23 April 2018

Pedometer Challenge

Staff Wellbeing

Pedometer Challenge Results – Week 1

The Pedometer Challenge is off to a great start with over 110 teams and 18 individuals registered. Thank you to all taking part. The top 10 teams and top three individuals are given below.

Staff are encouraged to send pictures and tweets to: @WellbeingQUB and @GreenatQueens using the hashtags #QUBStepUp and #LoveQUBStaff. So far £2,922 has been raised for British Heart Foundation. If anyone still wishes to make a donation, please do so via this Just Giving page

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Top 10 Teams – Week 1

Week 1 Total Steps Team Name Team Leader Name
 555,066  Your Pace or Mine  David Kirk
 491,076  The Proclaimers  Paul Wallace
 489,483  Six Appeal  Roslyn Barnes
 481,726  The Walkie Talkies  Kristina Holsgrove
 473,559  Physics Tech. Trekkers  Dan Marlow
 471,007  Happy Ramblers (HRs)  Deborah Morgan
 469,597  Your Pace or Mine (Physics)  Emma Finnegan
 452,528  Oral Surgery  Joanna Smyth
 440,812  ASEP Athletic  Trevor Sewell
 426,726  These boots were made for walking  Laura Nesbitt

Top Three Individuals – Week 1

Weekly Step Count Your Name
135,574 Andrew Gray
100,037 Scott Gilliland
76,778 Ramakant Sharma

People and Culture

Human Resources – Resourcing

Following UEB's approval of the People and Culture Strategy, People First, which includes a new approach to recruitment, the HR Directorate is now implementing the approved recommendations. These include the launch of the new Appointments Procedure and the establishment of a dedicated Resourcing team. The redesigned procedure will be adopted for recruitment campaigns from week commencing 23 April, with bespoke support delivered by the Head of Resourcing for Panel Chairs. Weekly Refresher Selection Interview Training will be rolled out in May 2018, along with the updated mandatory training for all new staff.

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The training has been designed to provide an update on the HR Appointments Procedure, duties and responsibilities of the dedicated Internal Recruiters.

Course dates and further information on how to register for this training can be viewed here.



Farewell Reception for Registrar

James O'Kane, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, will retire from the University on 30 April 2018 after 24 years. To thank James for his outstanding contribution and service, a Farewell Reception will be held in the Naughton Gallery on Thursday 26 April from 12.30pm. For catering purposes, please let Laura Vannucci (l.vannucci@qub.ac.uk) know if you wish to attend.




Student Experience

Postgraduate Experience Surveys (PRES, PTES)

The University launched the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) on Tuesday 6 March and (PTES) on Wednesday 18 April. These are national surveys primarily for the purpose of enhancing the postgraduate taught and research student experience. Responses will be combined with those of other postgraduates to tell us what is working well, and to help inform improvements to the postgraduate experience. The aggregated results are also used nationally to help advise policy and improve the postgraduate experience across the sector.

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Students will receive emails from The Graduate School with an individual link to their survey into their Queen's email account. Staff are asked to please take any opportunity to remind students of the value of their feedback, and to complete the surveys. There are prizes for students to win. Only those students who had fully registered before 1 December 2017 have been included in the survey. The closing date for PRES is Friday 18 May and the closing date for PTES is 15 June.



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.



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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  • Clerical Officer (Timetabling and Room Booking) 
    Eventus and Culture and Arts
    Ref: 18/106408 
    Closing date: Friday 4 May 2018 
    Anticipated interview date: Thursday 17 May 2018
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Finance Training Programme

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.

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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.


The Graduate School

Thought Leaders: Inspire

  • Thursday 26 April: Session with Peter Worth, D School Stanford University, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, The Graduate School

Thought Leaders: Inspire
Staff and students are invited to the next Thought Leaders session with Peter Worth. Peter's background includes teaching, learning design, professional development, and education research. Staff can register for this event via this Eventbrite link. Refreshments will be provided.

