13 November 2017
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.
Professor Patrick G Johnston: A Life Remembered
Registration is now open for staff to apply for tickets to attend 'Professor Patrick G Johnston: A Life Remembered', which will take place on Wednesday 13 December in the Whitla Hall from 2.00pm – 5.00pm.
Staff can register using the form available here. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
CMA advice for HE providers
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published advice for higher education providers in March 2015 to help them comply with consumer law when dealing with students. In particular, the advice focused on setting out minimum standards on information provision to applicants, the fairness of universities' terms and conditions and universities' complaint-handling processes.
Queen's has been keen to respond proactively to this advice and has taken considered steps to facilitate compliance with the consumer protection legislation. A briefing note for staff on CMA and the measures the University has taken is available here.
CMA compliance is the responsibility of all staff. It is therefore, of upmost importance that staff are familiar with CMA requirements and that the measures outlined are followed to ensure the University’s compliance with consumer law.
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: email@example.com / 028 9097 5301.
TechWomen50 Awards vote
Congratulations to 2016/17 MSc Applied Cyber Security student Claire Burn, who has been shortlisted for the TechWomen50 awards.
Staff can read more about Claire's journey, and are invited to support her (and thereby the University) by voting, at this link.
Please see below for details of this week's internal vacancy.
Vacancies should be viewable on Queen's Online.
Please note that other vacancies are often advertised externally and are on the Jobs page.
- Temporary Administrative Officer
Admissions and Access
Closing date: 20 November 2017
Anticipated interview date: 30 November 2017
HE Lunchtime Forum
- Thursday 7 December: Supporting Children in Care, 1.00pm – 1.55pm, OG/010 Main Site Tower
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.
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.
Learning and Teaching Conference 2018 – Call for proposals
This is a call for proposals from staff from all Schools for oral and poster presentations on the theme of 'Creativity and Innovation in Teaching'. All abstracts should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 5 February 2018 at 12.00noon. Staff will be notified if their proposal has been accepted by 19 February 2018. All submissions should be in PDF or Word format.
The Annual Learning and Teaching Conference will take place on 28 March 2018.
Those interested in presenting should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words detailing your proposal. It should state clearly how your presentation meets the theme of the conference. It should stand alone and not contain references or notes. Abstracts will be published on the website prior to the conference. A maximum of five keywords should be supplied.
Oral presentations will last either 20 or 10 minutes. Students and staff are encouraged to produce joint posters on the above theme as it relates to their discipline.
School of Pharmacy Parents' Evening
The School of Pharmacy invites students and their parents/guardians to a Parents' Evening on Wednesday 29 November, from 6.30pm – 9.00pm in the Whitla Hall.
Hear some of the reasons why to study degrees in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences or Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. Hear from employers – including representatives from industry, community and hospital pharmacy – as well as current students or graduates of the courses. Ask questions about the subjects and entry criteria.
Being Human Festival 2017
As part of the 2017 UK-wide Being Human Festival, Queen's has been selected as one of five 'Being Human Hubs' and will host a series of events on the theme of 'Lost and Found'.
Led by Dr Franziska Schroeder from School of Arts, English and Languages, the Festival runs from 19–25 November and each event will explore an aspect of humanities-based research. The Festival demonstrates the breadth, diversity and vitality of the humanities, their accessibility and relevance to people's lives, and shows how research in the humanities is vital for the cultural, intellectual, political and social life of the UK and globally.
View the Festival events here.
Global Challenge Networking Programme
The second event in the 2017–18 Global Challenge Networking Programme (GCNP) will take place on 29 November. The theme will be 'Global Uncertainties'.
Please click here for more information and to register.
Staff can find out more about each GCNP event, and register for attendance, at this link.
The GCNP is an opportunity for researchers at Queen's to develop interdisciplinary networks and collaborations while addressing some of society's major problems. The programme for 2017-18 has three themes: the first, 'Artificial Intelligence and Society', took place in September, with 'Sufficiency', our final event, being held in February 2018.
Each theme will include a kick-off event which will involve an opportunity for attendees to network with colleagues in different disciplines, consider the main issues connected to the theme through open plenary discussions, and explore new collaborations in detail through focused sub-groups.
