2 October 2017


All Staff Event

Staff not already registered for the All Staff Event taking place in the Whitla Hall on Wednesday 4 October can still do so. You can register your attendance here. There will be two sessions at the times set out below.

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  • Session 1: 11.00am – 12.00 noon
  • Session 2: 2.00pm – 3.00pm 

This event will be an opportunity for you to receive an update on key institutional activity including a presentation on our new brand identity which will be launched during the event. This will be followed by a Question and Answer discussion with the Senior Leadership Team and, in response to feedback following the previous All Staff event on 29 March 2017, you will be able to submit a question in advance via the registration form.

Close up of flowers in the Quad with Lanyon in the background


Appointment of Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise

Professor Sally Wheeler OBE has been appointed as the interim PVC for Research and Enterprise with effect from 5 October 2017. Professor Wheeler can be contacted at the Vice-Chancellor's Office on extension 5221 or via email at s.wheeler@qub.ac.uk or j.hamilton@qub.ac.uk.

High view of the Lanyon building, including the Quad, the Peter Froggatt centre and the Administration building

Strategic Marketing and Communications

W100 Brand Tracker – Queen’s staff survey

Strategic Marketing and Communications (SMC) would like to invite you, as a member of staff at Queen's University, to take part in a short online survey about university reputation. Please click on this link to complete the survey. 

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This is a project managed by The World 100 Reputation Network, a group of leading global universities, to which Queen's belongs. The survey will take around five minutes to complete. The feedback staff provide will be extremely valuable to the University, so Strategic Marketing and Communications would be very grateful if staff could take the time to complete it.

The World 100 Reputation Network, part of The Knowledge Partnership – an independent market research company – operates in accordance with the Code of Conduct of The Market Research Society. All results will be treated as confidential and never linked to staff personally. Any contact details or responses collected will not be associated with staff survey responses or shared with any third parties. If staff wish to know more about this survey, please email Adam Cresswell: tracker@theworld100.com


Student development

Queen’s welcomes first Lloyds Scholars

Queen's University's first cohort of 15 Lloyds Scholars arrived on campus on Monday 25 September. The Lloyds Scholars programme will help the students grow and develop into the business leaders of the future.

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Professor David Jones officially welcomed the Scholars, highlighting the importance of this unique opportunity for Queen's and the students themselves. The students were provided with top tips on making the most out of the work experience opportunities that they have secured as part of the Scholarship, and were also prepared for kick-starting their volunteering roles.

Lloyds Banking Group also gave the Scholars an overview of the programme and highlighted what will be required of them as they begin their journey as a Lloyds Scholar.

Queen's are very proud to be a part of this exciting new programme and look forward to seeing how it will impact the lives of the first cohort of Scholars. See here for more information, or contact Christine Boyd at LloydsScholars@qub.ac.uk.

Annual Fund Dispersal Group



Staff are reminded that the deadline for applications for project funding from the Queen's Annual Fund is Friday 6 October at 12.00 noon. Applications must be typed and emailed to Micheal O’Fearraigh, Annual Fund Supervisor. Download an application form here.

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Applications for projects that improve the student experience for a significant number of students in a manner that can be sustained in future years will receive priority. Please see here for further information on the Annual Fund. 

The Queen’s Annual Fund supports and enhances all aspects of the Queen’s student experience. Over £2.2m has been raised to date from over 5,000 graduates, and this year we have £78,000 to distribute to student, campus and community based projects.

Riddel Hall - Original Building


Parents’ and Guardians’ Evening – Queen’s Management School

Queen's Management School invites students and their parents/guardians to an event in Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road, on Wednesday 4 October 2017 from 6.00pm to 8.30pm. Students can register at this link. For more information, see the event flyer here.



Queen's recognised at Employer Awards

Queen's University Belfast recently received the Public Sector – Highly Commended award at the Family Friendly Employer Awards in September, organised by Employers for Childcare.

Comment from the Awards: "Queen’s University Belfast demonstrated health and wellbeing as part of their corporate plan. The judges were impressed with their top-down leadership focus on looking after staff."

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Employers For Childcare aims to make it easier for parents with dependent children to get into work and stay in work. The Family Friendly Employer Awards recognise those employers who go above and beyond to implement family friendly policies. For more information on the winners and highly commended of each category, please click here.