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Are you or your students interested in learning from, and meeting, local disruptors and innovators? If so, you are invited to The Graduate School on the last Thursday evening of each month for Thought Leaders: Inspire. The series aims to inspire through listening to the stories of thought leaders and being encouraged to engage with the world in innovative ways. We want to develop a vibrant, enterprising postgraduate community, offering networking opportunities with a range of experts, peers and academics.



ESRC Festival of Social Science – Call for applications

Queen's, in partnership with Ulster University and The Open University, welcomes applications for the 2018 ESRC Festival of Social Science, which will take place between 3 – 10 November 2018. The Festival is a week-long series of events aimed at raising awareness about the importance of social sciences. Possible events include debates, lectures, workshops, film screenings and more. Applications are welcome from across the University, but they must have links to social science research. Events based on new research are particularly welcome. Successful applications will be awarded up to £250 and the deadline for applications is 1 June 2018. Please apply online at this link. For further information, or to discuss a possible application, contact Kevin Fearon: k.fearon@qub.ac.uk | 028 9097 2589.



Brexit Update

  • Tuesday 8 May: Brexit update 3, 12.00 noon – 1.00pm, 0G/009, Main Site Tower

With less than a year to go until the UK's planned exit from the EU, Professor Dagmar Schiek and Professor David Phinnemore will provide an update on progress of the Brexit process. This is an informal session to allow discussion of any concerns or issues that staff may wish to raise.

Please register here.

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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 three topical themes:

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

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


Research Development

Global Challenges Research Fund – Pilot Project and Workshops: Call for Applications

In anticipation of a new round of funding from the Department for the Economy, this is a call for GCRF applications for 2018–19. Applications are sought for two types of activity: workshops and pilot research projects on select GCRF themes. Funding of up to £25,000 is available for workshops and up to £35,000 for pilot projects. These activities must be undertaken and completed between July 2018 and March 2019.

The submission deadline for this call is 12.00 noon on Monday 21 May and more information can be found on the Research Development website.



Inaugural Rosalind Franklin Lecture

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

Event hosted by Professor Mark Lawler. Please register here.





Worldwide White Coat Walk

The Green Impact Team in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (SCCE) invite all staff to the first ever 'Worldwide White Coat Walk' at 12.00 noon on Wednesday 6 June, joining with other universities across the globe to raise money for cancer charities. Money raised by Queen's White Coat Walk (a short, 2.65km walk) will go to Cancer Research UK. The walk will begin and end at the David Keir Building Hub. Staff can view the route here.

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  • Register via the Eventbrite page
  • Donate online via Cancer Research UK's dedicated webpage (suggested minimum donation: £5)
  • Join in on Wednesday 6 June. (Those who don't have a white coat can wear white clothing.)

Staff can also promote the Worldwide White Coat Walk by sharing this flyer, relevant information on the SCCE Facebook and Twitter pages, and the donation page above.

For more information, see the Facebook and Twitter pages above, or email Trevor Sewell (t.sewell@qub.ac.uk).



Early Career Researchers Workshop (Biological Sciences)

  • Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 July: Role of enzymes in securing our sustainable future, Queen's University

The workshop, next to the OxiZymes 2018 conference, will bring together early career researchers (ECRs; PhD students and Postdocs) and build interfaces between different disciplines (eg microbial ecology, biocatalysis, biochemistry). Ten travel awards (€100) are available for women ECRs.

Full details are available at this link. Registration, abstract submission and application for travel awards are currently open at this link. Queries can be emailed to Dr Deepak Kumaresan.



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). 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:

  • June: Assassinations/assassins
  • July: Confidence
  • August: Nothing


Queen's Sport Summer Scheme

The Summer Scheme at Queen's offers one of the best summer programmes around for young people of all abilities.

The Enrolment Commencement Date for Queen's staff is Monday 30 April. Please visit this link for themed Weeks and all updates.


