Staff Gateway


11 September 2017


Queen's-linked tree needs your vote!

Vote here now for Erskine House tree in 'Tree of the Year'.

The Erskine House tree, which can be found beside CCRCB and the MBC and has strong links with Medicine at Queen's, is a direct descendant of the tree under which Hippocrates first taught students.

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The tree, based at Belfast City Hospital and Queen's, is descended from the 'Plane tree of Kos' – a famous oriental plane tree under which Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, first taught on the island of Kos in 500 BC – and has made it to the final of the Woodland Trust's Northern Ireland 'Tree of the Year' competition.

The tree was planted from seeds gifted in the 1960s by Greek physician Dr Dimitrios Oreopoulos, who was undertaking an MD in kidney research at Queen's University and working at the renal unit at Belfast City Hospital. After completing his studies, Dr Oreopoulos moved with his family to Canada, where he later became Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He made many contributions to the treatment of renal disease, as well as the promotion of medical ethics and humanitarian principles. Dr Oreopoulos also went on to develop ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis, a type of dialysis which is now used throughout the world.

One of several trees planted at the time by the seeds gifted by Dr Oreopoulos, the Erskine House tree is the only tree that has survived. In order to preserve and also celebrate the tree, a new circular bench and plaque in memory of Dr Oreopoulos, have been installed so the area can now be enjoyed by staff, students and patients. 

Voters must be over 18 and live in the UK to be eligible to vote.



Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes 2017

Staff are reminded that the application deadline for entries to the 2017 Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes is Friday 22 September. The prizes are a chance to celebrate the breadth and depth of groundbreaking and inspirational research taking place at Queen's.

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A prize of £3,000 will be awarded to the winners of each of the four categories: Research Impact; Research Innovation; Early Career Researchers; and Postdoctoral Researcher. Applications are welcome from all subjects and faculties and are particularly welcome from females, who have traditionally been under-represented.

For further guidance and submission forms, please visit this webpage, or contact Dr Stephen McCabe in the Research Policy Office at



Chief Executives’ Club

  • Tuesday 12 September: Leadership Lecture, 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Riddel Hall, Stranmillis

The Chief Executives' Club at Queen's and Queen's Management School are delighted to welcome Mr Declan Kelly, Chairman and CEO of Teneo, to deliver the inaugural Annual Leadership Lecture. Places are limited. Register here.

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Mr Kelly will discuss the unprecedented global environment companies must navigate today as well as his work personally advising the CEOs of many of the world's largest companies at Teneo. He will also reflect on his term as US Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland, appointed by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009. 

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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.

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  • CQC Clerical Officer
    School of Pharmacy
    Ref: 17/105897
    Closing date: Tuesday 12 September 2017
  • Clerical Officer (Grade 5) 
    Research and Enterprise 
    Ref: 17/105853 
    Closing date: Friday 15 September 2017 
    Anticipated interview date: Monday 19 September 2017

Please note that other vacancies are often advertised externally and are on the Jobs page


Around Campus

Campus Food Markets

The last of September's Campus Food Markets will take place on Wednesday 13 September, from 11.00am to 3.00pm, in conjunction with International Student Support. Regular updates on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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Sing for Joy Concert

Sing For Joy is an event on Friday 29 September that will promote the positives that singing in a community choir brings. Anyone wishing to perform please email Una McCann or visit the Sing for Joy Facebook page.

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Community choirs from all over Northern Ireland, including Queen's Staff Wellbeing Choir, will perform and share songs. Audience participation will be encouraged. Proceeds will go towards Aware NI. Suggested donation is £5 per person; please pay or make a donation to Aware NI via our Sing for Joy JustGiving Page.

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Up-to-date contributions on diverse topics including: North Korea; Ireland's October Budget; youth radicalization; the 2017 Eaton Lecture; and the impact of Brexit on the island of Ireland. To submit, email Kevin at

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AHRC funding success

Researchers are celebrating funding success with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Latest figures reveal that Queen’s was the No 1 AHRC-funded university UK-wide in 2016/17. Full story on Corporate Plan website.

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Queen's received over £4.1 million from AHRC funding, outperforming its closest competitors by over £700,000. Notable awards include Sounding Conflict (pictured), led by Professor Fiona Magowan at the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice; the SUNDASIA project led by Dr Ryan Rabett of the School of Natural and Built Environment; and Professor Richard Schoch's (School of Arts, English and Languages) Performing Restoration Shakespeare project.



