30 October 2017

All Staff Events October 2017

All-Staff Events

Follow Up to All-Staff Events

Staff are encouraged to share their thoughts on the recent All-Staff Events by completing this short feedback survey – your feedback and ideas will inform future sessions.

Over 1,200 staff attended the All-Staff Events, during which the new brand identity was unveiled and a Question and Answer discussion took place with the Senior Leadership Team.

Videos of the event and the Question and Answer discussions are now available to view on the Corporate Plan website.


Around campus

Campus Food Market

The next Campus Food Market takes place on Tuesday 31 October, from 11.00am to 3.00pm at Elmwood Hall. Stalls will include Tapitas, Sizzle 'n' BBQ, The Hatch, The Crepe Maker and Salvessa Pizzeria.

Keep up to date with everything on our Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: qubcampusfoodanddrink

Win Lunch for a Week
To win a £5.00 lunch per day for a week at one of Queen's caterers, all you have to do is take a selfie at the Campus Food Market on Tuesday 31 October, share it on Twitter and tag @eatatqueens in the post. The winner will be announced on Twitter later that afternoon.

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Staff Excellence Awards 2017

Nominations for this year's Staff Excellence Awards close on Friday 10 November at 5.00pm. Any staff considering nominating should do so by completing the online nomination form. Staff can download a poster for the event here for use in staff offices or on noticeboards as appropriate:

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

Full information – including nomination guidance notes, nomination form, and contact details in case of queries – is available on the Staff Excellence Awards webpages.


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.

Lanyon building and front lawns at night time


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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  • KTP Manager
    KTP and Business Networks
    Ref: 17/105963

    Closing date: Monday 6 November 2017
    Anticipated interview date: Monday 13 November 2017

Around Campus

An Invitation to Remembrance Sunday

All staff and students, families and friends are invited to attend the University's Remembrance Day Ceremony on Sunday 12 November 2017 at 11.00am at the cenotaph.

A procession led by Professor James McElnay, Acting President and Vice-Chancellor, will leave the Black and White Hall and proceed to the War Memorial where two minutes silence will be observed to commemorate all those who lost their lives in war-time. Representatives from a number of University organisations will lay wreaths at the War Memorial, before the procession is led back to the Black and White Hall.

Refreshments will be served after the event in the Great Hall for all those attending.


Mail service

Delivery of Personal Mail

Staff are reminded that they are not permitted to use the University Mail Room for the delivery of personal mail. There has been an increase in parcels being received from online fashion retailers such as Next and ASOS. Deliveries such as these, that are not work related, will not be accepted. Other companies, like Amazon, will be used to order work-related items such as books, IT equipment, etc; staff are asked not to abuse this by ordering personal items from this company to be delivered to the University Mail Room.

The practice of using the University mailing address for the delivery of personal items puts an additional and unnecessary pressure on Portering staff that is non-work related. Please respect your work colleagues by only using the University Mail Room for the delivery of mail and parcels that are for official University business.



Engineering Parents’/Guardians’ Evening – Faculty of EPS

  • Thursday 9 November: Engineering Parents'/Guardians' Evening, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Whitla Hall

At this informal event, Year 13 pupils contemplating a future in engineering will have an opportunity to hear about some of the reasons why they should consider one of our many related degrees: Chemical Engineering; Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Product Design Engineering; and Software and Electronic Systems Engineering. They and their parents/guardians will also hear from graduates of our engineering courses and employers, and have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have. Light refreshments will be provided. More information, including an event registration form, can be found here.



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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HE Lunchtime Forum

  • Thursday 7 December: Supporting Children in Care, 1.00pm – 1.55pm, OG/010 Main Site Tower
    (Sandwich lunch available from 12.45pm)

Staff are invited to the next Queen's University Higher Education Lunchtime Forum, hosted by the Widening Participation Unit. These events provide an opportunity for colleagues to exchange good practice, innovative methods and tested approaches in Higher Education learning and teaching. Staff can register via iTrent Self Service. For information, or for assistance with registration, please email the Centre at ced@qub.ac.uk or phone 028 9097 1447.

