15 January 2018

Staff Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing Fair - Monday 29 January 2018

Staff Wellbeing will launch their Programme for 2018 at the Health and Wellbeing Fair on Monday 29 January 2018 in the Great Hall from 10.00am-12.00pm.

Professor David Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, will deliver a welcome at 10.30 am and QUB Foodies will talk about healthy diets at 11.00 am. There will also be performances from the International Dance Group at 12.30 pm and the Queen’s Staff Wellbeing Choir at 1.00 pm.

A number of internal and external providers will host stands at the Fair. Further information is available on the Staff Wellbeing Website.

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Contract for the Supply of English Language Books

From Monday 15 January 2018, the Blackwell’s Ltd catalogue will be available via punch out on Science Warehouse. Just click on the Blackwell’s icon on your Science Warehouse homepage.

This contract has been put in place under the Joint Consortia Framework Agreement, allowing Queen’s Schools and Departments to purchase books or e-books in a compliant manner, at a discount rate on all items of 19% from the Publisher List Price. Delivery is free and orders will be fulfilled locally from the Blackwell’s Bookstore in the Students’ Union.

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The Belfast Branch Manager, Alan Wilson, will be happy to answer your queries (alan.wilson@blackwell.co.uk/028 9024 9523).

Please note: All books or e-books should be Zero Rated (Z) on your requisition. If you are purchasing a multimedia item, please check the applicable Tax Code with Blackwell’s.

For any other issues, please contact the Procurement Office at procurement@qub.ac.uk

Global Challenges Debate


Global Challenges Debate

The next Global Challenges Debate will take place on 22 February 2018, 5.00 - 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.


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


CCRCB Bulletin

The latest edition of the CCRCB Bulletin is now available.

Staff can read all the latest updates at this link.





Reflections Newsletter

The latest edition of Reflections is available on the CED website.

This edition focuses on innovations in teaching across the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.




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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.




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.



Learning and Teaching Conference 2018 – Call for proposals

The Annual Learning and Teaching Conference will take place on 28 March 2018 in the Peter Froggatt Centre.

This is a call for proposals from staff for oral and poster presentations on the conference theme: 'Creativity and Innovation in Teaching'. All abstracts should be submitted to ced@qub.ac.uk by Monday 5 February 2018

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

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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

Healthy Food

Staff Wellbeing

Eat Well, Feel Well with QUB Foodies – Monday 22 January

QUB Foodies is Queen's Food based Society run by final year students on the BSc Food Quality, Safety & Nutrition programme.  Anna from QUB Foodies will deliver a lunchtime information session for staff on Monday 22 January 2018 at 1.00 pm. This session will focus on portion size, the Eat Well Plate, healthy food swaps and how to embrace our bodies and mental health by looking after and appreciating different shapes and sizes.

Please register here to attend, the room will be confirmed after registration, a healthy lunch will be provided.


Green Impact

Environmental Table Quiz

  • Wednesday 14 February: Environmental Table Quiz, 2.30pm, David Keir Building (Room 0G.012)

Hosted by the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Proceeds will go to Guide Dogs for the Blind. Entry: £5 per team.

Register with either Fiona Blakley (f.blakley@qub.ac.uk), or Claire Brown (cbrown62@qub.ac.uk).




Virtual Dementia Tours

The School of Nursing and Midwifery invite staff to an exciting training opportunity with the Virtual Dementia Tour, taking place over the course of two weeks from 12 – 23 February 2018. There will be three sessions per day, each lasting 2 hours 15 minutes.

Limited spaces are available. Please book early.

See here for more information. Staff can email Cris Grant (y.grant@qub.ac.uk) with any booking queries.

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This unique tour allows you to experience what the symptoms of dementia might be like. By experiencing the symptoms first-hand, we can understand dementia more easily, so that we can change practices, reduce issues and improve people's lives.



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. 

HEFECE Open Access

Open Access

Open Access – Change in Policy for REF Eligibility

Open Access is a requirement for REF eligibility, so if you have a journal article or conference paper accepted for publication from 1st April 2016 onwards you must deposit the accepted manuscript in Pure.

