8 January 2018

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New Year's Honours

Queen's Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard English, and Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Senate, Stephen Prenter, have been recognised in the New Year's Honours:

  • Professor Richard English – CBE for services to the understanding of modern day terrorism and political history
  • Stephen Prenter – MBE for services to the arts, business and education


Information Sessions

USS Valuation 2017 – Member Information Sessions

Further to the communication issued to USS members on 20 December 2017, this is a reminder that USS member information sessions will take place on Wednesday 10 January 2018 at the following times.
Please register here for one of the information sessions.

  • 10 January 2018: 10.30am – 11.30am, OR 2.00pm – 3.00pm 
    (Both sessions delivered in the David Keir Building, Room 0G/115)

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The purpose of these sessions is to provide USS members at Queen’s with up-to-date information on the USS 2017 Valuation and negotiations on benefit reform, to outline the next steps in the process and to give you an opportunity to ask questions. 

Further information on the USS Valuation 2017 is available via the following links:

USS Valuation 2017 
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Queen's Accommodation Jobs Open Day

Queen's Accommodation will hold a Jobs Open Day on 10 January 2018, from 12.00noon to 8.00pm in the Great Hall at Queen's. 

If staff know of anyone interested in a career in hospitality, the Accommodation team will help them to explore job opportunities and benefits. Those interested can register their interest, even if not able to attend on the day, by emailing accjobsopenday@qub.ac.uk.

Full details are available here.

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Roles include:

  • Operations Managers
  • Residential Life Coordinators
  • Reservations and Reception Advisors
  • Housekeeping Supervisors
  • Hospitality Hosts

Core Values

Teaching Awards 2018 – Briefing Session

  • 23 January 2018: Teaching Awards Briefing Session, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, 0G/010, Main Site Tower

Lunch will be provided from 12.45pm. 

To book a place, please email e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk. Further details about the Teaching Awards Scheme, including application forms and Notes for Guidance are available on the CED website.

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The aims of the briefing session are:

  • To provide information on the Teaching Awards application process, including any changes to the Scheme
  • To encourage colleagues to apply for an Award
  • To provide guidance on the type of information that might be included in an application


Development Weeks, 14 May – 1 June 2018

Queen's Development Weeks afford students space and time to develop personal, career and professional skills. In order to further involve staff in the initiative, you are invited to join the Careers, Employability and Skills team at their open Information Sessions for Development Weeks. Find out what Development Weeks is all about and how you can get involved. Refreshments provided.

An Information Stand will be open all day for staff queries on both days. Information Sessions will be held in the Student Guidance Centre Hub as follows: 

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  • Wednesday 10 January 2018: 8.00am – 9.00am (Breakfast) or 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Lunch)
  • Thursday 11 January 2018: 5.00pm – 6.00pm (Tea Time)

Updates and examples will include:

Survey Results: What Students Want in Development Weeks

  • Internships
  • Interdisciplinary skills
  • Inter Faculty experiences
  • Cultural and social events

Students as Partners Shaping Development Weeks

  • Student-led Activity Fund
  • Joint Marketing Campaign

Visit the Development Weeks website for more information: qub.ac.uk/developmentweeks

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Research Event

Global Challenge Networking Programme

The final event in the 2017–18 Global Challenge Networking Programme (GCNP) will take place on 1 February 2018. The theme will be 'Sufficiency'.

Please click here for more information and to register.

Staff can also find out more about each GCNP event, and register for attendance, at this link.

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The GCNP is an opportunity for researchers at Queen's to develop interdisciplinary networks and collaborations while addressing some of society's major problems. The programme for 2017-18 has three themes: the first, 'Artificial Intelligence and Society', took place in September, with 'Global Uncertainties', our second event, held in November.

As with the previous themes, 'Sufficiency' will include a kick-off event which will involve an opportunity for attendees to network with colleagues in different disciplines, consider the main issues connected to the theme through open plenary discussions, and explore new collaborations in detail through focused sub-groups.



Brexit Forums, January 2018

On 15 December the European Council announced that satisfactory progress had been made in the initial phase of the UK's Brexit negotiations. There is now some clarity around citizens' rights as well as a series of commitments from both parties with regard to the Irish border, the financial terms of withdrawal and other 'separation issues'. The European Council also issued guidelines for the second phase of negotiations. It is expected that this phase will be more demanding and challenging than the first, particularly in light of the time constraints that apply. With phase one now well advanced, there is an opportunity to take stock and consider the implications of what has been agreed and of the options available to the UK and EU governments.

