6 November 2017

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Staff Excellence Awards 2017

Nominations for this year's Staff Excellence Awards close on Friday 10 November at 5.00pm. Any staff considering nominating should do so by completing the online nomination form. Staff can download a poster for the event here for use in staff offices or on noticeboards as appropriate:

Full information – including nomination guidance notes, nomination form, and contact details in case of queries – is available on the Staff Excellence Awards webpages.



Social Charter Launch

Staff are invited to the launch of the University’s Social Charter, in the Whitla Hall, on Friday 17 November, from 11.00am – 12.30pm.

The event will provide an opportunity to learn about the key principles underpinning the Social Charter and find out about the signature projects from across the University which exemplify the Charter's themes and demonstrate the positive impact of our work on society. You will also hear from staff and students involved in the signature projects, and have an opportunity to discuss their work over refreshments.

Please register here to attend.



Queen’s in new Digital Cities initiative

Queen's has partnered with BBC Northern Ireland and RTS Futures in a new Digital Cities initiative.

Queen's will host a range of events on Tuesday 14 November in the Whitla Hall and on Thursday 16 November in the SGC Hub. The full programme of events is available on the Careers webpages. Staff are asked to encourage students to book into these events, especially the BIG EVENT on Tuesday 14 November at 6.00pm in the Whitla Hall with special guest keynote speaker Raymond Lau, Disney Producer, as well as a diverse industry panel inspiring students to consider a career in the creative and digital sector.

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Digital Cities Belfast begins on Saturday 11 November and runs until Friday 17 November with a series of free events and workshops across the city aimed at developing digital skills, sharing knowledge and creating networking opportunities for the city's creative and digital sector. A Digital Cities Londonderry/Derry Day is also running during the week.



ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017

This year's Festival of Social Science runs from Saturday 4 to Saturday 11 November. Thirty one events will take place across Northern Ireland, nine of which are being led by Queen's academics.

To view the full list of events, please click here.

The following events are open to the general public and places are still available. Click on the links for more information and to register.

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EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The biggest change in data protection law in 20 years is underway, with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replacing the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) with effect from 25 May 2018. The GDPR gives individuals greater rights over their personal information, and places substantially greater responsibilities on all organisations in relation to the processing of personal and confidential information.

As a consequence, changes will be required to how we process personal information. The University's GDPR Working Group is tasked with ensuring we are fully compliant with the new legislation by May 2018. 

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A series of Information Sessions has been arranged, open to All Staff, to raise awareness of the changes required and make practical suggestions as to how these can be implemented. These will last for one hour and are bookable via iTrent (search for "EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)"). Staff are welcome to email, in advance, any specific questions, queries or issues they would like be raised at these sessions.

  • Wednesday 22 November: 10.00am, Council Chamber
  • Thursday 23 November: 3.00pm, Council Chamber
  • Friday 24 November: 10.00am, David Keir Building (DKB/01/403)
  • Friday 1 December: 10.00am, MBC (MBC/OG/120)
  • Monday 11 December: 2.00pm, Council Chamber
  • Tuesday 12 December: 2.00pm, Elmwood Teaching and Learning Centre (ELTC/OG/008)

All staff are encouraged to attend – further sessions will be arranged over the coming months. A dedicated webpage has been developed which provides further information on the GDPR. This will be updated as further guidance becomes available.

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Teaching Awards 2018

Queen's Teaching Awards Scheme for 2018 is now open. Up to 10 Teaching Awards are available and a prize of £1,000 will be awarded to each successful individual or team, paid into a dedicated School account for professional development purposes.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Further information, including notes for guidance, application templates and examples of previous applications, are available to download on the CED website. Queries should be directed to Liz McDowell: e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk / 028 9097 5301.

All Staff Events October 2017

All-Staff Events

All-Staff Events Feedback Survey

Staff are encouraged to share their thoughts on the recent All-Staff Events by completing this short feedback survey – your feedback and ideas will inform future sessions.

Over 1,200 staff attended the All-Staff Events, during which the new brand identity was unveiled and a Question and Answer discussion took place with the Senior Leadership Team.

Videos of the event and the Question and Answer discussions are now available to view on the Corporate Plan website.



Learning and Teaching Conference

The Annual Learning and Teaching Conference will take place on 28 March 2018. The theme is 'Creativity and Innovation in Teaching'.

There will soon be a call for abstracts for the conference. If you are a staff member using new and interesting teaching practices, this is an opportunity to share your story with the rest of the University.