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At this event we will:

  • Highlight the reasons why children in care are less likely to do well than their peers at school
  • Examine the obstacles that children in care have to overcome and highlight how, by working in partnership with stakeholders, low aspirations and attainment can be challenged
  • Share the excellent practice taking place locally and nationally
  • Play the 10-minute video highlighting the role of the Pathways group in Northern Ireland and how it is working together to make sure every child in care in Northern Ireland reaches their full potential.


Universities UK International Seminar

On Thursday 9 November Rachael Sara-Kennedy, Head of International Partnerships, will provide an overview of the current international research funding landscape for UK academics, and will also discuss UUKi resources and support for international research engagement.

Please see here for more information and/or to register.


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UKRO visit

UKRO is the Research Office of the UK Research Councils, based in Brussels. Dr Helen Dewberry will visit Queen's on Friday 10 November to deliver a writing workshop for applicants to the 2018 ITN (Innovative Training Networks) call, and to disseminate information on latest developments under Horizon 2020 for: financial and legal updates; open access and open data management policies; and ethics requirements.

More information here.



Horizon 2020 Health and Connected Health Information Day

  • Tuesday 14 November: Health and Connected Health Information Day, 12.15pm – 5.00pm, Wellington Park Hotel

This is the launch event for the final Horizon 2020 Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing work programme 2018 – 2020. This is the first time the European Commission has a three-year work programme and it is the largest funding opportunity in the programme to date.

See here for more details and to register.



ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017

This year's Festival of Social Science runs from Saturday 4 to Saturday 11 November. Thirty one events will take place across Northern Ireland, nine of which are being led by Queen's academics.

To view the full list of events, please click here.

The following events are open to the general public and places are still available. Click on the links for more information and to register.

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Employers for Childcare One-to-one Advice Clinics

  • Monday 13 November: Childcare schemes – One-to-one advice clinics, Committee Room F, Level 2, Administration Building

These clinics are for both staff currently using Childcare Vouchers and those not currently availing of the scheme but who may wish to in the future. Please note: due to the popularity of these clinics, there are only a small number of slots remaining. 

Please see here for full information and booking.



Global Entrepreneurship Week

Staff and students are invited to come and celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week in conjunction with The Graduate School and Enterprise SU.

Hear from the innovators and the shakers of the business world on Monday 13 November from 1.00pm to 2.30pm at the launch event. Share lunch with inspirational figures and ask any questions you may have. Register here

Come to the Global Entrepreneurship celebration roundup event on Friday 17 November from 5.00pm to 6.00pm where we will celebrate a week of innovation and enterprise whilst enjoying a complimentary evening buffet. Register here.




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

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The Conversation

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 comms.office@qub.ac.uk to find out more.

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Anthill Podcast
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


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.

Please download this event poster for more information:



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.




Woodland Trust talk

On Monday 6 November, from 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Peter Lyons from the Woodland Trust will give a talk in the McClay Library (Training Room 2) about aspects of the Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland and the work that it does across the province.

The Woodland Trust works to plant and protect trees, whilst encouraging people to get into the woods for exercise, education and more.

Please register here.



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.

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.


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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Now screening at QFT

Call Me By Your Name: Languorous, seductive adaptation of Andre Aciman's coming-of-age novel is a sun-kissed, cinematic ode to the ecstasy and exquisite pain of first love, set in Northern Italy.

The Snowman: Michael Fassbender stars in this terrifying thriller, based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller, from the director of Let the Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Blood Simple: The Coen brothers' thrilling debut feature – a stylish, imaginative neo-noir first released 30 years ago.

The Party: Political comedy wrapped around a tragedy about a dinner party gone very wrong. Featuring a cast including Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall and Patricia Clarkson.

Missing Believed Wiped: Campaign run by the British Film Institute and the television heritage organisation Kaleidoscope devoted to tracking down and screening material missing from the television archives. For the first time, Missing Believed Wiped is coming to Northern Ireland when it will be screening finds dating as far back as November 1962.

The Babadook (Tuesday 31 October): This claustrophobic horror movie asks which is more terrifying: the monster under the bed, or the monster within us all?

Opening on Friday 3 November

The Killing of a Sacred Deer: Sensational, subversive thriller starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Barry Keoghan.

I Am Not a Witch: Groundbreaking first feature from Zambian-born Welsh director Rungano Nyoni.


