16 April 2018


General Data Protection Regulation – Mandatory Training

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the current 1995 EU Data Protection Directive from 25 May 2018. To support staff in complying with this new legislation, an online and interactive training module has been developed and is now available via Queen's Online (QOL).

As completion of the training module is mandatory for all staff, you are required to undertake this prior to the implementation of the new legislation from 25 May 2018. The training is user-friendly and may be completed over a number of sessions. It culminates in a short test to assess your understanding of the steps you require to take to comply with the GDPR legislation within your area of responsibility.

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To access the training, go to 'Courses and Requirements' on the QOL homepage. Select 'GDPR (Access Website)', then 'General Courses', then 'GDPR'. Should you have any difficulty in undertaking this training module, please contact the Information Compliance Unit on 028 9097 2506, or by email at info.compliance@qub.ac.uk.



Commencement of residential parking scheme

Further to earlier communication in December 2017, the University has been informed by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) that the residential parking scheme for the Rugby Road, College Park Avenue and College Green areas will commence today, Monday 16 April 2018.

The scheme will introduce a total of 236 parking bays; 117 of these will be Residents' (permit only) parking bays and 119 will be Pay and Display bays. A drawing, detailing the area covered by the scheme, as well as some of the scheme guidelines, can be found here.



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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  • Secretary (Grade 4) 
    Development and Alumni Relations
    Ref: 18/106178 
    Closing date: Friday 20 April 2018 
    Anticipated Interview date: Tuesday 8 May 2018
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3rd International Conference on Women and Leadership in a Changing World

The third international conference on Women and Leadership in a Changing World (WLCW18) will take place in Belfast on 21 – 22 May 2018. Beginning in Belfast City Hall at 6.30pm on Monday 21 May, the conference will then move to Riddel Hall at 9.00am on Tuesday 22 May.

Further details, including registration, can be found here. Staff are encouraged to share this information with colleagues. 

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The conference will cover four topical themes:

  • Equal Pay, Equal Opportunity
  • The Future of Work
  • Women in Society

Speakers will be drawn from a variety of areas including business, commerce, public sector, education, technology, and the health service, and will include Christine Aumayr-Pintar, an expert on gender pay gaps, and Her Excellency Dr Raja Al Gurg, Executive Director of Dubai Healthcare City Authority. More speakers will be announced on the website as they are confirmed. 

The event is held in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell (UML), Allstate NI and Women in Business NI.


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.



Lanyon 'Timeline'

As part of the ongoing Lanyon Conservation and Restoration Project, the extensive building hoarding around the site has provided a canvas to explore the rich history of the University. This has taken the form of a timeline, which is a celebration of the 173 years of history since the establishment of the original Queen's College Belfast in 1845. In developing the timeline, the Estates Directorate have used a variety of information from the University's archive and external sources. Heads of School were also invited to provide their contributions.

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The timeline has been installed parallel to the Graduate School, and it is hoped that it will remain on display until autumn 2018; however, a digital copy of the artwork will also be made available on the Estates website. This can be updated with amendments or additions over the coming months.

Staff are encouraged to share your own personal experiences, stories or photos as part of this unique project using the hashtag #QUBTimeline. If you have any queries or feedback, please email James Lavery (j.lavery@qub.ac.uk) or message Estates on their new Facebook page (Estates Twitter page also in development).


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Queen's University Boat Race

Queen's will take on Trinity College Dublin on the Lagan for the annual Queen's University Boat Race on Saturday 9 June.

For updates and details about race day, please visit the Queen's Sport News page.





Belfast Agreement: 20 years on, with the generation of 1998

  • Wednesday 25 April: Twenty Years after the Belfast Agreement 1998: A Young Person's Guide to the Future
    2.30pm – 5.00pm, Moot Court Room, School of Law

More detail and booking available here. Event organised by the Royal Irish Academy.





Public Lecture: Trauma Testimonies

  • Thursday 19 April: Trauma Testimonies as Public Narrative and Reparative Action
    4.00pm – 6.00pm, Moot Court, Main Site Tower, School of Law

This is a free lecture delivered by world-leading authority in trauma, memory and forgiveness, Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, current holder of the World Leading Researcher Professorship in The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.

