20 March 2018

Staff Engagement

All Staff Event

Staff are invited to an All Staff Event in the Whitla Hall on Tuesday 27 March. There will be two sessions at the times below and staff can register here.

  • Session 1: 11.00am – 12.00 noon
  • Session 2: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

This is an opportunity to receive an update on key institutional activity including the Staff Survey and a presentation on our new People and Culture Strategy. There will also be a Q&A discussion with the Senior Leadership Team. Staff can submit a question in advance at the registration link above. Light refreshments will be available after each session.


Student Development

Development Weeks 2018

Development Weeks, which run from Monday 14 May – Friday 1 June, are a chance for all students to develop their personal and professional skill sets whilst enjoying themselves after a busy exam period.

The Development Weeks team have now processed over 80 applications for activities, a quarter of which are solely student led. This activity ranges from workshops and exhibitions to internships and insight days. All of these events are now on the Development Weeks website and students should be actively encouraged to 'browse and book'.

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Additionally, the Development Weeks marketing campaign aims to give students #AReasonToStay on campus for Development Weeks. As part of this promotion, weekly testimonial videos have been produced featuring students and their related event. These videos have been a big success, reaching thousands of students and positively impacting event booking.

All Development Weeks marketing content can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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 Public Engagement with the support of Belfast City Council.



Learning and Teaching Conference 2018 – Registration

Registration for the Annual Learning and Teaching Conference closes this week.

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.





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


Human Resources

Childcare Voucher Scheme update

Further to previous updates, staff are advised that the deadline for joining the Childcare Voucher Scheme has now been extended by six months.

Full details are available here.



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.


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.



Mitchell Institute/Human Rights Centre Conference: Negotiating Detention

  • Wednesday 5 May 2018: Negotiating Detention: Prisons as Sites of Resistance, Control and Compromise in Protracted Conflicts, 3.00pm – 7.00pm, Moot Court, Main Site Tower, School Of Law

Visit the Eventbrite page for more details and to register.




GCRF: proposal and application writing

  • Thursday 22 March, GCRF – How to write a fundable proposal and embed ODA impact in your application
    9.30am – 11.00am, McWilliams Room, Wellington Park Hotel, Malone Road

Presenter: Professor Mark Reed from Fast Track Impact. This seminar will be of interest to anyone applying for funding from the Global Challenge and Newton funds.

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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. For many, this is a whole new way of doing research, which has impact at its heart. Whether you are experienced or new to working in these contexts, this presentation will give you the opportunity to find out how you can write a winning GCRF proposal and do research that delivers ODA and lasting impacts.



ERC – Queen's Annual Seminar and 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.


Culture and Arts

New Play Marks 50 years of Civil Rights in Northern Ireland

Green Shoot Productions and Queen's University have produced a new play by Northern Ireland's acclaimed writer Martin Lynch. The play, entitled We’ll Walk Hand In Hand, marks the 50th anniversary of the Northern Ireland civil rights struggle.

Tickets for the play (running from Thursday 22 – Saturday 31 March) are available at the Lyric Theatre Box Office on (028) 9038 1081 and online at www.lyrictheatre.co.uk.

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The play plots the lives of two working class kids from Belfast, Vincent and Lesley. They meet at University in 1967 and soon find themselves at the centre of the explosive student reaction to the Global Civil Rights movement.

Their involvement in the movement leads to confrontations with their disapproving families and ultimately to conflict with each other. Vincent and Lesley are faced with decisions that will mark their lives forever.

Written and directed by Martin Lynch and Assistant Director Matthew McElhinney, the play has a cast of 17 made up of an exciting combination of professional actors, including Conor Grimes, Maria Connelly and Noel McGee, starring alongside community actors representing Refugee and Asylum Seekers, the LGBTQ Community, Inner city Urban Communities and Women's Civil Rights Campaigners.



Sport Relief Coffee Morning and Bake Sale

Staff are invited to the School of Law Sport Relief Coffee Morning and Bake Sale, which takes places on Friday 23 March from 10.00am until 12.00 noon in the School (Main Site Tower, Level 1 Reception area).






Centre for Medical Education Newsletter

The February edition of the Centre for Medical Education Research News is now available to view.

Download a PDF here.






Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight ran from 26 February – 11 March and was a great success. Campus Food and Drink wish to thank all staff who supported events and promotions such as the SU Big Brew, which raised over £50 for the Fairtrade Foundation Annual Appeal, and the Fairtrade cooperative talk from Fr John Joseph.

Campus Food and Drink would like to hear from any staff who held their own Fairtrade-themed event during the Fortnight. Please send details and photos as appropriate to Joe Murray: joseph.murray@qub.ac.uk.




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.

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

  • May: Twins
  • June: Assassinations/assassins
  • July: Confidence


Spring 2018 physical activity programme

The Spring 2018 Activity programme begins week commencing Monday 9 April 2018. Suitable for all ages, genders and levels of fitness.

Further inquiries to courseenquiries@qub.ac.uk / 028 9068 1126.


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Class Date Time Location
Introduction to Dance Monday 9 April 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Pilates Tuesday 10 April 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Yoga Wednesday 11 April 1.10pm – 1.50pm  On Campus 
Blast Tabata Wednesday 11 April 1.15pm – 1.45pm Queen's Sport, Physical Education Centre
Tone and Trim Thursday 12 April 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus
Barre Friday 13 April 1.10pm – 1.50pm On Campus

Registration and Payment: Visit PEC reception; each 12-week course costs £26. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

These classes will run to week commencing 25 June inclusive; there will be no Intro to Dance class on Monday 7 May due to the May Day holiday, therefore there will be an extra class added on Monday 2 July. 

Please note that phone registration is no longer available.


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.

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

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: Brilliantly executed minimalist noir starring Joaquin Phoenix.

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: Modernist masterpiece exploring the volatile relationship between an actress and her nurse
  • The Seventh Seal: This film about a medieval knight who plays chess with Death was a landmark of art-house cinema in the late 1950s

Walled Cities: The Legend of Paul and Paula + discussion: The love story of two East Germans who meet after the construction of the Berlin Wall in the constantly-changing East Berlin. Followed by discussion with Tanya Poppelreuter, University of Salford.

Japan Foundation: Memoirs of a Murderer + Q+A: Gripping look at a man who confesses to a string of unsolved murders in Tokyo 22 years ago.

NT Live: Julius Caesar: Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Mary and the Witch's Flower: Dazzling new animated adventure from Academy Award®- nominated Hiromasa Yonebayashi (animator on various Studio Ghibli masterpieces and director).

Exhibition on Screen: Van Gogh – A New Way of Seeing: Showcasing Van Gogh's iconic works and featuring exclusive interviews with the curatorial team at the Van Gogh Museum.

Opening on Friday
I Got Life!
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
The Third Murder
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


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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Monday 9 April, 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.

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.



Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre are now stocking confectionery by Baked in Belfast – Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in the World Marmalade Awards.

The Welcome Centre is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5.30pm.

Staff are reminded of their 10% discount on full price items.




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.


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. 

For up-to-date information please follow CED on Twitter or check the CED website.

  • Wednesday 21 March: Digital Literacies Workshop 3: Digital Tools for Assessment and Feedback, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

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  • 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: Some Outlook calendars are showing more than just Free/Busy time, ie full detail of what is in the calendar. To fix, right click on your calendar and from the pop-up menu, click 'Share' and from the extended menu, click 'Calendar Permissions' and change the default to 'Free/Busy'.

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  • 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
  • Thursday 19 April: Facebook for Beginners, 2.00pm – 4.30pm

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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