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HE Lunchtime Forum

  • Thursday 7 December: Supporting Children in Care, 1.00pm – 1.55pm, OG/010 Main Site Tower

Queen's is committed to increasing the number of care-experienced students. This event will provide staff with the opportunity to find out more about how partnership working can do this, and raise awareness of a group of learners who are the least represented in Higher Education.

Dr Karen Winter – from the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work – will discuss her research findings, and colleagues from the Health and Social Care Trust and Education Authority will also contribute to the discussion.

Further details are available on the CED website. Colleagues can register to attend via iTrent Self Service.



Horizon 2020 Writing workshop for RIA

  • Wednesday 29 November: Writing Workshop for Research and Innovation Actions (RIA), 9.30am to 12.00noon

This training is intended for Queen's senior academics planning to apply to the Horizon 2020 'Industrial Leadership' and 'Societal Challenges' programmes. These applications, called 'collaborative projects' under FP7, imply the involvement of at least three organisations from three different Member States. The workshop will address each section of the application through informative material. Strategic guidance will also be provided.

Please register here.


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Delivery of Personal Mail

Staff are reminded that they are not permitted to use the University Mail Room for the delivery of personal mail. There has been an increase in parcels being received from online fashion retailers such as Next and ASOS. Deliveries such as these, that are not work related, will not be accepted. Other companies, like Amazon, will be used to order work-related items such as books, IT equipment, etc; staff are asked not to abuse this by ordering personal items from this company to be delivered to the University Mail Room.

The practice of using the University mailing address for the delivery of personal items puts an additional and unnecessary pressure on Portering staff that is non-work related. Please respect your work colleagues by only using the University Mail Room for the delivery of mail and parcels that are for official University business.



Royal Society Visit

On Friday 24 November, there will be a presentation by The Royal Society's Debbie Meikle (Impact and Engagement Manager) and Dr Shewly Choudhury (Head of UK Grants). They will provide an overview of funding opportunities including International funding at The Royal Society which is relevant to all career stages.

Please see here for more information and to register.





Universities UK International Seminar

On Thursday 9 November Rachael Sara-Kennedy, Head of International Partnerships at Universities UK International (UUKi) will give a presentation on International funding opportunities, including the Newton fund which is coordinated by UUKi.

Please see here for more information to register.






Up-to-date contributions from QPol. To submit, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk.

The two most recent stories from The Conversation (below) also appear in QPol's latest contributions here.

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The Conversation

Staff making UK headlines

Visit from The Conversation Editor
Interdisciplinary Editor at The Conversation, Josephine Lethbridge will visit Queen's on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 November to speak to academics and postgraduate 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 the Communications Office, or call 028 9097 3091.

Please see below the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation. Click on the links to read. If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, contact comms.office@qub.ac.uk to find out more.

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Anthill Podcast
If you are interested in contributing to the Anthill Podcast the upcoming themes are:

  • November: Pain
  • December: Growing up
  • January: Things we do wrong, common myths


Global Entrepreneurship Week

Staff and students are invited to come and celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week in conjunction with The Graduate School and Enterprise SU.

Hear from the innovators and the shakers of the business world on Monday 13 November from 1.00pm to 2.30pm at the launch event. Share lunch with inspirational figures and ask any questions you may have. Register here

Come to the Global Entrepreneurship celebration roundup event on Friday 17 November from 5.00pm to 6.00pm where we will celebrate a week of innovation and enterprise whilst enjoying a complimentary evening buffet. Register here.

Other events ongoing can be found here.



EU Funding Newsletter

The October edition of Queen's University's EU Funding Newsletter is now available to view at this link.

The edition includes all the latest news stories, funding calls and event listings.

For information on the Newsletter or related queries, contact the Research Development EU Team: euoffice@qub.ac.uk



Centre for Medical Education Coffee Morning

Staff are invited to the Centre for Medical Education's coffee morning from 11.00am on Wednesday 8 November 2017 in the foyer, Whitla Medical Building, Lisburn Road. All proceeds will go to Cancer Focus. Over 100 prizes are available, as well as plenty of free gifts on a first come first served basis.

Raffle tickets are available from the CME reception, Mulhouse, £1.00 each or six for £5.00. Tickets can also be purchased at the coffee morning. Prize donations and/or baked donations would be gratefully appreciated. Please email Eveline Burns (e.burns@qub.ac.uk) or Katie Torbitt (k.torbitt@qub.ac.uk). Donations can also be made at this link.