Student development

Call for Student Reps

The Students' Union is calling for this year's Student Reps. Staff are asked to encourage their students to nominate themselves for a position by Wednesday 4 October at 5.00pm. Students can discover more about the various roles and the nomination process on the Students' Union website

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There are Part-Time Student Officer, Student Councillor, School Rep and Course Rep roles available. Student Reps make sure that the views of all students are heard and that the Students' Union is as representative as possible. Becoming a Student Rep is a very rewarding leadership role. Successful applicants will make a huge impact at Queen's and improve the experience of all their friends and fellow students. They will also meet new people, get lots of training, learn new skills and earn a Queen's Degree Plus accreditation. 


Student development

Enterprise SU opportunities

Enterprise SU have several opportunities open to students interested in getting involved in enterprise or gaining entrepreneurial skills. See below for details.

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Enterprise SU provide a range of advice and guidance services to enable students to take their business idea further, including a network of experts and professionals willing to provide support and guidance. One-to-one appointments can be booked here.

Programmes and competitions now open 
Innovateher provides female students with a range of workshops and activities to support them in increasing their knowledge of business and enterprise. Students will be invited to take part in a series of workshops, business visits and networking events and the programme culminates in students presenting their idea to a panel of female leaders. Students receive Degree Plus Route A by taking part in the programme.

What's the Big Idea invites students, who can apply for a range of categories, to submit their idea in a simple application form. A 'Product Thinking' Workshop will take place to help students refine their idea prior to the final. Students compete for a prize of £2,800.

Students can keep up to date with activities at Enterprise SU by joining their Facebook group, or signing up to the newsletter.

A copy of the most recent newsletter can be found here.


Student Engagement

Volunteer SU

Volunteer SU in Queen's Students' Union are keen for staff to promote the following initiatives to their students. Staff can share these initiatives by sending this newsletter to their students.

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Volunteer SU – has a network of over 400 charities and community groups and can match interested students to their perfect opportunity based on their interests and skills.

Homework Clubs – students interested in helping local children and young people who are struggling at school to improve their study skills, build their confidence and raise their future aspirations can get involved in Homework Clubs, which gives them an opportunity to gain experience in supporting young people, will develop their skills and enable them to be part of something special.

Hungry for Change? – giving students the opportunity to kick off their year at Queen's by getting involved with volunteering opportunities and the major activist campaigns in Belfast and beyond. 

Inspiring Leaders – an SU initiative, facilitated by the leadership experts at The William J Clinton Leadership Institute, enabling students to strengthen their leadership skills and translate leadership and volunteering experiences into employability skills.

Students can follow Students' Union Volunteering on Facebook and Twitter.




Up-to-date contributions focusing on the recent German election. 

To submit, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk.

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The Conversation

Staff making UK headlines

See below for the latest Queen's article published in The Conversation. 

Click on the link to read.

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If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, contact comms.office@qub.ac.uk to find out more.



Faculty of AHSS Newsletter

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

Please follow this link.



Centre for Medical Education Coffee Morning

Staff are cordially 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.

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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 online at this link.

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.

Image of QUB Lanyon Building from the Quad


Annual Meeting of Convocation 2017

The annual meeting of Convocation 2017 and Convocation Lecture will take place on Thursday 16 November 2017 at 6.00pm in the Canada Room and Council Chamber, Lanyon Building. At this meeting a new Chair and Deputy Chair will be elected. 

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Please RSVP attendance to the Clerk of Convocation at convocation@qub.ac.uk by Thursday 9 November 2017 at 5.00pm.

The deadline for submission of motions, and nominations for Chair and Deputy Chair, is Thursday 26 October 2017 at 5.00pm. Please email all submissions to the Clerk of Convocation at convocation@qub.ac.uk. The meeting agenda, motion submission and nomination forms for the Annual Meeting are available at this link.

A wine reception will welcome guests from 5.30pm and a hot buffet will be served. 



Northern Ireland Official Publications Archive

The Library at Queen's has developed an online archive, known as the Northern Ireland Official Publications Archive (NIOPA), available at this link.

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NIOPA is fully searchable with browsing and full text functionality and, as a digital archive of Northern Ireland official publications, makes documents available to support the research community, government departments and the wider public. The NIOPA team welcomes any feedback; if staff have any inquiries, please contact niopaenquiries@qub.ac.uk

Isabel O’Kelly (Faculty Librarian, AHSS)

Northern Ireland Official Publications Team
Michael Goodall
Donna McCleary
Norma Menabney


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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Opening on Friday 6 October

Blade Runner 2049: Ryan Gosling joins Harrison Ford in Denis Villeneuve's highly anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott's genre-defining sci-fi classic.

