8 May 2017

Call for summer graduation stories

Call for graduation stories 2016With Summer Graduation just a few weeks away, the Communications Office is keen to hear about any graduands who would be of interest to the media.

Do you know any students with an interesting story? Anyone graduating on the same day as another member of their family? Have they won an award, or are they the first people to graduate from a new course? Perhaps they are travelling after they graduate or are involved in charity work?

Please send details to

The closing date for submitting information on graduation stories is Friday 2 June 2017.  

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Spring Festival of Conflict Transformation

Tarja HalonenThe next event in The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice's Annual Spring Festival is:

To register, click here. The Festival runs until Thursday 11 May. Browse the full programme here.

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Graduate School

  • Wednesday 10 May: How do we progress: Making the Most of Masters at Queen's University?, 12.30pm – 2.30pm, Graduate School; Facilitator: Reka Matolay, Corvinus University Budapest 

Over the last year Queen's has been developing a pilot programme called Making the Most of Masters (QMMM). This programme aims to work with PGT Directors in Schools to develop work based learning projects (WBPs) which Masters students can undertake in lieu of a traditional dissertation.

The session will:

  • Share experiences to date
  • Examine the potential for next stages of the QMMM pilot
  • Consider blockages and challenges
  • Help develop thinking on the next steps for QMMM

Lunch will be provided. More information is available on the Centre for Educational development website. To register email Tom Mervyn, or telephone 028 9097 3840.

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Horizon 2020 – 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, while a Queen's academic will present a case-study of a COST Action.

Please email to register.

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Horizon 2020 – Write an ERC Grant

ERC logo wide_200pxThe Research Development EU team has 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 aimed at academics preparing an ERC application this year or next year. Please register on the relevant event page below:

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School of EEECS

EEECS are pleased to host a live cast of the annual BCS Karen Spärck Jones lecture on Thursday 25 May 2017, 6.00pm – 7.30pm, in the Computer Science Building, Malone Road. The lecture will be preceded by a networking reception starting at 5.15pm. The speaker is Professor Maja Matarić of the University of Southern California, on Creating Robots That Care.

The event is free and open to all, but booking is required. To register, click here.

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Institute of Theology

Staff are invited to attend the Institute of Theology's Religious Studies Research Forum seminar series:

  • Thursday 11 May: The Victoria Institute: the Genesis of Anti-Darwinian Thought, by Stuart Mathieson (Queen's University Belfast), 4.15pm, Newark Room.
  • Friday 26 May: Dr Raymond Carr (Pepperdine University, California) will be speaking on the connections between jazz, black theology and Karl Barth, 2.00pm, Senate Room.
  • Monday 19 June: Theology and History, by Professor Brad Gregory (University of Notre Dame, Indiana), 4.15pm, Teaching Room 6, Graduate School.

For further information, contact

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Learning at Work Week

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
  • Wednesday 17 May: TED Talks Screened – Creative and Curious, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Thursday 18 May: Demonstration – Get Creative using Microsoft Publisher, Visio, PowerPoint and PiktoChart, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

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.

Creativity in Pictures
Staff Development are inviting staff to send a picture of anything creative they or colleagues have or are doing, which will then be shared via Twitter. Interested staff can send the image(s) to

Click here for more information on Learning at Work Week.

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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

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  • Thursday 11 May, 5.30pm, Great Hall: A Giant's Cause: Solutions for Brexit with Professor Carl Baudenbacher. Professor Carl Baudenbacher, President of the European Free Trade Agreement Court, will explore whether the European Economic Area model, or a bespoke variation of it, would be a suitable way forward for the UK. Register by clicking the link.

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

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Brexit Seminar

  • Thursday 11 May: Stateless Nations of the European Union in the Shadow of Brexit: Catalonia, Northern Ireland and Scotland, 2.00pm – 6.00pm, Senate Room

This seminar will explore the impact and implications of Brexit upon the three named regions above, as well as other European regions and stateless nations, at sub-national and national levels. Registration opens at 2.00pm and a Catalan Cava and Irish music evening will follow the seminar from 6.00pm – 6.30pm. Contact Irene Boada for more information.

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Lecture: Narratives Supporting Conflicts

Staff, students and community partners are invited to the following lecture by Professor Emeritus Danny Bar-Tal, a leader in the field on intractable conflict, as part of a conference on Challenging the Narrative of Intractable Conflict.