See here for more information. Please register at this Eventbrite page.


People and Culture

Queen's recognised for supporting researcher career development

Queen's has been recognised by the European Commission for its commitment to supporting the professional and career development of its researchers. The University has retained the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award which endorses the support provided for our research staff to develop their skills and career development opportunities. For further details, visit this link.



Student Development

Development Weeks

Careers, Employability and Skills would like to thank all staff for supporting Development Weeks to this point. There are now 110 activities running from 14 May – 1 June, 80 of which are staff-led events.

Staff are asked to continue to encourage students to keep up to date with the Development Weeks website and Facebook pages, so they can browse and book from the wide range of activities and secure tickets for the launch event on Monday 14 May.

Staff can join the Development Weeks conversation on Twitter using #AReasonToStay.


Information session

MSCA Individual Fellowships

  • Monday 30 April: MSCA Individual Fellowships (IF) information session, 12.30pm – 2.00pm, 63 University Road.

Further information on this funding opportunity can be viewed at this link.

Email Sarah Jayne Smith (Research and Enterprise) to book your place.

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Individual Fellowships are aimed at individual fellows who already have a doctorate or equivalent research experience. They help experienced researchers to advance their careers and gain new skills through advanced training, international mobility, and optional intersectoral secondments. The event will provide participants with an in-depth overview of the IF scheme. Participants should gain a clear understanding of the proposal format for each scheme and the key issues relating to planning, writing and submitting proposals.



Using Evidence to Inform Policy and Practice

  • Tuesday 24 April: The Challenges of Using Evidence to Inform Policy and Practice
    9.30am – 2.00pm, Conference Room, Riddell Hall

Speakers: Dr Síle Lane, Sense about Science; Ed Orlik, What Works Cabinet Office.

Register for free at this link. Lunch will be provided.

This event is run by Campbell UK & Ireland Centre and Alliance for Useful Evidence. Campbell UK & Ireland is a national centre of the international Campbell Collaboration and specialises in systematic reviews and evidence synthesis.



Inaugural Rosalind Franklin Lecture

  • Wednesday 25 April: Rosalind Franklin, Barack Obama and the Irish Twist in the DNA Tale
    2.00pm, South Lecture Theatre, MBC

Event hosted by Professor Mark Lawler. Please register here.





Political Theory Symposium

  • Friday 20 April: Political Theory Symposium, 1.45pm to 4.30pm, Meredith Room, 23 University Square, School of HAPP

Organised by the Political Theory Research Group, School of HAPP.

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Time Session
1.45pm – 2.00pm Tea/coffee
2.00pm – 3.15pm When is one recognizable?
Danielle Petherbridge (Philosophy, University College Dublin)
3.15pm – 4.30pm Automation issues from the perspective of 'living labour'
Jean-Philippe Deranty (Philosophy, Macquarie University)


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.



Teaching and Learning

HE Lunchtime Forum Webinar

  • Thursday 3 May: Wikipedia for Teaching and Learning, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Seminar Room, Student Guidance Centre

In this webinar, Ewan McAndrew (University of Edinburgh) will describe his work and some of the ways that Wikipedia and its sister projects are used there to help students develop information literacy, data literacy and digital research skills in their studies and for their future careers. Sandwich lunch available from 12.45pm. Staff can attend in person or join the webinar via a web link. Please email e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk if you would like to attend/participate.

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Ewan McAndrew is the Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh. His role is to help academics and students understand how to better use, evaluate and benefit from the information on Wikipedia, and how to contribute scholarly knowledge openly to Wikipedia in honouring the University's commitment to the dissemination of open knowledge. 

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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).



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 (and Anthill Podcast)

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.

Anthill Podcast 
Click on the link to read the latest podcast from Queen's:

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

  • May: Twins (pitch deadline: Wednesday 18 April)
  • June: Assassinations/assassins
  • July: Confidence

Arts and entertainment

Queen's Film Theatre listings

Please see below for this week's screenings. Click on the links for more. Staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.70). More information and booking on the QFT website.

