12 March 2018

Pedometer Challenge


Pedometer Challenge

This year's four-week Pedometer Challenge will take place between Monday 16 April – Friday 11 May. A great team-building activity, the Challenge is a fun and easy way for staff to improve their physical and mental wellbeing whilst helping the environment and raising money for charity.

All participants will pledge £4, which will be donated to the nominated local charity, British Heart Foundation, through a dedicated JustGiving page. Updates can be posted throughout the challenge via Twitter: @WellbeingQUB; @GreenatQueens using #QUBStepUp and #LoveQUBStaff.

To find out more and how to register, please visit the website.

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Easter Holiday Payment Arrangements

Staff should note the following Payments Office arrangements over the Easter period for paying correctly authorised and registered Supplier Invoices, Request for Payment Forms and Staff Expenses Claims:

  1. Invoices received by 5.00pm, Wednesday 14 March 2018, and Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 12.00 noon, Thursday 15 March 2018, will be paid week-ending 23 March 2018.

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  1. Invoices, Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 12.00 noon on Tuesday 20 March 2018 will be paid by Thursday 29 March 2018.
  2. Invoices received by 5.00pm, Monday 26 March 2018, and Requests for Payment and Staff Expenses Claims received by 12.00 noon, Tuesday 27 March 2018, will be paid by Friday 14 April 2018.
  3. Normal payment arrangements will apply for all payment requests received week commencing 9 April 2018.

Whilst the Payments Office will make every effort to comply with this timetable, due to the volumes of payment requests received at this time of the year, and to ensure payment before the holiday, staff are requested to process all such transactions well in advance of these deadlines.

Further clarification of these arrangements, if required, may be obtained from the Payments Office: 028 9097 3029.



On-campus Catering Survey

Campus Food and Drink are undertaking a review of catering on campus, which will help shape the provision for the next 10 years.

A questionnaire has been developed to allow gauging of opinions on the current provision and what staff would like to see in the future. Access the questionnaire here – the survey should take no longer than four minutes to complete. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a draw for a £50 voucher for Deanes at Queen's.

Queries can be emailed to Kelly Hart: k.hart@qub.ac.uk


Reward and recognition

Students' Union Education Awards

The Students' Union is celebrating academic excellence by rewarding staff and students for their contributions to assuring and enhancing the quality of education and the student experience at Queen's.

Staff can nominate themselves, another staff member, or a student, by 5.00pm on Thursday 15 March.

Make your nomination here.

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There are 16 awards available, including:

  • Personal Tutor of the Year
  • Excellent Use of Feedback
  • Most Innovative Learning Experience
  • Most Inspirational Teaching
  • Equality & Diversity Champion for Education
  • SSCC of the Year
  • School Rep of the Year
  • Course Rep of the Year 

Around Campus

Campus Food Market

The next Campus Food Market takes place on Tuesday 13 March, from 11.00am – 3.00pm at Elmwood Hall.

The Market will feature Born and Raised Waffles, Tapitas, Bella's Pizza Pod, Glaze & Roll, Sarah's World Fare and Hot Dog Dodge.

Keep up to date with developments on Facebook.

You can also Follow Campus Food and Drink on Twitter and Instagram.



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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  • Research Assistant 
    Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology
    Ref: 18/106314 
    Closing date: 19 March 2018 
    Anticipated interview date: 26 March 2018


Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics 2018

The 2018 Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics begins today and runs until Sunday 18 March. There are more than 80 events, several of which are being organised by colleagues from the Faculty of AHSS, both on and off campus. For more information, 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 – Monday 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 – Monday 12 March, 8.00pm, Beanbag Cinema, Exchange Place.
Dr Tori Holmes.

More human than human: The ethics of new intelligent life – Tuesday 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.

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

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


Student experience

Staff Survey: Queen's University Partnership Project

The Queen's University Partnership Project is a new joint initiative between the Students' Union and University. The Project will develop a framework, which enables staff and students in every School to work on issues which most affect the delivery of education. This survey will help provide a steer for the project and takes no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Staff input is key and you are therefore encouraged to please provide your feedback at this linkThe deadline has been extended until Friday 16 March.


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 to Liz McDowell at the email address above.



Global Health Symposium 2018

The Global Health Symposium 2018 is being held on 26 and 27 April in Riddel Hall. For full details, see the website.

Staff are advised of the following (click on the links to read more):

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  • Registration payment is now open: £75 for undergraduates and postgraduate students; £100 for all other registrants
  • The final programme for the Friday 27 April event is now available online 
  • Free membership of the newly-established United Kingdom & Ireland Global Health Society (UKIGHS) is also available; join online here


EU Funding Newsletter

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

The edition includes all the latest news stories, funding calls and event listings.

For information on the Newsletter or related queries, contact the Research Development EU Team: euoffice@qub.ac.uk



Green Impact

Queen's 'Big Spring Clean'

Staff are invited to join Queen's student volunteers and local residents for a litter pick in the Holylands area on Thursday 22 March from 12.30pm – 2.00pm, followed by lunch in the Bowling Pavilion, Botanic Gardens (next to the PEC).

More information and registration details are available here. Registration is essential.

This event has been organised by Queen's Environmental Team, the Students' Union and Community Engagement with the support of Belfast City Council.



Science at Queen's Parents Evening

  • Wednesday 21 March: Science at Queen's Parents Evening, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Whitla Hall

Is your child, or someone you know, studying or considering studying Sciences at A-level? If so, you are invited to this Parents Evening, jointly organised by the Faculties of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.

