26 February 2018


Green Impact

Staff Travel Survey

Staff can help influence future sustainable travel initiatives at Queen's by taking part in the 2018 'Travel to Work' Survey (closing date: Friday 9 March.) Those who complete the survey will be entered into a Prize Draw.

To take part, visit this link. Responses should reflect how you travelled to work that day.

For further information, please contact John McCann, Estates Directorate, on 028 9097 1154 or john.mccann@qub.ac.uk.

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The survey will identify any changes in travel patterns since the last one was conducted in 2015, when it was shown that 66% of staff travelled by sustainable transport (including walking, cycling or public transport). The Travel Plan seeks to encourage staff to use more sustainable forms of transport as an alternative to using the car when commuting to the University.



Fairtrade Fortnight

Queen's Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from 26 February – 11 March. Fairtrade aims to ensure that some of the most disadvantaged people in the developing world are getting a better deal from trade, through fair prices, sustainable farming practices and community investment.

The University recently had its Fairtrade status renewed and as part of Fairtrade Fortnight is running a number of events, including a Riddel Hall Fairtrade Coffee Morning and a Honey & Herb Workshop, with Infinity Farm. During the fortnight, there will be 20% off selected Fairtrade food in the SU Shop and various promotions running in the catering outlets across campus. Full details are available on this webpage.



Honorary Graduates

Leaders from business, science and the arts are among those who will receive honorary degrees from the University this year. The full list of Honorary Graduates is available here

Queen's awards honorary degrees to individuals who have achieved high distinction or given significant service in one or more fields of public or professional life, and who serve as ambassadors for the University and Northern Ireland around the world.




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.





SU Shop – Fairtrade Fortnight

In support of Fairtrade Fortnight, from 26 February – 11 March, the SU Shop are stocking a selection of Fairtrade products from coffee and tea to tee-shirts and peanuts.

During the fortnight the SU Shop will be offering 10 – 20% off selected Fairtrade products including coffee, chocolate and Queen's-branded zip jackets. The Shop can also provide catering packs of coffee and tea as well as biscuits and snacks for events and staffrooms. Payment can be easily organised via internal journal, or prepaid account cards are available for external/individual purchases.

For further information please contact Lorraine Meneilly: lorraine.meneilly@qub.ac.uk | 9097 1048.


Student Experience

Student Leader Elections, School's Turnout Trophy

Voting for the Students' Union's new Officer Team takes place this Tuesday and Wednesday (27 and 28 February)/ This year, the School's Turnout Trophy will again be awarded to the most democratically engaged School/Institute in the University which has the highest percentage of students voting in the elections. Cash prizes worth £750 are also being offered.

Staff are asked to help promote the elections to their students and encourage them to vote on Queen's Online from 7.00am on Tuesday to 5.00pm on Wednesday for who they want to represent them and lead the Students' Union.



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.

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Finance Training Programme

Places are still available on the 'Applying for a Research Grant – Financial Guidance (Pre-Award)' course for staff in the Faculty of MHLS on 28 February 2018. 

Upcoming courses in March include: PCI DSS Awareness Session; Applying for and Managing Research Grants for staff in the Faculty of AHSS; and Essentials of Budgeting for the Faculties of AHSS and MHLS.

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Courses are available in:

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

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; Modern Slavery 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.


Staff Recognition

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2018

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has now opened this year's National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) with a submission deadline of 30 April 2018.

The University can nominate up to three individual members of staff for the Scheme. A nominee to the NTFS should be a Fellow (any category) of the HEA or working towards Fellowship.

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To apply to go forward as a nominee, colleagues are invited to submit an expression of interest and detailed bullet points indicating how they would meet the criteria outlined in the Award guidelines – these should be sufficiently detailed to allow the internal selection panel to make an informed decision. This should be emailed to Liz McDowell (e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk) by 14 March 2018. An internal selection panel will review the submissions mid-March. Advice and support to the nominees will be provided by the Centre for Educational Development to develop and format the applications for submission to the HEA.

Further details about the Scheme, including access to the Guidance for Institutions and Individuals, are available on the HEA website.



National Teaching Fellowship Scheme Support Event 2018

  • Wednesday 7 March: National Teaching Fellowship Scheme Support Workshop
    12.30pm – 2.30pm, Ulster University (Belfast City Campus), Room BA-00-022

The Association of National Teaching Fellows (ANTF) will be running this workshop to support aspirant NTFs. The two-hour event will help you understand how this year's Scheme will work and will help with writing applications.

Attendance is free of charge. Lunch will be available from 12.00 noon. Please book directly with Ruth Matheson: Ruth.matheson@southwales.ac.uk.



