26 March 2018

Staff Engagement

All Staff Event

An All Staff Event will take place tomorrow in the Whitla Hall. 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.

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3rd International Conference on Women and Leadership in a Changing World

The third international conference on Women and Leadership in a Changing World (WLCW18) will take place in Belfast on 21 – 22 May 2018. Beginning in Belfast City Hall at 6.30pm on Monday 21 May, the conference will then move to Riddel Hall at 9.00am on Tuesday 22 May.

Further details, including registration, can be found here. Staff are encouraged to share this information with colleagues. 

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The conference will cover four topical themes:

  • Equal Pay, Equal Opportunity
  • #MeToo – Starting the Conversation
  • The Future of Work
  • Women in Society

Speakers will be drawn from a variety of areas including business, commerce, public sector, education, technology, and the health service, and will include Christine Aumayr-Pintar, an expert on gender pay gaps, and Her Excellency Dr Raja Al Gurg, Executive Director of Dubai Healthcare City Authority. More speakers will be announced on the website as they are confirmed. 

The event is held in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell (UML), Allstate NI and Women in Business NI.



Learning and Teaching Conference 2018 – Registration

Registration for the Annual Learning and Teaching Conference closes at 5.00pm tomorrow (Tuesday 27 March).

The conference takes 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.





Being Human Festival 2018 – Call for applications

Applications are now being sought for the Being Human Festival 2018, with a deadline of Friday 13 April.

This year the festival is running from 15 – 24 November, and the festival theme is 'Origins and Endings'. Applications are welcome for Hub status, which are awarded between £2,000 – £4,000 and involve a number of events, or you can apply for individual events up to £2,000.

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

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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. 



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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  • Clerical Officer (Grade 5) 
    School of Biological Sciences
    Ref: 18/106353 
    Closing date: Monday 9 April 2018 
    Anticipated Interview date: Friday 20 April 2018


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.


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Diversity and Inclusion

Staff Disability Fund

Staff are advised that the Staff Disability Support Fund is now open for applications.

Please see this link for more information.




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Careers, Employability and Skills

Updated documents for Tier 4 students working on campus

Further to the communication issued to School Managers on 28 February 2018, staff are reminded that the updated documents for Tier 4 students working on campus are now available on QOL.

Please contact the OnCampus Jobs Team if you have any questions regarding the updated documents.



ERC – 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 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.



Living Seas Lunchtime Talk

  • Thursday 19 April: Living Seas Talk, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, McClay Library

Delivered by Dr Jade Berman, Living Seas Manager at Ulster Wildlife, who will speak about plastics in the marine environment and focus on what is being done to both train professionals and raise awareness with the public and decision-makers for marine mammals around Northern Ireland. 

Tea and coffee provided. Please register here.



Eye Research talks

  • Tuesday 15 May: Seeing into the Future, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, The Black Box

An evening of talks on eye research being carried out at Queen's, as part of the Pint of Science Festival. 

Visit this link for more details.





Faculty of AHSS Newsletter

The March edition of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Newsletter is now available to view online.

This issue includes the latest news from the Faculty, including staff awards and honours, and dates for the diary.

Download the Newsletter at this link.



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Reflections Newsletter

The next issue of the Queen's bi-annual teaching and learning newsletter Reflections will focus on creative approaches to learning. If you would like to submit a piece for publication, please contact Liz McDowell (e.mcdowell@qub.ac.uk) with an expression of interest (for planning purposes) by Monday 16 April.

The deadline for receipt of final submissions is Monday 14 May.

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Submissions can take the form of:

  • An article: generally 750 words per page (approximately); 1–2 pages


  • A shorter 'newsflash' item: eg reporting on a recent event; flagging an upcoming event; promoting a new venture etc. (100–200 words approximately)

The Centre for Educational Development welcome photographs to accompany the above pieces, but please ensure you have the written permission from those in the photo for its use within Reflections (in hard copy and in the electronic version on the website).


Student experience

International Student Support

Over 45 international students at Queen's took part in this year's Belfast St Patrick's Day carnival parade, celebrating the theme of 'Global Belfast'.

