2 May 2017

Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes 2017

The call for applications to the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes is now open. There are four categories in the suite of prizes which aim to recognise and reward individuals, at various stages of their careers, who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the areas of research, innovation and impact. The categories are:

  • Research Impact Prize
  • Research Innovation Prize
  • Early Career Researcher (ECR) Prize
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Prize

Further guidance and submission forms are available online.

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Professorial Gender Pay Gap review

Members of the University Professoriate are invited to a consultation meeting in relation to the ongoing Professorial Gender Pay Gap review. There will be two sessions and lunch will be provided:

Register using the links above. If you are unable to attend either session but still wish to contribute, you can email or

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Launch of Next Round of MRC Proximity to Discovery Funding

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. There are several categories of activity supported by the Fund:

  • 1. Early Stage Industry Engagement Activities eg. visits to companies
  • 2. People Exchanges/ Secondments/ Sabbatical Enhancement Grants
  • 3. Relationship Development Pilot Projects
  • 4. Seminars/ Workshops/ Industry Showcases

This is an open-call with applications invited from academic staff up to Friday 02 June 2017, 12pm. For further information please visit the P2D Website or contact Dr Karen McGeough on, 9097 1397.

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Tax-Free Childcare Scheme information session

The Equality and Diversity Unit in conjunction with the Salaries Office and Employers for Childcare have arranged a number of information sessions for Queen's staff in relation to the new Tax-Free Childcare Scheme. The next one takes place on:

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'Solutions for Brexit'

In association with QPol Policy Engagement the President of the EFTA (European Free Trade Association) Court, Professor Carl Baudenbacher, will give a lecture in the University's Great Hall on Thursday 11 May at 5.30pm. The lecture 'A Giant's Cause: Solutions for Brexit' will explore whether the European Economic Area model, or a bespoke variation of it, would be a suitable way forward for the UK.

To register, click here.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), Monday 8 – Sunday 14 May 2017, the Estates Directorate is focusing on the five steps to wellbeing and encourage staff to:

  1. Connect through coffee mornings and team-building activities.
  2. Take Notice by focusing on the positives, the small things that matter. A little goes a long way.
  3. Give by sharing information on mental health matters, eg through social media – the Twitter hashtag is #MHAW17.
  4. Keep Learning – on Friday 12 May Patrick Anderson, from AWARE, the depression charity for NI, will deliver a 10-minute presentation at 9.00am in the Old Staff Common Room on the importance of mental health.
  5. Keep Active by walking/running/cycling to and from work, promoting the benefits of increased physical activity

In partnership with Staff Wellbeing, AWARE's Patrick Anderson will deliver a lunchtime Mood Matters session on Thursday 11 May, 1.00pm – 2.00pm. More information here.

On Friday 12 May, Dara Curley and Richard Sheridan from Estates Services will be running 21 miles to work to increase awareness for #MHAW17 and raise money for the RVH Liver Support Unit. Donations can be made here.

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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 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

Recent posts:

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

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Spring Festival of Conflict Transformation

The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice’s Annual Spring Festival runs until Thursday 11 May.

This year’s festival includes a combination of politics, art, literature, film and documentary in formats ranging from debate and panel discussion to public lecture, conversation and workshops.

Browse the full programme here.

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Science at Queen’s Parents Evening

  • Thursday 4 May, Whitla Hall, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Parents can hear from graduates and current students of Queen's science courses, a range of academics and employers. For more information and to register, click here. 

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Centre for Public Health Supporting MumS Project

Researchers at the Centre for Public Health are looking for mothers who have had a baby in the past two years to take part in a new research study. Called the Supporting MumS (SMS) study, it aims to test ways of supporting mothers using text messaging. If you decide to take part you would receive text messages on ONE of these topics for one year:

  • diet and physical activity to help you lose weight
  • your child’s health and development

As well as receiving text messages, volunteers will meet SMS study researchers five times during the 12-month study. At each visit, some information would be collected, for example weight, blood pressure and questionnaires. Volunteers will receive a £20 ‘One4all’ voucher as a thank you on completion of each visit.

Find out more here or contact one of the research team on 07596 839 285 or email

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The Northern Ireland Multiple Sclerosis Research Network

The Northern Ireland Multiple Sclerosis Research Network is holding an Inaugural Symposium on Tuesday 9 May from 10.00am – 4.00pm in the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine (lecture theatre).