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At each session, Professor David Phinnemore and Professor Dagmar Schiek will each present a brief overview of the current situation from their respective points of view and there will be an opportunity to raise questions as well as matters of concern. The sessions provide an opportunity to consider outstanding issues in the negotiations as well as collate concerns so that these can be reflected in the University's various interactions with policy-makers.

If you wish to attend one of the sessions please register at the links below:

  • 15 January 2018: Brexit update 1, 12.00pm–1.00pm, 0G010, Main Site Tower
  • 29 January 2018: Brexit update 2, 12.00pm–1.00pm, 0G010, Main Site Tower


Learning and Teaching Conference 2018 – Call for proposals

This is a call for proposals from staff from all Schools for oral and poster presentations on the theme of 'Creativity and Innovation in Teaching'. All abstracts should be submitted to ced@qub.ac.uk by Monday 5 February 2018 at 12.00noon. Staff will be notified if their proposal has been accepted by 19 February 2018. All submissions should be in PDF or Word format.

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The Annual Learning and Teaching Conference will take place on 28 March 2018.

The theme 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

Those interested in presenting should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words detailing your proposal. It should state clearly how your presentation meets the theme of the conference. It should stand alone and not contain references or notes. Abstracts will be published on the website prior to the conference. A maximum of five keywords should be supplied.

Oral presentations will last either 20 or 10 minutes. Students and staff are encouraged to produce joint posters on the above theme as it relates to their discipline.

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Finance Training Programme

The Finance Directorate is pleased to note the level of interest in the 2017–18 Finance Training programme. Places are still available on a number of courses in January 2018 including Applying for and Managing Research Grants for staff in the Faculty of EPS; Risk; and PCI DSS Awareness and Modern Slavery. 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; 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.



EU Funding Newsletter

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

Comments are welcomed to euoffice@qub.ac.uk.





This is a call for abstract submissions from staff from all Schools for oral and written presentations on the topic of diabetic retinopathy for discussion at the European Association for the Study of Diabetic Eye Complications (EASDec) Annual Meeting, held in Belfast City Hall from 24 to 26 May 2018. 

Those interested in presenting should submit an abstract of no more than 350 words detailing your proposal. All submissions should be submitted online at www.easdec.org/abstracts/
Closing date: Friday 2 February 2018 at midnight (UK time).

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Venue details

  • Thursday Symposia and Opening Ceremony will be in Belfast City Hall
  • Friday and Saturday Scientific Sessions will be at Riddell Hall, Belfast
  • The Conference Dinner will be in the Ulster Museum, with opportunity to visit some of the galleries.

The event brings together up to 150 experts in the field of ophthalmology and diabetology from all over the world to learn, communicate, interact and build new collaborations.

Abstracts received after the closing date/time will not be accepted. Staff will be notified by email if their abstract has been accepted within approximately three weeks of the closing date.



NI Multiple Sclerosis Research Network Symposium

  • Tuesday 6 March 2018: Northern Ireland Multiple Sclerosis Research Network Symposium, 10.00am – 4.00pm, Lecture Theatre, Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine

There will also be a patient information evening from 5.30pm.

To register your interest, please email jill.moffat@qub.ac.uk.

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Guest speakers include:

  • Stephen Miller PhD: Director, Interdepartmental Immunobiology Center, Judy Gugenheim Professor of Microbiology-Immunology and Dermatology, Northwestern University, Chicago
  • Nikos Evangelou MD MRCP DPhil: Neurologist, Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Nottingham
  • Roshan das Nair MSc BA MPhil PhD: Professor of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Nottingham 
  • Owain Howell PhD: Associate Professor, University of Swansea Medical School


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 the afternoon of Wednesday 21 February 2018.

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 visit the Eventbrite page to register, or email Dr Cian McCrudden with inquiries.




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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Staff making UK headlines

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
If you are interested in contributing to the Anthill Podcast the theme for January 2018 is Things we do wrong, common myths.


Student experience

QUB Dragons' Den

Staff are asked to let students know that QUB Dragons' Den is open again for applications at Enterprise SU. The deadline is 30 January 2018.

