15 May 2017

Call for nominations – Graduate and Student of the Year Awards

Student of the Year 2016_Diane MurdockStaff – as well as graduates, students, families and friends – are invited to nominate for the Graduate and Student of the Year Awards.

Those nominated for the Student of the Year Award should have made a significant contribution to the life of the University, or to the lives of others, during their time at Queen's. In addition to a trophy, the Student winner(s) will receive a cheque for £500.

Nominations for individual or groups of graduates should be for those who have made a substantial contribution to the arts, sciences or business, or to sporting, public or academic life. Entries for those who have made a significant contribution to the lives of others, or to the life of the University, can also be considered.

The 2017 nomination process is open until 5.00pm on Monday 12 June. To submit a graduate entry click here and to nominate a student, click here.

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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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A Bite of Queen's tour

Last month's A Bite of Queen's tour to the new Computer Science Building was a great success, so another tour is planned for Thursday 25 May, 12.55pm – 1.55pm. Staff will have the opportunity to learn more about the building’s £14m renovation to transform it into a state-of-the-art digital learning hub at the centre of the NI tech community.

The tour is free and will include a brown bag lunch. Register for this tour here. Places are limited. Staff who registered for the first tour in April, but were put on the waiting list, will be prioritised and need not register again.

Please advise of any dietary requirements when you register.


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Thesis submissions – information for PGR students and supervisors

In order to comply with new funder requirements, all PGR students registered since September 2016 must now deposit an electronic version of their final thesis in addition to the two hard-bound copies. To facilitate this, the Pure Thesis Module has been set up to manage the upload of theses and their display in the Research Portal. Current PGR students have also been given a Pure user account and a Research Portal profile. Find out all the requirements in the new LibGuide.

This information is also being circulated to any students who registered in September 2016 and are expected to submit in summer 2017 and to all those in receipt of RCUK funding. If you have any questions about this process, please contact

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School of NBE – Conference

  • Friday 26 – Saturday 27 May: Rundale – Runrig: Field Systems in Ireland, Scotland and Northern England, Room G006, Elmwood (Geography) Building, Elmwood Avenue

Rundale – the traditional method of communal farming in Ireland – and runrig – its equivalent in Scotland – have been studied separately. This conference surveys these traditional field systems and brings together for the first time the experts in each field to examine the differences and similarities. 

  • Friday 26 May: Session 1: Opening and keynote presentations, 3.00pm – 4.00pm
    • Session 2: Rundale in Ireland, 4.30pm – 6.00pm (followed by dinner at 7.00pm – please indicate if you wish to attend) 
  • Saturday 27 May: Session 3: Runrig and Field-Systems in the North of Britain, 9.30am – 11.00am
    • Session 4: Rundale Directions and Concepts, 11.15am – 11.45am
    • Session 5: Concluding discussion and conference close, 12.15pm

Tickets £45 (£30 students) must be booked in advance. Click here to register.

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School of HAPP – The Wiles Lectures

Professor Miri Rubin (Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History, Queen Mary University of London) will give four lectures under the title: Strangers into Neighbours: Dealing with Diversity in Medieval European Cities. All lectures will take place in the Emeleus Lecture Theatre, in the old Physics Building on the Lanyon site. Members of the public welcome.

  • 17 May: Cities of History, 5.00pm
  • 18 May: Cities of Strangers, 5.00pm
  • 19 May: Cities of Women, 5.00pm
  • 20 May: Cities of God, 11.00am
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Learning and Teaching Conference

Learning and Teaching Conference 2017_poster winnersThe Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Embedding Digital Literacies in the Curriculum, was held on 12 April and attracted over 120 delegates from across Queen's, Stranmillis and St Mary's University Colleges, as well as local Further Education Colleges and Hospital Trusts.

The poster competition was won by Lezley-Anne Hanna, Maurice Hall and Alan Hanna (pictured), with a poster on Developing an App to aid decision-making about pharmacy over-the-counter consultations.

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ARK Ageing Programme

ARK logo_webThe ARK Ageing Programme is pleased to host Dr Anna Tarrant (University of Lincoln) for two key events in June:

  • Tuesday 6 June: Seminar – How Older Male Kinship Carers Describe Their Care Responsibilities, and Implications for Ageing Male Identities, Ulster University
  • Wednesday 7 June: Workshop – Exploring Inequalities in Caring: Grandparents' Experiences of Kinship Care from Multiple Perspectives, G0/074, Lanyon Building

Please see here for more information.