Final call for posters – Royal Society Science+ meeting

This is a final call for posters for the Royal Society Science+ meeting on Monday 23 – Tuesday 24 April 2018, to be held in London.

The theme of the meeting is 'The transformative potential of data and image analysis for eye care', and the deadline for submissions is Monday 19 March.

For details, relevant links, contact details and information on Travel Awards, please download this Word file.



Young Microbiologists Symposium 2018

This August, Queen's hosts the 5th Young Microbiologists Symposium on Microbe Signalling, Organisation and Pathogenesis. The event will take place from Monday 27 – Tuesday 28 August in Riddel Hall.

The Symposium is intended to bring together graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to discuss their current research, and will also provide an excellent opportunity for junior scientists to present their work and receive constructive feedback, to network with other students, postdocs and young PIs in the field, and hopefully to facilitate future collaborations.

For more information, please see the website.



Rare Disease Conference

A reminder that the Joint North South Rare Disease Conference 2018 will be held on Monday 5 March in Riddel Hall. The deadline for submission to the poster competition has been extended until Wednesday 28 February.

Abstracts should be emailed to Julie McMullan, with 'POSTER COMPETITION' in the subject line. Posters must be A0, portrait, and brought to Riddel Hall by 9.00am on Monday 5 March for display. 

More details are available here and a non-finalised programme is viewable here. Please register here.



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.






The February edition of the Centre for Experimental Medicine Newsletter is now available online.

View the Newsletter here.






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. 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.



Church of Ireland Theological Lecture

  • Tuesday 20 March: Church of Ireland Theological Lecture, 6.00pm, Riddel Hall

Guest speaker: Professor Julian Rivers (Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Bristol).
Professor Rivers will be tackling the interface between religious rights and equality law in current public and legal discourse. This workshop will be of interest to everyone of faith living and working within the secular legal framework.

Find out more and reserve a place 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.

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The Conversation

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

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

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

– Lady Bird: 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: the story of John Curry, who transformed ice skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form.

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

– Dark River: From Clio Barnard, one of contemporary British cinema's most distinctive filmmakers, comes this searing and eloquent Yorkshire-set drama exploring the fragility of familial relationships.

– A Fantastic Woman: Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) returns with a ground-breaking, captivating and deeply humane story about a trans woman's fight for acceptance.

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.

– Wild Strawberries: Together with The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries confirmed the reputation of Ingmar Bergman as one of world cinema's finest new talents.

Japan Foundation 

Sword of the Stranger (1 March): In this breath-taking anime set in feudal-era Japan, young Kotaro, pursued by the royal army of China's Ming Dynasty, reluctantly recruits a mysterious, nameless samurai as his bodyguard, who has a guilty past and his own inner demons to battle. A classic animation featuring stunningly animated fight scenes.

Oh Lucy! (4 March): A quiet, emotionally unfulfilled Japanese woman takes some unusual English lessons and embraces her American alter ego, embarking on a journey of desire, passion and betrayal through Southern California.


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.


Sporting Events

Queen's Sport updates

Please see below for the latest updates from Queen's Sport. Click on the links for more information.

Deep RiverRock Queen's 5k 2018
Recently launched at Queen's, this year's 'Race around the River' will take place on Wednesday 21 March 2018. Download an information flyer here.

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Queen's Sport Adult Activity Programme
Morning (7.00am), lunchtime and evening classes designed to suit staff of all abilities. Contact memberships@qub.ac.uk or follow this link to book your tour and free trial.



Pop-up Gaeltacht

  • Thursday 1 March: Pop-up Gaeltacht, 11.00am – 1.00pm, Main Site Tower/PFC Foyer 

For more information on this and two information sessions on language rights and the Irish language in East Belfast, please download this flyer.



Workshop: How to Improve your Sleep

  • Friday 16 March: How to Improve your Sleep, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, (room confirmed at registration)

This lunchtime workshop will explore why people experience insomnia and provide practical steps on how to improve your sleep. Lunch will be provided.

Please register here to attend.

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Getting a good night's sleep is vital for your health and wellbeing, yet sleep is often not given the priority it deserves. Around a third of the adult population have experienced insomnia.

Session organised by Staff Wellbeing and Dr Gerry Gormley, and co-presented with a Mindfulness Practitioner and members of Queen's CBT Teaching Team.



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


Diversity and Inclusion Training Sessions

Staff are reminded that 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.


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.

Please be 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 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: When using SharePoint 2013, remember to use the Internet Explorer browser to get full functionality.

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  • 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
  • Friday 23 March: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 26 March: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 27 March: 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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