MHLS FELLOWSHIP WRITING WORKSHOP
The Research Development Team is holding a Fellowship writing workshop on Tuesday 12 December from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The workshop is aimed at early career research staff from the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences who plan to apply for a fellowship in the near future.
The workshop will cover essential elements of the fellowship application procedure, and will be delivered by colleagues from Research Development, Research Policy, Impact and Business Alliance teams, and the Finance Office.
QPOL POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND RESEARCH BLOG
Up-to-date contributions from QPol. Click on the links to read. To submit, email Kevin at email@example.com.
- Pensions, Reparations and Reintegration: Parallel Processes for Injured Ex-Combatants and Civilians
Dr Luke Moffett and Prof Kieran McEvoy look at the implications of the recent announcement that a public consultation on dealing with the past will go ahead soon.
- Giant Lizards Are Thriving on Borneo's Oil Palm Plantations
Following a recent trip to Sabah, Dr Joshua Twining looks at why lizards appear to be particularly at home in the oil palm plantations of Borneo.
- Whither the UK's Future with the EU
Professor Lee McGowan asks is it time for Britain to seriously question its position in the Brexit negotiations?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
- The Isle of Man is a tax haven – but its prosperity has precarious roots
by Pete Hodson, PhD candidate, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
- Why Islamist attack demands a careful response from Mozambique
by Eric Morier-Genoud, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
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
'What's the big idea?' competition
The 'What's the Big Idea?' competition is now open and applications will close on Monday 27 November at 5.00pm.
There are 11 categories which students can enter, including 'Best Use of Technology', 'Best Business Idea from a Postgraduate Student', 'Best Green Business Idea' and 'Best Idea for Social Enterprise'.
The competition is open to all students at Queen's who have exciting and novel business ideas, and is a great platform for students to launch these ideas.
Students are also in with the chance of winning up to £2,800, but as well as winning such prizes, shortlisted applicants will also have the opportunity to meet local entrepreneurs, develop creative thinking and business skills and compete for more money in other competitions.
Equality and Diversity
QUBSU Trans Students’ Week
Queen's Students' Union's Trans Students’ Week, 'Beyond the Binaries', takes place from 20 to 24 November. This campaign aims to empower trans and non-binary students and staff and demystify the differences in gender identity and sexual orientation.
The 'Educating the Educators' training session, on Thursday 23 November from 1.00 to 2.00pm, is for staff who work closely with trans and non-binary students.
Find out more and register your interest here.
Professor William C Campbell Lecture
- Tuesday 21 November: Finding Ivermectin: A Medication for the Control of River Blindness and other Parasitoses, 2.15pm, Great Hall
The Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences welcomes Nobel Laureate Professor William C Campbell to Queen's.
Please RSVP to Brenda Carabine to confirm your attendance: email@example.com / 028 9097 1153.
See here for more information. Download the event invitation here: Filestore
A reminder that all Queen's staff get a year-round 12.5% discount in Blackwell's Bookshop in the Students' Union.
Call in to the Bookshop any time to avail of this perk, one of many available to Queen's staff.
Contact the Bookshop at firstname.lastname@example.org for any book-related queries.
Annual Information Services Coffee Morning
The Annual Information Services Coffee morning will take place in the Great Hall on Tuesday 12 December from 10.00am to 11.30am. All are welcome. Proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Raffle tickets are available to purchase beforehand and also at the event: £1.00 each or six for £5.00. Any donations of prizes, hampers, etc, would be very welcome. Please contact a member of the Information Services Social Sub-Committee for information:
|Christine Carrothersemail@example.com||028 9097 6322|
|Julie Caulfieldfirstname.lastname@example.org||028 9097 6346|
|Michael Goodallemail@example.com||028 9097 6260|
|Barry McKinneyfirstname.lastname@example.org||028 9097 6147|
|David Robinsonemail@example.com||028 9097 6164|
Green at Queen's
Recycling Week 2017
This year's University-wide Recycling Week will run from Monday 20 to Friday 24 November. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved and help raise environmental awareness at Queen's. View the full schedule of events here.