Arts and Entertainment

Naughton Gallery News

Exhibitions and events include new exhibition PHLOX, a screening of Spirited Away in collaboration with design agency UsFolk, 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.

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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.
  • SCREEN/PRINT: Spirited Away (2001, directed by Hayao Miyazaki)
    Thursday 9 November, 7.00pm – 9.30pm, Council Chamber, Lanyon Building (first floor)
    SCREEN/PRINT is a series of film events produced by The Naughton Gallery in collaboration with selected illustrators. The aim is to design posters for films that have inspired or influenced their practice, which then coincide with a screening of the chosen film. This screening of Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away has been chosen by Fiona McDonnell of PHLOX. For this screening, we collaborate with design agency UsFolk.
    Limited edition posters are free to all attendees. Event is free but please RSVP to art@qub.ac.uk.
  • 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 of the above events.



Welcome Centre

Staff are invited to the Welcome Centre on 3 November for the annual, in-store, double-discount day.

All stock will have a 20% discount.





Free Staff Counselling

On National Stress Awareness Day, Wednesday 1 November 2017, there will be a drop-in information desk in the Main Site Tower beside Junction, for staff to find out more about Inspire Professional Counselling services. The drop-in will be available from 10.00am – 12.00 noon. There will also be a lunchtime information session from 1.00pm – 2.00pm.

Please register here to attend. Lunch will be provided at this session.

For more information on Inspire counselling, please see their website.

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Counselling is a process that allows you to work through issues that may be causing you distress or confusion, with a person who is professionally qualified to help you. Inspire counselling is carried out in a supportive, caring and non-judgemental way. Counsellors support staff to cope with a wide range of issues. They have a sensitive and practical approach, no matter what work or personal difficulties you may be going through.

Counselling is on a one-to-one basis, with the same counsellor for all sessions. These sessions can take place in a counselling room, over Skype or on the telephone, and the service is free. Staff can call the free-phone number: 0808 800 0016 at any time of the day or night, seven days a week.

Inspire Professional Counsellors are fully qualified and experienced in a range of areas:

  • Alcohol problems
  • Anxiety or Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Debt problems
  • Drug related problems
  • Employment concerns
  • Experience of a traumatic event
  • Family worries
  • Personal relationship problems
  • Stress at work or at home


Aware NI Online Support Group

Aware NI and Queen's University Belfast have launched online support groups for people with depression across Northern Ireland, with the aim of giving people an alternative option to face-to-face support.

The peer-led Online Support Group service uses video conferencing technology, which users can access at home via a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

For more information please visit Aware Online Support, or call Aware directly on 028 9035 7820.



Exercise, Diet and Fitness Seminars for Staff

  • Tuesday 7 November: Exercise and Diet Tips for Busy Lifestyles, 1.10pm – 1.50pm, Peter Froggatt Centre (Room 02.017)
    Queen's Sport Personal Trainer Neil Thompson will deliver a presentation outlining his tips for busy people to improve their diet and be physically active. Please register here to attend.
  • Tuesday 21 November: Females in Fitness – What's Right For You? 1.10pm – 1.50pm, Peter Froggatt Centre (Room 02.011) 
    Queen's Sport Personal Trainer Heather Weir will deliver a presentation on how changing your workout will change your body and how training techniques affect your results. Please register here to attend.

The McClay library from the front in summer time


Bitesize Open Access Training for REF

  • Thursday 16 November: 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 thirty-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 (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 1 November: Digital Literacies Workshop 1: Using Technology to Improve Curriculum Design, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 8 November: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • 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
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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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  • Friday 3 November: Word Processing: Labels and Mail Merge Using Word, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 6 November: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook and Exchange, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 8 November: LinkedIn for Beginners, 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Thursday 16 November: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 21 November: Excel 2: Managing Data, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • 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
  • Thursday 30 November: Introduction to Database Part 2 (covers ECDL DB and follows on from Part 1), 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Monday 27 November: Creating Infographics and Visual Content, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 7 December: Intro to nVivo, 9.30am – 4.30pm (also a clinic on Friday 8 November if required)

ECDL: 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: In Excel, use the COUNTBLANK function to count the number of cells in a range that are blank. For example =COUNTBLANK(A1:A10) will return the number of cells in the range A1:A10 that are empty.


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