Students can submit their business ideas and pitch for the opportunity to win a prize pot of £10,000, access to specialist mentoring, networking opportunities with the experts, free workshops and free office space for a full year. With local entrepreneurs and business leaders on the panel, this is a great opportunity to help students get their ideas off the ground and ask the questions they have always wanted to ask.

More information can be found here.


Student experience

Volunteer SU initiatives + survey

Volunteer SU, the student volunteering team based in the Students' Union, are currently recruiting student applications for their Homework Clubs and Inspiring Leaders initiatives.

Staff are encouraged to share the further information at this link with their students.

  • Homework Clubs: helping local children and young people who are struggling at school to improve their study skills, build their confidence and raise their future aspirations
  • Inspiring Leaders: strengthening and developing the leadership and employability skills of student volunteers

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Volunteer SU would be very grateful if staff – who, within their position at Queen's, oversee a volunteering initiative which involves students – could complete this short survey by Wednesday 31 January 2018.

The team are completing a mapping exercise of volunteering initiatives (involving students) across campus in order to:

  • get a better idea of engagement figures in student volunteering and the level of community/social/environmental impact that is being achieved by Queen's students
  • offer guidance/create a support network (if it would be helpful) to those staff co-ordinating volunteering projects in order to promote/support volunteering best practice
  • ensure student volunteers are aware of volunteering recognition mechanisms such as Millennium/Prestige Volunteers (certificates evidencing volunteering), Inspiring Leaders (leadership skills development programme for students volunteering in positions of leadership), and Degree Plus 

Please contact Lucia Kearney (Volunteer SU Manager) with any queries: volunteer@qub.ac.uk | 028 9097 3951.


Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing

Queen's Sport

See below for the latest programmes and updates from Queen's Sport.

Queen's Couch 2 5K
The overall aim of the Couch 2 5K programme is to provide opportunities to get active on campus. The programme represents a structured pathway to make walking, jogging and running accessible and fun through a flexible programme. Full details of the programme are available at this link.

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Active Children's Programme 2018
Enrolment for the Queen’s Sport Winter 2018 Active Children's Programme is open now! See here for details

Adult Activity Programme 2018
The Winter 2018 programme is now open for enrolment. See here for details.

Staff Membership
Staff Membership is available from £17 per month. See here for details.


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.

Molly's Game: Jessica Chastain stars in screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's (The Social Network) directorial debut.

In The Name of Peace: John Hume in America: Director Maurice Fitzpatrick explores the decades-long campaign by Nobel Prize winner John Hume to secure peace in Northern Ireland.

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Human Flow: Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II.

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars + live satellite Q&A (10 Jan): Eric Clapton has long been considered the ultimate guitar hero, but behind the scenes lay restlessness and tragedy.

Extraordinary Tales (11 Jan): Five of Edgar Allan Poe's best-known stories are brought to vivid life in this heart-pounding animated anthology featuring an all-star voice cast including Sir Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi and Guillermo del Toro.

Dementia Friendly: Brief Encounter (13 Jan): A screening that provides an inclusive experience for people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Bill Viola: The Road to St Paul's (13 Jan): A powerful, moving portrait of the world's most influential video artist, Bill Viola, and his wife and close collaborator, Kira Perov.

Opening on Friday 12 January 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Martin McDonagh's (In Bruges) third feature is a characteristically pitch-black comedic drama featuring a blistering central performance from Frances McDormand.

Jupiter's Moon: From the visionary director of the critically acclaimed White God comes a spectacular supernatural thriller.


Arts and Entertainment

Naughton Gallery News

NEW EXHIBITION | The Immigrants
Running until Sunday 4 February 2018

Pil and Galia Kollectiv's work is multidisciplinary – encompassing film, animation, collage, poster production, sculpture, installation, performance and costume design – and explores the relationship between art and politics, the legacy of modernism, and the avant-garde discourses of the twentieth century. See here for more information.

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Friday 2 February, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Naughton Gallery

At the next meeting of The Book Club, author and Queen's University lecturer Garrett Carr talks about his recent, highly acclaimed book, Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland's Border (a BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week'). See here for more information.

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

The Naughton Gallery's new website is now live. Visit the website to stay up to date with exhibitions, events and information on the Collections.

