Staff Gateway


25 September 2017


All Staff Event

An All Staff Event will take place in the Whitla Hall on Wednesday 4 October 2017. There will be two sessions at the times set out below and you can register your attendance here.

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  • Session 1: 11.00am – 12.00 noon
  • Session 2: 2.00pm – 3.00pm 

This event will be an opportunity for you to receive an update on key institutional activity including a presentation on our new brand identity which will be launched during the event. This will be followed by a Question and Answer discussion with the Senior Leadership Team and, in response to feedback following the previous All Staff event on 29 March 2017, you will be able to submit a question in advance via the registration form.


Strategic Marketing and Communications

Social Media notice

Some Queen's social media users may have noticed that the University's central accounts have changed to @QUBelfast. This is to support brand consistency, reduce confusion with external accounts and aid search. There will be no need to follow a new account; this is simply a change within the accounts themselves, rather than additional accounts. Staff are encouraged to share on social media with #LoveQUB.



Green Awards 2017

The efforts of staff and students in helping the University to reduce its carbon emissions have been recognised at this year's Green Awards. 78 teams, involving 20 Schools and Directorates, received their Green Impact accreditation. A number of special awards were also handed out, including Environmental Champion of the Year, which was won by Gary Daly from Campus Food and Drink. Further information is available on the Corporate Plan Website.



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 2 October, 12.30pm – 2.00pm, Lecture Theatre OG/024, Peter Froggatt Centre
  • Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Tuesday 3 October, 12.30pm – 2.00pm, Physics Building/Emeleus Lecture Theatre
  • Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences
    Thursday 5 October, 1.00pm – 2.30pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Medical Biology Centre


Inspire workshop

Thought Leaders: Inspire
Queen's inaugural Inspire workshop will take place on Thursday 28 September at 6.00pm, upstairs in The Graduate School. Hosted by Roger Warnock (Young Foundation) who will share about his new concept: Social Jam. Register here.

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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. This inaugural workshop focuses on Roger Warnock's Social Jam – a new framework designed to enable business, government and communities to harness the power of social innovation and create a more inclusive economy in the UK and Ireland.

Workshops take place in The Graduate School on the last Thursday evening of each month. Light refreshments will be served. Email for more information.




Up-to-date contributions on topics including the Canada-USA border; the forthcoming Kurdish independence referendum; and responses to the Legatum Institute's paper on Brexit and the Irish border. To submit, email Kevin at

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The Conversation

Staff making UK headlines

See below for the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation.

Topics include the power of apocalyptic thinking; dark tourism; and the ability to distinguish between right and left. Click on the links to read each article.

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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.



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 medicine.

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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.

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Strategic Marketing and Communications

Stationery Orders for new brand material

In preparation for the introduction of the new brand identity on Wednesday 4 October 2017, order forms are now available for new stock stationery items (see below). Forms should be returned to CDS by Thursday 28 September 2017 so that deliveries can begin from 4 October 2017.

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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.

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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
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Women's Movement: Stories of Migration

  • Saturday 7 October: Women's Movement: Stories of Migration, registration from 10.00am, Canada Room, Queen's University Belfast

Annual conference of the Irish Federation of University Women (IRFUW) hosted by the Queen's Women's Graduate Association (QWGA). See below for details and booking.

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Themes include law, rights, equality, and identity. The conference will explore the particular experiences of women around migration and displacement and at the response of institutions, societies, and states to the experiences of women in migration, and at the legal and rights contexts in which women’s migration takes place. In addition to hearing from delegates, the conference will hear from our keynote speaker, Marie Anderson, the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman, a lawyer with an international reputation in promoting and protecting human rights. Speakers will address migration in the context of issues including legal and human rights, access to services and also identity, home, memory, and living in diaspora. Four hours' CPD can be claimed by solicitors and barristers.

Registration (includes lunch in the Great Hall at Queen's) 
£45.00 / €50.00
IRFUW Members – £35.00 / €40.00
Student – £25.00 / €28.00 

Book online here. Please email with any booking queries.

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Academic Events

TSC conference 2018

The annual TSC conference will take place in the School of Pharmacy on 27-28 March 2018. The call for abstracts is now open. Please register here.

