRL DJs from 5.30pm, Get’cha Head in the Game is an international group exhibition which explores the relationship between art and sport. From American football, tennis and basketball to skiing, weightlifting and roller derby, the exhibition champions sport and its players through various media.

The Book Club

The next meeting of the Book Club will be Sunday 7 May to discuss Citizen, by Claudia Rankine. The Book Club is an informal Sunday afternoon reading group hosted by the Naughton Gallery, developing conversations around books which link thematically to the exhibitions. Books are available from Blackwell’s in the Students’ Union with discount for Book Club members. For more info contact

Keep in touch!

Until our new website is launched the best way to keep updated with the Gallery is through its Facebook page. You can also contact to be added to the Mailing List.

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Students' Union Shop

The SU Shop meal deal is now even better with more vegetarian options including the St Dalfour French Cuisine Range. Don’t forget to pick up your Meal Deal loyalty card – Buy 6 and get the 7th free!

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Beer tasting session

Come along to the Speakeasy in the Students' Union on Monday 3 April at 7pm for an informal talk from the Franciscan Well founder, Shane Long on how he started his own brewery business, followed by a short Q&A. There’ll also be a range of the brewery's most popular beers to sample. The perfect Monday evening for budding entrepreneurs, home brewers - or just people who like beer! Tickets £5 available here.

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Parenting NI events

Parenting Workshops

Rooms will be confirmed at registration; lunch is provided.

Digi Detox 

  • Thursday 27 April 2017

Challenging yourself to go smartphone-free for the day to raise money for Parenting NI, a local charity which supports families across Northern Ireland. Register to take part and find out more.

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Fundraiser Events

Are you involved in organising any Fundraiser events outside of work? If so, the Events team would love to hear from you. From Fashion Shows to Strictly Come Dancing events, Events can host them on campus plus staff receive a 20% discount on room hire.

Contact the Events team on 028 9097 3768 or email

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Symposium: Compassion - A Universal Value?

All are welcome to attend a one-day symposium on Thursday 4 May in The Glasshouse at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. It was motivated by the moral commentator Karen Armstrong's famous call at a Ted talk for a 'Charter for Compassion'. The symposium is free and will include lunch. Spaces are limited. Further details and registration here.

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Art exhibition and workshops

Soil ecologist Dr Tancredi Caruso, from Queen's School of Biological Sciences and Ed Reynolds, an artist supported by the Leverhulme Trust, have collaborated to demonstrate the beauty and importance of soil in a series of artworks and workshops.

You can see the results on Saturday 1 April (at the Ulster Museum) and Saturday 22 April (Girdwood Community Hub, north Belfast). Find out more here.

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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 29 March 2017, Flipping the Lecture, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
  • Thursday 13 April 2017, Using Computer Assisted Assessment (incl. Questionmark), 9.30am - 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 26 April 2017, Becoming a Fellow of the HE Academy, 2.00 - 4.30pm

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

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IT Training 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), 10.00 am – 12.00pm
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

Book through 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.

The next test date is Monday, 3 April, 10.00am – 11.30am. To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day:  
Need to insert action buttons, video and link to YouTube? Just some of the topics covered in the Dynamic PowerPoint course, running on 12 May. Register via iTrent on Queen's Online.

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  • 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

To register for an upcoming training course, log onto Queen’s Online, then select Training Courses from the list on the left and select 'iTrent Self Service'.

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