5 February 2018

Global Challenges Debate


Global Challenges Debate

The next Global Challenges Debate will take place on 22 February 2018, 5.00pm – 6.00pm, in The Emeleus Lecture Theatre, Lanyon South.

Entitled 'Human Rights in an Age of Trump and Brexit', the debate will feature Baroness Onora O'Neill and Professor Chris McCrudden. 

Further details are available on the Global Challenges Debate webpage.


Social Charter


Representatives from UNESCO sites and projects across the UK gathered in Belfast on 31 January to mark Northern Ireland's connection with the UN body. Events opened with a reception in the Great Hall, celebrating the two UNESCO Chairs in Northern Ireland – including the UNESCO Chair on Globalising a Shared Education Model for Improving Relations in Divided Societies, which was awarded to Professor Joanne Hughes, Director of the Centre for Shared Education in Queen's in 2015. The following day Queen's hosted a colloquium where researchers could exchange best practice in the area. A short video of the event is available here.

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'Shared Education', co-led by Professor Hughes and Professor Tony Gallagher, is a Social Charter Signature Project. For more information, visit the Social Charter webpage.


Environmental Impact

Green Week 2018

This year's Green Week takes place from Monday 12 – Friday 16 February.

The full schedule of events, with event details including registration links and a Twitter competition, is available to view here.

Please email carbonmanagement@qub.ac.uk with any queries.

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Finance Training Programme

Places are still available on a number of courses in February 2018 including 'Essentials of Budgeting' for staff in Professional Services; 'Finance for Non-Finance Managers'; and 'Applying for and Managing Research Grants' for staff in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. Courses are available in:

  • a classroom-based environment, delivered by the Finance team, and
  • through the medium of e-learning, (self service, on demand)

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The programme focuses on the following competencies: Accounting; VAT and Pensions; Budgeting and Forecasting; Compliance and Governance; Policies and Procedures; Procurement; Research Finance; Systems and General Finance.

For 2017–18 there are a number of new courses including TRAC and TAS; Pensions and Finance for non-Finance Managers. In addition, e-learning modules are now available for Purchase Card (PCard) holders (on PCI DSS) and for those staff who are involved in tender evaluation.

Further information, including details on how to register via iTrent, and how to access online learning materials, is provided on the Finance Directorate website. Alternatively, please email financetraining@qub.ac.uk.


Students' Union

SU Student Leader Elections

Nominations are now open for the Students' Union's new Student Officer Team.

Student Officers represent the 23,000+ students at Queen's and make decisions that have a real impact on students' lives. They also lead the Union, gain new skills and stand out to future employers. We want more students to get involved in the Student Officer Elections so that we can be as democratic as possible.

Staff are asked to please promote these fantastic opportunities to your students. They can find out more and nominate themselves by Thursday 15 February at the Students' Union website.

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There are six Full-Time paid and 10 Part-Time voluntary positions available:

Full-Time Paid Part-Time Voluntary
President  Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Students' Officer
Activities Officer Disabled Students' Officer
Education Officer Environmental and Ethical Trading Officer
Equality and Diversity Officer International Students' Officer
Postgraduate Officer *NEW POSITION*  LGBT+ Students' Officer
Welfare Officer Mature Students' Officer
  Student Parents' Officer
  Part-Time Students' Officer
  Student Carers' Officer
  Women Students' Officer


The Great Uni-Varsity

Queen's Students' Union are pleased to introduce 'The Great Uni-Varsity', a competition where four teams will compete in a range of sports, games and mystery activities to be crowned champions of Queen's University.

If you think you would be an asset to your team, or just want to join the fun, find out more and nominate yourself here by Friday 9 February.

Staff are encouraged to sign up and spread the word among your colleagues and students.

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The Teams

  1. Professional Services (Non-Academic Staff)
  2. Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  3. Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  4. Faculty of Medicine, Life and Health Sciences

Over 15 events. Four teams. Only one winner.


Research Engagement

CCRCB Open Day

  • Saturday 17 February: CCRCB Open Day, 10.00am – 2.30pm, CCRCB

Please register here and download the programme here. All welcome.

For more information, please contact the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology on 028 9097 2760. 

