9 October 2017

New brand identity

Brand Toolkit

Following last week's launch of our new brand identity, staff can access a range of templates and downloadable logos from the brand toolkit. There is also a FAQ section about the new identity with details of how you can recycle the old branded material and where you can pick up a new lanyard.

Over the coming weeks, there will be a number of brand clinics for staff. Details are below. Please register to attend by clicking on the date.

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» Monday 16 October 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm – Main Site Tower Foyer
» Wednesday 18 October 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm – Computer Science Building foyer
» Monday 23 October 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm – Main Site Tower Foyer
» Friday 27 October 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm – MBC foyer

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Core Values

Staff Excellence Awards 2017

Nominations for this year's Staff Excellence Awards are now open. Awards will be presented in six categories with individual prizes of £1,000 available. 

Nominations close on Friday 10 November at 5.00pm.

Full information, including nomination guidance notes and nomination form, are available on the Staff Excellence Awards webpages.


Innovation News

Queen’s success at INVENT 2017 awards

Phion Therapeutics, a Queen’s spin-out company developed by Professor Helen McCarthy from the School of Pharmacy, was named the overall winner of INVENT 2017.

The INVENT competition, organised by Connect at Catalyst Inc, aims to search for Northern Ireland's next breakthrough invention and this year there were 144 entries across six categories.

Find out more on the Corporate Plan website.

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Internal Vacancies

Please see below for details of this week's internal vacancies.

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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  • Clerical Officer (Grade 4) (Two temporary posts)
    Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology
    Ref: 17/105930

    Closing date: Monday 16 October 2017. 
    Anticipated interview date: 26 October 2017. 
    These posts are available until 31 March 2018.
  • Recruitment and Events Officer
    Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Ref: 17/105962

    Closing date: Monday 16 October 2017.
    Anticipated interview date: Monday 23 October 2017.
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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, to take part in a short online survey about university reputation. Please click on this link to complete the survey. 

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.

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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

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Research Event

Global Challenge Networking Programme

This is a final call for registrations for the second event in the 2017-18 Global Challenge Networking Programme (GCNP), which takes place on 29 November 2017.

The theme will be 'Global Uncertainties'.

Please click here for more information and to register.



Business Engagement

BBC NI Pitch Day 2017 – Call for project ideas

BBC NI will be holding a pitch day on Friday 10 November where researchers from Queen's and Ulster University will pitch ideas for possible collaborative projects with the BBC. For more information about how to get involved, contact Kevin Fearon at the Business Alliance Team: k.fearon@qub.ac.uk / 028 9097 2589.

In order to deliver its strategic ambitions, the BBC aims to continue investing in its linear services but also to build on its digital platforms with a view to reaching new, under-engaged and underserved audiences. They are looking for cutting-edge research ideas that can have real-world application in helping the BBC do what it does better. Previous project ideas included facial recognition and audio enhanced programming.


Diversity and Inclusion

Queen's Equality Scheme

The University is currently consulting on a new five-year institutional Equality Scheme. The consultation process ends on 1 December and the final Equality Scheme will be presented to Senate for approval on 19 December 2017.

Please see here for more information.


Postgraduate Funding

2018 EPSRC ‘CASE’ PhD Studentships Allocation

At least two studentships will be allocated for EPSRC CASE through an internal competition supported by the Business Alliance Team in Research and Enterprise. Closing date for applications: Monday 27 November at 5.00pm. Further guidelines and an application form is available for download here.

EPSRC CASE PhD Studentships are jointly devised and supervised with an external collaborating body. The external partner is expected to provide additional financial support to the project which may be used, for example, to provide an enhanced student stipend. The student is expected to be hosted by the collaborator for at least three months. Advice and support for partnership building is available from the Business Alliance Team.



Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair

This year's Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair will take place on 17–19 October 2017, from 11.00am to 3.00pm, in the Marquee, Whitla Hall and South Dining Hall. Staff are asked to encourage all students to attend and, where possible, research participating companies beforehand. Detailed information is available through MyFuture.

This is an excellent opportunity for Queen's students to meet directly with a wide range of graduate employers from NI and across the UK in an exhibition-style event. Aimed primarily at final year students for graduate job opportunities and first and second year students for placement opportunities. The Careers team will be on hand to answer queries regarding interviews, CVs and how to best approach employers. MyFuture is accessible through Queen's Online to all students using their email address and password to log in.



Events at Queen's – new website

Events at Queen's new website is now live at this link. With information on all the venues available to hire across the campus, visit the website to find out all you need to know about having an event at Queen's University. 

Queen's staff can visit the Event Management section on the website and login with their staff details to access information on event and conference management packages. The section also includes event checklists and templates which can be downloaded for use for your event, be it internal or external.




The latest updates from QPol. To submit, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk.

Brexit and the Irish Question
This week three podcasts are available focusing on different aspects of Brexit and its various challenges. Click on the links below to listen.

Brexit Clinic: Wednesday 25 October, 12.30pm, Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Queen's University Belfast. Please register here.

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  • Podcast with Prof David Phinnemore 
    Professor David Phinnemore outlines the particular challenges Brexit presents for Northern Ireland, and offers thoughts on areas to explore in terms of possible solutions.
  • Podcast with Professor Colin Harvey 
    Professor Colin Harvey discusses the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19 and the key concerns the Bill raises as currently drafted.
  • Podcast with Professor Colin Harvey and Professor Lee McGowan 
    Professors Colin Harvey and Lee McGowan discuss the implications of Brexit for the Good Friday Agreement, the Common Travel Area, and the future of Northern Ireland as well as of the United Kingdom as a whole.
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The Conversation

Staff making UK headlines

The latest Queen's article published in The Conversation. 
Click on the link to read.