Culture and Arts

ARK Film Festival: 'Kind to Women' Screening

  • Tuesday 24 April: Screening of 'Kind to Women', 12.00 noon – 2.00pm, Queen's Film Studio, University Square
    (Screening followed by discussion.) 

This is a free event, but places are limited. To register, please contact Eileen Gray on e.gray@qub.ac.uk.


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A joint resource between Queen's and Ulster University, for 20 years researchers from ARK have been working together to improve the quality of publicly available information about life in Northern Ireland. In 2018, ARK are using film to explore the research which has been undertaken on sexuality, relationships and reproductive rights. 

This event is supported by the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and is a collaboration between ARK and Film Studies at Queen's. For more information on ARK, please visit the website.



Seamus Heaney Centre events

The Seamus Heaney Centre invite staff to two upcoming events in April. Both events are free, but booking is essential.

Public lecture with Professor Edna Longley

  • Thursday 26 April: The business of the earth: Edward Thomas and Eco-Poetry, 12.00 noon, Clandeboye Estate

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  • Professor Longley will consider some of the ways in which poetry in general, and Edward Thomas's poetry in particular, has pioneered ecological consciousness. It will also consider Thomas's poetry in relation to the Great War, the setting of Clandeboye and Helen's Tower. Presented by the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's and the Dufferin Foundation, in association with Aspects Irish Literature Festival. Please book at this link.

Performance by Seamus Heaney Centre Fellows

  • Friday 27 April: Without Safety Net, 7.30pm, Harty Room, Music Building

    An evening of performances featuring the Seamus Heaney Centre Fellows, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Duke Special and Jo Baker. The fellowships were created in a spirit of collaboration and experimentation, to see what happens when three writers are given the opportunity to work for a semester with students, and with each other. In this vein, the format of the event is left entirely to the Fellows and the moment. Please book at this link.

Arts and entertainment

Queen's Film Theatre listings

Please see below for this week's screenings. Click on the film titles for more information. Staff ticket price £5 (standard ticket price £6.95).

Funny Cow – Maxine Peake gives a formidable performance as an aspiring female comedian standing up to a violent husband and the sexist Northern England club circuit.

Wonderstruck – Todd Haynes (Carol, Far From Heaven) returns with a wonderful time-travelling tale.

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Let the Sunshine In – Juliette Binoche stars in the new romantic comedy directed by Claire Denis, adapted from Roland Barthes' A Lover's Discourse.

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts – A young widow violently turns the tables on her would-be attackers in this powerful, provocative, and visually stunning Indonesian take on the feminist western genre.

RSC Live: Macbeth – "Something wicked this way comes". Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.

Britain on Film: South Asian Britain – Following the 70th anniversary year of Partition and Indian Independence in 2017, this film invites you to explore the history of Britain's South Asian population, weaving together archive footage from across the UK throughout the 20th century and touching on disparate communities originally from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Walled Cities: Akamas + discussion – Telling the story of a love affair between a Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot despite their families' opposition and the inter-communal violence of the 1960s.

Summer with Monika – Ingmar Bergman's scandalous tale of two lovers enjoying the freedom of youth. 

Smiles of a Summer Night – Bergman's Cannes prize-winning comedy assembles various couples in a country house in 1900.


Learning and Development

Learning and Development 2017/18 Course Programme

Staff can view upcoming training courses at this link. 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.



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: Using TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

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  • Wednesday 23 May: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 24 May: Using the Personal Response System in Your Class, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 6 June: Writing Multiple Choice Questions (Workshop), 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Friday 15 June: QuestionMark (for Computer Assisted Assessment), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 19 June: Being an Adviser of Studies, 10.00am – 12.30pm
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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: Add the 'Document Info' control to the Quick Access Toolbar in Word to insert information such as the document file path into your open/saved document.

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  • 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
  • Wednesday 9 May: Web Authoring: Introduction to CMS (Content Management System), 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 9 May: Webinar training using Adobe Connect, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 15 May: Facebook for Beginners, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 16 May: Excel 2: Managing Data, 9.30am – 1.00pm

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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