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  • Find out about clinical trials and the NI Biobank
  • Have a tour of a research laboratory and meet our research teams
  • Hear how we research the causes, early diagnosis, survival and prevention of cancer
  • Meet our local charities and funding bodies
  • Interactive activities for all the family


HE Lunchtime Forum

  • Tuesday 20 February 2018: Healtheatre – Interdisciplinary Education in Action, 12.45pm – 1.55pm, Auditorium, McClay Library

Staff are invited to the next Queen's University Higher Education Lunchtime Forum. These events provide an opportunity for colleagues to exchange good practice, innovative methods and tested approaches in Higher Education learning and teaching. Staff can register via iTrent Self Service. For information, or for assistance with registration, please email the Centre at ced@qub.ac.uk or phone 028 9097 1447.

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Members of an interdisciplinary team from Drama, Medicine and Social Work, who won a Queen's Teaching Award in 2017, will discuss their approach to education and training provision in health and social care, which integrated techniques more commonly associated with theatre and performance. They will also outline how they made the interdisciplinary approach work in Queen's, the benefits of interdisciplinary education for the staff and students, the challenges involved in such a broad working practice and the assessment approach used. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Further details are available on the CED website.



Learning and Teaching Conference 2018 – Registration Open

Registration for the Annual Learning and Teaching Conference is now open. Please register at this link.

The conference will take place on 28 March 2018 in the Peter Froggatt Centre. Abstract submissions for posters will be received until 5 March 2018. Abstracts should be up to 300 words. Posters should be A0 size and in full colour.

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Confirmed speakers: Professor Rhona Sharpe, University of Surrey; Professor Carol McGuiness and Dr Philip Hannna NTF, Queen's University Belfast.

This year's theme is 'Creativity and Innovation in Teaching' and will include:

» Creative and innovative learning activities
» Creative and innovative assessment practices
» Use of digital technologies in teaching and assessment
» Encouraging creativity and innovation in students



Material and Advanced Technologies for Healthcare (MATCH) Showcase Event

An event to showcase the activities of the MATCH pioneer research programme will be held in the Sir William Whitla Hall on Wednesday 21 February 2018.

Research staff and PGR students from MHLS and EPS working on interdisciplinary healthcare projects, or who could benefit from interdisciplinarity, are invited to submit abstracts for presentation at the event. If you have items interesting to view by a wide audience and easy to accommodate in the Hall, please note this on the submission form, or by email. The deadline for abstract submission is Tuesday 6 February.

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The event is open to academic and research staff, and PGR students who have an interest in health and healthcare technology research, and will offer an opportunity to engage with current PRP members and to identify potential new routes of collaboration.

Please register here, or email Dr Cian McCrudden with inquiries.



MRC Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund

Staff are reminded that Round 3 of the Travel Fund for Industry Engagement is open and will close on 31 August 2018. You are eligible to apply if you are a member of Queen's academic, research or professional staff.

Applications to this scheme are only permitted for activity that is aligned to MRC science areas. Applications should be submitted at least one month in advance of the planned travel and all activities must take place before the fund closes.

For more information and application guidance, please email Dr Marie-Louise Cairns in the Business Alliance Team, or call 028 9097 1397.

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The Proximity to Discovery (P2D): Industry Engagement Fund (P2D:IEF) supports universities in building relationships with industry partners and improving understanding between academia and industry. The Queen's MRC P2D Travel Fund can be used to support Early Stage Industry Engagement Activities, eg visits to companies to discuss areas of mutual interest with a view to developing an academic-industry collaboration. 



Research Study – Planning for Pregnancy

Planning for Pregnancy – What do men and women think about health status before trying to conceive?
Researchers in the Centre for Public Health are seeking men and women aged 18-60 years across the UK, with or without children, to participate in an online questionnaire. Completing this one-off survey should take no more than 15 minutes. Take part at this link.

If you would like to know more about the research, please email Dr Laura McGowan.

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The purpose of this study is to seek the views of both men and women in relation to 'preconception' (or pre-pregnancy) lifestyle behaviours, and assess current health and lifestyle behaviours.

We want to understand more about peoples' views on diet, weight, physical activity, taking vitamin supplements, smoking, alcohol, stress and sleep before trying to conceive or becoming pregnant, and also to assess how they currently behave in relation to these areas.

All data collected will be anonymous and treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act. Full ethical approval has been granted.



ALTNI Group Launch

The Launch of the Association for Learning Technology Northern Ireland Members Group will be held on Thursday 8 March, 9.30am to 2.00pm, at Ulster University, Belfast Campus.
Staff are invited to the launch in Belfast for networking, inspiration around technology in education and refreshments.