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


Student development

Enterprise SU opportunities

Enterprise SU have several opportunities open to students interested in getting involved in enterprise or gaining entrepreneurial skills. They 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.

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

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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.

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 Volunteer SU, Hungry for Change and Inspiring Leaders initiatives to their students.

Staff can share these initiatives by sending this newsletter, which includes full details, to their students.





Social Work Information Evening

The School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work is holding a Social Work Information Evening on 15 November, from 6.30pm in the Whitla Hall.

For anyone considering social work as a career, this event will cover everything from submitting your application to what it's like being a Social Worker.

Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please book your place at this link.



Barcroft Medal Lecture 2017

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences is pleased to announce that the recipient of this year's Barcroft Medal will be Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, leader of the research team at Edinburgh University's Roslin Institute which cloned Dolly the Sheep in 1996. Professor Wilmut will deliver this year's Barcroft Medal Lecture.

  • Wednesday 1 November 2017: From Dolly the Sheep to Treatment of Human Disease, 3.00pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Medical Biology Centre (MBC), 97 Lisburn Road, Belfast

Light refreshments will be served afterwards. Inquiries to n.meharg@qub.ac.uk.



Women’s Common Room Club

  • Tuesday 10 October: Welcome Meeting + 'In Conversation', 7.00pm, Old Staff Common Room

Speaker: Professor Yvonne Galligan. For more information contact wcrc@qub.ac.uk.

Queen's Women's Common Room Club invites the women of Queen's – staff or partners/spouses and those from further afield – to their Welcome Meeting. There are approximately eight club meetings a year at which a Speaker is engaged, and talks cover a wide range of topics and interests. 



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 details of funding success and the latest news about staff in the Faculty. 

Download the Newsletter at this link.




Staff Prayer Breakfast

The next Staff Prayer Breakfast will take place on Wednesday 11 October, from 8.00am – 9.00am in The Hub Cafe, 22 Elmwood Avenue.

The breakfast is hosted by the Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian Chaplaincies at Queen's. RSVP to barry@thehubbelfast.org.



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Food and drink at Junction and Clements

Following on from the success of Junction's £1 Breakfast Deal comes the new £2 Lunch Deal. The term-time deal is available from Monday to Friday, 11.00am – 3.00pm. Junction is located on the Ground Floor of the Main Site Tower.

Junction £2 Lunch Deal
Meat Free Monday – The Falafel Box 
Chinese Tuesday – Chinese Chicken Curry 
Wake Up Wednesday – Chilli Beef Hotbox 
Budget Thursday – Chicken and Chorizo Hotbox 
Flat Out Friday – Bacon and Cheese Burger

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Also available at Clements, MBC, is the Friday Fry Deal and afternoon tea/coffee and traybake offer:

Friday Fry Deal
Every Friday morning from 8.00am – 11.00am: five-piece fry for £2.00 or seven-piece for £2.50.

Afternoon tea/coffee and traybake offer
Available every day from 3.00pm – 5.00pm, get any 12oz coffee/tea and small traybake for £3.00.


Arts and entertainment

Queen's Film Theatre listings

Screening this week and coming up at the QFT:

Blade Runner 2049
In Between
RSC Live: Coriolanus
Autism Friendly: Howl's Moving Castle

Details below.

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Opening on Friday 13 October

The Glass Castle: Adaptation of Jeannette Walls' best-selling memoir, starring Brie Larson.

Now screening at QFT

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.

RSC Live: Coriolanus (11 October): A full-throttle war play revelling in the sweat of the battlefield transports the viewer back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.

Strike (12 October): One of the first major films of the Soviet Montage movement, Strike is a highly political propaganda film with strong statements about collectivism. The film depicts a strike in the year 1903 by the workers of a factory in pre-revolutionary Russia, and explores the labourers' tension and hardship under the ruling class.

Autism Friendly: Howl's Moving Castle (15 October): A Studio Ghibli classic, Howl's Moving Castle is set in a magical world of wizards and spells. The story follows the adventures of Sophie, a young girl trapped in an old woman's body by an evil sorcerer's curse.

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


Arts and Entertainment

Naughton Gallery News

Exhibitions and events include new exhibition PHLOX, Book Club, and Art in the AM. Details below.

    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.)

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  • 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.
  • 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 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.

Find the Naughton Gallery on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Email art@qub.ac.uk for more information on any of the above events.



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 the following Parenting workshop:

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.

Below are five things that, according to research, can help to boost mental wellbeing. Click on each pillar to read more.

Be active 
Keep learning 
Give to others 
Be mindful 

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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 classes will be held in Queen's Sport on Sunday 22 October and 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 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: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 1 November: Digital Literacies Workshop 1: Using Technology to Improve Curriculum Design, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
  • Friday 3 November: Using TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 8 November: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
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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
  • Monday 13 November: Excel 1: Essentials (covers ECDL Spreadsheets), 9.30am – 1.00pm

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: Do you want to connect with other professionals, grow your career, learn from others and share your expertise? Register for the LinkedIn for Beginners course running on Wednesday 8 November (see above).


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