Daphne: Character study of a quick-witted young woman teetering on the edge of a downward spiral.

In Between: Elegant and sensitive story of three Palestinian women trying to negotiate the pressures of living in Tel Aviv's patriarchal society.

Now screening at QFT

Goodbye Christopher Robin: A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh.

Tawai: A Voice from the Forest: Explorer Bruce Parry (BBC's Tribe) travels the world in exploration of a deeper understanding of indigenous peoples and how their way of life can benefit those in the industrialised world. The 6.00pm screening on Wednesday 4 October will be followed by a Q&A with Bruce Parry.

Borg vs McEnroe: A look at one of the most iconic rivalries in tennis history. Starring Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe and Sverrir Gudnason as Björn Borg.

Maze: Based on the true story of the 1983 mass breakout of 38 prisoners from HMP Maze, this film is a gripping prison-break drama that follows the relationship between two men on opposite sides of the prison bars.


Arts and Entertainment

Naughton Gallery News

Exhibitions and events include new exhibition PHLOX, Book Club, and Art in the AM. Details below. Find the Naughton Gallery on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Email art@qub.ac.uk for more information on any of the events below.

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    Opening Thursday 12 October, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
    With live set by Girl DJs

    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. (Pictured: Penelope Gazin's Queen of Mars.)
  • Book Club: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
    Friday 3 November, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Naughton Gallery

    The Naughton Gallery's informal Book Club develops conversations around a range of books which link thematically to the gallery’s exhibition programme. Copies of selected books will be available to buy from Blackwell's Bookshop, with a subscription service and discount for Book Club members.
  • Art in the AM
    Friday 13 October, 9.30am – 10.30am, Town Square, Botanic Avenue

    This informal morning talk features PHLOX's Laura Callaghan, Penelope Gazin and Fiona McDonnell. Free tea and coffee. More information here.
  • Art Sounds
    Collaborating with artists from the exhibition programme, the Naughton Gallery brings a range of music playlists to cater for all musical tastes. Find us on Spotify.


Backcare drop-in session - 3 October

Staff are invited to call in to the Old Staff Common Room, Lanyon Building, on Tuesday 3 October from 1.00pm to 2.00pm for advice on your computer workstation set-up and general back care in the office. See here for NHS advice on back care.



National Work Life Week, 2–6 October

National Work Life Week is an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on wellbeing at work and work-life balance. Upcoming Wellbeing initiatives include a Parenting workshop, details below.

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Session delivered by Parenting NI. Information and registration at the link above. Lunch will be provided.

For more information on Wellbeing events, visit this webpage.



World Mental Health Day event

  • Tuesday 10 October: Mood Matters Lunch-time Session for Staff, 1.00pm–2.00pm

Please register here. Room will be confirmed after registration. Lunch will be provided. Session delivered by Aware NI.

The McClay library from the front in summer time


Bitesize Open Access Training for REF

  • Tuesday 24 October: 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.


Learning and Development

Learning and Development Programmes

The Learning and Development 2017-18 course programme and Developing For Success workshops are available for booking. Please see below for details.

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To book a place on any of the above courses or workshops, log onto iTrent Self Service.

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

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  • Wednesday 11 October: An Introduction to Queen's Online for Learning and Teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 11 October: QuestionMark (for Computer Assisted Assesment), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 17 October: Professional Development Series: Peerwise, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 18 October: Writing Good Multiple Choice Questions (workshop), 2.00pm – 4.00pm. (Complements the QuestionMark session above.)
  • Wednesday 18 October: Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 24 October: Professional Development Series: Assessing Larger Classes, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 25 October 2017: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 30 October 2017: Using TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

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

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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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  • Thursday 12 October: Facebook for Beginners, 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Thursday 19 October: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 24 October: Twitter for Beginners, 2.15pm – 4.15pm
  • Monday 30 October: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 2, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 3 November: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge Using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 8 November: LinkedIn for Beginners, 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Friday 10 November: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 4.00pm

ECDL: The next test date is Wednesday 18 October, 9.00am – 10.30am. To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email ecdl@qub.ac.uk. 
Click here for more information on ECDL.

Tip of the Day: If your Excel data file contains a pound sign and decimal places, or it contains a date, these will be ignored or the format may be different when you carry out a mail merge. This can be prevented by modifying the field switches. To find out more, register via iTrent for the Labels and Mail Merge course, held on 3 November 2017 (see listing above).


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