19 February 2018

Global Challenges Debate


Global Challenges Debate

The next Global Challenges Debate will take place on Thursday 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.




Canvas VLE Roadshows

Over the next 18 months, Queen's will roll-out Canvas, a new university-wide Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Canvas has the potential to enhance academic teaching, student learning and assessment practices across the University.

In preparation for the adoption of the new VLE, staff are invited to attend one of the following Canvas Roadshows to learn why Canvas has been adopted, how it can enrich your practice, the schedule for roll-out, and information on how you can participate in the Early Adopter pilot phase.

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Please register here for one of the six key information sessions listed below:

  • Thursday 22 February: 11.00am – 12.00 noon | 1.00pm – 2.00pm | 3.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Friday 23 February: 11.00am – 12.00 noon | 1.00pm – 2.00pm | 3.00pm – 4.00pm

The Roadshows will take place in the Student Guidance Centre Hub.

Information on the project can be found on the Digital Learning Solution Project webpage.



Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics 2018

The 2018 Imagine! Festival of Ideas & Politics will take place from 12–18 March, with more than 80 events.

A number of events are being held by Queen's academics and researchers both on and off campus.

View the Festival programme here. For further information on the Festival, contact Kevin Fearon: k.fearon@qub.ac.uk.





HE Lunchtime Forum

  • Tuesday 20 February: 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 to attend via iTrent Self Service.

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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.



MATCH Showcase Event

Registration is still open for the MATCH (Materials and Advanced Technologies for Healthcare) Showcase, which will be held in the Whitla Hall on the afternoon of Wednesday 21 February. View the event poster here.

Academic and research staff and PGR students with an interest in health and healthcare technology research are invited to come and participate in the event, which will also be attended by local healthcare and pharmaceutical company representatives. Please register here, or email Dr Cian McCrudden with inquiries.

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The running order for the Showcase will be as follows: 

1.30pm – 2.00pm Arrival and browsing of demo stands/exhibitions
2.00pm – 2.10pm Welcome from MATCH committee
2.10pm – 3.00pm Presentations highlighting ongoing interdisciplinary projects between the Faculties of MHLS and EPS
3.00pm – 4.45pm Poster viewing and networking
4.45pm – 5.00pm Prize-giving and close

The Showcase will be an opportunity to engage with current PRP members to identify potential new routes of collaboration.



Financial services lecture – Bradley Birkenfeld

Queen's, in association with FinTrU, will host world-renowned whistle-blower Bradley Birkenfeld at Riddel Hall, Queen's Management School on Thursday 8 March 2018 from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

Guest speaker, Mr Birkenfeld is a former investment professional and has been called the most significant financial whistle-blower in history. As an international private banker he exposed how UBS, one of the world's largest banks, helped wealthy Americans commit billions in tax fraud. His revelations highlighted the role of offshore financial institutions in systematically aiding clients' tax evasion, corruption and terrorist activities.

For more information and to register your attendance, please click here.


Core Values

Teaching Awards 2018 – Application deadline

The closing date for receipt of applications for a Queen's Teaching Award 2018 is 5.00pm on Wednesday 14 March. Applications should be submitted in Word via e-mail to e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk.

The Notes for Guidance, application templates and examples of previous applications are available to download on the CED website. Queries can be directed to Liz McDowell at the email address above or by phoning 028 9097 5301.





New Student Centre / Students' Union update

Student Centre
Plans are underway to inform the design of the new Student Centre with a wide group of stakeholders involved in the design process. This has included consultation with students who have been encouraged to input their ideas and comments. A dedicated microsite for the Student Centre, www.studentcentre.qub.ac.uk, will keep you informed of progress.

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Students' Union (SU)
The current SU will close in July 2018 with a temporary Students' Union being created in the ELTC from August onwards. The space in the ELTC is being prioritised for key SU activities and will include the Shop, a vibrant new student kitchen and social space and club rooms. All SU staff and Student Officers will be based in this new facility.

The SU Bars and Entertainments will move to 92-96 Lisburn Road and become a vibrant new student entertainment venue whilst the Elmwood Hall and other parts of the campus will be used to host other SU events and support the needs of Clubs and Societies.


Student experience

DegreePlus Award deadlines

The deadlines for completion of the DegreePlus Award before Summer 2018 graduation are now being advertised to all students who wish to gain accreditation via at least one of the two accreditations routes: DegreePlus Route A or DegreePlus Route B. (See below for details.)

Queen's students and staff (or external organisations) who are interested in completing/offering a DegreePlus accredited activity can contact degreeplus@qub.ac.uk or check www.qub.ac.uk/degreeplus for further information.

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  • DegreePlus Route A: the student completes one intensive experiential activity that typically requires a time input of 50–200 hours and is delivered and assessed by an approved provider (examples of assessments include a mock graduate job interview, presentation or reflective case study which can be published for the information of potential applicants in the following year)
  • DegreePlus Route B: the student combines two or more less intensive activities (of at least 12 hours each) and submits a Route B application form along with a CV, cover letter and evidence of completing both/all activities to degreeplus@qub.ac.uk before the advertised deadline (midnight on 2 April 2018 for those graduating this summer).