From 1 April 2018 onwards HEFCE requires all journal articles and published conference papers to be deposited in Pure no later than three months after the date of acceptance (previously three months after the date of publication).  Failure to comply with the HEFCE policy will result in journal articles and conference papers being given an unclassified score for the REF.

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Training and Support

For further information, please watch the short video on “HEFCE’s Open Access Policy for the REF” on the Open Access webpages or sign up to one of the 30 minute training sessions


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.

Let's Talk Enterprise

Let's Talk Enterprise

Enterprise SU

Enterprise SU are running a new initiative to inspire and encourage students to gain more entrepreneurial skills and develop themselves for future career prospects.  The initiative, supported by Queen’s Annual Fund, aims to increase the awareness of the relevance of entrepreneurship and enterprise to all students right across the University.

The department is hoping to reach out to lecturers who are interested in availing of a ‘Let’s Talk Enterprise’ session within their lecture.

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The session will be run by Business Consultant Nancy Brown. It will help students identify and understand the opportunities around entrepreneurship and the benefits both within an employment environment and starting their own business.

If you are interested in taking advantage of the new initiative or for more information, please contact Catriona Henry at Enterprise SU on Catriona.henry@qub.ac.uk.

Work experience


Work Experience and Placement Fair

The Work Experience and Placement Fair will take place in the Whitla Hall, 11am-3pm on Wednesday 24 January. Over 60 employers will be on hand to talk to students about work experience opportunities, with full details of all attendees on MyFuture.

Staff are asked to make students aware.






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.


Arts and Entertainment

Naughton Gallery News

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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ARTSOUNDS | Katharine Philippa
Tuesday 30 January, 8.00pm

Postponed from December, the Gallery will host one of the region's most profound and compelling songwriters – Queen’s University alumna Katharine Philippa. In this special 'one night only' ARTSOUNDS event, expect song, sentiment, and seasonal solace. You are welcome to bring your preferred drink and enjoy the surroundings – all we ask is that you respect and recycle. 

The event is strictly limited and early booking is advised. Book your tickets here.

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.


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.

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.

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

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

Rey (15 & 16 January): the story of French adventurer Orélie-Antoine de Tounens' journey to the far reaches of southern Chile, where he was improbably crowned king of Patagonia and is said to have united the native Mapuche.

Suggs: My Life Story + Q&A (17 January): Adapted from the stage show, but with added drama, archive footage, animation and music.

Bill Viola: The Road to St Paul's (18 January): A powerful, moving portrait of the world's most influential video artist, Bill Viola, and his wife and close collaborator, Kira Perov.

Autism Friendly: The Wizard of Oz (21 January): This screening provides a relaxed space where audiences with autism or other sensory sensitivities can come along with families, groups and carers to enjoy a film experience, in a sensory friendly environment.

Opening Friday 19 January

The Post: Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in this thrilling drama.

The Final Year: Featuring unprecedented access inside the White House and State Department, this film offers an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration as they prepare to leave power after eight years.



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.

Learning and Development Programme
View and book upcoming courses here.

Developing for Success Workshops (January – June 2018)
Workshops are available to managers/leaders and professional specialists in both academic (Grade AC2 and above) and professional support staff groups (Academic related grade 7 and above). View and book here.

For queries/support, please contact training@qub.ac.uk.@QueensOrgDev

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: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 17 January: An Introduction to QOL for Learning and Teaching, 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 17 January: Laboratory Demonstrating, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 30 January: Professional Development Series: Assessment for Learning, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 31 January: QuestionMark (for Computer Assisted Assessment), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 7 February: 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: Do you manage a social media account but want to do it in a more strategic way? Then register for How to Plan your Social Media Strategy and Create Engaging Content. Queen's Social Media Manager will help you understand your target audience, create content that will attract them and discover ways to save you time in your busy day.

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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: 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
  • Tuesday 8 February: Excel 1: Essentials (ECDL – Spreadsheets), 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Friday 9 February: Introduction to Visio 2013, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 1 March: How to Plan your Social Media Strategy and Create Engaging Content, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

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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