20 November 2017

Corporate Plan

Social Charter Launch

Queen's has launched its Social Charter, a formal initiative reflecting the breadth and depth of the University's local and global impact.

Nineteen Signature Projects are included as part of the Social Charter which will shine a light on the significant contribution made by our staff and students and the positive impact we have on our society.

The launch of the Social Charter Signature Projects is one of the KPIs in our Corporate Plan.

Find out more on the Corporate Plan website.


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'
» 'Community Clean Up' litter pick in the Holylands and Stranmillis areas



Payroll Cut-off dates in December

Please note, pay day in December will be Wednesday 20 December 2017.

To facilitate this early pay day, all information to be included in the December pay run must be with the Salaries Office by Friday 1 December at 5.00pm. Relocation expense claims must be with Dympna Stewart in the Finance Office by 1 December for inclusion in December salaries. Any information received after this cut-off date may not be processed until January 2018.

Please contact Michael Stevenson, Payroll Manager, with any questions: 028 9097 3040 / ml.stevenson@qub.ac.uk.



Queen's academic on The Friendship Test, BBC One NI

Television personality Christine Lampard has enlisted the help of Dr Gary McKeown from the School of Psychology to prove to friend and co-presenter Adrian Chiles that there is nowhere friendlier than Northern Ireland. Filming for BBC One Northern Ireland has taken place in the David Keir Building.

To watch their experiment, tune in to BBC One NI at 7.30pm tonight (Monday 20 November) or catch up on iPlayer: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09dp67m



Internal Vacancy

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

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  • Systems Analyst/Programmer 
    IT Systems and Services
    Ref: 17/106068

    Closing date: 29 November 2017
    Anticipated interview date: 13 December 2017


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.  




Student Experience

Launch of Student Consultation for New Student Centre

The student consultation for the new Student Centre and Students' Union has now launched. The aim of the consultation is to inform and engage students about the project and to put the student voice at its centre. A new microsite (www.studentcentre.qub.ac.uk) showcases the project vision and timeline and will keep students informed on how the project is shaping up. Students can share thoughts and ideas for the new Centre via the microsite or at one of four information sessions. Both initiatives form part of an integrated marketing campaign to maximise student awareness and engagement.

Please contact Sheelagh Walton, Students' Union Marketing, with any questions: s.walton@qub.ac.uk.


Research Prizes

Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes

The shortlist for the Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes has been announced.

You can view the shortlist at this link



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Core Values

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.



'Genes at Queen's' Public Symposium

In advance of the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine Congress (27-30 November), staff and students are invited to a Public Engagement Symposium hosted by Professor Mark Lawler from the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.

Staff are asked to bring this event to the attention of students and colleagues, and to encourage attendance. RSVP by Friday 24 November by emailing d.rogers@qub.ac.uk. Download the event poster here: Filestore

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"Genes at Queen's" will welcome a number of renowned speakers to The Graduate School to deliver four talks around the issue of personalised medicine and will end with a lively round table discussion entitled "Genes and Data: Mine, Yours or Ours?".

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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.

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

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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 ced@qub.ac.uk 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.

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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.




Up-to-date contributions from QPol. Click on the links to read. To submit, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk.

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Staff making UK headlines

Thanks to all our colleagues who participated in The Conversation's visit last week. The editor, Josephine Lethbridge, met with 16 people individually during her visit and also held a workshop in The Graduate School which attracted nearly 50 others.

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

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



Horizon 2020 Writing workshop for RIA

  • Wednesday 29 November: Writing Workshop for Research and Innovation Actions (RIA), 9.30am – 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.



Faculty of AHSS Newsletter

The latest edition of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Newsletter is now available to view online.

This issue includes the latest Faculty headlines, details of student successes, news about Faculty staff, and dates for your diary. 

Download the Newsletter at this link.



Arts and Entertainment

European Doctors Orchestra Concert

  • Sunday 26 November: Mahler's Resurrection Symphony, 7.30pm, Ulster Hall

Performed by the European Doctors Orchestra (EDO) and the Irish Doctors Choir – including Queen's students, staff and graduates. Tickets for the concert are still available at www.ulsterhall.co.uk. All proceeds will go to Artscare NI and the Pushkin Trust. 

