29 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 tomorrow, 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. Feel free to Tweet your pics, using the hashtag #LoveQUB. Further details on the event can be found here.

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Honorary Degrees: Nominations

The Honorary Degrees Search Committee is now seeking to identify potential nominees for the award of Honorary Degrees in 2018. Details of the nomination process, including the nomination pro forma, are available on the University website. The closing date for submitting nominations is Friday 1 September 2017.

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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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Queen's Sport

Boat Race 2017_200pxUniversity Boat Race
The 13th annual University Boat Race will take place on Saturday 10 June. The main enclosure will be a ticketed event located at Cutter's Wharf with the University and family enclosure located at the newly refurbished Queen's Boathouse. The event has grown over the years into one of the biggest sporting and social events in Belfast as well as one of the highest profiled rowing events in Ireland.

The University Enclosure is at Queen's Boathouse (tickets £10, including BBQ, drink and spectator stand) with unique access to Queen's crews launching. The VIP Enclosure is at Cutter's Wharf (limited capacity) – tickets £25, available from Queen's PEC, including view of finish line, live race commentary, gourmet BBQ, drink and table service.

Book early for the chance to follow races on the Lagan. For tickets, email Queen's Sport reception or call 028 9068 1126. Click here to download the event poster.

Sport Summer School 2017_200pxSummer Scheme
Spaces for Queen's Sport's Summer Scheme for ages 6 – 14 are still available on a full-day, half-day and full-week basis. Enrolment is now open to everyone. Please click here for more information

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Internal Vacancies

  • Close up of Lanyon building at night timeKTP Administrator, KTP and Business Networks (Grade 4), Ref: 17/105531 
    Closing Date: Monday 5 June 2017 
    Shortlisting Date: w/c Monday 5 June 2017 
    Interview Date: w/c Monday 12 June 2017

    Please note that due to the nature of the post, there is a requirement to travel extensively to represent the University at meetings that are held on company partner sites throughout NI and also on occasion in England and Scotland.
  • ‌Marketing Manager Students' Union, Ref: 17/105590
    Closing date: Friday 9 June 2017
    Anticipated interview date: w/c 19 June 2017

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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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Wellbeing – Choir event

Wellbeing choir event_June17Sing For Joy is an event on Friday 9 June that will promote the positives that singing in a community choir brings. Proceeds will go towards Aware NI. Community choirs from all over Northern Ireland, including Queen's Staff Friday Choir, will perform and share songs. Audience participation will be encouraged.

Anyone wishing to perform please email Una McCann or visit the Sing for Joy Facebook page. Entry fee is £5 per person; please pay or make a donation to Aware NI via our Sing for Joy JustGiving Page.

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Book Swap

Book Swap imageThere will be two pop-up book swaps open to all staff and students during the week beginning Monday 5 June.

  • Wednesday 7 June, 10.00am – 12.00pm, MBC Foyer
  • Thursday 8 June, 10.00am – 12.00pm, Main Site Tower Foyer

If staff would like to donate any used books, please leave them in the marked donation boxes in the Main Site Tower or MBC Foyer any time between Monday 5 – Thursday 8 June, or bring books along with you on the day. Permanent book swaps can also be found in the McClay Library and Biomedical Library.

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Naughton Gallery

  • Naughton Gallery_Hello MrThursday 1 June: HELLO MR. Exhibition Opening, from 5.30pm, The Naughton Gallery. 
    The Naughton Gallery presents a comprehensive photographic survey of the history of Hello Mr. Event includes live set by GIRL DJs. Please see the event page for more information.
  • Friday 2 June: Art in the AM – HELLO MR. magazine discussion, 9.30am – 10.30am, The Pocket, 69 University Road.
    The Naughton Gallery's Ben Crothers in conversation with Hello Mr. founder and editor-in-chief Ryan Fitzgibbons.

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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QFT_The Red Turtle_200pxScreening this week:

  • The Red Turtle: This mature, dialogue free, traditionally animated film, co-produced by Japan's Studio Ghibli and Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Dudok de Wit, tells the story of a man who must make the most of what he has to survive when shipwrecked on a beautiful island devoid of humans.
  • The Other Side of Hope: Winner of Best Director at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, this tragicomic masterpiece tells the story of a Syrian asylum seeker whose life collides with that of a Finnish salesman fleeing a miserable marriage.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: To celebrate Jack Nicholson's 80th birthday last April, the BFI brings One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the classic which won Nicholson his first Oscar, back to the big screen.
  • Letters from Baghdad: Reflecting on the life, work and character of the remarkable Gertrude Bell, fascinating archive material is woven together with Bell's writings, letters to her parents voiced by Tilda Swinton, and testimony from peers including TE Lawrence and Vita Sackville-West.
  • Colossal: Anne Hathaway proves that there's a giant, city-crushing monster in all of us in Nacho Vigalondo's genre-bending monster movie comedy.

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

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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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Dementia – Free Public Meeting

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  • ‌‌Thursday 15 June: Do You Want to Know More about Dementia?, 6.00pm – 8.30pm, Linen Suite, Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey

Free event focused on Alzheimer's, dementia, current treatments and latest research. For all members of the public. The event is hosted by Queen's University and organised by researchers in the Alzheimer's Research UK Northern Ireland Research Network. Booking is not required. The event will be preceded by refreshments and a buffet from 5.30pm.

For more information, email Michael Hills or call 028 9097 5411. Please see the flyer for further details.

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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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Care in the Sun

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  • ‌Tuesday 20 June: Care in the Sun Information Session, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location TBC after registration

Staff Wellbeing have organised a Care in the Sun Information Session to provide helpful information on how staff and their families can keep safe in the sun. The session will be delivered by Cancer Focus and Dr Gerry Gormley from the Centre of Medical Education. Lunch will be provided.

Register to attend here.

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Wellbeing Training – Mood Matters

AWARE NI logo_200pxwAs part of Queen's ongoing commitment to promoting and supporting staff wellbeing, two half-day training programmes on positive mental health have been developed, delivered in collaboration with Aware NI, one for all staff and another for Managers and Supervisors. For more information please click here. Both programmes are now available through iTrent and staff are encouraged to register to attend.

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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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Education at Queen's newsletter

Front cover of the Education at Queen's Summer 2017 NewsletterThe Summer 2017 issue of Education at Queen's, the newsletter from the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, is now available at this link, where staff can read about the School's most recent education and research activities. Feedback and inquiries are welcomed (email Angela McMenamy with any comments).

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Green at Queen's Environmental E-zine

Green at Queen's imageKeep up to date with all things Green at Queen's by reading the monthly environmental e-zine, which includes a selection of stories geared towards promoting environmental awareness here at Queen's, plus top tips for Green Impact Teams and information on upcoming events. Staff can read the May 2017 edition here. To subscribe to the Green at Queen's e-zine, please email

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Finance Skills Training

Finance Training logoThe Finance Directorate is pleased to note the level of interest for the pilot Finance Skills training programme. Places still remain on the 'Managing a Research Grant – Financial Guidance (Post Award)' course on 26 June. E-learning training material available includes An Introduction to HE Finance; Essentials of Budgeting; VAT for HEIs; Anti-Fraud Awareness and PCI DSS Compliance.

Further information, including details on 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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  • 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 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
  • 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: All Queen's staff and students can download Office 365 for free on up to five devices: find out more at this link.

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