Over 2,000 undergraduate and postgraduate Taught students completed Queen's DegreePlus Award for extracurricular work-related learning last year. Over 1,000 of these were Final Year students who received a DegreePlus certificate at their graduation ceremony. Students can undertake DegreePlus at any time from they enrol at Queen's through to graduation.


Student Development

Call for Student Digital Champions

The Centre for Educational Development (CED) is looking for students who are Digital Champions.

Digital Champions is a new DegreePlus-accredited scheme. Students on the scheme will deliver training on a range of digital capabilities to fellow students during the Development Weeks. This is a great opportunity for students to get experience of delivering training and to showcase their digital skills.

If staff know of any students who would be interested in this opportunity, please direct them to the following website: go.qub.ac.uk/digitalchampion. The deadline for applications has been extended to 23 February.



Lecture Cancellation – Religious Studies Forum

Staff are advised that the lecture below has had to be cancelled. It is hoped that this can be re-scheduled at a later date, notification of which will follow. 

Religion and the Disciplines – Religious Studies Forum/Institute of Theology

  • Thursday 26 April: Theology and Law, 4.15pm, Senate Room, Queen's University
    Professor Christopher McCrudden (Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law, Queen's University Belfast and William W Cook Global Law Professor, University of Michigan Law School)


Student experience

Domino's SU Awards

The Students' Union is celebrating the hard work and achievements of Queen's students across various areas in the Domino's SU Awards. 

Students can nominate themselves, another individual or Club or Society for one or two categories by 5.00pm on Friday 23 February at this link.

Staff are encouraged to promote this initiative to students as appropriate.

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Best Academic Society Best International Society Best New Club/Society
Campaign of the Year Entrepreneurial Student of the Year Environmental Impact Award
Event of the Year Most Improved Club/Society Outstanding Contribution to Equality
Society of the Year Sports Club of the Year The President's Award for Student Achievement
The RAG Award Volunteer of the Year  


Irish Times Debating Competition – Grand Final

The Grand Final of The Irish Times Debating Championship 2018 will take place at Queen's on Friday 23 February at 7.00pm in Riddel Hall. The debate is open to all University staff to attend and is free of charge.

The event is being hosted by the Literary and Scientific Society (Literific) at Queen's. The Irish Times Debate is the debating competition for third-level students in Ireland and has been running since its inception in 1960. From the starting field of around 300 competitors three will emerge as overall winners of the Demosthenes Trophy for best team speakers and the Christina Murphy Memorial Trophy for the best individual speaker. Queen's student Russell Nairn from Queen's Literific has won a place and will be speaking in the Final.



Learning and Teaching Conference 2018 – Registration

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



NI School Governors – Call for applications

The Department of Education and the Education Authority (EA) are seeking applications from staff (and students) with a range of skills and experience who may be interested in becoming school governors to help manage schools across Northern Ireland.

For full information, including booklets and videos, visit the EA website. Applicants considering applying to become a school governor can download a copy of the school governor application form at this link.

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Those interested can also keep up with the 'Governor Reconstitution' conversation on Twitter by following @Ed_Authority and using the #niSchoolGov campaign hashtag.



GCRF: proposal and application writing

  • Thursday 22 March, GCRF – How to write a fundable proposal and embed ODA impact in your application, 9.30am – 11.00am

Presenter: Professor Mark Reed from Fast Track Impact.

To register, please email internationalresearch@qub.ac.uk.

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Funding provided by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) requires research to contribute towards Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), promoting welfare and economic development, and meeting development needs. For many, this is a whole new way of doing research, which has impact at its heart. Whether you are experienced or new to working in these contexts, this presentation will give you the opportunity to find out how you can write a winning GCRF proposal and do research that delivers ODA and lasting impacts.



ERC – Queen's Annual Seminar & Writing workshop

The European Research Council (ERC) provide attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground-breaking, high-gain/high-risk research. Research funded by the ERC is expected to lead to advances at the frontiers of knowledge and to set a clear and inspirational target for frontier research across Europe.

On 26 March, two UK ERC grantees (post-referendum) and one Panel Member will share their experiences with us. Details and registration facility can be found here.

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On 11 April, a writing workshop will be delivered by Yellow Research. The session will help applicants to prepare a competitive application. The training will cover the three ERC schemes: Starting; Consolidator; and Advanced. To attend, please email euoffice@qub.ac.uk.



SSESW Seminar Series

The School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work is running a series of seminars with staff and guest speakers, on topics including human rights, trauma, disability, ethnic prejudice and systematic reviews.

Visit the Facebook page for further details.





Microbiome talk

  • Tuesday 6 March, Microbiome talk, 12.00 noon (buffet lunch) for 12.30pm start, Research and Enterprise

Speaker: Dr Paul Cotter (APC Microbiome Institute) 
Dr Cotter is a molecular microbiologist, with research in his laboratory focusing on the microbiology of food, the food chain and of the human/animal gut as well as antimicrobial peptides/bacteriocins. Dr Cotter's lab was awarded the title of 'Irish Food/Agriculture Laboratory of the Year' 2013, 2015 and 2016.