Highlights this year include:
» 'Planning for Waste Debate', chaired by Professor Geraint Ellis – with a focus on the 'Hightown Waste Incinerator'
» 'Love Your Leftovers Cookery Demonstration', with top Belfast chef Steven Jeffers (Forestside Cookery School)
» 'Community Clean Up' litter pick in the Holylands and Stranmillis areas
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, call 028 9097 1447, or contact the CED on Twitter using #SGCfoodBank2017.
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.
Alcohol and Drugs Awareness
- Thursday 16 November: Alcohol and Drugs Awareness, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Throughout this session, 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.
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.
This session has been organised by Staff Wellbeing and Addiction NI.
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. Register here for a free ticket.
Please download the event poster for more information:
Men’s Health Awareness Session
- Wednesday 22 November: Men’s Health Awareness Session, 1.00 – 2.00 pm
Session delivered by Professor Joe O'Sullivan, (joined by Dr Gillian Prue), who will discuss the symptoms and signs of prostate cancer and ways to reduce the chance of being diagnosed. He will also update on the world-leading research taking place on the disease at Queen's, as well as the cutting-edge therapy being delivered at the Cancer Centre. Dr Prue will discuss the importance of lifestyle in prostate cancer and describe some research she is leading out on in the subject. Please register here to attend, the room will be confirmed at registration. Lunch will be provided.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, affecting one in nine men. The vast majority of men are now cured thanks to developments in research leading to better understanding and treatment of the disease.
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.
Now screening at QFT
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.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer: Sensational, subversive thriller starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Barry Keoghan.
Dispossession + panel: returning for a second screening following its sold out screening in August, this showing includes a post-film discussion facilitated by PLACE.
Outburst Film Festival (13 – 15 November): Outburst brings you the very best in new queer cinema in partnership with QFT. Visit the QFT website for details of film screenings.
Opening Friday 17 November
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool: Adaptation of the memoir by British actor Peter Turner, recounting his romance with Hollywood's legendary, eccentric star Gloria Grahame during the last years of her life.
The Florida Project: Warm, winning, and wonderfully alive, Sean Baker's film is a deeply moving and poignant look at childhood. Starring Willem Dafoe.
London Korean Film Festival (17 – 18 November)
Focusing on Korean Noir. Films include Die Bad, New World and The Merciless.
Warren Miller's Line of Descent (19 November)
This is the 68th of Warren Miller's snowsports films. Filmgoers can enter into draws for trips to Switzerland and Canada.
Autism Friendly: Peter Pan (19 November)
Showcasing Disney's version of the enduring story by Sir James M Barrie. Doors open at 11.30am, when juice and biscuits will be provided.
Jewish Film at QFT (19 November)
QFT is delighted to present a Jewish film season that includes touring films from the 21st UK International Jewish Film Festival.
Arts and Entertainment
Naughton Gallery News
Exhibitions, events, and updates from The Naughton Gallery at Queen's. 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.
- 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.
Welcome Centre – New Stock
The Welcome Centre is now stocking 'Sea Remedies' – traditionally made sea water soaps and salts using 100% natural ingredients, from Carlingford, Ireland.
Individual soaps have their own unique health benefits and are ideal for sensitive skin.
Staff are reminded of their 10% discount.
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 (November–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.
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.
- 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
- Tuesday 5 December: Professional Development Series: Writing Good Exam Questions, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
- Wednesday 6 December: Digital Literacies Workshop 2: Using Digital Technologies to Enhance Content Delivery, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
- Thursday 7 December: Lunchtime Forum: Supporting Children in Care, 12.45pm – 2.00pm (see separate Round Up item above)
IT Training Courses
Please see below details of upcoming IT training courses, now available to book on iTrent.
Tip of the Day: To create an on-screen video of anything on your computer, use PowerPoint 2013. Click the 'Insert' tab, then 'Screen Recording', select an area on screen and click the 'Record' button.
- Wednesday 15 November: Excel 3: Data Analysis, 9.30am – 12.30pm
- 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
- Thursday 30 November: Introduction to Database Part 2 (covers ECDL DB and follows on from Part 1), 9.30am – 12.00noon
- Tuesday 5 December: Creating Infographics and Visual Content, 2.00pm – 5.00pm