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Presentations will include:

  • 3D Printing of Pharmaceuticals – Professor Simon Gaisford, UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Hot Melt Extrusion And Cocrystals In Pharmaceutical Materials Processing – Professor Anant Paradkar, Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science, University of Bradford
  • Thermal Techniques To Monitor Setting Properties Of Bone Cements – Professor Nicholas Dunne, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Dublin City University
  • Thermal Methods Role in the Development of Formulations for Opioid Overdose & Poorly Soluble Drugs – Dr Paul Royall, King's College London
  • Solubility Enhancement and the Role of Thermal Analysis – Professor Barbara Conway, University of Huddersfield
  • Mixing Enthalpy for Binary Mixtures Containing Ionic Liquids – Johan Jacquemin, Faculté des Sciences, Université F. Rabelais Tours

There is also a competition for early career researchers to attend an international conference in 2018.

Please see here for further details.


Training courses

Agent-based modelling course for public health researchers

A new course on agent-based modelling has been developed, specifically targeted to public health researchers and social scientists. The course runs from 20-22 November 2017 in Belfast. See below for details.

Click here to download the course flyer: Agent-based modelling course 2017

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Agent-based modelling is becoming increasingly popular in public health. Applications include intervention development, understanding complex systems and evaluating the public health impact of public health interventions. Participants will build a model of a public health intervention using NetLogo (an open source modelling platform), as well as learn about the theory of computer simulation for understanding complex systems.

Cost is £200 for students (with some bursaries available), £400 for academics and £800 for government or industry. Please contact Sean Morrison for more information:

This course is delivered by the combined forces of the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (Queen's University Belfast) and Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS, University of Surrey).


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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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.

The Work: This powerful observational documentary, set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, follows a four-day group therapy retreat.

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

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.

Black Sabbath: The End of the End (28 September): Chronicling the final gig in Birmingham of Black Sabbath's final tour, bringing down the curtain on a career that spanned almost half a century.

QFT Late
Cult & Classic – Pulp Fiction (29 September): Quentin Tarantino's ambitious, blackly comic crime thriller scrambles the lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits.

Exhibition on Screen
Canaletto and the Art of Venice (30 September and 1 October) From one of the world’s largest art collections comes the remarkable story of Canaletto and the city he shared with millions through his art.

Opening on Friday 29 September
Goodbye Christopher Robin; Tawai: A Voice from the Forest; and Borg vs McEnroe.


Language Centre event

Chinese Taster Session

  • Monday 2 October: Chinese Taster Session, 12.00 noon – 2.00pm, Auditorium, McClay Library 

For full information, click here: Event flyer

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All are welcome. Contact Dr Liang Wang with any queries: / 028 9097 6225.

To register on a Language Centre Mandarin Chinese course, please follow this link.



Irish Language Speakers’ Circle

Staff are cordially invited to the Irish Language Speakers' Circle for an hour of conversation as Gaeilge taking place each month. Please see details of the next meeting below.

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Ciorcal Comhrá in Ollscoil na Banríona: ag bualadh le chéile i Junction san Fhoirgneamh MST, 29 Meán Fomhair, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Caint. Caifé. Craic! Bígí linn!
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(Friday 29 September: Irish Language Speakers' Circle, 12.00pm – 1.00pm, Junction Café (foyer, Main Site Tower). Contact Michael Pierse for further information.)



Networking breakfast for working dads

Parenting NI, in partnership with Kingsbridge Private Hospital, have organised a breakfast networking event for working dads on Thursday 12 October at 8.30am in Kingspan Stadium. Please see the Wellbeing events page or contact for further information.



Perks September Discounts

Queen's staff can benefit from a range of discounts using their Perks Card this month. For more detail, see the full September update on the Wellbeing wepages

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If not already registered, visit this webpage to get started. If you need a new Perks card, please call Deborah on 028 907 3176. Check the Perks website regularly to view the full range of offers, be kept up to date with new offers throughout the year, enter competitions and more.



Inspire Workplaces news

Inspire Workplaces, Queen's counselling provider, have launched their new website offering staff access to tools and information in promoting mental health and wellbeing at work and at home. Inspire's Launch flyer can be found on Wellbeing's webpages for more information; log in details for staff can be found on the final page.

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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.

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The next classes will be held in Queen’s Sport on the following Sundays, 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.

  • 24 September
  • 8 October
  • 22 October
  • 12 November


Cancer Focus Stop Smoking Support

Staff interested in finding out about Cancer Service NI's Stop Smoking service are encouraged to contact Suzie from Cancer Focus:

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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.



Welcome Centre – New in stock

The Welcome Centre is now stocking basket-weave scarves, from McNutt of Donegal, woven with a fine merino wool. Perfect for the autumnal weather.

10% staff discount.


Learning and Development

Learning and Development Programmes

The Learning and 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.
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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  • 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
  • Wednesday 25 October 2017: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 30 October 2017: Using TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Further details of courses and events are available on the CED website. Log on to iTrent Self Service to book your place.

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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
  • 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
  • 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

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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