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Held in memory of all those who have lost a loved one to cancer, as well as those who have been affected by the disease.



Centre for Medical Education Newsletter

The first issue of the Centre for Medical Education's Research Newsletter is now available to view.

Download the newsletter here:




Public Engagement

Food Bank collection – SGC

The Centre for Educational Development (CED) Green Impact Team is organising a collection for South Belfast Food Bank. The suggested items for donation are given below.

The collection will take place from 20 November to 5 December, in the main office on the first floor of the Student Guidance Centre. If you have a strong box in which the food could be stored, please bring it along.

If you are not able to access the staff area in the Student Guidance Centre or would like more information, please email Lina, or call 028 9097 1447.

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Suggested Items for Donation

Feminine hygiene products, baby nappies Long life milk Cooking oil
Toiletries (shampoo, soap, razors, shaving cream, etc)  Long life juice Sugar, biscuits
Washing powder, washing up liquid Tinned vegetables, tinned fruit Rice, pasta
Tin openers Tinned meat/fish Pet food
Toilet Rolls Tea, coffee Instant mash/soup
Toothpaste, toothbrushes Jam  All other non-perishables

Thank you for supporting local people in crisis.


Fundraising event


  • Thursday 23 November: Re-Joyce for Kolkata, 5.30pm – 7.30pm, The Graduate School

Staff and their friends are warmly invited to attend a special one-man show, by Professor Mark Lawler, on the words, songs and scandalous verse of James Joyce. Money raised will help to support the educational needs of underprivileged children in Kolkata.

Please book your place here. Donations can be made here.

Download the event poster here: Filestore



LGBT+ Staff Network events

Queen's LGBT+ Staff Network would like to invite staff to a night at the movies on Tuesday 14 November at 6.20pm. The QFT will be showing a number of queer films as part of the Outburst Queer Arts Festival, including Chavela, a documentary which uncovers the life of the artist, Chavela Vargas.

Also, Drama Studies at the University, in partnership with Outburst, brings two days of world-class performances, art and speakers, hosted by the Brian Friel Theatre. This annual Queer at Queen's event is free and will be complemented by a special act by performance artist Holly Hughes. Featuring acts from across the world, the festival promises to be a compelling, entertaining and challenging programme of events held across Belfast from 9 to 18 November.


Arts and entertainment

Queen's Film Theatre listings

Please see below for this week's screenings.

Staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.70).

More information and booking on the QFT website.

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Now screening at QFT

The Killing of a Sacred Deer: Sensational, subversive thriller starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Barry Keoghan.

I Am Not a Witch: Groundbreaking first feature from Zambian-born Welsh director Rungano Nyoni.

Call Me By Your Name: A rapturous study in passion and desire from the director of I Am Love and A Bigger Splash.

No Stone Unturned: Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God) reopens the case of the unresolved Loughinisland massacre.

Loving Vincent: The world’s first fully painted animated feature returns to QFT after its sold out Cinemagic screening in October.

Kaleidoscope: Toby Jones is at his very best in this complex and dark psychological thriller.

Unrest: Jennifer Brea is a Harvard PhD student soon to be married to the love of her life when she’s struck down by a mysterious fever that leaves her so ill she becomes bedbound, often in excruciating pain.

Special Events

The Acting Class (7 November): All the world’s a stage. But not all the players are equal. What kind of stories do we tell if only 10% of actors come from working class backgrounds?
Followed by a Q&A with directors Deirdre O’Neill and Mike Wayne.

A Cambodian Spring (8 November): A Cambodian Spring is an intimate and unique portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent development that is shaping modern-day Cambodia.
Followed by a Q&A with director Maria Augusta Ramos.

Future June (9 November): Maria Augusta Ramos portrays the Brazilian social and political reality with a clinical and direct camera in Future June, filmed in the weeks before the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Followed by a Q&A with director Maria Augusta Ramos.


Arts and Entertainment

Naughton Gallery News

Exhibitions and events include new exhibition PHLOX, a screening of Spirited Away in collaboration with design agency UsFolk, and the Book Club. Details below.

    Featuring a mix of established and emerging talent from around the world, PHLOX showcases some of the most vital work being made by female illustrators today. The exhibition demonstrates how illustration industry sexism cannot silence female perspectives, with depictions of women as diverse as those who create them, exploring identity, race, sexuality, and representation. Exhibition closes 26 November.

