17 October 2017

Brand Clinics

Brand Toolkit

Following the recent launch of our new brand identity, staff can access a range of templates and downloadable logos from the brand toolkit. The email signature has been updated and can be dowloaded from the 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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Staff Excellence Awards 2017

Nominations for this year's Staff Excellence Awards are now open and will close on Friday 10 November at 5.00pm

Awards will be presented in six categories with individual prizes of £1,000 available. 

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

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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.




Unprecedented discovery in physics announced

Queen's scientists including Professor Stephen Smartt and Dr Kate Maguire headlined press conferences in Munich and London yesterday, Monday 16 October, to present groundbreaking observations of an astrophysical phenomenon that has never been witnessed before. Read more here.

The world's leading ground-based observatory, the European Southern Observatory held a press conference at 3.00pm BST at its Headquarters in Munich. The event was webcast live, linked from www.eso.org, and featured Professor Smartt announcing the discovery. Concurrently, the Science and Technology Facilities Council's conference was held at the same time in the The Royal Society London. A panel of leading scientists, moderated by Lord Martin Rees, included Dr Kate Maguire of Queen's.

Follow the event announcement, press release and story from links at www.eso.org. (Photo credit: ESO)


Postgraduate Roadshow

Russell Group Roadshow

The Russell Group Universities Postgraduate Study Roadshow will be held at Queen's on Monday 6 November, 11.30am – 3.00pm in the Whitla Hall.

Now in its fifth year, the Postgraduate Study Roadshow is a series of Master's and PhD study fairs attended by all 24 Russell Group universities. This prestigious event attracts over 2,500 visitors each year and Queen's is hosting the event in Northern Ireland for the first time. Attendance is free.

More information, including how to register, is available here.


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.

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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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  • International Student Support Officer (Federal Loans) (Maternity Cover)
    DASA (International Student Support)
    Ref: 17/105975

    Closing date: Friday 27 October 2017
    Anticipated interview date: Friday 10 November 2017
  • Quality Assurance Officer (Maternity Cover)
    Academic and Student Affairs Directorate
    Ref: 17/105946

    Closing date: Friday 27 October 2017
    Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 22 November 2017


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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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



Religious Studies Forum

Staff are invited to the Religious Studies Forum seminar series – entitled Religion and the Disciplines – run by the Institute of Theology. For further information, contact theology@qub.ac.uk.

  • Thursday 26 October: Theology and Anthropology, 4.15pm, Senate Room, Lanyon Building
    Professor Joel Robbins, University of Cambridge
  • Thursday 23 November: Theology and Sociology, 4.15pm, Senate Room, Lanyon Building
    Professor John Brewer, Queen's




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

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

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The Conversation

Staff making UK headlines

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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Academic Staff Conference Fund 2017-18

The Academic Staff Conference Fund is now open for the 2017-18 academic year.

The Fund offers financial support to encourage and enable academic staff to present their research at academic conferences with an international profile.

A revised guidance and criteria document, along with a new application process, has recently been launched. These changes will ensure the Fund is more responsive and reaches those in greatest need of funding. The key documents can be accessed at this link.



Horizon 2020 Writing Workshop

A writing workshop for Horizon 2020 ITNs (Innovative Training Networks) will take place on Friday 10 November from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

The workshop will be delivered by the UK Research Office (UKRO) in association with Queen's. Based in Brussels, UKRO is the National Contact Point for this scheme.

For more information and to register, visit this webpage.



Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair – venue update

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

There will be staff and student helpers at all venues to signpost students accordingly. Any queries, please contact recruit@qub.ac.uk.

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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.



Thought Leaders: Inspire workshop

The second Inspire workshop will take place on Thursday 26 October, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm in The Graduate School, and will include some attendee participation. Light refreshments will be served. Please register here or email graduateschool@qub.ac.uk for more information.