Maren Deepwell, Chief Executive of ALT, will be cutting the virtual ribbon on the Northern Ireland Members Group in this half-day event.

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The morning will showcase educational technology across Ireland and across sectors. As this is also International Women's Day it will celebrate women's role in the field.

Confirmed speakers include Claire Dewhirst (Queen's University Belfast), Paul Gormley (Irish Learning Technology Association), Dianne Hazlett (Ulster University), Stephen McClean (Ulster University) and Paul McElvaney (Learning Pool).

Please register here.

Contact Clare Thomson or Craig Dooley with any queries.

Queen's University is an institutional member, so please visit the main ALT website for more information about the association and benefits for members.



Chinese New Year celebrations

The Language Centre at Queen's invites staff to join in in welcoming the Year of the Dog (Friday 16 February 2018). All Queen’s staff and students are welcome to attend all of these events.

For further details of the programme and registration, please download the flyer and visit the online booking link.

Email Dr Liang Wang for inquiries.

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A variety of cultural celebrations will be highlighted, including:

  • A vibrant and spectacular Lion Dance Parade (Monday 12 February, 12.30pm – 12.45pm, McClay Library; 12.50pm – 1.05pm, Lanyon Building; 1.10pm – 1.25pm, Main Site Tower)
  • Interactive Cultural Displays (Monday 12 February, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Main Site Tower)
  • A Programme of Chinese Cultural Talks (Wednesday 7 – Friday 23 February, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Auditorium, McClay Library)


EU Funding Newsletter

The January edition of Queen's University's EU Funding Newsletter is now available to view at this link.

The edition includes all the latest news stories, funding calls and event listings.

For information on the Newsletter or related queries, contact the Research Development EU Team: euoffice@qub.ac.uk



QPOL Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Up-to-date contributions from QPol. Click on the links to read.

To submit, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk.

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The Conversation

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

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

  • March: Bitcoin/currency 
  • April: Peace 
  • May: Twins


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.

Phantom Thread: In his final film, Daniel Day-Lewis reunites with Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood; The Master) to deliver a masterful performance as a society dressmaker beguiled by a young waitress.

Journey's End: From director Saul Dibb (Bullet Boy; The Duchess) comes this piercing new adaptation of RC Sheriff's seminal 1928 anti-war play, featuring a vast array of British talent led by Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Paul Bettany, Tom Sturridge and Toby Jones.

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Last Flag Flying: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne star in Richard Linklater's stirring, humorous and tender portrayal of the strength of the human spirit.

Opening Friday 9 February

Loveless: Andrey Zvyagintsev's masterful follow-up to Leviathan, his powerhouse tale of corruption in contemporary Russia.

Lover For a Day: Philippe Garrel's latest study of men, women and romance, opens with Jeanne (Esther Garrel) utterly broken, sobbing with suitcase in hand, weaving through the Paris streets.

Screening on 10 February

Shiraz: A Romance for India: Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this epic silent film is the romantic tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures: the Taj Mahal.

Japan Foundation: Joy of Man's Desiring: The story of siblings left orphaned after a huge earthquake strikes Japan, this award-winning, beautifully poetic and humane film portrays the strong bond between brother and sister, and the process of overcoming loss.




  • Tuesday 13 March: LGBT+ Awareness (information/training session), 12.00pm – 2.00pm, Senate Room

This session is open to all staff and will be delivered by The Rainbow Project. Lunch will be provided.

Please see here for more information and to register.



Sexual Health Training

Staff are invited to free training for health professionals and students on including transgender and non-binary people in sexual health. The training takes place on Tuesday 6 February, from 9.00am – 2.30pm in the South Dining Hall.

Training will include:

  • specific community sexual health needs

  • language and cultural competency

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  • best practice for inclusive care

Register for the event here.



Carers Coffee event

All staff with caring responsibilities are invited to come together informally to drink tea/coffee, eat cake and talk about caring on Wednesday 7 March 2018 at 10.30am.

This informal event aims to allow carers to come together in work to connect and chat with each other about caring responsibilities.

Please register here if interested; the room will be confirmed at registration. Tea/coffee and cake will be provided.

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Carers Week will take place from 12 – 18 June 2018 and Staff Wellbeing will be arranging a session with Carers NI during that week.