18th Belfast Film Festival at QFT: Bringing a customarily full programme of top-quality films from around the world. This year the festival welcomes Ken Loach to Belfast for a series of special events, including a Q&A screening of The Wind that Shakes the Barley at QFT.

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120 BPM: Reimagining in bold and vivid detail the lives of AIDS activists in early '90s Paris. Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2017 and numerous international awards, this is an essential work of cinema with a profoundly moving and delicately crafted love story at its heart.


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Naughton Gallery News

EXHIBITION OPENING | Kiss of Light from a New Dawn
Thursday 19 April – Sunday 3 June 2018
Opening Night reception: Thursday 19 April, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, with special set by GIRL DJs.

Solo exhibition of new work by Brooklyn-based artist Aidan Koch. Working across a range of media – including drawing, painting, books, video, comics, and ceramics – Koch often blurs their conventions to create dreamlike narratives which explore the relationship between perception and reality.

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Koch (b1988, Seattle, Washington) received her BFA in Illustration from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Her published works include The Whale (2010), Xeric Award winner The Blonde Woman (2012), the broadsheet-format Q (2012), and After Nothing Comes (2016), a collection of zines originally released between 2008 and 2014. She first exhibited at the Naughton Gallery in the group exhibition 'Future Ruins' in 2016.

ART IN THE AM | With Aidan Koch
Friday 20 April, 9.30am – 10.30am, Town Square, Botanic Avenue

The next in our series of informal morning talks features Aidan Koch in conversation with the Naughton Gallery's Ben Crothers. Coffee and conversation are free. Email art@qub.ac.uk or keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information.

The planned discussion of The Power by Naomi Alderman, has been postponed until further notice. Contact art@qub.ac.uk for further details.

Visit our website to stay up to date with exhibitions, events and info on the Collections. You can also still find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.



Parenting NI – Resolving Conflict in the Home

Staff Wellbeing are running a lunchtime workshop for working parents on Monday 30 April from 1.00pm – 2.00pm. This session will look at conflict and how it impacts on family relationships, helping parents deal with disagreements and arguments and presenting ways to resolve conflict positively. The session will be delivered by Parenting NI.

Please register here. The room will be confirmed at registration. Lunch will be provided.


Irish Lanaguage Circle


Irish Language Speakers' Circle

The next Irish Language Speakers' Circle takes place on Friday 20 April, from 12.00 noon to 1.00pm in the foyer of the Main Site Tower (beside Junction cafe). All welcome.

Contact Michael Pierse for more information: m.pierse@qub.ac.uk.

Keep up to date with the Irish Language Speakers' Circle on Facebook.


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Finance Training Programme

There are a number of places still available on the 'Insurance', 'Risk Awareness' and 'Understanding HE Funding' training sessions on 18 April.

Further information, including details on how to register via iTrent, and how to access online learning materials, is provided on the Finance Directorate website.

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Anti Fraud e-learning is available through Queen's Online and provides an insight into the possible frauds that can occur within the University. It creates an awareness of the individual's responsibilities in deterring and detecting fraud and is compulsory for all staff within the University. There is a strong positive correlation between staff awareness of fraud and low levels of fraud within organisations and it is, therefore, essential that Queen's continues to promote Anti-Fraud Awareness across all staff. The e-learning should take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Staff should also familiarise themselves with the Anti-Fraud Policy on the Registrar's website.

A number of courses are coming up in May, including 'Equipment Register Training', 'Qfis Enquiries and Report Writing', 'Finance for Non Finance Managers', 'Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC)' and 'Essentials of Budgeting for Professional Services'.

For further information on the Finance Training Programme please contact financetraining@qub.ac.uk.



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.


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 16 May: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

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  • Wednesday 16 May: Using TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 23 May: Using the Personal Response System in Your Class, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
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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.

Tip of the Day: If you use documents that have similar features, don't create a new document from scratch each time. Create a template that contains all the information that should be included in every document. For more information, register for the Tables and Templates in Word course (see above).

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  • 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
  • Wednesday 2 May: LinkedIn for Beginners, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 2 May: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL – Spreadsheets), 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday 8 May: Getting Familiar with Photoshop – Part 1, 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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