Guest speakers include Dr Ari Green, Medical Director of the University of California San Francisco Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center and Director of the UCSF Neurodiagnostics Center.

Register here.

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School of SSESW Centre for Behaviour Analysis - Seminar Series

  • Friday 5 May: Breaking Down the Barriers to Future Planning, by Dr Aviva Cohen, ASSISTID Fellow, University College Dublin/Queen's University.
    6 College Green/0G/002, 1.00pm - 2.30pm, coffee/lunch provided. RSVP to

The majority of ageing carers fail to make timely plans for their dependant sons and daughters.  This seminar aims to look at new thinking, including the technologies available to enable a well thought-through handover of caring responsibilities.

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Lloyds Scholars Programme

Lloyds Scholars logo_200pxwQueen’s University has partnered with Lloyds Banking Group to offer 15 students from lower-income households a complete package of financial support, paid internships, a business mentor and the opportunity to develop employability skills.

If staff know of any students joining Queen's in September 2017, please pass on the information about this excellent opportunity. Applications open on Wednesday 3 May 2017.

For more information, contact Christine Boyd at, see Queen's website, or visit the Lloyds Scholars website.

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KESS Programme 2017-18

The Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS) is annually delivered by the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Research and Information Service (RaISe), Queen’s University, Ulster University and The Open University.

The bid for submissions for the 2017-18 KESS annual programme closes at midnight on Thursday 25 May. Submissions from academics with a diversity of perspective are encouraged and welcomed, assuming those submissions are: objective/non-partisan; evidence-based; robust; reliable; relevant to policy and law-making in Northern Ireland; and accessible.

Further guidance can be accessed here.

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Horizon 2020 – Lunchtime Seminar on COST Actions

COST logo_200px wideCOST is the longest running European framework supporting transnational cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars.

Queen's will host a lunchtime seminar on COST on Tuesday 16 May. An external expert will introduce the funding scheme and discuss application tips, and one of our own academics will present their COST Action.

Please email to register.

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Horizon 2020 – Write an ERC Grant

ERC logo wide_200pxThe Research Development EU team have organised two writing workshops for ERC grants in May. These sessions will be delivered by Dr Lotte Jaspers from Yellow Research (Amsterdam). The workshops are dedicated to academics preparing an ERC application this year or next year. Please register on the relevant event page below:

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Queen's Sport Summer Scheme

Queen's Sport Summer Scheme will start the week beginning Monday 3 July for seven consecutive weeks. Staff enrolment opens today, Tuesday 2 May.

The Summer Scheme at Queen's Sport is a popular programme that offers children aged 6 – 14 years old a high-quality activity experience during the summer months.

Find the most up-to-date information, including enrolment dates, prices and information on the Junior Leader programme, online.

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Adult Activity Programme Spring 2017

The Adult’s Activity Programme is open now, with courses beginning on Monday 8 May.

Queen's Sport is offering several new courses this Spring such as Summer Sculpt, Beginner's Yoga and R.I.S.E Next Level, as well as favourites such as pilates, climbing, swimming and progressive courses in various types of yoga.

  • All courses last 8 weeks
  • Courses are open to both members and non-members
  • Members receive a discount of up to £24 on all courses.

Details on membership available here.

Download an enrolment form and find further information here.

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Pedometer Challenge Results

Pedometer Challenge_200pxwWell done to all those who took part in the 2017 Pedometer Challenge. Professor David Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students announced the results at a ceremony in the Great Hall on Tuesday 11 April 2017. See details and full results here.

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Holistic Therapies for Staff

Nightingale 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.

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Naughton Gallery

Get'cha Head in the Game continues until Sunday 21 May.  For more information contact or visit the event page.

The next Book Club takes place on Sunday 7 May, at 2.00pm, when Citizen by Claudia Rankine will be discussed. Books are available from Blackwell's in the Students' Union with discount for Book Club members. For more information contact

SPACE JAM: A free screening of Space Jam as part of National Drawing Day 2017 will be held on Saturday 20 May at 5.00pm in the Council Chamber at Queen's. The screening coincides with the launching of a new Family Activity Guide for the gallery and campus artworks.

