5 March 2018

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Diversity and Inclusion

Inclusive Employment Scheme 2018 – Call for placement providers

Queen's Inclusive Employment Scheme for 2018 will shortly be getting underway. The scheme, now in its fourth year, offers individuals with a disability an unpaid work placement in departments across the University. A number of individuals are still seeking a placement. Each of them has an employment support officer who will support them throughout their placement. Placements can be part-time or full-time and last from three to 12 months.

Departments who feel they could host an individual are encouraged to contact Leeann Matchett in the Diversity and Inclusion Unit as soon as possible (leeann.matchett@qub.ac.uk). More details are available here.


Human Resources

Closure of Childcare Voucher Scheme to new entrants

The Childcare Voucher scheme will close to new entrants at the end of March 2018. If you wish to sign up to the scheme, you need to send completed paperwork to the Salaries Office, Level 2, Administration Building, by no later than 5.00pm on Friday 16 March. A nominal amount can be sacrificed from your salary to register or keep your place in the scheme.

The application form and further information about both the Childcare Voucher scheme and the Tax Free Childcare scheme are available at this link. If you have any queries about joining the scheme please contact David Convery at 9097 3098 or email d.convery@qub.ac.uk.



Fairtrade Fortnight

A number of events and promotions are taking place this week as part of Fairtrade Fortnight:

  • Honey & Herb Workshop, with Infinity Farm, Wednesday 7 March, 2.30pm – 4.00pm, The Naughton Gallery (see Naughton Gallery entry below)
  • SU Big Brew, Thursday 8 March, 11.00am – 2.00pm. The annual Students' Union Fairtrade coffee morning with free tea and prize draw

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  • Buy one, get one free on all coffees in Clements SU and special discounts on Fairtrade treats and clothing in the SU Foyer
  • Discounts on selected Fairtrade food and drinks in the SU Shop, plus 20% off Epona Fairtrade Queen's-branded jackets.
  • 25% off Clements Fairtrade hot chocolate at MBC, Café Hope, PEC and SU until 11 March.
  • The Great Hall and Riddel Hall now offer a selection of Fairtrade wines.
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Student experience

Staff Survey on Student Engagement

In the drive for improvement and alignment with sector best practice, the University and Students' Union have jointly established the Student Partnership Project Group with the purpose of developing a Framework for effectively engaging students and staff in learning and teaching partnership.

Staff feedback and development is essential for helping to guide the direction of the Group. Therefore, staff are encouraged to complete the 10-minute survey at this link. The deadline is Wednesday 14 March.

Further details are available here


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.



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.



Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics 2018

The 2018 Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics will take place from Monday 12 – Sunday 18 March, with more than 80 events, nine of which are being organised by colleagues from the Faculty of AHSS, both on and off campus. For further information on the Festival, contact Kevin Fearon: k.fearon@qub.ac.uk.

View the full Festival programme here. Queen's events and staff involved are given below – follow the links to register:

Eight – Tuesday 13 – Thursday 15 March, 7.30pm, Accidental Theatre, Shaftesbury Square.
Director: Rachel Coffey. Produced in association with Queen's Drama.

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Homeward Bound – 12 March, 3.00pm, Accidental Theatre, Shaftesbury Square.
Dr Nathan Emmerich; NI Ethics Forum. Play telling how Lesley and her husband Seth dealt with his cancer diagnosis.

Debating urban violence in Rio – 12 March, 8.00pm, Beanbag Cinema, Exchange Place.
Dr Tori Holmes.

A century of women in parliamentary politics – 13 March, 1.00pm, Old Staff Common Room.
Dr Marie Coleman.

More human than human: The ethics of new intelligent life – 13 March, 3.00 – 5.00pm, Old Staff Common Room.
Dr Nathan Emmerich; NI Ethics Forum. Considering how future 'intelligent' beings might fit alongside the 'baseline' human.

The invisible woman – 14 March, 2.30pm, QFT.
Dr Sian Barber; Dr Gemma Carney. Discussion and screening of All About My Mother (1999).