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  • SCREEN/PRINT: Spirited Away (2001, directed by Hayao Miyazaki)
    Thursday 9 November, 7.00pm – 9.30pm, Council Chamber, Lanyon Building (first floor)
    SCREEN/PRINT is a series of film events produced by The Naughton Gallery in collaboration with selected illustrators. The aim is to design posters for films that have inspired or influenced their practice, which then coincide with a screening of the chosen film. This screening of Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away has been chosen by Fiona McDonnell of PHLOX. For this screening, we collaborate with design agency UsFolk.
    Limited edition posters are free to all attendees. Event is free but please RSVP to art@qub.ac.uk.
  • Artwork of the Week
    Follow the Gallery on Facebook to get a weekly glimpse into the Art Collection at Queen's, as well as invites to our exhibition openings and other programme events.

The Naughton Gallery's new website is on the way. In the meantime, find them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and Spotify. Email art@qub.ac.uk for more information on any of the above events.



Women’s Common Room Club

  • Tuesday 14 November: Nobel Prizewinner, Bob Dylan. Hey, hey Woody Guthrie, 7.00pm, Old Staff Common Room, Lanyon Building

Speaker: Alister McReynolds, author and historian. Alister is an Honorary Research Fellow with Ulster University and has lectured extensively in the United States. His talk reflects on Dylan's appreciation of American folk legend Woody Guthrie.

The Women's Common Room Club belongs to the women of Queen's. If you have any queries, please contact wcrc@qub.ac.uk.



International Men's Day – 20 November

The School of Nursing and Midwifery will be holding their International Men's Day event entitled 'Men's Health' on Monday 20 November in The SPACE, Students' Union from 12.00pm – 2.00pm.

All staff and students are welcome to attend.

Please download this event poster for more information:



Alcohol and Drugs Awareness

Alcohol is the most widely misused drug in Northern Ireland's society and yet it is an accepted part of the average weekly shop. There are an estimated 47,000 harmful drinkers in NI, and the annual cost to industry of alcohol-related impact is estimated at £258.2m annually in terms of lost productivity, premature deaths among the workforce, and unemployment. Throughout this session, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Addiction NI, experienced trainers from Addiction NI will challenge employees to consider their attitudes to alcohol, providing a combination of information and interaction with the group.

Please register here to attend; the room will be confirmed at registration. Lunch will be provided at this session.

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International Dance Group

Staff Wellbeing, in partnership with Queen's Sport, are promoting International Dance Group sessions for staff. The sessions will be taken by Mayte Segura, a freelance dance teacher in Queen's Sport, and will incorporate dance from all around the world.

The next class will be held in Queen's Sport on Sunday 12 November, from 3.00pm – 5.00pm. Staff will meet in Clements in the PEC at 3.00pm and the class will start at 4.00pm. The session is free of charge and registration is not needed.


Learning and Development

Learning and Development Programmes

The Learning and Development 2017-18 course programme and Developing For Success workshops are available for booking. To book a place on any of the courses or workshops below, log onto iTrent Self Service.

  • Learning and Development Programme
    View and book upcoming courses here.
  • Developing for Success Workshops (October–December 2017)
    Workshops are available to managers/leaders and professional specialists in both academic (Grade AC2 and above) and professional support staff groups (Academic related grade 7 and above). View and book here.

IT training



A number of the Centre for Educational Development run courses for the 2017-18 academic year have been listed on iTrent self-service, and are now open for booking. Places are limited.

Further details of courses and events are available on the CED website. Log on to iTrent Self Service to book your place.

For up-to-date information please follow CED on Twitter or check the CED website.

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  • Wednesday 8 November: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 15 November: Professional Development Series: Flipped Lectures, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Friday 17 November: Using TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 21 November: Professional Development Series: Ensuring Students Use Feedback, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Friday 24 November: QuestionMark (for Computer Assisted Assessment), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 29 November: Writing Good Multiple Choice Questions (Workshop), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Thursday 30 November: Using the Personal response System in Your Class, 10.00am – 1.00pm
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IT Training Courses

Please see below details of upcoming IT training courses, now available to book on iTrent.

Course dates can be viewed here.



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  • Wednesday 8 November: LinkedIn for Beginners, 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Tuesday 21 November: Webinar Training Using Adobe Connect, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Thursday 23 November: Introduction to Database Part 1 (covers ECDL DB), 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 28 November: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 29 November: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.30pm

ECDL: To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email ecdl@qub.ac.uk
Click here for more information on ECDL.

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