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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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QPol Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Recent posts:

In the run-up to next month's Westminster election, QPol would welcome articles from across the University that deal with any aspect of the election. If you have anything you would like to put forward, please contact Kevin at

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NI Graduate Recruitment Fair

NI Graduate Recruitment Fair 2017The Northern Ireland Graduate Recruitment Fair, in association with and supported by Deloitte, will take place on Tuesday 13 June from 11.00am – 3.00pm. Over 70 exhibitors will showcase a range of graduate jobs, and the Careers team will be on hand to help with CV checks and quick queries. Students will have the opportunity to meet real employers with real vacancies.

More information can be found at

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Cycle to Work

This year's Cycle to Work Week takes place from Monday 12 – Friday 16 June. Full details of planned events will be available on Twitter in the coming weeks.

Staff are reminded that Cycle+, the bike to work initiative aimed at encouraging more staff to cycle to work, is currently open to applications. In partnership with Cyclescheme, staff can avail of bikes and safety equipment as a tax-free benefit while improving fitness and health, and boosting wellbeing. For more information on Cyclescheme, including how to apply, please click here.

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  • QFT_JawboneJawbone (pictured): Jimmy McCabe (Johnny Harris) is a man in search of hope but looking in all the wrong places. When he hits rock bottom he turns to his childhood boxing club and the only family he has left including gym owner Bill (Ray Winstone).
  • Aquarius: Sônia Braga (Kiss of the Spiderwoman) shines in this transfixing drama about one woman making a stand against greedy property developers in Brazil.
  • Mindhorn: Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) is a washed-up actor who peaked with a hit 1980s TV show but unexpectedly finds himself with a second chance to reverse his ailing fortunes.
  • Manhattan: Woody Allen's rapturous paean to New York returns to the big screen in a new 4K digital print scanned from the original camera negative.
  • Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?: Eighteen years previously, Saar moved to London after being kicked out of his religious Kibbutz for being gay. The remarkable journey of an entire family.
  • NIMHAFF: Second Chance for Change: This radical film project involves a group of men with criminal justice backgrounds and mental health issues and/or learning disabilities.
  • NIMHAFF: Soul Shorts: For their fourth festival, NIMHAFF presents three thoughtful short films. The audience will have a chance to meet and talk with the artists at a post-show Q&A.
  • NT Live: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots in James Macdonald's critically acclaimed, five-star production of Edward Albee's landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

Staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.70). More information and booking on the QFT website.

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Free 'Oliver!' Musical Tickets

Queen's is a Member of Excellence for Employers for Disability NI (EFDNI). EFDNI are delighted to offer Queen's staff and family members the chance of free tickets to attend Oliver! at the opening gala performance in Portadown Town Hall on Thursday 25 May 2017.

Places will be allocated strictly on a first come first served basis. Those wishing to attend should email Gabrielle as soon as possible to book a place. Please mention in the email that you work at Queen's.

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Library course – Scopus

  • Thursday 25 May: Scopus – A Closer Look, 10.00am – 11.30am, McClay Library Auditorium

Scopus is the world's largest bibliographic and citation database and a useful complement to Web of Science and Google Scholar. This course is aimed at staff and postgraduate researchers who wish to develop their knowledge of the content and functionality of Scopus. 

Places are available on the course. To book a place, log in to Queen's Online and click 'Training Courses' from the 'Other' section. If you would like any further information about this training session, please email

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Finance Skills Training

Finance Training logo_200pxThe Finance Directorate is pleased to announce the launch of a pilot Finance Skills training programme. This programme has been developed and designed to improve financial understanding and skills across the University and will be delivered by the Finance team in either a classroom-based environment or via e-learning. The pilot will focus on the following competencies: Accounting and VAT; Budgeting and Forecasting; Compliance and Governance; Policies and Procedures; Procurement; Research Finance; Systems; and General Finance.

Further information, including details on upcoming courses, how to register via iTrent and other finance training material, is provided on the Finance Directorate website and the Staff Training and Development website. Alternatively, please email

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  • Thursday 25 May: Using Socrative to Support Student Engagement and Feedback, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • 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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  • 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

  • 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
  • Thursday 8 June: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL – Spreadsheets), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 9 June: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 14 June: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 20 June: NVivo – An Introduction, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 4 July: 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, 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

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