9 April 2018

Staff Engagement

Staff Forum

The process to appoint members to the Staff Forum is now underway with a closing date of Friday, 20 April for submission of applications.

The Forum, which has been established in response to Staff Survey feedback, provides an opportunity for staff to share their views and ideas on matters that affect them at work. Chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, the Forum will meet three times a year and is open to all categories of staff.

Further details are available on the Staff Forum website.



Strategic Research Engagement with South Africa

Research and Enterprise are hosting an Information and Networking event on Monday 23 April in order to support Queen's University's Strategic Research Engagement with South Africa.

This event will offer the opportunity to learn about research which Queen's staff have been undertaking with South African partners and to network with colleagues across the institution who have an interest in South African-related research.

Please register here.



Mitchell Institute/Human Rights Centre Conference: Negotiating Detention

  • Wednesday 2 May 2018: Negotiating Detention: Prisons as Sites of Resistance, Control and Compromise in Protracted Conflicts, 3.00pm – 7.00pm, Moot Court, Main Site Tower, School Of Law

Visit the Eventbrite page for more details and to register.




Pint of Science Festival: Seeing into the Future

Tickets for Seeing into the Future – an event focusing on advances in eye research from scientists at Queen's – go on sale today.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to Fight For Sight.

See here for tickets and further details.



Postgraduate opportunity

Global Food Venture programme

Staff in the Faculty of MHLS are encouraged to relay to their students the opening of the Global Food Venture's (GFV) application phase. The GFV programme will support 30 highly innovative PhD students from the food and agricultural technology field to turn their research into successful business concepts.

Students can find out more and apply at this link. Deadline for applications is Sunday 15 April.

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How to apply
Students can apply via the EIT food website above. There is a dedicated email address, globalfoodventure@eitfood.eu, where students should send their application. All information they need is in there.

The start-up description template advises students not to disclose any sensitive information and consult with their university regarding their IP protection.

Programme benefits 

  • Nine-month, one-to-one tailored mentoring
  • Bootcamp at TU Munich
  • International visits to two key innovation ecosystems – Israel and the Silicon Valley
  • Pitching at the food and agricultural technology conference in Europe with the opportunity to win the best start-up award
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Reflections Newsletter

The next issue of the Queen's bi-annual teaching and learning newsletter Reflections will focus on creative approaches to learning. If you would like to submit a piece for publication, please contact Liz McDowell (e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk) with an expression of interest (for planning purposes) by Monday 16 April.

The deadline for receipt of final submissions is Monday 14 May.

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Submissions can take the form of:

  • An article: generally 750 words per page (approximately); 1–2 pages


  • A shorter 'newsflash' item: eg reporting on a recent event; flagging an upcoming event; promoting a new venture etc. (100–200 words approximately)

The Centre for Educational Development welcome photographs to accompany the above pieces, but please ensure you have the written permission from those in the photo for its use within Reflections (in hard copy and in the electronic version on the website).



Faculty of AHSS Newsletter

The March edition of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Newsletter is now available to view online.

This issue includes the latest news from the Faculty, including staff awards and honours, and dates for the diary.

Download the Newsletter at this link.





QPOL Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Recent contributions from QPol. Click on the links to read. To submit, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk.

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The Conversation

See below for the latest Queen's articles published in The Conversation. Click on the links to read.

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If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, contact comms.office@qub.ac.uk to find out more.

For those interested in contributing to the Anthill Podcast, the upcoming themes are:

  • May: Twins
  • June: Assassinations/assassins
  • July: Confidence


Selective Travel – EPS Coffee Morning

Selective Travel will be at The Hub, David Keir Building, on Thursday 12 April from 9.30am – 12.30pm. Staff are welcome to drop in to ask any questions or queries about travel. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Visit the Queen's webpage at Selective Travel for help booking travel, to get the latest news, travel alerts and other information about Queen's travel contract.




Sport Relief Coffee Morning and Bake Sale

The School of Law wish to thank all staff who supported the Coffee Morning and Bake Sale on Friday 23 March, at which £520 was raised for Sport Relief.




Painting by Chris Dearden RUA NDD WCSI UWS

Learning Courses


The new Spring 2018 Open Learning programme of part-time short courses is now available.

Staff can choose from a wide range of subject areas including complementary therapies, creative writing, languages, leisure (including golf and wine tasting), literature, music, philosophy and visual arts. These short, part-time, day, evening and weekend courses offer the chance to enjoy learning something new in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Classes start week commencing Monday 30 April. Queen's staff qualify for the concession rate where applicable.

