Staff Gateway


18 September 2017


HR Directorate Restructure

The Human Resources Directorate has undergone a major restructure to allow it to deliver a more focused service to underpin the People and Culture enabler of our Corporate Plan. The Directorate now consists of six departments with particular responsibilities for: Organisational Development; Diversity and Inclusion; HR Business Partnering; Resourcing; HR Services; and Reward and Employee Relations.

Further details, including areas of responsibility and key contacts, are available on the Corporate Plan website.



Green Awards and Impact Workshop

Queen's Annual Green Awards take place on Wednesday 20 September 2017, 12.30pm – 2.00pm in Riddel Hall Courtyard, with 78 teams represented from across the University. Attendance is by invitation only. A Green Impact Workshop will follow on Thursday 21 September. Details below.

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The Awards celebrate the achievements of staff and students participating in the University's Green Impact and Green Challenge programmes.

The Green Impact Workshop takes place on Thursday 21 September from 12.00pm – 2.00pm in Room OG/074, Lanyon Building. Register here. For more information, please contact The University Green Impact programme is an environmental awards scheme that encourages teams of Queen's staff to undertake environmental improvements within the University.

The Queen's Green Challenge invites students to come up with an exciting and innovative ideas for projects. Financial funding of up to £500 is provided to the best proposals.



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



Open Days a Big Success

Queen's attracted almost 15,000 prospective students and their families – including more from England, Scotland and Wales than ever before – at the University's annual Open Days earlier this month. Sixth-formers and other would-be students turned out in force over three days to get a closer look at Queen's world-class facilities and speak to teaching and support staff. Full story on the Corporate Plan website.



Global Challenges Debate

  • Wednesday 20 September: Feeding Nine Billion: The Ultimate Global Challenge, 5.00pm – 6.30pm (doors open 4.30pm), Great Hall

No registration required. Seats will be issued on a first come first served basis. See here for full details.

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Staff are cordially invited to the first of the Global Challenges Debates Series to hear from world-leading experts discussing one of the greatest challenges of our time. Hear from Professor Chris Elliott (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, and founder of the Institute for Global Food Security) and Michelle Grant (Executive Director of the World Food System Centre at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)). A debate will also be chaired by Professor Nigel Scollan (Director of the Institute for Global Food Security). 

Event followed by a drinks reception until 7.30pm in the Council Chamber. 



'Ending Conflicts' discussion

  • 2 October 2017: Ending Conflicts, 12.00pm – 1.15pm, Moot Court, Main Site Tower

Jonathan Powell in conversation with Professor Richard English. Register here.

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Jonathan Powell is Director of Inter/Mediate, the charity he founded in 2011 to work on conflict resolution around the world, and an Honorary Professor in the Mitchell Institute. He was Chief of Staff to Tony Blair from 1997 to 2007 and the chief British government negotiator on Northern Ireland during that period. Jonathan is author of Great Hatred, Little Room: Making Peace in Northern Ireland; The New Machiavelli: How to Wield Power in the Modern World; and Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts.

Richard English FBA is Distinguished Professorial Fellow at the Mitchell Institute and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement at Queen's. He is author of Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA; Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland; and Does Terrorism Work?.



Queen's tree STILL needs your vote!

Vote 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.



Research Student Lifecycle Project Launch

October marks the launch of the Research Student Lifecycle Project in Qsis. The project aims to transform how the University manages the key milestones in the journey of its research students. See below for details of upcoming Faculty information sessions.

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The Project launch follows an extensive period of consultation and development involving colleagues and students from across the University.

As part of the Project, Initial Review, Differentiation and Annual Progress Review processes are all now digitised. In addition, and of particular value to academic colleagues, both the School and individual supervisors will now be equipped with a Dashboard providing holistic views of all of their research students' progress.

A series of Faculty-based information and familiarisation sessions have been scheduled for academic and administrative staff in October 2017:

  • Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
    Monday 02 October, 12.30pm – 2.00pm, Lecture Theatre OG/024, Peter Froggatt Centre
  • Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Tuesday 03 October, 12.30pm – 2.00pm, Physics Building/Emeleus Lecture Theatre
  • Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences
    Thursday 05 October, 1.00pm – 2.30pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Medical Biology Centre
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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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  • Operations and Systems Officer (Maternity Cover)
    HR Services
    Ref: 17/105903

    Closing date: Friday 22 September 2017
    Anticipated interview date: Friday 6 October 2017
    This post is available until 30 November 2018.
  • Acting Head of Strategic Marketing and Communications
    Marketing and Communications
    Ref: 17/105917

    Closing date: Monday 25 September 2017
    Anticipated interview date: Friday 6 October 2017
  • Temporary Student Records Supervisor
    Academic and Student Affairs Directorate
    Ref: 17/105859

    Closing date: Friday 29 September 2017
    Anticipated Interview Date: Wednesday 18 October 2017
    This post is available until 31 August 2019.