To attend, please email l.lepecuchel@qub.ac.uk.



Faculty of AHSS Newsletter

The February 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

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

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

  • Broadcasting and Brexit 
    Broadcasting law has been influenced by the European Union for nearly three decades says Professor Daithí Mac Síthigh

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  • Event: Brexit Clinic, 20 February, 12.15pm, Senate Room. Register here.
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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:

  • April: Peace 
  • May: Twins
  • June: Assassinations/assassins


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.

– The Shape of Water: An unusual aquatic love story between an amphibian man and a shy, mute cleaner working at a top secret government facility.

– Lady Bird (23 February – 8 March) – Exclusive Preview on 21 February: Star of US indie hits like Frances Ha and Mistress America, Greta Gerwig's directorial debut is already a multi award-winning and critical hit.

– The Ice King (24 February, 26 February – 1 March): the story of John Curry, the first openly gay Olympian in a time when homosexuality was not fully legal, and who transformed ice skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form.

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– The Touch (23 February – 1 March): Restored in its original bilingual version, Ingmar Bergman's rarely seen chronicle of a passionate affair is a major rediscovery.

– Walk With Me (18–20 February): With Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, the inventor of mindfulness.

– Napoleon Dynamite (21 February): Screening of the film that exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 2004.

NT: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (3 March): Sienna Miller stars as Maggie alongside Jack O'Connell as Brick and Colm Meaney as Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams' searing, poetic masterpiece charting a family's fight for survival.

NI Science Festival 
Counting From Infinity + intro (19 February): April 2013, a little-known mathematician lecturing at the University of New Hampshire makes an important breakthrough towards solving the Twin Prime Conjecture.

Food Evolution + Q&A (20 February): Showing how easily misinformation, confusion and fear can overwhelm objective analysis.

Japan Season 
The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji (21 February): Hilarious and energetic manga adaptation following inept rookie cop Reiji, who is sent on a mission to infiltrate Sukiya-kai, Japan's most notorious Yakuza clan.

Takeover Film Festival (23–25 February)
QFT's young programmers present their ninth Takeover Film Festival. This year's festival theme, 'Caught in the Crossfire,' is aimed at 15+ audiences, screening new feature and short films, anime, documentary, plus Q&As and masterclasses. Visit the website for more information.


Arts and Entertainment

Naughton Gallery News

EXHIBITION | Speculative Skins
Loney Abrams and Johnny Stanish | Salome Asega and Ayodamola Okunseinde A | Brice Dellsperger | Nora Khan and Steven Warwick | Son Kit | Katie Skelly | Naoko Takeuchi | Amanda Turner Pohan | Katie Torn
Thursday 15 February – Sunday 8 April 2018

Speculative Skins is an internationally-focused group exhibition which delves into the relationship between science fiction and the body. The exhibition forms part of NI Science Festival 2018.

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The exhibition presents itself as an anthropological study of both fact and fiction, drawing on contemporary narratives and technologies to hypothesise potential futures, whilst also referencing pop-culture sources including Star Wars, The X-Files, and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon to explore race, gender, and bodily identity through the lens of science fiction.

Follow us on Facebook to get your weekly glimpse into the Art Collection at Queen's. You will also get invites to our exhibition openings and other programme events.

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.



Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre are pleased to introduce floral pieces and the 'Message on a Bottle' range by Irish potter Siobhain Steele, whose custom-made ceramic designs are influenced by the country landscape around her. All of her creations are individually hand-painted.

10% staff discount.




Diversity and Inclusion Training Sessions

The Diversity and Inclusion Unit are hosting the following upcoming lunchtime training sessions for Queen's staff. Click on the links for more information.

Please register at the links above. 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.

The McClay library from the front in summer time


Bitesize Open Access Training for REF

  • Tuesday 13 March: How to Comply with HEFCE's Open Access Policy for the REF, 2.00pm – 2.30pm, The McClay Library, Gillespie Room

Register via iTrent Self Service. The full training schedule is available on the Open Access LibGuide.

Open Access is now a requirement for REF eligibility. To make sure staff comply with the policy, you are invited to attend this 30-minute course. There will be time after to answer any specific questions you have.


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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  • Tuesday 27 February: Professional Development Series: Student Retention, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 21 March: Digital Literacies Workshop 3: Digital Tools for Assessment and Feedback, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 11 April: QuestionMark (for Computer Assisted Assessment), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Thursday 12 April: Digital Literacies Workshop 4: Using Technology to Transform the Student Experience, 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: Need to create screenshots or capture screen video? Places are available on Creating Screen Shots and Training Materials using Word and SnagIT, running on 15 March.

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  • Thursday 22 February: Guide to Computing Facilities, 1.15pm – 2.30pm
  • Friday 23 February: Advanced Word Processing: Making Best Use of Word (also suitable for ECDL Advanced Word candidates), 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • Monday 26 February: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 27 February: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 8 March: How to Plan your Social Media Strategy and Create Engaging Content, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 14 March: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL – Spreadsheets), 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 15 March: Creating Screen Shots and Training Materials using Word and SnagIt, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 22 March: Excel 3: Data Analysis, 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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