29 January 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

Pathway Opportunity Programme 2018 launched

Some 113 pupils representing over 40 schools from across Northern Ireland took part in the launch of this year's Pathway Opportunity Programme in The Whitla Hall on Monday 29 January.

The Pathway Opportunity Programme, a Social Charter Signature Project, is open to Year 13 students from throughout Northern Ireland with participants who successfully complete the programme potentially benefiting from receiving a reduced admissions offer for a programme of study at Queen's University, which may be up to two A-level grades (or equivalent) lower than the standard offer.

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There are six pathways in this year’s programme: Law; Business; Civil Engineering; Archaeology and Palaeoecology; Computer Science; and Food Microbiology & Environment.

For more on the Pathway Opportunity Programme, please visit this page.

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GDPR Staff Information Sessions

Staff are invited to Information Sessions about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on 25 May 2018, replacing the Data Protection Act 1998. 

Sessions are open to All Staff, and will raise awareness of the changes required and make practical suggestions as to how these can be implemented.

Details of the sessions are below:

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  • Wednesday 7 February: 2.00pm, Main Site, LAN/01/052 
  • Wednesday 14 February: 2.00pm, MBC, MBC/0G/046NT (North Theatre)
  • Wednesday 21 February: 2.00pm, David Keir Building, DKB/0G/110 
  • Wednesday 28 February, 2.00pm, Main Site, LAN/01/052 

These will last for one hour and will be self-bookable via ITrent.

Staff are welcome to forward, in advance, any specific questions, queries or issues they would like be raised at these sessions to: info.compliance@qub.ac.uk

For further information, visit the GDPR webpages.



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 will discuss their approach to education and training provision in health and social care, which integrated techniques more commonly associated with theatre and performance.

Key issues such as empathy, body language, interaction with patients and carers, together with the broad array of skills central to 'human factors' were addressed. Academics, educators and clinical professionals at Queen's University and hospitals across Belfast shared their research and front-line experiences with students, fellow professionals and service users. The outcome was a pioneering approach to interdisciplinary education involving staff and students from three Schools and two Faculties across Queen's.

Members of the team 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.


Student Engagement

Student Surveys

Three major student experience surveys (NSS, SYE and FYE) opened to students on Monday 15 January.

Staff are encouraged to urge students to complete the surveys before the deadline on Monday 30 April.

These surveys target students at key stages in their academic careers and are instrumental in giving students a voice in their education.

Details of the surveys are below:

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National Student Survey (NSS)

The National Student Survey (NSS) targets all final year students on undergraduate programmes. The NSS is a UK-wide survey and key results are published on the Unistats website, the data is also utilised in the composition of a number of league tables including the Sunday Times Good University Guide, the Guardian and the Complete University Guide. Queen's students who complete the survey online will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win one of six graduation packages, each of which is worth approximately £70. 

First Year Experience (FYE) and Second Year Experience (SYE) surveys

The First Year Experience (FYE) and Second Year Experience (SYE) surveys target all first year and second year students on undergraduate programmes. Students who complete the FYE and SYE surveys will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win one of eight cash prizes.

Student feedback given in the NSS, FYE and SYE is used by Queen's to enhance the quality of courses and improve the wider student experience. The continued support of all staff is fundamental to the success of the surveys, so we welcome your help.

If you have any queries, please email Nick on n.bohill@qub.ac.uk.



Internal Vacancy

Please see below for details of this week's internal vacancy.

Vacancies should be viewable on Queen's Online.

Please note that other vacancies are often advertised externally and are on the Jobs page

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  • Temporary KTP Manager 
    KTP and Business Networks
    Ref: 18/106218 
    Closing date: 9 February 2018 
    Anticipated interview date: 19 February 2018

Professional Support

Admissions and Access Service relocation

The Admissions and Access Service has moved to temporary accommodation while the Lanyon work is ongoing.

The office is now located at 92 Lisburn Road, Elmwood Exchange (at the end of Elmwood Avenue, opposite the MBC and next door to Starbucks).

