29 January 2018
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or phone 028 9097 1447.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Temporary KTP Manager
KTP and Business Networks
Closing date: 9 February 2018
Anticipated interview date: 19 February 2018
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:
Undergraduate Home and EU Inquiries
T: +44 (0)28 9097 3838
Postgraduate Home and EU Inquiries
T: +44 (0)28 9097 3004
International Undergraduate and Postgraduate Inquiries
T: +44 (0)28 9097 3004
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
grants and support funding
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
best practice for inclusive care
Register for the event here.
QPOL Policy Engagement and Research Blog
Up-to-date contributions from QPol. Click on the links to read.
To submit, email Kevin at email@example.com.
- Brexit, The Good Friday Agreement, and a Citizens Assembly
Professor Colin Harvey was a recent guest on 'The Chatter', an initiative of The Jist – an online platform that discusses the main issues of the day.
See below for the latest Queen's article published in The Conversation. Click on the link to read.
How we created a mini 'gamma ray burst' in the lab for the first time
By Dr Gianluca Sarri
If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (Atonement; Pride & Prejudice) new biographical drama.
Downsizing: Alexander Payne (Sideways; Nebraska) puts climate change, mobility and immigration under the microscope in this bewitching satire starring Matt Damon.
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.
Arts and Entertainment
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.
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.
THE BOOK CLUB
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.
UPCOMING EXHIBITION | SPECULATIVE SKINS
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 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.
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.
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
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
For queries/support, please contact email@example.com.
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.
- 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
IT Training Courses
Please see below details of upcoming IT training courses, now available to book on iTrent.
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).
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.