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

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Christmas lunch in the Great Hall

The Great Hall is now taking bookings for its traditional Christmas lunch on Monday 18 December from 12.30pm. For more details and to book, contact Jennifer in the Great Hall (028 9097 3559 / View the menu here: Christmas 2017 Great Hall Menu.

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Lunch is three courses with coffee and mints and is £24.00 per person. All payments must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

Annual Fund Dispersal Group

Research Funding


The Development and Alumni Relations Office invites staff to apply for project funding from the Queen's Annual Fund. Applications must be typed and emailed to Micheal O’Fearraigh, Annual Fund Supervisor, by 12 noon, Friday 6 October 2017Download your application form here.

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Applications for projects that significantly impact and improve the student experience for a significant number of students in a manner that can be sustained in future years will receive priority. Applicants are asked to please allow enough time in planning to obtain quotes from suppliers who are providing necessary services as they will be required as part of the application.

The Queen’s Annual Fund was established in May 1999 to support and enhance all aspects of the Queen's student experience. Please see here for further information on the application process. If you have any queries, please email Meaghan Lyons, Regular Giving Manager.



Brexit Lecture

  • Friday 29 September: Brexit and the Japan-UK Relationship, 12.00pm – 1.00pm, Canada Room

Lecture given by Mr Shinichi Iida, Embassy of Japan in the UK. Register here.

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Mr Iida, Minister for Public Diplomacy and Media at the Embassy of Japan in the UK, will discuss Brexit and its impact on business in the light of Japan's role as the second-largest non-EU investor in Britain. He will also make reference to the two countries' commitment to working together to tackle a range of weighty global issues.




Up-to-date contributions on topics including: the performance of Northern Ireland's institutions of government; and Brexit. To submit, email Kevin at

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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.


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.



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.



Anthropology – Public Lecture

  • Thursday 21 September: Infrastructural Gaps: Commons, Anthropology and Economic Crisis in Europe, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Great Hall

Lecture by Professor Dimitris Dalakoglou, Vrije University Amsterdam. Register here.

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Professor Dalakoglou's lecture forms the centrepiece of the annual AAI international conference, which this year takes place at Queen's on 21–23 September 2017. Event co-organised by the Anthropological Association of Ireland (AAI) and Queen's School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP).



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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Victoria & Abdul: The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's remarkable rule; starring Academy Award winner Judi Dench.

Wind River: Scriptwriter Taylor Sheridan (Sicario; Hell or High Water) makes his directorial debut with this Wyoming-set mystery starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner.

Insyriated: Tense, gripping domestic drama set in war-torn Syria.

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

Supported screenings:

Dementia Friendly: Funny Girl – QFT continues its dementia-friendly screenings in September (World Alzheimer's Month).

Screening from 22 September:

Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Spielberg's genre-defining classic returns to mark its 40th anniversary. Incorporates a short screening about the making of the film (including a new interview with Spielberg).

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 There's This Thing, This Feeling, and an Art in the AM discussion on the forthcoming Artists' Moving Image Festival. Details below.

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  • There's This Thing, This Feeling (Adham Faramawy)
    Runs until 01 October

    Adham Faramawy (b1981, Dubai) is a London-based artist of Egyptian descent. Throughout his practice, he explores changes in perception brought about by the digital age. Across a landscape of high-definition flatscreens and sculptural wall- and floor-based works, Faramawy shoots staged live performers, often using his smartphone. Faramawy is shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2017.
  • Art in the AM
    Friday 22 September, 9.30am – 10.30am, The Beringer, Fountain Street, Belfast

    Michael Hanna and Jacqueline Holt discuss the upcoming AMINI 17 – Artists' Moving Image Festival, which features work by artists shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award 2017. All welcome. Free coffee and conversation. Email for more information.
  • 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.

For a live experience, join the Gallery at exhibition openings, where DJs-in-residence GIRL play sets inspired by the mood or theme of the exhibition.

Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Diversity and Inclusion

Employers for Disability NI video

Employers for Disability NI (EFDNI) are seeking staff with a learning disability to appear in a five-minute disability awareness video.

See here for more information and relevant contact details.



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

  • Excellence Programme
    The Queen's Excellence leadership and management development 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 the Organisational Development website for programme dates and an information pack including application form.

    For more information contact Paula Teggart, Organisational Development, on 028 9097 5959.
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Selective Travel Management Training

Staff who book point-to-point travel for the University are encouraged to register here for the Online Booking Tool training. Selective Travel Management will be hosting training sessions on 27 and 28 September in their Training Suite, Murray Exchange, Belfast. This will be a good opportunity for staff to find out more about the Online Booking Tool. Register at the link above.

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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  • 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
  • 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

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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  • Wednesday 4 October: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • 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
  • Tuesday 24 October: Twitter for Beginners, 2.15pm – 4.15pm
  • Thursday 26 October: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook and Exchange, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • 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

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.

Tip of the Day: Want to learn how to create eye-catching images? Limited places are available on our Getting Familiar with Photoshop course running on 16 October (Part 1) and 30 October (Part 2).


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