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  • Leader of the orchestra: Dr Stephen Cullen, Queen's medical graduate and anaesthetist in training.
  • Professor Tim Dornan has been a member of the EDO for many years and has been instrumental in bringing the orchestra to Belfast.
  • Dr Jenny Johnston, Professor Pascal McKeown and several medical students, as well as a large number of Queen's graduates, will also be participating in the choir or orchestra.

Around 250 doctors and medical students from across the island of Ireland as well as Europe will be coming to Belfast that weekend and rehearsing in various Queen's sites before the Ulster Hall concert.




  • 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


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, call 028 9097 1447, or contact the CED on Twitter using #SGCfoodBank2017.

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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.



Centre for Medical Education Coffee Morning

Thank you to all staff who supported the Centre for Medical Education's coffee morning on Wednesday 8 November.

To date, just over £1,700 has been raised and donations are still being received. All proceeds will go to Cancer Focus

For anyone who would still like to donate, donations can be made at this link.




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.

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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.



Mindfulness in the Workplace

A workplace mindfulness session will take place on Wednesday 6 December 2017, from 1.00pm – 2.00pm.

Staff will be introduced to the idea of mindfulness and to some of the scientific research that supports our knowledge of its effectiveness through experiential exercises, didactic teaching and use of PowerPoint and video. The practical mindfulness exercises give an experiential flavour of the approach and participants will receive a small three-minute meditation that can be used every day as desired.

Please register here to attend, the room will be confirmed at registration. Please note that lunch will not be provided at this session.


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

The Florida Project: Warm, winning, and wonderfully alive, Sean Baker's film is a deeply moving and poignant look at childhood. Starring Willem Dafoe.

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.

Thelma: Supernatural thriller about a young woman who discovers that she has inexplicable and terrifying powers.

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QFT Cult & Classic: The Room (24 November): Hailed as the biggest cult film since Rocky Horror. "So bad it's good".

Dementia Friendly: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (25 November): Much-requested musical set in 1850s Oregon starring Howard Keel (Adam) and Jane Powell (Milly) as newlyweds. Milly is shocked to discover that she has to share the house with Adam's six unkempt brothers.

Opening Friday 24 November

Battle of the Sexes: Recounting the legendary 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

School Life: Documentary following a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers at Headfort, the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. The 4.40pm screening on Saturday 25 November will be followed by a Q&A with the directors.

Rocky Ros Muc: From the quiet Gaeltacht village of Ros Muc, Galway, to the criminal underworld of James 'Whitey' Bulger and the mean streets of Boston.

Good Time: Hypnotic crime thriller starring Robert Pattinson.

Also at QFT

Jewish Films at QFT:

  • Past Life + Q&A (20 November): Two Israeli sisters reveal a dark secret about their father’s past in wartime Poland.
  • The Jewish Hammer (21 November): Mordechai Jefferson Carver (Adam Goldberg) is not just a man. He’s “The Hebrew Hammer,” and he’s on a mission to save Hanukkah.
  • A Quiet Heart (22 November): A bright young pianist from Tel Aviv takes a break from her stressful career and moves to a quiet, Haredi neighbourhood in Jerusalem.

French Film Festival: The Fire Within (25 November): Creative turn from the director of The Lovers and Zazie dans le métro.


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.

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  • 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 Gallery events.


Staff development

Mini MBA

After successful delivery overseas, the Mini-MBA returns to Belfast on 29 January 2018 and is now open for enrolment.

Current Queen's staff are entitled to a 10% discount on fees.

Full details are available at this link.

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"It was a fantastic course with brilliant business insights. I thoroughly enjoyed it, learned a lot and made some lifelong friends and mentors."

Louise Kerr
Synergy Learning

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Bitesize Open Access Training for REF

  • Tuesday 12 December: How to Comply with HEFCE's Open Access Policy for the REF, 2.00pm – 2.30pm, The McClay Library, Gillespie Room

Register via iTrent Self Service. The full training schedule is available on the Open Access LibGuide.

Open Access is now a requirement for REF eligibility. To make sure staff comply with the policy, you are invited to attend this 30-minute course. There will be time after to answer any specific questions you have.


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.

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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  • 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)
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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

Tip of the Day: Enlarge the ribbon in Office applications by adding 'Touch/Mouse Mode' to your Quick Access Toolbar (select 'File' › 'Options' › 'Quick Access Toolbar' – choose commands from 'Popular commands').

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  • 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
  • Thursday 30 November: Webinar Training using Adobe Connect, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 5 December: Creating Infographics and Visual Content, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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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