Book your place here.

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For Years 11, 12 and 13 students, and their parents, who have an interest in Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Science, Geography, Mathematics and Physics, Pharmacy, and Psychology.

This is an exciting time for school-leavers to pursue a career in science-related fields. There is a high demand for graduates in Northern Ireland, Great Britain and globally, and starting salaries for Queen's graduates in these subjects currently start from £18k.

At the event, attendees will have an opportunity to hear about some of the reasons why they should consider a science degree as well as hear from graduates of our courses and a selection of local employers.


Social Charter

Shared Education Visit

A group of principals from schools in Jerusalem arrived in Belfast on Monday 12 March to learn about Queen's Centre for Shared Education.

The 35-strong group, from Jewish and Palestinian Arabic schools were shown around Queen's and heard an address from Professor Tony Gallagher.

'Shared Education' is a Social Charter Signature Project. Read more here.


Public Talk

Chinese Cultural Talk Series

The Language Centre is pleased to invite Dr Emma Reisz, from the School of HAPP, to give a public lunchtime talk on Thursday 22 March.

The talk, entitled 'Sir Robert Hart of the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs: Serving Two Masters', is part of the Chinese Cultural Talk Series following the Chinese New Year Celebrations at Queen's.

All staff are welcome. For more details and registration information, please see this link.



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.





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


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.

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.

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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.

The Square (opens Friday 16 March): A knife-sharp satire on art, culture and communication in the digital age.


Macbeth + intro: Entirely shot on green screen, Shakespeare's tragedy comes to the big screen in an exciting new film adaptation.

Screen/Print: Ping Pong: The Naughton Gallery, in association with UsFolk illustration agency, presents a free screening of this live action sports film based on the manga series.

Japanese Season: Japanese Girls Never Die: Edgy, experimental and anarchic, this film is a stirring protest against misogyny in contemporary Japan.

Ingmar Bergman at QFT:

  • The Magic Flute: Bergman's film of Mozart's masterpiece is one of the greatest screen versions of an opera ever made
  • Persona: the famed director's modernist masterpiece explores the volatile relationship between an actress and her nurse

Academic Lunch Exchange at QFT – March

  • Tuesday 20 March: Ideas Exchange, 1.00 – 2.00pm, QFT foyer

    Queen's academic staff are invited to meet the new Head of QFT, Joan Parsons, and QFT's programming team. These meetings provide an opportunity for academic staff to meet QFT staff for informal discussions, along with light lunch refreshments. They have proved to be very productive, providing networking opportunities for academic staff to explore future film events and projects that QFT can support.


Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre are now restocking hand-stitched and -embroidered Magic Forest Toys – colourful creatures made with top-quality fabrics and safely stuffed with hypoallergenic material.

The Welcome Centre is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5.30pm. Queen's staff are entitled to a 10% discount on full price transactions.




Back Care Drop-in Session

  • Friday 23 March: Back Care Drop-in Session, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Room 02/005, Peter Froggatt Centre

Get help and advice on how to increase your comfort while working at your PC and make simple changes to address the poor postures that cause aches and pains. Safety Officers Julie McConkey and Colin Richardson will be on hand on with example workstations and a range of ergonomic computer equipment.

Further advice on back care is available here.

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Finance Training Programme

There are a number of places available on the following courses: 'PCI DSS Awareness' (Thursday 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.



Diversity and Inclusion Training Sessions

The Diversity and Inclusion Unit are hosting upcoming lunchtime training sessions on 'LGBT+ Awareness' for Queen's staff on the following dates. Visit the website for more information.

  • Tuesday 13 March
  • Thursday 12 April
  • Thursday 11 October

A sandwich lunch will be provided at all events. If you have any special dietary requirements please send details to leeann.matchett@qub.ac.uk.

William J Clinton Leadership Institute building

Staff development

Leadership Institute Programme Schedule, Spring 2018

Upcoming Programmes (10% discount for all staff) 

  • Aspiring Leaders: using the latest global research, this programme has been designed specifically for first-time managers, giving them the skills to begin to overcome these barriers and start to fulfil their potential.
    Full details here.

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  • Leadership & Negotiation: this programme will equip you with the tools to handle difficult situations and explore the techniques to allow you to discuss what matters most. Full details here.
  • Grit & Grace: this programme will help you feel more confident as a leader because it is built on the belief that everyone can learn to be a better leader, and there is no 'ideal' profile. Full details here.
  • Queen's Mini-MBA: the Mini-MBA programme is ideal for anyone looking to get a more rounded understanding of their business. Past participants have included recently graduated students, public sector employees and managing directors. Full details here

Expand Your Leadership Skills, Mindset, and Network.


Learning and Development

Learning and Development 2017/18 Course Programme

Upcoming training courses can be viewed here. To book a place on an upcoming training course, log onto iTrent.

Staff are 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: Did you know Microsoft Publisher comes with the Office suite of applications? To create posters, leaflets, etc, enrol on the course on 19 April (see below).

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  • 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
  • Monday 16 April: Twitter for Beginners, 9.30am – 11.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 April: SPSS 1: Introduction to SPSS, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 19 April: Diagrams Made Easy with Microsoft Publisher, Word and PowerPoint, 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.


Next Staff Round Up

Due to the St Patrick's Day holiday for Queen's staff on Monday 19 March, the next edition of the Staff Round Up will be published on Tuesday 20 March.

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