Voices and views of 20th-century Belfast – 14 March, 7.00pm, 6 University Square.
Professor Peter Gray. 

Article 50 one year on – where are we now? – 15 March, 12.30pm, Moot Court Room, Main Site Tower
Dr Viviane Gravey; Professor Dagmar Schiek. Brexit clinic.

A duty to be beautiful – 16 March, 3.00pm, Old Staff Common Room.
Dr Nathan Emmerich; NI Ethics Forum. Exploring beauty as an ethical ideal.

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Finance Training Programme

There are a number of places available on the following courses: 'PCI DSS Awareness' (15 March); 'Essentials of Budgeting for the Faculty of AHSS and MHLS'; and 'Applying for and Managing Research Grants for staff in the Faculty of AHSS' (Wednesday 28 March).

A number of courses are coming up in April, including 'Overview of the USS Pension Scheme', 'Overview of the RBP Pension Scheme', 'Insurance Overview', 'Risk Awareness' and 'Understanding HE Funding'.

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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.


Core Values

Teaching Awards 2018 – Application deadline

The closing date for receipt of applications for a Queen's Teaching Award 2018 is 5.00pm on Wednesday 14 March. Applications should be submitted in Word via e-mail to e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk.

The Notes for Guidance, application templates and examples of previous applications are available to download on the CED website. Queries can be directed to Liz McDowell at the email address above or by phoning 028 9097 5301.




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 Monday 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.

Expressions of interest (further details below) should be emailed to Liz McDowell (e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk) by Wednesday 14 March.

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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. 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. Queries can be directed Liz McDowell at the email address above.



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.



Learning and Teaching Conference 2018 – Registration

Registration for the Annual Learning and Teaching Conference is now open. The conference will take place on Wednesday 28 March and this year's theme is 'Creativity and Innovation in Teaching'.

Please register at this link. Registered participants will be sent details of the workshops.





Online P60s for the 2017/2018 tax year

Please note that, following the introduction of online staff payslips in July 2017, paper P60s will no longer be produced for Queen's staff at the end of each tax year. Online P60s will be available using the same secure, self-service access as payslips, on Queen's Online (QOL), using your network username and password. P60s for the period April 2017 to March 2018 will be available to view and download from 31 May 2018. Staff can already access P60s for previous years online.

If you have any questions please email the Salaries team at salaries.office@qub.ac.uk.


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Estates Directorate Certification

The Estates Directorate has been working towards certification to recognised standards on a number of systems. The most recent of these is certification of the Health and Safety Management System to OHSAS18001 and the Energy Management System to ISO50001. The Directorate is delighted to announce that auditors from NQA Ltd have recommended to UKAS that certification is awarded on both systems. These awards are in addition to the Directorate’s success in achieving Investors in People in 2017/18 together with the ongoing certification for the University’s Environmental Management System to ISO14001. These certifications are part of the Directorate's overall Service Delivery Plan which is aligned to the Corporate Plan.


Student Development

Postdoc Symposium

The Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences Postdoc Society are holding a Postdoc Symposium on Monday 26 March in Riddel Hall. This is an all-day event for Postdocs with a focus on career development and postdoctoral research within the faculty. Please register to attend and submit abstracts at this link. The deadline for abstracts and registrations is Friday 9 March.

Keynote speaker Chris McCreery, Director of the NI Science Festival, will be joined by a panel of scientists from a variety of sectors, to discuss their career pathways and offer advice to attendees. Attendees are encouraged to present their work with fellow postdocs in the Faculty in either oral or poster presentation format. Prizes will be awarded for top presentations.



Being Human Festival 2018 – call for applications

The 2018 Being Human Festival will run from 15–24 November, and the festival theme is 'Origins and Endings'.

For further information and to apply, follow this link or contact Kevin Fearon: k.fearon@qub.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is Friday 13 April.