For further information and to enrol online, visit www.qub.ac.uk/ol.

Pedometer Challenge


Pedometer Challenge

Interested staff are invited to register now for this year's four-week Pedometer Challenge which will take place between Monday 16 April – Friday 11 May. 

Team Registration

Individual Registration

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A great team-building activity, the Challenge is a fun and easy way for staff to improve their physical and mental wellbeing whilst helping the environment and raising money for charity.

All participants will pledge £4, which will be donated to the nominated local charity, British Heart Foundation, through a dedicated JustGiving page. Updates can be posted throughout the challenge via Twitter: @WellbeingQUB@GreenatQueens using #QUBStepUp and #LoveQUBStaff.

To find out more on the challenge and about registration, please visit the website.



Spring 2018 physical activity programme

The Spring 2018 Activity programme begins week commencing Monday 9 April. Suitable for all ages, genders and levels of fitness.

Further inquiries to courseenquiries@qub.ac.uk / 028 9068 1126.


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Class Date Time Location
Introduction to Dance Monday 9 April 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Pilates Tuesday 10 April 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Yoga Wednesday 11 April 1.10pm – 1.50pm  On Campus 
Blast Tabata Wednesday 11 April 1.15pm – 1.45pm Queen's Sport, Physical Education Centre
Tone and Trim Thursday 12 April 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Barre Friday 13 April 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus

Registration and Payment: Visit PEC reception; each 12-week course costs £26. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

These classes will run to week commencing 25 June inclusive; there will be no Intro to Dance class on Monday 7 May due to the May Day holiday, therefore there will be an extra class added on Monday 2 July. 

Please note that phone registration is no longer available.



Behind the Masc Mental Health Support Group

Behind the Masc is an external, voluntary mental health support group for young men aged 18 – 35 facing difficulties. The group offers a safe space for young men to come together with similar people to discuss issues, work towards improving their mental health, or at times to just have a casual chat and relax. Behind the Masc want to encourage other young men to seek help, and go some way to help break the stigma attached to young men talking about mental health issues. The Group meet every Sunday in Club Room 2 at 7.00pm in Queen's Students' Union. Reminders and updates are provided via Social Media on Facebook and Twitter and can be contacted via email at BehindTheMasc@outlook.com.



Sexual Health Training

  • Wednesday 18 April: Sexual Health for Trans and Non-Binary People, 9.00am – 2.30pm, South Dining Hall

Free training for health professionals and students on including transgender and non-binary people in sexual health. Training will include: specific community sexual health needs, language and cultural competency, and best practice for inclusive care.

Please register via Eventbrite.



Diversity and Inclusion Training Sessions

The Diversity and Inclusion Unit are hosting upcoming lunchtime training sessions on 'LGBT+ Awareness' for Queen's staff on the following dates. Visit the website for more information and to register.

  • Thursday 12 April
  • Thursday 11 October

A sandwich lunch will be provided at all events. If you have any special dietary requirements please send details to leeann.matchett@qub.ac.uk.


Learning and Development

Learning and Development 2017/18 Course Programme

Upcoming training courses can be viewed here. To book a place on an upcoming training course, log onto iTrent.

Staff are advised that, with the exception of wait-listed courses, Organisational Development do not carry waiting lists over from one academic year to the next.

For queries/support, please contact training@qub.ac.uk.


IT training

Professional Development


A number of the Centre for Educational Development run courses for the 2017-18 academic year are 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.

  • Wednesday 11 April: QuestionMark (for Computer Assisted Assessment), 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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  • Tuesday 17 April: Writing Multiple Choice Questions, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 16 May: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 16 May: Using TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 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.

Tip of the Day: Do you manage a social media account but want to do it in a more strategic way? Then book onto How to Plan your Social Media Strategy and Create Engaging Content (see below). Queen's Social Media Manager will help you understand your target audience, create content that will attract them and discover ways to save you time in your already busy day.

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  • Thursday 12 April: How to Plan your Social Media Strategy and Create Engaging Content, 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Thursday 12 April: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Friday 13 April: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 19 April: Diagrams Made Easy with Microsoft Publisher, Word and PowerPoint, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 19 April: Facebook for Beginners, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Monday 23 April: SPSS 2: Data Analysis Using SPSS, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 April: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook and Exchange, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 26 April: Creating Infographics and Visual Content, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 1 May: Tables and Templates in Word, 9.30am – 12.00pm

ECDL: 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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