You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.



Brew Monday

  • Monday 15 January: Brew Monday, 10.00am – 1.00pm, Great Hall

Staff are invited to join the 'Brew Monday' event, which offers a refreshing alternative to Blue Monday, 'the most difficult day of the year'.

You can contact your local branch of Samaritans to find out how to get involved: belfast@samaritans.org



Winter 2018 physical activity programme

The Winter 2018 Activity programme begins week commencing Monday 8 January 2018. Suitable for all ages, genders and levels of fitness.

Further inquiries to courseenquiries@qub.ac.uk / 028 9068 1126.

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Class Date Time Location
Introduction to Dance Monday 8 January 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Blast Tabata (day change) Wednesday 10 January 1.15pm – 1.45pm Queen's Sport, Physical Education Centre
Tone and Trim Thursday 11 January 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Barre Friday 12 January 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus

Registration and Payment: Visit PEC reception; each 11-week course costs £22. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

These classes will run to week commencing 19 March 2018 inclusive; there will be no Intro to Dance class on Monday 19 March due to the St Patrick's holiday, therefore there will be an extra class added on Monday 26 March. 

Please note that phone registration is no longer available.



Cancer Focus Stop Smoking Support

Staff interested in finding out about Cancer Service NI's Stop Smoking service are encouraged to contact Suzie from Cancer Focus: suzymccotter@cancerfocusni.org.

Smoking causes one third of all cancer deaths in Northern Ireland and is our greatest cause of preventable ill health. It not only increases the risk of cancer for the smoker but also for everyone else around them. Cancer Focus NI's award-winning Stop Smoking service is funded by the Public Health Agency and offered in GP practices, health and wellbeing centres, community, workplace and youth settings including schools.



Alcohol and Drugs Awareness

  • Wednesday 17 January: Alcohol and Drugs Awareness, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Throughout this session, experienced trainers from Addiction NI will challenge employees to consider their attitudes to alcohol, providing a combination of information and interaction with the group.

Please register here to attend; the room will be confirmed at registration. Lunch will be provided at this session.

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Alcohol is the most widely misused drug in Northern Ireland's society and yet it is an accepted part of the average weekly shop. There are an estimated 47,000 harmful drinkers in NI, and the annual cost to industry of alcohol-related impact is estimated at £258.2m annually in terms of lost productivity, premature deaths among the workforce, and unemployment. 

This session has been organised by Staff Wellbeing and Addiction NI and would be beneficial to all staff, parents, Line Managers and Supervisors to help find out more about misuse.

Staff who may find it beneficial can also sign up for the 'One Year No Beer' challenge. Contact Staff Wellbeing for information. 

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Open Learning courses 2018

The Open Learning Programme for 2018 is now open for enrolment, with a selection of short and part-time courses.

Classes start the week commencing Monday 15 January 2018. Queen's staff qualify for the concession rate where applicable.

For further information and to enrol online, visit the Open Learning website.

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From painting to philosophical discussion, writing fiction to wine appreciation and astronomy to ayurveda, Open Learning short, part-time, day, evening and weekend courses at Queen's offer everyone the chance to try something new and enjoy learning in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. 

We offer courses in a wide variety of subject areas including:

  • Complementary Therapies
  • Creative Writing
  • History
  • Leisure (including wine tasting and céilí dancing)
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Visual Arts 
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Bitesize Open Access Training for REF

  • Tuesday 16 January: 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.

Please be advised that with the exception of waitlisted 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



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 16 January 2018: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 17 January 2018: An Introduction to QOL for Learning and Teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 17 January 2018, Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 30 January 2018: Professional Development Series: Assessment for Learning, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 7 February 2018, Using the TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
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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: Create forms using Office 365. Email a link to users and when they complete the form, the results appear in your Office 365. For more information go to this link and sign in with your normal University username and password.

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  • Wednesday 17 January: Outlook: Making Best Use of Outlook and Exchange, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 18 January: Excel: Creating Charts Using Excel, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 24 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 24 January: Creating Infographics and Visual Content, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Thursday 25 January: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Monday 29 January: Excel 2: Managing Data, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday 5 February: Adobe Photoshop 1: Basic Digital Image Editing, 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • Friday 9 February: Introduction to Visio 2013, 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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