Our contact details remain as follows:

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Undergraduate Home and EU Inquiries
T: +44 (0)28 9097 3838 
E: admissions@qub.ac.uk

Postgraduate Home and EU Inquiries
T: +44 (0)28 9097 3004 
E: postgrad.admissions@qub.ac.uk

International Undergraduate and Postgraduate Inquiries
T: +44 (0)28 9097 3004 
E: intl.student@qub.ac.uk


Student Engagement

SU – Student Officer Surgeries

Student Officers and staff of the Students' Union are touring the campus from Monday 29 January to Thursday 1 February to help students with any academic issues or concerns they may have at Queen's, such as:

  • the new academic year

  • tuition fees

  • grants and support funding

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  • teaching and assessment

  • hidden course costs

  • feedback on academic work

Staff are asked to promote this amongst their students and encourage them to pop by to their course's time slot, which can be found on the Students' Union website.

Or, if unable to make it in person, they can complete a short form on the Students' Union website.


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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

Campus Food and Drink

French Village at Queen's

Queen's Campus Food and Drink are pleased to announce French Village as Queen's new supplier.

From 29 January 2018 French Village will be the main supplier of all sandwiches at Queen's. So if you are organising a conference, a large, small, or intimate event, or a meeting, staff can now order French Village sandwiches, made using quality local ingredients.



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.



Launch of IMPACT: A Social Innovation Challenge

The Graduate School invites you to the Launch of IMPACT: A Social Innovation Challenge for Semester 2.

On Wednesday 31 January you will learn how The Graduate School will continue to deliver social impact in our local community and how postgraduate students can get involved.

Come along to this lunchtime session in The Graduate School where you will hear from the students and community partners who took part in IMPACT Semester 1, and watch a short film about the project.

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You will also hear from Richard Good, Founder of the Turnaround Project, which works with people serving both custodial and community sentences in the justice system, to reduce re-offending rates in NI.

We are partnering with Turnaround for IMPACT Semester 2.



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.

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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.



The Graduate School – Coffee Catch-Up

Wednesday 31 January is the first Postgraduate Coffee Catch-Up of 2018.

Postgraduate students are welcome to come along to the social space of The Graduate School for coffee and a chat.

No registration necessary, just drop in from 10.00am.



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.


Diversity and Inclusion

LGBT+ Network

Staff are directed to the following links, which are intended to generate interest in the LGBT+ Network at Queen's:



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.


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.

Darkest Hour: Newly-appointed Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must ponder a history-making choice in director Joe Wright's (AtonementPride & Prejudice) new biographical drama.

Downsizing: Alexander Payne (SidewaysNebraska) puts climate change, mobility and immigration under the microscope in this bewitching satire starring Matt Damon.

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The Post: Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in a thrilling drama that is already garnering significant awards buzz.

Exhibition on Screen: Cézanne – Portraits of a Life (3 Feb)

Mumon: The Land of Stealth (4 Feb): Part of the Japan Foundation's Touring Programme.

Opening Friday 2 February

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.

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.

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.



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Naughton Gallery News

EXHIBITION | The Immigrants
Running until Sunday 4 February 2018

This is the final week of this solo exhibition of new work by Pil and Galia Kollectiv. 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.

Opening Thursday 15 February, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

An international group show exploring the relationship between Science Fiction and the Body, as part of the NI Science Festival 2018. See here for more information.

The Naughton Gallery's new website is now live. You can also follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.



Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre are now stocking handcrafted monochrome jewellery by Jennifer Lemon.

The range includes chunky necklaces to mini earring studs.

Staff are reminded of their 10% staff discount.



The SU Shop

Queen's Students' Union Shop is now offering a range of authentic American confectionery, including Hershey's Chocolate, Peanut Butter M&M's and Harry Potter sweets.

See in-store for the full range on offer.



Free Stress Control Programme

Five free Stress Control sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 21 February to 21 March inclusive, 12.30 – 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. 



Holistic Therapies for Staff

‌Nightingale Holistic Therapies promotes wellbeing by providing de-stressing, rejuvenating massage therapies, which are available at a discounted price for staff.

To arrange an appointment please contact Moyah or on 07713 563 036. More details at the Staff Wellbeing Page

The McClay library from the front in summer time


Bitesize Open Access Training for REF

  • Tuesday 20 February: 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



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 30 January 2018: Professional Development Series: Assessment for Learning, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 31 January 2018: QuestionMark (for Computer Assisted Assessment), 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • 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
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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: Studying for ECDL Advanced Word-processing, or need advanced Word skills? 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

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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