Organised by International Student Support and working with Beat Carnival, the students took part in two workshops consisting of dance and prop-making in preparation for the parade. On the day, the students performed dance routines to the thousands lining the streets. Their participation attracted media coverage, including interviews on BBC Newsline and UTV.



QPOL Policy Engagement and Research Blog

Recent contributions from QPol. Click on the links to read. To submit, email Kevin at qpol@qub.ac.uk.

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  • Bordering on protesting too much?
    Professor John Barry asks how Northern Ireland remaining part of the customs union would undermine 'the Union'.
  • Event: Mary Lou McDonald address on Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities.
    Monday 26 March at 7.30pm. Register here.
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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.

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

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

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.



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.



Queen's 5k Race Round the River

Well done to all staff who took part in Queen's 5k Race Round the River on Wednesday 21 March. Pictured are representatives from HR, Student Plus and Medicine.





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 Third Murder: Master Japanese director Kore-eda turns to courtroom procedural in a nation where capital punishment still stands.

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist: With exclusive, unprecedented access, this is the first film to encompass the remarkable story of Vivienne Westwood's life, fashion, personality, activism and cultural importance.

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I Got Life!: Warm-hearted romantic comedy centring on a middle-aged woman in the midst of major personal and professional life changes.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Featuring Frances McDormand's Oscar-winning central performance.

The Seventh Seal: Ingmar Bergman's film about a medieval knight who plays chess with Death was a landmark of art-house cinema in the late 1950s.

4 (27 March): Award-winning documentary looking at the French string quartet Quatuor Ebène.

Walls + Discussion (27 March): Although the Berlin Wall fell, the debate over walls is still very much alive, as evidenced by politicians and presidential candidates.

Messiah from Bristol Old Vic (28 March): Inspired by Handel’s masterpiece and providing a rare chance to experience a powerfully dramatic account of Messiah and to rediscover the intense spirituality of its many well-known arias and choruses.

Shout Louder Film Showcase (28 March): Shout Louder is a film project that aims to engage young people in creative learning activity and improve their wellbeing through artistic expression.

Van Gogh – A New Way of Seeing (29 March): Showcasing Van Gogh's iconic works and featuring exclusive interviews with the curatorial team at the Van Gogh Museum.

The Islands and the Whales (1 April): On the isolated Danish Faroe Islands, the long-time hunting and fishing practices of the Faroese are being threatened by animal rights activism, plummeting wildlife populations, and rising mercury levels.

Opening on Friday 30 March
Isle of Dogs
Cries and Whispers
Have a Nice Day


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.

SAVE THE DATE | Next Exhibition Opening Night
Thursday 19 April, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Naughton Gallery

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

This week, the Welcome Centre has Easter-themed gift ideas in store, including rabbit brooches and geometrics hanging decorations.

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

Staff are reminded of their 10% discount.


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Finance Training Programme

There are a number of places available on the following courses (both on Wednesday 28 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'.

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.

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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'.

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.



Sexual Health Training

  • Wednesday 18 April: Sexual Health for Trans and Non-Binary People, 9.00am – 2.30pm, South Dining Hall

Free training for health professionals and students on including transgender and non-binary people in sexual health. Training will include: specific community sexual health needs, language and cultural competency, and best practice for inclusive care.

Please register via Eventbrite.



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 and to register.

  • 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.


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 11 April: QuestionMark (for Computer Assisted Assessment), 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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  • 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
  • Wednesday 16 May: Small Group Teaching, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 16 May: Using TurnitinUK Originality Checking Software, 2.00pm – 4.30pm
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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: All Queen's staff and students can download Office 365 for free on up to five devices. Find out more and how to get started with Office 365 at go.qub.ac.uk/aboutO365.

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  • Tuesday 27 March: Excel 2: Managing Data, 9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Wednesday 11 April: Excel: Introduction to PivotTables Using Excel, 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 12 April: Working with SharePoint (for Site Contributors), 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Friday 13 April: Working with SharePoint (for Site Administrators), 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • 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
  • Monday 23 April: SPSS 2: Data Analysis Using SPSS, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 April: 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.


Next Staff Round Up

Due to the Easter holiday for Queen's staff from Friday 30 March to Friday 6 April inclusive, the next edition of the Staff Round Up will be published on Monday 9 April.

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