22 May 2017

Queen's Interactive Showcase at Belfast City Hall

Queen's Showcase Event - Belfast City Hall - May 2017Queen's is holding an interactive showcase in Belfast City Hall on Tuesday 30 May 2017 to highlight the impact we make on our city. There will be over 30 exhibitors from across the University showcasing their work under the themes of Future Cities, Healthy Citizens, and People and Places.

This is a great opportunity to see the work that colleagues are involved in, so please come down to the Great Hall in Belfast City Hall anytime between 10.00am – 2.30pm.

Further details on the event can be found here.

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Conference – Early Childhood Development

  • Early Childhood Development_conflictWednesday 31 May: Early Childhood Development for Social Cohesion and Peacebuilding, 9.00am – 4.30pm, Riddel Hall

Hosted by the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation at Queen's, this one-day conference will draw together many of the world's leading international experts in early childhood development (ECD) and peacebuilding to explore the theory and practice of how ECD services can improve the lives of children and families and help to promote social cohesion. Information will also be shared at the conference of a new global research network on ECD and peacebuilding led by Yale, Queen's, NYU and Harvard and working under the auspices of the international Early Childhood Peace Consortium.

Registration is free but it is essential to reserve a place. A waiting list will apply. To register please email David Piekaar or phone +44 (0)28 9097 5956.

Download the event flyer here.

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School of Law event – Ecological Sustainability

  • Friday 26 May: Innovative Approaches to Ecological Sustainability in the European Union: Challenges and Opportunities in a Global Economic Crisis, 12.00pm – 5.00pm, Moot Court Room, Main Site Tower, School of Law

This half-day event focuses on the concept of ecological sustainability and identifies both the barriers that European Union policymakers face in seeking to achieve this core goal and the opportunities these create to develop innovative solutions.

Participation is free, but registration is recommended. Please click here to register and to view the full seminar programme.

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India Lecture 2017

  • India Lecture 2017Wednesday 31 May: Conversion and Anti-Christian Violence in Contemporary India, 3.00pm – 5.00pm, Great Hall

The India Lecture is a yearly public event supported by the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, and the Charles Wallace India Trust. This year's lecture will be delivered by Dr Sarbeswar Sahoo, Charles Wallace fellow in the School of HAPP. Please email Dr Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou to confirm attendance.

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The Conversation

The Conversation Interdisciplinary Editor at The Conversation, Josephine Lethbridge will visit Queen's on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 June to speak to academics and PG students. Staff are invited to attend 15-minute one-to-one sessions with Josephine to learn more about writing for The Conversation or to discuss ideas for potential articles. The one-to-one sessions can be booked throughout the visit. For further information, or to book a session, please email Jemma Greenlees, Communications Office, or call 028 9097 3087.

Click on the links below to read the latest Queen's articles 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

Upcoming events:

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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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 with a great back-story who would be of interest to the media.

Do you know anyone with a fascinating story to tell? Anyone graduating on the same day as another member (or more!) of their family? Have they won a major award, or is their next step travelling somewhere off the beaten track? Do they have an amazing job or study opportunity lined up? Perhaps they have been involved in charity work in the developing world or closer to home?

Please send details to

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

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RCUK Open Access Block Grant – Restriction

RCUK-Open Access logosDue to increased demand for 'gold' open access and a significant reduction in the University's RCUK open access block grant allocation, use of the fund for the payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs) has now been restricted. The remaining allocation has now been ring-fenced for the following types of costs:

APCs for fully Open Access journals (ie journals which do not sell subscriptions and in which all articles are Open Access, eg BioMed Central, PLOS One, Nature Communications). APCs for journals that do not offer a Green Open Access option that complies with RCUK's Open Access policy.

To inquire about the availability of RCUK funds please email For further information regarding 'gold' open access please visit the Open Access webpages.

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Centre for Public Health

Staff are invited to take part in a short, randomised study being conducted by the Centre for Public Health. The following questions will be explored:

  • How does the way that research findings are presented influence our understanding?
  • Does the use of tables, pictures or different types of writing have an impact?

There are no prerequisites and participation is anonymous. For further details, and to register your interest, please click here.

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Language Centre

  • Language Centre_Dragon BoatTuesday 30 May: The Chinese 'Dragon Boat Festival', 1.05pm – 1.55pm, Training Room 2, McClay Library

Staff interested in broadening their knowledge of Chinese culture are welcome to attend this interactive talk with both linguistic elements and cultural perspectives. Up to 20 places are available. For further information, and to book your place, please email Liang Wang.

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Wellbeing – Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 at Queen's raised a total of £792.50 for RVH Liver Support Group. Estates would like to thank everyone who donated and contributed to the week's success.

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The QFT has been shortlisted for the 'Community Distribution Award' at the First Trust Small Business Awards and would like to thank all QFT cinemagoers for their continued support.

Screening this week:

  • QFT_ColossalColossal: Anne Hathaway stars in Nacho Vigalondo's genre-bending monster movie comedy. Deconstructing the kaiju genre in highly imaginative ways, writer-director Vigalondo provides a fantastical tale that also triumphs as a wholly original romantic comedy.
  • Frantz: Filmed in sumptuous monochrome, François Ozon's romantic drama follows a young German woman mourning the death of her fiancé in the aftermath of WWI.
  • La Strada: Over sixty years since it won the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, La Strada returns to cinemas in a new digital restoration.
  • Live Cinema – RSC Live: Antony and Cleopatra: Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare's tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends.

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

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SU Shop

SU Shop logoPop Up Express
The SU 'Pop Up Express' will be in the Administration Building on Wednesday 24 May from 11.00am – 2.00pm, offering a range of foods including fresh scones, protein bars, vegan and gluten free products. Staff who visit the stand can pick up a meal loyalty card (with complimentary starter stamp) and could win a week of free lunches by answering some brief questions.

Shop Discounts
Special discounts are now available for all Queen's branded products including clothing, notebooks, files and lanyards. For further details please email Lorraine Meneilly.

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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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  • Thursday 25 May: Mood Matters for All Staff, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 31 May: The Engaging Researcher, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 5 June: Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 7 – Thursday 8 June: Management and Leadership in a Research Role, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 8 June: Induction for Contract Research Staff, 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Thursday 8 June: Mood Matters for Managers and Supervisors, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 8 June: Fire Warden and Evacuation Procedures, 11.00am – 12pm
  • Monday 12 June: Mood Matters for All Staff, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 15 June: Career Development for All Staff, 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Tuesday 20 June: Mood Matters for All Staff, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 23 June: Mood Matters for Managers and Supervisors, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 30 June: Mood Matters for All Staff, 9.30am – 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.

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IT Training Courses

  • 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 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 5 June, 10.00am – 11.30am. To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email

Tip of the day: Rather than use paper sticky notes, click the Start Button on your computer, type "sticky notes" into the search box. Right click on the note to change colour, click '+' to add another note, click 'X' to delete it.

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