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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  • Lady Macbeth: A passionate young woman struggles against suffocating societal norms in this British debut starring the incandescent Florence Pugh (The Falling) and based on the 1865 Russian novella, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.
  • Raw: Attending her first year at veterinarian college, shy vegetarian Justine is forced into eating raw liver and soon develops an unhealthy taste for meat that drives her to acts of increasing savagery. A Cannes Critics’ Week prizewinner, Julia Ducournau’s debut feature is a surreal and deliriously twisted coming-of-age story.
  • Their Finest: Gemma Arterton stars as Catrin, a talented young script editor with the Ministry of Information, where she’s hired to write dialogue for propaganda films during WW2.

Staff ticket price £5, standard ticket price £6.70. More details and booking are available on QFT website.

Congratulations to Stella Harrison who won the QFT Staff Survey Prize of a £50 Amazon voucher. Thank you to all staff members who took part in the survey.

The QFT has been shortlisted as one of the finalists in this year’s Belfast Business Awards for the Best Age-Friendly Business category.

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The William J Clinton Leadership Institute: Mini-MBA

The William J Clinton Leadership Institute Mini-MBA is running two cohorts this summer – one in May and one in July. There are still a few spaces left in both cohorts and Queen's members of staff are entitled to a 10% discount. Details are available here.

For more information, phone 028 9097 4394 or email

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Grit & Grace – a programme for female leaders

Grit and GraceGrit & Grace, a programme for female leaders run by the William J Clinton Leadership Institute, in partnership with Women in Business, runs this month. ‌

Building on the success of last year's inaugural programme, the three day programme is designed to make staff feel more confident as leaders. Full details and booking available on the course website. The cost for Queen's staff is £495.

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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), 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. This talk will present the various features of a web-based system called Socrative. Further information is available on the CED website. Registration is via Queen’s Online/iTrent.

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Higher Education Academy (HEA) Conference

  • Monday 19 June: Northern Ireland HEA Conference, From Retention to Progression: Developing Learning Environments that Maximise Student Success, Ulster University, Belfast Campus. Further information is available on the Ulster University website.  
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Learning at Work Week: 'Curious and Creative'

Learning at Work Week_May2017_200pxLearning at Work Week 2017 will take place between Monday 15 – Sunday 21 May, with the theme Curious and Creative. Sessions include:

  • Monday 15 May: Thinking Creatively, 9.30am – 1.00pm
    This workshop will help you to find and stretch your creative thinking muscles. A fun session including practical exercises. Suitable for all.
  • Wednesday 17 May: TED Talks Screened – Creative and Curious, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
    Some of the best TED talks to view on screen with the theme of Creative and Curious, and the chance for questions and discussion at the end. Suitable for all. A sandwich lunch will be included.
  • Thursday 18 May: Demonstration – Get Creative using Microsoft Publisher, Visio and PowerPoint, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
    This is a short demonstration to show you how creative you can be using Microsoft Publisher, Visio and PowerPoint. A taster session which will introduce you to some of the more creative uses of the software. Suitable for all.

Information will be available next week on online training available for staff during Learning At Work Week.

To register for any of the above, 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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  • Monday 8 May: Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 9 May: An Introduction to Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 17 May: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 18 May: Health and Safety for Co-ordinators, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 18 May: Biological Safety and Genetic Modification, 10.00am – 11.00am
  • Friday 19 May: Computer Workstation Risk Assessment, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Leadership and Management Development Opportunities
Book now for the following Developing for Success course in May (aimed at Professional Support Staff Grade 7 and above, and Academic Staff Grade AC2 and above):

  • Tuesday 23 May: Instilling a Customer Focus, 9.30am – 3.00pm

To register for any of the above, 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

  • Wednesday 3 May: LinkedIn for Beginners, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 3 May: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL – Spreadsheets), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 11 May: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook 2013, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 12 May: Dynamic PowerPoint (also suitable for those studying ECDL Advanced PowerPoint), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 15 May: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am - 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 16 May: Introduction to Visio 2013, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 17 May: Excel 2: Managing Data, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 25 May: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Friday 26 May: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 20 June: NVivo – An Introduction, 9.30am – 4.30pm

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: The next test date is Monday 8 May, 10.00am – 11.30am. To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day: Keep up to date with IT Training by following Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Wednesday 3 May: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Friday 16 May: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (incl. Questionmark), 9.30am - 3.00pm
  • Tuesday 16 June: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10am - 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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