If you are interested in getting involved in fundraising during Carers Week for Carers NI at their Dragonboat Race, or if you wish to be added to the Queen's Staff Carer's Network, please email wellbeing@qub.ac.uk.

The Carers UK online Forum is available for people with caring responsibilities to speak to others in a similar situation, with specific links to the following forums:

  • Support and Advice
  • Social Area
  • News and Campaigns
  • Specific disabilities and conditions


Free Stress Control Programme

Five free Stress Control sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 21 February to 21 March inclusive, 12.30pm – 1.30pm in the Ulster Museum.

Please register your interest in attending here; alternatively you can simply arrive at any of the sessions. Please ask at the Museum Reception for room confirmation on the day.

Please see this poster for more information.

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The Stress Control Programme is an initiative which makes wellbeing information available to the general public, free of charge. The programme provides five lunchtime talks (12.30pm – 1.30 pm), one per week, about various aspects of stress management. GPs recommend these sessions if patients are experiencing stress, anxiety and/or low mood. The sessions are delivered by BHSCT Mental Health, CBT trained Facilitators and no-one is expected to talk about themselves or their individual difficulties. 



Red Heart Month – Lunchtime Session

Staff Wellbeing have organised a lunchtime information session for staff during 'Red Heart Month', on Friday 23 February 2018, from 1.00pm – 2.00pm.

BHF NI Cardiovascular Development Coordinator Craig Moore will discuss risk factors and how you can look after your own heart health.

Please register to attend here; the room will be confirmed after registration and lunch will be provided.

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British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the biggest independent funder of heart research in the UK. The medical research charity helps scientists to undertake pioneering research into many different heart conditions, their diagnosis and treatment. When BHF was set up almost 60 years ago seven out of 10 people who had a heart attack died. Today seven out of 10 survive thanks to BHF research breakthroughs. While there is still more research to be done into a range of heart conditions, you can take your own steps to look after your heart. 


Staff perks

Perks Directory 2018 Activation

Staff are reminded to activate any Perks cards by Wednesday 14 February 2018 in order to access the full benefits of the card.

With over 1,500 offers and discounts, there are substantial savings of up to 50% to be enjoyed at venues across the country, from food to fashion, sport and fitness to car travel, and getaways and holidays to family memories.

To view all the offers available, access new offers added throughout the year, enter exciting competitions and more, visit the Perks Directory website.

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How to Use
Most offers are redeemed by simply presenting your Perks Directory card in-store, but some are online offers; require you to telephone the venue in advance; print a voucher or purchase a shopping card in advance. Please familiarise yourself with the information on the Help and FAQs pages on the Perks Directory website and read the terms of each offer to ensure you receive a warm welcome at the venues.

Download the Free Perks App
Staff can download the Perks Directory mobile app to find offers whilst on the go. The app is free to download from the App Store for the iPhone and Google Play for Android phones – just search for "Perks Directory" and look for our logo.


Learning and Development

Learning and Development 2017/18 Course Programme

The Learning and Development Course Programme for Semester 2 is now available and can be viewed on the Programme website. To book a place on an upcoming training course, log onto iTrent.

View and book upcoming courses here.

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 have been listed on iTrent self-service, and are now open for booking. Places are limited.

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

For up-to-date information please follow CED on Twitter or check the CED website.

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  • Wednesday 7 February 2018: Using the TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 13 February 2018: Professional Development Series: Writing Good MCQs, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 14 February 2018: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 14 February 2018: Dynamic PowerPoint Presentations, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 27 February 2018: Professional Development Series: Student Retention, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 21 March 2018: Digital Literacies Workshop 3: Digital Tools for Assessment and Feedback, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
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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: Use Word to create heading styles, captions, bookmarks, Table of Contents, etc. Register for Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, on 23 February (see below).

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  • Thursday 8 February: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL – Spreadsheets), 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 9 February: Introduction to Visio 2013, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 21 February: Creating Infographics and Visual Content, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Friday 23 February: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word, 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Monday 26 February: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 27 February: SharePoint Site Owners (Administrators Briefing), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 1 March: How to Plan your Social Media Strategy and Create Engaging Content, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Monday 5 March: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook and Exchange, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 15 March: Creating Screen Shots and Training Materials using Word and SnagIt, 9.30am – 12.30pm

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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