  • Tuesday 27 June 2017: Narratives Supporting Conflicts: Development, institutionalization and the Struggle to Maintain Them, 4.00pm – 5.30pm, Great Hall

A reception will follow the event. The event is free, but registration is required. Please register 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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Research Study: Supporting someone with a cancer diagnosis

cancer treatment study_0517Queen's researchers would like to hear from staff who have experience of supporting someone with a cancer diagnosis who has completed treatment. For those interested, this would include an informal interview with the researcher, including the completion of a short questionnaire. For further information, please email Emily Moffat or call 028 9097 5764.

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Eventus: Summer Barbecues at Riddel Hall

Riddell_200pxwEventus would like to invite staff to consider Riddel Hall for summer barbecues, either social or corporate. Various menu options, from £22 per person, are prepared by the in-house catering team. Email the Eventus team or call 028 9097 5185 for more information.

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Staff Wellbeing – International Dance Group

Dance illustrationStaff Wellbeing, in partnership with Queen's Sport, would like to promote a new International Dance Group initiative, which aims to help integrate international staff and their families by interacting in a relaxed artistic atmosphere. Mexican, Latin American, Polish and Irish dance will be represented. The next class will be held in Queen's Sport on Sunday 14 May 2017, 3.00pm – 5.00pm. Staff will meet in Clements in the PEC at 3.00pm and the class will start at 4.00pm.

Sessions are free of charge and registration is not needed.

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Mood Matters session

AWARE NI logo_200pxwIn partnership with Staff Wellbeing, AWARE NI's Patrick Anderson will deliver a lunchtime Mood Matters session on Thursday 11 May, 1.00pm – 2.00pm. More information here.

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  • Mindhorn: The anti-hero of this film is washed-up actor Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt), whose career peaked with a hit 1980s TV detective show but who is given a second chance at reversing his ailing fortunes.
  • The Journey: Timothy Spall (Ian Paisley) and Colm Meaney (Martin McGuinness) star in this dramatisation of the events preceding the historic 2006 St Andrews Agreement. The Journey is a dramatic comedy inspired by a major turning point in British and Irish history.
  • Clash: Mohamed Diab confirms his status as Egypt's foremost cultural commentator with Clash (pictured), a masterful depiction of a society torn apart by its differences.

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

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Naughton Gallery

  • Space Jam_200pxwGet'cha Head in the Game continues until Sunday 21 May. For more information contact or visit the event page.
  • SPACE JAM – free screening, Saturday 20 May, 5.00pm, Council Chamber at Queen's. Coincides with the launching of the Gallery's new Family Activity Guide.

The Gallery's next exhibition, HELLO MR, opens Thursday 1 June at 5.30pm.

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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Welcome Centre – new products

travel pouches_TT Fabric DesignsThe Welcome Centre is now stocking products by TT Fabric Designs, including handmade tote bags, make-up pouches and baby playmates.

10% staff discount to use in store.

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Procurement – New Supplier Note

pencil-stationeryBanner Business Services have been awarded the contract to supply and deliver stationery, paper and office products to Queen’s. Please note that all stationery, paper and office products orders must be placed with Banner via the Science Warehouse e-marketplace, which is accessed through the 'P2P' system. Queen's dedicated Account Manager will be Donna Watson who can be contacted at or 07850 722 692. 

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Bite Size Open Access Training

Open Access is now a requirement for REF eligibility. To ensure compliance with the policy, staff are encouraged to attend the next course. There will be a time for questions following the course.

  • Tuesday 23 May: 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, who can book the course(s) on behalf of staff.

The full training schedule is available on the Open Access LibGuide.

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  • Friday 16 June: Using Computer Assisted Assessment (incl. Questionmark), 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Tuesday 20 June: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 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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  • Tuesday 16 May: Mood Matters for Managers and Supervisors, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • 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
  • Wednesday 24 May: Mood Matters for All Staff, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 25 May: Mood Matters for All Staff, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 31 May: The Engaging Researcher, 9.30am – 1.00pm 

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

  • 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
  • Thursday 1 June: Excel 3: Data Analysis, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 6 June: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 9 June: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • 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 22 May, 10.00am – 11.30am. To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day: Type =Sheets() function in any blank cell in Excel if you want to display the total number of worksheets contained within a workbook.

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