The workshop will be hosted by the founder of Madlug, Dave Linton, who was named one of The Observer's 'New Radicals' in 2016. Dave will share his story of becoming a social entrepreneur, and the value he finds in crowdfunding. 

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Thought Leaders: Inspire invites innovators, disrupters and shapers impacting both on a local and a global scale and connects them with world-leading postgraduate students. The series aims to inspire Queen's students, staff and invited guests through listening to the stories of Thought Leaders and being encouraged with innovative ways to engage with the world around them using their research and skills. We want to develop a vibrant, enterprising postgraduate community, offering networking opportunities with a range of experts, peers and academics.


Careers, Employability and Skills

Go Global Week

Go Global Week takes place from Monday 23 – Friday 27 October. As part of the week, staff are invited to attend the International Fair on Wednesday 25 October, from 12.00pm to 3.00pm in Elmwood Hall, to learn more about the options available to their students. To find out more, visit go.qub.ac.uk/goglobalweek

Organised by Careers, Employability and Skills, the aim of the week is to highlight the broad range of international opportunities available to students to spend time studying, working or volunteering abroad. There will be Information Sessions from various organisations who offer international opportunities to Queen's students such as Study China, Washington Ireland Program, IAESTE, Erasmus and more.



Free Stress Control Programme

Free Stress Control sessions will take place each Wednesday from 11 October to 15 November inclusive, 12.30pm – 1.30pm in the Ulster Museum (room confirmed at Reception). Please see here for more information. Please note that you are welcome to attend consecutive weeks, even if you haven't attended the first session.

The Stress Control Programme is an initiative which makes wellbeing information available to the general public, free of charge. The programme provides lunchtime talks, one per week, about various aspects of stress management. GPs recommend these sessions if patients are experiencing stress, anxiety and/or low mood. The sessions are delivered by a Mental Health, CBT trained Facilitator and no-one is expected to talk about themselves or their individual difficulties.

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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.


Health and Wellbeing

Blood Transfusion sessions

Queen's Students' Union (SU) is holding blood transfusion sessions this week.

Sessions will take place in The Space, first floor of the SU, as follows:

  • Tuesday 17 October:
    • 10.30am – 1.00pm
    • 2.15pm – 5.00pm 



Students' Union news

The Students' Union (SU) shop is now stocking a new vegan and vegetarian range, including fresh snackpots, pasta salads and sandwiches.

Donate Your Old £1.00 Coins
Old £1.00 coins are no longer in circulation. Staff can donate these old coins to Queen's RAG (Raise and Give), the official charity fundraising group of the Students' Union. Collection boxes will be available in the SU Shop.


Arts and entertainment

Queen's Film Theatre listings

For details of screenings this week and upcoming films, please see the QFT website.

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


Arts and Entertainment

Naughton Gallery News

Exhibitions and events include new exhibition PHLOX 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. (Pictured: Penelope Gazin's Queen of Mars.)

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  • 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.



Welcome Centre – New Stock

The Welcome Centre is now stocking Berry Be Beauty products.

Berry Be Beauty products are natural beauty products that are handmade using raw ingredients and high-quality oils. They are free from chemicals, parabens, SLS (sodium laurate sulphate) and are also cruelty free. These products are made in small batches to ensure a very high standard and quality.

Staff discount 10%.


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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  • Tuesday 17 October: Professional Development Series: Peerwise, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 18 October: Writing Good Multiple Choice Questions (workshop), 1.00pm – 3.00pm. (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
  • Friday 27 October: Using the Personal Response System in Your Classes, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • 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 19 October: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 24 October: Twitter for Beginners, 2.15pm – 4.15pm
  • Friday 27 October:Webinar training using Adobe Connect, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • 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
  • Monday 13 November: Excel 1: Essentials (covers ECDL Spreadsheets), 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 16 November: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 7 December: Intro to nVivo, 9.30am – 4.30pm (also a clinic on Friday 8 November if required)

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.

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