Architecture Symposium

  • Friday 22 September: Infrastructural Turn Symposium, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen's University Belfast

Three renowned, international practitioners discuss their work in the expanded field of architecture in Europe and North America. Free event, followed by a round table discussion.

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Alessandra Cianchetta, AWP (Paris and London)
Duzan Doepel, DoepelStrijkers (Rotterdam)
Mason White, Lateral Office (Toronto) 

The event addresses cross-disciplinary infrastructural issues and each speaker is at the forefront of a growing movement of deploying design as a synthetic element within the rethinking and planning of larger systems and networks: infrastructure; agriculture; energy; urbanism; landscape; and waste.

Representatives from national, regional and local government, environmental designers, engineers to architects and planners are expected to attend.

The round-table discussion will be hosted by Professor Thomas Jefferies, Head of the Manchester School of Architecture.



Horizon 2020: Innovative Training Networks

  • Tuesday 19 September: Innovative Training Networks, 12.30pm – 2.00pm, location TBC.

This seminar will include an introduction to the Innovative Training Network (ITN) funding scheme and the presentation of a Queen's case study. More information/registration here. Lunch provided.

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ITNs are collaborative research training grants. Academic and non-academic partners from different countries join forces to train a new generation of creative, innovative and entrepreneurial early-career researchers (PhDs).

Local collaborators of Queen's applicants are also welcome to attend. 


Student Development

Development Weeks 2018

Inspire. Innovate. Explore.

This year's Development Weeks take place between 14 May and 1 June 2018. More information and updates are available at

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Development Weeks are three weeks within the academic year when students are provided with free space to engage in a broad range of activities which complement academic learning and showcase the talent that exists across the University. 

Staff and students are encouraged to start developing ideas for innovative activities to deliver during the Development Weeks programme. Students are invited to apply for funding for their event and compete for prizes in 'The Development Weeks Challenge' competition. Degree Plus accreditation will be available for many activities. 

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Green Impact Workshop

  • Thursday 21 September: Green Impact Workshop, 12.00pm – 2.00pm, Room OG/074, Lanyon Building

Register here. For more information, please contact

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The workshop will offer staff the opportunity to network with other environmental champions, share best practice and learn from the experiences of other Queen's Green teams, and find out more about the 2017-18 Green Impact Programme. 

The University Green Impact programme is an environmental awards scheme that encourages teams of Queen's staff to undertake environmental improvements within the University. Staff and student volunteers participate by completing a workbook that outlines achievable environmental actions. Last year 78 teams across the University took part in the Green Impact Programme, collectively carrying out 3,239 actions to make a positive impact on our environment. Their efforts will be recognised at the upcoming Queen's Green Awards.



EU Funding Newsletter

The August edition of Queen's EU Funding Newsletter is now available to view at this link. Comments are welcomed to



Alzheimer's Information Session

  • Thursday 21 September, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location TBC after registration

Session delivered by Professor Peter Passmore, Centre for Public Health. Lunch will be provided. Please register here.

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There are more than 520,000 people in the UK with Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer's.



Autumn 2017 physical activity programme

Classes in the 2017 Autumn Activity programme begin today, Monday 11 September 2017. Please register asap. Classes are suitable for all. Details below. Further inquiries to / 028 9068 1126.

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Class Date Time Location
Introduction to Dance Monday 11 September 2017 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Tone and Trim Thursday 14 September 2017 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Barre (last few places remaining) Friday 15 September 2017 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Blast Tabata Friday 15 September 2017 1.15pm – 1.45pm Queen's Sport, Physical Education Centre

Registration and Payment: Visit PEC reception; each 13 week course costs £27. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. These classes will run to week commencing 11 December 2017 inclusive; there will be no classes week commencing 30 October 2017.

Please note that phone registration is no longer available.



Cancer Focus Stop Smoking Support

Staff are invited to two Stop Smoking information sessions on Tuesday 19 and Tuesday 26 September. Please register at the links below to attend.

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Smoking causes one third of all cancer deaths in Northern Ireland and is our greatest cause of preventable ill health. It not only increases the risk of cancer for the smoker but also for everyone else around them. Cancer Focus NI's award-winning Stop Smoking service is funded by the Public Health Agency and offered in GP practices, health and wellbeing centres, community, workplace and youth settings including schools. 