Being Human is the UK's only national festival of the humanities and is one of the largest platforms for public engagement with humanities research. The main aim of the festival is to take research in the humanities and share it in creative, fun and engaging ways with non-specialist audiences.



Give Blood at the Students' Union

Staff are invited to Give Blood – Save Lives at The Space (Students' Union) on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 March.

There are two sessions on each day: 10.30am – 1.00pm; and 2.15pm – 5.00pm. Donating should take no longer than 45 minutes.

  • You don't need to know your blood group to donate
  • You don't need to bring anything with you
  • You don't have to be registered



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

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

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

  • April: Peace 
  • May: Twins
  • June: Assassinations/assassins

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Public Engagement Newsletter

The February edition of the Public Engagement News Bulletin is now available to view online.

Please click this link to download.






GCRF: proposal and application writing

  • Thursday 22 March, Global funding applications – embedding impact in your proposal, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Presenter: Professor Mark Reed from Fast Track Impact.

Session 1 (9.30 -11am) is a presentation on GCRF – How to write a fundable proposal and embed ODA impact in your application. This can be attended independently of the full workshop. Full details on the workshop sessions and registration can be found here.

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Funding provided by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) requires research to contribute towards Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), promoting welfare and economic development, and meeting development needs. Whether you are experienced or new to working in these contexts, this workshop will give you the opportunity to find out to embed ODA impact in your application and plan for and evidence your impact.



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 Monday 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 Wednesday 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.


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.

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

– 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.

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– 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.

– 4 + Q&A: Award-winning documentary looking at one of the most exciting string quartets in the world, Quatuor Ebène. Screening on Thursday 8 March followed by a Q&A with director Daniel Kutschinski.

– Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story  + satellite Q&A with Susan Sarandon (Executive Producer) and Alexandra Dean (Director). Celebrating International Women's Day on 8 March.

QFT Late:  Clerks: This cult classic, capturing the banality of service work and featuring cult icons Jay and Silent Bob, became a go-to template for '90s indie movies.

– Gukoroku: Traces of Sin: A troubled journalist looks into a cold case involving the murder of a seemingly perfect family in this seductive, twist-filled mystery.

Opening Friday 9 March

I, Tonya: Based on unbelievable, true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater Tonya Harding and one of the most sensational scandals in sporting history.

You Were Never Really Here: Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) delivers a powerful return to filmmaking with this brilliantly executed minimalist noir starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Sweet Country: An outback western inspired by real events, this is a story of personal conviction and settler justice set in the stark panoramas of Australia's Northern Territory.


Arts and Entertainment

Naughton Gallery News

EXHIBITION | Speculative Skins
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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Sunday 18 March, 1.15pm, QFT

Free screening of Ping Pong, a live action sports film based on the manga series by the internationally renowned Taiyō Matsumoto. There will be a short introduction to the film and a free, limited edition film poster will be available at the screening. Book your free tickets here.

Tuesday 27 March, 1.00 – 2.00pm

Discussing The Power by Naomi Alderman, winner of the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. All welcome, tea and coffee will be provided. Contact art@qub.ac.uk for further details.

Wednesday 7 March, 2.30 – 4.00pm, The Naughton Gallery 

Only a few places remain for this workshop. Email r.brown@qub.ac.uk to inquire.
Workshop led by local urban beekeepers Infinity Farm, as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. Learn about ways to protect bees, taste some locally produced honey, and make your own Beeswax and Honey lipbalms. Includes Infinity Farm's herbal tea bar.

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.


Learning and Development

Learning and Development 2017/18 Course Programme

The Learning and Development Course Programme for Semester 2 is now available and upcoming training courses can be viewed here. 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 are listed on iTrent self-service, and are now open for booking. 

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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  • 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
  • Tuesday 17 April: Writing Multiple Choice Questions, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
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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: Reuse animations in PowerPoint by selecting the animated object, then selecting the 'Animations' tab, clicking 'Animation Painter', and then clicking the object you want to apply the animation to.

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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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