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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God's Own Country: A tender, beautiful and frank love story, set against the bleak, stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire moors.

Back to Burgundy: The vineyards of Burgundy are the stunning backdrop for this French drama about estranged siblings putting resentments aside to save their family estate. 

Patti Cake$: A heroic performance by Australian actress Danielle Macdonald (pictured) in a breakout role as the indomitable, if unorthodox, rapper Patricia Dombrowski.

Belle du Jour: This classic tale of desire and fantasy celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new 4K digital restoration.

David Gilmour Live At Pompeii: An audio-visual spectacle, with lasers, pyrotechnics and specially-created films accompanying the music and stellar performances of an all-star band.

Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast: A documentary about socialist, trade unionist and Labour politician Dennis Skinner.



Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre is now stocking luxurious woollen products of McNutt of Donegal. 10% staff discount. 

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Located in the seaside village of Downings, on Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way, McNutt of Donegal have been producing fine weaves for over 60 years. Every collection is designed in-house and inspired by the surrounding rugged coastline.



Holistic Therapies for Staff

‌Nightingale Holistic Therapies promotes wellbeing by providing de-stressing, rejuvenating massage therapies, which are available at a discounted price for staff.

To arrange an appointment please contact Moyah or on 07713 563 036. More details at the Staff Wellbeing Page

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Research Data Management Information Sessions

A series of information and training sessions have been planned for academic and research staff during the next academic year (see below). Staff interested in attending any of these sessions should RSVP to

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Semester 1

  • Wednesday 18 October: Introduction to Research Data Management, 2.00pm, Seminar Room, 63 University Road
  • Wednesday 6 December: Developing Research Data Management Plans, 2.00pm, Seminar Room, 63 University Road

Semester 2

  • Wednesday 7 February 2018: Introduction to Research Data Management, 2.00pm, Seminar Room, 63 University Road
  • Wednesday 7 March 2018: Developing Research Data Management Plans, 2.00pm, Seminar Room, 63 University Road

Training and Development

Organisational Development Programmes

The Organisational Development 2017-18 course programme, Developing For Success workshops, and Queen's Leadership and Management Excellence Programme are now available for booking. Please see below for details.

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  • Organisational Development Programme
    View the programme 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 courses online by category (Leadership, Management and Supervisory).

To book a place any of the above courses, log onto Queen's Online, select 'Training Courses' from the list of Services on the left of the page and follow the link for iTrent Self Service. With the exception of wait-listed courses, waiting lists are not carried over from one academic year to the next.

  • Excellence Programme
    The Excellence Programme is now inviting applications from eligible staff for Cohort 9 – 2017/18.

    Eligibility to apply
    Applications are welcomed from staff at Academic Grade AC3 and above and Professional Services Grade 8 and above. The primary target group is Directors of Education/Research, Senior Staff of Academic Support Directorates (Grade 9/10). Staff must demonstrate on the application form evidence of significant leadership responsibility and potential. Please visit our website for programme dates and an information pack including application form.

    For more information contact Paula Teggart, Organisational Development, on 028 9097 5959.
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. For up-to-date information please follow CED on Twitter or check the CED website.

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  • Friday 15 September: TurningPoint PRS Update – drop-in clinic, 10.00am – 12.00pm and 12.30pm – 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 19 September: Professional Development Series: Introduction to Lecturing, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 27 September: Using TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 11 October: An Introduction to Queen's Online for Learning and Teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Further details of courses and events are available on the CED website. To book, log onto Queen's Online, select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for 'iTrent Self Service'.

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IT Training Courses

Please see below details of upcoming IT training courses, now available to book on iTrent.

To book, log onto Queen's Online, then select 'Training Courses' from the list on the left of the page and follow the link for 'iTrent Self Service'. Course dates can be viewed here.

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  • Thursday 12 October: Facebook for Beginners, 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Monday 16 October: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 19 October: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 20 October: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 23 October: Excel: Introduction to Pivot Tables using Excel, 9.30am – 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

ECDL: The next test date is Tuesday 3 October, 10.00am – 11.30am. To register your interest in taking ECDL or ECDL Advanced, email 
Click here for more information on ECDL.

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